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· Brown Shrike - YES (March 26) (TODAY)
· cruise pelagic revised summary, 20-21 March (Mar 26, 2015)
· Brown Shrike (Mar 25, 2015)
· REMINDER: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip April 5 (Mar 24, 2015)
· Rustic Bunting, Golden Gate Park (Mar 24, 2015)
  1. Brown Shrike - YES (March 26) LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:26pm, TODAY
    After a two hour wait for the fog to lift, Jeff from Wisconsin found the BROWN SHRIKE as we had just decided to walk towards the mouth of Alder Creek. It was around 12:30. It was preening in some poison oak on the adjacent bank, hunting periodically. 
    I dropped a pin in Google Maps to show the location more precisely:
    It could have been viewed with a scope from the previously described overlook, but you can get better views by walking 50 yards along the trail towards the beach. 
    Beautiful bird. Thank you all for the detailed directions. 
    -- -------Adam SedgleyS a n F r a n c i s c o, CAsedge.thrasher [at] gmail [dot] com
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  3. cruise pelagic revised summary, 20-21 March LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 3:06pm, 1 day(s) ago
    A few additions and minor revisions to the summary of pelagics seen from
    the Grand Princess cruise ship on 20-21 March, with 20 March being off
    California, from extreme southern Monterey County to off Fort Bragg,
    Mendocino; and 21 March off Oregon and Washington:
    Laysan Albatross: 9 off CA, and another 12 off OR/WA, for a two-day
    total of 21 birds!
    Black-footed Albatross: total of 215 seen, 50 of which off CA
    Northern Fulmar: numerous, with a total of 350+ seen
    Murphy's Petrel: total of 7, with 3 off Sonoma/Mendocino on 20 Mar, and
    4 off OR on 21 Mar
    Dark-rumped (Hawaiian) Petrel: 1 off s. Mendocino Co. on 20 Mar
    ("early" arrival)
    Cook's Petrel / Cookilaria sp.: total of 4, with 3 off Sonoma and 1 off
    Mendocino on 20 Mar ("early" arrival)
    shearwaters: only 1 Pink-footed and 22 Sooties seen entire cruise, so
    clearly a bit early for substantial spring arrivals
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: total of 70, with 14 off CA on 20 Mar
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: total of 6, with 5 off CA on 20 Mar, so clearly
    pre-arrival of most birds given this species can be very numerous well
    offshore later in spring
    Brown Booby: 1 on buoy marker off Los Angeles (San Pedro) harbor on 19 Mar
    Red Phalarope: 250 off CA on 20 Mar
    Black-legged Kittiwake: 185 off WA on 21 Mar, none farther south
    Sabine's Gull: the seemingly very early northward surge had 75 off CA
    on 20 Mar and another 120 off OR/WA on 21 Mar
    Bonaparte's Gull: small groups up to 85 km offshore
    Common Murre, Cassin's Auklet, Rhino Auklet: typical moderate numbers
    Tufted Puffin: total of 5 off CA on 20 Mar
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  5. Brown Shrike LINK
    DATE: Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:50pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Brown Shrike was re-located today 24th, across creek Steve Brown from Colorado had just re-located it in brown bush above the fence line . For me it was Plan A all the way!
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  7. REMINDER: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip April 5 LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 7:07pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    The trip aboard the Catalina Explorer on Sunday, April 5, is a go (weather permitting), but we really could use a few more participants.
    Things out there are still quite unusual. The water continues to be crazy warm. Yellowtail were being caught in Santa Monica Bay until three weeks ago, false killer whales made their third appearance of the season in in the San Pedro Channel on Sunday, and the third North American record of Tristam's Storm Petrel was found at the Farallon Islands a week ago. At least now we are officially in an El Nino, until a couple of weeks ago it was an unnamed, poorly explained, abnormal warm water regimen. There is little food out there and bird numbers are on the low side. But the birds that are present are highly concentrated around the existing food sources, making them much easier to find. And our the chances of coming up with a mega rarity are above average, not only because of favorable conditions for more tropical species, but also because many species are forced to range farther than in a year with abundant resources. An added bonus is that the sea conditions have been amazingly mild this whole winter, I have worn t-shirts on over 75% of my trips since December.
    We will be leaving at 8 a.m. from 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro for this eight hour trip. The plan is to head to the oil rigs between the east end of Catalina Island and Orange County (Brown Booby is almost a guarantee right now) crossing some deep water along the way and then checking out the area around the Whiskey Buoy, and following the escarpment around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Redondo Canyon. To sign up, please visit the Catalina Explorer website, .
    I hope to see many of you aboard.
    Take care,
    Bernardo Alpswww.photocetus.comWhalephoto@...310.597.0449P.O. Box 1667San Pedro, CA 90733
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  9. Rustic Bunting, Golden Gate Park LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 6:06pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    We arrived at the previously mentioned spot in Golden Gate Park for the
    continuing Rustic Bunting, on Monday, 3/23 around 10:00 am. Dogs, people,
    birders came and went, and the Rustic Bunting finally showed up at 3:00
    pm. We were with a great couple from New Jersey, who were down at Alviso
    in the morning for a loud calling, and visible, Black Rail! (She was the
    magic touch!)
    First seen behind a cypress to the left of the brush/wood pile, and then
    came out on the lawn to eat some seeds for excellent LONG looks. Other
    birds did keep us entertained for the day- a beautiful VARIED THRUSH (whichspent most of the day), usual sparrows, including one very washed out
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Has anyone else seen a ?SLATE-colored?
    Junco? There was one with the flock today. Also a male PURPLE FINCH
    came down for seed. An ANNA?S HUMMINGBIRD is sitting on the nest right in
    the huge cypress sitting in the center of the lawn that faces the wood
    pile. Low branch, one facing toward the wood pile.
    Thanks to all who have posted about this beautiful ?lifer? for us.
    Denise & David Hamilton
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  11. Mendocino Brown Shrike and Marin Black Vulture Mar 22 LINK
    DATE: Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:54pm, 4 day(s) ago
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  13. Heads up - Great Shearwater LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 4:28pm, 5 day(s) ago
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  15. Brown Shrike Behavoir LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 6:22pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi All,While viewing the Brown Shrike (Mendocino Co., see previous posts) this morning around 10:30 am, myself, Sonia Santa Ana, and others noticed the bird doing some "plant bathing". It was at the top of what appeared to be a bush lupine, and it would repeatedly open its wings and dive into the plant, head first, then rise and repeat the process. It looked just like a bird bathing in a puddle, or taking a dust bath. We conjectured that maybe the plant had oils that assisted in repelling parasites. Since the bird is not native to this continent, possibly the plant appeared to be similar to ones its species are familiar with.Would be interested to hear any ideas on this.By the way, contrary to previous posts, this bird is not necessarily an afternoon bird. Several of us had great views between 10:00 am and 11:00 am.Good Birding,Scott HoppeCitrus Heights, CA
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  17. Brown Shrike Present Friday, Mar 20 LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:52pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Apologies for this late post. My earlier post today to Mendobirds got lost or is stuck in moderator mode.
    Anyway, the brown shrike was still present this afternoon from 2:20 to 3:10 across from the overlook sticking to the northwesternmost hill in the willows in the middle of the hill. It ventured on occasional hunts back and forth and to a separate perch just a few 10s of yards to a patch of willows to the east and closer to the ridge top.
    Non-birder hikers on the way in mentioned the bird was also seen in the morning.
    Great directions and instructions to the bird are in previous Mendobirds and Catbirds posts.
    Good luck,
    Craig Cummings
    Napa, CA
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  19. cruise pelagic: 1 Dark-rumped, 1 Murphy's, 4 Cook's, 9 Laysans, 70 Sabine's, Brown Booby LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:22pm, 6 day(s) ago
    About 25 birders are in the middle of a two-day pelagic aboard a Princess cruise-ship between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Today, 20 March, they covered the stretch between extreme southern Monterey County and off Fort Bragg, Mendocino--typically about 40 miles offshore. Seas and winds were fairly light much of the day. There were some good highlights, as follows. Some real surprises given the 'early' spring date--only the third week of March--but obviously coverage at this time of year this far offshore has been quite limited over the years. Such a March date for such a cruise-ship sailing here is also very unusual (typically they run in latter April, May, and September).
    Laysan Albatross: total of 9 (1 MTY, 1 SM, 5 SF, 1 SON, 1 MEN)
    Dark-rumped (Hawaiian) Petrel: 1 (SON) (any previous March records?)
    Murphy's Petrel: 1 (SON) (in view for 15 minutes)
    Cook's Petrel: 4 (2 Cook's, 2 "Cookilaria" sp.; all in SON)
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 14
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 6
    Tufted Puffin: 4
    Sabine's Gull: 70 (a huge surprise for the very early, 20 March, date was this sizable count of birds throughout the day starting soon after dawn, with numbers in all counties traversed, and small flocks still present at end of day off Fort Bragg; all birds during day heading north and most were adults in alternate plumage)
    Right after leaving port in San Pedro (L.A.) yesterday afternoon (19 Mar) we had an adult female Brown Booby sitting on green buoy #5 about a half mile off the main harbor jetty.
    Tomorrow we will be off Oregon and s. Washington.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  21. Lake Henshaw – Crested Caracara photos, 18 March 2 015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:02pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I posted some photographs of the subadult CRESTED CARACARA that I found at Lake Henshaw in San Diego County on 18 March 2015. The bird was seen again on 19 March 2015 by an observer with a field scope viewing from the Lake Henshaw boat launch. Basically look due north from the boat launch and scan the perimeter of the shallow lake looking for a wading raptor!
    It appeared to be searching for dead animals in the shallow lake edge. I think one photo might show a dead wading bird perhaps with its long legs hanging down.
    Photos on my blog here Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
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  23. Fwd: [nwcalbird] Common Grackle in Del Norte Co. LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 6:32pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Another "Common" bird has shown up in Del Norte. See Alan Barron's message below....
    Rob Fowler
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird]" <>Date: March 20, 2015 at 6:03:00 PM PDTTo: Northwest Calbird <>Subject: [nwcalbird] Common Grackle in Del Norte Co.Reply-To: Alan Barron <flockfinder@...>
    This afternoon I learned of a Common Grackle report (observer?) from yesterday that was seen near the B street Pier at the Crescent City Harbor. Late this afternoon I finally found the bird with a small flock of Brewer's Blackbirds at 4th and B Streets. -Alan D. Barron
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  25. Large flock of Tricolored Blackbirds at Dry Reservoir LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 11:15pm, 7 day(s) ago
    This evening, I found a large flock of Tricolored Blackbirds at the Dry Creek Reservoir. This is on North DeWolf Ave east of the dam, where the road crosses the creek. Last year at this time of year, Elias Elias and I drove this road and saw a couple hundred Tricolors and several hundred unidentified blackbirds (not identified due to the distance). This year, I thought I'd have another look to see if they were still present. At first, I drove to the end of the road and was excited to see a single Tricolor male. I then drove back to where the road crosses the creek to see what birds were in the riparian vegetation. After a few minutes many blackbirds began streaming east over the dry creek bed. I watched several hundred fly by before I became convinced that most, if not all, were Tricolors. I then began counting by hundreds and estimated that I had just seen about a thousand. I then saw about 500 come from the same direction and land in the grass a few hundred meters down the road. So I ran down the road to get a better look. I scrutinized many birds and could not find a Red-winged Blackbird amongst them. The males all had dark red epaulets, with white
    fringes, while the females all had dark, dusky plumage, with whitish streaks
    on throat and pale supercilium. Throughout all of this, I heard many males caterwauling, and when they took flight, the flight calls were distinctly different than the typical Red-wing "pik", more like a "keek". After another ten minutes, a few large flocks gathered up and flew back across the road to the west. At this point, I thought my estimate of 1500 was pretty good, but those big flocks are hard to estimate. They landed a few hundred meters to the west of the road in some tall weedy vegetation and many males perched up and were singing. After another 20 minutes, they started flying back to the east. This time I began counting the flock by tens as soon as they began crossing the road. They continued streaming across the road for several minutes, and when the last of them had flown over, I had counted 3250. According to eBird data, this is the highest single count for Fresno County. Although it is impossible to be certain that these were all Tricolors, I could not find a Red-wing after positively identifying hundreds of Tricolors feeding on the ground and flying past. Nor did I hear a Red-wing the entire time I was there. It's obviously too early in the year to confirm nesting, but it would be pretty nice if they do nest to the west of the road. It seems like a good spot for it, and apparently, these fields are not mowed. This would be good news for a species that has declined by 64% over the last 6 years! If other people follow up on this, please enter your data into eBird, so we can see if they remain to nest here.
    You can see my entire species list here:
    James R TietzShaver Lake, CA
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  27. Brown Shrike still present. LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 7:28pm, 7 day(s) ago
    The BROWN SHRIKE was still present this afternoon at the mouth of Alder
    Creek. It was mostly on the hillside across the creek just west of the
    overlook. Photos at...
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  29. Birding at Mammoth Mtn LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 5:30pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Birders, in April. my brother and I will be traveling up to Mammoth Mtn. My brother will be skiing, And I am going to try to get some birding done . My question is were would the best places to bird? I am actually to get Gray Crowned Rosy Finch for a life bird. Where are also the best places for game type birds? Please get to me
    Much Appreciated
    John Small
    Torrance, CA 
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  31. Re: Tristram's Storm Petrel/Common Black Hawk -Not Chaseable LINK
    DATE: Mar 19, 2015 @ 3:14pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Tom -
    Thanks for posting. Actually, while that particular black-hawk might not be chaseable, the past week has seen a big push of the species up the Santa Cruz River valley south of Tucson, with birds moving up from Mexico (as I'm sure others have read on the AZ board). And, the species has occurred multiple times in spring in the Riverside Co. desert, so right now might be a very good time for people to visit Dos Palmas, Big Morongo, Desert Center, Mojave Narrows in early morning and late afternoon - anywhere along that line where vultures move, which is roughly from the Lower Colorado/Yuma area up through the Salton Sea area, and northwest toward the Mojave River.
    You're on your own with finding a Tristram's Storm-Petrel!
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.---In, <thomas.fordhut@...> wrote :
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  33. Rustic Bunting Still in Golden Gate Park LINK
    DATE: Mar 19, 2015 @ 10:54am, 8 day(s) ago
    Wed, 18 March 2015 -- The Rustic Bunting was seen and photo'd at least twice by a few birders in the area nearby the brush pile and slightly east of there early-mid morning and again a little after 12-noon. This was ESE of the intersection of MLK Jr. Drive and Nancy Pelosi Drive.
    Sorry for the late report; thought that one of the birders would post yesterday. This bird may not be visiting San Francisco for much longer.
    Karen Havlena
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  35. Tristram's Storm Petrel/Common Black Hawk -Not Chaseable LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2015 @ 11:55pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Just the messenger; This following was posted by Point Blue Conservation Science; <> "Today our 2 new interns (Sean and Eva) found this fresh storm-petrel carcass (killed by a Burrowing Owl) on our first storm-petrel predation survey of the seabird season. Upon seeing the bird, I doubled taked ? at it?s massive size ? and after taking several morphological measurements and consulting with Peter Pyle* and referencing his extensive datasets on storm-petrel morphometrics, we have concluded this is a TRISTRAM'S STORM PETREL (Oceanodroma tristrami), as the data collected from the specimen rule out all other likely species. This is a Hawaiian/Central and Western Pacific species which only has 2 previous North America records, one from 2006 on SEFI when which caught in a mist net in April. This is further evidence of our warm water conditions and observance of tropical species, and the challenges we face with Burrowing Owl predation on Farallon storm-petrels. -Russ Bradley, Farallon Program Manager" Also on March 15th an ebird report of a migrating? COMMON BLACK HAWK was posted (with a photo) from Riverside County; <> <> On the more chaseable end of the spectrum down here in Orange County the recently discovered DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER and PINE WARBLER continue in both Gillman Park in Fullerton and the Newport Beach Environmental Nature Center respectively. Photos of both can be found here; <> -Tom Ford-Hutchinson Irvine, CA
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  37. Brown Shrike LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2015 @ 12:02pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I saw the shrike this morning in the reddish willows above and left of the squarish field described several times. This was about 11:10 this morning. Initially it was off the right end of an old road heading toward the house. As I was refocusing it flew downslope and I lost it.
    Chet Ogan
    Eureka, CA
    Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone
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  39. Brown Shrike continues - Tuesday LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2015 @ 6:45pm, 9 day(s) ago
    17 March 2015 - Jessica Morton, Roger Adamson and Charlene McAllister saw the shrike just before 3 pm today. It was across the creek. There are two green bushes by the fences on the left. It was by the left hand, smaller bush. Posted by Bob Keiffer Hopland, Mendocino County
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  41. Fw: [Mendobirds] Brown Shrike on Tuesday LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2015 @ 9:31pm, 9 day(s) ago
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  43. MEN Brown Shrike Seen Again - Monday, 16 March LINK
    DATE: Mar 16, 2015 @ 3:39pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Mon, 16 march, 2015 -- Curtis Marantz and Peter Ginsberg just called to say that they saw the BROWN SHRIKE early this afternoon from the overlook at the end of Alder Creek Beach Rd. The bird was on the west side of the viewing area this time. Thanks, Curtis and Pete for getting here in one piece from Southern California !
    For Curtis and Pete,
    (Karen Havlena)
    Mendocino County, California
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  45. Brown Shrike Mendo Co LINK
    DATE: Mar 16, 2015 @ 1:51pm, 11 day(s) ago
    For those of you who don't read Mendocino Co birds the Brown Shrike continued yesterday March 15 at the mouth of Alder Creek a couple of miles north of Manchester on the Mendocino Co coast. For directions you can read the post of March 12 by Bob Keiffer. March 15 I watched it for about 10 minutes starting at about 12:40 east of the observation site posted. It was on the fence of the pasture below the house on the north side of the creek. Starting at about 2 PM
    Rich and Nancy Trissel and I watched it for over 30 minutes as we looked NW from the observation site. It was on the north side of the creek across the creek from the leafless "red" willow clump on the south side of the creek mostly in some leafless gray shrubs
    (poison oak?), but often went to the ground to grab food. Once it flew to the south side of the creek to some leafless shrubs east of those red willows. We left with it still in view.
    Please be sure to observe all of the things that Bob said about no parking areas and private property.
    John Luther
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  47. Continuing Rustic Bunting LINK
    DATE: Mar 16, 2015 @ 11:29am, 11 day(s) ago
    The Golden Gate Park Rustic
    Bunting was at its usual spot at Big Rec this morning at 9:30.
    Alan Hopkins
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  49. Re: [CALBIRDS] Ruffed Grouse Humboldt County LINK
    DATE: Mar 15, 2015 @ 1:13pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Morning,I have a number of emails asking for information in hopes of re-finding Ruffed Grouse on the Go-road Humboldt County - (forest service road 15N01). Everyone has seemed to have found the road on Google maps, yes there are switchbacks - but you'll be driving slowly watching the road side for movement or an upright sitting bird with a chicken profile.There was no traffic on the Go-road.Currently there are no logging operation along the road.The strategy I used was to drive very slowly using the middle of the road watching the side grassy patches for profile and movement.What I notice with both Ruffed Grouse is that they use the road side grassy areas for feeding with a down facing slope edged by thin Alder Trees. In both observations the birds flew down slope into the Doug Fir Forest. Intutively flying down slope is better than trying to fly up negotiating a steep road cut buff or by flying up into a tree and remaining viable. Rich CiminoYellowbilled ToursLarkspur, Ca.
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