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· Pelagic trip report - Oct 18, 2014 from Ventura (TODAY)
· RE: [sbcobirding] Ventura pelagic tomorrow (Oct 17, 2014)
· Ventura pelagic tomorrow (Oct 17, 2014)
· new photos of Red-faced Warbler and many other recent rare birds (Oct 14, 2014)
· Re: Are we chasing a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat? (Oct 13, 2014)
  1. Pelagic trip report - Oct 18, 2014 from Ventura LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:36am, TODAY
    Island Packers and Southern California Pelagic Birding had a 10-hour trip out of the
    Ventura Harbor on Oct 18. We ran through the eastern part of the Santa Barbara Channel to Anacapa Island, then south along the eastern edge of the Santa Cruz Basin to several knolls west of Santa Barbara Island, then to Sutil Rock at Santa Barbara Island, and eventually returning to Ventura crossing the Pilgrim Bank en route.
    The eastern channel was full of
    Black-vented Shearwaters and we saw nearly 1,000 birds in this area. Several flocks allowed very close approach on the water, which provided us to opportunity to find other species associating with them including a Sooty Shearwater (we only saw 2 all day!?), Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Murre, and both Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers. There were also several Humpback Whales in the same vicinity. We then headed to Anacapa Island where we encountered over 100 Cassin's Auklets in small groups and more shearwaters and jaegers. The island provided a few non-pelagic species, the most notable of which was a stunning pair of Bald Eagles perched on the island. The eastern end near the lighthouse had a Blue-footed Booby and Brown Booby perched among the cormorants and gulls. While this would have been considered a rare event years ago, we are now regularly seeing these species on the island over the last two
    years. After leaving the two boobies, we found another Brown Booby perched on the famous Arch Rock. Cruising nearshore along the south shore of the island, we found a pair of American-type Oystercatchers that look like they will pass the Jehl test for "countable" Americans.
    After leaving Anacapa Island, we turned our course south towards Santa
    Barbara Island. With so many SBCo birders on board, any other route may have resulted in a mutiny! Riding
    the contours of the eastern edge of the basin we found several groups of feeding birds associated with some impressive pods of both short-beaked and long-beaked common dolphins. There were surprising numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters in the area, which do not commonly venture that far offshore. This area also yielded Pink-footed Shearwaters, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, all three species of jaegers (Long-tailed, Parasitic, and Pomarine), Cassin's Auklets, and a Common/Arctic Tern that got away from us.
    Perhaps the highlight of the trip was the booby show we saw at Sutil Rock. Our conservative estimate based on the highest number of individuals we saw concurrently was 23 Brown Boobies! We were able to see birds of all ages, including a few sharp looking adult females and males; the latter showing off the frosty head of the brewsteri subspecies.
    After tearing ourselves away from Sutil Rock, we headed back
    to Ventura with a planned crossing of the Pilgrim Bank area. As we hit the bank, the first screams of "murrelets!!" rang out for the day. We encountered five murrelets in the area that we initially identified as including both Scripps's (3) and Craveri's Murrelets (2). However, after extensive review of photos today, that number may be revised to five Craveri's Murrelets. We capped the day with close views of a pod of Risso's dolphins on the way back in and some even saw a green flash as the sun dropped into the Pacific.
    I want to thank the crew at Island Packers for another
    fabulous trip. Captain Jimmy did a masterful job of getting us close to the birds and handling all our requests to turn around, slow down, backup, "chase that bird," etc. Joel and Lori took care of everyone's needs on-board and also spotted birds throughout the day. It is great to have a crew that are all birders as well! I also want to thank the fine crew of leaders we had on board. Peter Gaede, Hugh Ranson, Bernardo Alps, Don DesJardin, and Wes Fritz tirelessly looked for birds and marine mammals all day and helped get everyone on the critters as we found them.Our last trip of the year is scheduled for November 15 on the Condor Express out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Our plan is to head to the western Santa Barbara Channel and the waters surrounding San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands where we will look for wintering alcids, shearwaters, fulmars,
    albatrosses, and seasonal
    specialties including Short-tailed Shearwaters and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Past trips to this area in November have found Buller's and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, and several rarities (Mottled Petrel and others) are possible at the deepwater edge southwest of San Miguel. Space is available, but please register as soon as possible (before the end of October) if you are planning to go.The cost for the trip is $175. We depart Santa Barbara
    promptly at 7:00 AM, so please arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in
    and loading. Call the Sealanding at 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088, or go
    online at, to reserve your spot.Hope to see you on board!Dave PerekstaVentura
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  3. RE: [sbcobirding] Ventura pelagic tomorrow LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:08am, 3 day(s) ago
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  5. Ventura pelagic tomorrow LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:05am, 3 day(s) ago
    Last call for the 10-hour pelagic out of Ventura tomorrow with Island Packers. Our plan is to focus on the Santa Barbara Channel, Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands area, and then south towards Santa Barbara Island. There have been several Red-billed Tropicbirds in the channel this week and on the WFO pelagics out of San Diego last week we had Craveri's Murrelets, Least Storm-Petrels, Brown Boobies, Black-footed Albatross, and an assortment of other uncommon species. The forecast looks good
    and has come down a bit in the last few days so we should have nice conditions for the trip.
    The cost for the trip is $170. We depart the Ventura Harbor
    promptly at 8:00 AM, so please arrive by 7:30 AM to facilitate check-in
    and loading. Call Island Packers at 805-642-1393 or go online at
    to reserve your spot. Customers booking online will need to go to the
    "Reserve Trip" box, drop down to "View our Schedule" or "Reserve a Trip"
    and then select "Special Trips."Hope to see you tomorrow!Dave PerekstaVentura
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  7. new photos of Red-faced Warbler and many other recent rare birds LINK
    DATE: Oct 14, 2014 @ 9:33am, 6 day(s) ago
    Just placed last week's photos on my Recent Photos gallery. See, click on Photo tab, then Recent Photos Gallery
    John Sterling
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    530 908-3836
    Monterey Seabirds
    (831) 375-4658
    Special Galapagos Birding Tour
    9-19 July 2015
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  9. Re: Are we chasing a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat? LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2014 @ 8:27am, 7 day(s) ago
    My first impression after seeing Frank's photos was that it was a weird-looking Common Yellowthroat. These newer photos are interesting, and may well be the same bird, but here again, I'm just not sure a very dull, young male COYE can be ruled out. The culmen does look a little curved, but the bill isn't nearly thick enough (to my eyes) to be a normal Gray-crowned. I think their bills are also pale at the base (can't remember if young males would show this mark as well). I've seen a number of them in Latin America and they've struck me as looking much larger/longer, with a longer, almost floppy tail, and a very odd-looking bill. This Laguna bird appears to have a short tail, which would favor COYE. And needless to say, yellowthroats (and everything else) at the tams act tend to act funny, hopping around the canopy foliage of the trees. (The Brewer's Sparrow we had there last year was no exception, basically acting like a crossbill!). I guess if I saw this bird in cattails and it was going "chip", I'd probably pass it off as a funny-looking COYE. That said, I appreciate thinking outside the box, esp. considering some of the crazy things that have shown up here.
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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  11. Are we chasing a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat? LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2014 @ 11:21pm, 7 day(s) ago
    It finally dawned on me that all the issues with the mystery warbler at the Laguna Road tamarisks in Camarillo being a Mourning might be resolved in one simple package:
    1) It is assumed to be "dull", because of the whitish on the sides and belly, yet the throat and center of breast are a rich, almost orangey yellow.
    2) The aforementioned whitish on the underparts.
    3) It was cocking its tail.
    4) Its culmen is curved.
    5) It has an odd dark strip through the lores, under the eye, and along the malar border.
    6) Its tail looks rounded at the corners but notched in the middle, and it is rather long and narrow.
    6) Some wing feathers have distinct white edges.
    7) The outer rectrices have broad yellow edges.
    8) Brownish look with grayish head.
    Why isn't this an immature female Gray-crowned Yellowthroat?
    A hybrid Common Yellowthroat x Mourning or Mac Warbler should also be considered, but that would not explain the curved culmen.
    See you out there,
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
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  13. Re: Pelagic mapping tool - try this LINK
    DATE: Oct 11, 2014 @ 8:03pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Actually, it was a .gpx file that was formerly available with the pelagic and terrestrial county lines. It must be out there somewhere.Michael ParkBerkeley
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  15. Re: Pelagic mapping tool - try this LINK
    DATE: Oct 11, 2014 @ 7:58pm, 9 day(s) ago
    The UC Hopland Research & Extension Center, as part of
    the UC?s Ag & Natural Resources Division, recently developed a Pelagic
    Mapping Tool for California. This was done to suffice the need for
    some of our Mendocino County bird observations that get close to SON, HUM, or
    SF boundaries. The mapping tool is based upon the premise followed by the
    CBRC ? that is: ?to the point of closest land?. Shane Feirer, who
    is currently working for the ANR-IGIS program developed the mapping
    tool. If you follow the below directions you can try it out.
    Make sure that you use the attached EXCEL calculator to find your decimal
    lat-long coordinates. (the mapping tool was down yesterday
    but is now up and running). Let me know if you have problems ?good
    1) Go
    to our HREC website:
    and select the pelagic mapping tool.
    2) Use
    the attached excel calculator to enter lat-long coordinates and convert
    them to decimal coordinates (I can't figure out how to attach the EXCEL calculator email me if you need it and I will send to you)
    3) Select
    the ?green box? and copy the decimal coordinates (from the EXCEL)
    4) Type or paste
    the decimal coordinates into the query box on the pelagic mapping tool and hit ?enter? ?and it
    should map the location for you
    5) Make
    sure that you zoom in on ?close-to-boundary? observations ? otherwise it can
    fool you (example -124.628611 39.565278 looks like MEN until you zoom in to
    find out it is just barely into HUM waters) This was Paul?s Hawaiian
    Petrel of 18 July 2013 at 39 33 55, 124 37 43
    Bob Keiffer Hopland MEN rjkeiffer@...
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  17. Beat the Heat on Monterey Bay LINK
    DATE: Oct 10, 2014 @ 6:29pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    Beat the heat and join Shearwater Journeys on Monterey Bay this Saturday, October 11th. Our trip runs from 7 am until 3 pm. Parking is $5 with our discount coupon. Bring lunch and dress in layers for peeling like an onion. Leaders on this day: Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf and Debi Shearwater. This will be trip #32 for our 2014 pelagic season, our 39th year! For a reservation, please email me: debi@...
    Our Sunday, October 12th trip from Half Moon Bay is sold out.
    Some highlights of our October 4 Monterey trip included: SABINE'S GULL (just outside of the harbor); great views of CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; Grand Slam on all of the jaegers and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; ARCTIC TERN and one lingering PIGEON GUILLEMOT. One young HUMPBACK WHALE breached some 34 times! Great photo-ops! A stream of cold water had pushed up from Carmel Bay, bringing many seabirds with it. Small balls of krill were hanging off of Carmel Bay.
    Some highlights of our October 5th Half Moon Bay trip included: BROWN BOOBY on the weather buoy; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; BULLER'S SHEARWATERS; SOUTH POLAR SKUA, SABINE'S GULLS; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN'S AUKLETS; TUFTED PUFFIN. Marine mammals included HUMPBACK WHALES and HARBOR PORPOISE. One BLUE SHARK made a nice appearance. I haven't seen any for many years.
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  19. Galileo Update: Birds & Birders LINK
    DATE: Oct 9, 2014 @ 11:26am, 11 day(s) ago
    With this email, the Galileo favorable change of policy for birders
    thread is closed!
    John Birsner sent me a text a few minutes ago stating that in the first
    three hours of birding this morning by those present on site, only the
    Black-throated Blue Warbler has been confirmed as remaining .... thus
    During my 2:45pm-4:15pm visit to Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch &
    Club yesterday afternoon (10/8/14), I was successful in seeing the
    Chestnut-sided War ler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Red-faced
    Warbler. I left to retunr home to Ridgecrest a few minutes before Dan
    Williams found a Bell's Vireo on site.
    Furthermore, during m visit I took several minutes to talk with Galileo
    Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club Assistant Manager on site Nicole
    Anderson. Here's the latest scoop on Galileo/Silver Saddle's reopening
    of some of its facilities to birders (NOTE: and birders only!).
    First off...Independent birders and groups of birders including formal field
    trip groups are welcome to bird the grounds Mondays through Fridays
    EXCEPT HOLIDAYS..Individual birders may bird the grounds on weekends. Still no
    groups fo birders or formal field trips allowed on weekends.The hotel/motel courtyard and area around the bungalows and
    hotel/motel room entries are still off limits. The EXCEPTION whyon
    office staff is present you may ask them if there are any restrictions
    to where you may go during your particular time of visit. Staff may
    allow birding the entire grounds including the off-limits hotel and
    bungalow areas on thos many, many weekdays when no members are present.
    BOTTOM LINE: Don't assume! Ask!
    Confirmed and new information based on Nicole's written notes given to
    me and the hotel and bungalow room rate sheet...The new access to hotel rooms, bungalows, and on site RVs is
    available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.Groups of 4 or more may make arrangements for continental
    breakfast service.Groups of less than 4 should call Silver Saddle at Galileo to see
    if they can arrange for a stay and/or continental breakfast for you
    should you desire either or both of those services. Nicole said if they
    can work it out for you to stay, they will do so. It may be difficult
    to find housekeeping staff to drive from California City to Galileo to
    be paid for cleaning rooms used by only one to three people. Even so,
    Nicole said to call to see if it can be made to work for you.The RVs on site are available for rent - currently for one month
    periods. Call to see if you can be accommodated for a shorter stay.If you have your own RV call to see if, as in the past when
    birders were there for up to a month at a time, to see if anything can
    be worked out. This is evolving. Just help the process along by
    understanding.Birders have been given the favorable member guest rate which is
    the rate second lowest rate after member rates. The rates for birders
    are...$80/night for a bunkhouse queen, $90/night for a bunkhoue double,
    $85/night for a bungalow queen, $90/night for a bungalow double.Check with Silver Saddle staff for on site RV use or the as yet
    undetermined policy for those who wish to bring their own RV for an
    extended period of birding Galileo and other nearby birding locations.Silver Saddle staff have told several that they enjoy birders.
    Please reinforce this perception and current reality as best possible
    so birders may enjoy birding Galileo as long as it is in friendly
    ownership. Staff seems to enjoy thank you notes and other signs of
    appreciation which have been given to them. Framed photos for the walls
    or a photo for a front desk photo album would be welcome, too! Maybe a
    nice one of the recent Red-faced Warbler!
    The phone number for reaching Silver Saddle Ranch & Club at Galileo
    Hill directly is 760-373-8617. All front desk staff have always been
    very nice to me. Cliff Reynolds in the on site manager while Nicole
    Anderson is the on site assistant manager.
    If there are any questions or comments my way form any list serv
    readers, please do so off line so this thread can be appropriately
    Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,
    Closing this thread and back to birding our/your brains out!
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    Cell: 760-382-1260 
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  21. Continuing Red-faced Warbler LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:49pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Birders,The Red-faced Warbler found yesterday at Galileo Hill continued this afternoon between 3:00-5:00 PM, seen by many observers, in the area around the hotel at the north end. Also present in the same vicinity were a first-year Chestnut-sided Warbler and an adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler, all photographed.Regards,John OliverLa Crescenta, CA
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  23. Silver Saddle Red-faced Warbler etc. continue LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 10:05pm, 12 day(s) ago
    The Red-faced Warbler, ad. male Black-throated Blue Warbler, and imm. Chestnut-sided Warbler were all still being seen past 5 o'clock Wednesday at the Silver Saddle Resort near Calif. CIty. All were repeatedly seen in the trees adjacent to the two-story motel-style building closest to the entrance to the property - behind the main bldg where you check in. The Red-faced (and many of the swarms of Yellow-rumps) often foraged on the eaves and railings of the building itself, and could be seen ranging around the wooden building, on the side adjacent to the back parking area, and into the courtyard between the main bldg and the bungalow-motel buildings behind it.
    (I arrived a little before 4 and walked off in the exact wrong direction from the main bldg despite Jon Sterling's earlier post, until a helpful birder drove by and redirected me, so FWIW I don't know where the birds may have been seen most of the day, but at least the Red-faced apparently ended where it began the day.)
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  25. Pasadena Audubon Grants Program: Proposals due on Oct. 15 LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 3:41pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Greetings Everyone,
    Pasadena Audubon Society announces that the next deadline for applications for our grants program is October 15, 2014.
    $6000 total will be available for funding.
    Pasadena Audubon Society (PAS) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is "to bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and conservation of bird habitat.? To help accomplish this goal PAS awards grants and scholarships, and makes donations to other organizations, groups and individuals.
    Three categories of requests for funds will be considered by PAS:
    Application process:
    Applications for Scholarships, Research Grants, or Grants to Organizations must be submitted to the PAS Board by email to the Chair of Grant Committee at grants@....
    Previous grants have been awarded in amounts ranging from $150 to $5,000.
    PAS will notify the applicants about the Board's decision within two months from the date applications are due.
    Each application must contain the following information:
    How you heard about the PAS Grant Program.
    A very brief statement (less than 200 words) of the proposed request.
    A detailed description of the request. This must include each of the following items:
    1) Why the project was chosen and its significance (1 page limit).
    2) A description of what the applicant has already achieved toward this goal, if anything (1 page limit).
    3) The specific request (2 page limit).
    4) A budget statement indicating how the funds would be spent and a justification of these expenditures. (2 page limit). If PAS is being asked to provide partial funds for the grant project, a list of other organizations that have already provided funds as well as organizations that are currently being solicited should be included. A proposal for what the grantee will do in case all of the needed funds to complete the project are not obtained should also be included.
    5) A resume of the individual applicant or applicant organization clearly indicating the specific individual that is to be held accountable for the proper expenditure of the funds (1 page limit).
    6) An appendix for other relevant materials that may or may not be considered by the Board.
    Additional details of the grants program are available on our website at:
    Lance Benner (on behalf of Pasadena Audubon Society)
    Altadena, CA
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  27. Red faced warbler LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:20am, 12 day(s) ago
    Continuing around hotel
    John Sterling.
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95696
    530 908-3836
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Red-faced Warbler photos LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:51pm, 12 day(s) ago
    I have posted several photos of the Red-faced Warbler from today at Galileo on my Flickr page.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  31. Galileo Hills Red-faced Warbler 10/7/14 LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:02pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    Thanks to the birders who pointed us to the right spot, we last observed the RED-FACED WARBLER on the west side of the hotel behind the restaurant at about 6:15pm. Quite a spectacular Kern County bird!
    Happy Birding!
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
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  33. Red-faced LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 8:49pm, 12 day(s) ago
    I inadvertently put rufous-faced warbler on my eBird checklist today for Galileo hills. Of course it was a red-faced warbler. Hard to read names on my iPhone.
    John Sterling.
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95696
    530 908-3836
    Sent from my iPhone
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  35. FW: [kerncobirding] Red-faced Warbler seen in several locations at Galileo 10/07/14 [KERN County] LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2014 @ 5:08pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Michael Feighner
    Livermore, CA, Alameda County
    -- "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls
    and looks like work." -- Thomas Edison
    From: []
    On Behalf Of Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2@... [kerncobirding]
    Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 4:57 PM
    Subject: [kerncobirding] Red-faced Warbler seen in several locations at
    Galileo 10/07/14
    The Red-faced Warbler was first seen today, 10//07/14, at Galileo north of
    the tennis courts. Several birders, including ourselves, later saw the
    Red-faced Warbler at the restrooms just north of the large lake. It was
    feeding on top of and around the outside of the wooden structure. Later, in
    the afternoon, the Red-faced Warbler was seen by several birders when it
    returned to the tennis court area.
    When we return to Bakersfield, we will place photos of the Red-faced Warbler
    and the Chestnut-sided Warbler into the kerncobirding photo section in the
    album labeled 02Birds.
    The Chestnut-sided Warbler continues at Galileo. Also, today, another birder
    pointed out a male Black-throated Blue Warbler at Galileo. Both of these
    birds were seen by several birders.
    Ken and
    Brenda Kyle
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  37. Fwd: [kerncobirding] Red-Faced Warbler LINK
    DATE: Oct 7, 2014 @ 1:24pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Wes Fritz805-895-0685
    Solvang CA.
    Sent from my iPhone
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "'John C. Wilson' jcwilson@... [kerncobirding]" <>Date: October 7, 2014 at 12:12:52 PM PDTTo: kerncobirding@yahoogroups.comSubject: [kerncobirding] Red-Faced WarblerReply-To: "John C. Wilson" <jcwilson@...>
    I am unable to send the post of the Red-faced Warbler to Calbirds. Could someone forward the previous post for me?
    John Wilson
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  39. FW: [kerncobirding] Red-Faced Warbler, Kern County LINK
    DATE: Oct 7, 2014 @ 12:26pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Michael Feighner
    Livermore, CA, Alameda County
    -- ?Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.? -- Thomas Edison
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  41. Pelican Documentary DIrector in Sonoma 10/8 LINK
    DATE: Oct 7, 2014 @ 7:38am, 14 day(s) ago
    10/8 - 7PM "PELICAN DREAMS" - A new documentary, six years in the
    making, discussed in Sonoma with guest speaker - Sundance and Emmy-Award
    Director Judy Irving. Of the 8 species of pelicans in the world, our
    plunge diving Ca. Brown Pelican is the star. International Bird
    Rescue will be sharing the stage with Judy for this great story related
    to the challenges that face our Brown Pelicans on the west coast. This
    will be Judy's last major presentation on the story behind this six year
    documentary opening across America this fall. The film is in memory of
    our birding friend Jay Holcomb, ED of IBR.Info on lecture and the
    exclusive North Bay movie premier 11/1 in Sonoma, CA. posted at -
    . Director Judy and Mark Bittner will be here to greet you at the
    Sebastiani Theatre premier. "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" will will
    also be a matinee offering on Nov. 1st.Bring a friend!tom rusert & darren peteriesonoma, ca
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  43. Re: [CALBIRDS] Great Crested Flycatcher, Santa Barbara County LINK
    DATE: Oct 5, 2014 @ 10:08am, 15 day(s) ago
    No one had found the flycatcher as of 9am this morning.
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Oct 4, 2014, at 11:27 PM, "Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [CALBIRDS]" <> wrote:
    > FYI: This Saturday Dave Compton and company found a Great Crested Flycatcher at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. More information can be found at the sbcobirding newsgroup:
    > "Rare Birds of California" (2007) has this to say: "Vagrant Great Crested Flycatchers are notorious for being "one-day wonders"--less than a quarter of California's (11 of 45) have lingered longer." So there's that.
    > Wim van Dam
    > Solvang, CA
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  45. Great Crested Flycatcher, Santa Barbara County LINK
    DATE: Oct 5, 2014 @ 11:27pm, 15 day(s) ago
    FYI: This Saturday Dave Compton and company found a Great Crested Flycatcher at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. More information can be found at the sbcobirding newsgroup:
    "Rare Birds of California" (2007) has this to say: "Vagrant Great Crested Flycatchers are notorious for being "one-day wonders"--less than a quarter of California's (11 of 45) have lingered longer." So there's that.
    Wim van Dam
    Solvang, CA
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  47. Galileo staff expected to be notified tomorrow LINK
    DATE: Oct 2, 2014 @ 3:20pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Not all staff has been notified of the opening of Silver Saddle lodging
    to birders during weekdays. It is expected they will be notified
    tomorrow. Also, it appears this change of policy is in favor of birders
    only. This means if birders call to check on the availability of rooms
    they should mention they are birders. Otherwise, the answer might be
    that the lodging is open only to members. Birders now being the
    exception during weekdays. BOTTOM LINE: This is an exception open only
    to birders.
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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  49. Important Galileo/Silver Saddle Update LINK
    DATE: Oct 2, 2014 @ 1:55pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Word was received today that Silver Saddle Ranch and Club at Galileo
    Hill in eastern Kern County is once again open to birders who wish to
    stay the night at the on site hotel/motel weekday nights (not
    weekends!). Lodging on site for birders is still off limits on weekends
    when members are most likely to be on site. Please call Silver Saddle to
    verify the preceding and if Sunday nights count as a weekday night if
    arrival is in the evening after virtually all members have left from a
    weekend stay.
    Further word is that Silver Saddle will provide continental breakfast to
    groups of five or more birders except on weekends.
    Details on cost for lodging and the nature of continental breakfasts are
    unknown to me. Call Silver Saddle Ranch and Club (California City - 760
    area code) to secure those details.
    Whether or not the RV area is available to birders with RVs is not
    known. Check with Silver Saddle Ranch and Club staff.
    Otherwise, the guidelines for birding Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch &
    Club remain the same - no groups on weekends and holidays, unobtrusive
    individuals OK on weekends, groups and individuals welcome on
    non-holiday weekdays, be highly conscious of the priority rights of
    members (vs. birders).
    Depending on how things go, the changes listed above might be added to
    or taken away. No doubt future use by birders will dictate which way the
    pendulum swings (negatively or positively).
    Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    Cell: 760-382-1260
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