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· Re: [CALBIRDS] N Gannet? (Jul 20, 2016)
· RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull (Jul 20, 2016)
· RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull (Jul 19, 2016)
· RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull (Jul 19, 2016)
· RE: [CALBIRDS] N Gannet? (Jul 19, 2016)
  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] N Gannet? LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2016 @ 11:54am, 3 day(s) ago
    Alvaro et al,
    
    Does anybody know how long the Gannet stays in Pillar Point Harbor, once it
    
    arrives? A few hours-as opposed to 24 to 48 hours would make a big
    
    difference. Or, is this also not known because birders only visit this
    
    location sporadically?
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    
    909.241.3300
    
    On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 4:28 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo < chucao@... >
    
    wrote:
    
    > Hi,
    
    >
    
    > We saw the gannet on a trip to the Farallon Islands, but we actually saw
    
    > it as we got back to Half Moon Bay. Right now the bird seems to be moving
    
    > back and forth between the Farallon Is. and the coast, not showing a clear
    
    > cut pattern. Some reports come from our harbor, then nothing for a while,
    
    > and on the Farallon Islands it is not in a spot that is easy to see from a
    
    > boat now. So right now it is does not show a reliable pattern. Soon enough
    
    > it may start hanging around at Sugarloaf on South East Farallon making it
    
    > easy to see there, we shall see.
    
    >
    
    > Regards
    
    >
    
    > Alvaro
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    >
    
    > alvaro@...
    
    >
    
    > www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > *From:* CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] *On
    
    > Behalf Of *'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    > *Sent:* Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:55 PM
    
    > *To:* CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    > *Subject:* [CALBIRDS] N Gannet?
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Hi,
    
    > Reading (misreading?) a recent email that Alvaro Jaramillo wrote, I got
    
    > the (mistaken?) impression that the Gannet has moved back to the Farallon
    
    > Islands, but now I see a July 13, 2016 eBird report from Pillar Pt Harbor,
    
    > San Mateo County. Where is this bird? I would like to finally see that
    
    > bird...
    
    > Tom
    
    >
    
    > Thomas Geza Miko
    
    > Claremont CA 91711
    
    > 909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    
    > http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    
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  3. RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2016 @ 9:34am, 3 day(s) ago
    Dan,
    
    Thanks for the additional Info, I get what you mean. Rusty Scalf also sent me some information on numbers of Bonies wintering out on the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is obvious I do not spend enough time in southern California, I had no idea. I do find it interesting that there is an offshore component to their lifestyle. The aspect we see up here is in spring migration where on pelagics we have come upon migrant flocks 10 miles or more offshore. I do wonder if these offshore Bonies, are the same ones that winter out there in SoCal?
    
    I am intrigued by species that are pelagic in some areas and not others (Common Tern for example), and how they can be plastic in their use of the pelagic zone. My impression in Argentina and Chile is that Common Terns feed largely in the pelagic zone, but that they come to land to roost in the evenings for example. I guess Bonaparte’s are on this continuum as well.
    
    Cheers
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of dan_cooper_90042@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:04 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull
    
    Alvaro -
    
    Should have clarified that by "out into" the ocean, I mean just that they move from an inland breeding area north of us (Boreal Canada) coastward, and then (I presume?) move down the Pacific Coast in fall, ending up here in SoCal in numbers by winter, where they seem to congregate out past the inshore zone (though not in truly pelagic waters). But they're remarkably variable in abundance, with 100s and even 1000s some winters, and just a handful others, at the same locations year to year. I can't think of other gull spp. that show these extreme inter-annual fluctuations locally, except maybe Heermann's? The times I see biggest numbers onshore in L.A./Ventura Co. are after storms or at least fronts (unscientific impression) when they're blown in, but they also seem quick to take advantage of ephemeral food supplies at water treatment plants, estuaries, etc. (which also might account for their unpredictable range each year, and maybe even for little spikes in summering birds well south of their normal range?)
    
    Anyway, I didn't mean to draw a direct line between the appearance of juv Sabine's and these birds, which are presumably adults that either failed to move north, or cruised partway up and headed back down. But it's more just a case of a northerly marine bird that should be far to the north of us right now. To Paul's point about lack of them now in SD Co., it seems that we're at the southern edge of Bonaparte's "summer range" if you can call it that, with June/July birds regular to Los Angeles and (esp.) the Salton Sea, but rarely in SD and (acc'g to eBird) pretty much never south of here.
    
    Either way, I don't want to confuse the issue about what you were talking about w/r/t Sabine's, and I'm way outside my ornithological comfort zone speculating on summering (or wintering) Bonaparte's Gulls.
    
    Dan Cooper
    
    Ventura Co.
    
    ---In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com , wrote :
    
    Dan,
    
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Here on the San Mateo County coast we do not get Bonaparte’s much other than in spring migration. We have no oversummering birds here now. But I am intrigued by a different point you mention, you suggest that Bonaparte’s winter in a pelagic range on the West Coast? You note that they “move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding” is this really the case?
    
    
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  5. RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 10:03pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Alvaro -
    
    Should have clarified that by "out into" the ocean, I mean just that they move from an inland breeding area north of us (Boreal Canada) coastward, and then (I presume?) move down the Pacific Coast in fall, ending up here in SoCal in numbers by winter, where they seem to congregate out past the inshore zone (though not in truly pelagic waters). But they're remarkably variable in abundance, with 100s and even 1000s some winters, and just a handful others, at the same locations year to year. I can't think of other gull spp. that show these extreme inter-annual fluctuations locally, except maybe Heermann's? The times I see biggest numbers onshore in L.A./Ventura Co. are after storms or at least fronts (unscientific impression) when they're blown in, but they also seem quick to take advantage of ephemeral food supplies at water treatment plants, estuaries, etc. (which also might account for their unpredictable range each year, and maybe even for little spikes in summering birds well south of their normal range?)
    
    Anyway, I didn't mean to draw a direct line between the appearance of juv Sabine's and these birds, which are presumably adults that either failed to move north, or cruised partway up and headed back down. But it's more just a case of a northerly marine bird that should be far to the north of us right now. To Paul's point about lack of them now in SD Co., it seems that we're at the southern edge of Bonaparte's "summer range" if you can call it that, with June/July birds regular to Los Angeles and (esp.) the Salton Sea, but rarely in SD and (acc'g to eBird) pretty much never south of here.
    
    Either way, I don't want to confuse the issue about what you were talking about w/r/t Sabine's, and I'm way outside my ornithological comfort zone speculating on summering (or wintering) Bonaparte's Gulls.
    
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
    
    ---In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, wrote :
    
    Dan,
    
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Here on the San Mateo County coast we do not get Bonaparte’s much other than in spring migration. We have no oversummering birds here now. But I am intrigued by a different point you mention, you suggest that Bonaparte’s winter in a pelagic range on the West Coast? You note that they “move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding” is this really the case??
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  7. RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 8:53pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Dan,
    
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Here on the San Mateo County coast we do not get Bonaparte’s much other than in spring migration. We have no oversummering birds here now. But I am intrigued by a different point you mention, you suggest that Bonaparte’s winter in a pelagic range on the West Coast? You note that they “move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding” is this really the case?
    
    Little is known about where our Sabine’s go to winter. I see them almost annually offshore in central Chile, and have noted them southbound in Oct-Nov with Arctic Terns. They are offshore somewhere, but where the concentrations are might be anywhere between central Peru and S Chile. It is unclear. They may be farther south than has generally been considered, similar to many of the Red Phalaropes which may be farther south than generally thought. In any case, I am interested in hearing about offshore wintering by Bonaparte’s, and if this is the case, they would be well north of where Sabine’s winter.
    
    Take care,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of dan_cooper_90042@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:39 AM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull
    
    Interesting topic - not to get off on a tangent, but I'm also wondering also about Bonaparte's Gulls. Are you seeing a lot this summer? I checked ebird and 2016 appears to be a huge year for summering birds this far south. The little group I just saw at Lancaster WTP (Los Angeles Co.) appeared to be in adult basic plumage, but they were far away and I didn't confirm this. Anyway, this species has a pretty different ecology (and a breeding range much farther south) than Sabine's, but both move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding, and the appearance of BOGU in summer seems to be highly variable from year to year (e.g., lots this year at Malibu Lagoon, then none in 2015, then multiple reports in 2014, then a multi-year gap, etc.). It's a species that seems to be particularly sensitive to weather and changing food conditions, appearing en masse one place one year, or for several months, then gone the next. I realize you're talking about timing in breeding, but I also wonder if maybe the same forces that push BOGU around the eastern Pacific (currents, water temps) also work on Sabine's populations, but we just get so few nearshore that we hardly notice.
    
    Dan Cooper
    
    Ventura Co.
    
    
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  9. RE: [CALBIRDS] N Gannet? LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 4:28pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    We saw the gannet on a trip to the Farallon Islands, but we actually saw it as we got back to Half Moon Bay. Right now the bird seems to be moving back and forth between the Farallon Is. and the coast, not showing a clear cut pattern. Some reports come from our harbor, then nothing for a while, and on the Farallon Islands it is not in a spot that is easy to see from a boat now. So right now it is does not show a reliable pattern. Soon enough it may start hanging around at Sugarloaf on South East Farallon making it easy to see there, we shall see.
    
    Regards
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:55 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] N Gannet?
    
    Hi,
    
    Reading (misreading?) a recent email that Alvaro Jaramillo wrote, I got the (mistaken?) impression that the Gannet has moved back to the Farallon Islands, but now I see a July 13, 2016 eBird report from Pillar Pt Harbor, San Mateo County. Where is this bird? I would like to finally see that bird...
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    
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  11. N Gannet? LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:54pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    Reading  (misreading?) a recent email that Alvaro Jaramillo wrote, I got the (mistaken?) impression that the Gannet has moved back to the Farallon Islands, but now I see a July 13, 2016 eBird report from Pillar Pt Harbor, San Mateo County. Where is this bird? I would like to finally see that bird...
    
    Tom Thomas Geza Miko
    
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
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  13. early juv. Sabine's and shorebirds LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 10:10am, 4 day(s) ago
    First, more on early-arriving juvenile shorebirds: In addition to my
    
    super-early juvenile Greater Yellowlegs yesterday here in San Diego,
    
    today I had a single juvenile Western Sandpiper in with 4000+ adult
    
    Westerns, and while not nearly as early as the yellowlegs, it probably
    
    does set a new record-early arrival date for San Diego County by just a
    
    few days, although published data in this county on juvenile arrival
    
    dates are a bit limited. BTW, the next earliest juv Greater Yellowlegs I
    
    could track down for southern CA was 02 August 2007 (in Santa Barbara
    
    Co.), but there may be some other July records out there somewhere.
    
    Also, note the posting yesterday by Lucas Brug mentioning several very
    
    early juv. shorebird arrivals this year up in Del Norte County.
    
    As for juvenile Sabine's Gulls, Alvaro's two birds this past weekend may
    
    well be an all-time record for the state. I've had early juvenile
    
    Sabine's twice in recent years: on 31 July 2015 on Cordell Bank and 07
    
    August 2011 off San Diego. The very early spring migrant Sabine's Alvaro
    
    alluded to were the amazing 200+ we tallied during a cruise-ship run
    
    between southern CA and Washington/British Columbia on 20-21 March 2015,
    
    with still lots of birds as the sun went down on 21 March off the
    
    northern WA coast (so who knows how far north they actually went). One
    
    explanation for this event was the unusually "warm" water present at
    
    that time all the way up the coast. But no such early cruises happened
    
    in 2016, so we don't know what happened this year. BUT, I can say that
    
    upon my late May 2016 arrival to Gambell, Alaska, I was greeted by
    
    virtually record little snow (it HAD fallen earlier in season but had
    
    quickly melted off) and the least ice I had ever seen there (not only in
    
    the ocean, where none, but all the marshes and small ponds opened up
    
    record early), so it could well be that at least in parts of western
    
    Alaska (where lots of shorebirds and Sabine's breed) they could easily
    
    have started nesting quite early this year, if they were so inclined and
    
    capable of moving their schedule up.
    
    As for summering Bonaparte's Gulls here in s. CA, there have been only 2
    
    such birds that I am aware of in San Diego Co. this summer, so it is not
    
    a good year for them down here--for whatever that's worth. I would also
    
    add that it is fairly routine to have summering alternate-plumaged
    
    adults mixed in with younger birds at over-summering assemblages--thus,
    
    black-headed adults do not necessarily mean early arrivals from up north.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  15. Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 7:39am, 5 day(s) ago
    Interesting topic - not to get off on a tangent, but I'm also wondering also about Bonaparte's Gulls. Are you seeing a lot this summer? I checked ebird and 2016 appears to be a huge year for summering birds this far south. The little group I just saw at Lancaster WTP (Los Angeles Co.) appeared to be in adult basic plumage, but they were far away and I didn't confirm this. Anyway, this species has a pretty different ecology (and a breeding range much farther south) than Sabine's, but both move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding, and the appearance of BOGU in summer seems to be highly variable from year to year (e.g., lots this year at Malibu Lagoon, then none in 2015, then multiple reports in 2014, then a multi-year gap, etc.). It's a species that seems to be particularly sensitive to weather and changing food conditions, appearing en masse one place one year, or for several months, then gone the next. I realize you're talking about timing in breeding, but I also wonder if maybe the same forces that push BOGU around the eastern Pacific (currents, water temps) also work on Sabine's populations, but we just get so few nearshore that we hardly notice.
    
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.?
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  17. Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 8:32pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hello,   Following up on Paul’s thoughts on juvenile migrants. On Saturday we saw (unfortunately no photos) two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls in the mix on our pelagic in San Mateo County. I did not think much about these until later, considering that in general gulls do not seem to segregate their migration by age like shorebirds. In fact, often it is the first cycle birds that show up first (Mew for example), or they just show up mixed. I posted some of this on Facebook, and got a surprising reply. Essentially, that it would be impossible for Sabine’s Gulls juveniles to be this far south this early in the year based on published dates for breeding in Sabine’s Gulls. Hmmm…. Something must be going on. I have three possibilities; 1) egg dates and info on breeding timing in Sabine’s in the continent are incomplete. 2) Our birds come from Siberia, which is what many suppose, and their breeding is much earlier than those in the NA Arctic. 3) Things have changed in the Arctic and they are breeding much earlier than in the past.    I don’t know what applies here, but wonder if others have seen juvenile Sabine’s my mid-July? Or does anyone have any thoughts as to the above theories, or can add their own. Paul, weren’t you seeing super early Sabine’s going north in spring? Are we seeing a shift in timing, or is it incomplete data we are dealing with? Thanks, Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  19. Re: juvenile shorebird arrivals, and Baja seabird breeders LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 1:34pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I had a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs on Friday July 15th at the Elk Creek mouth in Crescent City
    Lucas Brug?
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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  21. Huge Numbers of Sooty Shearwaters in San Luis Obispo LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 9:50am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    Second hand report of continuous streams of Sooty Shearwaters migrating south off of Pismo and Oceano Beaches this morning....over 25,000 - 40,000 and still moving.
    
    Greg Chapman
    Eureka, Ca
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  23. juvenile shorebird arrivals, and Baja seabird breeders LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 1:03pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Two unrelated topics:
    
    Many birders pay close attention to the arrival dates of the first
    
    juvenile shorebirds of many species, although some species get less
    
    attention given that ageing them in the field may not always be so easy
    
    (e.g., Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit) or somehow they otherwise
    
    escape below the radar. Certainly the first juveniles of some of the
    
    southern (Great Plains and Intermontane West) breeders have started
    
    returning the past several days (e.g., Long-billed Curlew, Willet,
    
    Wilson's Phalarope), several taiga-breeders are likely soon to follow
    
    (e.g., several very slightly-early juvenile Least Sandpipers were
    
    reported here in San Diego yesterday), and the first
    
    taiga-tundra-breeders (e.g., Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers,
    
    Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phlarope) should be appearing within
    
    the next week or so. One species for which accurate juvenile arrival
    
    dates MIGHT not exist for many regions is Greater Yellowlegs, and I'd
    
    like to report what seems like an early arriving juv. Greater here in
    
    San Diego today, July 18. Seems that arrival dates for juv. Lessers are
    
    better known (first few days in August). The earliest arrival date of a
    
    juv. Greater that I know of in Santa Barbara County is also the first
    
    week of August, and such a date here in San Diego County may be
    
    unknown. Any thoughts? Same is true for arrival dates of things like
    
    juvenile Whimbrels, Black Turnstones, Surfbirds, Solitary Sandpipers,
    
    and Wandering Tattlers--less so juv. Semipalmated and Black-bellied
    
    Plovers and Red Knots, though still not aged as often as are the peep
    
    and dowitchers. Anyone care to tackle a juvenile Wilson's Snipe?!
    
    Alvaro J. posted some thoughts a couple days ago about yet another
    
    failed year of breeding by Heermann's Gulls and Elegant Terns off s.
    
    Baja earlier this season, but that Brown Pelicans are doing better. Yes,
    
    young Heermann's are essentially absent so far this year in southern CA
    
    as well, but many of those southerly Elegant Terns have, again, shifted
    
    their breeding north, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000+
    
    pairs currently nesting on south San Diego Bay. And judging (very
    
    UN-scientifically) from the large numbers of almost-fledged young
    
    standing around the colony edge, they seem to have done pretty well. I
    
    also heard a rumor that not long after this year's nesting failures in
    
    Mexico that large schools of baitfish finally did appear in the
    
    Gulf--but too late for those species there this year. But hopefully that
    
    portends better luck in 2017. It has now been three years in a row of
    
    almost total failure down there of some species.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  25. Half Moon Bay pelagic report - great start to the season LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2016 @ 10:57pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello all,     We had a fantastic day offshore. Why? It was just such a diverse, trip with some superb views of birds. The weather was good, a moderate swell and low winds. We stayed fully in San Mateo county today. As last weekend, Cassin’s Auklets are common out there, and we started seeing good numbers of Red-necked Phalarope, as well as a nice migratory push of Sabine’s Gulls. One of the first fun bit of excitement was when Logan Kahle screamed out Buller’s Shearwater, early so very good. But for John Weigel who is doing an ABA Big Year, it was 750, a record breaker!! And he has two more in the bag, waiting for ABA acceptance. Congratulations John, we were glad to help get you a bird. As we headed out Ashy Storm-Petrels started to show up, and right where we turned back, great views of a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and a nice experience with several Black-footed Albatross. There was a period of about 20 minutes, where it was bang! Bang! Bang! With a goodie at each bang. A Laysan Albatross made a great pass by the boat, wow! Minutes later a few birders were mentioning an odd storm petrel, with a pale rump. Confusion for a little bit, as then we had an amazing view of Leach’s Storm Petrel, problem solved. Leach’s is a very tough bird to see here, and a really good bird in San Mateo county. As the adrenalin was still up, Murrelets!! A pair of Scripp’s Murrelets gave a nice show. The back and forth of excitement was just great. Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel showed up, and a second later on in the trip.      The mammals were great too, with a very close Blue Whale, many Humpback Whales close to Half Moon Bay and a big group of Pacific White-sided Dolphin with two Northern Right Whale Dolphin. In the end it was a great set of birds, 4 species of Storm Petrel; two albatrosses; Marbled and Scripps’s Murrelet, early Buller’s Shearwater and overall great seas, and superb views of some of these birds. Lots of birds, very few dead spots, nice views and great diversity – it was a superb first trip of the season. I hope this means that even better things are coming.       Good birding Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  27. Heermann's Gull, Elegant Terns - thoughts from central coast LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2016 @ 7:28pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi all,    I am keeping my eye on the classic coastal Baja/SoCal breeders: Brown Pelican, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern here in Half Moon Bay. It looks like another disaster of a season for the gull, it seems that they have failed for a third year in a row in their breeding as there are NO juveniles being seen up here. The difference this year locally is the abundance of Heermann’s Gulls, we are seeing twice the number we usually see here. There is a sprinkling of third cycle individuals, maybe 1-2%, and today I saw my first second cycle birds of the season (2 in approximately 800 individuals). This is a lot of failure, so much so that next season there will almost be no immatures of any age in the flocks, and that is unbelievable to me. Essentially the entire species will be made up of adult birds. Brian Sullivan reported that the small colony in Monterey County was nesting and apparently doing well this year.    Elegant Terns did something weird this year, they came in during late April early May scouting around here and then left. I gather they were looking for places to breed after leaving Baja as conditions were not good there, and most bred in Southern California. So far, the first few are starting to trickle in here which is later than usual. Typically by the first few days of July we are seeing numbers, it looks like this time around they are about two weeks late. I assume this is because of the time lost looking for places to breed, as they vacated Baja in spring?     Brown Pelican, they look ok to me. Lots of juveniles around, but it will be good to get the actual colony numbers. So, we are still seeing effects of warm water (low food), particularly in Baja. I assume this means that we will have another good year for Craveri’s Murrelet, Black Storm Petrels, on pelagics. We shall see. Here in the central coast we have good cold water close to shore, and a strong gradient to warm water once you get out past about 30 miles offshore. We have not had the gradient like this for a couple of years. We are heading out tomorrow, and the Pt. Sur Clipper is heading out of Monterey tomorrow to deep water, so we will get our first look at what is going on out there.   Good birding Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] Birding Suggestions LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2016 @ 6:42am, 9 day(s) ago
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  31. Re: [CALBIRDS] Red necked stint in Hayward? LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2016 @ 5:27pm, 9 day(s) ago
    On Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:21:50 -0700, "Dave Weber dwbirdster@...
    
    [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    >Message posted to calbirds says bird seen 5pm. Is this for today july 14?
    
    The date on the message is Wed, 13 Jul 2016 so it was posted yesterday. Not
    
    today.
    
    --
    
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  33. Red necked stint in Hayward? LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2016 @ 5:21pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Message posted to calbirds says bird seen 5pm. Is this for today july 14?
    
    Thanks
    
    Dave Weber,
    
    Milpitas
    
    by phone
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  35. RE: [CALBIRDS] red necked stint photos online LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 5:33pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hey All,
    
    The Stint continues. Refound by Francis Toldi about 5 pm and still in view.
    
    Chris Johnson
    Mt view, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    
    From: "John Sterling jsterling@... [CALBIRDS]"
    
    Date: 07/13/2016 2:19 PM (GMT-08:00)
    
    To: "CALBIRDS@yahoogroups. com" , Countybirders , EBB sightings
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] red necked stint photos online
    
    ? Just uploaded my photos of the Alameda County Red-necked Stint. Check out my Recent Photos Gallery on my Photo Page.
    
    enjoy!
    
    John
    
    John Sterling
    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm Ave
    
    Woodland, CA 95695
    
    530 908-3836
    
    jsterling@...
    
    www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    contact me for details regarding
    
    Uganda Tour June 2017
    
    Central Colombia Tour August 2017
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  37. World Shorebirds Day 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2016 @ 10:14am, 9 day(s) ago
    Dear Friends,
    The 3rd World Shorebirds Day is at the corner and many of us has already saved the dates of the popular Global Shorebird Counting Program. 2-6 September 2016 is an extended weekend for counting shorebirds on multiple locations. Please save the date for you as well. We cannot encourage enough people from here, but surely we can ask for your assistance to invite more people from your local community.
    Please find the registration page here: https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/global-shorebird-counting-2016-registration/
    Should you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact us at? shorebirdsday@...
    Best wishes, Szimi —— Gyorgy Szimuly Milton Keynes, UK World Shorebirds Day
    
    World Shorebirds Day Official Website of the World Shorebirds Day
    
    View on? worldshorebirdsday.w...
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  39. PARAKEET AUKLET in San Francisco fide Marty DeAngelo 7/13/2016AM LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:33pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    Marty Angelo found and photographed a PARAKEET AUKLET at Land's End in
    
    San Francisco this morning, viewed from the Fort Miley overlook at the
    
    Northern terminus of 48th Avenue in San Francisco. I looked for over an
    
    hour this afternoon without success. Given the date, this could mean
    
    there are more to come...
    
    Photos and details here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30672370
    
    Good birding,
    
    Logan Kahle for Marty Angelo
    
    San Francisco
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  41. City of Woodland Waste Water Treatment Plant Birding Access LINK
    DATE: Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:15pm, 11 day(s) ago
    About a month ago,I posted that the management of the City of Woodland
    Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) suspended access for bird watching
    because of road construction. I was told that I would be contacted when
    the suspension was lifted.
    
    Although I had not received an update
    from the City of Woodland, some birders have recently posted their
    birding outings to the WWTP to this group.? These posting did not
    mention whether the birders experienced any difficulty gaining access.?
    Thus, some confusion arose about whether the access suspension had been
    lifted.? To determine the official status of birding at the WWTP, I
    contacted the City of Woodland.
    
    Today, I received a response to
    my inquiry, from the City of Woodland, that an access suspension is in
    effect for at least the next two weeks to a month due to trench work. It
    is my understanding that the birders parking lot will be involved in
    current project phase.
    
    As reminder, the access suspension is
    based on safety during the construction period, and our compliance is a
    positive message about character of the birding community.
    
    Ken Ealy
    Yolo Audubon Society
    Davis
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  43. red necked stint photos online LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 2:19pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Just uploaded my photos of the Alameda County Red-necked Stint. Check out my Recent Photos Gallery on my Photo Page.
    
    enjoy!
    
    John
    
    John Sterling
    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    530 908-3836
    jsterling@...
    www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    contact me for details regarding
    Uganda Tour June 2017
    Central Colombia Tour August 2017
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  45. upcoming fall San Diego pelagic trips LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:57am, 11 day(s) ago
    The fall schedule of San Diego pelagic trips sponsored by Buena Vista
    
    Audubon Society includes Sunday sailings on August 21, September 25, and
    
    October 9. All three are aboard "Grande" out of Point Loma Sportfishing,
    
    are 12 hours duration, and will visit the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks,
    
    mostly in San Diego County waters, with possibly brief time spent in Los
    
    Angeles County waters (if that's where the storm-petrel rafts are). For
    
    further information and how to make reservations, see
    
    sandiegopelagics.com or socalbirding.com (same website).
    
    All three trips will target several of the more sought-after and
    
    somewhat regular late-summer and early autumn specialties off southern
    
    California: Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, and Least
    
    Storm-Petrel. We have a chance of finding the newly split Townsend's
    
    Storm-Petrel in the deeper water near the 30-Mile Bank, as well as a
    
    small chance there for Guadalupe Murrelet. Other scarce species recorded
    
    on multiple fall trips in recent years include Black-footed Albatross,
    
    South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, Wilson's, Leach's, & Ashy
    
    Storm-Petrels, and Arctic Tern. Likely species include Pink-footed and
    
    Black-vented Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet,
    
    phalaropes, Pomarine & Parasitic Jaegers, and Sabine's Gull. The late
    
    August trip coincides with near-peak of the (irregular) Long-tailed
    
    Jaeger migration. The October trip provides for a chance for
    
    Flesh-footed Shearwater.
    
    --Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout-- San Diego
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  47. RED-NECKED STINT at Frank's Dump, Hayward Regional Shoreline LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2016 @ 10:29pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Yesterday evening, on a field trip to the Frank's Dump area of Hayward Regional Shoreline that i was co-leading for Ohlone Audubon, Vicki Robinson found and photographed a RED-NECKED STINT in alternate plumage. (Frank's Dump is the local name for the large pond adjacent to the Sulphur Creek outlet into SF Bay). Unfortunately, no one else in our group was able to get on the bird before sunset last night. Today, quite a few birders (including me) went out to search for the bird, but it didn't show again until almost 6:30pm.
    
    The stint was originally found in the northwest corner of Frank's Dump, and today at 6:30, that corner is exactly where it reappeared. It foraged there for nearly 30 minutes, offering excellent views from as close as 30 feet away. At about 7pm, every peep took off simultaneously, including the stint, and formed a huge murmuration that lasted for nearly 10 minutes. The peeps all settled in a tightly packed mass on an island closer to the southwest corner of Frank's Dump, and after diligent scoping through thousands of Westerns and Leasts, we managed to re-find the stint, its bright red face making it possible.
    
    I believe that this represents a first county record for Alameda County. Here's a link to Vicki Robinson's photos from yesterday.
    
    https://goo.gl/photos/Zc9d1314WA3dgJie7
    
    Good birding,
    
    Bob Toleno
    
    Hayward
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  49. San Luis Obispo County Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2016 @ 8:02am, 12 day(s) ago
    When: Sunday, September 4
    
    Where: Morro Bay Landing
    
    Time: 6:00-am-4:00pm
    
    Price: $115
    
    Join us for our annual pelagic trip sponsored by the Morro Coast Audubon Society led by the fantastic three Tom Edell, Brad Schram, and Curtis Marantz. This is an earlier than usual trip so I suggest get
    your applications in early.
    
    Send me an email for an application. I will place you on the manifest in the order in which I receive your completed application and check.?
    
    Our goal is to reach the Santa Lucia Bank. We will be on the Endeavor which is capable of reaching that prime birding spot, as the weather and seas will allow.
    
    Thank you,
    
    Mike Stiles
    
    Los Osos
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