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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 http://www.condorexpress.com/, to reserve your spot.Hope to see you on board!Dave PerekstaVentura
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 http://www.islandpackers.com/ 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
Just placed last week's photos on my Recent Photos gallery. See www.sterlingbirds.com, click on Photo tab, then Recent Photos Gallery enjoy! John Sterling VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV 26 Palm Ave Woodland, CA 95695 530 908-3836 jsterling@... www.sterlingbirds.com Monterey Seabirds www.montereyseabirds.com (831) 375-4658 Special Galapagos Birding Tour 9-19 July 2015
Tristan, 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.
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
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
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 luck. 1) Go to our HREC website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/hopland/ 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 ...so 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@...
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 DEBRA SHEARWATER Shearwater Journeys, Inc. PO Box 190 Hollister, CA 95024 831.637.8527 debi@... www.shearwaterjourneys.com www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
Hi, 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 far. 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! Second... 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 closed! Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding, Closing this thread and back to birding our/your brains out! Bob Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California Cell: 760-382-1260
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
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.)
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: SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP SUPPORT PASADENA AREA BIRDERS, TEACHERS, AND OTHERS TO ATTEND CONFERENCES, CLASSES, AND WORKSHOPS OR TO STUDY ORNITHOLOGY. RESEARCH GRANTS FOR COLLECTING DATA ON BIRDS, BIRDING, HABITAT CONSERVATION, AND EDUCATION. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO PROJECTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED. GRANT AWARDS FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS MAY ALSO BE AWARDED TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE MISSIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF 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: http://www.pasadenaaudubon.org/?q=grants Regards, Lance Benner (on behalf of Pasadena Audubon Society) Altadena, CA
Continuing around hotel John Sterling. 26 Palm Ave Woodland, CA 95696 Www.sterlingbirds.com 530 908-3836 Sent from my iPhone
I have posted several photos of the Red-faced Warbler from today at Galileo on my Flickr page. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
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
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 Www.sterlingbirds.com 530 908-3836 Sent from my iPhone
Wes Fritz805-895-0685 wes-fritz@... Solvang CA. Sent from my iPhone Begin forwarded message: From: "'John C. Wilson' jcwilson@... [kerncobirding]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: October 7, 2014 at 12:12:52 PM PDTTo: email@example.comSubject: [kerncobirding] Red-Faced WarblerReply-To: "John C. Wilson" <jcwilson@...> All, I am unable to send the post of the Red-faced Warbler to Calbirds. Could someone forward the previous post for me? Thanks John Wilson
FYI -- Michael Feighner Livermore, CA, Alameda County http://www.linkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner -- ?Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.? -- Thomas Edison
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 - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ . 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
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]" <CALBIRDSfirstname.lastname@example.org> 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: > > https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/ > > "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 > > ------------------------------------ > Posted by: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> > ------------------------------------ > > Unsubscribe: mailto:CALBIRDSemail@example.com > Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CALBIRDS > Listowners: mailto:CALBIRDSfirstname.lastname@example.org > > For vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these addresses: > Turn off email delivery: mailto:CALBIRDSemail@example.com > Resume email delivery: mailto:CALBIRDSfirstname.lastname@example.org > > > ------------------------------------ > > Yahoo Groups Links > > >
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: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sbcobirding/ "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
Hi, 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
Hi, 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. ALL OF THE PRECEDING ASSUMES THAT BIRDERS WILL CALL SILVER SADDLE AHEAD OF TIME TO VERIFY CURRENT COSTS AND OTHER SPECIFICS AT THE TIME OF CALLS. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SHOW UP TO MAKE RESERVATIONS UNTIL IT IS SEEN HOW THINGS PROGRESS REGARDING THIS PARTIAL REOPENING OF SILVER SADDLE FACILITIES TO BIRDERS. 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
v1.23 - 12/08/11 - Added direct link to CBRC records. v1.22 - 12/03/11 - Corrected GMT offsets on dates. Added last 5 posts at top. v1.21 - 11/24/11 - Added direct link to range map for NA birds. v1.2 - 11/23/11 - Greatly improved graphing technology - separates month vs. year by posts. Added species auto-complete functionality. v1.14 - 11/22/11 - Added cloud bubble for common thread topics. v1.13 - 11/22/11 - Added integrated photos where available. v1.12 - 11/22/11 - Added multiple input boxes for additional refinement, negative search criteria (eg. -keyword). v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations. v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'. v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.