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· Harpagus ID (Aug 25, 2016)
· Arcata kite photos (Aug 25, 2016)
· Immature Harpagus in Arcata (Aug 25, 2016)
· Passing of Richard Ternullo (Aug 24, 2016)
· Outstanding San Mateo county pelagic trip last Saturday! Trip Report. (Aug 23, 2016)
  1. Harpagus ID LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2016 @ 10:59pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I'm seeing some photos now in which Rufous-thighed Kites look very warmly colored on the breast. Given that most of my shots show a largely dark underwing and some show chestnut in the wing coverts, and also noting the thickness of the malar stripe, this species, Double-toothed's closest relative, needs to be considered carefully. It is a long-distance migrant from eastern South America.
    
    I'd welcome any help with identification within this genus.
    
    Thank you,
    Tristan McKee 
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  3. Arcata kite photos LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2016 @ 7:34pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I took somewhat better pictures of the Arcata raptor on Parton Road north of town today:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769@N08/albums/72157672700208176
    
    Tristan McKee
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  5. Immature Harpagus in Arcata LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2016 @ 9:13am, 1 day(s) ago
    Maybe not a bird of wild origin but truly a spectacular thing to see in a Humboldt neighborhood setting, a flashy medium-sized raptor has been inhabiting western Arcata for the past few days. I take it to be a Double-toothed Kite in transitional plumage. I had to work to figure this one out because I am rusty. :-) This morning, I had very good views of the stunning bird on a pole in the pasture west of 17th street, a half mile west of Alliance/K street. It eventually flew to Iverson and gave a loud, descending, wailing squeal, just like many Double-toothed Kite examples on xeno-canto.
    
    I have also seen it soaring over my house on P Street in the evening and in the morning on Zehnder. Its structure is unlike any North American raptor, though this genus is sometimes likened to the Accipiters (however, Harpagus have longer wings and shorter tails). It flaps with surprising rapidity and glides on slightly bowed wings, bringing to my mind a large Burrowing Owl when it was flying away. The head is mostly gray and there is some red coming into the breast, but there is much brown streaking and barring retained on the underparts. The tail is boldly patterned with thick bands of black and white. It has large reddish eyes. The underwing varies in impression in different conditions and angles, but it seems to be whitish through the center of the wing, with a chestnut leading edge and heavily barred flight feathers. The reddish coming into the breast makes it simple to eliminate the only other Harpagus, the South American Rufous-thighed Kite.
    
    I had obtained some poor video stills of the bird previously, but this time, when it obliged to sit still for  good 10 minutes, I had forgotten my memory card. But I'm sure one of the fine photographers up here will be able to post photos sometime today.
    
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
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  7. Passing of Richard Ternullo LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:30pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Folks   Chris Hartzell just passed on the news that legendary Skipper Richard Ternullo of Monterey Bay Seabirds/Whalewatch passed away from his battle with cancer today. I am in shock, I was hoping to see him this Saturday at the dock, share a few laughs, talk about the birds and whales and have a good time. I will miss him. He was a good guy, straight shooter and one of those people who had done a lot, worked on many projects, influenced tons of people and could very well have gone around thinking he was better than others. But no, Richard was Richard, humble and downplaying all he had done. Many of you will know him as a the most knowledgeable skipper on California pelagic boats, a guy who knew the birds, knew the whales and the ocean. He had been taking out birders for years, usually on the Pt. Sur Clipper. See Chris’s email below for a few more details on Richard’s work.    I learned a lot from Richard, and will truly miss him. The wheelhouse without Skipper Richard Ternullo will just not be the same. We will miss you Richard. Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com
     From: mbbirds@... [mailto:mbbirds@...] On Behalf Of Chris Hartzell
    Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:37 PM
    To: Mbbirds
    Subject: [MBBIRDS] Passing of Richard Ternullo
    
     I am saddened to report that Richard Ternullo passed away tonight after losing his battle with cancer.
    
    Richard was the co-owner of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, the skipper and coordinator for Monterey Seabirds and Shearwater Journeys for many many years, Having a degree in biology, he led naturalist trips on Monterey B ay for over 33 years and authored and co-authored many publications including such titles as, “From Wind to Whales: Trophic Links in a Coastal Upwelling System,” “Killer Whales of California and Western Mexico: A Catalog of Photo-Identified Individuals,” and “Occurrence, Distribution, and Predation of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Monterey Bay.” Richard was a huge advocate for Monterey Bay and all its wildlife, including specifically birds, whales, and sharks and w as by far the best seabird skipper, having his own rarity records attributed to him. He was President and Vice President of the American Cetacean Society Monterey Bay as well as National Board member of the American Cetacean Society. For those who knew him, he was an advocate with an attitude.
    
    I have memories of him when I was a young animal lover aboard his seabirding trips and today as a fellow advocate with an attitude. I will remember how he knew when to be political and calm, but I will never forget how he wasn’t afraid to use his voice to get a point across, whether to a misbehaving passenger on the boat or city leader in a council meeting.
    
    It is a tremendous loss to Monterey Bay and he will be greatly missed.
    
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  9. Outstanding San Mateo county pelagic trip last Saturday! Trip Report. LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone,       Last Saturday’s San Mateo county pelagic will go down as one of those top memorable trips. The weather was still, no wind, no chop, just smooth rolling water and great visibility. We could not have asked for a better setup. As we headed out we were thinking about Marbled Murrelet, which we did not find ironically, when a murrelet zipped by the boat. Incredibly surprising it was an ANCIENT MURRELET confirmed by Dan Murphy’s photos. How surprising Well, there has not been any eBird record the entire summer for ANY spot south of Washington State!! That is one lost murrelet. Murrelets on our minds, we eventually ran across two different pairs of SCRIPPS’S MURRELET, the more common one of the three southern murrelets, a new bird for some folks, and exciting for all. These sightings were good at testing our identification skills as the goal we all had in mind in these conditions, and knowing what is occurring south of us (warm water with little food in Baja) we were hoping for the similar but much rarer CRAVERI’S MURRELET. It is not only the rarity of this at this latitude, but that is just a cool name. You almost imagine that if you got close to a colony of these birds they would smell of Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled with Olive Oil! This little alcid is named for Federico Craveri an Italian scientist who for part of his life worked at the National Museum in Mexico City, in case you ever wondered how this Mexican species obtained such a Mediterranean sounding name. We turned around at the warmest water we have encountered all season, breaking 61 F, and looking blue and clear. Eventually the call went out from Rob Furrow of murrelets and three birds flew forward and away from the boat. Photos confirmed murrelets, Craveri’s Murrelets with their dark underwings. We were on the hunt, knowing that in these conditions we had a fighting chance of finding them again. There they were, three birds. But you know, they turned into CASSIN’S AUKLETS as we approached. But hold on there were three others to the left – these were our guys, bicolored with tails pointed sky high. Grazie don Federico! Rarely do you see Ron Thorn see a county bird in San Mateo. And we even got a “world record” with John Weigel seeing 760 for his record breaking Big Year, he saw 750 last month with us (Buller’s Shearwater) and now this, pretty cool! Celebration, hugs, camaraderie, it was just great and fun birding.     But to fill in the rest of the highlights, there were absolutely thousands of Sooty Shearwaters closer to shore and eventually a great density of HUMPBACK WHALES. We were surrounded by whales, some breaching, some lunge feeding – they were all over the place. Both offshore Phalaropes showed up, REDS are now getting common and all three JAEGERS but not in numbers. Superb views of terns, with many COMMON TERNS including a point blank adult sitting on flotsam and a few ARCTIC TERNS including a nice second cycle bird on flotsam. These non-adult plumages are always a treat to study for the ID fanatics. Lots of SABINE’S GULLS, in all ages, including some second year birds. The deep water was sprinkled with ASHY STORM PETRELS, and a couple of FORK-TAILED showed for the folks on the bow. We lost track of how many BLUE WHALES we saw, and once again FIN WHALE (uncommon at our latitude) showed up as well as many BLUE SHARKS and what appears to be a GUADALUPE FUR SEAL. This southern and threatened mammal showed up in numbers in 2015, and is showing up again this season. Unfortunate I found a dead one already in Half Moon Bay, that the Cal Academy collected for study. The warm water where we turned around gave up a BULLER’S SHEARWATER which have been few and far between so far. PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER increased from previous trips, but they are still lower than expected. RHINOCEROS AUKLET is almost non-existent this year, I don’t know if this has anything to do with numbers being found dead on beaches in British Columbia a couple of weeks ago. Food is abundant, we were in warmer water and encountered bait balls of Northern Anchovy as well as what looked like masses of squid below the boat. At one time we had our fish finder seeing hundreds of feet of dense food below us, amazing! In the warmer water Pacific Saury were jumping up at the surface, Buller’s Shearwater seem to be associated with this bait fish. There were a few offshore passerine birds, highlight was a LARK SPARROW (not common in our county) flying over the boat! A juvenile BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD chased us down and settled in for the trip, taking off for land once we were back at shore.    Icing on the cake for us was the NORTHERN GANNET as we came back to port, nicknamed Morris by Emilie Strauss. It was definitely a good day, smiles all around, those tired perhaps even aching, but happy people coming off a boat that really did have a great day out. We lived a wildlife documentary, but it was even better as we shared it with like-minded folks, and it was for real!  Photos of Ancient Murrelet (Dan Murphy):     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175239 Photos of Lark Sparrow (Oscar Moss):      http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175243 Ad Common Tern (Dan Murphy)    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175245 Our great views of Scripps’s Murrelets and BF Albatross.     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175246 Craveri!     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175250   No room left of this weekend’s trips unfortunately. September 10 is the first one with open spots if anyone is interested in trying their luck out with some fantastic sea birding. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   Hey, if you are interested in learning more about how our California Ocean works, why cold and warm water matter, and what El Niño is and what it is not. Well, come to my talk, “Birding the Blob” that gets you up to speed on why California pelagic birding is special and what is going on in these weird years we have had recently. I promise, it won’t be boring! Ok, if it is let me know if it is and I will add a few jokes for the next group.   Tues, Sept 13, 2016. Monterey Audubon Society. http://www.montereyaudubon.org/programs.html Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Monterey Bay Bird Festival http://www.montereybaybirding.org/speakers-friday/ Tues Oct 18, 2016 – details to be announced. San Diego Field Ornithologists http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/   Take care. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  11. RFI Camping for birding locations at Yosemite LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2016 @ 4:09pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    I would like to drive up to Yosemite next summer, with the wife, kids, and dog. I want them to enjoy it, and would like to try to sneak in a few birds, while I am up there. Ptarmigan would be a priority, and of course, Great Gray Owl and Pine Grosbeak are nothing to sneeze at. but I get the impression that you have to hike up to nosebleed altitudes for the Ptarmigan. I would like to hear back from others who have combine camping there with birding. B.C. (before children) I would just pitch a tent at Mineral King, but comfort and facilities are more desired when hauling kids with me...
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
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  13. Re: [CALBIRDS] Bar-tailed Godwit in Alviso, Santa Clara County, Aug 21 LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:18pm, 5 day(s) ago
    The bird was seen at the same place as Dave describes at 6PM. It was in a group of Marbled Godwits and Willets (and Avocets and some Dowitchers). A scope was necessary to pick it out in that group of birds the first time. Once it was found though, it could be tracked with binocs.
    
    Vivek Tiwari
    Sunnyvale, CA
    
    On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 9:12 PM, Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    Worth reporting to Calbirds. Bar-tailed Godwit found in Alviso, in north San Jose in morning Aug 21 by Chris Johnson. From hwy 237 take Zanker rd north past the sewage plant, cross the rr tracks and be ready for sharp right onto Environmental education center entrance road. Park in dirt lot or drive in depending on posted gate closing time. From EEC parking lot take levee trail out to large salt pond A16. Note pumphouse in distance. Walk trail on east side of pond out to pumphouse on tidal pond A17, a mile or more (short trail connects the two ponds). Godwit was on A17 mudflats at 12:50pm before high tide. Eventually flew to adjacent north end of pond A16 to roost at high tide in afternoon. Description and pics posted by others on ebird.
    
    Dave Weber,
    
    Milpitas
    
    by phone
    
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  15. Bar-tailed Godwit in Alviso, Santa Clara County, Aug 21 LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2016 @ 9:12pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Worth reporting to Calbirds. Bar-tailed Godwit found in Alviso, in north San Jose in morning Aug 21 by Chris Johnson. From hwy 237 take Zanker rd north past the sewage plant, cross the rr tracks and be ready for sharp right onto Environmental education center entrance road. Park in dirt lot or drive in depending on posted gate closing time. From EEC parking lot take levee trail out to large salt pond A16. Note pumphouse in distance. Walk trail on east side of pond out to pumphouse on tidal pond A17, a mile or more (short trail connects the two ponds). Godwit was on A17 mudflats at 12:50pm before high tide. Eventually flew to adjacent north end of pond A16 to roost at high tide in afternoon. Description and pics posted by others on ebird.
    
    Dave Weber,
    
    Milpitas
    
    by phone
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  17. 9/11 - Optics & Nature Fair - Sonoma LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:36am, 9 day(s) ago
    Citizen Science is alive and well in Northern California's Great Outdoors!
    
    Fifty non-profit nature organizations and artists from Monterey to Mendocino California will muster their followers and share important conservation messages at the 5th annual - Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival onSunday, Sept 11th,
    
    atthe historic Sonoma Plaza on 20 Spain St.(10-4PM)
    
    Major spotting scope and binocular manufacturers will be demonstrating and selling their latest technology. Swarovski Optik, Nikon, ZEISS, PENTAX, Leica, Opticron, KOWA, CELESTRON, Manfrotto and Out of this World Opticswill be returning for the celebration. Over 1200 visitors attended this free event, annually.
    
    Sonoma Birding, the nonprofit event sponsor, will be partnering with CA. State Parks.
    
    Tom Rusert - Darren Peterie
    Sonoma, CA
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  19. The Mixing Zone: Pelagic Trip Report for August 13 LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2016 @ 7:53pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Cal Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ August 13th pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay enjoyed good sea conditions and an excellent array of marine life. Highlights included: NORTHERN GANNET sitting on the cliff at Pillar Point; a BROWN BOOBY sitting on a rusty barrel offshore; a GRAND SLAM of all three species of JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE’S GULLS sitting on the water; ARCTIC TERNS; three species of storm-petrels; ASHY, WILSON’S and FORK-TAILED; SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS, and the “regular” fall species including BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, PACIFIC FULMAR, and more.
    
    The marine mammal show was substantial with 11 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, 120 HUMPBACK WHALES, and 1 MINKE WHALE. More than 350 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS were around for hours in subgroups, including small calves and 4 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS.
    
    I wrote a complete report with species list breakdown of the two counties, San Mateo and San Francisco, The Mixing Zone:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-mixing-zone-half-moon-bay-pelagic.html
    
    Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay are Friday, August 19th with leaders: Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Steve Tucker and Debi Shearwater and September 4 with leaders Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson and Debi Shearwater. See our complete schedule at: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Don’t you need a personal holiday Join us this Friday! The marine forecast is very good. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
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    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  21. Bar-tailed Godwit - Stinson Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 15, 2016 @ 4:11pm, 11 day(s) ago
    This morning we got a late start which we regretted as we slogged through San Francisco’s morning commute on 19 th Avenue.  Arriving at the Bolinas Lagoon around 10am we first stopped along Highway 1 at the harbor seal pull-out
    and observed the BAR-TAILED GODWIT at quite a distance across the lagoon.  We then moved to Dipsea Road, Stinson Beach, which is in the private Seadrift Community.  They are graciously allowing birders access.  The security guard at the kiosk will tell you
    where the bird is being seen.  Please be polite and thank them for allowing birders access.  We drove to 199 Dispea and parked across the street from the house.  The Bar-tailed Godwit was very close feeding amongst many Elegant Terns.  Wow what a beautiful
    bird!  Thanks to Peter Pyle for getting the news out.  Leonie Batkin Ron Thorn    
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] gannet at Pillar point LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 7:59pm, 13 day(s) ago
    HI, Thomas,
    
    That was me trying to point you on the Northern Gannet which I assumed was sitting at a location not visible to you. I was hoping you’d see me through your scope and that you’d see the gannet fly in or out. Very happy you saw the bird!
    
    All the best,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    On Aug 13, 2016, at 10:22 AM, 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Hi
    Rick Fisher and I have been here on the beach since before 0700 a.m., not seeing it. Thank you for waving at us, and pointing at what we assumed was the Gannet. Since we couldn't see it from the beach, we walked counter clockwise, around the Air Force Base, and looked down from there, while standing up on the cliffs. No Gannet. We returned, retracing our steps in the opposite direction, and set up shop again. The bird just flew in and is on the rocks, posing out in the open.
    The Dude abides. Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont CA 91711
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    On Aug 13, 2016 8:23 AM, "James Holmes
    
    jfholmes@...
    
    [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    currently being seen on pillar point below the radar on Shearwater Journey trip.
    
    Jim Holmes
    Sacramento CA
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  25. Re: [CALBIRDS] gannet at Pillar point LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 2:28pm, 13 day(s) ago
    A few distant photos from this morning, 13 Aug...
    
    https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/NorthernGannetP1080565.htm
    
    On Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:22:46 -0700, "'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@...
    
    [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    >Hi
    
    >Rick Fisher and I have been here on the beach since before 0700 a.m., not
    
    >seeing it. Thank you for waving at us, and pointing at what we assumed was
    
    >the Gannet. Since we couldn't see it from the beach, we walked counter
    
    >clockwise, around the Air Force Base, and looked down from there, while
    
    >standing up on the cliffs. No Gannet. We returned, retracing our steps in
    
    >the opposite direction, and set up shop again. The bird just flew in and is
    
    >on the rocks, posing out in the open.
    
    >The Dude abides.
    
    >
    
    >Thomas Geza Miko
    
    >Claremont CA 91711
    
    >909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    
    > http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    >
    
    >On Aug 13, 2016 8:23 AM, "James Holmes jfholmes@... [CALBIRDS]" <
    
    > CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    >
    
    >>
    
    >>
    
    >>
    
    >> currently being seen on pillar point below the radar on Shearwater Journey
    
    >> trip.
    
    >>
    
    >> Jim Holmes
    
    >> Sacramento CA
    
    >>
    
    >>
    
    --
    
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  27. California Offshore County Maps and downloadable KMZ File LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 11:01am, 13 day(s) ago
    Dear Cal Birders,
    
    I have updated my offshore boundary maps to include several nice features.
    
    1. The Birding the Cloud site now has a downloadable KMZ file you can freely use with your own GPS Devices or Maps. (Scroll to bottom of page and click link)
    2. The site has a link to a mobile friendly version, good for short distances offshore.
    3. The full version has some great features.
    - You can print maps
    - Measure distances
    - Search by Longitude and Latitude
    - Change the Base map to your preference. Default base map is World Oceans Map.
    
    Birding the Cloud Version: This version hosts the KMZ file. Scroll to bottom of page.
    http://birdingthecloud.com/CA_Offshore.aspx
    
    Full Version:
    http://kurtrad.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.htmlappid=73134f0a913244fc99ab078360ac4d85
    
    MobileDeviceVersion:
    http://kurtrad.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.htmlid=09a056bd37a44b8f8c0b43a491cb50ba
    
    
    Enjoy
    
    Kurt Radamaker
    Cave Creek, AZ
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] gannet at Pillar point LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 10:22am, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi
    
    Rick Fisher and I have been here on the beach since before 0700 a.m., not seeing it. Thank you for waving at us, and pointing at what we assumed was the Gannet. Since we couldn't see it from the beach, we walked counter clockwise, around the Air Force Base,  and looked down from there, while standing up on the cliffs. No Gannet.  We returned,  retracing our steps in the opposite direction, and set up shop again. The bird just flew in and is on the rocks,  posing out in the open.
    
    The Dude abides. Thomas Geza Miko
    
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    On Aug 13, 2016 8:23 AM, "James Holmes jfholmes@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     
    
    currently being seen on pillar point below the radar on Shearwater Journey trip. 
    
    Jim Holmes
    
    Sacramento CA 
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  31. gannet at Pillar point LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 8:23am, 13 day(s) ago
    currently being seen on pillar point below the radar on Shearwater Journey trip.
    
    Jim Holmes
    
    Sacramento CA 
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  33. Gannet chase Friday/Saturday LINK
    DATE: Aug 12, 2016 @ 11:26am, 14 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    I intend to leave Claremont, Los Angeles County, tonight, or early tomorrow morning, to chase the Northern Gannet.
    
    1. I have never been to this location, so walking/parking/searching tips would be appreciated.
    2. I am on a budget, and need info about a cheap, rundown fleabag motel anywhere within 1 or 2 hours of Half Moon Bay. Either that, or a wsuicide run up there, and back, while we take turns driving. Google maps says it's 6 hours and 14 minutes from my house.
    3. If anybody wants to join me, call me. I am going in a 2003 Celica.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300 cell 1
    213.471.6001 cell 2
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  35. Northern Gannet LINK
    DATE: Aug 12, 2016 @ 8:31am, 14 day(s) ago
    The Northern Gannet continues on the rocks off Pillar Point this morning, August 12.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  37. An Ocean of Food LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2016 @ 5:23pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys recently completed the first three pelagic trips of the fall season. Overall, the trips were highly productive. The sea surface temperatures are much lower than last year — in some instances by as much as ten degrees! Cold water is productive water. Lots of food is available for seabirds, including anchovies and krill. The marine mammal show has been astounding, especially at Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay. Below, are some of the recent highlights.
    
    July 29 Monterey Bay we were in and out of fog most of the day.
    Highlights included: 21 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 5 PACIFIC FULMARS; 16 PINK-FOOTED and 2500 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; a WANDERING TATTLER was along the CG Breakwater; 6 SABINE’S GULLS; 620 COMMON MURRES; 10 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 125 CASSIN’S and 7 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and the star seabirds of the day — excellent views of 2 SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS sitting on the sea.
    Marine mammals included at least 20 HUMPBACKS, 4 BLUE, and 10 FIN WHALES; 100 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS; 200 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, 3 HARBOR PORPOISE.
    Leaders: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Monterey and Santa Cruz
    
    August 6 Half Moon Bay we had a bit of a swell, but no wind or fog.
    Highlights included: 1 LAYSAN and 30 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 3 PACIFIC FULMARS; 2075 SOOTY and 70 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 3 WILSON’S, 8 FORK-TAILED, and 113 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 18 SABINE’S GULLS; 7 ARCTIC TERNS; 1 LEAST TERN (along the shoreline near the harbor); 1579 COMMON MURRES; 21 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 1 SCRIPPS’S MURRELET on the sea with murres for comparison; 2385 CASSIN’S and 5 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    Marine mammals included: 3 BLUE, 1 FIN, 80 HUMPBACK WHALES; 3 RISSO’S and 15 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; 15 HARBOR PORPOISE. Humpback whales were in view, breaching for at least five hours of our day, all across the horizons!
    Leaders: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: San Mateo and San Francisco
    
    August 7 Farallon Islands from Sausalito we had an excellent day aboard our very stable catamaran despite some tough sea conditions. We did not venture out to the edge of the Continental Shelf due to the conditions, but enjoyed our time at Sugarloaf watching the Tufted Puffins. We pretty much hit the peak of “puffin season!”
    Highlights included: 1 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (San Francisco County); 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Marin County, soaring overhead in Sausalito harbor); 1 BLUE-FOOTED and 1 BROWN BOOBY, both sitting on SugarLoaf; 4606 COMMON MURRES; 109 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 37 CASSIN’S AUKLETS; 60 TUFTED PUFFINS .
    Marine mammals included: 5 HUMPBACKS; 5 HARBOR PORPOISE; 1000 CALIFORNIA and 7 STELLER’S SEA LIONS; 800 NORTHERN FUR SEALS; 60 HARBOR SEALS.
    Leaders: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Marin and San Francisco
    
    The Central Coast of California is teaming with seabirds and marine mammals! I expect that this will only get better with each passing day! It’s all about food — and, we got it! We also have a full program of trips coming up.
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 13 with Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 19 with Steve Tucker, Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 4 with Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 18 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 26 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 7 with Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 8 with Scott Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 9 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater - going to Santa Cruz County
    SEPTEMBER 10 ALBACORE with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (* only 3 spaces open)
    SEPTEMBER 11 with Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (* recently added trip)
    SEPTEMBER 15 with Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 24 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 1 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    That’s a lot of trips and a lot of leaders — eager to show you a lot of seabirds and marine mammals!
    It’s all about food! And, we got lots of it this season!
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  39. New California Bird Records Committee Website LINK
    DATE: Aug 8, 2016 @ 2:02pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders,
    
    The CBRC is pleased to announce the rollout of our new redesigned website at...
    
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    The new site is mobile friendly, formatting information according to the user's device whether it be a desktop, tablet, or smart phone. Among many improvements, the database query now presents results in tabular format; an easy-to-use
    online report form accepts multiple photo attachments; and the photo gallery has been overhauled with a searchable interface.
    
    Most of the redesign was developed in collaboration with a City College of San Francisco class project. Special thanks go to Patricia Chytrowski and her Visual Design students who created the new design and Aaron Brick's Computer Science
    students who implemented the mobility features. Longtime CBRC member Joe Morlan championed this project and worked tirelessly with the City College faculty and students to get the details just right. Thanks to all of these folks, and to all the birders who
    support the CBRC.
    
    Steve Rottenborn, CBRC Chair Morgan Hill, CA
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  41. Wybah sighting LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2016 @ 8:15am, 24 day(s) ago
    Hello there.I see that I am supposed to put name and city after post.Forgot to do that last time.Yesterday I had a wydah in my backyard in Huntington Beach.After looking at the internet, it seems there is a small population here in Orange County.It was spectacular, gold in color with black tail feathers longer than its body.I hope I see him again!This is not my photograph but this is what he looked like.
    
    Pam Haslam Huntington Beach
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  43. North American Birds LINK
    DATE: Aug 1, 2016 @ 2:06pm, 25 day(s) ago
    County Coordinators/Contributors:
    
    The Summer Season (1 June through 31 July 2016) is ended, and we solicit
    reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
    BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
    followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
    Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records
    Committee (CBRC) review list ( see http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org ) must be
    accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
    Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
    the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
    reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
    initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors).
    
    Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
    or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
    to 22 August 2016. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS cannot exist without your input. David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
    736 Cieneguitas, # F
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    davcompton@...
    
    Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
    46 8th Street
    Cayucos, CA 93430
    tedell@...
    
    Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    kgarrett@...
    
    Chet McGaugh (Riverside County) 194 W. Broadbent Drive
    Riverside, CA 92507
    chetmcgaugh@...
    
    Kelli Heindel-Levinson
    1819 Locust Ravine
    Bakersfield, Ca 93306
    KKHeindel@...
    
    Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
    PO Box 400
    Big Pine, CA 93513
    tjheindel@...
    
    Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
    2420 Balmoral Ct.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    serpophaga@...
    
    Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
    1357 Paige Lane
    Redlands, CA 92373-6878
    sandy_koonce@...
    
    Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
    954 Grove Avenue
    Imperial Beach, CA 91932
    guymcc@...
    
    Douglas R. Willick (Orange County)
    236 S Batavia St #E
    Orange CA 92868
    Doug.Willick@...
    
    We thank you in advance for your time and effort.
    
    Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.
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  45. Fwd: NWCALBIRDS Bean Goose Frozen for 9 months in Hunters Freezer LINK
    DATE: Aug 1, 2016 @ 12:19pm, 25 day(s) ago
    FYI to all interested. Terry meant to post this to NWCALBIRDS but used the wrong email address so forwarding on his behalf.
    
    Rob Fowler
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Terry Schulz < woodowls@... >
    Date: Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 9:47 AM
    Subject: NWCALBIRDS Bean Goose Frozen for 9 months in Hunters Freezer
    To: Elias Elias < nwcarba@... >, " nwcalbird.noreply@yahoogroups.com " < nwcalbird.noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    A Bean Goose was collected on November 8, 2015 by Phillip and Elody Jones at the Arcata Bottoms West of the Bulb Farm, Humboldt County, Ca.   The Hunter realized it was a unusual (rare) goose and froze it for future Taxidermy. It was discovered recently when the hunter and I were having a conversation about birds and he showed me a photo of his goose. He was convinced that the specimen would be in better hands at the HSU Wildlife Biology Museum. The Bean Goose was given to me and both Rob Fowler and I placed it in Gary Lester’s Freezer temporarily! Gary will transport the specimen to Tamar Danufsky sometime this week. Respectfully submitted by Terry Schulz, Fieldbrook, Ca. Gary Lester thinks it is a Tundra sp .based on depth of bill!  
     
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  47. Beat the Heat: Chill Out on a Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Jul 27, 2016, 31 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Take a break from the sweltering heat and chill out on a pelagic trip! Shearwater Journeys’ first pelagic trips are coming up very soon. We could not be more excited to get out there with you! Over 65,000 birders and marine enthusiasts have participated on thousands of Shearwater Journeys’ trips over the past 40 years.
    
    Below, please find out full program including our stellar line up of leaders. All of our trips have spaces available.
    
    FARALLON ISLANDS:
    AUGUST 7: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 14: Gerry McChesney, Will Brooks, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater
    Departs from Sausalito at 7:30 am on the beautiful catamaran, Outer Limits . Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge! 100% success rate on finding Tufted Puffins, the target bird for the day. Last year, we also saw the Northern Gannet, Brown and Blue-footed Boobies!
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
    AUGUST 6: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 13: Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 19: Nick Levendosky, Steve Tucker, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 4: Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 16: Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 18: Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 2: Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 9: Tim Miller, Nick Levendosky Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
    JULY 29: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 26: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 3: Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 7: Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 8: Scott Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (limited spaces available)
    SEPTEMBER 9: Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater ** This trip spends time in Santa Cruz County.
    SEPTEMBER 10: ALBACORE GROUNDS: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater (4 spaces available)
    SEPTEMBER 11: Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 14, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (newly added trip)
    SEPTEMBER 15: Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater (limited spaces available)
    SEPTEMBER 23: Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 24: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Dena Spatz, Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 25: Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 1: Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 2: Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    Monterey trips meet at 7 am at Chris’ Fishing on Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey and return about 3 pm. The Albacore trip meets at 5:15 am and returns at 5:30 pm at Chris’ Fishing on Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Half Moon Bay trips meet at 7 am at H dock, Johnson Pier at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, El Granada and return between 4-6 pm.
    
    Note that additional leaders may be added to trips. Leaders may change without notice. All leaders are volunteers who absolutely love leading trips— that’s one reason why we have so many leaders on board. We will be tracking county lines and following eBird pelagic protocol for checklists.
    
    The latest sea surface temperatures are showing lots of cold and very cold water— and, we know what that means— food!! La Nina conditions are favored to develop as early as August - October.
    
    We’ve been out there in the wild blue through four decades of El Nino’s and La Nina’s— every single year has been different. Let’s see what is in store for this fall season! http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf
    
    Advance reservations are highly recommended. Contact: debi@... . See our web site for more details: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
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  49. Re: [CB] 41St Annual WFO FORTUNA CONFERENCE 28 Sept-2 Oct. LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2016, 33 day(s) ago
    Hi Frances
    
    How can I get those posters to youI am not attending WFO.
    
    Bruce Webb
    Granite Bay, CA
    
    ------ Original message------
    From: Frances Oliver hummer52@... [countybirders]
    Date: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:53 AM
    To: Calbirds;County birders;
    Cc:
    Subject: [CB] 41St Annual WFO FORTUNA CONFERENCE 28 Sept-2 Oct.
    
     Birders:
    
    Registration is open for Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference, 28 Sept - 2 Octin Fortuna, Humboldt County CA. We’ll meet at the beautiful River Lodge Conference Center along the Eel River; four motels and an RV park are just a short walk away.
    
    There’ll be full-day field trips on Thursday and Sunday, and half-day field trips and workshops on Friday and Saturday mornings. Our always enlightening Science Sessions will fill the early afternoons, followed by Nathan Pieplow’s popular bird sound identification team challenge (Friday) and Ed Harper’s illuminating expert panel bird photo identification session (Saturday). WFO’s no-cost reception and cash bar will close out Friday eveningwhile our annual meeting, banquet and keynote address, and a silent auction (benefits our youth scholarship program) will conclude Saturday’s program.
    
    Openings are currently available in workshops to be led by Steve Shunk (western woodpeckers), Peter Pyle (molt), Nathan Pieplow (identifying birds by their sounds), Phil Unitt (specimen preparation), Kimball Garrett (non-native bird ID), and Christine Elder (field sketching). Two dozen different field trips will be presented, each at least twice; many are full or nearly so, but several fascinating trips still have openings. The Science Session agenda is filled with interesting presentations, but there’ll be plenty of room in the audience for you there, and for the ID panels.
    
    To learn more, and to register, visit < http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php >
    
    See you in Fortuna!
    Dave Quady,
    WFO PRESIDENT
    Berkeley, California
    davequady@...
    
    Frances Oliver
    WFO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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