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Two days ago at dusk, I heard what sounded like a BLJA across the street from 751 E. Hill Rd. in Willits. I dismissed it, figuring I must?ve been mistaken. At dawn this morning, I heard it several times again, initially just north of the Dripworks plant on Sanhedrin Circle and then at the original location. I've been unable to confirm it visually and still could be mistaken, but it doesn?t sound like anything else I can think of. There are mockingbirds in the area, but a NOMO in Willits mimicking a BLJA somehow seems even more unlikely than an actual BLJA. I hope others can get out there and look for it. Recorded calls might help. Traffic and construction noise are pretty bad there, so very early morning would be best. Ken Burton Willits
Birders, An announcement of importance to birders in California and around the West: Registration is now open for the 38th Annual Conference of Western Field Ornithologists to be held in Olympia, Washington, 22-25 August 2013. Go to the WFO web site (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php) to get more info and register. Given the many options available, we recommend that you download the Conference Details document from the website before you click on the REGISTER NOW button to begin registration. This joint Conference with the Washington Ornithological Society, hosted by Black Hills Audubon Society includes: - Workshops to enhance your field skills - Fall Warblers: Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett - Sapsuckers - ID challenges and research update: Steve Shunk - Gull Identification: Mike Donahue - Dragonflies: Dennis Paulson (includes both classroom and field sessions) - Wilderness First Aid: Heath Wakelee - Making full use of eBird: Brian Sullivan - Keynote talk by John Marzluff on those amazing Corvids - Two sessions of talks on recent research in the region with a plenary talk by Dennis Paulson - A full set of field trips (including Pelagics) - Photo and Bird Sounds ID sessions This year WFO is awarding two Pasadena Audubon/WFO Youth Scholarships to defray expenses of attending this conference. Go to (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/scholarship.php) for details. Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA 213-763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
In the Alameda-Stanislaus area of Patterson Pass in Livermore and Del Puerto Canyon rd that runs from Mines rd to Patterson near Hwy 580. A great place to bird. I've only birded since November so I am still new and trying to spot the species. It was suggested I post here for ID help. I spotted many species along the road but some I could use help. Couple have had differences of opinions such as the Hummingbirds and Thrush. I already named the ones that I have gotten IDs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellis50/8734694202/in/set-72157633483996064 Thank you Janet Ellis San Leandro
After much discussion with other birders and review of the photograph, I rescind my i.d. of the bird as an escaped Yellow Grosbeak. I originally read the photo itself as being washed-out and over-exposed, explaining why the yellow wasn't prominent, and the bird as facing the camera. I think now that it is the bird that is washed out, and it is facing away from the camera. My i.d. is that this is a black-headed grosbeak. Stan Walens San Diego
Claire, It is a yellow grosbeak, but most certainly it is an escapee from the bird markets in nearby Tijuana. I believe that the only record of Yellow Grosbeak for California was a bird in 2006 in Inyo County. Not accepted by the CBRC because of uncertain origin. Stan Walens San Diego
A non-birding friend of mine who lives in San Diego sent me her iPhone photo around 8:30AM. I believe the bird is a Yellow Grosbeak. She told me birds like the one in the photo have shown up in numbers at their yard in the past. Their back yard borders a large San Diego Canyon. You can do a Google Maps search of 'Rebecca Ave, San Diego' and see the canyon is west of Mission Valley Drive (north of Qualcomm Stadium) and is situated between Rebecca & Overton Avenues. Anyway, I'm up in Sacramento and would love more info on the presence of Yellow Grosbeaks in San Diego. Has the species been reported there before? Are most/all such grosbeaks escaped cage birds from Tijuanna or can this really be vagrant Mexican birds venturing into San Diego? I put the iPhone photo that was sent to me in Cal Birds Photos in directory: San Diego Grosbeak. If my friend forwards better photos to me I will post them there.
Does anyone have any further information on the American Oystercatcher reported to eBird yesterday from the Pt. Reyes lighthouse by Daniel Thompson and John York? I don?t recognize the names and suspect they were referring to Black Oystercatcher, which is sometimes called American Black Oystercatcher (just to confuse people). Ken Burton Willits
Make that 12,000 Leach's Storm-Petrels in WA.... ________________________________ From: Barbara Carlson
To: CALBIRDS ; county birders Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:19 PM Subject: [CALBIRDS] Holland America cruise May 7-10 This Holland America cruise left San Diego on Tuesday, May 7th, and will be arriving in Vancouver, Canada today. I am reporting the highlights as per Paul Lehman: In California waters, they saw 5 Laysan Albatross (4 in SLO and 1 in MTY) and 35 Parakeet Auklets (all in Humboldt). The waters off California were calm, probably too calm for pteradromas. In Oregon waters, there were 1-2 Murphy's Petrels, an early South Polar Skua, and more Parakeet Auklets. In a 20 mile stretch of Washington waters, there were 1200 Leach's Storm-Petrels. In two-and-a-half days (Wednesday, Thursday, and partial Friday), large numbers of pelagic birds were seen! Estimates include 800 Black-footed Albatross, 2000 Pink-footed Shearwater, 30,000 Sooty Shearwater, adnd 800 Sabine's Gull. Rumor has it that a group of Oregon birders trailinging this cruise a day later got a "slug of Murphy's (50), Hawaiian (10) and several Cook's Petrels" ! They also had more wind and higher seas. Photos obtained. Land bound in San Diego, Barbara Carlson
This Holland America cruise left San Diego on Tuesday, May 7th,?and?will be?arriving in Vancouver, Canada today. ? I am reporting the highlights as per Paul Lehman: ? In California waters, they saw 5 Laysan Albatross (4 in SLO and 1 in MTY) and 35 Parakeet Auklets (all in Humboldt).? The waters off California were calm, probably too? calm for pteradromas. ? In Oregon waters, there were 1-2 Murphy's Petrels, an early South Polar Skua, and more Parakeet Auklets. ? In a 20 mile stretch of Washington waters, there were 1200 Leach's Storm-Petrels. ? In two-and-a-half days (Wednesday, Thursday, and partial Friday), large numbers of pelagic birds were seen!? Estimates include 800 Black-footed Albatross, 2000 Pink-footed Shearwater, 30,000 Sooty Shearwater, adnd 800 Sabine's Gull. ? Rumor has it that a group of Oregon birders trailinging this cruise?a day later got a "slug of Murphy's?(50), Hawaiian (10) and several Cook's Petrels"?!? They also had more wind and higher seas.? Photos obtained. ? Land bound in San Diego, Barbara Carlson
My husband and I just returned from a weekend trip to PiPi Valley in the Central Sierra. It was ostensibly a mushroomer's weekend, but it is hard to ignore all of the wonderful birds, busy in their mountain spring. Our first stop was at the uniquely managed, historical and real-time Indian Grinding Rock State Park. This vastly underused park has the largest group acorn grinding rock ever found in North America, and the only one that also showed petroglyphs amongst the grinding holes. But it's not all about dusty history, despite a wonderful visitor center that has plenty of good info and beautiful artifacts. It is also a modern day Native community. We passed by a sweat lodge taking place along a creek, and saw a beautiful old ways (but still used) meeting hall. But that is just the setting; this is really about the birds. Right outta the visitor center is a grove of ancient oaks, and everywhere amongst the bark and branches were Sierran birds. Western Tanagers, Bullocks Orioles, Western Kingbirds, Cedar Waxwings flycatching, Vireos, Warblers, Acorn Woodpeckers, a pair of testosterone poisoned Lark Sparrows in a flying death roll, Western Bluebirds, the biggest Red Tailed Hawk I had EVER seen (the local Native docent and campground host considered that one HIS spirit bird. Big spirit.), and of course the now onmnipresent turkeys, in this case nearly grown, fully feathered young with a smattering of down on their heads, walking through the tall grass. There was apparently a big, recent hatching of oak worms; their cobwebby threads were everywhere, and the birds were taking advantage of the feast. There were so many birds it was hard to pick just one to zoom in on. Two thumbs up. At the lovely PiPi campground, a bit further down Hwy. 88, the fungi were scarce but the local birds and flowers made up for it. We drove into PiPi in mid-afternoon and I walked along the Cosumnes River to see what I could see. The mountain rhubarb had its pink flowers on long stalks proudly waving in the riverbed, and seeps were covered with Mimulus and Five-Spot Flowers. I heard an unfamiliar screeching in the willows along the river, and stopped to see what might be making that noise. Turned out to be dipper pre-fledges. Three birds were still in a buried nest, on a moss covered rock across the river. The nest was a hole in the bottom of a rock shelf, whitewashed below, and when the parents arrived with beaks stuffed with insects (after madly foraging along the banks, catching many insects, one after another, before swishing them thru the water and stuffing those great maws), the young stuck their beaks down right outta the hole, and one maw completely occluded the space. Man, that's a hungry baby! Lemme tell ya, those parents looked a bit frazzled. Two days later, David spotted two dippers fledged on the river rocks, feathered and fluffy downed all at the same time. Awwwwwwww. Mom Dipper let David know that he was NOT welcome, and he beat feet in retreat. We should all be so polite to our fine feathered friends, working hard to survive in a tough world. Tis a good time to head for the hills. Visual feasts await you. Debbie Viess Oakland, CA
The Great Black-backed Gull was last seen at the end of 85th Avenue, circling high with other gulls and perhaps flying off to the east around 1:30 pm. It had not returned to the area between 84th and 86th Avenues as of 3:30 pm. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA Sent from my Galaxy S®III -------- Original message -------- From: Andrew
Date: 05/05/2013 12:18 (GMT-08:00) To: email@example.com Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Gull still at NESS Noon The Great Blacked-backed Gull is currently along the seashore between 85th and 84th Avenues, where it has been for the last hour. This morning, it has put in two brief appearances at the end of 84th, but has spent much of the late morning best viewable from a dike accessed just north of the end of 85th. Much thanks to Chet, Bill, and Mark, and later Howard for relocating the bird this morning. Vernon & Andrew Howe Riverside, CA ------------------------------------ To Post a message, send it to: inlandcountybirds@eGroups.com To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to: inlandcountybirds-unsubscribe@...! Groups Links
Just got a call from Chet McGaugh. The Great Black-backed Gull was back at 84th St. at the north end of the Salton Sea at 7:30 this morning. This is reached from 86S, turn west on 84th, in about a mile take a jog to the right to get on the south side of a drainage canal, proceed to the end of the road. Shortly after finding it, the bird took off north. Bill Hopson and Mark Chappell are walking south along the beach from 81st to try to relocate it.
Hello folks Today was a great day to be out on the water, the day started calm and still, and ended with the start of a southerly blow accompanying an oncoming front. This was a trip of odd juxtapositions, and surprises! When we were approximately ten miles out in San Mateo waters we spotted a pair of SCRIPP'S MURRELET, which are extremely rare in spring at this latitude! A big flock of foraging BONAPARTE'S GULLS was a nice find and while we were studying them an ANCIENT MURRELET was spotted right off the bow of the boat. They came fast and furious, as almost immediately an immature BROWN BOOBY came out of nowhere and gave lots of good fly bys, and eventually sat on the water with the gulls. As we continued out numbers of RED-NECKED AND RED PHALAROPES built up, as did the SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and eventually the BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS. San Francisco waters provided us with more albatross and shearwaters, as well as three SABINE'S GULLS and eventually a show of a lifetime. We saw a group of KILLER WHALES hassling or at least being entertained by a pod of Humpback Whales, the Humpback's were mad, making loud and hissing noises after blowing. There were no calfs with the Humpbacks, but still the Orcas kept following the humpbacks, sometimes just feet behind them. What a cool thing to see! We saw lots of fin slapping and even breaching by the KILLER WHALES, better than Sea World!! Spring trips are still rarities around here, so we were glad to have been able to do this one and see so many unexpected species, both birds and mammals! We look forward to getting out later on in the season, which may promise to be a warm water year based on what is being seen out there both birdwise and fishwise. Good birding! Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com
A cruise ship pelagic from San Diego to Vacouver on the Holland America Statendam w/ 20 birders aboard was very sucessful: May 2 in? Santa Barbara County south of Santa Rosa Island 1 Horned Puffin and 4 Tufted Puffins. May 3 from no. Mendocino to no. Del Norte Counties 3 Hawaiian Petrels, 18 Murphys Petrels, 4 Cooks Petrels, and 27 Parakeet Auklets. In so. Oregon 3 more Hawaiians, 1 Mottled, 1 Cooks, 17 Murphys. Barbara Carlson San Diego Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
I received a call earlier from Paul Lehman, who was just returning with a group of birders from the latest repositioning cruise off the West Coast. Highlights were: ? Thursday, 2 May 4 Tufted Puffins (Santa Barbara County south of Santa Rosa Island) 1 Horned Puffin (same as above) ? Friday, 3 May Mendocino north to southern (Curry County) Oregon (don't have exact locations) 6 Hawaiian Petrels (at least one in each state) 4?Hawaiian/Galapagos Petrels 1 Mottled Petrel (Oregon) 5 Cook's Petrels total 38 Murphy's Petrels total (California and Oregon) 24 Parakeet Auklets in California ? Dave Compton Santa Barbara
Birders, Not wishing to miss a chance to remind birders what a great resource the California Bird Records Committee web site is -- and the "Rare Birds of California" book that it complements.... The Humboldt County (Orick vic.) report from 30 Dec 2006 was not accepted by the CBRC; see: http://www.californiabirds.org/cbrc_book/update.pdf There is an additional non-accepted record from Upper Newport Bay in August 1977 (see Rare Birds of California). The Salton Sea bird from 1 May (photos of which are diagnostic for Great Black-backed in my opinion, but the record of course awaits CBRC review) would indeed be a first for California if accepted. Kimball Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA 213-763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
I believe there is an accepted GBBG record from Humboldt County. Ken Burton Willits
Thanks to a generous contribution from Chet McGaugh, two photos of the apparent GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL have been posted on the WFO web site. You can click through on the thumbnails on the front page... http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/ Direct link... http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=595 Click on the images for higher resolution. Two additional photos have been posted on the California Bird Records Committee gallery... http://www.californiabirds.org/photos/index.html Direct link... http://www.californiabirds.org/photos/GBBGphoto31.htm Enjoy! On Wed, 1 May 2013 22:14:09 -0700, Chet McGaugh
wrote: >Dave Goodward and I spent the day at spots around the north end of the >Salton Sea, most time spent at Salt Creek on the east side and and 84th Ave >on the west. Salt Creek continues as the best shorebird spot within a >decent walk from the highway. Dave counted 150+ Red Knots, the season high > at NESS, and several Sanderlings and a few Dunlins were among the >decreasing Calidrids. Dowitchers continue to be scarce, two Long-bills for >the day. Snowy Plovers have nested successfully. Bonaparte's Gulls are >still present in the 100s. Common Loon, several Red-breasted Mergansers and >a few Brant were seen. Passerine migrants included Western Wood-Pewees, >Warbling Vireo, and Yellow and Wilson's warblers. > >Early in the afternoon, after breakfast, we rolled out to the end of 84th >and the gull flock left the beach for the water. A quick scan and we found >a very dark, seeming long-winged gull floating with the Eared Grebes, Ruddy >Ducks, and California Gulls off shore. We were impressed by how truly black >it's mantle was. Wanting to see it's legs, we waited an hour and a half >later for the slow float back to the beach which ended when it climbed up >the barnacle beach. Not a Yellow-footed Gull. Very pale pink feet, legs >more pale fleshy than pink. While we were waiting for the return to shore >we had studied up on large black gull identification and determined that >the primary pattern, orbital ring color, leg color, mantle/primary >contrast, and overall size and voice are critical points. We worked that >bird, photographed it on the beach, in the water, and in the air for 2+ >hours and have concluded, pending the scrutiny required and expected, that >our gull is a Great Black-backed Gull, which I believe to be, if accepted >by the CBRC, the first for California. >Chet > > >
Hi, The 40th Annual High Desert Rally high speed time trial car race (single cars racing the course every few minutes) will be along the dirt portion of Jawbone Canyon Road (leading to Butterbredt Spring) and north along Kelso Valley Rd will be held ALL DAY this coming Saturday, May 4th! The Jawbone Canyon Rd will be closed by the California Highway patrol as will Kelso Valley Rd at the northern end of Butterbredt Canyon Rd. The above means there will be no access to Butterbredt Spring via CA Hwy 14 and Jawbone Canyon Rd. The only way to access Butterbredt Spring this Saturday will be south on paved Kelso Valley Rd (in the Kern River Valley) to left on the NORTH end of highly-rugged dirt Butterbredt Canyon Rd over the pass then downslope for several miles to the spring parking area via high clearance, 4WD vehicle. Even high clearance, 4WD vehicles sometimes get stuck on this road and it is miles to any help should one get stuck. And, anyone who decides to venture this way in will have to go back out the same route! The STRONGEST ADVICE I can give to CALBIRDS listserv subscribers is to confine your Butterbredt birding visits to this Friday, Sunday, and all days after for the rest of this spring's migrant and vagrant season. The race is a one day, all day event and will not block access at all this Friday, Sunday, or after Sunday. On Saturday enjoy your spring migrant and vagrant birding at California City Central Park (although there will be an art show at part of the park this weekend), Galileo Hill, Ridgecrest (Cerro Coso Community College, Desert Memorial Park, and Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Park), the Middlemiss property in Inyokern (see ABA's 2007 edition of A Birder's Guide to Southern California for directions or check eBird), or other east Kern oases of which you are aware. The preceding listed alternative areas will definitely keep virtually any birder who wishes to bird east Kern desert oases busy all day this coming Saturday. Happy & Productive Birding, Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California Cell: 760-382-1260
Hello all. Chet McGaugh posted the following message to the InlandCountyBirds listserv, but I'm not sure why it hasn't been forwarded to a wider audience. Here's his message: "Dave Goodward and I spent the day at spots around the north end of theSalton Sea, most time spent at Salt Creek on the east side and and 84th Ave on the west. Salt Creek continues as the best shorebird spot within a decent walk from the highway. Dave counted 150+ Red Knots, the season high at NESS, and several Sanderlings and a few Dunlins were among the decreasing Calidrids. Dowitchers continue to be scarce, two Long-bills for the day. Snowy Plovers have nested successfully. Bonaparte's Gulls are still present in the 100s. Common Loon, several Red-breasted Mergansers and a few Brant were seen. Passerine migrants included Western Wood-Pewees, Warbling Vireo, and Yellow and Wilson's warblers. Early in the afternoon, after breakfast, we rolled out to the end of 84th and the gull flock left the beach for the water. A quick scan and we found a very dark, seeming long-winged gull floating with the Eared Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, and California Gulls off shore. We were impressed by how truly black it's mantle was. Wanting to see it's legs, we waited an hour and a half later for the slow float back to the beach which ended when it climbed up the barnacle beach. Not a Yellow-footed Gull. Very pale pink feet, legs more pale fleshy than pink. While we were waiting for the return to shore we had studied up on large black gull identification and determined that the primary pattern, orbital ring color, leg color, mantle/primary contrast, and overall size and voice are critical points. We worked that bird, photographed it on the beach, in the water, and in the air for 2+ hours and have concluded, pending the scrutiny required and expected, that our gull is a Great Black-backed Gull, which I believe to be, if accepted by the CBRC, the first for California. Chet" Serving as the messenger, Matt Brady Baton Rouge, LA
Hi Birders Everyone is invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society's monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday May 8, 2013 in Debs Park, social hour begins 7:000pm. Free parking. If you arrive early, you have the opportunity of birding around the Center. Refreshments will be served: Audubon Center at Debs Park 4700 North Griffin Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031 http://ca.audubon.org/debs_directions.php LAAS is excited to welcome back Alvaro Jaramillo. Come hear what promises to be another great talk by Alvaro, "Birding the South America's Southern Cone" The Southern Cone? Is that an Ice Cream place in Georgia? Nope, it is the triangle-shaped southern section of South America. The cone includes Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and the southern bits of Bolivia and Brazil. What makes it special is that there are so many habitats and neat areas here, the Pampas, Patagonia, the Matorral, the Humboldt Current,Iguazu Falls, the Yungas, the Chaco - so many spots that are truly and uniquely South American. It is the land of Rheas, penguins, horneros, seriemas, as well as Southern Right Whales, Marine Otters, Viscachas and Vicu?as. A part of the world blessed with some enigmatic, unusual, beautiful and often rather unique creatures. But what absolutely is the icing on the cake is that the southern cone includes some of the most memorable and scenic parts of the Americas. This includes snow-capped volcanoes, huge granitic spikes, the big sky country of the Pampas and Patagonia and coastlines that are perhaps only rivaled by California and Alaska for their beauty. Come enjoy an evening exploring a gorgeous part of the world and its equally fantastic bird and wildlife through the eyes of a birder-biologist who has an unbridled passion for this part of the world. June's monthly program: Photo Night! LAAS has planned two owl prowls in our local mountains, both are filled. The Flammulated Owls have returned from Central America and along with other target owl species such as Northern Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy, and Spotted Owls, we invite you to participate in the Southern Sierra Ponderosa Cabin Weekend Owling Get-Away with Nick and Mary Freeman, July 4-7, 2013. There is a great selection of other birding outings listed in our website, check it out! See ya next week! Mary Freeman Glendale, CA Los Angeles Audubon Society Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader http://losangelesaudubon.org
Hi all The April 27 deepwater pelagic on Island Packer's "Islander" was successful in reaching the Rodriguez Seamount and the deep waters surrounding it.? The forecast in the morning was more daunting than we hoped for, but we were able to get as far west as we wanted before the winds and seas came up in the afternoon.? Our course from the Ventura Harbor was straight west out the Santa Barbara Channel to a point several miles north of the west channel buoy.? Highlights along this stretch were 100s of Common Murres not far off Ventura, 1000+ Red-necked Phalaropes, 2,000 Bonaparte's Gulls, 10 Sabine's Gulls, 5 Black Terns on kelp patties, and the expected tubenoses (Northern Fulmars, Sooty Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Ashy Storm-Petrels) and alcids (Scripps's Murrelets, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets).? A Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel flew by the bow and then down our wake in the west channel, but this bird was not seen by many. From there we traveled southwest through the waters near Point Conception to the northwest corner of the Rodriguez and crossed it diagonally to the southeast.? Highlights here included a Laysan Albatross that stayed behind the boat long enough for everyone to see it well, especially when it flew within a few feet of the back rail!? We also had several Black-footed Albatrosses that followed the boat for a while.? The one that got away was a dark Pterodroma petrel (likely a Murphy's Petrel) seen briefly far away on the horizon that we could not make any ground on despite the valiant efforts of Captain Anthony. From the Rodriguez, we followed the 1,000 fathom line east to the area south of San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands where we saw our largest numbers of Red Phalaropes for the day.? On our return south of Santa Cruz Island and then through the Anacapa Passage, we made a special effort to get everybody their best looks at Scripps's Murrelets for the day and had several obliging pairs. Overall, we had a productive trip with lots of birds including a few uncommon and rare ones.? Island Packers did a spectacular job getting us out to where we wanted to go and taking care of the needs of the passengers.? Captain Anthony, Joel and Laurie were awesome!? We hope this is the first of many future trips with Island Packers. Preliminary totals are as follows: Ventura County Surf Scoter -1 Red-throated Loon - 2 Pacific Loon - 75 Eared Grebe - 1 Western Grebe - 10 Sooty Shearwater - 50 Brandt's Cormorant - 8 Pelagic Cormorant - 2 Brown Pelican - 55 Red-necked Phalarope - 125 Western Gull - 160 Common Murre - 300 Scripps's Murrelet - 6 Cassin's Auklet - 4 Santa Barbara County Red-throated Loon -1 Pacific Loon - 5 LAYSAN ALBATROSS - 1 Black-footed Albatross - 3 Northern Fulmar - 14 Dark PTERODROMA sp. (MURPHY's PETREL?) - 1 Pink-footed Shearwater - 11 Sooty Shearwater - 320 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL - 1 Ashy Storm-Petrel - 12 Red-necked Phalarope - 1,325 Red Phalarope - 31 Sabine's Gull - 17 Bonaparte's Gull - 2,000 Western Gull - 75 California Gull - 16 Black Tern - 5 Common Tern - 3 Common/Arctic Tern - 2 Pomarine Jaeger - 2 Common Murre - 9 Scripps's Murrelet - 16 Cassin's Auklet - 93 Rhinoceros Auklet - 27 We are in the process of setting up trips for the summer and fall out of Ventura and Santa Barbara, and will announce them as soon as they are confirmed.? Keep an eye on socalbirding.com or like us on Facebook as "Southern California Pelagic Bird Trips." Cheers David Pereksta Ventura, CA
Hi, This reminder email is being sent to the four California list servs which cover all or portions of Kern County. My apologies in advance to those of you who do not appreciate receiving multiple postings with the identical announcement. The Kern Birdiest Count is almost upon us. If you find yourself in Kern County anytime during the 72 hour count period from 3:30pm this coming Thursday (May 2nd) through 3:30pm this coming Sunday (May 5th), even just passing through Kern County, please submit a list of your bird detections to me via bbarnes@... in case one or more of the species you detect is new to the overall Kern list for the event. Although not absolutely necessary, if you know you plan to bird Kern County anytime during the count period and will let me know the where and when, it will help determine where coverage will be expected to be excellent and where gaps in coverage may be filled. Thank you! Birders from surrounding counties or elsewhere who can squeeze in any valuable spring birding hours in Kern into your overall birding plans during the count time period are heartily welcome as many of you live closer to some critical-to-success Kern birding locations than many of the most active birders in Kern Co. (e.g.: Kings, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, and Ventura) - locations such as northern Antelope Valley bordered by Los Angeles Co., the Mt. Pinos region bordered by Los Angeles Co. and Ventura Co., the Yellow-billed Magpie location along CA Hwy 43 just over the border from SLO Co., western Kern Co. as accessed rom SLO Co., northern Kern County bordered by Kings Co., and Tulare Co. Count updates will be posted on the kerncobirding list serv. The first update will be sent out Thursday night or very early Friday morning with the list of species reported for 3:30pm Thursday through to the time the update is sent. The update will list "missing" species first followed by those already reported. Further updates will take place periodically which in past years was either each evening/night and/or early each morning before heading out for birding for the day. The annual Kerncrest Audubon Society Bird-a-thon is interfaced as it is set for Saturday, May 4, 2013, the results of which will likely add a significant number of species to the overall total as in past years. Regardless of where you go birding in California during the Kern birdiest count period,... Continued Happy & Productive 2013 Birding, Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California Cell: 760-382-1260
Hello all, I wanted to make folks aware that Tricolored Blackbirds have started breeding in the Sacramento River Valley (they've been active in the south San Joaquin River Valley since the end of March). I spotted an active colony at the Recology landfill pond along south Rte. 113 11 miles south of Dixon, CA. The pond is on the south side of the landfill on the west side of the road. Males are displaying right up against the road so audio and visual ID are ideal. Females and males are carrying insects and look to be feeding young, you can hear the babies begging in the cattails. I'd like anyone that visits the site to estimate bird numbers by my best guess was 500-700 individuals. If you haven't seen Tricolors yet, this is a great, easily accessible site to have your first look. Keep your eyes open for any other breeding behavior and feel free to send me an email. I'd be very interested in knowing about other active breeding sites. Happy Birding, Keiller Kyle Conservation Project Director Audubon California
Hello all, See the following article regarding CALTRANS' nets that are killing cliff swallows in Petaluma. Please sign the petition (as of now, 76 signatures are needed) to remove the nets; and attend the protest if you are able. http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/bird-call/Content?oid=2420211 More info and petition link here: http://www.nativesongbirdcare.org/ Steve Phillips Mill Valley
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