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Last 5 Posts:
· Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival (Mar 2, 2015)
· Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED (Feb 28, 2015)
· FEB 22 MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP (Feb 24, 2015)
· winter pelagic report (Feb 22, 2015)
· Rustic Bunting (Feb 19, 2015)
  1. Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival LINK
    DATE: Mar 2, 2015 @ 11:34am, 2 day(s) ago
    Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival                April 24-26This year?s festival features Steve Howell as our banquet
    speaker, and walks and talks led by such birding luminaries as David
    Wimpfheimer, Lisa Hug, Al Jaramillo, Jack Laws, Keith Hansen, Burr Heneman, Bob
    Power, Mary Anne Flett, and many more. 
    As many as 200 species have been seen during the Festival, which occurs
    during peak migration and singing seasons. 
    Outings are filling up fast.  Go
    to
    www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org  and sign up today.  See you in April!
     
    Jerry Meral
    Inverness, California
    
    jerrymeral@...
    
    
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  3. Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED LINK
    DATE: Feb 28, 2015 @ 5:59pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    Conditions are just a little too uncomfortable out there, so Capt. Carl has decided to postpone the scheduled pelagic trip aboard the Catalina Explorer to Sunday, April 5, which is Easter Sunday. Thank you to all who signed up, we are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope that you can make the alternate date. For those who were not on this trip but who would like to join us in April, check out the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/index.htm and click on the blue "Reservations" button to sign up.
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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  5. FEB 22 MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP LINK
    DATE: Feb 24, 2015 @ 12:39pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    Birders enjoyed a beautiful and balmy day at Monterey Bay on Shearwater Journeys' February 22, 2015 winter pelagic trip. The sun was shining and lighting was gorgeous as we departed the harbor. Highlights included: great views of (5) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; (3) NORTHERN FULMARS; (14) BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, including one sitting on the water for close study; (1) SOOTY SHEARWATER; (2) BROWN BOOBIES; (2) PIGEON GUILLEMOTS returning from the winter area; (2) SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS; (1) TUFTED PUFFIN; Rhinoceros and Cassin's Auklets, and a nice selection of gulls. Two SURFBIRDS were of interest in the Coast Guard Jetty. Great species diversity, even though not high numbers, especially for a 4.5 hour trip.
    
    Marine mammals included: (9) GRAY WHALES; (5) HUMPBACK WHALES; (150) LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS; (1) HARBOR PORPOISE; as well as Sea Otter, Harbor Seal and California Sea Lion.
    
    Perhaps the rarest animal of the day was one BLUE SHARK. Formerly common (back in the mid-1980's), this shark is now rarely seen.
    
    A complete report with images by Mark Rauzon can be found at:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/02/winter-seabirding-monterey-bay-pelagic.html
    
    Images by Will Brooks for this trip:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/02/images-of-day-by-will-brooks-february.html
    
    The sea surface temperature was a steady 58 F throughout the day. This is warmer than normal for winter months. Shearwaters were extremely low in numbers, either because of the warm water, or because of the declining numbers which I have been talking about for the past several years, or because of both reasons. (Four species of shearwaters are in decline: sooty, short-tailed, flesh-footed and streaked). It has been many years since black-vented shearwaters have wintered along the central coast of California, rather than along the southern California coast. Scripps's murrelets are not unprecedented during winter, but, again, it has been a long time since this has happened.
    
    Many thanks to the Pacific Seabird Group and folks from near and far (Japan, Sweden, UK) who joined us. The leaders were: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Gerry McChesney, Abe Borker, Dave Pereksta, John Garrett, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    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
    
    
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  7. winter pelagic report LINK
    DATE: Feb 22, 2015 @ 2:20pm, 10 day(s) ago
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  9. Rustic Bunting LINK
    DATE: Feb 19, 2015 @ 11:16am, 13 day(s) ago
    The Rustic Bunting was seen today 2/19, in the usual spot
    with the Junco flock at around 10 am.
    
    The White-throated Sparrow was in with the zonotricuia
    flock, one of the remaining quail was in the atriplex nearby.
    The Nashville Warbler was still behind the
    Pioneer Log Cabin and although their numbers are decreasing, Acorn Woodpeckers
    and Varied Thrushes are still common around the Conservatory of Flowers.
    
    Alan Hopkins
    
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  11. Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2015 @ 1:33pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    There is some exciting news on the pelagic birding front in Los Angeles County. The Catalina Explorer, a 65-foot dive boat out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, is ready to run a number of birding trips. Some of you might know the boat under its former name, the Magician, and many of you probably remember Capt. Carl Mayhugh from the Christopher out of Long Beach, he has taken many of us to see boobies on the local buoys. Carl has just bought the Catalina Explorer and he expects to have a full schedule of pelagic birding trips once he takes care of the prior commitments.
    
    One exploratory trip will be on Sunday, March 1. It is an eight hour trip, and the proposed itinerary will take us out through deeper waters in the channel to the oil rigs with its contingent of roosting Brown Boobies, and then northwest along the escarpment off the Palos Verdes Peninsula towards the Redondo Canyon. The cost is $110 per person and includes a full breakfast and hot lunch from the boat's awesome galley, plus all the soda you can drink. Leaders for the trip will be announced soon.
    
    This is short notice, but it would be really great if we could make this trip go. It could be the return of regular pelagic birding trips to our area. The spots we are going to visit always have a good variety of species, and with the exceptionally warm water we have been having, some big surprises are possible.
    
    Check out the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/index.htm and click on the blue "Reservations" button to sign up.
    
    See you aboard!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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  13. Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still not being found... LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2015 @ 4:04am, 17 day(s) ago
    Forwarding for those in the CALBIRDS community that doesn't subscribe to NWCALBIRDS or check Sialia.comFlock on!
    
    Elias/?????
    Arcata CA/San Diego CA
    Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
    Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>Date: February 15, 2015 at 13:15:55 PSTTo: Northwest Calbird <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still not being found...Reply-To: Alan Barron <flockfinder@...>
    
    Although up to 40+ birders were at one point searching this morning and small groups are still looking as of 1pm, the Common Scoter was last seen at the end of the day on the Friday 13th.
    -Alan D. Barron
    
    
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2015 @ 10:17pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Was it seen today, Sunday???Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr@... [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Forwarding for, Alan.
    
    Rob FowlerSent from my iPhone
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>Date: February 14, 2015 at 5:02:40 PM PSTTo: Northwest Calbird <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>Subject: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:Reply-To: Alan Barron <flockfinder@...>
     
    
      ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported. 
    Alan D. Barron
    
    
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  17. FEB 22 Pelagic Trip Sold Out LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2015 @ 9:58pm, 16 day(s) ago
    HI, Calbirders,
    Just a note to say that the Shearwater Journeys's February 22 Monterey Bay seabird trip has been sold out. I've received a number of emails from folks wanting to join this trip.
    
    Our complete fall schedule can be found here:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml
    
    I shall be making a few changes to this schedule in a week or so.
    
    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
    
    
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  19. Colusa Falcated Duck Present 2/15 LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2015 @ 7:34pm, 16 day(s) ago
    It was in the ponds north of HWY 20, opposite the green Gate, this morning at 8:30.
    
    Keith Condon
    Diamond Bar, CA
    
    
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  21. Fwd: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor: LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2015 @ 6:21pm, 17 day(s) ago
    Forwarding for, Alan.
    
    Rob FowlerSent from my iPhone
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>Date: February 14, 2015 at 5:02:40 PM PSTTo: Northwest Calbird <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>Subject: [nwcalbird] No COMMON SCOTER seen today in Crescent City Harbor:Reply-To: Alan Barron <flockfinder@...>
    
    ...despite a large crowd from dawn til dusk, bird was not reported.
    Alan D. Barron
    
    
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  23. 18 Neotropical cormorants LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2015 @ 7:54am, 19 day(s) ago
    18 Neotropical cormorants at Alamo river wetlands near Brawley imperial county. With Todd Easterla. All photographed
    
    John Sterling.
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95696
    Www.sterlingbirds.com
    530 908-3836
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  25. 2015 Special Events-Kern Co/Kern Co Associated LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2015 @ 6:29am, 19 day(s) ago
    2015 Kern Co. & Kern Co. Associated Special
    Events:
    
    Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8, 2015 - 4th Annual Vallarta Bird Festival,
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (http://www.vallartabirdconservancy.org/)
    -
    Kern
    County resident Greg Homel helped found the Vallarta Bird Conservancy
    & Vallarta Bird Festival and has a second home there.
    
    Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29 - Wind Wolves Preserve Nature Festival
    - For a festival schedule contact Assistant Preserve Manager Megan
    at megan1@....
    All
    events are free of charge.
     
    3:30pm, Thursday, April 30 to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3 - Kern County Big
    Birding Weekend/Birdiest Inland County Species Count
    
    Saturday, May 2 - Kerncrest Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon - This
    event interfaces with the Big Birding Weekend.
    
    Saturday, May 9 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Spring
    Bird Count - This year's count will also serve both as a stand
    alone event and as part of a Regional Bioblitz initiated by the
    Tejon
    Ranch Conservancy. One of the interfaces the same day will be the South
    Fork
    Kern
    River
    Valley
    Butterfly
    Count. NOTE: The 5/9/15
    Regional Bioblitz is a new event organized by Tejon Ranch
    Conservancy. Distinct areas to date to be covered in this
    initial effort are
    the South Fork Kern River Valley, Tejon Ranch, and Walker Basin
    contiguous private ranches with conservation easements held by The
    Nature Conservancy. These formerly distinct date events will be
    held at the same time thus allowing accomplishing three purposes within
    a one day effort. What this
    means to me is while counting birds for the Rapid Assessment -
    butterflies, herps, mammals, plants, or any other natural history notes
    will be
    recorded according to our respective abilities and knowledge for
    contribution to the 24 hour 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz. Since some to
    many of you will no doubt be birding Butterbredt Spring on May
    9th please send me any data you gather to add to the overall Bioblitz
    characterization - start and end time, species and numbers, nature
    notes, etc. Direction to submitted eBird lists will be helpful as well.
    See Wind Wolves Preserve note following immediately - as with
    Butterbredt Spring, sharing of data gathered appreciated.
    
    Wind
    Wolves Preserve, a 93,000 acre nature preserve owned and operated
    by
    The Wildlands Conservancy located in the San Emigdio Mountains is open
    every day for free hiking, birding, camping, and biking.  They welcome
    any
    birders
    who
    would like to come up on May 9th from 8am-6pm to bird
    the cottonwood and willow riparian woodlands, pinyon juniper chaparral,
    blue oak woodland, valley floor grasslands, and wetland habitats. 
    There is a shuttle service every weekend that will bring you up the San
    Emigdio canyon and has drop off and pick up locations near many of
    these habitats.  The shuttle runs at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:30pm.  For
    any questions visit their website at (http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html)
    or
    contact
    Assistant Preserve Manager Megan at 661-858-1115 or megan.l@.... 
    Bird
    species
    list available upon request.
    
    Friday-Monday, May 22-25 - Morro Coast Audubon Society Field Trip to
    East Kern Desert Oases, Kern River Valley, and Southern Sierra Nevada -
    Specific field trip days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.
    Contact Bob to see if non-chapter members are welcome to fill the trip.
    
    Friday-Monday, June 12-15 - Los Angeles Audubon Society Field Trip to
    the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - Specific field trip days will be led by Bob Barnes or John
    Schmitt.
    
    Friday-Monday, June 26-29 - Sea & Sage Audubon
    Society Field Trip to the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada
    - Specific field trip days will be led by
    Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.
    
    Saturday, June 27 - North Fork Kern River
    Butterfly Count
    
    Sunday, June 28 - Giant Sequoia National Monument South Butterfly Count
    
    Saturday, July 11 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment
    Summer Bird Count
    
    Saturday-Saturday, November 7-14 - Southern Sierra Research Station
    (Weldon, Kern Co.) Alamos, Mexico Birding Trip - Maximum of 7
    participants plus 2 leaders - Trip funds will be used to help fund
    range wide
    "Western"
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo work plus support of local ecotourism and bird
    guides in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico with a portion being a tax-deductible
    donation. Mexico endemic/near endemic bird species in the area
    to be visited in November include
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  27. Iceland Gull (Humboldt) LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2015 @ 4:36pm, 18 day(s) ago
    I found an apparent 1st-winter ?Kumlien?s? Iceland Gull this morning on the
    Salt River just above Highway 211 in Ferndale. Digiscoped photos courtesy
    of Kristina McOmber are uploaded into a new folder; difficult to see are the
    patterned rectrices. Contradictory (and, of course, supporting) opinions
    are welcome.
    
    Ken Burton
    Eureka
    
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  29. Falcated Duck seen at 2:30 LINK
    DATE: Feb 13, 2015 @ 2:53pm, 19 day(s) ago
    Seen north on the bridge on Hwy 20, 200 yards west of the green gate.  An Eurasian Wigeon was also seen on the same pond.
    Jim Moore
    Agua Dulce
    
    
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  31. Common Scoter LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2015 @ 5:28pm, 20 day(s) ago
    Bird spent majority of the day in the boat basin near the entrance. Still present were the fem Long-tailed duck and Harlequin duck. Also an imm male Hooded Merganser. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  33. Rustic bunting continues LINK
    DATE: Feb 13, 2015 @ 7:07am, 20 day(s) ago
    Same spot as previously noted. Susan
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  35. Sulids on the Rocks LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2015 @ 12:56pm, 20 day(s) ago
    Hi, Birders,
    Just a quick note to let folks know that I had a report of 7 BROWN BOOBIES and the continuing NORTHERN GANNET present at the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Some of the boobies are reportedly engaged in displaying and bringing in nesting material.
    
    Could be interesting....
    
    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
    
    
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  37. RFI Del Norte County Gray Jay and Black-capped Chickadees LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2015 @ 10:16am, 21 day(s) ago
    Hi Folks
    A group of us are planning on (finally) driving up to Humboldt & Del Norte Counties for the wintering vagrants, and I would like to know if there is some really easy spot to stop by for a quickie for Gray Jay and Black-capped Chickadees, either near the Common Scoter, or near the Brambling.
    If so, please include some specific driving/walking directions.
    Thanks,
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  39. Fwd: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still here: LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2015 @ 9:19am, 21 day(s) ago
    Common Scoter still present......
    Sent from my iPhone
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "Alan Barron flockfinder@... [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>Date: February 11, 2015 at 9:17:28 AM PSTTo: Northwest Calbird <nwcalbird@yahoogroups.com>Subject: [nwcalbird] COMMON SCOTER still here:Reply-To: Alan Barron <flockfinder@...>
    
    This morning the male Common Scoter is happily swimming around in perfect weather at the usual Crescent City Harbor spot.
    Alan D. Barron
    
    
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  41. Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County-Correction to location LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2015 @ 6:43pm, 21 day(s) ago
    The place where we parked along the road was 1/2 mile from Highway 101 or 3/10ths of mile from Johnson House. At around 5:50 Caracara perched on H style fence post in full sun-WOW
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    Excuse typos and empty post
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 10, 2015, at 5:04 PM, 'Batkin, Leonie F'
    lbatkin@... [countybirders] <countybirders-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson House on Higgins Canyon Road.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    From: "eegeer@... [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
    Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
    To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com>
    Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile from the Johnson House
    Reply-To: eegeer@...
    
    10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. That is all that was reported
    
    
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  43. Re: [CB] Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2015 @ 6:39pm, 21 day(s) ago
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 10, 2015, at 5:04 PM, 'Batkin, Leonie F'
    lbatkin@... [countybirders] <countybirders-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson House on Higgins Canyon Road.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    From: "eegeer@... [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
    Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
    To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com>
    Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile from the Johnson House
    Reply-To: eegeer@...
    
    10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. That is all that was reported
    
    
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  45. Crested Caracara Half Moon Bay San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2015 @ 5:04pm, 21 day(s) ago
    Created Caracara in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. Here now feeding on dead carcass in field north of fenced brussel sprout field. 1/2 mile from Johnson House on Higgins Canyon Road.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Begin forwarded message:
    
    From: "eegeer@... [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
    Date: February 10, 2015 at 3:16:54 PM PST
    To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com>
    Subject: [pen-bird] Alert: Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile from the Johnson House
    Reply-To: eegeer@...
    
    10:30 AM Tuesday 2/10/15... Reported Crested Caracara Higgins Canyon Road about 1/2 mile east from the Johnson House. It is on an animal carcass in a field. That is all that was reported
    
    
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  47. Common Scoter update (Del Norte) LINK
    DATE: Feb 10, 2015 @ 10:13am, 22 day(s) ago
    The COSC was at the mouth of the boat basin, off Citizens Dock Road in
    Crescent City, at 9:30 this morning.
    
    Ken Burton
    Eureka
    
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  49. Re: [CALBIRDS] News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2015 @ 3:10pm, 23 day(s) ago
    Thanks to the CBRC for all their good work.
    I was a little disturbed to see Yellow-green Vireo removed from the review list, considering the findings of this major multilocus vireo phylogeny:
    
    http://cjbattey.com/papers/slager2014MPE.pdf
    
    Basically, East Mexican Yellow-greens are poorly differentiated from North American Red-eyeds, while west slope/southern birds are a different beast entirely. Based on current knowledge, if the AOU acts on this, we will not know if we are seeing things that are basically Red-eyed Vireos with yellow-green plumage or the genetically distinct Yellow-greens from the west slope and south.
    
    Thanks to Alvaro Jaramillo for bringing this paper to my attention a few months back.
    
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
    
    On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo on 23-24 January. The following items resulting from that
    meeting will be of interest to California birders:
    
    Changes to the STATE LIST:
    
    Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) is removed and replaced with Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus); at
    present it is uncertain which of these taxa has occurred in California. The species pair Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler is also added to the review list.
    
    Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser serrirostris) is added to the state list (and review list) following the acceptance of the bird at the Salton Sea, Imperial
    Co. 19 Oct 2013 (CBRC record #2013-181); the species pair Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis/serrirostris) is removed from the state list.
    
    Changes to the REVIEW LIST:
    
    Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose is moved from the main Review List to the supplemental list of reviewed “species groups and hybrid taxa” at the end of the Review
    List
    
    Frigatebird sp. is removed from the “species groups and hybrid taxa” supplemental review list and replaced with Magnificent/Great/Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata
    magnificens/minor/ariel)
    
    Blue-footed Booby and Yellow-green Vireo are removed from the Review List
    
    COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP:
    
    Voting members Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle and Steve Rottenborn rotated off the Committee
    
    Lauren Harter, Kristie Nelson, and Scott Terrill were elected to the Committee as voting members
    
    Joe Morlan was re-elected as CBRC Chair
    
    Dan Singer was re-elected as CBRC Vice-Chair
    
    Finally, and most importantly, Guy McCaskie retired as Secretary after serving in that role since 2001.
    
    Tom Benson was elected to replace Guy as Secretary; all documentation of CBRC review species should now go to Tom Benson at secretary@...
    
    These changes to the State List, Review List, and Committee membership have been made on the CBRC web site by webmaster Joe Morlan; see:
    http://californiabirds.org/
    
    In particular, note the tribute to outgoing secretary Guy McCaskie at:
    http://californiabirds.org/GuyMcCaskie015.html
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    [acting as CBRC spokesperson]
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
    kgarrett@...
    
    
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-revision history-
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'. 




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