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  1. NESS July 21 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I walked into Salt Creek at sunrise then spent the rest of the morning at the State Recreation Area, North Shore, the end of Hayes Rd, Lincoln/70th flooded fields, and 81 and 84th Avenues.  Calidris are finally available in numbers, had to happen based on Guy's reports from the south. There were perhaps 1000,  favoring Western Sandpiper but with some near pure flocks of Least Sandpiper, the extensive beach north and south of the end of 81st was  particularly good. Black-necked Stilts are building up and Black-bellied Plovers are arriving. After a week-end excursion to Bolsa Chica with Tony Metcalf and Mark Chappell, and hundreds of Short-billed Dowitchers, I expected fun with dows... but not one of either species today. And only a couple each of Willet and Greater Yellowlegs. California Gulls are stacking up, with juveniles. Other gulls included Western (adult) and  Yellow-footed (10) at 84th, and at least five Laughing Gulls in the flooded field off Lincoln. Small groups of Black Skimmers (total about a dozen) flew south past Salt Creek early. Pelicans and herons in the many hundreds, Osprey, Western Tanager, Black-chinned Hummingbird also, no ducks.
    Chet
    
    
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  3. NESS June 14, SJWA June 13 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Most amusing in my long morning/early afternoon at NESS was the Jeep Cherokee with barnacles and mud up to the doors at 84th. Not sure how the empty Bud Light box by the back tire played into that... (Public service announcement:  be sure to catch John Oliver's comments on Budweiser and the World Cup.)
    
    As it is the third week on June, birding is at an ebb, unless hundreds of  Brown Pelicans suit you. Most interesting to me, for the date, were two dowitchers (presumed Long-bills) four Greater Yellowlegs and three adult Laughing Gulls. The big dark gulls of 84th (at least six) included Western and Yellow-footed gulls but weren't really situated for the exact breakdown of species and age. I completely avoided ducks and coots.
    
    Speaking of ducks, a small rant, now that I have someone's attention:
    
    A male Canvasback at SJWA June 13, was a surprise, and an interesting addition to our summering/visiting waterfowl diversity, 12 species at least. To this date, the only successful nesting duck species I've seen are Mallard (one family) and Wood Duck (one family - hard to mow a nest box).  Management practices seem to be aimed (excuse me) at the target ducks rather than nesting ducks, the mowing is continuous, the hydrology is mysterious, the nesting season is clearly unknown, the MBTA is a just an acronym.
    Chet
    
    
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  5. Salton Sea IMP 1 Jun 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     I spent part of the Sunday, 01 June 2014 (6:00
    AM to 1:30 PM), in the Imperial Valley and along part of the south shore of the
    Salton Sea. I started the day in Niland where I spent time along the southern
    end of International Road ,
    and somewhat less time in the area west of Highway 111. I then moved south to
    the IID Wetlands and continued south to Wiest Lake, stopping at Rammer Lake,
    Kershaw Pond and the west side of Finney Lake. I then returned to the Salton
    Sea and checked the shore from the north end of Garst Road to the north end of
    Poe Road, stopping at the western part of the Hazard Unit, the Salton Sea
    National Wildlife Refuge HQ, Obsidian Butte, the area around the intersection
    of Lack and Lindsey Roads, the west end of Young Road and at Unit 1 of the
    Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From there I drove eastward into
    Westmorland, then south to Sunbeam
    Lake , and stopped at Fig Lagoon before heading west
    to San Diego .
    It was mostly clear throughout the day, with some light wind at times in the morning,
    and with temperatures ranging from 65 to 105 degrees.
    Waterfowl and shorebird are few and far between,
    and migrant Passerines were limited to a few Western Wood-Pewees and Willow
    Flycatchers scattered throughout the area covered.
    Species seen - Gadwall (5), Mallard (25 -
    including a family of ten ducklings at Kershaw Pond), Cinnamon Teal (1),
    Northern Shoveler (5), Northern Pintail (1), Canvasback (1 - one female with
    other ducks at the north end of Garst Road was the same bird seen here on 21 May),
    Redhead (20), Surf Scoter (1 - one
    female at the west end of Young Road was believed to be the same bird found
    here by Brian L. Sullivan on 28 April), Long-tailed
    Duck (1 - one female at the western edge of the Hazard Unit was the
    same bird found here by Brian L. Sullivan on 27 April), Bufflehead (1 –
    one long staying “crippled” adult male at the west end of Young
    Road), Red-breasted Merganser (1 -
    one “female” at the west end of Young Road was the same bird first
    seen here on 3 April), Ruddy Duck (350), Gambel’s Quail (10), Common Loon (1 - one in basic-plumage at
    the west end of Young Road), Pied-billed Grebe (5), Eared Grebe (15), Western
    Grebe (10), Clark’s Grebe (5), Aechmophorus
    sp (5), Neotropic Cormorant (12 -
    four adults [two pairs, each at a nest] at Rammer Lake, one sub-adult at the
    intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads, one adult at the west end of Young
    Road,, and eight sub-adults at Fig Lagoon), Double-crested Cormorant (2500 -
    many on nests at Rammer Lake), White Pelican (30), Brown Pelican (2500), Least
    Bittern (3), Great Blue Heron (150 - many on nests), Great Egret (75), Snowy
    Egret (100), Cattle Egret (3500 - most attending nests at Rammer Lake), Green
    Heron (10), Black-crowned Night-Heron (75 - most attending nests at Rammer
    Lake), White-faced Ibis (250), Turkey Vulture (5), Osprey (1), Northern Harrier
    (2), Clapper Rail (4), Common Gallinule (5), American Coot (350), Black-necked
    Stilt (75), American Avocet (150), Black-bellied Plover (3), Snowy Plover (5),
    Killdeer (20), Spotted Sandpiper (2), Willet (3), Whimbrel (5), Marbled Godwit
    (6), Red-necked Phalarope (5), Bonaparte’s Gull (35), Heermann’s Gull (3 - three adults
    together at Fig Lagoon), Ring-billed Gull (75), Western Gull (1), Yellow-footed
    Gull (10), California Gull (50), Least Tern
    (1 - one adult at the north end of Garst Road), Gull-billed Tern (35 - none at
    Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge where nesting obviousely
    failed), Caspian Tern (30), Black
    Tern (50), Forster’s Tern (30), Black Skimmer (25 - all at Unit 1 of the
    Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge), Rock Pigeon (150), Eurasian Collared-Dove
    (250), White-winged Dove (150), Mourning Dove (150), Inca Dove (10), Common
    Ground-Dove (15), Greater Roadrunner (6), Burrowing Owl (15), Lesser Nighthawk
    (2), Black-chinned Hummingbird (5), Anna’s Hummingbird (5), American
    Kestrel (10), Western Wood-Pewee (10), Willow Flycatcher (10), Black Phoebe
    (15), Say’s Phoebe (2 - two in Niland where probably nesting), Western
    Kingbird (25), Loggerhead Shrike (2), Common Raven (1), Northern Rough-winged
    Swallow (35), Cliff Swallow (500), Verdin (15), Marsh Wren (15), Black-tailed
    Gnatcatcher (5), Northern Mockingbird (10), European Starling (100), Common
    Yellowthroat (5), Abert’s Towhee (25), Song Sparrow (15), Blue Grosbeak (1),
    Red-winged Blackbird (500), Western Meadowlark (20), Yellow-headed Blackbird
    (5), Brewer’s Blackbird (20), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Bronzed Cowbird
    (2 - an adult male and female together at the southern end of International
    Road in Niland), Brown-headed Cowbird (30), Bullock’s Oriole (5), House
    Finch (40) and House Sparrow (75) - 98 species.
    
    Guy McCaskie
    Secretary CBRC
    guymcc@...
    
    
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  7. Salton Sea - 21 May 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     I spent the day Wednesday, 21 May 2014 (5:15 AM
    to 6:00 PM) with Curtis A. Marantz in the Imperial Valley and along part of the
    south shore of the Salton Sea . We started the
    day at Fig Lagoon and Sunbeam
    Lake , then moved north to
    the area around the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads southwest of
    Brawley. From here we drove north to Niland where, stopping briefly at the
    Kershaw Pond and at the granary in Calipatria. We spent considerable time along
    the southern end of International
    Road and less time in the area west of Highway
    111. We then moved west to the Salton Sea and checked the shore from the
    southwest corner of the Wister Unit to the north end of Poe Road, stopping at
    the north end of Garst Road, the western part of the Hazard Unit, the Salton
    Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ, Rock Hill, Obsidian Butte, the area around the
    intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads, the west end of Young Road, and Unit 1
    of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From here we drove into Westmorland
    and Brawley where CAM departed northward and I
    headed south to Lakeview Golfcourse adjacent to Fig Lagoon, stopping to look at
    Sheldon Reservoir along the way. I then stopped briefly at Fig Lagoon and
    headed west to San Diego .
    It was clear throughout the day, with some wind in the early morning, and with
    temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees.
    Shorebirds were few and far between, but
    noteworthy numbers of migrant Passerines were at
    Sunbeam Lake ,
    the area around the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads, southeastern Niland
    and at Lakeview Golfcourse, with Western Tanager s
    being the most numerous, followed by Western Wood-Pewees, Willow Flycatchers,
    Yellow Warblers and Warbling Vireos.
    Species seen - Gadwall (10), American Wigeon
    (3), Mallard (20 - including a family of seven ducklings at the north end of
    Garst Road), Blue-winged Teal (1 - one adult male with two Cinnamon Teal at Fig
    Lagoon), Cinnamon Teal (10), Northern Shoveler (40), Northern Pintail (10),
    Canvasback (1 - one female with other ducks at the north end of Garst Road),
    Redhead (20), Long-tailed Duck (1
    - one female at the western edge of the Hazard Unit was the same bird found
    here by Brian L. Sullivan on 27 April), Bufflehead (1 – one long staying
    “crippled” adult male at the west end of Young Road), Red-breasted Merganser (1 - one
    “female” at the west end of Young Road was the same bird first seen
    here on 3 April), Ruddy Duck (500), Gambel’s Quail (5), Pied-billed Grebe
    (5), Eared Grebe (10), Western Grebe (5), Clark’s Grebe (3), Aechmophorus sp (2), Neotropic Cormorant (15 - fifteen
    sub-adults together at Sunbeam Lake), Double-crested Cormorant (250), White
    Pelican (150), Brown Pelican (750), Least Bittern (1), Great Blue Heron (50 -
    many on nests), Great Egret (25), Snowy Egret (35), Cattle Egret (300), Green
    Heron (5), Black-crowned Night-Heron (10), White-faced Ibis (50), Turkey
    Vulture (25), Osprey (1), Common Gallinule (3), American Coot (350),
    Black-necked Stilt (75 - some on nests), American Avocet (250), Black-bellied
    Plover (15), Snowy Plover (5 - including one sitting on a nest at the
    southwestern corner of the Wister Unit), Semipalmated Plover (1), Killdeer
    (15), Spotted Sandpiper (10), Willet (1), Whimbrel (3), Marbled Godwit (10), Ruddy Turnstone (1 - one adult in
    alternate-plumage at Obsidian Butte), Western Sandpiper (10), Long-billed
    Dowitcher (10), Wilson’s Phalarope (35), Red-necked Phalarope (150),
    Bonaparte’s Gull (50), Ring-billed Gull (75), Western Gull (4),
    Yellow-footed Gull (10), California Gull (75), Herring Gull (1), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 - one
    first-summer bird near the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads was the same
    bird seen in this area on 10 May), Least Tern
    (3 - three at the southwest corner of the Wister Unit included two sitting on
    nests), Gull-billed Tern (45 - most at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National
    Wildlife Refuge where they are nesting on an island away from the Caspian
    Terns), Caspian Tern (350 - now
    most nesting at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge but about 15
    still attending nests art Rock Hill), Black Tern (250), Forster’s Tern
    (30), Black Skimmer (20), Rock Pigeon (150), Eurasian Collared-Dove (250),
    White-winged Dove (75), Mourning Dove (100), Inca Dove (5), Common Ground-Dove
    (25), Greater Roadrunner (1), Barn Owl (1), Burrowing Owl (10), Lesser
    Nighthawk (3), Black-chinned Hummingbird (6), Anna’s Hummingbird (5),
    Costa’s Hummingbird (1), Gila Woodpecker (5), Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    (1), American Kestrel (10), Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 - one near the
    intersection of Carter and Fites Roads), Western Wood-Pewee (35), Willow
    Flycatcher (25), Pacific-slope Flycatcher (3), Black Phoebe (15), Say’s
    Phoebe (1 - one in Niland where probably nesting), Vermilion Flycatcher (2 - an adult female being followed by
    what appeared to be a hatch-year bird at Lakeview Golfcourse indicated nesting
    at this location - Brian L. Sullivan reported three, including an adult male,
    at this location on 28 April - this flycatcher has not been record nesting in
    the Imperial Valley during the past 50 years), Western Kingbird (30),
    Loggerhead Shrike (4), Warbling Vireo (15), Common Raven (1), Northern
    Rough-winged Swallow (30), Cliff Swallow (500), Barn Swallow (6 - including a
    pair at the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads where this swallow has
    nested in the past two years), Verdin (10), Marsh Wren (10), Black-tailed
    Gnatcatcher (2), Swainson’s Thrush (12), Crissal Thrasher (1 - one
    singing near the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads), Northern Mockingbird
    (5), European Starling (100), Phainopepla (15 - including a flock of ten in
    Niland), Nashville Warbler (1 - a
    late migrant at Lakeview Golfcourse ties the latest date for a spring migrant
    at the Salton Sink - one collected near Westmorland on 20 May 1995 being the
    previous latest), MacGillivray’s Warbler (1), Common Yellowthroat (5),
    Yellow Warbler (30), Yellow-rumped Warbler (2), Townsend’s Warbler (3),
    Hermit Warbler (1 - one male at Sunbeam Lake), Wilson’s Warbler (6),
    Abert’s Towhee (15), Song Sparrow (15), Green-tailed
    Towhee (1 – a late migrant near the intersection of Carter and
    Fites Roads ties the latest date [one Wister Unit HQ on 21 May 2003] for a
    spring migrant at the Salton Sink), Western Tanager
    (60), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 -
    one female with an entirely pale bill and streaking on its breast well seen
    near the southern end of International Road in Niland was photographed by CAM),
    Black-headed Grosbeak (10), Blue Grosbeak (1), Lazuli Bunting (5), Red-winged
    Blackbird (500), Western Meadowlark (30), Yellow-headed Blackbird (1),
    Brewer’s Blackbird (20), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Bronzed Cowbird (2 -
    an adult male and female at the southern end of International Road in Niland),
    Brown-headed Cowbird (30), Hooded Oriole (2), Bullock’s Oriole (5), House
    Finch (30) and House Sparrow (50) - 128 species.
    
    Guy McCaskie
    Secretary CBRC
    guymcc@...
    
    
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  9. South Salton Sea - 10 May 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     I spent Saturday, 10 May 2014 (5:30 AM to 5:00
    PM), in the Imperial Valley and along part of the south shore of the
    Salton Sea . I started the day at Fig Lagoon and
    Sunbeam
    Lake , then moved north to the area
    around the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads southwest of Brawley. From
    here I drove directly north to Niland where I spent time along
    International Road
    and in the area west of Highway 111. I then moved west to the Salton Sea and
    checked the shore from the southwest corner of the Wister Unit to the north end
    of Poe Road, stopping at the north end of Garst Road, Red Hill, the western
    part of the Hazard Unit, the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ, Obsidian
    Butte, the area around the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads, the west end
    of Young Road, and Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From here
    I drove into Westmorland and then south to southeastern
    El Centro , stopping to look at Sheldon
    Reservoir along the way. After leaving El Centro
    I then stopped briefly at Fig Lagoon and headed west to
    San Diego . It was clear throughout the day,
    with strong winds blowing dust in the afternoon, and with temperatures ranging
    from 65 to 85 degrees.
    It was obvious that large numbers of ducks and
    shorebirds have moved out of the area during the past ten days. Impressive
    numbers of Passerines were moving through the area, with
    Wilson ’s Warblers and
    Western Tanager s being the most numerous, followed
    by Western Wood-Pewees, Warbling Vireos and Yellow Warblers.
    Species seen - Gadwall (10), American Wigeon
    (3), Mallard (25), Cinnamon Teal (15), Northern Shoveler (20), Northern Pintail
    (6), Green-winged Teal (1), Redhead (10), Surf
    Scoter (1 - one female just north of the west end of Young Road was
    probably the same bird first seen here by Brian L. Sullivan on 28 April),
    Bufflehead (2 – one immature male at the Hazard Unit and one adult male
    at the west end of Young Road), Red-breasted
    Merganser (1 - one “female” at the west end of Young
    Road was the same bird first seen here on 3 April), Ruddy Duck (200),
    Gambel’s Quail (15), Pied-billed Grebe (5), Eared Grebe (30), Western
    Grebe (10), Clark’s Grebe (5), Aechmophorus
    sp (5), Neotropic Cormorant (14 -
    thirteen sub-adults together at Sunbeam Lake and one sub-adult at the west end
    of Young Road), Double-crested Cormorant (1000), White Pelican (30), Brown
    Pelican (750), American Bittern (1
    - one in flight at the southwestern corner of the Wister Unit), Least Bittern
    (1), Great Blue Heron (50), Great Egret (20), Snowy Egret (25), Cattle Egret
    (500), Green Heron (5), Black-crowned Night-Heron (15), White-faced Ibis (500),
    Turkey Vulture (15), Osprey (1), White-tailed Kite (2 - a pair near the western
    edge of Niland), Northern Harrier (1), Red-shouldered
    Hawk (1 - one near the southeastern corner of El Centro is known
    present here for over one year), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Clapper Rail (1), Common
    Gallinule (2), American Coot (250), Black-necked Stilt (75 - some on nests),
    American Avocet (150), Black-bellied Plover (10), Snowy Plover (5 - one sitting
    on a nest at the southwestern corner of the Wister Unit), Semipalmated Plover
    (10), Killdeer (15), Spotted Sandpiper (25), Greater Yellowlegs (2), Willet
    (30), Whimbrel (10), Long-billed Curlew (1), Marbled Godwit (100), Ruddy Turnstone (1 - one adult in
    alternate-plumage at the north end of Poe Road), Red Knot (1 – one adult in alternate-plumage at the
    north end of Poe Road), Stilt Sandpiper (5 – five at Unit 1 of the Salton
    Sea National Wildlife Refuge), Dunlin (15), Least Sandpiper (5), Western
    Sandpiper (500), Short-billed Dowitcher (5), Long-billed Dowitcher (150),
    Wilson’s Phalarope (50), Red-necked Phalarope (75), Bonaparte’s
    Gull (5), Franklin’s Gull (5
    – five adults in alternate-plumage at the southeast corner of
    Calipatria), Ring-billed Gull (250), Western Gull (2 - one adult and one
    first-summer bird together at the north end of Poe Road), Yellow-footed Gull
    (15 - an obvious increase in numbers during the past ten days), California Gull
    (30), Herring Gull (5), Lesser Black-backed
    Gull (2 - one adult at Obsidian Butte and one first-summer bird at
    the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads), Least
    Tern (2 - two at the southwest corner of the Wister Unit were both
    sitting on nests), Gull-billed Tern (75 - most at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea
    National Wildlife Refuge where they are now attempting to nest on islands away
    from the Caspian Terns), Caspian Tern
    (350 - now nesting on the island at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife
    Refuge previously occupied by Gull-billed Terns), Black Tern (150),
    Forster’s Tern (30), Black Skimmer (30), Rock Pigeon (150), Eurasian
    Collared-Dove (250), White-winged Dove (25), Mourning Dove (150), Inca Dove
    (15), Common Ground-Dove (30), Greater Roadrunner (2), Barn Owl (1), Burrowing
    Owl (10), Lesser Nighthawk (5), Black-chinned Hummingbird (20), Anna’s
    Hummingbird (10), Costa’s Hummingbird (1), Calliope Hummingbird (1 – one adult male frequenting a
    feeder near the southeast corner of El Centro), Gila Woodpecker (5),
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (1), American Kestrel (10), Peregrine Falcon (1),
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 - one near the intersection of Carter and Fites
    Roads), Western Wood-Pewee (35), Willow Flycatcher (6 - the first that I have
    encountered this year), Hammond’s Flycatcher (2), Pacific-slope
    Flycatcher (3), Black Phoebe (15), Say’s Phoebe (2 - two in Niland where
    probably nesting), Ash-throated Flycatcher (1), Western Kingbird (30),
    Loggerhead Shrike (2), Warbling Vireo (75), Common Raven (4), Horned Lark (2),
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow (30), Cliff Swallow (750), Barn Swallow (2 - a
    pair at the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads where nested in the past two
    years), Verdin (10), Marsh Wren (10), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (2),
    Swainson’s Thrush (5), Northern Mockingbird (5), European Starling (100),
    Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Nashville Warbler (2), MacGillivray’s Warbler
    (1), Common Yellowthroat (5), Yellow Warbler (50), Yellow-rumped Warbler (3),
    Townsend’s Warbler (10), Hermit Warbler (1 - one female near the
    intersection of Carter and Fites Roads), Wilson’s Warbler (200),
    Abert’s Towhee (15), Song Sparrow (15), White-crowned Sparrow (2 –
    two dark-lored bird in Niland), Western Tanager
    (150), Black-headed Grosbeak (10), Blue Grosbeak (3), Lazuli Bunting (15),
    Red-winged Blackbird (500), Western Meadowlark (30), Yellow-headed Blackbird
    (5), Brewer’s Blackbird (15), Great-tailed Grackle (100), Bronzed Cowbird
    (2 - one adult male at the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads and one
    female at the southern end of International Road in Niland), Brown-headed
    Cowbird (50), Hooded Oriole (4), Bullock’s Oriole (15), House Finch (30)
    and House Sparrow (75) - 142 species.
    
    Guy McCaskie
    Secretary CBRC
    guymcc@...
    
    
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  11. East Big Bear; Gray Vireo, Calliope Hummingbird, Pinyon Jay LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Saturday, I spent late morning and early afternoon east of Big Bear Lake in howling winds scouting for an upcoming field trip. At Arrastre Creek, migrants were moving through including an FOS Willow Flycatcher and many western warblers. I found what I believe to be a nesting pair of Calliope Hummingbirds south of their typical nesting area. Being a dry year, they moved to where water appears in the creek about 1/2 mile south of the south end of the burn area. I checked up and down the Pinyon and Junipers on the west side of the canyon for Plumbeous Vireo but had no luck.
    I then headed east toward the Rose Mine area in search of Gray Vireo and found two males singing on territory (despite heavy winds) near the base of Tip Top Mtn. To get there, stay on 2N02 and past the intersection of 3N03 for .4 mile to 2N90. Make a left and head 1/4 mile up the road and park in the turnout on the left. Start walking down the road that cuts sharply back to the right and they should be within the first 50 yards. There was also a pair of nesting Scott's Orioles along 2N90.
    I decided to make a loop of it and headed west along 2N01 to get back to Hwy 38 (which exits near Onyx Summit). Within the first mile of 2N01 was a small flock of Pinyon Jays. My next to last stop was near Sandy's (Remley) house near the corner of Erwin Lake Road and Cypress Rd. where a large flock of Pinyon Jays were foraging along the hillside. Last stop was at Big Bear Sewage Ponds a late pair of Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked Ducks were hanging out. Many Yellow-headed Blackbirds were there as well.
    
    FYI- the road to Arrastre (2N02) is far improved from last year and a passenger vehicle (albeit slowly) can make it to the creek. From Arrastre, the road to Rose Mine deteriorates quickly and should only be traveled by a high-clearance vehicle (4WD not needed).
    
    Brad Singer
    Lake Arrowhead
    
    
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  13. SJWA May 5 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I assume the Brant first found on April 20  is the same bird seen off and on for two weeks, and today; and that the female Greater Scaup continues for even longer. Not a lot of ducks but much diversity, including a pair of Wood Duck. Shorebirds finishing, two each of Least Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Greater Yellowlegs, one Wilson's Phalarope, several Spotted Sandpipers. The one White-crowned Sparrow seen was dark-lored. 
    Chet
    
    
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  15. Re: Lake Havasu and the Parker Strip 26 Apr LINK
    DATE: Apr 27, 2014, 3 month(s) ago
    Sorry forgot to mention there were also 3 lingering Greater Scaup at Parker Dam a flyby pair of pure or close to pure looking Mexican Ducks along the Colorado River north of Headgate Dam. Good birding
    David Vander Pluym
    Lake Havasu City
    
    
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  17. NESS April 13 LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2014, 3 month(s) ago
    An interesting day at Salton Sea, north end, with Mark Chappell. We spent a long morning at Salt Creek looking at and photographing waterbirds, then the rest of the day looking for land birds at the State Recreation Area.
    Just about the first bird we looked at on the beach at Salt Creek was a alternate plumage Ruddy Turnstone in the multitude of shorebirds, larids, pelicans and ducks, with Brant (2), Red Knots (5), Franklin's Gull (2), Gull-billed Tern (1) being the specialties. The regulars included a stunning flock of approximately 500 Western Sandpipers, a variety of Black-bellied Plover (30) plumages,  Willets (100+), Marbled Godwit (2), both dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers (lots but ?), Whimbrel (10), Long-billed Curlew, Snowy and Semipalmated plovers (we couldn't remember a Killdeer at day's end!), hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls.
    Landbirds: nine species of warblers -- Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Nashville, MacGillivray's, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's (very early), Orange-crowned, Wilson's, Common Yellowthroat -- also -- Hermit Thrush, Chipping and Lincoln's sparrows, Warbling Vireo. Fun.
    Chet
    
    
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  19. Havasu past two days LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2014, 4 month(s) ago
    Yesterday 10 Apr and today 11 Apr I scanned Lake Havasu from the north end (and also check a few other spots as well).
    Yesterday 10 Apr I had three continuing White-winged Scoters well off Mesquite Bay on the Az side, continuing RED-THROATED LOON on the California side, 65 Franklin's Gullsof which 16 made it into California and decent numbers of other waterbird migrants (small numbers of dabbling ducks, both scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, grebes, Ring-billed California, Bonaparte's Gull etc) of which a handful made it into California.
    
    Today 11 Apr there was less in the way of waterbirds on Lake Havasu, but an afternoon check of the Parker Strip produced good numbers of teal (mainly Cinnamon, but Blue-winged and Green-winged also present) as well as small numbers of shorebirds. Passerines have been slow this season and so far no sign of the swallow spectacle has been had, handfuls are passing through when it should be thousands. Also of interest to California Birders was a continuing Neotropic Cormorant at Headgate Dam in Arizona, but it must fly into California at some point. Good birding
    
    David Vander Pluym
    Lake Havasu City
    phainopeplafables.com
    
    
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  21. NESS April 11 LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2014, 4 month(s) ago
    Did a training run for next weekend's (April 19-20) San Bernardino Valley Audubon Shorebird Weekend -- back-to-back trips to North End Salton Sea and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area (details on the SBVAS website.) Late April is as good as it gets with shorebird diversity and abundance, plumage variations including stunning alternate plumages, good weather. If nothing else you may come away from the outing(s) able to tell Tony and Chet apart.
    Today: a day on the barnacle beaches (3 hours at Salt Creek), with 17 species of shorebirds including a Surfbird at Salt Creek, Black-bellied Plovers all dressed up, 65+ Whimbrels at 84th Ave, only one alternate Dunlin came in to dip it's feet in the water, then continued north, peaking peeps, no Red Knots --next week for sure, Short-billed Dowitchers, busy Snowy Plovers.
    
    Collateral distractions: Brant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Blue-winged Teal at Salt Creek, swarms of Bonaparte's Gulls and Caspian Terns, Western Gulls at 84th, FOS Zebra-tailed Lizard. Mentioning swarms-- Eared Grebes and Ruddy Ducks!
    Chet
    
    
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  23. SJWA April 3-4 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Two mornings, Thursday and Friday, at the SJWA: Hood Merganser -2, Wood Duck -2, Whimbrel-2, imm. Bald Eagle, American Bittern, Bell's Vireo, Black-thoated Blue Warbler, Tricoolred Blackbirds, ducks, swallows!, 700 California Gulls.
    Chet
    
    
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  25. SJWA, Lake Perris March 27 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    A fine day of birding with Tony Metcalf; a few highlights of 85 species:Common Loon, American White Pelican 30, American Bittern, White-faced Ibis 300?, Greater Yellowlegs 30, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Least Sandpiper 350?, Long-billed Dowitcher 300?, swallows (5 species) 1000s with Violet-green and Tree Swallows most abundant, Wilson's Warbler, Black-throated Blue-Warbler. Thousands of ducks led by Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teals. Interesting to watch House Wrens and Tree Swallows checking out the same nest box. Western Kingbirds have impressively occupied Davis Road. Swarms of gulls stayed high, raptor diversity low, with American Kestrels particularly scarce.
    Chet
    
    
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  27. NESS March 13 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I spent most of the day, March 13,  on the shore at spots around the north end of the Salton Sea. Highlights: a continuing sub-adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in the large gull flock at Salt Creek; seven Common Mergansers flying south on the date given by Patten et al. as the winter late date for the species  -- likely the same ones found on the NESS CBC in early January; two basic-plumaged Red Knots at 84th Ave, seeming to be very early migrants, though possibly winter birds; at least five Western Gulls at 84th. Still an impressive lot of Black-bellied Plovers and Willets; the large west side Aythya flock seems to be gone but there were two Red-breasted Mergansers with the Ruddy Ducks.
    Chet
    
    
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  29. Colorado River / Feb. 15 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Greetings!
    
    Birded the Colorado River at a few points Saturday on the way to Parker Dam. Had an adult Bald Eagle near the bridge leading to Cibola NWR. Also stopped by the diversion dam north of Blythe. About 200 ducks of various kinds were above the dam. We found at least a half-dozen “Sage” Sparrows in the scrub just south of the dam. They all looked like Bell’s Sparrows to me. Just wondered if others have seen the birds in this area and would concur.
    
    Regards,
    Ed
    
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
    edstonick@...
    
    
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  31. Common Goldeneye Brock Research Center Rd. LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This afternoon a male and female Common Goldeneye were on the large pond north of I-8 at the Brock Research Center exit just west of the dunes. As previously mentioned you have to scope the ponds from the bridge, so the views are distant. There were lots of ducks and coots on the pond, but the goldeneyes really stood out.
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    
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  33. Common Goldeneye / Black-throated Blue Warbler LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Thanks to Steve Myers, checked out the male Common Goldeneye at Whitewater Preserve and found it on the lower pond along with a number of Ring-necked Ducks. Then on to Bridge Street off San Jacinto Wildlife Area and found a handful of Tricolored Blackbirds, along with just a few zillion Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds.
    
    After that on to San Jacinto Wildlife Area (SJWA) along Davis Rd at the already noted 'wooded stream crossing' where I birded with Julie Szabo from Wildomar finding the female Black-throated Blue Warbler. Had one flyby Ferruginous Hawk. Nice to run into Tony Metcalf as well after so many years. Geez how the decades fly by.
    
    Photos here:http://www.tsuru-bird.net/a_species/goldeneye_common
    http://www.tsuru-bird.net/a_species/warbler_black-throated_bluehttp://www.tsuru-bird.net/a_species/duck_ring-necked
    http://www.tsuru-bird.net (the whole 835 ABA photographed species pages)Monte Taylor
    Irvine / Tustin Ranch, CA
    
    
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  35. Lake Havasu Update LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Yesterday 8 Feb I joined Paul Lehman, Barbara Carlson, Curtis Marantz, and Captain Brad Singer for an extended tour by boat of Lake Havasu. Happily this did not end up being a "3 hour tour" instead about 5 hours were spent on the lake. We headed down to the Bill Williams Delta hoping for a Blue-footed Booby. On the way down and back we had a PACIFIC LOON in both states between Havasu Palms and Black Meadow Landing (inaccessible except by boat) and another one in Az off Site Six. Despite chumming from the Bill Williams Arm up to the north end we (and many others looking from land) were unable to find the Blue-footed Booby (though Paul and Barbara found it that evening sitting on its roost in Az). Where the bird was is anyone's guess, but I imagine it was fat and happy somewhere when our gull flock went by. At the north end of the lake we did have the BROWN BOOBY in both states as well as three Herring Gulls. Before the boat we could see good numbers of goldeneyes and other ducks between Site Six and Havasu Landing on the California (haze was bad so we couldn't really pick through them) however by the time we got there on the boat they had moved off. We did however see ~180 scaup off Havasu Landing that were presumed Greater. Good birding.
    David Vander Pluym
    Lake Havasu City
    tinyurl.com/lcrvrarities
    phainopeplafables.com
    
    
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  37. Whitewater Preserve - Common Goldeneye LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi all,
    
    For all you duck photographers out there, a beautiful male Common
    Goldeneye was in one of the trout ponds at the Whitewater Preserve
    this morning. The pond is crystal clear, allowing the goldeneye,
    Ring-necked Ducks, and American Coots to be observed as they swim
    under water - pretty cool! Since the pond is only about 30-40 feet
    across, all of the birds frequently surface very close to the edge
    of the pond, allowing frame-filling shots.
    
    Otherwise, there were no unusual birds seen this morning. Several
    species are starting to sing in earnest - spring is coming!
    
    Steve Myers
    Moreno Valley
    
    
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  39. Kingfisher, Merlin at Lake Gregory, Crestline LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
        Went
    down to the lake at 10:00 today (Feb 8, 2014) to assist in the Bald
    Eagle count today. Didn't see any eagles, although I ran into a fisher
    lady who reported she had seen the juvenile "about a half hour ago."
    Almost immediately I spotted a male Belted Kingfisher fly from a perch
    and get behind me. I went back to take another look and it flew back
    around me again. I continued back towards it again and again it flew
    back behind me.
       Both the eagle and the Kingfisher were on the San Moritz side of the lake as I was headed toward the ball field.I walked around the lake and when I was walking on San Moritz again near the South Beach parking lot, I noticed the fluttery flapping of a Merlin circling over the lake near the shore. Some water birds seen were a male Common Goldeneye, 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Ring-Necked Ducks, as well as some I could not identify.Steve DruceCrestline
    
    
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  41. San Jacinto Wildlife Area Feb. 6 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This afternoon me and my husband Alan paid a visit to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area and surrounding area. The female Black-throated Blue Warbler continues at the river crossing south of the main entrance of the Wildlife Area. The bird moves around constantly almost like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, the active movement made it very easy to find, and it give a soft chip call repeatedly. Be aware this is the second paved river crossing on Davis Rd, not the first one like I initially thought it was. The newly flooded field adjacent to the warbler spot was filled with gulls and ducks. We drove down to the horse ranch and had a large flock of Yellow-headed Blackbirds mingling with Red-winged Blackbirds, and 5 Tricolored Blackbirds were mixed in with them. A juvenile
    Bald Eagle was on a telephone pole above the Ramona Duck club ponds, and a large flock of Tricolored Blackbirds flew over this spot and settled into a marsh over near the auto tour route. The Sage Thrasher continues near the green gate after the first paved river crossing, and a smattering of Mountain Bluebirds continues near the duck club ponds and near the newly flooded field next to the river crossing.
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    
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  43. Lake Skinner and nearby spots, January 16 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    
    
    
    
    Chet McGaugh and I spent this morning at Lake Skinner and a few
    other nearby spots. It was a near perfect morning, with little wind
    and warm temperatures. The two Blue Boobies continue on the island
    near Boat Ramp 2, along with 3 Brown Pelicans and many cormorants.
    A single Herring Gull was among the Ring-bills and Californias in
    that part of the lake. Also of note on the lake were 3-4 Horned
    Grebes and 2-3 Common Loons northeast of Boat Ramp 1. A California
    Gnatcatcher called once in the coastal scrub above the boat rental
    building near Ramp 1.
    
    The Winchester ponds had nothing of note, but there were lots of
    ducks, especially Northern Shovelers. We then drove up to the Nuevo
    Mountain Plover fields, and immediately (less than a minute) had a
    flock of 9 plovers in the field southwest of the intersection of San
    Jacinto Avenue and Dunlap. We only spent about 15 minutes there, but
    a more extensive search of all the fields around there would
    undoubtedly yield much larger numbers based on observations of
    recent weeks.
    
    Steve Myers
    Moreno Valley
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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  45. Big Bear Birding LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Thought I would extend a report from my area since it has been some time that you all have heard from me.
    
    I started out early this morning at Grout Bay with outstanding numbers of ducks present. Common Merganser counts were very high, with Gadwalls close(forget the coots), then Mallards. Additionally there were Redheads, Pintails, American Wigeons, N Shovelers, Ruddys, Buffleheads and Green-winged Teals, Only a few species missing, but I would pick them up later as I drove around the lake stopping at my favorite spots. One adult Bald Eagle was spotted and only two Double-crested Cormorants were seen. Five Clark's Nutcracker were entertaining as they picked through the pine cones over my head. I have about 4 stops around Grout Bay that I routinely make and from every angle there were ducks as far as I could see.
    
    On to Boulder Bay Park yielded Wood Duck's, Lesser Scaups and Hooded Merganser in modest numbers. Pleasure Point Marina had a couple of Western Blue Birds for the day. Next stop was Swim Beach where I added 1 Canvasback, 7 Canada Goose and a couple of Common Goldeyes.
    
    Water level at Stanfield Marsh in about half its volume since our fall rains. Birds where few with many California and Ring-billed Gulls along its shoreline. Snow fall has been almost non-existant as you may have already heard.
    
    A drive around Baldwin Lake was quiet except for two Mountain Bluebirds to add to the days species.
    
    Around 2:30 I had a flyover of an adult Ferruginous Hawk over my home and a White-tailed Kite was seen at Stanfield Marsh on a drive back into town around at 4:30 this afternoon. For the day of lake birding I tallied 42 species with 45 degree temps and a steady wind out of the NW. The day was perfect for birding and enjoyable on a warm winter day.
    
    Flicker if your interested http://www.flickr.com/photos/racitup/11975600883/
    
    See you out there,
    
    Sandy Remley
    
    Big Bear Lake
    
    
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  47. Mecca Black-headed Gull Jan 9 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Dave Goodward and I found the Black-headed Gull in the flock at 68th Ave just as the sun was dropping (4:10pm) over the mountains. We had arrived back at about 3:15 pm after missing it in the morning, then watched gulls flying in before finding the gull in the water, preening in a tight flock of Bonaparte's Gulls. We found an adult Mew Gull during our morning stop, this being the exact spot where one was on November 12. 
    An aduilt Lesser Black-backed Gull at Salt Creek, between 68th Ave visits, rounded out a good day with the gulls. Also: Peregrine at 68th, hybrid Cinnamon X Blue-winged Teal at Salt Creek, lots of ducks and shorebirds at Salt Creek, including Dunlins, Common Goldeneyes, many Northern Pintails.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  49. 26 Dec, SJWA LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Apologies for the late report:Visited the refuge mid-afternoon on Thursday for my annual visit.  Pleasantly-surprised to find four AmKestrels, one of which posed for several cars of people near Marsh D.  They've been my bugaboo bird for years, so of course this year i had no camera and he was willing to sit for everyone going by...  Also surprising were the number of Barn Swallows and occasional Northern RoughWings along the same area.  In Seattle, these are mostly gone by mid-September...
    
    Also seen:  Golden Eagle near Pond 3, and perhaps three more kettling on thermals above the rocky hillside near the entrance;  one Loggerhead Shrike (second year in a row!) and one Turkey Vulture, near Pond 2;  several Red-tails and one Red-shoulder Hawk;  AmCoots, probably over 1000 across all ponds;  one White-faced Ibis, not far from several BlackNecked Stilts near Pond 1;  Lesser Yellowlegs, Western and Least Sandpipers in / near the entrance ponds;  numerous Northern Shovelers, Black Phoebes, Ravens, Northern Harriers, and tons of (mostly) ground-feeding (or salt-licking?) LBJs (sparrow-sized, grey in colour, few other obvious markings).
    
    notable misses:  only one Great Egret was seen, and no Snowy (last year, there were dozens, along with several Snowy); no AmAvocet (though one possible in entrance ponds distant in the sun reflections); no ducks besides the NOSHs and one pair of Mallard.
    
    Lastly:  Possible Ferruginous Hawk near intersection of 79 and Ramona Expressway.  Highway speeds are not always conducive to accuracy... Wish I lived closer :)00 carenhttp://www.ParkGallery.org
    
    sammamish wa
    
    
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