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· Nature Conservancy features CBC4Kids (Dec 6, 2016)
· new eBird hotspots in Kneeland area (Humboldt Co.) (Dec 4, 2016)
· Vermillion Flycatcher still present as of 10:00am and new eBird hotspot 11/28 (Nov 28, 2016)
· RE: [CALBIRDS] Phenomenon? (Dec 2, 2016)
· LA County Breeding Bird Atlas - Recommendation (Dec 2, 2016)
  1. Nature Conservancy features CBC4Kids LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2016 @ 9:33am, 1 day(s) ago
    Holiday News: 12/6/16
    The Nature Conservancyfeatured the Christmas Bird Count for Kidsin "Cool Green Science" - Smarter By Nature.
    Give Kids the Gift of Birding
    Give Kids the Gift of Birding The annual Christmas Bird Count is one of birding’s most cherished traditions. This year, consider introducing the count to a child.
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  3. new eBird hotspots in Kneeland area (Humboldt Co.) LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 7:56am, 4 day(s) ago
    Dear eBirders,
    There are some new hotspots in the area between Freshwater Corners and Bridgeville via Kneeland.  Specifically, they are (though not necessarily by these exact names):
    Freshwater Corners to Freshwater Park
    Freshwater Park to the top of Greenwood Heights Dr.
    Greenwood Heights Dr. to Butler Valley Rd.
    Butler Valley Rd. to Mountain View Rd.
    Mountain View Rd.
    Showers Pass Rd.
    Kneeland Rd. south of Showers Pass Rd.
    If you have checklists that conform to any of these new hotspots, please populate the hotspots by changing your personal locations to them.  This will be very helpful to me as I write my birding guide to the county.
    Although hotspots don't exist yet for Kneeland Rd. between Mountain View and either end of Showers Pass Rd., those would be good to suggest if you have relevant data.
    Thanks very much!  I look forward to seeing the databases for these new hotspots grow.
    Ken Burton
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  5. Vermillion Flycatcher still present as of 10:00am and new eBird hotspot 11/28 LINK
    DATE: Nov 28, 2016, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    This morning the Vermillion Flycatcher was seen by Chris
    Hayward and others between 7:35am and 9:30am, before my arrival . I
    arrived at 9:30am and watched and photographed the bird until a bit
    after 10:00am. The bird was still present when Chris and I left after
    10:00am. It was moving around the headstones quite a bit but generally
    staying in the location of Birch and Oak (cemetery streets) and being
    quite cooperative.
    Cypress Lawn Cemetery is on both the east and
    the west side of El Camino Real. The Vermillion Flycatcher has been
    seen on the west side of El Camino Real not the east side.
    original eBird hotspot "Cypress Lawn Cemetery" points to the east side
    of El Camino Real and this may create some confusion for those not
    familiar with the area and put folks in the wrong side of the cemetery.
    have created a new eBird hotspot that points to the correct cemetery
    location and correct side of El Camino Real. The full name of the new
    hotspot is:
    Vermillion Flycatcher location - Cypress Lawn Cemetery-westside, San Mateo County, California, US
    ( Map )
    ( Hotspot )
    Here is my checklist with that map marker included:
    What a super find! Congratulations PETER METROPULOS!!!!!
    Malia DeFelice
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  7. RE: [CALBIRDS] Phenomenon? LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:25pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I see the Black Oystercatchers in Trinidad, California, doing this behavior frequently.  They seem to forage on the beach more when the surf is high.
    Gail Kenny Trinidad, CA
     From: [] On Behalf Of tlcoddington@... [CALBIRDS]
    Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 11:33 AM
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Phenomenon
    New to group, but noted an interesting () sighting along US101 just south of Crescent City on 11/29/16. In wondering the nature of all the black shorebirds along the sandy beach aside the highway, I counted 33 black oystercatchers. They were chasing the surf as would sanderlings (=sandercatchers). Is this unusual, a tidal phenomenon, or something else Though someone would like to know. TC
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  9. LA County Breeding Bird Atlas - Recommendation LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 1:21pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I most sincerely recommend that anyone that ever birds LA County
    or wanting more information on California birds, purchase this
    absolutely fabulous book that contains an  incredible amount of
    There is such a wealth of details in over 600 pages that is well
    laid out, extremely helpful and elucidating with subheadings to
    quickly find various types of info.    It is certainly
    mind-boggling to have this completeness!    
    Historical information is included i.e. w/notes of skeletons from
    the La Brea Tar Pits.   Dates and abundance have been updated.   
    There is extensive info on localities, desired food at different
    times of year, and more information on habitat, subspecies and
    behavior, along w/detailed maps.  Much I have never seen elsewhere
    is just phenominal and blows my mind about the
    comprehensiveness!!!   Plus much more, all compiled into an easily
    referenced tome w/species index on the inside front cover.
    Credit is given to all those that helped in the surveys, or any
    other way, sponsoring individual birds, etc.
    It also has considerable info, insights & recommendations in
    setting up other county or future  surveys.  
    Do order thru LAAS@... ,  leave message at 323-876-0202
    or .    It will cost a bit more than the
    initial bulk mailing, but very much worth it! Primary authors Larry Allen, Kimball Garrett, Mark Wimer plus all
    those that started and contributed so extensively are to be highly
    Wanda Dameron LAAS Field Trip Chair of early '80's Interesting Note:   Former Co-leader Jim Hardesty kept ebird
    records of our Monday Birding Group (Southwest Bird Study Club)
    for many years.    He notes we are seeing only 50% of the
    quantities we saw 10 years ago, then mainly birding in L.A. Co.  
    We now  see approximately the same number of species per year,
    (around 300) by traveling greater distances--to Santa Barbara,
    Salton Sea & Galileo!!!    A shame we don't have quantity
    records since inception in 1919!
    This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
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  11. Phenomenon? LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 11:32am, 5 day(s) ago
    New to group, but noted an interesting () sighting along US101 just south of Crescent City on 11/29/16. In wondering the nature of all the black shorebirds along the sandy beach aside the highway, I counted 33 black oystercatchers. They were chasing the surf as would sanderlings (=sandercatchers). Is this unusual, a tidal phenomenon, or something else Though someone would like to know. TC
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  13. Rufous-backed Robin continuing in Desert Center (Riverside County) LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 9:01am, 5 day(s) ago
    Jimmy McMorran and I had the continuing Rufous-backed Robin in Desert Center yesterday. I believe this is the same bird that has been present since at least 12 Nov.
    eBird list with photos:
    Brennan Mulrooney Santee, CA
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  15. 2017 Great Basin Bird Conference: Call for Abstracts LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 3:44pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Neighbors and friends of the Great Basin:
    Debbie Van Dooremolen, theScience Program Moderator for the 2017Great Basin Bird Conference, has asked me to post this Call for Abstracts.
    We are soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Great Basin Bird Conference being held in Reno, NV, May 17-21, 2017. Oralpresentations will be given on May 18-19 (Thu-Fri) and posters will be displayed at a reception on May 18. Presentations topics sought includeapplied research, monitoring, and conservation projects for birds and bird habitats in the Great Basin and adjoining regions, as well as bird recordscommittee activities. We also welcome student presentations!Abstracts are due on or before January 11, 2017. For submission guidelines,please visit .
    In addition to showcasing birds and habitat conservation efforts in the region, the conference will be a wonderful celebration of Great Basin BirdObservatory’s 20-year anniversary and will have a lively keynote address by Ted Floyd. Please consider attending and presenting! For moreinformation about the conference, please visit follow us on Facebook Twitter @greatbasinbirds.
    We hope to see you there!
    Serving as the messenger . . .
    Dave Quady
    Berkeley, California
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  17. North American Birds - Fall 2016 LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 3:03pm, 6 day(s) ago
    County Coordinators/Contributors:
    The Fall Migration Season (1 August 2016 through 30 November 2016) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
    Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species exceptional for
    the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
    reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
    initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors).
    Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
    or directly to Guy McCaskie. Reports for this season must be received prior
    to 21 December 2016. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can’t exist without your input. David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
    736 Cieneguitas, # F
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
    46 8th Street
    Cayucos, CA 93430
    Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    kgarrett@...   Chet McGaugh (Riverside County 
    194 W. Broadbent Drive
    Riverside, CA 92507
    Kelli Heindel-Levinson
    1819 Locust Ravine
    Bakersfield, Ca 93306
    Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
    PO Box 400
    Big Pine, CA 93513
    Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
    2420 Balmoral Ct.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
    1357 Paige Lane
    Redlands, CA 92373-6878
    Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
    954 Grove Avenue
    Imperial Beach, CA 91932
    Douglas R. Willick (Orange County)
    236 S Batavia St #E
    Orange CA 92868
    We thank you in advance for your time and effort.
    Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.  
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  19. Cave Swallow, Santa Fe Dam, LA LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 9:35am, 6 day(s) ago
    After yesterday's tantalizing glimpses, I returned this morning and was able to get more satisfying looks at what I'm upgrading from Petrochelidon species to a Cave Swallow.
    It was flying around with a few other swallows (Trees mostly but with two Barns and a Violet-green) and White-throated Swifts over the island and surrounding waters near the boat ramp of the recreation area. Best bet is to watch from somewhere on the south shore west of the boat ramp. It seems to make the occasional low pass, but largely feeds up high.
    It was significantly easier to observe this morning (8am-now, 9:30am) accompanied by mere dozens of birds in comparison with the swirling hundreds of yesterday late morning and afternoon.
    Jon Feenstra
    Sent from my iPhone
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  21. 2016-17 Christmas Bird Counts for Kids (CBC4Kids) LINK
    DATE: Nov 23, 2016, 15 day(s) ago
    2016-17 Christmas BirdCounts for Kids (CBC4Kids)
    Event informationfor potential sponsors.
    CANADA -CBC4Kids
    December 3 (Saturday) - 3rd Annual Napa County CBC4Kids - (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Sponsored by Napa Valley Library, Connolly Ranch and Napa-Solano Audubon. Based at580 Coombs St, Napa, CA. Sign Up December 10 (Saturday)6 th Annual
    Mayacamus Christmas BirdCount for Kids
    (8:30am - 1:30pm)- Sponsored by Pepperwood Preserve, Safari West and Petrified Forestin Santa Rosa, CA. Information and
    Sign Up December 10 (Saturday)
    7th Annual Marin Christmas Bird Count for Kids
    (9:00am-12:30pm)Sponsored byRichardson Bay Audubon Center & WildCare Family Adventures. Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael,CA.Sign Up
    Information - 415-453-1000 ext. 17 January 7 (Saturday) - 8th Annual Petaluma CBC4Kids - (9:00am - 1:00pm) - Sponsored by Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and Petaluma Recreation Department.Sign UpInformation- 707-486-9030 January 7 (Saturday) - 5th Annual Sacramento Audubon CBC4Kids - ages 6-9 (9:00am- 12:30pm)
     Sponsored by Sacramento Audubon andEffie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, CA.
    Information - Mara Weston at 916-208-3222
    Sign Up
    January 8 (Sunday) - 7th Annual Point Reyes National Seashore CBC4Kids(10:00am - 3:00pm)Sponsored by Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association, Pt Reyes National Park and Sonoma Birding
    ( see video ). Sign Up
    January 8 (Sunday)-
    5th Annual Consumnes River Preserve CBC4Kids- ages 10-16
    (9:00am- 12:30pm) Sponsored by Sacramento Audubon andEffie Yeaw Nature Center in Galt, CA.Information- mkgeiger@co
    - Sign Up
    January 14 (Saturday) -
    9th AnnualSonoma Valley CBC4Kids(9:00am - 1:00pm) -
    based at the historic Sonoma Barracks,
    20 Spain
    , Sonoma
    Sponsored by Sonoma Birding, California State Parks, SSU Biological Outreach and
    Sonoma County Regional Parks. Email participant names and ages -Sign UpInformation 707-939-8007
    January 21 (Saturday) - 2nd Annual
    San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge CBC4Kids(8:30am-1:30PM) Sponsored by SFBNWR, Sign Up
    Sponsored by SFBNWR, SF Bay Wildlife Society, Coyote Hill Regional Park in Fremont,CA. Information -
    510-792-0222 ext. 476
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  23. Point Pinos Seawatch update LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2016, 16 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    The Point Pinos Seawatch continues to record large numbers of Red Phalaropes, and Pacific Loons are really starting to push through. Compared with last year, tubenose diversity is higher, but Pacific Loon numbers are lagging (maybe just late). The big story is the Red Phalarope invasion, with massive numbers being seen daily off the Point. Yesterday there were more than 20,000 counted. These are really tough to count, with rafts of birds on the water, as well as streams of birds moving past. Complicated. Loons are easier and starting to become a spectacle. If you can get out the point, please join us! 
    Thanks to Monterey Audubon and BLM for sponsoring the count again this year. Hourly totals can be seen in eBird at this URL:
    Here are yesterday's totals, courtesy of our counter Skye Haas:
    84 Brant (Black)
    3 Lesser Scaup
    974 Surf Scoter
    2 White-winged Scoter
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    206 Red-throated Loon
    18545 Pacific Loon
    21 Common Loon
    6 Northern Fulmar
    1 Pink-footed Shearwater
    24 Sooty Shearwater
    28 Short-tailed Shearwater
    10 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    4362 Black-vented Shearwater
    2 black-and-white shearwater sp.
    1 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    812 Brandt's Cormorant
    50 Pelagic Cormorant
    17 Double-crested Cormorant
    1226 Brown Pelican
    3 Snowy Egret
    8 Turkey Vulture
    1 Northern Harrier
    8 Black Oystercatcher
    1 Black-bellied Plover
    4 Whimbrel
    1 Marbled Godwit
    17 Black Turnstone
    8 Surfbird
    82 Sanderling
    20005 Red Phalarope
    1 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Parasitic Jaeger
    2279 Common Murre
    4 Marbled Murrelet
    3 Ancient Murrelet
    130 Cassin's Auklet
    561 Rhinoceros Auklet
    2 Black-legged Kittiwake
    61 Bonaparte's Gull
    1185 Heermann's Gull
    19 Mew Gull (American)
    1435 Western Gull
    945 California Gull 
    7 Thayer's Gull
    11 Glaucous-winged Gull
    3 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    2 Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Anna's Hummingbird
    1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    1 Merlin
    2 Peregrine Falcon
    8 Black Phoebe
    1 Say's Phoebe
    2 California Scrub-Jay
    14 American Crow
    11 European Starling
    1 American Pipit
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
    12 White-crowned Sparrow
    4 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow 
    28 Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 
    48 Brewer's Blackbird
    15 House Finch
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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    DATE: Nov 18, 2016, 20 day(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    I’ve just arrived home from a four day road trip, birding San Benito Mountain and various places in south San Benito County. I noticed a post regarding Mercey Hot Springs and the Long-eared Owls.
    I received a notice from Mercey Hot Springs this evening, stating that they have been informed by Panoche Valley Solar LLC, that LITTLE PANOCHE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED from I-5 to Mercey Hot Springs due to road/bridge construction from approximately November 28 through December 4 (although this could change). Please continue to read this post for more information that may be important if you plan to visit Panoche Valley.
    I was last out in Panoche Valley on October 24 & 25. I was told that the County of Fresno had effectively halted the trail of large trucks traveling Little Panoche Road due to the wear and tear on the roads. It appears that Fresno County officials have effectively negotiated some sort of plan to repair the road. (I doubt that San Benito County has done anything about the wear and tear on their roads.)
    Panoche Valley Solar LLC has placed orange speed limit signs along Little Panoche Road that state the speed is 25 mph. At least one sign is located only 10-15 feet from a 55 mph sign. This is confusing.
    I spoke with the roads person in SBT County. The real speed limit in the construction area is supposed to be 35 mph . The only reason I bring this up is because the road is being heavily patrolled by the California Highway Patrol and the San Benito Sherif— pretty much, day and night.
    I was stopped by the CHP for doing 35 mph on Little Panoche Road. I was not ticketed or anything like that. However, the CHP officer took my name and address. I drove off, thought about it— thought he was probably giving my name and address to the solar people. Turned around, drove back to Little Panoche Road— and, sure enough, there was the CHP stopped right in the middle of the road next to the solar company’s pickup truck— and, well, I have to think that was precisely what he did— gave them my name and address.
    Bottom line: DO NOT SPEED. Do not give anyone an excuse to collect your name and address.
    The situation along Little Panoche Road has been and continues to be extremely hostile. I stated this to the road’s person for SBT County, and he said that he has heard this from a lot of people! Be careful, especially when pointing cameras and binoculars (The CHP made special note that I had binoculars! Why) It was all I could do not to mouth off to the CHP when he stopped me. I didn’t, though. However, when I returned and saw him talking to the solar truck, I did get his name and badge number, “just in case” —
    Elsewhere in PV, there is a lot of activity in many places, including helicopter activity that is flushing many birds. IF Mountain Plovers show up anywhere in the valley (very unlikely along Little Panoche Road) — anywhere, they are bound to be flushed by the helicopter activities— especially out near Silver Creek Ranch area. But, there are “operations” as part of the solar installation going on almost everywhere in the valley, not just along Little Panoche Road. BTW, the solar workers tend to take lunch at the Panoche Inn. I’ve steered clear of that.
    If you are driving Panoche Road from Hollister, be aware that I have encountered “convoys” of large pickup trucks — 13 of them in one convoy on 24 October. So, take care when stopping to bird along this road as so many birders do. Be sure you are well off the road when stopping.
    Paicines Reservoir along Highway 25 has been a traditional stop for many field trips heading to Panoche Valley. This reservoir has been bone dry sine May 2014. The “water level” is completely controlled by the county at this reservoir. I’ve just retuned from the far southern parts of SBT County. And, what I could see of Hernandez Reservoir is bone dry as well. Hernandez is at least twice as large as Paicines— when either has any water.
    There is a good pullout next to Paicines Reservoir, although it can be muddy if it rains. I would welcome eBird checklists as the reservoir is a hot spot. It would be good to have “negative” data from this hot spot. Raptors have been hanging around. On 15 November, I recorded 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS , a male MERLIN , and a GREATER ROADRUNNER was walking on the dry floor of the reservoir. So, still worth a stop these days.
    There are many eBird hot spots along Panoche Road and in Panoche Valley itself. Please, please use these hot spots and limit traveling counts to 5 miles or less.
    Some other highlights from PV on October 24: MERLIN at McCullough Ranch; 410 HORNED LARKS and GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over Little Panoche Rd; 2 BELL’S SPARROWS and 1 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD at the entrance to Panoche Hills BLM area and more of both species up in the hills along with 2 CHUKARS; FERRUGINOUS HAWK at Norton Rd; 2 CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS (they continue to be reported) and 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (first for PV area) near Douglas Ranch. October 25: 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 male LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH at Panoche Creek; 3 VESPER SPARROWS, 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK at Silver Creek Ranch area; TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS near Douglas Ranch; PRAIRIE FALCON along New Idria Rd; 1 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER near McCullough Ranch.
    BEAWARE if it rains, any dirt roads including road shoulders can easily cause your vehicle to get stuck! Panoche Hills BLM area has a lot of dirt roads. Panoche Road beyond Silver Creek corrals is dirt. It only takes a tiny bit of rain!
    Steel Your Heart if you are heading to Panoche Valley,
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
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  27. Request for documentation for CBRC review species LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2016, 21 day(s) ago
    Greeting Calbirders,   As fall migration is winding down, I hope that you all got out and saw some good birds over the past few months. There were a number of reports on listservs and on eBird of California Bird Records Committee (CBRC)
    review species . If you saw any of these, I encourage you to submit your documentation (written descriptions, photos, and/or audio recordings) to the CBRC. In particular, I have included a list below
    for which the CBRC has received little or no documentation. If you have not submitted documentation to the CBRC previously and you don’t know what to include, please visit the
    CBRC website where you can find
    submission guidelines as well as a
    report form . One of the CBRC’s primary purposes is to permanently maintain documentation of rare birds in order to better understand the status and distribution of birds in California, as well
    as to preserve these records for future research. Your submission of documentation greatly facilitates the work of the CBRC in pursuing this goal.   Great () Frigatebird – Point Pinos MTY, 2 Nov: 0 reports Nazca Booby – Point Pinos MTY, 14 Nov: 0 reports Black Vulture – Bodega Bay SON, 22 Oct-8 Nov: 0 reports Bar-tailed Godwit – Shoreline Park ALA, 3-5 Sep: 1 report Little Stint – Tolowa Dunes DN, 1 Aug: 1 report Little Stint – Centerville Wetlands HUM, 31 Aug: 1 report Little Stint – San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 9-15 Oct: 3 reports Red-necked Stint – Humboldt Bay HUM, 14 Aug: 3 reports Red-necked Stint – Eel River Estuary HUM, 1 Sep: 0 reports Red-necked Stint – San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 5-9 Sep: 3 reports Thick-billed Murre – near Bodega Head SON, 9 Oct: 3 reports Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – Humboldt Bay HUM, 16-21 Sep: 2 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher – Antonelli Pond SCZ, 4 Sep: 0 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher – Point Pinos MTY, 14-16 Nov: 0 reports Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Carpinteria Creek SBA, 30 Sep: 0 reports Blue-headed Vireo – Fort Rosecrans Nat’l Cemetery SD, 18 Sep: 0 reports Winter Wren – Crystal Spring SBE/INY, 5-7 Nov: 1 report Dusky Warbler – Oyster Point SM, 24-26 Sep: 4 reports Rufous-backed Robin – Chiriaco Summit RIV, 13-14 Oct: 0 reports Rufous-backed Robin – Desert Center RIV, 12-16 Nov: 0 reports Mourning Warbler – Galileo Hill KER, 10-11 Sep, 3 reports Cape May Warbler – Point Reyes MRN, 11 Oct: 0 reports Cape May Warbler – Palo Alto SCL, 15-17 Oct: 1 report Rusty Blackbird – Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports Streak-backed Oriole – Desert Center RIV, 23-24 Oct: 3 reports Common Grackle – Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports   Thank you, Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee secretary@...  
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  29. Pasadena Audubon Society's Grants Program LINK
    DATE: Nov 15, 2016, 23 day(s) ago
    Greetings Everyone,
    On behalf of the Pasadena Audubon Society, I'd like to inform you that the next deadline for our grants program is on December 15, 2016. Up to $12,000 will be available for funding.
    Pasadena Audubon Society (PAS) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is "to bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and conservation of bird habitat.” To help accomplish this goal PAS awards grants and scholarships, and makes donations to other organizations, groups and individuals.
    Three categories of requests for funds will be considered:
    Application process
    Applications for Scholarships, Research Grants, or Grants to Organizations must be submitted to the PAS Board by email to the Chair of Grant Committee at grants@....
    Up to $12,000 is available to support grants including both scientific research and community based projects. (Unless prior permission is sought the maximum grant cannot exceed $3,000 ). Grant requests must be submitted by December 15, 2016 and applicants will be notified by March 17, 2017. Applicants that have received a PAS grant previously must provide a yearly or final written report for that previous project before submitting a new grant application.
    Additional information is available on the Pasadena Audubon Society website at:
    Best wishes,
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    Grants Committee, Pasadena Audubon Society
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  31. Another Likely Nazca Booby at Point Pinos, MTY LINK
    DATE: Nov 14, 2016 @ 1:17pm, 23 day(s) ago
    This morning at Monterey Audubon's Point Pinos Seawatch, Skye Haas, Paul Fenwick and I, had one of the (or the) presumably continuing adult NAZCA BOOBIES foraging at the fogline north of the Point. In the mist it was difficult to determine the bill hue, but given the repeated documented sightings of adult Nazcas around the Monterey Bay this year (this is at least the fourth incident) today's bird seems likely to be one.
    Taken in conjunction with MTY's recent Great Frigatebird, one wonders what event(s) or conditions are driving these southerly birds so deep into the California Current in 2016
    We will post a comprehensive Seawatch update soon. The count thus far has been characterized by robust SUSC numbers (with daily BLSC sightings), the continuing REPH event, high numbers of RHAU and PAJA. This morning we also saw an unusual movement of Surfbird flocks, as well as a couple inshore ASSP. Yesterday was our first 1000+ day for PALO.
    Good birding,
    -Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
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  33. Re: [MBBIRDS] Scarlet Tanager in Monterey LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2016 @ 4:38pm, 24 day(s) ago
    One note to eBirders: please do note that we have two adjacent Hot Spots in the El Estero area; these are separated by Pearl Street and have very different habitats. If you visit El Estero, north of Pearl, please use that Hot Spot ["Monterey--El Estero"}. Here there are ducks, gulls, an island with heron roosts, and today even some Red Phalaropes. All of those would be scarce to rare in the cemetery.
    If you bird the cemetery south of Pearl for the tanager -- extensive lawns with flowering eucs and oaks -- please put those birds in the separate Hot Spot called "Monterey--San Carlos Cemetery." It badly confuses the maps and bar graphs if you "dump" a visit to both different spots into the same eBird list.
    Don Roberson
    eBird editor for Monterey County
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  35. Scarlet Tanager in Monterey LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2016 @ 4:31pm, 24 day(s) ago
    Today an adult male Scarlet Tanager, in fresh basic plumage, was found in flowering eucalyptus in San Carlos Cemetery in downtown Monterey. The old Catholic cemetery is just south of the public parking areas at Lake El Estero, with one entrance just across Pearl St., and extends southwards to Fremont. There are access gates on both Pearl and Fremont, and the 'arms' of El Estero form the west and east sides of this eBird Hot Spot [Monterey--San Carlos Cemetery]. The tanager was found, identified, and photographed by Steve Rovell and Larry & Carole Rose about 11 a.m., and continued to be seen into mid-afternoon. It was initially in tall flowering eucs midway along the N side of cemetery, but moved to two very tall flowering eucs in the NE corner, which is where it was seen by most local birders who went today. The eucs are full of "Audubon's" Warblers and there is one Nashville there also.
    The tanager is bright yellow with black wings and tail; it retains a few tiny red feathers at mid-belly, and a couple of scarlet feathers in black upperwing coverts. Multiple photos are in eBird already. If you see it or anything else of interest, please report to the local BirdBox (831) 250-4550, and to MBB and/or eBird.
    If you are from out of town, do stop by the Monterey Audubon sponsored Pt. Pinos seawatch just west of Crespi Pond at the Point, which is manned dawn to dusk daily to 15 Dec. Today there were untold thousands of Red Phalaropes, and major flights of BV Shearwater, Pacific Loon, and scoters.
    Good luck,
    Don Roberson
    Pacific Grove CA
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  37. Mckowns Longspurs and Mtn Plovers in Riverside Co LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2016 @ 10:39am, 24 day(s) ago
    Two McKown's Longspurs, male and female, were in the NW corner of the field SW of San Jacinto Ave / Dunlap Rd near Perris in Riverside county this morning Nov 13, 8:30 to 9am. Also the 20 or so Mountain Plovers along San Jacinto, a Prairie Falcon, and a Burrowing Owl at the puddle in the channel. No Laplands seen.
    by phone
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  39. Winter Wren at Crystal Spring, INY/SBE Counties - Nov 5 LINK
    DATE: Nov 5, 2016 @ 9:11pm, 32 day(s) ago
    This afternoon (Nov 5), while birding with Roger and Michael Woodruff, Matt Grube, and Brittany O'Connor, we found a Winter Wren at Crystal Spring in the Kingston Mountains of the eastern Mojave Desert. For those not familiar with the area, this is about 15 miles east of Tecopa in southwestern Inyo County. The majority of the spring is in Inyo County, however, the bird did fly briefly to the south into San Bernardino County. Complete details, including photos and audio recordings are available in my eBird checklistor on my Flickr page.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  41. 2016-17 CBC schedule posted LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 34 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders.
    The schedule of 2016-17 California Christmas Bird Counts is filling in nicely, but there are still dates needed. If you know of dates and other information for the calendar on Nature Ali, please email me.
    Good birding,
    Ali Sheehey PO Box 1832 Kernville, CA 93238
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  43. Possible Great Frigatebird at Point Pinos -- 2 November LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 9:05pm, 34 day(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders,
    Yesterday an immature frigatebird was seen from the Pt. Pinos Seawatch, as well as from a few other locations around Monterey Bay. The bird has been tentatively identified as a 3rd-cycle Great Frigatebird, but we are still seeking opinions as to its identification. Photos by Skye Haas can be seen on this eBird checklist:
    Anecdotal reports of the bird are surfacing from as early as Monday (over Marina landfill with gulls), but it wasn't seen by birders until Wednesday. No sightings today that I am aware of.
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 7:10pm, 34 day(s) ago
    Today Linda & I found some notable birds in SIS Co.
    At Lake Siskiyou we refound 3 SURF SCOTERS. On 11/2 the Parkers reported 3 on ebird. Today we found them by scoping out from the causeway/dam.
    Next stop was at Lake Shastina. Scoping off the boat ramp we found both a PACIFIC & COMMON LOON, a number of HORNED GREBES, & several BONAPARTE GULLS. Most of these were close to the dam.
    Good Birding,
    Lodi, CA
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  47. Monterey Audubon 2016 Seawatch: PHALAROPES AND FRIGATEBIRD LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 1:41pm, 34 day(s) ago
    November 1 marked the beginning of Monterey Audubon's second annual Seabird Seawatch from Point Pinos on the outermost Monterey Peninsula. This year, under the guidance of expert counter Skye Haas, and supported by counter Mark Kudrav, we will collect year-over-year data on all migratory seabirds passing by the Point Nov 1 - Dec 15, dawn to dusk. Last year we inventoried 250,000 Pacific Loons and 50,000 Surf Scoters. What will this year bring Well in just two days we've rack ed up multiple Leach's Storm-Petrels, Harlequin Ducks, thousands upon thousands of Red Phalarope, and....a frigatebird! This second-cycle Frigatebird seen yesterday afternoon, 2 November, was initially assumed to be a Magnificent Frigatebird but closer looks point to other possibilities including Great Frigatebird. Second-cycle frigates are notoriously hard to ID. Magnificent Frigatebirds off California are rare enough, but If this is a Great Frigatebird it could be just the 4th in North America. Incredibly, another Great Frigatebird was seen off the Salinas river mouth, Monterey County, in 1979. A photo of the frigatebird is on our facebook page, at . We'll also post occasional updates from the count there, as well.
    Good birding,
    Blake Matheson Monterey Peninsula
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  49. Re: [nwcalbird] Probable COMMON ROSEFINCH at Moxon Dairy LINK
    DATE: Oct 31, 2016, 38 day(s) ago
    All, As far as I know nobody has refound the reported rosefinch today despite many looking. It has been raining off and on since around 1130 today and there have been hardly any House Finches seen in the vicinity where David found the bird late yesterday.
    Rob Fowler
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
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