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· Bohemian Waxwings - They're Back! (Mar 18, 2017)
· Bohemian Waxwings at Shastice Park March 17, 2017, Mt. Shasta city (Mar 18, 2017)
· new eBird hotspots in Kneeland/Bridgeville area, Humboldt County (Mar 17, 2017)
· King Range Fall Raptor Migration Census (Mar 16, 2017)
· This is tragic! (Mar 14, 2017)
  1. Bohemian Waxwings - They're Back! LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2017 @ 9:35pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hello all, Modoc/Siskiyou Birding Group had this report from the
    indifatigable Parkers for March 17 in Mount Shasta. Another chance to look for them! Bob & Carol Yutzy Shasta (near Redding) CA
    About six Bohemian Waxwings were seen in Shastice Park in
    Mt Shasta on Friday March 17.  They were in the treetops of the
    (leafless) oak forest to the North of the Dog Park and to the
    East of the Mt Shasta High School football field.  They kept
    moving away from us as we approached, moving in a southwesterly
    direction toward the ice skating rink.  Check the eBird posting
    for a map showing park location.
    Bob & Carol Yutzy,
    Shasta, CA
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  3. Bohemian Waxwings at Shastice Park March 17, 2017, Mt. Shasta city LINK
    DATE: Mar 18, 2017 @ 1:04pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Yesterday, 6 were seen in the oak forest behind Dog Park at Shastice Park in Mt. Shasta. The Oak forest is a disc golf course also. We park on the north side by the out of use railroad tracks and walk into the forest. Bohemians were with a larger flock which could have been more BOWAs. One photo taken and posted to eBird. Since most of the berries are gone in town, we think they are after mistletoe berries. Dreary rainy weather up here.
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  5. new eBird hotspots in Kneeland/Bridgeville area, Humboldt County LINK
    DATE: Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:53pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Dear eBirders,
    There are several new hotspots in the area between Freshwater Corners and Bridgeville via Kneeland.  If you've done any eBirding in that area, please check them out and consider moving your personal-location checklists to them if any are appropriate.  This will make the data cleaner and help me with a project I'm working on.  Also, please consider suggesting other hotspots in the area if you have personal locations you feel are worthy that are not represented by any existing hotspots.
    Thank you!
    Ken Burton
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  7. King Range Fall Raptor Migration Census LINK
    DATE: Mar 16, 2017 @ 12:58pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi there,
    Ken Burton ( shrikethree@... ) invites you to participate in the
    Doodle poll "King Range Fall Raptor Migration Census."
    This will be a pilot of what could become an annual
    event to monitor fall raptor migration along the King Range. I
    proposed this idea at a recent birders' gathering in Arcata and it was
    well received. The idea is to have observers stationed simultaneously
    at vantage points all along the range. This will be a weekend-long
    event; ideally, observers will participate both days, but there will
    be some flexibility. I'd like to pin the weekend down ASAP, so please
    participate in this poll no later than March 31. Questions can be
    addressed to me. Thanks.
    Participate now
    What is Doodle Doodle is a web service that helps Ken Burton to find
    a suitable date for meeting with a group of people. Learn more about
    how Doodle works.
    You have received this e-mail because "Ken Burton" has invited you to
    participate in the Doodle poll "King Range Fall Raptor Migration
    Doodle is also available for iOS and Android.
    Doodle AG, Werdstrasse 21, 8021 Zürich
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  9. This is tragic! LINK
    DATE: Mar 14, 2017 @ 8:28pm, 8 day(s) ago
    This was on Altacal's Facebook page. Just passing this on.
    Dear friends of Altacal,
    Altacal needs your help!
    As you may have heard, nearly 40 years after Altacal signed an agreement with the Chico Wastewater Treatment Plant to allow birders access to the ponds for wildlife viewing, we received a letter yesterday informing us that the ponds will be closed to public access indefinitely, beginning March 17th. The reason cited was changes in California State water treatment regulations. Altacal was not contacted to discuss possible alternatives to closure.
    For these reasons we have appealed to the Chico City Council to put a discussion of the closure and access issues on their meeting agenda. We have won our first tiny battle, as we have gained the support of Councilor Karl Ory, who has requested that the item either: 1. Be placed on a future agenda for discussion. 2. Be referred to a committee for discussion or 3. That no action be taken by the council.
    Altacal would like to see an open discussion agendized, where options can be discussed and debated. Even further discussion in committee would keep the subject alive. What we don’t want is for the council to decide to take “no action”. That’s where you can help!
    For now, the most helpful thing that you can do is send an email or letter to the Council, expressing your support for keeping the ponds open to the public. To make it easier for you, here (below) is a brief statement that you can customize with your own thoughts, and email addresses (quicker) and mailing address of the council.
    We may ask that you show your support by attending a future City Council meeting, I will let you know when we feel that will be the most productive.
    Thank you for helping keep this public wildlife sanctuary open to the public!
    Email or Letter sample text:
    Dear Chico City Councilors,
    Please keep the Chico Waste Water Treatment Plant Wildlife Sanctuary ponds open to the public. I (or: my family) visits the ponds numerous times throughout the year. The ponds are one of the closest places to Chico where we can see many species of birds. I am a resident of Chico (or: I travel from out of the area specifically to visit the ponds). Please allow an opportunity for alternatives to closure to be discussed at an upcoming Chico City Council meeting.
    Thank you for the work you do for the good of the community,
    Respectfully yours,
    Your Name
    Chico City Council Email Addresses:
    Staff emails (will deliver a hard copy of your email to each councilor)
    Written materials may be sent to the City Council at PO Box 3420, Chico, Ca. 95927
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  11. Birding in Brazil July 26-August 14 LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2017 @ 6:42pm, 10 day(s) ago
    20 day private Brazilian birdwatching tour July 26-August 14 A rare opportunity for some of the finest Amazonian birding imaginable to 3 locations Tabajara, Tupana Lodge & Amazonia National Park with a focus on seeing some of the best of all Antbirds- Pale faced Antbird, Harlequin Antbird, Hairy crested Antbird, White throated Antbird, Reddish winged Bare Eye, White breasted Antbird, plus many other local specialities including several recently described species. Also visiting the Pantanal for the first 7 days with an excellent chance for Jaguar. If seriously interested contact me for details.
    Garry George garrygeorge@...
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  13. Youth Scholarship Opportunity for the 42nd Annual WFO Conference, Pueblo, CO. August 16-20, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Mar 9, 2017 @ 8:44pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the WFO 2017 Conference to be held in Pueblo, CO. on August 16-20, 2017. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22 , with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree.
    The annual WFO conference is a four day event that includes scientific presentations, workshops, field trips, experts’ sounds and visual identification panels, and social activities.The conference offers the opportunity for motivated youths to meet those who earn their living and/or volunteer in field ornithology, bird conservation, biology and other distinguished fields.
     For further details about the scholarship, please visit . The scholarship application may be downloaded .
    Additional details about the conference and registration is available at .
    The application deadline is April 5, 2017, so don't delay, send in your application today!
    Frances Oliver WFO Outreach Coordinator & Board Member
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  15. Grasshopper Sparrow in San Francisco LINK
    DATE: Mar 9, 2017 @ 6:50am, 14 day(s) ago
    Yesterday morning (March 8th), a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was on the fence on the west side of the Community Garden in Fort Mason in San Francisco.
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  17. new CA rare bird photos uploaded LINK
    DATE: Mar 8, 2017 @ 4:18pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Just uploaded a bunch of photos on my Recent Photos Gallery on my photo webpage. Go to www.sterlingbirds.comthen click on Photo Gallery tab at top.
    Also added a Moroccan Birds Gallery from a recent trip.enjoy!
    John Sterling
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    530 908-3836
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  19. Panoche Valley: Where Spring Begins in San Benito County LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2017 @ 10:40pm, 16 day(s) ago
    By request—
    Howdy, Birders,
    In San Benito County spring begins in Panoche Valley with fields of golden flowers, wintering birds hanging around and resident breeders gearing up for the nesting season. I drove through the valley (March 3 & 4) en route to the tricolored blackbird workshop at San Luis NWR on Saturday. The valley is just stunning right now. Highlights were many.
    Near the school at Panoche and Norton Roads, there was a pair of CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS, MERLIN and a PRAIRIE FALCON carrying large prey. A flock of 475 AMERICAN PIPITS were in the dense grass along the sides of Norton Road.
    Near the intersection of Panoche and New Idria Roads, a beautiful dark morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK was present. Continuing along New Idria Road toward the BLM picnic spot, I saw a few LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES and MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. It is not often that one finds these two species in the same location at the same time. The goldfinches might be found anywhere in the valley where the fiddlenecks are blooming. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, very uncommon on the valley floor were in the dense eucalyptus grove (the backside of Douglas Ranch). A flock of about 175 LARK SPARROWS were closer to the BLM picnic site. One TURKEY VULTURE, rare in winter, but suspected breeder in the caves along New Idria, was soaring overhead.
    Another pair of CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS were near the entrance to Douglas Ranch along Panoche Road. Just a bit down the road, in the large stacks of hay, some 1200 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS, 99% MALES, were feeding on the seed heads on March 3. When I returned on March 4, I counted 200 FEMALE TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS at the same location. As far as I could tell, they had just arrived. I also photographed one banded male.
    I am very interested in as accurate as possible counts of these blackbirds. If you watch them from your vehicle— which is the best way to not flush them— you will notice that parties of 50 to 300 take off, heading toward the Panoche Creek. If you are there at dusk (5-5:30 pm), you’ll see all of them fly toward the creek. They are in the process of “making settlement” and it is quite spectacular to HEAR. You cannot see them in the creek area, but you can hear the noise of the colony. This is the males calling. Time will tell if they nest, or not.
    I continued along Panoche Road, passing Silver Creek Ranch, up to the summit of Jackass Pass (county line for San Benito and Fresno Counties). A few more MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were near the corrals. One LINCOLN’S SPARROW and more LARK SPARROWS were along the creek crossing area. A pair of NORTHERN HARRIERS were coursing the creekbed.Further along the road, I stopped to watch a MERLIN furiously pursuing a female Mountain Bluebird which I really thought she would nail— until the bluebird dived into an ephedra shrub! One solitary VESPER SPARROW was along this section. A flock of nearly 2000 STARLINGS at a distance, could easily have been mistaken for blackbirds! I scoped them because this was not a typical place for such a flock of starlings. Just after dark, I saw one SHORT-EARED OWL which was previously photographed in this area.
    Along Little Panoche Road, generally near Mercey Hot Springs, I saw another FERRUGINOUS HAWK,a few MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, one VESPER SPARROW, a small flock of HORNED LARKS, a ROCK WREN, and a male BURROWING OWL guarding his burrow. (Fresno County for all of these sightings.) I did not have time to get up to the BLM Panoche Hills area.
    All roads in Panoche Valley and leading into the valley are “drivable” — although you might need a front-end alignment after driving the roads in San Benito County. The larger, deeper pot holes are outlined in red paint, presumably to be filled. Bridge work continues along Little Panoche Road, but it is open. There is a flagger person to help navigate the mess of one lane. All creek crossing are possible, including Panoche Creek at Silver Creek Ranch. The Mountain Plovers have departed. It is truly beautiful and worth a visit. The Panoche Inn was open while I was in the valley.
    Please use the individual eBird hot spots rather than the General Panoche Valley hot spot, if you eBird. I’m especially looking for reports about the tricolored blackbirds.
    Happy Trails,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  21. Emperor Goose seen in Pacifica at Sharp Park golf course this morning LINK
    DATE: Mar 4, 2017 @ 11:14am, 18 day(s) ago
    The Emperor Goose was continuing in the north west corner of the golf course this morning at 9 AM.
    Robbie Fischer Pacifica
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  23. Slaty-backed Gull at Pilarcitos Creek, Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Mar 2, 2017 @ 10:09pm, 20 day(s) ago
    Adult SLATY-BACKED GULL was still present this afternoon at the mouth of
    Pilarcitos Creek in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County. It had flown out to
    sea earlier but returned to the sand flats around 4:30pm.
    A few photos at...
    Access is from the Venice Beach Parking lot.
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  25. North American Birds - Winter 2016-2017. LINK
    DATE: Mar 2, 2017 @ 1:59pm, 20 day(s) ago
    County Coordinators/Contributors:
    The Winter Season (1 December 2016 through 28 February 2017) 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 priorto 24 March 2017. 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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  27. American Bittern LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2017, 24 day(s) ago
    Hello everyone.
    I truly have to thank you for helping me with this bird. I tried it on the east coast in USA and Canada but I could not spend too much time. I like the idea of visiting Yolo-Bypass (I think it is now flooded).
    Craig Swolgaard, Steve Hampton many thanks for your offer to accompany me during my visit. When the date approaches, I will send you an email.
    David Bell and Eugenia Larson thank you very much for your help. Eugenia is a beautiful name, it is also the name of my wife.
    I live in Seville (Andalucia), very close to Donana National Park, the best wetland in Europe. If you travel to the south of Spain contact me.
    My English is still terrible, Google translator is a miracle.
    Fernando del Valle
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  29. American Bittern LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2017, 24 day(s) ago
    Hello birdwatchers,
    I introduce myself first. My name is Fernando del Valle, I am from Spain and I have been watching birds for forty years.
    Next May I will visit California for birdwatching and some sightseeing.
    In the middle of the month I'll be in San Francisco.
    I have seen on eBird the "abundance" of American Bittern in an area called the Ironhouse Sanitary District in Oakley.
    I have been exploring the area by Google Maps and it is full of fencing.
    I would like any of you familiar with the area to give me directions on where to park and where to walk on the possibility of finding American Bittern.
    I would like to know if there is another site near San Francisco with possibilities to see this bird.
    Thank you very much and sorry for my bad English.
    Fernando del Valle
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