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· RFI: California Pelagic trip advice (TODAY)
· SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 (TODAY)
· Lake County Hummingbird 20 APR '17 (Apr 24, 2017)
· Lake County Hummingbird (Apr 24, 2017)
· Wagtail new location 24 April (Apr 24, 2017)
  1. RFI: California Pelagic trip advice LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 12:41pm
    Hi all,
    My fiance and I are planning our first birding trip to southern California from the East coast. We are thinking 10-12 days sometime between the middle of Sept. and the first part of Oct. With regards to seabirds, I was thinking we could do one Monterrey pelagic and one San Diego pelagic in addition to visiting the Channel Islands. I know there are several options for pelagics and I was hoping to get some advice from members (off-list is fine) on how to maximize diversity, see great spectacles, and also get close (life-bird) views and photo ops if possible, along with the chance of good marine mammal diversity. That is to say, rather than targeting rarities. I know many seabirds are also seen from shore and many coastal birds will also be new to us.
    Thanks so much for any guidance,
    Frank Marenghi Shady Side, MD
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  3. SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 2:53pm
    San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a a 9-hour pelagic trip aboard the Ocean Instituteís (Dana Point) R/V Sea Explorer in search of pelagic birds, marine mammals, and other oceanic wildlife on Saturday, June 10. We expect to see Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassinís Auklet, and Scrippsís Murrelet. We have a reasonable chance of seeing Pomarine Jaeger, Sabineís Gull, and Red Phalarope, as well as marine mammals such as Common Dolphin, and Blue, Humpback, and Fin Whales. The cost for the trip is $70. We will meet at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point at 6:30 AM. The trip departs promptly at 7:00 AM and will not be held for late arrivals; it returns at 4:00 PM. To reserve a space on the trip, email Tom Benson
    
    with your name and phone number, the number of spaces you want to reserve, and the names of those in your party.For complete details please see the trip description on the SBVAS website .
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  5. Lake County Hummingbird 20 APR '17 LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 4:29pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Added separately to the photo gallery is a single picture of a female hummingbird from Lake County on 20 APR '17 for any ID comments from Calbirders.By McIntosh,Bryan J of Kelseyville,CA.
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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  7. Lake County Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 4:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Added to the photo gallery are three pictures of 1 female hummingbird from Lake County on 17 APR for ID comment by anyone with hummingbird experience.All serious responses for identification of this hummingbird invited.By McIntosh,Bryan J of Kelseyville,CA.
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  9. Wagtail new location 24 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 5:58pm, 1 day(s) ago
    The White Wagtail continued in the general location described by Ryan Andrews to SanDiegoRegionBirding ( Out on the mudflats on the SeaWorld side, just east of Mission Bay Dr. Bridge. Very active. This is not the original location it was found, but at the end of Old SeaWorld Dr. ) up until about 4:45 when we lost it. It may be behind the patches of cordgrass here or may have flown back to the original location north of Robb Athletic Field.
    
     Geoffrey L. Rogers ---------------------------- San Diego, CA
    
    
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  11. No wagtail 9:30 to 11:30, 24 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:28pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Around a dozen or so birders looked for the White Wagtail on the tidal mudflats of the San Diego River from 9:30 to 11:30 without success. It was last seen here by other observers around 8:30.
    
     Geoffrey L. Rogers ---------------------------- San Diego, CA
    
    
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  13. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 1 day(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  15. Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Diego White Wagtail 24 Apr LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 8:14am, 1 day(s) ago
    Still here 8:15. Same spot. The mud flats will soon be under water. It sometimes flies to the rocky levees.
    
    -Gjon
    
    On Apr 24, 2017, at 6:23 AM, Justyn Stahl
    justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Bird still present this morning! On mud flat opposite tennis court. 623am.
    
    Justyn Stahl
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  17. San Diego White Wagtail 24 Apr LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 6:23am, 2 day(s) ago
    Bird still present this morning! On mud flat opposite tennis court. 623am.
    
    Justyn Stahl†
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  19. San Diego River Ė White Wagtail photos, 23 April 2 017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 9:17pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I posted some of the closer photographs that I obtained today of the WHITE WAGTAIL at the San Diego River flood control channel at Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    The wagtail was first found and identified by JoAnn Hackos, we believe a visiting birder from Colorado, and reported very quickly into eBird.† Thanks JoAnn!!† I happened to be getting into my car at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery to head down to the river right when the eBird alert pinged my phone.
    
    Seen by many observers pretty much all day.
    
    Some photos here http://www.sandiegobirding.com/p=5864
    
    --
    Gary Nunn
    
    Pacific Beach
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  21. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:14pm, 2 day(s) ago
    White Wagtail still present at 2pm, on the sandbar Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Apr 23, 2017, at 11:48 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Bird still present as of 1130am
    
    Justyn Stahl
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM
    Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017
    To: sandiegoregionbirding < sandiegoregionbirding@yahoogroups.com >
    
     Still present on sandbar outside Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  23. Fwd: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2017 @ 11:48am, 2 day(s) ago
    Bird still present as of 1130am
    
    Justyn Stahl
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] < SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM
    Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White Wagtail still at SD River, 10:30am Sunday 4/23/2017
    To: sandiegoregionbirding < sandiegoregionbirding@yahoogroups.com >
    
    † Still present on sandbar outside Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  25. Alvaro's pelagics - 2017 dates up online. LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2017 @ 12:27am, 8 day(s) ago
    Hello folks. ¬†¬†¬†¬†I hope you are all easing into a great spring of birding. I just wanted to quickly let you all know that the initial schedule for our pelagic trips is up online: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ † The spring trip this year will be on May 20 th , out of Half Moon Bay. We are running trips from Half Moon Bay, Monterey Bay, to the Farallon Islands, and back on the schedule this year ‚ Cordell Bank, out of Bodega Bay. This year we are collaborating with the Redwood Region Ornithological Society, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Ohlone Audubon Society, Monterey Seabirds, and our spotters are a who‚s who from the Sequoia Audubon Society. We look forward to having fun with our friends out in the high seas, documenting, photographing and enjoying seabirds and marine mammals this year ‚ come on board, hot coffee and treats are waiting for you on board . † Take care, and e-mail me directly if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great seabirding season. Alvaro † Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com †
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  27. Butterbredt Closed to Access 8am-8pm, Sa, May 6 LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2017 @ 2:19pm, 8 day(s) ago
    All,
    
    For the 10th consecutive year roads will be closed leading to
    Butterbredt Spring for the High Desert Trails Performacne Rally. The
    road closure will be 8am-8pm, Saturday, May 6.
    
    In at least some past years, a few local birders have gone into
    Butterbredt t bird first light until 7:30am in order to get out by 8am
    race start. I know at least one year a birder camped out the night
    before and birded the Butterbredt Spring area all day before exiting
    after 8pm.
    
    Regardless, Butterbredt will be freely accessible again 8pm, May 6
    onward.
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California serving as the
    messenger.
    
    Here's part of the notification notice...
    
    Celebrating our 10th year! On dirt
    roads Southwest of Ridgecrest and North of the Jawbone Canyon Station,
    the rally takes competitors through fast and flowing valleys and tight
    and twisty forest sections in the beautiful high desert on county
    roads. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of racing flat out.
    
    The
    High Desert Trails Rally is a performance time trial event. Rally
    Racing is a motorsport where a driver and navigator (co-driver) race
    down closed dirt roads, one car at a time, as fast as they can. The
    cars race against the clock, and not head-to-head. The racing sections
    are called Special Stages and closed to all non-rally traffic. The
    vehicles stay on the road and do not go "off-road" into the desert.
    When not racing on the closed stages, the cars transit with normal
    traffic.
    
    The
    cars are specially equipped production based models (Example:
    Volkswagen Golf, Dodge Neon, Subaru Impreza) and not buggies or tube
    chassis vehicles. They are all licensed, registered, and insured to
    drive on public roads. They have roll cages and safety features added
    along with heavy duty suspension and tires. We invite you to check them
    out on Friday night between 6:30PM - 7:30PM May 5th in Ridgecrest.
    Unfortunately this year, due to a change in the route caused by the
    winter rains, there will be no public spectating area. This means there
    will be no place you will be able to see the cars race without
    volunteering.
    
    Virus-free. www.avast.com 
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  29. Monster Common Murre flight in Monterey Bay LINK
    DATE: Apr 9, 2017 @ 8:39am, 16 day(s) ago
    Calbirders
    
    Yesterday was the biggest Common Murre flight on record at Pt. Pinos. All birds were heading south or southwest around the point. Blake Matheson and Don Roberson had 67K in just two hours in the late morning, and Paul Fenwick and I had another 10K in the afternoon. How many we missed I have no idea. But I think it's safe to say that low hundreds of thousands of Common Murres probably passed the point heading south yesterday, as typically alcid flights are biggest early the morning tapering off throughout the day. Why such numbers No good idea. Are things already crashing at breeding colonies in the north
    
    Here are some relevant eBird checklists:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35801664
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35802433
    
    The previous high count was 32K on 22 December 2014:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S20992448
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
    -------------------------------
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