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· Nazca Booby viewing boat rentals (Dec 14, 2017)
· Nazca and Coronado landbirds (Dec 14, 2017)
· County birders beware, I'm gaining on you..... (Dec 14, 2017)
· Scarlet Tanager in Shasta County this afternoon. (Dec 13, 2017)
· White-winged Crossbill in Del Norte County (Dec 12, 2017)
  1. Nazca Booby viewing boat rentals LINK
    DATE: Dec 14, 2017 @ 6:22pm, 1 day(s) ago
    There were still two Nazca Boobies today (Thurs) on San Diego
    Bay.
    
    I got to Attu Avenue around 7:30 and a few birders were leaving
    and said they had seen two. I saw at least one flying near the
    navy ships, possibly both of them. It's a very distant look from
    Attu to the ships. Watched one go in the direction of Loews
    Coronado Resort and Grand Carribe in Coronado Cays. I ended up
    at Grand Carribe with Robert Patton and three birders down from
    L.A. (one was from Iowa), where we got great scope looks of one
    sitting on the water a little to the northeast. Too far for
    photos.
    
    Four of us decided to rent a boat from Loews' marina. Thanks to
    Gil for piloting the boat. Once we were on the water we
    discovered we could not get to the booby that was on the water.
    It was in the wildlife refuge area and the shoals were in the
    way, even if it was an area we could have legally gone into. Gil
    took the boat north and ended up finding the second one sitting
    on one of the white buoys with orange stripes and the number 5
    [mph] on it.
    
    So, be aware that boat rentals are possible for much closer
    viewing.
    
    Lisa Ruby
    
    Sabre Springs
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  3. Nazca and Coronado landbirds LINK
    DATE: Dec 14, 2017 @ 9:08am, 1 day(s) ago
    According to other messages, at least one Nazca Booby continues this morning (Thurs) off Coronado Cays and points north in the bay. I am poking around Coronado residential and it has been a very good morning so far, with a Lucy's warbler and a Bell's Vireo and a tropical Kingbird and summer tanager and Nashville and a few other odds and ends. Details later today. Paul Lehman, San Diego Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
    
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  5. County birders beware, I'm gaining on you..... LINK
    DATE: Dec 14, 2017 @ 8:03am, 1 day(s) ago
    ...sort of. You can read about my latest bike-birding effort, California county birding - by bike!
    http://thespeckledhatchback.blogspot.com/
    
    Cheers Dorian Anderson San Mateo, CA
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  7. Scarlet Tanager in Shasta County this afternoon. LINK
    DATE: Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:51pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello all, Geoffrey Helmbold found a Scarlet Tanager winter male or
    female-plumaged bird at the Civic Center/Sundial Bridge parking
    lot this afternoon. 
    Our notes from the sighting and location information are below. Bob & Carol Yutzy Shasta. CA
    
    Scarlet Tanager – female-plumage or winter
    male Watched from 3:00 to 4:30 pm off and on.   Total direct watching time
    was 25+ minutes or
    more.   We even got photos
    using our iPhone.   Geoffrey
    Helmbold, who originally found the
    bird and called us, and Michele Swartout had good cameras and
    took what
    appeared to be great pictures of this unusually cooperative
    bird. The bird was medium sized, Olive-green
    (similar to Lesser
    Goldfinch and Orange-crowned Warbler) back and head, and bright
    yellow breasted.
    It was brightest under the throat and undertail coverts area,
    and a small area
    in the middle of the breast was also bright yellow. Lemon yellow
    was discussed
    as the color most similar to the brightest yellow on the bird.
    The wings were nice
    and black with no observable trace of wingbars. The bill was
    yellow to pale fleshy,
    lightest on the lower mandible and darker on the upper mandible.   A notch in the bill was
    observed by Carol.   The
    bird was heavy jumping around in trees feeding
    and fed on berries off the ground and in bushes. It did fly high
    up in the oak or
    sycamore trees where there were Waxwings, Goldfinches,
    Yellow-rumped Warblers,
    and a Kinglet.   The heavy
    jumping around
    in the trees and medium stocky size made the bird fairly easy to
    find even a
    long distance away up 100 feet or so in the giant oak or
    sycamore tree tops.   At
    times we saw the bird 10-15 feet away in the
    trees, from just above eye level to down low and on the ground.     Geoffrey Helmbold found and ID’d the bird.   It was also seen by Larry
    Siemens, Dennis
    Holmes, Michele Swartout, and Brooke McDonald. The location is at the Civic Center/Sundial
    Bridge parking
    lot, right next to the fencing and construction area of the new
    Sheraton Hotel
    with the big S on it.   The
    bird spent
    most of it’s time low in the small liquid amber and other trees
    on the east
    side of the parking lot right along the busy entry roadway.   It was on the ground
    picking up berries at
    the memorial sign and chained off grove of bushes and trees at
    the flagpole next
    to the green lawn in front of the Civic Center.  
    When we lost a view of the bird a couple times (later we
    saw that it flew
    to the tops of the oak or sycamore trees directly toward the
    river paralleling the
    entry road right when it turns or bears left.  
    The sidewalk on the river side there has a small culvert
    and
    gulley.   There were 4
    side-by-side medium
    height oaks looking toward the river from the sidewalk and the
    bird was
    findable several times there near the tops of the trees there or
    further in
    towards the river in the tall tree tops.  
    Then the bird would fly back towards the parking lot
    trees and bushes right
    along the roadway for a while eating more berries. Several birders were still observing the bird
    when we left at 4:30 pm,
    including Geoffrey.   --
    
    Bob & Carol Yutzy,
    Shasta, CA
    
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  9. White-winged Crossbill in Del Norte County LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2017 @ 2:09pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all, Alan Barron just called and said he had a definite female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL in with a bunch of Red Crossbills. He had decent looks at the bird and the whole flock then flew off. The location he had the bird was at the Elk Valley Casino south of Crescent City off of Howland Road. Location in Google Maps here:  https://goo.gl/maps/CQrbvBdpAPG2  
    
    Alan said he will notify ASAP with any updates. 
    
    Thanks,
    
    Rob
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  11. 1PM Nazca update (and Reddish Egret) LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2017 @ 1:15pm, 3 day(s) ago
    As of 1PM, Tuesday, according to Dave Povey et al., at least TWO
    of the adult NAZCA BOOBIES remain on San Diego Bay.  One is on the water near
    the National City navy shipyard and likely visible only from a boat
    (which Dave was on), and the other is the most reliable bird remaining
    on one of the line of short, white buoys with the two orange stripes and
    the "5 mph" marking that is northeast of the Loews Coronado resort at
    the north end of Coronado Cays, or southeast from the end of Attu
    Avenue.  Clearly, in the PM one should view from that west side of the Bay.
    
    Also, a REDDISH EGRET was seen today from Pepper Park along the east
    shore of the Bay, at some point this morning.
    
    --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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  13. 4 Nazca boobies in San Diego LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2017 @ 9:49am, 3 day(s) ago
    Just getting out the message to people foolishly not on the San Diego listserv. Much of the discussion of these birds has been on the cell phone bird alert so it would not be publicly available.
    
    Today in south San Diego Bay there were four adult Nazca boobies present.
    
    First found by Paul Lehman. Seen by many birders today. For details see the San Diego listserv.
    
    Stan Walens, San Diego
    
    December 12, 9:45 AM
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  15. Three Nazcas LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2017 @ 7:19am, 4 day(s) ago
    Make that three adult boobies all flying together currently in San Diego Bay off the Navy shipyard in National City. Yes, three. Paul Lehman et al.
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  17. TWO Nazca Boobies LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2017 @ 7:06am, 4 day(s) ago
    There are two adult Nazca boobies being seen simultaneously on San Diego Bay this morning. See the San Diego listserv posts for further details. Paul Lehman
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  19. Nazca Booby viewing points LINK
    DATE: Dec 11, 2017 @ 5:42pm, 4 day(s) ago
    For those contemplating a chase for the Nazca Booby on San Diego Bay
    
    tomorrow, I'd suggest arriving at first light, if possible. And check
    
    from the west side of the Bay at the end of Grand Caribe at Coronado
    
    Cays or from Attu Avenue just a bit to the north from there. Hopefully
    
    the light won't be too terrible. (Probably will be better from Grand
    
    Caribe given the angle.) Each time it was seen today, the bird was
    
    somewhat closer to the east shore of the bay than to the west shore, but
    
    access and clear viewing of that section of the bay from the east shore
    
    is more of an issue than from the west side. The bird probably ended up
    
    at the end of the day not too far off Pepper Park in southern National
    
    City, but that park is recessed a bit away from the outer shore, so
    
    viewing is a bit restricted, and the bird would have had to have chosen
    
    just the couple correct buoys to be seen from there. Another option is
    
    to try a bit farther south, from the NORTH end of Bayside Park in Chula
    
    Vista (north of J Street), which should have pretty good viewing. But it
    
    could be a pretty long ways away.
    
    At least it is a good-sized, boldly black-and-white bird!
    
    Be aware that navy traffic over the Coronado bridge to Coronado can be
    
    quite heavy in the morning, and that it starts very, very early!
    
    --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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  21. Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 11, 2017 @ 4:51pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I found it at sunset sitting on a white buoy with an orange circle directly off Attu Road but we are seeing it from grand Carib Park
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    John Sterling
    
    530 908-3836
    
    26 Palm Ave
    
    Woodland, CA 95695
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  23. WATCH for WING-TAGGED TURKEY VULTURES LINK
    DATE: Dec 11, 2017 @ 3:02pm, 4 day(s) ago
    WATCH for WING-TAGGED TURKEY VULTURES   In autumn 2017, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory began a
    Turkey Vulture Movements and Ecology Study to examine Pacific region vulture flights, vulture physical condition, and their exposure to toxics, such as lead and rodenticides.    As you might know, vultures cannot be banded with traditional leg bands, so we have placed a patagial tag on the right wing of each Turkey Vulture, which is visible as the bird flies overhead, also visible from above, and when the bird
    is perched.  The tags do not interfere with vulture flight or behavior.   GGRO vulture tags are colored blue with a black 3-digit number. Digits are almost 1.5 inches tall, and might be read by binocular, scope, or camera.  If you happen to see one of these marked vultures, please use the USGS Bird Banding Lab
    webpage to officially report it:
    https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/   Also, if you could send a note to Teresa Ely, GGRO’s banding manager,
    tely@... – with details of specific location, date and time, and condition of bird, that would be great, and it would allow us to be in touch with you directly. Any photographic evidence would
    also be welcomed.   GGRO is a long-term cooperative program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Our mission is to inspire the preservation of California raptor populations through a multi-disciplinary program of
    field research, monitoring and tracking, community science and outreach. For more information,
    www.ggro.org .   Great thanks for your help. Any questions/comments feel free to email me.   ALLEN FISH, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Sausalito, CA afish@ parksconservancy.org www.ggro.org    
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  25. Re: [sbcobirding] Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2017 @ 6:44pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    The Le Conte’s Sparrow was still present at dark when we left.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Wes Fritz 805 895 0685
    wes-fritz@...
    Solvang CA
    
    On Dec 10, 2017, at 3:54 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     One more important note: The Andree Clark Bird Refuge is currently pretty close to the mandatory evacuation zone for the Thomas Fire, which pushed well into Santa Barbara County over night. The threat is currently in the mountains and foothills, more than along the coast. I haven't heard that US 101 has closed at all during the day, but it has been closed for periods off and on the past several days. I can tell you that the air quality has been horrible for days. Most of us are wearing masks when we go out. If you plan to come down here in the next 24 hours, I can't guarantee what sort of situation you'll be coming into. At the very least, you'll encounter a lot of smoke and ash. Not sure if there will be any access issues.
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Dave Compton < davcompton60@... > wrote:
    For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101.
    
    The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.
    
    This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling < jsterling@... > wrote:
    Which refuge Not sure I know this location.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    John Sterling
    530 908-3836
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    
    On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogrou ps.com > wrote:
    
     The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogrou ps.com > wrote:
    
     About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
    
    the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
    
    photos yet.
    
    Hugh Ranson
    
    Santa Barbara
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  27. Re: [sbcobirding] Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2017 @ 3:54pm, 5 day(s) ago
    One more important note: The Andree Clark Bird Refuge is currently pretty close to the mandatory evacuation zone for the Thomas Fire, which pushed well into Santa Barbara County over night. The threat is currently in the mountains and foothills, more than along the coast. I haven't heard that US 101 has closed at all during the day, but it has been closed for periods off and on the past several days. I can tell you that the air quality has been horrible for days. Most of us are wearing masks when we go out. If you plan to come down here in the next 24 hours, I can't guarantee what sort of situation you'll be coming into. At the very least, you'll encounter a lot of smoke and ash. Not sure if there will be any access issues. 
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara 
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Dave Compton < davcompton60@... > wrote:
    For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 
    
    The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.
    
    This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling < jsterling@... > wrote:
    Which refuge  Not sure I know this location. 
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    John Sterling
    530 908-3836
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    
    On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogrou ps.com > wrote:
    
      The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara 
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogrou ps.com > wrote:
    
      About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
    
    the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
    
    photos yet.
    
    Hugh Ranson
    
    Santa Barbara
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  29. Re: [sbcobirding] Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2017 @ 3:45pm, 5 day(s) ago
    For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 
    
    The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.
    
    This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling < jsterling@... > wrote:
    Which refuge  Not sure I know this location. 
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    John Sterling
    530 908-3836
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    
    On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@ yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!
    
    Dave Compton
    Santa Barbara 
    
    On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@ yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
    
    the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
    
    photos yet.
    
    Hugh Ranson
    
    Santa Barbara
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