Date: 2/22/21 2:29 pm
From: L.T. Jaeger <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Trip Report - Moore Creek Preserve
I agree with Paul, and likewise realize there are times when full compliance won’t be possible.

It also helps to spell out the bird species, rather than using banding codes. That way, we know whether to look upwards to see the PUMA you reported, or downwards to see the Puma.

:-)

Clay




> On Feb 20, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Miller, Paul <millerp...> wrote:
>
> I want to say thank you to Liam for such a well written post. It was organized and contained appropriate breaks.
> Sometimes, with voice-to-text technology, and such quick access to the internet using our phones, posts can be a bit....disorganized.
> In addition, Liam used the standard CAPITALIZE ALL SPECIES NAMES, so that all readers can efficiently scan through his post and see if there's anything of particular interest to that individual birder.
> I would like to encourage all of us, myself included, to use this format as we go forward. I've definitely been guilty of less organized posts that don't include the birds' names in all caps.
> I do realize that on a cellphone, it's a bit tedious to go back and edit and clean up a post, but it's definitely VERY much appreciated by all those on the receiving end.
> And that concludes my rant for today. I do appreciate you bearing with me.
> Forward into spring birding--
> Paul Miller
> Mount Hermon
>
> On Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 4:00 PM <lia......> <liammsf...> wrote:
> Hi birders!
>
> I had a lovely morning of birding today on the west edge of Santa Cruz. Perhaps due to the light drizzle earlier in the morning, I had the trails largely to myself, and had a very peaceful walk on Meder Street and through Moore Creek Preserve. Spring feels right around the corner, with a lot of bird activity and song.
>
> Right off the bat I had nice looks at a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on Meder St. Most of our common passerines were active despite the damp conditions, including a very feisty group of three BEWICK'S WRENS. Toward the end of the road I spotted a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD on a nest, my first breeding confirmation of the year. Nearby, a male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was performing its shuttle courtship display.
>
> The high activity continued into the Preserve, mostly with common birds. Both STELLER'S and CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAYS were quite vocal. In one spot within the oak forest in the canyon, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and CALIFORNIA and SPOTTED TOWHEES were all foraging on one small patch of ground. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were also quite vocal with at least 2 pairs between the edge at Meder St and the canyon itself.
>
> On the other side of the canyon in the pastures, there were several large groups of COMMON RAVENS. I believe they bred nearby last year as I saw numerous family groups during the late summer fledging season. Today, it appeared that adults were engaging in some pair-bonding behavior, with bill-touching, preening, and in one case what looked like one bird gifting food to another. While I was observing the ravens, they suddenly all flushed. It took me a little while to locate the culprit, but eventually spotted a GOLDEN EAGLE soaring in from the southeast. This bird was promptly joined by a second eagle! They soared for about 10 minutes over the Moore Creek pastures and left after being challenged by two RED-TAILED HAWKS. It was interesting to see the eagles submit to the almost comically smaller RTHA. Also interesting that I could stand watching ravens from about 15 feet away and not flush them, and then have them freak out over an eagle about a mile away long before I even noticed it.
>
> On the way back to my car, the sun emerged, and it was nice to hear some early season birdsong. Multiple HUTTON'S VIREOS, and singles of OAK TITMOUSE, SONG SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and BEWICK'S WREN were all singing within the preserve. I also heard a SPOTTED TOWHEE singing on Meder St on the way out. Also of note was a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES sitting at the top of a tree along Meder.
>
> All told I had 45 species on the morning. eBird lists here (sorry, wasn't carrying a camera given the rain):
> Meder St, morning - https://ebird.org/checklist/S82040200
> Moore Creek Preserve - https://ebird.org/checklist/S82040196
> Meder St, midday - https://ebird.org/checklist/S82040186
>
> Time to get excited for spring!
>
> Cheers,
> Liam
>
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