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11/15/18 9:18 pm Kurt Mize <k1mize...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] TexasMorphLesserGoldfinch
11/15/18 5:59 pm Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] TexasMorphLesserGoldfinch
11/15/18 5:53 pm Dan Murphy <murpete09...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Northern Shrike in Yolo County on CR 25
11/14/18 4:58 pm Bob Barnes <bbarnes...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American Bird Conservancy Bakersfield Job Position
11/13/18 7:00 pm Nathan Parmeter <nathanparmeter...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Lake Yosemite/Merced CBC
11/12/18 4:38 pm <michaelperrone10...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] huge starling roost?
11/12/18 11:21 am John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] recent birds at the Cosumnes River Preserve
11/11/18 1:17 am Kirk Swenson <khswenson...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Small empid at Fishing Access #1 on Putah Creek (Yolo)
11/10/18 8:20 pm Mark Sawyer <marksawyer3383...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Very very local interest in Yolo County yesterday
11/8/18 8:02 am Andrew Engilis <aengilisjr...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Steller's Jay on Putah Creek
11/7/18 5:22 pm <michaelperrone10...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] western tanager
11/6/18 3:58 pm John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Cosumnes bird surveys this coming weekend
11/6/18 3:03 pm <robin_leong...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Benicia CBC is on Monday Dec 17, 2018
11/5/18 7:55 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
11/5/18 1:17 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
11/5/18 9:02 am John Harris <johnh...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
11/4/18 2:25 pm Terry Colborn <tlcbirding...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] White-throated Sparrow Davis, CA 11.04.18
11/3/18 4:03 pm Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] ?groups.io
11/1/18 7:21 pm Chris Conard <conardc...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)
11/1/18 5:52 pm Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] FOS Junco, dark-eyed
10/29/18 9:20 am Lily Douglas <ldouglas14...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Possible Barred Owl in Carmichael
10/28/18 2:53 pm Michele Swartout <michele31...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American Redstart
10/28/18 8:25 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Merced NWR 10-27-18
10/27/18 7:43 pm Barbara Peck <bapeck8...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Fwd: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
10/27/18 5:51 pm Berger Terry <terryberger99...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Re: Continuing AmGolden Plover at Yolo Bypass WA
10/27/18 4:23 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
10/27/18 3:10 pm Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American Redstart in Yolo County
10/27/18 12:53 pm Joyce Bond <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
10/27/18 11:07 am <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
10/26/18 8:27 pm James Holmes <jfholmes...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Dipper Hwy 128 Bridge Putah Creek
10/26/18 12:48 pm John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Re: Request for Information: Delta Sandhill Crane Viewing
10/25/18 4:05 pm My Info <joan.humphrey...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Continuing AmGolden Plover at Yolo Bypass WA
10/25/18 9:58 am Ron Melcer <corvid88...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Request for Information: Delta Sandhill Crane Viewing
10/24/18 4:18 pm Dan Kopp <rey_ality...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Tree Swallow aggregation in the Delta
10/23/18 11:13 am 'Chris Dunford' <christopher.j.dunford...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American Golden-Plover continues at Yolo Bypass WA
10/22/18 6:15 pm <stuartangerer...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Colusa Vermillion Flycatcher
10/22/18 5:13 pm <radamson...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Yolo American Golden-Plover
10/22/18 11:50 am Keith Bailey <fastrunnerboy05...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American golden plover continues at Yolo Bypass
10/22/18 11:02 am 'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' <pmartins...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Tree Swallow roost near Tracy - update
10/21/18 3:44 pm Brent Campos <brcampos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Least Flycatcher, Cache Creek, Yolo Co. Oct 21
10/21/18 12:08 pm <brcampos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Least Flycatcher, Cache Creek, Yolo Co. Oct 21
10/21/18 10:51 am My Info <joan.humphrey...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Yolo Vermillion Flycatcher and Am.Golden Plover Continue
10/21/18 6:49 am John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Re: American Golden-Plover at Yolo Bypass
10/20/18 7:48 pm Jim Thomas <jaswthomas...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Vermillion Flycatcher at Davis WTP
10/20/18 4:40 pm Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Grasshopper Sparrow in Yolo County
10/20/18 9:52 am Chris Conard <conardc...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] American Golden-Plover at Yolo Bypass
10/19/18 11:30 am John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Re: Question about Yolo Bypass
10/19/18 10:42 am Joyce Bond <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/19/18 7:53 am <maryolo1...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/19/18 7:36 am Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/18/18 6:44 pm Sylvia Wright <sciencewrighterphotos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/18/18 5:48 pm 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/18/18 3:11 pm <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
10/18/18 9:10 am <jaegermaestro...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Townsend's Solitaire in Carmichael
10/17/18 3:11 pm <keith_seagull...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> [CVBirds] Common Poorwill (roadkill), Rocklin/Placer Co.
 
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Date: 11/15/18 9:18 pm
From: Kurt Mize <k1mize...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] TexasMorphLesserGoldfinch
I had one in Stockton, probably 10 years ago now.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 15, 2018, at 5:59 PM, Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I have had a single "Texas morph" Lesser Goldfinch showing up at my feeder about once a month all year long. Never more than one but each one differing in some way. 1st one had a dark green back on Dec 2017, later solid black back, one very large individual - larger and bolder black and white on the wings than the L or AM it fed with in Sept 2018. All had a distinct black face and side burns.
>
> I put them in my eBird notes but you can’t search for "Texas morph" on eBird. QUESTION: Why are some hybrids and/or morphs in eBird and others not?
> I have some poor videos of one of the morphs should anyone want them.
>
> Has anyone else observed one of the Texas morphs (Per Sibley digital) this year?
> When I first mentioned it John Trochet said the following:
>
> December 28,2017
> From John Trochet:"Hi Sally,
>
> Very cool bird.
>
> I have seen all of one similar lesser goldfinch out here, on 22 October 2009 at Valensin Ranch on the Cosumnes River Preserve. It was slightly blacker-backed than the one that appeared at your feeders. The only greenish dorsally was a few feathers in the rump.
>
> Has the bird been back? I looked repeatedly for the October 2009 bird, but I saw it only the one time.
>
> We have no similar bird from California at the Davis wildlife museum. Berkeley’s vertebrate museum has only one like it from California, as I recall, from the central coast somewhere. It’s a really rare form out here.
>
> I wish you a Merry Christmas and All the Best in 2018.
>
> John"
>
>
> Sally M. Walters
> Sacramento County
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/15/18 5:59 pm
From: Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] TexasMorphLesserGoldfinch
I have had a single "Texas morph" Lesser Goldfinch showing up at my feeder about once a month all year long. Never more than one but each one differing in some way. 1st one had a dark green back on Dec 2017, later solid black back, one very large individual - larger and bolder black and white on the wings than the L or AM it fed with in Sept 2018. All had a distinct black face and side burns.

I put them in my eBird notes but you can’t search for "Texas morph" on eBird. QUESTION: Why are some hybrids and/or morphs in eBird and others not?
I have some poor videos of one of the morphs should anyone want them.

Has anyone else observed one of the Texas morphs (Per Sibley digital) this year?
When I first mentioned it John Trochet said the following:

December 28,2017
From John Trochet:"Hi Sally,

Very cool bird.

I have seen all of one similar lesser goldfinch out here, on 22 October 2009 at Valensin Ranch on the Cosumnes River Preserve. It was slightly blacker-backed than the one that appeared at your feeders. The only greenish dorsally was a few feathers in the rump.

Has the bird been back? I looked repeatedly for the October 2009 bird, but I saw it only the one time.

We have no similar bird from California at the Davis wildlife museum. Berkeley’s vertebrate museum has only one like it from California, as I recall, from the central coast somewhere. It’s a really rare form out here.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and All the Best in 2018.

John"


Sally M. Walters
Sacramento County





 

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Date: 11/15/18 5:53 pm
From: Dan Murphy <murpete09...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike in Yolo County on CR 25
Dear folks:
Mike Yoshihara and I saw an immature Northern Shrike on County Road 25, about 1.5 miles east of the junction with County Rd 103, Thursday morning.
Photos at ebird checklist https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49958758.  
Dan Murphy Sacramento
 

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Date: 11/14/18 4:58 pm
From: Bob Barnes <bbarnes...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American Bird Conservancy Bakersfield Job Position
Hi,

Serving as the messenger...Let me know if you want me to send you the 5MB job description attachment I received for this American Bird Conservancy position to be located in Bakersfield, Kern County, California. This position is designed to work closely with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and others. Help get the word out if you are not personally interested in this job.

From American Bird Conservancy...

"...ABC SW Riparian Partner Biologist position to be located in Bakersfield, CA. This position will work closely with NRCS and others to put good riparian conservation and management practices on the ground on private lands.

Please circulate - help us get the word out.

Thanks.

David Younkman
Vice President, Western Region
American Bird Conservancy
4632 Georgia St.
San Diego, CA 92116
619-206-6708"

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California


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Date: 11/13/18 7:00 pm
From: Nathan Parmeter <nathanparmeter...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Lake Yosemite/Merced CBC
Hello all Central Valley Birders,

This year, I will not be hosting the Lake Yosemite/Merced CBC due to being busy with my graduate studies.

Nathan Parmeter
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Date: 11/12/18 4:38 pm
From: <michaelperrone10...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] huge starling roost?
For the last two weeks as dusk approaches, I have seen many thousands of starlings headed roughly east-northeast over the northeast edge of Davis, evidently heading to a night roost. The roost might be at or a bit south of Sacramento Airport. If as many birds come from other directions as from this one, the roost has tens of thousands of birds.


Michael Perrone


Davis
 

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Date: 11/12/18 11:21 am
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] recent birds at the Cosumnes River Preserve
Dear Birders,

I spent the Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the preserve, doing
trail recovery on Friday in advance of the Central Valley Birding Symposium
and helping out on scheduled bird surveys on the weekend. All outings
started off cold, especially Friday's and yesterday's. Both of those were
in the teens; it was 16 degrees F. at the Accidental Forest yesterday
before sunrise.

On Friday's visit behind the Farm Center gate, the best finds were a
grasshopper sparrow and a presumed hybrid white-crowned x golden-crowned
sparrow (size of the latter, broad central crown stripe bright greenish
yellow anteriorly and fading posteriorly, narrow black lateral crown
stripes, off-white broad superciliary, strong, black post-ocular line,
smallish dull yellow bill). I also saw a hybrid or intergrade
yellow-rumped warbler which looked mostly like a myrtle but had a yellow
throat and call note of Audubon's. I also had a heard only varied thrush,
two golden-crowned kinglets, two tricolored blackbirds in a giant mixed
blackbird flock, a purple finch and two Townsend's warblers.

Saturday I helped out on the River Walk bird survey. I started at the TNC
Barn ponds where the highlight was watching a peregrine falcon stir up the
birds there. She (I think it was a female) plowed into a gadwall, pulling
feathers and forcing in-flight corrections of attitude, hit a pintail,
knocking him off balance, narrowly missed a green-winged teal, and lifted a
coot off the water and dumped it on an island, where the coot scrambled
back to the water seemingly no worse for the episode. All this was in a
five minute span, after which it took a perch on one of the electric poles
northeast of the barn. After a sit of about 20 minutes she was off and
strafing again. After missing a pass at another pintail, she stooped low
over the water, and I lost her in the ensuing explosion of ducks and
geese. I think she was another one of those girls who just wanna have
fun! During the tour of the trail, I found a merlin buzzing other birds
of prey in the savanna, eight golden-crowned kinglets widely distributed,
and a Townsend's warbler at The Point.

Sunday's Tall Forest survey started fast (a Wilson's warbler at Wendell's
Levee) but did not remain red hot. By the end of the outing, I had seen
two bald eagles (adult & subadult; there's been a juvenile around, too, as
well as a golden eagle), three blue-gray gnatcatchers, two golden-crowned
kinglets, a purple finch, and a Townsend's warbler, too.

Best,
John Trochet

--
John Trochet
Sacramento, California
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Date: 11/11/18 1:17 am
From: Kirk Swenson <khswenson...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Small empid at Fishing Access #1 on Putah Creek (Yolo)
Saturday morning at Fishing Access #1 on Putah Creek there was a small
silent empid showing several characteristics of Hammond's -- eye ring,
short notched tail, moderately long primary extension, etc. -- but photos
suggest a larger paler (more Least-like) bill than is customary for
Hammond's. Opinions welcome. The bird was along the creek near the parking
lot; 38°30′52″ N 122°4′42″ W.

Of local interest were a Cackling Goose, a Hairy Woodpecker, a cooperative
Rock Wren in the parking lot, a Canyon Wren calling from the Solano side,
two Steller's Jays just across the creek, and a Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
Further upstream there was a young White-throated Sparrow on the rocks
below the Highway 128 bridge at the traditional dipper spot.

Details and photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49847447.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

 

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Date: 11/10/18 8:20 pm
From: Mark Sawyer <marksawyer3383...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Very very local interest in Yolo County yesterday
Nov 8th decided to hit a few spots in Eastern Yolo County. 
Babel Slough
Nothing of note although a Black Throated Gray Warbler made an appearance. Of most interest was the collection of sparrows at the corner. Dozens of the regular suspects were around and I think this area warrants checking. 
Bridge way Island Pond
Nothing of note other then the return of teal.  Cinnamon outnumbered Blue 10 to 1 ..but still nice to see these guys.
Industrial pond100s of shorebirds, mostly dowitcher 
Sac Bypass
A RED FOX SPARROW was photographed about 100 yards down the berm westward near the chain fence.
Mark Sawyer Sacramento CA

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Date: 11/8/18 8:02 am
From: Andrew Engilis <aengilisjr...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Steller's Jay on Putah Creek
On Tuesday we found two Steller's Jays at Fishing Access 1 on Putah Creek, Yolo County. They were actively calling and easy to find.


Andy Engilis

 

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Date: 11/7/18 5:22 pm
From: <michaelperrone10...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] western tanager
Today at the northeast corner of West Pond in Davis were a female western tanager and two chipping sparrows, the latter seemingly attracted to a pond that had just appeared.


Michael Perrone
Davis
 

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Date: 11/6/18 3:58 pm
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Cosumnes bird surveys this coming weekend
Dear Birders,

On Saturday, 10 November, Jim Rowoth will lead this month's River Walk bird
survey at the Cosumnes River Preserve in southern Sacramento County. The
meeting time is 6:45 a.m. and the place is the Visitor Center parking lot.
The trail is dry, but mosquitoes are still active.

Because the Central Valley Birding Symposium will be ongoing during the
third weekend of the month, I will lead the Tall Forest bird survey the
following morning, 11 November. We will depart through the Farm Center
gate, corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, promptly at 6:15 a.m. You
may wear any footwear you find adequate to cover uneven ground, and, again,
I suggest that you have insect repellent handy.

Birding has been fairly slow of late. This morning I conducted the Lost
Slough survey at the preserve, and it was a decent outing. Highlights
among 81 species included 7 blue-winged teal, a Hutton's vireo, a
golden-crowned kinglet (not much infill after the small wave of these went
through three weeks ago), a black-throated gray warbler and a Wilson's
warbler. Sunday during a Lodi Crane Festival tour of the Tall Forest and
environs, some folks saw a varied thrush, and we all enjoyed an adult bald
eagle circling over hundreds of close cranes. On Saturday, scouting for
that tour, I turned up a western flycatcher, a golden-crowned kinglet, six
purple finches and two white-throated sparrows.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento

 

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Date: 11/6/18 3:03 pm
From: <robin_leong...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Benicia CBC is on Monday Dec 17, 2018
Hi Central Valley Birders,
The Benicia CBC is scheduled for Monday Dec 17, 2018. We cover both Napa and Solano Counties. I am hopeful that I'll be able to hire a boat to bird Grizzly Bay this year. If you are interested in doing this for about $20 for a day on a boat, please let me know. I'll accept birders of all levels of expertise. We still have a free potluck dinner after the count.
Best birding,
Robin Leong
Compiler of the Benicia CBC
Vallejo, CA
 

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Date: 11/5/18 7:55 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
Since those regional variations do not normally occur here, and Acorn Woodpeckers are essentially sedentary, it seems possibly more likely that this bird’s distinctive coloration is due to a genetic mutation, similar to the “yellow” cardinal that showed up in Alabama a few years ago.

Matthew Dodder




> On Nov 5, 2018, at 12:58 PM, Lisa Myers <lisa...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Here is some information for us all -
>
>
> In the Peterson Reference guide to Woodpeckers of North America by Stephen Shunk he writes the following within the chapter on Acorn Woodpeckers - “Geographic Variation: As many as nine subspecies, divided into seven subspecies groups; formicivorus and bairdi groups occur in N. Am. Populations very in amount of yellow in white parts of the throat and forehead, pattern of black streaking on breast, and extent or presence of red feathers on upper chest and crown. Bill size and wing length generally decrease from north to south.”
>
> Lisa Myers
> Let’s Go Birding
> (also a Chico state grad)
>
>
>> On Nov 5, 2018, at 7:41 AM, John Harris <johnh...> <mailto:<johnh...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> <mailto:<central_valley_birds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Sorry for the late reply to this thread.. A friend of mine has had an Acorn Woodpecker with a yellow cap on her property near Copperopolis, in Calaveras county. I believe it's been there for two years.
>> John Harris
>> Oakdale
>>
>> On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 11:07 AM <tomarne26...> <mailto:<tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> <mailto:<central_valley_birds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?
>>
>>
>>
>> Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Tom Pritchard
>>
>> Woodland
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Date: 11/5/18 1:17 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
Here is some information for us all -

In the Peterson Reference guide to Woodpeckers of North America by Stephen Shunk he writes the following within the chapter on Acorn Woodpeckers - “Geographic Variation: As many as nine subspecies, divided into seven subspecies groups; formicivorus and bairdi groups occur in N. Am. Populations very in amount of yellow in white parts of the throat and forehead, pattern of black streaking on breast, and extent or presence of red feathers on upper chest and crown. Bill size and wing length generally decrease from north to south.”

Lisa Myers
Let’s Go Birding
(also a Chico state grad)


> On Nov 5, 2018, at 7:41 AM, John Harris <johnh...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Sorry for the late reply to this thread. A friend of mine has had an Acorn Woodpecker with a yellow cap on her property near Copperopolis, in Calaveras county. I believe it's been there for two years.
> John Harris
> Oakdale
>
> On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 11:07 AM <tomarne26...> <mailto:<tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> <mailto:<central_valley_birds-noreply...>> wrote:
>
>
> I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?
>
>
>
> Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom Pritchard
>
> Woodland
>
>
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Date: 11/5/18 9:02 am
From: John Harris <johnh...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
Sorry for the late reply to this thread. A friend of mine has had an Acorn
Woodpecker with a yellow cap on her property near Copperopolis, in
Calaveras county. I believe it's been there for two years.
John Harris
Oakdale

On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 11:07 AM <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds]
<central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post
> that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow
> cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn
> Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?
>
>
> Pictures attached to my eBird post:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom Pritchard
>
> Woodland
>
>

 

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Date: 11/4/18 2:25 pm
From: Terry Colborn <tlcbirding...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] White-throated Sparrow Davis, CA 11.04.18
Greetings:

After 28 years in our Davis home, we finally had our first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW show up today at one of our bird baths. It splashed about for five minutes before disappearing into a nearby bush.

Yard bird #88.

Cheers,
Terry and Diane Colborn
Davis, CA

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Date: 11/3/18 4:03 pm
From: Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] ?groups.io
I signed up through the link provided "groups.io <http://groups.io/>" and followed the steps but I’m NOT getting any emails marked <CVBS...> <mailto:<CVBS...>. So how do I know if it is working?

Sally M. Walters
Sacramento County




> On Sep 9, 2018, at 6:06 PM, <maryolo1...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi Rob,
> Please don't drop the Yahoo group and only use a different platform. My computer shows that I received your message at 9:49 am and I would have had no clue about your nice find without that. Birders jumping to newly popular notification sites and abandoning older ones might consider sending to several simultaneously.
>
> Mary Schiedt
> Davis
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> <mailto:<robertfurrow...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> <mailto:<central_valley_birds-noreply...>>
> To: central_valley_birds <central_valley_birds...> <mailto:<central_valley_birds...>>
> Sent: Sun, Sep 9, 2018 2:17 pm
> Subject: [CVBirds] Re: Gray Catbird, Babel Slough, 9 Sept 2018
>
>
> Also, sorry this didn't go out earlier. I posted to cvbirds right when Amy Williamson and I first found the bird at 9:45am, but I think it didn't go through. This inconsistent posting is one reason why many other local lists have transitioned to groups.io <http://groups.io/> instead of yahoo groups.
>
> Happy birding,
> Rob Furrow
>
> On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 1:53 PM Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> <mailto:<robertfurrow...>> wrote:
> Others have refound the Gray Catbird around 12:30-1pm today. It's been on the north side of Babel Slough Road, very near the intersection with River Road. Google maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/yciPnhySUym <https://goo..gl/maps/yciPnhySUym>
>
> There's a lot of fruiting pokeberry and blue elderberry to keep this bird happy, so hopefully it will stay around.
>
> Other good birds in the area included a Dusky Flycatcher, a Green-tailed Towhee, and a Yellow-breasted Chat. My full list for the morning (with a catbird audio clip) is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48395895 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48395895>
>
> Happy birding,
> Rob Furrow
>
> --
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Date: 11/1/18 7:21 pm
From: Chris Conard <conardc...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)
Hi folks,

Dan Kopp and Jose Martinez found an immature Northern Shrike north of
Discovery Bay near Cruiser Haven Marina (or Yacht Club as it shows up on
Google Maps).

The marina is about three miles east of Bixler Rd on Orwood Rd. The bird
was on either side of the RR tracks, just north of the marina. The exact
location is about here: 37.939962, -121.571279 (you can cut and paste into
maps search bar).

Good luck,

Chris Conard
Sacramento

 

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Date: 11/1/18 5:52 pm
From: Sally Walters <bajaowl...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] FOS Junco, dark-eyed
At about 1:30 this afternoon got my FOS dark eyed junco in my yard.

Sally M. Walters
Sacramento County





 

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Date: 10/29/18 9:20 am
From: Lily Douglas <ldouglas14...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Possible Barred Owl in Carmichael
Greetings all,

Just serving as the messenger, but I received a report of a Barred Owl
calling this morning near the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. I admit that I
don't personally know the person reporting it, but she described it as
"Heard the definitive long call, repeatedly." Sounds like it may be worth
checking out.

Lily Douglas
Sacramento, CA

 

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Date: 10/28/18 2:53 pm
From: Michele Swartout <michele31...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American Redstart
The American Redstart is still hanging out near the carpet padding on Road 98A. The lighting was terrible and he seemed a little shy, not really coming out into full view. Preferred the oaks for the most part, but dropped down into the willows every once in a while. Spent an hour trying to get a photo, but I’ll see when I get home. Many birds around.

Michele Swartout
Red Bluff


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Date: 10/28/18 8:25 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Merced NWR 10-27-18
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Merced NWR yesterday. The weather was fabulous and we left shortly after a picnic lunch. We explored the trail along the creek as well as a caravan around the auto loop. Highlights were of course the many SANDHILL CRANES, all of which appeared to be “lesser” Sandhills. We also saw many GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, as well as a small number of SNOW GEESE. Near the halfway point we found our season-first CANVASBACK and a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL. WHITE-FACED IBIS were present by the hundreds. We saw two MERLINS, a PEREGRINE FALCON and a FERRUGINOUS HAWK. Both GREAT HORNED OWL and BARN OWL were found during our visit. We had brief looks at VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA at both observation platforms. Six CATTLE EGRETS were seen along the loop.

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Date: 10/27/18 7:43 pm
From: Barbara Peck <bapeck8...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?

I meant to send this comment about red/yellow coloration to CV
I meant to send this comment about red/yellow coloration to CV birds.

> Based on a book I recently read on bird coloration, yellow rather than than red occurs when there is a carotenoid deficiency due to poor nutrition sometimes precipitated by a heavy parasite load during molt.
> The other interesting thing that occurs is red bleed from plenty of carotenoids, throwing hybrids of such birds as red-napes sapsuckers into question.
> Barbara Peck
> Anderson, CA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 27, 2018, at 4:23 PM, 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I just looked up Acorn Woodpecker on Birds of North America online and found this:
>>
>> Aberrant Plumages
>> Nonmelanic leucism, or partial albinism, occurs at a frequency of about 0.1% (WDK). More rarely, individuals in California have been recorded with golden yellow, rather than red, crowns (WDK).
>>
>>
>>
>> Koenig, W. D., P. B. Stacey, M. T. Stanback, and R. L. Mumme (1995). Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.194
>>
>>
>> It is really quite pretty with the yellow cap!
>>
>> Denise Hamilton
>> Napa
>>
>> From: <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds]
>> Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:06 AM
>> To: <central_valley_birds...>
>> Subject: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
>>
>>
>>
>> I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?
>>
>>
>>
>> Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Tom Pritchard
>>
>> Woodland
>>
>>

 

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Date: 10/27/18 5:51 pm
From: Berger Terry <terryberger99...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: Continuing AmGolden Plover at Yolo Bypass WA
We saw a single American golden plover in the same location this morning around 8 AM. Two gentlemen spotted it and directed us to its location. Sorry we didnt get their names. 

We went to the east side of the cell to look back from the sun and it was easier to locate it. This was with a scope for the distance but could see it through BiNoc but difficult to determine it. 
Terry BergerNapa County


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Date: 10/27/18 4:23 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
Hi all,

I just looked up Acorn Woodpecker on Birds of North America online and found this:

Aberrant Plumages
Nonmelanic leucism, or partial albinism, occurs at a frequency of about 0.1% (WDK). More rarely, individuals in California have been recorded with golden yellow, rather than red, crowns (WDK).



Koenig, W. D., P. B. Stacey, M. T. Stanback, and R. L. Mumme (1995). Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.194


It is really quite pretty with the yellow cap!

Denise Hamilton
Napa

From: <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds]
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:06 AM
To: <central_valley_birds...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?




I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?




Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343



Thanks,

Tom Pritchard

Woodland





 

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Date: 10/27/18 3:10 pm
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American Redstart in Yolo County
This morning I came across a young adult male American redstart on Rd 98A
west of Highway 45, north of Knights Landing.

The bird was about 100 yards beyond where the pavement ends. There is a
pile of old carpet padding on the north side of the road.


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

 

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Date: 10/27/18 12:53 pm
From: Joyce Bond <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
Hi Tom, It was reported in the Altacal Audubon Google group a week or two ago and was sighted by a friend of mine at Hooker Oak Park, which is adjacent to Upper Bidwell. I also saw one in Upper Bidwell about two years ago and wondered if it might be the same one as the recent sighting. I forwarded the recent photos to Stephen Shunk, who’s a friend on Facebook, but he hasn’t gotten back to me yet other than to say that he’ll get back to me. Hopefully some of the other experts will weigh in on this listserv.

Joyce Bond
Paradise

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> On Oct 27, 2018, at 11:06 AM, <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?
>
>
>
> Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom Pritchard
>
> Woodland
>
>

 

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Date: 10/27/18 11:07 am
From: <tomarne26...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Yellow-capped Acorn Woodpecker in Bidwell Park?
I can't remember where I saw it, but I was following up on an online post that identified an Acorn Woodpecker in Upper Bidwell Park that had a yellow cap. I found it this morning and wondered how rare this variation of Acorn Woodpecker is. Any thoughts?


Pictures attached to my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49493343


Thanks,
Tom Pritchard
Woodland
 

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Date: 10/26/18 8:27 pm
From: James Holmes <jfholmes...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Dipper Hwy 128 Bridge Putah Creek
The Dipper was about 125 meters downstream (east) of the Hwy 128 bridge across Putah Creek. Also, had a Mink.

Photos of the Mink and Dipper in my eBird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49481533

Thanks,

Jim Holmes
Sacramento, CA

 

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Date: 10/26/18 12:48 pm
From: John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: Request for Information: Delta Sandhill Crane Viewing
If you are planning to only go at sunset I would go to Woodbridge Road
for the fly in. I would get there at least an hour before sunset.

John Ehrenfeld
Napa



 

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Date: 10/25/18 4:05 pm
From: My Info <joan.humphrey...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Continuing AmGolden Plover at Yolo Bypass WA
Hi Birders,
The juvenile American Golden Plover continued today in the first rice
cell along the upper tour route. None of the birds were near the road
probably due to rice harvesting in neighboring cells. The rice cell of
the Plover is drying, the pipits seem to be more numerous than the
least sandpipers today.
Good birding,
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Date: 10/25/18 9:58 am
From: Ron Melcer <corvid88...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Request for Information: Delta Sandhill Crane Viewing
Hi All,

Thanks for entertaining an RFI. I am planning an excursion to see the
Sandhill Cranes at sunset this week. Trying to decide between Isenberg
Crane Preserve and Staten... without a chance to scout them out.

Has anyone visited either Staten Island or the Isenberg Preserve in the
past week? Can anyone comment on the abundance of birds roosting at either
location, and also any info on the number of waterfowl coming in to roost?

Thanks again!

Ron Melcer
Sacramento, CA

 

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Date: 10/24/18 4:18 pm
From: Dan Kopp <rey_ality...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Tree Swallow aggregation in the Delta
I was asked by Bruce Cousens to post a link of an eBird checklist from yesterday; I was on a boat as always in this area but the area is Connection Slough along S. Bacon Island Road in the general vicinity of:

20786 W Mandeville Levee Rd
Stockton, CA 95219

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49411137

Map marker is where we were in the boat while viewing large numbers on utility wires emanating from tule stands.

Dan Kopp
Sacramento




 

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Date: 10/23/18 11:13 am
From: 'Chris Dunford' <christopher.j.dunford...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American Golden-Plover continues at Yolo Bypass WA
The American Golden-Plover was seen by Leo Edson and me this morning between
9:30 and 10:00 at the Yolo Bypass WA. In the first flooded check on the
north side of the segment of the auto route that goes directly east
(parallel to I-80) from Parking Lot A to Rice Point. In winter/juvenile
plumage by itself with several scattered Killdeer and many Least Sandpipers.
The first check is the only field along this route to Rice Point which is
only partially flooded with a good mix of exposed mud and standing water.

Chris Dunford
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Date: 10/22/18 6:15 pm
From: <stuartangerer...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Colusa Vermillion Flycatcher
For the forth straight year the bright male Vermillion Flycatcher has returned to the Maxwell Cemetery. Just got a call from my excited wife Linda Angerer who stopped by this afternoon (Oct 22) to check. Back hanging out on the tombstones just in time for Halloween!


Good Birding
Stuart Angerer
Colusa County


 

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Date: 10/22/18 5:13 pm
From: <radamson...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo American Golden-Plover
Oct 22, 2018
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
The American Golden-Plover was again present in the YBWA this afternoon.
In the scope the bird does appear to be "long-winged" with at least the
two outer primaries extending beyond the tail and the third reaching to
about the end of the tail. There were 4 primaries extending past the
tertials.

Roger Adamson
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Date: 10/22/18 11:50 am
From: Keith Bailey <fastrunnerboy05...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American golden plover continues at Yolo Bypass
Seen where previously reported-- the first wet rice check on the left (north) side of the northern leg of the auto tour loop-- at 11 am. 
Good birding,Keith BaileyDavis, CA

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Date: 10/22/18 11:02 am
From: 'Bruce Cousens & Charlene Lee \(PuMa Coord.\)' <pmartins...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Tree Swallow roost near Tracy - update
For those CV Birders interested in following and possibly locating and viewing one of this year's large western Tree Swallow fall migratory roosts in the Central Valley near Tracy (and to document it here for future reference - we've been following them for over a decade now), I finally have an update on the probable approx. current roost location (+/- a mile or so, likely in a corn field), based on recent observations of the dawn flyout and dispersal in imaging from the US NWS Doppler weather radar site near San Francisco. (There are at least 1-2 more similar roost sites further south in Merced County and possibly masked amid dense clutter in Fresno County, the locations of which we are still trying to determine as conditions and chance allow - and they may be a moving target as they are forced to relocate periodically to accommodate seasonal corn harvesting.)

Why not earlier? For fellow techies (TMI alert for everyone else), in clear air (no precip. - roost dispersal is masked when precip. is present) the available radar images posted to the internet are snapshots 9-10 min. apart, mass departure from the roost may take less then a minute, and when the flock appears in the radar beam they are already a considerable distance above the ground and drifting with the wind as they climb and disperse, so it's pure chance whether the first image of the flock *posted* on a given morning catches the birds early in dispersal close to the ground, forming a small dot still near the roost site, or at higher altitude up to 9-10 min. later, as a large expanding blob, circle or arc when the birds are more dispersed and further from the roost site.

Over the weekend the first radar image timing was favourable and the roost appeared to be located just west of I-5 in the NE corner of the "Tracy Triangle" (bounded by highways I-5, 205 and 580), likely somewhere between Banta and Lyoth. The roost has been in this area for several weeks and is still visible on radar, but may have peaked and will not continue much longer, maybe not past the end of the month. APPROX. Google Maps coordinates are 37.73172, -121.37683, but roost hunters may still have to do some late afternoon/evening swallow tracking to find the actual roost site nearby - there are several roads through this area, so with several observers keeping in touch by cell, it should be fairly efficient. Good luck.

Cheers, ...Bruce
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BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program Coordinator,
Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society
PO Box 41012, RPO Woodgrove Nanaimo, BC, CANADA V9T 6M7
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Date: 10/21/18 3:44 pm
From: Brent Campos <brcampos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Least Flycatcher, Cache Creek, Yolo Co. Oct 21
Photos of the Least Flycatcher are now on the eBird checklist.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49344824


On Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 12:08 PM <brcampos...> [central_valley_birds] <
<central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> There was a Least Flycatcher this morning along Cache Creek. The bird
> called just a couple times and I got some photos that I will upload to the
> eBird checklist (link below) later today. It was a small empid with a
> bold white eye ring, small bill, short primary projection. White breast
> blending to grayish toward the wings. White throat. Dull grayish and
> brownish above. 'Whit' call heard twice before views obtained. Upper
> mandible was all dark with a mixed orange and dark lower mandible.
>
>
> Directions to the bird: From the Wild Wings County Park
> <http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/wild-wings-park> access
> location for Cache Creek, cross the bridge over the canal and head west on
> the gravel road that parallels the canal. Bear right at a major fork in the
> road to stay next to the riparian corridor and away from the canal. Not
> long thereafter you will find a mown path that leads northeast toward
> bird's location from the gravel road. Take the path under a large downed
> tree limb and to the creek channel to these
> coordinates: 38.683508,-121.890279. The bird was on the north terrace of
> the creek, near the edge of the channel, foraging in the bare lower
> branches of elderberry bushes.
>
> eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49344824
>
>
> Brent Campos
>
> Woodland
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/21/18 12:08 pm
From: <brcampos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Least Flycatcher, Cache Creek, Yolo Co. Oct 21
There was a Least Flycatcher this morning along Cache Creek. The bird called just a couple times and I got some photos that I will upload to the eBird checklist (link below) later today. It was a small empid with a bold white eye ring, small bill, short primary projection. White breast blending to grayish toward the wings. White throat. Dull grayish and brownish above. 'Whit' call heard twice before views obtained. Upper mandible was all dark with a mixed orange and dark lower mandible.


Directions to the bird: From the Wild Wings County Park http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/wild-wings-park access location for Cache Creek, cross the bridge over the canal and head west on the gravel road that parallels the canal. Bear right at a major fork in the road to stay next to the riparian corridor and away from the canal. Not long thereafter you will find a mown path that leads northeast toward bird's location from the gravel road. Take the path under a large downed tree limb and to the creek channel to these coordinates: 38.683508,-121.890279. The bird was on the north terrace of the creek, near the edge of the channel, foraging in the bare lower branches of elderberry bushes.



eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49344824 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49344824


Brent Campos
Woodland


 

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Date: 10/21/18 10:51 am
From: My Info <joan.humphrey...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Vermillion Flycatcher and Am.Golden Plover Continue
Hi Birders,
The female Vermillion Flycatcher found yesterday by Jim Thomas was
still present this morning at the Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant. It
is beening seen near the office buildings, perching along the fence at
gravel parking area.
The juvenile American Golden Plover found yesterday by Scott Hoppe
also continues. Look for it in the first rice cell that you come to on
the upper tour loop. (Head East from Lot A)
Good birding,
Joan HumphreyDavis, CA

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Date: 10/21/18 6:49 am
From: John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: American Golden-Plover at Yolo Bypass
Found the American Golden Plover at the Yolo Bypass mid afternoon
(thanks to Sami LaRocca for the spot.) It was foraging with Greater
Yellowlegs on the the new auto tour at the first rice check, halfway
point, in the rear. Apologies for the poor quality photos it was pretty
far away.

John Ehrenfeld
Napa


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Date: 10/20/18 7:48 pm
From: Jim Thomas <jaswthomas...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Vermillion Flycatcher at Davis WTP
There was a 1st year female Vermillion Flycatcher at Davis WTP this morning at around 10:40 AM, on the fencing just past the public parking area in front of the WTP buildings. Cliff Hawley provided the ID, based on photos (in eBird report).

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49322652 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49322652>

Jim Thomas
Davis
 

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Date: 10/20/18 4:40 pm
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Grasshopper Sparrow in Yolo County
This morning our Sparrows Field Trip for Yolo Audubon found a Grasshopper
Sparrow, extremely rare this late in the year, at "Vesper Sparrow Corner",
along with 3 Vesper Sparrows. This is the first curve in hwy 128 west of
Winters. The sparrows were all on the barbed wire fence that goes north
from the road just east of the curve. They were among dozens of Savannah
Sparrows.

Other highlights included 4 Rufous-cr Sparrows at Fishing Access 3 in Putah
Cr Canyon just west of the upper parking lot, along with a flock of
Band-tailed Pigeons. There was a Pileated Woodpecker at Fishing Access 4.
There was a White-thr Sparrow there last weekend.

We also found Chipping Sparrows along Horseshoe Lane near Winters, at the
SW corner of the horseshoe.

good birding,


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

 

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Date: 10/20/18 9:52 am
From: Chris Conard <conardc...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] American Golden-Plover at Yolo Bypass
Hi folks,

Just received a call from Scott Hoppe saying he found an American
Golden-Plover this morning at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. He said it was on
the new auto tour route at the first rice check. It was more or less by
itself. I hope my relaying of the directions makes sense because I haven't
been out there in a while.

Good luck if you have a chance to look for this bird.

Chris Conard
Sacramento

 

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Date: 10/19/18 11:30 am
From: John Ehrenfeld <production...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: Question about Yolo Bypass
Yolo Bypass has had some issues flooding some of the fields but there is
some water. Also, some areas are closed for hunting they are clearly marked.

Along the main Auto Tour Route it's very good for American Bitterns
right now (long straightaway to the right after the main entrance) Also
numerous Virginia Rails, Sora's and the occasional Least Bittern; look
and listen at base of tules where there is mud.

Good for numerous Northern Harriers as well as some White-Tailed Kites
and Red Tails. Barn Owls in trees adjacent to parking lot C, hard to spot.

Ducks on West side of auto route along with Grebe's, Herons, Ibis,
Stilts, Yellowlegs and Avocets.

Small birds a plenty, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Horned Larks, Meadowlarks
and an occasional surprise, etc.

John Ehrenfeld
Napa

 

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Date: 10/19/18 10:42 am
From: Joyce Bond <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
I want to thank everyone for all your responses with helpful maps,
directions, information, and tips! Many others also sent me messages
privately.
I'm so glad I wrote to this group!
Joyce Bond
Paradise

On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 3:11 PM <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <
<central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday
> and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route. Neither of us has ever
> birded there before, but we've seen so many great reports in this group
> that we'd like to check it out. Any tips for us about where specifically we
> should go when we get there? Thanks in advance!
>
> Joyce Bond
> Paradise
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/19/18 7:53 am
From: <maryolo1...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass

Hi all,

We are in Waterfowl Hunt season mode as far as access. The Upper and Lower ("traditional") Auto Loops will be open, but not beyond the Hunter Check-In Station (The trailer in the parking lot at the south end of the larger Auto Loop).

A much better map is available from the Yolo Basin Foundation: go to yolobasin dot org and download their map. It will show a red dotted line limiting where the general public can go from early October to mid-February. The water levels in various seasonal ponds isn't maximized yet. You can see changes almost daily, but the "moving parts" of managing a wildlife area don't allow for magically putting water everywhere it will be later. In fact the wild rice has all been harvested and water is in those fields, but the domestic rice was planted later in the spring than usual and is only now getting ripe enough to start harvesting followed by flood-up.

If you come Sunday, don't judge us to look the same forever. Try again each month of the year!

Mary Schiedt


-----Original Message-----
From: Sylvia Wright <sciencewrighterphotos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
To: tgmiko <tgmiko...>
Cc: central_valley_birds <central_valley_birds...>
Sent: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass







Joyce, I made a quick Google map for you showing the route from I-80 into the wildlife area. You should have it by now.


Also, here's a link to the CDFW YBWA site. https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/yolo-bypass-wa



Hopefully others here will suggest spots on the Auto Tour Route that are particularly good right now. I haven't been there lately.


Sylvia Wright
ex-Yolo County
now Nevada County




On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:







Joyce,
I went there earlier this year, using an eBird hotspot, and Google Maps had me drive to a horribly incorrect location that had me a few hundred yards away from the actual preserve...





On Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:11 PM <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:





A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route.



Joyce Bond
Paradise






















 

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Date: 10/19/18 7:36 am
From: Steve Hampton <stevechampton...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
I have a good map of the auto tour route at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46841822.

The July and August shorebird ponds may or may not have suitable habitat at
this time. The best habitat for birding is often between Lots A and B, or
inside the autotour loop (between B and C and that area). However, as of a
week or two ago, that area was still dry, as the YBWA is having
difficulties with pumps and water mgmt. It is typically flooding up by
now. They have flooded up the west side of the return leg (the windy leg).

Birding is a function of water levels, which can be too high or too low. I
recommend checking recent eBird reports to see if people are seeing
hundreds/thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, etc. If not, it could be poor.

As pointed out, this is a large rural willdife area, so Google maps, etc.
will of course be problematic-- surf the area on satellite view first. The
entrance is up by the freeway near Lot A.

Finally, North Regional Pond in Woodland (off Gibson and Rd 102) is pretty
good right now.

A scope is useful for both places.

good birding,




On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:57 PM Sylvia Wright
<sciencewrighterphotos...> [central_valley_birds] <
<central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Joyce, I made a quick Google map for you showing the route from I-80 into
> the wildlife area. You should have it by now.
>
> Also, here's a link to the CDFW YBWA site.
> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/yolo-bypass-wa
>
> Hopefully others here will suggest spots on the Auto Tour Route that are
> particularly good right now. I haven't been there lately.
>
> Sylvia Wright
> ex-Yolo County
> now Nevada County
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...>
> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Joyce,
>> I went there earlier this year, using an eBird hotspot, and Google Maps
>> had me drive to a horribly incorrect location that had me a few hundred
>> yards away from the actual preserve...
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:11 PM <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds]
>> <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday
>>> and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route.
>>>
>>> Joyce Bond
>>> Paradise
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>


--
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

 

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Date: 10/18/18 6:44 pm
From: Sylvia Wright <sciencewrighterphotos...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
Joyce, I made a quick Google map for you showing the route from I-80 into
the wildlife area. You should have it by now.

Also, here's a link to the CDFW YBWA site.
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/yolo-bypass-wa

Hopefully others here will suggest spots on the Auto Tour Route that are
particularly good right now. I haven't been there lately.

Sylvia Wright
ex-Yolo County
now Nevada County


On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...>
[central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Joyce,
> I went there earlier this year, using an eBird hotspot, and Google Maps
> had me drive to a horribly incorrect location that had me a few hundred
> yards away from the actual preserve...
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:11 PM <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <
> <central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday
>> and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route.
>>
>> Joyce Bond
>> Paradise
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 10/18/18 5:48 pm
From: 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
Joyce,
I went there earlier this year, using an eBird hotspot, and Google Maps had
me drive to a horribly incorrect location that had me a few hundred yards
away from the actual preserve, but it forced me to literally drive a 10
mile detour on dirt roads in farm country only to find myself up on a dike,
unable to get to the preserve, stuck behind a locked fence. I had to circle
all the way around to get to the correct location. When you look at eBird
markers for the spot use the one that is deep inside the preserve, not the
one on the west ege of the preserve. They really should remove that
westerly eBird Hotspot from the map i.e. eBird.

Tom Miko
Claremont LA County
909.241.3300

On Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:11 PM <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <
<central_valley_birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday
> and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route. Neither of us has ever
> birded there before, but we've seen so many great reports in this group
> that we'd like to check it out. Any tips for us about where specifically we
> should go when we get there? Thanks in advance!
>
> Joyce Bond
> Paradise
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/18/18 3:11 pm
From: <chantedor...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Question about Yolo Bypass
A friend and I will be heading from the Chico area to Monterey on Sunday and would like to stop at Yolo Bypass en route. Neither of us has ever birded there before, but we've seen so many great reports in this group that we'd like to check it out. Any tips for us about where specifically we should go when we get there? Thanks in advance!



Joyce Bond
Paradise



 

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Date: 10/18/18 9:10 am
From: <jaegermaestro...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Townsend's Solitaire in Carmichael
At about 8:30 this morning I had a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE at Garfield and Winding at the north end of Carmichael.


I was actually sitting at the traffic light on my way to work when it flew across the intersection from the west into a row of redwoods on the edge of the SAC Adventist Middle School campus. Very apparent were the oblong oval-shaped wings with bold buffy mid-wing stripe.


Hopefully it sticks around. Would love to get some pics. That was only my 2nd SAC County solitaire and first in over 20 years!


Dan Williams
Carmichael
 

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Date: 10/17/18 3:11 pm
From: <keith_seagull...> [central_valley_birds] <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Common Poorwill (roadkill), Rocklin/Placer Co.
Hi all,
I just saw a roadkill Common Poorwill in the city of Rocklin. Sierra Meadows Drive between Granite Drive and Pacific Ave. It was on the center stripe in front of the UPS loading facility. It was pretty mangled, but the white outer tail were still intact.
Keith Kwan,

Sacramento
 

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