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11/19/17 9:22 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Continuing ATS - Swanton Pond SC
11/18/17 5:57 pm Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley
11/18/17 5:25 pm Shantanu Phukan <phukan...> [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
11/18/17 3:37 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Some recent birds
11/18/17 1:54 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Re: WEKI @ Natural Bridges SB
11/18/17 1:53 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] WEKI @ Natural Bridges SB
11/18/17 1:32 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> [MBBIRDS] American Tree Sparrow at Swanton - location specifics
11/18/17 12:40 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> [MBBIRDS] American Tree Sparrow at Swanton Pond
11/17/17 8:02 pm singersa via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] We Meadowlark at Arana Gulch in Santa Cruz
11/17/17 7:59 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Capitola and Seacliff area 11/17
11/17/17 5:48 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [MBBIRDS] Capitola and Seacliff area 11/17
11/17/17 12:44 pm fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> [MBBIRDS] Ferruginous hawks at Armstrong Ranch, Marina
11/17/17 7:15 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] IMPORTANT REMINDER re: lower UCSC bird walk
11/16/17 8:13 am Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...> [MBBIRDS] Red Fox Sparrow - Baldwin Creek Mouth
11/15/17 9:14 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> [MBBIRDS] odd request
11/15/17 2:41 pm Donald Glasco <don.glasco...> [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby California eBird records
11/15/17 12:39 pm Donald Glasco <don.glasco...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
11/15/17 12:13 pm Janet L Leonard <leonard.janetl...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
11/15/17 11:01 am fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
11/14/17 11:57 am Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> [MBBIRDS] Looking for a birder
11/13/17 12:01 pm Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Birds
11/13/17 10:33 am Alexander Gaguine <gaguine...> [MBBIRDS] sparrow query
11/13/17 8:15 am Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird furrowed lower mandible
11/13/17 6:05 am Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird gone
11/12/17 10:58 pm Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> [MBBIRDS] Leucistic White-crowned Sparrow.
11/12/17 11:58 am Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Red breasted sapsucker
11/12/17 10:00 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Fun with a Western Grebe
11/11/17 9:54 pm Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...> [MBBIRDS] Birdy yard.
11/11/17 8:16 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Swamp Sparrow photos and others
11/11/17 7:13 pm David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> [MBBIRDS] 11/18 SCBC field trip to Swanton Pond and Rancho Del Oso
11/8/17 4:45 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Hermit Thrush
11/8/17 3:46 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] Slightly out of area notables. YEIIOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER & PACIFIC WREN
11/8/17 1:48 pm Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] MBB: Hermit Thrush
11/7/17 9:45 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Fw: Snow Goose at Crespi Pond
11/7/17 4:01 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Laguna Grande this morning
11/6/17 10:30 pm Alexander Gaguine <gaguine...> [MBBIRDS] Baldwin Creek
11/6/17 4:41 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] Shorebirds Pond at Pajaro Dunes
11/6/17 3:35 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Wilson's Snipe at Westlake Pond
11/6/17 8:06 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Scarlet Tanager
11/5/17 9:22 pm 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] recent photos
11/5/17 5:20 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Redheads at Shorebirds Pond
11/5/17 4:43 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] CORRECTION: EASTERN (not Western) WOOD PEWEERe: Scarlet tanager, wood ducks, more at Laguna grande monterey
11/5/17 3:11 pm waxwingboheme <waxwingboheme...> [MBBIRDS] Swanton Pond and Baldwin Creek
11/5/17 2:33 pm Caroline Rodgers <caro414...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
11/5/17 2:13 pm Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
11/5/17 1:15 pm Earl <hawkowl...> [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
11/4/17 8:42 am Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] north coast birds along the Swanton Rd circuit
11/3/17 6:57 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Scarlet tanager, wood ducks, more at Laguna grande monterey
11/3/17 5:10 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/3/17 4:56 pm sharonalucchesi <sharonalucchesi...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/3/17 12:22 pm Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] MBB: Osprey
11/2/17 4:21 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
11/2/17 3:07 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/2/17 1:05 pm Anne Spence <aspencerrt...> [MBBIRDS] Record keeper
11/2/17 10:37 am Ketury Stein <ketury...> Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
11/2/17 10:18 am Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/2/17 10:13 am Sharon Hull <plants...> RE: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/2/17 10:04 am Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
11/2/17 8:40 am Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
11/1/17 10:37 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
11/1/17 10:07 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
11/1/17 7:23 am Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] (MBBirds)Tropical Kingbird
10/31/17 1:18 pm Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
10/31/17 9:30 am Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird
10/30/17 9:16 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Chuckar
10/29/17 5:43 pm 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] recent photos
10/29/17 1:21 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
10/29/17 12:59 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
10/29/17 11:00 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] White-throated Sparrow
10/28/17 12:49 pm Don Roberson <creagrus...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Need ID help for Crespi Pond Bird. Western Bluebird?
10/27/17 4:54 pm 'Carol Greenstreet' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Need ID help for Crespi Pond Bird. Western Bluebird?
10/26/17 10:06 pm Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Western Screech-Owl
10/24/17 8:07 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] White-winged Doves
10/24/17 3:35 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] White-winged Doves
10/24/17 3:14 pm Anne Spence <aspencerrt...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed hummingbird
10/24/17 9:24 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] no Evening Grosbeaks
10/23/17 8:14 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
10/23/17 10:30 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Purple vs House
10/23/17 10:02 am Michael Bolte <bolte...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow and Tropical Kingbird
10/23/17 9:39 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Evening Grosbeak
10/22/17 9:34 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> RE: [MBBIRDS] Connecticut Warbler at Rancho Del Oso Marsh Trail
10/22/17 9:29 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
10/22/17 9:27 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow and Tropical Kingbird
10/22/17 9:19 pm Carole Rose <clrose413...> [MBBIRDS] Connecticut Warbler at Rancho Del Oso Marsh Trail
10/22/17 8:16 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
10/22/17 1:53 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Porter-Sesnon Property SCBC Bird Walk 10-20-17
10/22/17 11:58 am <maboyen88...> [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes Gatehouse Phone #
10/22/17 10:08 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed October 22
10/22/17 9:16 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [MBBIRDS] Moon Glow 10-21-17
10/21/17 5:11 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] SCBC October Meeting: Alaska!
10/21/17 3:12 pm Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...> [MBBIRDS] Winter arrivals in our yard in Bonny Doon
10/21/17 11:22 am <maboyen88...> [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes, Birders' Behavior
10/21/17 7:36 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Red-breasted Nuthatches question
10/20/17 8:23 pm Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...> [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird in Sheri Howe's Yard & Anna's Hummingbirds with Mandible Growths at UCSC Arboretum
10/20/17 8:06 pm Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...> [MBBIRDS] eBirding the Broad-billed Hummingbird
10/20/17 6:28 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Green Tailed Towhee - Soquel
10/20/17 5:31 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] RED KNOT at Jetty Rd
10/20/17 4:07 pm Barbara Monahan <monahan...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Best Hummer feeder I,e found
10/20/17 2:53 pm Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] MBB Broad-billed photos
10/20/17 2:37 pm Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] MBB photos of Broad-billed Hummer
10/20/17 1:59 pm Sheri Howe <slhowe...> [MBBIRDS] {MBBirds} Broad-billed Hummingbird
10/20/17 12:49 pm Larry Corridon <larry961357...> [MBBIRDS] Best Hummer feeder I,e found
10/20/17 12:28 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Return....Purple Finch, plus Pine Siskin numbers
10/20/17 11:14 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Return....Purple Finch, plus Pine Siskin numbers
 
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Date: 11/19/17 9:22 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Continuing ATS - Swanton Pond SC
American Tree Sparrow continues Sunday morning. Seen repeatedly from 7am to 9am at the previously reported spot.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/18/17 5:57 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley
Stopping at Paicines reservoir first—bald eagle and two hooded mergansers
On to Panoche:
3 Ferruginous Hawks, a Merlin, 2Road Runners, and Mountain Bluebirds atBLM
road —Fresno County
No plovers yet
It looks like the solar plant may be expanding?

Shirley

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Date: 11/18/17 5:25 pm
From: Shantanu Phukan <phukan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
At 4:40 today there was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD along San Lorenzo River right by the Kaiser Permanente Arena (Laurel St). Deep yellow on the lower belly, large bill and no white on the outer tail feathers. It sat for a good five minutes on top of a young Sycamore and then flew over the river to the top of another Sycamore. I dont normally carry a camera so no pictures, but I got a very good looks. Also there was a nearly endless flight of crows. I would guess about 350 to 400 all headed in a north westerly direction.

And BUFFLEHEADS, GREATER SCAUP AND COMMON GOLDENEYES are back--It's been a couple of weeks since I did this walk so they may have returned earlier in the month.


Shantanu Phukan
Santa Cruz/San Jose

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Date: 11/18/17 3:37 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Some recent birds
A single RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in pretty scruffy shape was just north of
the Delaware entrance in the large conifers. Some GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS
were in there as well, although they remained pretty high up in the trees.

We just had four NORTHERN FLICKERS in the tall London Plane tree across the
street. The crows harassed them until they flew toward the south. I
followed them on foot until I could no longer see where they were. Three
were male and one was female. Beautiful birds!

Also at home, we have a partially leucistic CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE. It
has some white on the scapulars and the tail is mostly white on the top,
making the bird un-creatively dubbed "White Tail".

Fun birding,
Lisa

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Date: 11/18/17 1:54 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: WEKI @ Natural Bridges SB
Forgot to add a link to the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40578255

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 11/18/17 1:53 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] WEKI @ Natural Bridges SB
There was a very late WESTERN KINGBIRD across Moore Creek nearest to the
mobile home park at Natural Bridges this morning. It foraged for a bit,
then crossed the beach and headed down the bluffs towards Terrace Pt. Other
highlights were a white-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW behind the visitor
center, a very late male WILSON'S WARBLER in the eucs at the opening of the
Delaware loop, and a female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at the Delaware
entrance. We had an overall count of 61 species.

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 11/18/17 1:32 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] American Tree Sparrow at Swanton - location specifics
Several folks have asked for a more detailed location for the ATS. It was in the field directly north of the pond, very close to the berm around the pond.

best, Mike

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Date: 11/18/17 12:40 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] American Tree Sparrow at Swanton Pond
I believe Frances and I just saw an American Tree Sparrow at Swanton Pond.

Mike

Ruffous eye line, ruffous cap, black and yellow small bill and long tail

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Date: 11/17/17 8:02 pm
From: singersa via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] We Meadowlark at Arana Gulch in Santa Cruz

Fun birds this a.m. in the Arana Gulch Open Space included 9 WESTERN MEADOWLARK, 1 SAY'S PHOEBE, and 3 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS.



~Stephanie Singer

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Date: 11/17/17 7:59 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Capitola and Seacliff area 11/17
I wanted to add that there was a westward movement of Turkey Vultures over this area today. I saw them in many places moving west mostly as singles, but some 2s. I think I saw 17-20 over the day. For this part of the coast, “moving west”is also moving “up” the coast.

David

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> On Nov 17, 2017, at 5:48 PM, David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> wrote:
>
> Western Screech-Owl and Nor. Saw-whet Owl were pretty talkative in far lower Nisene Marks before dawn this morning, Plus one Nor. Pygmy.
>
> Of course I had to count Am. Crows commuting at dawn over Porter-Sesnon. There were 992, all flying east, probably from Arana Gulch? There were about 500 Band-tailed Pigeons flying in to forage over the hills to the north. Others seen at Porter-Sesnon later in the day were 1 black-throated Gray warbler, 1 White-thr Sparrow, 1 eye level Golden-Cr Kinglet, 3 W. Bluebirds and a flock of 11 Gr White-fronted Geese flying NE.
>
> Scoping from the bluff overlooking Seacliff SB I saw 2 distant Ancient Murrelets, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, plus some Bonaparte’s and Forster’s. 3 West. Bluebirds were at the east edge of the Seacliff upland field.
>
> An Osprey flew by Capitola Beach. I counted 14 Black-cr Night-Herons foraging along Soquel Creek at sunset, along with a pretty male Common Goldeneye.
>
> David Suddjian
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Date: 11/17/17 5:48 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Capitola and Seacliff area 11/17
Western Screech-Owl and Nor. Saw-whet Owl were pretty talkative in far lower Nisene Marks before dawn this morning, Plus one Nor. Pygmy.

Of course I had to count Am. Crows commuting at dawn over Porter-Sesnon. There were 992, all flying east, probably from Arana Gulch? There were about 500 Band-tailed Pigeons flying in to forage over the hills to the north. Others seen at Porter-Sesnon later in the day were 1 black-throated Gray warbler, 1 White-thr Sparrow, 1 eye level Golden-Cr Kinglet, 3 W. Bluebirds and a flock of 11 Gr White-fronted Geese flying NE.

Scoping from the bluff overlooking Seacliff SB I saw 2 distant Ancient Murrelets, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, plus some Bonaparte’s and Forster’s. 3 West. Bluebirds were at the east edge of the Seacliff upland field.

An Osprey flew by Capitola Beach. I counted 14 Black-cr Night-Herons foraging along Soquel Creek at sunset, along with a pretty male Common Goldeneye.

David Suddjian

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Date: 11/17/17 12:44 pm
From: fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ferruginous hawks at Armstrong Ranch, Marina
Two ferruginous hawks were present among the many red-tails and a single
(female) northern harrier.
R. Berg

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Date: 11/17/17 7:15 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] IMPORTANT REMINDER re: lower UCSC bird walk
Hi Birders,

The date for the Santa Cruz Bird Club bird walk has changed to Saturday,
November 25th.

This is because parking will not be an expense on the weekend. We will be
meeting at 8:00 at lot 116.
Please check the calendar on the SCBC website:
http://www.santacruzbirdclub.org/calendar.html

<http://www.santacruzbirdclub.org/calendar.html>

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Date: 11/16/17 8:13 am
From: Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red Fox Sparrow - Baldwin Creek Mouth
Yesterday (11/15/17) at Noon there was a RED FOX SPARROW in the dry Hemlock on the East side of the old artichoke field, about halfway to the railroad tracks. Thanks to Alex for the ID. There was a SOOTY FOX SPARROW and a mix of GOLDEN-CROWNED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWs in the area too. Photos in the eBird report.

Please see eBird Checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40525628

Simon
Ps - Corrections to the BLUE-WINGED TEAL (especially the Juvenile) and the Gull photos are gratefully accepted too.

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Date: 11/15/17 9:14 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] odd request
mbb’ers -

someone sent me an e-mail about the UCSC Burrowing Owls while I was off in India. I’m back, but can not find that message. Whoever you were, please resend to my e-mail account. Apologize to everyone else for the e-mail noise.

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Date: 11/15/17 2:41 pm
From: Donald Glasco <don.glasco...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby California eBird records
Not in Monterey Bay per se but many of us have seen the immature Red-footed Booby. Curious, I looked up eBird records for RFBO in California.

Going from south to north

San Diego
10-19 Sep 2008
6 Jul 2015
10 Jul 2016
17 Dec 2016

Orange County
19 Sep 2015

LA, Long Beach
18 Aug 1991
14 Oct 2006

Santa Barbara
11-12 Oct 1987

Monterey Bay
8 Oct 2087
"a subadult dark morph landed on the mast of the research vessel 'Pt. Sur' in Monterey Bay and rode the ship into the Bay until it flew off near Moss Landing (were the 'Pt. Sur' docks). John Klusmire, who was aboard the ship, took a photo of the perched booby, which record was accepted by CBRC. Fall 1987 brought an unprecedented incursion of this tropical species into California near-shore waters, with at least 6 documented, including north of MTY in San Mateo Co.”

Daly City
13 Jun 1994

Pacifica
15-16 Aug 1987

Golden Gate
8 Aug 1987
13-18 Oct 1987 (different bird from Aug)


Don Glasco
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Date: 11/15/17 12:39 pm
From: Donald Glasco <don.glasco...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
Golden eagle? I saw one fly west across hiway 1 about 11:40 vicinity Robinson Ranch.

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> On Nov 15, 2017, at 11:00 AM, fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> wrote:
>
> Large, long/heavy-legged raptor on the ground and flying low over Robinson Ranch pasture. Head lighter than body. Seemed larger than the many red-tails present. No sign of the winter burrowing owls, has anyone seen them yet? Very poor photos below.
> Rick Berg
> Seaside
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38441311521/in/album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780642/in/album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780192/in/album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409779922/in/album-72157647849731558/
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Date: 11/15/17 12:13 pm
From: Janet L Leonard <leonard.janetl...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
Looks like adult Golden eagle to me.


Jan Leonard

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM, fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> wrote:

> Large, long/heavy-legged raptor on the ground and flying low over Robinson
> Ranch pasture. Head lighter than body. Seemed larger than the many
> red-tails present. No sign of the winter burrowing owls, has anyone seen
> them yet? Very poor photos below.
> Rick Berg
> Seaside
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38441311521/in/
> album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780642/in/
> album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780192/in/
> album-72157647849731558/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409779922/in/
> album-72157647849731558/
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Date: 11/15/17 11:01 am
From: fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Very large raptor at Robinson Ranch (Hwy 1 Marina)
Large, long/heavy-legged raptor on the ground and flying low over Robinson
Ranch pasture. Head lighter than body. Seemed larger than the many
red-tails present. No sign of the winter burrowing owls, has anyone seen
them yet? Very poor photos below.
Rick Berg
Seaside
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38441311521/in/album-72157647849731558/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780642/in/album-72157647849731558/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409780192/in/album-72157647849731558/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66742993@N05/38409779922/in/album-72157647849731558/

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Date: 11/14/17 11:57 am
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Looking for a birder
Hi All ~

Julie Soto, the librarian at the Live Oak Public Library librarian is interested in perhaps partnering with Friends of Corcoran Lagoon Beach (FoCLB) to set up a Bird Watching/Photography Walk at Corcoran Lagoon and across E. Cliff Dr. to the shoreline of Corcoran Lagoon Beach.

The library (Santa Cruz County) is actually identified as one of the parcel owners of the lagoon on the County online GIS map! According to the librarian the annual bird photographic exhibit is the favorite of LO library patrons.

While FoCLB has sponsored a Bird Photographic Exhibit at the LO Library for the past three years, we are not birders. Well, I am an amateur but not confident on correct bird identification. I think those who would attend this event would be better served with a real birder.

Would any of you like to be involved? The library would publicize the event. If the SC Bird Club chose to be a sponsor, it would be a good opportunity for some publicity. The event would likely be in December or January. With December there is a better chance of leftover migratory species, huh? I suppose rain is also possible.

In any case, please reply to me to let me know if you are interested as an individual birder, especially if you enjoy birding at Corcoran Lagoon, following the outflow to the shoreline.

Thanks,
Jean Brocklebank
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Date: 11/13/17 12:01 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Birds
Black and white warbler at Bethany
Gold crown lingley at lighthouse

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Date: 11/13/17 10:33 am
From: Alexander Gaguine <gaguine...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] sparrow query
Yesterday at Dairy Gulch, Wilder SP, Eileen Balian and I observed a very colorful, contrasty Savannah Sparrow. Wide black crown and cheek stripes bright yellow between eye and bill. Very striking - I’ve never seen another like it. Does anyone know when SASP molts in our area? Was this bird in very fresh plumage?
Thanks.
Alexander
Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/13/17 8:15 am
From: Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird furrowed lower mandible
The furrowing under the lower mandible of the Broad-billed Hummingbird is a structural adaptation to strengthen and support the bill. Several people have emailed me saying they are having trouble accessing eBird photos so I put my images of the furrows and other pictures of the Broad-billed Hummingbird on my flickr site at:

https://www.flickr.com/people/birdwoman99/ <https://www.flickr.com/people/birdwoman99/>

I submitted a report last week to the California Bird Records Committee, including photos.

Happy birding,

Elizabeth Van Dyke
Santa Cruz

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> From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird gone
> Date: November 13, 2017 at 6:05:20 AM PST
> To: <mbbirds...>
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> The Broad-billed hummingbird at 209 Sunset Ave Santa Cruz, first reported by me on 10/20, has not been seen since 11/5. I was hoping he would spend the winter, but am guessing the change in the weather made him decide to head for warmer climes. For those who missed him or who want another look, there are over 100 fantastic photos on eBird. One interesting feature obvious in a few of the photos is the furrowing of the lower mandible. I cannot find any discussion of this anywhere and am hoping someone out in MBB-land can enlighten me. My husband, a building contractor, has suggested it may help strengthen the broader bill the way corrugating steel adds strength.
>
> Sheri Howe
> Santa Cruz
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Date: 11/13/17 6:05 am
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird gone
The Broad-billed hummingbird at 209 Sunset Ave Santa Cruz, first reported by me on 10/20, has not been seen since 11/5. I was hoping he would spend the winter, but am guessing the change in the weather made him decide to head for warmer climes. For those who missed him or who want another look, there are over 100 fantastic photos on eBird. One interesting feature obvious in a few of the photos is the furrowing of the lower mandible. I cannot find any discussion of this anywhere and am hoping someone out in MBB-land can enlighten me. My husband, a building contractor, has suggested it may help strengthen the broader bill the way corrugating steel adds strength.

Sheri Howe
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Date: 11/12/17 10:58 pm
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic White-crowned Sparrow.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8791201

Above is a link to a couple of images from today of leucistic sparrow,
probably the same one spotted by Gary Martindale and ID'd via mmbirds last
January (https://groups.google.com/d/msg/mbbirds/xrsfctEHp8A/ZEHolwC-AgAJ)
and reported most recently by Sharon Hull earlier this month (
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/mbbirds/NuQ_suWCaQI/CaxCDRXMCQAJ)

I first spotted this sparrow in the canes between Swanton Rd. and the pond
just past the berry farm stand. Then again later on the other side of the
road in a willow thicket closer towards Hwy 1.

Lee Jaffe

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Date: 11/12/17 11:58 am
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red breasted sapsucker
At arboretum

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Date: 11/12/17 10:00 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fun with a Western Grebe
Hi birders,

At Aptos Creek there was a WESTERN GREBE swimming around this morning in
creek. A few fun photos after my run:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/grebes/grebe_western_171112a.jpg

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/grebes/grebe_western_171112b.jpg

Ebird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40465709

Good birding,

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA

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Date: 11/11/17 9:54 pm
From: Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Birdy yard.
Pine Siskins arrived in our front yard today along with a flock of Pygmy
Nuthatches, a No. Flicker and a White Throated Sparrow.

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Date: 11/11/17 8:16 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swamp Sparrow photos and others
Hi Birders,

After 3 years refusing to pose, the wintering SWAMP SPARROW at Baldwin
Creek finally let me get some reasonable images including this one:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/sparrows_allies/sparrow_swamp_171111a.jpg

A few more photos on the ebird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40449057

Other birding highlights at Baldwin Creek included 2 BLUE WINGED TEAL.

Oh, and the Leucistic WHITE CROWNED SPARROW continues near Swanton Pond.
For images see the ebird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40443564

Fun birding and photography this morning,

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA



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Date: 11/11/17 7:13 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 11/18 SCBC field trip to Swanton Pond and Rancho Del Oso
Santa Cruz area friends - older and newer,


I'm coming out to CA to visit this week and I thought it would be fun to
lead an impromptu field trip for the Bird Club. (I have checked with Nick
and this is legit;-) So I'm announcing this trip to Swanton Pond and RDO
on Sat., Nov 18, with details below. I think these will end up on the SCBC
web page events calendar shortly. The weather, however, is presently
forecast to be iffy with rain developing, but we'll see how things shape
up. I guess coming from snowy CO I can't let a little Pacific Coast rain
slow me down. Someone please arrange for a Pileated.


David Suddjian

Littleton Co



*When* Sat, November 18, 7:30am – 11:30am


*Where* Swanton Pond and Rancho Del Oso. Meet at the Swanton Berry Farm
parking lot along Highway 1 immediately north of the southern junction with
Swanton Road.


*Description* The leader will be visiting from Colorado and eager to
visit these favorite places and to reacquaint with some of the California
birds, and old and new friends. So all the usual suspects are now to be
more greatly appreciated! The leader's target birds include Heermann's
Gull, Brown Pelican, Marbled Murrelet, California Quail, Black
Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Tricolored Blackbird, Wrentit,
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, California Towhee, and
such. Dare we hope for a Pileated Woodpecker? We begin at Swanton Pond,
then move up Highway one maybe with a stop or two, before Waddell Beach and
a short walk at Rancho Del Oso.


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Date: 11/8/17 4:45 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Hermit Thrush
I also saw a Hermit Thrush yesterday! I was birding the upper west side of
Santa Cruz. It landed on a rush about three feet from me up at Kalkar
Quarry.
What a wonderful and unexpected surprise. That very morning, I wondered
with other birders if we would see any VATH this season, as I had seen none
in
Santa Cruz County since the "invasion".

Hoping this will be a great Varied Thrush year!

Checklist:
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-Lisa Fay

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 1:48 PM, Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
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> At Ocean Street Extension at 11:30 AM. Nice to see HERMIT THRUSH among
> all the regulars.
>
> 1 Steller's Jay (Coastal)
> 6 California Scrub-Jay
> 7 American Crow
> 1 Hermit Thrush
> 12 Dark-eyed Junco
> 5 White-crowned Sparrow
> 23 Golden-crowned Sparrow
> 3 California Towhee
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> Madeline Spencer
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Date: 11/8/17 3:46 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Slightly out of area notables. YEIIOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER & PACIFIC WREN
11/5 DeAnza Trail west side, where the trail enters the big oaks and there is a lot of creek dogwood there was a PACIFIC WREN. I found one there three years ago and Steve Gerow also reported one in the same area several years ago. This is in SBT County where this is a very hard species to find. At Hunting Hollow in Henry Coe there was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Monday 11/6 at about 3:00pm about 1/2 mile from the parking lot where the dirt road crosses the creek at he windmill and water tank. The bird was in the black walnut trees on the left of the creek crossing. Nelson Samuels, Aromas

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Date: 11/8/17 1:48 pm
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Hermit Thrush
At Ocean Street Extension at 11:30 AM. Nice to see HERMIT THRUSH among all the regulars.

1 Steller's Jay (Coastal)
6 California Scrub-Jay
7 American Crow
1 Hermit Thrush
12 Dark-eyed Junco
5 White-crowned Sparrow
23 Golden-crowned Sparrow
3 California Towhee

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/7/17 9:45 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fw: Snow Goose at Crespi Pond



________________________________
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:12 PM
To: Kent
Subject: Snow Goose at Crespi Pond


Kent,
We were at Laguna Grande today and afterwards went to Point Pinos. This
Snow Goose was seen at Crespi Pond and may not have yet been reported. I
do not subscribe to MBB.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 11/7/17 4:01 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Laguna Grande this morning
The continuing EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and SCARLET TANAGER were all seen this morning on the Virgin Avenue side of the park. Be aware that there is also a Western Tanager in the area; I think some people were misidentifying it as the Scarlet today.


Kent Johnson

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Date: 11/6/17 10:30 pm
From: Alexander Gaguine <gaguine...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Baldwin Creek
The ponds west of the beach at Baldwin Creek mouth tonight had a COMMON GALLINULE and a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL.
Alexander

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Date: 11/6/17 4:41 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Shorebirds Pond at Pajaro Dunes
Following up on Randy's report of the REDHEADS, I took a leisurely walk
around the pond today. Easily found the 3 Redheads that were still there
plus a whole lot more, including 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Gorgeous sunny day,
mild temps, gentle breeze.perfect conditions to be out enjoying birds.
Ebird report with photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40346449.



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/6/17 3:35 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Wilson's Snipe at Westlake Pond

On my drive by Westlake Pond this morning I noticed a Wilson's Snipe sunning itself. I was not expecting a Wilson's at the pond but a nice surprise.

I've downloaded a few pictures and more specific directions on ebird. Photos are showing it jaunting toward me when walkers came near. If its still there at the end of the day it might be a nice western light photo opportunity.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40343777


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Date: 11/6/17 8:06 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Scarlet Tanager
Killer view of Scarlet Tabager at 20 ft on the wood chip path thru willows at laguna Grande 7;:55 am.


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 11/5/17 9:22 pm
From: 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] recent photos
Here are some photos I took today at Laguna Grande Park, Seaside.




"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/albums/72157688072650151" title="Laguna Grande Park, Seaside, CA. 11-05-17"

Kent Van Vuren
Prunedale, CA

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Date: 11/5/17 5:20 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Redheads at Shorebirds Pond
There are three Redhead Ducks at Shorebirds Pond. They have been there for several days, including this afternoon. Though unsure, I submitted them as Scaups, but Alex informed me that they are, indeed, Redheads. Here is a link to my eBird report from yesterday with photos:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40313799



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Date: 11/5/17 4:43 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] CORRECTION: EASTERN (not Western) WOOD PEWEERe: Scarlet tanager, wood ducks, more at Laguna grande monterey
All,
Word is out several places, but Brian Sullivan has obtained recordings of
an EASTERN WOOD PEWEE at Laguna Grande. This is the bird I mistakenly
reported as a Western Wood Pewee from Friday.
I apologize for the misidentification. I haven't been to eBird yet to
see what's been posted, but Shawn Wagoner posted photos from yesterday. The
recordings will likely be posted if they are not already. I will post my
photos from Friday but they are super backlit and probably worthless.
Both the EASTERN WOOD PEWEE and the SCALET TANAGER were still there this
afternoon at 4:10 pm. Both are in the Virgin Avenue Patch.
Also in the same area was the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. I'm not sure who
found it, but it was discovered yesterday morning. I saw the bird at
noonish yesterday at the exact spot where it was last year. Unlike the
Tanager the chat has been skulky and difficult to relocate.
Sorry for the botched ID.

Humbly,
Mark Kudrav

On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 6:57 PM, Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> wrote:

> All,
> This afternoon there was a SCARLET TANAGER in the Virgin street patch at
> Laguna grande. I left at 550 this evening and the bird was in the exact
> location the yb chat spent last winter.
> Also in the vicinity of the virgin patch was a late WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.
> A pair of WOOD DUCKS was on the lagoon.
> Lastly, a single WHITE THROATED SWIFT flew over calling.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Mark Kudrav
> Pacific Grove
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Date: 11/5/17 3:11 pm
From: waxwingboheme <waxwingboheme...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Pond and Baldwin Creek
Howdy all,

Ran into Alex Rinkert at Baldwin Creek, we birded briefly, encountering one
strangely docile CACKLING GOOSE on the trail down, as well as one neatly
dismembered near the pond – wings, head, and one foot collected for the
UCSC museum. An apparently continuing SWAMP SPARROW was along the
northeast-side drainage into the lagoon.

I checked Swanton Pond hoping to see the Tropical Kingbird (not found).
However, the presumably returning/continuing FERRUGINOUS HAWK was soaring
over the hills east of the pond, and a LONG-EARED OWL was roosting near the
cypresses at the northwest corner of the pond.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40326498

Cheers,
Christian Schwarz
Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/5/17 2:33 pm
From: Caroline Rodgers <caro414...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
Pajaronian article lists the meeting as
"A public meeting will be held on Nov. 8 at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor, from 6-8 p.m. There, Army Corps of Engineers officials will give a presentation on the draft report and ask for public comment.”
Caroline


On Nov 5, 2017, at 1:11 PM, Earl <hawkowl...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Just came across this article and I thought it would be of interest to birders in both counties. It seems to me that representatives from the Santa Cruz Bird Club and Monterey Audubon would want to weigh in at this meeting on 11/7 as well as during the public comment period which lasts until 11/30/17.
>
> Regards,
>
> Earl Lebow
>
> Pajaro River study moves forward
>
> Pajaro River study moves forward
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Date: 11/5/17 2:13 pm
From: Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
I like Jimmy Panetta. I met him at the county fair and he seemed like he
was cut from the same cloth as his dad. That said it is a good thing to
have this public review. It is incumbent upon the public, especially us
birders to become informed prior to venting opinions, negative or positive.
I remember the knee jerk reaction to those floods. Cutting down all of the
mature trees within the levee north of Hy 1. This destroyed lots of habitat
for migrating birds but also was counter-productive to the aims of flood
control by opening up the canopy and causing even faster growth of the
under story plants which impeded the flow of the river. The large trees
were a stabilizing factor for the levees and great habitat for migrating
birds. Interestingly the City of Watsonville later established the park
along the river south of highway 1. I bet they wish they had not been so
quick to clear all the canopy trees. They could have a river walk park all
the way back to town.

On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 1:11 PM, Earl <hawkowl...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Just came across this article and I thought it would be of interest to
> birders in both counties. It seems to me that representatives from the
> Santa Cruz Bird Club and Monterey Audubon would want to weigh in at this
> meeting on 11/7 as well as during the public comment period which lasts
> until 11/30/17.
>
> Regards,
>
> Earl Lebow
>
> Pajaro River study moves forward
> <https://register-pajaronian.com/article/pajaro-river-study-moves-forward>
>
> Pajaro River study moves forward
> A report released Tuesday outlines plans by the U.S. Army Corps of
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Date: 11/5/17 1:15 pm
From: Earl <hawkowl...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Update on Army Corps of Engineers Plans for The Pajaro River levees
Hi,
Just came across this article and I thought it would be of interest to birders in both counties. It seems to me that representatives from the Santa Cruz Bird Club and Monterey Audubon would want to weigh in at this meeting on 11/7  as well as during the public comment period which lasts until 11/30/17.
Regards,
Earl Lebow
Pajaro River study moves forward


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Date: 11/4/17 8:42 am
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] north coast birds along the Swanton Rd circuit
Midday yesterday, Bobbie Mayer and I found the leucistic WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW at the Swanton Berry Farm store on Hwy 1. This is presumably the
same individual that has wintered at this site for several years. He/she
was associating with other White-crowns in the area surrounding the picnic
tables. E-bird report with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40289315



Just north of 302 Swanton Rd, on the east side of the road edge, Bobbie
spotted a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW among the many Dark-eyed Juncos there. The
feeders in the garden at that site were attracting many species and are
worth a look if in the area. Ebird report with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40286030



Many raptors were out after the rains. We did not find the recently
reported Ferruginous Hawk but did see a Merlin, several Kestrels, multiple
Red-tailed Hawks, several Northern Harriers, 2 Cooper's and 1 Sharp-shinned.
We also had Red-breasted Nuthatches at several locations, indicating that
some remain in our area.



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/3/17 6:57 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Scarlet tanager, wood ducks, more at Laguna grande monterey
All,
This afternoon there was a SCARLET TANAGER in the Virgin street patch at
Laguna grande. I left at 550 this evening and the bird was in the exact
location the yb chat spent last winter.
Also in the vicinity of the virgin patch was a late WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.
A pair of WOOD DUCKS was on the lagoon.
Lastly, a single WHITE THROATED SWIFT flew over calling.

Good birding,

Mark Kudrav
Pacific Grove

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Date: 11/3/17 5:10 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
Sheri,

Thank you very much for the hospitality. Some additional background,
comments and photos here:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Broad-billedHummingbirdP1130146.htm

This is a California Bird Records Committee review species. Observers are
encouraged to submit documentation and/or photos here:

http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html

Thanks again!

On Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:04:41 -0700, "Sheri Howe" <slhowe...> wrote:

>Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from the Bird Feeder days.
>Happy birding,
>Sheri Howe
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Date: 11/3/17 4:56 pm
From: sharonalucchesi <sharonalucchesi...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird
An incredible gift you gave, I am so happy I was able to see the little gem.
Many thanks,

Sharon

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:04:46 AM UTC-7, Sheri Howe wrote:
>
> Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a
> time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED
> HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a
> trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I
> will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all
> of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful
> behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the
> hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from
> the Bird Feeder days.
> Happy birding,
> Sheri Howe
>

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Date: 11/3/17 12:22 pm
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Osprey
OSPREY at top of tree above Upper Yacht Harbor. Only noticed because crows were harassing the crown of the tree.

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Date: 11/2/17 4:21 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
Thanks!

On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Ketury Stein <ketury...> wrote:

> Love it! Thanks.
> -Kitty
>
> On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>
>> Agree with Michael.
>>
>> Nicely done!
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 11/1/17 10:37 PM, Michael Bolte wrote:
>>
>> Thanks Randy!
>>
>> On Nov 1, 2017, at 10:07 PM, Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> wrote:
>>
>> For those that are interested, here is the monthly birding email for
>> November in Santa Cruz County. Thanks to David Suddjian for lots of good
>> information, and also to Lois Goldfrank for her own info and for providing
>> ideas from many of Steve Gerow's old emails. And, thanks much to Alex
>> Rinkert for reviewing, adding to, and editing the email. I hope it proves
>> helpful to many birders.
>>
>>
>> It's November and even though fall migration is slowing down, there are
>> still many species of birds to watch for this month. The peak of landbird
>> migration has past, but waterbird migration is still moving well throughout
>> the month. November has a long history of rarities, so keep checking the
>> coastal vagrant traps for late eastern warblers, rare flycatchers, and
>> more. Flowering Eucalyptus in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Pajaro Dunes, and
>> elsewhere may harbor late tanagers and orioles as well.
>>
>> Time to look for irruptive species such as Varied Thrush, Red Crossbill,
>> and perhaps Evening Grosbeak. It’s been a good season so far for
>> Red-breasted Nuthatches, but their movement appears to be slowing and only
>> a few have been present at wintering strongholds.
>>
>> Scan fields along the north coast for Tricolored Blackbirds, and look for
>> uncommon raptors such as Merlin and Peregrine Falcon, and possibly
>> Ferruginous Hawk. This is a good time to search for Burrowing Owls at some
>> of the few places where they have been found in recent years: Swanton Pond,
>> Wilder Ranch, UCSC, and Pajaro Valley High School.
>>
>> Late fall is a good time to study sparrows. Watch for our rarer wintering
>> sparrows, Swamp and White-throated. Coastal Wilder Ranch offers a good
>> variety of sparrow species, but also look along quiet country roads like
>> Merk Road and Peckham Lane. November has historically been a good time to
>> find longspurs, pipits, and Horned Larks in the county. Try looking for
>> them in plowed ag fields along the north coast.
>>
>> Geese and ducks are coming back now in good numbers. Some species have
>> already arrived but many diving ducks such as Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback,
>> Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are some who come later.
>> Look for them at Baldwin Creek mouth, the San Lorenzo River, the
>> Watsonville slough system, and College Lake when it fills up after the
>> rains begin. Also scan playing fields and sloughs for Cattle Egrets which
>> are often found in the month of November.
>>
>> On the ocean, November is the peak of loon migration, and stops along the
>> coast, especially early in the day, may have 1000s of Pacific Loons and
>> lesser numbers of the other loon species streaming down the coast, together
>> with movements of our large and small grebes. Surf Scoters become numerous,
>> and scanning the coastal waters with a scope can sometimes produce the
>> rarer White-winged or Black Scoter, especially along the south county coast
>> between Seascape and Zils Road.
>>
>> November is also a good time to study returning winter gulls. Numbers of
>> Iceland (remember Thayer's has been lumped into Iceland Gull), Herring,
>> Glaucous-winged, and Mew will continue to grow through the month. Visit
>> coastal creek mouths, San Lorenzo Park, and Pinto Lake City Park for a
>> diverse selection of gulls.
>>
>> There are many good birds to see this month so grab your binos and scope
>> and get out in the field as much as you can. Good luck and good birding!
>>
>>
>> Randy Wardle
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Date: 11/2/17 3:07 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
Thank you Sheri. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Nickie

On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 10:18 AM Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> wrote:

> I completely agree with Sharon, what a gift you gave us all!
>
> Lois
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 2, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Sharon Hull <plants...> wrote:
>
> Sheri, it has been an incredible treat to see and photograph your little
> jewel of a bird, in your wonderful garden. Thank you for your generous
> sharing of this rarity and allowing us to invade your private spaces for
> several weeks. You took a risk with opening your garden to the entire
> extended birding community and I’m very glad to hear that we all behaved
> ourselves, justifying your trust in our good manners. Thank you!
>
>
>
> Sharon Hull
>
> Santa Cruz
>
>
>
> *From:* <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>
> <mbbirds...>] *On Behalf Of *Sheri Howe
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 02, 2017 10:05 AM
> *To:* <mbbirds...>
> *Subject:* [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
>
>
>
> Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a
> time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED
> HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a
> trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I
> will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all
> of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful
> behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the
> hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from
> the Bird Feeder days.
>
> Happy birding,
>
> Sheri Howe
>
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Date: 11/2/17 1:05 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Record keeper
11/2/17
I haven’t been able to attend either Santa Cruz’s or Monterey’s meetings.
I would like to know if we have a new record keeper for Santa Cruz Co?

I have a female Hooded Oriole still present at my home in Watsonvile. It may be the same one that over-wintered last season.

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Date: 11/2/17 10:37 am
From: Ketury Stein <ketury...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
Love it! Thanks.
-Kitty

On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:

> Agree with Michael.
>
> Nicely done!
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 11/1/17 10:37 PM, Michael Bolte wrote:
>
> Thanks Randy!
>
> On Nov 1, 2017, at 10:07 PM, Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> wrote:
>
> For those that are interested, here is the monthly birding email for
> November in Santa Cruz County. Thanks to David Suddjian for lots of good
> information, and also to Lois Goldfrank for her own info and for providing
> ideas from many of Steve Gerow's old emails. And, thanks much to Alex
> Rinkert for reviewing, adding to, and editing the email. I hope it proves
> helpful to many birders.
>
>
> It's November and even though fall migration is slowing down, there are
> still many species of birds to watch for this month. The peak of landbird
> migration has past, but waterbird migration is still moving well throughout
> the month. November has a long history of rarities, so keep checking the
> coastal vagrant traps for late eastern warblers, rare flycatchers, and
> more. Flowering Eucalyptus in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Pajaro Dunes, and
> elsewhere may harbor late tanagers and orioles as well.
>
> Time to look for irruptive species such as Varied Thrush, Red Crossbill,
> and perhaps Evening Grosbeak. It’s been a good season so far for
> Red-breasted Nuthatches, but their movement appears to be slowing and only
> a few have been present at wintering strongholds.
>
> Scan fields along the north coast for Tricolored Blackbirds, and look for
> uncommon raptors such as Merlin and Peregrine Falcon, and possibly
> Ferruginous Hawk. This is a good time to search for Burrowing Owls at some
> of the few places where they have been found in recent years: Swanton Pond,
> Wilder Ranch, UCSC, and Pajaro Valley High School.
>
> Late fall is a good time to study sparrows. Watch for our rarer wintering
> sparrows, Swamp and White-throated. Coastal Wilder Ranch offers a good
> variety of sparrow species, but also look along quiet country roads like
> Merk Road and Peckham Lane. November has historically been a good time to
> find longspurs, pipits, and Horned Larks in the county. Try looking for
> them in plowed ag fields along the north coast.
>
> Geese and ducks are coming back now in good numbers. Some species have
> already arrived but many diving ducks such as Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback,
> Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are some who come later.
> Look for them at Baldwin Creek mouth, the San Lorenzo River, the
> Watsonville slough system, and College Lake when it fills up after the
> rains begin. Also scan playing fields and sloughs for Cattle Egrets which
> are often found in the month of November.
>
> On the ocean, November is the peak of loon migration, and stops along the
> coast, especially early in the day, may have 1000s of Pacific Loons and
> lesser numbers of the other loon species streaming down the coast, together
> with movements of our large and small grebes. Surf Scoters become numerous,
> and scanning the coastal waters with a scope can sometimes produce the
> rarer White-winged or Black Scoter, especially along the south county coast
> between Seascape and Zils Road.
>
> November is also a good time to study returning winter gulls. Numbers of
> Iceland (remember Thayer's has been lumped into Iceland Gull), Herring,
> Glaucous-winged, and Mew will continue to grow through the month. Visit
> coastal creek mouths, San Lorenzo Park, and Pinto Lake City Park for a
> diverse selection of gulls.
>
> There are many good birds to see this month so grab your binos and scope
> and get out in the field as much as you can. Good luck and good birding!
>
>
> Randy Wardle
> Aptos
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Date: 11/2/17 10:18 am
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
I completely agree with Sharon, what a gift you gave us all!

Lois

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 2, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Sharon Hull <plants...> wrote:
>
> Sheri, it has been an incredible treat to see and photograph your little jewel of a bird, in your wonderful garden. Thank you for your generous sharing of this rarity and allowing us to invade your private spaces for several weeks. You took a risk with opening your garden to the entire extended birding community and I’m very glad to hear that we all behaved ourselves, justifying your trust in our good manners. Thank you!
>
> Sharon Hull
> Santa Cruz
>
> From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Sheri Howe
> Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2017 10:05 AM
> To: <mbbirds...>
> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
>
> Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from the Bird Feeder days.
> Happy birding,
> Sheri Howe
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Date: 11/2/17 10:13 am
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
Sheri, it has been an incredible treat to see and photograph your little jewel of a bird, in your wonderful garden. Thank you for your generous sharing of this rarity and allowing us to invade your private spaces for several weeks. You took a risk with opening your garden to the entire extended birding community and I’m very glad to hear that we all behaved ourselves, justifying your trust in our good manners. Thank you!



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz



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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird



Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from the Bird Feeder days.

Happy birding,

Sheri Howe

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Date: 11/2/17 10:04 am
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird
Rain is coming and we turn our clocks back Sunday. Seems like as good a time as any to say the party is over at 209 Sunset. Though the BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD continues, the flood of visiting birders has slowed to a trickle. I need to winterize my yard and get back to a normal routine so I will take down the signs and pull in the welcome mat. I wish to thank all of the birders who have visited (over 200) for their polite, respectful behavior and lovely comments in the guest book. I have loved sharing the hummer with you and thank it for the opportunity to see old friends from the Bird Feeder days.
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Date: 11/2/17 8:40 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
Agree with Michael.

Nicely done!

Pete

On 11/1/17 10:37 PM, Michael Bolte wrote:
> Thanks Randy!
>
>> On Nov 1, 2017, at 10:07 PM, Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
>> <mailto:<wrwardle...>> wrote:
>>
>> For those that are interested, here is the monthly birding email for
>> November in Santa Cruz County. Thanks to David Suddjian for lots of
>> good information, and also to Lois Goldfrank for her own info and for
>> providing ideas from many of Steve Gerow's old emails. And, thanks
>> much to Alex Rinkert for reviewing, adding to, and editing the email.
>> I hope it proves helpful to many birders.
>>
>>
>> It's November and even though fall migration is slowing down, there
>> are still many species of birds to watch for this month. The peak of
>> landbird migration has past, but waterbird migration is still moving
>> well throughout the month. November has a long history of rarities,
>> so keep checking the coastal vagrant traps for late eastern warblers,
>> rare flycatchers, and more. Flowering Eucalyptus in Santa Cruz,
>> Capitola, Pajaro Dunes, and elsewhere may harbor late tanagers and
>> orioles as well.
>>
>> Time to look for irruptive species such as Varied Thrush, Red
>> Crossbill, and perhaps Evening Grosbeak. It’s been a good season so
>> far for Red-breasted Nuthatches, but their movement appears to be
>> slowing and only a few have been present at wintering strongholds.
>>
>> Scan fields along the north coast for Tricolored Blackbirds, and look
>> for uncommon raptors such as Merlin and Peregrine Falcon, and
>> possibly Ferruginous Hawk. This is a good time to search for
>> Burrowing Owls at some of the few places where they have been found
>> in recent years: Swanton Pond, Wilder Ranch, UCSC, and Pajaro Valley
>> High School.
>>
>> Late fall is a good time to study sparrows. Watch for our rarer
>> wintering sparrows, Swamp and White-throated. Coastal Wilder Ranch
>> offers a good variety of sparrow species, but also look along quiet
>> country roads like Merk Road and Peckham Lane. November has
>> historically been a good time to find longspurs, pipits, and Horned
>> Larks in the county. Try looking for them in plowed ag fields along
>> the north coast.
>>
>> Geese and ducks are coming back now in good numbers. Some species
>> have already arrived but many diving ducks such as Ring-necked Duck,
>> Canvasback, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are
>> some who come later. Look for them at Baldwin Creek mouth, the San
>> Lorenzo River, the Watsonville slough system, and College Lake when
>> it fills up after the rains begin. Also scan playing fields and
>> sloughs for Cattle Egrets which are often found in the month of November.
>>
>> On the ocean, November is the peak of loon migration, and stops along
>> the coast, especially early in the day, may have 1000s of Pacific
>> Loons and lesser numbers of the other loon species streaming down the
>> coast, together with movements of our large and small grebes. Surf
>> Scoters become numerous, and scanning the coastal waters with a scope
>> can sometimes produce the rarer White-winged or Black Scoter,
>> especially along the south county coast between Seascape and Zils Road.
>>
>> November is also a good time to study returning winter gulls. Numbers
>> of Iceland (remember Thayer's has been lumped into Iceland Gull),
>> Herring, Glaucous-winged, and Mew will continue to grow through the
>> month. Visit coastal creek mouths, San Lorenzo Park, and Pinto Lake
>> City Park for a diverse selection of gulls.
>>
>> There are many good birds to see this month so grab your binos and
>> scope and get out in the field as much as you can. Good luck and good
>> birding!
>>
>>
>> Randy Wardle
>> Aptos
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Date: 11/1/17 10:37 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
Thanks Randy!

> On Nov 1, 2017, at 10:07 PM, Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> wrote:
>
> For those that are interested, here is the monthly birding email for November in Santa Cruz County. Thanks to David Suddjian for lots of good information, and also to Lois Goldfrank for her own info and for providing ideas from many of Steve Gerow's old emails. And, thanks much to Alex Rinkert for reviewing, adding to, and editing the email. I hope it proves helpful to many birders.
>
>
> It's November and even though fall migration is slowing down, there are still many species of birds to watch for this month. The peak of landbird migration has past, but waterbird migration is still moving well throughout the month. November has a long history of rarities, so keep checking the coastal vagrant traps for late eastern warblers, rare flycatchers, and more. Flowering Eucalyptus in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Pajaro Dunes, and elsewhere may harbor late tanagers and orioles as well.
>
> Time to look for irruptive species such as Varied Thrush, Red Crossbill, and perhaps Evening Grosbeak. It’s been a good season so far for Red-breasted Nuthatches, but their movement appears to be slowing and only a few have been present at wintering strongholds.
>
> Scan fields along the north coast for Tricolored Blackbirds, and look for uncommon raptors such as Merlin and Peregrine Falcon, and possibly Ferruginous Hawk. This is a good time to search for Burrowing Owls at some of the few places where they have been found in recent years: Swanton Pond, Wilder Ranch, UCSC, and Pajaro Valley High School.
>
> Late fall is a good time to study sparrows. Watch for our rarer wintering sparrows, Swamp and White-throated. Coastal Wilder Ranch offers a good variety of sparrow species, but also look along quiet country roads like Merk Road and Peckham Lane. November has historically been a good time to find longspurs, pipits, and Horned Larks in the county. Try looking for them in plowed ag fields along the north coast.
>
> Geese and ducks are coming back now in good numbers. Some species have already arrived but many diving ducks such as Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are some who come later. Look for them at Baldwin Creek mouth, the San Lorenzo River, the Watsonville slough system, and College Lake when it fills up after the rains begin. Also scan playing fields and sloughs for Cattle Egrets which are often found in the month of November.
>
> On the ocean, November is the peak of loon migration, and stops along the coast, especially early in the day, may have 1000s of Pacific Loons and lesser numbers of the other loon species streaming down the coast, together with movements of our large and small grebes. Surf Scoters become numerous, and scanning the coastal waters with a scope can sometimes produce the rarer White-winged or Black Scoter, especially along the south county coast between Seascape and Zils Road.
>
> November is also a good time to study returning winter gulls. Numbers of Iceland (remember Thayer's has been lumped into Iceland Gull), Herring, Glaucous-winged, and Mew will continue to grow through the month. Visit coastal creek mouths, San Lorenzo Park, and Pinto Lake City Park for a diverse selection of gulls.
>
> There are many good birds to see this month so grab your binos and scope and get out in the field as much as you can. Good luck and good birding!
>
>
> Randy Wardle
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Date: 11/1/17 10:07 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] November birding in Santa Cruz
For those that are interested, here is the monthly birding email for November in Santa Cruz County. Thanks to David Suddjian for lots of good information, and also to Lois Goldfrank for her own info and for providing ideas from many of Steve Gerow's old emails. And, thanks much to Alex Rinkert for reviewing, adding to, and editing the email. I hope it proves helpful to many birders.



It's November and even though fall migration is slowing down, there are still many species of birds to watch for this month. The peak of landbird migration has past, but waterbird migration is still moving well throughout the month. November has a long history of rarities, so keep checking the coastal vagrant traps for late eastern warblers, rare flycatchers, and more. Flowering Eucalyptus in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Pajaro Dunes, and elsewhere may harbor late tanagers and orioles as well.

Time to look for irruptive species such as Varied Thrush, Red Crossbill, and perhaps Evening Grosbeak. It’s been a good season so far for Red-breasted Nuthatches, but their movement appears to be slowing and only a few have been present at wintering strongholds.

Scan fields along the north coast for Tricolored Blackbirds, and look for uncommon raptors such as Merlin and Peregrine Falcon, and possibly Ferruginous Hawk. This is a good time to search for Burrowing Owls at some of the few places where they have been found in recent years: Swanton Pond, Wilder Ranch, UCSC, and Pajaro Valley High School.

Late fall is a good time to study sparrows. Watch for our rarer wintering sparrows, Swamp and White-throated. Coastal Wilder Ranch offers a good variety of sparrow species, but also look along quiet country roads like Merk Road and Peckham Lane. November has historically been a good time to find longspurs, pipits, and Horned Larks in the county. Try looking for them in plowed ag fields along the north coast.

Geese and ducks are coming back now in good numbers. Some species have already arrived but many diving ducks such as Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser are some who come later. Look for them at Baldwin Creek mouth, the San Lorenzo River, the Watsonville slough system, and College Lake when it fills up after the rains begin. Also scan playing fields and sloughs for Cattle Egrets which are often found in the month of November.

On the ocean, November is the peak of loon migration, and stops along the coast, especially early in the day, may have 1000s of Pacific Loons and lesser numbers of the other loon species streaming down the coast, together with movements of our large and small grebes. Surf Scoters become numerous, and scanning the coastal waters with a scope can sometimes produce the rarer White-winged or Black Scoter, especially along the south county coast between Seascape and Zils Road.

November is also a good time to study returning winter gulls. Numbers of Iceland (remember Thayer's has been lumped into Iceland Gull), Herring, Glaucous-winged, and Mew will continue to grow through the month. Visit coastal creek mouths, San Lorenzo Park, and Pinto Lake City Park for a diverse selection of gulls.

There are many good birds to see this month so grab your binos and scope and get out in the field as much as you can. Good luck and good birding!



Randy Wardle
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Date: 11/1/17 7:23 am
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] (MBBirds)Tropical Kingbird
Here is poor phone photo of Tropical Kingbird seen 10/31/17 at Swanton Pond while perched on phone wires above Swanton Rd. Also, seen flycatching from dried weed stalks in field across road. Bright lemon yellow breast and notched tail evident.

Sheri Howe
Madeline Spencer

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Date: 10/31/17 1:18 pm
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
Oops! SWANTON Pond.

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Date: 10/31/17 9:30 am
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird
Across from Swanson Pond , a tropical kingbird at 9:20 AM.

Madeline Spencer and
Sheri Howe

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Date: 10/30/17 9:16 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Chuckar
Santa Cruz Bird Club received a report of a Chuckar on Jose Ave. In Live Oak between Capitol and Rodriguez. It was there during the day today (Monday) It's probably a caged bird that got out. But, it might be fun to see.
I'm not sure how it correspondence with ebird.

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Date: 10/29/17 5:43 pm
From: 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] recent photos
Here are some recent photos from Santa Cruz county (one) and of three birds from Moss
Landing yesterday.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/37995152612/in/dateposted-public/" title="Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing CA 10-18-17"
Palm Warbler

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/37316795944/in/dateposted-public/" title="Palm Warbler, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing CA 10-18-17”

Tropical Kingbird

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/37995044682/in/dateposted-public/" title="Tropical Kingbird, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing CA 10-18-17

Broad-billed Hummingbird

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/38026184571/in/dateposted-public/" title="Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10-20-17, Santa Cruz, CA 10-20-17”


Kent Van Vuren
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Date: 10/29/17 1:21 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
Received a 19 second message 10/29/2017 at 13:21:16.
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Date: 10/29/17 12:59 pm
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Date: 10/29/17 11:00 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] White-throated Sparrow
I’ve heard it for the last two days and it finally came to bird bath where I got my binocs on it. Tan-striped form. Nice…Hope it sticks around for our Christmas Count.

The weather is crummy this morning and the Purple Finches are here with the House Finches….hmmm.


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Date: 10/28/17 12:49 pm
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Need ID help for Crespi Pond Bird. Western Bluebird?
Carol -- your distant photos in the shade look like a female 'Bicolored' Red-winged Blackbird to me, although I had to download and enlarge the image to see the streaked breast; Red-wings breed at Crespi and roost there now.

This is about the 4th species in the last month that has been misidentified by "Merlin", the Cornell app, and come to my attention. This same weekend someone mentioned that his badly backlist photo of a Purple Finch was identified by "Merlin" as a probable "Cassin's Finch", so he entered it in eBird as a spuh... despite the fact that multiple Purple Finches were present and calling at the site and none were remotely like Cassin's.

It seems to me that "Merlin" does not help much in dealing with distant, poor, grainy, shadowed, or back-lit photos. "Merlin" may be very good when photos are close and well-lit, but can I suggest a bit more skepticism in using "Merlin" in its current form on very distant birds that are back-lit or in the shadows?

Thanks, Don

Don Roberson
Pacific Grove CA
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Date: 10/27/17 4:54 pm
From: 'Carol Greenstreet' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Need ID help for Crespi Pond Bird. Western Bluebird?
Hi, I was at Crespi Pond today,  This bird doesn't really look like a WEBL to me, but that is all I can come up with.  Merlin photo ID thinks it is a Gray Catbird which I would think is extremely unlikely.  Stance,  size etc doesn't look like a Wrentit to me but general coloration does.  Lousy photo.  American Coot for size.  
https://www.flickr.com/gp/95209370@N06/0EmUs3

Thank you! Cheers, Carol

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Date: 10/26/17 10:06 pm
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Western Screech-Owl
Vocalizing in a tree next to my house. Must be Fall.

Barbara Monahan
Near Scotts Valley off of Jarvis Road at 1100 feet.

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Date: 10/24/17 8:07 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] White-winged Doves
I went to the end of Lee Rd. (north side) and parked by the downed gate to bird the Struve Slough this afternoon about 12:30pm. It was very hot and there weren't many birds in the slough so I headed back to my car. Just before I got in, I saw a couple of doves up on the power lines but wasn't going to bother checking them since I wasn't going to do an eBird report. At the last second, I decided to see if they were Mourning Doves or Eurasian-collard Doves so I checked them with my binos. To my great surprise, they both were WHITE-WINGED DOVES. I started talking photos of them while they watched me when suddenly they bolted as a Peregrine circled in overhead. They headed west over toward the large farm right there at the end of the road. Hopefully, they will remain in the area of Lee Rd. for awhile. Also, it was a great reminder for me to CHECK EVERY BIRD!


Here is a link to my eBird report with photos of the doves:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40109090


Good birding,

Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 10/24/17 3:35 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] White-winged Doves
There were a pair of White-winged Doves on the power lines right at the end of Lee Rd. (North end) above the wrecked gate at 1:00pm this afternoon. Scared off by a Peregrine moments later.


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Date: 10/24/17 3:14 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed hummingbird
10-24-17, 1230-130pm
Broad-billed Hummingbird was seen
Sporadically feeding from the 2 feeders hanging from the deck. Was kinda HOT so thinking its hunkered down where it’s cooler. Had long absences of up to 20 minutes. Thanks again Sherri Howe!
Anne Spence sent by my iPhone

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Date: 10/24/17 9:24 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] no Evening Grosbeaks
Nothing today. I have appointments the remainder of the day.

Sigh

Barbara Monahan
near Scotts Valley, off of Jarvis at 1100’

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Date: 10/23/17 8:14 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
Hi birders,

An update on the status of the odd hummer I photographed yesterday:

SHORT version:
Do NOT know what species this bird is. If I had to place a bet, I would
say female Black-chinned Hummer. The more accurate statement is to say
it is Hummingbird in the "Archilochus" genus (i.e. Black-chinned or
Ruby-throated). I did NOT see the bird again today. Big thanks to those
who provided insight.

LONG version:
Per numerous experts, the most reliable way to tell female Black-chinned
and Ruby-throated apart is to look at the shape of the primaries. Hard
to see in my photos, but the width and shape of the primaries weakly
suggests, but can't conclusively confirm, a Black-chinned Hummingbird.
The coloring of the bird in my photos is suspect. The bird was
photographed after sunset, through barely tinted double pane windows.
From experience, I know that the windows darken and flatten colors,
although I tried to correct with a brighter exposure in camera, and by
judiciously brightening the original raw images. Regardless, the overall
bird, the amount of white on the chest, belly, and flanks, and lack of
white above the eye, puts it reasonably in the Archilochus hummingbird
complex.

However, as Ken Kaufman wrote in his 1990 Advanced Birding book:
"Ruby-throated Hummingbird - females, immatures: For all practical
purposes, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is identical to the
Black-chinned except in adult male plumage. There are some slight
differences that may help the observer to detect the possible presence
of either species out of range, but such identifications can be no more
than tentative unless the birds are mist-netted for identification in
the hand."

Was this bird out of range for a Black-chinned? The timing of the find
was about 2 to 3 weeks later than any previous report of a Black-chinned
in county. So in theory, if this was a Black-chinned, it was out of it's
range for this time of the year. For more details see:
http://ebird.org/ebird/barchart?r=US-CA-087&bmo=1&emo=12&byr=1900&eyr=2017&spp=bkchum

So where does this leave us? Ideally I would find the bird again and
photograph it in better light. I would also have some kind of reference
to be able to view/measure more precisely, the shape of the primaries,
as well as it's colors. Apparently Black-chinned tend to be a little
drabber than Ruby-throated. I would video it, and record any sounds it
would make. However, all of that is unlikely, since I don't think I will
see the bird again.

Final thoughts: Although late, I would guess that a late Black-chinned
is more likely than a Ruby-throated. But a guess is far from a
scientific hypothesis backed by well collected meaningful data.

Again, big thanks to all who provided input. It is much appreciated.

(If after reading this you are still awake, I have probably failed in
the write up of the long version).

Good evening, and good birding,

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA


On 10/22/17 9:29 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> All,
>
> A preeminent birder in the area raised the possibility of a female
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird. However, we both are not sure what to make
> of this bird.
>
> Per my large National Geographic Complete Birds of North America
> reference:
> Regarding a female Ruby-throated: "Throat whitish, often with lines of
> dusky flecks, rarely 1 or 2 red spots. Sides often washed buff, often
> brightest on rear flanks....Black-chinned has blunter
> primaries...Problem identifications best confirmed by checking details
> of the primary shape."
>
> Any folks with extensive experience in the Eastern US want to weight
> in on the female Ruby-throated possibility? From what I can tell, this
> would be the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in Santa Cruz
> county on ebird.
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 10/22/17 8:16 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> About to bring in the feeders tonight (Sunday), I noticed than odd
>> hummer. In really bad light, I got 3, ahem, "documentary" images. See
>> below:
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022a.jpg
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022b.jpg
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022c.jpg
>>
>>
>> Why NOT an everyday Anna's?
>>
>> 1. No white feathers above the eye.
>> 2. Relatively white chest and belly, but not perfectly clean either.
>> 3. Wings and tail are almost the same length.
>>
>> My guess would be either a weird Anna's or a female Black-chinned.
>> Right now, I'm leaning towards female Black-chinned.
>>
>> Appreciate any insight from the community.
>>
>> Pete Sole'
>> Soquel, CA
>>
>>
>

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Date: 10/23/17 10:30 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Purple vs House
A quick observation about my Purple vs House finch situation. The Purple were here the one rainy day last week. I saw them in the morning and then nothing. I haven’t seen or heard them since.

An immature Sharpie has been harassing the feeders since my last post. No new sitings of the Grosbeaks.

Nice morning for birding.

Barbara Monahan
Near Scotts Valley off of Jarvis at 1,100'

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Date: 10/23/17 10:02 am
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow and Tropical Kingbird
Thanks to all for the thoughts and tips on the finer points of sparrow IDs. The strong consensus is Grasshopper Sparrow.

I’ve seen this bird (or a second one) a few times in the last week, always near the same spot along the new asphalted path. As you drive into the Long Marine Lab area, on the right there is a field, then a shed, then a Department of Fish and Wildlife building with a small parking lot. The sparrow (s) have usually been between that small parking lot and a point 100 yards down (to the north) along the asphalt path.

Mike

> On Oct 22, 2017, at 9:27 PM, Michael Bolte <bolte...> wrote:
>
> There was a Tropical Kingbird at Swanton Pond this afternoon.
>
> I also saw and photographed a bird for which I am unsure of the ID. The strong eyering, heavy bill and bill coloring, white outer tail feathers and bits of brown on the wings make this look a bit like a Vesper Sparrow, but the lack of features in the face and very clear breast confuse me a bit. The bird was lurking in the bushes at Long Marine Lad.
>
> Any thoughts from the experts?
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjbolte/37872258931/in/datetaken/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjbolte/37872258931/in/datetaken/>
>
> thanks, Mike
>
> !DSPAM:277,59ed6fbc4009456748!
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Date: 10/23/17 9:39 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Evening Grosbeak
4 lovely Evening Grosbeaks graced our yard and birdbath this a.m. They have been hanging about for about an hour. A raptor of some ilk is keeping everything down. This is very unusual up here.

Wow.

Barbara Monahan
Near Scotts Valley off of Jarvis at about 1,100'


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Date: 10/22/17 9:34 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Connecticut Warbler at Rancho Del Oso Marsh Trail
Wow!!!!

Beautiful. Congratulations Carole.

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Carole Rose
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:20 PM
To: MBBirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Connecticut Warbler at Rancho Del Oso Marsh Trail



Found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER today at 1:20 pm on the the Marsh trail (approx 37.099565, -122.275123) and at the last bend in the trail before the bridge for Waddell Creek. This bridge has been removed for the season, so it is the farthest you can go on this trail, which starts near the visitor center parking. We had a small flock here and this yellowish bird popped up just long enough for me to take some photos. It was foraging quickly on the near ground level branches. It dropped down to the path and may have taken a few steps, but I happened to be very close and I think it saw me and decided to continue across the path by flying into the low tangle on the other side where it disappeared. Only after reviewing my photos this evening did I realize what this bird was, otherwise I would have gotten the word out earlier.

Here is my eBird checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40077143



Good Birding!

Carole Rose, Monterey

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Date: 10/22/17 9:29 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
All,

A preeminent birder in the area raised the possibility of a female
Ruby-throated Hummingbird. However, we both are not sure what to make of
this bird.

Per my large National Geographic Complete Birds of North America reference:
Regarding a female Ruby-throated: "Throat whitish, often with lines of
dusky flecks, rarely 1 or 2 red spots. Sides often washed buff, often
brightest on rear flanks....Black-chinned has blunter
primaries...Problem identifications best confirmed by checking details
of the primary shape."

Any folks with extensive experience in the Eastern US want to weight in
on the female Ruby-throated possibility? From what I can tell, this
would be the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in Santa Cruz
county on ebird.

Pete


On 10/22/17 8:16 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Hi birders,
>
> About to bring in the feeders tonight (Sunday), I noticed than odd
> hummer. In really bad light, I got 3, ahem, "documentary" images. See
> below:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022a.jpg
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022b.jpg
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022c.jpg
>
>
> Why NOT an everyday Anna's?
>
> 1. No white feathers above the eye.
> 2. Relatively white chest and belly, but not perfectly clean either.
> 3. Wings and tail are almost the same length.
>
> My guess would be either a weird Anna's or a female Black-chinned.
> Right now, I'm leaning towards female Black-chinned.
>
> Appreciate any insight from the community.
>
> Pete Sole'
> Soquel, CA
>
>

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Date: 10/22/17 9:27 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow and Tropical Kingbird
There was a Tropical Kingbird at Swanton Pond this afternoon.

I also saw and photographed a bird for which I am unsure of the ID. The strong eyering, heavy bill and bill coloring, white outer tail feathers and bits of brown on the wings make this look a bit like a Vesper Sparrow, but the lack of features in the face and very clear breast confuse me a bit. The bird was lurking in the bushes at Long Marine Lad.

Any thoughts from the experts?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjbolte/37872258931/in/datetaken/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjbolte/37872258931/in/datetaken/>

thanks, Mike

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Date: 10/22/17 9:19 pm
From: Carole Rose <clrose413...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Connecticut Warbler at Rancho Del Oso Marsh Trail
Found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER today at 1:20 pm on the the Marsh trail (approx
37.099565, -122.275123) and at the last bend in the trail before the bridge
for Waddell Creek. This bridge has been removed for the season, so it is
the farthest you can go on this trail, which starts near the visitor center
parking. We had a small flock here and this yellowish bird popped up just
long enough for me to take some photos. It was foraging quickly on the near
ground level branches. It dropped down to the path and may have taken a few
steps, but I happened to be very close and I think it saw me and decided to
continue across the path by flying into the low tangle on the other side
where it disappeared. Only after reviewing my photos this evening did I
realize what this bird was, otherwise I would have gotten the word out
earlier.

Here is my eBird checklist with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40077143


Good Birding!

Carole Rose, Monterey

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Date: 10/22/17 8:16 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Odd Hummer
Hi birders,

About to bring in the feeders tonight (Sunday), I noticed than odd
hummer. In really bad light, I got 3, ahem, "documentary" images. See
below:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/hummer_odd_171022c.jpg

Why NOT an everyday Anna's?

1. No white feathers above the eye.
2. Relatively white chest and belly, but not perfectly clean either.
3. Wings and tail are almost the same length.

My guess would be either a weird Anna's or a female Black-chinned. Right
now, I'm leaning towards female Black-chinned.

Appreciate any insight from the community.

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


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Date: 10/22/17 1:53 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Porter-Sesnon Property SCBC Bird Walk 10-20-17
Hello Birders,

The SCBC hosted a bird walk at Pot Belly Gulch/Porter-Sesnon Property last
Friday. The day was cool, with sun mostly succumbing to cloud as the
morning progressed.

The walk began with a striking WHITE-THROATED SPARROW before we even
crossed over the railroad tracks! We had several sparrow species including
both WHITE and GOLDEN-CROWNED, SONG and LINCOLN'S. A CALIFORNIA THRASHER
was spotted twice. No other warblers noted other than TOWNSEND'S and
YELLOW-RUMPED. CA and SPOTTED TOWHEES were present, as WRENTITS and
FLICKERS called.

Making our way to the cliff overlook to the south, we noted the granaries
of the ACWO, but it grew strangely quiet, with only the noisy flapping of
many BAND-TAILED PIGEONS. It was no wonder things were quiet as there was a
young PEREGRINE FALCON sureying the area as though it was his personal
kingdom! This was determined to be an immature bird, as it has brown
vertical chest stripes but also yellow skin around the eyes, not blue. The
bird flew from one perch to a eucalyptus at the overlook, then flew east,
only to return again in a few minutes.

Having had our fill of the majestic bird, we went on through the coastal
uplands noting competing ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS, SCRUB JAYS and STELLER'S JAYS
calling from the pines. Only one FLICKER made a brief appearance as it few
away.

At Borregas Gulch on the eastern border, PURPLE FINCHES feasting on coffee
berries were noted and quite entertaining.

Working back through the uplands relatively few GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS
were seen. I had been surrounded by several dozen sparrows and juncos the
day before! We finally came upon a group of sparrows, and among them was a
LINCOLN'S.

All in all, it was a very nice morning. Each day can be dramatically
different in a birder's experience!

Thank you to all who joined and brought their sharp eyes, ears, and minds!

-Lisa

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Date: 10/22/17 11:58 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes Gatehouse Phone #
Here is the south entrance to Pajaro Dunes gatehouse's
phone number if you are bringing in a group (more than 2-3 cars) to bird:
831-761-7744.
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Date: 10/22/17 10:08 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed October 22
Broad-billed hummer has already appeared several times this morning in Sheri's yard. Thanks Sheri for the invitation. It's my 300th in the county

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Date: 10/22/17 9:16 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Moon Glow 10-21-17
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Jetty Road and Moon Glow yesterday. The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER put on a very good show for my group, and was seen repeatedly during our morning visit. As others have reported, it frequented the trees around the parking area, just as the trail leads down to the pump. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found among the CANADA GEESE in the adjacent cattle yard, and four CATTLE EGRETS were beside the small pens near the large water tank on the entrance road.

Jetty Road and the Beach were productive. We had a number of PARASITIC JAEGERS seen from shore, a RED-NECKED GREBE, two PIGEON GUILLEMOT just beyond the breakers, an immature MERLIN (which flushed all the SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, SNOWY PLOVERS and SANDERLINGS on the beach. A single CACKLING GOOSE (Aleutian) was in the marsh, along with both RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONE, LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, etc.

We intended to have our picnic lunch at Kirby Park as we often do, but found the entrance CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE. Instead, we ate at Elkhorn Slough preserve and found a BALD EAGLE as we drove between the two areas.

After lunch, most of our group continued to Santa Cruz to admire the BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD at the stake-out location. Lovely bird, and we were fortunate that the area was open to birders.

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Date: 10/21/17 5:11 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] SCBC October Meeting: Alaska!
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Santa Cruz Bird Club his impressions of Alaska,
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Norman has been fortunate to explore what he describes as THE GREAT LAND
and a birder’s paradise almost annually for the past 20 years, with
each visit yielding things wonderful and unexpected. His presentation will
feature photos from Nome on the Seward Peninsula, Barrow on the North
Slope, St. Paul in the Pribilofs, and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.

Please reserve your calendars for an engrossing night of adventure!


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Date: 10/21/17 3:12 pm
From: Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Winter arrivals in our yard in Bonny Doon
Over the last few weeks the Golden Crowned Sparrows have arived. A Hermit
Thrush, Fox Sparrows and this morning, for the 7th or 8th year in a row a
White Throated Sparrow. It started back when with a pair, then a pair with
a young one. I think we might be dealing with generations of the same
vagrant family since they show up on our porch yearly without fail. Kind of
like a family tradition of visiting Yosemite or the Poconos. Except birds
not people.

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Date: 10/21/17 11:22 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes, Birders' Behavior
I was chatting with a friend who is a manager at the southern end of
Pajaro Dunes and asked her about the rules change at the northern
(Shorebirds) section. She said that in her section there have been many
instances of large groups of birders/cars, and sometimes large school
buses, just showing up without previously calling. Also complaints
from residents/guests about birders parking all over the place and
blocking driveways. She says that the word must be out and so many more
birders are showing up. They are happy to accommodate birders, but ask
that large groups (more than 2 cars) please call ahead so they can get the
parking passes ready. Let's make sure that we are good guests so we can
keep using this wonderful nature resource.
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Date: 10/21/17 7:36 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-breasted Nuthatches question
Hi Birders,

I cannot fin the email which states where to look for the RBNU at Natural
Bridges, but I think it was in the tall pines at the north east side of the
park. Is that correct?

Thanks so much!
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Date: 10/20/17 8:23 pm
From: Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Broad-billed Hummingbird in Sheri Howe's Yard & Anna's Hummingbirds with Mandible Growths at UCSC Arboretum
Thank you Sheri Howe for allowing birders to see the magnificent Broad-billed Hummingbird in your yard! It is very generous of you. This is a lifer for me.

Here is a link to some images of the bird. This afternoon it was mainly on shaded branches in the inner portion the mirror plant just over the fence. It was often behind small branches and leaves. It occasionally fed at the hummingbird feeder attached to the house. Sharon Hull described some of the markings as “white underpants” as you can see on the images. It was good to see everyone there.

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Separate from Sheri’s Broad-billed Hummingbird, I came across two different Anna’s Hummingbirds with growths on their mandibles at the UCSC Arboretum on October 15, 2017. I studied them for several hours. Bird “A" had growths on the upper and lower mandibles, with nodules at the base on the nose and face. This bird was quite vigorous and clearly the alpha male of the area, chasing others away and making repeated flight displays. It fed well and could open the bill and use the tongue that went just to the left of the lower mandible. Bird “B” was shy and had a growth only on the upper mandible.

Both of these Anna's were located in the same Arboretum patch of red Grevillea “Robyn Gordon” towards the rear of the Australian Gardens. To the left of this patch was a memorial bench dedicated to William F. And Jean Russell. To the right of this patch were orange Banksia Victoriae. Bird “A" repeatedly perched on a small bare branch on the upper left of the patch. Bird “B" fed mostly in the mid center of the patch. Although there were many bees in the area, there were no bees impailed on the bills. The growths did not look like pollen mixed with sticky nectar. I welcome any comments on what could cause the growths on the mandibles.

Happy birding,

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Date: 10/20/17 8:06 pm
From: Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] eBirding the Broad-billed Hummingbird
The BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD was seen until nearly 5 pm this evening. To all
those who use eBird, there is (or will be very soon) a new hotspot named
"stakeout Broad-billed Hummingbird, Santa Cruz (2017)". I highly encourage
those who go looking for the Broad-billed on Sunset Ave to use this hotspot.

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Date: 10/20/17 6:28 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Green Tailed Towhee - Soquel
Hi,

Amazed to see a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in the garden after I came home from
work tonight.

Ebird report with a bad images shot through double pane glass:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40037256

Very skittish bird. We're afraid to move around too much less it fly. If
I we see it tomorrow morning, I'll send another report.

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Date: 10/20/17 5:31 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] RED KNOT at Jetty Rd
There has been a RED KNOT on the harbor side of Jetty Rd near where the surfers park since WEDNESDAY.
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Date: 10/20/17 4:07 pm
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Best Hummer feeder I,e found
I switched to this feeder last year. Very easy to clean!

Barb Monahan


> On Oct 20, 2017, at 12:48 PM, Larry Corridon <larry961357...> wrote:
>
> I thought I’d pass this on for those of you who have a fairly high volume of Hummingbirds that you feed.
>
> Below is a link to the best Hummer feeder I’ve found yet. VERY easy to fill and clean, inside and out. It holds about 5 cups of liquid so you do need enough hummers to empty it in a few days. The hummers use it more than any other feeder I’ve used.
>
> I almost boil 1 quart of water, add 1 cup of sugar, then boil gently for 3 minutes, then cool before filling the feeder. That should fill it just about to the top.
>
> I hope this is a legitimate use of MBB. It seems odd to be praising a particular product on MBB, but I’m really happy with it (and I promise I have no links to the company or Tractor Supply, where I purchased mine.)
>
> Larry Corridon
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> more-birds-big-gulp-hummingbird-feeder <https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/more-birds-big-gulp-hummingbird-feeder?cm_vc=-10005>
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Date: 10/20/17 2:53 pm
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB Broad-billed photos
Well that's weird. Only one went. So will try again with an added one.

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Date: 10/20/17 2:37 pm
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB photos of Broad-billed Hummer
Here are two poor photos from my Droid. Only camera I have. Sorry.

Sheri Howe

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Date: 10/20/17 1:59 pm
From: Sheri Howe <slhowe...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] {MBBirds} Broad-billed Hummingbird
There is currently in my yard on the west side of Santa Cruz what I think is an adult male Broad-billed Hummingbird. I heard it before I knew what it was. I thought it was the Ruby-crowned Kinglet that I see in the yard every winter. Then it landed on the hummingbird feeder and I could see it’s bill had a red base. The gorget is a sparkly, sapphire blue blending into bright green on the breast. When it hovered over the feeder I could see it’s dark tail looked notched and it had pure white undertail coverts. There is also a white dot behind the eye. He is very noisy, making his loud scratchy sound every time he arrives at the feeder and when he leaves and when he goes after the Anna’s hummers or flies out from his favorite perch to snap up a flying insect. He has been here a few weeks. Sorry for the delay in reporting, I only just realized he might be of interest to MBBers.

You are welcome to visit the yard to view this bird, but please be aware there is a family member on the property who is recovering from lung cancer surgery and currently undergoing chemo. Because of this we ask that visitors be compassionate and quiet, not disturb the occupants of either house on the property and only visit between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We also request you not block our driveway or any of the neighbor’s driveways. Please do not disturb any of the neighbors in any way. You will need to walk the length of the driveway and then go around the rear house to the side yard to see this bird. I will post signs directing you to the best viewing area. The bird is very regular in his habits, visiting one of three feeders at the very back of the property every 15 minutes or so and bathing at least once a day in the fountain in the middle yard. His favorite perches are waaaay up in the large ash tree or in the mirror plant that is just on the other side of the back fence. You are welcome to sit at the picnic table on the raised deck alongside the rear house from which you can easily see the feeders and the fountain and the ash tree. House is located at 209 Sunset Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. Sunset Ave. crosses Almar and runs into West Cliff Drive at Mitchell’s Cove.

Also in the yard at this time are the following:
Mourning Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downey Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Scrub Jay, American Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, Bewick’s Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, California Brown Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Happy birding,
Sheri Howe

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Date: 10/20/17 12:49 pm
From: Larry Corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Best Hummer feeder I,e found
I thought I’d pass this on for those of you who have a fairly high volume of Hummingbirds that you feed.

Below is a link to the best Hummer feeder I’ve found yet. VERY easy to fill and clean, inside and out. It holds about 5 cups of liquid so you do need enough hummers to empty it in a few days. The hummers use it more than any other feeder I’ve used.

I almost boil 1 quart of water, add 1 cup of sugar, then boil gently for 3 minutes, then cool before filling the feeder. That should fill it just about to the top.

I hope this is a legitimate use of MBB. It seems odd to be praising a particular product on MBB, but I’m really happy with it (and I promise I have no links to the company or Tractor Supply, where I purchased mine.)

Larry Corridon


more-birds-big-gulp-hummingbird-feeder <https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/more-birds-big-gulp-hummingbird-feeder?cm_vc=-10005>

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Date: 10/20/17 12:28 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Return....Purple Finch, plus Pine Siskin numbers

I have also finally had a return of a small flock (20) of Pine Siskins.
What a delight!

After the eruption event they had gone to zero for a few years.



Lisa Sheridan









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From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
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Sent: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 11:14 am
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Return....Purple Finch, plus Pine Siskin numbers

I realize this is of little interest to anyone else, but I’m fascinated by the movement of birds.

Now I have both Purple Finch and House Finch. Interesting change after a couple of months of only House Finches. We had rain last night for first time in many months.

My small flock of Pine Siskin have grown to about 40 birds.

Early dawn birding produced no Varied Thrush. Soon..soon

Barbara Monahan
Near Scotts Valley
Off of Jarvis at about 1100 feet


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Date: 10/20/17 11:14 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Return....Purple Finch, plus Pine Siskin numbers
I realize this is of little interest to anyone else, but I’m fascinated by the movement of birds.

Now I have both Purple Finch and House Finch. Interesting change after a couple of months of only House Finches. We had rain last night for first time in many months.

My small flock of Pine Siskin have grown to about 40 birds.

Early dawn birding produced no Varied Thrush. Soon..soon

Barbara Monahan
Near Scotts Valley
Off of Jarvis at about 1100 feet


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