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2/18/19 3:07 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Peninsula peregrinations
2/17/19 9:01 pm Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider and Monterey area
2/17/19 5:18 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Sage Thrasher and Cattle Egret Feb 17
2/17/19 1:20 pm Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Hooded mergansers at weatlake Pond plus all the regulAr ducks
2/17/19 9:46 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Home birding
2/16/19 11:00 pm Kumaran Arul <karul2...> [MBBIRDS] Common Eider and Monterey area
2/15/19 3:20 pm Don Roberson <creagrus...> [MBBIRDS] Common Eider continues in Pebble Beach
2/14/19 9:00 am Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> [MBBIRDS] 68 year old Laysan albatross
2/13/19 3:15 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] leucistic White-crowned Sparrow
2/13/19 11:29 am Jeff Poklen <jpkln...> [MBBIRDS] Lincoln's Sparrow continues
2/13/19 6:31 am Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
2/12/19 4:09 pm BT Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Common Eider, MAS program Canceled
2/12/19 4:07 pm BT Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Common Eider off Pebble Beach and Audubon Program Canceled
2/12/19 10:08 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley PAAS Field Trip report
2/12/19 2:44 am Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend F-M
2/11/19 3:34 pm 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
2/11/19 3:00 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] MAS Program tomorrow night on Brown Pelicans
2/11/19 2:30 pm Earl Lebow <hawkowl...> [MBBIRDS] More HOODED MERGANSERS
2/11/19 11:07 am Jeff Poklen <jpkln...> [MBBIRDS] Lincoln's Sparrow
2/11/19 10:53 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/11/19 9:58 am Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
2/11/19 7:50 am larry corridon <larry961357...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/11/19 1:29 am Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> RE: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/10/19 5:57 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] SCBC trip to Watonville sloughs
2/10/19 12:15 pm <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/10/19 12:08 pm <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/10/19 11:16 am Kent <kentjohnson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/10/19 10:39 am 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/10/19 10:03 am Nancy Collins <nancy...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle ID
2/10/19 9:38 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Hoodies at Westlake Pond
2/10/19 9:24 am Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/10/19 8:34 am Melanie Wirtanen <mkwirtanen...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/10/19 8:09 am Michael Bolte <mjbolte...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/10/19 7:50 am Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/9/19 9:49 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/9/19 9:41 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
2/9/19 9:27 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
2/9/19 7:44 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Robin 'hood
2/9/19 5:00 pm <seajean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Ducks in the pond
2/9/19 3:57 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Ducks in the pond
2/8/19 10:40 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Still in the 'Ville
2/8/19 10:09 pm Kumaran Arul <karul2...> [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz westside
2/6/19 5:44 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley RFI
2/6/19 1:16 pm Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> [MBBIRDS] Tundra Swans at West Struve Slough
2/6/19 8:54 am Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...> [MBBIRDS] Northern Race Red-breasted Sapsucker at Anna Jean Cummings Park
2/6/19 4:56 am 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Año Nuevo Island seabirds update
2/5/19 9:02 pm M Levy <levysantacruz...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Baltimore Oriole at Norman's house Sunday
2/4/19 12:05 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> [MBBIRDS] Fun in Watsonville
2/4/19 11:15 am Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Baltimore Oriole at Norman's house Sunday
2/4/19 9:16 am fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> [MBBIRDS] Superb Owl Sunday
2/3/19 11:06 am Matthew Coale <matthewcoale02...> [MBBIRDS] Red Heads Continue
2/2/19 3:53 pm Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...> [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egrets continue
2/2/19 3:45 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] It was a dark and stormy morning...
2/2/19 1:46 pm June Barber <junbar222...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
2/2/19 12:16 pm Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
2/2/19 12:13 pm Michael Bolte <mjbolte...> [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
2/2/19 10:45 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Redheads continue
2/2/19 9:35 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] 4 Cattle Egrets at Cementary
2/2/19 6:52 am Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Car Pooling
2/2/19 5:21 am Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Mute swan
2/2/19 12:30 am Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] February birding email
2/1/19 8:58 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] injured Sharp-shinned ideas from raptor experts.
2/1/19 2:02 pm Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] mute swan
1/31/19 2:25 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egret and photo opportunity notes
1/31/19 11:24 am Larry Corridon <larry961357...> [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Widgeon
1/30/19 12:54 pm Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch W. Bluebirds
1/30/19 12:26 pm 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch, W. Bluebirds
1/30/19 12:13 pm Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...> [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch, W. Bluebirds
1/30/19 11:40 am Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...> [MBBIRDS] cattle egrets
1/29/19 10:28 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Slaty-backed Gull at Marina State Beach, MTY
1/29/19 9:55 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] 300 club
1/29/19 12:29 pm 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] SBGU at Marina State Beach
1/29/19 8:02 am Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Glaucous Gull Main Beach
1/29/19 7:45 am Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...> [MBBIRDS] Glaucous Gull Main Beach
1/28/19 4:05 pm Howard Stephenson <hlstephenson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] FOS Allen's
1/28/19 3:55 pm Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] FOS Allen's
1/28/19 3:23 pm Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...> [MBBIRDS] Panoche
1/28/19 9:53 am Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Help / Nico carpool for Panoche Valley outing (Feb 2)
1/26/19 7:21 pm <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
1/26/19 10:34 am Kent <kentjohnson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
1/25/19 7:55 pm Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
1/25/19 6:45 pm Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
1/25/19 6:32 pm larry corridon <larry961357...> [MBBIRDS] Rufus/Allens and White Tailed Kites
1/25/19 3:32 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> Re: [MBBIRDS] This morning at New Brighton Beach
1/25/19 2:43 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] This morning at New Brighton Beach
1/25/19 1:24 pm Bernadette Ramer <baramer...> [MBBIRDS] Watsonville Wetlands Winter Bird Survey 22-25 February 2019
1/23/19 1:04 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egrets - not...
1/23/19 8:20 am Jane Orbuch <jorbuch...> [MBBIRDS] First Allen's Hummingbird of season
 
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Date: 2/18/19 3:07 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Peninsula peregrinations
Around the Monterey Peninsula this morning:

Found the bird at Bird Rock on the 17 Mile Drive: the COMMON EIDER was just south of the Rock, sometimes a bit closer in, sometimes a bit further out. It was in vicinity of some Surf Scoters but not real close to them. I did not see it diving. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was among the Blacks roosting on the Rock, and 15 Black Oystercatchers were roosting together just below the parking lot.

I failed to find any Harlequin Ducks at Stillwater Cove. I am not sure I was in quite the right place; the directions I got left me at the tee to the 18th hole on Pebble Beach Golf Course.

I did find the LONG-TAILED DUCK at Sand City. At the same spot were a BLACK SCOTER and a RED-NECKED GREBE.

I almost gave up on the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at 431 Franklin Street in Monterey, but the nice people who live there came out and said they had seen it earlier in the morning, so I gave it a bit more time and after a few minutes it flew into the holly tree in the front yard.

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/17/19 9:01 pm
From: Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider and Monterey area
Thanks to this eloquent email, Richard and I headed down to try and find the
COMMON EIDER on 17 mile Drive. As reported, it was swimming in the somewhat
calmer waters between Bird Rock and the shore.
We had nice views of her, and I even parked in a spot where we could
sometimes see her from the warmth of the car.
Thanks to Kumaran and all the other spotters before for finding this cool
bird.
Heidi and Richard Sandkuhle

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From: Kumaran Arul
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:00 PM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider and Monterey area

Like many others, I headed down to Monterey this morning with my kids hoping
to see the COMMON EIDER. When we arrived at Bird Rock Vista Point along 17
mile drive in Pebble Beach area ($10 entry fee), the huge breakers made
seeing and tracking any birds near Bird Rock very difficult in the swells.
After about an hour, someone (among the many birders) yelled, and we
suddenly saw the bird fly in to the sheltered area between the rocks and the
shore, offering great views as it swam (and dove) in plain sight. It did
fly in apparently from well south and farther out to sea. We finally left
it there after about 30 minutes.

We then drove the short distance to Stillwater Cove, also within the Pebble
Beach area, and saw the two male HARLEQUIN DUCKS swimming a short distance
from shore, along with a nice assortment of grebes, loons, ducks and gulls.
After a brief stop for lunch (at Del Monte shopping center where we found
some TRI COLORED BLACKBIRDS among the Brewer’s at the outdoor tables at
Whole Foods market), we pulled into the In-N-Out Burger on Del Monte Blvd,
Seaside (which is at the edge of Laguna Grande lake). We were there not for
food, but for a bird, as we were shortly able to see the SAGE THRASHER
sitting cooperatively on the wall at the edge of the parking lot, just to
the right of the entry (near the green electrical box). It appeared after
we walked around the perimeter of the wall on the back side (in the
alley-like area) and checked along the front of the parking lot. It did
jump down into the bushes along the wall on the parking lot side for a
while. We then tried for the Yellow breasted Chat (the patch is a short
walk along the lake up from the In-N-Out parking lot) but did not see it.
We did see BG Gnatcatcher there, and White throated Swifts, and a Peregrine
Falcon at the nest box on the Embassy Suites Hotel (visible from the same
parking lot).

We then headed back to Santa Cruz, with a brief stop at Jetty Road, Moss
Landing where we found (7) BRANT geese and a RUDDY TURNSTONE in a small
flock of Black Turnstones right at the first bridge over the channel. A
highlight of these rare bird chases is always meeting old birding friends
and making new ones. Today was no different and I was particularly pleased
to meet some great up and coming birders from the California Young Birders
Club.

Kumaran Arul,
Santa Cruz, CA

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Date: 2/17/19 5:18 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Sage Thrasher and Cattle Egret Feb 17
After most satisfying views of the Common Eider along 17-mile Drive I
stopped at Laguna Grande in Seaside. The Sage Thrasher was on its wall next
to In & Out Burgers. Later, in Watsonville, I stopped at the Catholic
Cemetery along Hwy 152 and found one Cattle Egret. It was oblivious to my
closeness. The cemetery was rather busy so I did not attempt to look for the
other egrets.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas







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Date: 2/17/19 1:20 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hooded mergansers at weatlake Pond plus all the regulAr ducks


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Date: 2/17/19 9:46 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Home birding
Hi Birders,

Well my day yesterday fell far short of Kumaran's, but I did enjoy watching
our resident pair of Oak Titmice show great interest in our nest box. Lots
of singing when it was sunny and going in and out of the box.

Unfortunately, House Sparrows are also interested. But at one point, I saw
a titmoude attack a male House Sparrow, jumping on its back and pecking
viciously at its head and body! Go titmouse!!!

All are here now. But the Titmice are dominating. In fact, they, or she (?)
is very busy cleaning out whatever is in there. Looks like old bits of
grass. I think she wants to start fresh!

- Lisa

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Date: 2/16/19 11:00 pm
From: Kumaran Arul <karul2...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider and Monterey area
Like many others, I headed down to Monterey this morning with my kids hoping to see the COMMON EIDER. When we arrived at Bird Rock Vista Point along 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach area ($10 entry fee), the huge breakers made seeing and tracking any birds near Bird Rock very difficult in the swells. After about an hour, someone (among the many birders) yelled, and we suddenly saw the bird fly in to the sheltered area between the rocks and the shore, offering great views as it swam (and dove) in plain sight. It did fly in apparently from well south and farther out to sea. We finally left it there after about 30 minutes.

We then drove the short distance to Stillwater Cove, also within the Pebble Beach area, and saw the two male HARLEQUIN DUCKS swimming a short distance from shore, along with a nice assortment of grebes, loons, ducks and gulls. After a brief stop for lunch (at Del Monte shopping center where we found some TRI COLORED BLACKBIRDS among the Brewer’s at the outdoor tables at Whole Foods market), we pulled into the In-N-Out Burger on Del Monte Blvd, Seaside (which is at the edge of Laguna Grande lake). We were there not for food, but for a bird, as we were shortly able to see the SAGE THRASHER sitting cooperatively on the wall at the edge of the parking lot, just to the right of the entry (near the green electrical box). It appeared after we walked around the perimeter of the wall on the back side (in the alley-like area) and checked along the front of the parking lot. It did jump down into the bushes along the wall on the parking lot side for a while. We then tried for the Yellow breasted Chat (the patch is a short walk along the lake up from the In-N-Out parking lot) but did not see it. We did see BG Gnatcatcher there, and White throated Swifts, and a Peregrine Falcon at the nest box on the Embassy Suites Hotel (visible from the same parking lot).

We then headed back to Santa Cruz, with a brief stop at Jetty Road, Moss Landing where we found (7) BRANT geese and a RUDDY TURNSTONE in a small flock of Black Turnstones right at the first bridge over the channel. A highlight of these rare bird chases is always meeting old birding friends and making new ones. Today was no different and I was particularly pleased to meet some great up and coming birders from the California Young Birders Club.

Kumaran Arul,
Santa Cruz, CA

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Date: 2/15/19 3:20 pm
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider continues in Pebble Beach
The female COMMON EIDER, first discovered on 12 Feb by Rick Fournier, continues at Pebble Beach, Monterey County. We saw it at different times — sometimes on the sea between Bird Rock and the huge Bird Rock parking lot, and at other times in rough seas just south of Bird Rock — and both times with Surf Scoters, although it has occasionally been seen by itself in these areas. Today the winds were high, the waves rough, and there were periods of rain. The weekend is predicted to have periods of rain but with decreased winds. A scope is often necessary to see the eider, although at times today if was closer to shore.

Bird Rock parking lot is a heavily-used tourist area on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. It has public restrooms. There is a $10.50 entrance fee to Pebble Beach.

Good luck,
Don Roberson & Rita Carratello




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Date: 2/14/19 9:00 am
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 68 year old Laysan albatross
Good genes!

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/wisdom-worlds-oldest-known-wild-bird-is-a-mother-again-at-68/?n3wsletter&utm_source=Mongabay+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d8c2e0c3ae-newsletter_2019_02_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_940652e1f4-d8c2e0c3ae-77176549

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Date: 2/13/19 3:15 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] leucistic White-crowned Sparrow
During a lull in the rains early this afternoon, Michelle Scott texted to
say that she was looking at a small white bird on Seabright State Beach.
Since cabin fever was hitting hard, I hurried on down there. Enlarged
photos showed the bird to be an immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. He/she was
hanging out with a small flock of other WCSPs in the area just south of the
San Lorenzo River mouth, though the flock had moved further south when the
rains began again and we stopped birding. Photos and ebird report here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52661653.



Alex tells me that the bird has been there for 2 months or so but neither
Michelle nor I were aware of it until today.had noticed no reports. Pretty
and unusual little sparrow, and a welcome distraction from all the
rain-forced time indoors.



Massive amounts of water containing big logs and a lot of debris was flowing
from the river into the surf, which was rough and muddy-looking and quite
impressive. Only a few gulls seemed hardy enough to be in the water or on
the sand so the species list in my ebird report is pretty pathetic. A bit
later, in another short rain-free period, I did see some crows and a Say's
Phoebe to go in an equally short 2nd ebird report. The joys of birding in a
rainstorm.



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 2/13/19 11:29 am
From: Jeff Poklen <jpkln...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lincoln's Sparrow continues
https://www.pbase.com/jpkln/image/168813046
Jeff Poklen
Santa Cruz

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Date: 2/13/19 6:31 am
From: Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
Norm, Liam and I refound the VESPER SPARROW at Baldwin Creek about 11:00am Tuesday. Sorry for the late mail.
Coordinates (36.9725288, -122.1280310). It was in the edge of the cover crop of the narrow field between Highway1 and the Railroad Tracks, opposite the Rodoni Farms Pumpkin Patch.
There were lots of White-crowned Sparrows around but it was not associating with them. When they spooked and flew up into the fence and bushes, it stayed low in the grass. It did not like us to get too close, it would hide or move on.
eBird Report https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52643691
Thanks Lois/Bobby/Jonny
Simon

> On Feb 11, 2019, at 3:33 PM, 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> wrote:
>
> Vesper still present at 3:15. By itself between highway 1 and the slender field north of Baldwin creek.
>
> Also, flushed a Burrowing Owl on the rocky bank next to the railroad tracks a couple hundred yards north of Baldwin ponds.
>
> -Jonny Wahl
>
>
>
>> On Feb 11, 2019, at 9:57 AM, Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> wrote:
>>
>> In with a large group of WCSP at the edge of the big field on the corner just beyond the pond at Baldwin Creek. Photos for once!
>>
>> Lois Goldfrank and Bobbie Mayer
>>
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Date: 2/12/19 4:09 pm
From: BT Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider, MAS program Canceled
First, as I’ve seen no mention of it yet, Rick Fournier found a COMMON EIDER off Bird Rock, Pebble Beach MTY today. It will be a first county and third state record.

Second, for any planning to attend, our Audubon program tonight is being canceled due to speaker illness. We’ll see you next month.

Good Birding,

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Date: 2/12/19 4:07 pm
From: BT Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Common Eider off Pebble Beach and Audubon Program Canceled
First, as I’ve seen no mention of it yet, Rick Fournier found a COMMON EIDER off Bird Rock, Pebble Beach MTY today. It will be a first county and third state record.

Second, for any planning to attend, our Audubon program tonight is being canceled due to speaker illness. We’ll see you next month.

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Date: 2/12/19 10:08 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley PAAS Field Trip report
Folks,

On Saturday, Feb 9, I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class through Panoche Valley, beginning at Hwy 5 and working our way home through Hollister. I had originally scheduled it a week earlier, but fierce weather forced us to re-think that idea.

Birding and scenery (and roads) this past weekend were wonderful, although we did miss several targets (Mountain Plover, Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow). Generally, it was a little slow, but we still enjoyed the birds we were able to find.

Highlights included 3 Golden Eagle, 5 Ferruginous Hawk, 4 Greater Roadrunner, 1 Great Horned Owl, 2 Merlin, 2 Prairie Falcon, 5 Mountain Bluebird, 7 Bell’s Sparrow.

Little Panoche Reservoir:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52555813 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52555813>

Little Panoche Road:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52554985 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52554985>

Panoche Access Road (BLM):
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52556896 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52556896>

Panoche Valley—general area:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52560921 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52560921>

Miller Ranch:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52561294 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52561294>


Matthew Dodder
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Date: 2/12/19 2:44 am
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend F-M
Here
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/opinion/great-backyard-bird-count.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage>
is a nice NYT article on the importance of the GBBC. It will be
interesting (and hopefully not scary) to see how the polar vortex affected
the bird populations and the migration.

I think it is a good thing to encourage as many people as we can to
participate, even if only for a few minutes (preferably more, though).
Even though many in this group use ebird, many do not, and entering data
for only a few days can be immensely helpful. It is also a good way to
encourage new birders, or "pre-birders", and can be a fun family thing,
which exposes kids to the joys of watching birds.

For those interested, here <http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/> is a
link to getting started in this years GBBC.

Carol Pecot
Above Soquel

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Date: 2/11/19 3:34 pm
From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
Vesper still present at 3:15. By itself between highway 1 and the slender field north of Baldwin creek.

Also, flushed a Burrowing Owl on the rocky bank next to the railroad tracks a couple hundred yards north of Baldwin ponds.

-Jonny Wahl



> On Feb 11, 2019, at 9:57 AM, Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> wrote:
>
> In with a large group of WCSP at the edge of the big field on the corner just beyond the pond at Baldwin Creek. Photos for once!
>
> Lois Goldfrank and Bobbie Mayer
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 2/11/19 3:00 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MAS Program tomorrow night on Brown Pelicans
Hi Birders

Please join us tomorrow night, February 12, for an important program on the
status and health of California's Brown Pelicans, with Anna Weinstein.

*TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12 California Brown Pelicans: A Cause for Conservation
Optimism or Concern? With Audubon California Seabird Program Director, Anna
Weinstein*

This past spring and summer, unusual numbers of young brown pelicans turned
up in parking lots, college graduations ceremonies, and streets from Oregon
through California. Does this mean our California Brown Pelican subspecies
is in trouble? For several years Audubon California with the help of
Audubon Chapters, like Monterey Audubon, has been coordinating narrowly
focused Brown Pelican counts to try and determine the real population
demographics of this iconic and familiar species. Join Audubon Seabird
Program Director Anna Weinstein for an important overview of how these
beloved birds are really faring in 2019.

Doors open at 7:00PM at the PG Museum of Natural History. Program to begin
around 7:30pm.
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Monterey Peninsula
http://www.birdsandbeasts.org
* "If you save the living environment, the biodiversity that we have left,
you will also automatically save the physical environment, too... If you
only save the physical environment, you will ultimately lose both." E.O.
Wilson. *

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Date: 2/11/19 2:30 pm
From: Earl Lebow <hawkowl...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] More HOODED MERGANSERS
This morning there were 2 pair of HOODED MERGANSERS viewed from the Lee Road factory overlook. Looking Southwest they were observed well past the confluence of Hanson Slough and East Struve/Watsonville Slough amongst the numerous RUDDY DUCKS and NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Scope is essential to see these birds.

Earl Lebow

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Date: 2/11/19 11:07 am
From: Jeff Poklen <jpkln...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lincoln's Sparrow
In back patio with foraging with White Crowned Sparrows.
https://www.pbase.com/image/168804783
Jeff Poklen
Santa Cruz

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Date: 2/11/19 10:53 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
Desired: good mnemonic for which is wing, which tail for remiges/retrices
(like "dirty ears" for eared/horned grebes).

On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 12:08 PM <ltjaeger...> wrote:

> Hi Everyone-
>
> The easiest way to tell an immature Golden Eagle from an immature Bald is
> by looking at the white feathering on the underside of the bird in
> question. The white on an immature GOEA in flight is almost always limited
> to the base of the flight feathers (primaries and secondaries) and the base
> of the tail feathers. On Bald Eagles, the white extends onto or is mostly
> on the underwing coverts and the breast, belly and flanks. The amount of
> white varies with age, but the location of the white feathering isn’t as
> restricted as on Golden Eagles
>
> There are, of course, other differences such as bill shape & color, wing
> shape and wing posture, etc, but looking at what’s white and what isn’t is
> the quickest and easiest way to differentiate these two Eagles from one
> another.
>
> It’s also a nice excuse to open up the front of your field guides and do a
> quick refresher about the difference between secondaries, greater primary
> coverts, tertials, et al.
>
> It’s good to know your remiges from your retrices (both of which confuse
> auto-correct).
>
> :-)
>
> Clay Kempf
> Elkhorn
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 10, 2019, at 8:30 AM, Melanie Wirtanen <mkwirtanen...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Pete,
> >
> > With a great photo like yours, easier to see...With a beak like that,
> definitely an immature Bald...beak turning yellowish and with less white
> mottling underneath I would guess in its third year.
> >
> > The beak of a Golden is so much more Hawk-like...
> >
> > Take care,
> >
> > Melanie
> >
> >
> >
> > Melanie Wirtanen here
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi birders,
> >>
> >> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains
> hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
> >>
> >> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but
> even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I
> now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird
> that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of
> Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link
> to an image of the bird:
> >>
> >>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
> >>
> >> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto
> Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has
> been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
> >>
> >> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City
> park. My first one of the year.
> >>
> >> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
> >>
> >> Pete Sole'
> >> Soquel, CA
> >>
> >>
> >>
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Date: 2/11/19 9:58 am
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Vesper Sparrow
In with a large group of WCSP at the edge of the big field on the corner just beyond the pond at Baldwin Creek. Photos for once!

Lois Goldfrank and Bobbie Mayer

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Date: 2/11/19 7:50 am
From: larry corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
I’ve seen what I assumed was a muskrat at the Pinto lake between the boardwalk and the closer shore twice, once about 3 months ago, and 6 days ago. I wasn’t sure if it was the same animal or not but I was very close to it both times-less than 8 feet and as it didn’t know I was looking at it from directly above, I had a bit of time to observe it. Although I didn’t notice the whisker color specifically, I think I would have noticed it. if they were white. The muzzle on both animals was definitely not white.

Larry Corridon

> On Feb 11, 2019, at 01:29, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
>
> Folks,
> A very nitpicky pet peeve. Nutria is actually the Spanish word for “otter,” in fact the word nutria and the Latin Lutra (the genus for otters) comes from the same base. In places where the “Nutria” occurs naturally in South America, folks tend to call it “Coypo” or “Coypu.” This (Coypu) has started to be used as the English name for the creature, as it makes little sense to call it otter. The white whiskers are pretty easy to see. If you think these critters are nasty invaders, some genius decided to introduce Canadian Beaver and Muskrat to Patagonia – not a good idea!
> Alvaro
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com/>
>
> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> On Behalf Of Kent
> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:17 AM
> To: Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...>; Jonathan Wahl <jonny_wahl...>
> Cc: mbbirds <mbbirds...>
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
>
> I guess I need to figure this out as well. I have some experience with muskrats in Colorado, and those have always been smaller, darker, and much more shy than the animal I saw at Pinto Lake. The Cal. Fish & Wildlife website on nutria says "the white muzzle and conspicuous, white whiskers are distinguishing characteristics of the nutria". Muskrats are said to have black whiskers. The animal I saw had a white muzzle and white whiskers. I guess the distinguishing characteristics are not actually any, or all, of those things.
>
> Kent Johnson
> Boulder Creek
> From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...>>
> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:39 AM
> To: Gary Kittleson
> Cc: mbbirds
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
>
> Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?
>
>
>
> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> <mailto:<kittlesonenvironmental...>> wrote:
>
>> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.
>>
>> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
>>
>> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.
>>
>> Gary Kittleson
>> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
>> Santa Cruz
>>
>>
>>
>> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>>>
>>> Kent Johnson
>>> Boulder Creek
>>
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Date: 2/11/19 1:29 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
Folks,

A very nitpicky pet peeve. Nutria is actually the Spanish word for “otter,” in fact the word nutria and the Latin Lutra (the genus for otters) comes from the same base. In places where the “Nutria” occurs naturally in South America, folks tend to call it “Coypo” or “Coypu.” This (Coypu) has started to be used as the English name for the creature, as it makes little sense to call it otter. The white whiskers are pretty easy to see. If you think these critters are nasty invaders, some genius decided to introduce Canadian Beaver and Muskrat to Patagonia – not a good idea!

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Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake



I guess I need to figure this out as well. I have some experience with muskrats in Colorado, and those have always been smaller, darker, and much more shy than the animal I saw at Pinto Lake. The Cal. Fish & Wildlife website on nutria says "the white muzzle and conspicuous, white whiskers are distinguishing characteristics of the nutria". Muskrats are said to have black whiskers. The animal I saw had a white muzzle and white whiskers. I guess the distinguishing characteristics are not actually any, or all, of those things.



Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...> >
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Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake



Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?




On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> <mailto:<kittlesonenvironmental...> > wrote:

Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.



Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.



Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.



Gary Kittleson

Kittleson Environmental Consulting

Santa Cruz






On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:

While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?



Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/10/19 5:57 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SCBC trip to Watonville sloughs
This morning clouds were looming, rain looked likely, but a few hardy brave
souls made it out to West Marine for this morning's sloughs trip, To those
too craven to risk it I say:

Thou are pigeon livered and lack gall.

So we started well with 2 pairs of REDHEAD viewed from the parking lot and
without the need to move an inch (nice spot by David Sidle and Matthew). As
the water level was high we moved on to Lee road. When we got out by the
high school we were rewarded with LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WESTERN MEADOWLARKS,
AM. KESTREL, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, WHITE-TAILED KITE,
and with the aid of eagle eyed Sharon 2 distant BALD EAGLES flying towards
Harkins. We tromped around in the puddles for a bit (I felt like Paddington
Bear), and took a look t the slough but didn't find much of interest apart
from adding NORTHERN HARRIER and RED TAIL to our raptor list, so we moved
on to the end of Lee Road. There we found the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD
as well as the usual suspects (RUDDY DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELLER) including
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. There were plenty of VIOLET-GREEN and TREE
SWALLOWS but no rarer ones for the time of year.
Lois and Sharon then made the excellent suggestion of going to San Andreas
road where we found a big flock of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and on the
other side of the road we found shorebirds - LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED
PLOVERS and a big flock of KILLDEER. Lois spotted a PEREGRINE FALCON to
round out the raptors.
We then made a brief stop at Care Park - BEWARE the road it is very
potholed and flooded - where we saw a small flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS
sharing the WTP with lots of COOTS and STARLINGS.
Dave Finkel, Dave S and Larry then came with me to College Lake where we
had great views of the continuing CATTLE EGRETS, sadly most of the ducks
were too distant to ID apart from a few GREEN-WINGED TEAL and RUDDY DUCKS.
We finished at Pinto Lake where our luck finally ran out, the only addition
of note was COMMON GALLINULE.
We finished the morning with 63 species, a couple of lifers for Dave F and
a bunch of year birds for everyone else.
Thanks to all those who had the gall to come,
Phil Brown
SCBC

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Date: 2/10/19 12:15 pm
From: <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
There’s more white meat on a nutria. :-)

They’re also larger, more terrestrial, and have shorter tails than a muskrat

Clay

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> On Feb 10, 2019, at 10:39 AM, 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> wrote:
>
> Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?
>
>
>
>> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> wrote:
>>
>> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.
>>
>> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
>>
>> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.
>>
>> Gary Kittleson
>> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
>> Santa Cruz
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>>>
>>> Kent Johnson
>>> Boulder Creek
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Date: 2/10/19 12:08 pm
From: <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
Hi Everyone-

The easiest way to tell an immature Golden Eagle from an immature Bald is by looking at the white feathering on the underside of the bird in question. The white on an immature GOEA in flight is almost always limited to the base of the flight feathers (primaries and secondaries) and the base of the tail feathers. On Bald Eagles, the white extends onto or is mostly on the underwing coverts and the breast, belly and flanks. The amount of white varies with age, but the location of the white feathering isn’t as restricted as on Golden Eagles

There are, of course, other differences such as bill shape & color, wing shape and wing posture, etc, but looking at what’s white and what isn’t is the quickest and easiest way to differentiate these two Eagles from one another.

It’s also a nice excuse to open up the front of your field guides and do a quick refresher about the difference between secondaries, greater primary coverts, tertials, et al.

It’s good to know your remiges from your retrices (both of which confuse auto-correct).

:-)

Clay Kempf
Elkhorn




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> On Feb 10, 2019, at 8:30 AM, Melanie Wirtanen <mkwirtanen...> wrote:
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> Hi Pete,
>
> With a great photo like yours, easier to see...With a beak like that, definitely an immature Bald...beak turning yellowish and with less white mottling underneath I would guess in its third year.
>
> The beak of a Golden is so much more Hawk-like...
>
> Take care,
>
> Melanie
>
>
>
> Melanie Wirtanen here
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>> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
>>
>> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link to an image of the bird:
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
>>
>> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
>>
>> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park. My first one of the year.
>>
>> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
>>
>> Pete Sole'
>> Soquel, CA
>>
>>
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Date: 2/10/19 11:16 am
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
I guess I need to figure this out as well. I have some experience with muskrats in Colorado, and those have always been smaller, darker, and much more shy than the animal I saw at Pinto Lake. The Cal. Fish & Wildlife website on nutria says "the white muzzle and conspicuous, white whiskers are distinguishing characteristics of the nutria". Muskrats are said to have black whiskers. The animal I saw had a white muzzle and white whiskers. I guess the distinguishing characteristics are not actually any, or all, of those things.

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek
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To: Gary Kittleson
Cc: mbbirds
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake

Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?



On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...><mailto:<kittlesonenvironmental...>> wrote:

Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.

Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.

Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.

Gary Kittleson
Kittleson Environmental Consulting
Santa Cruz



On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/10/19 10:39 am
From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
Out of curiosity, how would one differentiate between a muskrat and a nutria?



> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:50 AM, Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...> wrote:
>
> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO observations, or reports, of nutria.
>
> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
>
> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101 at Blackie Road.
>
> Gary Kittleson
> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
> Santa Cruz
>
>
>
>> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>>
>> Kent Johnson
>> Boulder Creek
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Date: 2/10/19 10:03 am
From: Nancy Collins <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle ID
This week, the always excellent publication Bird Watchers Digest offered a free e-guide; Identifying Bald Eagles Young and Old.
https://mailchi.mp/birdwatchersdigest/identifying-eagles?e=d8c944fbdb

Good birding to all,
Nancy Collins
Soquel




On Feb 10, 2019, at 9:24 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:

Thanks Melanie, also thanks to Lois for the confirmations.

It's interesting. The only reason I was able to get the photos was because I had already pulled over to the side of the road and was all set up to photograph.... GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE, in a distant partially flooded field.

All of a sudden the geese, gadwall, mallards, and peeps that I was watching exploded up into the air. I remember thinking in quick succession; "take a look around, there must be a raptor in the air, probably a Peregrine..." "Wait, a Peregrine shouldn't scare geese..." "Aha! There's an eagle in the sky that explains it all." To add to the confusion, I was talking on the phone with Nancy at the time, and the next storm was rolling in. I hastily hung up with Nancy, and started to photograph the eagle. I was pretty sure it was an immature at the time, and given the darkness of the sky and bird, I recorded it as a golden eagle. But I had doubts. I figured I would confirm the id from images once I was home, with plenty of references to consult. After I looked at the images and books, it became clear that I'd photographed an imm. BALD EAGLE. My first for the year. Wonder if it fledged in county...

A few "lessons" from this little story:
1. Yes, when the birds explode into the sky around you, scan for raptors. You will rarely be disappointed.
2. If geese fly, it's likely that an eagle flushed it.
3. If in doubt of the id, snap pictures and confirm later.

And above all, keep birding! It's always fun if you are open to a different experience than what you went out for. I went looking for Scaly-breasted Munia's at Pinto lake (I dipped) and other birds in south county. Came home with imm BALD EAGLE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and other birds.

A few ebird lists from yesterday:

imm Bald Eagle list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52521255

White-breasted Nuthatch list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52517671

Fun birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA






On 2/10/19 8:30 AM, Melanie Wirtanen wrote:
> Hi Pete,
>
> With a great photo like yours, easier to see...With a beak like that, definitely an immature Bald...beak turning yellowish and with less white mottling underneath I would guess in its third year.
>
> The beak of a Golden is so much more Hawk-like...
>
> Take care,
>
> Melanie
>
>
>
> Melanie Wirtanen here
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
>>
>> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link to an image of the bird:
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
>>
>> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
>>
>> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park. My first one of the year.
>>
>> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
>>
>> Pete Sole'
>> Soquel, CA
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 2/10/19 9:38 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hoodies at Westlake Pond
5 Hooded Mergansers here right now.

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Date: 2/10/19 9:24 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
Thanks Melanie, also thanks to Lois for the confirmations.

It's interesting. The only reason I was able to get the photos was
because I had already pulled over to the side of the road and was all
set up to photograph.... GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE, in a distant
partially flooded field.

All of a sudden the geese, gadwall, mallards, and peeps that I was
watching exploded up into the air. I remember thinking in quick
succession; "take a look around, there must be a raptor in the air,
probably a Peregrine..." "Wait, a Peregrine shouldn't scare geese..."
"Aha! There's an eagle in the sky that explains it all."  To add to the
confusion, I was talking on the phone with Nancy at the time, and the
next storm was rolling in. I hastily hung up with Nancy, and started to
photograph the eagle. I was pretty sure it was an immature at the time,
and given the darkness of the sky and bird, I recorded it as a golden
eagle. But I had doubts. I figured I would confirm the id from images
once I was home, with plenty of references to consult. After I looked at
the images and books, it became clear that I'd photographed an imm. BALD
EAGLE.  My first for the year. Wonder if it fledged in county...

A few "lessons" from this little story:
1. Yes, when the birds explode into the sky around you, scan for
raptors. You will rarely be disappointed.
2. If geese fly, it's likely that an eagle flushed it.
3. If in doubt of the id, snap pictures and confirm later.

And above all, keep birding! It's always fun if you are open to a
different experience than what you went out for.  I went looking for
Scaly-breasted Munia's at Pinto lake (I dipped) and other birds in south
county. Came home with imm BALD EAGLE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and
other birds.

A few ebird lists from yesterday:

imm Bald Eagle list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52521255

White-breasted Nuthatch list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52517671

Fun birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA






On 2/10/19 8:30 AM, Melanie Wirtanen wrote:
> Hi Pete,
>
> With a great photo like yours, easier to see...With a beak like that, definitely an immature Bald...beak turning yellowish and with less white mottling underneath I would guess in its third year.
>
> The beak of a Golden is so much more Hawk-like...
>
> Take care,
>
> Melanie
>
>
>
> Melanie Wirtanen here
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
>>
>> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link to an image of the bird:
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
>>
>> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
>>
>> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park. My first one of the year.
>>
>> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
>>
>> Pete Sole'
>> Soquel, CA
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 2/10/19 8:34 am
From: Melanie Wirtanen <mkwirtanen...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
Hi Pete,

With a great photo like yours, easier to see...With a beak like that, definitely an immature Bald...beak turning yellowish and with less white mottling underneath I would guess in its third year.

The beak of a Golden is so much more Hawk-like...

Take care,

Melanie



Melanie Wirtanen here

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>
> Hi birders,
>
> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
>
> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link to an image of the bird:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
>
> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
>
> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park. My first one of the year.
>
> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
>
> Pete Sole'
> Soquel, CA
>
>
>
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Date: 2/10/19 8:09 am
From: Michael Bolte <mjbolte...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
We have seen muskrats (or perhaps a muskrat) in the pond at Shoreline Ponds.

Mike


On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 7:50 AM Gary Kittleson <
<kittlesonenvironmental...> wrote:

> Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years
> ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner
> on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the
> opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro
> River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO
> observations, or reports, of nutria.
>
> Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.
>
> Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system
> from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the
> way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into
> Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101
> at Blackie Road.
>
> Gary Kittleson
> Kittleson Environmental Consulting
> Santa Cruz
>
>
>
> On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>>
>> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh
>> vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this
>> invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe
>> it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish &
>> Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>>
>> Kent Johnson
>> Boulder Creek
>>
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Date: 2/10/19 7:50 am
From: Gary Kittleson <kittlesonenvironmental...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
Nutria are not known to be present in Santa Cruz County. About 10 years
ago, I had one anectdotal nutria observation shared with me by a landowner
on the Pajaro River, upstream of Watsonville. Since then I've had the
opportunity to conduct detailed wildlife surveys at Pinto Lake, Pajaro
River, College Lake and most of the slough system and have had ZERO
observations, or reports, of nutria.

Muskrat, however, are quite common throughout all those habitats.

Beavers, are also present in Monterey County in the Salinas River system
from downstream of Lakes Nacimiento/San Antonio and in Arroyo Seco, all the
way to the lagoon. There is even one beaver that has pioneered up into
Prunedale Creek from the Lagoon, and built a dam on the creek next to 101
at Blackie Road.

Gary Kittleson
Kittleson Environmental Consulting
Santa Cruz



On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:41:31 PM UTC-8, Kent wrote:
>
> While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh
> vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this
> invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe
> it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish &
> Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?
>
> Kent Johnson
> Boulder Creek
>

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Date: 2/9/19 9:49 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
For the record, that was not “our” Bald Eagle because the bird we saw on Beach St.was an adult. It had a definite white tail and white head.But unfortunately we didn’t get any photos .

Lois
> On Feb 9, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>
> Hi birders,
>
> I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit this afternoon . Birds of note included:
>
> 1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images, I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a link to an image of the bird:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg
>
> 1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.
>
> 1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park. My first one of the year.
>
> All in all, some nice birding this morning.
>
> Pete Sole'
> Soquel, CA
>
>
>
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Date: 2/9/19 9:41 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Not a bird - nutria at Pinto Lake
While birding Friday at Pinto Lake I saw a nutria feeding on marsh vegetation by the boardwalk. I know there is great concern about this invasive mammal in California, but all of the reports I have seen describe it as in the Central Valley. I have sent in a report to Cal. Fish & Wildlife, but can anyone tell me if this is a known population?

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/9/19 9:27 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Immature Bald Eagle, others
Hi birders,

I did a bit of south county birding in the morning, before the rains hit
this afternoon . Birds of note included:

1 immature BALD EAGLE - I initially recorded it as a Golden Eagle but
even at the time was wondering about the id. After reviewing my images,
I now believe that it was an imm. Bald Eagle. Wonder if it was the same
bird that Lois and friends saw a few days ago near the intersection of
Watsonville Slough and San Andreas Rd., by a flooded field . Here is a
link to an image of the bird:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/eagle_bald_imm_190209a.jpg

1 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH. - Seen on the trees near table 22 at Pinto
Lake City park. No images of this bird, but likely the same bird that
has been sporadically recorded in the area. Nice to know it is still around.

1 MERLIN - Flying like a straight like a bullet at Pinto Lake City park.
My first one of the year.

All in all, some nice birding this morning.

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA



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Date: 2/9/19 7:44 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Robin 'hood
Every year, about this time, my neighborhood becomes an overnight roosting site for American Robins. This year there are more than ever, which seems to be associated with large numbers of robins in the region overall. It is hard to estimate how many are here; it is at least several thousand, and it would not surprise me if there at ten times that. They start arriving about 4:00 pm and are mostly settled by about 5:30 pm. The leave fairly rapidly about 7:00 am in clear weather, but more slowly in rain or fog. Most seem to fly in from the north, but that is the only direction in which I have a good view so they may be gathering from other directions as well. Some evenings, especially if it is raining, some of the birds forage on the ground before finding their accommodation for the night. I try to search through them, hoping to spot some rarity from Siberia. No luck with that so far. In past years there have usually been a few Varied Thrushes mixed in with the robins, but this year I have not seen any. In past years there have also been a few percent of the birds with a white half-eyestripe. I have heard that is more common in northwestern populations, but I have seen very few of those birds this year. I have seen a few this year with the large white spots on the outer tail feathers that is more common in eastern populations. It all makes me wonder where they are actually coming from, how much it does vary from year-to-year, and why they are selecting my little neighborhood in which to roost. There is nothing obvious to attract them here. I will add one more thing about them: for the number of birds that are here, they leave remarkably little mess. Hooray for robins!

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/9/19 5:00 pm
From: <seajean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Ducks in the pond
Thank you, Lisa, for the gorgeous photos. They are my favorite ducks.

On 2019-02-09 23:57, 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds wrote:

> Hi, Thanks to Kumaran's post I had a happy morning shooting the Hoodies in the Hood this morning!
> These are one of my favorite ducks and I've always been to far away to get a decent shot.
> I only saw four of them today, two pairs.
>
> I hope they stick around but easy viewing from the car if its rainy.
> I've attached just a few pictures and tried to show evidence that the girl's got a hairdo too!
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52534231
>
> Lisa
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> To: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...>
> Sent: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 22:09
> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz westside
>
> Hi All,
> There were (10) HOODED MERGANSERS (3 males) at Westlake Pond this afternoon, along with (1) LESSER SCAUP that has been with the Ring necked ducks and Bufflehead.
> Also of note, Carol Panofsky sent me a photo of a good candidate for a "RED" FOX SPARROW (possible zaboria) she found at her house feeder off Empire Grade.
> http://flic.kr/p/Sw6pu3
>
> Other general notes have been large flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings flying all over the upper westside since the cold spell. And last month I had regular groups of Forster's Terns along West Cliff Dr. and nearby areas, the first time in quite a few winters when I recall seeing them so regularly in this local area. Also there have been occasional Red necked Grebe sightings by the wharf, including a high of (3) a few weeks ago.
> All of this was reported on ebird by the way, but does not qualify for the ebird rarities alerts. I personally would like to see more reports of "second tier" notables to MBB for our local interest.
> good birding,
> Kumaran Arul
> Santa Cruz, CA
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Date: 2/9/19 3:57 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Ducks in the pond
Hi, Thanks to Kumaran's post I had a happy morning shooting the Hoodies in the Hood this morning!These are one of my favorite ducks and I've always been  to far away to get a decent shot.I only saw four of them today, two pairs.
I hope they stick around but easy viewing from the car if its rainy.I've attached just a few pictures and tried  to show evidence that the girl's got a hairdo too!
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52534231

Lisa


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Sent: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 22:09
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz westside

Hi All,There were (10) HOODED MERGANSERS (3 males) at Westlake Pond this afternoon, along with (1) LESSER SCAUP that has been with the Ring necked ducks and Bufflehead.  Also of note, Carol Panofsky sent me a photo of a good candidate for a “RED” FOX SPARROW (possible zaboria) she found at her house feeder off Empire Grade. http://flic.kr/p/Sw6pu3
Other general notes have been large flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings flying all over the upper westside since the cold spell.  And last month I had regular groups of Forster’s Terns along West Cliff Dr. and nearby areas, the first time in quite a few winters when I recall seeing them so regularly in this local area.  Also there have been occasional Red necked Grebe sightings by the wharf, including a high of (3) a few weeks ago.  All of this was reported on ebird by the way, but does not qualify for the ebird rarities alerts.  I personally would like to see more reports of “second tier” notables to MBB for our local interest.
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Date: 2/8/19 10:40 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Still in the 'Ville
Birded around Watsonville this morning, finding the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Lee Road, the CATTLE EGRETS at the cemetery on 152, and the SCALY-BREASTED MUNIAS at Pinto Lake City Park.

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek

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Date: 2/8/19 10:09 pm
From: Kumaran Arul <karul2...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz westside
Hi All,
There were (10) HOODED MERGANSERS (3 males) at Westlake Pond this afternoon, along with (1) LESSER SCAUP that has been with the Ring necked ducks and Bufflehead.
Also of note, Carol Panofsky sent me a photo of a good candidate for a “RED” FOX SPARROW (possible zaboria) she found at her house feeder off Empire Grade.
http://flic.kr/p/Sw6pu3

Other general notes have been large flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings flying all over the upper westside since the cold spell. And last month I had regular groups of Forster’s Terns along West Cliff Dr. and nearby areas, the first time in quite a few winters when I recall seeing them so regularly in this local area. Also there have been occasional Red necked Grebe sightings by the wharf, including a high of (3) a few weeks ago.
All of this was reported on ebird by the way, but does not qualify for the ebird rarities alerts. I personally would like to see more reports of “second tier” notables to MBB for our local interest.
good birding,
Kumaran Arul
Santa Cruz, CA

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Date: 2/6/19 5:44 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley RFI
Please forgive the lack of bird reports here.

I am looking for information about road conditions in Panoche Valley. I cancelled my class trip this past weekend because of the heavy rain forecast. Has anyone been there since the storm to offer information about the Panoche Hills BLM road, or Panoche Valley? Please reply to me privately.

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 2/6/19 1:16 pm
From: Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tundra Swans at West Struve Slough
Two TUNDRA SWANS were at West Struve Slough this morning on my way to work.

Also, the Mute Swan previously reported by Shirley Murphy has been visible at Elkhorn Slough the past three days. The bird can be seen from Elkhorn Road, between Kirby Park and Strawberry Road


Clay Kempf
Elkhorn



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Date: 2/6/19 8:54 am
From: Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Northern Race Red-breasted Sapsucker at Anna Jean Cummings Park
Yesterday, around 4 PM, a Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the young sycamores
around the bathrooms at Anna Jean Cummings Park.



Of interest is that this individual (adult) was the northern race (ruber)
and appeared not to be an intergrade - a nice match to race characteristics.




I have not seen this individual earlier, so am not sure it will have stayed
around. Its presence is probably storm related. However, I could be wrong.



I had no means on me at time for taking a picture (not there for birding).



Happy Birding,

Eric Feuss (Soquel)

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Date: 2/6/19 4:56 am
From: 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Año Nuevo Island seabirds update
Some good birding news

Sent from my iPhone

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> From: Ryan Carle <ryan...>
> Date: February 5, 2019 at 12:28:59 PM PST
> To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
> Subject: Año Nuevo Island seabirds update
> Reply-To: <ryan...>
>
> Dear friends,
>
> As I write today, there is a major storm rolling through Santa Cruz and the drops pound down deafeningly on my tin roof. It makes me wonder what it’s like to be an auklet, far out at sea all winter, riding out giant swells in storms like these.
>
> We still don’t know much about what it’s like to be a seabird in a winter storm, but 26 years of research at Año Nuevo has shed a lot of light on their lives: what seabirds eat, how well they reproduce under various ocean conditions, and most importantly what they need to thrive into the future.
>
> A good deal of this information is contained in our comprehensive 2018 Año Nuevo seabirds project report (click on the hyperlink to download), which is hot off the press. I am delighted to let you know that the report offers a feel-good story amidst the current seemingly endless stream of bad news.
>
> A Rhinoceros Auklet parent and chick in a clay nest module on Año Nuevo. Both parents equally share duties of raising the egg and chick. Photo by Tara Johnson Kelly.
>
> The great news is that record-high numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets and Cassin’s Auklets nested on the island year! Nearly 500 Rhinoceros Auklets nested, shattering our previous population records, which had hovered around 200-300 for over a decade before major growth in 2017 and 2018. Likewise, the number of Cassin’s Auklets nesting on the island was also a record, at 156 birds.
>
>
>
>
> A Cassin's Auklet chick, also from a clay nest module. Auklet pairs only lay one egg and raise one chick a year.
>
> Along with our dedicated, amazing partners (CA State Parks, Go Native, California College of the Arts, UC Natural Reserves, Morelab, Rebar and many more), we have worked hard to improve the habitat for these unique burrowing seabirds by protecting their homes from sea lion trampling and damage from erosion. It’s gratifying to see the work pay off. Ocean conditions were favorable for the birds in 2018, with lots of anchovy to be eaten.
>
> With safe nesting habitat secured on the island, they were able to take advantage of the bounty and produce a healthy new cohort of young “Rhinos” to sustain the population in the future.
>
>
> Oikonos staff, California State Parks Natural Resource Crew, and California College of the Arts students building a retaining wall to halt erosion near a section of the "Habitat Ridge," a eucalyptus-post barrier that protects the auklet colony from sea lion trampling
>
> So give a thought for the seabirds riding out the storm, and celebrate with us that hard work does pay off, and the birds are thriving at Año Nuevo Island.
>
> Hope to see you all soon out at Año Nuevo!
>
> Ryan, Jessie, Michelle, and the whole Año Nuevo crew
>
> P.S. for more project updates, photos, and links to scientific papers, check out our recently updated project website www.oikonos.org/ano-nuevo-island
>
> We depend on the support of our community. Donations to the project can be made at: https://oikonos.org/donate/ (write that it is for the Año Nuevo Project in the note)
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>
>
> Project biologists from left to right: David Calleri, Emily Coletta, Ryan Carle, and Jessie Beck
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Date: 2/5/19 9:02 pm
From: M Levy <levysantacruz...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Baltimore Oriole at Norman's house Sunday
Where is Norman's house?

On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:15:43 AM UTC-8, wrwardle wrote:
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> Norman Uyeda is not on MBB so when he texted me on Sunday afternoon just
> before he was leaving for S.F. that a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at his suet
> feeder, I did not post it to MBB because this is a private residence and
> the owner would not be home. I did, however, beg Norman to see if he would
> allow Alex, Howard and myself to swing by and see if the oriole would
> return. He agreed and after about a 45 minute wait the beautiful male
> oriole returned to the suet feeder. The three of us took quite a few photos
> before some Eurasian Collared-Doves scared it away. Several SCALY-BREASTED
> MUNIAS also came by for some seed while we were there. Below is a link to
> my eBird report with some photos.
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52359992
>
> Good birding,
> Randy Wardle
> Aptos
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Date: 2/4/19 12:05 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fun in Watsonville
Having missed them before, at about 9 this morning Bobbie Mayer and I were delighted to have the 4 Cattle Egrets surprise us by landing on the street in front of us, directly in between our parked car and a front loader . We watched for about 15 minutes as they went about their business, at first all 4 sticking together , then one venturing off on its own path for a while before rejoining the group.

Not having a lot of time, we decided just to do a quick check for Geese before heading home. On Beach St, about halfway to Shell Rd., we screeched to a stop as a Bald Eagle flew low across the field on our right., with another smaller bird flying alongside..The smaller bird turned out to be a Peregrine Falcon which then landed as the Eagle kept on flying far into the distance. It was a confusing scene: a flock of Canada Geese also flew past and then we noticed 40 White-fronted Geese,circling as if trying to decide where to land. Everything was happening so fast that we’re not really sure if the Eagle was chasing the Peregrine or vice versa. Don’t know what happened to the Peregrine,but later we watched the Bald Eagle fly back across Beach St and disappear. The geese never landed.

Lois Goldfrank
Bobbie Mayer

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Date: 2/4/19 11:15 am
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Baltimore Oriole at Norman's house Sunday
Norman Uyeda is not on MBB so when he texted me on Sunday afternoon just before he was leaving for S.F. that a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at his suet feeder, I did not post it to MBB because this is a private residence and the owner would not be home. I did, however, beg Norman to see if he would allow Alex, Howard and myself to swing by and see if the oriole would return. He agreed and after about a 45 minute wait the beautiful male oriole returned to the suet feeder. The three of us took quite a few photos before some Eurasian Collared-Doves scared it away. Several SCALY-BREASTED MUNIAS also came by for some seed while we were there. Below is a link to my eBird report with some photos.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52359992

Good birding,
Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 2/4/19 9:16 am
From: fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Superb Owl Sunday
While the rest of the country celebrated commercialism by watching overpaid
genetic freaks prance around in garish clothing (describes both the
half-time show and the game), some of us returned to nature with a twilight
Little Sit at Palo Corona Regional Park. We set up where the park and the
South Bank Trail come together (where the bobcat is usually seen). Aside
from a glorious sunset, we saw a flock of about a dozen red-shafter
flickers, some bluebirds, white- and golden-crowned sparrows guilding
together, and other members of the usual cast of characters. Everyone was
chowing down in the interval between rains. As darkness approached, the
great horned owls started moving down the mountainsides above us, and we
heard at least two females and a male. I saw what was probably a barn owl
or accipiter streaking from cover to cover. As night fell and we were
obliged to vacate the park, the Palo Corona Coyote Chorus serenaded us on
our way.

Rick Berg
Seaside

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Date: 2/3/19 11:06 am
From: Matthew Coale <matthewcoale02...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red Heads Continue
The RED HEADS continue at Harken slough with one more pair
Matthew Coale

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Date: 2/2/19 3:53 pm
From: Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egrets continue
The 4 Cattle Egrets continue just now at the Cemetery above College Lake.
Didn't even need binoculars they were so close!
Roseanne
Day Valley

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Date: 2/2/19 3:45 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] It was a dark and stormy morning...
Hi birders,

It was a dark and stormy morning... but the birding was PHENOMENAL! :)

I started the day with "Tan" or better said, our continuing "tan
stripped" WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at our home, pecking at the seed I
threw on the ground. Next, a visit to the cementary next to College
lake, produced exceedingly close views of the 4 continuing CATTLE
EGRETS. Using the car as a blind, the birds were at times less than 7
feet away. Then, a stop at Struve Slough behind West Marine, produced
the 4 REDHEADS, 2 males and 2 females. I ended the morning at Lee Road
and picked up a distant TROPICAL KINGBIRD before heading home for a
delicious home cooked meal from Nancy. A great day inspite of the
blustery weather. For pictures and details see the following ebird reports:

Cattle Egrets at the cemetery: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52298593

Redheads at Struve Slough: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52302254

Tropical Kingbird at Lee Road: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52304856

Fun birding,

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA

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Date: 2/2/19 1:46 pm
From: June Barber <junbar222...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
Very sad!
June

> On Feb 2, 2019, at 12:16 PM, Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> wrote:
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> This is what will be lost when UCSC builds student housing on the east meadow. An acre at a time, in our homocentric world.
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> Jean
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Date: 2/2/19 12:16 pm
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
This is what will be lost when UCSC builds student housing on the east meadow. An acre at a time, in our homocentric world.

Jean

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Date: 2/2/19 12:13 pm
From: Michael Bolte <mjbolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Golden Eagles over the East Meadow at UCSC at noon
Mike

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Date: 2/2/19 10:45 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Redheads continue
Redheads continuing behind west marine in Struve Slough

Pete

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Date: 2/2/19 9:35 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 4 Cattle Egrets at Cementary
The 4 cattle egrets continue at the cemetery. Pictures to come.

Pete

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Date: 2/2/19 6:52 am
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Car Pooling
Sorry everyone, we are running 5 minutes late to the car pooling meet up for panoche.

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Date: 2/2/19 5:21 am
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Mute swan
Seen yesterday at Elkhorn Slough—-probably not staying but worth a try

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Date: 2/2/19 12:30 am
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] February birding email
For those interested, it's time for the February Birding email for Santa Cruz County. It has a few minor edits from last years email thanks to Alex Rinkert. I hope the info will enhance your birding experiences this month.

February 2019

February has arrived and there is an abundance of bird activity throughout Santa Cruz County. Anna's Hummingbirds and Bushtits are nesting now, and the first Dark-eyed Juncos and other cavity nesters may begin nest building this month as well. Allen's Hummingbird numbers continue to grow and Rufous begin to arrive. Brandt's Cormorants are showing breeding plumes now and are starting nests at places like the Cement Ship. Also look for white flank patches on Pelagic Cormorants as they too may start gathering nesting material for nests along the cliff faces of the north coast.

Tree and Violet-green Swallows are the first to arrive on their breeding grounds and Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, and Barn are not too far behind.

Among warblers, in February Black-and-White Warblers and Palm Warblers have been found fairly regularly in places like Bethany Curve Park and along the railroad tracks to the north of the Homeless Garden. All of the rarer wintering warblers—Black-throated Gray, Nashville, Tennessee, American Redstart, Yellow, and Hermit to name a few—are still possible this month. While Yellow-rumped and Townsend's are still common, Orange-crowneds will continue to be sparse in the lowlands until numbers increase toward the end of the month with the arrival of spring migrants.

While some species are arriving and others linger, some species may begin leaving this month. Varied Thrush are still locally abundant in some areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains, but they may begin to thin out by the end of the month. Loggerhead Shrikes seem to be scarcer after February. There are almost no sightings of Ferruginous Hawks after February until fall migrants begin passing through in September. But keep an eye out for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; definitely not common but there are more sightings in February than any other month.

While there may be fewer sightings of Snow and Ross’s Geese this month, more Brants will be seen flying along the coast, and there’s still a chance for a Tundra Swan in places like College lake or the fields near Pajaro Dunes.

Offshore, Marbled Murrelets and Rhinoceros Auklets can be spotted, and there is still a chance for all three scoters. Along north coast beaches and river mouths like Aptos Creek, there are often good numbers of Herring and Iceland Gulls and a storm may blow in a Black-legged Kittiwake or two.

February can sometimes be a stormy month so continue to watch the weather forecast and be ready to search for any rarities that might get blown ashore. This is also a good time to clean your feeders to help prevent the spread of diseases among bird species.

I hope you will be able to get out in the field often this month to see many of the great species this county offers. Good Birding!

Randy Wardle
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Date: 2/1/19 8:58 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] injured Sharp-shinned ideas from raptor experts.
Hi All,
This beautiful Sharpie was in my yard today and looked hungry and tired. I discovered it on accident after it didn't fly when I was just a few feet away.  At first I thought it was a starving youngster and it wasn't until I opened my photographs later to discover he has an injured foot. He can move the leg but clearly the foot is not operational.Photographs show front and back side of foot.
He was trying to hunt my bird feeders and was alert enough to watch for possible food opportunities.However, he fell asleep several times and is clearly in distress and weak.
I've left a message for Native Animal Rescue in hopes they might be able to help me catch it.But with so many knowledgable raptor people on the site I wondered if anyone has the skill to capture it or advice on what I can do to help it.
I'm hoping to spot it tomorrow but who knows if it will be here. Either way it might be useful to know what possibilities there might be to capture an injured Hawk or Falcon.
Hard not to feel heartbroken for this guy,
Thanks in advance for any hopeful ideas, here is the bird link.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52285797
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Date: 2/1/19 2:02 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] mute swan
saw today but probably not staying

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Date: 1/31/19 2:25 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egret and photo opportunity notes
Today was my third attempt and I finally had success finding the Cattle Egrets on the lawn at the Watsonville Cemetery.  Apparently they spend mornings there and today came in around 9:30 am. Some people have seen them at the end of the day and during the day but its hit and miss.
There have been a few reports that one can walk right up to them. I did not find that to be true and as a matter of fact I found them to be very leary of anyone walking toward them. So please, use the car as a blind and/or respect a reasonable distance to them so as not to flush them. 
I found that by placing myself in one place for a while the birds would then walk toward me eventually. 
This is really a fun place to bring a camera and get some unique pictures. I obviously couldn't post them all but here are a few photos I put on ebird to enjoy.
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Date: 1/31/19 11:24 am
From: Larry Corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Widgeon
A male Eurasian widgeon is on the second finger of water at Pinto Lake County Park now. It’s about in the middle of that finger of water.
Larry C

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Date: 1/30/19 12:54 pm
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch W. Bluebirds

Another Western bluebird atop nest box three.
Nearby a flock of about 20 W. meadowlarks and two red tails in love, one the resident dark morph.
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Date: 1/30/19 12:26 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch, W. Bluebirds
Good news. I saw them on box #3 but was concerned I had recommended too far a distance from fence for other boxes.Please continue to share news about these boxes. 
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5 Western bluebirds at Arana near nest box 2. One was atop the box.

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Date: 1/30/19 12:13 pm
From: Madeline Spencer <mmfrodo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MBB: Arana Gulch, W. Bluebirds
5 Western bluebirds at Arana near nest box 2. One was atop the box.

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Date: 1/30/19 11:40 am
From: Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] cattle egrets
The four CATTLE EGRETS are still at the cemetery that overlooks College Lake, on 152 in Watsonville.
Again, there are easy to approach and photograph. The don’t seem skittish with the people visiting the cemetery, and we saw them right at the curb.
Heidi and Richard Sandkuhle
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Date: 1/29/19 10:28 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Slaty-backed Gull at Marina State Beach, MTY
Hi Birders

For any interested, photos of the fourth cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL I found
today at Marina State Beach, can be seen in the eBird list here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52174769

Good gulling!
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Date: 1/29/19 9:55 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 300 club
Hi All,
ANyone who like to be recognized on the 300 club page of the Santa Cruz
Bird CLub website please email me. Current members should also send me an
update on their counts,
Thanks,
Phil Brown

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Date: 1/29/19 12:29 pm
From: 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SBGU at Marina State Beach
Earlier this morning Blake Mathewson reported a SLatey-backed Gull at Marina SB. Still present at 12:24. End of Reservation Road

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Date: 1/29/19 8:02 am
From: Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Glaucous Gull Main Beach
Gone Gull - Disturbed by a tractor. Flown South.

> On Jan 29, 2019, at 7:45 AM, Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...> wrote:
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> There is a juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL in the flock on Main beach right in front of the Boardwalk (carousel).
> Simon

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Date: 1/29/19 7:45 am
From: Simon Thornhill <sjthornhill...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Glaucous Gull Main Beach
There is a juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL in the flock on Main beach right in front of the Boardwalk (carousel).
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Date: 1/28/19 4:05 pm
From: Howard Stephenson <hlstephenson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] FOS Allen's
Same here in Watsonville, adult female.
Howard Stephenson

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> FOS Allen’s hummer at my feeder today. Welcome back little ones.
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> Barbara Monahan
> Off of Jarvis Road, near Scotts Valley at about 1100'
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Date: 1/28/19 3:55 pm
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] FOS Allen's
FOS Allen’s hummer at my feeder today. Welcome back little ones.

Barbara Monahan
Off of Jarvis Road, near Scotts Valley at about 1100'

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Date: 1/28/19 3:23 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Panoche
I am not allowed to drive yet but would love to go —I can be at the Aptos
Wells Fargo at 6:45 on Sat if someone has room for me
—sorry I do not know who the leader is or I would contact that person

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Date: 1/28/19 9:53 am
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Help / Nico carpool for Panoche Valley outing (Feb 2)
Folks,

Me again. Nico and I are excited for Saturday's upcoming outing to Panoche
Valley.

Can I ask someone from Santa Cruz to give Nico a ride BACK that afternoon
(we live in Capitola)? I will be able to meet and carpool THERE, starting
with the Santa Cruz folks @ 6:45am @ Wells Fargo, 7701 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA.

*And for extra-special incentive, I'll bring a gallon or so of coffee to
share.*

Please contact me in advance if you are able. I will need to leave the
trip by ~10:30/11 am.

Thanks in advance,

Brian
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Date: 1/26/19 7:21 pm
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Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
Nice additional details from Kent

A lot of what you see depends on where you go in each area. If you can spend a couple of days birding, head north and visit the variety of spots around the Butte Sink/Sacto NWR complex. Merced is easier to do as a day trip.

The viewing deck at the entrance to Colusa NWR has INCREDIBLE light in the morning, and the geese sit pretty close to you on the water. It’s a must stop if you go north.

Eurasian Wigeon - as Kent mentions, there’s more of them at Sacto et al, especially at Graylodge State Refuge. I once had 22 on a trip I led, and I mentioned that to the Wolfe sisters and they thought that was impossibly high. So Chris and Claire proceeded to find TWENTY-SEVEN on that trip!!! It takes a lot of focused effort to hit double digits, but you can usually find a few

Sandhill Cranes are in both areas, but Merced etc usually has more, and almost has them in more concentrated numbers

Not to be contentious about Tundra Swans, but I usually see 2,000 to 5,000 on Sacto trips. Road Z south of the Llano Seco NWR Unit is the most consistent spot, but there are several others. And if you wander east to the Marysville area, with a little luck, you can add another 5,000

My real advice is to visit BOTH. If you’re going on the Panoche Valley trip next weekend, one great option is to head to Los Banos at the end of the day and then hit Merced NWR et al the next morning

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> On Jan 26, 2019, at 10:34 AM, Kent <kentjohnson...> wrote:
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> Hi Carol,
>
> I'm sure Clay knows these areas better than I, but I visited both earlier this month and have visited both past winters, so I will offer my two cents worth. If you have not visited Sacramento and Colusa NWRs and others in the area, I would suggest going up there just for a little different experience. If you don't mind the drive - it is a very long way for a day trip. There are lots of white geese in both that and the Merced/San Luis NWRs areas; maybe more in the north, but the sky can only hold so many geese at one time and it fills up in both. I have had better luck seeing geese on the ground at Merced, and more Ross's Geese at Merced. I have also had better luck with Tundra Swans at Merced and especially San Luis. Merced and San Luis are also better for Sandhill Cranes. Among the less abundant birds, Sacramento/Colusa are better for Eurasian Widgeon and Ring-necked Pheasant. On the way up to Sacramento NWR you might like a short side trip to the little cemetery just west of Maxwell, which is hosting a bright male Vermillion Flycatcher.
>
> Kent Johnson
> Boulder Creek
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>
> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
> Sent: Friday, January 25, 2019 7:53 PM
> To: Carol Pecot
> Cc: Birds
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
>
> Hi Carol-
>
> Either place is spectacular.
>
> The time of your trip plays into which place to go to, however. Sacto NWR numbers peak around mid-Nov, and gradually decrease after mid-December as some birds continue to move southward (until they turn back towards their nesting ground in the spring). Merced numbers peak a little later. However, in my opinion, the Sacto NWR/Butte Sink complex generally has more geese; definitely has more Tundra Swans, and has additional options such as the grasslands around Sutter Buttes to vary the experience.
>
> I actually just left Sacramento NWR a couple of hours ago, where the evening flyout was fantastic. Large flocks of White-faced Ibis were also all over the place.
>
> The Santa Cruz Bird Club offers trips to both destinations annually. Sacto has already occurred (and it did NOT disappoint!), but Eric Feuss is leading a Merced NWR trip if you want to join that.
>
> Bottom line is your can’t go wrong either way.
>
> Clay
>
> Clay Kempf
> Elkhorn
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> > On Jan 25, 2019, at 6:45 PM, Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> wrote:
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> > My husband and I are thinking of driving to see the Snow Geese. Does anyone know if the places north of Sacramento have much larger numbers than the Merced wildlife refuge? What are the best places to go see them within about a 4-ish hour drive?
> >
> > Thanks to anyone who is able to help!
> > Carol Pecot
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Date: 1/26/19 10:34 am
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
Hi Carol,

I'm sure Clay knows these areas better than I, but I visited both earlier this month and have visited both past winters, so I will offer my two cents worth. If you have not visited Sacramento and Colusa NWRs and others in the area, I would suggest going up there just for a little different experience. If you don't mind the drive - it is a very long way for a day trip. There are lots of white geese in both that and the Merced/San Luis NWRs areas; maybe more in the north, but the sky can only hold so many geese at one time and it fills up in both. I have had better luck seeing geese on the ground at Merced, and more Ross's Geese at Merced. I have also had better luck with Tundra Swans at Merced and especially San Luis. Merced and San Luis are also better for Sandhill Cranes. Among the less abundant birds, Sacramento/Colusa are better for Eurasian Widgeon and Ring-necked Pheasant. On the way up to Sacramento NWR you might like a short side trip to the little cemetery just west of Maxwell, which is hosting a bright male Vermillion Flycatcher.

Kent Johnson
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Sent: Friday, January 25, 2019 7:53 PM
To: Carol Pecot
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Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese

Hi Carol-

Either place is spectacular.

The time of your trip plays into which place to go to, however. Sacto NWR numbers peak around mid-Nov, and gradually decrease after mid-December as some birds continue to move southward (until they turn back towards their nesting ground in the spring). Merced numbers peak a little later. However, in my opinion, the Sacto NWR/Butte Sink complex generally has more geese; definitely has more Tundra Swans, and has additional options such as the grasslands around Sutter Buttes to vary the experience.

I actually just left Sacramento NWR a couple of hours ago, where the evening flyout was fantastic. Large flocks of White-faced Ibis were also all over the place.

The Santa Cruz Bird Club offers trips to both destinations annually. Sacto has already occurred (and it did NOT disappoint!), but Eric Feuss is leading a Merced NWR trip if you want to join that.

Bottom line is your can’t go wrong either way.

Clay

Clay Kempf
Elkhorn



> On Jan 25, 2019, at 6:45 PM, Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> wrote:
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> My husband and I are thinking of driving to see the Snow Geese. Does anyone know if the places north of Sacramento have much larger numbers than the Merced wildlife refuge? What are the best places to go see them within about a 4-ish hour drive?
>
> Thanks to anyone who is able to help!
> Carol Pecot
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Date: 1/25/19 7:55 pm
From: Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
Hi Carol-

Either place is spectacular.

The time of your trip plays into which place to go to, however. Sacto NWR numbers peak around mid-Nov, and gradually decrease after mid-December as some birds continue to move southward (until they turn back towards their nesting ground in the spring). Merced numbers peak a little later. However, in my opinion, the Sacto NWR/Butte Sink complex generally has more geese; definitely has more Tundra Swans, and has additional options such as the grasslands around Sutter Buttes to vary the experience.

I actually just left Sacramento NWR a couple of hours ago, where the evening flyout was fantastic. Large flocks of White-faced Ibis were also all over the place.

The Santa Cruz Bird Club offers trips to both destinations annually. Sacto has already occurred (and it did NOT disappoint!), but Eric Feuss is leading a Merced NWR trip if you want to join that.

Bottom line is your can’t go wrong either way.

Clay

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> On Jan 25, 2019, at 6:45 PM, Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> wrote:
>
> My husband and I are thinking of driving to see the Snow Geese. Does anyone know if the places north of Sacramento have much larger numbers than the Merced wildlife refuge? What are the best places to go see them within about a 4-ish hour drive?
>
> Thanks to anyone who is able to help!
> Carol Pecot
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Date: 1/25/19 6:45 pm
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] question about Snow Geese
My husband and I are thinking of driving to see the Snow Geese. Does
anyone know if the places north of Sacramento have much larger numbers than
the Merced wildlife refuge? What are the best places to go see them within
about a 4-ish hour drive?

Thanks to anyone who is able to help!
Carol Pecot

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Date: 1/25/19 6:32 pm
From: larry corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rufus/Allens and White Tailed Kites
I just saw my first of year Rufus/Allens hummer at my feeders.

Below are the dates and count of White Tailed Kites that have come in to roost in the upper Struve Slough behind my house at dusk. I will continue to monitor the birds to see how long the group lasts (at least, in my neighborhood).

1/14 10 birds
1/19 7 birds
1/20 12 birds
1/21 18 birds
1/25 18 birds

I’m being pretty careful on my count as the birds fly into the area singly or in small groups. They circle around and land a couple of trees, then fly again and circle around, sometimes landing in other nearby tress repeating this until they finally settle for 2 or 3 trees just as it gets dark. It’s quite a sight but doesn’t last more than 20 minutes from the first bird arriving to the group finally settling into 2 or 3 trees. Sorry I have no photos but it’s too dark, at least for my camera, and I’m too busy trying to get an accurate count!

Larry Corridon



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Date: 1/25/19 3:32 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] This morning at New Brighton Beach
Belated report stimulated by Lisa's post: Spent Xmas week with family in a
rental house by the campground on the bluff overlooking New Brighton Beach.
Short walk down to the beach allowed me to photograph a good range of bird
species, including all the shorebirds mentioned by Lisa; also seen well
offshore along with many Surf Scoters, feeding pelicans, and a Western
Grebe, one each of COMMON LOON and juvenile RED-THROATED LOON (poor distant
photo of latter). The good birding added to a week of with lots of good
weather and endless great views, capped by the awe-inspiring sunset of
12/22/18.

Bird pictures at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/aptos_xmas18 .

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On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 2:43 PM Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> wrote:

> Hello Birders,
>
> I walked from New Brighton to Seacliff Beach this morning from 8-10 and I
> was happy to see more shorebirds there than I have seen in quite a while.
> Most likely because it is January and today is a weekday. There were 7
> Willets, a Whimbrel and about 10 Long-billed Curlews. I can't recall the
> last time I saw Willets on New Brighton Beach! The Sanderlings numbered
> about 80, and they let me walk gingerly past them as I averted my eyes. I
> was surprised to see a Forster's Tern on the beach amid a small group of
> Ring-billed gulls and a couple of CA Gulls. It was shy, and took off to sea
> as I approached. Its legs were a very intense red - more so than I had ever
> noted before - but then, I typically see them flying. At first my heart
> skipped a beat or two as I thought I may be seeing something unusual - and
> of course I had no camera. It was a handsome bird. I didn't see any others
> at all. Is it unusual to see one on the beach there?
>
> Happy birding,
> -Lisa
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Date: 1/25/19 2:43 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] This morning at New Brighton Beach
Hello Birders,

I walked from New Brighton to Seacliff Beach this morning from 8-10 and I
was happy to see more shorebirds there than I have seen in quite a while.
Most likely because it is January and today is a weekday. There were 7
Willets, a Whimbrel and about 10 Long-billed Curlews. I can't recall the
last time I saw Willets on New Brighton Beach! The Sanderlings numbered
about 80, and they let me walk gingerly past them as I averted my eyes. I
was surprised to see a Forster's Tern on the beach amid a small group of
Ring-billed gulls and a couple of CA Gulls. It was shy, and took off to sea
as I approached. Its legs were a very intense red - more so than I had ever
noted before - but then, I typically see them flying. At first my heart
skipped a beat or two as I thought I may be seeing something unusual - and
of course I had no camera. It was a handsome bird. I didn't see any others
at all. Is it unusual to see one on the beach there?

Happy birding,
-Lisa

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Date: 1/25/19 1:24 pm
From: Bernadette Ramer <baramer...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Watsonville Wetlands Winter Bird Survey 22-25 February 2019
Hi Watsonville Wetland Bird counters,

It’s hard to believe but this will be our 7th Winter Watsonville Wetlands Bird Survey.
.
Our Watsonville Wetlands Winter Bird Survey will be taking place from Friday- Sunday 22-24 February. We would like to try and do as many counts as possible on Friday and Saturday although we may have to do some counts on Sunday.

Please let me know if you will be able to count with us. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Bob and I will be out of town from 9-16 February so the sooner you let me know, the better.

Thank you!

Bernadette and Bob

P.S. The results of our Fall 2018 bird count will be sent in a separate email.,




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Date: 1/23/19 1:04 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Cattle Egrets - not...
Unfortunately Bobbie Mayer and I were unable to find any Cattle Egrets at College Lake today. Groundskeepers were working in the cemetery and there were a number of people visiting, so that may have scared them away.

Lois Goldfrank

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Date: 1/23/19 8:20 am
From: Jane Orbuch <jorbuch...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] First Allen's Hummingbird of season
First Allen’s hummingbird (male) of season came to our feeder yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Last year we recorded our first Allen’s male 1/24.

Jane Orbuch and Bryan Cockel
Happy Valley near Mystery Spot

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