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12/11/18 3:41 pm Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...> [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz CBC Count Week December 12th-18th
12/11/18 10:32 am dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Ross's Goose
12/11/18 10:27 am Nickie Zavinsky <nickie...> [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
12/11/18 9:15 am dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Sage Thrasher and more Dec 11
12/10/18 8:58 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] MAS Program Tomorrow Night, Dec 11 at 7:30 PM
12/10/18 3:31 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd Harris’s
12/9/18 8:43 am June Barber <junbar222...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Sapsucker hybrid?
12/8/18 9:17 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 7:52 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 7:02 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 6:33 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 6:29 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 5:29 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> [MBBIRDS] Sapsucker hybrid?
12/8/18 2:22 pm Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
12/8/18 11:50 am Jeff Poklen <jpkln...> Re: [MBBIRDS] ICGU and RTHA @ 4 Mile Beach
12/8/18 11:37 am Jeff Poklen <jpkln...> [MBBIRDS] ICGU and RTHA @ 4 Mile Beach
12/8/18 11:03 am Miller, Paul <millerp...> [MBBIRDS] Harris's
12/7/18 12:48 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] Adult Bald Eagle Elkhorn Slough
12/7/18 11:31 am Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...> [MBBIRDS] RF Booby
12/7/18 7:37 am larry corridon <larry961357...> [MBBIRDS] Snow Geese
12/6/18 9:17 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
12/5/18 5:05 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
12/5/18 3:53 pm Richard Griffith <magpiejay...> [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
12/4/18 1:07 pm cdlou37 <cdlou37...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd this morning
12/4/18 12:45 pm Earl Lebow <hawkowl...> [MBBIRDS] College Lake
12/3/18 9:16 am James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...> [MBBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers
12/3/18 9:11 am fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...> [MBBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers at Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
12/2/18 7:48 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] December Birding Email for Santa Cruz County
12/1/18 10:17 am 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Ferruginous on Salinas Rd and hwy 1
11/30/18 6:10 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Re: San Benito County today
11/30/18 6:07 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] San Benito County today
11/30/18 2:30 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
11/30/18 2:23 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] FW: Swanton Rd this morning
11/30/18 2:21 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd this morning
11/29/18 6:27 pm Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> [MBBIRDS] Space Available on Sacramento Wildlife Refuges Trip this weekend
11/27/18 10:15 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz Christmas Bird Count!
11/26/18 1:35 pm 'Elizabeth Van Dyke' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Out of Area: Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Leucistic Dunlin and Lesser Sandhill Cranes
11/25/18 2:47 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] Westcliff and Lighthouse FIeld
11/25/18 11:58 am Gary Martindale <gary_martindale...> [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
11/24/18 8:16 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Bonaparte’s Gull
11/24/18 2:44 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Bonaparte’s Gull
11/24/18 11:52 am Richard Griffith <magpiejay...> [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
11/23/18 8:38 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
11/23/18 8:17 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> RE: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
11/23/18 7:44 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
11/21/18 4:26 pm <cdleescott...> [MBBIRDS] Geese on Pioneer Rd.
11/20/18 8:29 am Don Roberson <creagrus...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Abridged summary of - 10 updates in 8 topics
11/20/18 8:19 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Porter Sesnon Walk
11/20/18 3:31 am <merops...> <merops...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Abridged summary of - 10 updates in 8 topics
11/19/18 9:21 pm James Maughn <jamaughn...> [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow...errr, no, Ferruginous Hawk, Yes
11/19/18 5:10 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> FW: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
11/19/18 5:06 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
11/18/18 6:09 pm Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...> [MBBIRDS] atlas annual report
11/18/18 5:06 pm Barry McLaughlin <bsmclaugh...> [MBBIRDS] Burrowing Owl near Swanton Pond
11/18/18 5:03 pm Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...> [MBBIRDS] Struve Slough to Swanton Road (S. to N. SC County)
11/18/18 4:06 pm Don Roberson <creagrus...> Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
11/18/18 3:50 pm David Apgar <d_apgar...> [MBBIRDS] Swamp sparrow still at Swanton Pond
11/18/18 1:30 pm Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Harris’s Sparrow, second day
11/18/18 12:23 pm 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
11/18/18 12:22 pm Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Bald Eagle
11/18/18 8:14 am Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Black scoter
11/18/18 8:09 am Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Black scoter
11/17/18 3:57 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Red footed Booby back
11/17/18 2:55 pm Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...> [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow at Swanton Rd
11/17/18 1:35 pm Jean Harrison <seajean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
11/17/18 1:03 pm Ryan Carle <monocerata...> [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
11/17/18 9:42 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Two White-Throated Sparrows in Garden
11/16/18 8:23 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Wigeon at Shorebirds Pond
11/16/18 3:23 pm Richard Griffith <magpiejay...> [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
11/16/18 11:43 am Don Roberson <creagrus...> [MBBIRDS] MTY 400 Club update
11/16/18 8:07 am James Maughn <jamaughn...> [MBBIRDS] SWAMP sparrow
11/15/18 8:03 pm Rita Carratello <merops22...> [MBBIRDS] MPCBC 12/27/18 save the date
11/15/18 9:49 am M Levy <levysantacruz...> [MBBIRDS] Help IDing Sapsucker
11/14/18 5:25 pm Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
11/14/18 5:10 pm Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
11/14/18 4:39 pm 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
11/14/18 4:27 pm Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Clay colored sparrow
11/14/18 3:43 pm Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Clay colored sparrow
11/14/18 3:26 pm Brian Schnack <theschnack...> [MBBIRDS] Clay colored sparrow
11/14/18 1:20 pm David Apgar <D_Apgar...> [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
11/14/18 11:09 am Matt Miller <millerneary...> [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
11/13/18 3:29 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] E. Of Hollister ebirding on my ebike
11/13/18 2:42 pm Nelson Samuels <samnelo...> [MBBIRDS] E. Of Hollister ebirding on my ebike
11/13/18 1:13 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] Redhead at Westlake Park
11/13/18 1:11 pm Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] Apologies for personal email accidentally linked to MBB!
11/13/18 11:26 am Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Baldwin Creek and Swanton
11/13/18 10:45 am Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] Swanton pond
11/13/18 10:33 am Michael Bolte <mjbolte...> [MBBIRDS] Redhead at Westlake Pond
11/13/18 12:51 am Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] Re: pumpkin party
 
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Date: 12/11/18 3:41 pm
From: Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz CBC Count Week December 12th-18th


Hi Everyone,



The Santa Cruz CBC Count Week for 2018 is December 12th through 18th.



Count week species are any species seen during this period within count
circle (*) AND either not seen on count day OR seen on count day with no
corresponding effort data from participating parties.



General posts to MBBIRDS and eBird submissions will be used to help
determine any count week species which may be missed during count; not that
I need to encourage a birding community to post and submit sightings :-)



These counts help normalize data across years for expected species missed
count day. The count has had species such as Willet and Forster's Tern end
up as count week birds. So, please take note of all observations during
these next seven days.



Appreciatively,

Eric Feuss (Compiler)





(*) The Santa Cruz CBC Count Circle is roughly delineated along coast from
New Brighton State Beach to Davenport. Full count circle here:
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count (search
'Santa Cruz, CA').



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Date: 12/11/18 10:32 am
From: dwbirdster <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ross's Goose
Ross's Goose continues at Crespi Pond. 10am. Red-necked Grebe was off Monterey Bay Park parking lot earlier. Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

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Date: 12/11/18 10:27 am
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickie...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
Come one and all!

This year's CBC is almost here! Please join us Dec 15th for the Countdown
Potluck Dinner, immediately following the count. Everyone is welcome,
counters and non counters alike. We had great attendance last year and fun
was had by all. Who knows what rare birds will be found this year!

Folks generally begin arriving about 5:00 or so and I would appreciate one
or two volunteers to help with set up beginning about 4:00, and take down
after the dinner. Hope to see you there!

Nickie

Directions to the CBC Dinner:

This year the count down dinner will be at the Soquel Glen Mobile Home Park
event center. (Same location as last year.)

The mobile home park is along Nobile Creek and is located at:

5470 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073

The cross street is Soquel Drive and Pepperwood Way (not Silver Birch
Lane). There is a Stop and Go Market on the other side of Soquel Drive, to
mark vicinity.

The event center is along Del Rio Circle - the first left from Pepperwood
Way (all within park). There are 15 parking spaces at center, but more
parking a little farther down Del Rio Circle, along creek (~ 20 more spots).
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Date: 12/11/18 9:15 am
From: dwbirdster <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Sage Thrasher and more Dec 11
Sage Thrasher seen on end of the wall near Del Monte Ave at In and Out Burgers in Seaside at 8:20am Dec 11. Palm Warbler between the wall and white fence.  Swamp Sparrow in the swampy areas around lower end of trail from the Virgin/Grant entrance. Red-throated Loon at the southeast end of lake.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

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Date: 12/10/18 8:58 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MAS Program Tomorrow Night, Dec 11 at 7:30 PM
Happy Holidays Birders,

Tomorrow Night Monterey Audubon welcomes Theadora Block to discuss the
ongoing and longstanding study of one of our most familiar and beloved
winter residents: The Golden-crowned Sparrow. Please join us for a deeper
look into a common species that, from October - April, we often take for
granted.


*TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 - PRESENTATION: Golden-crowned Sparrows, Unfamiliar
Lives of a Familiar Species with Theadora Block. *Are you curious about the
golden-crowned sparrows in your backyard during winter? Do the same ones
return each year? The Lyon Lab of UCSC has been studying Golden-crowneds
for nearly 15 years and has discovered a surprisingly complex, similar
social structure similar to primates and mammals. Learn more about the
not-so-secret-anymore lives of golden-crowned sparrows with Theadora Block,
a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz studying how individual behavior impacts
social structure of these fascinating sparrows.

Doors open at the PG Museum of Natural History at 7:00pm. Program to begin
at 7:30. We hope to see you there!

Good birding and Happy Holidays,
--
*Blake T. Matheson*
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: 12/10/18 3:31 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd Harris’s
Continues. A life bird for me, there’s that burst of happiness at first glimpse. 12:30 pm Mon.
Pictures and other sightings:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50581577

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Date: 12/9/18 8:43 am
From: June Barber <junbar222...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Sapsucker hybrid?
I just watched THE BIG YEAR last night again. It continues to enthrall me. One thing i like the most is the onslaught of pics of all those birds during the credits. I had forgotten until they started. I couldn't take my eyes off them.

Good gift for xmas for a friend who loves birds. I borrowed mine from the library. I need it too.

June Barber

> On Dec 8, 2018, at 5:29 PM, Lois Goldfrank <loisg...> wrote:
>
> EBird list and photos at
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50503565 for the Sapsucker, sorry I forgot to include the link.
>
> Lois Goldfrank
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Date: 12/8/18 9:17 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
Dear Lois,

Hybrid sapsuckers are great fun as long as you don't mind being wrong. 
I'm not sure what you mean by "a different subspecies of Red-naped, not
a hybrid."  To the best of my limited knowledge, neither the Red-naped
nor the Yellow-bellied have subspecies, only the Red-breasted.

The papers that Joe recommended are a good starting point.  It's likely
that a hybrid of all three species is extremely small, so the problem is
"simplified" in that you only need to guess at the parents.  My guess is
that one is the Yellow-bellied just because of the scrambled eggs on the
back instead of neat and narrow rows of white  or gold feathers that are
seen on Red-breasted and Red-naped.  When you get around to Steve
Shunk's paper, you will see a hybrid rating card that is suggestive of
Red-naped as the other parent.  Or you can just decree that it is the
species that is missing from your CBC list on count day.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park


On 12/8/2018 7:52 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
> Having done a little more reading, I’m wondering if what I’m seeing is
> a different subspecies of Red-naped, not a hybrid. What made me think
> about a hybrid were the weak black stripes  above the white
> supercilium and the very faint amount of black if any on the breast
> band .At first look, and in the first photos ,the black in each case
> was hardly visible at all., very different in comparison with what
> I’ve seen in the field and the photos I was seeing of Red-Naped
> Sapsuckers. As it turns out, these are 2 of the characteristics used
> to create a sapsucker hybrid index according to a paper mentioned by
> Joe Morlan and they do vary by subspecies :
> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v102n01/p0001-p0015.pdf
>  I have to admit that paper is  beyond my level of understanding, but
> those happen to be the main differences I noted in my eBird report.
>
> Today’s photos  seem to point a bit more to Red-naped. Looking
> closely, I can see that there might be at least some fine black lines
> in the crucial places. But Phil’s leading a trip to Wilder tomorrow,
> come see what you think. I called it a sp. and that’s still where I’m at.
>
> Lois
>> On Dec 8, 2018, at 6:29 PM, Pete Sole <pete...>
>> <mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Lois,
>>
>> Thanks for posting this interesting bird. To me this looks more like
>> a Red-naped but I agree that the red on the back of the head looks
>> somewhat more extensive than "normal" with no black crown around it.
>>
>> Take a look at this link from Cornell and compare the bird on the
>> left to your bird:
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-naped_Sapsucker/overview#
>>
>> Be curious to hear what others come up with.
>>
>> Boy do I miss Steve Gerow for these types of debates.
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>>
>> One question, what characteristics are you keying from to call this a
>> hybrid instead of a pure Red-Napped?
>>
>> On 12/8/18 2:22 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
>>> Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the
>>> upcoming Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds
>>> including a Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there
>>> was a  Sapsucker in a walnut tree along the road near the entrance
>>> to the ranch house and buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in
>>> the trunk,  we stopped to look and followed the sounds of tapping.
>>> It was hard to position ourselves to get photos because the bird
>>> kept moving so that it always seemed to stay exactly between us and
>>> the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots. Then thanks to a
>>> question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back and got a
>>> few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of
>>> minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a
>>> Wilder day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
>>> As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x
>>> Red Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird
>>> report.
>>>
>>> Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein
>>>
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Date: 12/8/18 7:52 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
Having done a little more reading, I’m wondering if what I’m seeing is a different subspecies of Red-naped, not a hybrid. What made me think about a hybrid were the weak black stripes above the white supercilium and the very faint amount of black if any on the breast band .At first look, and in the first photos ,the black in each case was hardly visible at all., very different in comparison with what I’ve seen in the field and the photos I was seeing of Red-Naped Sapsuckers. As it turns out, these are 2 of the characteristics used to create a sapsucker hybrid index according to a paper mentioned by Joe Morlan and they do vary by subspecies : https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v102n01/p0001-p0015.pdf I have to admit that paper is beyond my level of understanding, but those happen to be the main differences I noted in my eBird report.

Today’s photos seem to point a bit more to Red-naped. Looking closely, I can see that there might be at least some fine black lines in the crucial places. But Phil’s leading a trip to Wilder tomorrow, come see what you think. I called it a sp. and that’s still where I’m at.

Lois
> On Dec 8, 2018, at 6:29 PM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>
> Hi Lois,
>
> Thanks for posting this interesting bird. To me this looks more like a Red-naped but I agree that the red on the back of the head looks somewhat more extensive than "normal" with no black crown around it.
>
> Take a look at this link from Cornell and compare the bird on the left to your bird:
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-naped_Sapsucker/overview#
>
> Be curious to hear what others come up with.
>
> Boy do I miss Steve Gerow for these types of debates.
>
> Pete
>
>
>
> One question, what characteristics are you keying from to call this a hybrid instead of a pure Red-Napped?
>
> On 12/8/18 2:22 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
>> Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the upcoming Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds including a Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there was a Sapsucker in a walnut tree along the road near the entrance to the ranch house and buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in the trunk, we stopped to look and followed the sounds of tapping. It was hard to position ourselves to get photos because the bird kept moving so that it always seemed to stay exactly between us and the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots. Then thanks to a question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back and got a few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a Wilder day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
>> As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x Red Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird report.
>>
>> Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein
>>
>
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Date: 12/8/18 7:02 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
Article on identifying hybrid sapsuckers....

http://www.woodpeckerwonderland.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Shunk-2005-Sapsucker-Hybrids.pdf

A more technical paper with a sapsucker hybrid index...

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v102n01/p0001-p0015.pdf


On Sat, 8 Dec 2018 18:32:50 -0800, Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> wrote:

>The spots on the back look yellowish, which would be a Red-breasted
>sapsucker characteristic. I am very curious to hear other opinions.
>
>On Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 18:29 Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>
>> Hi Lois,
>>
>> Thanks for posting this interesting bird. To me this looks more like a
>> Red-naped but I agree that the red on the back of the head looks
>> somewhat more extensive than "normal" with no black crown around it.
>>
>> Take a look at this link from Cornell and compare the bird on the left
>> to your bird:
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-naped_Sapsucker/overview#
>>
>> Be curious to hear what others come up with.
>>
>> Boy do I miss Steve Gerow for these types of debates.
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>>
>> One question, what characteristics are you keying from to call this a
>> hybrid instead of a pure Red-Napped?
>>
>> On 12/8/18 2:22 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
>> > Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the upcoming
>> Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds including a
>> Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there was a Sapsucker in a
>> walnut tree along the road near the entrance to the ranch house and
>> buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in the trunk, we stopped to look
>> and followed the sounds of tapping. It was hard to position ourselves to
>> get photos because the bird kept moving so that it always seemed to stay
>> exactly between us and the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots.
>> Then thanks to a question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back
>> and got a few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of
>> minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a Wilder
>> day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
>> > As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x Red
>> Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird report.
>> >
>> > Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein
>> >
>>
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Date: 12/8/18 6:33 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
The spots on the back look yellowish, which would be a Red-breasted
sapsucker characteristic. I am very curious to hear other opinions.

On Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 18:29 Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:

> Hi Lois,
>
> Thanks for posting this interesting bird. To me this looks more like a
> Red-naped but I agree that the red on the back of the head looks
> somewhat more extensive than "normal" with no black crown around it.
>
> Take a look at this link from Cornell and compare the bird on the left
> to your bird:
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-naped_Sapsucker/overview#
>
> Be curious to hear what others come up with.
>
> Boy do I miss Steve Gerow for these types of debates.
>
> Pete
>
>
>
> One question, what characteristics are you keying from to call this a
> hybrid instead of a pure Red-Napped?
>
> On 12/8/18 2:22 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
> > Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the upcoming
> Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds including a
> Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there was a Sapsucker in a
> walnut tree along the road near the entrance to the ranch house and
> buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in the trunk, we stopped to look
> and followed the sounds of tapping. It was hard to position ourselves to
> get photos because the bird kept moving so that it always seemed to stay
> exactly between us and the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots.
> Then thanks to a question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back
> and got a few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of
> minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a Wilder
> day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
> > As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x Red
> Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird report.
> >
> > Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein
> >
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Date: 12/8/18 6:29 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
Hi Lois,

Thanks for posting this interesting bird. To me this looks more like a
Red-naped but I agree that the red on the back of the head looks
somewhat more extensive than "normal" with no black crown around it.

Take a look at this link from Cornell and compare the bird on the left
to your bird:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-naped_Sapsucker/overview#

Be curious to hear what others come up with.

Boy do I miss Steve Gerow for these types of debates.

Pete



One question, what characteristics are you keying from to call this a
hybrid instead of a pure Red-Napped?

On 12/8/18 2:22 PM, Lois Goldfrank wrote:
> Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the upcoming Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds including a Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there was a Sapsucker in a walnut tree along the road near the entrance to the ranch house and buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in the trunk, we stopped to look and followed the sounds of tapping. It was hard to position ourselves to get photos because the bird kept moving so that it always seemed to stay exactly between us and the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots. Then thanks to a question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back and got a few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a Wilder day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
> As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x Red Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird report.
>
> Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein
>

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Date: 12/8/18 5:29 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Sapsucker hybrid?
EBird list and photos at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50503565 for the Sapsucker, sorry I forgot to include the link.

Lois Goldfrank

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Date: 12/8/18 2:22 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Possible Sapsucker hybrid
Yesterday Kitty Stein and I did some scouting at Wilder for the upcoming Christmas count. In addition to some other nice birds including a Ferruginous Hawk who flew right over our heads, there was a Sapsucker in a walnut tree along the road near the entrance to the ranch house and buildings. Seeing lots of obvious holes in the trunk, we stopped to look and followed the sounds of tapping. It was hard to position ourselves to get photos because the bird kept moving so that it always seemed to stay exactly between us and the sun at its back, but we did get a few shots. Then thanks to a question from Simon Thornhill this morning, I went back and got a few more; miraculously it was in the same tree for a couple of minutes, then flew out when hordes of people began arriving for a Wilder day-long event. (500 cars were expected!)
As Simon had suggested, it appears to be a hybrid, maybe Red-naped x Red Breasted?Not sure. but a description and photos are on the eBird report.

Lois Goldfrank, Kitty Stein

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Date: 12/8/18 11:50 am
From: Jeff Poklen <jpkln...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] ICGU and RTHA @ 4 Mile Beach
Well!! Apparently it works!

The blue folder appears at the very bottom of my post under the Google Groups listserv info. and is, indeed, openable.

Jeff Poklen


> On Dec 8, 2018, at 11:37 AM, Jeff Poklen <jpkln...> wrote:
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> Greetings MBBirders.
>
> This is an experiment.
>
> Due to a temporary lack of a URL source, I’m combining 4 shots in an openable folder. To view these, just double click on the blue folder (below). Four thumbnails should appear. If you highlight and click all four, a nearly full screen image should appear with a vertical film strip of the remaining photos on the left. These can be manipulated in any way you wish.
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Date: 12/8/18 11:37 am
From: Jeff Poklen <jpkln...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] ICGU and RTHA @ 4 Mile Beach
Greetings MBBirders.

This is an experiment.

Due to a temporary lack of a URL source, I’m combining 4 shots in an openable folder. To view these, just double click on the blue folder (below). Four thumbnails should appear. If you highlight and click all four, a nearly full screen image should appear with a vertical film strip of the remaining photos on the left. These can be manipulated in any way you wish.

Please let me know if this works.

Thanks,

Jeff Poklen
Santa Cruz

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Date: 12/8/18 11:03 am
From: Miller, Paul <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's
Saw the HARRIS'S SPARROW on last chance Rd. at around 1030 this morning
with my friend Jonny Wahl. It was perched in tall weeds to the right of the
green gate that has no trespassing signs on it.
Paul Miller
Mount Hermon

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Date: 12/7/18 12:48 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Adult Bald Eagle Elkhorn Slough
In 38 years of birding the Elkhorn Slough, this is a first. Driving past the railroad trestle an Adult Bald Eagle was flying more or less south towards the hills on the inland side of Elkhorn Road. It landed in an oak tree to the right of a good sized fir. Nelson Samuels, Aromas

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Date: 12/7/18 11:31 am
From: Jeff Bleam <jcbleam...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] RF Booby
Continuing this morning a 710

Jeff Bleam
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Date: 12/7/18 7:37 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Snow Geese
A friend reported 2 Snow Geese near West Marine on Struve Slough yesterday afternoon

Larry

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Date: 12/6/18 9:17 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
We have the urns covered as well as helpers.
Thanks everyone!
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Date: 12/5/18 5:05 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] CBC Countdown Dinner
Hi Everyone,

This year's CBC is almost here! Please join us Dec 15th for the Countdown
Potluck Dinner, immediately following the count. Everyone is welcome,
counters and non counters alike. We had great attendance last year and fun
was had by all. Who knows what rare birds will be found this year!

Folks generally begin arriving about 5:00 or so and I would appreciate one
or two volunteers to help with set up beginning about 4:00, and take down
immediately after the dinner.

I'm also looking for 2 large coffee urns that we can borrow for the event.
They will be promptly returned after the dinner.

Please reply off list if you have an urn you can lend us.

Hope to see you there!

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The mobile home park is along Noble Creek and is located at:

5470 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073

The cross street is Soquel Drive and Pepperwood Way (not Silver Birch
Lane). There is a Stop and Go Market on the other side of Soquel Drive, to
mark vicinity.

The event center is along Del Rio Circle - the first left from Pepperwood
Way (all within park). There are 15 parking spaces at center, but more
parking a little farther down Del Rio Circle, along creek (~ 20 more spots).
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Date: 12/5/18 3:53 pm
From: Richard Griffith <magpiejay...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
Watched it on its usual gate perch on the Concrete Ship at Seacliff State Park from 2ish to 3ish this afternoon.


Margaret

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Date: 12/4/18 1:07 pm
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd this morning
Dec 4. The HARRIS'S SPARROW continues in the sparrow flock along Swanton Road. It seen near the corral area and along the road further south.
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This morning, Lois Goldfrank and I drove up to explore Swanton Rd during this break in the rains.  At Last Chance Rd, we ran into Glenn Tepke who had already spotted the continuing HARRIS’S SPARROW.  It had disappeared but we re-found it among other zonos though at some distance away, in the weedy field across the street from the corrals.  We were also treated to excellent looks at the continuing FERRUGINOUS HAWK plus several other birds of prey.  At one point, two immature RED-TAILED HAWKS got into a squabble and were flailing away at each other on the ground; the Ferruginous briefly got into the fight too but it then broke up and the birds separated, seemingly none the worse for the experience.  An accipiter was on the fence – we’re still looking at photos trying to decide if it was a Sharpie or a Coop.   We eventually headed south on Swanton Rd.  Just north of #482, a PILIATED WOODPECKER landed on the trunk of a large tree on our left, and quickly vanished on the back side of the tree.  We waited, listening to him call, then when he didn’t reappear, I finally inched my truck forward but unfortunately the movement flushed him and we watched him vanish down the gully into deep woods.  One RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (male) was in a fruit tree at a residence about 2 miles south of Last Chance Rd, and a BELTED KINGFISHER was on the power line above the road nearby, reminding us that a creek flowed off to our west.  Near the pond, a mature NORTHERN HARRIER male made close passes over us, and the BURROWING OWL came out of hiding long enough for some very bad photos.  The usual birds were on and around the pond. It was quite a good day for birds of prey – we ended up with 8 species, if we include the one Turkey Vulture we saw. Sharon HullLois Goldfrank

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Date: 12/4/18 12:45 pm
From: Earl Lebow <hawkowl...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] College Lake
I followed up on yesterdays report from College Lake this morning. Both the ROSS'S GOOSE and EURASIAN WIDGEON remain and in addition  there were 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the same location. Best viewing from the Northwestern corner of the cemetery. There were 8 species of dabbling ducks in this section including 1 CINNAMON TEAL and 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL.
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Date: 12/3/18 9:16 am
From: James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers
Yesterday noticed three HOME on Zayante Creek just upstream from the dam at
12:30.

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Date: 12/3/18 9:11 am
From: fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hooded Mergansers at Carmel Valley Ranch Resort
A pair of hoodies was in the golf pond near the club house Sunday.

Abnormally large numbers of Townsend's warblers were plucking some
recently-hatched flying insects from the air, repeatedly fluttering within
arm's reach of humans. The same behavior was not witnessed at Laguna Grande
the same day, so that kind of insect hatching may have been very localized.
Any idea what the bugs might be? This was in oaks 100 meters from the
Carmel River.

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Date: 12/2/18 7:48 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] December Birding Email for Santa Cruz County
For those interested, here is the birding email for Santa Cruz County for the month of December. With Alex Rinkert's input, it has been slightly edited from last years version to reflect current conditions. I hope many of you find it helpful.

December 2018


December is here already and even though the year is ending, there are still many winter birds to seek in Santa Cruz County. While winter irruptives such as American Robin, Varied Thrush, Pine Siskin, and Red-breasted Nuthatch have been scarce, keep watching your feeder for finches, the evening sky for robins, and mountain parks and Loma Prieta for others. Townsend’s Solitaire has been seen at various places in coastal California the past few weeks, and could turn up at the rarely visited Long Ridge Open Space Preserve or Castle Rock SP.



Be on the lookout for late migrant or over-wintering orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, flycatchers, and warblers which are sometimes found in early December. Least, Dusky, Hammond's, and Dusky-capped Flycatchers have all been found in December, as well as Summer Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and the occasional oriole. Over 20 species of warblers have turned up in past Decembers. Check coastal hotspots like Natural Bridges SB, Ocean View Park, and Lighthouse Field SB, especially where there is flowering or fruiting plants such as Eucalyptus, ivy, and other exotics. Bethany Curve hosted a Black-and-white Warbler the past few winters, and may be doing so again; one was seen there this November.



All of the regular duck species can be found now in the county’s waterbodies and ocean, and some rarities may be around as well. Along the coast Long-tailed and Harlequin are rare but possible, and scan for White-winged and Black Scoters among the many Surf Scoter flocks. Check places like Wilder Ranch SP and West Cliff Drive along the mid-county and north coast, and Manresa, Rio Del Mar and Sunset SB on the south county coast. Inland, be on the watch for Eurasian Wigeon which may be sighted among American Wigeon flocks at College Lake and the sloughs in Watsonville. Most species of geese can be found in the Pajaro Valley this time of year, along with rare Tundra Swans which might get blown coastward.



As for sea-watching along the coast, Black-vented Shearwaters are around in small numbers. Be sure to check the coast for birds that may have been blown ashore after winter storms. Now is a good time to search for Rhino and Cassin's Auklets. Seascape Park offers a nice vantage point where one may scan for alcids, scoters, and Red-necked Grebes, and Marbled Murrelets. Gulls are plentiful right now; watch for Glaucous Gulls which are occasionally spotted in December at river and creek mouths.



Finally, coming up on Saturday, December 15th, is the annual Santa Cruz Christmas Bird Count. Last year, we had 174 species on count day and 181 species during count week. Everyone's help is greatly desired and appreciated. If you are interested in participating, please contact Eric Feuss at <ericfeuss...> or call him at 831-477-0280.



There should be lots of great opportunities to bird this month, so get out there as much as you can! Happy Holidays and Good Birding!



Randy Wardle
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Date: 12/1/18 10:17 am
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ferruginous on Salinas Rd and hwy 1
There is a Ferugeson hawk parked at the exit overpass exit light poll on hwy 1 and new Salinas rd exit.cell phone picture not great.
Lisa Sheridan


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Date: 11/30/18 6:10 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: San Benito County today
Not sure what just happened to send that mid sentence, but it was a GREATER ROADRUNNER that I was treated to driving out of Mercey Hot Springs.

Kent Johnson
Boulder Creek
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I made a run down to Panoche Valley today, stopping at Paicines Reservoir and various points along Panoche Road. At Paicines Reservoir the water was low and distant, but held a lot of waterfowl, including three TUNDRA SWANS. Two BALD EAGLES were also in the area. Along Panoche Road bird numbers seemed low overall: I only saw one each of Phainopepla and Western Bluebird and just a few small flocks of sparrows. I did manage a couple of GOLDEN EAGLES. At Panoche Valley it continued rather slow. The only raptors I saw were a single Red-tailed Hawk and a couple American Kestrels. Low numbers of sparrows and no Horned Larks, though there were fair numbers of American Pipits. A distant flock of about a dozen shorebirds silhouetted in the sun might have been Mountain Plovers, but might have been Killdeers. They were about 1.5 miles east of Douglas Ranch on the south side of Panoche Road, down toward the creek. A CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was close to the road in the same area. About a dozen MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were at the corrals north of Shotgun Pass. I decided not to pay the $35 required to bird Mrecey Hot Springs; the guy at the desk said Long-eared, Barn and Great-horned Owls were all to be found on the property. I was treated to a

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Date: 11/30/18 6:07 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] San Benito County today
I made a run down to Panoche Valley today, stopping at Paicines Reservoir and various points along Panoche Road. At Paicines Reservoir the water was low and distant, but held a lot of waterfowl, including three TUNDRA SWANS. Two BALD EAGLES were also in the area. Along Panoche Road bird numbers seemed low overall: I only saw one each of Phainopepla and Western Bluebird and just a few small flocks of sparrows. I did manage a couple of GOLDEN EAGLES. At Panoche Valley it continued rather slow. The only raptors I saw were a single Red-tailed Hawk and a couple American Kestrels. Low numbers of sparrows and no Horned Larks, though there were fair numbers of American Pipits. A distant flock of about a dozen shorebirds silhouetted in the sun might have been Mountain Plovers, but might have been Killdeers. They were about 1.5 miles east of Douglas Ranch on the south side of Panoche Road, down toward the creek. A CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was close to the road in the same area. About a dozen MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were at the corrals north of Shotgun Pass. I decided not to pay the $35 required to bird Mrecey Hot Springs; the guy at the desk said Long-eared, Barn and Great-horned Owls were all to be found on the property. I was treated to a

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Date: 11/30/18 2:30 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
I went down to the NB overlook this morning to see if the storm had brought
in anything interesting. It was mostly the usuals, though numbers of winter
gulls are increasing (GLAUCOUS-WINGED, MEW, ICELAND, HERRING). There were a
couple of LONG-BILLED CURLEWS on the beach which was a nice find, they were
accompanied by WHIMBRELS and MARBLED GODWITS. An AMERICAN PIPIT was
foraging on the rock closest to the lot for some great views. The rangers
were keeping people off the beach because of the high surf, that definitely
helped.

Phil Brown

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Date: 11/30/18 2:23 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] FW: Swanton Rd this morning
Meant to include the link to our ebird reports with photos:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50325962 and
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50325630.

Sharon



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Sent: Friday, November 30, 2018 2:21 PM
To: 'MBB'
Subject: Swanton Rd this morning



This morning, Lois Goldfrank and I drove up to explore Swanton Rd during
this break in the rains. At Last Chance Rd, we ran into Glenn Tepke who had
already spotted the continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW. It had disappeared but we
re-found it among other zonos though at some distance away, in the weedy
field across the street from the corrals. We were also treated to excellent
looks at the continuing FERRUGINOUS HAWK plus several other birds of prey.
At one point, two immature RED-TAILED HAWKS got into a squabble and were
flailing away at each other on the ground; the Ferruginous briefly got into
the fight too but it then broke up and the birds separated, seemingly none
the worse for the experience. An accipiter was on the fence - we're still
looking at photos trying to decide if it was a Sharpie or a Coop.



We eventually headed south on Swanton Rd. Just north of #482, a PILIATED
WOODPECKER landed on the trunk of a large tree on our left, and quickly
vanished on the back side of the tree. We waited, listening to him call,
then when he didn't reappear, I finally inched my truck forward but
unfortunately the movement flushed him and we watched him vanish down the
gully into deep woods. One RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (male) was in a fruit
tree at a residence about 2 miles south of Last Chance Rd, and a BELTED
KINGFISHER was on the power line above the road nearby, reminding us that a
creek flowed off to our west. Near the pond, a mature NORTHERN HARRIER male
made close passes over us, and the BURROWING OWL came out of hiding long
enough for some very bad photos. The usual birds were on and around the
pond.



It was quite a good day for birds of prey - we ended up with 8 species, if
we include the one Turkey Vulture we saw.



Sharon Hull

Lois Goldfrank

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Date: 11/30/18 2:21 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swanton Rd this morning
This morning, Lois Goldfrank and I drove up to explore Swanton Rd during
this break in the rains. At Last Chance Rd, we ran into Glenn Tepke who had
already spotted the continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW. It had disappeared but we
re-found it among other zonos though at some distance away, in the weedy
field across the street from the corrals. We were also treated to excellent
looks at the continuing FERRUGINOUS HAWK plus several other birds of prey.
At one point, two immature RED-TAILED HAWKS got into a squabble and were
flailing away at each other on the ground; the Ferruginous briefly got into
the fight too but it then broke up and the birds separated, seemingly none
the worse for the experience. An accipiter was on the fence - we're still
looking at photos trying to decide if it was a Sharpie or a Coop.



We eventually headed south on Swanton Rd. Just north of #482, a PILIATED
WOODPECKER landed on the trunk of a large tree on our left, and quickly
vanished on the back side of the tree. We waited, listening to him call,
then when he didn't reappear, I finally inched my truck forward but
unfortunately the movement flushed him and we watched him vanish down the
gully into deep woods. One RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (male) was in a fruit
tree at a residence about 2 miles south of Last Chance Rd, and a BELTED
KINGFISHER was on the power line above the road nearby, reminding us that a
creek flowed off to our west. Near the pond, a mature NORTHERN HARRIER male
made close passes over us, and the BURROWING OWL came out of hiding long
enough for some very bad photos. The usual birds were on and around the
pond.



It was quite a good day for birds of prey - we ended up with 8 species, if
we include the one Turkey Vulture we saw.



Sharon Hull

Lois Goldfrank

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Date: 11/29/18 6:27 pm
From: Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Space Available on Sacramento Wildlife Refuges Trip this weekend
If anyone wants to join the Santa Cruz Bird Club’s trip to the Butte Sink and Sacramento National Wildlife refuge complex this weekend, there is plenty of space available.

Details are in the SC Bird Club newsletter, or can be found here: http://www.santacruzbirdclub.org/calendar.html

No need to contact me in advance at this point if you want to join.

Clay Kempf, Elkhorn

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Date: 11/27/18 10:15 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz Christmas Bird Count!
From: Santa Cruz Bird Club

Participants still needed for Dec. 15 Santa Cruz Christmas Bird Count

*The 62nd Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Santa Cruz County will be
held on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Counters are still very much
welcome. *

The count (*) is still looking for birders in four sections that are
comfortable with their terrestrial bird identification. These sections are
section 9 (Davenport association), section 11 (Wilder Inland association),
section 6 (Scotts Valley association) and section 5 (DeLaveaga/ Happy
Valley association). The count is currently at 70 counters and is looking
to add another six good birders and six intermediate birders. Last year,
the count had 92 observers in the field, for a total of almost 301 total
party hours, obtaining 174 species on count day and 182 species during
count week. Over 31 thousands individual birds counted.

Diversity and abundances remain the focus of the count, but there is
always the excitement of a possible vagrant.

*Please contact Eric Feuss at** <ericfeuss...>
<ericfeuss...> (preferred) or at 408-717-0421 (mobile).*

(*) Count circle sections are: Westside Santa Cruz (1); Lower San Lorenzo
/ Pogonip (2); Live Oak (3); Soquel / Capitola (4); Delaveaga / Happy
Valley (5); Scott's Valley / Mission Springs (6); Quail Hollow / Loch
Lomond (7); San Lorenzo Valley Watershed (Felton to Boulder Creek)(8a);
Empire Grade
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(8b); Davenport (9); Wilder Coast (10); Wilder Inland (11); UCSC (12);
Henry Cowell (13); Bonnie Doon (14)
~Eric Feuss. Count Organizer

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*GOOD NEWS ON THE CONSERVATION FRONT:*
The SCBC sent a letter to the Seaside City Council in support of the
Monterey Audubon Society’s request to launch a floating nesting island for
Heermann’s gulls in Roberts Lake.
The Seaside City Council approved this request at their Nov. 15th
meeting. *Here's
to a bright future for Heermann’s gulls!*

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Date: 11/26/18 1:35 pm
From: 'Elizabeth Van Dyke' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Out of Area: Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Leucistic Dunlin and Lesser Sandhill Cranes
Had a fun trip to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge and photographed what appears to be a LEUCISTIC DUNLIN. If anyone wants to see it, along with images of LESSER SANDHILL CRANES, WHITE-FACED IBIS, CINNAMON TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER and more, go to my flickr web site at https://www.flickr.com/people/birdwoman99/ <https://www.flickr.com/people/birdwoman99/> or go to flickr and type in my name.

Also, click on Page 2 to see LESSER SANDHILL CRANE images posted from previous years and video/audio of the evening fly-in.

Happy birding,

Elizabeth Van Dyke
Santa Cruz



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Date: 11/25/18 2:47 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Westcliff and Lighthouse FIeld
This mornings Bird Club walk started on Westcliff where we had nice views
of SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES. There were a smattering of MEW GULLS in
the cove, colder weather should bring more. Cliff Bixler found us a
surprise amongst the SURF SCOTERS, a pair of BUFFLEHEADS. After walking
Eastward a little Bobbie Mayer found us a RED-NECKED GREBE. There were a
few LOONS to be seen, a couple of RED-THROATED, a COMMON in the cove, and a
PACIFIC further out. We walked to the cormorant rock to compare all 3
(BRANDT'S, DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC) and admired the breeding plumaged
BROWN PELICANS. A couple of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS flew in while we watched.

On Lighthouse field we had great views of a pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS,
close looks at a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and a couple of RED-TAILED flew over.
There were the usual sparrows (FOX, SONG, GOLDEN and WHITE CROWNED). and
lots of BLACK PHOEBES calling. One SAY'S PHOEBE made a brief appearance on
the field.

Thanks to those who joined the trip, and those wanting copies of the ebird
lists should email me.

Phil Brown

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Date: 11/25/18 11:58 am
From: Gary Martindale <gary_martindale...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
Just got back from Swanton Rd Harris's Sparrow stakeout and just before I was getting ready to leave it appeared at the top of an apple tree.


Gary Martindale

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Date: 11/24/18 8:16 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Bonaparte’s Gull
Hi birders,

The Bonaparte's Gull was very cooperative today at the beach. Some fun
images best seen on a large screen:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_bonapartes_181124a.jpg

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_bonapartes_181124b.jpg

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/gulls_terns/gull_bonapartes_181124c.jpg

Oh, and the Red-footed Booby, showed up too late in the day to get
decent images. As Todd Newberry, one my first birding mentors said to
me, something to the effect: "When you go out birding with an open mind,
you will have an "Audubon Moment". You just can't predict what it will be."

So I went to photograph the Booby and took pictures of a gull instead.  :)

Fun birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

On 11/24/18 2:44 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> There’s a Bonaparte’s Gull at the Aptos Creek Mouth between the bathrooms and the ocean. By itself. Pictures later.
>
> Pete
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> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/24/18 2:44 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Bonaparte’s Gull
There’s a Bonaparte’s Gull at the Aptos Creek Mouth between the bathrooms and the ocean. By itself. Pictures later.

Pete

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Date: 11/24/18 11:52 am
From: Richard Griffith <magpiejay...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
I watched it from 8:45am to 9:45am. It was perched on the gate between gulls on the "Concrete Ship" at Sea Cliff Beach.


Margaret Perham

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Date: 11/23/18 8:38 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
Alvaro,You are correct and that is the issue with this proposal...no scientific reasoning. This is the allowance of culling a population based on commercial industry's perceived competition and people not liking how bird poop looks. From what I know, it was submitted by a combination of the commercial fishing industry and locals who didn't like the bird poop all over their properties. There is no scientific reason for or against a cull, no wording on enforcement or monitoring, and no wording on time in the future for evaluation of the law. It is a flawed proposal and can set a dangerous precedent for other species. -Chris Hartzell

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From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
To: 'Chris Hartzell' <c.hartzell...>; 'Mbbirds Bay Birds' <mbbirds...>
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 9:17 PM
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants

#yiv8907500319 #yiv8907500319 -- _filtered #yiv8907500319 {panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv8907500319 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv8907500319 {font-family:Verdana;panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;} _filtered #yiv8907500319 {font-family:Garamond;panose-1:2 2 4 4 3 3 1 1 8 3;}#yiv8907500319 #yiv8907500319 p.yiv8907500319MsoNormal, #yiv8907500319 li.yiv8907500319MsoNormal, #yiv8907500319 div.yiv8907500319MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv8907500319 a:link, #yiv8907500319 span.yiv8907500319MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv8907500319 a:visited, #yiv8907500319 span.yiv8907500319MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv8907500319 p.yiv8907500319msonormal0, #yiv8907500319 li.yiv8907500319msonormal0, #yiv8907500319 div.yiv8907500319msonormal0 {margin-right:0in;margin-left:0in;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv8907500319 span.yiv8907500319EmailStyle19 {font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv8907500319 .yiv8907500319MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;} _filtered #yiv8907500319 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv8907500319 div.yiv8907500319WordSection1 {}#yiv8907500319 Chris  You are assuming there is competition. The first step would be for someone to actually prove that cormorants decrease the number of commercial fish out there. But this is never done, and likely the two are totally unrelated. Population dynamics of predator-prey in complex systems such as the Great Lakes are not linear in the way that they suggest from this. Having said all that, the numbers of Double-crested Cormorants in some of the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Ontario, are huge. The dynamics within colonies are interesting as well, back in the day when I monitored and banded Double-crested Cormorants in Hamilton, Ontario they nested above Black-crowned Night Herons in colonies. They essentially drove out the herons due to the fecal matter dropping down on them. Smaller and growing cormorant colonies (in trees) were much more diverse, with herons in there, and maybe Ring-billed Gulls on the ground, but as they grew they became less diverse as other birds left the colony due to the overwhelming effect of the cormorants. They likely went elsewhere and did well elsewhere, but the dynamics were interesting. On big islands where the colonies were on the ground, the same dynamics did not occur. In any case, I doubt they have any data on cormorant and commercial fish in a way that they could prove that cormorants are having a negative effect. Alvaro  Alvaro <Jaramilloalvaro...>  From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> On Behalf Of Chris Hartzell
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 7:44 PM
To: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants  Complaints about Double-crested Cormorants eating too many fish (impacting commercial fisheries) and causing damage to private property has Ontario proposing a cull on the population in the form of establishing them as a game bird and allowing hunting. The proposal would allow hunting of them eight months of the year with a bag limit of 50 per day and no possession limit. There is no time period in years established, so it would be in effect until they do another population analysis at an unknown time in the distant future. This is being proposed even though the same agency states the population just reached stabilization and/or is declining.



Essentially, this is a proposed cull because the commercial fishing industry doesn't like the competition and locals don't like all the bird poop.



You can read the details at this link and use the "Submit a comment" button to tell the Environmental Registry of Ontario what you think. Public comments will be taken until January 3, 2019.



https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4124

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Date: 11/23/18 8:17 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
Chris

You are assuming there is competition. The first step would be for someone to actually prove that cormorants decrease the number of commercial fish out there. But this is never done, and likely the two are totally unrelated. Population dynamics of predator-prey in complex systems such as the Great Lakes are not linear in the way that they suggest from this. Having said all that, the numbers of Double-crested Cormorants in some of the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Ontario, are huge. The dynamics within colonies are interesting as well, back in the day when I monitored and banded Double-crested Cormorants in Hamilton, Ontario they nested above Black-crowned Night Herons in colonies. They essentially drove out the herons due to the fecal matter dropping down on them. Smaller and growing cormorant colonies (in trees) were much more diverse, with herons in there, and maybe Ring-billed Gulls on the ground, but as they grew they became less diverse as other birds left the colony due to the overwhelming effect of the cormorants. They likely went elsewhere and did well elsewhere, but the dynamics were interesting. On big islands where the colonies were on the ground, the same dynamics did not occur. In any case, I doubt they have any data on cormorant and commercial fish in a way that they could prove that cormorants are having a negative effect.

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> On Behalf Of Chris Hartzell
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 7:44 PM
To: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants



Complaints about Double-crested Cormorants eating too many fish (impacting commercial fisheries) and causing damage to private property has Ontario proposing a cull on the population in the form of establishing them as a game bird and allowing hunting. The proposal would allow hunting of them eight months of the year with a bag limit of 50 per day and no possession limit. There is no time period in years established, so it would be in effect until they do another population analysis at an unknown time in the distant future. This is being proposed even though the same agency states the population just reached stabilization and/or is declining.







Essentially, this is a proposed cull because the commercial fishing industry doesn't like the competition and locals don't like all the bird poop.







You can read the details at this link and use the "Submit a comment" button to tell the Environmental Registry of Ontario what you think. Public comments will be taken until January 3, 2019.







https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4124





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Date: 11/23/18 7:44 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Proposal to cull Double-crested Cormorants
Complaints about Double-crested Cormorants eating too many fish (impacting commercial fisheries) and causing damage to private property has Ontario proposing a cull on the population in the form of establishing them as a game bird and allowing hunting. The proposal would allow hunting of them eight months of the year with a bag limit of 50 per day and no possession limit. There is no time period in years established, so it would be in effect until they do another population analysis at an unknown time in the distant future. This is being proposed even though the same agency states the population just reached stabilization and/or is declining.

Essentially, this is a proposed cull because the commercial fishing industry doesn't like the competition and locals don't like all the bird poop.

You can read the details at this link and use the "Submit a comment" button to tell the Environmental Registry of Ontario what you think. Public comments will be taken until January 3, 2019.

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4124
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Date: 11/21/18 4:26 pm
From: <cdleescott...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Geese on Pioneer Rd.
Hello,
Can anyone confirm the nine, what I assume must be Ross's Geese, on the
south side of Pioneer Rd. at the very bottom of the hill? Have been there
at least since Monday. Were in the large livestock pasture,(where there are
often hundreds of gulls) but today they were on the west side of the house
foraging in the grass. Only had old "car" binoculars.. but it looked as if
some had the shorter bills of a Ross', but then a couple appeared to have
longer bills?

thanks!
cindy scott

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Date: 11/20/18 8:29 am
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Abridged summary of - 10 updates in 8 topics
Rita Carratello's email apparently was hacked; she is working with the provider right now to fix this. In the meantime, do not open any attachments sent by her last night.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks, Don

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Date: 11/20/18 8:19 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Porter Sesnon Walk
Hi,

It's in Aptos, corner of McGregor & New Brighton Road.
East of New Brighton State Park.

Lisa Fay

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Date: 11/20/18 3:31 am
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Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Abridged summary of - 10 updates in 8 topics

Good Morning,




Please find attached doc.




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atlas annual report -1 UpdateBurrowing Owl near Swanton Pond -1 UpdateStruve Slough to Swanton Road (S. to N. SC County) -1 Updateleucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski -2 UpdatesSwamp sparrow still at Swanton Pond -1 UpdateHarris’s Sparrow, second day -1 UpdateBald Eagle -1 UpdateBlack scoter -2 Updates

atlas annual report


 "Alex Rinkert" : Nov 18 06:09PM -0800

Birders,
 

 
Significant progress was made on the breeding bird atlas this year. Please
visit the Santa Cruz Bird Club website to view the annual report summarizing
our first two years of field...more
 


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Burrowing Owl near Swanton Pond


 Barry McLaughlin : Nov 18 05:06PM -0800

My wife and I made quick stop just after 10 am at the pond looking for the Burrowning Owl. It was sitting on the embankment on the side of the hill directly opposite the pullout on Swanton Road at...more
 


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Struve Slough to Swanton Road (S. to N. SC County)


 "Eric Feuss" : Nov 18 05:03PM -0800

Today's Santa Cruz Bird Club trip went from south to north county.
 

 
A great thanks to Brian for posting sightings as went along, while I drove -
what a team.
 

 
To round out some...more
 


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leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski


 Donald Glasco : Nov 18 12:23PM -0800

I refound Ryan’s partial leucistic RSHA. I watched it eating a large frog with a yellowish underneath. Appears to be a Yellow-legged Frog. I had no idea they were here.
Mediocre photos at ...more
 

 Don Roberson : Nov 18 04:04PM -0800

Cool bird but just for the record, the frog is a non-native Bullfrog. The only 'yellow-legged' frog in Monterey County is Foothill Yellow-legged Frog, and it is now extremely rare and local in the...more
 


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Swamp sparrow still at Swanton Pond


 David Apgar : Nov 18 11:50PM

A swamp sparrow continued 9-10 this am among flock of down-in-the-weeds Savannah sparrow at northwest end of pond; 2 other sparrows with clear breasts appeared briefly on mud flat at other end, too...more
 


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Harris’s Sparrow, second day


 Brian Schnack : Nov 18 09:30PM

Inspired by Alex’ sighting yesterday, Eric, Norman, Nico, and I spotted (starting at 1:10 or so) the Harris’s Sparrow on Swanton right to the east of Ladt Chance. Same spot — behind the ranch...more
 


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Bald Eagle


 Brian Schnack : Nov 18 08:22PM

Now at swanton pond, ferruginous hawk is present, and very unexpectedly, a bald eagle flying over the fields beyond the pond. Shrike was also here.
 
Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes. Beat Navy.
...more
 


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Black scoter


 Brian Schnack : Nov 18 04:09PM

Hey all,
Currently with a smalll group (SC bird club) at sea bright, and we have the booby along with the black scoter. Also had red throated and common loons.
 
Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes....more
 

 Brian Schnack : Nov 18 04:14PM

Also just got the red necked!
 
Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes. Beat Navy.
 
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Date: 11/19/18 9:21 pm
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow...errr, no, Ferruginous Hawk, Yes
Hi All,

After a 30 minute attempt to see the Harris's Sparrow this afternoon, I can
report that I failed to find it...almost certainly because I was looking on
the wrong side of the road. The sparrow was probably standing next to my
car the whole time... no doubt laughing at me. I'm going to blame the
smoke, but really I should read those emails more carefully.

As I was leaving, though, I noticed a light-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK sitting
on the hilltop, taking in the whole scene.

Jim

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Date: 11/19/18 5:10 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: FW: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
Sorry – I neglected to add that we observed the bird around 10:45-11:15am this morning.

Sharon Hull



From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Sharon Hull
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow



The HARRIS’S SPARROW continued today at Swanton Rd & Last Chance Rd, still foraging in the dry fields & paddocks opposite the homes and going for occasional drinks at the watering trough. Other birds of note there: a large flock of Western Meadowlarks were on the hill behind the watering trough (we estimated 30 individuals) and 6 Western Bluebirds also came to drink at the trough. See ebird report with photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50062886.



Sharon Hull & Bobbie Mayer

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Date: 11/19/18 5:06 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow
The HARRIS'S SPARROW continued today at Swanton Rd & Last Chance Rd, still
foraging in the dry fields & paddocks opposite the homes and going for
occasional drinks at the watering trough. Other birds of note there: a
large flock of Western Meadowlarks were on the hill behind the watering
trough (we estimated 30 individuals) and 6 Western Bluebirds also came to
drink at the trough. See ebird report with photos at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50062886.



Sharon Hull & Bobbie Mayer

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Date: 11/18/18 6:09 pm
From: Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] atlas annual report
Birders,



Significant progress was made on the breeding bird atlas this year. Please
visit the Santa Cruz Bird Club website to view the annual report summarizing
our first two years of field work.

<https://santacruzbirdclub.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=83047d39338747
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http://scbirdingguide.org/BBA/AtlasYear2_AnnualReport.pdf

Participation in the atlas doubled as did the submissions of confirmed
breeding observations. In the report you will also find maps showing our
progress to date and the first comparison of observations from Atlas I
(1987-93) and Atlas II (2017-18). Mark your calendars for the return of the
atlasing season in March 2019! Thank you for your continued support of the
breeding bird atlas.

Alex Rinkert
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Date: 11/18/18 5:06 pm
From: Barry McLaughlin <bsmclaugh...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Burrowing Owl near Swanton Pond
My wife and I made quick stop just after 10 am at the pond looking for the Burrowning Owl. It was sitting on the embankment on the side of the hill directly opposite the pullout on Swanton Road at the north end of the pond. Too far for anything other than an id photo.
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Date: 11/18/18 5:03 pm
From: Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Struve Slough to Swanton Road (S. to N. SC County)
Today's Santa Cruz Bird Club trip went from south to north county.



A great thanks to Brian for posting sightings as went along, while I drove -
what a team.



To round out some sightings of note (not including sightings already posted
by Brian):



Lee Road / Struve Slough = West Struve Slough

2 HOODED MERGANSERS (1 male/female pair) seen from Lee Road in Struve Slough
where is joins Watsonville Slough. These were scope birds.

9 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES (4 male and five female) - moving around and
spread-out

1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER

20+ TREE / VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS - at least 2 Violet-green and 6 Tree - the
rest of group moving through was not scrutinized



Harkins Slough

1 CANVASBACK (Male)

2 WILSON SNIPE

16 WHITE-FACED IBIS



Some numbers of CINNIMON TEAL (~20) and GREEN-WINGED TEAL (~20), here,
too.



Hwy 1 and Dimeo Road - near landfill / Wilder Ranch horse camp / artificial
ponds (private property / Granite Rock quarry ponds???)

2 BALD EAGLES - one adult pair circling over area, slow south movement.
Open question as it is one of the birds is the same one seen flying south
past Swanton Road pond, earlier.



Happy Birding

Eric Feuss (Soquel)













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Date: 11/18/18 4:06 pm
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
Cool bird but just for the record, the frog is a non-native Bullfrog. The only 'yellow-legged' frog in Monterey County is Foothill Yellow-legged Frog, and it is now extremely rare and local in the Diablo Range foothills. I've only ever seen (and photographed) it at one MTY site.

Cheers, Don

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Date: 11/18/18 3:50 pm
From: David Apgar <d_apgar...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swamp sparrow still at Swanton Pond
A swamp sparrow continued 9-10 this am among flock of down-in-the-weeds Savannah sparrow at northwest end of pond; 2 other sparrows with clear breasts appeared briefly on mud flat at other end, too far for me to separate from other possibilities (eg immature white-throated). At least one ferruginous hawk appeared over rise to north at 10 am accompanied by a red-tailed hawk and another large hawk that dove again quickly out of sight. Two sora heard not seen. No sign of clay-colored sparrow or burrowing owl. Immature bald eagle flew south along Route 1 between 2 ends of Swanton Rd around 10:15.

Swanton pond summary:

10 Mallard
6 American widgeon
8 Green-winged teal (but where are the drakes?)
18 Ring-necked duck
2 Bufflehead
4 Ruddy duck
California quail calling at both ends of pond
2 Pied-billed grebe
12 Rock pigeon
24 American coot
2 Sora (noted above)
2 Killdeer (at least)
1 Wilson's snipe
1 Great egret
2 Red-tailed hawk (1 noted above)
1 Ferruginous hawk (at least, noted above)
1 American kestrel (female)
1 Say's phoebe
6 Black phoebe
2 California scrub jay
12 American crow
2 Bewick's wren
1 Ruby-crowned kinglet
30 European starling
3 Purple finch
12 House finch
5 American goldfinch
20 Lesser goldfinch
1 Fox sparrow
12 Savannah sparrow (mentioned above)
2 Song sparrow
1 Swamp sparrow (at least, mentioned above, maybe 3)
15 Golden-crowned sparrow
25 White-crowned sparrow (1 leucistic)
2 Dark-eyed junco (Oregon)
1 Western meadowlark
30 Bicolored blackbird
15 Tricolored blackbird
12 Brewer's blackbird
10 Yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's)

David Apgar

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Date: 11/18/18 1:30 pm
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris’s Sparrow, second day
Inspired by Alex’ sighting yesterday, Eric, Norman, Nico, and I spotted (starting at 1:10 or so) the Harris’s Sparrow on Swanton right to the east of Ladt Chance. Same spot — behind the ranch house at the wood pile, on the post, then crossing over to the cattle stables on the other side of the road.

Will add photos later. Cheers Eric!

Brian

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Date: 11/18/18 12:23 pm
From: 'Donald Glasco' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
I refound Ryan’s partial leucistic RSHA. I watched it eating a large frog with a yellowish underneath. Appears to be a Yellow-legged Frog. I had no idea they were here.
Mediocre photos at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50023740


Don Glasco
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> On Nov 17, 2018, at 1:35 PM, Jean Harrison <seajean...> wrote:
>
> Beautiful! Thank you. Jean Harrison
>
> From: Ryan Carle <>
> Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2018 1:03 PM
> To: <mbbirds...> <>
> Subject: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
>
> There was what appeared to be a leucistic RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Zmudowksi State Beach today near the pond. There is a photo of it here <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k0ArjzwH8IRBsHwpOxQ9Ys8Eb3Rq5PPD/view?usp=sharing>.
>
> Also at the pond there was a group of ~15 SNOW GEESE, 23 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and four CANVASBACK. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also around the area.
>
> On the Pajaro River, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE are back. And many usual suspects were around too.
>
> Ryan Carle,
> Soquel
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Date: 11/18/18 12:22 pm
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Bald Eagle
Now at swanton pond, ferruginous hawk is present, and very unexpectedly, a bald eagle flying over the fields beyond the pond. Shrike was also here.

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Date: 11/18/18 8:14 am
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Black scoter
Also just got the red necked!

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Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:09 AM
To: mbbirds
Subject: Black scoter

Hey all,
Currently with a smalll group (SC bird club) at sea bright, and we have the booby along with the black scoter. Also had red throated and common loons.

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Date: 11/18/18 8:09 am
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black scoter
Hey all,
Currently with a smalll group (SC bird club) at sea bright, and we have the booby along with the black scoter. Also had red throated and common loons.

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Date: 11/17/18 3:57 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red footed Booby back
The Red Footed Boobie has just returned to his perch for the evening at the end of the pir at 3:55pm.


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Date: 11/17/18 2:55 pm
From: Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Harris's Sparrow at Swanton Rd
This morning there was a HARRIS'S SPARROW on Swanton Rd near Last Chance Rd.
The Harris's was initially foraging with other sparrows in the grassland
opposite the row of houses at the entrance to Last Chance Rd, then it flew
in for a drink at the water trough close to Swanton Rd. Some photos can be
seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50004673



A female GADWALL in the lagoon at Waddell Beach was notable for the location
and 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS (one adult, one juv) continued at Swanton Pond.



Alex Rinkert

Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/17/18 1:35 pm
From: Jean Harrison <seajean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
Beautiful! Thank you. Jean Harrison

From: Ryan Carle
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2018 1:03 PM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski

There was what appeared to be a leucistic RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Zmudowksi State Beach today near the pond. There is a photo of it here.


Also at the pond there was a group of ~15 SNOW GEESE, 23 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and four CANVASBACK. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also around the area.

On the Pajaro River, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE are back. And many usual suspects were around too.


Ryan Carle,

Soquel

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Date: 11/17/18 1:03 pm
From: Ryan Carle <monocerata...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] leucistic red-shouldered hawk at zmudowski
There was what appeared to be a leucistic RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Zmudowksi
State Beach today near the pond. There is a photo of it here
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k0ArjzwH8IRBsHwpOxQ9Ys8Eb3Rq5PPD/view?usp=sharing>.


Also at the pond there was a group of ~15 SNOW GEESE, 23 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and four CANVASBACK. A PEREGRINE
FALCON was also around the area.

On the Pajaro River, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE are back. And many
usual suspects were around too.

Ryan Carle,
Soquel

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Date: 11/17/18 9:42 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Two White-Throated Sparrows in Garden
Hi birders,

Last weekend I wrote about finding a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the
garden after 12 years. Well, I might not have been accurate. There are
actually 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in the garden now. I tried to get a
picture with both birds in focus and looking towards me. No such luck,
but I did shoot a few images with at least both birds in the same frame.
Added them and others to the morning ebird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49992287

Pete Sole
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Date: 11/16/18 8:23 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Wigeon at Shorebirds Pond
I swung by Shorebirds late Friday afternoon to see what was in the pond and among the many ducks was a wigeon that stood out from the rest. Its head color was much more cinnamon looking than the ones around it. I wasn't sure if it was a hybrid, so I took some photos and Alex has confirmed that it is a EURASIAN WIGEON. Here is a link to my eBird report with a few photos of the duck.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49986103


Good Birding,
Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 11/16/18 3:23 pm
From: Richard Griffith <magpiejay...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby
Watched the RFB from 1pm to 3pm on the Seacliff Concrete Ship. It looks fine preening on the usual gate. Feeding frenzy still ongoing.


Thank you , Lisa Fay, for an enjoyable bird walk at Twin Lakes SP this morning.


Margaret

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Date: 11/16/18 11:43 am
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MTY 400 Club update
We are pleased to announce that a new member has joined the "Monterey
County 400 Club". Further, we have updated totals for all club members. 
Many added 2-4 county birds in just the last four months, given the
quantity and quality of rarities since our last Club update in July. 
Check it all out at
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTY_400.html

Thanks
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Date: 11/16/18 8:07 am
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SWAMP sparrow
Hi all,

There were two SWAMP SPARROWS at the Swanton Berry Farm pond yesterday, one
at either end of the pond. I also saw a couple of SORA, lots of CROWNED
SPARROWS, YR WARBLERS, and a pretty good assortment of ducks (RING-NECKED,
RUDDY, BUFFLEHEAD, AM WIGEON, MALLARD) and COOTS. I didn't see the Merlin,
Ferruginous Hawk, or Clay-colored sparrow, but smoke and humanity were
getting me down, so it wasn't a long visit.

A coyote ran between the cows across the hill behind the pond.

Fuzzy photos of the swamp sparrows here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmaughn/

Jim

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Date: 11/15/18 8:03 pm
From: Rita Carratello <merops22...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MPCBC 12/27/18 save the date
Hi MBBers,

The Monterey Peninsula Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Thursday, December 27. I have quite a few territories in need of coverage this year. Start planning now if you have a team who wants to spend a day birding in a world class destination.

Afterwards join a lively crowd in Pacific Grove for the countdown and a dinner of soup, salad, bread, and dessert for only $5.00. (vegan options)

Contact:

Rita Carratello
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The Big Sur Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 16.

Contact:

Blake Matheson
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Date: 11/15/18 9:49 am
From: M Levy <levysantacruz...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Help IDing Sapsucker
Nice birding this morning at Bethany Curve between Alta and Plateau. Many
American (?) Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings, Downy Woodpecker, Anna's
Hummingbird. Seemingly hanging out with the Downy Woodpecker was a
Sapsucker, with a strong vertical white bar on the wing, speckled back,
large red areas on crown and throat, distinct diagonal black line behind
eye and white line below eye. Can anyone help ID what kind of Sapsucker it
is?

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Date: 11/14/18 5:25 pm
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
Per earlier note, here's link with photo:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18401318

Lee Jaffe

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 5:10 PM Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:

> I spotted what I think is a Tropical Kingbird at Schwan Lake this
> afternoon. I was walking along the path from Twin Lakes SB and spotted a
> bright yellow bird land on the top of a eucalyptus directly overhead. I
> managed a few photos but they are from underneath. Even so, you can
> definitely see the bright yellow chest and make out a largish dark beak and
> dark wings. I'll post photos when I get a chance. -- Lee Jaffe
>
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:20 PM David Apgar <D_Apgar...> wrote:
>
>> A tropical kingbird continued at 12:50 pm on the wires along Pacific Ave
>> between Laurel and Spruce Streets, preferring the east side of the street.
>> That means it's ignoring a bee-covered flowering ornamental that has drawn
>> the attention of a black phoebe on the southeast corner of Pacific and
>> Spruce.
>>
>> But it's closer to the garbage bins behind the Saturn Cafe.
>>
>> David
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Date: 11/14/18 5:10 pm
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
I spotted what I think is a Tropical Kingbird at Schwan Lake this
afternoon. I was walking along the path from Twin Lakes SB and spotted a
bright yellow bird land on the top of a eucalyptus directly overhead. I
managed a few photos but they are from underneath. Even so, you can
definitely see the bright yellow chest and make out a largish dark beak and
dark wings. I'll post photos when I get a chance. -- Lee Jaffe

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:20 PM David Apgar <D_Apgar...> wrote:

> A tropical kingbird continued at 12:50 pm on the wires along Pacific Ave
> between Laurel and Spruce Streets, preferring the east side of the street.
> That means it's ignoring a bee-covered flowering ornamental that has drawn
> the attention of a black phoebe on the southeast corner of Pacific and
> Spruce.
>
> But it's closer to the garbage bins behind the Saturn Cafe.
>
> David
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Date: 11/14/18 4:39 pm
From: 'Jonathan Wahl' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
Hope this is how you send these emails...

Tropical Kingbird still present as of 4:30. Sitting near top of small sycamore tree by barb wire fence and telephone wires at the triangle formed by Laurel, Spruce, and Front.

Cheers,

Jonny Wahl


> On Nov 14, 2018, at 1:20 PM, David Apgar <D_Apgar...> wrote:
>
> A tropical kingbird continued at 12:50 pm on the wires along Pacific Ave between Laurel and Spruce Streets, preferring the east side of the street. That means it's ignoring a bee-covered flowering ornamental that has drawn the attention of a black phoebe on the southeast corner of Pacific and Spruce.
>
> But it's closer to the garbage bins behind the Saturn Cafe.
>
> David
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Date: 11/14/18 4:27 pm
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Clay colored sparrow
Sorry for the mass email, but I want to clarify that the bunting comment was a joke referencing the leucistic white crowned sparrow

Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes. Beat Navy.

________________________________
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:43 PM
To: mbbirds
Subject: Re: Clay colored sparrow

Follow up from Brian. The burrowing owl has been out on the regular location - the clay / dirt berm across the field.[Image]


Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes. Beat Navy.

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From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:25 PM
To: mbbirds
Subject: Clay colored sparrow

Just got the clay colored sparrow at swanton pond. Seen perched on the brush next to the shed near the road, then took off into the field and wasn’t found again. “Snow bunting” was also present.
-Nico

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Date: 11/14/18 3:43 pm
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Clay colored sparrow
Follow up from Brian. The burrowing owl has been out on the regular location - the clay / dirt berm across the field.[Image]


Sent from phone. Go Hawkeyes. Beat Navy.

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From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:25 PM
To: mbbirds
Subject: Clay colored sparrow

Just got the clay colored sparrow at swanton pond. Seen perched on the brush next to the shed near the road, then took off into the field and wasn’t found again. “Snow bunting” was also present.
-Nico

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Date: 11/14/18 3:26 pm
From: Brian Schnack <theschnack...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Clay colored sparrow
Just got the clay colored sparrow at swanton pond. Seen perched on the brush next to the shed near the road, then took off into the field and wasn’t found again. “Snow bunting” was also present.
-Nico

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Date: 11/14/18 1:20 pm
From: David Apgar <D_Apgar...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tropical kingbird downtown on Pacific nr Laurel
A tropical kingbird continued at 12:50 pm on the wires along Pacific Ave between Laurel and Spruce Streets, preferring the east side of the street. That means it's ignoring a bee-covered flowering ornamental that has drawn the attention of a black phoebe on the southeast corner of Pacific and Spruce.

But it's closer to the garbage bins behind the Saturn Cafe.

David

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Date: 11/14/18 11:09 am
From: Matt Miller <millerneary...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tropical Kingbird
Currently see Tropical kingbird perched on top of tree at the corner of Spruce st. And front st. Downtown Santa Cruz. 11:08am. Calling conspicuously.

Matt Miller
Santa Cruz, CA

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Date: 11/13/18 3:29 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] E. Of Hollister ebirding on my ebike
Make that a 300mm lens.

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Date: 11/13/18 2:42 pm
From: Nelson Samuels <samnelo...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] E. Of Hollister ebirding on my ebike
Yesterday afternoon I loaded my electric bicycle on the car and drove out to just past the John Smith dump on John Smith Rd then began birding aboard the stealth bike. Stealth because it makes almost no noise and pedaling is optional so you can approach a subject without pedaling or sound.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49911848
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49911537
These are two links to the lists I submitted to eBird with photos. I took my old camera with a 200mm lens. Nelson Samuels, Aromas

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Date: 11/13/18 1:13 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Redhead at Westlake Park
Still here, loosely associating with 3 Ring-necked Ducks, at 12:45pm



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/13/18 1:11 pm
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Apologies for personal email accidentally linked to MBB!
Hi All, Sorry for our after dinner thanks going out to the list! I had
pulled up the MBB email address so I could copy it to pass on to our
friends, but forgot to erase it out of the address field..... Oops!

Carol Pecot with egg on face!

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Date: 11/13/18 11:26 am
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Baldwin Creek and Swanton
I visited Baldwin Creek on Monday and was able to find the Lesser Scaup,
Common Goldeneye, Green-winged Teal,, a couple of Wilson's Snipes, plus the
female Hooded Merganser, reported by Phil Brown. The Merganser was
originally in the smaller pond parallel to the beach, but later emerged at
the top of the creek (or was that a 2nd Merganser?). I also spotted what
I'm pretty sure was a 2nd (or 3rd) female Hooded Merganser in the larger
pond to the south, visible from the RR tracks. A few Mallards, Pied-billed
Grebes and Northern Shovelers, and a lot of Coots. Less luck with
raptors: several Red-tailed Hawks and White-tailed Kite, but I did get to
watch the Kite harass on of the Hawks. Also saw a Snowy Egret chase a
Black-crowned Night-heron from one pond to the other. On the beach,
Sanderlings (look for one with a lame left leg). In the water, a few Surf
Scoters and a large flock of gulls off-shore. Along the RR tracks and
back to Hwy 1: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western Meadowlark, Say's Phoebe,
Common Yellowthroat and lots of White-crowned Sparrows.

Lee Jaffe

On Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 8:55:34 PM UTC-8, pdpbrown wrote:
>
> Todays Santa Cruz Bird Club trip took in Baldwin (no gull flock) and
> Swaton Pon. We had LESSER SCAUP, multiple WILSON'S SNIPE and a big array of
> raptors at Baldwin (WHITE-TAILED KITE, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED
> HAWK, MERLIN, COOPERS HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL and TURKEY
> VULTURE), and good selection of ducks on the ponds (NORTHERN SHOVELLER,
> COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, LESSER SCAUP and a very surprising
> female type HOODED MERGANSER).
> There were a few SANDERLINGS on the beach but few shorebirds otherwise.
>
> On to Swanton pond where on stepping out of our cars we had LOGGERHEAD
> SHRIKE and FERRUGiNOUS HAWK within 3 minutes. There were lots of
> RING-NECKED DUCKS on the pond, a couple of WOOD DUCKS, a couple of RUDDY
> DUCKS, a number of AMERICAN WIGEON, one GADWALL and MALLARDS. SORAS were
> plentiful and easy to see, and we did find one observable VIRGINIA RAIL.
> SAVANNAH, WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were seen. There was also a
> big flock of TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS.
>
> We had 69 species for the morning.
>
> Thanks to all who joined the group and helped find birds.
>
> Phil Brown
>

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Date: 11/13/18 10:45 am
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Swanton pond
I returned to Swanton Pond this morning, and was quickly rewarded with a
view of the continuing BURROWING OWL standing on the earth bank on the
hillside to the NE. The continuing SWAMP SPARROW was also found under the
pump house. I wandered around on the berm for a bit looking at the ducks (a
BUFFLEHEAD pair was an addition to the flock from Sunday). As I left I was
surprised to find a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the NW corner of the berm.

Phil Brown

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Date: 11/13/18 10:33 am
From: Michael Bolte <mjbolte...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Redhead at Westlake Pond
Still there Tuesday at 7 am

Mike

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Date: 11/13/18 12:51 am
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: pumpkin party
Hi Arnie and Reed (don't know Reed's email, so can you pass it on?)

Thanks for coming to dinner tonight, we enjoyed spending time with you and
getting to know each other a bit more. Dan and I are impressed with you
just jumping into the move to Santa Cruz!

In case you are interested in receiving email notifications of cool birds,
the email is <mbbirds...> If you decide to try and there is a
problem getting through, let me know - I may need to get you contact info
in another way. I would guess that if you go to the SC bird club website,
it might have another way to access it.

We are looking forward to another dinner together!
Carol and Dan

On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:04 PM Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> wrote:

> Sounds good! See you then.
> Carol
>
>
> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 9:35 PM arnold alper <arnoldalper36...>
> wrote:
>
>> We can't make it before 6pm. Can we meet you at the restaurant then?
>> Arnie
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 8:07 PM Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> The dishes at Sawasdee looked good, plus it would be nice to look out at
>>> the ocean :-) I think that would be our top choice, and having Dharma's
>>> as a fallback would be good.
>>>
>>> What would be a good time for you? Dan and I tend to eat late, but
>>> given the view do we want to be there for sunset-ish? (not even sure what
>>> time that is, though)
>>>
>>> What do you think?
>>> Carol
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 7:34 PM arnold alper <arnoldalper36...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thanks Carol. Inside sounds good. We are also fine with Dharma thinking
>>>> that maybe on a Monday night it might not be as busy (noisy?).
>>>> Arnie
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 7:15 PM Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi Arnie,
>>>>>
>>>>> Yes, we are looking forward to it! A few things came up and we lost
>>>>> track of looking at the restaurants. We will check those out tonight and
>>>>> send another email. Where ever we eat, I will want it to be inside, as I
>>>>> need to minimize my exposure with the smoky air due to asthma.
>>>>>
>>>>> We will send a second email as soon as we get home and take a look at
>>>>> the menus.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Carol
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sunday, November 11, 2018, arnold alper <arnoldalper36...>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi Carol,
>>>>>> Are we on for dinner tomorrow, Monday?
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> Arnie
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 10:35 PM arnold alper <
>>>>>> <arnoldalper36...> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>> I don't think Laili is open on Monday.
>>>>>>> Other places that we thought of:
>>>>>>> Hom, a new Korean restaurant on Pacific Ave that we wanted to try
>>>>>>> where you can "build your own" meal. Casual. Inside and outside seating.
>>>>>>> Sawasdee by the Sea, a Thai restaurant that has a view of the Bay,
>>>>>>> near the Santa Cruz wharf.
>>>>>>> What do you think?
>>>>>>> Arnie
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 8:27 PM Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> The 12th would be good for us. What might be good places? Expense
>>>>>>>> range? On the higher range is Laili, which looks like it might have
>>>>>>>> several Vegan options (but I'm sure I don't know the specifics). Dharma's
>>>>>>>> absolutely would have vegan, and is less expensive, but not a good place
>>>>>>>> for talking (sort of loud). What are some places you like?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>> Carol
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:07 PM arnold alper <
>>>>>>>> <arnoldalper36...> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>>> We look forward to seeing pictures of your latest creations! We
>>>>>>>>> have conflicts that wouldn't let us get together before dinner time on
>>>>>>>>> November 10 - Perhaps the 12th would be a better date. Let us know what
>>>>>>>>> would work for you.
>>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>>> Arnie
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 2:22 AM Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
>>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Hi Arnie,
>>>>>>>>>> We're exhausted, but the party was fun! Since our nephew had
>>>>>>>>>> open heart surgery several months ago, he and Dan carved one of the giants
>>>>>>>>>> into a representation of same. They have the chest and ribs, but still
>>>>>>>>>> working on the heart to have by Wed. I've got the other giant going into a
>>>>>>>>>> spider, but need to cut out the legs.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Monday 11/12 or Sat 11/10 sound best to me, but I need to check
>>>>>>>>>> with Dan. Do you like honey? Dan and I are going to a honey tasting in
>>>>>>>>>> Los Gatos on Sat 11/10 (12-4). If that sounded like fun, we could eat out
>>>>>>>>>> over on that side of the hill.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Thoughts?
>>>>>>>>>> Carol
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 7:56 PM arnold alper <
>>>>>>>>>> <arnoldalper36...> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>>>>> What an amazing pumpkin! We hope you had a great time yesterday.
>>>>>>>>>>> Sorry that we could not make it.
>>>>>>>>>>> We would also love to have dinner with you. Do any of these
>>>>>>>>>>> dates work for you: Saturday 11/10, Monday 11/12, Monday 11/19 or Tuesday
>>>>>>>>>>> 11/20?
>>>>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>>>>> Arnie
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 2:30 PM Carol Pecot <
>>>>>>>>>>> <carol.pecot...> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Hi Arnie (and Reed),
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is the info about the party in case you get swept up in
>>>>>>>>>>>> the desire to drive to Berkeley to carve pumpkins. Sorry it took so long,
>>>>>>>>>>>> we were in a desperate rush to load the big ones and get up to Berkeley to
>>>>>>>>>>>> set things up...
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> The address is 2801 Ashby. We supply all of the pumpkins, and
>>>>>>>>>>>> you just need to bring some things to carve with, although there are
>>>>>>>>>>>> usually some extra tools. Carving is outside, so warm clothes are impt.
>>>>>>>>>>>> There is a potluck, but we are never sure what will show up.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> It is fun to carve and see what others are carving. Plus there
>>>>>>>>>>>> are the two 500ish pounders to see. :-)
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> On another note, Dan and I would love to have dinner with you!
>>>>>>>>>>>> Are there times in November when you are free and interested in joining
>>>>>>>>>>>> us? We are free most times between 11/4 and Thanksgiving.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Ok, off to unload the pumpkins! (see pic)
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Happy almost Halloween,
>>>>>>>>>>>> Carol
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>

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