monterey-bay-birders
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9/20/17 9:14 am Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
9/20/17 8:59 am Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
9/20/17 8:26 am Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
9/19/17 9:44 pm Shantanu Phukan <phukan...> [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
9/19/17 8:53 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Dinner guest
9/19/17 8:49 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] YHBL: Correct eBird link
9/19/17 8:44 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Yellow-headed Blackbirds cont. @ SVHS fields (+ Palm Warbler)
9/19/17 12:18 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/19/17 9:57 am Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds Pelagic Trip Report 9/17
9/18/17 7:24 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] SPECIAL PELAGIC TRIP TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
9/18/17 12:31 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/18/17 12:25 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/18/17 12:23 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/18/17 11:05 am Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Red-breasted Nuthatch
9/17/17 6:46 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Wood-Pewee or odd Olive-sided Flycatcher or ?
9/17/17 6:25 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Warbler-palooza!
9/17/17 12:27 am Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] The joke is on me!
9/16/17 10:35 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Odd Wood-Pewee or odd Olive-sided Flycatcher or ?
9/16/17 7:25 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Little Stint, Brewer's Sparrow
9/16/17 6:12 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow Continues 9:40am HGP
9/16/17 4:57 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/16/17 4:41 pm Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] FOS White-crowned Sparrow below summit
9/16/17 3:53 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Blackburnian Warbler-Carmel River
9/16/17 10:50 am <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/16/17 10:03 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow Continues 9:40am HGP
9/15/17 7:47 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Clay-colored Sparrow continues
9/15/17 1:31 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Lighthouse Field
9/14/17 10:00 pm James Maughn <jamaughn...> [MBBIRDS] Possible TANAGER Correction
9/14/17 9:32 pm James Maughn <jamaughn...> [MBBIRDS] Possible (Probable?) Female SUMMER TANAGER, Cabrillo College
9/14/17 4:53 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Yellow-headed Blackbirds @ SV High School
9/14/17 3:52 pm Kumaran Arul <karul2...> [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges Nashville
9/14/17 2:51 pm Ketury Stein <ketury...> [MBBIRDS] Arana Gulch WESTERN KINGBIRD
9/14/17 2:19 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] Fwd: SCBC Sept 21 Meeting: Show & Tell
9/14/17 1:38 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds Trip Reports 9-10 and 9-11
9/14/17 1:36 pm Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz County 300 club
9/14/17 1:09 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Vermillion Flycatcher-Point Pinos area Pacific Grove
9/13/17 6:09 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
9/13/17 5:54 pm Michael Bolte <bolte...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
9/13/17 5:09 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MBBIRDS] Recent ocean trip pics
9/13/17 4:25 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
9/13/17 3:39 pm 'andy knorr' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow
9/13/17 1:50 pm Kumaran Arul <karul2...> [MBBIRDS] Lighthouse/Neary migrants
9/13/17 12:56 pm Georgette Neal <gl_neal...> [MBBIRDS] SCBC September 21 Meeting - Show & Tell!
9/12/17 7:00 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] Offshore Monterey 40 + Miles: Some cool county seabirds
9/12/17 3:35 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> Re: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
9/12/17 2:58 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
9/12/17 12:51 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> Re: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
9/12/17 11:43 am Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> RE: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
9/12/17 11:31 am Griffin Richards <griffin.g.richards...> [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
9/12/17 11:21 am David Sidle <dsidle...> [MBBIRDS] Greater White-Fronted Goose at San Lorenzo Park duck pond
9/11/17 8:27 pm 'Judith Belden' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
9/11/17 4:21 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows and Willow (not)
9/11/17 2:13 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Monterey Audubon Newsletter, Fall 2017
9/11/17 1:45 pm Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...> [MBBIRDS] Audubon Presentation on Re-wilding your Life tomorrow, 9/12
9/11/17 12:58 pm David Sidle <dsidle...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows
9/11/17 12:17 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows
9/11/17 10:58 am Shantanu Phukan <phukan...> [MBBIRDS] They're back White Crowneds
9/11/17 10:16 am Phil Brown <pdpbrown...> [MBBIRDS] Watsonville Sloughs
9/10/17 9:43 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
9/10/17 4:46 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Pectoral Sandpiper @ Younger Lagoon (+ other sp.)
9/10/17 3:44 pm David Sidle <dsidle...> [MBBIRDS] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
9/9/17 9:38 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] MURRELET GRAND SLAM: SEP 9
9/9/17 5:58 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Ruff continues
9/9/17 12:10 pm Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...> [MBBIRDS] American Golden Plover
9/9/17 7:12 am Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Sandpiper...Possibly a Stilt Sandpiper
9/9/17 12:53 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Odd Sandpiper...Possibly a Stilt Sandpiper
9/8/17 11:19 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] American Golden Plover - Continues!
9/8/17 8:08 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] Monterey Bay remains rich with marine life: Sep 8
9/8/17 4:37 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds-Trip Report 9/5
9/7/17 9:52 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Solitary Sandpiper - Upper Struve Slough
9/7/17 8:56 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] Half A Million Seabirds+
9/7/17 7:56 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Ruff continuing on Upper West Struve Slough.
9/7/17 6:31 pm <gary_martindale...> [MBBIRDS] Ruff continuing on Upper West Struve Slough.
9/7/17 4:39 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
9/7/17 3:10 pm Amanda Preece <apreece24...> [MBBIRDS] Tons of terns!
9/7/17 2:59 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
9/6/17 7:59 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
9/6/17 8:44 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Stilt sandpiper AND SOLITARY
9/6/17 8:35 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Stilt sandpiper AND PLOVER
9/6/17 8:30 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [MBBIRDS] Stilt sandpiper
9/5/17 10:31 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Pectorals AND a Ruff at West Branch Struve Slough North Access!
9/5/17 6:00 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] San Benito County: Black-bellied Plovers
9/5/17 3:01 pm hlstephenson <hlstephenson...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Struve Slough shorebirds
9/5/17 12:37 pm Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...> [MBBIRDS] Struve Slough shorebirds
9/5/17 8:53 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Black-headed Grosbeak at UCSC Farm 9-4-17
9/4/17 7:07 pm Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...> [MBBIRDS] Yellow-breasted Chat @ Sunset SB and Pajaro Dunes birds
9/4/17 4:25 pm Don Roberson <creagrus...> Re: [MBBIRDS] OVENBIRD, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, others Pacific Grove
9/4/17 3:27 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] OVENBIRD, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, others Pacific Grove
9/4/17 3:19 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Sooty Shearwaters off Lovers Point in PG
9/4/17 2:37 pm Betsy Buchalter Adler <bba.home...> [MBBIRDS] Sooty Shearwaters off Lovers Point in PG
9/4/17 10:53 am <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/4/17 9:18 am 'Judith Belden' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> Re: [MBBIRDS] BHGB
9/3/17 9:43 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> Re: [MBBIRDS] BHGB
9/3/17 3:40 pm Jean M Myers <dosriosjean...> [MBBIRDS] Is Moonglow Diary still open?
9/3/17 10:41 am Andrea Welles <acwelles...> [MBBIRDS] BHGB
9/2/17 5:21 pm Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...> [MBBIRDS] Point Pinos MANX SHEARWATER 9/2 and Pelagic Opportunity Tuesday
9/2/17 2:56 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
9/1/17 8:52 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] SEP 1 OFFSHORE REPORT
9/1/17 8:20 pm Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Fwd: SCBC  Welcome back Albatross   and a Conservation Note
9/1/17 3:44 pm 'jim' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Hot
9/1/17 3:24 pm Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> Re: [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
9/1/17 1:42 pm Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
9/1/17 1:37 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
8/31/17 4:57 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] The Lost County: Fall Migrants
8/31/17 10:35 am Tom Marshall <tomarsha...> [MBBIRDS] BHGBs
8/30/17 5:38 pm Nancy Collins <nancy...> Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
8/30/17 5:37 pm Susan Stirling <susanlimberstirling...> Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
8/30/17 5:23 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
8/30/17 3:35 pm Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
8/30/17 1:55 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] eBirding & Migration
8/28/17 5:36 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] SCBC Albatross and jaundiced legs
8/27/17 8:11 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Red Knot at Pelican Point
8/27/17 12:27 pm Barbara Riverwoman <river...> [MBBIRDS] Black and White Warbler
8/27/17 10:19 am Pete Sole <pete...> [MBBIRDS] Possible Dark Morph Swainson's Hawk
8/26/17 10:19 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] HAWAIIAN PETREL: MONTEREY BAY
8/26/17 11:36 am Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Shrike
8/26/17 10:25 am hlstephenson <hlstephenson...> [MBBIRDS] Re: Solitary Sandpiper continues
8/26/17 8:33 am <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
8/25/17 6:30 pm Anne and Randy <annerand2...> [MBBIRDS] Shrike
8/25/17 6:14 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Lots of Yellowlegs
8/25/17 5:55 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
8/25/17 2:48 pm Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> [MBBIRDS] Solitary Sandpiper continues
8/25/17 12:22 pm 'Andy Knorr' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Now
8/24/17 6:10 pm Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/24/17 4:37 pm Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/24/17 4:27 pm Jeff Davis <jndavis...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/24/17 4:11 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/24/17 3:43 pm Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/24/17 1:09 pm <CALLMaster...> [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
8/23/17 9:20 pm Jean Harrison <seajean...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/23/17 12:42 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] Celebrate the Sanctuary: 25 Years
8/22/17 5:58 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [MBBIRDS] Pelagic activity on the rise! Trip going on Sunday.
8/22/17 1:00 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] Paicines Reservoir Link Correction
8/22/17 10:18 am DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> [MBBIRDS] ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: SBT COUNTY
8/21/17 8:34 pm Barbara Monahan <monahan...> Fwd: [MBBIRDS] Oriole's and bees, try this link
8/21/17 4:37 pm Barbara Monahan <monahan...> [MBBIRDS] Oriole's and bees
8/21/17 12:57 pm 'jim' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
8/21/17 7:30 am James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...> [MBBIRDS] leucistic turkey
 
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Date: 9/20/17 9:14 am
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
I have always endeavor to keep any photo to a small size (no more than 150kb). I do recall a conversation about attachment size a year or so ago and think it was suggested that would be okay. Even a very high resolution photo can be resized to be small for an email.

If the list decides that no picture attachments are allowed, however, I shall adhere to that rule.

Jean

On Sep 20, 2017, at 8:59 AM, Chris Hartzell wrote:

> The "original rules" posted long ago, and enforced a few times, stated no attachments and only links. This was to eliminate bogging down people's email or devices.
>
> -Chris Hartzell
>
> sent from mobile device
>
> Sent from BlueMail
> On Sep 20, 2017, at 9:26 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
> Hi birders,
>
> As an alternative I suggest posting links to images instead of attaching the images themselves. A few options to do this:
>
> 1. Upload your images to flicker, or smugmug or some other picture sharing site. ( I have an overly complicated scheme involving my own website and AWS.) Then include the link in your email to mbb.
>
> 2. Post your images on eBird and provide the link to your eBird report. This is really nice since it adds to eBird data, and provides information to others as to what you saw.
>
> Hope the above helps,
>
> Pete
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 19, 2017, at 9:44 PM, Shantanu Phukan <phukan...> wrote:
>
>
> Dear tech-savvy MBB birders:
> I notice that some photos posted as attachments on MBB posts are only a few k-bytes while others are up to 6 or 7 megabytes. These uncompressed pictures have lately taken up so much space that they have sometimes jammed my inbox. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there an easy fix to this other than me updating my email service and paying more to increase the size of my mailbox? Can people compress/resize the pictures that they send to MBB?
>
> Shantanu Phukan
> Santa Cruz/San Jose
>
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Date: 9/20/17 8:59 am
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
The "original rules" posted long ago, and enforced a few times, stated no attachments and only links. This was to eliminate bogging down people's email or devices.

⁣-Chris Hartzell

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On Sep 20, 2017, 9:26 AM, at 9:26 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>Hi birders,
>
>As an alternative I suggest posting links to images instead of
>attaching the images themselves. A few options to do this:
>
>1. Upload your images to flicker, or smugmug or some other picture
>sharing site. ( I have an overly complicated scheme involving my own
>website and AWS.) Then include the link in your email to mbb.
>
>2. Post your images on eBird and provide the link to your eBird report.
>This is really nice since it adds to eBird data, and provides
>information to others as to what you saw.
>
>Hope the above helps,
>
>Pete
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Sep 19, 2017, at 9:44 PM, Shantanu Phukan <phukan...>
>wrote:
>>
>>
>> Dear tech-savvy MBB birders:
>> I notice that some photos posted as attachments on MBB posts are only
>a few k-bytes while others are up to 6 or 7 megabytes. These
>uncompressed pictures have lately taken up so much space that they have
>sometimes jammed my inbox. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is
>there an easy fix to this other than me updating my email service and
>paying more to increase the size of my mailbox? Can people
>compress/resize the pictures that they send to MBB?
>>
>> Shantanu Phukan
>> Santa Cruz/San Jose
>>
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Date: 9/20/17 8:26 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB
Hi birders,

As an alternative I suggest posting links to images instead of attaching the images themselves. A few options to do this:

1. Upload your images to flicker, or smugmug or some other picture sharing site. ( I have an overly complicated scheme involving my own website and AWS.) Then include the link in your email to mbb.

2. Post your images on eBird and provide the link to your eBird report. This is really nice since it adds to eBird data, and provides information to others as to what you saw.

Hope the above helps,

Pete

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 19, 2017, at 9:44 PM, Shantanu Phukan <phukan...> wrote:
>
>
> Dear tech-savvy MBB birders:
> I notice that some photos posted as attachments on MBB posts are only a few k-bytes while others are up to 6 or 7 megabytes. These uncompressed pictures have lately taken up so much space that they have sometimes jammed my inbox. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there an easy fix to this other than me updating my email service and paying more to increase the size of my mailbox? Can people compress/resize the pictures that they send to MBB?
>
> Shantanu Phukan
> Santa Cruz/San Jose
>
> --
> For Monterey Rare Bird alerts call 831-250-4550
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Date: 9/19/17 9:44 pm
From: Shantanu Phukan <phukan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Size of photos posted on MBB

Dear tech-savvy MBB birders:
I notice that some photos posted as attachments on MBB posts are only a few k-bytes while others are up to 6 or 7 megabytes. These uncompressed pictures have lately taken up so much space that they have sometimes jammed my inbox. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there an easy fix to this other than me updating my email service and paying more to increase the size of my mailbox? Can people compress/resize the pictures that they send to MBB?

Shantanu Phukan
Santa Cruz/San Jose

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Date: 9/19/17 8:53 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dinner guest
I looked out the kitchen window this evening as we were eating dinner and who should be looking in at us? The first of the prodigals has returned! Its cousins can't be far behind.


Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 9/19/17 8:49 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] YHBL: Correct eBird link
Sorry, a link to the checklist that works:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39293096

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 9/19/17 8:44 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Yellow-headed Blackbirds cont. @ SVHS fields (+ Palm Warbler)
The two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS that I spotted September 14 were still
hanging out on the dry grassy area by the bleachers between the upper and
lower fields at SV High School today. I first saw them at 3:00 PM today,
then we went back and saw them again (in the exact same spot!) at 6:20 PM
and PS got some photos (eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39293096). They remained there the
whole time we were there. Also, at 3:00 PM today, there was a migrant PALM
WARBLER on the lower field that hung out very briefly, but then took off
towards the parking lot area. In addition, there was a cute SAVANNAH
SPARROW in the same area as the blackbirds.

Good birding and good luck,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 9/19/17 12:18 pm
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Date: 9/19/17 9:57 am
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds Pelagic Trip Report 9/17
All,
Despite a little wind blowing on Sunday, Monterey Seabirds had another
fantastic pelagic trip exploring both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
Tubenoses seemed to be up and flying under the conditions, so certain birds
felt easier to find. Concerns of finding birds sitting on the water were
alleviated when we found ASHY STORM-PETRELS (25) spread out in small flocks
in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. In addition to BLACK-FOOTED
ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR, SOOTY and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, BULLER'S
SHEARWATERS (150-exact count) were also seen in both counties.
One POMARINE JAEGER followed our boat for a boat 20 minutes, giving
great looks from all angles. We encountered several others in both
counties.
Some additional sightings include RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, COMMON
TERN, CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLET, PARASITIC JAEGER (There are so many
in the bay right now. One recent seawatch from Pt. Pinos had 26) and two
COMMON LOONS flying high over the boat before we left the dock.
Several folks on board had their first encounters with BLUE WHALES on
this trip. We also spotted a number of HUMPBACK WHALES and one large MOLA
MOLA.
Join us in two days, Thursday 9/19 or look into some of our October dates
that can be found on our website montereyseabirds.com. You can also call
the shop to reserve a space at (831) 375-4658

Good Birding,

Mark Kudrav
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Pacific Grove

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Date: 9/18/17 7:24 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SPECIAL PELAGIC TRIP TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Howdy, MBBers,

It is not easy to see seabirds in Santa Cruz County, although we seen such juicy birds as Flesh-footed Shearwater and South Polar Skua already this season. Santa Cruz County gets very little space at sea.

We are aiming to maximize our time in Santa Cruz waters on our SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th pelagic trip. The leaders include Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, and Clay Kempf— what a great group!

Advance reservations are necessary for this special trip. The cost is $105/person. Please send a check or money order to Debi Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. We will give you a parking coupon at the end of the day, saving you $10 on parking in the main lot nearest the wharf. Please book by September 28th.

Please note that I will not be on the boat— I’ll be heading south that day.

Happy Trails,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper-2019
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Date: 9/18/17 12:31 pm
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Date: 9/18/17 11:05 am
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-breasted Nuthatch
First of Fall for me this a.m.

Yank yank…but took off after Cooper’s Hawk took a swoop in the yard. The Pileated Woodpecker continues to circle about the neighborhood.

No Golden-crowned Sparrow yet. Soon.

I love my mountain top.


Barb Monahan
Off of Jarvis Rd near Scotts Valley

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Date: 9/17/17 6:46 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Wood-Pewee or odd Olive-sided Flycatcher or ?
Hi birders,

First of all, thanks to Bill, Kumaran, Joseph, Lisa, Mathew and David
for weighing in the flycatcher. As usual, I learn so much from the
birding community, regardless of where the id lands.

So where did the id land? Well, ahem, ah, hum, so let's consider, maybe,
on the other hand,  ... Enough! If pressed hard, I would have to say
that the evidence seems to point to Western Wood-Pewee, not a Willow
Flycatcher, and not an Olive-sided Flycatcher... If I were to
conclusively id this bird, I would want clear, sharp, well lighted, eye
level, unambiguous images of this bird, front, back, and sides, and then
make the call. DNA evidence would not hurt either. :)

I thought so much about the flycatcher early this morning, that I
considered it would be more productive and theraputic, to go sort
through 1000s of shore birds at Jetty Road in Moss Landing, and pick out
the Little Stint. Made total sense, what could possibly go wrong? Well,
NO Little Stint. However, a Ruddy Turnstone happily manifested itself,
thus "confirming" that the laws of physics do NOT allow Pete and a Ruddy
Turnstone to exist within visual range of each other, in Santa Cruz Co.,
at the same time. Possible elsewhere, like Monterey Co., but NOT in my
home county. This may be a special extension to the "Pauli Exclusion
Principle".

Have to say, it's been a fun birding weekend, even if these image from
yesterday say...:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/hawks_eagles_kites/hawk_coopers_portrait_170916a.jpg

and one more:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/hawks_eagles_kites/hawk_coopers_portrait_170916d.jpg


Happy birding, thanks again, and congrats to Lisa on her Willow Flycatcher.

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


On 9/16/17 10:35 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Hi Birders,
>
> Today at lunch in our home in Soquel, we noticed an interesting
> flycatcher. I'm leaning towards just an odd Western Wood-Pewee.
> However, the more I look, the more I debate. I managed some crummy
> images, looking up at a 45 deg angle somewhat towards the sun here:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916a.jpg
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916b.jpg
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916c.jpg
>
>
> What makes this bird odd include:
> 1. Perhaps it is the angle but the bird seems much too bulky to me. I
> think of Wood-Pewees as being one of the slimmest looking flycatchers.
> 2. The notch in the tail is pronounced, but this may be due to molt.
> 3. Finally, the bill looks far too massive for a Wood-Pewee.
>
> The above leads me to think that it might really be an interesting
> looking Olive-sided Flycatcher. However:
> 1. Wing bars are awfully light and bright for an Olive-sided
> 2. The underparts show more white than what I normally think of for an
> Olive-sided.
> 3. I don't think of Olive-sided Flycatchers as having a notched tail.
>
> One more really bad photo of this bird that might be helpful for
> diagnostic reasons is here:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916d.jpg
>
>
> Thoughts on this bird, much appreciated.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Pete Sole'
> Soquel, CA
>

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Date: 9/17/17 6:25 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Warbler-palooza!
Hi Birders,

I spent the afternoon birding at Natural Bridges and I think I may need to
ask Chris Hartzell about his bionic neck vertebrae. In the boardwalk area,
aside from a number of Yellow Warblers, I found a Black-throated Gray
Warbler! Cool! Then I went further down the boardwalk and found a nice
Common Yellowthroat, which courteously stayed low.

Then I was astounded to see a CLUSTER of warblers the likes of which I had
never seen! Seven Townsend's, an Orange-crowned, a couple Yellows, and TWO
Black-throated Grays!!! This was in the midsection of the burn area to the
east of the boardwalk at the bottom. I wondered if the burn area was full
of evacuating insects that were attracting the warblers, but they moved off
and I couldn't refind the any TOWA or BTGR. I was amazed!

Also there were 2 Bewick's Wrens, 3 House Wrens, an adorable pair of
Wrentits, numerous hummers, the usual 3 Great and 2 Snowy Egrets nicely set
off by the green algae on the pond. Above on the trail above the boardwalk,
before it turns to descend to the little bridge, there was a Pygmy Nuthatch
excavating a hole in a large dead tree. It did this with great dedication
and fervor for a long time. Not sure if larvae were had or if he was just
excavating. I have shots of it going "p-tooey" with wood chips. AH! I do
have a shot that shows a large insect prize was scored!

There also was a Willow Flycatcher - *catch this Pete - that I at first
mistakenly thought was a Western Wood Pewee!* But no! It had 2 distinct
wingbars and a beak that was orangy/salmon on the bottom and had a black
tip. It also looked to be wearing a taupe vest and had a creamy-French
vanilla belly (cummerbund) and throat. Much smaller than an Olive-sided
Flycatcher.

It sallied forth from a favorite branch and returned repeatedly for over an
hour. It was usurped by a Downy Woodpecker that wanted to check out the big
deal about that snag.

Perhaps the black tip on the beak was black bug blood (say that 10 times as
fast as you can - go ahead - I dare you) or soot from the ash-coated bugs.

(So Pete, I withdraw my opinion that your flycatcher is a pewee because I
do not wish to remain
forever hat-less.)

I foolishly followed my yearning and went on to spend the rest of the
afternoon trying to capture THE Yellow Warbler shot I have always hoped
for. Did I get it? Nope. The Orange-crowned, sure, but not the YEWA. I got
a few ok shots, but I had to cede my efforts...

I was smoked out! Literally! Apparently there was a fire a 4-Mile. The
smoke was terrible and billowed in so fast it was crazy.

I will take solace in the *BEST* B&W Warbler views and shots I have ever
managed! It showed up at Bethany Curve for a group of us today. We
collectively thanks Steve, "The King Of Bethany Curve" for that!

Photos tomorrow because I am whipped. I can't even finish looking at my
photos!

Great birding, tired but joyous,
Lisa

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Date: 9/17/17 12:27 am
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] The joke is on me!
Thanks to Lisa for a gentle reality check about which sparrow call is which!

We own a rental property on Marco Island, the landfall site of Hurricane Irma, and I am pretty sleep deprived from all the remote before and after work. Since we almost always have both of the crowned sparrows arrive at a similar time, I think my brain skipped straight from one to the other! Oh dear me, indeed!

So, yes, FOS White-crowned Sparrows sighted, and no call heard (of either the White-crowned OR Golden-crowned...)

Carol





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Saw my FOS White-crowned Sparrow today, two of them. The season is changing! Oh, dear me… (bird call joke)

Carol Pecot
4 miles below Summit, Above Soquel

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Date: 9/16/17 10:35 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Odd Wood-Pewee or odd Olive-sided Flycatcher or ?
Hi Birders,

Today at lunch in our home in Soquel, we noticed an interesting
flycatcher. I'm leaning towards just an odd Western Wood-Pewee. However,
the more I look, the more I debate. I managed some crummy images,
looking up at a 45 deg angle somewhat towards the sun here:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916c.jpg

What makes this bird odd include:
1. Perhaps it is the angle but the bird seems much too bulky to me. I
think of Wood-Pewees as being one of the slimmest looking flycatchers.
2. The notch in the tail is pronounced, but this may be due to molt.
3. Finally, the bill looks far too massive for a Wood-Pewee.

The above leads me to think that it might really be an interesting
looking Olive-sided Flycatcher. However:
1. Wing bars are awfully light and bright for an Olive-sided
2. The underparts show more white than what I normally think of for an
Olive-sided.
3. I don't think of Olive-sided Flycatchers as having a notched tail.

One more really bad photo of this bird that might be helpful for
diagnostic reasons is here:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/wood_pewee_western_170916d.jpg

Thoughts on this bird, much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Date: 9/16/17 7:25 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Little Stint, Brewer's Sparrow
Hi Birders

This afternoon at Jetty Road I found what looks to be a LITTLE STINT. The
bird looks to me to be well into basic plumage, and I wonder if it isn't
the Spring LIST returning southward. Some rather distant photos are in the
eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39216217.

At the Salinas River, I had both CLAY-COLORED and BREWER'S SPARROWS. The
BRSP was out near the old Tern pond where the bike rack stands. Inshore
PARASITIC JAEGERS were evident here with one bird flying upstream to the
Highway One bridge. Photos of the BRSP are in this eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39213437


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Date: 9/16/17 6:12 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow Continues 9:40am HGP
Hi,

Below is a link to the bird list with some pictures at the Homeless
Garden Project from Saturday morning.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39211596

The Clay-colored was hanging out with a bunch of other sparrows near the
North East corner of the garden. Did NOT have to cross any gates to get
to the area it was in.

On a related note, I don't know how long it's going to last. There was a
friendly black cat with white paws, and a very people tolerant Cooper's
Hawk working the area. I think others have noted the Cooper's as well.

Good birding to all,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


On 9/16/17 10:02 AM, Pete Sole wrote:
> 2 of us saw the continuing Clay Colored Sparrow around 9:30am at the Homeless Garden Project. Pictures to come.
>
> Pete Sole
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 9/16/17 4:57 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
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Date: 9/16/17 4:41 pm
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] FOS White-crowned Sparrow below summit
Saw my FOS White-crowned Sparrow today, two of them. The season is changing! Oh, dear me… (bird call joke)

Carol Pecot
4 miles below Summit, Above Soquel

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Date: 9/16/17 3:53 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Blackburnian Warbler-Carmel River
All,
This morning (10:30) I had a first year BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER on the
Carmel River about 1/2 mile or a little farther upstream from Highway 1. I
lost and briefly refound the bird 45 minutes later. Searched the flock
with Paul Fenwick until about 3:15 with no luck.

Good birds being reported everywhere it seems.

Mark Kudrav
Pacific Grove

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Date: 9/16/17 10:50 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
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Date: 9/16/17 10:03 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow Continues 9:40am HGP
2 of us saw the continuing Clay Colored Sparrow around 9:30am at the Homeless Garden Project. Pictures to come.

Pete Sole

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Date: 9/15/17 7:47 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Clay-colored Sparrow continues
The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at the Homeless Garden, and we last saw
it in the bushes by sign C. However, the bird was pretty mobile and moved
all over the garden. We only saw one bird at a time, so there might have
been more. Also, at Antonelli Pond, there was a migrant NORTHERN PINTAIL
(female) and a YELLOW WARBLER.

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 9/15/17 1:31 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lighthouse Field
It was rather slow birding this morning at Lighthouse Field in Santa Cruz. The most interesting bird was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, appropriately in the central willow patch. Several other Empids were also present, probably four Pacific-slope Flycatchers and a couple others I did not identify. I also stopped at Bethany Curve Park, where I found no unusual species, but a begging American Goldfinch fledgling still being fed by a parent seemed late in the season even for that species.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Date: 9/14/17 10:00 pm
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Possible TANAGER Correction
All,

The more I stare at this thing, the more I think it might a WESTERN
TANAGER. Initially, I thought the bill looked too large, and the bird
overall too yellow, but I'm no longer very confident about that. Sorry for
any confusion.

Jim

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Date: 9/14/17 9:32 pm
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Possible (Probable?) Female SUMMER TANAGER, Cabrillo College
Hi all,

Wandering around in the back of the horticulture center at Cabrillo today,
I spotted what I'm thinking is a female SUMMER TANAGER behind the last
greenhouse on the left. It was bright yellow, with a pretty thick bill.
The usual fuzzy picture is here: (
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4431/37092209991_b4b296cbff_o.jpg)
If people are interested in this bird, you need to go through the chainlink
fence towards the sage garden at the Cabrillo Hort Center, and then swing
around behind the last greenhouse on the left. You'll see a dead oak with
a dubious-looking owl box in it. The tanager was in the oak just to the
right of that tree.

In other news, the Stilt Sandpiper was nowhere to be seen in Struve Slough
this afternoon, but the RUFF was still around in the cove at Lee Road.
There was also a PECTORAL SANDPIPER and several WHITE-FACED IBISES, as well
as the expected BLACK-NECKED STILTS, YELLOWLEGS, DOWITCHERS, etc.

When it comes to the tanager, do check the photo before you go looking for
it. My ID's are...well-intentioned.

Jim

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Date: 9/14/17 4:53 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Yellow-headed Blackbirds @ SV High School
Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were hanging out on the left most field at
Scotts Valley High School (on Google maps) by the bleachers in the dry,
grassy fields. Flew over to the right most field behind the bleachers the
last time Hanna and I saw it. Managed some poor phone photos, which are in
the eBird list: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39184178. Also, a
FOS SAY'S PHOEBE was flycatching along the field as well as what might have
been a female AMRE (but I did not get good looks and am not sure).

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 9/14/17 3:52 pm
From: Kumaran Arul <karul2...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges Nashville
A short stop mid day at Natural Bridges SP yielded a NASHVILLE WARBLER in the willows along the entrance near the first bend in the road (down from the kiosk).
Kumaran Arul

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Date: 9/14/17 2:51 pm
From: Ketury Stein <ketury...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Arana Gulch WESTERN KINGBIRD
In addition to the WESTERN KINGBIRD, there was a pair of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS,
the male looking pretty raggedy. I was pleasantly surprised to see (and
hear) an adult SPOTTED TOWEE feeding at least two begging young. Checklist
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Date: 9/14/17 2:19 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: SCBC Sept 21 Meeting: Show & Tell
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Join us to see & hear of members' photo adventures

Dear SCBC Fellow Birders,
The Santa Cruz Bird Club will present its 2017-2018 meeting season kick-off

on: *Thursday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m*.
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Featured will be the photographers and storytellers among us who have
skills, tips and sagas to share of their memorable birding adventures.

Please join us also for a coincidental silent auction in support of our
Breeding Bird Atlas. Details for submitting items can be found at page 15
of *The Albatross*.

Have a question, a solution or a humorous anecdotal tale? Bring it to
this special venue for an evening of fun!



Looking forward to seeing you there,

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Date: 9/14/17 1:38 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds Trip Reports 9-10 and 9-11
All,
On Sunday and Monday, Monterey Seabirds went out on a couple of pelagic
trips.
Birds we encountered both days include:
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
SOOTY SHEARWATER
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
POMARINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER
RHINOCEROS AUKLET
and SABINE'S GULL to name a few.

Despite heavy fog for much of Sunday, we also turned up an ASHY-STORM
PETREL, COMMIC TERN, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (4 miles out), and a GREAT BLUE
HERON about 11 miles offshore(in the fog)!

Monday's clearer conditions allowed for better visibility for much of the
trip. That day we added:
NORTHERN FULMAR
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON TERN
ARCTIC TERN
BULLER'S SHEARWATER
One of our final birds on Monday was a BROWN BOOBY that flew just 20 feet
above the boat. We were about 3 miles WNW of Point Pinos at that time.

Photos of it and a few others can be found on the eBird list here:
ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39148497

Additionally, we encountered BLUE, FIN, and HUMPBACK WHALES. RISSO'S and
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN, NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL (Monday), NORTHERN FUR
SEAL (Monday), and MOLA MOLA, and BLUE SHARK.

Lastly, on both trips there was a noticeable movement of PAINTED LADY
butterflies moving offshore. Painted Ladies have been pretty thick the
last two days here in Pacific Grove.

Upcoming trips include this Sunday 9/17 and Thursday 9/21. (831) 375-4658
or montereyseabirds.com to make reservations.

Enjoy migration,

Mark Kudrav
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Pacific Grove

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Date: 9/14/17 1:36 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz County 300 club
Hi All,
Any current members and new members should contact me to update their
totals/info on the 300 club page.
Thanks,
Phil Brown

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Date: 9/14/17 1:09 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Vermillion Flycatcher-Point Pinos area Pacific Grove
All,
This morning (8am-ish) I came across a young VERMILLION FLYCATCHER near
Crespi Pond at Point Pinos. Specifically, the bird was on the powerline
that runs across the fairway from behind the pond toward the maintenance
yard. Essentially it was above the middle of the fairway between the back
of Crespi and the maintenance yard.
Blake Matheson refound the bird at around 10 am when he saw the bird fly
west-ish behind the maintenance yard and toward the ocean. No one has
refound it since. Be aware that there is a SAY'S PHEOBE in the area as
well.
Also in the area was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER in the bathroom/Crespi parking
lot/maintenance yard cypresses.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39180994

Sorry for the slightly delayed report.

Good birding,
Mark Kudrav
Pacific Grove

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Date: 9/13/17 6:09 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
WOW! Good on you, Sharon! I wouldn't have known what the hell that was!

However, I sent Steve a shot a few years ago from Pinnacles when I was
STUMPED and he told me it was an imm. Laz!

Oh God, how I miss Steve!

-Lisa

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 4:25 PM, Sharon Hull <plants...> wrote:

> Just came from the Homeless Garden (had forgotten my cell phone) where at
> least 2 of the earlier reported CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were still present.
> However, I also saw what I believe is a LAZULI BUNTING, non-breeding adult
> female or 1st winter bird. Photos attached.
>
>
>
> Sharon Hull
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> Santa Cruz
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Date: 9/13/17 5:54 pm
From: Michael Bolte <bolte...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
David’s CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and Sharon’s LAZULI BUNTING were there at 5pm.

Mike


> On Sep 13, 2017, at 4:25 PM, Sharon Hull <plants...> wrote:
>
> Just came from the Homeless Garden (had forgotten my cell phone) where at least 2 of the earlier reported CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were still present. However, I also saw what I believe is a LAZULI BUNTING, non-breeding adult female or 1st winter bird. Photos attached.
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Date: 9/13/17 5:09 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Recent ocean trip pics
My last batch of ocean trip pics for the year are nowuploaded. What I consider to be the pinnacle of difficulty in ocean wildlifephotography is capturing seabirds in “pan-blur.” “Pan-blur” is using a slowshutter speed (from 1/60-1/100th of a second) and capturing only aportion of the animal in focus and allowing the rest of the subject and/or theenvironment to blur, creating a sense of motion. It is extremely difficult todo in general and to hand-hold a large camera on a bouncing boat and besuccessful with a super fast moving subject like a seabird is by far the mostdifficult photography I have ever encountered, something I wouldn’t have everdreamed of attempting with 35mm. It has taken me 5 years and over 75,000 shotsto finally get a small handful of successful images. This latest upload contains4 of these images along with some other great highlights from recent trips: aSCRIPPS’S MURRELET in a comical crash landing, an incredibly rare sighting ofBAIRD’S BEAKED WHALES, uncommon to see BLUE WHALE tails, and a mix of others. The 22 image slide show starts here… https://www.flickr.com/photos/chartzell/36376883404/in/dateposted-public/-Chris Hartzell

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Date: 9/13/17 4:25 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Homeless Garden birds
Just came from the Homeless Garden (had forgotten my cell phone) where at
least 2 of the earlier reported CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were still present.
However, I also saw what I believe is a LAZULI BUNTING, non-breeding adult
female or 1st winter bird. Photos attached.



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 9/13/17 3:39 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Clay Colored Sparrow
The Clay Colored Sparrows continue at the Homeless Garden. They wanted to put me to work, thought I was a volunteer!!!! Lucky I worked all morning! :)

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Date: 9/13/17 1:50 pm
From: Kumaran Arul <karul2...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lighthouse/Neary migrants
Hi all,
I spent a little time this morning checking Neary Lagoon and Lighthouse Field for migrants. Not too much to see. The central willow patch at Lighthouse Field had a cooperative MacGillivray’s Warbler, along with a Black throated Gray Warbler. Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, and ‘Western' Flycatchers were sparsely scattered at both locations, with a few Western Tanagers, House Wrens, Orange Crowned and Townsend’s Warblers, among other locals. An Osprey and Peregrine were at Lighthouse too. Yesterday, I saw the continuing Clay-colored Sparrows at the Homeless Garden.
Kumaran Arul
Santa Cruz, CA

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Date: 9/13/17 12:56 pm
From: Georgette Neal <gl_neal...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SCBC September 21 Meeting - Show & Tell!
Dear Fellow Birders,

The Santa Cruz Bird Club will present its 2017-2018 meeting season kick-off on September 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Featured will be the photographers and storytellers among us who have skills, tips and sagas to share of their memorable birding adventures.

Please join us also for a coincidental silent auction in support of our Breeding Bird Atlas. Details for submitting donation items can be found at http://scbirdingguide.org/The%20Albatross/62-1.pdf, page 15.

Have a question, a solution or a humorous anecdotal tale? Bring it to this special venue for an evening of fun!

Looking forward to seeing you there, sincerely,

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Date: 9/12/17 7:00 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Offshore Monterey 40 + Miles: Some cool county seabirds
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ September 9 Albacore Grounds, offshore from Monterey covered three counties: Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo. I haven’t done this for a number of years. And, last time I ventured into San Mateo County on a Monterey albacore trip, I saw two Red-billed Tropicbirds. We didn’t find any tropicbirds, but we did find a number of murrelets. We had excellent sea conditions with a light swell, but good visibility.

Below, I present the species list by counties. Murrelets and jaegers are our target species on this trip and we fared very well. We recorded 19 murrelets, in total and had excellent views of most of them. We recorded 26 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS which is low compared to previous years for this trip.

Note that the only ARCTIC TERNS were in San Mateo County. Some cool birds in Santa Cruz County included: BULLER’S SHEARWATER; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; GUADALUPE, SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS; NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN REDSTART.

Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us from near and far. The leaders on this trip were: Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, and Debi Shearwater. We also saw blue, fin, and humpback whales.

Upcoming trips include: Sep 14, 22, 24, and 30 from Monterey. Sep 15 and 16 from Half Moon Bay. Email me for a reservation: <debi...> <mailto:<debi...>.

September 9, 2017 Albacore Grounds: Offshore Monterey (more than 40 miles offshore on this trip)
San Mateo (SM)/Santa Cruz (SCZ)/ Monterey (MTY)

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 3/3/19
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1/9/138
BULLER’S SHEARWATER- 8/48/118
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 10/64/5687
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 0/0/28
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 2/4/4
BRANDT’S CORMORANT- 0/0/70
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 0/0/1
BROWN PELICAN- 0/0/25
BLACK TURNSTONE- 0/5/0
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 2/51/8
RED PHALAROPE- 1/2/3
SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 0/2/0
POMARINE JAEGER- 3/3/6
PARASITIC JAEGER- 1/2/15
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 5/10/11
GUADALUPE MURRELET- 5/2/0
SCRIPPS’S MURRELET- 0/4/2
CRAVERI’S MURRELET- 0/2/0
SCRIPPS’S/GUADALUPE/CRAVERI’S- 0/2/2
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 0/8/94
CASSIN’S AUKLET- 1/0/1
COMMON MURRE- 0/1/248
SABINE’S GULL- 1/13/39
WESTERN GULL- 0/1/55
CALIFORNIA GULL- 0/1/66
HEERMANN’S GULL- 0/0/6
COMMON TERN- 1/3/7
ARCTIC TERN- 2/0/0
ELEGANT TERN- 0/0/100
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH- 0/1/0
AMERICAN REDSTART- 0/1/0

Living the Salt Live and SeaBirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 9/12/17 3:35 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
Griffin,
I go out A LOT throughout the year with as many as 6 different individuals and companies, including seabirding in the winter, and I am regularly working with the boat staff on their seabirding skills. There is one dedicated pelagic trip that time of the year for the Monterey Christmas Count on 12-27. Besides that you have two options...1) go out on a normal whale watching trip or 2) look at the charter option. As you guessed, the charter option can be expensive, but there are some different possibilities within #1. There has been quite a change recently in staffing on all the whale watching vessels which will affect your seabirding outcome. There are five specific people who I consider to be your best options for seabirding with:~Everett who is a Captain with Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
~Katlyn who is the naturalist and John Mayer who is the owner/Captain with Discovery Whale Watch.~Kate Spencer and Don Baccus who are owner/operators of Fast Raft.

Everett, Katlyn, and John are all more in the intermediate seabirding skills, i.e. they will be able to spot obvious species like shearwaters and jaegers but they may not be able to pick out a Short-tailed Shearwater out of 500 Sooty's or tell an immature Pomerine Jaeger from an immature Parasitic. Kate and Don are more advanced and can pick out those challenging species or decipher difficult plumages.

You have three options for your trips:1) a standard 3-5 hour trip with which you can do back to back and get a full day on the water. These trips can get out to a fair distance and if you go during a week day when numbers on the boat are low, they will absolutely incorporate seabird searching into the whale searching for you.
2) Discovery Whale Watch does a 7 hour trip from 5:30am-12:30am every Wednesday. If there aren't many people on the boat and it is a good sea day, they often will check with the attendants and if it is okay, extend the trip based on wildlife. This trip has the ability to get out farther and increase your chances for outer bay species. Monterey Bay Whale Watch occasionally does longer 8 hour trips starting at 7:30am and often have similar extensions, but you would need to check the schedule for them when it gets closer to that time.
3) Fast Raft does multiple different trips, both short and longer. This is a smaller boat, 30' Zodiac, and on a good day allows you to cover more distance than the bigger boats. Additionally, this is a good option because I have found they can make less disturbing approaches to wildlife and regularly get closer to birds that are usually spooked when the big boats get close. The Fast Raft is your best bet for bird photography as well with what I think is a higher success of getting closer shots than the bigger boats. Kate's operation is much more flexible and her schedule is often dependent on attendance (she takes 8 people vs. up to 30 on the big boats) and it would be best to contact her directly to find out how a trip with her would work for you.
All of these are great options and my recommendation is to incorporate multiple days with multiple trips since the weather can play a huge factor. You could see about a 7 hour trip on Wed with Discovery followed by a short weekday trip with Everett and then give a couple day break and then go out with Kate on the Fast Raft. That would be your best way to maximize your success.

Lastly, if you are more serious about your seabirding, it is an option to hire a seabirding guide to go out with you on any of these trips. There are a few people in the area, including myself, who I can see about helping you arrange if you want to go that route. Each guide have different pros and cons which we could discuss further if you are interested. However, I happen to be off that week and may go out on a boat a couple times then anyway. If you want to check in with me when it gets closer to that time, we might be able to schedule my days on the water with you, which would basically get you a free guide and further maximize your chances with the lowest cost. But that is only if my schedule works out and if you wanted to be sure about a seabirding guide, then hiring someone would be your best option, but definitely keep this offer in mind.

Hope this all helps.
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From: Griffin Richards <griffin.g.richards...>
To: mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:31 AM
Subject: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic

Hello all!
I'll be visiting family in CA this December and I was looking to take a boat trip out into Monterey Bay for pelagic birds. As far as I can tell from my online research, there are no dedicated birding pelagics in the time period that I'll be visiting (Dec 19-21). Does anyone know of a good small party private charter for pelagic trips? Is that worth it? Alternatively, I know Monterey Bay Whale Watch runs short 3 hour whale watch tours during that time period. Has anyone taken those for pelagic birds and found it worth it? I'd also be interesting in hearing generally about people's experience with winter pelagics out of Monterey Bay and what you found.
Thanks for any and all help! Feel free to reply publicly or email me directly at griffingrichards at yahoo.com 
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Date: 9/12/17 2:58 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
2 Western Tanagers, lots of warblers boardwalk area.

3 Clay-colored Sparrows continue at homeless garde.
Lisa

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Date: 9/12/17 12:51 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
Hello, Griffin,

For a great many years, indeed, decades, I offered winter pelagic trips. In fact, I even founded an entirely pelagic CBC. I’ve retired from winter trips, but there are still some good avenues for seabirding.

Although no dedicated winter pelagic trips are available, I would highly recommend that you jump on board with Discovery WhaleWatch. They have excellent trips and great captains. Right now, they offer Wednesday birding/whale watching trips that run for the entire day. If they offer this during the winter months, that would be your single best bet without a doubt. This trip is several hours long and not a short whale watching trip— which you don’t want, if you really want to see seabirds. Ask to speak with Katlyn or John Maher.

https://discoverywhalewatch.com <https://discoverywhalewatch.com/>

Chartering your own boat would likely be prohibitively expensive. Plus, given that there is a good chance you’ll run into bad weather, it is not a good idea.

Key seabird species to look for in the fall include black-footed and Laysan albatrosses; Northern fulmar; sooty, short-tailed, and pink-footed shearwaters; red and red-necked phalaropes; black-legged kittiwake; pomarine jaeger; common murre, pigeon guillemot, rhinoceros and Cassin’s auklets. If the black-vented shearwaters stick around, and they often do until early March, you could possibly see them from Point Pinos. You could get lucky and spot a rarity such as a short-tailed albatross which we had on one of the CBC’s. Tufted puffin, thick-billed murre, or yellow-billed loon. Winter is a great time for gulls, and upwards of 13 species are possible.

Wishing you the best of luck out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater



> On Sep 12, 2017, at 11:31 AM, Griffin Richards <griffin.g.richards...> wrote:
>
> Hello all!
>
> I'll be visiting family in CA this December and I was looking to take a boat trip out into Monterey Bay for pelagic birds. As far as I can tell from my online research, there are no dedicated birding pelagics in the time period that I'll be visiting (Dec 19-21). Does anyone know of a good small party private charter for pelagic trips? Is that worth it? Alternatively, I know Monterey Bay Whale Watch runs short 3 hour whale watch tours during that time period. Has anyone taken those for pelagic birds and found it worth it? I'd also be interesting in hearing generally about people's experience with winter pelagics out of Monterey Bay and what you found.
>
> Thanks for any and all help! Feel free to reply publicly or email me directly at griffingrichards at yahoo.com
>
> Griffin
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Date: 9/12/17 11:43 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
Griffin,

Winter can be great to be offshore, although some of the diversity that you see in the fall will not be out there at this time of year. On the other hand, there are other species which arrive for winter and may be difficult at other times of year (BL Kittiwake, Ancient Murrelet, Short-tailed Shearwater etc.). Winter can have very nice weather if a front is not going through. Any “six pack” type charter will be quite expensive, and they may not know exactly where to go to find birds as they are mostly fishing oriented. On the other hand Monterey Bay Whalewatch has an active set of birding trips at other times of year (Monterey Seabirds), so they are more tuned in to where stuff is being seen, both whales and other wildlife such as birds. I would suggest that you get out on multiple trips if you have time, and let the captain and crew that you are keen on seeing birds, albatross, fulmar, Rhinos etc. And they will likely have fun trying to find some stuff for you. Nature oriented crews always have fun in the search!

eBird would be the best resource for what to expect out there in winter.

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From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Griffin Richards
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:32 AM
To: mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic



Hello all!



I'll be visiting family in CA this December and I was looking to take a boat trip out into Monterey Bay for pelagic birds. As far as I can tell from my online research, there are no dedicated birding pelagics in the time period that I'll be visiting (Dec 19-21). Does anyone know of a good small party private charter for pelagic trips? Is that worth it? Alternatively, I know Monterey Bay Whale Watch runs short 3 hour whale watch tours during that time period. Has anyone taken those for pelagic birds and found it worth it? I'd also be interesting in hearing generally about people's experience with winter pelagics out of Monterey Bay and what you found.



Thanks for any and all help! Feel free to reply publicly or email me directly at griffingrichards at yahoo.com



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Date: 9/12/17 11:31 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffin.g.richards...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] RFI Winter Pelagic
Hello all!

I'll be visiting family in CA this December and I was looking to take a
boat trip out into Monterey Bay for pelagic birds. As far as I can tell
from my online research, there are no dedicated birding pelagics in the
time period that I'll be visiting (Dec 19-21). Does anyone know of a good
small party private charter for pelagic trips? Is that worth it?
Alternatively, I know Monterey Bay Whale Watch runs short 3 hour whale
watch tours during that time period. Has anyone taken those for pelagic
birds and found it worth it? I'd also be interesting in hearing generally
about people's experience with winter pelagics out of Monterey Bay and what
you found.

Thanks for any and all help! Feel free to reply publicly or email me
directly at griffingrichards at yahoo.com

Griffin

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Date: 9/12/17 11:21 am
From: David Sidle <dsidle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Greater White-Fronted Goose at San Lorenzo Park duck pond
Walking to work at 10:45 this morning, one GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at the duck pond at San Lorenzo Park (Santa Cruz) with 21 CANADA GEESE in the pond or grazing on the nearby grass.


David Sidle

Santa Cruz

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Date: 9/11/17 8:27 pm
From: 'Judith Belden' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
If anyone is planning to go view this bird (or any others) tomorrow, I'd appreciate it if I could join you (car pool or caravan).  I'm not good at finding the right locations.
Thanks!Judy Belden


From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
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Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 9:44 PM
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds

#yiv4891050931 #yiv4891050931 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv4891050931 I swung by Shorebirds Pond at 4:00pm this afternoon to search for migrating Warblers near the pond. I could hear lots of "chip" calls coming from the various Eucalyptus trees along the road on the far side of the pond, between the parking lots and the path along the pond. I counted at least 7 YELLOW WARBLERS feeding in these trees, and just as I was about to head out the main road, I saw a Warbler that differed from the Yellows. I got a few peeks and a few photos as it flitted about and realized it was a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. When I got home I was all ready to post it to MBB when I discovered that David and several others had discovered the same tiny bird only hours before. It amazes me that others independently found the same small bird in all those trees! With so many good birders in the county, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. It looks like the fall migration of many species of birds is starting strong and should last for the next month or so. And, it also looks like the many good birders of the county are ready and waiting for them!  

Good birding,
Randy Wardle
Aptos


From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of David Sidle <dsidle...>
Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:44 PM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds Teale Fristoe of Berkeley and I spotted an immature CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER around 2pm this afternoon near the pond at the Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds complex.  David Ekdahl and Connie Vigno came and enjoyed the bird as well.  After passing the entrance gate at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds, you seen the pond on your right and soon there is a stop sign.  On the right side of the stop sign is a eucalyptus tree of some sort, relatively short compared to typical eucs, and there is a bench and an interpretive sign featuring some birds that can be found at the pond including Black-necked Stilt.  The Chestnut-sided Warbler foraged rapidly in this tree for the 30-plus minutes I was there.  A YELLOW WARBLER was in this tree also, and there were at least two other Yellow Warblers in the park.  Otherwise, the park was not too active, there were a couple RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the pond and several yellowlegs.
Photos:https://flic.kr/p/XncCBThttps://flic.kr/p/YB7qKr
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Date: 9/11/17 4:21 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows and Willow (not)
In Dave Sidle's pic too much eyering for Willow though not visible at the time. Seen again near the upper part of the boardwalk, again no eyering. A couple other PSFCs had obvious eyerings. It's all in the lighting.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

David Sidle <dsidle...> wrote:

>Here are three photos I took of one of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at the Homeless Garden from around 9:45 this morning. There really were three of them, traveling together, when I saw them they were in the southeast corner of the garden, closer to sign F.
>
>
>https://flic.kr/p/XoQENM
>
>https://flic.kr/p/XoQEFc
>
>https://flic.kr/p/XoQEvT
>
>
>And here is a poor photo of the empid Dave and I saw at the Natural Bridges butterfly pond.
>
>
>https://flic.kr/p/YCPASH
>
>
>Good birding, all.
>
>
>David Sidle
>
>Santa Cruz
>
>
>________________________________
>From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
>Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 11:55:33 AM
>To: Birding MBB
>Subject: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows
>
>Dave Sidle told me about three Clay- colored Sparrows in the homeless garden in Santa Cruz. Found fhem at 11:45am Sept 11 in the area near the c and d signs. Probable Willow Flyc atcher at the Natural Bridges pond
>
>Dave Weber,
>Milpitas
>by phone
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Date: 9/11/17 2:13 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey Audubon Newsletter, Fall 2017
Birders

Just a reminder to any interested that Audubon's most recent Sanderling
Newsletter is available online, here:
http://montereyaudubon.org/fall2017sanderling.pdf. It features an overview
of our autumn seawatch program and a more general history of land-based
sea-birding from Point Pinos.

Good birding,

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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: 9/11/17 1:45 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Audubon Presentation on Re-wilding your Life tomorrow, 9/12
Hi Birders

Tomorrow night Audubon invites you to attend a presentation by Sarah Fox on
nature deficit disorder in our sedentary, screen-obsessed, culture and the
growing movement to "re-wild" our lives.


*Combatting Nature Deficit Disorder with Sarah Fox*Rewilding or
conservation biology is a movement based in ecological restoration that
has recently expanded into reignition of ancestral lifeways as a transit
for human rewilding. This unique cultural phenomenon will be discussed as
it relates to outdoor education, the conservationist movement and
wilderness therapy. As a group we will traverse the heart of human
evolution beneath the lense of hunter-gatherer tribes, agriculture and
industrialization. An explicit focus of the effects of domestication
through way of the destruction of wild space, its connection to “nature
deficit disorder” and the loss of cultural and environmental diversity,
will be explored.

Doors open at the PG Museum of Natural History at 700pm. Talk will begin at
app. 730pm.

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Date: 9/11/17 12:58 pm
From: David Sidle <dsidle...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows
Here are three photos I took of one of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at the Homeless Garden from around 9:45 this morning. There really were three of them, traveling together, when I saw them they were in the southeast corner of the garden, closer to sign F.


https://flic.kr/p/XoQENM

https://flic.kr/p/XoQEFc

https://flic.kr/p/XoQEvT


And here is a poor photo of the empid Dave and I saw at the Natural Bridges butterfly pond.


https://flic.kr/p/YCPASH


Good birding, all.


David Sidle

Santa Cruz


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Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 11:55:33 AM
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows

Dave Sidle told me about three Clay- colored Sparrows in the homeless garden in Santa Cruz. Found fhem at 11:45am Sept 11 in the area near the c and d signs. Probable Willow Flyc atcher at the Natural Bridges pond

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 9/11/17 12:17 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Flock o' Clay-colored sparrows
Dave Sidle told me about three Clay- colored Sparrows in the homeless garden in Santa Cruz. Found fhem at 11:45am Sept 11 in the area near the c and d signs. Probable Willow Flyc atcher at the Natural Bridges pond

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 9/11/17 10:58 am
From: Shantanu Phukan <phukan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] They're back White Crowneds
I just saw two immature White Crowned Sparrows at the base of Soquel Bridge along San Lorenzo River. Cant wait until the bushes start hoppig with them again.
Shantanu


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Santa Cruz/San Jose

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Date: 9/11/17 10:16 am
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Watsonville Sloughs
Yesterdays club trip to the sloughs was quite rewarding. We started at the
NE finger of Struve slough. We re-found the continuing STILT SANDPIPER,
along with a few LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Near the end of our time at this spot a
GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew through and we got nice comparisons of GREATER vs
LESSER calls.. The Golden Plover was not seen. Several attendees got views
of a HOUSE WREN singing in the scrub behind the trail, where there was also
a flock of LESSER GOLDFINCHES. A WILSON'S SNIPE flew over.
We then moved on to West Struve slough the other side of the highway. We
were greeted by views of two WHITE-TAILED KITES, both with rodent prey. We
did eventually find the continuing RUFF, along with a couple of PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS and some WHITE-FACED IBISES. We also had the opportunity to
compare RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PHALAROPES. Views of the Ruff were distant
though.
Thanks to those who attended, Phil Brown

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Date: 9/10/17 9:43 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
I swung by Shorebirds Pond at 4:00pm this afternoon to search for migrating Warblers near the pond. I could hear lots of "chip" calls coming from the various Eucalyptus trees along the road on the far side of the pond, between the parking lots and the path along the pond. I counted at least 7 YELLOW WARBLERS feeding in these trees, and just as I was about to head out the main road, I saw a Warbler that differed from the Yellows. I got a few peeks and a few photos as it flitted about and realized it was a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. When I got home I was all ready to post it to MBB when I discovered that David and several others had discovered the same tiny bird only hours before. It amazes me that others independently found the same small bird in all those trees! With so many good birders in the county, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. It looks like the fall migration of many species of birds is starting strong and should last for the next month or so. And, it also looks like the many good birders of the county are ready and waiting for them!


Good birding,

Randy Wardle
Aptos


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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds


Teale Fristoe of Berkeley and I spotted an immature CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER around 2pm this afternoon near the pond at the Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds complex. David Ekdahl and Connie Vigno came and enjoyed the bird as well. After passing the entrance gate at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds, you seen the pond on your right and soon there is a stop sign. On the right side of the stop sign is a eucalyptus tree of some sort, relatively short compared to typical eucs, and there is a bench and an interpretive sign featuring some birds that can be found at the pond including Black-necked Stilt. The Chestnut-sided Warbler foraged rapidly in this tree for the 30-plus minutes I was there. A YELLOW WARBLER was in this tree also, and there were at least two other Yellow Warblers in the park. Otherwise, the park was not too active, there were a couple RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the pond and several yellowlegs.


Photos:

https://flic.kr/p/XncCBT

https://flic.kr/p/YB7qKr


David Sidle

Santa Cruz


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Date: 9/10/17 4:46 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Pectoral Sandpiper @ Younger Lagoon (+ other sp.)
At the mouth of Younger Lagoon today at around 1:50 PM, there was a migrant
PECTORAL SANDPIPER foraging alongside a SPOTTED SANDPIPER and a GREATER
YELLOWLEGS. In addition, there were three RED-NECKED PHALAROPES by the
viewing platform, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on the beach, and a thin stream of
SOOTY SHEARWATERS not too far offshore. No sign of the RUDDY TURNSTONE,
though.

Good birding,

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Date: 9/10/17 3:44 pm
From: David Sidle <dsidle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds
Teale Fristoe of Berkeley and I spotted an immature CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER around 2pm this afternoon near the pond at the Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds complex. David Ekdahl and Connie Vigno came and enjoyed the bird as well. After passing the entrance gate at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds, you seen the pond on your right and soon there is a stop sign. On the right side of the stop sign is a eucalyptus tree of some sort, relatively short compared to typical eucs, and there is a bench and an interpretive sign featuring some birds that can be found at the pond including Black-necked Stilt. The Chestnut-sided Warbler foraged rapidly in this tree for the 30-plus minutes I was there. A YELLOW WARBLER was in this tree also, and there were at least two other Yellow Warblers in the park. Otherwise, the park was not too active, there were a couple RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the pond and several yellowlegs.


Photos:

https://flic.kr/p/XncCBT

https://flic.kr/p/YB7qKr


David Sidle

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Date: 9/9/17 9:38 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MURRELET GRAND SLAM: SEP 9
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys had a very successful offshore pelagic trip today out of Monterey Bay. One of the highlights included: all three murrelets around the boat at the same time: GUADALUPE MURRELETS at our 12 o’clock, SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS at our 2 o’clock, and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS at our 8 o’clock. It was extremely confusing because some leaders were saying, “I see Scripps’s Murrelets” while other leaders were saying, “No, I see Guadalupe Murrelets.” It took us a while to figure out that we were not all looking at the same murrelets. And, we practically missed the Craveri’s Murrelets. It was crazy.

As far as I know, all three species of murrelets have never been seen at the same moment on a pelagic trip. A MURRELET GRAND SLAM!

We also saw more murrelets throughout the day. We had a GRAND SLAM on jaegers: POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED and SOUTH POLAR SKUA. I don’t have total numbers yet, but I believe Long-tailed Jaegers were the most abundant.

Flocks of BULLER’S SHEARWATERS made beautiful ballet flights. We saw most of the regular fall seabirds. BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS were streaming in off Point Pinos from the south.

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and an AMERICAN REDSTART flew around the vessel, somewhere about 20 miles offshore.

BLUE, FIN, and HUMPBACK WHALES were observed and a few NORTHERN FUR SEALS. One GUADALUPE FUR SEAL was sighted.

It was a bit of a complicated day because we covered not only Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, but also dipped into San Mateo County.

It was an altogether very successful Albacore Grounds trip, as our main target species during these trips are all three species of murrelets and jaegers, and blue whales. The weather was excellent.

We are heading out of Monterey again, tomorrow.

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
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Date: 9/9/17 5:58 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ruff continues
I went to check for the RUFF this afternoon about 3:30pm and found it associating with the Dowitchers in the same inlet that Reef Comer and I found it on Tuesday, just to the right of the amphitheater at the West Branch of the Struve Slough. I was able to get a few more photos of the bird before it flew off with some Stilts.


Good Birding,

Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 9/9/17 12:10 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] American Golden Plover
The AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was present in the usual location along with the
STILT SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at about 10:45 this morning.
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Date: 9/9/17 7:12 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Odd Sandpiper...Possibly a Stilt Sandpiper
All,

I got 2 different confirmations on the STILT SANDPIPER this morning. Big
Thanks to Sharon H. and Lisa S. for responding.

Although not a lifer, the last time I saw this species in Santa Cruz
county was Sept 3rd 2007. So here we are a decade later...

EBird report updated with a photo and some comments:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39075474

Cheers,

Pete

On 9/9/17 12:53 AM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Hi birders,
>
> Looking through my images last night. I started pondering the bird I
> reported originally as a dowitcher in my ebird report here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39075474
>
> I'm now leaning towards calling it the STILT SANDPIPER. Before I make
> the change in ebird though, below is a large image to review. There is
> a Black Necked Stilt on the left, and a Yellow-legs on the right. The
> bird in doubt is the smaller bird near the center of the frame, facing
> mostly left.
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/sandpiper_170908a.jpg
>
> Would appreciate any input from the mbb community on this bird.
> Noteworthy to me is the lack of barring and relatively clean look to
> the underparts. Unfortunately, the color of the legs is not clear in
> the original, although they are not bright yellow. The bill appears to
> drop down slightly. To me it all points to Stilt Sandpiper.
>
> Thanks in advance for any input
>
> Pete Sole
> Soquel, CA
>

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Date: 9/9/17 12:53 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Odd Sandpiper...Possibly a Stilt Sandpiper
Hi birders,

Looking through my images last night. I started pondering the bird I
reported originally as a dowitcher in my ebird report here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39075474

I'm now leaning towards calling it the STILT SANDPIPER. Before I make
the change in ebird though, below is a large image to review. There is a
Black Necked Stilt on the left, and a Yellow-legs on the right. The bird
in doubt is the smaller bird near the center of the frame, facing mostly
left.

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/sandpiper_170908a.jpg

Would appreciate any input from the mbb community on this bird.
Noteworthy to me is the lack of barring and relatively clean look to the
underparts. Unfortunately, the color of the legs is not clear in the
original, although they are not bright yellow. The bill appears to drop
down slightly. To me it all points to Stilt Sandpiper.

Thanks in advance for any input

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA

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Date: 9/8/17 11:19 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] American Golden Plover - Continues!
Hi birders,

First, a huge thanks to Randy W, Lisa S., Lisa L., and Phil B. They all
sent great detailed instructions as to where to find the AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER at Struve Slough in Watsonville CA. I hustled out of work
today around 5:15pm and was looking at and photographing the bird by
about 6:30pm.

Thanks to Randy, Lisa, Lisa, and Phil, today's happiness equaled an
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, that was:

1. A 100% true lifer
2. In Santa Cruz County, CA
and
3. I managed some pictures

Here are some images:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/plover_american_golden_170908a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/plover_american_golden_170908c.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/shore_birds/plover_american_golden_170908d.jpg

IMO, the best way to see this bird is to stand near the following GPS
location:
36.910542 North, -121.77832 West
Or see this map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/36%C2%B054'38.0%22N+121%C2%B046'42.0%22W/@36.9113281,-121.7783857,297m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d36.910542!4d-121.77832

Then carefully scope a mud flat that is pointed to by arrow in the image
below as you face North:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/plover_american_golden_location_170908a.jpg

Full ebird report for this evening:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39075474

Tomorrow, I'll try for the Ruff!

Very happy birding to all,

Pete Sole'
Soquel,CA



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Date: 9/8/17 8:08 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey Bay remains rich with marine life: Sep 8
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ Monterey Bay trip today had a few new highlights: TUFTED PUFFIN (Monterey County), RED PHALAROPES, and grand slam with POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA (Santa Cruz County).

Today, there was a lot of seabird movement as the huge schools of baby rockfish off Point Pinos moved on, or were consumed! The vast SOOTY SHEARWATER flock and COMMON MURRES have moved around and broken into smaller flocks. A herd of 1,200 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS were traveling just outside of the harbor this morning.

In addition to the above species, we saw most of the usual fall seabird species: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; SOOTY, BULLER’S, BLACK-VENTED, PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; ASHY STORM-PETREL (3- all Santa Cruz County); SABINE’S GULL; ARCTIC TERN; COMMON MURRE; PIGEON GUILLEMOT; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN’S AUKLETS. Along the Coast Guard Jetty, were BLACK TURNSTONES (5) and SURFBIRD (1).

We ’only’ saw 51 HUMPBACK WHALES and 2 BLUE WHALES.

Tomorrow, we head offshore on our Albacore Grounds trip.

Spaces are available on the following Monterey trips: Sep. 10, 22, 24, 30; Oct. 8. Our Sep 30th trip is planning to spend maximum time in Santa Cruz County. Email me for details on this special trip.

We also have a few spaces available on our Sep. 15 and 16 Half Moon Bay trips. For a reservation, please email me: <debi...> <mailto:<debi...>.

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
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Date: 9/8/17 4:37 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Monterey Seabirds-Trip Report 9/5
All,
Monterey Seabirds went out on Tuesday for an 8 hour pelagic. We were
lucky enough to catch the seabird spectacle previously reported by others
on eBird and these lists.
SOOTY SHEARWATERS were racing into the bay by the tens of thousands as we
started our trip. Sorting through them was a blast and we found numerous
PINK-FOOTED and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS mixed throughout. A real thrill
was a MANX SHEARWATER that we spotted sitting on the water off of Point
Pinos. It sat long enough for folks to get some photos. Several of us on
the boat had encountered Manx shearwater before, but were delighted in
getting our first decent photos!
This trip stayed in Monterey County waters, where RHINOCEROS AUKLETS
seemed to have really increased lately. CASSIN'S AUKLETS were a bit more
scarce on this trip, but we found a few.
In the northern region of the county, and fairly far offshore, we
encountered another real treat-BLUE WHALES and there were gobs of them.
Some offered great looks close to the boat while others fed farther away.
It's difficult to count these whales, as they can stay down in a dive for a
while, but our whale experts on board guessed about 20 Blues were in the
immediate vicinity. One FIN WHALE also made a brief pass through the group.
When we encountered this group Blue Whales, we also found our first ASHY
STORM-PETRELS. Leading to even more excitement on board, a single BLACK
STORM-PETREL flew through the area.
RISSO'S DOLPHINS, bow-riding PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN and breaching
HUMPBACK WHALES also fed in these impressively productive waters.
Also enjoyed by all were BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RED and RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE, and both PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGERS to name a few.
MONTEREY SEABIRDS' next trip is SUNDAY Sept. 10 though it only has a
couple spots left. Our Monday Sept. 11 trip is a 12 hour trip where we
hope to spend more time in deeper water. There is space available on that
trip.
See our complete list of trips at montereyseabirds.com or call (831)
375-4658 to make a reservation.
The season has had a fantastic start. We hope to see you out on the bay
soon.

Good Birding,

Mark Kudrav
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Date: 9/7/17 9:52 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Solitary Sandpiper - Upper Struve Slough
All,

After work today, I rushed down to Struve Slough to try to catch up on
the various interesting shore birds.

Managed to find the SOLITARY SANDPIPER in Upper Struve Slough, in the
mud flats below the Panda Express.

Re-reading the reports, I now realize that I was in the wrong spot for
the the Ruff and the American Golden-Plover. Tomorrow I will try again
for the American Golden-Plover. Suggestions as to where to find it much
appreciated. The Ruff, I think I have a clue where to look.

Hopefully the birds will stay around a few more days...

Pete Sole


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Date: 9/7/17 8:56 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Half A Million Seabirds+
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ Monterey Bay pelagic trip today was nothing short of breathtaking. Highlights included 11 species of tubenoses, six species of shearwaters— SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, FLESH-FOOTED (Santa Cruz County, spotted in a flock by Alex Rinkert), BULLER’S, MANX, and BLACK-VENTED. We estimated at least 500,000 Sooty Shearwaters off Point Pinos. At least 25 HUMPBACK WHALES were feeding amongst the shearwaters.

Jim Holmes spotted a flock of 190 ASHY STORM-PETRELS, the first such flock I’ve seen in many years; 3 BLACK STORM-PETRELS and 2 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS (One in Santa Cruz County and one in Monterey County. The Monterey County Wilson’s was with a flock of shearwaters. No other storm-petrels were around. Could be possible to see this off Point PInos.)

Three SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS were spotted sitting on the sea by cameraman, Chris Hartzell. Later in the day, Alex Rinkert spotted another solitary SCRIPPS’S MURRELET.

POMARINE (4), PARASITIC (8), and LONG-TAILED (17) JAEGERS put on a good show, with many Long-tails flying around the boat, as did SABINE’S GULLS and COMMON TERNS.

We managed to find 3 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS, although most have departed. CASSIN’S AUKLETS (8) were sparse owing to the low amounts of krill. However, COMMON MURRES (1676) were abundant with dads and chicks still calling to each other. We often saw murres with food in their beaks. Small bait fish are plentiful right off Point Pinos, turning the fish finder screen almost solidly red. RHINOCEROS AUKLETS (122) could also be seen with fish in their beaks.

The whale show continues. We recorded some 65 HUMPBACK WHALES, 6 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, and 3 BAIRD’S BEAKED WHALES. A couple of DALL’S PORPOISES slow-rolled off the bow. Pinnipeds included California sea lion, Northern elephant seal, and Northern fur seal. We saw one MAKO and one BLUE SHARK.

The ocean is literally teaming with marine life. Seas were glassy-smooth and we expect the same tomorrow. The sea surface temperature reached 65 F today. This report doesn’t really do it justice. Folks on board were thrilled. Many thanks to everyone from near and far who joined us today. Leaders on this trip were Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Jim Holmes, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater.

We’ll be heading out of Monterey for the next three days in a row. Spaces are available on tomorrow’s trip and Sunday’s trip. (The albacore trip on Saturday is sold out.) I can only be reached by email at this time: <debi...> <mailto:<debi...>.

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 9/7/17 7:56 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Ruff continuing on Upper West Struve Slough.
"Randy showed us a spot to get through the fence just before the farm." I have absolutely no knowledge or recollection of what Gary is talking about here... 😊


Randy Wardle


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Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 1:31 AM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ruff continuing on Upper West Struve Slough.

I ran into Randy Wardle and Norman Uyeda today on the DFW Reserve today. We birded the mudflats from the access point near the corner of Lee and Harkin Slough Rd to no avail. We saw a brown bird too far to ID just past the next cove toward Struve Slough and Randy suggested we move down there for a closer look. Randy showed us spot to get through the fence just before the farm. When we got there were able to rule out a Pectoral Sandpiper. I wanted to give others a heads up that the Ruff was continuing.

Best regards,

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Date: 9/7/17 6:31 pm
From: <gary_martindale...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ruff continuing on Upper West Struve Slough.
I ran into Randy Wardle and Norman Uyeda today on the DFW Reserve today. We birded the mudflats from the access point near the corner of Lee and Harkin Slough Rd to no avail. We saw a brown bird too far to ID just past the next cove toward Struve Slough and Randy suggested we move down there for a closer look. Randy showed us spot to get through the fence just before the farm. When we got there were able to rule out a Pectoral Sandpiper. I wanted to give others a heads up that the Ruff was continuing.

Best regards,

Gary Martindale

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Date: 9/7/17 4:39 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
Hello Kent and MBBs,

Sharon Hull and I had *great* looks at a Pectoral Sandpiper at the West
Struve Slough muddy inlet in its northwest corner this afternoon. It was on
a mud "isle" with dowitchers and Wilson's Phalaropes when we left, but it
also probed the bank to the west for a bit. Pretty bird! I have never been
able to get a good photo of one before! A rather stocky sandpiper with a
buff breast with clean delineation to lighter whitish color below.

-Lisa



On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Kent <kentjohnson...> wrote:

> The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were
> all present again this morning at the same location on Sturve Slough below
> Ohlone Parkway. I looked also for the Ruff and Pectoral Sandpipers; I did
> not see them at the end of the West Branch of Struve Slough where they
> were previously reported, but there was a group of dowitchers a few hundred
> meters to the south and among them a bird I thought had a pretty good
> chance to be the Ruff. I could not get close enough to them to be sure, but
> I would suggest people not give up on this bird yet.
>
>
> Kent Johnson
>
> Boulder Creek
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of
> Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:59 PM
> *To:* Monterey Bay Birdlist
> *Subject:* [MBBIRDS] Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve
> Slough Birds
>
>
> The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER that Norman Uyeda first discovered on Monday
> and that Alex Rinkert identified as a Golden, continued at the inlet on
> Struve Slough across from West Marine for most of the morning today posing
> nicely to the delight of a number of birders present between 8am and about
> noon. The STILT SANDPIPER also continued, feeding with up to 7 LESSER
> YELLOWLEGS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, numerous BLACK-NECKED STILTS, and both a
> SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Several of the birders located a WILLOW
> FLYCATCHER across the inlet in the heavy foliage and as everyone was trying
> to get their binos on it, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT suddenly darted briefly
> into view giving only fleeting glances for a minute or two. I think only
> Norman Uyeda was able to get an identifying photo of the bird. I did see it
> again later in the afternoon about 4:30pm for one good look before it again
> disappeared into the deep brush just to the left of the large overhanging
> willow tree across the inlet. A good birding day for all that were present.
> I don't believe anyone was able to locate the Pectoral Sandpipers or the
> Ruff today however.
>
>
> Good Birding,
> Randy Wardle
> Aptos
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Date: 9/7/17 3:10 pm
From: Amanda Preece <apreece24...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Tons of terns!
I could hear them all the way from the conference grounds...

I'm out at Asilomar State Beach. I don't have a scope with me but it looks
like hundreds of Elegant Terns are out past the breakers standing on the
top of the kelp beds like egrets. They are hovering and dunking to get
whatever it is they are eating. It is amazing. There's also lots of great
shorebirds out here:

Black-bellied Plover
Willet
Whimbrel
Surfbirds
Black Turnstones
Sanderlings
Had two Long-billed Dowitchers yesterday.
Also tons of whale spouts!
Hope you get a chance to go out to the coast! It's a nice day for it.

Amanda Preece
Asilomar State Beach

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Date: 9/7/17 2:59 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were all present again this morning at the same location on Sturve Slough below Ohlone Parkway. I looked also for the Ruff and Pectoral Sandpipers; I did not see them at the end of the West Branch of Struve Slough where they were previously reported, but there was a group of dowitchers a few hundred meters to the south and among them a bird I thought had a pretty good chance to be the Ruff. I could not get close enough to them to be sure, but I would suggest people not give up on this bird yet.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek



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Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:59 PM
To: Monterey Bay Birdlist
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds


The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER that Norman Uyeda first discovered on Monday and that Alex Rinkert identified as a Golden, continued at the inlet on Struve Slough across from West Marine for most of the morning today posing nicely to the delight of a number of birders present between 8am and about noon. The STILT SANDPIPER also continued, feeding with up to 7 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, numerous BLACK-NECKED STILTS, and both a SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Several of the birders located a WILLOW FLYCATCHER across the inlet in the heavy foliage and as everyone was trying to get their binos on it, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT suddenly darted briefly into view giving only fleeting glances for a minute or two. I think only Norman Uyeda was able to get an identifying photo of the bird. I did see it again later in the afternoon about 4:30pm for one good look before it again disappeared into the deep brush just to the left of the large overhanging willow tree across the inlet. A good birding day for all that were present. I don't believe anyone was able to locate the Pectoral Sandpipers or the Ruff today however.


Good Birding,

Randy Wardle
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Date: 9/6/17 7:59 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Continuing American Golden-Plover and other Struve Slough Birds
The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER that Norman Uyeda first discovered on Monday and that Alex Rinkert identified as a Golden, continued at the inlet on Struve Slough across from West Marine for most of the morning today posing nicely to the delight of a number of birders present between 8am and about noon. The STILT SANDPIPER also continued, feeding with up to 7 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, numerous BLACK-NECKED STILTS, and both a SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Several of the birders located a WILLOW FLYCATCHER across the inlet in the heavy foliage and as everyone was trying to get their binos on it, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT suddenly darted briefly into view giving only fleeting glances for a minute or two. I think only Norman Uyeda was able to get an identifying photo of the bird. I did see it again later in the afternoon about 4:30pm for one good look before it again disappeared into the deep brush just to the left of the large overhanging willow tree across the inlet. A good birding day for all that were present. I don't believe anyone was able to locate the Pectoral Sandpipers or the Ruff today however.


Good Birding,

Randy Wardle
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Date: 9/6/17 8:44 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Stilt sandpiper AND SOLITARY
solitary sandpiper at 8:40. Didn't see Ruff earlier West Struve Slough

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> wrote:

>'A' Golden Plover is also here now.
>
>Dave Weber,
>Milpitas
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Date: 9/6/17 8:35 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Stilt sandpiper AND PLOVER
'A' Golden Plover is also here now.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> wrote:

>Stilt Sandpaper is here at e struve slough 8:30am Sept 6. Access from Heron Ct.
>
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Date: 9/6/17 8:30 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Stilt sandpiper
Stilt Sandpaper is here at e struve slough 8:30am Sept 6. Access from Heron Ct.

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Date: 9/5/17 10:31 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Pectorals AND a Ruff at West Branch Struve Slough North Access!
On Tuesday afternoon about 4:30 pm, I went to the West Branch of Struve Slough, North Access by Pajaro High in search of the American Golden-Plover which I could not find in the inlet across from West Marine. Immediately upon arriving I noticed a few sandpiper species that were much larger than the Least Sandpipers they were feeding with. I suspected that they may be PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and started getting some photos. Just then, I was joined by Reef Comer who was also looking for the Golden. When I pointed out the probable Pectorals, Reef checked them closely and announced that he believed that one of them looked very much like a juvenile RUFF. I wasn't so sure but took more photos. We made a friendly bet and then I had to go. After sending photos to Alex Rinkert this evening, he confirms that there are 2 Pectorals and 1 Ruff among the many birds there! Nice call Reef! With the fall migration starting now and the water levels in the sloughs dropping quickly to reveal more mud flats, the birding is getting very good, very quickly! If you can get out to Struve this week, there is the possibility of finding the American Golden-Plover, the Stilt Sandpiper, the Ruff, and the Pectorals. There are also several Wilson Phalaropes in the slough as well. Get out there if you can!


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Randy Wardle
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Date: 9/5/17 6:00 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] San Benito County: Black-bellied Plovers
Howdy, Birders,

Yesterday, September 4, I birded for a few hours around my home area. Paicines Reservoir continues to be a spot worth checking. Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS flew up from the distant mud flats. To my knowledge, this species has not been reported in San Benito County since 2005. Most old records were from the Hollister Water Treatment plant. But, there is virtually no habitat at the sewer ponds, nor has there been since they were “improved.”

The BALD EAGLE flew around the reservoir but did not land while I was there. Migrants included: a YELLOW WARBLER and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER present in the solitary willow tree opposite the pullout area. Many COMMON YELLOWTHROATS were in the low vegetation. GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were bathing in the distant pools at the north end.

From the reservoir, I drove Quien Sabe Road just south of Tres Pinos where I found 4 adult GOLDEN EAGLES. A PRAIRIE FALCON was along Santa Ana Valley Road, and another Golden Eagle.

The Paicines Reservoir eBird checklist is below.

Happy Trails Birding in the Lost County,
Debi Shearwater

Paicines Reservoir, San Benito, California, US
Sep 4, 2017 7:29 AM - 9:29 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 70 F; 98% cloud cover; no wind; about 40 raindrops fell. By 9:30 a.m. it was 83 F; 100% cloud cover; &lt; 3mph wind. A recent severe heat wave hit the county for the past three days. Temperatures were recorded above 120 F. The cloud cover and raindrops of today are the influence of a hurricane off Baja moving northward. The water level in the reservoir continues to recede. I forgot my spotting scope (having just done 3 back to back long pelagic trips.) I walked (with permission) to the willow tree and a little beyond. Please do not trespass and remain in the pullout. Water level is controlled by the county, although this reservoir sits on private property, Paicines Ranch.
52 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 186 This flock of geese is spending a lot of time at Paicines Ranch and flying into the reservoir in the morning.
Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 2
Gadwall 6
Mallard 325 A reasonable estimate.
Green-winged Teal (American) 1
Pied-billed Grebe 16 counted one by one
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 She flew in and circled. I did not see her land. Flew off to the southwest.
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 4
American Coot (Red-shielded) 65
Black-necked Stilt 16
Black-bellied Plover 3 This is a new species for Paicines Reservoir/Paicines Ranch. They were in flight when I spotted them. Saw the black armpits, white rumps, black bill, plump bird. The last reported record in San Benito County was by me at Lover's Lane on 1/29/2005. All other records are from the Hollister Water Treatment facility. The habitat at the sewer ponds is no longer available for plovers. The long drought made habitat virtually nonexistent in the county. Paicines Reservoir has some extensive mud flats at this time.
Killdeer 14
Least Sandpiper 18
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 10
Mourning Dove 22
Barn Owl 1
Anna's Hummingbird 1
American Kestrel 3
Willow Flycatcher 1 In the solitary willow tree opposite the parking pullout.
Black Phoebe (Northern) 7
Loggerhead Shrike 4
California Scrub-Jay 2
American Crow 2
Common Raven 12
Barn Swallow 7
swallow sp. 3
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit (Pacific) 2
Bewick's Wren (spilurus Group) 1
Western Bluebird 1
European Starling 1900 Huge flocks flying over to the reservoir to bath and back to the vineyard on the east side of Highway 25.
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow Warbler 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 11
California Towhee 1
Western Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 50
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Brewer's Blackbird 25
Great-tailed Grackle 14 Counted one by one and most in view at the same time.
blackbird sp. 50
House Finch 75
American Goldfinch 3


DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Date: 9/5/17 3:01 pm
From: hlstephenson <hlstephenson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Struve Slough shorebirds
STILT SANDPIPER continues at 1:30 PM, no AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found.

Howard Stephenson
Watsonville

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:37:23 PM UTC-7, Alex Rinkert wrote:
>
> Early this morning (Sep 5) I visited Struve Slough behind West Marine to
> look for a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER found by Norman Uyeda yesterday.
> Upon arriving I saw and heard it calling as it flew over, but it did not
> land. After an hour of searching the area, I ended up at the small branch
> on the east side of the slough opposite Landmark Elementary. There was a
> STILT SANDPIPER foraging with some yellowlegs and a WILLOW
> FLYCATCHER nearby. Then the American Golden-Plover appeared at the muddy
> terminus of this small branch of the slough where it allowed good study and
> photos. Soon Norman arrived, and then Bernadette, but the plover soon
> flushed after a Cooper's Hawk made a pass through the area. Randy tells me
> the Stilt Sandpiper is still being seen (as of 11:30) but the plover is
> not. It may return.
>
> Alex Rinkert
> Boulder Creek
>
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Date: 9/5/17 12:37 pm
From: Alex Rinkert <arinkert12...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Struve Slough shorebirds
Early this morning (Sep 5) I visited Struve Slough behind West Marine to look for a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER found by Norman Uyeda yesterday. Upon arriving I saw and heard it calling as it flew over, but it did not land. After an hour of searching the area, I ended up at the small branch on the east side of the slough opposite Landmark Elementary. There was a STILT SANDPIPER foraging with some yellowlegs and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER nearby. Then the American Golden-Plover appeared at the muddy terminus of this small branch of the slough where it allowed good study and photos. Soon Norman arrived, and then Bernadette, but the plover soon flushed after a Cooper's Hawk made a pass through the area. Randy tells me the Stilt Sandpiper is still being seen (as of 11:30) but the plover is not. It may return.
Alex Rinkert
Boulder Creek

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Date: 9/5/17 8:53 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black-headed Grosbeak at UCSC Farm 9-4-17
We were up at UCSC Farm getting rained on and interestingly, my husband
spotted a male Black-headed Grosbeak in a fruit tree. I got a good look,
but couldn't get a photo of it.

There was a large flock of European Starlings and perhaps a dozen Acorn
Woodpeckers making a racket in various roosts.Nothing notably unusual,
except the rain! (And maybe the grosbeak?)

-Lisa



On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:35 AM, Tom Marshall <tomarsha...>
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> At my home in Felton, each year Grosbeaks nest and feed. This year, it
> appeared that we had four families going. In August, the males head for
> Mexico. I still have two birds, one I see as a juvenile and the other as an
> adult female, hanging out and feeding a lot. I expect them to go any day
> now, probably tomorrow when they see me roll the calendar page to September.
>
> T.
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Date: 9/4/17 7:07 pm
From: Jonah Svensson <oakenshield0522...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Yellow-breasted Chat @ Sunset SB and Pajaro Dunes birds


The chat was just by the ranger's residence in the northern part of the
Sunset SB parking lot and completely unexpected. As we stepped out of our
car, Peter (PS) spotted an odd bird foraging in a small tree. At first, it
resembled a COYE in its coloration, but its larger-than-sparrow size
out-ruled that option immediately. Very distinct yellow breast and throat
with diagnostic white spectacles. Olive back/tail and top of head with a
whitish vent and belly (although the belly did have some olive mixed in).
Cocked tail and heavy bill. Flight undulated and bobbing as it quickly flew
a very short distance across the parking lot into a young willow growing
among coyote brush and brambles. Hopped about for a very small while (in
the process chasing out a SOSP), then dove into the brush and vanished from
sight. Unfortunately, the bird was very fast and we only saw enough to
identify before it left, and so could not obtain photos. Could not
relocate, although we did hear some nasal 'cheewb' calls in the brush a few
minutes after in the same area. Likely to be a migrant that dropped down
during the unusual shower that had just occurred.

In addition to our YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT observation, there was a migrant
LESSER YELLOWLEGS at Shorebirds Pond as well as a male MACGILLIVRAY'S
WARBLER and a scolding HOUSE WREN. At the Pajaro River mouth (SCZ Co.),
there were several thousand SOOTY SHEARWATERS cruising by over the ocean
and four PARASITIC JAEGERS chasing the terns.

Good birding,

Jonah Svensson

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Date: 9/4/17 4:25 pm
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] OVENBIRD, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, others Pacific Grove
> I'm not sure who first found them.

The Ovenbird initially found on 3 Sep, and continuing today at El Carmelo Cemetery, was found by Rita Carratello, Larry Rose, and Carole Rose.
The Magnolia Warbler initially found on 3 Sep, and continuing today at El Carmelo Cemetery, was found by Brian Sullivan while chasing the Ovenbird.

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Date: 9/4/17 3:27 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] OVENBIRD, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, others Pacific Grove
All,
Continuing today (1pm) at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove were
both an OVENBIRD and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER. They are in the small island of
vegetation that is behind the large mausoleum. A Yellow and Townsends
warbler are also in the area.
These birds were first found yesterday. I'm not sure who first found
them.
Across the street at the lighthouse, I encountered a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.
One was reported in the area a few days ago.

Good BIrding,
Mark Kudrav

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Date: 9/4/17 3:19 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Sooty Shearwaters off Lovers Point in PG
All,
I agree with Betsy, it's quite a sight. I just came from Point Pinos and
also saw numerous BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, a few PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS
and even a couple MANX SHEARWATERS.
Yesterday, ebird shows that there were as many as 8 MANX SHEARWATERS seen
at Point Pinos!

Monterey Seabirds is headed offshore for an 8 hour pelagic tomorrow and
we still have room. (831) 375-4658 for reservations.

Good birding,
Mark Kudrav
Pacific Grove


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> Half a mile of Sooties with some pelicans and gulls mixed in - and me
> without my binoculars! (Blame my dog.) They're feasting on
> something...quite a sight.
>
> Good birding,
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Date: 9/4/17 2:37 pm
From: Betsy Buchalter Adler <bba.home...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Sooty Shearwaters off Lovers Point in PG
Half a mile of Sooties with some pelicans and gulls mixed in - and me
without my binoculars! (Blame my dog.) They're feasting on
something...quite a sight.

Good birding,
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Date: 9/4/17 10:53 am
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Date: 9/4/17 9:18 am
From: 'Judith Belden' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] BHGB
YES!

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On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 9:43 PM, Al Eisner<eisner...> wrote: A slightly curmudgeonly suggestion:

I hope that those posting in this thread realize that there is NO species
in the world (according to eBird) with code BHGB.  Of course we can tell
from the message text, or simply guess, what species is being referred to.
But why not use full bird names in subject lines, rather than expect
readers to decode them (especially the ones which don't exist)?  Even
many which do exist are not easy to decode.  Once the species is named
in a post, feel free to abbreviate it!  But please do allow readers to
use the subjecg line as a pre-filter.

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Date: 9/3/17 9:43 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] BHGB
A slightly curmudgeonly suggestion:

I hope that those posting in this thread realize that there is NO species
in the world (according to eBird) with code BHGB. Of course we can tell
from the message text, or simply guess, what species is being referred to.
But why not use full bird names in subject lines, rather than expect
readers to decode them (especially the ones which don't exist)? Even
many which do exist are not easy to decode. Once the species is named
in a post, feel free to abbreviate it! But please do allow readers to
use the subjecg line as a pre-filter.

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Date: 9/3/17 3:40 pm
From: Jean M Myers <dosriosjean...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Is Moonglow Diary still open?
Hi all:

It’s been awhile since I’ve birding Moonglow and just want to make sure it is still open for birding and to see if I still park near the eucalyptus grove - I will post that I am associated with the Santa Cruz Bird Club in my car window (any other tips?). I will have an out-of-town guest and would rather not promise tricolored-colored blackbirds if it’s not possible there. Any tips for goodies in the Half Moon Bay/Watsonville areas in the next couple of days would also be welcome - I want to impress my young Texas friend and take his mind off of floods. You can respond to me under the ‘reply to sender’ header. Thanks very much!

Jean Myers
near Gilroy

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Date: 9/3/17 10:41 am
From: Andrea Welles <acwelles...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] BHGB
I have at least two BH Grosbeaks still coming to the feeder as of this
morning. Another dozen or so left about 3 weeks ago.
The most abundant birds now are Lesser Goldfinch. We¹re on Hagemann Ct,
bordering Arana Gulch.
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Date: 9/2/17 5:21 pm
From: Mark Kudrav <mkudrav...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Point Pinos MANX SHEARWATER 9/2 and Pelagic Opportunity Tuesday
All,
Today I headed to Point Pinos for a seawatch at 2:10pm. Seemed like as
good a way as any to beat the heat.
Conditions were fantastic as soon as I arrived. Not much wind to speak
of, but there were plenty of feeding seabirds just beyond the rocks.
Sorting through thousands of SOOTY SHEARWATERS, I picked out a single
NORTHERN FULMAR as well as a MANX SHEARWATER within ten minutes of
arriving. This is the second MANX in several days from a seawatch at the
Point. If you don't follow eBird closely, Blake Matheson had one on 8/29. I
added a POMARINE JAEGER and one PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER a bit later.
Also at Point Pinos, but behind the maintenance yard were three LARK
SPARROWS and a KINGBIRD Spp. that I thought was probably a Western but only
got a very brief look.

If you'd like to get offshore, MONTEREY SEABIRDS is headed out on Tuesday
Sept. 5 for an 8-hour pelagic trip. As always we'll be leaving from
Monterey at 7:30 am. You can register by calling (831) 375-4658 or got to
montereyseabirds.com where you can see all or our other upcoming dates.
Hope to see you on a boat or at the point sometime.

Mark Kudrav
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Date: 9/2/17 2:56 pm
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Date: 9/1/17 8:52 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SEP 1 OFFSHORE REPORT
Howdy, Birders,

A blistering sunrise greeted us at Fisherman’s Wharf this morning. We were happy to be offshore with beautiful conditions. Highlights included FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, ASHY STORM-PETRELS, grand slam on the jaegers; TUFTED PUFFINS.

The complete species list is below for both Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties:

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 19/4
NORTHERN FULMAR- 6/1
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 235/8
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 0/1
BULLER’S SHEARWATER- 1/0
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 1650/6
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 18/0
BROWN PELICAN- 34/0
BRANDT’S CORMORANT- 125/0
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2/0
BLACK TURNSTONE- 6/0
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 50/1
RED PHALAROPE- 8/0
SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 1/0
POMARINE JAEGER- 1/0
PARASITIC JAEGER- 4/0
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 2/0
HEERMANN’S GULL- 15/0
CALIFORNIA GULL- 80/8
WESTERN GULL- 145/3
SABINE’S GULL- 6/2
ELEGANT TERN- 50/0
COMMON MURRE- 245/1
PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 3/1
CASSIN’S AUKLET- 18/0
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 89/0
TUFTED PUFFIN- 2/0
AMERICAN COOT- 1 on a kelp patty/0
SEA OTTER
CALIFORNIA SEA LION
NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 2
HARBOR SEAL- 2
FIN WHALE- 2
HUMPBACK WHALE- 4
RISSO’S DOLPHIN- 22
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 55
OCEAN SUNFISH- 9

Many thanks to the leaders Mary Gustafson (who managed to make it out of Texas), Nick Levendosky, and Clay Kempf. Special thanks to the birders who traveled from near and as far away as Ireland for our trip today!

Please see our web site for upcoming trips:
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You can beat the heat and join us on a Half Moon Bay trip, tomorrow or Sunday. The seas look incredible!

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 9/1/17 8:20 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: SCBC  Welcome back Albatross   and a Conservation Note
Hi Lisa,

I just got back from a series of back to back trips for the eclipse and
for work. Just want to say:

What a great Albatross you put out this month!!

These things take a lot of effort, so thank you so much.

Beautifully done,

Pete

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Date: 9/1/17 3:44 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hot
109F Villa de Branciforte neighborhood of Santa Cruz, two blocks below DeLaveaga Park at 1:15pm.  Two pigeons, one titmouse and one Downey Woodpecker


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Date: 9/1/17 3:24 pm
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
Add chickadees and pygmy nuthatches to the list. In addition, I noticed
that the chickadees are choosing to get water from the dishes underneath my
pots, which are in the shade, instead of going to the water baths which are
in the sun.

On Friday, September 1, 2017, Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> wrote:

> ...I have seen Scrub Jays, Mocking Birds, House Finches, and Anna's
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Date: 9/1/17 1:42 pm
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
On Sep 1, 2017, at 1:36 PM, Lisa Larson wrote:

> ...I have seen Scrub Jays, Mocking Birds, House Finches, and Anna's Hummingbirds panting.

Tsk tsk. That's gular fluttering :o)

I just freshedn my two birds baths and hosed into a tree for extra bities of water drops.

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Date: 9/1/17 1:37 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] It is so hot...
...I have seen Scrub Jays, Mocking Birds, House Finches, and Anna's
Hummingbirds panting.

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Date: 8/31/17 4:57 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] The Lost County: Fall Migrants
Howdy, Birders,

I headed out for a quick two hours of birding this morning. As Paicines Reservoir is the closest migrate trap to my home, that’s where I went. Once again, I should have started earlier in the day. It is a baking 111 F in Hollister right now. Was cooler in the morning, but still a bit tough.

Migrants today included: WILLOW FLYCATCHER (1), NASHVILLE WARBLERS (4), ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (3), WESTERN TANAGER (1) and returning SAVANNAH SPARROWS (2) and TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS (4). Other goodies: BALD EAGLE and HOODED ORIOLE.

I found 4 CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS along John Smith Road. Three of these were at the Guerra Vineyard Pond (an eBird hot spot). They are settling in for the winter as this is one of their usual winter locations. The fourth individual put on quite a show trying to devour one of the myriad of dragonflies about today. It was on the flat area at the end of John Smith Road, near the intersection of Santa Ana Valley Road. Another BALD EAGLE was at this intersection.

Below, is the Paicines Reservoir eBird checklist:

Paicines Reservoir, San Benito, California, US
Aug 31, 2017 7:25 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: 57 F warming to 82 F by the time I left. Ultimately, temperatures would reach 110 F today and are forecast to continue for the next two days. 100% clear; no wind at all. I walked around a good bit, but never left the reservoir proper area. The water level continues to recede and only the far north end has any water. It appears to be very shallow. Water level is controlled by the county. There is a good stand of shoulder-high "weeds" surrounding the single willow tree. These weeks are proving excellent for migrants. Ultimately, the weeds will probably be mowed down by the county. The reservoir sits on Paicines Ranch property, private property. They have no control over the water level or mowing of the weeds. It is possible for birders to rent cottages at this ranch, which I highly recommend. Once again, I should have arrived earlier in the morning.
46 species

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 125 Flew in from the southwest in two large groups. Settled at the north end of the reservoir.
Gadwall 6
Mallard 190
Ruddy Duck 2
California Quail 18
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
White-tailed Kite 1 Buffy wash to upper breast. Confirmed nesting at Paicines Ranch.
Bald Eagle 1 Per my last report: she flew in about 8:15 a.m., from the southwest, straight over the reservoir, putting most of the ducks up in the air, circled to the east once she reached the north end, and headed straight for the small oak along the levee.
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 3
American Coot (Red-shielded) 65
Black-necked Stilt 1
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 7
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Mourning Dove 6
Barn Owl 1 Rusty breasted individual.
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Acorn Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Willow Flycatcher 1 First of the fall season for me. First of the entire year for San Benito County as it was missed during spring migration. Stayed in the solitary willow tree directly across from the parking pullout.
Black Phoebe (Northern) 4
Loggerhead Shrike 2
California Scrub-Jay 1
Common Raven 6
Oak Titmouse 1
Bewick's Wren (spilurus Group) 2
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 950
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 4 All of the warblers were in the tall weeds. The first two Nashvilles were seen from the pullout area, almost immediately when I arrived. Should have been there earlier. According to Bill Bousman, he found one Nashville in Santa Clara County today. He stated that this was an early arrival date for his area. I have no idea what the average arrival date is for San Benito County, because it is so under-birded.
Common Yellowthroat 2
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 2 Migrants returning to spend the winter. First of the season for me.
Song Sparrow (heermanni Group) 3
Western Tanager 1 Migrant in the eucalyptus trees nearby.
Western Meadowlark 4
Hooded Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Tricolored Blackbird 4
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Great-tailed Grackle 5 Confirmed nesting at the reservoir this year. Has nested at Teal Pond, Paicines Ranch for at least 5 years.
House Finch 33

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38928455 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38928455>

Happy Trails, Birding on the Fault Lines,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 8/31/17 10:35 am
From: Tom Marshall <tomarsha...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] BHGBs
At my home in Felton, each year Grosbeaks nest and feed. This year, it
appeared that we had four families going. In August, the males head for
Mexico. I still have two birds, one I see as a juvenile and the other as an
adult female, hanging out and feeding a lot. I expect them to go any day
now, probably tomorrow when they see me roll the calendar page to September.

T.

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Date: 8/30/17 5:38 pm
From: Nancy Collins <nancy...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
BH Grosbeak on our Soquel feeder at 5:15 PM.

Nancy Collins



On Aug 30, 2017, at 5:22 PM, Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> wrote:

Hi Carol and MBB,

We had a small Black-headed Grosbeak and a Hooded Oriole come through at our house today. The Hooded Oriole was trying to figure out the hummer feeder - but was super spooky. Last week we had one, too, and it was around for two days. Also a Wilson's Warbler. Wilson's just come through here but have never stayed around for more than 1-3 days. We are "in town" in Capitola.

I think the BHGR and HOOR are first year migrating birds. They seem to not know the ropes.

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I just saw a BH Grosbeak (female? Juvenile?) at our water dish. We have many during the season, but they have been gone for a while now. Lisa and Stephanie saw/heard some at Natural Bridges a few days ago - I wonder if these are late to leave or migrants from further north?

Carol Pecot
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Date: 8/30/17 5:37 pm
From: Susan Stirling <susanlimberstirling...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
Hi MBB, Carol, Lisa.

I too had a BH Grosbeak last week. A young bird I thought. It stayed briefly in a bird tree above my feeder.

Susan Stirling, Live Oak
Brommer St, between Chanticleer & 30th Rodeo Gulch riparian corridor is just a hop away…



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I just saw a BH Grosbeak (female? Juvenile?) at our water dish. We have many during the season, but they have been gone for a while now. Lisa and Stephanie saw/heard some at Natural Bridges a few days ago - I wonder if these are late to leave or migrants from further north?

Carol Pecot
4 miles down from Summit on Old San Jose

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Date: 8/30/17 5:23 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
Hi Carol and MBB,

We had a small Black-headed Grosbeak and a Hooded Oriole come through at
our house today. The Hooded Oriole was trying to figure out the hummer
feeder - but was super spooky. Last week we had one, too, and it was around
for two days. Also a Wilson's Warbler. Wilson's just come through here but
have never stayed around for more than 1-3 days. We are "in town" in
Capitola.

I think the BHGR and HOOR are first year migrating birds. They seem to not
know the ropes.

-Lisa

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On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:34 PM, Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> wrote:

> I just saw a BH Grosbeak (female? Juvenile?) at our water dish. We have
> many during the season, but they have been gone for a while now. Lisa and
> Stephanie saw/heard some at Natural Bridges a few days ago - I wonder if
> these are late to leave or migrants from further north?
>
> Carol Pecot
> 4 miles down from Summit on Old San Jose
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Date: 8/30/17 3:35 pm
From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] BH Grosbeak just below Summit
I just saw a BH Grosbeak (female? Juvenile?) at our water dish. We have many during the season, but they have been gone for a while now. Lisa and Stephanie saw/heard some at Natural Bridges a few days ago - I wonder if these are late to leave or migrants from further north?

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Date: 8/30/17 1:55 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] eBirding & Migration
Howdy, Birders,

I’m reposting a great post written by Kimball Garrett. If you are an eBirder, I hope you will read this important post.

Also, please keep in mind that for most folks there is no cell phone service at Pinnacles National Park. There are many eBird hot spots at the park. It is always best to use one of the hot spots rather than dumping a list in the overall park hot spot. By using one of the specific hot spots, it will help other birders will be able to find the birds you report more easily.

Thank you and thank you for eBirding.
Birding on the Faultlines of San Benito County,
Debi Shearwater

> Birders,
>
> Fall migration is in full swing. The rate of use of eBird by Los Angeles County birders continues to skyrocket, with the obvious benefit of much denser information about our avifauna, but also with the drawbacks of continuing and even accelerating issues with data quality. So here's another in a series of occasional messages intended to improve the eBird database for our area. If you know eBird users who are not on this list serve, always feel free to share these messages with them. This mini-rant will cover three issues: (1) Adding descriptions; (2) dealing with subspecies options; and (3) improving metadata in the "Comments" section.
>
> DESCRIPTIONS
> This could be subtitled "There is a happy medium between Curtis Marantz and the average eBird user." We all know it is now easy (and desirable) to upload photos and audio files to one's eBird checklist. But when you are asked to document a flagged record, PLEASE keep in mind that such evidence is only part of the documentation that should support unusual records. I am constantly amazed at how many eBirders will attach a photo (or 2 or 3...) to their checklist to document a rarity and will not write a single word about the sighting. In many cases the photos are less than ideal, and might not even help support the identification; so we rely on the added value of a written description. This is where Curtis comes in..... you don't have to write a Marantzian tome of 4000 words to document a rarity (though such detail is helpful). But please add information about the circumstances of the sighting and any characters (e.g. size and structure, movements, other behaviors, plumage, voice, etc.) that are not evident from the photos as well as amplification of what is shown in the photos. And indicate how similar species were considered and eliminated. I fear that the simple art of writing a good description of a bird to document a sighting and confirm its identification is disappearing from our birding culture. I largely blame the apparent need for instant gratification through smartphones and apps - why not jot notes down in the field (they have these things called pens, pencils and notebooks) and then add a thoughtful and detailed description based on these notes when you're home sitting at your computer? Yes, it takes time. But the alternative is having what might be a perfectly good record questioned or even invalidated by a reviewer. And as I have mentioned before (let's call this section "Sandwiches I have Eaten While Birding"), concentrate on relevant points in your description and leave the irrelevant things out.
>
> SUBSPECIES
> I strongly urge eBirders to enter data ONLY at the level of species, except in the few cases where well-marked subspecies are (usually) readily identifiable in the field; species with field-identifiable subspecies or subspecies groups in L. A. County include but are not limited to: Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Green-winged Teal, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Northern Flicker (and intergrades), Bell's Vireo, Hermit Thrush, White Wagtail, Red Crossbill (call types), Bell's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco. In some of these cases only one subspecies (or none) occurs regularly. In some other cases, observers with extensive experience and good studies of the bird in question can also reasonably determine subspecies (e.g. Orange-crowned Warbler, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-breasted Sapsucker). There is nothing to be gained by indicating a subspecies based ONLY on your locality - so it's preferable to enter "Osprey" rather than "Osprey (carolinensis)" even if you can be 99.9% certain that a local Osprey is of the North American carolinensis subspecies. An exception would be if you were able to study the bird well enough to rule out the other Osprey subspecies based on actual characters rather than locality. A lot of the subspecies entry issues seem to arise from the use of smartphone apps, so when entering data via such an app be sure to select the full species rather than a particular subspecies (unless you can document the subspecies). To the novice birder, some of the subspecies names might seem completely appropriate, even though they're not. A recent example is a birder who entered "Willow Flycatcher (Southwestern)" on the assumption that a Willow Flycatcher in the "southwest" should be that subspecies. In fact, of course, the "Southwestern" Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) is known from Los Angeles County in recent years only! by a very few possible breeding pairs, with essentially no documented records of migrants. So 99.9% of Willow Flycatchers in L. A. County will be what eBird calls "Willow Flycatcher (Northwestern) (Empidonax traillii brewsteri/adastus), even though Los Angeles County is hardly "northwestern." Why not just enter as "Willow Flycatcher"?
>
> METADATA AND INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS
> When you enter an eBird checklist you can make comments about that birding event in the Comments section on the second screen ("Date and Effort"). It is unfortunate that eBird does not require users to enter information about conditions, but until they institute that capability, you can use the "Comments" section to add information on, for example, sky conditions, wind conditions, precipitation, temperature, tide, and other physical environmental conditions that can greatly impact your bird list. Indicate how you covered the area (route, areas of concentration, etc.). Also a description of the habitat, any disturbances or other conditions that might impact your bird list, names of birding companions (these show up automatically only if the list is "shared" with them), condition of vegetation and food crop, and anything else that seems relevant. Sure, you could even mention what kind of sandwich you had for lunch.
>
> All of the above must seem like "work," but I suspect a large number of you use eBird for the common good as a thorough avifaunal record rather than simply for an accounting of your sport-listing accomplishments. Joseph Grinnell and other "early" naturalists in California might have spent hours writing in their journals about each of their field outings, and that information is invaluable to researchers today. Can't we, at least in some small part, try to do the same?
>
> Kimball
>
> Kimball L. Garrett
> Ornithology Collections Manager
> Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Date: 8/28/17 5:36 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SCBC Albatross and jaundiced legs
Hello Birders,

Aside from a hearty helping of Lesser Yellowlegs at lower Watsonville
Slough (Beach Street, Shell Road), as well as Shorebirds Pond, the Santa
Crux Bird Club is now serving up the Sep/Oct issue of the Albatross
newsletter!

I apologize for this being a "heavier" issue - meaning taking longer to
upload in a browser. Please consider downloading the .pdf to your computer
for viewing. Or consider "Going Green" for future issues, opting for online
versions only.

I do not anticipate this longer rendering happening in the future.

-Lisa

P.S. There is a great opportunity for viewing both Greater & Lesser
Yellowlegs together for those interested!



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Date: 8/27/17 8:11 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red Knot at Pelican Point
I birded the beach area at the end of Pajaro Dunes this afternoon in dense fog. There were many shorebird species feeding there. Among the many MARBLED GODWITS, WILLETS, LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, SANDERLINGS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SNOWY and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, there was a juvenile RED KNOT as well. Offshore, there were thousands of SOOTY SHEARWATERS heading north, hundreds of ELEGANT TERNS and a few PARASITIC JAEGERS chasing the terns, all very close to shore in the fog. The RED KNOT started out in Santa Cruz County a short ways past the condos and kept moving south with the other shorebirds until it was well into Monterey County about half way to the Pajaro River mouth. Here are a few photos of the Red Knot and Jaeger.


Good birding,

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Date: 8/27/17 12:27 pm
From: Barbara Riverwoman <river...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black and White Warbler
Black and White Warbler on east side of San Lorenzo River between Water and Highway 1 Bridge.
Barbara Rivewoman

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Date: 8/27/17 10:19 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Possible Dark Morph Swainson's Hawk
Hi birders,

Just had a possible Dark Morph Swainson's Hawk fly over our home in
Soquel around 10:15am. It flew west north west towards UCSC.

I took some exceedingly distant inconclusive photos. Wish I would have
reacted earlier.

Keep your eyes open on the Santa Cruz west side, near UCSC, for an
interesting looking Buteo.

Pete Sole'

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Date: 8/26/17 10:19 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] HAWAIIAN PETREL: MONTEREY BAY
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ August 25th Monterey Bay pelagic trip enjoyed an exquisite flight display of a solitary HAWAIIAN PETREL which was found and immediately identified by ace leader, Alex Rinkert. The petrel put on quite a show, sauntering in and out of the wake, rising high on the waves. Everyone on board had excellent views. Many photographs were taken. This petrel was observed in Monterey County.

You can see some of Beth Hamel’s images here:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/hawaiian-petrel-monterey-bay-august-25.html

Also, images by Dave and Tammy McQuade here:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/hawaiian-petrel-images-by-dave-tammy.html

Other trip highlights included great views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; BULLER’S, SOOTY, and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; one ASHY STORM-PETREL; a grand slam on the jaegers: POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED; SABINE’S GULL; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN’S AUKLETS.

We encountered 13 humpback whales, and capped off the end of the day with several BLUE WHALES.

You can find a full trip report with images and full checklist, here:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/monterey-bay-pelagic-trip-august-25-2017.html

Many thanks to the wonderful group of birders who joined us from near and far, as well as three of the folks doing a ABA Big Year! Hawaiian Petrel was a life bird for many on board. Finally, I thank the loyal leaders: Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Clay Kempf, and Rick Fournier.

Looking for something to do on Labor Day Weekend? We have trips on September 1 departing from Monterey and September 2 and 3 departing from Half Moon Bay. For a reservation, email me: <debi...>

Living the Salt Life & SeaBirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 8/26/17 11:36 am
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Shrike
Sorry for this late info, but last week on Shell Road (on the lines at the
usual post near where the Tundra Swan was) I had two juvenile Loggerhead
Shrikes (who were bickering) and an adult on an adjacent line!

They did not stay long. Randy Wardle came within minutes, but they were
gone and did not reappear. I have never seen more than one shrike at a time
in that area.

-Lisa
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> I don't know if this is unusual, but i just saw a SHRIKE at the Seacliff
> field. 6:00 pm
> I thought it must be a mockingbird (which there was one of those as well),
> but i went and got my binoculars, and it was for sure a SHRIKE. A
> hummingbird there kept harassing it.
> Hanging out ocean side between the stairs and Seacliff mini park. That
> field there.
> Happy Birding
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Date: 8/26/17 10:25 am
From: hlstephenson <hlstephenson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Solitary Sandpiper continues
Here this morning (Sat) at 9:30 AM mixed in with Black-necked Stilts,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and a few peeps.

Howard Stephenson
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Date: 8/26/17 8:33 am
From: <CALLMaster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
Received a 32 second message 08/26/2017 at 08:33:23.
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Date: 8/25/17 6:30 pm
From: Anne and Randy <annerand2...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Shrike
Hi,I don't know if this is unusual, but i just saw a SHRIKE at the Seacliff field. 6:00 pmI thought it must be a mockingbird (which there was one of those as well), but i went and got my binoculars, and it was for sure a SHRIKE. A hummingbird there kept harassing it.Hanging out ocean side between the stairs and Seacliff mini park. That field there.Happy Birding
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Date: 8/25/17 6:14 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lots of Yellowlegs
At Shorebirds Pond at the Pajaro Dunes this afternoon there were 19 yellowlegs mingling with all the Mallards on the shore where people feed the ducks. Fourteen of them were GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and five were LESSER YELLOWLEGS. That's the most Lessers I have ever seen at one time together.


Good Birding,

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Aptos

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Date: 8/25/17 5:55 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Natural Bridges
Hi Birders!

There are two House Wrens in the boardwalk area at the bottom. A
hummingbird certainly had issues with one of them when it was fairly high
up in a eucalyptus tree. Stephanie Singer, Carol Pecot and I could not
figure out why.

Happy Friday,
-Lisa

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Date: 8/25/17 2:48 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Solitary Sandpiper continues
The Solitary Sandpiper continues behind Panda Express in watsonville at 2:45pm.


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Date: 8/25/17 12:22 pm
From: 'Andy Knorr' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Now
2 Bald Eagles riding an updraft at Green Valley and Main, Watsonville!

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Date: 8/24/17 6:10 pm
From: Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
I’d rather be happy knowing that I was pronouncing the word correctly….or even happier if I knew people didn’t care.

By the way, what does everyone think about Kyrie Irving being traded to the Boston Keltics?

;-)




On Aug 24, 2017, at 4:36 PM, Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> wrote:

> So birding friends, would you rather be happy with your pronunciations or would you rather be right?

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Date: 8/24/17 4:37 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
Hi Everyone,

I am going to chime in.

I completely agree with Clay. Whatever feels best to your ear is a good
option, correct or not.

I looked up correct pronunciations of a number of birds, and found I was
saying some of them "wrong" Like BEEwick's Wren instead of BEUwick's
(Buick, like the car) Wren. Or Snowy Pl*O*ver, not Snowy Pluver (like
lover).

*It drives me batty that pronunciations are not included in any ID books
that I have ever seen. *

Sigh.

Some people like dry red wine and some like sweet white wine. Neither are
wrong. Even if it is a gallon of cheap Gallo (gaaack!).

I earned an English degree and I wince at poor grammar or misused words,
but I am more lenient on this bird thing. Why? I have no clue.

I see your point, too, Joseph, and I appreciate your research - I really
do!

So birding friends, would you rather be happy with your pronunciations or
would you rather be right?

I gonna go look at birds now. :-)
🐦

Peace out,
Lisa

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 4:11 PM, Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:

> Comes from the Greek "leukos" which means white. Pronounced as in leucocyte
> or leukemia
>
> https://youtu.be/bVC-lFaUjec
>
> Most importantly it is not a synonym for "partial albino" in which a bird
> shows patches of white mixed with normal plumage. Leucistic, when used
> correctly, specifies a condition in which all pigments are dilute giving
> rise to an unusual pale plumage.
>
> Some widely used definitions are at:
>
> http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#ColorVariants
>
> http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-
> in-birds-melanin-reduction/
>
> In the 1985 edition of "A Dictionary of Birds" edited by Campbell
> and Lack. An entry by C.J.O. Harrison lists the following types of
> abnormal plumage:
>
> Abnormal Pigmentation, Atypical pigmentation, Schizochroism, Pigment
> replacement, Gynandromorphs, Pigment deficiency, Pattern variations,
> and Feather structure abnormalities.
>
> The following appears in the discussion under "Atypical pigmentation:"
>
> "Partial loss of pigment, affecting all the colours present and
> reducing them in intensity, is rare. It is called 'dilution' by bird
> breeders and 'leucism' in scientific writings, although the latter
> term is also used at times for various forms of schizochroic loss (see
> below) of single pigments which make the plumage appear paler...."
>
> So defined, the phenomenon of true leucism (dilution of all pigments)
> is much rarer than schizochroism (involving a loss or dilution of only
> some pigments), so "leucistic" should probably be used rarely, and not
> merely as a jargon replacement for the more popular vernacular
> "partial albino." In most cases where you hear the pedantic, "There's
> no such thing as 'partial albino' the correct term is 'leucistic'",
> the authority may be misusing the term.
>
> For more information see a history of uses of the terms "albinism" and
> "leucism" collected by Floyd Hayes at:
>
> http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/a0402f.html#1504
>
> If the purpose of language is to communicate, let's use words which
> are reasonably unambiguous and understandable to the widest possible
> audience.
>
>
> On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:43:06 -0700, Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> wrote:
>
> >I usually say “lewSistic:
> >
> >I say po-tay-to, you say po-tot-to.
> >
> >Pill ee ated vs. Pie Lee ated….etc etc
> >
> >Clay K
> >Elkhorn
> >
> >On Aug 23, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Jean Harrison <seajean...> wrote:
> >
> >> Jim –We say leuKistic here. Jean, Santa Cruz
> >>
> >> From: 'jim' via mbbirds
> >> Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:57 PM
> >> To: <mbbirds...>
> >> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
> >>
> >> Friends
> >>
> >> I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.
> >>
> >> I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford.
> The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says
> leuSistic. What is used locally? Thanks
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
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Date: 8/24/17 4:27 pm
From: Jeff Davis <jndavis...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
You might also check this article I prepared for Birding magazine in 2007:

http://colibri-ecology.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Davis-2007-Color-Abnormalities.pdf <http://colibri-ecology.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Davis-2007-Color-Abnormalities.pdf>

In it you’ll find that Rensch coined the term leucism in 1925 to describe birds with all white plumage and normally colored eyes and skin.

Jeff Davis
Fresno, CA

> On Aug 24, 2017, at 4:11 PM, Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:
>
> Comes from the Greek "leukos" which means white. Pronounced as in leucocyte
> or leukemia
>
> https://youtu.be/bVC-lFaUjec
>
> Most importantly it is not a synonym for "partial albino" in which a bird
> shows patches of white mixed with normal plumage. Leucistic, when used
> correctly, specifies a condition in which all pigments are dilute giving
> rise to an unusual pale plumage.
>
> Some widely used definitions are at:
>
> http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#ColorVariants
>
> http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/
>
> In the 1985 edition of "A Dictionary of Birds" edited by Campbell
> and Lack. An entry by C.J.O. Harrison lists the following types of
> abnormal plumage:
>
> Abnormal Pigmentation, Atypical pigmentation, Schizochroism, Pigment
> replacement, Gynandromorphs, Pigment deficiency, Pattern variations,
> and Feather structure abnormalities.
>
> The following appears in the discussion under "Atypical pigmentation:"
>
> "Partial loss of pigment, affecting all the colours present and
> reducing them in intensity, is rare. It is called 'dilution' by bird
> breeders and 'leucism' in scientific writings, although the latter
> term is also used at times for various forms of schizochroic loss (see
> below) of single pigments which make the plumage appear paler...."
>
> So defined, the phenomenon of true leucism (dilution of all pigments)
> is much rarer than schizochroism (involving a loss or dilution of only
> some pigments), so "leucistic" should probably be used rarely, and not
> merely as a jargon replacement for the more popular vernacular
> "partial albino." In most cases where you hear the pedantic, "There's
> no such thing as 'partial albino' the correct term is 'leucistic'",
> the authority may be misusing the term.
>
> For more information see a history of uses of the terms "albinism" and
> "leucism" collected by Floyd Hayes at:
>
> http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/a0402f.html#1504
>
> If the purpose of language is to communicate, let's use words which
> are reasonably unambiguous and understandable to the widest possible
> audience.
>
>
> On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:43:06 -0700, Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> wrote:
>
>> I usually say “lewSistic:
>>
>> I say po-tay-to, you say po-tot-to.
>>
>> Pill ee ated vs. Pie Lee ated….etc etc
>>
>> Clay K
>> Elkhorn
>>
>> On Aug 23, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Jean Harrison <seajean...> wrote:
>>
>>> Jim –We say leuKistic here. Jean, Santa Cruz
>>>
>>> From: 'jim' via mbbirds
>>> Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:57 PM
>>> To: <mbbirds...>
>>> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
>>>
>>> Friends
>>>
>>> I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.
>>>
>>> I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford. The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says leuSistic. What is used locally? Thanks
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
>>>
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Date: 8/24/17 4:11 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
Comes from the Greek "leukos" which means white. Pronounced as in leucocyte
or leukemia

https://youtu.be/bVC-lFaUjec

Most importantly it is not a synonym for "partial albino" in which a bird
shows patches of white mixed with normal plumage. Leucistic, when used
correctly, specifies a condition in which all pigments are dilute giving
rise to an unusual pale plumage.

Some widely used definitions are at:

http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#ColorVariants

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/

In the 1985 edition of "A Dictionary of Birds" edited by Campbell
and Lack. An entry by C.J.O. Harrison lists the following types of
abnormal plumage:

Abnormal Pigmentation, Atypical pigmentation, Schizochroism, Pigment
replacement, Gynandromorphs, Pigment deficiency, Pattern variations,
and Feather structure abnormalities.

The following appears in the discussion under "Atypical pigmentation:"

"Partial loss of pigment, affecting all the colours present and
reducing them in intensity, is rare. It is called 'dilution' by bird
breeders and 'leucism' in scientific writings, although the latter
term is also used at times for various forms of schizochroic loss (see
below) of single pigments which make the plumage appear paler...."

So defined, the phenomenon of true leucism (dilution of all pigments)
is much rarer than schizochroism (involving a loss or dilution of only
some pigments), so "leucistic" should probably be used rarely, and not
merely as a jargon replacement for the more popular vernacular
"partial albino." In most cases where you hear the pedantic, "There's
no such thing as 'partial albino' the correct term is 'leucistic'",
the authority may be misusing the term.

For more information see a history of uses of the terms "albinism" and
"leucism" collected by Floyd Hayes at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/a0402f.html#1504

If the purpose of language is to communicate, let's use words which
are reasonably unambiguous and understandable to the widest possible
audience.


On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:43:06 -0700, Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...> wrote:

>I usually say “lewSistic:
>
>I say po-tay-to, you say po-tot-to.
>
>Pill ee ated vs. Pie Lee ated….etc etc
>
>Clay K
>Elkhorn
>
>On Aug 23, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Jean Harrison <seajean...> wrote:
>
>> Jim –We say leuKistic here. Jean, Santa Cruz
>>
>> From: 'jim' via mbbirds
>> Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:57 PM
>> To: <mbbirds...>
>> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
>>
>> Friends
>>
>> I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.
>>
>> I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford. The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says leuSistic. What is used locally? Thanks
>>
>>
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
>>
>> Virus-free. www.avg.com
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Date: 8/24/17 3:43 pm
From: Clay Kempf <ltjaeger...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
I usually say “lewSistic:

I say po-tay-to, you say po-tot-to.

Pill ee ated vs. Pie Lee ated….etc etc

Clay K
Elkhorn

On Aug 23, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Jean Harrison <seajean...> wrote:

> Jim –We say leuKistic here. Jean, Santa Cruz
>
> From: 'jim' via mbbirds
> Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:57 PM
> To: <mbbirds...>
> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
>
> Friends
>
> I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.
>
> I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford. The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says leuSistic. What is used locally? Thanks
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
>
> Virus-free. www.avg.com
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Date: 8/24/17 1:09 pm
From: <CALLMaster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
Received a 33 second message 08/24/2017 at 13:09:02.
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Date: 8/23/17 9:20 pm
From: Jean Harrison <seajean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
Jim –We say leuKistic here. Jean, Santa Cruz

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I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.

I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford. The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says leuSistic. What is used locally? Thanks


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Date: 8/23/17 12:42 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Celebrate the Sanctuary: 25 Years
Howdy, MBBers,

We have space for you on our upcoming Monterey Bay pelagic trips, whether you are new to seabirding, an “old salt, or an offshore photographer. We welcome you on board!

Our August 4th trip found a lot of warm water— in fact, we spent most of the day in 60 F+ waters. Albacore have been caught at the Davidson Seamount recently. It would be a wonderful thing to see this species of fish again. We saw 4 blue sharks and one mako shark on the 4th. It is no surprise that Buller’s Shearwaters are abundant this year because the tuna fishermen call them “tuna birds” along with Arctic Terns. Buller’s Shearwaters were nearly absent last year because the tuna were all north, off the coast of Oregon and Washington.

On August 4, we had great views of Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters; Ashy Storm-Petrels; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes; Sabine’s Gulls; Elegant Terns; more than a 1000 Common Murres; Pigeon Guillemots; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets.

Humpback and blue whales continue feeding in the Bay, along with Risso’s and Pacific white-sided dolphins.

On our August 12 (Half Moon Bay) 6 & 13 (Farallon Islands) were outstanding pelagic trips. We recorded an amazing 4 species of sulids: NORTHERN GANNET (at Devil’s Slide), MASKED BOOBY (just outside the Gate), BLUE-FOOTED and BROWN BOOBIES (at Sugarloaf, Farallon Islands). The first BULLER’S SHEARWATER of the season was recorded on 12 August while the first FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER of the season was on 13 August. Of course we saw TUFTED PUFFINS, 55 on the 13 August trip!

There is and has been a lot of food present, both krill and anchovies. Sometimes the anchovy schools have been very close to shore being gorged upon by both Sooty Shearwaters and humpback whales. All along the Continental Shelf break it has been great for krill. We saw hundreds of Cassin’s Auklets and Red-necked Phalaropes feeding in these regions.

We love seabirding and have for over four decades! We’d love to involve you in our offshore research efforts, contributing directly to the conservation of many seabird and marine mammal species that frequent Monterey Bay. We’re heading into September, the month that is absolutely the best month of the entire year to witness a good variety of seabirds.

Monterey trips with spaces available include, with leaders:

AUG 25 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Rick Fournier, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
SEP 1 with Mary Gustafson, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
SEP 7 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater*
SEP 8 with Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Brad Keitt, Debi Shearwater*
SEP 10 with Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, Debi Shearwater
SEP 14 with Debi Shearwater
SEP 22 with Christian Schwarz, Hannah Nevins, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
SEP 24 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater
SEP 30 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
OCT 8 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Clay Kempf

Our SEP 9 Albacore trip is sold out. Ask to join the waiting list.
*indicates limited spaces available.

From Santa Cruz it is as easy to reach Half Moon Bay as Monterey. If you are looking for a Half Moon Bay trip, we offer the following:

SEP 2 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
SEP 3 with Mary Gustafson, Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater
SEP 15 with Christian Schwarz, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater
SEP 16 with Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
OCT 7 with Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Nick Levendosky

I hope you can join us on one of these trips, all of which occur in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which is celebrating its 25th year! Thirty years ago, Shearwater Journeys was instrumental in collecting thousands of signatures from birder like you who joined our offshore trips. Those signatures went to Washington, D.C., requesting that Monterey Bay receive sanctuary status.

Celebrate Our Sanctuary!
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Date: 8/22/17 5:58 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Pelagic activity on the rise! Trip going on Sunday.
Hi everyone

It looks like it is heating up out there. I was looking at our pelagic
trip results from this last weekend out of Half Moon Bay, and Bodega and it
really seemed like we saw "everything" that can be out there at this time of
year. Skuas have arrived, all three jaegers, four species of shearwater
(including Flesh-foot), four species of storm petrel (Ashy, Fork-tailed,
Black, Wilson's) etc. It was active, abundant, and awesome. Like pelagics
before the blob years were here, we are back to masses of Buller's
Shearwaters, and these have been seen recently of Point Pinos and in early
Aug by Monterey Seabirds. Lots of shearwater numbers are showing up off the
point, which suggests that pelagic birds are moving in and that Monterey Bay
will be hopping now for pelagic birding.

I expect that this weekend we will have some good diversity, great
opportunities to see Buller's out there, which are always photogenic. As
well, there are no Black-vents right now, so it may be a great trip to look
for Manx Shearwater as these will pop out more readily without small black
and white shearwaters around. It is peak Long-tailed Jaeger, and tern
migration time, and perhaps offshore murrelets (Scripps's or better) will
show up as we saw them on both trips farther north this weekend. It is too
early to tell, but currently forecasts for this weekend show no bad weather
coming our way - should be a fun day out.

If you want to see what is out and about in the ocean this year, our
trips out of Monterey begin with this Sunday's venture. We will have a full
day and a half day trip associated with the Monterey Bay Bird Festival Sept
23 and 24 as well. Please come and join our trips. We make them fun and
accessible, our aim is to be friendly and welcoming as well as serious about
finding great birding opportunities. We have already seen a fantastic
rarity, a Wedge-tailed Shearwater off Half Moon Bay a couple of weeks ago.
We also love common seabirds, and love to bring out newer birders wanting to
"dip their toes" into this whole pelagic scene. Our trips out of Monterey
are a collaboration with Monterey Seabirds, pioneers in seabirding in the
Bay. For our trips, please visit:

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

Monterey Seabirds has other opportunities coming up in September:

http://www.montereyseabirds.com/



good birding all!

Alvaro



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Date: 8/22/17 1:00 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Paicines Reservoir Link Correction
Hi, Folks,

The correct link for the eBird checklist for Paicines Reservoir is:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38765757 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38765757>

Happy Trails,
Debi


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Date: 8/22/17 10:18 am
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: SBT COUNTY
Howdy, Birders,

Yesterday, August 21, I stopped at Paicines Reservoir en route to a random area to observe the Total Eclipse.

A striking adult female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK popped up in the solitary willow tree directly opposite the Highway 25 pullout area. In eBird, this represents only the third county record for San Benito County, although I think there is another record of an adult male at a feeder which is not in eBird.

Three BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS were flying back and forth from the same willow tree to the vineyards across the highway. Other species present included: BALD EAGLE, WHITE-TAILED KITE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, and a HOODED ORIOLE feeding a still-dependent young Brown-headed Cowbird. My complete eBird checklist of 40 species for the hour can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S38765757

I continued south to the intersection of Highway 25 and Bitterwater Road where I watched the total eclipse with an impromptu, mishmash of about a dozen folks. At least one person who showed up was a birder, no less. One person had just had a heart transplant. They arrived sporting full on welder’s hoods, welder’s shields, a Cheerio box-made viewing device, a colander, and the more typical eclipse-viewing glasses. It was a hilariously fun time. Best of all, I was able to reconnect with a wonderful rancher who really knows his birds, thanks to an encounter with local birder, Ron Branson in the 1960’s! Ron camped on this rancher’s property in the 1960’s, searching for California Condors. At the end of his stay, Ron gave the rancher his bird field guide which he still has today! Amazingly, the rancher has recently had 16 California Condors show up at his property! But, most of all, he was very proud to inform me that he saw the condors when they were all still wild birds.

Best bird at my eclipse viewing location was a male PHAINOPEPLA.

From there, I popped on over to Panoche Valley for a couple of hours, just because I hadn’t seen the valley in a couple of months. Best birds were: adult SWAINSON’S HAWK at Silver Creek Ranch; PRAIRIE FALON just east of the school; GREATER ROADRUNNER near the BLM picnic/bathroom site on New Idria Road; CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS both at the school and Douglas Ranch (be aware Western Kingbirds are still present); and on private property, I found two migrants: YELLOW WARBLER and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. The regular species are around: numerous ROCK WRENS; LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES; KESTRELS; SAY’S PHOEBES. Of note was a flock of 183 LARK SPARROWS which are reported to be a declining species in the Central Valley. It was over 90F. This is not the best time of year to go birding in Panoche Valley. Most birders would have found this day rather boring. I called in at the Panoche Inn for lunch and a catchup with the local goings-on— always something!

Along Panoche Road oak foothills I encountered 2 adult GOLDEN EAGLES, two of these were at the well known “Red Rock,” and eBird hot spot. I saw the ordinary birds associated with this habitat.

Happy Trails to you from the Lost County,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Date: 8/21/17 8:34 pm
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: Fwd: [MBBIRDS] Oriole's and bees, try this link
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=8wUwdOMUAVI

Now in YouTube.

Hooded Orioles, juveniles. Our last adult male hasn't been been seen in a few days, likewise the female. We have 3 juveniles traveling in a pack for their jelly fix. Only two of the three are on the feeder, but the other is enjoying some that fell on the rail.

We had a glorious bumper crop of Hooded Orioles this year!

Barb

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
> Date: August 21, 2017 at 5:14:16 PM PDT
> To: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Oriole's and bees
>
> No pics, only a Facebook profile for Kevin.
>
> -Chris Hartzell
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> sent from mobile device
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> Sent from BlueMail
>> On Aug 21, 2017, at 4:37 PM, Barbara Monahan <monahan...> wrote:
>> Nice looks at feeder.
>>
>> https://www.facebook.com/kevin.h.c.monahan?fref=ts
>>
>> Barbara and Kevin Monahan
>> Near Scotts Valley off Jarvis Rd at about 1,000 ft
>>
>> Enjoy
>>
>> Sent from my iPad

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Date: 8/21/17 4:37 pm
From: Barbara Monahan <monahan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Oriole's and bees
Nice looks at feeder.

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.h.c.monahan?fref=ts

Barbara and Kevin Monahan
Near Scotts Valley off Jarvis Rd at about 1,000 ft

Enjoy

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Date: 8/21/17 12:57 pm
From: 'jim' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic
Friends
I don't speak much with others about birding so need some help here.
I looked up LEUCISTIC in both an American dictionary and the Oxford.  The former pronounced the word as leuKistic while the latter says leuSistic.  What is used locally?  Thanks


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Date: 8/21/17 7:30 am
From: James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] leucistic turkey
For anyone keeping records there are three separate groups of young Wild
Turkeys in our Ben Lomond neighborhood. There is one leucistic bird in the
flock that visits our yard every so often. Total number of young birds (in
all three flocks) exceeds 30 but coyotes and bobcats have been seen during
daylight hours lately.

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