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1/21/18 9:43 pm Kenneth Petersen <weta...> [MBBIRDS] Status of Mountain Quail along Central Coast
1/21/18 9:40 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [MBBIRDS] Winter Pelagic Feb 24 and Alvaro's Adventures Pelagic schedule 2018
1/21/18 8:55 pm <kyri...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
1/21/18 8:02 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
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1/21/18 7:18 pm Kent <kentjohnson...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
1/21/18 7:00 pm Pete Sole <pete...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
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1/21/18 1:44 pm Donald Glasco <don.glasco...> Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
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Date: 1/21/18 9:43 pm
From: Kenneth Petersen <weta...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Status of Mountain Quail along Central Coast

The recent discussion of the Chukar at the Capitola Mall got me wondering: What is the status of Mountain Quail along the central California coast?
I know that there are populations of them in the mountains near Big Sur and also up in Mendocino county, but what about the birds in the Santa Cruz
mountains? I have heard them at the saddle at Loma Prieta and I seem to recall that David Suddjian reported them from China Grade near Big Basin SP. Are
these naturally occurring birds from a small stable population or are they escapees/released birds?

Kenneth Petersen

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Date: 1/21/18 9:40 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Winter Pelagic Feb 24 and Alvaro's Adventures Pelagic schedule 2018
Hello Bay Area and Monterey Bay Folks



Thanks so much for the participation in last year's trips. We really
appreciate it. We saw some awesome birds out there, rarity of the season was
the Wedge-tailed Shearwater we photographed near Half Moon Bay. Of course
all sorts of other goodies were seen, including our fine regular seabirds
which we are always happy to enjoy. We are looking forward to 2018. Here are
some news:

1. We have a winter pelagic coming up on Feb 24. Kittiwakes, Ancient
Murrelets, Short-tailed Shearwater are out there for us to find.
2. Two Cordell Bank trips this year - out of Bodega Bay!
3. Four different Farallon Island trips early in the season.
4. We will be trying a longer Albacore Grounds trip out of Monterey Bay
this year.
5. Morro Bay will be added as a departure - details to come.
6. We are planning on partnering with the Redwood Region Ornithological
Society, Golden Gate Audubon, Santa Clara Valley Audubon, Sequoia Audubon,
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and Morro Coast Audubon Society this
year. Thank you to all of these organizations.
7. Have a look at the schedule, and book trips -
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/



We are so looking forward to enjoying the ocean, the birds, and your
company!

If you have questions, contact me privately.

Good birding,

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com



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Date: 1/21/18 8:55 pm
From: <kyri...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Agreed. However, I always document escapees and feral birds, as you did,
because the data may be useful someday to someone.

> All,
>
> Joking aside, I do not consider this a "countable" bird, whatever that
> means.
>
> As I put in my ebird report of this bird: ... This bird should probably
> not be countable. Recording the images for documentary purposes.
> Exceedingly tame, allowing a number of people to get within 10 feet of
> it. Walking fairly calmly through traffic, sidewalks, and the minimal
> vegetation in the parking lot of the Capitola 41st Ave. Mall. Seen close
> to one of the south entries to Sears, ...
>
> For what it's worth, ebird link:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42146469
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 7:43 PM, <kyri...> wrote:
>> Well, the drought has really hit the Chukars here in the Mojave hard
>> (where they are countable as an established population). The last I saw
>> of
>> one was some disarticulated feathers in an OHV area. So it's good to
>> know
>> that maybe they are branching out :)
>>
>> Kyri Freeman
>> Ben Lomond/Barstow
>>
>>
>>> Countable or not, I think it is worth reporting and eBirding such
>>> sightings. I saw a Chukar in nearby Santa Clara County in April, and at
>>> least one other has been reported since then in the area. The bird I
>>> saw,
>>> like the one today, also did not act much like a wild bird, but there
>>> seem
>>> to be enough roaming around the area that at some point a population
>>> might
>>> become established. If so, it will be good to have this documentation.
>>>
>>>
>>> Kent Johnson
>>>
>>> Boulder Creek
>>>
>>>
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of
>>> Pete Sole <pete...>
>>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:00 PM
>>> To: <mbbirds...>
>>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>>
>>> All,
>>>
>>> In my great haste to respond, here are the actual links. I screwed up.
>>>
>>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg
>>>
>>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg]
>>>
>>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>>
>>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>>
>>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>>>
>>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg]
>>>
>>>
>>> Pete
>>>
>>>
>>> On 1/21/18 6:55 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
>>> All,
>>>
>>> First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my
>>> b__t
>>> off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to
>>> entertain.
>>> That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call them,
>>> "documentary" images of this great find.
>>>
>>> So who are you?
>>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>>
>>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>>
>>>
>>> Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
>>> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>>>
>>>
>>> I for one, know it's secret:
>>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>>
>>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>>
>>>
>>> I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.
>>>
>>> Fun urban birding,
>>>
>>> Pete Sole'
>>> Capitola Chukar Chaser
>>>
>>> On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>>>
>>> Lisa
>>>
>>> The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few
>>> offs),
>>> while others are non-native introduced populations that are growing or
>>> stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single Chukar at
>>> the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.
>>>
>>> You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant
>>> populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs
>>> that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So
>>> letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may
>>> not be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since
>>> people don’t care all that much on the details they make them all
>>> countable.
>>>
>>> Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work
>>> 😊
>>>
>>> Alvaro
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>>
>>> <alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>
>>>
>>> www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>>> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
>>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
>>> To: Alvaro Jaramillo
>>> <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>
>>> Cc: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>;
>>> Mbbirds Bay Birds
>>> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves
>>> count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass
>>> count?
>>>
>>> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly
>>> if
>>> they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on
>>> the
>>> lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near
>>> Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and
>>> flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>>>
>>> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>>>
>>> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay
>>> Capitola
>>> Mall. I counted 'em.
>>>
>>> 😁
>>>
>>> -Lisa
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo
>>> <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> These are usually releases for training dogs (for
>>> hunting/retrieval).
>>> Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild
>>> birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can
>>> count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.
>>>
>>> Alvaro
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>>
>>> <alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>
>>>
>>> www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>>> [mailto:<mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>] On
>>> Behalf Of Lisa Larson
>>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
>>> To: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>>
>>> Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds
>>> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>>
>>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>>>
>>> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't
>>> seen
>>> a Chuckar in years!
>>>
>>> Yes! Is it countable?
>>>
>>> -Lisa
>>>
>>> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow
>>> yesterday
>>> with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your
>>> hat
>>> from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole
>>> <pete...><mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Great find!
>>>
>>> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>>>
>>> If it is, I want to know!!!
>>>
>>> Pete
>>>
>>>
>>> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>>>
>>> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at
>>> Capitola
>>> mall. Seems dangerous place.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Palika Rewilding
>>>
>>> Living on Earth 🌿🌺🌎🌺🌿
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 1/21/18 8:02 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
All,

Joking aside, I do not consider this a "countable" bird, whatever that
means.

As I put in my ebird report of this bird: ... This bird should probably
not be countable. Recording the images for documentary purposes.
Exceedingly tame, allowing a number of people to get within 10 feet of
it. Walking fairly calmly through traffic, sidewalks, and the minimal
vegetation in the parking lot of the Capitola 41st Ave. Mall. Seen close
to one of the south entries to Sears, ...

For what it's worth, ebird link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42146469

Pete


On 1/21/18 7:43 PM, <kyri...> wrote:
> Well, the drought has really hit the Chukars here in the Mojave hard
> (where they are countable as an established population). The last I saw of
> one was some disarticulated feathers in an OHV area. So it's good to know
> that maybe they are branching out :)
>
> Kyri Freeman
> Ben Lomond/Barstow
>
>
>> Countable or not, I think it is worth reporting and eBirding such
>> sightings. I saw a Chukar in nearby Santa Clara County in April, and at
>> least one other has been reported since then in the area. The bird I saw,
>> like the one today, also did not act much like a wild bird, but there seem
>> to be enough roaming around the area that at some point a population might
>> become established. If so, it will be good to have this documentation.
>>
>>
>> Kent Johnson
>>
>> Boulder Creek
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of
>> Pete Sole <pete...>
>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:00 PM
>> To: <mbbirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>> All,
>>
>> In my great haste to respond, here are the actual links. I screwed up.
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg
>>
>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg]
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>
>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>>
>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg]
>>
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 1/21/18 6:55 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
>> All,
>>
>> First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my b__t
>> off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to entertain.
>> That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call them,
>> "documentary" images of this great find.
>>
>> So who are you?
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>
>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>
>>
>> Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
>> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>>
>>
>> I for one, know it's secret:
>> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>>
>> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>>
>>
>> I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.
>>
>> Fun urban birding,
>>
>> Pete Sole'
>> Capitola Chukar Chaser
>>
>> On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>>
>> Lisa
>>
>> The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few offs),
>> while others are non-native introduced populations that are growing or
>> stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single Chukar at
>> the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.
>>
>> You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant
>> populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs
>> that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So
>> letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may
>> not be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since
>> people don’t care all that much on the details they make them all
>> countable.
>>
>> Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>>
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> <alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
>> To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>
>> Cc: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>;
>> Mbbirds Bay Birds
>> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>>
>>
>> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves
>> count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass
>> count?
>>
>> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if
>> they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the
>> lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near
>> Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and
>> flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>>
>> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>>
>> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola
>> Mall. I counted 'em.
>>
>> 😁
>>
>> -Lisa
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo
>> <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval).
>> Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild
>> birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can
>> count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>>
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> <alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
>> [mailto:<mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>] On
>> Behalf Of Lisa Larson
>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
>> To: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>>
>> Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds
>> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>>
>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>>
>>
>> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>>
>> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen
>> a Chuckar in years!
>>
>> Yes! Is it countable?
>>
>> -Lisa
>>
>> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday
>> with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat
>> from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole
>> <pete...><mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>>
>> Great find!
>>
>> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>>
>> If it is, I want to know!!!
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>>
>> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola
>> mall. Seems dangerous place.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 1/21/18 7:43 pm
From: <kyri...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Well, the drought has really hit the Chukars here in the Mojave hard
(where they are countable as an established population). The last I saw of
one was some disarticulated feathers in an OHV area. So it's good to know
that maybe they are branching out :)

Kyri Freeman
Ben Lomond/Barstow


> Countable or not, I think it is worth reporting and eBirding such
> sightings. I saw a Chukar in nearby Santa Clara County in April, and at
> least one other has been reported since then in the area. The bird I saw,
> like the one today, also did not act much like a wild bird, but there seem
> to be enough roaming around the area that at some point a population might
> become established. If so, it will be good to have this documentation.
>
>
> Kent Johnson
>
> Boulder Creek
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of
> Pete Sole <pete...>
> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:00 PM
> To: <mbbirds...>
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
> All,
>
> In my great haste to respond, here are the actual links. I screwed up.
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg
>
> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg]
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>
> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>
> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg]
>
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 6:55 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> All,
>
> First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my b__t
> off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to entertain.
> That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call them,
> "documentary" images of this great find.
>
> So who are you?
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>
> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>
>
> Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>
>
> I for one, know it's secret:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>
> [http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]
>
>
> I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.
>
> Fun urban birding,
>
> Pete Sole'
> Capitola Chukar Chaser
>
> On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>
> Lisa
>
> The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few offs),
> while others are non-native introduced populations that are growing or
> stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single Chukar at
> the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.
>
> You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant
> populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs
> that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So
> letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may
> not be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since
> people don’t care all that much on the details they make them all
> countable.
>
> Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>
>
>
> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
> To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>
> Cc: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>;
> Mbbirds Bay Birds
> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
>
>
> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves
> count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass
> count?
>
> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if
> they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the
> lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near
> Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and
> flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>
> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>
> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola
> Mall. I counted 'em.
>
> 😁
>
> -Lisa
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo
> <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval).
> Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild
> birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can
> count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
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> From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
> [mailto:<mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>] On
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> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
> To: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>>
> Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds
> <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>>
> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
>
>
> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>
> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen
> a Chuckar in years!
>
> Yes! Is it countable?
>
> -Lisa
>
> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday
> with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat
> from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole
> <pete...><mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>
> Great find!
>
> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>
> If it is, I want to know!!!
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>
> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola
> mall. Seems dangerous place.
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/21/18 7:18 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Countable or not, I think it is worth reporting and eBirding such sightings. I saw a Chukar in nearby Santa Clara County in April, and at least one other has been reported since then in the area. The bird I saw, like the one today, also did not act much like a wild bird, but there seem to be enough roaming around the area that at some point a population might become established. If so, it will be good to have this documentation.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek


________________________________
From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of Pete Sole <pete...>
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:00 PM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall

All,

In my great haste to respond, here are the actual links. I screwed up.

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg

[http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg]

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg

[http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg

[http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg]


Pete


On 1/21/18 6:55 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
All,

First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my b__t off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to entertain. That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call them, "documentary" images of this great find.

So who are you?
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg

[http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]


Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg


I for one, know it's secret:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg

[http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg]


I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.

Fun urban birding,

Pete Sole'
Capitola Chukar Chaser

On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:

Lisa

The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few offs), while others are non-native introduced populations that are growing or stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single Chukar at the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.

You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may not be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since people don’t care all that much on the details they make them all countable.

Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>
Cc: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>; Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall



Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass count?

I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and flew all the way across HWY 17!!!

Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?

I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola Mall. I counted 'em.

😁

-Lisa



On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:

Hi,

These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.

Alvaro



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<alvaro...><mailto:<alvaro...>

www.alvarosadventures.com<http://www.alvarosadventures.com>



From: <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
To: Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>>
Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...><mailto:<mbbirds...>>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall



It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!

I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen a Chuckar in years!

Yes! Is it countable?

-Lisa

P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!



On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...><mailto:<pete...>> wrote:

Great find!

Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)

If it is, I want to know!!!

Pete


On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:

I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.







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Date: 1/21/18 7:00 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
All,

In my great haste to respond, here are the actual links. I screwed up.

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg

Pete


On 1/21/18 6:55 PM, Pete Sole wrote:
> All,
>
> First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my
> b__t off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to
> entertain. That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call
> them, "documentary" images of this great find.
>
> So who are you?
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>
> Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
> http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg
>
> I for one, know it's secret:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg
>
> I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.
>
> Fun urban birding,
>
> Pete Sole'
> Capitola Chukar Chaser
>
> On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>>
>> Lisa
>>
>>    The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few
>> offs), while others are non-native introduced populations that are
>> growing or stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single
>> Chukar at the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.
>>
>>    You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked
>> Pheasant populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by
>> hunting clubs that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like
>> fish in a lake. So letter of the “birding law” might say that some of
>> those birds may not be countable, but in other places they might be.
>> I think since people don’t care all that much on the details they
>> make them all countable.
>>
>>    Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com
>>
>> *From:* <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>]
>> *On Behalf Of *Lisa Larson
>> *Sent:* Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
>> *To:* Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
>> *Cc:* Pete Sole <pete...>; Mbbirds Bay Birds
>> <mbbirds...>
>> *Subject:* Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves
>> count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass
>> count?
>>
>> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can
>> fly if they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild
>> Turkey on the lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose
>> next to HWY 17 near Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it
>> and it got scared and flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>>
>> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>>
>> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay
>> Capitola Mall. I counted 'em.
>>
>> 😁
>>
>> -Lisa
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo
>> <chucao...> <mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>>   These are usually releases for training dogs (for
>> hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are
>> released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they
>> are not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if
>> you want, that is up to you.
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>>
>> *From:* <mbbirds...>
>> <mailto:<mbbirds...>
>> [mailto:<mbbirds...>
>> <mailto:<mbbirds...>] *On Behalf Of *Lisa Larson
>> *Sent:* Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
>> *To:* Pete Sole <pete...>
>> <mailto:<pete...>>
>> *Cc:* Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
>> <mailto:<mbbirds...>>
>> *Subject:* Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>>
>> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I
>> haven't seen a Chuckar in years!
>>
>> Yes! Is it countable?
>>
>> -Lisa
>>
>> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow
>> yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! *Norm Kikiuchi* - I
>> picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your
>> car. Contact me!
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole
>> <pete...> <mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>>
>> Great find!
>>
>> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird?  :)
>>
>> If it is, I want to know!!!
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>>
>> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 1/21/18 6:55 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
All,

First of all, thanks for all the great responses. I was laughing my b__t
off when I sent my original email, and the thread continued to
entertain. That being said, below are my, I think we can safely call
them, "documentary" images of this great find.

So who are you?
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg

Why did the Chukar cross the road, I meant go to the mall?
http://aws3.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121c.jpg

I for one, know it's secret:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/chukar_170121a.jpg

I'll stop now with this exceedingly tame bird.

Fun urban birding,

Pete Sole'
Capitola Chukar Chaser

On 1/21/18 1:11 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>
> Lisa
>
>    The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few
> offs), while others are non-native introduced populations that are
> growing or stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single
> Chukar at the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.
>
>    You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant
> populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs
> that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So
> letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may not
> be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since people
> don’t care all that much on the details they make them all countable.
>
>    Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊
>
> Alvaro
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
> *From:* <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Lisa Larson
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
> *To:* Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
> *Cc:* Pete Sole <pete...>; Mbbirds Bay Birds
> <mbbirds...>
> *Subject:* Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves
> count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass
> count?
>
> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly
> if they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey
> on the lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY
> 17 near Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got
> scared and flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>
> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>
> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay
> Capitola Mall. I counted 'em.
>
> 😁
>
> -Lisa
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo
> <chucao...> <mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
>   These are usually releases for training dogs (for
> hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are
> released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they are
> not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if you
> want, that is up to you.
>
> Alvaro
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com>
>
> *From:* <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...>
> [mailto:<mbbirds...>
> <mailto:<mbbirds...>] *On Behalf Of *Lisa Larson
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
> *To:* Pete Sole <pete...>
> <mailto:<pete...>>
> *Cc:* Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
> <mailto:<mbbirds...>>
> *Subject:* Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>
> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I
> haven't seen a Chuckar in years!
>
> Yes! Is it countable?
>
> -Lisa
>
> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow
> yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! *Norm Kikiuchi* - I
> picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your
> car. Contact me!
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole
> <pete...> <mailto:<pete...>> wrote:
>
> Great find!
>
> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird?  :)
>
> If it is, I want to know!!!
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>
> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>
>
>
>
>
> Palika Rewilding
>
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Date: 1/21/18 4:55 pm
From: David Sidle <dsidle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 2 Tropical Kingbirds at Zils Road
Two TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were at the end of Zils Road in Santa Cruz County around 2pm this afternoon, presumably the same two found at the same location by Craig Fosdick and Aaron Gabbe on January 7th. One bird preferred the last house on the right (last house on the paved road proper, before the footpath down to the bluffs) and the other preferred the last pine on the left, at the very end of the paved road. The two birds did not interact, but I did see them both at once.


A couple photos, indicating larger bill than a Western Kingbird, yellowish breast, bright yellow belly, and a deeply notched dark but not black tail (with pale edges):


https://flic.kr/p/JJtiRP

https://flic.kr/p/JJtiE6


Earlier the Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip to Sunset State Beach, led by Reef Comer, enjoyed excellent views of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in the campground, several FORSTER'S TERNS and one MARBLED MURRELET offshore, three SNOWY PLOVERS on the beach, and unfortunately, one birder's car window smashed in and purse stolen.


Good and careful birding everyone,


David Sidle

Santa Cruz


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Date: 1/21/18 1:44 pm
From: Donald Glasco <don.glasco...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Turkeys do indeed fly! I once saw 4 or 5 fly across 101 south of King City. At least 250m

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 21, 2018, at 1:04 PM, Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> wrote:
>
> Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass count?
>
> I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and flew all the way across HWY 17!!!
>
> Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?
>
> I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola Mall. I counted 'em.
>
> 😁
> -Lisa
>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.
>>
>> Alvaro
>>
>>
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>>
>> <alvaro...>
>>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
>> Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
>> To: Pete Sole <pete...>
>> Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>>
>>
>>
>> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>>
>> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen a Chuckar in years!
>>
>> Yes! Is it countable?
>>
>> -Lisa
>>
>> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:
>>
>> Great find!
>>
>> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>>
>> If it is, I want to know!!!
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>>
>> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Palika Rewilding
>> Living on Earth 🌿🌺🌎🌺🌿
>>
>>
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Date: 1/21/18 1:11 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Lisa

The difference is that some birds are escapees (one offs, or few offs), while others are non-native introduced populations that are growing or stable. So in essence they are self-sustaining. The single Chukar at the mall is not self-sustaining as a population.

You did hit on the real technicality. A lot of Ring-necked Pheasant populations are not self sustaining, they are aided by hunting clubs that re-introduce them annually. Stocking them like fish in a lake. So letter of the “birding law” might say that some of those birds may not be countable, but in other places they might be. I think since people don’t care all that much on the details they make them all countable.

Games people play and the rules they make to make the games work 😊

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:04 PM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Cc: Pete Sole <pete...>; Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall



Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves count. Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass count?

I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and flew all the way across HWY 17!!!

Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?

I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola Mall. I counted 'em.

😁

-Lisa



On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> <mailto:<chucao...> > wrote:

Hi,

These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.

Alvaro



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www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com>



From: <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...> ] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
To: Pete Sole <pete...> <mailto:<pete...> >
Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...> >
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall



It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!

I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen a Chuckar in years!

Yes! Is it countable?

-Lisa

P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!



On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> <mailto:<pete...> > wrote:

Great find!

Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)

If it is, I want to know!!!

Pete


On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:

I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.





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Date: 1/21/18 1:05 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Technicalities! Ring-necked Pheasants count! Eurasian-collared Doves count.
Don't the Chuckars down Panoche Valley way around Shotgun Pass count?

I didn't find the Chuckar. Do they fly much? Wild Turkeys sure can fly if
they want to. It's pretty cool to see. There was once a Wild Turkey on the
lawn of the office where I used to work in San Jose next to HWY 17 near
Stevens Creek. Too many people came out to see it and it got scared and
flew all the way across HWY 17!!!

Do Orange Bishops count? And Nutmeg Mannikins?

I saw a couple of Killdeer once by the east entrance of Macy's ay Capitola
Mall. I counted 'em.

😁
-Lisa

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval).
> Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild
> birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can
> count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
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>
> *From:* <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Lisa Larson
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
> *To:* Pete Sole <pete...>
> *Cc:* Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
> *Subject:* Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
>
>
>
> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>
> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen
> a Chuckar in years!
>
> Yes! Is it countable?
>
> -Lisa
>
> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday
> with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! *Norm Kikiuchi* - I picked up your
> hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...>
> wrote:
>
> Great find!
>
> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>
> If it is, I want to know!!!
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>
> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/21/18 12:30 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Hi,

These are usually releases for training dogs (for hunting/retrieval). Typically it is Chukar or Bobwhite that are released. They are not wild birds, based on the ABA rules they are not countable. Of course you can count things in the zoo if you want, that is up to you.

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lisa Larson
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:15 PM
To: Pete Sole <pete...>
Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall



It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!

I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen a Chuckar in years!

Yes! Is it countable?

-Lisa

P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! Norm Kikiuchi - I picked up your hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!



On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> <mailto:<pete...> > wrote:

Great find!

Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)

If it is, I want to know!!!

Pete


On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:

I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.





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Date: 1/21/18 12:18 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Lisa’s right. It’s probably an escapee and therefore not countable.
Nickie

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:16 PM Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
wrote:

> It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!
>
> I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen
> a Chuckar in years!
>
> Yes! Is it countable?
>
> -Lisa
>
> P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday
> with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! *Norm Kikiuchi* - I picked up your
> hat from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!
>
> On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...>
> wrote:
>
>> Great find!
>>
>> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>>
>> If it is, I want to know!!!
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>
>> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>>
>> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Palika Rewilding
>> Living on Earth 🌿🌺🌎🌺🌿
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Date: 1/21/18 12:16 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
It must be an escapee from someone's aviary!

I'm going to go look for it - we live right near the mall! I haven't seen a
Chuckar in years!

Yes! Is it countable?

-Lisa

P.S. Unrelated - please forgive me. Great walk at Quail Hollow yesterday
with Alex Rinkert! THANK YOU, Alex! *Norm Kikiuchi* - I picked up your hat
from the road - it fell off the roof of your car. Contact me!

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Pete Sole <pete...> wrote:

> Great find!
>
> Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird? :)
>
> If it is, I want to know!!!
>
> Pete
>
>
> On 1/21/18 11:14 AM, 'Palikaji' via mbbirds wrote:
>
> I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.
>
>
>
>
>
> Palika Rewilding
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Date: 1/21/18 11:20 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
Great find!

Now, county records keeper, is this a countable bird?  :)

If it is, I want to know!!!

Pete


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>
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Date: 1/21/18 11:14 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Chukar at Capitola mall
I figured it out. This chukar hanging out at target entrance at Capitola mall. Seems dangerous place.

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Date: 1/21/18 11:12 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Unusual bird in dangerous mall parking lot
Found this one a Capitola mall by target. Dangerous and seems out of place here. Anyone know who this one is?

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Date: 1/21/18 8:44 am
From: Paul Miller <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Am Dipper
Based on the behaviors of the 2 AMERICAN DIPPERS seen yesterday, I’d say
that the pair was engaging in courtship behavior.
Normally, I see it/them bobbing in rocks or actively seeking food.
Yesterday, they were flying back and forth, sort of “leapfrogging” one
another, and calling as they flew.
When Heidi and Richard were there, we saw them spending time with each
other in very calm, smooth water.
The behaviors seen yesterday were unusual compared with what I normally
observe the rest of the year.
Without knowing much of Dipper breeding behavior, I’d say they will likely
begin copulation soon, then nest building, and on to raising young sometime
in April or May.
It’ll be interesting to see the progression if they choose to hang around
and breed as in past years.
The spot is on private property, but can be accessed from Conference Dr. in
Mount Hermon, or from the Lilac Lane neighborhood where I live.
If you know where to go, feel free to visit the spot—just be as unobtrusive
as possible.
If you don’t, let me know and I’ll walk you down there—once you know, you
may return on your own.
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Date: 1/20/18 9:56 pm
From: Nickie Zavinsky <nickiezee0111...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dippers
Thanks Paul for finding and sharing the DIPPERS today! A county bird for me.
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Date: 1/20/18 9:50 pm
From: Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Thanks to Paul Miller!
Awesome photo, Andy!
Richard and I were also able to see the two DIPPERS at the creek—what a beautiful area.
And a HUGE thank you to Paul for being so gracious to take us to the area, and patiently scout out the area until we heard, and then saw the birds.
They were quite active, yet we had many good looks.
My best description of the area on the creek where we saw them is at the boat landing and dam area past the swimming pool at the Mt. Herman conference grounds. And then up and down the creek from this area.
Thanks again, Paul!
Heidi and Richard Sandkuhle
Corralitos

From: 'andy knorr' via mbbirds
Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:44 PM
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Thanks to Paul Miller!

Thanks to Paul Miller, Nikki Z and I were able to see 2 American Dippers! Yeayy! This was in Zayante Creek, but great to see 2!
Thanks so much Paul!!!!!



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Date: 1/20/18 4:44 pm
From: 'andy knorr' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Thanks to Paul Miller!
Thanks to Paul Miller, Nikki Z and I were able to see 2 American Dippers! Yeayy! This was in Zayante Creek, but great to see 2!
Thanks so much Paul!!!!!

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Date: 1/20/18 1:38 pm
From: Paul Miller <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipper
Today I took Andy and Nikki to the confluence of Zayante and bean creeks
today, and we were able to locate two dippers today at around 115 pm
Here now w the Sandkuhles and still hearing them.
Paul

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Date: 1/19/18 10:32 pm
From: silverbirder via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Allen Hummingbird

First of the season Allen Hummingbird on Jan 17, 2018.According to my records that is about right for The Land.  We are in the Royal Oaks area in North Monterey County.  Laura and Betty

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Date: 1/19/18 10:24 pm
From: Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Great Horned Owls
Two GREAT HORNED OWLS continue at Natural Bridges State Beach.

Directions: Take the Monarch Trail across from the visitor’s center. Continue as it zig zags downhill. At the bottom, turn left and go to the end of the boardwalk where there is a platform. There is a large Monarch Migration sign on the platform. Look above the sign and locate a tree bent to the right with live ivy on it. The owls are often located about half way up the ivy on the left hand side. They tend to nap deep into the branches during the day. Many thanks to Stephanie Singer for her 1/4/18 report on MBB.

To see images of the owls, plus some butterflies, go to my flickr web site.

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

Happy birding,

Elizabeth Van Dyke
Santa Cruz



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Date: 1/19/18 6:15 pm
From: Alexander Gaguine <gaguine...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] “Oiled Bird” Poster for Women's March tomorrow
A good idea!
Alexander

> From: Karen Kaplan <kaplanks...>
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> (See Attached Poster at bottom)
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> Please print your NO OFFSHORE DRILLING Poster ASAP for the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, Noon, downtown Santa Cruz! Festivities continue at Louden Nelson Community Center in the afternoon. Free to attend for everyone. Men are welcome too!
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> Print as many posters as you want on your own printer and please forward to your e-list TODAY!
> I emailed the poster to Fed-Ex at 712 Front Street, Santa Cruz (next to Trader Joe's) for your convenience, if you want to make a sign there.
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> Lamination is rigid & light weight to carry. I printed mine 8-1/2" X 11" (It does not need a stick.)
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> Lamination = $2.49
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> Color Print = $ .75
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> Tax = $ .29
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> Total = $3.18
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> See you at the Women's March. I'll be carrying the sign and I hope others will print their own and carry it too!
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Date: 1/19/18 5:22 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Neary Lagoon
I birded a short while at Neary Lagoon this afternoon after 3:00. I have
never seen so many WOOD DUCKS at once! It was hard to count them but I had
about thirty! The greatest concentration could be seen from the bridge on
the south side. Among the woodies was also a female HOODED MERGANSER and a
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The NORTHERN PINTAIL that has been present since early
December was in his usual area on the north central portion, resting on the
small island.

The wind was keeping the small songbirds down, but the waterbird activity
was terrific!

Happy birding,
-Lisa

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Date: 1/19/18 1:07 pm
From: singersa via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Photography Topic at SCBC meeting


Dear Fellow Birders,

You are invited to hear atalk at the next Santa Cruz Bird Club meeting by Pete Sole on “BirdPhotography: A Practical Introduction To Better Photos”, next Thursday, January25, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 EastCliff Drive.

Pete is a SC Bird Club memberand active MBB participant and has been photographing birds in the Santa Cruzarea for over 10 years. Pete will present an hour long practical overview ofmajor terms, field techniques and computer post-processing methods to createbetter bird photos. The presentation will focus on sharing knowledge andlearning techniques.

You will be delighted byPete’s practical approach and images.

Hannah Nevins
Programs Officer
Santa Cruz Bird Club





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Date: 1/19/18 11:52 am
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Dipper
Hi Paul I'd like to try to meet you at 1 today. Where do I find you? If I'm not there by 1 I wasn't able to arrange it.

www.lisasheridanphotography.com
Sent from my Samsung.

On Friday, January 19, 2018 'Paul Miller' via mbbirds <mbbirds...> wrote:

I'm taking a group today (Fri) to see the American Dipper at Mount Hermon.

Text me to join.  We'll be meeting at my house at 1 PM.


Tomorrow (Sat 1/20), I'll be taking a group at noon, starting from my house.

Once you know the neighborhood, where to park, and how to access the spot, you can go on your own (if we dip the first time).

 

Paul Miller 831 334 4138 cell

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Date: 1/19/18 11:04 am
From: 'Paul Miller' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipper
I'm taking a group today (Fri) to see the American Dipper at Mount Hermon.Text me to join.  We'll be meeting at my house at 1 PM.
Tomorrow (Sat 1/20), I'll be taking a group at noon, starting from my house.Once you know the neighborhood, where to park, and how to access the spot, you can go on your own (if we dip the first time). Paul Miller 831 334 4138 cell

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Date: 1/18/18 8:55 pm
From: <rprevost.morgan...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren continues... 14 days now - better directions
Hi,

I apologize for not explaining clearly enough about access to the Seascape sea wall. I’m at my PC now with a keyboard, which really helps.



The sea wall itself has a built-in walkway the full length, above the rocks. Walking on it was how I first spotted the Rock Wren, i.e., from just above the rocks.



There are 3 ways to get to the sea wall:



1. Hidden Beach Park: from Hwy 1 take the Aptos, Rio Del Mar Blvd Exit, turn R on Rio Del Mar Blvd, then turn Left on Townsend just past the railroad bridge. Go all the way to the very end of Townsend, which dead ends in the public parking lot for Hidden Beach Park. Walk past the park and down to the beach. On the left are rocks and the Sea Wall. You can mount the first set of stairs up to the walkway to have a view from above the rocks.
2. Hidden Beach Park from Sumner Ave: from Hwy 1 take the Aptos, Rio Del Mar Blvd Exit, turn R on Rio Del Mar Blvd, then turn Left on Sumner. Go all the way to the first Stop sign…Murphy’s Swale/trail starts at the south corner but you have to park a little ways up Sumner. (It can be a pretty good place to do birding). There are several foot trails that lead to the swale from Sumner. The Swale trail leads to the Hidden Beach Public parking area.
3. Clubhouse Drive at south end of the sea wall: follow the directions in #2 above, but instead of stopping at Murphy’s Swale, continue on Sumner until the intersection of Clubhouse Drive – then turn right. When you see the gate at the end, turn right on Via Palo Alto and park. Then walk down through the middle of the gate to the end. Public access is on the left, or the walkway through the houses. The Rock Wren has also been seen at this end, (south). You can also walk the entire length of the sea wall from here.



‘Hope that helps, and I hope the “rockin’ Wren will still be there.

Roseanne



From: Lisa Larson [mailto:<lisafaylarson...>]
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:24 PM
To: Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren continues... 14 days now



Hello Roseanne,

I didn't know there was a pathway above the rocks. How do you get there? We tried to get down from the Hidden Beach Park, but there was no parking. I have never walked down to Hidden Beach from there.

Please advise when you get a chance.



Thank you!

-Lisa



On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM, Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...> <mailto:<rprevost.morgan...> > wrote:

The ROCK WREN continues at the Seascape sea wall. This morning from 7:20 - 7:40 I followed it from the north to the south end of the sea wall as it foraged. The surf is large these mornings, and can be dangerous, so it's best walk on the sea wall pathway above the rocks.

Cheers!

Roseanne

Aptos

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Date: 1/18/18 6:53 pm
From: <CALLMaster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
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<Null> called from (831) <596-0257...>

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Date: 1/18/18 4:35 pm
From: 'andy knorr' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fwd: Is this OK? Jetty Road.
I think the Pickle Weed, over the fence is off limits! Just for a shot of a Kite! I hope you see this! I called Fish and Wildlife, hoping I was not off base :(


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Date: 1/18/18 2:29 pm
From: Paul Miller <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipper
For those of you who are looking, the American dipper is here now at the
confluence of Zayante and Bean creeks in Mount Hermon. It is now 2:28 PM
come on by and take a look thanks Paul

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Date: 1/18/18 10:31 am
From: Jeff Poklen <jpkln...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Glaucous Gull
Found at noon yesterday at Waddell Creek mouth in company with over 700 gulls including Thayer’s Iceland, California, Herring, Glaucous-winged, Hermann's and Western Gulls. Thayer’s Iceland were abundant.

http://www.pbase.com/jpkln/current

PBase image quality issue after change-over to Mac OS from Windows. Set to large size (see caption below photo) for best resolution.

Jeff Poklen
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Date: 1/16/18 8:00 am
From: Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren continues... 14 days now
The ROCK WREN continues at the Seascape sea wall. This morning from 7:20 -
7:40 I followed it from the north to the south end of the sea wall as it
foraged. The surf is large these mornings, and can be dangerous, so it's
best walk on the sea wall pathway above the rocks.
Cheers!
Roseanne
Aptos

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Date: 1/15/18 11:44 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Canvasback continues
Canvaback, to me, is rare in MTY but apparently not worthy enough for MBB. Canvasback not seen on laguna grande or Roberts lake this morning Jan 15. So I went over to the naval post grad school along Del Monte Ave. Female was on the lake with Ruddys at 11:25 am. For non locals, suggest parking on Palo Verde Ave.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 1/14/18 8:05 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] LA Waterthrush Continues at Big Sur
Hi birders,

First, a shout out to the Stanislaus County birding folks, including
Sal, who made it possible for me to see the LA Waterthrush. Huge, huge
thanks! Read the long version below for details.

Short version:

The wintering LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH reported last Dec. at Big Sur State
Park continues on Sunday. Shortly after noon, it was located about 30
yards upstream from the cement laid in the river, between the 2
pedestrian bridges. Further upstream, about a 1/2 mile, near the car
bridge on South Camp Rd, there was a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER. Images:

Distant image of the LA WATERTHRUSH:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/warblers/waterthrush_louisiana_180114a.jpg


RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER image:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/woodpecker/sapsucker_red_naped_180114a.jpg


Long version:

In my world view, there are low carbon footprint birds, and there are
large carbon footprint birds. A low carbon footprint bird is one that
shows up at our feeders, poses in good light on a branch in a natural
setting in our garden, and gives me plenty of time to futz around with
my camera gear to create a nice image.

In contrast, there are large carbon footprint birds. These are birds
that require travel to see. At minimum 5+ hour drive, or out of state
flights. The LA WATERTHRUSH falls firmly into the large carbon footprint
category. This bird required 5 different trips to Big Sur from my home,
about 1.5 hours away, or about 140 miles of travel round trip every
time. Even with Prius fuel economy...

So Sunday morning I woke up around 6:30am. I felt confident that I would
see this bird. A feeling I've felt 4 times before, but been proven
wrong. I'm on the road by 7am. I make good time until I'm south of
Carmel, having caught up with a bicycle race, that is helpfully slowing
everybody down. Around 8:30am I'm at parking lot #2 in Big Sur State
Park. Load up all the photo gear, and off trudging downstream along the
river paths, checking the banks where possible, hoping to see the
waterthrush. I run into another birder who's worked his way up from the
Big Sur bridge but no luck. An about face, and I'm trudging upstream, on
the other side, checking the banks of the campsites "where it's been
seen before". As I reach the south end of the campground, I happen to
look up and note the Red-naped Sapsucker. Not the LA Waterthrush, but
something of a consolation prize I guess.

As a trudge back down stream, I run into 3 birders from Stanislous
county. By now we are all very good at exchanging the universal birding
signs, arms bent out with palms facing up, asking the question of the
day: Have you seen THE bird? No need to explain which bird, we know. 
Today's response, an emphatic or deliberate thumbs down. Easily
understood through binoculars. Regardless, we catch up with each other,
exchange pleasantries, and with sage wisdom note that the bird "could be
anywhere." I tell them about the sapsucker and I'm on my way, having
decided earlier that I would leave after 3 hours of searching, around
11:30am.

As I head downstream I run into another birder, a gentleman named Sal.
Turns out Sal and I have a history. We were together many years ago at
Moonglow Dairy, searching and seeing not one, but two NELSON'S SPARROWS.
Of course once we talk about the NELSON's, we remember where we've met.
Doesn't everybody remember locations and people by the birds they saw?

Eventually, near the first pedestrian bridge, all of the birders bunch
up. Turns out Sal and the 3 birders from Stanislous know each other. I
note it's 11:30am and regretfully set off for my car. But not before Sal
and I exchange numbers so he can text if the bird shows up "soon".
Leaving Big Sur park, I call Nancy while I still have service. "No, I
did not see the bird", I report calmly, but should be home around
1:30pm. I hang up and happen to glance down at my phone.

There's a text from Sal saying they've seen the bird! I'm only about 3/4
miles out of the park. A quick uturn and I'm parking at the Big Sur
Lodge. This time to improve my odds, I just grab a small lens and my
binocs. (It helps to leave the big lens behind). I quickly find the
birding folks who rapidly point out exactly where the bird is. I'm so
exited and having just run, my hands are unsteady. I decide to move up
on the bird on the other side of the stream, where... there it is.
Larger than I had imagined, but no confusing that strong supercilium
with pale streaky neck/ chest, with the nearby Juncos. A few images with
the small lens, and I decide to run back and get the big lens. As I
leave, I see 2 young boys coming down river, joyfully throwing rocks
into the river. Just Great! I sprint back to my car, load up with
optics, make it back in time to capture a few images, photographing the
bird perfectly aligned with the sun behind it. Fortunately 5 big trees
are creating a shadow so I'm able to capture 1 or 2 so so distant
images. What do I feel? RELIEF! I don't have to commute down to Big Sur
... again. I profusely thank Sal and the 3 birders who found the bird,
and head home. Whew!

Good birding,

Pete Sole
Soquel, CA





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Date: 1/14/18 6:57 pm
From: 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rusty Blackbird at Moonglow Dairy
Hi everyone,

The Rusty Blackbird continues at Moonglow Dairy but is rather difficult to locate in the huge
flocks of blackbirds it associates with. There is also a Clay-colored Sparrow there now too.


="https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/38799355845/in/dateposted-public/" title="Rusty Blackbird, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing, CA 01-14-18"

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/39665748912/in/dateposted-public/" title="Clay-colored Sparrow, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing, CA 01-14-18

very poor quality photos but I thought some of you might want to look at photos of the birds to see what they look like in case you go looking for them at the
dairy,


Kent Van Vuren

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Date: 1/13/18 9:53 pm
From: Dave Wilhelm <david.wilhelm...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] 100,000 eBird reports
I was browsing the eBird website and found some interesting information.

It looks like by tomorrow Santa Cruz county will reach 100,000 eBird reports. Congratulations to one and all.

https://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-CA-087?yr=all



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Date: 1/13/18 6:19 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] ROCK WREN, Hidden Beach, Aptos
1-13-18

Re-found the *ROCK WREN* at Hidden Beach in Aptos.

Found the bird about 7, house flag poles (counted) from the beginning of
the beach.
It was not at the far south end of the beach as described in earlier posts.

Great bird,
Anne Spence
Watsonville, CA

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Date: 1/13/18 6:15 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Wigeon Shorebirds Pond, Watsonville, CA
01-13-18 about 3pm

Re-found the *EURASIAN WIGEON* first found by Randy Wardle 01-12-18, at
Shorebirds Pond along Beach Rd in Watsonville. Was in the middle of the
pond with several other duck type species.

Also saw 1 WHITE-FACED IBIS along the road walking in toward the pond. It
was mingling with other Egrets.

I did see what appeared to be a young MERLIN on top a power pole right
after the pumping station.

There was 1 AMERICAN KESTREL 1/4 mile from the end of San Andreas Rd right
at Beach Rd. I have not seen very many in this area recently.

Also present in the pond were:
1 Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
a few Bufflehead
numerous American Wigeon
several Mallards
Cavasbacks
3-4 Ruddy Duck

Anne Spence
Watsonville, CA

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Date: 1/12/18 3:32 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Odd Surf Scoter
This morning at the Natural Bridges overlook, Stephanie Martin and I saw what is probably the same odd Surf Scoter seen by Kent Johnson at the end of December off Wilder. Ours, like his, looked like a normal Surf Scoter from the right side. But from the left it had a white wing patch making us think at first glimpse of a different scoter…no such luck, though this one is still of some interest. The patch is larger than a White-winged’s would be and is not confined to the speculum. In the end we could see a second white patch on the back of the head as well and lack of white under the eye, clinching the Surf Scoter i.d..

Otherwise things were pretty normal, the only slightly out of place bird was a Barn Swallow.

Lois Goldfrank, Stephanie Martin

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Date: 1/12/18 2:30 pm
From: Paul Miller <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipper
BTW, I stopped by the confluence today and saw the bird at 1:30pm
It was dipping on a rock.
It wasn’t singing...
Paul
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Date: 1/12/18 11:03 am
From: Miller, Paul <millerp...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] American Dipper
Howdy All!
A quick note and some thoughts on the AMERICAN DIPPER(s) that has been seen
recently along the Zayante trail, and at Mount Hermon....
Several years back, around 2000, I first noticed the Dippers near the
waterfall which is at the confluence of Zayante and Bean Creeks in Mount
Hermon.
Over the next few years, I saw them consistently, sometimes more than one
at a time, as well as the fledglings along with the adults. I new the nest
was nearby, but never located it.
At some point around 2013 (a year before or after, not sure) , interest
peaked, and the nest location was announced as being behind the waterfall.
Several birders, myself included, observed the adults flying into the nest
(cavity) that season.
I believe the birds were observed perhaps one more year after that at this
location.
After the spring of '14, no dippers were seen in this area. I continued to
check year round, since it is walking distance from my house.
Then this year, just after the count, someone (was it Alex?) saw one along
the San Lorenzo River south of Graham Hill Rd, and I wondered if they would
nest again near that location.
In the last 3 weeks or so, I and a friend who lives at Redwood Camp (the
property that is adjacent to the confluence) have been seeing them in their
old spot, at the confluence of Bean and Zayante Creeks.
A week ago, I had one singing on the same rock as from years ago.
I am encouraged and excited to see if they will nest behind the same
waterfall area as in years past.
As spring approaches, I'll send updates, since I go by that spot
regularly. You may be able to see them along the river south of Graham
Hill, but if you would like a personal tour of the confluence spot (since
it's on private property), let me know and we'll set it up.
It can be a bit hard to find, or to know how to approach it best.
Paul Miller
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Date: 1/11/18 9:10 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Eurasian Wigeon at Shorebirds Pond
I birded Shorebirds Pond late this afternoon. The water level is down again so you can walk around the pond most of the way on the path. There were quite a few duck species present. Among them, was a CANVASBACK. Also, among the AMERICAN WIGEON, was a EURASIAN WIGEON. It appears to be a pure Eurasian and not a hybrid. The head is a uniform cinnamon color and the flanks are gray in color and not tan like a hybrid would have. Here is a link to my eBird report with a few photos of the bird. Let me know if any of you believe it is a hybrid. Thanks.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41835128


Good birding,

Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 1/10/18 11:52 am
From: Howard Stephenson <hlstephenson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren Continues
Stopped by Hidden Beach this morning (9:30 AM) to see if the Rock Wren was
still there after the storms.
Found in the same area, south most end of the break water rocks, working
from the front ocean side of the rocks to the rocks that protect the beach
path to next to the cliff.

Howard Stephenson
Watsonville

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Date: 1/10/18 10:17 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black scoter Jan 10
The female Black Scoter was seen this morning 8:10am in a large flock of Surf Scoters. Viewed from the path through the dunes north of the Tides hotel. At Pt Pinos now (8:40am), there are many Northern Fulmars.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 1/9/18 8:36 am
From: Shantanu Phukan <phukan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red Naped Clarification
Hello:
I just wanted to clarify the location of the red naped sapsucker.
which road is the 15 mph twisting road sign on? Is it on Marion
Avenue? Or on some other road? If you could clarify I would be
grateful.
THank you
Shantanu

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From: David Wilhelm
Sent: Jan 7, 2018 11:26 AM
To: Eric Feuss
Cc: Mbbirds Bay Birds
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Red-naped Sapsucker near Quail Hollow Ranch
County Park (SC)

Great direction. Found it no problem. Please be careful as the
tree is right on the road and it is easy to flush the bird. If you
come up today look for and arrow in the sand at the end of the
turnout.

--Dave
On Jan 7, 2018, at 08:42, Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...>
wrote:

Yesterday, I went looking for the adult male Black-chinned
Hummingbird reported on the Santa Cruz CBC, seen along Marion
Avenue.

Just past the SLV district offices, the manzanitas along this
'sandy' section of road are in full bloom; hummingbirds
(Anna's) are all over the area in high density.
Opposite the yellow 15 mph 'twisting' road sign is a small
pullout. Parking in the pullout, facing the SLV district
offices (back toward Quail Hollow Road), one is facing a small
young stand of acacia trees. An adult male Red-naped
Sapsucker was in this stand between 3 and 3:30 pm yesterday.
I saw no old sapsuckers drill holes, only the fresh ones this
individual was making.

Happy birding,Eric

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Date: 1/8/18 9:20 am
From: fb97e4ad <fb97e4ad...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Carmel Valley Ranch birds
Abnormally good day at the ranch yesterday. There were two adult male
common mergansers (COME) along with four juvis and/or females.

Two belted kingfishers (BEKI) appeared to be having a loud argument that
went on for five minutes along the river next to the employee parking lot.

Two couples of American green-winged teals (AGWT) and a family of cinnamon
teals (CITE) were dabbling along with the usual mallards and coots.
Buffleheads (BUFF) were present in their usual numbers (about ten), along
with the half-dozen resident double-crested cormorants (DCCO).

Rick Berg
Seaside

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Date: 1/7/18 5:02 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black-headed Grosbeak on the feeder
Hi birders,

I happened to glance at our feeders and immediately recognized a
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

I took a few, ah, let's be charitable and call them "documentary" images:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/grosbeak_black_headed_180107a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/grosbeak_black_headed_180107b.jpg


I wonder if it was the same bird that visited our yard on Dec. 17th, the
day after the SC CBC.

Images from 12/17/2017:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/grosbeak_black_headed_171217b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/grosbeak_black_headed_171217a.jpg

Gotta say, this is the earliest Black-headed Grosbeak we've ever had in
the yard. Given the similarities between the images, and the lack of
other Black-headed Grosbeak reports, my guess is that it is the same
wintering? bird.

Now nervously checking the feeders every few minutes...  ;)

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Date: 1/7/18 3:48 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Photos: Re: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren visible now
Hi birders,

A few images of the ROCK WREN. The images were not quite what I
envisioned but here goes:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/wrens/wren_rock_170107b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/wrens/wren_rock_170107f.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/wrens/wren_rock_170107d.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/wrens/wren_rock_170107g.jpg

Full list from ebird with a few more images:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41716557

Good birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA



On 1/7/18 11:01 AM, Pete Sole wrote:
> Rock Wren at South End of sea wall at 11am Sunday morning. Pictures to come.
> Pete
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/7/18 11:26 am
From: David Wilhelm <david.wilhelm...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Red-naped Sapsucker near Quail Hollow Ranch County Park (SC)
Great direction. Found it no problem.
Please be careful as the tree is right on the road and it is easy to flush the bird.
If you come up today look for and arrow in the sand at the end of the turnout.

--Dave

> On Jan 7, 2018, at 08:42, Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday, I went looking for the adult male Black-chinned Hummingbird reported on the Santa Cruz CBC, seen along Marion Avenue.
>
> Just past the SLV district offices, the manzanitas along this 'sandy' section of road are in full bloom; hummingbirds (Anna's) are all over the area in high density.
>
> Opposite the yellow 15 mph 'twisting' road sign is a small pullout. Parking in the pullout, facing the SLV district offices (back toward Quail Hollow Road), one is facing a small young stand of acacia trees. An adult male Red-naped Sapsucker was in this stand between 3 and 3:30 pm yesterday. I saw no old sapsuckers drill holes, only the fresh ones this individual was making.
>
> Happy birding,
> Eric
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Date: 1/7/18 11:01 am
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren visible now

Rock Wren at South End of sea wall at 11am Sunday morning. Pictures to come.
Pete


Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/7/18 10:07 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: RE: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak? -YES
All

Rodent population cycles have been studied intensively by ecologists, and they are still a bit of a mystery. Here the most cyclic rodent is the California Vole. Right now the voles are on a population high here in Half Moon Bay. They started being really noticeable from late spring last year. Barn Owls increased here in the late summer onwards, and are now quite common.

These cycles are understood in some respects, but there is still a lack of understanding on what really drives the cycle, and it may be a complex of various factors. Originally, it was thought to be food driven (lots of food, high reproduction, big population). But now it is often thought it may be due predator-prey interactions and disease. What is really odd is that the reproductive rate of the rodents changes over time, what controls the reproductive rate is not clear. It is also not clear why it happens, lowering of the reproductive rate is in direct contrast to a simple prediction from evolutionary theory, so it is clear that in these cases a lowering of the reproductive rate may actually confer an individual a higher chance of passing on their genes. This of course seems counterintuitive. Keep in mind that voles only live a few months, and generation times are short. So within a year, multiple generations have occurred. Lemmings, which are well known for their population cycles are relatives of voles. Our voles seem to have cycles that happen at about 4 year intervals. Barn Owls, White-tailed Kites, and Northern Harriers seem to be particularly responsive to increases in vole numbers and may be the ones that specialize on capitalizing on the boom part of the cycle.

But one does have to look at rodents species by species. I don’t think there is any evidence that in California multiple rodent species cycle in unison. If other species are high this year, it may be a coincidence with the vole cycle. Also it is not clear what the geographic scope of rodent cycles is. In areas such as Norway where this has been studied more, voles in one part of the country are not necessarily in the same cycle as those in other parts of the country. So while we may be having a high vole year here, it may not be the case elsewhere in California. In fact the lack of correspondence in the cycles is part of what the owls and diurnal raptors depend on. That way there are always some areas that are better for food than others. You could plot kite concentrations using eBird year to year and identify where the vole concentrations are in the winter!

Good birding.

Alvaro



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From: <mbbirds...> [mailto:<mbbirds...>] On Behalf Of Cliff Bixler
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 8:22 AM
To: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Cc: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>; <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak? -YES



Just this last year they exploded. I think it was due to the good rainfall last year causing a fast growth in vegetation. A greater food supply encourages more litters. An extra litter causes exponential growth. I do know that we have had to be really at war with the rodents (wood rats and mice), traps, bait, cleaning up areas where they want to set up housekeeping, flooding burrows.

Up here in Bonny Doon there is no shortage of predators. I hear and see coyotes, bobcats and even Cougars. Owls are around but not so much in the summer when the most rodent breeding is happening. They are a little late to the party.

We got our lesson in spades back in 2011 when they colonized the underside of our house. One of them ate through a waterline to a dishwasher and flooded the downstairs of our house. We had to open up the subfloor, tear out the heater ducts and insulation, dry and dehumidify then tear out damaged flooring, drywall, the entire kitchen and fireplace. I was kind of a total rebuild of 2/3 of the downstairs. We were cooking outside and living upstairs for 5 months.



On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM, Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> <mailto:<c.hartzell...> > wrote:

The simple answer is yes, there is. Going on a second year irruption of both Wood Rats and different Mice species. This is happening in multiple states from what I am hearing. Multiple automobile dealerships, mechanics, construction workers, and pest control people I have talked with in the last several months have seen a tremendous spike in rodent related infestation and damage. Subaru and Toyota have gone the last 10 years averaging about 10-20 cars with rodent damage. Last year they went to almost 100, this year over 200. Our outlying fire stations and engines have gone many years with minimal problems. My station has gone with a handful over the last 5 years. Starting the middle of last year, we caught 25 in 3 days. All our outlying stations are seeing a massive infestation as well. When I responded to the fire over in Fort Ord, I pulled up and watched literally over a hundred rats running from the fire. I had never seen this many so condensed before. It is not just here either. I am hearing almost the same reports out of multiple locations in Oregon, much of Montana, and friends in Salt Lake City are reporting similar. I have talked with some biologists and naturalists about it. As far as I have heard, there is no research actually being done and no one seems to be doing any formal study on it. Therefore the cause seems to be speculative as far as I've found out. So far the most supportive guess is a combination of reduction in predators and increase in drought type conditions. Drier climates have allowed for a spread in certain vegetation that is conducive to rodent spread while there also seems to be a drop in predators. I've noticed at my home and many of our stations that regular occurrences of bobcats and coyotes have gone down significantly. Additionally, I heard from many firefighters what seemed to be the lowest run-ins with snakes on fires in many many years. Personally, getting around and talking with people, I think it is a combination of inadvertent poisoning through rodent control, more hunting/trapping, and increased traffic resulting in more roadkill. I don't know why and haven't heard why there might be such a reduction in snakes.



Anyway, there is a major rodent problem. It cost Ame and I $1800 in repairs to two vehicles and six other personnel at my station have had their vehicles damaged. So keep the hoods up when it doesn't rain and put non-poison traps in the motor when you have to close the hood. The rodent problem is a major issue!



-Chris Hartzell

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From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...> <mailto:<debiluv...> >
To: <mbbirds...> <mailto:<mbbirds...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:58 PM
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak?



MBBers,



San Benito County has an abundance of Barn Owls, even in the worst of times. However, lately I have counted more BARN OWLS than usual. For instance, last night I saw 23 Barn Owls, 18 of which were along John Smith Road. This road is only 2.8 miles long. I did not use playback or a spotlight. The owls are easy to see, either sitting on fenceposts or utility wires.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41687083



Although the dump is located on John Smith Road, I have not encountered such a high number of Barn Owls in the past. I did see 10 Barn Owls one night a couple weeks ago, along this same road.



I’m wondering if anyone else is encountering larger than usual numbers of Barn Owls. If so, please email me directly: <debi...> <mailto:<debi...> .



If you drive this road, please do not use spotlights because Great-horned Owls also occur on this road, and they may predate the Barn Owls.



Happy Trails,

Debi Shearwater





DEBRA SHEARWATER

Shearwater Journeys, Inc.

PO Box 190

Hollister, CA 95024

831.637.8527 <tel:(831)%20637-8527>

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Date: 1/7/18 8:43 am
From: Eric Feuss <ericfeuss...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Red-naped Sapsucker near Quail Hollow Ranch County Park (SC)
Yesterday, I went looking for the adult male Black-chinned Hummingbird reported on the Santa Cruz CBC, seen along Marion Avenue.  

Just past the SLV district offices, the manzanitas along this 'sandy' section of road are in full bloom; hummingbirds (Anna's) are all over the area in high density.
Opposite the yellow 15 mph 'twisting' road sign is a small pullout.  Parking in the pullout, facing the SLV district offices (back toward Quail Hollow Road), one is facing a small young stand of acacia trees.  An adult male Red-naped Sapsucker was in this stand between 3 and 3:30 pm yesterday.  I saw no old sapsuckers drill holes, only the fresh ones this individual was making.

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Date: 1/7/18 8:22 am
From: Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak? -YES
Just this last year they exploded. I think it was due to the good rainfall
last year causing a fast growth in vegetation. A greater food supply
encourages more litters. An extra litter causes exponential growth. I do
know that we have had to be really at war with the rodents (wood rats and
mice), traps, bait, cleaning up areas where they want to set up
housekeeping, flooding burrows.
Up here in Bonny Doon there is no shortage of predators. I hear and see
coyotes, bobcats and even Cougars. Owls are around but not so much in the
summer when the most rodent breeding is happening. They are a little late
to the party.

We got our lesson in spades back in 2011 when they colonized the underside
of our house. One of them ate through a waterline to a dishwasher and
flooded the downstairs of our house. We had to open up the subfloor, tear
out the heater ducts and insulation, dry and dehumidify then tear out
damaged flooring, drywall, the entire kitchen and fireplace. I was kind of
a total rebuild of 2/3 of the downstairs. We were cooking outside and
living upstairs for 5 months.

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM, Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
wrote:

> The simple answer is yes, there is. Going on a second year irruption of
> both Wood Rats and different Mice species. This is happening in multiple
> states from what I am hearing. Multiple automobile dealerships, mechanics,
> construction workers, and pest control people I have talked with in the
> last several months have seen a tremendous spike in rodent related
> infestation and damage. Subaru and Toyota have gone the last 10 years
> averaging about 10-20 cars with rodent damage. Last year they went to
> almost 100, this year over 200. Our outlying fire stations and engines have
> gone many years with minimal problems. My station has gone with a handful
> over the last 5 years. Starting the middle of last year, we caught 25 in 3
> days. All our outlying stations are seeing a massive infestation as well.
> When I responded to the fire over in Fort Ord, I pulled up and watched
> literally over a hundred rats running from the fire. I had never seen this
> many so condensed before. It is not just here either. I am hearing almost
> the same reports out of multiple locations in Oregon, much of Montana, and
> friends in Salt Lake City are reporting similar. I have talked with some
> biologists and naturalists about it. As far as I have heard, there is no
> research actually being done and no one seems to be doing any formal study
> on it. Therefore the cause seems to be speculative as far as I've found
> out. So far the most supportive guess is a combination of reduction in
> predators and increase in drought type conditions. Drier climates have
> allowed for a spread in certain vegetation that is conducive to rodent
> spread while there also seems to be a drop in predators. I've noticed at my
> home and many of our stations that regular occurrences of bobcats and
> coyotes have gone down significantly. Additionally, I heard from many
> firefighters what seemed to be the lowest run-ins with snakes on fires in
> many many years. Personally, getting around and talking with people, I
> think it is a combination of inadvertent poisoning through rodent control,
> more hunting/trapping, and increased traffic resulting in more roadkill. I
> don't know why and haven't heard why there might be such a reduction in
> snakes.
>
> Anyway, there is a major rodent problem. It cost Ame and I $1800 in
> repairs to two vehicles and six other personnel at my station have had
> their vehicles damaged. So keep the hoods up when it doesn't rain and put
> non-poison traps in the motor when you have to close the hood. The rodent
> problem is a major issue!
>
> -Chris Hartzell
>
> PhotoStrokes.net
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> ~ Photography Lessons ~ Wildlife Photo Tours ~ International Travel ~
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>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
> *To:* <mbbirds...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:58 PM
> *Subject:* [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak?
>
> MBBers,
>
> San Benito County has an abundance of Barn Owls, even in the worst of
> times. However, lately I have counted more BARN OWLS than usual. For
> instance, last night I saw 23 Barn Owls, 18 of which were along John Smith
> Road. This road is only 2.8 miles long. I did not use playback or a
> spotlight. The owls are easy to see, either sitting on fenceposts or
> utility wires.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41687083
>
> Although the dump is located on John Smith Road, I have not encountered
> such a high number of Barn Owls in the past. I did see 10 Barn Owls one
> night a couple weeks ago, along this same road.
>
> I’m wondering if anyone else is encountering larger than usual numbers of
> Barn Owls. If so, please email me directly: <debi...>
>
> If you drive this road, please do not use spotlights because Great-horned
> Owls also occur on this road, and they may predate the Barn Owls.
>
> Happy Trails,
> Debi Shearwater
>
>
> DEBRA SHEARWATER
> Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
> PO Box 190
> Hollister, CA 95024
> 831.637.8527 <(831)%20637-8527>
> <debi...>
> www.shearwaterjourneys.com
> www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
>
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> *Siberia’s Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper-2019*
> *Galapagos Islands: 30 October - 12 November 2019*
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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>
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Date: 1/6/18 10:35 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak? -YES
The simple answer is yes, there is. Going on a second year irruption of both Wood Rats and different Mice species. This is happening in multiple states from what I am hearing. Multiple automobile dealerships, mechanics, construction workers, and pest control people I have talked with in the last several months have seen a tremendous spike in rodent related infestation and damage. Subaru and Toyota have gone the last 10 years averaging about 10-20 cars with rodent damage. Last year they went to almost 100, this year over 200. Our outlying fire stations and engines have gone many years with minimal problems. My station has gone with a handful over the last 5 years. Starting the middle of last year, we caught 25 in 3 days. All our outlying stations are seeing a massive infestation as well. When I responded to the fire over in Fort Ord, I pulled up and watched literally over a hundred rats running from the fire. I had never seen this many so condensed before. It is not just here either. I am hearing almost the same reports out of multiple locations in Oregon, much of Montana, and friends in Salt Lake City are reporting similar. I have talked with some biologists and naturalists about it. As far as I have heard, there is no research actually being done and no one seems to be doing any formal study on it. Therefore the cause seems to be speculative as far as I've found out. So far the most supportive guess is a combination of reduction in predators and increase in drought type conditions. Drier climates have allowed for a spread in certain vegetation that is conducive to rodent spread while there also seems to be a drop in predators. I've noticed at my home and many of our stations that regular occurrences of bobcats and coyotes have gone down significantly. Additionally, I heard from many firefighters what seemed to be the lowest run-ins with snakes on fires in many many years. Personally, getting around and talking with people, I think it is a combination of inadvertent poisoning through rodent control, more hunting/trapping, and increased traffic resulting in more roadkill. I don't know why and haven't heard why there might be such a reduction in snakes.

Anyway, there is a major rodent problem. It cost Ame and I $1800 in repairs to two vehicles and six other personnel at my station have had their vehicles damaged. So keep the hoods up when it doesn't rain and put non-poison traps in the motor when you have to close the hood. The rodent problem is a major issue!  -Chris Hartzell

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From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
To: <mbbirds...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:58 PM
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak?

MBBers,
San Benito County has an abundance of Barn Owls, even in the worst of times. However, lately I have counted more BARN OWLS than usual. For instance, last night I saw 23 Barn Owls, 18 of which were along John Smith Road. This road is only 2.8 miles long. I did not use playback or a spotlight. The owls are easy to see, either sitting on fenceposts or utility wires. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41687083
Although the dump is located on John Smith Road, I have not encountered such a high number of Barn Owls in the past. I did see 10 Barn Owls one night a couple weeks ago, along this same road. 
I’m wondering if anyone else is encountering larger than usual numbers of Barn Owls. If so, please email me directly: <debi...>
If you drive this road, please do not use spotlights because Great-horned Owls also occur on this road, and they may predate the Barn Owls. 
Happy Trails,Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATERShearwater Journeys, Inc.PO Box 190Hollister, CA <95024831.637.8527debi...>
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Date: 1/6/18 9:58 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Is there a rodent outbreak?
MBBers,

San Benito County has an abundance of Barn Owls, even in the worst of times. However, lately I have counted more BARN OWLS than usual. For instance, last night I saw 23 Barn Owls, 18 of which were along John Smith Road. This road is only 2.8 miles long. I did not use playback or a spotlight. The owls are easy to see, either sitting on fenceposts or utility wires.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41687083

Although the dump is located on John Smith Road, I have not encountered such a high number of Barn Owls in the past. I did see 10 Barn Owls one night a couple weeks ago, along this same road.

I’m wondering if anyone else is encountering larger than usual numbers of Barn Owls. If so, please email me directly: <debi...>

If you drive this road, please do not use spotlights because Great-horned Owls also occur on this road, and they may predate the Barn Owls.

Happy Trails,
Debi Shearwater


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
<debi...>
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

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Date: 1/6/18 11:53 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Point Pinos birds, pics (belated)
I was there early on a perfect New Year's morning. No rarities, but a great
way for a bird photographer to begin a year; most of the rocky coast
regulars in glorious warm light.

http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/monterey_newyear2018

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Date: 1/6/18 11:24 am
From: darrowfeldstein <darrow.feldstein...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black and White Warbler and Hooded Merganser
Hey birders,

Good birding on the westside this morning. The BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER is at Bethany Curve between Oxford and Alta streets. Also, a HOODED MERGANSER was on the south side of Antonelli Pond among the Mallards.

And the amount of YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS was astounding in just about every Eucalyptus grove and they pretty much all had faces of black sap from the trees. Fun to check out!

Happy birding and happy weekend,
Darrow

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Date: 1/6/18 8:35 am
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren

Here now among boulders, same area south end of sea wall, Rio Del Mar.
Sharon Hull, Lois Goldfrank
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Date: 1/5/18 8:33 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Panoche Valley: Sage Birds
Howdy, Birders,

It was an extremely beautiful day out in Panoche Valley today— puffy, white clouds and golden grasses. Birding was a mixed bag, but overall very interesting.

Highlights included: 1 SAGE THRASHER and 3-5 SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS, CASSIN’S KINGBIRD, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, and many of the “regular” birds in the valley and foothills.

Some details:

Heading east along Panoche Road from Highway 25 in Hollister, I saw two RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and good number of Yellow-billed Magpies. PHAINOPEPLAS were scattered along the drive and at the Miller and Summit Ranches. At Panoche Summit (the winding and highest spot along the road with many gray pines), I found one VARIED THRUSH and a Hairy Woodpecker. Winding toward the valley at the McCullough Ranch, I saw a PRAIRIE FALCON and dark morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK. Another FERRUGINOUS HAWK was at Spanish Cattle and another near the Panoche Inn.

Along Norton Road (which is at Panoche School), I saw 16 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS. I looked hard for Mountain Plovers along this road, but totally dipped. I found no Mountain Plovers anywhere in the valley. There was a flock of HORNED LARKS, though.

Continuing along Panoche Road toward the Silver Creek Ranch area, I stopped at the bales of hay where 750 or so TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS have been wintering. While concentrating on trying to find color-banded Trikes, I almost didn’t notice a SAGE THRASHER on the fence. It was working between the hay bale lot and the ranch signed as #34672. Near the Silver Creek Ranch house, a CASSIN’S KINGBIRD was on the utility wire over the road. Two MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS near the corrals at Silver Creek Ranch were the only ones I saw along this road. Where are they?

Heading down to the Panoche Creek crossing, I saw 2 GREATER ROADRUNNERS, another FERRUGINOUS HAWK, and another flock of HORNED LARKS, and flocks of LARK SPARROWS and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. I crossed the creek. Be aware: the water level is at least up to my Subaru Outback bumper, if not over it. If it rains, I will not be able to cross this creek. Also, the “road” is already muddy on both sides of the crossing. That is probably the bigger issue. Rain is forecast for Monday and Tuesday. I suspect that only 4WD trucks will be able to get through the creek and manage the road, if the rains come.

But, my reason for getting to the other side of the creek was to try to relocate the flock of five SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS that I originally found on December 21, 2017. On December 22, I ran into two birders out in the valley who went with me to see this flock. One of them also photographed at least one or two of the sparrows. On December 25, Tom and Beth Hamel went out to see the sparrows. She successfully photographed them. I didn’t want to report the sparrows until the ID was firm. The ID has been confirmed by other birders. However, on the Panoche Valley CBC, Alex Rinkert and I tried to find the sparrows without any success. Sagebrush Sparrow in not unprecedented in San Benito County, however it is a “rare” bird in our area. The species has also been reported and photographed at the Panoche Hills BLM area (Fresno County), both last year and this year on the CBC.

This small flock of SAGEBRUSH SPARROWS is probably anyone’s best bet for a county tick. They are tricky to find. Patience will help. After crossing the Panoche Creek on Panoche Road, continue about 2.3 miles. Slow down as soon as you begin seeing the dark green bushes of Mormon tea (ephedra). The Sagebrush Sparrows mostly run on the ground, with their tails cocked, very much like a roadrunner. (This is not a defining field mark, however.) They prefer to hide and hang out on the ground at the base of the shrubs. Originally, they were with only 2 White-crowned Sparrows. However, today, I saw about 15 or so white-crowns with the Sagebrush Sparrows. So, you’ll need to take care in sorting sparrows.

I would recommend getting out there this weekend, if you want to try to see the Sagebrush Sparrows because of the forecast for rain on Monday (over an inch) and Tuesday. Rain will most likely make this portion of Panoche Road impassable to AWD and other vehicles.

Returning to the valley, I found four more MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS along Recalde Road (impassable in wet weather). By and large, Mountain Bluebirds have been MIA.

I zipped up to the Panoche Hills BLM area, but didn’t find much because it was too late in the day. BTW, the target shooting in the area, and the Griswold Hills BLM area, had been extreme.

Finally, a word about the LONG-EARED OWLS at Mercey Hot Springs. Folks doing the Panoche Valley CBC had a difficult time locating any Long-eared Owls, but finally found two. It seems that Great-horned Owls have moved in, and possibly displaced, or eaten (?) the Long-eared Owls. So, it might not be worth a stop at the hot springs right now.

I haven’t entered today’s eBird checklists, but will try to do so tomorrow. There are other checklists and some photos of the Sagebrush Sparrows. Please do eBird checklists, if you are an eBirder. There are many hot spots along Panoche Road and throughout the valley. Please do not use the hot spot, “Panoche Valley General Area.”

Good Luck and Happy Trails,
Debi Shearwater


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Date: 1/5/18 1:55 pm
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren
The Rock Wren continues at Hidden Beach in Rio Del Mar!

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Date: 1/4/18 11:10 pm
From: 'Kent Van Vuren' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Louisiana Waterthrush photos
I spent 5 days looking for this bird before I finally
saw it, so maybe I deserve the right to post some
photos of it so that people will actually believe I
saw it. LOL.

/www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/39481892892/in/dateposted-public/" title="Louisiana Waterthrush, 12-30-17, Big Sur SP, CA

://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/39481892062/in/dateposted-public/" title="647A1387">

"https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/38616449365/in/dateposted-public/" title="Louisiana Waterthrush, 12-30-17, Big Sur SP, CA"

<a data-flickr-embed="true" data-header="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho_24/39481896472/in/dateposted-public/" title="Louisiana Waterthrush, 12-30-17, Big Sur SP, CA"
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Date: 1/4/18 9:30 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] January birding email for Santa Cruz County
Happy New Year! For those interested, here is the birding email for January for the county. It provides some suggestions about what to look for and where to look for them during the month. I hope it proves helpful for some. Special thanks to Lois Goldfrank for her valuable input and to Alex Rinkert for his expert input and editing skills.



The new year has begun and so has the spring migration for some bird species in Santa Cruz County. Watch for Allen's Hummingbirds, which will be returning in early January. Many Anna's Hummingbirds and Bushtits begin nest building, while other species such as Great Horned Owls, doves and pigeons can be seen tending active nests. Many resident breeding birds such as Hutton’s Vireos and Dark-eyed Juncos begin singing more frequently this month.

January is a good time to look for Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Though rare, there's still a chance to come across a Dusky-capped Flycatcher, as well as Hammond’s or Least, for example, along the San Lorenzo River. Tropical Kingbirds can also be found in places like the Watsonville Sloughs or neat lakes and marshes on the mid-county coast.

Rare warblers can turn up. Seen in January, among others in varying degrees of rarity, have been American Redstart, Nashville, Black-and-white, Hooded, Hermit, Wilson’s, Black-throated Gray, Palm, MacGillivray’s, and Northern Waterthrush. Watch for many of these where there are flowering trees such as Eucalyptus.

This month is also a good time to try owling. Great Horned, Barn, Western Screech, and Northern Saw-whet are the most often heard, Northern Pygmy is more difficult to find, but some reliable places to try are Rancho Del Oso and headquarters at Big Basin State Park. In some places, such as the fields near Wilder Ranch State Park, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls have sometimes been seen as well.

January is a good time to look for ducks. All the regulars can be found now in the sloughs and waterways and it's a good chance to study male and female plumages. Rarities such as Eurasian Wigeons are worth looking for in lakes and sloughs near Watsonville. With diligence and some luck, all three scoter species can be spotted in January off the coast. Snow, Ross’s, Greater White-fronted, and Cackling Geese seem to be easier to find now than later on in the winter. Don't forget to keep checking College Lake as well for the occasional Tundra Swan.

This month is also a great time to study the gulls near Harkins Slough and the county creeks and river mouths. Lots of Mews are around now, along with Herring, Iceland, and perhaps even a Glaucous Gull. Both Black-legged Kittiwakes and Laughing Gulls have been spotted in January, too. If you want to take the next step, this might be a good time to learn about some of the hybrid gulls.

Don't forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Even though this winter has begun slowly, some storms should be on the way. Watch for interesting birds that may be blown ashore along the coast when the storms arrive.

The start of a new year brings excitement at the prospect of new county birds and, perhaps, even some lifers, too. May this be your best birding year ever!

Good birding,

Randy Wardle
Aptos

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Date: 1/4/18 5:22 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock wren near Hidden Beach
The Rock Wren discovered several days ago by Roseanne Prevost-Morgan continued today in large boulders at the southern most end of the long seawall to the south of Hidden Beach in Aptos. It was very tame and cooperative for photos as it hopped around the boulders. At one point if came within 3 feet of me in the ice plant. A Say's Phoebe was following the wren around keeping a constant eye on it. Norman Uyeda met me there and was able to view the bird as well. With all the people and dogs moving continuously in the area, I would recommend going to see this bird in the next day or two before it decides to continue on. Here is a link to my eBird report with multiple photos of the wren.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41629658



Good birding,

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Date: 1/4/18 4:12 pm
From: singersa via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Great Horned Owls, Santa Cruz
2 GREAT HORNED OWLS are still roosting near the butterfly boardwalk at Natural Bridges State Beach, providing excellent views for the many visitors who come by daily.



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Date: 1/4/18 1:04 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren
That is a good bird for SCZ, but being "Hidden Beach", perhaps many on the
list are not familiar with where Hidden Beach it is located. There is a
short description in the Santa Cruz County Birding Site Guide. The
description with some basic directions are copied and pasted below.
http://scbirdingguide.org/birdingguide/The%20Mid-County%20Coast/Hidden%20Beach.htm

Here is a county-owned coastal access in the Rio Del Mar – Seascape
area, including a drainage with willow riparian, eucalyptus, and other
vegetation. It is liveliest in the non-breeding season, when it may produce
rare landbirds. From Hwy 1 take the Rio Del Mar Blvd exit and go west,
keeping to the right to stay on Rio Del Mar. After 0.6 mile turn left on
Townsend Dr. Go 0.8 mile to its end and turn left of Cliff Dr. A short way
ahead is the parking area for Hidden Beach. A path on the south side of the
small drainage leads to the beach. Benches above the beach offer a good
vantage from which to scope birds on the bay. Birds of the beach and bay
are similar to those of nearby Seacliff State Beach. Check the willows,
eucalyptus, and other vegetation in the drainage for migrant landbirds.
Another path, this one along the north edge of the drainage, begins where a
seasonal stream first flows onto the beach. Also, try the path that leads
upstream from the parking area and passes under the railroad trestle.

David Suddjian

Littleton, CO





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> Rock wren is present now in boulders at southern end of sea wall south of
> hidden beach in aptos.
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Date: 1/4/18 12:33 pm
From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren
Rock wren is present now in boulders at southern end of sea wall south of hidden beach in aptos.


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Date: 1/3/18 4:46 pm
From: Bob Ramer <rjramer...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Mystery Kingbird Follow-up
Today, I began reviewing the packets from the Moss Landing CBC, and the
description provided for the unidentified kingbird strongly suggests a
Western Kingbird. There are a scattering of winter records (according to
eBird) for Western Kingbirds in Santa Cruz County, so this is definitely a
possibility. But, being such an exceptional find, this report will take a
considerable amount of documentation. So again, if anyone is birding in the
Pinto Lake area (perhaps to look for the Eurasian Wigeon at Pinto Lake
County Park), the kingbird was seen in the neighborhood between Doering Lane
and Littleway Lane off Green Valley Road before you get to the park. But the
bird may be along any of those side roads off Green Valley Road; or,
perhaps, may have even moved across Green Valley Road and gone into the
county park.



Anyhow, if anyone is up for a birding treasure hunt, good luck and please
let me know if you strike the jackpot!



Happy birding,



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Date: 1/3/18 9:19 am
From: Roseanne Prevost-Morgan <rprevost.morgan...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Rock Wren, Seascape sea wall
Hi,
For two mornings in a row there's been a ROCK WREN busily foraging among
the rocks the length of the sea wall. I apologize for the poor quality
photos. The best way to go there is to park at Hidden Beach, walk down to
where the sea wall starts. It could be anywhere along the entire length.
This morning I waited for 30 minutes before it appeared.
Happy New Year!
Roseanne

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Date: 1/2/18 7:35 pm
From: Ketury Stein <ketury...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Flycatchrr
Hi Shirley. I saw one there too on Nov. 9 near the overlook deck halfway
around the car route. Maybe the same one?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124645130@N08/26572674709/in/datetaken/

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> Saw a female vermilion flycatcher st Merced wildlife reserve about noon
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Date: 1/2/18 4:58 pm
From: Larry Corridon <larry961357...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Year of the Bird
There is a short article in the beginning of the January National Geographic Magazine interviewing one of their bird experts and the birder is asked “what is you favorite bird?” His reply is the best I have ever heard, and more and more I agree with him. He said “the bird I am looking at now”!

Larry Corridon

> On Jan 2, 2018, at 15:39, Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...> wrote:
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> To mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Geographic is partnering with the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to celebrate the "Year of the Bird” to bring attention and help for the protection of birds. There will be articles and initiatives throughout the year. Thomas Lovejoy said “if you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems of the world”.
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> If you want more information about the “Year of the Bird” see the January 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. Another article in this edition is titled “Flight Paths” in which photographer/videographer Xavi Bou captures the flight patterns of birds.
>
> Treat yourself and go online to nationalgeographic.com and search for "Why Birds Matter, and Are Worth Protecting” for an article by Jonathan Franzen, and stunning photographs by Joel Sartore (The Photo Ark, Birds of the Photo Ark).
>
> According to the National Geographic web site, “Planet of the Birds” will air on January 19 on Nat Geo WILD.
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> I am gratified to see birds and related conservation issues gaining positive momentum in the media.
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> Happy birding,
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Date: 1/2/18 4:37 pm
From: Lois Goldfrank <loisg...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic grebe
There is what seems to be a leucistic grebe among the raft at the San Lorenzo river mouth. It appears completely white except for its orangish eyes and bright yellow orange bill suggesting it may be a Clark’s. The size and shape are the same as every other grebe’s. I first saw it earlier from the SC wharf, then checked from the East Cliff overlook to make sure It really was a grebe. Another leucistic first for me for sure.

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Date: 1/2/18 3:44 pm
From: Shirley Murphy <smurphbird...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Flycatchrr
Saw a female vermilion flycatcher st Merced wildlife reserve about noon

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Date: 1/2/18 3:40 pm
From: Elizabeth Van Dyke <drvandyke9...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Year of the Bird
To mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Geographic is partnering with the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to celebrate the "Year of the Bird” to bring attention and help for the protection of birds. There will be articles and initiatives throughout the year. Thomas Lovejoy said “if you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems of the world”.

If you want more information about the “Year of the Bird” see the January 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. Another article in this edition is titled “Flight Paths” in which photographer/videographer Xavi Bou captures the flight patterns of birds.

Treat yourself and go online to nationalgeographic.com and search for "Why Birds Matter, and Are Worth Protecting” for an article by Jonathan Franzen, and stunning photographs by Joel Sartore (The Photo Ark, Birds of the Photo Ark).

According to the National Geographic web site, “Planet of the Birds” will air on January 19 on Nat Geo WILD.

I am gratified to see birds and related conservation issues gaining positive momentum in the media.

Happy birding,

Elizabeth Van Dyke
Santa Cruz

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Date: 1/2/18 11:35 am
From: Bob Ramer <rjramer...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Mystery Kingbird
One of the more interesting birds reported on the Moss Landing CBC was a
kingbird that wasn't identified to species. During the 42 years that we've
done this count, we have reported Tropical Kingbirds 13 times, and this is
the only kingbird that we would expect in Santa Cruz County during the
winter (although Cassin's Kingbirds may be seen in San Benito County during
the winter months). So if anyone would like to follow up and see if they can
locate this bird, here are some directions.



Go north on Green Valley Road beyond the intersection with Paulsen Road.
Within a quarter of a mile, several side roads take off to the right. The
kingbird was seen in the neighborhood between Doering Lane and Littleway
Lane. (These are the first roads after Trembly Lane.) If you are lucky
enough to find the bird and identify it, I would greatly appreciate hearing
about it.



Thanks and happy birding,



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Date: 1/2/18 11:22 am
From: Bob Ramer <rjramer...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Moss Landing CBC: Preliminary Results
A beautiful day weather-wise on New Year's Day yielded a tentative total of
193 species for the ML CBC. Birds that were reported which aren't on the
master list included:



Tundra Swan: seen on one of the marshes in the Kirby Park area

Common Merganser: seen at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Cattle Egret: which, I believe, was seen at the Moonglow Dairy

Cassin's Auklet: seen by the pelagic boat party in both Santa Cruz and
Monterey counties

Black-legged Kittiwake: seen at the Pajaro River mouth

Kingbird, sp. : seen between Doering Lane and Littleway Lane (side streets
off Green Valley Road near the Pinto Lake County Park)

Nashville Warbler: seen on the Packard Ranch bordering Elkhorn Slough



We would like to extend a special thank-you to Joe Mancino for taking the
Slough Safari boat up Elkhorn Slough and to Jim Chrismann for taking his
boat offshore to look for pelagic species. And another round of thanks to
all the participants who took part in this year's count. Finally, the
biggest round of praise goes to Ricky Warriner for hosting the countdown
dinner. Ricky's daughter noted that Ricky has just celebrated her 90th
birthday, which means she's spent almost half of her New Year's Days
providing food and beverages for us folks who prefer birds over football
games. THANK YOU, Ricky!



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Date: 1/2/18 9:23 am
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SBT COUNTY: SAGE THRASHER
Howdy, Birders,

Yesterday, January 1, 2018, I found a SAGE THRASHER near Tres Pinos (town). Tres Pinos is an eBird hot spot because the town is so small. Please use that hot spot to report the thrasher. There is small store, gas, and a couple of restaurants available in town.

eBird checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41540687 <https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41540687>

Tres Pinos is locate just 12 minutes south of Hollister along Route 25, about 7 miles. At the southeast end of town, turn west (just prior to reaching the church) and go down the hill to an electrical power station. It is a triangular area of several unmarked roads. There is a blue pipe that is leaking/dripping water (photo in checklist above). Birds were coming to sip at the pipe, including this thrasher.

I used my car as a blind. Stepping out of my car to get a better image was a mistake as the birds flew away. It is likely that the thrasher is still around, however.

Almost all Sage Thrasher records in San Benito County have been of individuals in the Panoche Valley area. There are two additional records away from Panoche Valley: one individual along Santa Ana Valley Road about 1997 found by Sam Fitton and one individual along Brown’s Valley Road on February 13, 2015 which I found: (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S21909983 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S21909983>)

A CASSIN’S KINGBIRD was also present in Tres Pinos on January 1, as well as two CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS at Marantha Drive pond: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41540490 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41540490>. One of those two kingbirds was constantly calling. These Cassin’s Kingbirds have settled in for the winter at locations that are used year after year. Search eBird for more recent records near/in Hollister. One kingbird winters only a couple of blocks from my home: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41218359 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41218359>. Migrant Cassin’s Kingbirds begin arriving in February.

If you find the Sage Thrasher, please report it on eBird and list serves, if possible. Thank you.

Happy Trails & Happy New Year to all!
Debi


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Date: 1/1/18 12:11 pm
From: David Wilhelm <david.wilhelm...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] EURASIAN WIGEON
There is a EURASIAN WIGEON at Pinto lake. Seen out at the cove near the 15th hole looking at the boardwalk side or the NE side. It is just hanging around with some other Wigeons.

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Date: 1/1/18 11:04 am
From: Lorrie Klosterman <loklosterman...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Ospreys at Schwan Lagoon, Santa Cruz
This morning 2 ospreys have been calling, fishing (successfully) just off
Santa Cruz Harbor, and perching in eucalyptus by the harbor beach and
adjacent Schwan Lagoon. Still there at 11a.m.

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Date: 1/1/18 6:04 am
From: James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] White-throated Sparrows
On Saturday, 12/31/17 at 11:45AM observed a Tan-striped and a White-striped
White-throated Sparrow in a mixed flock at the pond with the cattails at
the far end of Roaring Camp.

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Date: 12/31/17 5:17 pm
From: Don Roberson <Creagrus...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MTY highlights updated
The Monterey County bird highlight page is now updated and concluded to the end of 2017, at
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTY_2017c.html

As always, the photographic contributions of others is much appreciated: Bill Hill, Paul Fenwick, Blake Matheson, and Brook Knowles for this update. In addition, as always, Rita Carratello has found many editorial errors and typos.

It has now been 20 years since I first did a MTY county update page. The project was initially conceived as a once-a-year annual update but eventually grew into seasonal reports with the rise of digital photography. Each update is a lot of work and perhaps 20 years is enough. I haven't quite decided whether to cut back or just conclude this project. I do use the pages as a historical record to fill in after the publication of "Monterey Birds, 2d" in 2002. However, new media is now available, and a larger chunk of local bird data is available on eBird. So we'll see how it goes but there some nice birds in this update!

Thanks, Don



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Date: 12/30/17 5:42 pm
From: The Terrills <lszterrill...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Waterthrush
The Louisiana Waterthrush continued today. We viewed it with others around 1:15 pm between the highway bridge and the pedestrian bridge. The location was visible from the pedestrian bridge, though challenging due to infrastructure. It was easier to view from the river path on the south side - looking across to the bird foraging on the bank of the north side of the river.

Cheers~
Linda & Scott Terrill

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Date: 12/30/17 4:57 pm
From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz Bird Club Albatross newsletter
Hello Birders,

The online, color version of the Albatross newsletter is now available on
the Santa Cruz Bird Club website.

Please note that the printed version mistakenly has January 22 as the date
for a SC Bird Club meeting, when in fact, it is February 22nd. It is the
last item in the Events Calendar. SCBC Meetings will be January 25th and
February 22nd.

I recommend you download the pdf rather than view online, unless you view
in a Internet Explorer browser. I hope you enjoy.

Happy New Year to All!
-Lisa

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Date: 12/30/17 12:43 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Waterthrush
12/30/17
Has anyone seen the Louisiana Waterthrush since the last report?

Anne Spence sent by my iPhone

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Date: 12/30/17 12:27 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: Fwd: [MBBIRDS] Black-and-White Warbler
Correction: just west of Alta, not Plateau.
Sharon

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> Still in Bethany Curve Park. At the moment, the bird is just west of Plateau Ave in a big multi-trunked tree between a home & the little stream.
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Date: 12/30/17 12:23 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Black-and-White Warbler
Still in Bethany Curve Park. At the moment, the bird is just west of Plateau Ave in a big multi-trunked tree between a home & the little stream.
Sharon Hull
Santa Cruz

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Date: 12/30/17 12:09 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
I don't know for sure, but since the Lands Pass is for state lands and the Duck Stamp is for federal lands, I would assume one does not substitute for the other.


Kent Johnson

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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass

When I bought the Lands Pass earlier this month, she told me it was good through December 2018. I'm currently crammed into an airplane seat, and can't get to my wallet, but I'll double-check that later and get back to you. Elkhorn was selling both one-day and annual passes.

I don't know what the relationship is between the Lands Pass and the duckstamps, but I'll look into it.

Jim

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...><mailto:<leejaffe54...>> wrote:
James,

That's good to know. Did you get a one-day pass or annual? Do they sell both. I'd wondered how it worked with Elkhorn Slough, since they already charged fees for entry. (Maybe that was a Lands Pass all along?) I suppose those places with offices or kiosks can manage the pass business. Yolo is going to be a mess until the word gets out since there is no office or kiosk. Ironically, when I first got there on the 25th, it was closed completely (the upper gate was locked with a sign "no entry by car or on foot") but I could see people walking there with their big Black Lab, off leash chasing birds. When I went back on the 26th, my wife confronted a family with 3 off-leash terriers chasing birds. I wonder if they will be as good at enforcing Lands Passes as they are about monitoring the no dogs rule.

Lee



On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...><mailto:<jamaughn...>> wrote:
For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over. Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.

Jim

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...><mailto:<leejaffe54...>> wrote:
I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.

I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful, except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily, someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan. 1.

While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed), there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these locations, if that applies.)

The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else in your party.

For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass

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Date: 12/30/17 11:55 am
From: John Sterling <jsterling...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
Yolo currently has no manager. The last one left two months ago.

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> On Dec 30, 2017, at 11:13 AM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>
> James,
>
> That's good to know. Did you get a one-day pass or annual? Do they sell both. I'd wondered how it worked with Elkhorn Slough, since they already charged fees for entry. (Maybe that was a Lands Pass all along?) I suppose those places with offices or kiosks can manage the pass business. Yolo is going to be a mess until the word gets out since there is no office or kiosk. Ironically, when I first got there on the 25th, it was closed completely (the upper gate was locked with a sign "no entry by car or on foot") but I could see people walking there with their big Black Lab, off leash chasing birds. When I went back on the 26th, my wife confronted a family with 3 off-leash terriers chasing birds. I wonder if they will be as good at enforcing Lands Passes as they are about monitoring the no dogs rule.
>
> Lee
>
>
>
>> On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...> wrote:
>> For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over. Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>>> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>>>
>>> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful, except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily, someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan. 1.
>>>
>>> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed), there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these locations, if that applies.)
>>>
>>> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else in your party.
>>>
>>> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
>>> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
>>>
>>> Lee Jaffe
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Date: 12/30/17 11:39 am
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
When I bought the Lands Pass earlier this month, she told me it was good
through December 2018. I'm currently crammed into an airplane seat, and
can't get to my wallet, but I'll double-check that later and get back to
you. Elkhorn was selling both one-day and annual passes.

I don't know what the relationship is between the Lands Pass and the
duckstamps, but I'll look into it.

Jim

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:

> James,
>
> That's good to know. Did you get a one-day pass or annual? Do they sell
> both. I'd wondered how it worked with Elkhorn Slough, since they already
> charged fees for entry. (Maybe that was a Lands Pass all along?) I
> suppose those places with offices or kiosks can manage the pass business.
> Yolo is going to be a mess until the word gets out since there is no office
> or kiosk. Ironically, when I first got there on the 25th, it was closed
> completely (the upper gate was locked with a sign "no entry by car or on
> foot") but I could see people walking there with their big Black Lab, off
> leash chasing birds. When I went back on the 26th, my wife confronted a
> family with 3 off-leash terriers chasing birds. I wonder if they will be
> as good at enforcing Lands Passes as they are about monitoring the no dogs
> rule.
>
> Lee
>
>
>
> On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...>
> wrote:
>
>> For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from
>> the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing
>> license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I
>> purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty
>> amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required
>> info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the
>> process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over.
>> Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.
>>
>> Jim
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being
>>> required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly
>>> free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago
>>> describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the
>>> Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>>>
>>> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
>>> outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were
>>> required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the
>>> spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful,
>>> except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily,
>>> someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes
>>> discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan.
>>> 1.
>>>
>>> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands
>>> Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed),
>>> there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site
>>> you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one
>>> when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these
>>> locations, if that applies.)
>>>
>>> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be
>>> purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to
>>> your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for
>>> yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park
>>> passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else
>>> in your party.
>>>
>>> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
>>> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
>>>
>>> Lee Jaffe
>>>
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Date: 12/30/17 11:37 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Continuing Louisiana Waterthrush
The LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was re-found this morning around 9:45am by Kent Van Vuren, just upstream from the pedestrian bridge near Big Sur Lodge. The bird was initially foraging on the rocks along the waters edge at the north side of river, but later flew to the south side, approximately 50 meters upstream from the bridge.

Good birding, and Happy New Year!

David Nickerson
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Date: 12/30/17 11:13 am
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
James,

That's good to know. Did you get a one-day pass or annual? Do they sell
both. I'd wondered how it worked with Elkhorn Slough, since they already
charged fees for entry. (Maybe that was a Lands Pass all along?) I
suppose those places with offices or kiosks can manage the pass business.
Yolo is going to be a mess until the word gets out since there is no office
or kiosk. Ironically, when I first got there on the 25th, it was closed
completely (the upper gate was locked with a sign "no entry by car or on
foot") but I could see people walking there with their big Black Lab, off
leash chasing birds. When I went back on the 26th, my wife confronted a
family with 3 off-leash terriers chasing birds. I wonder if they will be
as good at enforcing Lands Passes as they are about monitoring the no dogs
rule.

Lee



On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...> wrote:

> For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from
> the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing
> license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I
> purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty
> amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required
> info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the
> process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over.
> Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.
>
> Jim
>
> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>
>> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being
>> required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly
>> free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago
>> describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the
>> Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>>
>> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
>> outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were
>> required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the
>> spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful,
>> except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily,
>> someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes
>> discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan.
>> 1.
>>
>> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands
>> Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed),
>> there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site
>> you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one
>> when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these
>> locations, if that applies.)
>>
>> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be
>> purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to
>> your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for
>> yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park
>> passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else
>> in your party.
>>
>> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
>> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
>>
>> Lee Jaffe
>>
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Date: 12/30/17 7:13 am
From: Cliff Bixler <clifford.bixler50...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
Do Lands Passes take the place of a Duck Stamp?
Are they good or required at all NWRs?
Cliff Bixler

On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:43 AM, James Maughn <jamaughn...> wrote:

> For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from
> the person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing
> license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I
> purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty
> amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required
> info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the
> process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over.
> Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.
>
> Jim
>
> On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:
>
>> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being
>> required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly
>> free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago
>> describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the
>> Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>>
>> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
>> outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were
>> required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the
>> spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful,
>> except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily,
>> someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes
>> discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan.
>> 1.
>>
>> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands
>> Pass program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed),
>> there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site
>> you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one
>> when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these
>> locations, if that applies.)
>>
>> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be
>> purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to
>> your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for
>> yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park
>> passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else
>> in your party.
>>
>> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
>> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
>>
>> Lee Jaffe
>>
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Date: 12/30/17 5:43 am
From: James Maughn <jamaughn...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
For what it's worth, I was able to buy the new Lands Pass directly from the
person at the check-in counter at Elkhorn Slough. Much like a fishing
license, it takes a while,but you can get it the same day. When I
purchased mine at Elkhorn, the woman behind the counter kept up a pretty
amusing running commentary about the ridiculousness of some of the required
info, and the antiquatedness of the machinery. It at least made the
process entertaining, and I was able to go look for birds when it was over.
Plus, they have great rubber CA Tiger Salamanders in the gift shop.

Jim

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...> wrote:

> I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being
> required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly
> free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago
> describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the
> Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.
>
> I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
> outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were
> required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the
> spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful,
> except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily,
> someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes
> discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan.
> 1.
>
> While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands Pass
> program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed),
> there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site
> you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one
> when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these
> locations, if that applies.)
>
> The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be
> purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to
> your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for
> yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park
> passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else
> in your party.
>
> For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
>
> Lee Jaffe
>
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Date: 12/29/17 11:56 pm
From: Lee Jaffe <leejaffe54...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lands Pass
I'm not sure if this has been shared generally but passes are being
required for a growing number of CA wildlife areas which were formerly
free. I'd seen an article in the SF Chronicle a couple of weeks ago
describing the new Lands Pass program, highlighting the addition of the
Woodbridge (Sandhill Crane) Ecological Reserve to the program.

I was still surprised when I arrived at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
outside of Sacramento earlier this week to find a sign saying passes were
required. There was no kiosk or other means of obtaining a pass on the
spot and the phone number and Web site listed on the sign were not helpful,
except to let us know that you can't get a pass the same day. Luckily,
someone else in the same predicament had already spent 20 minutes
discovering that the requirement didn't go into effect at Yolo until Jan.
1.

While the only locale in the Monterey Bay region covered by the Lands Pass
program is Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (as far as I've noticed),
there's a fairly long list and you might be surprised to show up at a site
you've visited before to find a pass required... and no way to obtain one
when you are there. (Hunting and Fishing licenses are valid at these
locations, if that applies.)

The annual Lands Pass is not expensive ($25.10 for 2018) and can be
purchased online. They warn you that it takes 15 days. They are keyed to
your state ID (e.g., driver's license) and you can buy only one for
yourself. You need a pass for each person, not per vehicle like park
passes. One-day guest passes can be purchased (in advance) for anyone else
in your party.

For more information, and to purchase a pass, see the following page.
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass

Lee Jaffe

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Date: 12/29/17 8:44 pm
From: 'Lisa Sheridan' via mbbirds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipped on the dipper but.....

I finally made it out to Henry Cowell to search for the Dipper but no go. I could actually see my breath around 9AM
along the river. I'm guessing that the Dipper might like to hang out there once it warms up a bit and the bugs begin to move in the water.


There were several Brown Creepers at arms length as I entered the trail near the bridge. Further up the trail on the way to Graham Hill Road was a domestic type Muscovy Duck preening in the river.
Although I got a few great shots of the Creepers, being just inches away, I wanted to share my fun pics from Spring Lakes Mobile Home.


I went in search of the Trumpeter Swans but was pleasantly surprised to find a handful of cooperative other birds with a fantastic photographic reflection opportunity. A female Hooded Merganser was a surprise but all the birds looked amazing with water colored reflections around them.


I didn't post the Trumpet Swans because I wasn't quite sure what category to put them in.


I'm hoping to go back soon as this was just too much fun!


Here is an ebird list with photos
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41419276


Happy New Year to you all,

Lisa Sheridan










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Date: 12/29/17 7:39 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] partially leucistic California Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz's East Side
As promised, I have now added to my ebird report a few photos of the
interesting partially leucistic CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY initially found by
another birder. See http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41410899.
He/she was associating with another jay today, that one normal in
coloration. While I was there, they were perching (and mostly hiding) in
the big shrubby Cape Honeysuckle by the front fence at 414 Darwin St. (The
ebird report insisted on using the location of 418 Darwin but 414 is
correct.)



Sharon Hull

Santa Cruz

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Date: 12/29/17 2:13 pm
From: Phil Brown <pdpbrown...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Shell Road Ross's Goose
Elisabeth Forest and I found a Ross's Goose in a flock of Greater
White-Fronted Geese in the ag fields just to the West of the Shell Road and
Beach Road junction this morning.
Phil Brown

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Date: 12/29/17 1:46 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: Fwd: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic Scrub Jay
The partially leucistic CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY reported earlier is in a dense tree/shrub by the front fence at 414 Darwin at the moment. He remains only partly visible, making photos difficult but I will post what I managed to get once I am home this evening. It appears that the top of head & wings are blue & the rest white. Striking bird!
Sharon Hull
Santa Cruz


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> I saw a leucistic Scrub Jay on Darwin Street, near the intersection of Broadway in Santa Cruz at 8:30 this morning. It was a beautiful bird, pure white with normal, blue wings. Sorry, but I didn't get a picture.
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Date: 12/29/17 11:08 am
From: David Apgar <D_Apgar...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Wilder Ranch Pacific Golden-Plover
Perhaps a prior post-prandial overflight by a fellow surf scoter?


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I meant to add that there was an odd male Surf Scoter just off the beach, with a white patch on one wing. It was definitely a Surf and not a White-winged; the mark was larger and positioned differently, and everything else about it was Surf-like. I am not sure if it was a partial albino or if something else was the cause.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek


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The bird found by Emma Arul on the CBC (maybe the same one seen there early in the Fall?) is still there on the beach.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Date: 12/28/17 11:29 pm
From: David Wilhelm <david.wilhelm...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Moss Landing CBC
Sorry for spamming the whole list, but who do I contact to get on the Moss CBC on the 1st.

--Dave

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Date: 12/28/17 9:26 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] SC American Dipper Story (photos buried in there somewhere)
Hi birders,

First, HUGE thanks to Randy W. and Norman U.

As I was driving home from dipping on the Louisiana Waterthrush (3 times
is not the charm) in Big Sur this morning, I got a message from Norman,
via Randy that there was a Santa Cruz AMERICAN DIPPER at Henry Cowell,
Zayante Trail. The only problem was that it was around 11am and I'm
driving slowly through traffic in Carmel. (I swear officer, I was NOT
texting. I was only checking email on my phone when traffic stopped...)

Back to the dipper, I've chased this species a few times. I saw it once
on a SC CBC many years ago, but my memory was so sketchy that I had not
entered it in ebird.

Anyways, I got to the designated Dipper spot around 12:25pm, and
relatively quickly found the AMERICAN DIPPER. Joy! Well sort off.. of
course I had left all my photography equipment in the car. It improves
my odds of finding rarities. Back I ran a quarter mile to get all the
gear. Loaded up, I ran back to the bird and... saw multiple BLACK
PHOEBES, RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, TOWNSENDS WARBLERS, and YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS, flycatching over the river... but no sign of the dipper.
Resigned, I decided to try to photograph a RUBY CROWNED KINGLET
flycatching, or displaying its crest, or something! But dippers are kind
birds, and this one decided to re-appear. Now the real fun began.

I tried to photograph this bird in shadow far away. It did not help that
I almost completely ruined my big lens by bouncing it on cement (NOT
recommended by the manufacturer) down in Big Sur, and hence dented the
edge that connects to the camera. This makes it hard to attach the
camera or teleconverter due to the really tight fit. To add insult to
injury, the GPS on the camera refused triangulate. Oh, and did I mention
that once I got the teleconverter on the camera, it jammed and refused
to come off?

Anyways, there I was photographing the AMERICAN DIPPER in my home county
hoping that everything would come together, sort off. But the birding
gods are kind sometimes. The dipper moved closer, the harsh bright light
allowed a higher shutter speed even in shadow so... a few images of the
Santa Cruz county AMERICAN DIPPPER:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/dipper_american_171228b.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/dipper_american_171228a.jpg

And yes, just before I left, I managed to pry the teleconverter off the
lens. And the in-camera GPS helpfully triangulated, once I had
everything taken apart.

Good birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Date: 12/28/17 7:35 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Wilder Ranch Pacific Golden-Plover
I meant to add that there was an odd male Surf Scoter just off the beach, with a white patch on one wing. It was definitely a Surf and not a White-winged; the mark was larger and positioned differently, and everything else about it was Surf-like. I am not sure if it was a partial albino or if something else was the cause.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek


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The bird found by Emma Arul on the CBC (maybe the same one seen there early in the Fall?) is still there on the beach.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Date: 12/28/17 7:29 pm
From: Kent <kentjohnson...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Wilder Ranch Pacific Golden-Plover
The bird found by Emma Arul on the CBC (maybe the same one seen there early in the Fall?) is still there on the beach.


Kent Johnson

Boulder Creek

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Date: 12/28/17 6:17 pm
From: <cpanofsky...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Leucistic Scrub Jay
I saw a leucistic Scrub Jay on Darwin Street, near the intersection of
Broadway in Santa Cruz at 8:30 this morning. It was a beautiful bird, pure
white with normal, blue wings. Sorry, but I didn't get a picture.

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Date: 12/27/17 11:48 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Dipping with an Am. Dipper
Hi birders,

Well, we did it again. Dipped on the Louisiana Waterthrush reported down
in Big Sur Wed. 12/27/17.

However, our consolation prize was a very cooperative AMERICAN DIPPER
that put on a great show for us. A couple of images:

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/dipper_american_171227b.jpg

http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/dipper_american_171227d.jpg

Full ebird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41367889

Good birding,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA

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Date: 12/27/17 10:28 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Mty Peninsula Christmas Bird Count: 12/27, Prelim. Results
Greetings

Our 118 annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held today on the Monterey
Peninsula under mild, dry conditions. Our preliminary count total is 184- 4
birds above or 25 year average of 180 birds. Highlights included:
FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL from the Point Pinos Seawatch; a TUFTED PUFFIN
from our CBC Boat; 2 SUMMER TANAGERS in Pacific Grove, including a male
spending its 5th winter; a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER near Asilomar Rocky
Shores, and our YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, spending its second winter at Laguna
Grande Park. Many thanks to all who participated, who made dinner, and to
Dr. Ron Branson, for whom this was his 57th consecutive Christmas Bird
Count.

Wishing you bird-rich New Year,

Blake

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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: 12/27/17 7:57 am
From: <CALLMaster...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
Mailbox 6000->6200.
Received a 28 second message 12/27/2017 at 07:57:07.
<Null> called from (559) <567-6005...>

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Date: 12/26/17 2:27 pm
From: Heidi Sandkuhle <mrskuhle...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lousiana Waterthrush at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Monterey Co.
Pat Mahoney (from Hayward), Richard and I had better luck today finding the
LOUSIANA WATERTHRUSH in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
As we stood on the pedestrian bridge just past the Day Parking Lot #1 in
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ($10 entry fee), Pat noticed movement down at
the water. I called Dipper, but after locating the bird in my binoculars it
was the waterthrush! We had plenty of time to enjoy this bird before it
bathed in the river, then flew off to the side. We did not spot it again.
Richard and I had first searched below the ped. bridge that is nearest to
the Big Sur Lodge, even walking down the Buzzard Roost trail until it
started to leave the water's edge and head uphill. We then went back to the
Nature Center/Ranger cottage--both closed--to search up stream a bit. We
ran into Pat, and she suggested that 3 sets of eyes were better odds, and we
then kept looking until we spotted it from the bridge.
Beautiful bird, and it didn't seem to mind all the people in the picnic area
and on the trails.
Hope it sticks around so that all can see it.
Richard and I started out from Watsonville about 8:30 this morning and saw
the bird about 11:30-noon.
Good luck,
Heidi Sandkuhle
Corralitos

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Sent: Monday, December 25, 2017 8:21 PM
To: <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lousiana Waterthrush at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Monterey
Co.

All,

A number of us looked for the L. Waterthrush today.

No luck.

We checked as far as the path goes along the river in both directions
around 1pm for about 1.5 hours. There was a gentleman before us that had
checked for about 3 hours.

I suspect that one of the many cliches about dipping could apply:
"The bird could be anywhere."
"You've got to chase it early in the morning."
"The bird moved on due to all the birders, people, dogs, etc. along the
river.."
"The bird..."

Maybe the bird will show again, and if it does, I'll be tempted to try
again.

But in the meantime, I'm not aware of anybody seeing it today.

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


On 12/24/17 3:33 PM, Don Roberson wrote:
> A Louisiana Waterthrush found mid-day yesterday by visitor David Dovalina
> at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP in Monterey County continued today throughout the
> morning. Yesterday it was seen perhaps 50m downstream of the Hwy 1 bridge
> over the Big Sur River. Today it was always upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge
> but it continued to forage along the north bank of the Big Sur River and
> continued to work downstream during the morning; it could be west of the
> Hwy 1 bridge by the afternoon.
>
> There is a largeish parking area at the north end of the Highway 1 bridge
> over the Big Sur River on the west side of the road. There is a paved
> parking lot for the Big Sur Inn directly across the road on the east side
> of Hwy 1 -- that lot can be reached by entering the Pfeiffer Big Sur
> entrance road but taking the first right into the Big Sur Inn parking lot
> (if you continue straight you get to the entrance gate to the State Park
> and have to pay to get into the park).
>
> You want to be on the south side of the Big Sur River to look for the
> waterthrush. There are two access points. First, you can walk south on
> walkways adjacent to Highway 1 to the south end of the bridge, and then go
> under the bridge on a very steep rough trail. Second, and much easier, is
> to walk across Hwy 1 on the north side to the parking lot of Big Sur Inn
> and find the pedestrian bridge across the Big Sur River at the east side
> of Big Sur Inn. You can easily see this pedestrian bridge from the Hwy 1
> bridge. Walk to the south side of river, bear left and loop on wide dirt
> road until you reach a Nature Center on the south side of the river. Just
> before (west of) the Nature Center there is a nice hiking trail labeled
> "Buzzards Roost Trail." Follow it down to the Big Sur River until you are
> on the south bank of the river, on the trail. Today the waterthrush was
> first seen upstream of this spot, where there is a series of cement blocks
> for a low water access across the river (but the river is higher now) that
> are basically behind the Nature Center. When we were there the
> waterthrush was downstream right where Buzzards Roost Trail reached the
> south bank of the river. The trail continues west under the south end of
> the Pedestrian Bridge and then farther west under the south end of Highway
> 1 and on towards the west. By late morning the waterthrush was still on
> the north bank of the river but halfway between the Pedestrian Bridge and
> Hwy 1.
>
> [All this discussion is about the Pedestrian Bridge that goes from Big Sur
> Lodge to near the Nature Center. There is yet a second Pedestrian Bridge
> farther upstream (east) and then a third bridge for cars going into the
> campground. Although you could pay money and drive to the Campground and
> the Nature Center, there is little point in doing so, because there is no
> parking there.]
>
> Although the waterthrush is foraging actively along the north bank of the
> river (at least while we were there) it can be hard to spot among the many
> rocks and fallen leaves. Watch for movement. The waterthrush spends a lot
> of time flipping dead leaves, and it is bobbing in a up-down-circling
> motion almost all the time. We did see it fly and disappear twice. Once
> it flew up into a dense tree on the north side and totally disappeared.
> You would not find it if perched. But within 15 minutes it had flown a
> bit downstream, giving a loud, scratchy, 'chiz-zit' call and disappeared
> into some tangles. [Other heard a different single-note call as well].
> Later it reappeared at river's edge between the Pedestrian bridge and Hwy
> 1. Later it flew again downstream towards Highway 1.
>
> The bird seems content and calm, and when along the north bank of the
> river it was foraging actively. Apparently others saw it fly to the south
> side of the river as well. Please do not disturb this interesting bird.
> Please do not walk in the river. Please do not walk on the north bank
> where there is no trail. If undisturbed, it might winter.
>
> Early in the morning others had a Dipper and Varied Thrush in the
> vicinity; we had Golden-crowned Kinglets along Buzzards Roost Trail just
> west of Hwy 1 bridge.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Don Roberson and Rita Carratello
> Pacific Grove CA
> http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
>
>
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Date: 12/25/17 8:22 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Lousiana Waterthrush at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Monterey Co.
All,

A number of us looked for the L. Waterthrush today.

No luck.

We checked as far as the path goes along the river in both directions
around 1pm for about 1.5 hours. There was a gentleman before us that had
checked for about 3 hours.

I suspect that one of the many cliches about dipping could apply:
"The bird could be anywhere."
"You've got to chase it early in the morning."
"The bird moved on due to all the birders, people, dogs, etc. along the
river.."
"The bird..."

Maybe the bird will show again, and if it does, I'll be tempted to try
again.

But in the meantime, I'm not aware of anybody seeing it today.

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


On 12/24/17 3:33 PM, Don Roberson wrote:
> A Louisiana Waterthrush found mid-day yesterday by visitor David Dovalina at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP in Monterey County continued today throughout the morning. Yesterday it was seen perhaps 50m downstream of the Hwy 1 bridge over the Big Sur River. Today it was always upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge but it continued to forage along the north bank of the Big Sur River and continued to work downstream during the morning; it could be west of the Hwy 1 bridge by the afternoon.
>
> There is a largeish parking area at the north end of the Highway 1 bridge over the Big Sur River on the west side of the road. There is a paved parking lot for the Big Sur Inn directly across the road on the east side of Hwy 1 -- that lot can be reached by entering the Pfeiffer Big Sur entrance road but taking the first right into the Big Sur Inn parking lot (if you continue straight you get to the entrance gate to the State Park and have to pay to get into the park).
>
> You want to be on the south side of the Big Sur River to look for the waterthrush. There are two access points. First, you can walk south on walkways adjacent to Highway 1 to the south end of the bridge, and then go under the bridge on a very steep rough trail. Second, and much easier, is to walk across Hwy 1 on the north side to the parking lot of Big Sur Inn and find the pedestrian bridge across the Big Sur River at the east side of Big Sur Inn. You can easily see this pedestrian bridge from the Hwy 1 bridge. Walk to the south side of river, bear left and loop on wide dirt road until you reach a Nature Center on the south side of the river. Just before (west of) the Nature Center there is a nice hiking trail labeled "Buzzards Roost Trail." Follow it down to the Big Sur River until you are on the south bank of the river, on the trail. Today the waterthrush was first seen upstream of this spot, where there is a series of cement blocks for a low water access across the river (but the river is higher now) that are basically behind the Nature Center. When we were there the waterthrush was downstream right where Buzzards Roost Trail reached the south bank of the river. The trail continues west under the south end of the Pedestrian Bridge and then farther west under the south end of Highway 1 and on towards the west. By late morning the waterthrush was still on the north bank of the river but halfway between the Pedestrian Bridge and Hwy 1.
>
> [All this discussion is about the Pedestrian Bridge that goes from Big Sur Lodge to near the Nature Center. There is yet a second Pedestrian Bridge farther upstream (east) and then a third bridge for cars going into the campground. Although you could pay money and drive to the Campground and the Nature Center, there is little point in doing so, because there is no parking there.]
>
> Although the waterthrush is foraging actively along the north bank of the river (at least while we were there) it can be hard to spot among the many rocks and fallen leaves. Watch for movement. The waterthrush spends a lot of time flipping dead leaves, and it is bobbing in a up-down-circling motion almost all the time. We did see it fly and disappear twice. Once it flew up into a dense tree on the north side and totally disappeared. You would not find it if perched. But within 15 minutes it had flown a bit downstream, giving a loud, scratchy, 'chiz-zit' call and disappeared into some tangles. [Other heard a different single-note call as well]. Later it reappeared at river's edge between the Pedestrian bridge and Hwy 1. Later it flew again downstream towards Highway 1.
>
> The bird seems content and calm, and when along the north bank of the river it was foraging actively. Apparently others saw it fly to the south side of the river as well. Please do not disturb this interesting bird. Please do not walk in the river. Please do not walk on the north bank where there is no trail. If undisturbed, it might winter.
>
> Early in the morning others had a Dipper and Varied Thrush in the vicinity; we had Golden-crowned Kinglets along Buzzards Roost Trail just west of Hwy 1 bridge.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Don Roberson and Rita Carratello
> Pacific Grove CA
> http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
>
>
>


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Date: 12/24/17 11:58 pm
From: Anne Spence <aspencerrt...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Hooded Oriole
12/24/17 7pm
I don’t know if this Hood Oriole female in my yard counts within the Christmas bird count time period for Moss Landing, but it’s still here.
Anne Spence
Watsonville


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Date: 12/24/17 3:34 pm
From: Don Roberson <creagrus...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Lousiana Waterthrush at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Monterey Co.
A Louisiana Waterthrush found mid-day yesterday by visitor David Dovalina at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP in Monterey County continued today throughout the morning. Yesterday it was seen perhaps 50m downstream of the Hwy 1 bridge over the Big Sur River. Today it was always upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge but it continued to forage along the north bank of the Big Sur River and continued to work downstream during the morning; it could be west of the Hwy 1 bridge by the afternoon.

There is a largeish parking area at the north end of the Highway 1 bridge over the Big Sur River on the west side of the road. There is a paved parking lot for the Big Sur Inn directly across the road on the east side of Hwy 1 -- that lot can be reached by entering the Pfeiffer Big Sur entrance road but taking the first right into the Big Sur Inn parking lot (if you continue straight you get to the entrance gate to the State Park and have to pay to get into the park).

You want to be on the south side of the Big Sur River to look for the waterthrush. There are two access points. First, you can walk south on walkways adjacent to Highway 1 to the south end of the bridge, and then go under the bridge on a very steep rough trail. Second, and much easier, is to walk across Hwy 1 on the north side to the parking lot of Big Sur Inn and find the pedestrian bridge across the Big Sur River at the east side of Big Sur Inn. You can easily see this pedestrian bridge from the Hwy 1 bridge. Walk to the south side of river, bear left and loop on wide dirt road until you reach a Nature Center on the south side of the river. Just before (west of) the Nature Center there is a nice hiking trail labeled "Buzzards Roost Trail." Follow it down to the Big Sur River until you are on the south bank of the river, on the trail. Today the waterthrush was first seen upstream of this spot, where there is a series of cement blocks for a low water access across the river (but the river is higher now) that are basically behind the Nature Center. When we were there the waterthrush was downstream right where Buzzards Roost Trail reached the south bank of the river. The trail continues west under the south end of the Pedestrian Bridge and then farther west under the south end of Highway 1 and on towards the west. By late morning the waterthrush was still on the north bank of the river but halfway between the Pedestrian Bridge and Hwy 1.

[All this discussion is about the Pedestrian Bridge that goes from Big Sur Lodge to near the Nature Center. There is yet a second Pedestrian Bridge farther upstream (east) and then a third bridge for cars going into the campground. Although you could pay money and drive to the Campground and the Nature Center, there is little point in doing so, because there is no parking there.]

Although the waterthrush is foraging actively along the north bank of the river (at least while we were there) it can be hard to spot among the many rocks and fallen leaves. Watch for movement. The waterthrush spends a lot of time flipping dead leaves, and it is bobbing in a up-down-circling motion almost all the time. We did see it fly and disappear twice. Once it flew up into a dense tree on the north side and totally disappeared. You would not find it if perched. But within 15 minutes it had flown a bit downstream, giving a loud, scratchy, 'chiz-zit' call and disappeared into some tangles. [Other heard a different single-note call as well]. Later it reappeared at river's edge between the Pedestrian bridge and Hwy 1. Later it flew again downstream towards Highway 1.

The bird seems content and calm, and when along the north bank of the river it was foraging actively. Apparently others saw it fly to the south side of the river as well. Please do not disturb this interesting bird. Please do not walk in the river. Please do not walk on the north bank where there is no trail. If undisturbed, it might winter.

Early in the morning others had a Dipper and Varied Thrush in the vicinity; we had Golden-crowned Kinglets along Buzzards Roost Trail just west of Hwy 1 bridge.

Thanks,

Don Roberson and Rita Carratello
Pacific Grove CA
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/



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Date: 12/24/17 10:42 am
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Subject: [MBBIRDS] Voicemail from CALLMaster
Hi, you have new voicemail.
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Date: 12/24/17 6:25 am
From: James P Williams <jpwilliams2007...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] late report
On 12/22 observed 3 female and 1 male HOODED MERGANSER on the SL river in
Henry Cowell Park just above the site of the summer bridge (down now
awaiting winter rain).

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Date: 12/23/17 9:09 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Varied Thrushes, Pileated Woopecker, Photos Oh My
Hi birders,

Had a phenomenal visit to Bonny Doon Nature Reserve Saturday morning.

Not only did I get my target species in the form of both male and female
VARIED THRUSHES, but a PILEATED WOODPECKER decided to join the fun, at
least for a bit of time.

A female VARIED THRUSH cooperated for this nice portrait:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/thrushes/thrush_varied_171223c.jpg

The PILEATED WOODPECKER was not quite as cooperative but it did allow a
few shots:
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/woodpecker/woodpecker_pileated_171223a.jpg
http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/woodpecker/woodpecker_pileated_171223c.jpg

Full ebird list with a few more images here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41271293

Great birding, and happy holidays,

Pete Sole'
Soquel, CA


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Date: 12/23/17 3:07 pm
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