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5/13/24 8:59 am Robert Keiffer via groups.io <rjkeiffer...> [Mendobirds] Rufous-crowned Sparrow
5/11/24 9:47 pm Peter Pyle via groups.io <ppyle...> Re: [Mendobirds] Noyo Pelagic Trip summary 11 May 24
5/11/24 9:06 pm Peter Pyle via groups.io <ppyle...> [Mendobirds] Noyo Pelagic Trip summary 11 May 24
5/9/24 4:16 pm Roger Adamson via groups.io <radamson...> [Mendobirds] Longspur at Noyo Headlands
5/9/24 2:07 pm Jessica Morton via groups.io <jessica...> [Mendobirds] LALO at Noyo
5/8/24 10:56 am Matt Franks via groups.io <mistermicrophone...> [Mendobirds] Lapland Longspur at Noyo Headlands
5/5/24 7:40 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...> [Mendobirds] Lapland Longspur / Noyo Headlands Punchbowl
5/5/24 6:27 pm Tim Bray via groups.io <tbray...> [Mendobirds] Bonaparte's Gulls and Pacific Loons
5/3/24 4:21 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...> [Mendobirds] Sarah Flaim / Hermit Warbler / Gravel Pit Rd
5/1/24 8:05 pm Roger Adamson via groups.io <radamson...> [Mendobirds] Ward Ave shorebirds
4/30/24 12:23 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...> [Mendobirds] Shorebird Migration is in Full Swing
4/29/24 6:40 pm Julia Larke via groups.io <coastlark...> Re: [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
4/29/24 3:35 pm Larry Jordan via groups.io <thelarryjordan...> Re: [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
4/28/24 8:28 pm Robert Keiffer via groups.io <rjkeiffer...> [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
4/28/24 11:43 am kent leland via groups.io <kentleland...> [Mendobirds] Long-tailed duck
4/27/24 3:37 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...> Re: [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle
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4/27/24 1:53 pm Kitty & Creek Norris via groups.io <kitty...> [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle
4/25/24 11:32 am Rain Tenaqiya 4001 Parducci Rd Ukiah, CA 95482 via groups.io <raincascadia...> [Mendobirds] Hermit Warbler
4/21/24 8:52 am Rain Tenaqiya 4001 Parducci Rd Ukiah, CA 95482 via groups.io <raincascadia...> [Mendobirds] Nashville Warbler
 
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Date: 5/13/24 8:59 am
From: Robert Keiffer via groups.io <rjkeiffer...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Sunday - 12 May 2024, Rufous-crowned Sparrows are once again singing along the Mountain House Rd (hwy 128 to Hopland road). The location is a sloping hillside with scattered coyote bushes very near the 10 MPH sign/ gravel dirt section of road. This is only about an eighth mile from Hwy 128. Two were heard singing, one photographed.
Good birding. Bob Keiffer. <rjkeiffer...> Hopland MEN CA


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Date: 5/11/24 9:47 pm
From: Peter Pyle via groups.io <ppyle...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Noyo Pelagic Trip summary 11 May 24
I forgot to mention what for some was the highlight of the trip - our
only passerine, at one of the chum slicks, about 25 miles from shore,
possibly a warbler, no, probably a sparrow, yes, possibly, no probably,
a /Spizella/, and Chipping Sparrow makes the most sense. Luckily Tim
Bray got rather incredible (under the circumstances) photos of a nice
spring-plumaged Clay-colored Sparrow!

Cheers, Peter

On 5/11/2024 9:06 PM, Peter Pyle via groups.io wrote:
> Greetings Mendobirds,
>
> Thirty-one birders had a pleasant and fun pelagic trip today with
> Captain Richard Thornton (https://anchorcharterboats.com/) on the
> Kraken. Winds were calm in the morning and picked up to moderate from
> the SW in the afternoon. The dense fog helpfully held off until about
> an hour after the trip. We went WSW to the Navarro Canyon and the
> continental slope, 18-22 miles from shore, then out into the deep
> water off the continental shelf out to 30 miles and put out two chum
> slicks.
>
> Birds were sparse at first as we traversed the 'salmon water' out to
> 15 miles off shore. The upwelling of this past week followed by two
> sunny days created a phytoplankton bloom that is good for catching
> salmon and to kick-start this summer's marine food web, but is not
> that great for in-situ birdlife. The sea surface temp (SST) was a cold
> 52 degrees F. About 15 miles from shore we began to see whales
> breaching on the horizon. We passed over a sharp break from the salmon
> water to clear blue pelagic water and the sea breeze noticeably
> warmed, as the SST shifted instantly to 56 degrees.
>
> In this area is where we encountered most of today's wildlife action:
> 80-100 feeding, spouting, breaching, spy-hopping Humpback Whales,
> included 2-3 'friendlies' that camped under the boat, fully visible in
> the clear water and gracing us with their aromatic, rainbow-inducing
> breath-spray. Accompanying this whale frenzy were some 5,000-10,000
> birds, including mostly Sooty Shearwaters but also 100's of Sabine's
> Gulls and Pink-footed Shearwaters, dozens of Black-footed Albatrosses
> and full-alternate plumaged Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, and 1-3
> each of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers,
> Laysan Albatrosses, and Northern Fulmars among the regular gulls,
> alcids, Pacific loons, and etc. It was one of those rare situations
> where there were so many birds and other stuff to look at that we
> could not find anything different, although surely there was something
> good in there. Some 200-300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins sallied and
> jumped about accompanied by a few Northern Right Whale Dolphins, and
> both species of fur seals and both species of sea lions were part of
> the fray.
>
> Birds were sparser in the deep water although the chum slicks
> attracted more Fork-tailed and Ashy Storm-Petrels. Up to 50+
> Black-footed and at least 3 Laysan Albatrosses sat and squabbled
> within feet of the boat. One of the highlights for all were the number
> of Sabine's Gulls, probably 600-800 total, all around us the entire
> day, in singles, small groups, and flocks up to 60 or so heading
> north. The great majority were in full breeding plumage but there were
> others in various stages of molt and with nearly entirely white heads,
> likely first-cycle birds (will have to analyze some of the tens of
> thousands of images and videos taken...). On the way home a small
> group of 5+ Elegant Terns passed by heading north, part of a recent,
> now-annual, and quickly increasing incursion of these up the Central
> and Northern California coast in April and May.
>
> A couple of distant possible Murphy's Petrels were the only more
> sought-after species seen (there have been much fewer of these
> encountered off our coast this spring than last spring). But all
> agreed the whale/shearwater show and 100s of breeding plumaged
> phalaropes and Sabine's Gulls made for an unforgettable trip. A full
> eBird trip report will be filed by Rob Fowler.
>
> We have an extra trip planned for Monday July 22nd, a month when
> really rare albatrosses and seabirds from the Southern Hemisphere have
> been encountered during disproportionately low offshore birding
> effort. If you are interested in joining in on this trip please
> contact Chuck Vaughn <cevaughn...>.
>
> Hope to see you out there on this or a future trip.
>
> Peter
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 5/11/24 9:06 pm
From: Peter Pyle via groups.io <ppyle...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Noyo Pelagic Trip summary 11 May 24
Greetings Mendobirds,

Thirty-one birders had a pleasant and fun pelagic trip today with
Captain Richard Thornton (https://anchorcharterboats.com/) on the
Kraken. Winds were calm in the morning and picked up to moderate from
the SW in the afternoon. The dense fog helpfully held off until about an
hour after the trip. We went WSW to the Navarro Canyon and the
continental slope, 18-22 miles from shore, then out into the deep water
off the continental shelf out to 30 miles and put out two chum slicks.

Birds were sparse at first as we traversed the 'salmon water' out to 15
miles off shore. The upwelling of this past week followed by two sunny
days creates a phytoplankton bloom that is good for catching salmon and
to kick-start this summer's marine food web, but is not that great for
in-situ birdlife. The sea surface temp (SST) was a cold 52 degrees F.
About 15 miles from shore we began to see whales breaching on the
horizon. We passed over a sharp break from the salmon water to clear
blue pelagic water and the sea breeze noticeably warmed, as the SST
shifted instantly to 56 degrees.

In this area is where we encountered most of today's wildlife action:
80-100 feeding, spouting, breaching, spy-hopping Humpback Whales,
included 2-3 'friendlies' that camped under the boat, fully visible in
the clear water and gracing us with their aromatic, rainbow-inducing
breath-spray. Accompanying this whale frenzy was some 5,000-10,000
birds, including mostly Sooty Shearwaters but also 100's of Sabine's
Gulls and Pink-footed Shearwaters, dozens of Black-footed Albatrosses
and full-alternate plumaged Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, and 1-3 each
of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Laysan
Albatrosses, and Northern Fulmars among the regular gulls, alcids,
Pacific loons, and etc. It was one of those rare situations where there
were so many birds and other stuff to look at that we could not find
anything different, although surely there was something good in there.
Some 200-300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins sallied and jumped about
accompanied by a few Northern Right Whale Dolphins, and both species of
fir seals and both species of sea lions were part of the fray.

Birds were sparser in the deep water although the chum slicks attracted
more Fork-tailed and Ashy Storm-Petrels. Up to 50+ Black-footed and at
least 3 Laysan Albatrosses sat and squabbled within feet of the boat.
One of the highlights for all were the number of Sabine's Gulls,
probably 600-800 total, all around us the entire day, in singles, small
groups, and flocks up to 60 or so heading north. The great majority were
in full breeding plumage but there were others in various stages of molt
and with nearly entirely white heads, likely first-cycle birds (will
have to analyze some of the tens of thousands of images and videos
taken...). On the way home a small group of 5+ Elegant Terns passed by
heading north, part of a recent, now-annual, and quickly increasing
incursion of these up the Central and Northern California coast in April
and May.

A couple of distant possible Murphy's Petrels were the only more
sought-after species seen (there have been much fewer of these
encountered off our coast this spring than last spring). But all agreed
the whale/shearwater show and 100s of breeding plumaged phalaropes and
Sabine's Gulls made for an unforgettable trip. A full eBird trip report
will be filed by Rob Fowler.

We have an extra trip planned for Monday July 22nd, a month when really
rare albatrosses and seabirds from the Southern Hemisphere have been
encountered during disproportionately low offshore birding effort. If
you are interested in joining in on this trip please contact Chuck
Vaughn <cevaughn...>.

Hope to see you out there on this or a future trip.

Peter




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Date: 5/9/24 4:16 pm
From: Roger Adamson via groups.io <radamson...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Longspur at Noyo Headlands
The LALO is still actively feeding near the table 200 yds west of the restrooms. 4:00 pm Thursday, 9 May.
RHA


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Date: 5/9/24 2:07 pm
From: Jessica Morton via groups.io <jessica...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] LALO at Noyo
Lapland Longspur refound at 1:15 and observed for the next hour, thanks to Matt’s excellent directions.
Bird was feeding continuously in the grass, mainly between trashcan and picnic table, moving only slightly whenever people with dogs approached.



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Date: 5/8/24 10:56 am
From: Matt Franks via groups.io <mistermicrophone...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Lapland Longspur at Noyo Headlands
The Lapland Longspur continues this morning at Noyo Headlands, between the
bathrooms and the cliffs, foraging just off the laths. Found by Lisa
Walker-Roseman this morning and spotted by several others. Beautiful
breeding male.

(39.4314487, -123.8141266)


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Date: 5/5/24 7:40 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Lapland Longspur / Noyo Headlands Punchbowl

This morning, Michael P. reported a Lapland Longspur at Noyo Headlands
near the Punchbowl at the south-westernmost corner of the park past the
bathrooms overlooking the buoy.

Good birding! He has a photo.

L Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg/Cleone


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Date: 5/5/24 6:27 pm
From: Tim Bray via groups.io <tbray...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Bonaparte's Gulls and Pacific Loons
Big flight of Bonaparte's Gulls and Pacific Loons this afternoon, going
north low over the water just offshore at Mendocino Headlands and
probably visible from any good promontory. The Gulls were strung out in
a nearly continuous line just outside the rocks and the Loons were in
loose flocks of around 20 birds every few seconds.

I didn't have my scope so couldn't tell what else was out there, but
expect Phalaropes are also going by.  Someone sent me a photo of an
injured bird in Boonville and it was a female Red-necked Phalarope in
breeding plumage.

Big colonies of Common Murres and Brandt's Cormorants on the rocks off
the north headlands at Mendocino. The Murres are crowded together in
several places and are vocalizing. Some Brandt's Cormorants are already
on nests and others are building theirs.

There were a few Brown Pelicans, including adults, on the farthest rock.

Let's hope it's another good Anchovy year!

--
Cheers,
Tim
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society <http://mendocinocoastaudubon.org/>
Ecology Hour <https://ecologyhour.wordpress.com/>
Oak & Thorn <http://oakandthorn.wordpress.com>
Facebook: Oak and Thorn <https://www.facebook.com/oakandthorn>


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Date: 5/3/24 4:21 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Sarah Flaim / Hermit Warbler / Gravel Pit Rd
Sarah Flaim reports a Hermit Warbler at the entrance to Gravel Pit Road,
2.5 mi east on Highway 20 out of Ft Bragg - at Jackson State
Demonstration Forest. She has a wonderful photo of the bird.

Lisa Walker-Roseman for Sarah Flaim, Fort Bragg


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Date: 5/1/24 8:05 pm
From: Roger Adamson via groups.io <radamson...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Ward Ave shorebirds
Easily a couple thousand shorebirds seen this morning at Ward Avenue and
north. Mostly Western Sandpipers with high numbers of Dunlin, Least
Sand, Sanderlings, and Semi-palmated Plovers. At least 10 Ruddy
Turnstones, 30-50 Whimbrel, one Marbled Godwit, a couple of Short-billed
Dowitchers, and a few Snowy Plover. They were all terrified by a young
Peregrine. Several Caspian Terns flew by and one White-Winged Scoter
made an appearance.
Roger Adamson
Fort Bragg


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Date: 4/30/24 12:23 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Shorebird Migration is in Full Swing
Hi, all!

Virgin Creek Beach saw a lot of shorebird activity early this morning -
my list:

List of shorebirds from this morning:
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Sanderling
Semipalmated Plover
Dunlin
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Black-bellied Plover
Short-billed Dowitcher
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit

It paid to go out in that horribly cold wind! I only wish I had worn a
jacket!

I didn't add Killdeer to the list. So that makes 12 total species of
shorebirds, with 11 of them being migrants

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Date: 4/29/24 6:40 pm
From: Julia Larke via groups.io <coastlark...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
Yes, super cool discovery. Their nests are rarely seen. I enjoyed this
video and article … all hail the turkey vulture!
https://www.cmnh.org/the-great-(and-gross)-turkey-vulture


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> 28 April 2024. Today I found a Turkey Vulture nest cavity in a hollow
> black oak tree. The trunk has a 1” crack near the base and I was able to
> peek at the two eggs inside. The adult had scrambled up and out of the
> cavity as I got close to the base.
> I cannot stress the importance of old decadent hollow oak trees! Good
> birding. Bob Keiffer. Hopland, Mendocino County <rjkeiffer...>
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Date: 4/29/24 3:35 pm
From: Larry Jordan via groups.io <thelarryjordan...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
That is a very cool find! And an excellent photo. Thanks for sharing that.
Larry


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> 28 April 2024. Today I found a Turkey Vulture nest cavity in a hollow
> black oak tree. The trunk has a 1” crack near the base and I was able to
> peek at the two eggs inside. The adult had scrambled up and out of the
> cavity as I got close to the base.
> I cannot stress the importance of old decadent hollow oak trees! Good
> birding. Bob Keiffer. Hopland, Mendocino County <rjkeiffer...>
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Date: 4/28/24 8:28 pm
From: Robert Keiffer via groups.io <rjkeiffer...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] TUVU nest and eggs
28 April 2024. Today I found a Turkey Vulture nest cavity in a hollow black oak tree. The trunk has a 1” crack near the base and I was able to peek at the two eggs inside. The adult had scrambled up and out of the cavity as I got close to the base.
I cannot stress the importance of old decadent hollow oak trees! Good birding. Bob Keiffer. Hopland, Mendocino County <rjkeiffer...>


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Date: 4/28/24 11:43 am
From: kent leland via groups.io <kentleland...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Long-tailed duck
Hi folks,

I finally saw the female Long-tailed Duck. It right where Lisa has seen it. When you stand on the Haul road bridge on Virgin creek look east toward the house with the American flag. Virgin Creek takes a left hand turn there. The duck is behind the bank most of the time but occasionally it will come out and be visible. It did not ever come toward the bridge when I was observing it. Good luck spotting it.

Kent

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Date: 4/27/24 3:37 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) via groups.io <feather...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle
On 2024-04-27 1:52 pm, Kitty & Creek Norris wrote:
>> Hi Folks
>>
>> We had about 50-60 hungry hummingbirds arrive around first week of
>> March.We had 6 feeders out, and were refilling them like busy
>> caterers.
>> They left, en masse, around 20-22 of April.
>> We normally spend Mid-March - October-ish catering to these little
>> ones, and this was a surprise.
>> What is happening at your places? Did they show up at yours?
>>
>> Kitty &Creek
>> SW of Willits


I had several at mine and they always disappear at the same time of year
- they are nesting, or have moved off to different areas for nesting
season. They will be back. This time of year they are hunting more
insects and are more interested in natural food sources for their
babies.

Hope this helps!

Lisa Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg/Cleone

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Date: 4/27/24 3:03 pm
From: darliss60 via groups.io <darliss60...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle
Just as the Manzanita started to bloom we had three or four Rufus hanging out for two or three days. We get an occasional Anna's that are hit and miss at best. Where we live in Brooktrails it's nearly a bird free area. Our Yard List is pitiful.Luck!F and D Sanderson Brooktrails 
On Sat, Apr 27, 2024 at 2:42 PM, Sarah via groups.io<redwoodsinger...> wrote: Same here 2 miles east of Fort Bragg…I have 2 Rufus and maybe 1 Anna’s!  This has happened other years but not so quickly and down to almost none!  Ours usually increased in Oct/November as well briefly before winter…
Sarah, PT


On Apr 27, 2024, at 1:52 PM, Kitty & Creek Norris <kitty...> wrote:







Hi Folks

We had about 50-60 hungry hummingbirds arrive around first week of March.We had 6 feeders out, and were refilling them like busy caterers.
They left, en masse, around 20-22 of April. 
We normally spend Mid-March - October-ish catering to these little ones, and this was a surprise.
What is happening at your places? Did they show up at yours? 

Kitty &Creek
SW of Willits




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Date: 4/27/24 2:42 pm
From: Sarah via groups.io <redwoodsinger...>
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle
 

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Date: 4/27/24 1:53 pm
From: Kitty & Creek Norris via groups.io <kitty...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Hummingbirds puzzle


Hi Folks

We had about 50-60 hungry hummingbirds arrive around first week of March.We had 6 feeders out, and were refilling them like busy caterers.
They left, en masse, around 20-22 of April.
We normally spend Mid-March - October-ish catering to these little ones, and this was a surprise.
What is happening at your places? Did they show up at yours?

Kitty &Creek
SW of Willits



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Date: 4/25/24 11:32 am
From: Rain Tenaqiya 4001 Parducci Rd Ukiah, CA 95482 via groups.io <raincascadia...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Hermit Warbler
I got to see and hear an adult male hermit warbler high in the interior live oak next to my house northwest of Ukiah this morning.

Rain


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Date: 4/21/24 8:52 am
From: Rain Tenaqiya 4001 Parducci Rd Ukiah, CA 95482 via groups.io <raincascadia...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Nashville Warbler
I've had a Nashville warbler the last two days at my home northwest of Ukiah, singing high in the oaks.

Rain


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