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2/21/19 9:43 am Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...> [northbaybirds] ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD building a nest this morning
2/20/19 6:39 pm Doug Shaw <dougshaw09...> Re: [northbaybirds] Local interest: Ferruginous Hawk near town of Bodega
2/20/19 6:31 pm Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...> [northbaybirds] Dark-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK
2/20/19 11:25 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] 1) Gull Update: Sightings &, Also, Roe Deposition Event, Per Below CDFW Update; 2) Recent Spp. @ Las Gallinas, San Rafael, Marin Co.
2/19/19 9:03 pm Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...> [northbaybirds] Local interest: Ferruginous Hawk near town of Bodega
2/16/19 12:35 pm Rowena DeMayo <rowenademayo...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
2/15/19 9:09 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence @ Las Gallinas: Violet-Green Swallow, Tree Swallow, & Barn Owl
2/14/19 9:21 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence (PHOTOS) @ Las Gallinas, Marin Co. (& NOTE that Las Gallinas is CLOSED due to major flooding.....&......)
2/14/19 5:43 pm Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] Kenwood local interest
2/13/19 10:51 am Maggie Rufo <magwhls...> [northbaybirds] Bald Eagle - Deer Island - Novato - Marin County
2/13/19 10:21 am Allyn Bissell <albinmv11...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
2/12/19 11:56 am Juan-Carlos Solis <juancarlos...> [northbaybirds] PALM WARBLER and more- Las Gallinas Ponds
2/12/19 9:24 am richard cimino <yellowbilledtours...> Re: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron today Feb. 12th
2/12/19 5:49 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron wrong date
2/11/19 6:23 pm Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...> Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
2/11/19 5:17 pm luffmar <luffmar...> [northbaybirds] Selasphorus
2/11/19 3:59 pm David Sexton via Groups.Io <davidasexton=<rocketmail.com...> [northbaybirds] not a Tundra Swan
2/11/19 1:00 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
2/11/19 11:41 am Lisa Hug <lisahug...> Re: [northbaybirds] Question
2/11/19 10:39 am Lucia Milburn via Groups.Io <lamilburn01=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Question
2/11/19 9:45 am Juan-Carlos Solis <juancarlos...> Re: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
2/11/19 7:46 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
2/10/19 5:56 pm Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...> Re: [northbaybirds] early Selasphorus sp.
2/10/19 1:14 pm David Sexton via Groups.Io <davidasexton=<rocketmail.com...> [northbaybirds] Tundra Swan at Hamilton wetlands
2/10/19 11:28 am NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] early Selasphorus sp.
2/9/19 8:56 am Gordon Beebe <gdbeebe...> Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
2/8/19 8:53 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco, backyard, Napa, 2/8
2/7/19 5:57 pm <reefcomer...> [northbaybirds] Possible Harlan’s Shoreline Hwy
2/7/19 7:23 am Daphne Hatch <daphnehatch...> [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
2/6/19 7:26 pm corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Shollenberger Park today 02/06/2019
2/6/19 11:50 am NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...> Re: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
2/6/19 12:05 am Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Shollenberger gulls
2/5/19 9:57 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
2/5/19 9:46 pm NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
2/5/19 9:31 pm Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] redheads, blue-gray gnatcatchers
2/5/19 8:31 pm corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Bodega Bay , Goat Rock 2/5/ 2019 and belated report.
2/4/19 5:43 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Anybody want to Gull tomorrow?
2/3/19 9:12 pm David DeSante <ddesante...> [northbaybirds] Tufted Duck in Richardson's Bay is a hybrid
2/2/19 6:37 pm Carol Luther <carol.luther...> Re: [northbaybirds] Harlequin Duck
2/2/19 5:42 pm Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [northbaybirds] Richardson Bay -- Tufted Duck
2/2/19 3:36 pm djkirker via Groups.Io <djkirker=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Harlequin Duck
2/2/19 11:05 am Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] ShollPark Local Interest
2/1/19 1:38 pm Colin Talcroft via Groups.Io <ctalcroft=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Nice, dark Slate-colored Junco today
2/1/19 6:46 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Thanks, William: Lesser Black-backed Gull...Thought
1/31/19 8:23 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
1/31/19 7:24 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
1/31/19 6:58 pm Dan Singer <dsg2...> Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
1/31/19 2:58 pm William Legge via Groups.Io <WGDLegge=<aol.com...> [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
1/29/19 6:04 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] 1) Thank You, Josiah Clark & 2) Related CDFW Herring Roe Deposition Update (i.e., Infusion Of Gull Spp.)
1/28/19 2:33 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] Herring spawn Sausalito
1/26/19 8:29 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Local Occurrence/Seasonal Sightings @ Las Gallinas: White-fronted Goose, Sora, Lincoln's Sparrow, & Forster's Tern (some waxing into breeding plumage)
1/26/19 4:49 pm rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Saturday at Las Gallinas January 26
1/26/19 6:21 am Colin Meusel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Local interest: Bonaparte’s, Mew Gulls at Ellis Creek Water Recycling
1/23/19 11:12 am Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Yellow Warbler at Ellis Creek
1/23/19 12:09 am Scott Bowers <sfbirds...> [northbaybirds] Black Rail
 
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Date: 2/21/19 9:43 am
From: Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD building a nest this morning
Greetings birders-

While making my usual inspection of the property this morning I discovered the female Selasphorus, sp. I’ve seen the last few days making a nest near the creek, confirming Allen’s Hummingbird. It was a joy to observe her collecting bits of moss from the redwood trees and arranging everything as she shaped the nest.

Link to ebird:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52996102

Cheers, and good birding

Josh Snead
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Date: 2/20/19 6:39 pm
From: Doug Shaw <dougshaw09...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Local interest: Ferruginous Hawk near town of Bodega
Hi Joshua and All,

Sorry, I got behind in my emails and did not see the earlier post until now. Posts that include photos will often end up in my email for approval before being released to the group.


Doug Shaw

NNB List Owner
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County

> On February 19, 2019 at 9:03 PM Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...> wrote:
>
> Greetings birders-
>
>
> Today I got great looks at 2 different Ferruginous Hawk individuals that I’ve observed for the last few months in the town of Bodega area. One is very dark and one is very light! A month or so ago I had the pleasure of seeing both together overhead above my home on Valley Ford-Freestone road; today I observed both at different times but was able to get photos of each of them from the house.
>
> I also saw them both while driving on Bodega highway today so I can recommend keeping an eye out on Valley Ford road, highway 1 and anywhere in this vicinity if you’re hoping to have a look at these awesome raptors.
>
> I tried earlier to report the dark-morph on NBB with attached photos and saw it “sent” but I never saw it in my inbox which makes me think it must not have worked due to large photo files. Apologies if this ends up as a double post.
>
> Link to dark-morph eBird list:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52935146
>
> Link to light-morph eBird list:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52948420
>
> Cheers, and good birding!
>
> -Josh Snead
>




>
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Date: 2/20/19 6:31 pm
From: Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Dark-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK
Greetings birders-

This morning I’ve been seeing the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk that has been in my area since last fall- I observed it from bodega hwy near the intersection with Valley Ford- Freestone road and again from my house on Valley Ford- Freestone road. If anyone is out birding this way, keep your eye out, it has been in with the turkey vultures.








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Date: 2/20/19 11:25 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] 1) Gull Update: Sightings &, Also, Roe Deposition Event, Per Below CDFW Update; 2) Recent Spp. @ Las Gallinas, San Rafael, Marin Co.
Good day:

1. Far below, I’ve pasted a CDFW herring roe deposition update….Alhough it’s NOT for Marin Co./NBB, it’s possibly worth
the brief ride across the San Rafael bridge to the Pt. Richmond area for NBBers seeking Laridae sightings (?)

It only takes me 15 minutes from Novato at mid-day to reach this deposition area to check for rare to uncommon gull species….which
is why I thought it good to post the CDFW update, below.

2. Last week on Friday & Saturday, I went gulling at the low-low tide cycle in Marin Co.’s Belvedere/Tiburon area.

No uncommon to rare gull species seen, but I did see a few the requisite, non-breeding season suite of gull species, such as:

- Mew
- Ring-billed
- California
- Glaucous-winged

& our coastal NBB coastal breeder/resident:

- Western

Where do I check for the low-low tide times/dates? See saltwater tides.com

2) As for Las Gallinas, I did not have access to a computer until today at my mountain locale, so last Sunday it was
interesting to see at least 10 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW(S) among 10+ Tree Swallow(s) over Pond #1.

In the ephemeral “Lake Silviera” formed by the recent major rain episodes,
one male EURASIAN WIGEON was present 200’ north of the 2nd speed bump (after you enter the chain link
entrance at this site).

SEVERAL PHOTOS at my ebird report, which is:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52968715 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52968715>

BEST close-up, isolated photos of this species are at the bottom of the suite I uploaded at the eBird link in the line above.

*

Regards, Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA

Below for the CDFW roe deposition update:

New post on CDFW Pacific Herring Management News

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CDFW staff sampled a herring spawn near Point Molate yesterday.

Eelgrass and herring eggs: CDFW

Weekend reports indicated an increase in bird activity around the area and a check of the eelgrass bed yielded a few herring eggs. Small numbers of birds remained but based on sampling of the subtidal areas, the spawn was relatively small in size. Stay tuned for more updates.





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Date: 2/19/19 9:03 pm
From: Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Local interest: Ferruginous Hawk near town of Bodega
Greetings birders-

Today I got great looks at 2 different Ferruginous Hawk individuals that I’ve observed for the last few months in the town of Bodega area. One is very dark and one is very light! A month or so ago I had the pleasure of seeing both together overhead above my home on Valley Ford-Freestone road; today I observed both at different times but was able to get photos of each of them from the house.

I also saw them both while driving on Bodega highway today so I can recommend keeping an eye out on Valley Ford road, highway 1 and anywhere in this vicinity if you’re hoping to have a look at these awesome raptors.

I tried earlier to report the dark-morph on NBB with attached photos and saw it “sent” but I never saw it in my inbox which makes me think it must not have worked due to large photo files. Apologies if this ends up as a double post.

Link to dark-morph eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52935146

Link to light-morph eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52948420

Cheers, and good birding!

-Josh Snead
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Date: 2/16/19 12:35 pm
From: Rowena DeMayo <rowenademayo...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
Has anyone seen the Little Blue Heron today, Saturday? We want to go look
between showers but wonder if he/she has been seen today?
Thanks
Rowena

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Date: 2/15/19 9:09 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence @ Las Gallinas: Violet-Green Swallow, Tree Swallow, & Barn Owl
(Photos of two swallow sightings at my eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52752293 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52752293>)

*

Today, nothing too unusual…. as annual non-breeding season sightings of TREE SWALLOW and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW
now seem to be a rule (rather than a trend) at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, San Rafael, Marin Co.

Hence, I noticed at Pond #1 & #2 today:

1 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (photos at attached eBird report), perched on telephone line
(south side of main trail that traverse north-northeast from the main parking lot)……
….i.e., trail goes straight without turning after a person crosses the bridge adjacent to the parking lot.

120+ TREE SWALLOW (photo, attached eBird report) (flying above Pond #1 & #2 and, then, periodically landing as a
large group on the same telephone line and area as described above)

In addition,

1 BARN OWL seen perched on fence 200' north-northeast of new building located ~600' west of Las Gallinas chain link front entrance.
No photos, as it flew from its perch ~two seconds after I initially observed it.

NOTE: Las Gallinas was open today as the flooded roadway was clear today at the entrance, so the parking lot was open….
and it will again be open on Saturday/Sunday, I was told by management.

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein,
Novato, CA








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Date: 2/14/19 9:21 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence (PHOTOS) @ Las Gallinas, Marin Co. (& NOTE that Las Gallinas is CLOSED due to major flooding.....&......)
….& good evening….& the rain episodes have:

1) created a massive ~80 acre “Lake Silviera” on the north side/northwest side of Las Gallinas.

Three photos of the standing water are present at my eBird report, below #…..(As massive a Great Lake as I ever seen this ephemeral “lake"
in the 35 years I’ve visited this birding venue.)

Rising water approached the entrance gates and inundated this area, so the gates were CLOSED when I visited today at 4 pm.

2) In the ephemeral “Lake Silviera,” I observed ~600’ north of the main ingress road just past the new resident center building on your left:

2 male and 4 female HOODED MERGANSER(s)

Photos are at at my eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52709511

Regards, Daniel

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Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA
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Date: 2/14/19 5:43 pm
From: Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Kenwood local interest
Walking Monte about 15 minutes ago had a dark Merlin land in my tallest
Redwood. Ran to get camera but it was gone when I returned.

Lots of bird activity after the flooding rains stopped. I have three
different White-throated Sparrows coming to the feeders. One tan and two
white striped. A Red-breasted Sapsucker in is the pines on the corner
lot. And an odd junco I haven't quite figured out yet.

Huge flocks of Robins roaming the neighborhood as well.

Stay dry,

Ruthie Rudesill

Kenwood Sonoma Valley

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Date: 2/13/19 10:51 am
From: Maggie Rufo <magwhls...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Bald Eagle - Deer Island - Novato - Marin County
A acquaintance of mine, who hikes there regularly, sent me some photos of a Bald Eagle there today, in the rain!


Maggie Rufo

Novato

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Date: 2/13/19 10:21 am
From: Allyn Bissell <albinmv11...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
The Little Blue Heron had moved from the area on Beach Drive to Loch Lomand
Marina near the dock entry ramp G-H. Photographed it and left it 10:30am.

Allyn Bissell
Mill Valley

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Date: 2/12/19 11:56 am
From: Juan-Carlos Solis <juancarlos...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] PALM WARBLER and more- Las Gallinas Ponds
This morning a PALM WARBLER was feeding along the edge of the channel just below the bridge near the parking lot. Also, there were about 8 CANVASBACK, 18 CINNAMON TAIL and pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL (male-female) in the flooded shallow marsh on the left side of the trail just after the first rigth turn on pond #1 -walking clockwise from the parking lot. The second pond had a male COMMON MERGANSER

Happy birding,
Juan-Carlos

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Date: 2/12/19 9:24 am
From: richard cimino <yellowbilledtours...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron today Feb. 12th
This morning February 12, 2019 the Little Blue Heron was in the small marsh directly off of Beach St. San Rafael.

Yesterday I arrived at this site at 8:55 AM, Dominik Mosur was on site he informed me I was a tad late the LBHE had just flew off.

Before 9 AM might be the best time to view this bird.

Beach St is one street northeast of past the Loch Lomond Marina turn off on Point San Pedro Rd..

Have a good day,

Rich Cimino



From: <northbaybirds...> <northbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Dave Weber
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Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron wrong date



I gave the wrong date when reporting the LBH yesterday. It was Feb 11, not Dec 11.







Dave Weber,

Milpitas

By phone




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Date: 2/12/19 5:49 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron wrong date
I gave the wrong date when reporting the LBH yesterday.  It was Feb 11, not Dec 11.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 2/11/19 6:23 pm
From: Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
Hello North Bay Birders,

I agree the call on the recording was not a Mt Quail. However, a
correction on the local occurence of Mt Quail. We do have them in Hood
Mtn and Sugarloaf Parks in the Kenwood area. (But I doubt they would
spread from there to Mt Burdell.)

Happy birding,

Ruthie Rudesill

Sonoma Valley

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Date: 2/11/19 5:17 pm
From: luffmar <luffmar...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Selasphorus
Today and yesterday there was a Rufous male at our backyard feeders. As I reported on 1.17.19. there was a Rufous or Allen’s here, but I was unable to determine which one.
Margareta Luff
Bahia area, Novato
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Date: 2/11/19 3:59 pm
From: David Sexton via Groups.Io <davidasexton=<rocketmail.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] not a Tundra Swan
My lack of study on Mute Swans (I wish they could just go away) positioned me to be able to be "dead wrong in public" as I mis-identified a juv Mute Swan at Hamilton Wetlands as a Tundra Swan.  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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Date: 2/11/19 1:00 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
The bird in this recording sounds to me like one of the odd calls Stellar’s jays can make. They can be quite the confusing vocalists with a wide range of seldom heard calls, including mimicking.
The call in the recording does not sound to me like a mountain quail, a bit too throaty, short in duration and high in pitch. Nor does it have the typical questioning quality of a mountain quail call.
There is of course no pattern of occurrence (roadkills, or otherwise) for this species in the county or anywhere within 50 miles or so of Marin County. I believe the nearest populations are in the highest mountains of northeastern Sonoma. Any mountain quail in this area would almost surely be introduced.

> On Feb 9, 2019, at 8:55 AM, Gordon Beebe <gdbeebe...> wrote:
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> Hi Daphne,
>
> After listening to your eBird audio file, the only other possibility I can think of is a one-note call from a Northern Pygmy-Owl. It does sound similar to a distant Mountain Quail.
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> Gordon Beebe
> Santa Rosa, CA
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Date: 2/11/19 11:41 am
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Question
Hi Lucia,

It seems that White-throated Sparrows have become fairly common in West
County. They prefer to be in riparian areas mixed in with large
Zonotrichia flocks (white-crowned and golden-crowned sparrows). They
frequent areas like Willowside Road and the Joe Rodota West County
Trail.

Conversely, it feels (anecdotally to me) like the size and numbers of
Zonotrichia flocks has been decreasing over the last few years.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol

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> Sparrows at West County feeders in winter? I have two who have been
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> year. Thanks!
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Date: 2/11/19 10:39 am
From: Lucia Milburn via Groups.Io <lamilburn01=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Question
Can anyone tell me how usual or unusual it is to have White-throated Sparrows at West County feeders in winter?  I have two who have been at my feeders most of this winter, but I haven't seen them before this year.  Thanks!  
Lucia Milburn

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Date: 2/11/19 9:45 am
From: Juan-Carlos Solis <juancarlos...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
Thanks for the update. I assume you mean today (2/11). This is the location I’ve seen him/her before during high tide, like today. At low tide he/she tends to focus on exposed areas around the harbor.

Juan-Carlos

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Date: 2/11/19 7:46 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron continues in marsh along  Beach  Dr. In San Rafael Dec 11 7:45 am.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 2/10/19 5:56 pm
From: Joshua Snead <sneadspeed...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] early Selasphorus sp.
I’m wondering this as well, I also had a female selasphorus sp. at my feeder this afternoon.

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 11:28, NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...> wrote:
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> NiBBers,
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>
>
> I spotted a female Selasphorus hummer at my feeder yesterday. I'm curious if anyone could speak to the relative probability of an Allen's versus a Rufous adult female at this date in East Petaluma. I've read that the earliest migrant Rufous tend to be adult males, so perhaps this bird is slightly more likely to have been an Allen's? I couldn't get a good look at the tail feathers.
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Date: 2/10/19 1:14 pm
From: David Sexton via Groups.Io <davidasexton=<rocketmail.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Tundra Swan at Hamilton wetlands
I just finished a successful Bike n Bird outoing with Marin Audubon at Hamilton wetlands, Novato.  The bird of the day was a Tundra Swan, viewed roughly opposite the northern most hangers, on the eastern side of the wetlands.  Easily viewed with scope from walkpath on west side.  A Caspian Tern was also viewed just north of this location with a group of gulls.

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Date: 2/10/19 11:28 am
From: NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] early Selasphorus sp.
NiBBers,


I spotted a female Selasphorus hummer at my feeder yesterday. I'm curious if anyone could speak to the relative probability of an Allen's versus a Rufous adult female at this date in East Petaluma. I've read that the earliest migrant Rufous tend to be adult males, so perhaps this bird is slightly more likely to have been an Allen's? I couldn't get a good look at the tail feathers.


Gene Hunn

Petaluma

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Date: 2/9/19 8:56 am
From: Gordon Beebe <gdbeebe...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
Hi Daphne,

After listening to your eBird audio file, the only other possibility I can think of is a one-note call from a Northern Pygmy-Owl. It does sound similar to a distant Mountain Quail.

Gordon Beebe
Santa Rosa, CA

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Date: 2/8/19 8:53 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco, backyard, Napa, 2/8
Hi all,
Since all the pistache berries, pears, and privet have been eaten, the number of species have dropped considerably in my yard.  Seed-eaters are still pretty plentiful, with the largest flock of Dark-eyed Juncos I have seen in some time - at least 15 birds.
One caught my attention today - one with more white than color.  If you would like to see pictures, you can go to my eBird report:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52507544    

Happy birding,Denise HamiltonNapa

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Date: 2/7/19 5:57 pm
From: <reefcomer...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Possible Harlan’s Shoreline Hwy
Hello NB Birders,

Yesterday with Joy Mander, while observing a gorgeous prairie falcon eating a meadowlark just off of shoreline highway, an interesting red-tail caught my eye. I’m almost positive this bird was a juvenile Harlan’s: it was very dark overall, with barred primaries, a black and white banded tail, and a decent amount of white streaking on the breast. I got excellent looks at it in flight and perched on the ground. Although I’ve never seen a Harlan’s, the more I looked at this bird, the more it seemed to fit. Unfortunately I do not have any photos, but wanted to pass this along in case anyone wants to try to confirm it. The falcon and mystery red-tail were both around a mile or so east of the turnoff for freestone valley ford rd. I should also say that parking along this particular stretch of road is somewhat perilous, so please use caution.

Regards,

Reef Comer, Rohnert Park

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Date: 2/7/19 7:23 am
From: Daphne Hatch <daphnehatch...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell
Yesterday late morning I heard and got a poor recording of a possible Mountain Quail on Mt. Burdell in Novato. I sent the recording to Dan Singer for his opinion without my tentative ID and he also thought Mountain Quail but is hoping for more audio to confirm. Here is the link to my eBird report. Unfortunately the audio does not seem to be processing and may not be available. The lat-long where I heard it is in the report. I’m going back this morning but then away for the weekend. Hoping others might find it again. Remember it is not permissible to use audio playback to attract wildlife in County preserves. Thanks.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52448201

Daphne Hatch
Novato

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Date: 2/6/19 7:26 pm
From: corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Shollenberger Park today 02/06/2019
In the afternoon  ( 1:45 pm) at the park there was a male Eurasian Wigeon with the main flock of American Wigeon towards the South/ East  side of the pond .

Also there was a lone Tundra Swan that was near two Mute Swans on the main pond in the North/ West side of the pond.  The Tundra  Swan took off the pond about 3:00  pm  and flew east towards the Petaluma River. 

Best, 

Scott Carey , Sebastopol, Ca.

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Date: 2/6/19 11:50 am
From: NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
Alvaro,

Re. the Heuglin's x Vega opinion I was just quoting Olsen and Larsson, pg. 397:Taimyr's Gull "Regarded as hybrid between nominate [Larus heuglinii in their treatment] and Vega Gull, created when Heuglin's Gull and Vega Gull come into contact at Gulf of Yenisei and Sev Taimyr." Their tome was published in 2003 so likely superceded.

Gene Hunn

Petaluma


> On February 5, 2019 at 9:57 PM Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
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>
> Hi all,
>
> Just a clarification here on the gull taxonomy. Right now Heuglin’s and Taimyr are considered part of Lesser Black-backed Gull (at least here in North America). That may not be the case eventually, but it is now. Of the Asian forms, Heuglin’s breeds in western Siberia, while Taimyr is farther east. If you continue farther east again, you reach Vega Gull (considered a subspecies of Herring Gull). So the two that would interbreed given the geography are Taimyr with Vega, as Vega and Heuglin’s do not overlap at all in breeding distribution. So the idea of Heuglin’s x Vega should be discarded, unless of course you are lumping Taimyr with Heuglin’s. Eyes glaze over….
>
> Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
>
> Take care,
>
> Alvaro
>
>
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
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> <alvaro...> mailto:<alvaro...>
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> www.alvarosadventures.com
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> From: <northbaybirds...> <northbaybirds...> On Behalf Of NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN
> Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:46 PM
> To: <northbaybirds...>
> Subject: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
>
>
>
> NiBBers,
>
>
>
> Noah Arthur invited all gullers to join him at ca. 3:30 PM at Shollenberger today to study the gulls as they come in to bathe and roost from the landfills in the evening. While studying the usual suspects (Ring-billed, Western, California, Glaucous-winged, Herring, a few Thayer's and Mews and one probable Herring x Glaucous-winged hybrid), the previously noted Eurasian Common (Green-winged) Teal was spotted, showing the characteristic horizontal white scapular line and lacking the vertical.
>
>
>
> Then at about 5:15 the "Taimyr's [Lesser Black-backed] Gull" [or perhaps it's a Heuglin's x Vega Gull, as some claim] did appear and was scoped and digiscoped [not by me] by about eight of us at a distance of about 100 meters in good side/back light. It stood out as larger and heavier and a bit darker than a California Gull while maybe a bit paler than your average Western Gull but with a more slender, yellow bill, fine head streaking, heavier on the nape, with yellowish legs. Rather long wings, with black tipped primaries, each with a white apical spot, with a larger spot on the outermost primary [visible in some photos on the spread wing].
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>
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> Gene Hunn
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Date: 2/6/19 12:05 am
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Shollenberger gulls
Thanks everyone who joined me on my gulling expedition at Shollenberger Park this afternoon! It was really fun gulling with you all!
For those who couldn't come, here are the highlights... The 'TAIMYR' GULL (=Heuglin's Gull) put in an appearance, coming in just before sunset as usual. Other good gulls included likely candidates for 'VEGA' GULL (=Herring Gull ssp. 'vegae') and 'KUMLIEN'S' GULL (Iceland Gull ssp. 'kumlieni'). Both adults. I still need to look at my photos to confirm these two, but I went ahead and put them in to eBird as they looked pretty dang good to me, and we all agreed on the field marks I noticed. Also interesting was a sighting of a long-lived Petaluma mystery gull, an individual originally reported as a Kumlien's in 2014(?) but later dismissed as being too large and large-billed (which I agree with), which has mostly whitish wingtips with narrow dark outer webs on the outer primaries. 
Duck numbers were good, and Lucas Corneliussen picked out a/the male 'COMMON' TEAL (Green-winged Teal, Eurasian ssp. 'nimia') in the freshwater lagoon (after I had already looked through the teals once or twice and missed it... getting-older guys like me appearently need young eyes to spot the rare birds for us...:)
Noah

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Date: 2/5/19 9:57 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
Hi all,

Just a clarification here on the gull taxonomy. Right now Heuglin’s and Taimyr are considered part of Lesser Black-backed Gull (at least here in North America). That may not be the case eventually, but it is now. Of the Asian forms, Heuglin’s breeds in western Siberia, while Taimyr is farther east. If you continue farther east again, you reach Vega Gull (considered a subspecies of Herring Gull). So the two that would interbreed given the geography are Taimyr with Vega, as Vega and Heuglin’s do not overlap at all in breeding distribution. So the idea of Heuglin’s x Vega should be discarded, unless of course you are lumping Taimyr with Heuglin’s. Eyes glaze over….

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Take care,

Alvaro



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NiBBers,



Noah Arthur invited all gullers to join him at ca. 3:30 PM at Shollenberger today to study the gulls as they come in to bathe and roost from the landfills in the evening. While studying the usual suspects (Ring-billed, Western, California, Glaucous-winged, Herring, a few Thayer's and Mews and one probable Herring x Glaucous-winged hybrid), the previously noted Eurasian Common (Green-winged) Teal was spotted, showing the characteristic horizontal white scapular line and lacking the vertical.



Then at about 5:15 the "Taimyr's [Lesser Black-backed] Gull" [or perhaps it's a Heuglin's x Vega Gull, as some claim] did appear and was scoped and digiscoped [not by me] by about eight of us at a distance of about 100 meters in good side/back light. It stood out as larger and heavier and a bit darker than a California Gull while maybe a bit paler than your average Western Gull but with a more slender, yellow bill, fine head streaking, heavier on the nape, with yellowish legs. Rather long wings, with black tipped primaries, each with a white apical spot, with a larger spot on the outermost primary [visible in some photos on the spread wing].



Gene Hunn

Petaluma, CA





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Date: 2/5/19 9:46 pm
From: NANCY AND EUGENE HUNN <enhunn323...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] gulls etc;. at Shollenberger late afternoon today
NiBBers,


Noah Arthur invited all gullers to join him at ca. 3:30 PM at Shollenberger today to study the gulls as they come in to bathe and roost from the landfills in the evening. While studying the usual suspects (Ring-billed, Western, California, Glaucous-winged, Herring, a few Thayer's and Mews and one probable Herring x Glaucous-winged hybrid), the previously noted Eurasian Common (Green-winged) Teal was spotted, showing the characteristic horizontal white scapular line and lacking the vertical.


Then at about 5:15 the "Taimyr's [Lesser Black-backed] Gull" [or perhaps it's a Heuglin's x Vega Gull, as some claim] did appear and was scoped and digiscoped [not by me] by about eight of us at a distance of about 100 meters in good side/back light. It stood out as larger and heavier and a bit darker than a California Gull while maybe a bit paler than your average Western Gull but with a more slender, yellow bill, fine head streaking, heavier on the nape, with yellowish legs. Rather long wings, with black tipped primaries, each with a white apical spot, with a larger spot on the outermost primary [visible in some photos on the spread wing].


Gene Hunn

Petaluma, CA

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Date: 2/5/19 9:31 pm
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] redheads, blue-gray gnatcatchers
Hi All,

The College of Marin Class and I had a wonderful walk this morning from
"The Rod and Gun Club" near the Richmond Bridge to Pickleweed Park in
Eastern Marin County. Along the way, we encountered a small flock of 3
Blue-gray gnatcatchers in the saltmarh just north of the Target store.
And, further along, just before the trail curves to head west toward the
Community Center at Pickleweed Park, there was a pair of Redheads.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52424610

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol

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Date: 2/5/19 8:31 pm
From: corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Bodega Bay , Goat Rock 2/5/ 2019 and belated report.
Did a gull watch at Goat Rock beach today .   As the tide was dropping I had at least two , maybe three winter plumage Black-legged Kittiwakes in among the 100s of various gull species.   Of the  estimated 2000 gulls I would say  30 % were  California ,20 % Herring ,20% Glaucous-winged , 20 % Western and 10 % Thayer/ Iceland type and Mew.  Great day for gull study there.   

On Bodega Bay at Porta Bodega there was a Clark's Grebe in with a raft of Western Grebes. 

I had two Bald Eagles , one near the town of Bodega , a third year bird and a second year bird south of Goat Rock Beach. 
There were Tree Swallows at both the Salmon Creek Beach pond and the town of  Bodega farm pond .

Lastly , a belated report from last Tuesday January 29 I had three flyover Tundra Swans at Lakeville Highway in Petaluma that flew above me to the south towards Schollenberg Marsh . 
  Best,

Scott Carey 

Sebastopol , Ca.

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Date: 2/4/19 5:43 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Anybody want to Gull tomorrow?
 Hey friends! I’ve been back in the Bay Area a few days; tomorrow is my last day and I’m planning to gull at Shollenberger Park in the afternoon/evening. I’ll probably get there around 3:00 or 3:30pm, and go out on the trail behind the Point Blue building to the ponds. Anybody want to join me for an evening of studying the beautiful mess that is West Coast Larus? :) (If we’re lucky the Taimyr Gull may put in an appearance for us...)
Noah

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Date: 2/3/19 9:12 pm
From: David DeSante <ddesante...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Tufted Duck in Richardson's Bay is a hybrid
Hi folks,

This is Dave DeSante and I am the person who found the male Tufted Duck
in Richardson Bay that Graham Chisholm reported yesterday. After
pointing it our to everyone present, I mentioned that the back was a
shade lighter than the breast and rear end; and the tuft was not long
and hanging but very prominent, rounded, and erect; and suggested that
it likely showed some degree of hybridization.  There did not seem to be
any pattern (vermiculations) on the back, but the back was dark gray and
clearly slightly paler than the chest and rear end.  Thus, I believe the
bird is a hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup (sp).  The bird was the same size
as most of the Lesser Scaups that were present and clearly smaller than
the Greater Scaups that were right next to it.  The light was perfect
with the sun behind us and the head and neck of the Tufted Duck showed
only bright purple gloss with no hint of green, while the Greaters
showed almost entirely green gloss and the Lessers showed generally
purple gloss with some green gross depending on how they turned.  The
size, gloss on the head and neck, and shade of the back suggest to me
that the Scaup part of this individual might have been a Lesser.  Or it
could be a 2nd generation individual from one hybrid parent of any kind
of Scaup.  Or, I suppose, any of a a number of other possibilities.

Dave DeSante



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Date: 2/2/19 6:37 pm
From: Carol Luther <carol.luther...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Harlequin Duck

> On Feb 2, 2019, at 3:36 PM, djkirker via Groups.Io <djkirker=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Good afternoon birders,
>
> I went out the the Bodega Bay Area for a few hours this morning and found the male Harlequin Duck on the rocks of the north jetty at the end of Doran Regional Park. It was about 2/3 the way out.
>
> Good luck,
> Don Kirker
> Santa Rosa
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Date: 2/2/19 5:42 pm
From: Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Richardson Bay -- Tufted Duck
Just after 2:15 pm this afternoon, while watching 3,000+ scaup, bufflehead,
goldeneye and assorted other waterfowl, a fellow observer (sorry I don't
know your name) called out a male Tufted Duck in the flock. Distinct
black-backed bird with a very small tuft and bright white sides. Several of
us were able to watch it till we moved on to looking for the previously
reported Long-tailed Duck (not seen) and Lesser black-backed gull (not
seen). Best sighting was along San Rafael Avenue in Belvedere near the
intersection with Edgewater Road.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

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Date: 2/2/19 3:36 pm
From: djkirker via Groups.Io <djkirker=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Harlequin Duck
Good afternoon birders,

I went out the the Bodega Bay Area for a few hours this morning and found the male Harlequin Duck on the rocks of the north jetty at the end of Doran Regional Park. It was about 2/3 the way out.

Good luck,
Don Kirker
Santa Rosa

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Date: 2/2/19 11:05 am
From: Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] ShollPark Local Interest

Hi Birders, 

     Went down to Shollenberger Park thismorning to see what the storm blew in. There was a flock of 250 Tree Swallowshunting low over the pickleweed of Gray's Marsh with another half dozenViolet-green Swallows above them. The flock was only there a few minutes, butthe 5 Forster's Terns on pilings in the central pond were still there over anhour later.

     In the willows east of the Adobe Creekbridge I had good looks at a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, which seemed to be taggingalong with some Bushtits. Heading towards the parking lot I met Colin Meuselhigh on a bench with a Eurasian Wigeon to show me. He, the bird and his 2 smallboys are recent arrivals, the little guys apparently more interested inentomology judging from the way they studied the ground their heads were soclose to.

     Back at the "kink" along theeast levee trail there was a hen Red-breasted Merganser doing shallow dives inthe central pond. A flyover male Great-tailed Grackle was the first I'd seen there thisyear.

 

Peter Colasanti

Petaluma

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Date: 2/1/19 1:38 pm
From: Colin Talcroft via Groups.Io <ctalcroft=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Nice, dark Slate-colored Junco today
I've had a very dark Slate-colored Junco in the garden all day today. I've never seen one quite this dark. It looks rather like the example in Sibley guide to Western North America (page 424) described as the "Canadian Rocky Mountain Variant." Very dark grey and a black head. At first glance I thought it was a Black Phoebe. In case anyone's interested, a photo of this bird is now the front page photo on my website (link below).

I recently realized that my website is 10 years old now. I hope it's been useful to many. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive over the years.

Colin TalcroftSanta Rosa
Sonoma County Bird Watching Spotshttp://www.colintalcroft.com


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Date: 2/1/19 6:46 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Thanks, William: Lesser Black-backed Gull...Thought
NICE find, William. Thank you.

I shall go there today with Noah Arthur.

Note: Blackie’s Pasture, in Belvedere/Tiburon…..easily found with signage on Tiburon Blvd., ~1 mile east of Highway 101….and/or via a search with
“Blackie’s Pasture” at:

maps.google.com <http://maps.google.com/>.

I agree it’s a Lesser Black-backed Gull….but I speculate that it may be 3rd cycle.

Regards, Daniel

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA 94949


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Date: 1/31/19 8:23 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
Yes, definitely a Lesser Black-backed. Very nice find of this species that rarely shows up at herring runs or anywhere along the Bay!
Noah
On Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8:24:51 PM MST, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:


William,

   Looks perfect for a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Nice!

Alvaro

 

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Subject: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)

 

I decided to check-out Richardson Bay (Tiburon) late morning today given the recent reports of Herring runs/roe, and there are certainly plenty of birds to be seen, and a good amount of gull action off San Rafael Avenue as well as a large flock of preening gulls at Blackie's Pasture.  In the latter I found a good candidate for a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo in my eBird Report below).  I would appreciate feedback on this bird from the gull experts.  It was still present when I left at c. 1:00pm today.

 

Also there is a female/1st winter Long-tailed Duck in with a mixed flock of Scaup/Buffehead/Common Goldeneye in the Bay just off San Rafael Avenue (opposite Edgewater Road).  

 

A productive morning!

 

William Legge

Mill Valley, CA 

 

 

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Date: 1/31/19 7:24 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
William,

Looks perfect for a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Nice!

Alvaro



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Subject: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)



I decided to check-out Richardson Bay (Tiburon) late morning today given the recent reports of Herring runs/roe, and there are certainly plenty of birds to be seen, and a good amount of gull action off San Rafael Avenue as well as a large flock of preening gulls at Blackie's Pasture. In the latter I found a good candidate for a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo in my eBird Report below). I would appreciate feedback on this bird from the gull experts. It was still present when I left at c. 1:00pm today.



Also there is a female/1st winter Long-tailed Duck in with a mixed flock of Scaup/Buffehead/Common Goldeneye in the Bay just off San Rafael Avenue (opposite Edgewater Road).



A productive morning!



William Legge

Mill Valley, CA





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Date: 1/31/19 6:58 pm
From: Dan Singer <dsg2...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
Hi all,

Nice find, William! This is indeed a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Looks like a second cycle bird to me, but without seeing the spread wing it’s difficult to be certain.

Dan



> On Jan 31, 2019, at 14:58, William Legge via Groups.Io <WGDLegge=<aol.com...> wrote:
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> I decided to check-out Richardson Bay (Tiburon) late morning today given the recent reports of Herring runs/roe, and there are certainly plenty of birds to be seen, and a good amount of gull action off San Rafael Avenue as well as a large flock of preening gulls at Blackie's Pasture. In the latter I found a good candidate for a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo in my eBird Report below). I would appreciate feedback on this bird from the gull experts. It was still present when I left at c. 1:00pm today.
>
> Also there is a female/1st winter Long-tailed Duck in with a mixed flock of Scaup/Buffehead/Common Goldeneye in the Bay just off San Rafael Avenue (opposite Edgewater Road).
>
> A productive morning!
>
> William Legge
> Mill Valley, CA
>
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52248422 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52248422>
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Date: 1/31/19 2:58 pm
From: William Legge via Groups.Io <WGDLegge=<aol.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Good Candidate for Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackie's Pasture (Tiburon)
I decided to check-out Richardson Bay (Tiburon) late morning today given the recent reports of Herring runs/roe, and there are certainly plenty of birds to be seen, and a good amount of gull action off San Rafael Avenue as well as a large flock of preening gulls at Blackie's Pasture.  In the latter I found a good candidate for a 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo in my eBird Report below).  I would appreciate feedback on this bird from the gull experts.  It was still present when I left at c. 1:00pm today.
Also there is a female/1st winter Long-tailed Duck in with a mixed flock of Scaup/Buffehead/Common Goldeneye in the Bay just off San Rafael Avenue (opposite Edgewater Road).  
A productive morning!
William LeggeMill Valley, CA 

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Date: 1/29/19 6:04 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] 1) Thank You, Josiah Clark & 2) Related CDFW Herring Roe Deposition Update (i.e., Infusion Of Gull Spp.)
Good day:

1) Thank you, Josiah…..Appreciation for the herring roe deposition event you noted has occurred in downtown Sausalito.

2) The CDFW update (AFTER the XX below) appears to also indicate Richardson Bay would be a good hangout for gull watchers, too….I’ll be there
visiting both of these areas from around 8 am - 10 am, if anyone wishes to join me.

Enjoy the day, everyone….

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA

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New post on CDFW Pacific Herring Management News

<https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/author/ryanbartling/>
Spawn Activity Update <https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/spawn-activity-update/>by Ryan Bartling <https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/author/ryanbartling/>
Spawning continued in two locations through the weekend. The Richardson Bay Anchorage had good spawn coverage on the eelgrass and red algae beds. This spawn extended well into the bird sanctuary.

Bird Activity at the Point Richmond Harbor Entrance: CDFW

The Point Richmond spawn was also active through the weekend. Intertidal spawns occurred from the area near Cypress point around to the inner harbor of Point Richmond. Spawning also occurred on the eelgrass beds in this location. Bird activity and cast netting continued throughout the day today as herring moved around the old ferry terminal. Staff will continue to monitor the area to see if any new spawning occurs. Stay tuned for more updates...

Ferry Point Cast Netting for Pacific Herring: CDFW











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Date: 1/28/19 2:33 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Herring spawn Sausalito
I just heard that the Herring spawn is now happening in downtown Sausalito. Apparently quite the spectacle with lots of birds, seals, fishermen arriving and amused tourists. Soon some birders to add to the mix I suspect.

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Date: 1/26/19 8:29 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Local Occurrence/Seasonal Sightings @ Las Gallinas: White-fronted Goose, Sora, Lincoln's Sparrow, & Forster's Tern (some waxing into breeding plumage)
Please note my birding by bike today at Las Gallinas yielded common, local occurrence, with these highlights:

Details and photos @ my ebird checklist, via:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52081390 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52081390>

Photos of 2, visiting/non-breeding season Greater White-Fronted in ebird report, above link.

HIGHLIGHTS (all common, season sightings/llocal occurrence)
(see ebird report, above link, for more details):

- 2 Greater White-fronted Goose

- 1 Sora

- 9 Forster’s Tern

- 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow

Regards, Daniel

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

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Date: 1/26/19 4:49 pm
From: rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Saturday at Las Gallinas January 26
After walking around the first pond this morning, some members of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society had a Kingbird in the lone tree across the slough just before returning to the bridge to the parking lot. This tree is west of the slough and north of the gate with the no parking sign.  
Only a few saw this bird, one experienced birder said the bill was small, another said there appeared to be no white on the outer retrices.  I did not see it, and we left it at a Kingbird species when we did our check list at the end of the day.
This is just a notice that some kind of Kingbird may be present around the parking lot at Las Gallinas.  Here's hoping that someone else will have a better chance to see and perhaps photograph it.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek, CA

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Date: 1/26/19 6:21 am
From: Colin Meusel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Local interest: Bonaparte’s, Mew Gulls at Ellis Creek Water Recycling
24 Bonaparte’s and 28 Mew Gulls (uncommon and good numbers for the area) were in a seasonal pond behind the building and three main ponds, the side opposite the parking lot and to the NE, adjacent to and visible from HWY 116, on a long and narrow grass field. (Off the beaten path on a tip from Gene Hunn.) seen at 3:30pm, 25 Jan. 
-Colin Meusel, Petaluma 

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Date: 1/23/19 11:12 am
From: Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Yellow Warbler at Ellis Creek
Hi Birders,
   This morning there was a Yellow Warbler in the young live oaks along the path from the parking lot at the Ellis Creek finishing ponds. It's a first year female, presumably she just did't bother to migrate south.   Last week I had a nearly full adult Bald Eagle come in to set all the ducks alight at Shollenberger Park. One coot in shallow turgid water in the central pond missed the exodus. It took the eagle three strikes to get it, hauling it off in it's right talons.
Peter ColasantiPetaluma

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Date: 1/23/19 12:09 am
From: Scott Bowers <sfbirds...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Black Rail
Hello,

I was out at the King Tide on the north end of China Camp State Park on Sunday, Jan 20.  I was watching a great blue heron as it caught and ate what may have been a black rail.  It was hard to tell due to the distance and may have been a sora.  I continued watching the heron and it flushed a small dark colored bird which flew in my direction and landed on the ground next to the road.  This black rail sat motionless about 15 feet in front of me for about an hour (not moving when joggers/cyclists/cars passed very near to the bird).  I continued to watch the rail and eventually, it stood up and made a flight for some bushes on the slope across the road where it was captured by a Red-shouldered hawk.  http://www.planetscott.com/img/9770/large/black-rail-(laterallus-jamaicensis).jpg

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