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2/23/18 7:03 pm Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tufted Duck Milton Rd Napa County
2/22/18 12:03 pm William Legge <WGDLegge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Long-tailed Duck off Rodeo Beach, Marin Headands - Feb. 22, 2018
2/20/18 7:16 pm 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Continue presences of Arctic Loon
2/19/18 8:53 pm Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Glaucous Gull @ Shollenberger Park
2/17/18 10:29 pm 'Alan Wight' <shwand2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Cackling Goose Flocks - Sonoma County - 2/17/18
2/17/18 8:21 pm <rosita94598...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bodega Bay on Saturday Feb. 17
2/17/18 7:03 pm <mosshenry2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rough-legged Hawk and Shrikes
2/17/18 6:54 pm <mosshenry2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Eurasian Wigeon
2/16/18 5:37 pm <gdbeebe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lewis's Woodpecker at Shiloh Ranch RP
2/16/18 2:24 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Free "Birding" (American Birding Assoc) Magazines
2/16/18 11:55 am <sami182...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Marbled Godwit
2/16/18 11:00 am <sami182...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Marbled Godwit Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Solano Co.
2/15/18 9:51 pm 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Mountain Plovers Solano County
2/15/18 1:13 pm Ken <kenpoe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rush Ranch Bald Eagles
2/14/18 2:36 pm Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tufted Duck
2/13/18 12:29 pm langdon stevenson <langdonstevenson...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Redhead on Corte Madera Creek
2/12/18 6:23 pm Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Early Rufous Hummingbird, Palomarin Field Station, 2/10
2/12/18 5:17 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lake Hennessey, Napa Co Lewis's Woodpeckers 2/12
2/11/18 9:06 pm <ddkapan...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Windy day, gull watching at Gull Rock, Hwy 1 including Glaucous-gull
2/8/18 1:32 pm 'Bob Battagin' <bigfootbob...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Las Gallilnas sewage ponds Palm Warbler
2/8/18 8:40 am Mike Heffernon <mheff...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Occidental Local Interest
2/8/18 3:58 am Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] not sighting--appeal to help murrelets; my talk on San Francisco's natural history
2/7/18 8:27 pm 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] SE owls Jenner
2/7/18 6:12 pm Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Possible Barrow's Goldeneye at Las Gallinas
2/5/18 5:19 pm rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Red breasted sapsucker
2/4/18 7:35 pm tlaloc27 <rowoth...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Barrow's Goldeneye in Rio Vista (SOL)
2/3/18 10:54 pm 'Chris Dunford' <christopher.j.dunford...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rock Sandpiper continues at Bodega Head
2/3/18 9:33 pm David Wimpfheimer <ceruleanswift...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebes in Tomales Bay
2/3/18 9:14 pm <tracy_farrington...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon region, this afternoon
2/3/18 4:50 pm <everettclark...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] No Arctic Loon this Morning at Abbott's Lagoon, PRNS, Marin (02/02/18)
2/3/18 8:16 am David Leland <dfleland...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Retraction re Hudeman pectoral sandpipers
2/2/18 6:29 pm David Leland <dfleland...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Pectoral Sandpipers at Hudeman Slough
2/2/18 3:43 pm 'Danny Swicegood' <dsw860...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> RE: [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
2/1/18 9:04 pm <davidasexton...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
2/1/18 7:29 pm <davidasexton...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
2/1/18 4:23 am Daphne Hatch <daphnehatch...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Re: Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
1/31/18 6:56 pm Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Re Arctic Loon Abbott’s lagoon Pt Reyes Marin County
1/31/18 7:59 am 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> RE: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
1/31/18 6:45 am <willanderson990...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lewis's woodpecker Taylor mountain
1/31/18 5:40 am Cynthia Boyer <byerbird...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Sunday, 1/28/18-Ellis Creek Cackling Geese-hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers
1/31/18 4:18 am 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Black Vulture Bodega Bay
1/31/18 2:13 am Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
1/30/18 11:36 pm rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Redhead
1/29/18 2:30 pm John Sterling <jsterling...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Black vulture
1/29/18 2:08 pm <tony.briggs108...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Glaucous Gull at Salmon Creek Mouth, Sonoma Co.
1/28/18 12:48 pm cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Harris's Sparrow Napa
1/27/18 9:46 pm Derek Heins <dlheins...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Fwd: Lake Berryessa Red-necked Grebe
1/27/18 9:44 pm Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Scripp’s Murrelet at Duncan’s Landing, Sonoma County
1/27/18 6:53 pm Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Tundra Swans
1/27/18 2:17 pm Murray Berner <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Harris's Sparrow Napa
1/27/18 12:01 pm Brook OConnor <brookoconnor202...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tundra Swans
1/27/18 9:22 am Janet Bodle <jbodlemd...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Redhead
1/26/18 8:22 pm Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] CHICO, DAY 3...LEUCISTIC RED-TAIL AND other sports
1/26/18 3:10 pm Sbcobirding <jared.dawson40...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Barrow’s GE & Red-necked Grebe
1/25/18 10:06 pm Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Chico Festival--three refuges in one afternoon
1/25/18 7:40 pm Gary Scheppke <garyscheppke...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Re: Chico: ducks and geese and rain and rain
1/25/18 5:04 pm <everettclark...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Long-tailed Duck Continues at Abbott's Lagoon, PRNS Marin (01/25/18)
 
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Date: 2/23/18 7:03 pm
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tufted Duck Milton Rd Napa County
Found by Lucas Stephenson; On pond 8(yellow gate pond with flock of 50+ scaups. Very little thin white line near blue bill dark head and dark back contrasting with much lighter brown flanks. Dark brown head and back and yellow eye. 

CheersMark&Lucas
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Date: 2/22/18 12:03 pm
From: William Legge <WGDLegge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Long-tailed Duck off Rodeo Beach, Marin Headands - Feb. 22, 2018


Managed to locate a adult male Long-tailed Duck with the growing Surf Scoter raft off Rodeo Beach this morning. The Long-tailed Duck was with a flock of about 80+ Surf Scoter feeding off the southern end of Rodeo Beach and north west of Bird Island. Its somewhat distant, so a scope is really needed to see the duck, but it sure stands out, head glowing white versus the accompanying Surf Scoters. Mixed in with this flock were a few Common Murre and Red-throated Loon as well. Bit of a treat to see an adult male Long-tailed Duck in Marin and a nice reward for braving the cold and gusty conditions at the coast this morning. Note there is another larger flock of Surf Scoter feeding on the reef to the north west of Rodeo Beach but this flock is too distant to pick out anything different, but something might be lurking amongst them. I also scanned for Northern Fulmars but no luck today, although I see some were seen off San Francisco today.

Other highlights included no less than 58 Thayer's (Iceland) Gulls roosting on the north side of Bird Island, while 5 Hooded Mergansers continue on Rodeo Lagoon (4 females and a 1st winter male), along with 6 Ring-necked Ducks.

Stay warm!

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA






 

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Date: 2/20/18 7:16 pm
From: 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Continue presences of Arctic Loon
Near noon today on Abbott's Lagoon the Arctic Loon was seen.

It was first noticed in association with Western / Clarks Grebe in center
lagoon.

White flanks shown while riding the rough water.

Later it flew toward the southern end of the lagoon.

While it was windy today the clouds covered the sun from time to time, sky
was as blue as the Pacific Ocean.

We did watch a single Savanah Sparrow fliting in the vegetation near the
lagoon, but could not determine it was a thick-billed type.

Rich Cimino

Larkspur


 

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Date: 2/19/18 8:53 pm
From: Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Glaucous Gull @ Shollenberger Park
This afternoon there was a Glaucous Gull at Shollenberger Park. The Gull was easily viewed from the path that leads south from the main parking lot (go left) at the first bend that turns left. Since the bird is so white and large it is easy to pick it out of all the other Gulls. I have posted photos on my eBird checklist at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43004580

Ron
 

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Date: 2/17/18 10:29 pm
From: 'Alan Wight' <shwand2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Cackling Goose Flocks - Sonoma County - 2/17/18
This morning (2/17/18), three flocks of Cackling Geese flew over our yard
northwest of Petaluma, Sonoma County. They were heading west. There were
130 at 8:55 am, 110 at 8:57 am, and 140 at 9:59 am.



Alan Wight

Petaluma, CA


 

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Date: 2/17/18 8:21 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay on Saturday Feb. 17
Mt. Diablo Audubon Society had a winter field trip to Bodega Bay today, which was a spectacularly beautiful day and not like winter at all. After seeing a number of birds from the deck at the Tides Restaurant, we drove to the head where Bruce Mast was already watching the continuing Rock Sandpiper. We spent plenty of time at the head looking at distant seabirds which included Common Murres, Marbled Murrelets and Red-necked Grebes. We birded from Campbell Cove, West Side Road and Porto Bodega. While at Bodega Bay, an adult Bald Eagle flew over us twice, being mobbed by gulls attempting to move it away. All told, we had 74 species for the day.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


 

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Date: 2/17/18 7:03 pm
From: <mosshenry2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rough-legged Hawk and Shrikes
On the Madrone Audubon walk led by Gordon Beebe today at Hudeman Slough today, we had great looks at a Rough-legged Hawk and two Loggerhead Shrikes. We turned left from the parking area and followed levees around the slough, making a loop. The hawk was easily visible from many places during the walk. The Shrikes were seen about 1/2 mile from the parking area.


Hudeman Slough is on Ramal Rd. Drive south from the town of Sonoma on Hwy 12/121 and turn south on Ramal for 2.4 miles. The parking area is by a large hay barn.


Moss Henry
Santa Rosa
 

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Date: 2/17/18 6:54 pm
From: <mosshenry2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Eurasian Wigeon
I saw a Eurasian Wigeon male at Schollenberger Park in Petaluma Friday at 12:30. After passing through the entrance gate turn left and walk south about 75 feet past the first bench. It was on the open water on the right. I posted this Friday but it didn't show up.


Moss Henry,
Santa Rosa
 

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Date: 2/16/18 5:37 pm
From: <gdbeebe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lewis's Woodpecker at Shiloh Ranch RP
While on a hike around Shiloh Ranch Regional Park today, my wife spotted a bird flying over some oaks: a Lewis's Woodpecker. We were near the north end of the pond at the upper end of the Creekside Trail. It did some flycatching and swooping around for several seconds, then disappeared over the hilltop to our north. There were also six Hooded Mergansers at the pond.

Shiloh Ranch Regional Park is just east of Windsor

Gordon Beebe


 

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Date: 2/16/18 2:24 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Free "Birding" (American Birding Assoc) Magazines
Hi all,

I have Birding magazines starting back from 2003 to 2017 (just one or 2 from some years, and some years complete) to give away to anyone interested. Let me know privately since this isn’t exactly what I should be posting! We can figure out some way for you to get them.

Backyard birding news: Beautiful male Allen’s Hummingbird for bath in pond. Still have persimmons on my tree (!) so attracting Cedar Waxwings, Robins, a Flicker and a Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warblers and others for them.

Happy birding!
Denise Hamilton
Napa
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Date: 2/16/18 11:55 am
From: <sami182...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Marbled Godwit
Forgot my name, etc.
Sami LaRocca
Woodland, CA
 

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Date: 2/16/18 11:00 am
From: <sami182...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Marbled Godwit Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Solano Co.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42830919 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42830919


That and more, see checklist. We didn't have much wind out there.




 

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Date: 2/15/18 9:51 pm
From: 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Mountain Plovers Solano County
Today with Jim Ross I made a second try for Mountain Plovers in Solano
County, along Robinson Rd. and Flannery Rd. near Hwy 113 and Hwy 12.

Near 11 AM scoping the sheep pasture on the east side of Robinson Rd. Jim
Smith and I counted 20 Mountain Plovers.

Return an hour later we counted 32 Mountain Plovers along Flannery Rd.
probably part of the first 20 Plover counted.

Also of interested we counted 12 Logger Head Shrikes as we traveled slowly
along these dirt roads.

I recall in years past we had Northern Shrike making appearances' in this
area, none today.

The day was very windy in this area.

Rich Cimino

Marin County





 

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Date: 2/15/18 1:13 pm
From: Ken <kenpoe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rush Ranch Bald Eagles
Bald Eagles have become regular visitors to Rush Ranch Open Space in Suisun.. Tom Muehleisen is our photographer.   Ken Poerner,  Fairfield 



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Date: 2/14/18 2:36 pm
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tufted Duck
Hi All,

There was a female Tufted Duck this morning (2/14/18) at China Camp
State Park in Marin County.

This bird was originally spotted by Janet McGarry on a Wednesday birding
group I was leading. We saw the bird from Buckeye Point. It swam
south.

I have pictures in this ebird report.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42757955

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol


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Date: 2/13/18 12:29 pm
From: langdon stevenson <langdonstevenson...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Redhead on Corte Madera Creek
Of local interest I observed a male Redhead this morning at 11:00 AM resting on the south shore of Corte Madera Creek about 100 yards east of the bridge on Bon Aire Road
between Larkspur and Greenbrae. As I watched, the Redhead got up and swam slowly toward the north side of the creek. This location is less than 1/4 mile south of Marin General Hospital.

Lang Stevenson
San Rafael




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Date: 2/12/18 6:23 pm
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Early Rufous Hummingbird, Palomarin Field Station, 2/10
Hello Birders,
I thought I would pass along that on Saturday the intern banders at the
Palomarin Field Station caught a young male Rufous Hummingbird. The bird's
gorget was incomplete indicating that it was hatched last year (so in
banding terminology, a second year bird). It had a decent amount of green
on the back, though mostly orange. The advantage of having the bird in hand
is that you can closely study the shape of the tail feathers to tell
Allen's from Rufous. This bird had the characteristic notches at the tips
of feathers next to the central tail feathers.

Photos of the above features can be seen in the eBird checklist.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42663794

The Palomarin Field Station (formerly the Point Reyes Bird Observatory) is
a great way to see what Point Blue Conservation Science is all about. Our
small visitor center is open to the public every day. Our research is also
open to the public and we are banding birds on Sat, Sun, and Wed mornings
(as long as it is not raining or too windy). We are located in the south
end of Point Reyes National Seashore at the end of Mesa Rd near Bolinas.

--
Mark Dettling
Bolinas

 

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Date: 2/12/18 5:17 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lake Hennessey, Napa Co Lewis's Woodpeckers 2/12
Hi all,

Read a recent Ebird report by Larry Kent about seeing Lewis’s Woodpeckers at Lake Hennessey. Had great close-up looks at 5 of them today, 2/12, mid-morning. They were found on the north side of the lake- Silverado Trail to Howell Mountain Rd. Drive in to the end ~5 miles to the parking area. We found them around the curve just past where the Kens’ Cutoff Trail goes up the hill. There is a good size oak tree with a bench under it on the lake-side. They were up on the hillside, in the oak with the bench, flying all around. Some were doing a quite call.

Other birds of interest: 2 adult Bald Eagles flying around, and MANY Band-tailed Pigeons. Not a lot out on the lake.

At 4.2 miles there is a walking trail through some oak woodlands and along the west side of the lake. Had over a dozen Varied Thrush and a lot more BT Pigeons.

Beautiful green out there with just a few Shooting Stars wildflowers just a little way up on the Ken’s Cutoff Trail.

Happy birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
 

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Date: 2/11/18 9:06 pm
From: <ddkapan...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Windy day, gull watching at Gull Rock, Hwy 1 including Glaucous-gull
Hi North Bay Birders,


With the strong NW winds this afternoon, I thought I would find a vantage along Hwy 1 to watch gulls flying north into the wind. Driving along the now partially open Hwy 1 (several 1-lane only sections after Muir Beach) I proceeded to the sea cliffs above Gull Rock where I spent over three hours watching 6 species of gulls fly NW along the coast into the wind. Most were near sea level (about 100m+ below me) but some of them flew by at eye-level. I counted approximately 325 Western Gulls, 135 California Gulls, 135 Glaucous-winged Gulls, 25 Herring Gulls, 25 Western x Glaucous-winged Hybrids and one each Thayer’s Gull and a likely 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. The latter was very pale and visible to the naked eye when I first spotted it beyond Gull Rock! As it approached I got some poor but useful record shots documenting the pale pink black-tipped bill, very creamy white plumage with translucent wingtips, fine vermiculation visible on base of tail, belly and very lightly on the mantle and a mostly dark eye (hard to tell from a distance). A few details don’t seem perfect for Glaucous in 1st cycle in my recollection: very tip of the bill tip is a bit light (suggesting second cycle?), the bill (in the photos) does seem a bit heavy at the base and overall head shape is a bit chunky. Also, the bird did appear very white, but the light is very contrasty. For photos, and more details look here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42692767 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42692767.


Durrell Kapan
Tam Valley & Golden Gate Park

 

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Date: 2/8/18 1:32 pm
From: 'Bob Battagin' <bigfootbob...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Las Gallilnas sewage ponds Palm Warbler
Hi NBBers,

This morning there was a Palm Warbler at the SW corner of Pond 2.

Still there were the Eurasian Green-winged Teal (Pond 1) and seven minima Cackling Geese (Pond 1).

The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District ponds are at the east end of Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael.

Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre


 

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Date: 2/8/18 8:40 am
From: Mike Heffernon <mheff...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Occidental Local Interest
Hey Birders,

A little belated, but

House Wrens have been singing around here since 1/31.
Allen's Hummingbirds (finally) arrived here on 2/2.

Mike Heffernon
Occidental

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Date: 2/8/18 3:58 am
From: Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] not sighting--appeal to help murrelets; my talk on San Francisco's natural history
Oregon needs to join California by listing Marbled Murrelet as endangered:Speak Up for Marbled Murrelets


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author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/author of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
 

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Date: 2/7/18 8:27 pm
From: 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] SE owls Jenner
Three SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting over the grasslands this evening at Kortum
Trail, just south of Sunset Boulders, south of Goat Rock State Park. We
watched them for over an hour - they were out early, starting at around 4:45
pm. This is in western Sonoma County, south of Jenner. 38.424136,
-123.114680



Jeff Miller

Russian River




 

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Date: 2/7/18 6:12 pm
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Possible Barrow's Goldeneye at Las Gallinas
Brief walk at Las Gallinas today was highlighted by a foraging female
Goldeneye at the east end of pond #2. I assumed it was a Common Goldeneye,
but found the bill color of the puzzling.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/40110704862/


Looking at the digiscoped photo later it seemed that the bill was rather
thick at the base, somewhat stubby and a bit curved, and seemed to be
developing a mostly orange color, suggesting a Barrow's Goldeneye rather
that the expected Common Goldeneye.

Here's an old entry from my blog that expresses my take on the ID of
puzzling female Goldeneyes. Check out the link in that to an excellent
discussion of female Goldeneyes by David Sibley:

http://lenblumin.blogspot.com/2014/03/barrows-goldeneye.html


Cheers,
Len Blumin
Mill Valley

 

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Date: 2/5/18 5:19 pm
From: rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Red breasted sapsucker
Hello birders just had a Red Breasted Sapsucker visit our apple tree in the back yard here in Windsor. Very nice

Rita Bevans
Windsor

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Date: 2/4/18 7:35 pm
From: tlaloc27 <rowoth...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Barrow's Goldeneye in Rio Vista (SOL)
North Bay Birders,

I received word this evening of a male Barrow’s Goldeneye in the Trilogy 55+ community in Rio Vista. It has been seen with Common Goldeneyes in the pond on the golf course at the intersection of Sunset Landing and Summerset Drive in the Trilogy 55+ community (the pond is next to the sidewalk and road). The reporter states she has seen this same bird (?) in the pond at the intersection of Saint Andrews Drive and Edgewood Drive as well.

Just passing on the word.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton






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Date: 2/3/18 10:54 pm
From: 'Chris Dunford' <christopher.j.dunford...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rock Sandpiper continues at Bodega Head
Good views in various postures and locations on the big rocks below the
whale observation point at the south end of the main parking lot on Bodega
Head. Seen with about 25 Surfbird and 5 Black Turnstones between 12 and 1 pm
- high tide. We arrived just before noon and found no Surfbirds, Black
Turnstones, or Black Oystercatchers, so we settled down for lunch
overlooking the ocean and rocks below. First, oystercatchers appeared, then
a few Surfbirds, then more Surfbirds, and soon they were joined by more
Surfbirds with a few Black Turnstones and the Rock Sandpiper that has been
reported since November. The birds seemed to settle down on the big rocks
to rest and preen. High tide seems to be the time to look for the Surfbird
flock and the Rock Sandpiper.

Chris Dunford
Davis, CA


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Date: 2/3/18 9:33 pm
From: David Wimpfheimer <ceruleanswift...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebes in Tomales Bay

Today while doing a waterbird survey on Tomales Bay I and several other observers saw a LONG-TAILED DUCK and 8 -10 RED-NECKED GREBES.  Both the duck and grebes were on the west side of the bay somewhat northwest of White's Gulch.  This area could be viewed by walking from the Tomales Point Trail(Point Reyes National Seashore) northwest from the Pierce Ranch.  It would be difficult to see these birds from the Highway One side of the bay.

 

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Date: 2/3/18 9:14 pm
From: <tracy_farrington...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon region, this afternoon
Arriving at the Abbott's Lagoon trail head about 1:15pm, I ran into Kirk Swenson, and the two of us set out to find the loon. Several birders on their way out gave negative reports for the lagoon, but one individual told of a bird on the ocean, directly west beyond the north end of the lower lagoon, that, by her description, had promise. We were then joined by an excellent young birder, Lucas C., from Marin, and we set up scopes at the tide line. Time was spent scanning, and the bird was eventually found by Lucas. But it was elusive. I remained at the position, scanning furiously, eventually obtaining several decent and diagnostic looks as the ARCTIC LOON dove and briefly surfaced.


Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek
 

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Date: 2/3/18 4:50 pm
From: <everettclark...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] No Arctic Loon this Morning at Abbott's Lagoon, PRNS, Marin (02/02/18)
Alex Merritt and I looked for the Arctic Loon this morning at the lower lagoon from about 7:30 to 11:15 with no luck. A White-winged Scoter spent most of the morning floating at the south end. In the western dunes, we found 3 Lapland Longspur flying about giving their rattle calls. Five or so Horned Lark were also in the dunes.


On the way home I stopped at the NE end of Nicasio Reservoir and found a Ferruginous Hawk and a big group of 63 (!) Common Merganser swimming on the water.


Everett Clark
Tiburon
 

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Date: 2/3/18 8:16 am
From: David Leland <dfleland...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Retraction re Hudeman pectoral sandpipers
Thanks to all who have pointed out the flaws in my identification. These on further consideration are just our regular winter friends least sandpipers.
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Date: 2/2/18 6:29 pm
From: David Leland <dfleland...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Pectoral Sandpipers at Hudeman Slough
This morning at Hudeman Slough Wildlife Area, there were 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. The birds showed an abrupt break between the darker upper breast and belly, short bills, light superciliums, and large scalloping on the back and wing feathers. The birds were about dunlin size, and had greenish-yellowish legs. They were foraging by pecking and sometimes poking in a deliberate style in what appeared to be emergent vegetation and on the edge of open water on the west side of the seasonal wetland, about half way between the parking area and the bridge in the southwest corner of the seasonal wetland.


Also of interest, there were some 220 bufflehead, about evenly split between the north and south effluent storage basins, along with 5 hooded mergansers, a common merganser among a variety of other water fowl in either the basins or the seasonal wetlands.


An eBird list with the entire list and some not that great photos of the pectoral sandpipers is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42445671.


Hudeman Slough Wildlife Area is in southeastern Sonoma County on Ramal Road, just under three miles south of Hwy 12/121.


David Leland
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Date: 2/2/18 3:43 pm
From: 'Danny Swicegood' <dsw860...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
The continuing Arctic Loon was present shortly after sunup this morning, still in the southeast end of Abbott’s Lagoon at Point Reyes Nat’l Seashore, Marin County. The bird was observed in the smaller stage of the lagoon across the wooden bridge and was visible for about 20 minutes until it swam out of view past the large rock outcrop.

Good Birding,



Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA





From: <northbaybirds...> [mailto:<northbaybirds...>] On Behalf Of <davidasexton...> [northbaybirds]
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 9:04 PM
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Subject: [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon





Viewed the continuing Artic Loon at the far SE end of Abbotts Lagoon this afternoon. Abbots Lagoon is at Pt Reyes in Marin County. Photo on ebird checklist.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42424786



David Sexton

Novato






 

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Date: 2/1/18 9:04 pm
From: <davidasexton...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
Viewed the continuing Artic Loon at the far SE end of Abbotts Lagoon this afternoon. Abbots Lagoon is at Pt Reyes in Marin County. Photo on ebird checklist.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42424786 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42424786



David Sexton
Novato


 

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Date: 2/1/18 7:29 pm
From: <davidasexton...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Continuing Artic Loon at Abbotts Lagoon
Viewed the continuing Artic Loon at the far SE end of Abbotts Lagoon this afternoon. Abbots Lagoon is at Pt Reyes in Marin County. Photo on ebird checklist.

Checklist S42424786

David Sexton,
Novato


 

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Date: 2/1/18 4:23 am
From: Daphne Hatch <daphnehatch...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Re: Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
There were several of us at Abbott's Lagoon today, 1/31, looking for the Arctic Loon. 3 of us thought we had seen it in the morning and that it had flown off just after noon, but on further consultation with other birders who arrived later and who have more experience with Arctic Loons, we concluded that we had not, in fact, seen it today. Others were still looking later in the afternoon, but we spent several hours covering the entire lagoon and did not see it. A common loon and 2 red-throated loons were observed on the lagoon and 1 or more Pacific loons flying over the ocean. We concluded the bird we saw today had too much white on the neck, and not enough on the flanks, and we had no nearby birds to compare size, leading to us to conclude we were looking at a red-throated.

Daphne Hatch, Novato

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Date: 1/31/18 6:56 pm
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Re Arctic Loon Abbott’s lagoon Pt Reyes Marin County
Located the continuing Arctic Loon at the south end of the Outer lagoon. With a small band of birders including Albert Linkowski, Bob Atwood, and Dea Freid. Also present were the continuing long tailed duck with the Surf Scoters. And a Red necked Grebe. We have bad photos of the Arctic Loon. 


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Date: 1/31/18 7:59 am
From: 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
I saw Mark’s eBird report of the loon, and went out to Abbotts lagoon yesterday afternoon. The loon was still there when I left at 4 pm, on the SE side of the lower lagoon. Approximate coordinates 38.112863, -122.948105.



There were three Common Loons also on the lagoon, offering a good comparison. Sure looked good for ARCTIC LOON to me. Smaller than nearby Common Loons, with smaller bill, smaller head, but still somewhat blocky with sharply sloping forehead; extensive white on flanks visible while floating; clean white throat and neck with no necklace; gray head and back of neck, with clean demarcation; somewhat darker back; white on face up to eye.



Jeff Miller

Russian River



From: <northbaybirds...> [mailto:<northbaybirds...>] On Behalf Of Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:25 PM
To: North Bay Birds
Subject: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30





Hello Birders,

Ryan DiGaudio and I were out at Abbott's Lagoon (in the Point Reyes National Seashore) this morning and saw what we believe is an Arctic Loon. I've submitted an eBird list, but don't have photos in there yet. For those interested in trying to find the bird, we first saw it near the north end of the lagoon and then got some closer views from the east shore of the lagoon. It spent time near the east shore and then out in the middle of the lagoon. There was also a Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe, both of which the Arctic was close to a few times for size comparisons.



Ryan and I were actually returning to Abbott's to look for this specific bird since we saw it first on Friday (1/26) while birding with Palomarin staff and interns. Upon our first look, I played it off as a Common Loon because of the largish bill and squarish head, while Ryan thought it might be a Pacific Loon due to the bill not being as large as a nearby Common and the clean distinction between the gray head-hindneck and the white throat-foreneck. Ryan was curious enough to take several photos. Upon reviewing these photos yesterday, we became more confused about it's identity and started to consider Arctic since it was showing white flanks. We sent the photos to Keith Hansen, Peter Pyle, and Steve Howell who all agreed that it looked good for an Arctic.



We decided that we needed to go back and see the bird again before making the final call, and luckily the bird was still at Abbott's this morning. We were able to watch the bird for a couple of hours with the bird being as close as 80 meters from us. The bird looks to be a young bird with the back feathers having pale gray to white edging making the back look scaly. The bird was actively diving (and successfully catching fish) most of the time, but there were periods when it was more relaxed and even preened a couple times. Even while actively diving the bird showed a strip of white on its flanks along the waterline more often than not. As far as I understand Pacific Loons would not show this amount of white especially while active. The throat and neck were clean white without a "necklace". I've read some descriptions that say some young Pacific's will lack the "necklace", so not a definitive mark, but still consistent with Arctic. The head shape was somewhat blocky with a steep forehead and a noticeable angle at the rear of the head, reminiscent of Common Loon head shape. The bill looked biggish to me, but Ryan thought it was not as large as a Common's. When the bird was near the Common we could see that the Arctic was obviously smaller, the bill was smaller, and the head was not as blocky. Again, from what we've read Arctic's are in between Common and Pacific in regards to size and shape.



We've uploaded a number of photos and a couple short video clips here:



https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sp5Ko5bdUeM2ce5l1



Photos from the original sighting on Friday can be seen here: https://ebird..org/view/checklist/S42258948





We hope others can get out and see this bird. And I'm sure we'll hear if our ID is disputed!




--

Mark Dettling

Bolinas, CA




 

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Date: 1/31/18 6:45 am
From: <willanderson990...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lewis's woodpecker Taylor mountain
There is a Lewis's Woodpecker at the top of Taylor mountain in Santa Rosa. It was in between two live oaks right by a very large pile of stones. Other birds of note were flyover horned larks. It was eventually chased off across the small valley to the north and landed in some trees by a cell phone tower.

Will Anderson
Santa Rosa

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Date: 1/31/18 5:40 am
From: Cynthia Boyer <byerbird...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Sunday, 1/28/18-Ellis Creek Cackling Geese-hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers
Around 2pm on Sunday the 28th I saw 5+ Cackling Geese in with the Canada Geese in the Sanitation ponds and the meadows.

Also saw 500+ Yellow-rumped Warblers making quite a din in the trees at the south side of the Ellis Creek ponds area.

Cynthia Boyer
Sonoma


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Date: 1/31/18 4:18 am
From: 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Black Vulture Bodega Bay
Passing on a message from Elias Elias



He saw the continuing BLACK VULTURE late this morning perched for about 5
minutes in the tall cypress trees overlooking the water treatment plant,
just south of the Birdwalk Coastal Access. It then flew low northward along
the east shore of Bodega Bay, lost from view around 11:30.



Jeff Miller

Russian River


 

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Date: 1/31/18 2:13 am
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
Hello Birders,
Ryan DiGaudio and I were out at Abbott's Lagoon (in the Point Reyes
National Seashore) this morning and saw what we believe is an Arctic Loon.
I've submitted an eBird list, but don't have photos in there yet. For those
interested in trying to find the bird, we first saw it near the north end
of the lagoon and then got some closer views from the east shore of the
lagoon. It spent time near the east shore and then out in the middle of the
lagoon. There was also a Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe, both of which
the Arctic was close to a few times for size comparisons.

Ryan and I were actually returning to Abbott's to look for this specific
bird since we saw it first on Friday (1/26) while birding with Palomarin
staff and interns. Upon our first look, I played it off as a Common Loon
because of the largish bill and squarish head, while Ryan thought it might
be a Pacific Loon due to the bill not being as large as a nearby Common and
the clean distinction between the gray head-hindneck and the white
throat-foreneck. Ryan was curious enough to take several photos. Upon
reviewing these photos yesterday, we became more confused about it's
identity and started to consider Arctic since it was showing white flanks.
We sent the photos to Keith Hansen, Peter Pyle, and Steve Howell who all
agreed that it looked good for an Arctic.

We decided that we needed to go back and see the bird again before making
the final call, and luckily the bird was still at Abbott's this morning. We
were able to watch the bird for a couple of hours with the bird being as
close as 80 meters from us. The bird looks to be a young bird with the back
feathers having pale gray to white edging making the back look scaly. The
bird was actively diving (and successfully catching fish) most of the time,
but there were periods when it was more relaxed and even preened a couple
times. Even while actively diving the bird showed a strip of white on its
flanks along the waterline more often than not. As far as I understand
Pacific Loons would not show this amount of white especially while active.
The throat and neck were clean white without a "necklace". I've read some
descriptions that say some young Pacific's will lack the "necklace", so not
a definitive mark, but still consistent with Arctic. The head shape was
somewhat blocky with a steep forehead and a noticeable angle at the rear of
the head, reminiscent of Common Loon head shape. The bill looked biggish to
me, but Ryan thought it was not as large as a Common's. When the bird was
near the Common we could see that the Arctic was obviously smaller, the
bill was smaller, and the head was not as blocky. Again, from what we've
read Arctic's are in between Common and Pacific in regards to size and
shape.

We've uploaded a number of photos and a couple short video clips here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sp5Ko5bdUeM2ce5l1

Photos from the original sighting on Friday can be seen here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42258948


We hope others can get out and see this bird. And I'm sure we'll hear if
our ID is disputed!

--
Mark Dettling
Bolinas, CA

 

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Date: 1/30/18 11:36 pm
From: rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Redhead
This am Norm Ortman and the two of us saw an adult Redhead male and 2 females/juveniles, scoped from the south end of Smith Brothers Rd. In Bodega Bay
Bill and Rita Bevans

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Date: 1/29/18 2:30 pm
From: John Sterling <jsterling...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Black vulture
Still at bodega bay. Flying over hwy 1 at north exit to Doran. Over large eucalyptus.

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Date: 1/29/18 2:08 pm
From: <tony.briggs108...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Glaucous Gull at Salmon Creek Mouth, Sonoma Co.
This morning around 1000AM I had a first-year Glaucous Gull on the beach at the mouth of Salmon Creek. It was a chalky-white bird throughout, had a pink bill with a sharply-demarcated black tip, bright pink legs, & beady black eyes, short primary projection.


Tony Briggs
Petaluma
 

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Date: 1/28/18 12:48 pm
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Harris's Sparrow Napa
Sunday. The HARRIS'S SPARROW continues by the boat ramp in Kennedy Park. It showed up at about 11:20. It was not observed between 9:00 till 11:20. It disappeared then came back after 15 to 20 minutes. Then disappeared.
Calvin LouSF




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-------- Original message --------From: "Murray Berner <vireocity...> [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply...> Date: 1/27/18 2:17 PM (GMT-08:00) To: northbay birds <northbaybirds...> Subject: [NBB] Harris's Sparrow Napa

 













Birders,



A Harris's Sparrow was at the Kennedy Park boat launch at noon Saturday. A large flock of sparrows is present, foraging among the wood chips in the center of the launch cul de sac. Rose, olive and sycamore is planted
there, surrounded by a red curb. People traffic increased significantly while I was there and the birds fly away a lot. Kennedy Park is off Hwy 221 at south edge of Napa at 2296 Streblow Drive. Follow Streblow west to the parking lot just past the playground
and picnic area. The launch is at the northwest corner of the parking lot.
Nearby at Napa Valley College, there is a Swamp Sparrow or two, present since October. It's in the marsh below the vegetable garden behind the welding shop, building 3100. A big palm marks a reliable spot. 



Murray Berner
Napa












 

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Date: 1/27/18 9:46 pm
From: Derek Heins <dlheins...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Fwd: Lake Berryessa Red-necked Grebe
Today around 11am Jim Chiropolos and I made a stop roughly a quarter
mile up the reservoir from the Lake Berryessa Dam, scanned to see
some grebes very far off but luckily the only one close by turned out
to be a Red-necked Grebe.

We drove up to the area to try for the Northern Waterthrush but were
unsuccessfull despite three stops at the stakeout. We did have a nice
close-up of the continuing American Dipper that perched for quite a
while nearby.


Derek Heins


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Date: 1/27/18 9:44 pm
From: Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Scripp’s Murrelet at Duncan’s Landing, Sonoma County
Today, just before 1:00 pm, I observed (for about 40 minutes) a Scripp’s Murrelet from the parking lot at the ocean’s edge at Duncan’s Landing. It was due west of the parking lot a few hundred yards from shore. Duncan’s Landing is a vista point off of Highway 1 north of Bodega Bay and a little south of the Russian River.

Ron Storey
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Date: 1/27/18 6:53 pm
From: Ron Storey <ronstorey...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Tundra Swans
I saw the birds at 11:40 am this morning on my way to the coast, and they were still there at 4:30 pm when I returned. They are just a two to three miles west of Carmody Road.

Ron

> On Jan 27, 2018, at 12:01 PM, Brook OConnor <brookoconnor202...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> wrote:
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> There are 5 Tundra Swans in an ephemeral pond on Valley Ford Rd just east of Gericke Rd, on the south side of the road. Spotted by Roger Marlowe this morning.
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Date: 1/27/18 2:17 pm
From: Murray Berner <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Harris's Sparrow Napa
Birders,


A Harris's Sparrow was at the Kennedy Park boat launch at noon Saturday. A large flock of sparrows is present, foraging among the wood chips in the center of the launch cul de sac. Rose, olive and sycamore is planted there, surrounded by a red curb. People traffic increased significantly while I was there and the birds fly away a lot. Kennedy Park is off Hwy 221 at south edge of Napa at 2296 Streblow Drive. Follow Streblow west to the parking lot just past the playground and picnic area. The launch is at the northwest corner of the parking lot.

Nearby at Napa Valley College, there is a Swamp Sparrow or two, present since October. It's in the marsh below the vegetable garden behind the welding shop, building 3100. A big palm marks a reliable spot.


Murray Berner

Napa

 

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Date: 1/27/18 12:01 pm
From: Brook OConnor <brookoconnor202...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tundra Swans
There are 5 Tundra Swans in an ephemeral pond on Valley Ford Rd just east of Gericke Rd, on the south side of the road. Spotted by Roger Marlowe this morning.

Brook OConnor

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Date: 1/27/18 9:22 am
From: Janet Bodle <jbodlemd...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Redhead
There is a Redhead among wigeons and shovelers in Piper Park, Larkspur in the marsh behind the community garden and dog park.




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Date: 1/26/18 8:22 pm
From: Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] CHICO, DAY 3...LEUCISTIC RED-TAIL AND other sports
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/red-tail-red-tail-sure-but-that-white-back/Harry Fullerauthor of: San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/author of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
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Date: 1/26/18 3:10 pm
From: Sbcobirding <jared.dawson40...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Barrow’s GE & Red-necked Grebe
At 1430 on 26 Jan off of the Jenner nature shop’s deck among 23 Common Goldeneyes there was a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE. Showed very well in a 25x scope view but I’ll have to see if my digiscoped shots reveal an ID shot, as they were continuously diving. Very easy to pick out of the flock each time it surfaced however.
Also from the same spot there was a RED-NECKED GREBE, in the same area as one I reported recently but a different bird, as it was not showing any breeding color coming in.
Jared Dawson
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Date: 1/25/18 10:06 pm
From: Harry Fuller <anzatowhee...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Chico Festival--three refuges in one afternoon
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/counting-by-hundreds/Harry Fullerauthor of: San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
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Date: 1/25/18 7:40 pm
From: Gary Scheppke <garyscheppke...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Re: Chico: ducks and geese and rain and rain
What is this?

 

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Date: 1/25/18 5:04 pm
From: <everettclark...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Long-tailed Duck Continues at Abbott's Lagoon, PRNS Marin (01/25/18)
A Long-Tailed Duck continues at Abbott’s Lagoon, seen at about 9:45 this morning sticking close to three surf scoters about halfway down the lower lagoon.


Also, two Black Scoters were in the heavy surf at McClure’s Beach at 11:30, a Caspian Tern was standing among crows and gulls on the edge of Tomales Bay near Vision Road in Inverness at 1:05, and a Bald Eagle was eating a fish on the shore of Nicasio Reservoir at about 3:00.


Everett Clark
Tiburon


 

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