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11/23/17 9:13 pm Ryan DiGaudio <rdigaudio...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Dead Dickcissel at Stinson Beach
11/22/17 7:25 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Last Few Days: Western Tanager, Aleutian Cackling Goose, Lincoln's Sparrow, Etc.
11/22/17 9:36 am 'Jungletouch' <Jungletouch...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] 7
11/22/17 9:34 am Ken <kenpoe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tricolored Blackbirds
11/21/17 5:08 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] NW Marin + misc. 11/20/17
11/20/17 3:59 pm Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Hooded Mergansers in Marin City
11/20/17 8:49 am <dherlocker...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] leucistic adult bald eagle. Marin County
11/19/17 11:49 am 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Varied Thrush push
11/19/17 6:34 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey: 11/20/17, if you can help, please (?)
11/17/17 6:45 pm Dan Singer <dsg2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Harris's Sparrow - Marin Co.
11/17/17 4:51 pm <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] leucistic Mew Gull and other stuff at Bodega Bay
11/17/17 2:20 pm Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bonaparte's Gulls at Las Gallinas
11/15/17 5:28 pm Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Prairie Falcon continues...
11/14/17 1:05 pm <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Larkspur
11/14/17 12:36 pm <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Larkspur Piper Park
11/14/17 9:11 am 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] San Francisco CBC December 27
11/14/17 8:57 am <sonomanature...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Hunt Club expanding on San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area (11/16 Hearing)
11/13/17 12:05 pm ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Hooded Mergansers Lake Co
11/13/17 11:58 am <herring.spawn...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] San Francisco Bay herring spawning events
11/13/17 9:49 am 'Norene' <noreneclare...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Helen Putnam
11/13/17 5:55 am <robin_leong...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] BCBC is on Monday Dec 18 you help is wanted
11/13/17 4:51 am <robin_leong...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] BCBC is on Monday Dec 18 HELP wanted
11/12/17 6:32 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Today: Short-eared Owl On Skaggs Island Road (~2 miles north of Highway 37)
11/12/17 8:29 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence....& Central Valley Birding Symposium
11/11/17 10:31 am Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
11/10/17 10:28 pm <chrisshuck...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Short-eared Owl and White-tailed Kite convention at Pomo Canyon Trail
11/10/17 1:29 pm <mwnute...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Las Gallinas ponds
11/9/17 6:34 pm Marjorie Siegel <masiegel3...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Pine Siskins, Lucas Valley
11/9/17 6:20 pm Gail Macmillan <gailmacmillan...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Pine Siskins, Lucas Valley
11/8/17 7:54 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lazy Woman's Backyard Big Day count, Napa
11/8/17 1:08 pm <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Cattle Egret
11/8/17 8:33 am cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Bodega Bay Birds
11/7/17 5:23 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bodega Bay, leucistic Mew Gull, 11/6 & kingbird
11/6/17 2:56 pm Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bodega Bay Birds
11/6/17 1:26 pm 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> RE: [NBB] Re: Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
11/6/17 1:24 pm Peter Pyle <ppyle...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lots of murrelets Bolinas Bay
11/6/17 10:24 am Denise Herzberg <denisevh...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Tropical Kingbird at owl Canyon
11/6/17 9:18 am Denise Herzberg <denisevh...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Re: Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
11/5/17 8:40 pm Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rock Sandpiper at Bodega Head
11/5/17 12:46 pm Brook OConnor <brookoconnor202...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
11/4/17 7:58 pm ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Evening Grosbeaks Rincon Valley
11/4/17 5:52 pm Derek Heins <dlheins...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Abbot's Lagoon Lapland Longspur
11/4/17 3:44 pm <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Jenner Headlands Preserve Hawkwatch report. Sat Nov 4TH.
11/3/17 6:32 pm Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Spring Lake, east Santa Rosa
11/3/17 4:18 pm Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Chukar, Alston Park, Napa Co.
11/2/17 7:09 pm Luanna Helfman <luanna.helfman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bodega Bay today
11/2/17 7:01 pm <luanna.helfman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] bodega bay Pacific Golden Plover
11/1/17 8:38 pm <corvus8x...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Late Wilson's Warbler- Bodega Bay
10/30/17 5:25 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Marin Co. CHESTNUT-COLLARED Longspur et al. 10/30/17
10/29/17 6:17 pm <jared.dawson40...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Evening Grosbeaks over Sebastopol
10/29/17 5:48 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Napa, First White-throated Sparrows
10/28/17 3:53 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Adult Rough-Legged Hawk @ Scaggs Island Rd. Bridge Area (Via Highway 37 entrance)
10/28/17 1:10 pm ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Kenwood local interest White-thr Sparrows
10/28/17 11:25 am eupher <eupher...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Owl Canyon & around Bodega Bay
10/28/17 10:25 am Marjorie Siegel <masiegel3...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] FOF Bufflehead southern Marin
10/25/17 5:41 pm 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Timberhill Park, Napa Oct. 25, 2017
10/25/17 4:17 pm 'Mike Shannon' <eupher...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> RE: [NBB] Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch
10/25/17 3:51 pm <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch
10/25/17 2:32 pm tonybriggs <tony.briggs108...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] lapland longspur in Petaluma
10/25/17 10:14 am <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lapland Longspur in Petaluma
10/24/17 2:11 pm William Legge <WGDLegge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rodeo Lagoon 10/24 - Visual Migration Today
10/24/17 12:19 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Outer Point Reyes 10/23/17
 
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Date: 11/23/17 9:13 pm
From: Ryan DiGaudio <rdigaudio...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Dead Dickcissel at Stinson Beach
This morning in the Stinson Beach parking lot, I happened upon a very much deceased, somewhat mummified Dickcissel. The bright yellow breast is what caught my eye, and along with the creamy supercillium and malars, and bill shape, it was undoubtedly a Dickcissel. There was also a small black spot at the central top of the breast. Cause or timing of death unclear. It may have met its demise at Stinson, or it seems entirely possible it 'rode' in plastered to the grill of a car, and a corvid or some other scavenger subsequently moved it to where I found it in the grass just off to the side from the lot. 
Not that this would be a "chaseable" bird in the traditional sense, but if anybody's interested I left it where I found it, which was in the grass directly beachward from the entrance kiosk, a few feet north of a garbage can. 
Happy Thanksgiving,
Ryan DiGaudioInverness, CA


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Date: 11/22/17 7:25 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Last Few Days: Western Tanager, Aleutian Cackling Goose, Lincoln's Sparrow, Etc.
Happy Thanksgiving:

1. Today:

11/22 @ Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, S. Rafael, Marin Co.

Pond #1:

- 18 ALEUTIAN CACKLING GOOSE individuals:

Identified via 1) honking call; b) small bill; c) white collar on 10 of 18; and d) light-colored upper breast near throat for all individuals.

- 1 LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Individual seen in Himalayan Blackberry patch …….as the first large one north of the intersection of the north side of Pond #1 & #2 (on left side of trail).....As you head east away from the parking lot, a barn in the distance at "3 o'clock" is present 800' north as a landmark to where the blackberry patch occurs. Diagnostic head markings along with "necklace" on breast. Skulking. By itself.

My ebird checklist for these accounts:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40674036

11/22 @ Shollenberger Marsh, Petaluma, Sonoma Co.

- 3 adult HERRING GULL (on north side of trail, ~700' west of the Point Blue building)

In the same area: Hundreds of other gull species (all age classes): California,
Glaucous-winged, Western, and Ring-billed. Saw three hybrid Western X Glaucous-winged.

- 1 VIRGINIA RAIL head doing “grunt” call (on south side of trail, ~400’ west of the Point Blue building)

2. Pine Flat Road, 11/21:

Nothing too unusual….but interesting spectacles included: a) Several Varied Thrush together, suggesting a nice
infusion of this non-breeding resident may be occuring throughout the NBB….and shall be a nice “gift” for next few months; and
b) A few “families” of Acorn Woodpecker seen together in the same tree and interacting, perhaps some “helper” hatch year birds in the mix remaining
with the parents.

3. Ignacio Valley, Novato, 11/15 (sorry for this tardy one that entered into eBird):

- 1 female WESTERN TANAGER seen amid a grove of trees behind a restaurant and east of the Ignacio Mall (immediately west of
Highway 101 and at the corner of Ignacio and Alameda del Prado).

First heard the characteristic “tssllip” call note, then watched this individual with my binoculars and scope.

This species noted at the following eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40591073

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

warblerwatch.com





 

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Date: 11/22/17 9:36 am
From: 'Jungletouch' <Jungletouch...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] 7
I saw a Pileated Woodpecker this morning. Sitting on the wired above the
road. Stony Point road, above the bridge 50 south of Rohnert Park
Expressway. Not sure if this is important enough for here but posting
anyways.

Gary Fulgham
Sant Rosa



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Date: 11/22/17 9:34 am
From: Ken <kenpoe...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tricolored Blackbirds
Maureen Geiger and I surveyed for tricolored blackbirds in south Solano County on Monday.  We noted a couple of thousand bird flocks on the east and west ends of Montezuma Road and a 500 bird flock on Little Honker Bay Road.
Ken Poerner 

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Date: 11/21/17 5:08 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] NW Marin + misc. 11/20/17
Spent some time birding in the northwest portion of the county yesterday, starting with the Tomales bay shorebird survey at Lawson's Landing/Sand Point/Brazil Beach, around Oceana Marin subdivision (signed PRIVATE/no parking) and along Dillon Beach/Middle/Marsh Rds. After finishing the survey I concentrated on sorting through Sparrow flocks and looked for blackbirds hoping to add some data to the winter Tricolored Blackbird survey.

Some sightings of note to me:

Snow Goose - in freshwater marsh at Brazil Beach

Ferruginous Hawk - on hillside pasture west of Middle Rd. overlooking San Antonio Creek

House Wren - one in scrub at Brazil Beach, 3 along Middle Road north of Whitaker Bluff, seems like a big number of House Wrens remaining on the coast this late into fall

White-throated Sparrow - with crowned/house Sparrows at Lawson's Landing, feeding in hay pile at RV slot "615"

Pine Siskins - 60+ in a big flock on top of the ridge at Middle Rd. north of Whitaker Bluff, in coyotebrush and on the ground

I noted "0" Tricolored Blackbirds in icterid flocks at Lawson's and along Dillon Beach/Middle Roads.

After leaving Marin Co. en route to Santa Rosa through Sonoma County I checked a large (800+) Blackbird flock on Walker Rd. 1/4mi north of Pepper Rd. "0" Trikes, (2) Brown-headed Cowbirds. But this flock was being constantly flushed and I didn't get a good look at all the birds.

At mm14.09 of Valley Ford Rd. there was a flock of Canada Geese (130) with one interesting CACKLING Goose in the mix. It had a dark breast like a _minima_, but the bill looked to long and head too square for that ssp.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 11/20/17 3:59 pm
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Hooded Mergansers in Marin City
While shopping today I briefly visited the pond at the north end of the
Gateway shopping center in Marin City. Nice low fence now and vegetation
removal provides open viewing. Early afternoon the pond hosted about 40
loafing American Wigeons, 6 Mallards and 9 Hooded Mergansers (3 males, 6
female type/juveniles). Other birds included 10+ gulls (Mew, Ring-billed
and probably California) and a few avocets. High water covered the
shoreline mud, so no other shorebirds. The new fence is at the end of the
parking lot, between Target (previously BestBuy) and the Outback
restaurant. The pond often hosts Hooded Mergansers in winter, and sometimes
a Eurasian Wigeon.

The 101 Marin City exit is at the north end of Sausalito, and the pond is
only 10 yards west of the highway.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/

 

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Date: 11/20/17 8:49 am
From: <dherlocker...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] leucistic adult bald eagle. Marin County
Seen Nov 18 at 4pm. Perched in cypress tree on north shore Nicasio Reservoir
 

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Date: 11/19/17 11:49 am
From: 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Varied Thrush push
November 18, west Marin tour highlight: just after dawn from the Dias Spur
trail near Panoramic Highway there was a very large southerly movement of
hundreds of Band-tailed pigeons and thrush (mostly American Robins), the
largest movement we've ever seen of VARIED THRUSH. We estimated over 100
Varied Thrush along with several hundred American Robins and about 200
Band-tails in approximately 15 minutes. A few dozen of the Varied Thrush
landed and called from the cypress on the east side of Panoramic. Also many
a Varied Thrush detection in most arboreal habitats throughout the day. If
the biannual theory about Varied Thrush present locally in large numbers
every other year is true this is almost certainly an "up" year for this
gorgeous creature.



Happy Trails!



Eddie Bartley

Noreen Weeden

San Francisco


 

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Date: 11/19/17 6:34 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey: 11/20/17, if you can help, please (?)
Good morning:

As many of you may know the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) has emergency listed the Tricolored Blackbird as a candidate for endangered status. Stay tuned.

To help potential conservation efforts for this species that you may periodically see in the NBB area (e.g., Outer Point agricultural areas is one Prime Time place to search during the non-breeding season), a non-breeding season survey occurs this Monday, 11/20/17.

Feel free to see:

https://mercury.postlight.com/amp?url=http://ca.audubon.org/conservation/protocol-tricolored-blackbird-winter-survey <https://mercury.postlight.com/amp?url=http://ca.audubon.org/conservation/protocol-tricolored-blackbird-winter-survey>


Regards, Daniel

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Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA 94949

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210


 

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Date: 11/17/17 6:45 pm
From: Dan Singer <dsg2...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Harris's Sparrow - Marin Co.
Hi all,

A Harris’s Sparrow was with a large flock of mostly White-crowned and Golden-crowned sparrows this morning near the Point Reyes Lighthouse at the Outer Point. The bird was first seen downhill from the trail that leads from the southwest corner of the parking lot to the radio tower. It was re-found later near the fence surrounding this tower. I included a few photos in my eBird checklist http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40561807 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40561807> .

Dan Singer
San Rafael
 

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Date: 11/17/17 4:51 pm
From: <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] leucistic Mew Gull and other stuff at Bodega Bay
NiBBers,

I did a route around Bodega Bay today with a few notable sightings.

1st off, a Nashville and an Orange-crowned Warbler from the Diekmann's Store parking lot. At Porto Bodega a Spotted Sandpiper, a Bonaparte's Gull, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, and 5 Whimbrels among other things.

At Bodega Head I met Luann from Woodacre and Denise Herzberg and we were able to spot the continuing Rock Sandpiper hanging with six Surfbirds, a Black Turnstone, and two oystercatchers.

Denise mentioned a prior report of an all white gull with black legs and a black-tipped yellow bill at Salmon Creek beach two days ago, so I planned to go see about it. However, at Gaffney Point amongst about 500 roosting gulls (mostly Mew Gulls) I spotted a roosting snow white gull. It eventually stood up, flew around, etc. showing pink legs (not black), a dark eye, and a two-toned bill, yellow at the base with a dark tip. It was precisely the size and shape of the nearby Mew Gulls but with immaculate white plumage, so not the wished for Ivory Gull. Bad digiscope photos will be posted on my e-bird list.

Gene Hunn
Petaluma

 

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Date: 11/17/17 2:20 pm
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bonaparte's Gulls at Las Gallinas
On pond #1 today at Las Gallinas there were 3 first winter Bonaparte's
Gulls foraging like phalaropes in the southeast corner, deftly snatching
small prey items from the surface. Black tail bands and dark carpal bars
were seen well in flight. Bonaparte's Gull is seen there most years in
small numbers, usually over the outer 2 ponds. Water today too high for
shorebirds, but hundreds for them were seen at Shorebird Marsh in Corte
Madera earlier (101 frontage road, just north of Nordstrom's).

Digiscoped photo at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/38432979506/

The water treatment ponds at Las Gallinas are the very end of Smith Ranch
Road.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Date: 11/15/17 5:28 pm
From: Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Prairie Falcon continues...
Hello all!
The Prairie Falcon is still here in the field behind my work. My work is located in SW Santa Rosa on Stony Point Rd. I have seen it several times since my initial report in early October. Today it was present when I looked at 2:45 and was still there when I left at 3. Today it was closer than I've seen it before but still a bit too far for spectacular photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40528500


Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

iPhone. iTypos. iApologize.
 

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Date: 11/14/17 1:05 pm
From: <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Larkspur
I've just posted the Yellow-bellied Photos into the NBB photo site.
They can be found in Yellowbilled Tours Marin local birds album.
Rich Cimino
Larkspur

 

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Date: 11/14/17 12:36 pm
From: <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Larkspur Piper Park
Finally after four years of seeking a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Marin County I found one today in Piper Park, Larkspur. Janet and I have up to five trips into Piper Pk. this fall season to seek out this species.Everett Clark reported a YBSA in Piper park three years ago. I have been visiting the park on going hoping to find a YBSA. Earlier this fall season Bill Lenarz reported a yuvenile plumage YBSA not far from Piper Pk., Larkspur, Marin County. Photos are on Face Book Marin Sonoma birding.



 

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Date: 11/14/17 9:11 am
From: 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] San Francisco CBC December 27
Hello, Bay Area Birders. Passing this on from our good friends at Golden
Gate Audubon Society. (Eddie Bartley, San Francisco)

This is Golden Gate Audubon Society's CENTENNIAL YEAR . and we invite you to
help celebrate its first century at the big year-end citizen science event:
the annual San Francisco Christmas Bird Count, on Wednesday, December 27.
The San Francisco Count is held in partnership with the Presidio Trust.
Please join us.

As a field observer, you'll get to see and hear the bird life in an area
that fits your interests and abilities, add to our understanding of the
status and distribution of our wintering birds, and enjoy the day. We
welcome new birders to help documenting the birds that are being identified
by more experienced leaders. Afterward, join us at the compilation dinner
($20) at the Log Cabin in the Presidio. A rarity usually turns up; learning
about them will help you see them, too. The food from La Mediterranee will
be good, and the company will be even better.

Maybe you'd rather just count birds in your yard on December 27. Feeder
watchers can spend as much or as little time watching birds as they wish,
and these observations also advance our knowledge of winter bird
populations. If this interests you, sign up as a feeder watcher -- in the
evening you can also join us at the compilation dinner.

Click this link to get started:
https://goldengateaudubon.org/birding-resources/christmas-bird-counts/
https://goldengateaudubon.org/birding-resources/christmas-bird-counts/

The sign-up deadline is December 3, so sign up today.

Contact us if you have questions about the count; contact the Golden Gate
Audubon Society office (510-843-2222) if you have questions about the
compilation dinner.

We hope you'll take part!

Noreen Weeden
Golden Gate Audubon
<nweeden...> <mailto:<nweeden...>
mailto:<nweeden...> <mailto:<nweeden...>

www.goldengateaudubon.org <http://www.goldengateaudubon.org>
http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/






 

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Date: 11/14/17 8:57 am
From: <sonomanature...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Hunt Club expanding on San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area (11/16 Hearing)
Six hundred hunters will be using this exclusive Hwy 37 Hunt Club in the middle of newly restored public wetlands. Perhaps you can help us get the word out on a new gun club expansion on San Pablo Bay that people are very concerned about. Facebook, Twitter, etc. The hearing is scheduled this Thursday 11/16.



Articles out this morning:



http://sonomasun.com/2017/11/1 3/luxury-gun-club-is-for-the-b irds/ http://sonomasun.com/2017/11/13/luxury-gun-club-is-for-the-birds/



Wing & Barrel Hunt Club faces appeal over expansion plans
http://www.sonomanews.com/news /7636325-181/wing-barrel-hunt- club http://www.sonomanews.com/news/7636325-181/wing-barrel-hunt-club

Tom Rusert
Sonoma,CA

 

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Date: 11/13/17 12:05 pm
From: ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Hooded Mergansers Lake Co
Yesterday, there were 40-50 Hooded Mergansers in the ponds next to Hwy
20 near where Cache Creek crosses the highway (Red Bud Trailhead.)

Ruthie Rudesill

Kenwood CA
 

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Date: 11/13/17 11:58 am
From: <herring.spawn...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] San Francisco Bay herring spawning events
Hi folks,


Pacific herring will soon be spawning in San Francisco Bay. If you see what you think or know might be a herring spawning event, please post to this listserv to let this community know! Even small spawning events usually attract a feeding frenzy of waterbirds feasting on the fish and eggs. Spawns tend to occur from November through March on the Marin shoreline from the Golden Gate Bridge through China Camp; Richardon's Bay; Point Richmond; San Francisco and South San Francisco Waterfront; and sometimes the Alameda and Oakland shorelines. The first birds that arrive are usually brown pelicans, grebes and gulls. Then ducks and shorebirds arrive to feed on the eggs.


Thank you!


Anna Weinstein,
Audubon California
 

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Date: 11/13/17 9:49 am
From: 'Norene' <noreneclare...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Helen Putnam
Perhaps of some passing interest. There are Stellar's Jays here this season
at Helen Putnam in Petaluma (South Loop). Odd that. Thought I saw one last
year in the same area in the rain (took a ghostly picture), but just the
one. Now, there's a definite presence. I did ask one why they were here
(do Jays migrate?), but they didn't have an answer for me.



Also, Hermit Thrushes are definitely staying the season, which is nice.
They were absent during the drought years. I always like to go on the
higher trails in Armstrong Redwoods and the upper canyons on Mt. Tam and
listen to their ethereal songs rising up above the ferns, in early spring.
Maybe we'll hear them here. Who knows.



Norene

Petaluma


 

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Date: 11/13/17 5:55 am
From: <robin_leong...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] BCBC is on Monday Dec 18 you help is wanted
Hi,
The Benicia Christmas Bird Count is on Monday December 18. Please contact Robin Leong at 707-643-1287 or e-mail him at <robin_leong...> Thanks
 

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Date: 11/13/17 4:51 am
From: <robin_leong...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] BCBC is on Monday Dec 18 HELP wanted
The Benicia Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Monday Dec 18. Birders of all levels are wanted. If you are free that day, even for a half day please contact Robin Leong at 707-643-1287 or via e-mail <robin_leong...> We have a nice compilation talk story that evening.
 

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Date: 11/12/17 6:32 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Today: Short-eared Owl On Skaggs Island Road (~2 miles north of Highway 37)
Good day:

One female SHORT-EARED OWL was easily seen with my binoculars, then tracked for a few minutes with
my 25x - 50x zoom scope today at 11:37 am (11/12/17).

I was pleased that many in my Merritt College raptor class noted it was a “life bird.”

Of course, several other birders have recently seen this species on the same road. A nice link
to view recent sightings (including several in 2017):

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/sheowl?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2017 <http://ebird.org/ebird/map/sheowl?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2017>

Many other common raptor species seen and enjoyed on a gorgeous day (BUT no Ferruginous or Rough-legged Hawk…..)

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

warblerwatch.com

warblerwatch.blogspot.com
(My 10-year-old warbler-centric blog, featuring articles, warbler news, & photo quizzes)








 

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Date: 11/12/17 8:29 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence....& Central Valley Birding Symposium
Good day:

1. Seasonal sightings/local occurrence on 11/11:


a. At Las Gallinas in San Rafael, I noticed (while birding from 5-6:15 pm) one Bonaparte’s Gull on Pond #1…..and I checked the large water irrigation equipment on the far east/northeast side of the parcel for non-breeding resident raptor species that sometimes occur (e.g., Rough-legged Hawk and Ferruginous Hawk….both of which I’ve seen perched in past years on this equipment……as well as a occasional foraging Short-eared Owl at dusk or dawn….)

None of these three species present.…...though I’ve been
seeing Ferruginous nearly daily at the borders of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield (within the NBB area) ) I’d more likely begin to expect to see
Rough-legged starting around now and through the initial part of 2018.

Will check Skaggs Island Rd. today for these two species.

b. I have checked the northeast corner of Pond #1 several times in the last couple of weeks….and, in so doing, listened for the Least
Bittern that many of you witnessed in recent months at this location. Nothing.

My experience since 2014 when this species appeared in Pond #1 is that it returns in March or April annually. We shall see (of course….. tautalogically speaking the obvious).

c. As for courtship behavior:

Several times in the past week, I’ve heard and watched Anna’s Hummingbird males performing their courtship dance/courtship flight. The “peak”
structural sound from the tail feathers (per many viewpoints/authorities’ opinions) was heard.

2. Totally unrelated, and please excuse this one-time faux pas: I have an already-paid-for motel room for the upcoming, annual
Central Valley Birding Symposium in Stockton.

Anyone wish to take it off my hands?

If so, I have it for Friday night, 11/17/17 at the Clarion Motel near the Hilton where the conference is occurring.

See: http://www.cvbirds.org/events/symposium/info/ <http://www.cvbirds.org/events/symposium/info/>

Please email me at <danieledelstein...> <mailto:<danieledelstein...> if you’d like the reservation ($61.50 for a single room) or please Share & Tell my above
plea.

Amazing, talented people lead trips for this annual conference and present illuminating slide shows/educational talks.

I HIGHLY recommend this conference, if you’re able to attend this year or in upcoming ones….as I’ve seen several of you NBB’ers
there in the past.

Enjoy it next weekend, folks:
I had to cancel this year (regrettable….chagrin…..working on the weekend…..)

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

415-382-1827 (O) 415-246-5404 (iPhone)


 

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Date: 11/11/17 10:31 am
From: Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
Has anyone seen the Rock Sandpiper today?
Thanks
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Date: 11/10/17 10:28 pm
From: <chrisshuck...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Short-eared Owl and White-tailed Kite convention at Pomo Canyon Trail
Today my son and I hiked the trail that connects the Pomo Canyon Trail, in Sonoma Coast State Park, to the horse trailer parking area near the confluence of Willow Creek and the Russian River, on Willow Creek Road.


At about 1:30 in the afternoon, under overcast conditions, we saw a pair of Short-eared Owls hunting. We had very good looks, as they stayed in the area for a while.


In the same area, we saw 30 White-tailed Kites! This is a definite, precise, stationary count. We counted from a high point, and there was about 1,500 ft. between the two birds that were the farthest out. I'm pretty sure there were even more hidden from view downslope of us. They were dotting the tree tops and a few were hunting.


Cell phone pics and coordinates of one of the Short-eared Owls can be found at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8757590 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8757590 and a group of eight of the kites can be seen at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8757826 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8757826.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8757826
Chris Shuck - Santa Rosa


 

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Date: 11/10/17 1:29 pm
From: <mwnute...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Las Gallinas ponds
Las Gallinas ponds, November 11 around 10 AM we saw two red phalaropes, a common gallinule and green heron. Ed Nute

 

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Date: 11/9/17 6:34 pm
From: Marjorie Siegel <masiegel3...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Pine Siskins, Lucas Valley
A FOF flock descended on my feeder this morning in southern Marin. 
Marjorie SiegelMill Valley (Strawberry)

From: "Gail Macmillan <gailmacmillan...> [northbaybirds]" <northbaybirds-noreply...>
To: Yahoogroups <northbaybirds...>
Sent: Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:20 PM
Subject: [NBB] Pine Siskins, Lucas Valley

  Large flock, first I have seen this year.
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Date: 11/9/17 6:20 pm
From: Gail Macmillan <gailmacmillan...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Pine Siskins, Lucas Valley
Large flock, first I have seen this year.
Gail MacLucas Valley
 

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Date: 11/8/17 7:54 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lazy Woman's Backyard Big Day count, Napa
Hi all,

Didn’t plan on trying to count all my yard birds for the day when I got up this morning, but it started off with a SAY’S PHOEBE, and a FOX & WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. I went out to do some pruning and a KILLDEER flies over, a NORTHERN FLICKER & NUTTALL’S WOODPECKER call. Then I hear the ‘wuck-wuck’ call of a PILEATED WOODPECKER. It is flying barely 3 feet above the street, lands in a Chinese Pistache tree for berries, and then over to a power pole. CEDAR WAXWINGS & YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are all over, along with WHITE & GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. A MERLIN (I believe Pacific/Black) lands on top of a redwood. A lone PURPLE FINCH comes for a bath, and my First-of-Season RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET shows up; then a SONG SPARROW. Later in the afternoon when the BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS start to flock, a lone RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD & 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS join them.

Started at 8:00 am and finished up at 4:15 pm, just spending some extra time looking out windows or going outdoors off and on in between chores.

Total species 36! Best ever counts were 37 species on 2/10/06 & 12/22/07. If the usual, but missing Mourning Dove, Oak Titmouse, & Hermit Thrush had showed up, it would have been my best day ever.

Complete Ebird list (with some pictures) is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40386897

Fun way to spend a day at home!

Denise Hamilton
Napa


 

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Date: 11/8/17 1:08 pm
From: <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Cattle Egret
2017 Nov, 07
Hello NBB's,

I counted 52 CATTLE EGRETS on the back field at Comstock Middle School in Santa Rosa.
They were on the back field either accessible from West Steele Lane Ave, or from Marlow Road.


Dave Barry
Santa Rosa
 

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Date: 11/8/17 8:33 am
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Bodega Bay Birds
Nov 8, the Rock Sandpiper continues at Bodega Head. First found by John Robinson before I arrived at sunrise. 730 to 830. I did lose the bird for about 40 minutes. But found it again.
Calvin LouSF


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At the head The Rock Sandpiper of 1:50 is still there on the center rock to the right of the main rock close to the parking lot. As of the Tropical Kingbird it is here at Owl Canyon as of 2:50.


Happy BirdingMark and Lucas StephensonNapa, CA









 

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Date: 11/7/17 5:23 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay, leucistic Mew Gull, 11/6 & kingbird
Hi all,

Saw reports on the Rock Sandpiper and Tropical Kingbird at Bodega Bay posted for yesterday 11/6, but I did want to mention that we saw a Tropical Kingbird at Diekmann’s Store in the morning, the same time we’ve seen several Ebird reports of seeing a Tropical Kingbird at Owl Canyon. I realize birds fly, but I am thinking that there might have been 2 birds yesterday.

Also, I like to mention the BEAUTIFUL leucistic Mew Gull we saw yesterday at Doran Beach on the ocean side mixed in a large flock of gulls (later flew over into the bay) There may be a touch of gray up on the mantle, but otherwise very white!

Pictures can be seen at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129054246@N07/

Happy birding,
Denise & David Hamilton
Napa


 

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Date: 11/6/17 2:56 pm
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay Birds
At the head The Rock Sandpiper of 1:50 is still there on the center rock to the right of the main rock close to the parking lot. As of the Tropical Kingbird it is here at Owl Canyon as of 2:50.


Happy BirdingMark and Lucas StephensonNapa, CA
 

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Date: 11/6/17 1:26 pm
From: 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [NBB] Re: Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
The ROCK SANDPIPER was still present at 11 am, roosting in with 55 surfbirds
on the closest rock. Easy to pick out even when it has its head tucked in,
because it is slightly smaller than the nearby Black Turnstones and has gray
back.



The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was still at Owl Canyon just after 11 am, but while I
was watching it, flew off to the cypress trees at the entrance to Bodega
Marine Lab, then flew off to the northeast.



I had a female LESSER NIGHTHAWK fly across Highway 1 in front of me right
near the entrance to Goat Rock State Park. Obvious nightjar with small,
buffy wingbars close to the wingtips.



Jeff Miller

Russian River



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Subject: [NBB] Re: Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head





At 9:15 the Rock Sandpiper is present at Bodega Head with Surfbirds.

Denise Herzberg
Bodega Bay
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Date: 11/6/17 1:24 pm
From: Peter Pyle <ppyle...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lots of murrelets Bolinas Bay
I was out by boat in Bolinas Bay for about 45 minutes in the
0900-1000 hour this morning and estimated about 35 Marbled and 8
Ancient murrelets within 2.5 km SE of the Bolinas Lagoon channel
mouth. Lots of bird activity - gulls (including Bonaparte's),
pelicans, loons, alcids, Aecmophorus grebes, etc.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40346495

Peter



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Date: 11/6/17 10:24 am
From: Denise Herzberg <denisevh...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Tropical Kingbird at owl Canyon
Tony Briggs spotted a Tropical Kingbird at Owl Canyon, Bodega Bay, Sonoma County. It was still present at 10:20. It has been flying from the willows and across the road.

Denise Herzberg
Bodega Bay

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Date: 11/6/17 9:18 am
From: Denise Herzberg <denisevh...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Re: Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
At 9:15 the Rock Sandpiper is present at Bodega Head with Surfbirds.


Denise Herzberg
Bodega Bay
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Date: 11/5/17 8:40 pm
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rock Sandpiper at Bodega Head
Patti and I just happened to drop by Bodega Head when Kirstin Lundquist saw
us in the parking lot and told us that a Rock Sandpiper was currently
being viewed on the rocks below, spotted by Roger Marlow and Kirstin during
their survey this morning. We've been hoping to catch a glimpse of this
unusual to our shores, and were thrilled to add it to our lifer list. Even
managed a digiscoped shot
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/26428129959/in/photostream> at it
hung out with the Surfbirds there. Others present beside Roger included
Brook and Orion O'Connor and Dave Shuford.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/

 

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Date: 11/5/17 12:46 pm
From: Brook OConnor <brookoconnor202...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rock Sandpiper off Bodega Head
During a Beach Watch survey this morning a Rock Sandpiper was found by Kirstin Lundquist and Roger Marlow. It was with Surfbirds and Black Turnstones and a Pelagic Cormorant on the central rock between the two larger rocks. As of now it is still there.

EBird report with map included for location details.

Brook OConnor

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Date: 11/4/17 7:58 pm
From: ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Evening Grosbeaks Rincon Valley
Sorry for the late report but my computer crashed this afternoon and had
to take it in. Luckily, Staples was able to revive it.

This morning at about 10:30am a flock of 11 EVENING GROSBEAKS flew over
the St Francis Shopping Ctr parking lot. They were calling and heading
northwest.

There was a report of them seen in Santa Rosa recently - maybe looking
for Pistache berries.

St Francis Shopping Ctr is at the corner of Calistoga Rd and Hwy 12(4th
St)

Good birding,

Ruthie Rudesill
 

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Date: 11/4/17 5:52 pm
From: Derek Heins <dlheins...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Abbot's Lagoon Lapland Longspur
This morning Jim Chiropolos and I enjoyed the birding and scenery at
Abbot's Lagoon. HIghlight was a single Lapland Longspur found among a
flock of roughly 100 American Pipits on the west side of the lagoon. On
the way out we had counted 55 Snowy Plovers hunkered down in the wind, but
on the way back we found them relocated closer to the lagoon but the count
had risen to 96.

Other highlights were 2 male Redheads and a Eurasian Wigeon among hundreds
of waterfowl at the far south end of the lagoon. We also had a Ferruginous
Hawk and Cackling Goose from the parking lot.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40309067


Derek Heins

 

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Date: 11/4/17 3:44 pm
From: <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Jenner Headlands Preserve Hawkwatch report. Sat Nov 4TH.
Saturday 11/04/17 Hawkwatch results.
First off the weather may of frightened off some Hawkwatchers, but 3 intrepid Hawkwatchers climbed the hill to count the mighty migration creatures. It was sunny with beautiful fluffy clouds scattered here and there. Windy 8-15mph gusting higher, a cold North wind! But that didn't stop Don Jackson or Alan Glazier from joining me.


We Observed:
Turkey Vulture) 56
White-tailed Kite) 3
Northern Harrier) 6. 2 males.
Sharp-shinned Hawk) 1
Cooper's Hawk) 2
Red-tailed Hawk) 54
Ferruginous Hawk) 8
American Kestrel) 10
Peregrine Falcon) 2

It was a great day! The adult Peregrine Falcon showed us why they are the Masters of the Sky. It dove repeatedly on multiple birds, but the best was watching it go after one of the juvenile Ferruginous Hawks, causing the FEHA to wheel upside down! The resident Red-tails were also quite agitated today steep stoop diving on interloping migrating Red-tailed Hawks!
We had clear skies giving us views all the way to the Farallon Islands!
We also observed 1 skein of Geese far off shore flying South. Canada of White-fronted to my eyes, they were quite a ways out there!
Because of my work schedule i will not be able to go this Wednesday Nov 8TH, but may try Friday Nov 10TH?
Dave Barry
Santa Rosa



 

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Date: 11/3/17 6:32 pm
From: Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Spring Lake, east Santa Rosa
Hello,

Shot over to Spring Lake this afternoon around 2:30 for a quick look for Golden-crowned Kinglets and was not disappointed. I heard them almost as soon as I entered the park on the Violetti entrance side. Could not see them. Parked and heard more, but again could not find them. Took a short walk to the spot where you can see the sandbar and saw 8 Ring-necked
Ducks--1 male and 7 female, 4 Wilson's Snipe along with the typical mallards and cormorants hanging out there. Also nice to see a crowd of Bufflehead.

Finally saw at least 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets as I was leaving the park, in redwoods alongside the road as I was turning left out of the parking lot toward the exit.

It was a nice drippy fall birding kind of day!

Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa
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Date: 11/3/17 4:18 pm
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Chukar, Alston Park, Napa Co.
This afternoon about 3:15 Lucas spotted a Chukar on the Mormon Church lawn opposite the South Parking lot of Alston Park. It ran around the lawn foraging under bushes. We returned with our camera and Jason Celaya and refound the Chukar about 3:30. A Sharp-shinned Hawk attempted to dive on it but our presence scared it away, while the Chukar dove into a bush. We left the bird around 4:00 pm. 
Happy birding!Mark & Lucas


Happy BirdingMark StephensonNapa, CA
 

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Date: 11/2/17 7:09 pm
From: Luanna Helfman <luanna.helfman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay today
Nov. 2

there was a beautiful juvenile Pacific Golden Plover among the Black
Bellieds in the mudflats off of the Rich Stallcup viewing platform, Doran
Beach, Bodega Bay. I watched him from around 1pm-3pm, when I took off to go
around the bay.

a fabulous day for shorebirds of all stripes at Bodega.

Luanna Helfman, Woodacre

 

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Date: 11/2/17 7:01 pm
From: <luanna.helfman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] bodega bay Pacific Golden Plover
Nov. 2, 2017
there was a beautiful juvenile Pacific Golden Plover in the mudflats near the Rich Stallcup viewing platform at Doran Beach, Bodega Bay. He was there from 1pm to 3pm (when I moved on) among many, many Black Bellied Plovers.


a beautiful day for shorebirds at Bodega


good birding,


Luanna Helfman, Woodacre
 

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Date: 11/1/17 8:38 pm
From: <corvus8x...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Late Wilson's Warbler- Bodega Bay
This afternoon around 1230 pm , there was a female type Wilson's Warbler below the parking area at Diekmann's Bay Store in Bodega Bay. That is a very tardy WIWA . At this late date it may stay for the winter.... There was also a Gray-headed race Orange-crowned Warbler there as well. In the Bay ,waterfowl are gathering and increasing ... Rafts of Buffleheads and Surf Scoters , Western Grebes and Ruddy Ducks ... A Peregrine Falcon was celebrating their return with a late lunch butterball Bufflehead on the outgoing tidal mudflats ..


Good birding




Scott Carey


Sebastopol , Ca.

 

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Date: 10/30/17 5:25 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Marin Co. CHESTNUT-COLLARED Longspur et al. 10/30/17
On my way up to do some yard work in Santa Rosa today I took a detour through Marin County. With the increasing onshore winds I decided to forego a planned visit to the Point ReyesNational Seashore and instead checked out sites through the central county, starting at Nicasio Reservoir followed by a hike along the Tomales Bay Trail (trailhead just a couple miles north of the town of Point Reyes Station) and finishing with a couple of stops along country roads in the Valley Ford area. My main focus was investigating pastures and grasslands and their associated avifauna. I was not disappointed.

Highlights were:

"Aleutian" Cackling Goose - gated pond along Tomales Bay Trail

Wilson's Snipe - 3 in the marshy draw on north side of Nicasio Valley Rd. right before junction w/Pt.Reyes/Petaluma Rd., 1 at Arabian Adventures pond on HWY 1 in Outer Point Reyes Station

Prairie Falcon/Loggerhead Shrike - along a dead end road near Valley Ford in the northernmost portion of the county

Burrowing Owl - pastures along Tomales BayTrail

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - in willow scrub along Nicasio Valley Rd. at the guard rail before Pt.Reyes/Petaluma Rd. I've encountered gnatcatchers here in mid-winter in years past and based on the late date for a migrant perhaps this is a bird that will winter in the area.

CHESTNUT-COLLARED Longspur - along Tomales Bay Trail.

TRICOLORED Blackbirds - ~200, amongst cattle in the pasture just north of the Tomales Bay Trailhead/off Highway 1. They were there when I began my hike around 10:30 and were the reason why I made my first ever stop at this site. By the time I returned to my truck around 13:30, the flock had departed.

If anyone is interested in looking for the longspur. Take the main trail from the parking lot until you see the first of two ponds. Walk up slope toward an old tractor trail. The longspur landed about 15m in front of me on this trail. Then flushed and after making a broad loop overhead giving diagnostic flight calls landed about 100m away. After watching it land I tried to walk up to it for a better look but it flushed again when I unknowingly approached within about 5m. After watching it circle again and land in another part of the pasture I let it be.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 10/29/17 6:17 pm
From: <jared.dawson40...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Evening Grosbeaks over Sebastopol
Late this morning the 29th I was pleasantly surprised to have a loose flock of 15 or so EVENING GROSBEAKS in flight over my house just south of Sebastopol. I first heard their calls, and their calls continued as they flew over.
Jared Dawson
Sebastopol
 

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Date: 10/29/17 5:48 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Napa, First White-throated Sparrows
Hi all,

Was very happy to see 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in my backyard this morning (after just replying to Ruth R’s post about having them in her yard yesterday in Kenwood and hoping ours would come soon!) First for 2017.

Drove up Partrick Rd. this afternoon (for those of you who go birding up there) Some grassy hillsides are burnt and a few singed trees and burnt up on the ridges, with a bit more damage on the narrow road section up at the very top, but overall did fine in the fire. Henry Rd was burnt a LOT more – a lot on the hillsides & ridges and all along the road. Will have to see how the oaks and other trees recover.

Good birding,
Denise Hamilton
Napa
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Date: 10/28/17 3:53 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Adult Rough-Legged Hawk @ Scaggs Island Rd. Bridge Area (Via Highway 37 entrance)
Good day birders:

Among excellent sightings of diverse common raptor species today at this site during a field-trip class I led from Merritt College (Oakland),
I close looks directly over our head of one adult ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK for approximately two minutes.

It was my first sighting of this non-breeding season resident in 2017 and a “first-ever/life bird” species for the 16 attendants.

Regards, Daniel

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210


 

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Date: 10/28/17 1:10 pm
From: ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Kenwood local interest White-thr Sparrows
Stuck around home today with yard cleanup duties and a sick dog. The
fallen oak around my feeders has made a large "oven" effect and the
birds seem to like it. Many birds coming in for water and seed.

Two White-throated Sparrows are the stars today (no other Zonotrichias.)
Got some great photos!

As many as eight as a time Chestnut-backed Chickadees, several Hermit
Thrushes and Fox Sparrows, Oak Titmouse, both Towhees, Hutton's Vireo.
Scrub-jays are busy gathering up the 100s of acorns.

Enjoying the nice fall day,

Ruthie Rudesill

Kenwood CA
 

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Date: 10/28/17 11:25 am
From: eupher <eupher...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Owl Canyon & around Bodega Bay
Went up Owl canyon in the fog this morning. I was gifted with 10 minutes of a beautifully colored Golden Crowned Kinglet. He we 5 steps into the path feeding happily in the low bushes.
Also there was a vireo, I think it was Huttons at the bottom of the stream bed. On the ground at the bottom there was a mixed flock of white crowned (and maybe a few golden crowned) sparrows and mixed in was a heavily streaked sparrow that looks like a Song Sorrow, complete with a central breast spot, but this bird was doing the scratch backward thing that towhees do. It could have been Savannah. Up a ways I was pretty sure I saw a Fox Sparrow feeding. In a fallen log, again, I am not sure.
On my way out there was a Townsends Warbler. 
At the Hole the flock of Yellow Rumped Warblers was active.
Mike Shannon


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Date: 10/28/17 10:25 am
From: Marjorie Siegel <masiegel3...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] FOF Bufflehead southern Marin
Greetings NBBirders,
In Strawberry Cove, Richardson Bay, a tight group of 28 Bufflehead with 4 adult males. I didn't get a good look at the other female/juvs because, for some reason, they all took off as soon as got my binoculars trained on them. 
In case absentees are of interest, I've seen almost no shorebirds here this fall, just an occasional Long-billed Curlew, 1 Spotted Sandpiper along with California & Western Gulls. In recent years, the regulars have included Willets & Greater Yellowlegs.
Marjorie Siegel, Mill Valley
 

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Date: 10/25/17 5:41 pm
From: 'Denise Hamilton' <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Timberhill Park, Napa Oct. 25, 2017
Hi all,

First time David & I walked up to Timberhill Park with visiting friends from Portland, OR since the fires. Happy to report that for this park, damage is light. See pictures of the hillside burnt at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129054246@N07/with/37935735071/

For those who go to the park, the picture was taken by the Big leaf maple that is right in the center of the road. Fence posts burned, but most of the trees just look a bit singed around the edges. You can see how the firebreaks put in helped a lot, plus it looks like there were water drops.

Bird-wise, had a flock of 20+ WESTERN MEADOWLARKS up on the hillside below the burn, a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW in the shrubs next to the maple tree, along with quite a few WHITE-CROWNED (which we don’t see a lot of at the park) and a few GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, & one FOX spar. lower down. A large flock of goldfinches, mainly LESSERS were enjoying thistle seeds. Up in the bay trees, just beyond the green gate, we heard some loud tapping and was happy to see a PILEATED WOODPECKER. Complete list can be found on Ebird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40122687

(Timberhill Park: Browns Valley Rd to Buhman Ave. turn left; to Meadowbrook Dr. turn right; to Stonybrook Dr. turn left; to Timberhill Ln. turn right. Park at end of street by gate up to park. Walk up road. 2 ways to go- beyond green gate, there is a well used trail to the left- walk up hill and follow path/road all around the hill and then come back down. Or, continue up road beyond the green gate and walk up as far as you want- there is a bit of a steep section where the path goes up the hill above the washed out road. I usually start my count at the corner of Stonybrook & Timberhill – feeders at the house on the corner, and great oaks along the street.)





Need to go up Partrick Rd to see how it did. Saw a picture the other day online and it looks like it was all burned around the pond on the left-hand side, right before you get into the dense trees.



Happy birding,

Denise & David Hamilton

Napa

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Date: 10/25/17 4:17 pm
From: 'Mike Shannon' <eupher...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [NBB] Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch
Where in Jenner is the best spot?



Mike Shannon



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Subject: [NBB] Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch





10/25/17.

Hi NBB's,

Another amazing day out on the Sonoma Coast counting migrating raptors. I was joined by Vicki Chung, Candace Krout, Hody Wilson, Miles & Teresa Tuffli, & Joan Geary. We had near perfect weather, about 80 degrees light breeze, clear for miles and miles.
Our count was the following:

Turkey Vulture) 34
White-tailed Kite) 4
Bald Eagle) 2
Northern Harrier) 6. 1 adult male
Sharp-shinned Hawk) 3
Cooper's Hawk) 4
Red-shouldered Hawk) 1. adult
Red-tailed Hawk) 38
Ferruginous Hawk) 3
American Kestrel) 9
Merlin) 1

We also observed Coyote 1
Bobcat 1
Black-tailed Deer 2

It was an overall great day.

Dave Barry
Santa Rosa






 

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Date: 10/25/17 3:51 pm
From: <ramsman...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch
10/25/17.
Hi NBB's,
Another amazing day out on the Sonoma Coast counting migrating raptors. I was joined by Vicki Chung, Candace Krout, Hody Wilson, Miles & Teresa Tuffli, & Joan Geary. We had near perfect weather, about 80 degrees light breeze, clear for miles and miles.
Our count was the following:
Turkey Vulture) 34
White-tailed Kite) 4
Bald Eagle) 2
Northern Harrier) 6. 1 adult male
Sharp-shinned Hawk) 3
Cooper's Hawk) 4
Red-shouldered Hawk) 1. adult
Red-tailed Hawk) 38
Ferruginous Hawk) 3
American Kestrel) 9
Merlin) 1

We also observed Coyote 1
Bobcat 1
Black-tailed Deer 2
It was an overall great day.
Dave Barry
Santa Rosa



 

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Date: 10/25/17 2:32 pm
From: tonybriggs <tony.briggs108...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] lapland longspur in Petaluma
Still present at 1100AM, follow Gene's excellent directions to the soccer field where the bird was very co-operative.

Tony Briggs
Petaluma

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Date: 10/25/17 10:14 am
From: <enhunn323...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lapland Longspur in Petaluma
NiBBers,

This morning at 9:30 AM Nancy and I spotted a longspur with Killdeer, pipits, and Savannah Sparrows in a soccer field just north of the Sonoma Mountain Elementary School. Unfortunately, I had left my scope in the car so was unable to get a photo. The bird skulked as longspurs do in the grass, flew several times showing a limited white border to the short tail. Streaky back, clear white throat, pale yellowish-orangish face set off by a dark ear patch and post-ocular spot (but not a complete dark frame as might have been more usual), The nape was rather bright chestnut. The bill small, conical. We heard it call with a dry rattle on several occasions. I tried to turn it into a Chestnut-collared, but the limited white in the tail and the calls seems to rule that out, though it is not a heavily marked as I recall for Laplands.

This field and the adjacent fence line (the bird once flew over the barbed wire fence into the fallow field to the north, but then returned) are quite birdy at the moment. We glimpsed a Vesper Sparrow here a few days ago. There's a kite and a pair of Say's Phoebes in the field along with meadowlarks and red-winged blackbirds and lots of Zonos.

Best approach is from Sonoma Mountain Parkway at Rainier Ave. in East Petaluma. Go up Rainier to Matzen Ranch Circle, turn right, then park at the edge of the field.

Gene Hunn
Petaluma

 

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Date: 10/24/17 2:11 pm
From: William Legge <WGDLegge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rodeo Lagoon 10/24 - Visual Migration Today

Classic Fall 'vis-mig' conditions in the Marin Headlands early this morning with the moderately strong offshore winds channeling migrating birds into the Headlands. The highlight was a strong movement of American Pipits heading south east. I tallied 562+ moving through in 28 different flocks in c. 2 hours, the largest comprising 52 individuals, with particularly strong passage between 8:15-8:45am when flocks were coming through from the NW, over the footbridge leading to the beach, SE over the main lagoon and up over the southern headlands, every few minutes. No sooner had I tracked the progress of one flock over the lagoon than I would look back to the northwest to seen the next flock approaching. Most were flying about 20-100 feet above ground/lagoon. Special to see migration on this scale in Marin, but best not to think too much about what could have been with them!

Other species seen moving today included Band-tailed Pigeon, Killdeer, Western Meadowlark and Lesser Goldfinches. There were literally hundreds of small passerines moving over the Marin Headlands very early in the morning east of Rodeo Lagoon, that were too far away or high up to ID. In addition several hundred unidentified ducks were moving south offshore - very bad heat hazy hindered my ability to identify any of the latter with any certainty.

Vig-Mig totals from this morning (7:40-9:30am) as follows - all movement south-east (SE) unless noted:

23 Killdeer - single flock flew over quite high
2 Glaucous-winged Gulls
1 Thayer's Gull (first of the fall)
285 Band-tailed Pigeon (largest flock 60+)
2 Tree/Violet-green Swallows over NE
562+ American Pipit (largest flock 52)
10 Lesser Goldfinch
3 Western Meadowlark

The best of the rest included the continuing flock of 17 Cackling Geese (2nd day and visiting both lagoons) - Aleutian sized but no neck rings but pale breast and larger size ruling out Minima, 2 Wilson's Snipe in the outlet channel, and the now resident Common Gallinule with Am. Coot on the main lagoon. Fox Sparrows and House Wrens continue to be present in good numbers for those prepared to undertake a circuit of the lagoon, and I had my first Pacific Wren of the Fall. However the windy condition hampered seeing grounded passerines today - many choosing staying out of the wind.

Good birding,

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA




 

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Date: 10/24/17 12:19 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Outer Point Reyes 10/23/17
Checked out some spots on Outer Point Reyes today between 10:30a.m. - 3 p.m.

Some birds of note:

Band-tailed Pigeon - Fish Docks

Burrowing owl - Lighthouse

Hutton's Vireo - Drake's Beach Willows

Chestnut-sided Warbler - continuing(?) Drakes Beach willows

Palm Warblers - (2) one near fenced antennas along road between Lighthouse and Nunes, second bird on rock outcrop above Lighthouse cypresses

Indigo Bunting - first fall male with Sparrow flock below lighthouse cypresses

Tricolored Blackbirds - (~600) in Mendoza fields in a.m. at Spaletta Ranch in afternoon

Red Crossbills - (5) sounded like Type 3/Western Hemlock, in Lighthouse Cypresses

Lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets on Outer Point today, with biggest concentration (6-7)
at Drake's Monument trees and birds heard calling from every tree including the lone cypresses along road down to Drakes. Same thing for Varied Thrushes with multiple birds at every larger tree stand and (5) flying north over Drake's Beach bear 3 p.m.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


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