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5/20/18 2:01 pm dea freid <lemuria...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Santa Rosa Creek 5/20
5/17/18 8:49 pm <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Pine Flat Road- May 17
5/17/18 4:47 pm Tiffany Erickson <tiffymm66...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Willowbrook Court - Continuing Blue-winged Teals
5/14/18 9:07 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] No Herring run Pt. Bonita but Elegant Terns
5/14/18 5:01 pm Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bolinas Lagoon-Pine Gulch, 5/14
5/11/18 7:39 pm <corvus8x...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Swainson's Hawk, Sebastopol 05/11/2018
5/11/18 2:40 pm Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bobolink, Bolinas Sewage Ponds, 5/11
5/11/18 2:05 pm Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Yellow-breasted Chat
5/9/18 8:23 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Fw: [EBB_Sightings] Non East Bay Event, Pt. Bonita Herring Running, Many Birds
5/9/18 7:32 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Fairfax-Bolinas Road: Seasonal Sightings
5/6/18 8:27 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] 1) Ongoing Tundra Swan: Hamilton Field Wetlands; 2) Redhead
5/5/18 7:11 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Schollenburger and Adobe
5/5/18 6:41 pm dee forema <birdwoman0122...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Sonoma: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Lewis’s Woodpecker
5/5/18 6:20 pm ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Bodega Bay today
5/4/18 12:28 pm <rubys_oograah...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Lawrence's Goldfinches in Rockville Hills, Fairfield!
5/2/18 8:48 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Loma Alta Fire Rd.: Lazuli Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Etc. Seasonal Sightings
5/2/18 4:40 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Festival weekend highlights
5/2/18 11:38 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Swainson's Thrush @ Five Brooks in Pt. Reyes Nat. Seashore
5/2/18 6:26 am Mike Heffernon <mheff...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Occidental Local Interest
4/30/18 5:00 pm Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Elegant terns
4/29/18 5:45 pm Ryan DiGaudio <rdigaudio...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> Re: [NBB] Black Vulture in Inverness
4/28/18 9:41 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Hooded Oriole & Bald Eagle @ Las Gallinas in S. Rafael
4/26/18 5:00 pm Jim White <jimwhitebbs...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] MacGillivray's Warbler, Tundra Swan, Least Bittern, Vaux Swift
4/26/18 2:49 pm Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] POSSIBLE Vermillion Flycatcher, Bodega Head
4/25/18 8:04 pm 'Bob Battagin' <bigfootbob...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Nicasio Reservoir Ferruginous Hawk, Purple Martins, and others.
4/25/18 5:32 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Grasshopper Sparrow On Mt. Burdell, Novato
4/25/18 2:49 pm <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Least Bittern Las Gallinas pond one
4/25/18 2:42 pm <birdwoman0122...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Sonoma a Pair of Hooded Orioles and a pair of Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue
4/25/18 10:28 am <magwhls...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] American Bittern Calling - Novato, Marin County
4/23/18 8:30 pm 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Black-throated Green Warbler present
4/22/18 1:36 pm 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Solitary Sandpiper continues Santa Rosa
4/22/18 2:03 am Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Santa Rosa Creek Trail 4-21-18
4/22/18 1:39 am Diane Hichwa <dhichwa...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] FOS Olive-sided flycatcher
4/21/18 9:07 pm rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] FOS Lazuli bunting
4/20/18 5:11 pm Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] Spring Lake, East Santa Rosa
4/20/18 2:12 pm Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...> [NBB] FOS Lazuli Buntings, Milliken Reservoir, Napa County
 
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Date: 5/20/18 2:01 pm
From: dea freid <lemuria...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Santa Rosa Creek 5/20
This morning (Sun 5/20) while birding the NW ("Ewok") trail of Santa
Rosa Creek, I saw a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. I was almost at the end of the
vineyard when the bird burst into view, landed briefly close enough for
an excellent look, then zoomed off again. About 10 min later, I heard it
singing in this area. When I was quite a ways further down the trail, I
heard one singing again, probably the same one. There were also quite a
few singing Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats present. This trail
is accessed from Willowside Rd Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County.

Dea Freid

Sebastopol
 

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Date: 5/17/18 8:49 pm
From: <cdlou37...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Pine Flat Road- May 17
Hi ALL

A short trip to Pine Flat Road in Heraldsburg-

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at MM 4.8. This is just pass the pullout to Ferguson Spring.
The bird liked to be on the road near the white plastic reflector. On the trip to and
returning, it was found on the paved road.

(2) RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW were here as well and towards the metal guard rail along the
road further up.

(4) PURPLE MARTIN were cruising around tree snag at MM 8.8.

Calvin Lou
SF


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Date: 5/17/18 4:47 pm
From: Tiffany Erickson <tiffymm66...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Willowbrook Court - Continuing Blue-winged Teals
Hello,

Yesterday on my way home from a work event in Petaluma I went by the
seasonal wetland at the end of Willowbrook Court. In addition to lots of
foraging Great Egrets, Mallard and Canada Goose families, there was still a
pair of Blue-winged Teal. Seems late?

Tiffany Erickson
Windsor, CA

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Tiffany
707-479-0108

Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity
will not find peace. ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

 

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Date: 5/14/18 9:07 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] No Herring run Pt. Bonita but Elegant Terns
Greetings Bay Area Birders and herring chasers,
As an avid Herring event chaser and herring student I feel it’s only right to set the record straight about the recent herring run report. And please share.
In short there was no herring run at point Bonita nor has there been one anywhere else around SF since at least early March.
There has never been a May herring run in SF waters, not in recent history anyway. (I am not sure about Tomales Bay, but have never heard of one.)
It would also be very atypical for them to breed outside sf bay itself, as the exposed coast is not their spawning habitat.
I checked with commercial fisherman, sportfishermen and crabbers on the water that day and none of them saw this event.
I also talked to a leading Bay Area Herring expert who also confirmed this would be totally unprecedented and he had heard nothing of it.
The report of at least 10,000 western grebes would also be unprecedented for anywhere off the Marin or SF coast. Not to mention most of these birds should be on the breeding grounds by May, not on the ocean.
While anchovies occasionally (though rarely this early) show up in mass off the Marin coast in spring, this species only spawns way offshore. So it would have just been a schooling event, not spawning as reported.
On May 9 and May 10 I scoped the Pt. Bonita area from the SF side anyway and could see no evidence of gull massing at all. Gulls are the tell tale sign of such an event.
There are however over 50 Elegant terns foraging in the channel daily, along with several humpback whales. So it’s looking productive out there.
Seeing as these birding list serves are one of the primary ways to truly track the pulse of local natural phenomenon, it is only right to fact check such a mega and rare event.
Once circulated this can really throw off our collective understanding of local fisheries if we take it as fact. More significant than a single misidentification, it is a misidentification of an entire phenomenon and the thousands, or indeed millions of associated organisms.
I *do not* want to discourage beginners from reporting on local events, but rather ask that such reports are kept credible and check the facts before broadcasting such a regional significant phenomenon and unprecedented numbers. Especially second hand reports.
There’s no reason for people to drive long distances for a non- event, just so a common bird.
I trust this was not intensional, but rather a miscommunication.
Indeed some of the most amazing reports come from beginners!
Respectfully,
Josiah Clark, Consulting Ecologist







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Date: 5/14/18 5:01 pm
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bolinas Lagoon-Pine Gulch, 5/14
Hello Birders,
The Palomarin banders and I saw and heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak this
morning at Pine Gulch on Bolinas Lagoon this morning. It was singing in
various places from about 7:30am to noon. We did not have any Black-headed
Grosbeaks singing, so it was easy to find if you heard a grosbeak song.
Nice surprise!

--
Mark Dettling
Bolinas

 

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Date: 5/11/18 7:39 pm
From: <corvus8x...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Swainson's Hawk, Sebastopol 05/11/2018
Driving home from work tonight I spotted a hawk over head that did not jive with local hawks. I pulled over safely and lost the bird for 30 seconds , but soon reappeared over the redwoods right over head- Sure enough an adult light morph Swainson's Hawk. I saw it for two minutes , then lost it as it was pushed by the steady east winds to the Northwest. I saw the bird at 645 pm om Mill Station Road west of Sebastopol. What I saw - Long narrow winged Buteo with long tail. Broad terminal band on tail. Wings slated upward in a shallow V position . Lots of soaring , less flapping than other hawks of its size. Body white with dark brown breast and head.. Wing - white underwing coverts with dark to black below in flight feathers.


With the strong eastern winds predicted the next few days , I suspect others may appear in Sonoma or Marin Counties...


Scott Carey


Sebastopol, Ca.
 

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Date: 5/11/18 2:40 pm
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bobolink, Bolinas Sewage Ponds, 5/11
Hello Birders,
This morning I got word from Scott Jennings that he had seen a Bobolink
at the Bolinas Sewage Ponds. I didn't have many details, so when I got
there and eventually ran into a breeding plumage male singing, I was quite
shocked. The following eBird checklist has some details
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45560401

The bird moved around a lot, but was singing, so if you go looking make
sure you listen to the song first. There is a lot of grassy field in the
area, but it did seem fond of the wetter areas.

Also, I heard from Scott that he was there originally looking for a
Pectoral Sandpiper, that Keith Hansen told him about.

--
Mark Dettling
Bolinas

 

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Date: 5/11/18 2:05 pm
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Yellow-breasted Chat
Hi All,

This morning Suzanne Cogen and I were walking in Ragle Ranch Park and
ran into Wendy Peterson. She told us that she may have heard a
Yellow-breasted Chat. Sure enough, after about 20 minutes, Suzanne and
I also heard it. It was near the bridge where the Thistle Trail meets
the Blackberry Trail.

Ragle Ranch Regional Park is in western Sebastopol in Sonoma County.

Lisa


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Date: 5/9/18 8:23 pm
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Fw: [EBB_Sightings] Non East Bay Event, Pt. Bonita Herring Running, Many Birds


--- On Wed, 5/9/18, Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

> From: Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
> Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Non East Bay Event, Pt. Bonita Herring Running, Many Birds
> To: <ebb_sightings...>
> Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 3:20 PM
>
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> My wife
> just got back from a large herring run at Pt. Bonita (Marin
> Headlands.)  We observe Harbor Seal births there.
> Opportunity to see "thousands of birds" from an
> excellent vantage. About eight of the local Harbor Seals
> have pups and everything is full of wild excitement.  Her
> message follows:
>
> "Herring are spawning now in Pt
> Bonita Cove in the Marin Headlands to the
> delight of harbor seals and the cormorants, gulls and
> pelicans. I was
> there today at low tide around 11 am (near the tunnel to the
>
> lighthouse), and could see continual new erupting clouds of
> sperm in the
> water in the middle and outside of all the beds of algae or
> seaweed
> (don't know my sea plants) below me. Hundreds of
> cormorants and gulls,
> dozens of brown pelicans in the water after the fish. Also a
> dozen or so
> harbor seals in the water fishing, unusual at low tide;
> most of the
> harbor seals resting on the rocks, but today competing for
> space with
> hundreds of cormorants and gulls for space. In the distant
> part of the
> cove (east of us) we could see easily more than 10,000
> Western Grebes
> out in the cove. Altogether an amazing sight and well worth
> a trip! Beth
>
> Beth
> Kean"
>
> Sorry about it not being local East Bay
> thing, but maybe some might have interest, given the
> birds.  Of course the run isn't a planned event and we
> have no idea what it might look like tomorrow.  I rarely
> post here, hope this is ok.
>
> With firm handshake,
> Raleigh
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Date: 5/9/18 7:32 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Fairfax-Bolinas Road: Seasonal Sightings
Today, between mile marker 4.97 and 5.6, I noticed the following species:

- OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (heard two vocalizing)
- HERMIT THRUSH (heard one singing)
- HERMIT WARBLER (heard two singing)
- BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (heard four singing)
- BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (heard three singing; saw one of the three singers)

Regards

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA





 

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Date: 5/6/18 8:27 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] 1) Ongoing Tundra Swan: Hamilton Field Wetlands; 2) Redhead
Ala Mark Forney’s original, recent sighting, the one TUNDRA SWAN remains present as of today when I noticed it
east of where Ferdinand Way ends (as a street marker for where you should go along the Bay Trail that is accessed, for example) from the end
of Serra Ct. in Novato, Marin Co.

As for a tardy sighting by one day, I noticed on Saturday a male and female REDHEAD together in the shallow water adjacent to Highway 37 where Skaggs Island
Rd. begins.

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA




 

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Date: 5/5/18 7:11 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Schollenburger and Adobe
As part of the global big day EBird effort, Andrew Mcgann and I put in some time by bicycle this morning around Schollenberger and then the Adobe Creek area in the afternoon.
Highlights included:
Seeing the Petaluma Wetlands Wetland Alliance bringing lots of kids out into the marsh! Peter and crew, thanks for all you do out there.
Birds:
Schollenburger/Ellis Creek
American Bittern- 1 adult 1 Juv
12 species of ducks, a few resident, some quite late or maybe breeding- including 3 N. Pintail, 2 ring-necked duck, green w. Teal, over 70 scaup included both species.
Late Shorebirds: 2 spotted sandpipers, least, Dunlin, 1 whimbrel, lb dowitchers, semipalmated plovers
-bonoparte’s gull-7 herring gull-1
-late yellow rumped warbler, migrant western tanager, vaux’s swift-5
- western kingbird pair

Adobe creek and Rancho adobe:
3 green herons, hooded orioles, but generally surprisingly little in the way of migrant breeders. We pedaled along several miles of prime looking riparian strips, but alas not a single yellow warbler, warbling vireo, or lazuli bunting for example.
We kept good numbers on four separate location lists and observed 95 species in all.

Lowlights: Plowing into a deer with my truck at 5am. Such a waste all around, poor creature.
Our original plan was a series of 4 “Big Hour” bike routes between Bodega and schollenburger.
The truck needed towing, but not before working over the area for the global big day. Lucky for us, we had our bikes!




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Date: 5/5/18 6:41 pm
From: dee forema <birdwoman0122...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Sonoma: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Lewis’s Woodpecker
The BG Gnatcatchers were a nice surprise, as we are new to living in town and we spotted them near the two big water tanks on the trail that is accessed from First St West in Sonoma. They appear to be a breeding pair.
Today only one of the Lewis’s Woodpeckers were seen, though this has not been unusual over the 7 weeks we’ve been observing them. They are viewable on the street that goes from Spain St into the General Vallejo State Park.
Good birding,
Dawna ForemanSonoma 


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Date: 5/5/18 6:20 pm
From: ruth <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Bodega Bay today
I was out birding for the eBird Global Big Day at Bodega Bay. Sadly, no
fallout and just local birds were around. Best bird was a Red-necked
Grebe in alternate plumage in the harbor channel.

Checked Spring Lake Park (east Santa Rosa)where more songbirds present
but I think local breeders since it is such a great habitat.

Had some owls last night but was in burned areas and not as many as
usual.

Good Birding,

Ruthie Rudesill

Kenwood Sonoma Valley
 

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Date: 5/4/18 12:28 pm
From: <rubys_oograah...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Lawrence's Goldfinches in Rockville Hills, Fairfield!
My nemesis bird, foiled at last! Not by any effort on my part, after years and years of missing all the Lawrence's goldfinshes in California, one hopped up to a picnic table in Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield and spent ten minutes posing for pictures.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/44830715@N05/41161493434/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/44830715@N05/41161493434/in/dateposted-public/


This was at "the Pond" or "the Lower Lake" in Rockville hills. The bird came up to the one picnic table at the pond, while its fellows in a mixed flock of goldfinches flitted around overhead. The mixed flock was there every time I came back to the spot, but I could hear the squawky calls of the Lawrence's though the upper reaches of the park.


Karen Kay
Davis


PS: I'm not sure if Fairfield is officially in the Central Valley or North Bay territory, so I hope nobody minds if I post in both?




 

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Date: 5/2/18 8:48 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Loma Alta Fire Rd.: Lazuli Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Etc. Seasonal Sightings
Today, I walked approximately 2.7 total miles on the Loma Alta Fire Rd via starting at the Big Rock on Lucas Valley Rd.

Highlights are at the following ebird checklist and include:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45200582 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45200582>

- 4 LAZULI BUNTING (all heard singing initially…and I found one beautiful singing male while perched)

- 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (singing)

- 1 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (vocalizing)

- 2 ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (both initially heard, then seen)

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

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Date: 5/2/18 4:40 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Festival weekend highlights
Birders at the Point Reyes birding festival experienced the area at the most transitional time of the spring.
Highlights from my two field trips (91 and 89 species respectively) follow:
Bolinas ridge- grasshopper sparrow, lark sparrow in traditional spots among the first rocks, fly by purple Martin
Tocaloma trail- newly arrived 2 ww peewee, 1 os flycatcher
Sky camp- late Varied thrush
Olema Marsh/giacamini- continuing blue winged teal pair, Wilson’s snipe at night, bald eagle, late American wigeon and gw teal
Limantour beach- Brant, late ww scoter, Rb merganser
Earthquake trail- chipping sparrow, Swainsons thrush
Bear valley trail by bike- pileated woodpecker, Cooper’s hawk territory, gorgeous riparian scenery
Arch Rock- nesting black oystercatchers and pigeon guillemots, 60+ brant’s Corm nests, Nutall’s wc sparrows, flights of pacific loons.

Riding the roads elsewhere around the edges of PR station- swainsons thrush, chipping sparrow, lark sparrow, bullocks oriole, hooded oriole, pileated woodpecker, several lingering golden-crowned sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers.
Great to check in with and see the presentations from the old-school Marin birders.
Happy spring!
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Date: 5/2/18 11:38 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Swainson's Thrush @ Five Brooks in Pt. Reyes Nat. Seashore
> Please note I am re-sending this report from Sunday, given Yahoo did NOT successfully send it and it never appeared.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

> From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
> Subject: Swainson's Thrush @ Five Brooks in Pt. Reyes Nat. Seashore
> Date: April 29, 2018 at 8:01:51 PM PDT
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> Today, I enjoyed leading a bird song ecology/birding by ear tour for the annual Pt. Reyes Birding Festival with the following best
> highlights at Five Brooks Pond within Pt. Reyes National Seashore:
>
> At ~ 10 am, I heard a distant “whit” call from a SWAINSON’S THRUSH, my “first of season” detection of this common, annual nester in our region.
>
> Then, later, I heard a different “rain drop”/bink call rendition from a different individual…..followed by seeing another individual closeup next to
> the Five Brooks pond…..upon which this individual vocalized a loud “whit-burr” scree call in front of the entire group.
>
> Finally, a little after noon, farther along the trail, I heard a distant, classic flute-like song from another Swainson’s Thrush individual.
>
> Lastly:
>
> One OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was heard several times, expressing its classic “quick, three beers” mnemonic/bird memory phrase.
>
> Regards, Daniel Edelstein
>
> Novato, CA
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Date: 5/2/18 6:26 am
From: Mike Heffernon <mheff...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Occidental Local Interest
Hey Birders,

This morning I heard my FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher here at home. Hermit Thrushes have been singing for a week but no Swainson's as yet. Hooded Orioles showed up almost a week ago in our palms and they're being harassed, as usual, by Scrub-jays so I'll have to wait and see if they nest again. Grosbeaks were first heard & seen here a few days ago. Our winter resident White-throated Sparrow (white stripe) is so beautifully clean and bright and has been singing up a storm. Olive-sided Flycatchers are calling as well as singing. Good birding,

Mike Heffernon
Occidental

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Date: 4/30/18 5:00 pm
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Elegant terns
Hi All,

This morning my College of Marin Class and I had a flock of about 40
Elegant Terns flying around on the south side of Bolinas Lagoon. This
is an unusual time of year and what is even more unusual is that a few
of them copulated.

We also saw an unseasonal red-breasted sapsucker in the Eucalyptus trees
on the Bolinas Road at the big dirt pullout where construction trucks
sometimes park.

Lisa Hug
Sebastopol



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Date: 4/29/18 5:45 pm
From: Ryan DiGaudio <rdigaudio...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [NBB] Black Vulture in Inverness
This afternoon in Inverness I “refound” Scott’s Black Vulture, soaring with a group of Turkey Vultures above Second Valley (near Vision Rd). I keep a pretty regular lookout on the vulture flock in the neighborhood, especially since the BLVU was first reported on 3/26, but no luck until today... wonder where it’s been hiding out over the past month?
Ryan DiGaudioInverness, CA


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Just had a call from shark researcher Scot Anderson who said he had the Black Vulture over his yard again in Inverness on Saturday.
Not sure when/where the last sighting was before that. Either it went to Santa Cruz county and back or there are two of them drifting around. I know SF birders have been on the lookout but chagrined to miss it pass over.

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Date: 4/28/18 9:41 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Hooded Oriole & Bald Eagle @ Las Gallinas in S. Rafael
My Merritt College class visited the Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds today, with the following best highlights:

My first-ever sighting of a HOODED ORIOLE occurred, and, aptly, was in the lone Fan Palm on an island within
Pond #1.

Kevin Binder spotted a distant adult BALD EAGLE that everyone
was able to then see with my scope.

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA





 

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Date: 4/26/18 5:00 pm
From: Jim White <jimwhitebbs...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] MacGillivray's Warbler, Tundra Swan, Least Bittern, Vaux Swift
Hi Birders,

I saw a MacGillivray's Warbler this morning near the 2.95 mile marker on
the Muir Woods Road. Dark gray face and throat with white eye arcs, yellow
belly and olive back.
I also saw the Tundra Swan in the fresh water pond at the north end of the
Hamilton wetlands. It has a rather straight forehead to black bill tip
with some yellow in the nostril area.
At Las Galinas I saw a male Least Bittern in the south east corner of pond
1 and saw a Vaux Swift with many swallows overhead.

Jim White

 

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Date: 4/26/18 2:49 pm
From: Colin Talcroft <ctalcroft...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] POSSIBLE Vermillion Flycatcher, Bodega Head
Hello all. 
Someone I do not know contacted me privately today to report a VERMILLION FLYCATCHER along the trail to the left of the BODEGA Head parking lot yesterday. I don't know this person and have no way of knowing if this is a legitimate sighting or not, just passing along the information. It would, of course, be surprising. No photographs, so definitely unverified and possibly erroneous, but if you're up there, keep your eyes open. 
Colin TalcroftSanta Rosa
Sonoma County Bird Watching Spotshttp://www.colintalcroft.com/
 

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Date: 4/25/18 8:04 pm
From: 'Bob Battagin' <bigfootbob...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Nicasio Reservoir Ferruginous Hawk, Purple Martins, and others.
Hi NBBers,

Yesterday and today at Nicasio Reservoir:

A colony of BI-COLORED RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS has apparently set up camp in the cattails on either side of Nicasio Valley Road just a tenth of mile or so south of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK kettled over the same area yesterday with some Turkey Vultures.

A Bullock’s Oriole and Ash-throated Flycatcher were heard and seen in the willows at the corner of Nicasio Valley Road and Pointed Reyes-Petaluma Road.

Two male PURPLE MARTINS flew over the reservoir this morning, heading north..

Good birding,
Bob Battagin
Woodacre
 

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Date: 4/25/18 5:32 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Grasshopper Sparrow On Mt. Burdell, Novato
I heard two GRASSHOPPER SPARROW singing on the south flank of Mt. Burdell in Novato today….while, earlier in my hike, Daphne Hatch noted to me that she heard and saw the same species in the meadow at the top of the trail that begins at the end of San Andreas.

I also found a CHIPPING SPARROW and its nest within a large Valley White Oak in the meadow.

Another seasonal sighting/detection was BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER near the trailhead via San Andreas.

Regards,
Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA






 

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Date: 4/25/18 2:49 pm
From: <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Least Bittern Las Gallinas pond one
This morning near 11:30 am the least Bittern was calling loud and clear at the southeast corner of pond one.
Both myself and Teal (Birder from Berkeley) watch the Bittern fly a short distance and land in the cattails closer to the trail.
Rich Cimino
Larkspur

 

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Date: 4/25/18 2:42 pm
From: <birdwoman0122...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Sonoma a Pair of Hooded Orioles and a pair of Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue
I moved from Oakmont to Sonoma In mid March and live in town, not far from the Sonoma State Historic Park and General Vallejo Home.
A pair of Lewis’s Woodpeckers are seen daily flying between the trees on the east side of 3rd St West which leads into the park from Spain St. eBird tells me that there has never been record of breeding Lewis’s, so I am watching them with great interest.


Among the many birds I hear and see daily in our area, I was happy to spot a pair of Hooded Orioles this morning. FOS. They flew out from a eucalyptus tree on Second St EAST.


Good birding,


dawna Foreman
 

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Date: 4/25/18 10:28 am
From: <magwhls...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] American Bittern Calling - Novato, Marin County
On Monday evening an American Bittern called repeatedly in a canal alongside Hwy 37 in Novato.


Maggie Rufo
Novato
 

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Date: 4/23/18 8:30 pm
From: 'richard cimino' <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Black-throated Green Warbler present
This afternoon from 3:30PM - 4PM the Black-throated Green Warbler was
present at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park.

I was join by Laurie Graham and Jeff Fairclough of Sequoia Audubon.

I'll post a photo into the NBB group site.

Rich Cimino

Larkspur


 

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Date: 4/22/18 1:36 pm
From: 'Jeff Miller' <jmiller...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Solitary Sandpiper continues Santa Rosa
The SOLITARY SANDPIPER found yesterday by Mark & Lucas Stephenson continued
this morning near the Delta Pond on the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, off of
Willowside Road. The sandpiper was at the edge of a seasonal pond in flooded
fields at the southwest corner of Delta Pond, next to some Greater
Yellowlegs. Also an adult BALD EAGLE chasing an Osprey.



Jeff Miller

Russian River




 

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Date: 4/22/18 2:03 am
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Santa Rosa Creek Trail 4-21-18
This morning at Santa Rosa Creek Trail our highlights were



Chipping Sparrow 3Western Wood Pewee 3Black-Headed Grosbeak 5-7Yellow Warbler 3-5 returning for the springThe Resident Female COMMON BLACK HAWK returned to the southwest corner of delta pond perched in an oak many photos were taken. Also found a SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the southwest corner of delta pond in the nearby flooded field next to the laguna. Here's our eBird checklist. Photos will be posted there.https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44789594

 Happy Birding,Mark&Lucas Stephenson


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Date: 4/22/18 1:39 am
From: Diane Hichwa <dhichwa...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] FOS Olive-sided flycatcher
At Sea Ranch a FOS Olive-sided flycathcher heard near the airstrip.
Also spring return of Vaux Swifts to the South Sea Ranch site.
Approximately 40 birds but varying pattern and number night to night.
Diane Hichwa

Email: <dhichwa...>

Telephone: 707-785-1922 (Sea Ranch)
707-483-3130 (cell)
More Tail Wagging!!! Less Barking!!
Millie 2007





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Date: 4/21/18 9:07 pm
From: rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] FOS Lazuli bunting
Hello birders, today on King Ridge Road, Norm Ortman, Bill and I heard 3 different Sooty Grouse, one prior to the water tank, one at the water tank and one a ways further up the road. The Lazuli Bunting was a lone male at the burned down house top of road by the two old barns. There were also a Rufous Hummingbird and an Allen’s Hummingbird at the flowers of the burned house.

Rita Bevans
Windsor, Ca.

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Date: 4/20/18 5:11 pm
From: Wendy Dandridge <wendy.dandridge...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] Spring Lake, East Santa Rosa

Took a quick look at Spring Lake this afternoon and there was a Bald Eagle circling overhead accompanied by a very upset Red-Shouldered Hawk. Another Red-Shoulder was in the nest.

Also saw one gorgeous, very bright breeding male Yellow-rumped Warbler hanging around.

Happy Spring birding!!

Wendy Dandridge
Santa Rosa

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Date: 4/20/18 2:12 pm
From: Mark Stephenson <markstephenson4106...> [northbaybirds] <northbaybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [NBB] FOS Lazuli Buntings, Milliken Reservoir, Napa County
Went on an Audubon hike around the Napa Milliken Reservoir with 15 others this morning and were treated to 6 or more singing male Lazuli Buntings in the burned Oak Woodland surrounding the reservoir. This is a restricted area, but since they are in this location would expect them in other open woodland and riparian areas in Napa or other counties. 
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