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12/13/18 2:16 pm Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...> [northbaybirds] 2nd attempt: Wilson’s Snipe, Town of Sonoma
12/12/18 6:17 pm Dan Singer <dsg2...> Re: [northbaybirds] [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
12/12/18 1:16 am Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] TAIMYR GULL -- good views at Shollenberger
12/11/18 9:45 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] I. (Ongoing (?) ) Palm Warbler @ Las Gallinas...& Greater White-fronted Goose; II. Taimyr's Gull Persists @ Shollenberger Park
12/11/18 7:46 pm Murray <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] Spotting scope sold
12/11/18 7:18 pm Murray <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] Scope and Tripod for sale
12/10/18 12:55 pm Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...> [northbaybirds] Ferruginous Hawk on Buchli Station Rd, Caspian Tern at Huichica Creek
12/10/18 6:56 am Doug Shaw <dougshaw09...> Re: [northbaybirds] Inserting a picture into NNB Reports
12/9/18 6:31 pm Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> Re: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
12/9/18 5:29 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] Inserting a picture into NNB Reports
12/9/18 4:56 pm Tiffany Erickson <tiffymm66...> [northbaybirds] eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018
12/9/18 4:28 pm Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...> [northbaybirds] Spring Lake local interest Bald Eagle
12/9/18 2:46 pm Colin Meusel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
12/9/18 11:53 am Murray <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] Napa River Long-tailed Ducks
12/9/18 9:27 am Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> Re: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
12/9/18 8:00 am Colin Moisel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
12/8/18 8:07 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] #3: Photos/Description Of Little Blue Heron (Within My Ebird Report) That I First Noticed 12/7, Then Enjoyed Again Today In The A.M. (12/8/18)
12/8/18 2:41 pm Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron - Continues
12/8/18 10:32 am Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue and Redheads two
12/8/18 10:15 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] #2....LITTLE BLUE HERON: Please note "Privacy" trails & signs as off-limits to birders seeking LITTLE BLUE HERON per suggestion from the owner....&.....
12/8/18 9:01 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Yes on Saturday: Little Blue Heron
12/8/18 8:21 am richard cimino <yellowbilledtours...> [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron on site
12/7/18 8:42 pm Bob Battagin <bigfootbob...> [northbaybirds] Outer Point Fish Docks Clay-colored Sparrow and White-winged Scoter
12/7/18 4:59 pm <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] eBird List
12/7/18 4:38 pm <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] LITTLE BLUE HERON- Near Richmond bridge
12/7/18 12:01 pm Murray <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] Napa River at American Canyon
12/6/18 6:28 pm Mark Dettling <mdettlin...> [northbaybirds] Barrow's Goldeneyes and cool hybrid, Bolero Ct Pond, Novato, 12/6
12/6/18 5:36 pm richard s. cimino <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] Townsend's Solitaires continue at Potrero Camp
12/6/18 2:40 pm Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe in PetWet
12/5/18 7:14 pm richard s. cimino <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] High Tide Table for North Bay
12/5/18 11:33 am Rob ODonnell via Groups.Io <rob52849=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
12/5/18 8:54 am lindacschneider <linda.penngrove...> [northbaybirds] E Railroad Ave this morning
12/4/18 9:48 pm Robin Leong <robin_leong...> [northbaybirds] Counting birds on a Dolphin Cruise for the Benicia CBC on Monday Dec 17, 2018
12/4/18 5:12 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Roe Deposition Via Herring Spawning Near South-side Of Alameda Island Via CDFW Newsletter — So Perhaps Low Tide Gull Watching Will Be Good In This Location (?)
12/4/18 5:00 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] just a fun question - how many Bushtits have you ever counted in a flock?
12/3/18 4:08 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] Continuing Long-tailed Duck, WW Scoter American Canyon Wetlands, Napa Co.
12/3/18 6:03 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Brief Rejoinder From My Shollenberger Detections: Larus Smithsonianus = American Herring Gull, Per My Last Post Yesterday
12/2/18 8:45 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] #2...Shollenberger Update & Correction (My Bad (!) )....
12/2/18 6:33 pm David Trollman <dtrollman...> [northbaybirds] Red-footed booby?
12/2/18 6:00 pm Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> [northbaybirds] Palm Warbler at Las Gallinas
12/2/18 2:03 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Crow for lunch...
12/2/18 1:37 pm sleepingcat5 <everettclark...> [northbaybirds] Bolinas Black Vulture (Marin 12/2/18)
12/2/18 12:53 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Shollenberger Park Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence Today, Including Virginia Rail
12/2/18 11:00 am <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] Continuing black scoter and long tailed duck
12/2/18 9:28 am <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] NOT a Yellow Rail (Shollenberger Park)
12/2/18 7:24 am Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] No Yellow Rail...yet....at Shollenberger Marsh per Lucas’ post at NBB yesterday...
12/1/18 11:15 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Taimyr identification
12/1/18 11:00 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] TAIMYR GULL returns to Shollenberger Park
12/1/18 7:37 pm <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] Sonoma County Today- Yellow Rail, Taimyr Gull, Harlequin Duck
12/1/18 4:54 pm Christian <xian400...> [northbaybirds] White-faced Ibis Ellis Creek Petaluma
11/30/18 12:38 pm John Sterling <jsterling...> Re: [northbaybirds] Black Scoter Napa River
11/30/18 11:33 am Murray <vireocity...> [northbaybirds] Black Scoter Napa River
11/29/18 6:37 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sighting: Eurasian Wigeon @ Shorebird Marsh, Corte Madera, Marin Co. &....
11/29/18 2:58 pm John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [northbaybirds] scoters American Canyon Wetlands
11/29/18 9:06 am jerry meral <jmeral...> [northbaybirds] subscribe
11/27/18 5:19 pm richard s. cimino <rscimino...> [northbaybirds] Corte Madera Creek - Larkspur
11/27/18 1:30 am <Lucascorneliussen04...> [northbaybirds] Short-eared Owl on Highway 37
11/26/18 11:51 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Probable Slaty-backed photos
11/26/18 5:50 pm Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Probable SLATY-BACKED GULL at Shollenberger
11/25/18 5:25 pm Colin Talcroft via Groups.Io <ctalcroft=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Great-tailed Grackles at Howarth Park (11/25/18)
11/25/18 4:08 pm Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Long-Tailed Duck In Napa At American Canyon Wetlands
11/25/18 3:38 pm rita bevans <irenenerick...> [northbaybirds] Red Phalaropes and White-Winged Scoter
11/24/18 4:24 pm d.herlocker <dherlocker...> [northbaybirds] Townsend's solitaires, Marin County, Mt Tamalpais
11/24/18 12:47 pm Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] White-winged Scoter at American Canyon Wetlands Napa County
11/23/18 9:04 am Chuck Dresel via Groups.Io <cdresel=<mac.com...> [northbaybirds] Short Eared Owl - Huichica Creek
11/23/18 8:54 am Lorri Gong <lorri.gong...> Re: [northbaybirds] Leucistic Savannah Sparrow- Millerton Point - Tomales State Park
11/23/18 1:29 am Chuck Dresel <cfdresel...> Re: [northbaybirds] Harris’s Sparrow Huichica Creek Marsh Napa County
11/22/18 9:31 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] #2: Upcoming FREE Birding Field Trips In The North Bay, Including Las Gallinas
11/22/18 9:30 pm Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...> [northbaybirds] Today: 1) Pre-dawn Bird Species Heard; 2) Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds: Common, seasonal sightings (i.e., local occurrence) Date: November 22, 2018 at 8:51:16 PM PST
11/21/18 6:05 pm Brock Dolman <brock...> [northbaybirds] Leucistic Savannah Sparrow- Millerton Point - Tomales State Park
11/21/18 5:45 pm Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Harris’s Sparrow Huichica Creek Marsh Napa County
11/19/18 4:52 pm Ken Burton <shrikethree...> Re: [CALBIRDS] [northbaybirds] alien cormorant at Limantour (Marin)
11/18/18 4:18 pm Lisa Hug <lisahug...> [northbaybirds] possible Kumlein's Gull
11/17/18 3:38 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] Possible Pink-side Junco, Napa
11/16/18 5:32 pm Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> [northbaybirds] FOS Pine Siskins, Napa
11/16/18 1:00 pm tony briggs <tony.briggs108...> [northbaybirds] Salmon Creek Swamp Sparrow
11/16/18 12:47 pm Peter Pyle <ppyle...> [northbaybirds] Ruff, Tomales Bay
11/14/18 8:46 pm corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...> [northbaybirds] Bodega Bay Misc 11/14/2018
11/13/18 1:41 pm William Legge via Groups.Io <WGDLegge=<aol.com...> [northbaybirds] Ross's Goose at Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands) & Flyovers
11/13/18 8:25 am Geri Brown via Groups.Io <geri_browncpa=<yahoo.com...> Re: [northbaybirds] SWAMP SPARROW
 
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Date: 12/13/18 2:16 pm
From: Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] 2nd attempt: Wilson’s Snipe, Town of Sonoma
Wilson’s Snipe at General Vallejos Home yesterday afternoon. In flooded
field next to path.

Additionally, I’d like to see if a ride from Saturday’s Pt Reyes CBC count
dinner to town of Sonoma is possible. Wondering if there is someone out
there traveling back to Sonoma area after dinner that I can ride with. I do
not have transportation.

Thank you very much.

Mike Carozza
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Date: 12/12/18 6:17 pm
From: Dan Singer <dsg2...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
Hi Birders,

This very helpful set of links about using eBird for tallying your Christmas Bird Count observations was posted to Pen-birds by Malia DeFelice, and I’ve taken the liberty of posting it here. I highly recommend reading this articles. And on the off chance she’s reading this, thanks Malia!

Dan Singer
Marin Co.



> On Dec 12, 2018, at 16:31, maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
> Hi Birders,
>
> The Christmas Bird Count season is upon us! If you intend to use eBird to tally your CBC bird observations, I’d strongly suggest reading these very informative eBird articles at the following links:
>
> eBirding your Christmas Bird Count
> https://ebird.org/news/ebirding-your-cbc <https://ebird.org/news/ebirding-your-cbc>
>
> Using eBird Mobile on your Christmas Bird Counts
> https://ebird.org/news/ebird-mobile-for-your-cbc/ <https://ebird.org/news/ebird-mobile-for-your-cbc/>
>
> General information for entering Christmas Bird Count data into eBird
> Especially read items #4 and #5 but of course, read the whole article
> https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird- <https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird->
>
> Getting Started with eBird Mobile
> https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2411868 <https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2411868>
>
> And have a great CBC!
> Malia DeFelice
> eBird – San Mateo County
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Date: 12/12/18 1:16 am
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] TAIMYR GULL -- good views at Shollenberger
I've gulled Shollenberger Park the last couple of afternoon/evenings (Dec. 10 and 11) with two of my best friends in birding, Bob Battagin on the 10th and Daniel Edelstein on the 11th. On both visits, the TAIMYR GULL has put in an appearance with other gulls coming to roost in the freshwater pond (on the west side of the trail that leads south from the Point Blue parking lot). This is a much closer view than where the gull usually roosts (on the big tidal lagoon east of the trail), and the bird's orange-yellow legs, dark mantle (but not as dark as on a 'graellsii' Lesser Black-backed), very late primary molt (old P7-10 still hanging on), bright yellow bill with large red gonys spot, and sharp fine head streaking have been easy to observe. 
I think the Taimyr and nearly all the other gulls have been roosting on the freshwater pond lately because afternoon high tides have kept the large lagoon full of water, with no mudflats for the gulls to stand on, so days with a late afternoon high tide are probably best for gulling Shollenberger. 
Here are some photos of the Taimyr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/sets/72157674440027917?fbclid=IwAR2YQDAOiLWxrOWJ6MHJzBxQouC3iMuWwScjBepKtp-9YEGko22Y8ofv9QY

Good Gulling!
Noah Arthur (Oakland)

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Date: 12/11/18 9:45 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] I. (Ongoing (?) ) Palm Warbler @ Las Gallinas...& Greater White-fronted Goose; II. Taimyr's Gull Persists @ Shollenberger Park
Today, I led a group around a portion of the Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, San Rafael, Marin Co.

I. Las Gallinas highlights and details noted at my ebird report —
S50608890….including:

1 PALM WARBLER (western subspecies, Setophaga palmarum palmarum) in Anise/Fennel on west side of trail
that runs north-south from the bridge. Bird was approximately 300’ from the bridge, meaning a person would walk
north after crossing the bridge (next to the parking) lot.

Go past the sitting bench on your left and look in front of the
barbed wire fence where the Anise/Fennel grows adjacent to the trail.

2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (in slough, ~600 north of your perch on the bridge that is adjacent to the parking lot).
Associated with several Moffitt’s Canada Goose/Great Basin Canada Goose.

1 SALT MARSH COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (heard calling with its classic “scold” note, then saw one female in the pickleweed/bull rush
adjacent to Pond #1’s south side (~800’ from the bridge).

Best of rest:

1 SORA heard (first the “weep” call, then a “whinny”)

II. With Noah Arthur, we carpooled with an arrival at 2:50 PM at Shollenberger Marsh, Petaluma

I’ll let Noah provide the details that I’m confident he may have already posted at ebird and here in terms of him again
spotting the Taimyr’s Gull (which, according to the field guides I use, is a subspecies of the Hueuglin’s Gull).

I have OK to grainy photos from my optics today, if you wish to see them (?) If so, please write me personally
at <danieledelstein...> <mailto:<danieledelstein...>

I expect Noah to also mentioned the presence of a first cycle Glaucous X Glaucous-winged Gull.

Both of these gulls were ~900’ north of the main trail that heads west from the Point Blue building.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

&

Ellison Bay, WI



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Date: 12/11/18 7:46 pm
From: Murray <vireocity...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Spotting scope sold
See subject. Thanks.

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Date: 12/11/18 7:18 pm
From: Murray <vireocity...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Scope and Tripod for sale
Birders,

A friend is moving to Florida, leaving behind her year old scope and tripod purchased from Eagle Optics.

Spotting scope: Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65
Tripod: Vanguard Abeo 243AV

It is used only from her deck overlooking the Napa River and is in excellent condition. $400 puts it under the tree. Please contact me at vireocityAThotmail.com if interested. Thanks.

Meanwhile, 487 Redheads were at salt pond 7A at Huichica Creek south of Napa today.

Murray Berner
Napa

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Date: 12/10/18 12:55 pm
From: Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Ferruginous Hawk on Buchli Station Rd, Caspian Tern at Huichica Creek
Yesterday, I birded Ramal Rd & Hudeman Slough in the afternoon and then
Huichica Creek for about 20 minutes before sunset.

HOODED MERGANSER dove in the roadside pond just north of the Donum Estate.
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (pictured) flew from a roadside pole to the ground on
Buchli Station Rd.
[image: image.png]
Hudeman Slough had expected birds.

Last moments of daylight at Huichica Creek yielded a CASPIAN TERN, who flew
north over the endless hills of vines and out of sight. I may have also
seen 3 Tundra Swan, but I didn't want to get any closer to the hunters and
couldn't confidently ID.

For those who do not know, Huichica Creek is at the end of Buchli Station
Rd, and is open to hunters Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday this time of year.

-MC

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Date: 12/10/18 6:56 am
From: Doug Shaw <dougshaw09...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Inserting a picture into NNB Reports
Hi Denise and All,

Thanks for pointing out this to me. The reason in the past to disallow attachments was too avoid spam. With the new IO groups format I am allowed more flexibility in managing the group. Thus, I just updated the group's policy on attachments to being acceptable, but attachments will be automatically sent to me for approval before being released to the whole group.


Good Birding,


Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County

> On December 9, 2018 at 5:29 PM Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...> wrote:
>
> Hello Doug and all,
>
> I have noticed off and on that a few people (like Tiffany) have included a picture in their NBB posting. As I recall sometime ago, we weren’t supposed to have attachments, but since these are NOT attached are they OK to do??? I personally like it and it is an easy way to include a picture of a bird for ID help (or just to show off [Smile]) or a map like below. I’d appreciate hearing back from Doug Shaw, our moderator or others as to the policy. Thanks!
>
> Denise Hamilton
> Napa
>
> From: Tiffany Erickson
> Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:56 PM
> To: <northbaybirds...>
> Subject: [northbaybirds] eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018
>
> Hello,
>
> After running errands in Santa Rosa I talked Matt into a drive around the E. Railroad Avenue area to get in a little birdwatching. It was raptor heaven. Almost immediately after turning east from petaluma hill road there was a stunning Ferruginous Hawk. The best bird though was a soaring Golden Eagle to the north of the cow pastures at the end of Davis Lane. This is the track we took.
>
> [image1.jpeg]
>
> Tiffany Erickson
> Windsor, CA
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>
> > > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Date: December 9, 2018 at 4:41:12 PM PST
> > To: <tiffymm66...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018
> >
> >
> > >
> > > E Railroad Ave., Sonoma, California, US
> > Dec 9, 2018 2:04 PM - 3:11 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 6.555 mile(s)
> > 34 species
> >
> > Canada Goose 6
> > California Quail 14
> > Wild Turkey 37 Two flocks
> > Eurasian Collared-Dove 28
> > Mourning Dove 4
> > Anna's Hummingbird 1
> > Great Egret 1
> > Turkey Vulture 4
> > White-tailed Kite 3
> > Golden Eagle 1 Soaring over the cow pasture at the end of Davis lane
> > Northern Harrier 1
> > Red-tailed Hawk 3
> > Ferruginous Hawk 1
> > Northern Flicker 1
> > American Kestrel 5
> > Black Phoebe 3
> > Say's Phoebe 3
> > California Scrub-Jay 2
> > American Crow 2
> > Common Raven 1
> > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> > Western Bluebird 8
> > American Robin 8
> > Northern Mockingbird 3
> > European Starling 6
> > House Finch 6
> > Lesser Goldfinch 120
> > Dark-eyed Junco 4
> > White-crowned Sparrow 28
> > California Towhee 1
> > Western Meadowlark 1
> > Red-winged Blackbird 90
> > Brewer's Blackbird 64
> > Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50555180
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
> >
> > >




>
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Date: 12/9/18 6:31 pm
From: Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
Another feature that I noticed on LTDU’s that don’t seem to fit this is, the bird Jeff and Eva Valfer/Vaifer was in June(Breeding Plumage) if this bird photographed were to be a LTDU it would have to be in breeding plumage which doesn’t match the season of December. However Breeding Season birds have showed up in California in December before. A few days ago a Breeding Male Blackburnian Warbler showed up in Santa Clara County. Another feature that I previously described is the bird seems to be the same size as the nearby Surf Scoter which doesn’t fit LTDU. But fits Leucistic Surf Scoter. However this could be a very weird situation where the bird is in breeding plumage in December. And; The “same size look” may just be an allusion from the photo. Happy BirdingMark&Lucas Stephenson 
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:27 AM, Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

The bird looks the same size as the Surf Scoter which would mean it’s too big for LTDU. I think this is probably a leucistic Surf Scoter





On Sunday, December 9, 2018, 8:00 AM, Colin Moisel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Opinions welcome.  I photographed what is likely a Long-tailed Duck among some Surf Scoters between Doran and Campbell Cove, inside the harbor from the jetty, 12/8 late morning.  (Unfortunately, I had no time to scope or to wait for a better shot.  It was too far for binoculars.) It doesn't have the typical plumage pattern I'm used to.  The only matching plumage I could find in the eBird catalogue was of an individual duck Jeff Valfer photographed at the same location in June of this year (the only other eBird Sonoma Co. sighting this year).  One poor photo and further description: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334

Cheers all,
   Colin Meusel
   Petaluma, CA






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Date: 12/9/18 5:29 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Inserting a picture into NNB Reports
Hello Doug and all,

I have noticed off and on that a few people (like Tiffany) have included a picture in their NBB posting. As I recall sometime ago, we weren’t supposed to have attachments, but since these are NOT attached are they OK to do??? I personally like it and it is an easy way to include a picture of a bird for ID help (or just to show off ) or a map like below. I’d appreciate hearing back from Doug Shaw, our moderator or others as to the policy. Thanks!

Denise Hamilton
Napa

From: Tiffany Erickson
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:56 PM
To: <northbaybirds...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018

Hello,

After running errands in Santa Rosa I talked Matt into a drive around the E. Railroad Avenue area to get in a little birdwatching. It was raptor heaven. Almost immediately after turning east from petaluma hill road there was a stunning Ferruginous Hawk. The best bird though was a soaring Golden Eagle to the north of the cow pastures at the end of Davis Lane. This is the track we took.



Tiffany Erickson
Windsor, CA


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Date: December 9, 2018 at 4:41:12 PM PST
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Subject: eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018


E Railroad Ave., Sonoma, California, US
Dec 9, 2018 2:04 PM - 3:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.555 mile(s)
34 species

Canada Goose 6
California Quail 14
Wild Turkey 37 Two flocks
Eurasian Collared-Dove 28
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 4
White-tailed Kite 3
Golden Eagle 1 Soaring over the cow pasture at the end of Davis lane
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Ferruginous Hawk 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 5
Black Phoebe 3
Say's Phoebe 3
California Scrub-Jay 2
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Western Bluebird 8
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 6
House Finch 6
Lesser Goldfinch 120
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-crowned Sparrow 28
California Towhee 1
Western Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 90
Brewer's Blackbird 64
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50555180

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 12/9/18 4:56 pm
From: Tiffany Erickson <tiffymm66...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018
Hello,

After running errands in Santa Rosa I talked Matt into a drive around the E. Railroad Avenue area to get in a little birdwatching. It was raptor heaven. Almost immediately after turning east from petaluma hill road there was a stunning Ferruginous Hawk. The best bird though was a soaring Golden Eagle to the north of the cow pastures at the end of Davis Lane. This is the track we took.



Tiffany Erickson
Windsor, CA
Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: December 9, 2018 at 4:41:12 PM PST
> To: <tiffymm66...>
> Subject: eBird Report - E Railroad Ave., Dec 9, 2018
>
> E Railroad Ave., Sonoma, California, US
> Dec 9, 2018 2:04 PM - 3:11 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.555 mile(s)
> 34 species
>
> Canada Goose 6
> California Quail 14
> Wild Turkey 37 Two flocks
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 28
> Mourning Dove 4
> Anna's Hummingbird 1
> Great Egret 1
> Turkey Vulture 4
> White-tailed Kite 3
> Golden Eagle 1 Soaring over the cow pasture at the end of Davis lane
> Northern Harrier 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Ferruginous Hawk 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> American Kestrel 5
> Black Phoebe 3
> Say's Phoebe 3
> California Scrub-Jay 2
> American Crow 2
> Common Raven 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Western Bluebird 8
> American Robin 8
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> European Starling 6
> House Finch 6
> Lesser Goldfinch 120
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> White-crowned Sparrow 28
> California Towhee 1
> Western Meadowlark 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 90
> Brewer's Blackbird 64
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50555180
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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Date: 12/9/18 4:28 pm
From: Ruth Rudesill <ruthier...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Spring Lake local interest Bald Eagle
YES! After hearing other birders observing Bald Eagle at Spring Lake
for several years Finally, saw one today!

An adut flew over and landed in a tree on the west side on the small
island next to the Fisherman's Penisula. (Tree that the Double-cr
Cormorants sit on.) eBird https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50557515

Other than that, it was very quiet birding -wise.

Spring Lake Reg Park is in eastern Santa Rosa accessed off Montgomery Dr
or the other end from Summerfield and Hoen.

Happy Holidays and good birding,

Ruthier Rudesill

Kenwood, Sonoma Valley

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Date: 12/9/18 2:46 pm
From: Colin Meusel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
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[Reason: link added to prior sightings]

Opinions welcome.  I photographed what is likely a Long-tailed Duck among some Surf Scoters between Doran and Campbell Cove, inside the harbor from the jetty, 12/8 late morning.  (Unfortunately, I had no time to scope or to wait for a better shot.  It was too far for binoculars.) It doesn't have the typical plumage pattern I'm used to.  The only matching plumage I could find in the eBird catalogue was of an individual duck Jeff Valfer photographed at the same location in June of this year: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46907012 (the only other eBird Sonoma Co. sighting this year).  One poor photo and further description: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334 ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334 )

Cheers all,
   Colin Meusel
   Petaluma, CA

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Date: 12/9/18 11:53 am
From: Murray <vireocity...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Napa River Long-tailed Ducks
Birders,

There are at least two Long-tailed Ducks at American Cyn. Early Sunday, Emmett Iverson picked out a dark-headed female within 10 ft of the river bank. The pale female kept its distance. If the Saturday eBird report of an adult male is accurate, there may be three LTDs. Surf was the lone scoter species today. The mixed raft of 2000-plus divers stayed near the east bank of the river.

Murray Berner
Napa

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Date: 12/9/18 9:27 am
From: Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
The bird looks the same size as the Surf Scoter which would mean it’s too big for LTDU. I think this is probably a leucistic Surf Scoter
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, 8:00 AM, Colin Moisel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Opinions welcome.  I photographed what is likely a Long-tailed Duck among some Surf Scoters between Doran and Campbell Cove, inside the harbor from the jetty, 12/8 late morning.  (Unfortunately, I had no time to scope or to wait for a better shot.  It was too far for binoculars.) It doesn't have the typical plumage pattern I'm used to.  The only matching plumage I could find in the eBird catalogue was of an individual duck Jeff Valfer photographed at the same location in June of this year (the only other eBird Sonoma Co. sighting this year).  One poor photo and further description: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334

Cheers all,
   Colin Meusel
   Petaluma, CA



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Date: 12/9/18 8:00 am
From: Colin Moisel via Groups.Io <colinroots=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Probable Long-tailed Duck at Bodega Bay
Opinions welcome.  I photographed what is likely a Long-tailed Duck among some Surf Scoters between Doran and Campbell Cove, inside the harbor from the jetty, 12/8 late morning.  (Unfortunately, I had no time to scope or to wait for a better shot.  It was too far for binoculars.) It doesn't have the typical plumage pattern I'm used to.  The only matching plumage I could find in the eBird catalogue was of an individual duck Jeff Valfer photographed at the same location in June of this year (the only other eBird Sonoma Co. sighting this year).  One poor photo and further description: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334 ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50522334 )

Cheers all,
   Colin Meusel
   Petaluma, CA

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Date: 12/8/18 8:07 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] #3: Photos/Description Of Little Blue Heron (Within My Ebird Report) That I First Noticed 12/7, Then Enjoyed Again Today In The A.M. (12/8/18)
Please feel free to see my eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50534240 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50534240>

It has some photos that are NOT nearly as good as Everett Clark’s excellent photos taken with great optics (i.e., He and Alex Merritt were with me today when I noticed
the Little Blue Heron fly from the eastern-most
island on this Spinnaker Point-based pond to its northern-most shoreline in front of Newport Drive’s dead end (@ Spinnaker Pt. Drive).

Thanks for letting me use your scope Alex, as I soon after went back to my car to grab my scope to view the bird again and, then, digiscope it for the photos present in the eBird
report link, above.

BTW:

Peter Colasanti mentioned the two REDHEAD earlier…Good spot, Peter…..(!) Alex Merritt, who was with me, also, on 12/8 in the morning noticed the adult female
and male REDHEAD on the western portion of this pond around 8:20 am. Thanks, Alex (!)

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA


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Date: 12/8/18 2:41 pm
From: Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron - Continues
Well seen at 1:15-1:45 pm from the lookouts off Egret View Drive in San Rafael. Very close at times, but moved around. Photos on this eBird list, nice find Lucas or others:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50523963

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley
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Date: 12/8/18 10:32 am
From: Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue and Redheads two
Viewed from the Bay trail as described by Rich C and Daniel E, there's also a pair of Redheads much closer than the LBHE  recently posted.
Peter ColasantiPetaluma

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Date: 12/8/18 10:15 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] #2....LITTLE BLUE HERON: Please note "Privacy" trails & signs as off-limits to birders seeking LITTLE BLUE HERON per suggestion from the owner....&.....
….& sorry to impose upon your eyesight again…..(and, by the way, NICE to view this bird with Everett Clark and Alex Merritt today when I was lucky to re-spot it again after
initially seeing only a fly-over yesterday…..below: more details, if you wish)

…..but 1) now that I’m home after capturing photos this A.M. from the previously-noted public viewing area (please see my
initial post at this NBB listserv from this morning, 12/8/18)….

…..I will please note the following suggestion from Judith {the homeowner next to the pond where this
species is present….and with whom I originally watched the bird initially yesterday after she asked me to view it with her…..after I
conducted my annual Point Blue Con. Science (PBCS) shorebird survey that PBCS’s Dave Shuford is coordinating}:

The trails off of Spinnaker Pt. Rd. toward the south are private…..please respect this fact….thank you…..i.e., the nearby Bay Trail is public
{and it skirts adjacent to San Rafael Bay via Pickleweed Park as the trailhead…..and heads east, then south for ~2 miles, ending near the Rod & Gun Club that is adjacent to the
San Rafael Bridge….NICE trail….(!) }

2) BUT, as noted earlier, the best viewing spot is the perch I mentioned in my last post here: Bay Point Drive @ Egret View Drive.

More details about this public spot:

At the end of Egret View Drive — which is a dead end, cul de sac reached via Bay Point Drive (i.e., see type in those road names at maps.google.com <http://maps.google.com/>, as one way to see a
map) — there’s a 20’-long gravel area between houses that allows viewing of the pond as you look north. The LITTLE BLUE HERON I photographed was ~400’ directly north of where
you can stand at the aforementioned perching spot for viewing.

Regards

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210






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Date: 12/8/18 9:01 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Yes on Saturday: Little Blue Heron
Good morning. Flattered to note:
I refound the adult Little Blue Heron @ 8:51 am today.

Closest access is PRIVATE, but I captured nice, crisp photos from public perch: Bay Point Drive @ Egret View in San Rafael, 94901. End of Egret View look across to edge of pond next to Salt Grass border on shoreline. Good luck. Happy holidays to all.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Warblerwatch.com

415-246-5404 (iPhone)

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Date: 12/8/18 8:21 am
From: richard cimino <yellowbilledtours...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Little Blue Heron on site
Good Morning,
The Little Blue Heron is present in general area as reported yesterday later afternoon. For photos Best to use SF Bay trail off of Spinnaker Dr. with the sun behind you. Bird is feeding around the edge of the distant island.
Photos to be posted later.
Rich Cimino, Larkspur
Martin Powell, Lone Pine

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Date: 12/7/18 8:42 pm
From: Bob Battagin <bigfootbob...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Outer Point Fish Docks Clay-colored Sparrow and White-winged Scoter
Hi NBBers, This morning there was a Clay-colored Sparrow in the pine tree area at the Fish Docks. Also, a White-winged Scoter was with Surf Scoters out from the life-saving station. Good birding, Bob Battagin, Woodacre.

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Date: 12/7/18 4:59 pm
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] eBird List
Sorry the checklist did not go through.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50501083

Lucas Corneliussen
Novato, CA

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Date: 12/7/18 4:38 pm
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] LITTLE BLUE HERON- Near Richmond bridge
Hi All
Just wanted to get the word out that a Little Blue Heron has been found on a Private lagoon near the Richmond Bridge.
The eBird checklist link with photos is here: 

Good Birding and Good luck!

Lucas Corneliussen
Novato, CA

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Date: 12/7/18 12:01 pm
From: Murray <vireocity...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Napa River at American Canyon
Hi,

The Long-tailed Duck, a White-winged Scoter, four Surfs and two female Barrow's Goldeneyes continue on the Napa River Friday at sunrise. I could not find the Black Scoter.
The ACW parking lot is at the corner of Wetlands Edge Rd and Eucalyptus Drive.

Murray

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Date: 12/6/18 6:28 pm
From: Mark Dettling <mdettlin...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Barrow's Goldeneyes and cool hybrid, Bolero Ct Pond, Novato, 12/6
Hello all,
This morning I stopped by the Bolero Ct Pond in Novato to check out the
diving ducks. I was able to find 4-5 Barrow's in with the numerous Common
Goldeneyes. 2-3 adult males, 1 immature male, and 1 female. As I continued
to scan I was surprised to see a totally unique duck. After watching it for
15min or so, the only thing I could come up with was a Common Goldeneye x
Hooded Merganser hybrid. Some searching on the internet seems to confirm
that. I got some poor digiscope pictures, which are in my eBird list.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50472427

Pretty cool looking bird!

--
Mark Dettling
Bolinas

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Date: 12/6/18 5:36 pm
From: richard s. cimino <rscimino...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Townsend's Solitaires continue at Potrero Camp
This afternoon Janet Bodle and I made the journey to Potrero Camp Meadows using the Laurel Dell Fire Rd, Fairfax US-CA (37.9246,-122.6122).
Arriving at Potrero Meadows @ 12.30 PM. we found three Townsend's Solitaries flycatching from the tallest Doug Fir trees.
The TOSO's continued for about 15 minutes before flying off.
Using Steven's Trail to return we heard a TOSO  (possible fourth TOSO?) calling near the summit of the trail before you start the long descent.
Enjoy the good weather,
Rich Cimino
Larkspur

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Date: 12/6/18 2:40 pm
From: Peter Colasanti via Groups.Io <peter_colasanti=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe in PetWet
Hi all,
   I was doing the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey for Point Blue today with Gene Hunn. for us this is a ploy to get into the oxidation ponds at Ellis Creek in Petaluma for a preview for the Sonoma Valley CBC. In a far pond we had a RED-NECKED GREBE, a first for the Petaluma Wetlands as far as I know. Unfortunately the bird was on the southwestern most pond, not visible from Lakeville Highway. Hopefully it'll stick around until December 28.
Peter ColasantiPetaluma

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Date: 12/5/18 7:14 pm
From: richard s. cimino <rscimino...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] High Tide Table for North Bay
*Birders,
FYI  high tides the next two days and beyond.
Good time for witnessing rails and seeking* *wintering sparrow species.
Weekend is excepted to be sunny.
Enjoy,
Rich Cimino
Yellowbilled Tours
High Tides Expected this Holiday Season*

Elevated water levels could impact coastal areas and impact travel plans 

 

Based on tide predictions ( http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjA1Ljk4NjY1ODMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIwNS45ODY2NTgzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTcxMjQ3JmVtYWlsaWQ9cnNjaW1pbm9AZ21haWwuY29tJnVzZXJpZD1yc2NpbWlub0BnbWFpbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&102&&&https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/waterlevels.html?id=9414290 ) published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjA1Ljk4NjY1ODMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIwNS45ODY2NTgzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTcxMjQ3JmVtYWlsaWQ9cnNjaW1pbm9AZ21haWwuY29tJnVzZXJpZD1yc2NpbWlub0BnbWFpbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&103&&&http://www.noaa.gov/ ) (NOAA), tides levels that could be high enough to cause roadway flooding in parts of Marin are expected December 6 and 7, and December 20 to 25, as well as January 1 to 4, and January 18 to 23. Drivers are encouraged to consider using alternative routes and should allow extra time for trips, especially during peak commute times. Travelers should avoid driving through ponded water, as even six inches of standing water can stall a low-clearance car.

The following chart shows predicted high tides at or above 6.3 feet during December and January at the San Francisco tide gauge ( http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgxMjA1Ljk4NjY1ODMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MTIwNS45ODY2NTgzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTcxMjQ3JmVtYWlsaWQ9cnNjaW1pbm9AZ21haWwuY29tJnVzZXJpZD1yc2NpbWlub0BnbWFpbC5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&104&&&https://marin.onerain.com/map/?zoom=12&lat=37.81836298305569&lon=-122.46019348144529&sensor_class=93&view=d878ca91-5a81-4cc7-8510-21576eb4b8c7&view=d878ca91-5a81-4cc7-8510-21576eb4b8c7&show_thresholds=true&opacity=0.6 ) , as provided by NOAA. 

Thursday, *December 6* , 10:12 a.m.

6.43 feet

Friday, *December 7* , 10:46 a.m.

6.31 feet

Thursday, *December 20* , 8:57 a.m.

6.46 feet

Friday, *December 21* , 9:37 a.m.

6.71 feet

Saturday, *December 22* , 10:20 a.m. *(king tide)*

6.87 feet

Sunday, *December 23* , 11:05 a.m. *(king tide)*

6.91 feet

Monday, *December 24* , 11:54 a.m.

6.79 feet

Tuesday, *December 25* , 12:45 p.m.

6.49 feet

Tuesday, *January 1* , 7:48 a.m.

6.33 feet

Wednesday, *January 2* , 8:30 a.m.

6.41 feet

Thursday, *January 3* , 9:09 a.m.

6.42 feet

Friday, *January 4* , 9:46 a.m.

6.37 feet

Friday, *January 18* , 8:25 a.m.

6.56 feet

Saturday, *January 19* , 9:14 a.m.

6.84 feet

Sunday, *January 20* , 10:03 a.m. *(king tide)*

7.02 feet

Monday, *January 21* , 10:53 a.m. *(king tide)*

7.05 feet

Tuesday, *January 22* , 11:44 a.m. *(king tide)*

6.89 feet

Wednesday, *January 23* , 12:37 p.m.

6.52 feet

December 22 and 23, and January 20, 21 and 22 are predicted to be extreme high tides, also known as king tides. They occur when the earth, moon and sun are aligned to exert the maximum upward gravitational pull on the tides, thereby increasing water elevations. But even normal high tides can still have a significant impact due to non-astronomical factors, such as wave surges during storms

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Date: 12/5/18 11:33 am
From: Rob ODonnell via Groups.Io <rob52849=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa
Hello NBBers,This morning I found a Swamp Sparrow at Spring Lake. It was seen near the bathroom by the swimming lagoon. It was under the Redwood trees (poor light), at the mouth of the small "creek" that drains the swimming lagoon into Spring Lake. Swamp Sparrows have been recorded here before in December 2009 and January 2014. The sparrow was seen near a Song Sparrow which was larger and more heavily streaked. It had an unstreaked gray nape, and finely streaked gray chest vs. a streaked nape and buffy, crisply-streaked chest which rules out Lincoln's. It also had bright rufous scapulars. Poor, but IMHO, definitive photo on my eBird report.
Rob O'DonnellSanta Rosa

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Date: 12/5/18 8:54 am
From: lindacschneider <linda.penngrove...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] E Railroad Ave this morning
Wow, it was very birdy on E Railroad Ave in Penngrove this morning.  On the way home from school drop off I stopped to watch a juvenile Ferruginous Hawk perching on a phone pole—after a few minutes it took off to harass a raven that was carrying a prey item (seemed to be a smallish rodent).  Those two did some fancy tandem flying that evidently annoyed a white tailed kite, which repeatedly dived on both of them while they were swooping & diving around  (the raven managed to hold onto its breakfast).  If that wasn’t enough, on that short stretch of road I also saw a large flock of meadowlarks (25+), 2 pairs of kestrels, 2 red tailed hawks (one a dark morph) and an (unidentified) small accipiter.  What a great way to start off the day!
linda Schneider 
penngrove, Sonoma Co.

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Date: 12/4/18 9:48 pm
From: Robin Leong <robin_leong...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Counting birds on a Dolphin Cruise for the Benicia CBC on Monday Dec 17, 2018
The Benicia CBC is on Monday Dec 17th. I am hiring Dolphin cruise's boat to go from either the Vallejo yacht Club or the Benicia Yacht Club East ward past the mothball fleet past Grizzly Bay up Montezuma Slough to the bridge and back. It will be about a 6 hour trip. I hope that we can get better numbers of the raft of diving ducks and grebes and possibly a loon or two. For those county birders, we will mostly be in Solano County waters with a chance to see some species in CCC. The cost is $25 for the day and providing a Christmas Count bird list for the compiler. You need to bring your own food and drink. If you are interested contact Robin Leong (707) 643-1287 or via email robin_leong AT netzero.net.

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Date: 12/4/18 5:12 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Roe Deposition Via Herring Spawning Near South-side Of Alameda Island Via CDFW Newsletter — So Perhaps Low Tide Gull Watching Will Be Good In This Location (?)
….& hello friends….& please feel free to see the below (Regards, Daniel Edelstein, Novato, CA & 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210)

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<https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/author/ryanbartling/>
Herring Season is Here <https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/herring-season-is-here/>by Ryan Bartling <https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/author/ryanbartling/>
Today, 12/4/18, Department staff encountered the first recorded Pacific Herring spawn of the 2018-19 season.

Bird Activity- Alameda: Credit CDFW

During routine spawn patrol this morning, bird activity was noted near Ballena Bay on the south-side of Alameda Island. The sparse sub-tidal vegetation in the area yielded a few eggs that were very recently spawned. Staff will continue to monitor and sample the area over the next couple of days to see if any additional spawning occurs. More season updates will be forthcoming, please check back soon.

Herring Spawn: Credit CDFW












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Date: 12/4/18 5:00 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] just a fun question - how many Bushtits have you ever counted in a flock?
Hi all,

Had a Bushtit flock in my backyard today, and started to count them as they flew across an open space – had 45! Probably the largest flock ever for my yard.

Just thought it would be fun for all of you to share what your largest flock was that you’ve seen.

Happy birding,
Denise Hamilton
Napa

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Date: 12/3/18 4:08 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Continuing Long-tailed Duck, WW Scoter American Canyon Wetlands, Napa Co.
Hi all,

Went in search of the ongoing BLACK SCOTER at American Canyon Wetlands (off Eucalyptus Drive) in Napa County. The rafts of Canvasbacks were so far off so could not find it. However, the ongoing LONG-TAILED DUCK & WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were right off the point of the SF Bay Trail where it loops around at the Napa River. They were both associating with a flock of mostly COMMON GOLDENEYES. Enjoyed showing them to a couple – both lifers for them! Beautiful BLUE-WINGED TEAL are still in the pond across from the power station (or whatever it is.)

Later drove over to Green Island Road and drove it to the end. The tide was headed out and a massive flock of mixed shorebirds of 11+ species entertained us.
Tried to scan a huge raft of Canvasbacks from that side, but an adult BALD EAGLE decided it was time to spook them, so that ended that!

Enjoy the birds!
Denise and David Hamilton

PS Backyard birds continue to include a flock of 8+ PURPLE FINCHES for pistache and privet and they seem to be constantly at our pond for a bath or drink.

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Date: 12/3/18 6:03 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Brief Rejoinder From My Shollenberger Detections: Larus Smithsonianus = American Herring Gull, Per My Last Post Yesterday
….& enjoy the week everyone….GREAT gulling now with Shollenberger a paradise for gullophiles of gullibility (bada bummmm)

Also, as you may already know these other Prime Time gulling spots in the North Bay, given the recent rain episodes:

- Blackie’s Pasture beach at low tide;
- Landfill site between Novato & Petaluma is starting to fill (east side of Hwy. 101); it’s easy to scope from a distance where it’s legal to do so;
another 2”-4” rainfall could add more water to this usually dry, upland, ruderal-like area.
- Rush Creek (off the San Marin exit; east side of Hwy. 101)

Regards, Daniel

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Novato, CA 94949

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Date: 12/2/18 8:45 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] #2...Shollenberger Update & Correction (My Bad (!) )....
….& friends…I beg your pardon…..and upon further review:

The hybrid gull individual I noticed today was an adult American Herring Gull X Glaucous-winged Gull……as I further studied my
photos and, in addition, Dom Mosur was kind to help me qualify this sighting. Thanks, Dom (!)

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

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Date: 12/2/18 6:33 pm
From: David Trollman <dtrollman...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Red-footed booby?
Anyone know if the red-footed booby is still hanging around the concrete
boat down in Aptos?

David Trollman


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Date: 12/2/18 6:00 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Palm Warbler at Las Gallinas
Today my ornithology class had a PALM WARBLER at Las Gallinas Wildlife
Ponds in San Rafael. It was at the north end of the trail that bisects
ponds two and three. Also of interest were about 40 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS
foraging over the fields near the railroad tracks visible from the entrance
road to the ponds.

EBird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50378647
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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Date: 12/2/18 2:03 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Crow for lunch...
Sorry everyone for the wasted time and gas money chasing a Yellow Rail that never existed! I hope my message yesterday (while we still thought we had a legit Yellow Rail) doesn't now seem to pin the blame on Lucas C. for the incorrect ID... In the field, I got just as excited about it as a possible Yellow Rail as anybody else did, after we heard the calls and then listened to Yellow Rail recordings, which seemed to match what we heard. So it's just as much my fault as anyone else's that time and gas money were wasted chasing a bird that wasn't... Lucas is a superlative birder, easily twice as good as I was at his age, and if I had been the one who got a recording of this rail, I too would have almost certainly initially misidentified it as a Yellow...
Noah

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Date: 12/2/18 1:37 pm
From: sleepingcat5 <everettclark...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Bolinas Black Vulture (Marin 12/2/18)
A black vulture was perched in the upper branches of a Eucalyptus tree immediately west of the intersection of Olema-Bolinas Road and Horseshoe Hill Road in Bolinas this morning. I observed it from about 9:30 until 10:45 when it flew off NW up Horseshoe Hill.  

Everett Clark
Tiburon

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Date: 12/2/18 12:53 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Shollenberger Park Seasonal Sightings/Local Occurrence Today, Including Virginia Rail
Hello friends:

Today from 7 - 8:30 AM I visited Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, Sonoma Co.

Highlights for the common, seasonal sightings I detected:

- 1 VIRGINIA RAIL (CLASSIC grunt call heard….I did not see this individual)

(i.e., heard ~180’ west of the Point Blue building on the trail that heads west
from the building)

I did not hear or see a Yellow Rail at this site today.

- Common Gull sightings* that I scoped from FAR away toward the south (Cader Lane direction)

(* = Scoping yielded a clear image on my 25 - 50 zoom powered scope……
…….BUT the following birds were too far away to capture high-quality
photos that would be definitive, based on the digiscope equipment I used…..and it is admittedly NOT as A-grade as high-quality camera accoutrements that would
be better choices (e.g., long-range lens) (I only have a point & shoot Nikon SX60 that works for within ~400’ or so….The following birds were at least 700’ away from me.)).

2 adult Herring Gull

3 adult Glaucous-winged Gull

1 adult Herring X Western hybrid (with muddy/diffuse, gray head markings & yellow iris = Herring; dark-dark-dark mantle ala Western Gull
and large bill with slight gonydl angle…..and black wing tips/black primary feather endings at P7-10 = Western Gull

1 first-year/hatch year Green-winged Teal (I will post a photo of this one later at ebird.org <http://ebird.org/>..but no time now to do so…..it was close enough
to capture a quality photo)
Regards, Daniel

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Novato, CA






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Date: 12/2/18 11:00 am
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Continuing black scoter and long tailed duck
Hi all
 
Today David Tomb, Frances Oliver and others viewed the Black Scoter at long range after it flew with the Canvasback flock. The continuing Long tailed Duck was also present in the near goldeneye flock. A female Barrow’s goldeneye was also present. The White winged Scoter were NOT seen.

Good birding!
Lucas Corneliussen 
Novato, CA

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Date: 12/2/18 9:28 am
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] NOT a Yellow Rail (Shollenberger Park)
After extensive review of my Yellow Rail report from yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that the bird I heard was likely a strange Virginia Rail call. That being said the bird is strange and opinions are varying.

Sorry for the Confusion

Lucas Corneliussen
Novato,CA

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Date: 12/2/18 7:24 am
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] No Yellow Rail...yet....at Shollenberger Marsh per Lucas’ post at NBB yesterday...
... but i’m still currently on the hunt with my ears only as my detection method along with my binoculars ready & cocked to look quickly if I hear a vocalization.

I will not waste your time with another email if I do not see or hear this species.

But I thought some of you who will have to travel a long distance may wish to have an update so you can better plan your day if you were thinking about coming here to Petaluma.

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Warblerwatch.com

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Date: 12/1/18 11:15 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Taimyr identification
If anyone goes in search of the Shollenberger Park TAIMYR GULL, here's what to look for: It's a large gull, about Herring size, with a medium-dark gray mantle similar to or even slightly darker than California Gull. Your first impression of the bird may be "that's a big California Gull." The bill is straight and fairly sharp-tipped (not bulbous-tipped like a Western), and bright yellow with a noticeably large, bright orange-red gonydeal spot. The eyes are dark, and the head has light streaking. The leg(s?) are yellowish-pink or pinkish-yellow -- in good light, they should look yellower than the true pink legs on surrounding Herring, Glaucous-winged, Thayer's, and Western Gulls. Probably the most diagnostic field mark is the bird's molt condition. I didn't get a good look at the wingtips today, but Lucas saw the molting primaries in flight, and the bird is presumably in the same molt condition as it was at this time last year. Taimyr Gulls are very late molters, and this one should still have 2 or 3 old primaries on each wing. In flight, there will be a "missing tooth" gap between the outermost (old) primaries and the inner (new) primaries. When on the ground or swimming, only one or two new primary tips should be visible just past the tertials, with the old primaries sticking way out past these tips. On the other hand, all the Herring, California, and other similar North American species and hybrids have new primaries that are fully-grown or nearly fully-grown, with no old primaries remaining. 
I've got a few albums of Taimyr photos from previous years in my Flickr (see link in my last message) if anyone wants to look at more photos of this awesome bird!
Good Gulling!
Noah


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Date: 12/1/18 11:00 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] TAIMYR GULL returns to Shollenberger Park
As Lucas Corneliussen mentioned in his post on our incredible Sonoma County day, the adult TAIMYR GULL has returned to Shollenberger Park (Petaluma) for the third consecutive year. Lucas Stephenson was first to spot the bird, pointing out a gull in primary molt flying overhead. He quickly got the scope on it when it landed on the mudflat, and him, me, Lucas C, and Mark Stephenson were all able to get a good look before it (mysteriously) disappeared. We didn't have it in view for very long but I did manage a few photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157700965771172
Interestingly enough, it stood on one leg for the entire time we had it in view, and even hopped a few steps, and we didn't see any of the other leg. I did notice that a couple of other gulls were hopping on one foot because of the cold, but the Taimyr stayed on one foot for long enough to make me think it may have lost the other one somewhere during its travels since last year! That certainly doesn't mean the bird is doomed, however -- gulls can live for years with one foot and seem to do just fine. 
We didn't see the 1st-cycle probable Slaty-backed that was there earlier this week... but I'll be looking again in the next few days and am still hoping it's around...
An interesting rail call we heard as we were leaving Shollenberger has apparently turned out to be a YELLOW RAIL, according to Lucas's online research he did as soon as he got home. Big thanks to Lucas for getting a recording (when my phone's memory was full!) and figuring out that it is in fact a Yellow Rail... Life bird for both of us!
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Date: 12/1/18 7:37 pm
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Sonoma County Today- Yellow Rail, Taimyr Gull, Harlequin Duck
Hi All
Today Noah Arthur and I had a squeaking YELLOW RAIL just past the bench in front of Point Blue Bird Observatory at approximately 5.25 this evening. It was not doing it's tic-tic-tic call as usual, however, after listening to many audio records on both eBird and Xeno-canto, I have come to the conclusion that this is what that bird must be. If anyone were to chase it do NOT use playback as it will disrupt this tiny bird and likely cause it to disappear as they are extremely sensitive species. I have audio recording if anyone wants them, you can reach me by my email: <lucascorneliussen04...> We also had a Black Rail calling from the wetlands as well and the continuing White-faced Ibis was still on the temporary pond at Ellis Creek. We also had the Taimyr (Lesser-black backed) Gull which is back for its third year at Shollenberger. This year, however, it has some how the bird lost one of its legs. The bird was still in molt, still missing a few primary feathers. This bird was first seen by Lucas Stephenson. 

Also, today at Campbell cove Noah and I had a male Harlequin Duck near the jetty before it disappeared as well as having all three scoters. They were all located in the channel, a female Black, lots of Surfs and a pair of White Winged's. 
On Valley Ford Rd. we also had a Harlan's Hawk which Noah got photos of. The bird was seen just before Valley Ford town. It was a first year bird with black extending all the way to the primaries tips. 

Had an extremely good day in Sonoma today.

Good Birding!
Lucas Corneliussen
Novato, CA

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Date: 12/1/18 4:54 pm
From: Christian <xian400...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] White-faced Ibis Ellis Creek Petaluma
Hey everyone,

There was an immature white-faced ibis this afternoon at Ellis Creek, feeding in the newly rejuvenated ephemeral pond alongside scores of ducks (mostly mallards and teal) and stilts.

Christian Naventi
Petaluma

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Date: 11/30/18 12:38 pm
From: John Sterling <jsterling...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Black Scoter Napa River
All still here at noon.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

> On Nov 30, 2018, at 11:33 AM, Murray <vireocity...> wrote:
>
> Birders,
>
> The three scoter species continue early Friday on the Napa R at American Cyn. Jim Holmes picked out the Black Scoter early; it took another hour to find it a second time, associating with a mixed raft near channel marker 11. This is almost a mile from the observation point on the east side of the river, so it was challenging compared to John's experience yesterday. The Long-tailed Duck in the same raft occasionally came up for air.
> The ACW parking lot is at the corner of Wetlands Edge Rd and Eucalyptus Dr. Walk west one mile to reach the river.
>
> Murray Berner
> Napa
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Date: 11/30/18 11:33 am
From: Murray <vireocity...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Black Scoter Napa River
Birders,

The three scoter species continue early Friday on the Napa R at American Cyn. Jim Holmes picked out the Black Scoter early; it took another hour to find it a second time, associating with a mixed raft near channel marker 11. This is almost a mile from the observation point on the east side of the river, so it was challenging compared to John's experience yesterday. The Long-tailed Duck in the same raft occasionally came up for air.
The ACW parking lot is at the corner of Wetlands Edge Rd and Eucalyptus Dr. Walk west one mile to reach the river.

Murray Berner
Napa

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Date: 11/29/18 6:37 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Seasonal Sighting: Eurasian Wigeon @ Shorebird Marsh, Corte Madera, Marin Co. &....
Today, seasonal sightings at the above subject box venue:

1 male EURASIAN WIGEON

…. south side of parcel....(toward the Nordstrom's store in the mall that is adjacent to this wetland)…this individual associated with two American Wigeon.

Photo will soon be uploaded to my ebird checklist that does NOT yet have it present because I’m not yet home from my survey.

The ebird checklist is at:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50310209 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50310209>

Best of rest among several other common, season species/local occurrence species:

- 7 CANVASBACK, a non-breeding season resident in our NBB area, as you probably know

….4 male; 3 female

Regards, Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA

& 469 Isle View Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210



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Date: 11/29/18 2:58 pm
From: John Luther <aplomado-falcon...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] scoters American Canyon Wetlands
Went looking for scoters this morning at American Canyon Wetlands in Napa County arriving at about 11:30 AM at the West end of Eucalyptus Drive.  Rain on and off, but nice clear viewing conditions.  I was observing from next to the lone tree along the river.  I saw the two White-winged Scoters reported by others, but not the Surf Scoter or Long-tailed Duck.  I also observed a female BLACK SCOTER in the same area.  It was near a single Canvasback and Goldeneyes and Ruddy Ducks and Bufflehead for nice size comparison.  It was only about 50 feet from the edge of the river where I was standing.  It was about the same size as the Goldeneyes.  It had a smaller bill than other scoters and did not have the sloping forehead of a White-winged or Surf Scoter.  The most striking feature was the pale whitish face and throat. This whitish area was below the eye and out to the bill and back to the dark nape so covering the whole face below the eye.  The crown and the nape and the body of the bird were dark contrasting with the pale face.  I did not see it fly. 

John Luther
Oakland

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Date: 11/29/18 9:06 am
From: jerry meral <jmeral...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] subscribe



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Date: 11/27/18 5:19 pm
From: richard s. cimino <rscimino...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Corte Madera Creek - Larkspur
*Hi All,
I was birding Corte Madera Creek from home this afternoon (4:25PM) and noticed a Common Loon circling the creek by Niven Park. *

*It landed near five Common Golden Eye which have been in the creek for a week now.
Also, there are continuing Buffleheads, Brown Pelicans and a wintering Osprey plus a pair of Belted King Fishers fishing most morning which can be seen from the black top bike path.*

*There have been on going,  a nice group of gulls to study during low tide periods, Westerns, Ring-billed, California and an occasion Herring and a single Glaucous-winged Gull.*

*Niven Park can be reached from Sir Francis Drake Blvd a quarter mile west of Hwy 101.*

*Making a left-hand turn at Barry Way -Shell & Chevron on opposite corners - turn on to Barry Way to Laderman Ln. turn left to reach the park entrance.*

*Good Birding
Rich Cimino*

*Larkspur*

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Date: 11/27/18 1:30 am
From: <Lucascorneliussen04...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Short-eared Owl on Highway 37
Hi All
I was driving home from birding in Napa County this evening and noticed a Short-eared Owl flying towards the bay, near the Solano bridge. It was flying like a “butterfly”. First for me in Solano County.

Also, a Pacific Golden-Plover was present with the Black bellieds at American Canyon Wetlands in the dried out salt flat. A pair of continuing White winged scoters found by Mark and Lucas Stephenson (3rd county record) were associating with a flock of goldeneye and buffleheads. A Long tailed duck was also present at the river mouth.

Good Birding
Lucas Corneliussen
Novato, CA

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Date: 11/26/18 11:51 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Probable Slaty-backed photos
Here are some (bad) photos on Flickr of the probable SLATY-BACKED GULL at Shollenberger Park this evening. This was a really strikingly-plumaged gull, with very dark warm brown on the nape and lower belly contrasting with pale vent, rump, and wing-coverts (which were sharply patterned with dark mottling). The only other gull I ever remember seeing that closely resembled this one was a classic 1st-cycle Slaty-backed that I got close views of at a herring spawn in San Francisco in 2015. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/sets/72157700802981102?fbclid=IwAR0fB0FHm4ihEhLBV0x-HvQAYhnGZcs2vZgIunYMbFMSsKXxTyMh1Ah1cKc

Features on this Shollenberger bird that indicate Slaty-backed include the warm chestnut overall color; strong contrast between the whitish vent and very dark belly; pale wing coverts with bold spotty dark patterning, big tertials with big pale tips; dark eye-mask; and straight parallel-sided bill. It also gradually assumed a somewhat pot-bellied look as it settled in to rest and preen on the mudflat, although when alert it looks somewhat lankier.

I've posted photos on North American Gulls as well; we'll see what (if anything) the experts can make of my crappy photos...
Good Gulling!
Noah Arthur (Oakland)

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Date: 11/26/18 5:50 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Probable SLATY-BACKED GULL at Shollenberger

A very probable 1st-cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL showed up in the Shollenberger Park gull flock this evening at sunset. I got photos of it on the water and standing, but was too slow to get flight shots. It first appeared on the tidal pond left (southeast side) of the trail, then flew across to the freshwater pond area. 




The usual caveats apply to this as a report of a 1st-cycle Slaty, and I’m going to post photos on the North American Gulls Facebook group to see if experts think it looks good. But to me it looks really promising, one of the best 1st-cycle Slaty candidates I’ve seen.




I’ll post photos this evening.




Good Gulling!

Noah Arthur (Oakland)

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Date: 11/25/18 5:25 pm
From: Colin Talcroft via Groups.Io <ctalcroft=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Great-tailed Grackles at Howarth Park (11/25/18)
I took a walk around Howarth Park today (November 25, 2018), mostly to get out of the house in the cool clear air, but I was also wondering if any interesting ducks or gulls had turned up yet. The answer to that question was no, but I saw no fewer than 17 Great-tailed Grackles by the boat launch, which is nearly three times the greatest number I've ever seen there at once in the past (six). It was a nearly even mix of males and females. If you get a close look, these are actually rather pretty birds. A shot of one of the females is now the front page image on my website (link below).

I also saw a solitary Killdeer--a bird you'd think would be a regular at Howarth Park, but I don't think I've seen one there before, or at least not very often.

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

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Date: 11/25/18 4:08 pm
From: Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Long-Tailed Duck In Napa At American Canyon Wetlands
Today; Murray Berner found a Long-Tailed Duck at the dead end of American Canyon Wetlands trail. It continues right now at 4:00 diving in with the goldeneye flock south of the wooden bench. American Canyon continues to prosper with rare ducks. 
Happy Birding Mark&Lucas Stephenson 

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Date: 11/25/18 3:38 pm
From: rita bevans <irenenerick...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Red Phalaropes and White-Winged Scoter
Hello, today, after the storm, we had 17 Red Phalaropes at the entrance pond at Doran,
4 just past Gafney Point, and one at the Salmon Creek ponds at Bean Rd. We also had a White-Winged Scoter in the bay off of Doran(not the harbor).
Bill and Rita Bevans, and Denise Herzberg

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Date: 11/24/18 4:24 pm
From: d.herlocker <dherlocker...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Townsend's solitaires, Marin County, Mt Tamalpais
At least 5 Townsend's solitaires at Potrero Meadow this afternoon. Lots of vocalizing (singing too!).

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Date: 11/24/18 12:47 pm
From: Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] White-winged Scoter at American Canyon Wetlands Napa County
Ethan, Lucas, and I just spotted a pair of White-winged Scoters in Napa at Good Luck Pt aka American Canyon wetlands. They were the third and fourth county records are photos will be in this checklist. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50184573Happy Birding Mark&Lucas Stephenson 

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Date: 11/23/18 9:04 am
From: Chuck Dresel via Groups.Io <cdresel=<mac.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Short Eared Owl - Huichica Creek
This morning a Short-eared Owl was hunting the marsh at Huichica Creek in southern Napa County. After a few passes it flew off toward the abandoned building to the west.

Chuck Dresel
Napa

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Date: 11/23/18 8:54 am
From: Lorri Gong <lorri.gong...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Leucistic Savannah Sparrow- Millerton Point - Tomales State Park
Nice to see it still there!
I saw it Nov 12.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18385802

Sorry I didn't think it notable.
On Nov 21, 2018, at 6:02 PM, Brock Dolman <brock...> wrote:

Kerry Brady and I found this lovely Leucistic Savannah Sparrow this
afternoon at Millerton Point - Tomales State Park.

Brock Dolman & Kerry Brady
Occidental


<Brock Dolman _ Leucistic Savannah Sparrow.jpg>


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Date: 11/23/18 1:29 am
From: Chuck Dresel <cfdresel...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Harris’s Sparrow Huichica Creek Marsh Napa County
Harris Sparrow present this morning 11/22. It can be seen from the road just as you cross the RR tracks looking west.

Chuck Dresel
Napa

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Date: 11/22/18 9:31 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] #2: Upcoming FREE Birding Field Trips In The North Bay, Including Las Gallinas
Birders:
>
> Some of you may already know, but here’s a link to the Marin Audubon Society’s web site where free, upcoming
> birding field trips are noted via:
>
> http://marinaudubon.org/events-field-trips.php <http://marinaudubon.org/events-field-trips.php>
>
> Two in the next couple of weeks will be offered at Las Gallinas……with excellent leaders Bob Battagin and Jim White hosting one from 8:30 a.m. - 3 pm on 11/24/18
> and the equally fine birding tandem of Sande and Bob Chilvers leading one at the same location on 12/6 from 8:30 - noon.
>
> Regards, Daniel Edelstein
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> Novato, CA


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Date: 11/22/18 9:30 pm
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Today: 1) Pre-dawn Bird Species Heard; 2) Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds: Common, seasonal sightings (i.e., local occurrence) Date: November 22, 2018 at 8:51:16 PM PST
> Subject: Today: 1) Pre-dawn Bird Species Heard; 2) Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds: Common, seasonal sightings (i.e., local occurrence)
> Date: November 22, 2018 at 8:51:16 PM PST
>
> I. At dawn while looking for salamander species in the dark and, then, exploring after day break today near Roy’s Redwoods (close to San Geronimo, Marin Co.):
> (Sunrise = 6:58 am)
>
> 6:27 = Hermit Thrush “choop choo” call notes in open woodland near the forest.
>
> 6:28 = Zonotrichia sp. call note heard: White-crowned or Golden-crowned Sparrow.
>
> 6:31 = CA Towhee call note heard.
>
> 6:35 = 2 duetting meow-like call notes heard as Spotted Towhee vocalized to each other.
>
> 6:49 = Golden-crowned Kinglet call notes
>
> 6:54 (4 minutes before sunrise): American Robin call notes
>
> II. Seasonal sightings/local occurrence at the Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds (in San Rafael, Marin Co.) today:
>
> (via my eBird.org <http://ebird.org/> checklist* —https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50143000 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50143000> — from which I copied and pasted my sightings and corresponding comments, below)
> (* = my eBird checklist only features the initial two species below…..)
>
> 1 LINCOLN’S SPARROW:
>
> On north side of main, asphalt road in low-growing vegetation (~90' north of road) between speed bump #1 & #2 after you pass the entrance
> to the site that hosts the first lockable gate. Bird was not a "flyover" as designated below, but that was term I was told to use by an ebird
> expert at Cornell (strange, I agree....). PE = Phys. Evidence is only applicable when a bander is assessing a "bird in the hand" after extracting it from a mistnet, the person claimed.
>
> 2 WHITE-TAILED KITE
>
> 1 seen perched in palm tree on western-most island in Pond #1; 1 seen perched in large field south of the main trail that runs
> north-northeast from the parking lot after you cross the bridge. I saw this individual approx. 500' south of the main trail,
> opposite the non-native Pond/Bald Cypress that has a rusty color as the ONLY one on the site among the three ponds...and,
> even more interesting to me as an amateur botanist: a deciduous conifer species.
>
> MUTE SWAN Update:
> The good news is that I ONLY noticed three hatched Mute Swan on Pond #1 this year, with its nest on the east side yielding three individuals that grew into foragers.
> One was delivered to Neverland by July, I noticed, perhaps sooner. Two have persisted, and I choose my words carefully. I noticed these two on Pond #1, given their
> bills have NOT yet changed to an adult orange color.
>
> These two were foraging in the water with two adults (that expressed all white feathers throughout their bodies in addition to orange bills).
>
> Two other adults foraged by themselves (also in Pond #1), 300’ south and toward the bridge.
>
> In total, six MUTE SWAN seen on Pond #1.
>
> (Last year, I noticed 9 surviving hatch year Mute Swan on Pond #1, with two adults remaining next to their young…..Hence, in my viewing opinion, the three newborn this year
> are a reduction from the nine newborn that I noted on Pond #1 last year…..)
>
> Feel free to self-opine your own conclusions. I meet some visitors on the trail who exclaim their joy that this non-native species possesses a foothold at Las Gallinas.
>
> Go figure.
>
> Me?
>
> My mother
> taught me not say anything….if it wasn’t a nice thought. (i.e., Mute Swan sometimes compete for food resources and nesting territory with native bird species that frequent the
> Las Gallinas site’s 150+ acres.)
>
> Lastly:
>
> a. 1 female and male Cooper’s Hawk were present in the Monterey Pine trees approximately .8 mile north-northeast of the bridge on the main trail that begins from the parking lot,
> per Scott DeYoung that I chatted with on the trails, but who notes he does NOT post on eBird or list his observations online (or on this NBB listserv site).
>
> NO Least Bittern seen or heard, which is not surprising…..In fact, I have not seen an NBB listing for this species in November at this site since Jack Hayden initially
> detected in 2014 Least Bittern on Pond #1.
>
> Stay tuned for March, 2019, as that’s when I have initially heard this heron family member among Pond #1’s eastern/northeastern emergents (e.g., cattail groves…..though
> most people falsely state they are “reeds”)
>
> b. NOW it’s time for gull watching….At low tide and/or if and when a roe deposition occurs this winter (January-March, for example),
> look for me at Blackie’s Pasture and at the Coast Guard station area near the Children’s Museum in Sausalito.
>
> Regards,
>
> Daniel Edelstein
>
> Novato, CA
>
> warblerwatch.com <http://warblerwatch.com/>

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Date: 11/21/18 6:05 pm
From: Brock Dolman <brock...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Leucistic Savannah Sparrow- Millerton Point - Tomales State Park
Kerry Brady and I found this lovely Leucistic Savannah Sparrow this afternoon at Millerton Point - Tomales State Park.

Brock Dolman & Kerry Brady
Occidental

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Date: 11/21/18 5:45 pm
From: Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Harris’s Sparrow Huichica Creek Marsh Napa County
Hi all; yesterday Larry Kent found a Harris’s Sparrow at Huichica Creek Marsh by the parking lot as you walk down the railroad tracks that run west and east, walk west aka right from entrance road. We refound the bird in this location with many White-crowned Sparrows and got good photographs. Here’s our eBird checklist https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50116149Happy Birding Mark&Lucas Stephenson

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Date: 11/19/18 4:52 pm
From: Ken Burton <shrikethree...>
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] [northbaybirds] alien cormorant at Limantour (Marin)
Hmm.....That would be pretty darn pale! But I agree the thighs should look
darker.

On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:

> Hi Ken,
>
> Shouldn't a Pied Cormorant have black leggings? Why not a pale immature
> Double-crested?
>
> On Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:52:55 -0800, "Ken Burton" <shrikethree...>
> wrote:
>
> >Sorry, I had meant to indicate where the bird was reported. It was on
> eBird; link below.https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50013172
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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Date: 11/18/18 4:18 pm
From: Lisa Hug <lisahug...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] possible Kumlein's Gull
Hi birders,

I just posted some photos of an interesting gull that I watched at Goat
Rock State Beach in Jenner yesterday afternoon. I am not sure what it
is. But, I thought I would post a photo and description so that anyone
interested could look for the bird if they found it interesting.

It is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50011183


Good Luck,

Lisa hug
Sebastopol

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Date: 11/17/18 3:38 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Possible Pink-side Junco, Napa
Hi all,

Had a Dark-eyed Junco stop briefly in my yard this morning in Napa. I am thinking that it might be a Pink-sided, though possibly just a real pale Oregon.

I was able to take a few pictures of it and posted it to Ebird. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006183

If any of you have the chance to check it out and give me your opinion, I’d appreciate it. Thank you!

Still under the terrible smoke dome,

Denise Hamilton
Napa




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Date: 11/16/18 5:32 pm
From: Denise and David Hamilton <napabirders...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] FOS Pine Siskins, Napa
Hi all,

While staying indoors to avoid the terrible smoke these past days, my only birding is through my windows. Today at my pond had my first-of-season PINE SISKINS (2)come for a drink. My nyjer feeder is close by, but they left.

My neighborhood birds that are helping with my sanity while being stuck inside! The pistache berries and privet berries have drawn in a huge flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS along with a decent size flock of my first-of-season PURPLE FINCHES (which also come to the pond constantly) 3 FOX SPARROWS have joined the WHITE & GOLDEN CROWNS and a mob of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are constantly at the pistache and pond. Earlier nesting WESTERN BLUEBIRDS are now checking out the box for evening roosting. HERMIT THRUSHES enjoy the pond. Just starting to notice an increase in ROBINS.

Hoping for clear air and rain soon (and continuing to hold in my heart all those affected by the fires.)

Happy birding (and Thanksgiving)
Denise Hamilton
Napa

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Date: 11/16/18 1:00 pm
From: tony briggs <tony.briggs108...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Salmon Creek Swamp Sparrow
This morning I refound the Swamp Sparrow previously reported where Highway One crosses Salmon Creek, a bit north of Bodega Bay. The bird was readily seen in the marshy/brushy area just below the northwest corner of the intersection of the highway and the creek.

Tony Briggs
Petaluma
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Date: 11/16/18 12:47 pm
From: Peter Pyle <ppyle...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Ruff, Tomales Bay
Yesterday (Thurs) there was a juvenile male Ruff on the mudflats of
south Tomales Bay, amongst a large collection of shorebirds -
dowitchers (both sp.), godwits, peep, yellowlegs, plovers. At about
2:15 pm I counted it as part of the ACR Tomales Bay waterbird survey,
from private land. The best place to try and refind it would be from
the end of the dike north of the "fishing shack". From Hwy 1 go west
on Mesa about 1/3 mile to NPS(?) spur road along marsh to left
(you'll need to park along Mesa and walk). The fishing shack is on
the left and there is a place to cross a ditch to a dike. Follow the
dike north until it ends. Look north among the shorebirds on the
flats. Rising tide is best --- probably about 3-4 this afternoon.
Sorry for the belated report.

Breath shallowly, Peter


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Date: 11/14/18 8:46 pm
From: corvus8x via Groups.Io <corvus8x=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Bodega Bay Misc 11/14/2018
A few observations today -and a few from last week.  

Diving ducks diversity is increasing in the bay as I saw my first fall Common Goldeneyes  ( 10)  as well  as Red-breasted Mergansers ( 8)  Buffleheads are becoming more  numerous every week . There were at least 200 today.   Surf Scoter ( 75) were in the main the channel and in with them were three White-winged Scoter.  
Both Peregrine Falcon and  2 Merlin were on the hunt today .At Porto Bodego there two Ruddy Turnstones accompanying  the Black Turnstones.  .
Several Orange-crowned Warblers were at Diekmann's Store and one at Hole in the Head. 

Back on November 7 , I had two odd ducks for Bodega Bay ( near the Rail Ponds) - A Ringed-necked Duck and a Hooded Merganser , two species I have rarely seen in saltwater.  That day there were also two Hoodies on the Chanslor Ranch pond near Salmon Creek Beach. 
There also was a Clark's Grebe there ..
Lastly the Western Tanager was still preset at my house in west Sebastopol on Nov 7. I have not seen it since then .

Scott Carey, 
Sebastopol

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Date: 11/13/18 1:41 pm
From: William Legge via Groups.Io <WGDLegge=<aol.com...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Ross's Goose at Rodeo Lagoon (Marin Headlands) & Flyovers

Of local interest, the offshore winds continue to bring scarcer migrants into the Marin Headlands, and today it was Ross's Geese, with a single adult present at Rodeo Lagoon first thing this morning (favoring the western end of the main lagoon) and a flyover flock of 13 Ross's Geese with 2 Snow Geese in tow, which flew in off the ocean and continued northeastwards over the Marin Headlands. There seems to a small influx of the latter two species taking place into Coastal Marin at the moment (since Sunday along with Tundra Swans), so I suspect there are others to be found. Worth checking the local Canada Geese flocks me thinks.

Good Birding!

William Legge
Mill Valley, CA


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Date: 11/13/18 8:25 am
From: Geri Brown via Groups.Io <geri_browncpa=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] SWAMP SPARROW
How does one clearly distinguish between an immature swamp sparrow and an immature white throated sparrow? I have one in my yard near Kenwood that’s been here over a week.

Geri




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