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2/21/19 11:34 am Beverly Cronin <beverly.cronin...> [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee continues at Moss Beach
2/21/19 7:42 am Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...> [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee present 7:40am 2/21
2/20/19 9:36 pm Barbara Kossy <bkossy...> Re: [pen-bird] Common Poorwill (dead) at Burleigh H. Murray (Half Moon Bay)
2/20/19 3:29 pm Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...> Re: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Wednesday
2/20/19 11:28 am Laurie Graham <greylag64...> [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Wednesday
2/20/19 9:56 am Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee cpntinues
2/19/19 10:45 pm Andrew Rush <arush...> [pen-bird] Common Poorwill (dead) at Burleigh H. Murray (Half Moon Bay)
2/19/19 5:09 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> Re: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Feb 19 / plus Slate-colored Junco
2/19/19 5:06 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Feb 19
2/19/19 10:00 am Allan Wofchuck <ajmtwof...> Re: [pen-bird] GTTO continues Moss Beach
2/19/19 8:29 am Leslie Flint <lflint...> [pen-bird] GTTO continues Moss Beach
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2/18/19 4:54 pm Barbara Coll <barbaracoll...> [pen-bird] Blue-winged Teals at Palo Alto Baylands today
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2/18/19 2:15 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> Re: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
2/18/19 9:39 am Barbara Kossy <bkossy...> [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
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Date: 2/21/19 11:34 am
From: Beverly Cronin <beverly.cronin...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee continues at Moss Beach
Green-tailed Towhee currently being seen near 222 Virginia Ave. in Moss
Beach. It is moving around to the different front yards of the neighboring
houses. Nice views seen in the brush pile across the street. Bright, sunny
morning, great day to be out birding.

Beverly Cronin
San Carlos

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Date: 2/21/19 7:42 am
From: Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee present 7:40am 2/21
Hi folks, the Green-tailed Towhee is again present this morning at the feeders opposite 222 Virginia Ave in Moss Beach; 7:40am

Good birding,

Adam

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Date: 2/20/19 9:36 pm
From: Barbara Kossy <bkossy...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Common Poorwill (dead) at Burleigh H. Murray (Half Moon Bay)
I passed this note on to State Parks. They want to know how to avoid having
it happen again.
Any ideas?
I do know that a staff person is now living in the residence.

Barbara Kossy

On Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 10:45 PM Andrew Rush <arush...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I just wanted to report that I found a dead Common Poorwill on the trail
> at Burleigh H. Murray State Park yesterday. It looked like it had been run
> over. It was where it should have been...on the trail/road, not too far
> from the parking lot. I guess maybe the park residents or park workers ran
> over it the previous evening. I had never seen one there before.
>
> There wasn't much other activity. This was early in the afternoon. The
> only other sighting of any note was a White-throated Swift overhead at one
> point.
>
> Andrew Rush
>
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Date: 2/20/19 3:29 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Wednesday
Hi All
Green tailed Towhee being seen right now at 222 Virginia Ave
Chris Hayward
> On Feb 20, 2019, at 11:28 AM, Laurie Graham <greylag64...> wrote:
>
> We arrived at 247 Virginia at 10 am and saw the GTTO about 10 minutes later. It appeared on the sidewalk in front of the brush pile. I first saw a profile with the rufous cap and overall green back and tail, then the bird ducked into the brush pile and that was it. We stayed for awhile, but it was brutally cold and windy, and I have an appt this afternoon, so we left without seeing it again.
> If you go, dress warmly!
> Laurie Graham
>
>
>
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Date: 2/20/19 11:28 am
From: Laurie Graham <greylag64...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Wednesday
We arrived at 247 Virginia at 10 am and saw the GTTO about 10 minutes later. It appeared on the sidewalk in front of the brush pile. I first saw a profile with the rufous cap and overall green back and tail, then the bird ducked into the brush pile and that was it. We stayed for awhile, but it was brutally cold and windy, and I have an appt this afternoon, so we left without seeing it again.
If you go, dress warmly!
Laurie Graham


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Date: 2/20/19 9:56 am
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee cpntinues
Clear views on ground in front of 222 Virginia at 8:45 and ten minutes later just north of l248. Barbara Kossy joined me a bit later, and at 9:35 she spotted it on feeder and fence at 231, where it gave more prolonged. Views. (Moss Beach)

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Date: 2/19/19 10:45 pm
From: Andrew Rush <arush...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Common Poorwill (dead) at Burleigh H. Murray (Half Moon Bay)
Hello,

I just wanted to report that I found a dead Common Poorwill on the trail at Burleigh H. Murray State Park yesterday. It looked like it had been run over. It was where it should have been...on the trail/road, not too far from the parking lot. I guess maybe the park residents or park workers ran over it the previous evening. I had never seen one there before.

There wasn't much other activity. This was early in the afternoon. The only other sighting of any note was a White-throated Swift overhead at one point.

Andrew Rush

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Date: 2/19/19 5:09 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Feb 19 / plus Slate-colored Junco
Forgot to mention that a Slate-colored Junco, already reported I think, was
seen briefly at the feeders high on the second house.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas



From: <peninsula-birding...> <peninsula-birding...> On Behalf Of
Dave Weber
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:06 PM
To: <peninsula-birding...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Feb 19



The Green-tailed Towhee made a brief appearance for several birders at 11:05
this morning in Moss Beach. It popped on the fence between the two houses on
Virginia Ave, one property up from Lake St. It then played hard to get for a
while and I didn't stay around. This is the only sighting I know of (on
Penbirds and ebird) since the bird was reported at 10 am by Alan Wolfchuck.
Later, one Glaucous Gull was in the flock (about 250 gulls) at Pilarcitos
Creek mouth.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas




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Date: 2/19/19 5:06 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Feb 19
The Green-tailed Towhee made a brief appearance for several birders at 11:05
this morning in Moss Beach. It popped on the fence between the two houses on
Virginia Ave, one property up from Lake St. It then played hard to get for a
while and I didn't stay around. This is the only sighting I know of (on
Penbirds and ebird) since the bird was reported at 10 am by Alan Wolfchuck.
Later, one Glaucous Gull was in the flock (about 250 gulls) at Pilarcitos
Creek mouth.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


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Date: 2/19/19 10:00 am
From: Allan Wofchuck <ajmtwof...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] GTTO continues Moss Beach
Onfencenear feeders 10Am at 222 virginiaSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> Date: 2/19/19 8:29 AM (GMT-08:00) To: <peninsula-birding...> Subject: [pen-bird] GTTO continues Moss Beach I saw the Green-tailed Towhee between 7:30 and 8 this morning;  first at 222 Virginia on the fence, then later in the bottle brush next door.  It flew to 247 where it jumped into a dense shrub.  Thanks Barbara Kossy.Leslie FlintSan Mateo
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Date: 2/19/19 8:29 am
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...>
Subject: [pen-bird] GTTO continues Moss Beach
I saw the Green-tailed Towhee between 7:30 and 8 this morning; first at 222 Virginia on the fence, then later in the bottle brush next door. It flew to 247 where it jumped into a dense shrub. Thanks Barbara Kossy.

Leslie Flint
San Mateo




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Date: 2/18/19 11:03 pm
From: pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Black Scoter in Pacifica
In late afternoon on Monday there was a female Black Scoter with half a dozen Surf Scoters foraging for more mole crabs in the swash zone along Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. I frequently see scoters very close to shore and diving for mole crabs, but these birds were actually up on the beach and and probing in the wet sand.

Paul Donahue
Pacifica






Paul K. Donahue
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959 Anza Drive
Pacifica, California 94044 USA
(650) 738-0429
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Date: 2/18/19 4:54 pm
From: Barbara Coll <barbaracoll...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Blue-winged Teals at Palo Alto Baylands today
Spotted a pair of blue-winged teals gliding across the water at the Palo Alto Baylands around 10:30am this morning. It was with a bunch of American Wigeons and Northern Shovelers. Drive to end of Embarcadero, turn left. Go past the duck pond almost to end of road. Turn right into parking lot. They were in the body of water on the right. 

Also saw one White-throated Sparrow there this morning. Almost same location but go just past entrance to parking lot and look for 15 mph sign. 

I submitted 3 checklists from different spots at the Baylands today. Here's the one with the teals - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52897770 (and debating with husband on whether they are lesser or greater scaup. Happy to switch to greater (which is what I thought originally) if someone saw them today as well).

Barbara

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Date: 2/18/19 3:42 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
Providing more detail from our quick post to get the word out that the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was being seen. We arrived at Virginia in Moss Beach around 12:20pm and waited almost two hours before we noted some California Towhees and sparrows on the fence next to 222 Virginia. Leonie spotted the Green-tailed Towhee on the fence next to a shrub in the neighbors yard. The towhee then dropped down into the neighbor’s back yard. Shortly after it went up to the seed feeder at 222 Virginia when Malia was able to take some photos. The neighbor back yard referred to is the house on the corner of Virginia and Lake. That back yard is not visible from the street. The seed feeder at 222 is on the right side when facing the house from the street.
THANK YOU BARBARA FOR GETTING THE WORD OUT THIS MORNING! A long awaited county bird for Leonie & Malia.
Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn

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Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee

We just saw the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE on the fence next to 222 Virginia.  There is also a Slate-colored Junco coming to the yard.  
Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn 

On Feb 18, 2019, at 9:39 AM, Barbara Kossy <bkossy...> wrote:
I returned to 247 Virginia, Moss Beach to see if I could re-find the bird.
I did not, but I'm convinced it was an adult Green-tailed towhee.
It was larger than a sparrow, but a bit smaller than the nearby California towhees.
What caught my eye first was a flash of green. Then the very red crest was up and in full sun.
I noticed the thick bill, white throat and dark malar stripe.
The chest was an unstreaked gray.
It was in the shrubs. Nearby were some California towhees, and a Hermit thrush.
I hope another birder can find it!
I'll charge up my camera and head out there again soon.
Barbara Kossy
Moss Beach
650-430-1094




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Date: 2/18/19 2:32 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
Ginny Marshall and I located the Green-tailed Towhee in the vegetation in front and along the side yard of 222 Virginia Street in Moss Beach a little after 11:00 this morning. It returned to the yard a little while later after David Tomb arrived.

Here is a link to the checklist with photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52894365

What an excellent find by Barbara Kossy! We also saw a White-throated Sparrow next to the foot bridge into Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.


Donna Pomeroy

Ginny Marshall

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Date: 2/18/19 2:15 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
We just saw the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE on the fence next to 222 Virginia. There is also a Slate-colored Junco coming to the yard.
Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn
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> I returned to 247 Virginia, Moss Beach to see if I could re-find the bird.
> I did not, but I'm convinced it was an adult Green-tailed towhee.
> It was larger than a sparrow, but a bit smaller than the nearby California towhees.
> What caught my eye first was a flash of green. Then the very red crest was up and in full sun.
> I noticed the thick bill, white throat and dark malar stripe.
> The chest was an unstreaked gray.
> It was in the shrubs. Nearby were some California towhees, and a Hermit thrush.
> I hope another birder can find it!
> I'll charge up my camera and head out there again soon.
> Barbara Kossy
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Date: 2/18/19 9:39 am
From: Barbara Kossy <bkossy...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Moss Beach Green-Tailed Towhee
I returned to 247 Virginia, Moss Beach to see if I could re-find the bird.
I did not, but I'm convinced it was an adult Green-tailed towhee.
It was larger than a sparrow, but a bit smaller than the nearby California
towhees.
What caught my eye first was a flash of green. Then the very red crest was
up and in full sun.
I noticed the thick bill, white throat and dark malar stripe.
The chest was an unstreaked gray.
It was in the shrubs. Nearby were some California towhees, and a Hermit
thrush.
I hope another birder can find it!
I'll charge up my camera and head out there again soon.
Barbara Kossy
Moss Beach
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Date: 2/18/19 9:07 am
From: Barbara Kossy <bkossy...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Possible Green-tailed towhee, Moss Beach
Out on a morning walk I saw what seems to be a Green Tailed Towhee.
On the sunny side of Virginia, between Beach and N. Lake Street.
I'm heading back there now for more looks.
It was in the bushes, mid block.
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Date: 2/17/19 9:18 pm
From: Eric Goodill via Groups.Io <ericgmac=<mac.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Could the eBird reviewer for Menlo Park contact me, please?
Hi,

I’d like to talk with the eBird reviewer that covers Menlo Park. Could that person please contact me? Or if you know who it is, please pass this along to him or her?

Good birding, Eric Goodill
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Date: 2/12/19 8:53 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Northern Gannet -by bike- Pillar Point harbor 2/12/19
Some friends have inspired me to try to bird more within a 5 mile radius of my home. To do so I am trying to get out birding by bike more often and see how many birds I can see in the 5MR in 2019. I mean hey, it's healthier for me and for the environment. So even though the initial plan today was to drive my car to the harbor to check gulls at low tide, then drive to other destinations within the 5 mile radius.  As soon as I saw the continuing NORTHERN GANNET sleeping on the breakwater just off the end of the Johnson pier at Pillar Pt. Harbor, I decided to drive home, ditch the car and get on the bike. In an 18 minute pedal, from my front door to the end of the Johnson pier, I had the gannet once again in view. Spent the rest of the day bike birding the harbor and various locations heading back home.

A "Slate-colored" junco was in a flock of "Oregon" juncos at Sweetwood Group Camp.

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Date: 2/12/19 3:33 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull at Cypress Lawn
The Glaucous Gull found by Adam Dudley at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma is still hanging around the large pond. We saw it resting beside the entrance road on the east side of El Camino Real.

Donna Pomeroy
Ginny Marshall

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Date: 2/12/19 10:59 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park; Sun Feb 17; 8:00am - 12:00pm
Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park (note that heavy rain cancels) Sunday, February 17, 8:00am – 12:00pmJoin us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels. Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill.  We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here. Leader: Ginny Marshall Contact: <ginnybirder...>
View this field trip on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/335198997075555/ Learn more & join us at:
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Date: 2/11/19 5:44 pm
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Subject: [pen-bird] Thursday February 14 General Meeting 💚💚❤️💚💚 - Why We LOVE Sequoia Audubon: Our History, Accomplishments, and Future
Dear Birders -

Come be our Valentine!
For our seventieth anniversary, Sequoia Audubon is launching a history project to record, in pamphlet form, our accomplishments and adventures as one of the best little Audubon chapters in the country. In this presentation, Jennifer Rycenga will survey what we know from our archives, from stories, from bird data, and from our conservation record. She will also elicit tidbits of personal Sequoia Audubon history from any members present and willing. Valentine’s Day cheer, chocolate, and romance will also be invoked!

Our meetings are free and open to all, at the San Mateo Garden Center, on Parkside Way just off Alameda de la Pulgas. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm, preceded by an informal social gathering with delicious refreshments, beginning at 6:30 pm.

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Date: 2/11/19 10:47 am
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] January 2019 cumulative year report for San Mateo County
Greeting San Mateo County Birders!

 
January Birders in San Mateo County demonstrated their keen passion for birding by finding a total 208 species by the end of the first month of the year. A full list of the 208 birds observed in January can be found at the following link. One can also view this monthly report for all months going back to 2009, plus, download a checklist for San Mateo County birds http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php

 

Here are how the January birds broke out by rarity code:
1's =78 species 2's= 61 species 3's = 34 species 4's = 31 species 5's = 0 species 6's = 4 species

 

The rarity code system was set up in 2009 by the late Kris Olson based on Peter Metropulos' codes on the San Mateo County Checklist which was published by Sequoia Audubon Society in 2006.

Rarity Codes for San Mateo County:

1 = Common to abundant in appropriate habitat, always present in large numbers

2 = Fairly common, always present in moderate to small numbers

3 = Uncommon, usually present and in small numbers

4 = Rare, observed in very small numbers and perhaps not in each year

5 = Extremely rare, fewer than 10 records of occurrence in season indicated

6 = Accidental, recorded fewer than 10 times in San Mateo County and offshore waters

 

Bird's mentioned in the following report for January 2019, mainly come from the 4's, 5's and 6's categories. There is a wide range of rarity within the 4's category. I have chosen to select sightings to highlight based on the rarest or most unusual circumstances of these 3 categories.

 

*First are the unusual/rare birds originally found in late 2018 and continuing into 2019:*

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (4) originally found in December 2018 by Adam Dudley at Bayside/Joinville Park was re-found by Chris O'Connell in January. Julio Mulero was the first to note the male REDHEAD (4) at the Oyster Cove location in both 2018 and 2019. Peter Headland and Jane Tatchell find of a pair of PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER (4) in December inspired Dorian Anderson to bike to the location to re-find the birds in 2019. The continuing NORTHERN GANNET (6) was first spotted this year by Richard Trinkner at Pillar Point Harbor. Ron Thorn made several reports of the wintering, CHIPPING SPARROWS (2) at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma. Ron and Leonie Batkin observed one continuing Chipping Sparrow in January. The male ORCHARD ORIOLE (4) found by Joshua Stacy and Kent Forward during the December CBC remained for multiple observers into the new year in Pescadero. Aaron Maizlish had the first 2019 sighting of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (6). As this species has become more regular in the fall and winter in Daly City, I am looking into the criteria for adjusting a rarity code. On the last day of December, Garth Harwood heard the distinctive call of a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (4) at Butano Creek in Pescadero. Garth and Joshua Stacy then got good views of the bird a few days later. Also at Butano Creek, during the CBC, Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward found a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (4) which continued for January finders Logan Kahle, Jonah Benningfield and Cedric Duhalde. Chris O'Connell re-found the continuing PALM WARBLER (4) that Peggy Macres found during the Crystal Springs CBC at Bay Meadows Park in San Mateo. The overwintering BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (2) first found by Cedric Duhalde had its first January sighting by David Tomb in Pacifica.

 

*Moving on to the new, rare and unusual birds for January 2019:*

One SNOW GOOSE (4) that sadly was not doing well, was observed by Ron Thorn. Also found by Ron was a TUFTED DUCK (4) at the Nob Hill Market pond. Ginny Marshall reported the first WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (4) at Mussel Rock and this species has been scarce this winter. Two RED-NECKED GREBES (4) were discovered at Devil's Slide Trail by Cedric Duhalde. Peter Metropulos reported a SLATY-BACKED GULL (6) at Pilarcitos Creek. Slaty-backed Gull is a California Bird Records Committee review bird. It will be first "non-Northern Gannet" review bird to be reported in the county for 2019. One can read more about the CBRC here: https://californiabirds.org/. ABA Camp Colorado Youth Group, a group of young birders doing a BIG YEAR in 2019, found and photographed the first GLAUCOUS GULL (4) for the year at Pilarcitos Creek. While visiting Gazos Creek Beach, Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward found a CASPIAN TERN (2) which is rare for winter in the county. Peter Metropulos also reported the first ROYAL TERN (6) for the year at Pescadero State Beach. Another notable winter sighting of (6) BARN SWALLOWS (1) was made by Chris Hayward at Pilarcitos Creek. The ABA Camp Colorado Youth Group additionally photographed a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (2) in Pescadero, another species uncommon in winter.

 

I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to inspire you to get out there and explore. Want to know where to bird in San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/. Want to join a field trip? All field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels. For a schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html. Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/membership.html

Please post your bird sightings to <peninsula-birding...>  ( <peninsula-birding...> ) and/or www.eBird.org ( http://www.ebird.org/ ). As always, when posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. Thank you!

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Good birding all!

Malia DeFelice

Chris Hayward

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Date: 2/9/19 4:25 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bald Eagles Pescadero Marsh, 2/9/19
Hi All,
Today while checking coastal locations south of Half Moon Bay I stopped at the Pescadero Creek parking area south of the Hwy. 1 bridge. Scanning north across the large pond there were 2 adult Bald Eagles in the snag toward the west end of the eucalyptus grove. This is the area where one eagle has been seen frequently this year.
At Gazos Creek beach there were 2 Long-billed Curlews, a tad unusual along the immediate coast.

Chris Hayward 
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 2/9/19 1:54 pm
From: Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous gull cypress lawn cemetery pond
Hi folks, just a short note that there’s an immature Glaucous gull at the Cypress Lawn cemetery pond as of 1:45pm today.

Adam

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Date: 2/9/19 12:04 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull, Pilarcitos Creek 1-8-19
Noah

We are in Japan right now, saw several Glaucous today. Isn’t pallidissimus the expected Glaucous Gull in Asia? I have often thought that the big pale things we see in CA are also palidissimus.

Alvaro



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Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull, Pilarcitos Creek 1-8-19



Great bird, great photos, Chris & Malia!



I have a hard time swallowing these humongous pale Glaucous Gulls as the “expected” subspecies barrovianus. This bird looks pretty typical of what I’ve seen in mid/late winter on the CA Central Coast, although maybe a bit smaller-billed than most. Other than that, it’s a bruiser, short-winged, and very pale — quite unlike photos I’ve seen of presumed barrovianus wintering in Japan. They tend to be longer-winged, a bit darker, small-billed, with more dark on the bill — overall almost more similar to Iceland Gull than to typical CA Glaucous Gulls like this one.



Here are some Japanese birds that appear to be barrovianus. They’re rather unlike any gulls we see in California... http://www23.tok2.com/home/jgull/030222/ba9.html



My guess is that our Glaucous Gulls are ssp. leuceretes from northern Canada — probably coming from the same area of the Arctic as our Thayer’s Gulls.



Good Gulling!



Noah













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Hi All,
Malia and I have checked the gull flock several times since Alvaro found the Lesser Black-backed Gull on 2/6/19 with no luck in re-finding it . This afternoon however there was a first cycle Glaucous Gull amongst a good sized flock. I will continue to check there tomorrow, weather permitting.
Photos of the Glaucous Gull on our ebird checklist, link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52504553

Chris Hayward and Malia Defelice
Half Moon Bay





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Date: 2/8/19 6:43 pm
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull, Pilarcitos Creek 1-8-19
Great bird, great photos, Chris & Malia! 
I have a hard time swallowing these humongous pale Glaucous Gulls as the “expected” subspecies barrovianus. This bird looks pretty typical of what I’ve seen in mid/late winter on the CA Central Coast, although maybe a bit smaller-billed than most. Other than that, it’s a bruiser, short-winged, and very pale — quite unlike photos I’ve seen of presumed barrovianus wintering in Japan. They tend to be longer-winged, a bit darker, small-billed, with more dark on the bill — overall almost more similar to Iceland Gull than to typical CA Glaucous Gulls like this one. 
Here are some Japanese birds that appear to be barrovianus. They’re rather unlike any gulls we see in California... http://www23.tok2.com/home/jgull/030222/ba9.html
My guess is that our Glaucous Gulls are ssp. leuceretes from northern Canada — probably coming from the same area of the Arctic as our Thayer’s Gulls. 
Good Gulling!
Noah





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Hi All,
Malia and I have checked the gull flock several times since Alvaro found the Lesser Black-backed Gull on 2/6/19 with no luck in re-finding it . This afternoon however there was a first cycle Glaucous Gull amongst a good sized flock. I will continue to check there tomorrow, weather permitting.
Photos of the Glaucous Gull on our ebird checklist, link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52504553

Chris Hayward and Malia Defelice
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 2/8/19 6:12 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull, Pilarcitos Creek 1-8-19
Hi All,
Malia and I have checked the gull flock several times since Alvaro found the Lesser Black-backed Gull on 2/6/19 with no luck in re-finding it . This afternoon however there was a first cycle Glaucous Gull amongst a good sized flock. I will continue to check there tomorrow, weather permitting.
Photos of the Glaucous Gull on our ebird checklist, link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52504553

Chris Hayward and Malia Defelice
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 2/8/19 3:11 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull Pilarcitos Creek Mouth.
Hi All ,
For any hard core gullers there is a first cycle Glaucous Gull at Pilarcitos Creek mouth right now.
Chris Hayward
On Feb 6, 2019, at 2:56 PM, Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...><mailto:<p_t_nymph...>> wrote:

Hi All
The Lesser Black - backed Gull is still here at 2.55
Chris Hayward


On Feb 6, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:

HI all
On my run, I saw a second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull about 1:45 pm today. At the creek mouth, Half Moon Bay. Hopefully it will be there once I return with camera.
Alvaro

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Date: 2/7/19 4:49 pm
From: Laurie Graham <greylag64...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lesser Yellowlegs at Bair Island
Today we went to Bair Island again to try for the Pacific Golden Plover, which did not find. While scanning the plant life for the Plover, we found a little group of five Lesser Yellowlegs. They barely showed above the tops of the plants. They were in amongst larger birds like Marbeled Godwit, Whimbrel and Black-necked Stilts, which emphasized the size difference. One LEYE was under the tail of a BNST.
As the birds dispersed, we kept finding individuals, so we don’t have an accurate count.
We were scoping from Casey’s position at the end of the Whipple Ave bridge.
Laurie Graham
Jeff Fairclough
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Date: 2/6/19 7:02 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull photos 2/6
After seeing Alvaro's post of  finding a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Pilarcitos Creek Mouth, I raced to the bluff. Chris  arrived soon after and Alvaro returned with scope and camera.  Alvaro got the gull in his scope immediately and all 3 of us were able to get good looks and photos of the gull.

Chris and I stayed awhile and were able to view the LBBG on the beach for about another 1/2 hour or so before  the entire gull flock flushed. Half the gulls flew towards the harbor, while others eventually settled back on the beach. Chris and I stayed another hour but could not refind the LBBG.

Here are photos from our checklist of the 2nd cycle LBBG:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52448895

Huge thanks to Alvaro for getting the word out!

Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

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Date: 2/6/19 2:56 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull Pilarcitos Creek Mouth.
Hi All
The Lesser Black - backed Gull is still here at 2.55
Chris Hayward
On Feb 6, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...><mailto:<chucao...>> wrote:

HI all
On my run, I saw a second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull about 1:45 pm today. At the creek mouth, Half Moon Bay. Hopefully it will be there once I return with camera.
Alvaro

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Date: 2/6/19 2:04 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull Pilarcitos Creek Mouth.
HI all

On my run, I saw a second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull about 1:45 pm
today. At the creek mouth, Half Moon Bay. Hopefully it will be there once I
return with camera.

Alvaro



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Date: 2/6/19 10:57 am
From: Casey Girard <casey.girard...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pacific Golden Plovers at Bair
Very happy to say at least one of the Pacific Golden Plovers is still at
Bair Island. I have it right at the bridge from Whipple out in the weeds
that are just before the bigger channel in the distance. You need a scope.

Huzzah! A month of trying and there it is.

happy birding,
Casey

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Date: 2/6/19 9:40 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Año Nuevo Island seabirds update
Hey folks,

Forwarding a note that Don Glasco brought to the attention of the Monterey Bay group. Bottom line is that Año Nuevo Island efforts are working! Breeding alcid numbers are up big time. As well, here the website for the project http://oikonos.org/ano-nuevo-island/ . You may consider becoming active in some way, donating to the project or just sharing the good news that this multi-partner work is having positive effects. And it is right here, in our county.



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From: Ryan Carle <ryan...> <mailto:<ryan...> >
Date: February 5, 2019 at 12:28:59 PM PST
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Subject: Año Nuevo Island seabirds update
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Dear friends,

As I write today, there is a major storm rolling through Santa Cruz and the drops pound down deafeningly on my tin roof. It makes me wonder what it’s like to be an auklet, far out at sea all winter, riding out giant swells in storms like these.

We still don’t know much about what it’s like to be a seabird in a winter storm, but 26 years of research at Año Nuevo has shed a lot of light on their lives: what seabirds eat, how well they reproduce under various ocean conditions, and most importantly what they need to thrive into the future.

A good deal of this information is contained in our comprehensive 2018 Año Nuevo seabirds project report <http://oikonos.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2018-Oikonos-An%CC%83o-Nuevo-Island-annual-report_final.pdf> (click on the hyperlink to download), which is hot off the press. I am delighted to let you know that the report offers a feel-good story amidst the current seemingly endless stream of bad news.



A Rhinoceros Auklet parent and chick in a clay nest module on Año Nuevo. Both parents equally share duties of raising the egg and chick. Photo by Tara Johnson Kelly.



The great news is that record-high numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets and Cassin’s Auklets nested on the island year! Nearly 500 Rhinoceros Auklets nested, shattering our previous population records, which had hovered around 200-300 for over a decade before major growth in 2017 and 2018. Likewise, the number of Cassin’s Auklets nesting on the island was also a record, at 156 birds.





A Cassin's Auklet chick, also from a clay nest module. Auklet pairs only lay one egg and raise one chick a year.



Along with our dedicated, amazing partners (CA State Parks, Go Native, California College of the Arts, UC Natural Reserves, Morelab, Rebar and many more), we have worked hard to improve the habitat for these unique burrowing seabirds by protecting their homes from sea lion trampling and damage from erosion. It’s gratifying to see the work pay off. Ocean conditions were favorable for the birds in 2018, with lots of anchovy to be eaten.

With safe nesting habitat secured on the island, they were able to take advantage of the bounty and produce a healthy new cohort of young “Rhinos” to sustain the population in the future.



Oikonos staff, California State Parks Natural Resource Crew, and California College of the Arts students building a retaining wall to halt erosion near a section of the "Habitat Ridge," a eucalyptus-post barrier that protects the auklet colony from sea lion trampling



So give a thought for the seabirds riding out the storm, and celebrate with us that hard work does pay off, and the birds are thriving at Año Nuevo Island.

Hope to see you all soon out at Año Nuevo!

Ryan, Jessie, Michelle, and the whole Año Nuevo crew

P.S. for more project updates, photos, and links to scientific papers, check out our recently updated project website www.oikonos.org/ano-nuevo-island <http://www.oikonos.org/ano-nuevo-island>

We depend on the support of our community. Donations to the project can be made at: https://oikonos.org/donate/ (write that it is for the Año Nuevo Project in the note)





Project biologists from left to right: David Calleri, Emily Coletta, Ryan Carle, and Jessie Beck





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Date: 2/5/19 9:09 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [pen-bird] More On Townsend's Warbler
Folks:

The distribution of Townsend's Warbler is quite interesting.  From the
Birds of North America account:

"Winters in 2 distinct geographic areas: One extends from extreme sw.
British Columbia south along Pacific Coast to n. Baja California; the
other extends from n. Mexico (and locally from se. Arizona and sw.
Texas) south to Costa Rica."

The birds wintering along the Pacific Coast nest in the Queen Charlotte
Islands along the coast of British Columbia with a few at the northern
end of Vancouver Island.  These birds are common along the central coast
of California but there are fewer numbers both north and south.

The other group nests in interior Alaska, British Columbia, Washington,
and Oregon.  These birds are longer winged (they migrate farther) and
some believe the two groups should be separate subspecies.

Our wintering birds have been doing this a long time.  I would expect
that they would be fairly good at adapting to occasional cold snaps or
changes in food resources.

The Palo Alto (half in San Mateo County), San Jose, and Mt. Hamilton
CBCs follow a rough transect from the coast into the Diablo Range
interior.  The raw means of Townsend's Warbler for these three count
circles (between 40 and 60 years of coverage) are 46, 8, and 0.1 birds. 
I don't think it is a surprise how narrow this coastal range is.

About 10 or 15 years ago, I started feeding sunflower chip in my tube
feeder.  I've not delved into my records, but I would guess that I
occasionally see one or two birds at my feeder in most winters.  Not
common, but not rare either.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/5/19 2:08 pm
From: Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Eurasian teal Marina Slough
Folks,
There's a Eurasian teal at Marina Slough, today.
Don Pendleton East Palo Alto 

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Date: 2/4/19 10:36 pm
From: Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Caspian Tern at Gazos Creek Beach,2/3/19
 Yesterday morning(Sunday,Feb.3) I drove south on Highway One during stormy weather to see if anything odd had been blown onshore.At Pomponio State Beach a PEREGRINE was diving on a pair of ravens playing in the wind.At Pescadero State Beach I counted a total of 30 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS roosting on the largest rocks offshore.At Gazos Creek State Beach, 27 SNOWY PLOVERS was a good number for this location. A MARBLED GODWIT(rare along our coast in winter) was on the beach.Among the few hundred gulls bathing & resting at the creek mouth were 3 breeding-plumaged HEERMANN'S GULLS. This species has been scarcethis season. I only saw two individuals during all of January. While scanning the gulls I was surprised to see a CASPIAN TERN fly in from the south and landnear the gulls. I'm assuming this is the same bird Malia & Chris saw here on Jan.25,a very rare wintering bird in SM County.
Peter J. Metropulos

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Date: 2/4/19 1:30 pm
From: Thomas Goodier <tgoodier...>
Subject: [pen-bird] TUFTED DUCK X SCAUP hybrid
I saw the adult male TUFTED DUCK X SCAUP hybrid reported by Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin in Redwood Shores.  I saw it today (2/4) at 7:30 AM.  It was on the south-east side of the wide part Redwood Shores Lagoon.  I was standing on the north-west side of the lagoon near the dentist offices off of Marine Parkway.  The half tuft was easily seen.

Tom Goodier
Redwood City

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Date: 2/4/19 12:29 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Reporting Rarities and Species High Counts on eBird - a few reminders
San Mateo County birders were out in full force in January! It is always fun to start the year at zero where every bird seen is a new year bird. Needless to say, January has been intense. I am still working on wrapping up the January cumulative year report for Sequoia Audubon’s website as well as finalizing a myriad of eBird reports.

 
For eBird records, I’d like to remind folks about 2 very important and essential data components. *Comments* and *Sp* *ecies High Counts.*

 

*Comments for eBird records:* Everyone who uses eBird to *report rare birds* or *birds that are unusual for time of year or location* is familiar with the prompt, requesting more information. If you do not have a photo of the bird, or an audio recording of the bird, please *add detailed comments* to your checklist record *.* Comments should provide *a description of the bird that separated it from similar species.* A description of the bird with field marks and defining physical or audible characteristics, separating it from similar species, is the most important element you can add to your checklist record. Secondly you can note the bird’s behavior, what the bird was doing , where it was etc. But the most important element is a description of the bird. *Your comments are history!* 100 years from now, future researchers and everyday eBird users will find great value in your records if they are enriched with detailed comments. *Feel free to add comments to your record even if you have a photo or audio!* Here is an eBird help article about reporting rarities and elements of writing a bird description:

https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973980-reporting-rarities--elements-of-a-bird-description

 

*Species High Counts for eBird records:* The mobile app now prompts species “High Counts” with a request for added details. A brief comment describing how the number was determined, i.e. “counted by 10’s” or “direct count” is what ebird is looking for. A numeric estimate of birds is always better than an “X”. Also in some cases, in addition to the requested high count notes,  it may be necessary to confirm how the species was ID’d by providing a brief description of the species and how it was separated from similar species. For more information and tips for counting large numbers of birds or birds observed over a duration of time here are 3 help articles:

 

https://ebird.org/news/counting-101/

 

https://ebird.org/news/counting-201/

 

https://ebird.org/news/counting-102/

 

Thanks to all, for your documentation and note-taking efforts to support rare bird observations and species high counts on eBird.

 

Good Birding!

Malia DeFelice

eBird-San Mateo County

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Date: 2/4/19 9:56 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
Hi

Just an opinion that it may not be so dire when a Townsend’s Warbler visits a seed feeder. The reason that some warblers and other insectivores winter farther north than their relatives is that they have strategies to cope with adverse situations. For example, unlike all other warblers that we know of the Yellow-rumped is a facultative migrant. It can kick into migration mode mid-winter if necessary. So they can adjust their wintering distribution depending on the resources and weather they get that winter. My suggestion is that for Townsend’s Warblers, shifting to other food during scarcity of easily found insect prey is a coping mechanism. It is not their preferred food, but they will use it and are not necessarily in food stress. It may just be a shift as the ecological situation shifts, it is temporary. Hey most students would rather be eating a multi course fancy Japanese dinner, but sometimes you just have to shift to the package of ramen due to present day conditions! They are not starving, just shifting to a different available food that fits their needs at the given time.

A different point, and something to be on the lookout for. Actually temperatures have not been that cold this winter, lots of rain but cold, not so much. However, starting this afternoon we are going to get a truly cold bit of air and it will last for a couple of days from what I hear. It will be interesting to see if the cold shifts any behavior or abundance at feeders, backyards or places you frequent. Again, these will likely be temporary.

Alvaro



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Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior



The Townsend in our yard (Moss Beach) has been bouncing back and forth between the hummingbird feeder and the suet cakes.



On Monday, February 4, 2019, 8:34:03 AM PST, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> <mailto:<dominikmosur...> > wrote:





This extended period of rain and cold temps affects insect activity and nectar production in our exotic forests. insectivorous birds are resorting to whatever food they can to survive. I suspect any Townsend's Warbler going to seed feeders is in caloric deficit distress and barely hanging on to life in these conditions.



Dominik


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Sue,



Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds.



This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet.












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Date: 2/4/19 8:58 am
From: Kris via Groups.Io <grlbordr=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
The Townsend in our yard (Moss Beach) has been bouncing back and forth between the hummingbird feeder and the suet cakes.  
On Monday, February 4, 2019, 8:34:03 AM PST, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:

This extended period of rain and cold temps affects insect activity and nectar production in our exotic forests. insectivorous birds are resorting to whatever food  they can to survive. I suspect any Townsend's Warbler going to seed feeders is in caloric deficit distress and barely hanging on to life in these conditions.
Dominik


On Feb 4, 2019, at 08:11, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...> wrote:


Sue, 
Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds. 
This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet. 






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Date: 2/4/19 8:53 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
Reports of Townsend's Warblers coming to seed feeders aren't the status quo but if i wrack my brain I seem to recall at least one or two per winter season throughout the various state listservs.

maybe these are birds forced by rough conditions to eat seed as an emergency fix that then acquire a new behavior and later exhibit it even if not distressed?



Dominik
> On Feb 4, 2019, at 08:40, Kathy Parker <jandkparker...> wrote:
>
> In Los Gatos, Santa Clara Co. I have had a male Townsend’s Warbler coming to a seed feeder all winter, rain or shine. A friend of mine in the Santa Cruz Mountains has had a pair coming to her seed feeder all winter, also. We both have been very surprised to see them. It has never happened before.
>
> Kathy Parker
> Los Gatos
>
>> On Feb 4, 2019, at 8:33 AM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:
>>
>> This extended period of rain and cold temps affects insect activity and nectar production in our exotic forests. insectivorous birds are resorting to whatever food they can to survive. I suspect any Townsend's Warbler going to seed feeders is in caloric deficit distress and barely hanging on to life in these conditions.
>>
>> Dominik
>>
>>
>>> On Feb 4, 2019, at 08:11, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Sue,
>>>
>>> Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds.
>>>
>>> This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>

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Date: 2/4/19 8:41 am
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
In Los Gatos, Santa Clara Co. I have had a male Townsend’s Warbler coming to a seed feeder all winter, rain or shine. A friend of mine in the Santa Cruz Mountains has had a pair coming to her seed feeder all winter, also. We both have been very surprised to see them. It has never happened before.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

> On Feb 4, 2019, at 8:33 AM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:
>
> This extended period of rain and cold temps affects insect activity and nectar production in our exotic forests. insectivorous birds are resorting to whatever food they can to survive. I suspect any Townsend's Warbler going to seed feeders is in caloric deficit distress and barely hanging on to life in these conditions.
>
> Dominik
>
>
> On Feb 4, 2019, at 08:11, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...> <mailto:mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...>> wrote:
>
>> Sue,
>>
>> Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds.
>>
>> This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet.
>>
>>
>>
>> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
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Date: 2/4/19 8:35 am
From: Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
Sue, 
Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds. 
This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet. 

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Date: 2/4/19 8:34 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Curious TOWA behavior
This extended period of rain and cold temps affects insect activity and nectar production in our exotic forests. insectivorous birds are resorting to whatever food they can to survive. I suspect any Townsend's Warbler going to seed feeders is in caloric deficit distress and barely hanging on to life in these conditions.

Dominik
> On Feb 4, 2019, at 08:11, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
> Sue,
>
> Same in SF. Two male Townsend's come into a hanging tube feeder for"no-waste" seeds.
>
> This time of year in New England, Pine Warblers would rarely come into suet.
>
>
>
>
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Date: 2/4/19 7:06 am
From: Sue Cossins <susancossins...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Unusual feeder bird
Over the past few weeks I've had a female Townsend's Warbler eating
sunflower chips at my platform feeder in bayside Burlingame. She's feeding
alongside all the usual seed eaters including an occasional Fox Sparrow and
White-throated Sparrow.
Sue Cossins, Burlingame

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Date: 2/3/19 7:01 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Tufted Duck x scaup hybrid and other recent sightings
Below are some recent sightings. Yesterday, I checked the big lagoon off of Lagoon Drive in Redwood Shores. There have been many diving ducks, more than expected during a winter on the lagoon. Scanningthe lagoon towards the Bridge Parkway overpass, there was a group of Lesser Scaup.In with the group of Lesser Scaup was an adult male TUFTED DUCK X SCAUP hybrid.The hybrid combo is pretty rare, and is most likely the same male seen on 7 January 2016on the lagoon, and at another lagoon on that day. Which may also be the same maleon 13 April 2013 was noted by Leonie and I along a channel from our backyard inRedwood Shores. At a distance the hybrid will appeared to show black upperparts.Closer inspection will show the scapulars are blackish with fine whitish vermiculations. Also the tuff is not what you would expect with long drooping feathers , but is a broad short crest. Once again at a distance, an observer could easily be MISLEAD thinkingthere was a pure adult male Tufted Duck. It would not be the first time in the county! San Mateo County has two other records of Tufted Duck x scaup hybrids that werenoted as pure adult male Tufted Ducks back in the nineties.   January 28, Searsville Lake in Portola Valley had ( 12 ) Wood Ducks, ( 340 ) Ring-neckedDucks and ( 10 ) Hooded Mergansers. January29, a third or fourth-cycle Bald Eagle was at Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir. January 30, I did a seawatch just under three hours at Pigeon Point. Pretty dull!Surf Scoters were moving north in numbers more than expected at this time of theyear. ( 428 ) Surf Scoters passed by with most as expected were adult males. Scarce this winter was a single White-winged Scoter in with Surf Scoters. Thesea was calm enough to note alcids. Besides Common Murres and a coupleof Marbled Murrelets, there were ( 488 ) Rhinoceros Auklets flying north. Largestgroup of Rhinoceros Auklets were ( 30 ).    Arrivals during the week were Tree and Violet-green Swallows. A surprised out of place was a Oak Titmouse near the Coyote Point Marina along theSan Francisco Bay shoreline. I have only noted Oak Titmouse once before overthe years at Coyote Point. This species is now breeding in Redwood Shores, wherethere are no oaks. Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin.  

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Date: 2/3/19 6:54 pm
From: Jane Tatchell <Jane...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Singing in the rain - Great Horned Owls
Peter Headland and I took a brisk walk in the showers round the Meadow loop in Wunderlich Park this afternoon. Just about the only birds we saw were Juncos, and a single Hermit Thrush. As we approached the parking lot at 5:25 pm, we were pleased to hear a pair of Great Horned Owls duetting. Or maybe they were just asking each other when they thought the rain would end...

Jane Tatchell, Redwood City

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Date: 2/3/19 1:26 pm
From: Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Coastside Rarities 2/2/2019
Hi Birders,

I had a chance to explore areas of the south coast of the county yesterday, a few highlights included finding the continuing adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK off of New Years creek mouth in Ano Nuevo Bay.  It was pretty difficult to find in the storm-tossed seas, out beyond the Surf Scoters while I was there.
A stop along upper Gazos Creek Road (east of Cloverdale Road intersection), near where there is a trailhead for the "Candelabra" tree of Butano SP, I came upon an unexpectedly large, active and swift flock of insectivores, reminded me of a Spring / Fall migration type flock!  Maybe 20 birds concentrated in on or two trees, very fast moving, gone up the hill within minutes.  I was able to sift through a small portion, among the many TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET etc. is what I'll call an "interesting" warbler. The head field marks seemed in the ball park of HERMIT WARBLER-like, but I never got a good look at the underside, so I do not know if it was white and mostly free of streaking etc., so for the sake of this post and eBird, it remains "warbler sp." but wanted to mention since it was quite interesting. The whole flock moved on as quickly as it had appeared so never got more than that brief and less than desired look at this interesting warbler. 
Then it was on to Cloverdale Road, I pulled over on the shoulder just in time to snap a photo of a lovely light morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK as it flew right over the car!  Then later, viewing the flooded ag filed area just south of Ranch Road off Cloverdale, there was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE plying its trade from a barbed-wire fence.  Also, among a large group of WILD TURKEYS was a white one, interesting to see:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52314162

Happy Birding All!Kent ForwardEl Granada

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Date: 2/3/19 9:45 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Bedwell Bayfront Park, Saturday Feb 9, 10am - 12:00pm
Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, February 9, 10:00am - 12:00pm
All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner/refresher bird walk. We should see wintering ducks and shorebirds, perhaps egrets, a raptor (hawk) or two, and some LBBs (little brown birds). Bring binoculars if you have them; if not, we'll share ours with you. If you are an educator who is bringing your class - or sending students on their own - we're very happy to have you! We do ask that you let us know in advance, so we can ensure that we have adequate leadership to enrich your students' experience. Directions: Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Heavy rain or Air Quality Index over 100 cancels. For more information: Chris MacIntosh Contact: <chrismac...> or phone 650-839-1523.
View this Field Trip on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/578406205971267/ Learn more & join us at:
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SAS is currently seeking volunteers; for info:
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Date: 2/1/19 11:23 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] post storm Pelagic
Hello folks

The oncoming storm made us shift our sold out pelagic from Saturday to
Sunday. This change has opened up some spots. The winds will be dying down
Saturday night, and weather will be calming throughout the day on Sunday. We
plan to scour the inshore areas early on in the day looking for alcids and
Black-legged Kittiwake, and then head out farther offshore to see if we can
find albatross. This time of year is excellent for Laysan Albatross if we
can get to the albatross habitat. Post storms, you never know what could be
out there. At the Morro Bay Bird Festival a couple of weeks ago post storm
we found Laysan Albatross as well as an out of season Buller's Shearwater in
addition to great looks at Short-tailed Shearwater, and Black-legged
Kittiwakes. Many of the Common Murre and Rhinoceros Auklet were in fine
breeding plumage. We hope to be able to find some nice stuff this Sunday.

To sign up: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/



Good birding.

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Date: 2/1/19 10:35 am
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Palm Warbler on the Facebook Green roof
Hi all,

While monitoring Facebook’s second Green Roof today for Sequoia Audubon, we found a Palm Warbler - probably the rarest bird we’ve seen on either of the roofs. One of the birders called out a bird with yellow vent and eyestripe had flown across the path. It landed in a bare tree and began bobbing its tail. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera today and for the rest of you, unfortunately you cannot go chase this bird. It was a lifer for 3 of the 5 people in attendance.

Great find, especially today since it was cold and overcast and our bird numbers were way lower than usual.

Good Birding,

Leslie Flint
San Mateo
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Date: 1/31/19 8:49 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Las Gallinas Ponds/San Rafael; Wed Feb 6; 8:30am - 12:00pm
Las Gallinas Ponds, San Rafael, Marin County (SEE NOTE BELOW RE; RSVP DUE TO CONSTRUCTION)Wednesday, February 6, 8:30am - 12:00pmThe Las Gallinas Ponds include the treatment ponds, tidal marsh and surrounding agricultural fields at LGVSD’s Wastewater Treatment Reclamation Project.  This is an excellent area to view a wide variety of waterfowl and other wetland birds and maybe even a chance to see one of the resident River Otters. These are level trails along a series of levees. This is a slow-paced trip, excellent for all levels of birding.  A scope is useful here, if you have one, but many of the birds are close enough for great photo opportunities. Directions: from Highway 101 take the Smith Ranch Road exit, then go east on Smith Ranch toward the McInnis Park entrance. Turn left immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, staying on Smith Ranch, and go about .5 miles to the end of the road, at the Las Gallinas Ponds parking lot. Meet in the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.  NOTE: There is ongoing major construction on the levees at Las Gallinas.  Please RSVP or check Pen-Bird for any last minute changes to this field trip. Leader: Donna Pomeroy Contact: <dpom...>
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Date: 1/30/19 6:11 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bald Eagle, Belmont Hills 1/30/19
Hi All,
Heading west bound on Highway 92 today at about 3.00pm, I noticed a large raptor circling quite low over the hillside just south and east of the 92/280 interchange, as I passed by I got great looks at an adult Bald Eagle even at 60mph and with naked eye.
Always a thrill !

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 1/29/19 10:44 pm
From: sdstratt via Groups.Io <sdstratt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Sequoia Audubon Society Announces Scholarship Program
In honor of Sequoia Audubon Society’s 70th Anniversary, Sequoia Audubon is pleased to announce a youth scholarship for students age 13-18 to attend the American Birding Associations’ Camp Colorado www.aba.org/camp-colorado/ ( https://www.aba.org/camp-colorado/ ) , to encourage youth to pursue their interests in birds, the natural world, conservation, and education.  

This scholarship was made possible by donations In honor of Robin Smith, past president, and Nancy Lecich, a generous donor.

This scholarship is open to students age 13-18 residing or attending school in San Mateo County.  It will cover the cost of registration for he American Birding Associations’ Camp Colorado ($1449), ABA student membership ($25), and travel costs to/from Colorado (up to $250).  Scholarship recipients will also receive a year’s membership to Sequoia Audubon Society.

Students must complete an application ( bit.ly/sasscholarship ( http://bit.ly/sasscholarship ) ) that includes an essay and letter of recommendation from a teacher or adult mentor.  Here is a worksheet ( bit.ly/sasworksheet) ( http://bit.ly/sasworksheet ) of the application that the applicant can use before submitting the digital application form.  It will allow the applicant to see the essay prompt and the link to the letter of recommendation ( bit.ly/sasrecommendation ( http://bit.ly/sasrecommendation ) ) to provide to the recommender in advance.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

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Date: 1/29/19 6:34 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Royal Tern at Gazos Creek Beach
This afternoon there was a ROYAL TERN at Gazos Creek Beach. I was lucky to get a few document photos before a jogger flushed it.
photos here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52187192

Malia DeFelice

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Date: 1/29/19 1:06 pm
From: pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Cackling Goose in Pacifica
While conducting a Snowy Plover survey this morning at Sharp Park Beach, we spotted a Cackling Goose among the Canada Geese on the golf course.

Paul Donahue
Pacifica



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Date: 1/28/19 10:45 am
From: Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Lesser Yellowlegs, Loggerhead Shrike - Radio Road 1/27/2019
Thought I'd pass along the link to the comparison photo (Lesser Yellowleg with Greater Yellowleg) in case someone was interested, quality isn't great but still gives a nice comparison view:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52114833

On a side note: I never quite realized how beautiful a Gadwall can be until I got that photo off my camera!  Usually seen from a distance, they seem a bit "plain"!
 
Oh, and I wanted to slightly amend my previous report for folks who care about such things, the Loggerhead Shrike is probably the continuing one reported at Radio Road last October?  And I saw an eBird report doing research last night of Lesser Yellowlegs at Radio Road made by an eBirder on 1/3/19.

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Date: 1/27/19 4:03 pm
From: Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lesser Yellowlegs, Loggerhead Shrike - Radio Road 1/27/2019
Hi All,
I was able to re-find LESSER YELLOWLEGS in the area behind the dog park off Radio Road (initially found and reported by Ron Thorn). I saw 2 today in with some Greater Yellowlegs making for a great study of differences. Out by the radio towers a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was working a very distant fence and dike area.  Another highlight was 3 Black-tailed Jackrabbits romping in the same area, lovely creatures!
Bountiful Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada 

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Date: 1/27/19 3:59 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Allen's Hummingbird in yard!
Malia

I had my first for the year (not in my yard) yesterday (Jan 26th). A male heard along the eucalyptus near Blufftop Coastal Park in Half Moon Bay. I think they are early this year all over.

Alvaro



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Subject: [pen-bird] Allen's Hummingbird in yard!



Just had an Allen's Hummingbird in our Half Moon Bay yard.
This is the earliest date yet for this species in our yard. Prior to that it was Feb. 9 in 2015

Malia DeFelice





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Date: 1/27/19 2:33 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Allen's Hummingbird in yard!
Just had an Allen's Hummingbird in our Half Moon Bay yard.
This is the earliest date yet for this species in our yard. Prior to that it was Feb. 9 in 2015

Malia DeFelice

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Date: 1/26/19 6:25 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Coastal Rarities and Misc. Sightings 1-26-19
Hi All,
Today Chris O'Connell and I spent the day birding areas from Half Moon Bay down the coast to Ano Nuevo. It was a really pleasant day with mild temps. and light winds. In Pescadero we both had nice looks at the continuing Black-and-white Warbler , Chris O got a brief look at the Northern Waterthrush. Both birds were seen where Pescadero Road crosses Butano Creek, the Warbler was seen on both sides of the bridge the Waterthrush on the south side.
The continuing Bald Eagle was seen in the large snag on the north side of large pond , visible from the Hwy. 1 bridge at Pescadero Marsh. At the large pull out south of Ano Nuevo near the county border we had nice scope views of 5 Marbled Murrelet's, also 6 Black Scoters, we did not see the Harlequin Duck today.
We also had great looks at Ferruginous Hawks in two different locations, one over the ridge behind the school in Pescadero along North Street, the other over the ridge north of Lobitas Cut Off road.
Photos of the Black-and-white Warbler on our ebird checklist, link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52077229

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 1/25/19 10:35 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Caspian Tern at Gazos Creek Beach access, No. Waterthrush continues, new No Trespassing signs at HMB WTP and misc.
First stop was to visit the riparian area by the  Half Moon Bay Water Treatment Plant. New Sheriff's Office "No Trespassing" "No Camping" "No Loitering" signs have been posted at the trail that goes down to the riparian area, and at several access points to the dirt road loop where birders have enjoyed checking the fennel stands for fall migrants/vagrants.   From other signs posted in the area, this  appears to be part of the current homeless encampment/illegal dumping cleanup project that is in progress. I hope something can be worked out to allow access for birders to this important birding location in the future.

Moving south  there was a decent flock of scoters off Pomponio State Beach including (2) Black Scoters

While visiting the area where Pescadero Rd. crosses Butano Creek, Chris flushed the continuing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on the south east side of the creek getting good views of the bird before it retreated into the brush. The continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was on a fence - line seen from Water Ln.

We spent some time with visiting birders, Vernon and Andrew Howe checking the gull flock at Gazos Creek Beach.  A  CASPIAN TERN flew in and landed on the beach then flew off after being harassed by gulls.  There are always interesting gulls to see,  including a large practically all white gull first noted by Andrew. There were also (2) Ring-billed Gulls.  Ring-billed Gulls are rare on the coast.

Gull and tern photos on this checklist:
 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52041186

Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

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Date: 1/25/19 9:01 pm
From: Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...>
Subject: [pen-bird] ROYAL TERN at Pescadero State Beach
This morning(Jan.25) at 8:45 AM I was enjoying the last of my coffee from my car in the parking lot at Pescadero State Beach when I spotted a large tern foraging just beyond the surf line near the largest offshore rock. Grabbing my bins I could see it was a ROYAL TERN. The bird slowly moved south along the coast until I lost sight of it. It's always a treat to find a super-rare bird before I can even get out of my car! In light of the December Royal Tern report from Ano Nuevo and one of a Royal/Elegant Tern in SF a few days ago local birders should be on the lookout for others along our coast this season.Also this morning I scoped Ano Nuevo Bay from the overlook at the SCZ/SM Co.line along Hwy 1. Eight BLACK SCOTERS were among the Surfs as was the continuing drake HARLEQUIN DUCK. Also here was a lone MARBLED MURRELET.Later I cruised the streets of Pescadero checking every blooming bottlebrush in town with no oriole to be found. As a consolation I spotted a "SLATE-COLORED"JUNCO in the parking lot of Harley Goat Farm on Main Street.
Peter J. Metropulos

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Date: 1/25/19 3:37 pm
From: Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose Joinville Park 1/25
Hi folks, just a short note that the Greater White-fronted Goose seen on the Christmas bird count is again present with a large flock of Canada geese at Joinville Park in San Mateo as of 3:30pm (it still has a damaged leg). It can be viewed on the soccer field at GPS 37.5674249, -122.2948966.

Good birding,

Adam

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Date: 1/25/19 11:55 am
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Recent sightings the last several days
 Below are some recent sightings from the last several days. January 19, there was still a Chipping Sparrow in with a group of Dark-eyed Juncosat the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma. January 22, Leonie and I noted a male EURASIAN TEAL with other ducks nearthe San Francisco International Airport viewed from the end of Millbrae Avenue. January 23, a Lesser Yellowlegs was with several Greater Yellowlegs on the rainpond behind the dog park off of Radio Road in Redwood Shores. This morning, the female TUFTED DUCK was in with the large group of duckson the pond behind the Nob Hill Market in Redwood Shores. There were also( 2 ) adult male Eurasian Wigeons. One of the males is paired with a femalethat appears to be a Eurasian Wigeon with a brownish head. The time I waspresent, she did not lift her wings up exposing the color of the axillaries andthe underwing median coverts. Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin  

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Date: 1/23/19 4:03 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Barn Swallows Half Moon Bay 1-23-19
Hi All,
Mid afternoon I decided to check the gull flock at Pilarcitos Creek mouth, only about 100 gulls were present and nothing rare. As I was headed back towards the bridge over the creek 6 Barn Swallows flew past along the bluff heading north.

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 1/23/19 8:10 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Sightings update; Raptors of San Benito Co; Sat Jan 26, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Note from trip leaderLeslie Flint:  There still a few spaces on this field trip. Weather looks tobe fabulous and there have been reports of Ferruginous Hawks,  Bald and Golden Eaglesand Mountain Bluebirds (oh my!)      Raptors of San BenitoCounty Saturday, January 26,8:30am - 3:00pm Let’s explore thebackroads of San Benito County in search of Golden Eagles,Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons (and whatever else we might find).Bring lunch, liquids and a scope if you have one. Meet at the Catholic Church inTres Pinos. Directions: From San Mateo, take Hwy 101 south toHwy 25; follow Hwy 25 through Hollister to the small town of Tres Pinos. Thelarge Catholic Church is on the right side of the road. Park in the section ofthe lot farthest from the church. Take advantage of bathroom facilities inHollister before you drive to Tres Pinos. Contact leader for carpooling info. Heavy rain cancels.   Leader: LeslieFlint Contact:<lflint...>   View this event onFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/196086538003263/   Learn more & join usat: 
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http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/volunteer.html      

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