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12/15/18 7:46 am Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Long-eared owl, Cañada Rd
12/13/18 4:33 pm pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...> Re: [pen-bird] Common Scoter in Pacifica
12/13/18 4:20 pm pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...> [pen-bird] Common Scoter in Pacifica
12/12/18 8:04 pm Winnifred Homer-Smith <whomersmith...> Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
12/12/18 7:02 pm Sharon Hull <plants...> Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
12/12/18 6:38 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
12/12/18 4:31 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
12/12/18 3:03 pm Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Mew Gulls, SamTrans Marsh
12/11/18 3:20 pm Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Short-eared Owl, Marina Slough
12/11/18 12:32 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Interesting Gull Pilarctios Creek 12/10
12/11/18 7:29 am Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck on the bayside
12/10/18 6:13 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [pen-bird] San Mateo county's CBC: Best Practices and Best Anecdotes: Sequoia Audubon General Meeting December 13
12/10/18 2:24 pm Ross Millikan <rmillika...> [pen-bird] Common Murre, Pillar Point harbor
12/10/18 2:22 pm Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...> [pen-bird] Greater white-fronted goose Joinville Park San Mateo
12/10/18 6:17 am Jane Tatchell <Jane...> [pen-bird] Unexpected sight on Woodside Rd
12/9/18 6:12 pm Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Miscellaneous sightings from the last week
12/8/18 4:05 pm Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> [pen-bird] Birds out of place
12/7/18 7:11 pm Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...> [pen-bird] Short-eared Owl, Half Moon Bay 12/7/2018
12/6/18 5:57 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Coastal birds 12/6/18
12/6/18 9:39 am SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] SAS: Bedwell Bayfront Park Sat Dec 8, 10am - 12pm
12/5/18 8:05 pm Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Eastern Phoebe along Stage Road
12/5/18 5:41 am Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> Re: [pen-bird] Wednesday Field Trip to Millbrae Bayfront Park
12/3/18 1:14 pm Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] Wednesday Field Trip to Millbrae Bayfront Park
12/2/18 8:11 pm Jake Kirkland <kirklandj...> [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City 12/02/18
12/2/18 4:57 pm Ross Millikan <rmillika...> Re: [pen-bird] Hooded Mergansers at Sausal Pond
12/2/18 12:22 pm basquebirder <allaboutbirds...> [pen-bird] Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warblers at Mori Pt.
12/2/18 8:42 am Naomi <nlgoodman...> [pen-bird] Hooded Mergansers at Sausal Pond
12/1/18 6:43 pm Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...> [pen-bird] Huge Roost of Heermann's Gulls
11/30/18 11:54 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [pen-bird] Winter pelagic - Feb 2
11/30/18 6:46 pm Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Northern Gannet and other recent sightings
11/30/18 6:14 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Interesting white gull and misc. 11/30
11/30/18 3:41 pm Naomi <nlgoodman...> [pen-bird] Eurasian Wigeon - Salt Pond A1
11/30/18 12:13 pm Laurie Graham <greylag64...> [pen-bird] Glaucoma-wing gulls bayside
11/28/18 11:36 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> Re: [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
11/28/18 12:56 pm keith_in_eg via Groups.Io <keith_ineg=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Half Moon Bay
11/27/18 7:42 pm Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Cackling Geese across from HMB Airport 11/27/2018
11/27/18 6:12 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count - still need counters!
11/27/18 8:22 am Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] White-winged Doves, El Granada
11/26/18 5:26 pm pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...> [pen-bird] Harlequin Duck in Pacifica
11/26/18 5:25 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [pen-bird] Ferruginous Hawk fly by
11/26/18 5:20 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> Re: [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
11/26/18 4:56 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
11/26/18 9:34 am Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
11/26/18 8:43 am Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
11/26/18 1:25 am Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
11/25/18 8:36 am Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. 11/22/2018
11/25/18 7:53 am Eric S <ericbs1975...> [pen-bird] Wavecrest owls
11/24/18 9:05 pm Scott Smithson <wscottsmithson...> [pen-bird] Grasshopper Sparrow at Ano Nuevo
11/24/18 3:04 pm Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] Red Phalarope at Pillar Point
11/24/18 10:52 am Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] Hooded Merganser and Palm Warbler in Foster City
11/23/18 5:33 pm Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Miscellaneous sightings
11/23/18 2:53 pm Casey Girard <casey.girard...> [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull
11/22/18 7:04 pm Troy Pittock <troypittock...> Re: [pen-bird] Swamp sparrow continues 11.22, 8:45a
11/22/18 1:36 pm basquebirder <allaboutbirds...> [pen-bird] BTGray Warbler at Mori Point
11/22/18 12:51 pm Zack Mikalonis <z.mikalon...> [pen-bird] Black scoters and harlequin at Ano
11/22/18 10:49 am Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] Bonaparte’s Gull at Pillar Point
11/22/18 9:07 am Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...> [pen-bird] Backyard Lark Sparrow 11-22-18
11/22/18 8:52 am Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [pen-bird] Swamp sparrow continues 11.22, 8:45a
11/21/18 12:34 pm Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] White-winged Dove returns
11/20/18 2:12 pm Donna Pomeroy <dpom...> [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull at Frenchman's Creek Mouth, HMB
11/20/18 1:31 pm Dorian Anderson <thespeckledhatchback...> [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City
11/20/18 1:01 pm Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...> [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City 11/20/18
11/19/18 9:05 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Continuing Swamp Sparrow - Pilarcitos Creek 11/19
11/18/18 7:31 am Eric S <ericbs1975...> [pen-bird] Belated report
11/17/18 7:42 pm Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Wild Turkeys at Pescadero Creek County Park 11/17/2018
11/17/18 4:19 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> [pen-bird] San Mateo County CBCs - Join us!
11/17/18 11:07 am Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [pen-bird] Loggerhead Shrike verde/purissima 11a 11/17
11/16/18 12:49 pm SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] CANCELLED: SAS Nov 17 field trip Coyote Point/Seal Point Park
11/16/18 11:10 am Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...> [pen-bird] Backyard Lark Sparrow and Farallones Gull 11-16-18
11/15/18 10:01 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> Re: [pen-bird] Continuing Palm Warbler @ Verde Rd Half, Moon Bay 11/15
11/15/18 8:52 pm maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [pen-bird] Continuing Palm Warbler @ Verde Rd Half, Moon Bay 11/15
11/15/18 5:15 pm Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. seawatch and other sightings
 
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Date: 12/15/18 7:46 am
From: Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Long-eared owl, Cañada Rd
Folks,
While owning along Cañada Rd this morning I had a long-eared owl hooting away. In general there was some owl activity, but it cut off by 5:30 AM. The usual spots were QUIET! 
Don Pendleton East Palo Alto,  CA

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Date: 12/13/18 4:33 pm
From: pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Common Scoter in Pacifica
DON’T rush out Joe. I can never remember whether it’s Black, or Common, or American



On Dec 13, 2018, at 4:29 PM, Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:

Paul,

Before I rush out, how do you tell that from female Black Scoter?



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Date: 12/13/18 4:20 pm
From: pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Common Scoter in Pacifica
In mid-afteroon there was a female Common Scoter off the northern end of Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

Paul Donahue
Pacifica




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Date: 12/12/18 8:04 pm
From: Winnifred Homer-Smith <whomersmith...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
Thank you, Malia. This is a great reminder. It also brings to the top of my list a question I have been meaning to put to the group:

The last several times I attempted to use mobile eBird, the checklist never finished downloading. I have now searched the FAQs in the links you have sent, have been through my phone a few times to be certain I have granted location permission, and have not allowed my phone to save battery by turning eBird off.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone else experienced this? I would really love to get back to using that mobile app!

Winnie Homer-Smith
Los Altos
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Subject: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!


Hi Birders,


The Christmas Bird Count season is upon us! If you intend to use eBird to tally your CBC bird observations, Id 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://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fnews%2Febirding-your-cbc&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4df3ea4b5a764e64e56408d660924af7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636802578764837376&sdata=qYoA%2BhW7ewI2PuB%2BIoE849nuPAlvOVAEFIizfPgmnFs%3D&reserved=0>



Using eBird Mobile on your Christmas Bird Counts

https://ebird.org/news/ebird-mobile-for-your-cbc/<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fnews%2Febird-mobile-for-your-cbc%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4df3ea4b5a764e64e56408d660924af7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636802578764837376&sdata=CMxJWo3MFkNsD8uqxc4rupwousw9Zdoah9JPqlRf46A%3D&reserved=0>



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://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird-&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4df3ea4b5a764e64e56408d660924af7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636802578764837376&sdata=jr03ETvzzOjyQNN2BelQu5KPeRv2fDK71CSTl0GIdWM%3D&reserved=0>



Getting Started with eBird Mobile

https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2411868<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F2411868&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4df3ea4b5a764e64e56408d660924af7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636802578764837376&sdata=Vr8c5Y%2FARE10rln7Yz5%2BXQnJuSLhElYSJgtJE%2FEN3rM%3D&reserved=0>



And have a great CBC!

Malia DeFelice

eBird San Mateo County



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Date: 12/12/18 7:02 pm
From: Sharon Hull <plants...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
Malia, this is great – thank you!



Sharon Hull

CBC Section Leader, Santa Cruz



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Subject: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!



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



Using eBird Mobile on your Christmas Bird Counts

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-



Getting Started with eBird Mobile

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 6:38 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
Thank you Malia, this is very helpful

Leslie Flint
CS CBC Coordinator

> On Dec 12, 2018, at 4:31 PM, 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 4:31 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Using eBird to tally CBC totals - take a look!
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

 

*Using eBird Mobile on your Christmas Bird Counts*

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-

 

*Getting Started with eBird Mobile*

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 3:03 pm
From: Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Mew Gulls, SamTrans Marsh
Folks,
I was overwhelmed with the number of mew gulls present at SamTrans Marsh,  125 individuals. I mention this because the number tripped the filter on ebird.  Gulls were well represented today,  with several western, California, ring-billed and herring gulls observed.
Don PendletonEast Palo Alto,  CA 

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Date: 12/11/18 3:20 pm
From: Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Short-eared Owl, Marina Slough
Folks,
While checking out the shorebirds I noticed a short-eared owl on the exposed mudflats. It seems to be ok, but with muddy talons as it stands on a chunk of rock. 

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Date: 12/11/18 12:32 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Interesting Gull Pilarctios Creek 12/10
Folks,

Just wanted to share photos of an interesting gull that I found late yesterday afternoon (6:00pmish) at Pilarctios Creek. Photos are listed under gull sp. on ebIrd checklist

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50583274

I have asked for help on this guil from a number of people and there  have been a number of comments and replies, but  no ID.   I'm leaving it unidentified for now, and it may never be identified as anything other than an interesting gull.  Just wanted to put it out there in case others run into it at the gull flock.

Malia

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Date: 12/11/18 7:29 am
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck on the bayside
 Yesterday, I scoped a large raft of Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup and Surf Scoters on San Francisco Bay off the mouth of Steinberger Slough in Redwood Shores. In withthe raft of divers was a LONG-TAILED DUCK. Viewing was from the end of the publicaccess trail along Steinberger Slough off of Radio Road. Ron Thorn

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Date: 12/10/18 6:13 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo county's CBC: Best Practices and Best Anecdotes: Sequoia Audubon General Meeting December 13
In this special kick-off presentation for Sequoia Audubon's Seventieth Anniversary in 2019, this December's general meeting will focus on the Christmas Bird Counts, chronicling the history and sharing stories from the county’s previous CBCs. A panel of local experts - Gary Deghi, Leslie Flint, Peter Metropulos, Dan Keller, Francis Toldi, and Al DeMartini - will regale us with their birding anecdotes and technical hints about the joy of these annual citizen-science events. Jaw-dropping rarities, hijinks and comedies, revelries at countdown dinners, and the nerdiness of all the statistics: come out to this relaxed evening event. Our annual book sale – and new Sequoia logo gear for our anniversary – will also be available, just in time for holiday shopping.

The meeting is held on Thursday night, December 13. The meet-and-greet, with delicious holiday snacks, begins at 6:30, with announcements and the regular meeting beginning at 7:00 pm. The meeting is held at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way. Free and open to all. Accessible.

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ <http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/>
The San Mateo County Birding Guide






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Date: 12/10/18 2:24 pm
From: Ross Millikan <rmillika...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Common Murre, Pillar Point harbor
This morning I went down to Pillar Point harbor, the Maverick's parking lot and saw a Common Murre.    I was at the foot of the breakwater looking toward the exit from the harbor.  Photos and geotag at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18948093Also common and red-throated loons, spotted sandpiper, black turnstones.  All the photos are at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/ross2

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Date: 12/10/18 2:22 pm
From: Adam Dudley via Groups.Io <adam.dudley=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Greater white-fronted goose Joinville Park San Mateo
Hi folks, while out scoping for the CBC this afternoon I found a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Joinville Park in San Mateo. It was feeding with a large group of Canada Geese on the playing fields of the Bayside Academy and could be viewed (distantly) through the fence at 36.5673996, -122.2947115. It seems to have an injured leg.

After a while it flew into the channel just to the West of the fields with a small group of Canada’s, and could be viewed very closely along Meadow View place. Still present at 2:20pm.

Let’s hope it stays around for the CBC.

Good birding,

Adam

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Date: 12/10/18 6:17 am
From: Jane Tatchell <Jane...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Unexpected sight on Woodside Rd
Yesterday (Dec 9) afternoon, while waiting at the traffic lights at Alameda and Woodside Rd, I was startled to see a Great Egret. It was flying slowly East at a height of about 10 ft. It briefly jinked towards the golf course, but decided against it and continued on its way, following Woodside Rd. The lights changed and I turned West, so I don't know where it went. Jane Tatchell, Redwood City 

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Date: 12/9/18 6:12 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Miscellaneous sightings from the last week
 Below are some miscellaneous sightings from the past week. The public access trail off of Sem Lane in Belmont, there have been ( 3 ) White-throatedSparrows in with the Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrow flock. One of theWhite-throated Sparrows is dull and the other two are in a brighter plumage. The pond behind the Nob Hill Market, there have been up to ( 7 ) Blue-winged Teal.I have been seeing Blue-winged Teal on my recent visits and should be an asset to theCBC.  During the high tides, large numbers of American Avocets have been coming intothe pond. The one day, there was the highest number of  American Avocets I have everseen in one location in the county. Quite a sight was when ( 1,200 ) were flushed off the  island and flew overhead. Two days during the high tides at midday, a Short-eared Owl was spotted. It could be seen looking out towards Bair Island from the public access trail along the pond. The salt pond on the north side of Highway 84 the east approach to the DumbartonBridge, there were ( 2 ) Lesser Yellowlegs. Many Bufflehead are now on bayside. The salt pond had a high number of ( 2,000 ) Buffleheads! A female type Black Scoter was seen once again in with the large Surf Scoter flockon San Francisco Bay off of the driving range along East Third Avenue in Foster City. Yesterday, there was still a Chipping Sparrow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma. Maybe it will stay for the CBC. Ron Thorn 

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Date: 12/8/18 4:05 pm
From: Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Birds out of place
A couple of species today worth noting. While scouting a portion of
my CBC area in Half Moon Bay (with Edwin Osujaki), we noted a Nuttall's
Woodpecker along Pilarcitos Creek near Main Street (heard only, it
gave its typical rattle call several times). This species is only
occasional along the coastal plain.

Behind my apartment complex in Redwood City, there is a narrow strip
of vegetation along a fence which separates it from extensive church
property; the latter includes a small wooded area. I occasionally
see deer walking through that strip, so when I heard rustling there
today I assumed it was again deer. BUt I was flabbergsted to see
4 Wild Turkeys nonchalantly moving along, feeding; one large male even
jumped out entirely in the open. This is not a species I had expected
at home, but they are apparently spreading, with other occasional
suburban reports.

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Date: 12/7/18 7:11 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Short-eared Owl, Half Moon Bay 12/7/2018
Hi All,
Late this afternoon I decided to look for owls at Wavecrest Open Space just south of Half Moon Bay. At dusk I had nice looks at a Short-eared Owl hunting over the field at close range. Also had a probable second Short-eared but too distant and getting too dark for any definitive field marks, although the floppy erratic flight style looked good. Two Barn owls were also hunting over the field and a Great Horned Owl was perched on top of a Cypress Tree. The owls were all seen in the large field west of the ball fields known as Smith Field at the end of Wavecrest Road.

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 12/6/18 5:57 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Coastal birds 12/6/18
We birded with our friend Bobbi Manian today. One California Thrasher was seen and another was heard singing close by as we walked along the paved coastal trail to the Pilarcitos Creek Beach access. This was a new spot for this species for us.

We managed to see one SWAMP SPARROW in the creek  a bit further downstream from where have have seen the species previously this season. Stopping along Verde Rd. near the pond, we observed a flock of 20+ White-throated Swifts flying overhead. An adult  SNOW GOOSE was in the north most lagoon at Pescadero Marsh with many other waterfowl.  Along Gazos Creek Rd. I spotted a female type Hermit Warbler in amongst an insectivore flock near the old "Dip" area.

It was an absolute gorgeous day on the coast with crystal clear visibility out to the horizon.  There was an impressive movement of loons heading south when we stopped briefly at Pescadero State Beach. But we had our sights set on land birds so did not focus on the loons.

Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

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Date: 12/6/18 9:39 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Bedwell Bayfront Park Sat Dec 8, 10am - 12pm
Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront ParkSaturday, December 8, 10:00am - 12:00pmAll are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner/refresher bird walk. 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 we have adequate leadership to enrich your students' experience. 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. Directions: Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Heavy rain cancels. For more information: Chris MacIntosh Contact: <chrismac...> or phone 650-839-1523 View this event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818932174891431/
Learn more & join us at:
www.sequoia-audubon.org
www.facebook.com/SequoiaAudubon

SAS is currently seeking volunteers; for info:
http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/volunteer.html

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Date: 12/5/18 8:05 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Eastern Phoebe along Stage Road
 I went out to the coast day between showers. I have no seawatch report, as a southeast windkept birds further away from shore. A stop for gulls turned up nothing rare, but numbers arebuilding up. I drove the back road along Stage Road from Pescadero to San Gregorio. Justafter passing the Willowside Ranch, a phoebe flew by from the west side of Stage road landing on the fence on the east side of the road. I was surprised to see the phoebe was an EASTERN PHOEBE. The Eastern Phoebe briefly perched on the fence and flew out into the brushy field among the Eucalyptus Trees. The location is driving north along Stage Road northof the town of Pescadero. Approaching the Willowside Ranch, Stage Road will turn to the leftin front of the white house. The Eastern Phoebe was a short distant after the turn. Youwill have driven too far if you past the gated road for the Jabob Farm/Del Cabo. The EasternPhoebe may be attempting to winter or may still be a migrant moving through. This locationis a quarter of a mile or less north from where the Eastern Phoebe wintered for a number of years along Stage Road, but was not found last winter.  Ron Thorn

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Date: 12/5/18 5:41 am
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Wednesday Field Trip to Millbrae Bayfront Park
YES, there will be a field trip today. Meet at Millbrae Bayfront Park at 9:30. Be sure to bring rain gear, just in case.

Donna Pomeroy

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Date: 12/3/18 1:14 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Wednesday Field Trip to Millbrae Bayfront Park
Hi All, Wednesday's weather is looking pretty iffy for our scheduled Sequoia Audubon field trip to Millbrae Bayfront Park. If the rain is light, or just periodic showers, I will still hold the trip, but will cancel if it looks like heavy rain and wind. Please email me if you plan to join us and I will send everyone a cancellation email early Wednesday morning, if necessary.


Thanks,

Donna Pomeroy

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Date: 12/2/18 8:11 pm
From: Jake Kirkland <kirklandj...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City 12/02/18
Hi all,

The female long-tailed duck originally reported on 11/20/18 was visible
just south of the San Mateo Bridge today 12/02/18 in the early afternoon.
It was originally south of the first power tower at about the same distance
from shore as the tower. It then moved in much closer to shore ending up
maybe 40m or so before it turned around and headed back out. I lost it for
a bit while looking at pictures on my camera view finder, but eventually
refound it to the north of the first tower and about 30m further out. It
took me about 10 minutes to find on both times so be patient and it will
probably turn up. It was diving a lot, sometimes associating with scoters
and other times swimming solo.

Photos in my ebird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50375484

Jake Kirkland
East Palo Alto

On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 1:01 PM Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
wrote:

> Hi All,
> Just wanted to get word out , there is a Female Long-tailed Duck that was
> reported on ebird this morning with a good photo. Malia just called to tell
> me she is getting nice looks at the bird, this is just south of the San
> Mateo bridge, at New Foster City Park or Bridgeview Park on Google Maps, at
> the end of E. Hillsdale Blvd where it turns into Beach Park Blvd.
>
> Chris Hayward
> Half Moon Bay
>
>
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Date: 12/2/18 4:57 pm
From: Ross Millikan <rmillika...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Hooded Mergansers at Sausal Pond
They were still at Sausal Pond today in the early afternoon.  We also saw WOOD DUCKS and a GREEN HERON.  The light was terrible, but photos are at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/ross2

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Date: 12/2/18 12:22 pm
From: basquebirder <allaboutbirds...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warblers at Mori Pt.
The Black-throated Gray Warbler I had on November 22nd continues in the same area, on the trail at the end of Fairway Dr. An added bonus was a HY Yellow Warbler foraging in the Cape Ivy right at the end of Fairway Dr. where you can park your car.
Here's the checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50373348
Hopefully they stick around for the SF count.

Good birding,
Cédric Duhalde

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Date: 12/2/18 8:42 am
From: Naomi <nlgoodman...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Hooded Mergansers at Sausal Pond
Yesterday around 1 PM - 15 HOODED MERGANSERS at the north end of the pond. Nothing else of note, but lots of activity in the trees near the pond (kinglets, jays, woodpeckers, etc.).

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Date: 12/1/18 6:43 pm
From: Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Huge Roost of Heermann's Gulls

On Thursday,Nov.29,I was curious to see what the stormy weather had blown into Pillar Point Harbor.Noticing thousands of birds roosting on the rocky breakwaters,I conducted an informal survey. I tallied 3,100 HEERMANN'S GULLS,a remarkable number for this late in the season,indeed a very high count even at their normal peak in late summer/early fall. BROWN PELICANS were also well-represented with 2,970 observed. Also in the harbor was a Belted Kingfisher,an increasingly scarce species in SM County.Further down the coast I stopped at San Gregorio Beach to scan the flock of assorted gulls roosting & bathing at the creek mouth. Of the 2,000 birds present 99% were California Gulls. One immature BONAPARTE'S GULL was the only species of note.Back on Nov.23 I birded the Foster City shoreline,counting 61 BLACK SKIMMERS,an excellent number.Three RED KNOTS were among the thousands of shorebirds actively foraging on the outgoing tide.Three WHITE PELICANS were looking conspicuous on Marina Lagoon,and another one was flying south over Bedwell Bay Front Park.This morning while driving north at Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir near Highway 92 an adult BALD EAGLE appeared overhead,scattering the several hundred gulls bathing out in the middle of the reservoir.Talking with my buddy,Dan Keller,I heard he found a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Bedwell Park on Nov.29,but I looked for it this afternoon with no luck.
Peter J.MetropulosSan Carlos,CA

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Date: 11/30/18 11:54 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Winter pelagic - Feb 2
Hello all,

We are back in action, and have planned our winter pelagic for the
season. Saturday Feb 2, 2019.

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

We still know little about winter pelagics, but we do know that
Short-tailed Shearwater is likely, as are Ancient Murrelets and Black-legged
Kittiwakes. Laysan Albatross are always rare, but less so in winter than in
summer, and if you want to throw out the birds we hope for and have a chance
for but would have to be extremely lucky to see - Short-tailed Albatross and
who knows, if we are going to find a Thick-billed Murre maybe it will be
this year. The idea is to have fun out there, see some birds we cannot see
from land, and maybe learn a few things and find something unexpected. Join
us, rather than look for shadows on land on groundhog day, lets see what
they look like offshore.

Good birding and have great CBCs everyone.

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>

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Date: 11/30/18 6:46 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Northern Gannet and other recent sightings
 November 24 the White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrow flock at the Holy CrossCathoric Cemetery in Colma had a Lark Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow. The( 2 ) Chipping Sparrows were still being noted. In South San Francisco, there was high of ( 60 ) Wilson's Snipe concentrated inan area of pickleweed at the mouth of Colma Creek during a high tide. The lastcouple of winters, Wilson's Snipe have been coming into this area during a hightide.  November 25, I stopped off at Pigeon Point. I did not stay long, as birds passing bywere in low numbers. There were still some lingering Pink-footed Shearwaters with( 6 ) northbound. There were still numbers of Red Phalaropes passing by that Peterand Dominick had noted on November 22. November 26, I checked the gull flock on Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir. I wassurprised to see an adult Ring-billed Gull. I have only EVER seen one other in thepast on the reservoir. So which way was it going, as Ring-billed Gull is casual on  the coastside and common on the bayside. November 27, I did a seawatch from Moss Beach. Lots of gulls moving and infeeding frenzies on the ocean. There were up to ( 6,000 ) gulls. With the southwind, ( 1,800 ) Heerman's Gulls were southbound. In with one of the large feedingfrenzies, I was glad to see the NORTHERN GANNET plunge diving. Southboundwas a RED-NECKED GREBE. I have not noted any Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwaters during November while seawatching. A complete absence of both species!  At the pond behind the Nob Hill Market in Redwood Shores, the adult maleEurasian Wigeon continues. He is in full basic plumage while another adultmale arrived today and is still in molt. Radio Road was a dependable placeto get Blue-winged Teal, but after the draining of the pond, Blue-winged Tealare now coming into the Nob Hill Pond. There has been a female and ( 3 ) males. Ron Thorn    

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Date: 11/30/18 6:14 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Interesting white gull and misc. 11/30
Chris and I birded coastal locations today.  At the  Pilarcitos Creek outflow there was a very white gull with a bi-colored bill. It appeared smaller and more slightly built than a Western Gull. Because of it's build,  and as it was so white, we were hesitant to call it a Glaucous Gull as we have seen leucisitc all white gulls of other species before . So we sent our photos to a local expert and the feedback is that it is a second cycle bird and though Glaucous Gull can look like this at that age,  the proportions did look slim and Herring Gull like. So I'm leaving it as a larus sp. and photos of this striking gull can be seen here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50321971

Other birds of note today were an adult Ferruginous Hawk flying over the hills behind Bob's Produce stand, seen from Verde Rd. and a continuing Loggerhead Shrike in the agricultural field just north of the intersection of Verde Rd. and Purisima Creek Rd.

Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

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Date: 11/30/18 3:41 pm
From: Naomi <nlgoodman...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Eurasian Wigeon - Salt Pond A1
One male EURASIAN WIGEON, among large flocks of American Wigeons, close to the Bay Trail.  Picture here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50327705

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Date: 11/30/18 12:13 pm
From: Laurie Graham <greylag64...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucoma-wing gulls bayside
Unusual. At least 8 GWGU on the beach by Peninsula Humane. 12:12pm
Laurie Graham
SSF

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Date: 11/28/18 11:36 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
 

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Date: 11/28/18 12:56 pm
From: keith_in_eg via Groups.Io <keith_ineg=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Half Moon Bay
Hi All,

The bird is hunting the field now (12:50, 11/28) North of the ball fields, South of Seymour Street, West of Hwy1.  Pretty juvenile showing blonde head, belly band, dark carpals, smudgy tail and trailing edge of wing.  And of course, I left the camera at home!  Good luck!

Keith Gress
El Granada

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Date: 11/27/18 7:42 pm
From: Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Cackling Geese across from HMB Airport 11/27/2018
Good Evening Birders,
4 Cackling Geese (Aleutian subspecies) have been hanging out in the ag field across from the HMB airport (east side of Hwy 1) for a few days now, towards the northwestern end of the ag field.  They've been foraging among the up-turned soil and leftover brussel sprout stalks post-harvest.  I tried for some photos today, but too far out and the drizzle was starting so no luck on that count.
Happy Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada

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Date: 11/27/18 6:12 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count - still need counters!
Hi Folks,

I'm looking for some birders who are available to count birds for the  2018 Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count.
The count takes place on Monday, December 17. I am once again coordinating Region 7. Each of the areas that still
need counters are in San Mateo County and are on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains in mixed scrub and
woodland oak/coniferous forest habitat. If you enjoy birding in a fresh, oxygen rich environment where you have an
opportunity to find Pileated Woodpecker, Varied Thrush and other woodland birds please consider signing up to help us count birds.
There will be a compilation dinner at the end of the day that you will be invited to attend.

Below is the list of areas that still need coverage.

Lower Wunderlich Park trails

Upper Wunderlich Park Trails 

Thornewood OSP

 

If you can help out, please let me know and what area you would like to cover. 

 

Thanks!

Malia DeFelice

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Date: 11/27/18 8:22 am
From: Donald Pendleton via Groups.Io <pen55ton=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] White-winged Doves, El Granada
Folks,
Checking out the white-winged dove location when we came across two WWDOs at the same time. 
Don PendletonEast Alto

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Date: 11/26/18 5:26 pm
From: pauldonahue9 <charadrius1...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Harlequin Duck in Pacifica
In late afternoon, both before and after sunset, there was a male Harlequin Duck foraging in the surf off the north end of Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. In the manner of a Surf Scoter, it was repeatedly diving in the surf, at times only a couple of meters off the wet sand, in very shallow water. It was apparently foraging for Mole Crabs, and seemed to be quite successful at it.

Paul Donahue
Pacifica





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959 Anza Drive
Pacifica, California 94044 USA
(650) 738-0429
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Date: 11/26/18 5:25 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Ferruginous Hawk fly by
Hi all,

At Pilarcitos Creek mouth today a juvenile pale morph Ferruginous Hawk
was seen going south slightly inland. I will add some poor photos to the
eBird report.

Good birding,

Alvaro



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Date: 11/26/18 5:20 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
Hi Alvaro and everyone,
There has been a white morph juvenile Snow Goose seen up and down the coast for a couple of weeks. It's been hanging out with the Canada Geese. These two at Ocean Colony are likely new birds!
Malia DeFelice

On Monday, November 26, 2018, 4:56:55 PM PST, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:


Hi all.

  This was posted on Next Door by Linda Mead. Not sure if these are known birds (Snow Geese):

 

anyone interested in birds most likely already knows that the pond on the third hole in ocean colony (nearest the entrance) has an abundance of Canadian geese, Cackling geese, Coots, Mallards, Buffleheads, Herons and Egrets on a daily basis. Now, two White Morph Snow Geese have arrived. I don't believe they are known to migrate so close to the coast. Come take a look.

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Date: 11/26/18 4:56 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [pen-bird] waterfowl - Half Moon Bay
Hi all.

This was posted on Next Door by Linda Mead. Not sure if these are known
birds (Snow Geese):



anyone interested in birds most likely already knows that the pond on the
third hole in ocean colony (nearest the entrance) has an abundance of
Canadian geese, Cackling geese, Coots, Mallards, Buffleheads, Herons and
Egrets on a daily basis. Now, two White Morph Snow Geese have arrived. I
don't believe they are known to migrate so close to the coast. Come take a
look.



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>

www.alvarosadventures.com




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Date: 11/26/18 9:34 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
Jennifer

Without a banded bird, it would not be possible to know if it is the same bird. So no longevity record would be accepted without a banded individual. We published a paper on sparrows showing that migration distance and resident vs migratory sparrows did not differ in their survival rates (sfbbo banding data). So the logic that not moving around a lot may help with longevity might be incorrect. In essence, migration is not that much of a big deal for a bird. Here is the paper:

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2a4d/93fd9f41b3e963fab15bcc4ab4d3013e0b1a.pdf



Alvaro Jaramillo

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From: <peninsula-birding...> <peninsula-birding...> On Behalf Of Jennifer Rycenga
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2018 8:44 AM
To: Morlan Joseph <jmorlan...>
Cc: <peninsula-birding...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore



First, seriously, I wonder if we have consistent photographs, year-to-year, that might help to establish if this is the same bird? I’d guess we have the last few years - but the early years would be crucial.

Second, less seriously, perhaps this would weigh into evidence that 1) staying single and 2) not moving around a lot help longevity?

Third, not at all seriously, a hyper-dramatic feather in the cap for birding in San Mateo county, if this is a new world’s record for Histrionicus histrionicus!



Jennifer Rycenga

San Mateo, CA

visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/

The San Mateo County Birding Guide















On Nov 26, 2018, at 1:25 AM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> <mailto:<jmorlan...> > wrote:



The continuing adult male Harlequin Duck was showing well yesterday
(Sunday) in the exact same area at Coyote Point.

<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50215954> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50215954

Records of this species at Coyote Point go back to 27 August 2002 when it
was first noted by Ron Thorn. Over the years, a second bird has been seen
there occasionally.

BNA gives maximum confirmed life span for the Harlequin as 17 years with
two others reaching 15 and 10 years of age. If our bird is the same
individual as 2002 it would be getting very close to the longevity record.
Is there a consensus on how old the current resident individual is and is
it the same bird as 2002?


On Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:42:18 -0700, "Aaron Maizlish"
< <mailto:<aaron.maizlish...> <aaron.maizlish...> wrote:




Thanks Ron,

Makes sense that there would be no relationship given that the resident male is indeed year round. I wonder what is keeping the young male there, and if he’ll take off next year (presumably at breeding age). The one scaup too seems to be sticking round with the non-migrating scoters. I guess some strength in numbers for

resident ducks. On the other hand there has been a single solo Lesser Scaup in front of my office in Emeryville for at least the past month that somehow failed to migrate and has not paired up with any other ducks, always alone.




Aaron



On Jun 19, 2018, at 9:09 PM, Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> <mailto:Tronthorn=<aol.com...> > wrote:

Hi Aaron

I am lost in your words about his offspring.

I guess you do not get It, that the RESIDENT male Harlequin Duck is always at Coyote Point, but occasionally wanders over
to the airport or the San Mateo Bridge. So where do you get where it bred at since it NEVER leaves the bay and does NOT
breed at Coyote Point. The young male show up last winter and is not the first to over summer. Years ago I got my lifer Harlequin
Ducks at the Ano Nuevo State Reserve. A pair was together for several years without ever leaving. The species does not breed
in salt water, but breeds in fast moving streams or rivers in the mountains.

Ron


-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> <mailto:<aaron.maizlish...> >
To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding...> <mailto:<peninsula-birding...> >
Sent: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
Subject: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore

Pen-birders

Took a short walk out to the end of Coyote Point this evening. High tide, and mostly midsummer-like lulls.

Two male HARLEQUIN DUCKS were very close in at the end of the point, hanging out with about 8 Scoters and a Greater Scaup. It was great to see them both up close, at about 10 yard’s distance. The last few times I’ve been here I’ve had to play the distant-black-speck identification game with just
one. One of the males has a pronounced white forehead stripe, only slightly tawny, extending far back in the head (2nd year?). The other had the normal rusty stripe. If I’d had my camera with me I could have “crushed” it.

It’s reassuring to note that probably the same duck that I chased seven or eight years ago when it was my life bird is still there in 2018, with what I assume is his offspring.

There was one LEAST TERN on the outer rocks with a handful of Forster’s.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco CA







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Date: 11/26/18 8:43 am
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
First, seriously, I wonder if we have consistent photographs, year-to-year, that might help to establish if this is the same bird? I’d guess we have the last few years - but the early years would be crucial.
Second, less seriously, perhaps this would weigh into evidence that 1) staying single and 2) not moving around a lot help longevity?
Third, not at all seriously, a hyper-dramatic feather in the cap for birding in San Mateo county, if this is a new world’s record for Histrionicus histrionicus!

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







> On Nov 26, 2018, at 1:25 AM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:
>
> The continuing adult male Harlequin Duck was showing well yesterday
> (Sunday) in the exact same area at Coyote Point.
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50215954 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50215954>
>
> Records of this species at Coyote Point go back to 27 August 2002 when it
> was first noted by Ron Thorn. Over the years, a second bird has been seen
> there occasionally.
>
> BNA gives maximum confirmed life span for the Harlequin as 17 years with
> two others reaching 15 and 10 years of age. If our bird is the same
> individual as 2002 it would be getting very close to the longevity record.
> Is there a consensus on how old the current resident individual is and is
> it the same bird as 2002?
>
>
> On Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:42:18 -0700, "Aaron Maizlish"
> <aaron.maizlish...> <mailto:<aaron.maizlish...>> wrote:
>
>> Thanks Ron,
>>
>> Makes sense that there would be no relationship given that the resident male is indeed year round. I wonder what is keeping the young male there, and if he’ll take off next year (presumably at breeding age). The one scaup too seems to be sticking round with the non-migrating scoters. I guess some strength in numbers for
> resident ducks. On the other hand there has been a single solo Lesser Scaup in front of my office in Emeryville for at least the past month that somehow failed to migrate and has not paired up with any other ducks, always alone.
>>
>> Aaron
>>> On Jun 19, 2018, at 9:09 PM, Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Aaron
>>>
>>> I am lost in your words about his offspring.
>>>
>>> I guess you do not get It, that the RESIDENT male Harlequin Duck is always at Coyote Point, but occasionally wanders over
>>> to the airport or the San Mateo Bridge. So where do you get where it bred at since it NEVER leaves the bay and does NOT
>>> breed at Coyote Point. The young male show up last winter and is not the first to over summer. Years ago I got my lifer Harlequin
>>> Ducks at the Ano Nuevo State Reserve. A pair was together for several years without ever leaving. The species does not breed
>>> in salt water, but breeds in fast moving streams or rivers in the mountains.
>>>
>>> Ron
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
>>> To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding...>
>>> Sent: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
>>> Subject: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
>>>
>>> Pen-birders
>>>
>>> Took a short walk out to the end of Coyote Point this evening. High tide, and mostly midsummer-like lulls.
>>>
>>> Two male HARLEQUIN DUCKS were very close in at the end of the point, hanging out with about 8 Scoters and a Greater Scaup. It was great to see them both up close, at about 10 yard’s distance. The last few times I’ve been here I’ve had to play the distant-black-speck identification game with just
>>> one. One of the males has a pronounced white forehead stripe, only slightly tawny, extending far back in the head (2nd year?). The other had the normal rusty stripe. If I’d had my camera with me I could have “crushed” it.
>>>
>>> It’s reassuring to note that probably the same duck that I chased seven or eight years ago when it was my life bird is still there in 2018, with what I assume is his offspring.
>>>
>>> There was one LEAST TERN on the outer rocks with a handful of Forster’s.
>>>
>>> Aaron Maizlish
>>> San Francisco CA
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>
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Date: 11/26/18 1:25 am
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
The continuing adult male Harlequin Duck was showing well yesterday
(Sunday) in the exact same area at Coyote Point.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50215954

Records of this species at Coyote Point go back to 27 August 2002 when it
was first noted by Ron Thorn. Over the years, a second bird has been seen
there occasionally.

BNA gives maximum confirmed life span for the Harlequin as 17 years with
two others reaching 15 and 10 years of age. If our bird is the same
individual as 2002 it would be getting very close to the longevity record.
Is there a consensus on how old the current resident individual is and is
it the same bird as 2002?


On Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:42:18 -0700, "Aaron Maizlish"
<aaron.maizlish...> wrote:

>Thanks Ron,
>
>Makes sense that there would be no relationship given that the resident male is indeed year round. I wonder what is keeping the young male there, and if he’ll take off next year (presumably at breeding age). The one scaup too seems to be sticking round with the non-migrating scoters. I guess some strength in numbers for
resident ducks. On the other hand there has been a single solo Lesser Scaup in front of my office in Emeryville for at least the past month that somehow failed to migrate and has not paired up with any other ducks, always alone.
>
>Aaron
>> On Jun 19, 2018, at 9:09 PM, Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Aaron
>>
>> I am lost in your words about his offspring.
>>
>> I guess you do not get It, that the RESIDENT male Harlequin Duck is always at Coyote Point, but occasionally wanders over
>> to the airport or the San Mateo Bridge. So where do you get where it bred at since it NEVER leaves the bay and does NOT
>> breed at Coyote Point. The young male show up last winter and is not the first to over summer. Years ago I got my lifer Harlequin
>> Ducks at the Ano Nuevo State Reserve. A pair was together for several years without ever leaving. The species does not breed
>> in salt water, but breeds in fast moving streams or rivers in the mountains.
>>
>> Ron
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
>> To: peninsula-birding <peninsula-birding...>
>> Sent: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
>> Subject: [pen-bird] Harlequin Ducks very close to shore
>>
>> Pen-birders
>>
>> Took a short walk out to the end of Coyote Point this evening. High tide, and mostly midsummer-like lulls.
>>
>> Two male HARLEQUIN DUCKS were very close in at the end of the point, hanging out with about 8 Scoters and a Greater Scaup. It was great to see them both up close, at about 10 yard’s distance. The last few times I’ve been here I’ve had to play the distant-black-speck identification game with just
>> one. One of the males has a pronounced white forehead stripe, only slightly tawny, extending far back in the head (2nd year?). The other had the normal rusty stripe. If I’d had my camera with me I could have “crushed” it.
>>
>> It’s reassuring to note that probably the same duck that I chased seven or eight years ago when it was my life bird is still there in 2018, with what I assume is his offspring.
>>
>> There was one LEAST TERN on the outer rocks with a handful of Forster’s.
>>
>> Aaron Maizlish
>> San Francisco CA
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
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Date: 11/25/18 8:36 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. 11/22/2018
Met up with Dan Keller and Peter J Metropulos at Pigeon Pt. on Thanksgivivg.

We conducted a stationary seawatch from the bench from 8 am through noon. Conditions were partly cloudy with light - moderate SW breeze, excellent visibility to the horizon.
There was some good sized swells making spotting and staying on birds difficult.

Flying south were :

Pacific Loons (4000+ estimated by PJM)
Red Phalarope (950-1000 counted by PJM and I, small groups 2-30 birds passing by steadily south throughout seawatch)
Brant (650+, 10-50 largest group 120)
Surf Scoters (110)
Red-breasted Merganser - 3

Very few alcids compared to other visits:

Common Murre - 90, largest group 20, mostly little packs of 3-8
Rhino Auklet
Marbled Murrelet
Murrelet sp. - 2

Peter also got on a black-and-white shearwater in the distance that was probably a Pink-footed.

A Pied-billed grebe sitting way out on the ocean had us thinking hard for a few moments.

We then walked the fields on both sides of HWY 1. Among the notables here were:

White-tailed Kites - 2, one at times dive bombing a Red-tail
Northern Harrier - 2
American Kestrel
Savannah Sparrows - 40+
Western Meadowlarks - 150+

A flock of (~200) Tricolored Blackbirds were aggregating in the tules around the pond east of the highway.

The Burrowing Owl has returned to its burrow for the 5 consecutive winter.

A great day to be outside.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 11/25/18 7:53 am
From: Eric S <ericbs1975...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Wavecrest owls
We made an attempt last night (24 Nov) to see the short eared owls at
Wavecrest. We did not see any sign of the short eared, however starting
around 5pm we saw a *barn owl* actively hunting - making multiple close
fly-bus seemingly inspecting us. Shortly thereafter we had at least another
3 barn owls flying around; suspect another 2-3 were on top of that but
can’t confirm due to darkness and how active they were. Lastly, we had a *great
horned owl* perched on the yellow left field pole (closest to field).
During the daylight hours, *white-tailed kites* and *northern
harriers* were out in big numbers. They were very active and vocalizing
quite a bit. We also had a pair of young *red shouldered hawks* land about
10 feet away in the cypress screaming at each other. Of course this was the
time I did not bring my recorder, having given up and capturing anything
lol.

Eric Storms
San Carlos

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Date: 11/24/18 9:05 pm
From: Scott Smithson <wscottsmithson...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Grasshopper Sparrow at Ano Nuevo
Hello birders, 

I birded Cascade Creek Trail on the north side of Ano Nuevo State Reserve this morning. About 50 yards from the parking lot, a sparrow flushed off the trail and landed in a nearby bush, allowing great scope views: a wintering GRASSHOPPER SPARROW! All the other grassland regulars were out there as well, except I did not detect any shrikes this morning. 

Also, there were 4 RED PHALAROPES and one BRANT swimming around in Pescadero Marsh. 

Good birding,
Scott Smithson
Atherton, CA

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Date: 11/24/18 3:04 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Red Phalarope at Pillar Point
There is one Red Phalarope in the main pond at Pillar Point this afternoon.


Donna Pomeroy

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Date: 11/24/18 10:52 am
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Hooded Merganser and Palm Warbler in Foster City
There were three Hooded Mergansers and a Palm Warbler at Vintage Park Lake this morning.

Donna Pomeroy
El Granada

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Date: 11/23/18 5:33 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Miscellaneous sightings
 Below are some miscellaneous sightings from the past week. November 20, there were ( 2 ) female-type Black Scoters in with ( 4,600 ) Surf Scoters onSan Francisco Bay between the San Mateo Bridge and the driving range along East ThirdAvenue. I have seen few Black Scoters compared to ( 20 ) Long-tailed Ducks over the yearson the bay.  November 17 at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, in with a crown sparrow flockwere ( 2 ) Chipping Sparrows.  This location is covered by the San Francisco CBC and I willupdate the Chipping Sparrows, if they do linger near the time of the count. Also at the cemeterywas an adult male Slate-colored Junco. The Slate-colored Junco appeared to show characteristicsof the race hyemalis and not cismontanus. November 22, Leonie and I were surprised to observe a pair of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERSon an island at the salt pond on the south side of Highway 84. There was a high tide at the time that most likely forced the Black Oystercatchers to come into the salt pond. Black Oystercatcher  is rare this far south into San Francisco Bay. The location is about two to three miles away from the Santa Clara County line. A White-throated Sparrow was in with a crown sparrow flock along the Sem Lane publicaccess trail in Belmont. Today, there were many Greater Scaup and smaller numbers of Lesser Scaup that have  arrived on the bay off of East Third Avenue in San Mateo. In with the scaup flock was aRedhead. There is usually a Redhead in one of the scaup flocks on the bay at this time of the year. Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin.    

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Date: 11/23/18 2:53 pm
From: Casey Girard <casey.girard...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull
Hey,

Went out in the rain to explore the gull flock at Pilarcitos Creek
Mouth/Venice Beach. It was busy with many species. The Glaucous Gull made
an appearance, it was unfortunately finally flushed out by fishermen. We
also had a Bonaparte's Gull. Sorry we didn't post sooner, the rain made
phone use quite awful.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50161816

Happy Birding,
Casey
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Date: 11/22/18 7:04 pm
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Swamp sparrow continues 11.22, 8:45a
Pilarcitos creek mouth.
Sorry

Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my handheld device.

On Thu, Nov 22, 2018, 8:52 AM Troy Pittock <troypittock...> wrote:

> Great find! I'm thankful for all these great posts from the amazing
> birders of San Mateo County.
> Happy Thanksgiving!
> Troy Pittock
> San Carlos
>
> Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my handheld device.
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Date: 11/22/18 1:36 pm
From: basquebirder <allaboutbirds...>
Subject: [pen-bird] BTGray Warbler at Mori Point
Hey Pen Birders,

There was a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER on the short trail at the end of Fairway Dr. in Pacifica. It was hanging around a flock of Zonos near the end of the adjacent lines of cypresses. There was also a GAMBEL's WCSP in the same flock. Photos of both birds are in this checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50132437.

A brief sea watch at the end of the Pacifica Pier yielded 8 BRANTS and 9 BLACK SCOTERS.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Cédric Duhalde

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Date: 11/22/18 12:51 pm
From: Zack Mikalonis <z.mikalon...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Black scoters and harlequin at Ano
Hi All,

I haven’t been out to south San Mateo coast in too long, so I shot out
there this morning to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Pigeon point: one hour of seawatching had lots of southbound loons, a
couple large groups of Brandt, and about 80 small pale shorebirds traveling
south offshore in small groups (sanderlings?), peregrine over the ag field.

I walked out to bight beach and scoped Ano Nuevo island hoping for a
sulid—no species of note but 27 oystercatchers seen on the island. Lots of
good raptor viewing on the walk out, as always.

From the Hwy 1 pulloff immediately north of the San Mateo/Santa Cruz county
line I scope Ano bay looking upcoast. A male and female BLACK SCOTER and a
HARLEQUIN DUCK were present.

Cheers,
Zack Mikalonis
Santa Cruz

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Date: 11/22/18 10:49 am
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bonaparte’s Gull at Pillar Point
There is a Bonaparte’s Gull in the main pond at Pillar Point Harbor. The pond has been dry for many weeks and is finally starting to fill up. First seen today at 9:00am. Both White-winged Scoters are still in the harbor, although again, no sign of the Brant.

Donna & Doug Pomeroy

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Date: 11/22/18 9:07 am
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Backyard Lark Sparrow 11-22-18
Hi All,
Short note to say our backyard Lark Sparrow is still hanging around happily feeding with the other sparrows in the yard this morning.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 11/22/18 8:52 am
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Swamp sparrow continues 11.22, 8:45a
Great find! I'm thankful for all these great posts from the amazing birders
of San Mateo County.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

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Date: 11/21/18 12:34 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] White-winged Dove returns
After a four-week absence, the White-winged Dove returned to my El Granada backyard today. The rain and wind made all the birds skittish, so it did not stay long. I looked for it every day in the interim, but still have no idea of where it has been hanging out.

Donna Pomeroy
El Granada

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Date: 11/20/18 2:12 pm
From: Donna Pomeroy <dpom...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous Gull at Frenchman's Creek Mouth, HMB
There was a large gull flock at the mouth of Frenchman's Creek (Venice Beach) in Half Moon Bay this morning. Ginny Marshall and I were scanning the flock and found a first winter Glaucous Gull. Just as we were showing the bird to Mark Kudrav and Josh Stacy, it flew off, straight out to sea. Nice species mix of the flock included Mew, Heerman's, Iceland (Thayer's), Herring, Glaucous-winged, Western and California. The Brant continued at the creek mouth, as well. Also of note, the two White-winged Scoters in Pillar Point Harbor were still present this morning, although we could not locate the second Brant.


Donna Pomeroy

El Granada

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Date: 11/20/18 1:31 pm
From: Dorian Anderson <thespeckledhatchback...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City
Whew - 20 mins round trip on the bike to get the duck! It was near the first electrical tower, along the side
of the old fishing pier that parallels the south/east side of the main bridge. Actively feeding. Water is glass
calm.

Cheers,
Dorian Anderson
San Mateo

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Date: 11/20/18 1:01 pm
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Long-tailed Duck Foster City 11/20/18
Hi All,
Just wanted to get word out , there is a Female Long-tailed Duck that was reported on ebird this morning with a good photo. Malia just called to tell me she is getting nice looks at the bird, this is just south of the San Mateo bridge, at New Foster City Park or Bridgeview Park on Google Maps, at the end of E. Hillsdale Blvd where it turns into Beach Park Blvd.

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 11/19/18 9:05 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Continuing Swamp Sparrow - Pilarcitos Creek 11/19
The Swamp Sparrow, first found on 11/8 by Chris Hayward, was still present today in the same location where it was originally found at Pilarcitos Creek.  The location is where the creek flows out onto the beach. I managed to flush (5) Wilson's Snipe while birding in this area.

The immature Brant continues at the lagoon formed by Frenchman's Creek. And there has been an interesting gull flock there as well.

There were (18) Mew Gull at Pillar Point Harbor. The largest number for me so far this winter.

Malia DeFelice

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Date: 11/18/18 7:31 am
From: Eric S <ericbs1975...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Belated report
Made a couple short stops at several coast side spots yesterday. Highlights:

Water lane - *ferruginous hawk* seen circling overhead from the parking
area getting harassed by a pair of ravens. A bit later a *bald eagle*
appeared, circling in nearly the same spot where a small kettle of turkey
vultures had since formed up.

La Honda reflecting pond - a pair of very accommodating *green herons*
allowed for great looks at the roadside edge. Several pairs of *hooded
mergansers* present along with one pair each of *canvasback and ring-billed
ducks*.

La Honda OSP (lower) - had a sizable flock of *pine siskins* in the smaller
trees by the second gate. Additionally, a *red-breasted sapsucker* was
bouncing between the same trees. 3 *northern flickers* visited the cattle
trough to drink together, providing great looks at these often (to me at
least) skittish birds. All appeared red-shafted.

Once I get Rylee to offload his photos I’ll update my ebird checklists.

Eric Storms
San Carlos

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Date: 11/17/18 7:42 pm
From: Kent Forward via Groups.Io <kforward=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Wild Turkeys at Pescadero Creek County Park 11/17/2018
Good Evening Birders,
Like you, I have been bummed in recent days about the fires up north (especially for the folks who have lost homes and loved ones), my heart goes out to them big time.  The constant smoke here is our local reminder of all they've been going through up there.  So today I went out for a hike and birding, and I was unexpectedly filled with great joy to come across a gorgeous flock of Wild Turkeys strutting their stuff at Pescadero Creek County Park, photos in my checklist link below.  So many hardships and problems in the world, yet also so much to be grateful for (coming home to my beloved wife and intact home, and being able to enjoy our lovely and enduring local wildlife).  These Wild Turkeys carry on, and so do we.  Happy early Thanksgiving everyone! 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50009409

In gratitude,Kent ForwardEl Granada

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Date: 11/17/18 4:19 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo County CBCs - Join us!
HI all,

San Mateo County has two CBCs: Crystal Springs on December 15 and Ano Nuevo on December 29 this year.

We are still in need of birders to help us with this count. Anyone with average birding skills, that enjoys hiking, or walking through forests or suburbs is welcome.

If you haven’t already signed up for one or both of these counts, now is the time! Your coordinators are putting together teams and will send out assignments at the end of the month! If you are interested, you can go to http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/CBC.html <http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/CBC.html> and fill out the form, or reply directly to me from this message.

Thanks,

Leslie Flint
CBC Coordinator
San Mateo


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Date: 11/17/18 11:07 am
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Loggerhead Shrike verde/purissima 11a 11/17
On tall dead tree in ag field north of intersection. Great find!
Thank you!
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

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Date: 11/16/18 12:49 pm
From: SequoiaAudubon Society via Groups.Io <sequoia_audubon_society=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] CANCELLED: SAS Nov 17 field trip Coyote Point/Seal Point Park
Following is a message from Casey Girard about the cancellation/postponement of the “Slow birding” Coyote Point and Seal Point Park field tirp previously scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday November 17:
Hey Folks, Well as the information has come in that this much-worse-than-yesterday air will most likely hang around through tomorrow we are going to cancel the walk even the contingency plan of standing in place at Seal Point. We can't encourage anyone to be out in this air for any amount of time. We will attempt to find a new date for the walk. When a date is settled I will email you all. Thank you for your interest in the walk, we hope you can make it to another field trip when it's rescheduled.  
Learn more & join us at:
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SAS is currently seeking volunteers; for info:
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Date: 11/16/18 11:10 am
From: Christopher Hayward <p_t_nymph...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Backyard Lark Sparrow and Farallones Gull 11-16-18
Hi All
This morning I was surprised to see a Lark Sparrow sitting in our backyard Pittosporum. A new bird for our backyard list.
Also wanted to mention that a Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen on the Farallones a few days ago, interesting because the gull is missing the lower part of it's left leg. I wondered if it was the same gull found in Foster City on 4/24/18 by Bobbi Manian. That gull was also missing part of it's left leg. I contacted Jim Tietz who reported the gull on the Islands and he agreed that the Farallone gull is the correct age and both gulls are missing the same part of their left leg. Interesting .
Photo of Lark Sparrow on ebird checklist link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49972675

Chris Hayward
Half Moon Bay

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Date: 11/15/18 10:01 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Continuing Palm Warbler @ Verde Rd Half, Moon Bay 11/15
Not to be pedantic but rather to keep the record correct , the Verde Rd. PALM WARBLER was first reported by RON THORN and LEONIE BATKIN on 11/11/18.

I missed the initial report to peninsula-birds (titled "recent miscellaneous sightings") posted by Ron on 11/11/18.

Dominik
> On Nov 15, 2018, at 20:52, maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Today Chris and I spent time birding Purisima Creek Rd and Verde Rd. plus other adjacent areas. The PALM WARBLER, found by Dominik Mosur, was still present on Verde Rd. by the white farm house just north of the Verde Rd. pond. It was seen on the roadside in the grassy verge. The (2) LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES continued along Purisima Creek Rd. One was seen in the agricultural field to the north of the intersection of Verde Rd and Purisima Creek Rd. It was seen hunting and perching in the lone bare skeleton tree in the plowed field. The other Loggerhead Shrike was further east on Purisima Creek Rd. at the 2nd "No Dumping" pullout where it was seen perched on a coyote bush right by the road. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in the area and flew out onto a utility pole for good views.
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> Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward
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Date: 11/15/18 8:52 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Continuing Palm Warbler @ Verde Rd Half, Moon Bay 11/15
Today Chris and I spent time birding Purisima Creek Rd and Verde Rd. plus other adjacent areas. The PALM WARBLER, found by Dominik Mosur,  was still present on Verde Rd. by the white farm house just north of the Verde Rd. pond. It was seen on the roadside in the grassy verge. The (2) LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES continued along Purisima Creek Rd. One was seen in the agricultural field to the north of the intersection of Verde Rd and Purisima Creek Rd. It was seen hunting and perching in the lone bare skeleton  tree in the plowed field. The other Loggerhead Shrike was further east on Purisima Creek Rd. at the 2nd "No Dumping"  pullout where it was seen perched on a coyote bush right by the road. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in the area and flew out onto a utility pole for good views.

Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward

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Date: 11/15/18 5:15 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. seawatch and other sightings
 Yesterday morning, I decided to head to the coast to get away from the heavy smoke on the bayside.I was surprised when I got to Pigeon Point, the visibility was good with no haze. The ocean was very calm, which is not good for bringing tubenoses close to shore. Maybe next week, as the forecast isshaping up for the ridge of high pressure to break down and rain will be on the way. Yesterday wasthe first day I have noted numbers of loons migrating, which is getting a late start this fall. The migrationof other species have been in the low numbers and should pick-up with the first of any storms. Below is a partial list of birds noted in two hours of seawatching Brant ( 2 north ) Green-winged Teal ( 8 south ) Surf Scoter ( 143 south ) White-winged Scoter ( 1 south ) BLACK SCOTER ( 1 male south ) Red-throated Loon ( 532 south ) Common Loon ( 16 south ) Pacific Loon ( 1,560 south ) RED-NECKED GREBE ( 3 south, 2 were together, the first I have noted this fall ) Marbled Murrelets ( 9 ) Rhinoceros Auklet ( 4 ) There have been high numbers of Tricolored Blackbirds from Pigeon Point to the town of Pescadero, so I decided to get a count from the groups along the way. I noted about ( 4,000 ) Tricolored Blackbirds.There are other groups of Tricolored Blackbirds in fields on private property that were not counted. Last Veteran's Day, Leonie and I had ( 20 ) Red Crossbills at the Skylawn Memorial Park. Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin        

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