Friday, December 18, 2009

Photos and Bird Lists for 12/18/09, Natural Bridges and Antonelli Pond

Some scenes from the morning (click on picture for a larger view)
(top row, l to r: Western Gull, Brandt's Cormorants, and Black Oystercatcher; Red-tailed Hawk adult; Sanderlings, inset Surf Scoter
middle row, l to r: Brandt's Cormorant, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone & Western Gull; below left Red-tailed Hawk juv.above center Northern Harrier juv.; below center Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Townsend's Warbler
bottom row, l to r: Western Scrub-Jay; Pied-billed Grebe chick; Marbled Godwits; Merlin)
- collage and all photos by Wendy Naruo


Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 12/18/09
Number of species: 40

Common Goldeneye 4
Ruddy Duck 8
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Merlin 1
Virginia Rail 2 heard calling
American Coot 20
Killdeer 9
Ring-billed Gull 1
California Gull 5
Anna's Hummingbird 6
Northern Flicker 2
Black Phoebe 6
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 10
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Bewick's Wren 4
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 1 singing in the willows by the pond
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Common Yellowthroat 3
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 4
Song Sparrow 4
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 3
Brewer's Blackbird 10
House Finch 15
American Goldfinch 10

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Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 12/18/09
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 64

Mallard 15
Surf Scoter 12
Red-breasted Merganser 3 in one group off the beach
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Western/Clark's Grebe 25 all too far to ID
Brown Pelican 5
Brandt's Cormorant 25
Double-crested Cormorant 4
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 2 both flying E, first the female then the juv.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
Merlin 1 female/imm. type; very pale, possibly a richardsonii
Black-bellied Plover 3
Killdeer 1
Black Oystercatcher 12 resting on inside of bluff at east side
of the beach
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Moore lagoon
Whimbrel (American) 3
Marbled Godwit 4
Black Turnstone 5
Sanderling 120 resting on rocks below De Anza, then flew
Heermann's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Western Gull 30
California Gull 10
Glaucous-winged Gull 4 flying over among groups of WEGU
Mourning Dove 3
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1 heard only; NE part of the park
Northern Flicker 4
Black Phoebe 5
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 6
American Crow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 12
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 35
Pygmy Nuthatch 15
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 6
House Wren 1 heard only, E central area of the park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 7
Wrentit 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 25
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 butterfly area
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 40
Townsend's Warbler 12
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 3
California Towhee 4
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 3
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Purple Finch (Western) 4
House Finch 10
Pine Siskin 1 flying over near marker #5
Lesser Goldfinch 1
American Goldfinch 15

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bird List for San Lorenzo River, 12/11/09

Location: San Lorenzo River
Observation date: 12/11/09
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 54

Mallard 55
Bufflehead 25
Common Goldeneye 9
Common Merganser 1
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Horned Grebe 1 below Riverside Avenue
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret 5
White-tailed Kite 1 flying over eastward
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Continental) 1
American Coot 50
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1 flying around near mouth
Mew Gull (American) 40
Western Gull 50
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
California Gull 100
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 75
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Black Phoebe 12
Steller's Jay 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 5
American Crow 10
Common Raven 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Hermit Thrush 1
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 35
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 40
Townsend's Warbler 8
Common Yellowthroat 8
California Towhee 10
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 140
Golden-crowned Sparrow 25
Western Meadowlark 3 on levee below Riverside
Brewer's Blackbird 15
House Finch 80
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 15

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bird List for Upper UCSC, 12/5/09

Location: Upper UCSC
Observation date: 12/5/09
Notes: SCBC field trip; cold and foggy early, then windy; bird
activity mostly fairly low, with little calling; a few species that
were likely present were missed altogether
Number of species: 29

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 soaring near Marshall Field
American Kestrel 1 meadow SE of Marshall Field
Band-tailed Pigeon 4
Anna's Hummingbird 10 including several displaying males
Acorn Woodpecker 6 around granary area by upper water tanks,
and around meadow SE of Marshall

Hairy Woodpecker 2 plus a couple of unseen woodpeckers that
could have been these
Northern Flicker 3 one intergrade type
Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard calling between Chinquapin Road and
7-Springs Trail
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 8
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 3
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 18
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 6
Bewick's Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10 one flock of at least 5 on Chinquapin
SE of Red Hill intersection, and a few others heard in mixed flocks

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 120 many flocks around fruiting madrones,
especially from Red Hill/Chinquapin intersection to Marshall Field area

Varied Thrush 1 near Chinquapin/Red Hill intersection
Wrentit 5
Cedar Waxwing 80 mostly around madrones
Townsend's Warbler 3
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 1 calling near lower edge of Marshall Field
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 25
Purple Finch (Western) 12
Lesser Goldfinch 2

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Bird List for Neary Lagoon , 11/20/09


Mallards, Wood Ducks, and Hooded Merganser (center) at Neary Lagoon
photo by Wendy Naruo

Location: Neary Lagoon
Observation date: 11/20/09
Notes: SCBC field trip; main lagoon loop and Laurel Creek area;
weather cool and partly cloudy, calm at first, becoming windy with an
approaching front
Number of species: 54

Wood Duck 27 lined up on the dock railing in the early morning
Mallard 50
Green-winged Teal (American) 1 on the dock in the morning with
other ducks
Hooded Merganser 2 on the dock in the early morning, then
swimming upstream with Wood Ducks in the later morning

Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1 flying over
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 usual spot south of the floating
dock near the east end
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
Merlin 1 flew over near west entrance in early morning
Peregrine Falcon 1 flying very high over north end of lagoon
American Coot 20
Western Gull 10 mostly flying over
California Gull 20 mostly flying over
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 1 upstream from "bat
box island"; mostly herring-like in overall plumage and bill shape;
wing-tip pattern like Herring, but primary tips dark gray, not
absolutely black; eyes dark; head smudgy like Glaucous-winged, rather
than streaked like HEGU; very similar to a bird that was regularly
present in this area last winter, and very possibly the same bird

Glaucous-winged Gull 1 1st cycle bird flying over
Rock Pigeon 40
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1 area of Laurel Creek mouth
Northern Flicker 2
Black Phoebe 6
Hutton's Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 5
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 35
Bewick's Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
Hermit Thrush 10
American Robin 30 numbers increased
Wrentit 1 heard singing
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 40 maybe a low estimate; fairly numerous
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 15
Townsend's Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 4
California Towhee 4
Fox Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) 1 at feeder at condos along
Laurel Creek access
Golden-crowned Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Brewer's Blackbird 1
Purple Finch (Western) 20 most in coffeeberries and willows
near Chestnut Street entrance
House Finch 20
Lesser Goldfinch 5
American Goldfinch 50 fairly large flocks moving around; maybe
a low estimate

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bird List for West Cliff Drive, 11/13/09

West Cliff Drive and Lighthouse Field
Observation date: 11/13/09
Notes: SCBC field trip; West Cliff from just west of Bethany to
west edge of Lighthouse field, then loop in Lighthouse field, then back
along West Cliff; cool and mostly clear
Number of species: 59

Surf Scoter 40
Red-throated Loon 4
Common Loon 1
Western Grebe 10
Clark's Grebe 1
Western/Clark's Grebe 120
Brown Pelican 250
Brandt's Cormorant 125
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Pelagic Cormorant 8
Snowy Egret 1 -flying down the coast
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2 Lighthouse Field and Bethany at West Cliff American Kestrel 1 Lighthouse Field
Black-bellied Plover 2 Black Oystercatcher 3 pair displaying
Wandering Tattler 1 east of Woodrow
Whimbrel (American) 5
Black Turnstone 15
Surfbird 7
Sanderling 4
Rock Sandpiper 1 continuing bird, between Woodrow and Columbia
Heermann's Gull 8
Mew Gull (American) 35
Ring-billed Gull 1 with other gulls west of Columbia
Western Gull 75
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
California Gull 25
Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Downy Woodpecker 1 Lighthouse Field
Black Phoebe 10
Hutton's Vireo 1
American Crow 15
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 12
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 1 Lighthouse Field, heard only
Bewick's Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Hermit Thrush 3 Lighthouse Field, heard only
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 75
American Pipit 5 all flying over
Cedar Waxwing 25 2 flocks at Lighthouse Field
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 25
Townsend's Warbler 7
California Towhee 8
Fox Sparrow 2 Lighthouse Field
White-crowned Sparrow 30
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 4 Lighthouse Field
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 40
Brewer's Blackbird 75
Brown-headed Cowbird 5- with mixed blackbirds near Woodrow
House Finch 20 Lesser Goldfinch 3
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 10


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Friday, October 30, 2009

Bird List for 10/30/09

Natural Bridges and Vicinity
Observation date: 10/30/09
Notes: SCBC field trip; areas covered included parts of Natural
Bridges, Antonelli Pond, and Homeless Garden area
Number of species: 81

Mallard 4
Surf Scoter 12 some very close in off Natural Bridges Beach,
others farther out

Ruddy Duck 2 Antonelli Pond
California Quail 5
loon sp. 1
Pied-billed Grebe 6 plus one young just out of the nest; all at
Antonelli Pond
Western/Clark's Grebe 75
Brown Pelican 15
Brandt's Cormorant 50
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Snowy Egret 3
Green Heron 1 Antonelli Pond
Turkey Vulture 2 N of Homeless Garden
White-tailed Kite 2 W of Homeless Garden
Northern Harrier 1 over fields well to the west of Homeless
Garden
Cooper's Hawk 1 perched at Delaware X Shaffer
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2 adult at Natural Bridges,
chased by Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 4
American Kestrel 2 pair at Natural Bridges and just to N
Sora 1 Antonelli; heard only near wooden staircase
American Coot 12 Antonelli
Black-bellied Plover 20 rocks W of Natural Bridges beach
Killdeer 6
Black Oystercatcher 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Moore Creek Lagoon
Willet 1 Natural bridges Beach
Whimbrel (American) 5 Natural bridges Beach and rocks to west
Marbled Godwit 2 Natural Bridges beach
Black Turnstone 2 feeding with Killdeer by Moore Lagoon
Mew Gull (American) 3 swimming off Natural Bridges Beach
Western Gull 20
California Gull 30
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 6 one flock over E side of Natural
Bridges
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 eucalyptus by Moore Creek near
Delaware Avenue
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1 heard only at Natural Bridges
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Black Phoebe 10
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 15
American Crow 25
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 30
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 40
Pygmy Nuthatch 20
Bewick's Wren 15
House Wren 4
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
Hermit Thrush 12
American Robin 2
Wrentit 6
Northern Mockingbird 4
California Thrasher 3 one singing in riparian E of service road
at Natural bridges; one feeding on the ground at antonelli, one other
heard
European Starling 60
American Pipit 2 flew over Natural Bridges Beach
Cedar Waxwing 10
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 near Marker #5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 35
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 40
Townsend's Warbler 8
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 10
California Towhee 20
Fox Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Golden-crowned Sparrow 65
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5
Black-headed Grosbeak 1 eucalyptus N of bend in the main road;
female/immature; late
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Purple Finch (Western) 6
House Finch 65 including one flock of 50+ at Natural Bridges
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 25

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Natural Bridges, October 30, 2009


above-Whimbrel, below- Fox Sparrow; photos by Wendy Naruo

This Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip visited Natural Bridges State Beach and some adjacent areas. Starting with a singing CALIFORNIA THRASHER in the willows just southeast of the Delaware Avenue gate and a pair of AM. KESTRELS in the pines nearby, we worked our way down to the "trail marker #5" area, where there was a notable flurry of activity involving dozens of birds in the eucalyptus, pines and willows: YELLOW-RUMPED and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, PYGMY NUTHATCHES, and many of their usual associates, plus lots of finch and sparrow activity (a majority Golden-crowned) in the adjacent scrubby area. A little farther down the trail an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK rushing out of the eucalyptus pursued by an adult RED-TAILED HAWK was an impressive site in the early morning light. The rarest bird of the morning, for the season, was a very late female/immature BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, that was calling in the eucalyptus grove near the bend in the entrance road, then flew off toward Swanton Blvd. HOUSE WRENS were still in good numbers around the park, with at least 4-5 for the morning. In the Moore Creek area of the park Kathy Kuyper spotted a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the eucalyptus near Delaware Avenue, which eventually came into clear view.
We heard a NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER in a couple of different spots, but probably the same bird moving around.

The beach added many expected species. Two BLACK TURNSTONES foraging among six KILLDEER well up on dry sand near the lagoon seemed a little out of character, but there were especially large numbers of kelp flies around little patches of seaweed in this area.

above- Black Turnstone, below- Killdeer; photos by Wendy Naru0
At least 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were on the rocky shore west of the beach. Three MEW GULLS were among other gulls swimming just off the beach, but we didn't manage to find any Heerman's, another sign of changing seasons.
At Antonelli Pond a very recently-hatched young PIED-BILLED GREBE was riding around on the back of one of its parents, sheltered under its wing, then later was swimming around and receiving its share of a crayfish meal. It looked like another late grebe nest may have been in progress; we'll see what happens with that one. One SORA called briefly. Passerines were quiet by the time we got to the Homeless Garden, but there were a couple of TURKEY VULTURES to the north, and WHITE-TAILED KITES and a more distant NORTHERN HARRIER to the west. Altogether we ended up with 81 species for the morning.
Steve Gerow