Thursday, December 30, 2010

Antonelli Pond and vicinity , 12/30/10

This field trip also visited Natural Bridges, the Terrace Point
fields, and Younger Lagoon




















Orchard Oriole at Natural Bridges;
photos by Wendy Naruo





Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 12/30/10
Notes: including Homeless Garden and N part of
Terrace Point field
Number of species: 47
Mallard 4
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 4
American Coot 20
Killdeer 1
Western Gull 1
California Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 20
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Black Phoebe 3
Say's Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 1
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 4
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Hermit Thrush 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 10
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 15
Townsend's Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 8
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 2
Song Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 15
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Purple Finch (Western) 2
House Finch 30
American Goldfinch 5
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Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 12/30/10
Number of species: 43

Surf Scoter 30
White-winged Scoter (North American) 3 flying up the coast
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Western/Clark's Grebe 1
Brown Pelican 5
Brandt's Cormorant 5
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Snowy Egret 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mew Gull (American) 2
Western Gull 15
California Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 5
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 5
Steller's Jay 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 20
Bewick's Wren 5
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Hermit Thrush 5
Wrentit 1
European Starling 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 25
Townsend's Warbler 8
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Orchard Oriole 1 in berry vines near Butterfly boardwalk,
     then in eucalyptus above (viewed from service road);
     calling; photographed; first reported in the area on 12/16
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 5

 
Location: Terrace Pt.
Observation date: 12/30/10
Number of species: 21
Great Egret 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 1
American Kestrel 1
gull sp. 25
Rock Pigeon 50
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say's Phoebe 1
American Crow 5
Bushtit 25
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 2
California Towhee 2
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 20
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 5
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Location: Younger Lagoon
Observation date: 12/30/10
Number of species: 22
Mallard 6
Cinnamon Teal 1
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Bufflehead 3
California Quail 5
Pied-billed Grebe 2
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 1
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 1
Bewick's Wren 2
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
California Thrasher 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 2
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Fwd: eBird Report - Natural Bridges SB , 12/17/10

Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 12/17/10
Number of species: 60

Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 3
Mallard 70
Surf Scoter 100
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Western/Clark's Grebe 20
Brown Pelican 15
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Snowy Egret 9
Cooper's Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 3
Black Oystercatcher 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Whimbrel (American) 12
Black Turnstone 2
Heermann's Gull 12
Mew Gull (American) 7
Ring-billed Gull 3
Western Gull 20
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 5
California Gull 35
Herring Gull (American) 1
Thayer's Gull 2
Glaucous-winged Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 7
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Black Phoebe 4
Hutton's Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 8
American Crow 10
Common Raven 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 15
Bewick's Wren 7
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Hermit Thrush 5
Wrentit 2
California Thrasher 2
European Starling 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 20
Townsend's Warbler 8
Spotted Towhee 3
California Towhee 8
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 3
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Brewer's Blackbird 15
House Finch 15
American Goldfinch 3
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Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 12/17/10
Number of species: 30

Common Goldeneye 2
Ruddy Duck 6
California Quail 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
American Coot 40
Rock Pigeon 30
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 10
Townsend's Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 1
California Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow 10
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 5
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Schwan Lake area , 12/10/10

A damp day of birds and mushrooms

Some birds from the day, photos by Wendy Naruo
Click on image for a larger view
Location: Schwan Lake area
Observation date: 12/10/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; thick fog most of the morning suppressed
bird activity and made it difficult to see birds
Number of species: 52
Mallard 10
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Kestrel 2 pair
American Coot 5
Mew Gull (American) 2
Western Gull 1
California Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1 heard only
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2 one with an odd reddish wash
                                 on throat and upper breast
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3
Black Phoebe 5
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 10
American Crow 10
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 5
Bushtit 40
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Live Oak St., in palm tree
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Bewick's Wren 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Hermit Thrush 10
American Robin 7
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 15
Townsend's Warbler 12
Common Yellowthroat 1
Spotted Towhee 5
California Towhee 15
Fox Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Golden-crowned Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Purple Finch (Western) 5
House Finch 15
Lesser Goldfinch 3
American Goldfinch 10
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pogonip, 12/4/10


Location: Pogonip Open Space Preserve
Observation date: 12/4/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; very quiet early, but more activity later;
periodic rain showers
Number of species: 47

White-tailed Kite 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 4
American Kestrel 1
Western Gull 1 flew over
California Gull 5 flew over
gull sp. 10 flew over
Mourning Dove 6
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Black Phoebe 2
Say's Phoebe 1
Hutton's Vireo 3
Steller's Jay 7
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
Common Raven 3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 85 including 70+ streaming across
                      the trail in one huge extended flcck on Spring Trail
                      between Spring Box and Fern TrailsOak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Brown Creeper 15
Bewick's Wren 10
House Wren 1 near Spring Street entrance
Winter Wren (Western) 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Rincon Trail
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
Hermit Thrush 20
American Robin 10
Varied Thrush 4
Wrentit 1 Spring Box Trail
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 80 large flock
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Townsend's Warbler 12
Spotted Towhee 4
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 20
Western Meadowlark 5 near UCSC border
Purple Finch (Western) 10
House Finch 40
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 3
American Goldfinch 100
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Henry Cowell State Park, 11/28/10

above: Varied Thrush
 below: Pileated Woodpecker contemplates its next meal--madrone berries
photos by David Sidle

Location:     Henry Cowell SP- eastern
Observation date:     11/28/10
Notes:     Campground and walk to observation deck
Number of species:     26
gull sp.     1
Anna's Hummingbird     8
Acorn Woodpecker     8
Nuttall's Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Hutton's Vireo     2
Steller's Jay     1
Western Scrub-Jay     2
American Crow     1
Common Raven     1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee     14
Oak Titmouse     1
Bushtit     12
Pygmy Nuthatch     12
Brown Creeper     1
Bewick's Wren     1
Winter Wren     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     5
American Robin     1
Varied Thrush     4
Wrentit     1
Cedar Waxwing     15
Townsend's Warbler     1
Spotted Towhee     5
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     11
Purple Finch     1

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Neary Lagoon , 11/26/10














Swamp Sparrow (top and center) and Palm Warbler (below);
Photos by David Sidle; click on image for larger view

Location: Neary Lagoon
Observation date: 11/26/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 56
Wood Duck 12
Mallard 30
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Merlin 1
American Coot 35
Western Gull 5
California Gull 15
gull sp. 20 various gulls flying over
Rock Pigeon 80
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 7
Steller's Jay 7 most in Laurel Creek
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 5
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 20
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Laurel Creek
Bewick's Wren 4
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Hermit Thrush 12
American Robin 7
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 30
American Pipit 1 flew over
Cedar Waxwing 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 25
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 Laurel Creek; brief glimpses
Townsend's Warbler 12
Palm Warbler (Western) 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 8
Fox Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 10
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1 near Blackburn Street
White-crowned Sparrow 30
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 3
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Purple Finch (Western) 12
House Finch 30
Lesser Goldfinch 3
American Goldfinch 60 
House Sparrow 5
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Red-breasted Nuthatch and Sharp-shinned Hawk
photos by David Sidle

Friday, November 19, 2010

Natural Bridges and vicinity , 11/19/10

Scenes from the day, photos by Wendy Naruo
(click on image for a larger view)
Species pictured include: Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin (Prairie),
Western Scrub-Jay, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plover,
Sanderling, Whimbrel, Mew Gull, Heerman's Gull, Golden-crowned Sparrow,
Fox Sparrow, Wrentit, Brewer's Sparrow, Greater White-fronted Goose,
Northern Flicker, Cooper's Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brewer's Blackbird,
Anna's Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Burrowing Owl,
California Thrasher, Black Oystercatcher, Surfbird, Common Loon, Say's Phoebe,
Surf Scoter, Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Ring-necked Duck, Green Heron,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Western X Glaucous-winged Gull hybrid, Western Gull,
Black Turnstone, Downy Woodpecker
Bird Lists
Location: Santa Cruz-Lower Westside
Observation date: 11/19/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; includes Natural Bridges, Antonelli
Pond/Homeless Garden Area, and vicinity of Natural Bridges
Drive N to railroad tracks and in weedy lots to the east
Number of species: 89
Greater White-fronted Goose 1  N. Bridges butterfly pond
Snow Goose 1 flew over Antonelli Pond toward SW
American Wigeon 3 Antonelli Pond
Mallard 25
Ring-necked Duck 2 Antonelli Pond
Surf Scoter 100 off Natural Bridges Beach
Ruddy Duck 2 Antonelli Pond
California Quail 35
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Brown Pelican 20
Brandt's Cormorant 15
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 1 Antonelli Pond
Cooper's Hawk 1 Antonelli Pond
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
American Kestrel 4 all in view at once at Antonelli Pond
Merlin (Prairie) 1 Natural Bridges
Virginia Rail 1 called atAntonelli Pond
American Coot 40
Black-bellied Plover 12
Killdeer 4
Black Oystercatcher 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1 Moore Creek Lagoon
Whimbrel (American) 14
Long-billed Curlew 1 heard calling
Marbled Godwit 1
Black Turnstone 4
Sanderling 80
Heermann's Gull 40
Mew Gull (American) 10
Ring-billed Gull 3
Western Gull 20
California Gull 25
Rock Pigeon 75
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 5
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 Natural Bridges
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Black Phoebe 12
Say's Phoebe 2
Steller's Jay 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 12
American Crow 30
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25
Oak Titmouse 4
Bushtit 40
Pygmy Nuthatch 20
Brown Creeper 1 Antonelli Pond
Bewick's Wren 12
House Wren 6 5 at Natural Bridges, 1at Antonelli
Winter Wren (Western) 1 "marker #6" at N. Bridges
Marsh Wren 2 Antonelli
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Hermit Thrush 15
American Robin 3
Wrentit 10 including 6 close together at N. Bridges
Northern Mockingbird 3
California Thrasher 2
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 12
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 35
Townsend's Warbler 15
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 7
California Towhee 20
Brewer's Sparrow 1 E of Natural Bridges Dr.
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 8
Song Sparrow 12
Lincoln's Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 100
Golden-crowned Sparrow 75
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 10
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 25
Brewer's Blackbird 50
Purple Finch (Western) 2
House Finch 40
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 3
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 5
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Location: Younger Lagoon
Observation date: 11/19/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 20
Northern Pintail 6
Bufflehead 3
White-tailed Kite 1
American Coot 2
Burrowing Owl 1
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Black Phoebe 2
Bewick's Wren 2
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 3
Wrentit 1
California Thrasher 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
House Finch 2
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Location: Terrace Pt.
Observation date: 11/19/10
Number of species: 31
Surf Scoter 35
Red-throated Loon 10
Pacific Loon 50
Common Loon 5
loon sp. 300 large numbers of migrating loons
Pied-billed Grebe 1 swimming on the ocean
Eared Grebe 1
Western/Clark's Grebe 8
Brown Pelican 5
Brandt's Cormorant 15
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-bellied Plover 1
Black Oystercatcher 2
Whimbrel (American) 1
Black Turnstone 4
Surfbird 38
Red Phalarope 1 swimming off the overlook
Heermann's Gull 10
Western Gull 25
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 3
California Gull 15
Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 2
Black Phoebe 2
European Starling 10
California Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 20
House Finch 5
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Arana Gulch, 11/12/10

Location: Arana Gulch Open Space
Observation date: 11/12/10
Number of species: 46

Pied-billed Grebe 1 N end of harbor
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
American Kestrel 1
Western Gull 1 N end of harbor
gull sp. 15 flying over
Rock Pigeon 20
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 7
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Black Phoebe 7
Say's Phoebe 1
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 10
American Crow 10
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard only
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 2
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 10
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 25
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 heard calling and glimpsed
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 20
Townsend's Warbler 5
Spotted Towhee 7
California Towhee 15
Fox Sparrow 5 heard only
Song Sparrow 7
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 40
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 1 possible Slate-colored, but not seen well
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5
Purple Finch 2
House Finch 40
American Goldfinch 10
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Friday, November 5, 2010

West Cliff Drive area , 11/5/10

Areas covered included the central portion of West Cliff Drive,
Lighthouse Field State Beach, and Bethany Curve Park
Observation date: 11/5/10
Number of species: 57

Surf Scoter 50 mostly in Mitchell's Cove area
loon sp. 5 flying well offshore
Eared Grebe 2
Western Grebe 30
Brown Pelican 70
Brandt's Cormorant 35
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Pelagic Cormorant 8
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Kestrel 3
Whimbrel (American) 1
Black Turnstone 14
Surfbird 2
Heermann's Gull 15
Mew Gull (American) 20
Western Gull 30
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 1
California Gull 15
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Elegant Tern 10 flying close to shore E of Columbia near mid-day
Rock Pigeon 30
Eurasian Collared-Dove 25
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 Lighthouse Field, in cypress
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 8
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 15
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 20
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Bethany Curve Park near West Cliff
Pygmy Nuthatch 12
Bewick's Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Hermit Thrush 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 35
Cedar Waxwing 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Bethany Curve near Plateau
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 25
Townsend's Warbler 8
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 8
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 40
Golden-crowned Sparrow 10
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Western Meadowlark 1
Brewer's Blackbird 30
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 25
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 5
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park , 10/31/10

Location: Henry Cowell, entrance area
Observation date: 10/31/10
Notes: Santa Cruz Bird Club trip
Number of species: 32
Mallard 19
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 5
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Nuttall's Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Black Phoebe 2
Hutton's Vireo 4
Steller's Jay 8
Western Scrub-Jay 1
American Crow 3
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 3
Brown Creeper 13
Bewick's Wren 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Hermit Thrush 6
European Starling 8
Townsend's Warbler 9
Spotted Towhee 7
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 20
Purple Finch (Western) 1
Lesser Goldfinch 1
American Goldfinch 30

Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods SP Upper
Observation date: 10/31/10
Number of species: 26

gull sp. 31
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Acorn Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Hutton's Vireo 3
Steller's Jay 4
Western Scrub-Jay 1
Common Raven 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 30
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 8
 American Robin 1
Varied Thrush 1
Wrentit 2
Townsend's Warbler 1
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 25
Purple Finch 1
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Antonelli Pond and Vicinity , 10/29/10

Scenes from the day, photographed by Wendy Naruo
(click on image for a larger view)
Species included: Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail,
White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier,Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Bushtit, Black Turnstone,
Golden-crowned Sparrow, Black Oystecatcher, Great Egret,
Brewer's Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Surfbird,
 Killdeer, Merlin, Lincoln's Sparrow,
Bewick's Wren, Sanderling
Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 10/29/10
Notes: SCBC field trip, including Homeless Garden and

some adjacent areas
Number of species: 57

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 continuing immature
Mallard 15
Green-winged Teal (American) 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Merlin (Taiga) 1
Virginia Rail 1
American Coot 40
California Gull 1
gull sp. 10 flew high over
Rock Pigeon 50
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1 Natural Bridges side of street
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 5
Say's Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 6
Bewick's Wren 3
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 10
American Pipit 1
Cedar Waxwing 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 12
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 10
Townsend's Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 8
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 2
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
White-crowned Sparrow 40
Golden-crowned Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 15
Western Meadowlark 5
Brewer's Blackbird 20
House Finch 15
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 4
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Location: Terrace Pt.
Observation date: 10/29/10
Notes: SCBC FIeld Trip; large numbers of shorebirds flying

to/from De Anza rocky shore
Number of species: 57
Surf Scoter 1
loon sp. 5 flying by far offshore
Eared Grebe 1
Western Grebe 1
Brown Pelican 15
Brandt's Cormorant 15
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
White-tailed Kite 2
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
Black-bellied Plover 4
Black Oystercatcher 1
Whimbrel (American) 1
Black Turnstone 25
Surfbird 20
Sanderling 250
Bonaparte's Gull 1 1st cycle
Heermann's Gull 5
Western Gull 50
California Gull 30
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Sterna sp. 5 far ofshore
Rock Pigeon 100 over fields to west
Mourning Dove 5
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 7
Say's Phoebe 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 25
Bewick's Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 50
American Pipit 2 flew over
Cedar Waxwing 35 flock flew over field
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 5
Townsend's Warbler 1 cypresses near NOAA building
Spotted Towhee 3
California Towhee 10
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 4
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 8
White-crowned Sparrow 25
Golden-crowned Sparrow 30
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Western Meadowlark 5
Brewer's Blackbird 35
Purple Finch (Western) 1 flew over
House Finch 40
American Goldfinch 10

Location: Younger Lagoon
Observation date: 10/29/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 33

Northern Pintail 3
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
California Quail 1 calling across the lagoon
Snowy Egret 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Killdeer 4
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 3
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 1
Bewick's Wren 2
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Wrentit 2
California Thrasher 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 1 flew toward Seymour Center
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 2
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 2
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 2
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Purple Finch (Western) 1
House Finch 40 large flock
American Goldfinch 2
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Friday, October 22, 2010

San Lorenzo River , 10/22/10


Gulls from San Lorenzo Park
above: adult Western X Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
below: 1st-cycle California Gull
Location: San Lorenzo River
Observation date: 10/22/10
Number of species: 54

Mallard 60
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 4
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
American Coot 50
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Western Gull 40
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
California Gull 35
Herring Gull (American) 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 150
Mourning Dove 6
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Belted Kingfisher 1 just N of Riverside
Downy Woodpecker 1 Ocean View Park
Black Phoebe 12
Steller's Jay 4 Ocean View Park
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 12
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 30
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Ocean View Park
Brown Creeper 1 Ocean View Park
Bewick's Wren 1 Branciforte Dip
House Wren 1 S of Soquel Ave.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Hermit Thrush 1 Branciforte Dip area
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 8
European Starling 40
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 40
Townsend's Warbler 8
Common Yellowthroat 5
Wilson's Warbler 1 S of Soquel Ave.; late
California Towhee 8
Song Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 75
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 4 San Lorenzo Park
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 5
Brewer's Blackbird 20
House Finch 30
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 15
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lower UCSC Campus , 10/16/10

Golden Eagle, photo by Barry McLaughlin
Location: Lower UCSC
Observation date: 10/16/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; dense fog early, but bird

activity gradually picked up as the fog lightened and finally
cleared to partly cloudy skies
Number of species: 56

California Quail 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 N of the arboretum; one caught
                                   one of the Palm Warblers
Cooper's Hawk 1 SE of the Farm
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Golden Eagle 2 pair around area of Upper Quarry and
                         East Meadow
American Kestrel 1 maybe two
Peregrine Falcon 1 soaring over Moore Creek/Great Meadow
                              area, then later presumably the same bird over
                               the East Meadow
California Gull 10 flew over
gull sp. 20 flying in the distance
Band-tailed Pigeon 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 near Upper Quarry
Anna's Hummingbird 50
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Black Phoebe 7
Say's Phoebe 2
Steller's Jay 8
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 15
American Crow 30 mostly around the Farm;
                              raiding a walnut tree
Common Raven 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25
Bushtit 50
Brown Creeper 2 Jordan Gulch
Bewick's Wren 8
House Wren 1 NE of the Farm
Winter Wren (Western) 1 Jorday Gulch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Western Bluebird 6 flock N of Arboretum and on
                              hill/fenceline area tothe N;
                              associating with Yellow-rumped Warblers;
                              present around 12:00 noon, but
                              not earlier in the morning
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 10
American Pipit 1 flew over East Meadow, calling
Cedar Waxwing 80 estimate of several flocks flying around
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 20
Townsend's Warbler 4
Palm Warbler (Western) 2 2 at the Farm, then one flew in to
                                         area N of Arboretum (presumed to be one

                                         of the birds from the Farm, but may have
                                         a different one); that one was caught and
                                         carried off by a Sharp-shinned Hawk!
Spotted Towhee 5
California Towhee 20
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 8 East Meadow area
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 2 heard calling N of Farm
White-crowned Sparrow 75
Golden-crowned Sparrow 60
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 60
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 15
Western Meadowlark 70 rough estimate; around noon
                                       a large flock flew from East
                                       Meadow area over the
                                      Lower Quarry, many landing in

                                      trees and bushes in this area
Brewer's Blackbird 35
Purple Finch (Western) 5
House Finch 20
Pine Siskin 2
Lesser Goldfinch 8
American Goldfinch 10
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Sharp-shinned Hawk (juv.), photo by Barry McLaughlin

Friday, October 8, 2010

Natural Bridges area , 10/8/10

Some birds from the day, photographed by Wendy Naruo (click on photo for a larger view); Species pictured include: White-tailed Kite, Northern Flicker, Northern Harrier, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Heerman's Gull, California Gull and Western Gull, Black Phoebe, Fox Sparrow, Killdeer, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Scrub-Jay, Townsend's Warbler, California Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, Swainson's Thrush, Black Turnstone
Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 10/8/10
Number of species: 69

Mallard 8
Brown Pelican 5
Brandt's Cormorant 30
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 4
Green Heron 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 1
Black-bellied Plover 16 rocks off De Anza
Killdeer 7
Black Oystercatcher 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Black Turnstone 10
Sanderling 25
Heermann's Gull 20
Western Gull 20
California Gull 10
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 12
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Black Phoebe 5
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 3
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 12
American Crow 15
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard only
Pygmy Nuthatch 25
Bewick's Wren 10
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed) 1 good study; fairly late
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 4
Wrentit 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
California Thrasher 2 one in full song
European Starling 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 2
Townsend's Warbler 10
Wilson's Warbler 1
Spotted Towhee 8
California Towhee 10
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 2
Song Sparrow 10
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Golden-crowned Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5
Western Tanager 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 15
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Purple Finch (Western) 2
House Finch 20
Pine Siskin 2 flying over
Lesser Goldfinch 1
American Goldfinch 10

Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 10/8/10
Number of species: 44

Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
White-tailed Kite 2
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 20
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon 50
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker (intergrade) 1 yellow wing linings
Black Phoebe 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 2
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Bewick's Wren 6
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 30
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 10
Townsend's Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 5
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 1
Song Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 25
Brewer's Blackbird 5
House Finch 7
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 10
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wilder Ranch 10/3/10

A day with good weather and a nice variety of birds,
highlighted by two Broad-winged Hawks.
Subject: eBird Report - Wilder Ranch SP- eastern part, inland , 10/3/10
Location: Wilder Ranch SP- eastern part, inland
Observation date: 10/3/10
Notes: SCBC field trip led by Kathy Kuyper
Number of species: 62

California Quail 15
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4
White-tailed Kite 2
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2 soaring over ranch complex
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 6
American Kestrel 3
Merlin (Taiga) 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 two sightings, so maybe two birds
Killdeer 8
Western Gull 100 many gulls flying over
California Gull 150 many gulls flying over
Rock Pigeon 150
Band-tailed Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 7
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 8
Say's Phoebe 3
Hutton's Vireo 3
Steller's Jay 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 15
American Crow 25
Common Raven 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 30
Bushtit 40
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 10
House Wren 1
Winter Wren (Western) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1 Cowboy Loop Trail in coffeeberry
American Robin 5
Wrentit 3
European Starling 100
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Townsend's Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Spotted Towhee 10
California Towhee 10
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 2
Song Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 80
Golden-crowned Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 20
Red-winged Blackbird 1 female of a different subspecies
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 100
Tricolored Blackbird 12
Western Meadowlark 4
Brewer's Blackbird 150
Purple Finch (Western) 5
House Finch 25
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 20
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Friday, October 1, 2010

San Lorenzo River , 10/1/10

Scenes from the day by Wendy Naruo; click for a larger view
Location: San Lorenzo River
Observation date: 10/1/10
Number of species: 51

Mallard 30
Northern Shoveler 1 N of Hwy 1
Bufflehead 1 N of Hwy 1; very early
Common Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1 N of Hwy 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4 migrant group flew over
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
American Coot 6
Western Gull 25
California Gull 10
Rock Pigeon 80
Band-tailed Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 6
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 7
Western Wood-Pewee 1 between Hwy 1 and WaterSt.; late
Black Phoebe 15 very numerous
Steller's Jay 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 8
American Crow 15
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 5
Bushtit 40
Brown Creeper 1 redwoods near court house
Bewick's Wren 1 N of Hwy 1
House Wren 4
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 20
Yellow Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 5
Townsend's Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
California Towhee 10
Song Sparrow 10
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 40
Golden-crowned Sparrow 7
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 15
Western Meadowlark 2 N of Water St; perched on wires
Brewer's Blackbird 15
House Finch 40
Pine Siskin 2 N of Hwy 1; flying over
Lesser Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 20
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Red-shouldered Hawk (above) contemplates birders (below); photos by David Sidle 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Santa Cruz County North Coast , 9/29/10

Location: Santa Cruz - Homeless Garden
Observation date: 9/29/10
Notes: Santa Cruz Bird Club trip; walked around and through part of
garden, then along Shaffer Road; mostly clear, calm, mild
Number of species: 37

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 flew low over fields and landed
                                                at ag. fields to west of garden

Mallard 3 flying over
White-tailed Kite 2
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer 2
Long-billed Curlew 1 flying up coast
Western Gull 75 flying over
California Gull X flying over, small number
Rock Pigeon 100
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 6
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
Black Phoebe 5
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 later than most
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
California Thrasher 2
European Starling 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (orestera) 1
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 5
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 3
Song Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 70
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Western Meadowlark 6
Brewer's Blackbird 45
House Finch 45
Lesser Goldfinch

Location: Baldwin Creek Marsh and Beach
Observation date: 9/29/10
Notes: Santa Cruz Bird Club trip; walked down gulch on inland side
of RR tracks, then to beach on main path, through marsh area, and back
to parking lot; clear, calm, getting warm
Number of species: 52

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 flying down coast
Canada Goose 3 flew up coast
Mallard 10
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Brown Pelican 11
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Northern Harrier 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 5
American Kestrel 1
Virginia Rail 5 responded to recording
Sora 1 responded to recording
Common Moorhen 1 large pond near creek mouth
American Coot 17
Greater Yellowlegs 1 flying over
Long-billed Dowitcher 15 flock flying over
Western Gull 2000 rough estimate
California Gull 800 rough estimate
Herring Gull 1 on beach
Elegant Tern 9
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3
Black Phoebe 6
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 9
Common Raven 7
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4
Bushtit 45
Bewick's Wren 11
House Wren 5
Marsh Wren 7
American Pipit 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 4
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 2
Song Sparrow 22
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Tricolored Blackbird 6

Location:     Swanton Pond
Observation date:     9/29/10
Notes:     Santa Cruz Bird Club trip; walked from berry farm around
pond and back, mostly clear, light wind, mild
Number of species:     25

Mallard     6
Ruddy Duck     3
Northern Harrier     1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)     5
American Kestrel     1
American Coot     28
Killdeer     6
Black Phoebe     3
Common Raven     6
Bewick's Wren     1
Marsh Wren     2
European Starling     65
Yellow Warbler     2
Common Yellowthroat     1
Savannah Sparrow (Western)     3
Song Sparrow     3
White-crowned Sparrow     3
White-crowned Sparrow (Nuttall's)     1
Red-winged Blackbird     120
Tricolored Blackbird     600     90% males; foraging near pond
Western Meadowlark     1
Brewer's Blackbird     75
blackbird sp.     500    likely all or most Tricolored
House Finch     15
American Goldfinch     6
House Sparrow     3

Friday, September 17, 2010

Neary Lagoon , 9/17/10

Above: female Common Yellowthroat; below: adult Black-crowned Night-Heron
 photos by David Sidle

















Location: Neary Lagoon
Observation date: 9/17/10
Number of species: 45

Wood Duck 14
Mallard 20
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Green Heron 1 outflow channel
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Laurel Creek
Cooper's Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1 calling at S end
Killdeer 1
gull sp. 5 flying over high
Rock Pigeon 35
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Mourning Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 7
Warbling Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 15
American Crow 10
Common Raven 1
Barn Swallow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 40
Bewick's Wren 7
Marsh Wren 2
American Robin 8
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 10
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 10
Townsend's Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 8
Wilson's Warbler 2
California Towhee 10
Song Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Western Tanager 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 1 heard calling
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 25
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Purple Finch (Western) 2
House Finch 20
American Goldfinch 5
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Blue-eyed Darner, female; photo by David Sidle

Friday, September 10, 2010

Arana Gulch, 9/10/10

Location: Arana Gulch Open Space
Observation date: 9/10/10

Number of species: 45
Great Blue Heron 1 N end of harbor
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 N end of harbor
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 possibly two different birds
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Kestrel 1
Western Gull 10 harbor
Rock Pigeon 10
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 7
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 5
Hutton's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Western) 1
Steller's Jay 10
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 15
American Crow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25
Oak Titmouse 5
Bushtit 35
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Brown Creeper 3
Bewick's Wren 10
American Robin 15
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 12
Cedar Waxwing 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Townsend's Warbler 4
Spotted Towhee 8
California Towhee 15
Savannah Sparrow (Western) 3
Song Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow (Puget Sound) 1 1st migrant this season
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 20
Western Tanager 15 maybe a low estimate
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Brewer's Blackbird 5
House Finch 35
Pine Siskin 3
Lesser Goldfinch 7

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Natural Bridges, 9/3/10

Some scenes from the day--photos by Wendy Naruo
This morning's Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip to Natural Bridges
found a good variety of birds, despite a foggy beginning. One
of the highlights came when we were at the West Cliff Drive
entrance, listening to ELEGANT TERNS "keerick" out in the
fog, and trying to see one. Then one of the terns came to us,
flying in over our heads, followed by an immature PARASITIC
JAEGER. A spectacular chase followed (see top center photo
in the collage above), the tern speeding around, making abrupt
twists and turns, and the jaeger following its every move, before
they moved back offshore and into the fog again. A couple of
Western Gulls were also involved in the chase, but had nowhere
near the maneuvering ability of the jaeger. Down on the beach
and at the Moore Creek Lagoon, we found a good variety of
shorebirds, including great views of a cooperative juv.
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (bottom center in the above collage).
There were also 6 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES,
2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, Westerns and Leasts, Sanderlings
and Black Turnstones, a Greater Yellowlegs, etc. Three
nicely-patterned juv. BLACK-CROWNEDNIGHT-HERONS
also flew in and foraged by the lagoon (among 5 members of
the heron family for the morning.) A good variety of the regular
passerine migrants, a swarm of Selasphorus and Anna's
Hummingbirds, and good views of several species of raptors
 were among the other highlights of the morning.
Bird List
Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 9/3/10
Number of species: 66

Mallard 4
Brown Pelican 15
Brandt's Cormorant 30
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1

Snowy Egret 3
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4

Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Kestrel 1
Black-bellied Plover 2
Killdeer 3
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Black Turnstone 5
Sanderling 4
Western Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 7
Baird's Sandpiper 1 juv.
Red-necked Phalarope 6
Heermann's Gull 30
Western Gull 30
California Gull 20
Elegant Tern 3
Parasitic Jaeger 1

Rock Pigeon 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 3
Anna's Hummingbird 15
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 15
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 4
Black Phoebe 8
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 10
American Crow 25
Common Raven 2
Barn Swallow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20
Oak Titmouse 4
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 20
Bewick's Wren 15
House Wren 5

Wrentit 4
California Thrasher 3

European Starling 20
Yellow Warbler 20
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 5
Spotted Towhee 5
California Towhee 15
Song Sparrow 7
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 10
Western Tanager 4
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 40
Brewer's Blackbird 50
Hooded Oriole 1  on Swanton Blvd.
Purple Finch (Western) 1
House Finch 25
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 10

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Schwan Lake area , 8/27/10
















Eastern Kingbird, photo by David Sidle
This morning's Santa Cruz Bird Club field visited the area of Twin
Lakes State Beach at  the north side of Schwan Lake.
While we were still gathering in the parking lot at the Simpkins Center,  a flycatcher flew in and landed on one of the large dead eucalyptus just south ofthe parking area. Dark gray upperparts (blackish on the head) and mostly white underparts, plus a kingbird shape, identified it as an EASTERN KINGBIRD, and its first flycatching foray showed off its prominent white tail band.  It flew to a small bare-topped tree in the adjacent grassy field, which proved to be its favorite perch, where we had several good views of it through the morning, and David Sidle got some good photos.(At this link
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanager22/sets/72157624822832500/)
After our initial study of the kingbird, we started down the trail toward the northeast side of the lake. A large mixed flock was workingthrough the oaks that included some migrant warblers. Among these was one extremely active bird flitting around, spreading its tail, and constantly in motion. Various people were getting various glimpses of details- whitish underparts with yellow patches on the sides, yellow patches at the base of the tail, etc. --and the glimpses finally added up to be a female/immature type AMERICAN REDSTART. Other migrants included good numbers of YELLOW and WILSON'S WARBLERS and at least one TOWNSEND'S, and four species of swallows  A NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER was near the entrance, a pair of AM. KESTRELS were hunting the area, and an adult COOPER'S HAWK zipped across the trail in the north central part of the park. There was also a steadily singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER--the steady singing at this time of year was, in itself, odd, and this one sang a variation that
I con't remember hearing before- a trill, but with a series of staccato single notes at the end, almost like an Orange-crowned beginning and aNashville ending. That one had us searching the oaks and willows for quite some time before we finally had enough of a look to confirm what it was. One never knows what will happen next, during fall migration.
Steve Gerow

Bird List
Location: Schwan Lake area
Observation date: 8/27/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 55

Mallard 5
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 70
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1 heard calling
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
American Kestrel 2 pair near entrance
American Coot 1
Killdeer 1
Western Gull 10
California Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 8
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 5
Eastern Kingbird 1 near entrance
Hutton's Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 10
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Violet-green Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 15
Cliff Swallow 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25
Oak Titmouse 10
Bushtit 35
Pygmy Nuthatch 15
Bewick's Wren 8
American Robin 2
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 10
Townsend's Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Wilson's Warbler 10
Spotted Towhee 4
California Towhee 15
Song Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 5
Western Tanager 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 1
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Purple Finch (Western) 3
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 4
American Goldfinch 1
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Meder Canyon & Natural Bridges 8/20/10

A mostly slow day for bird activity.  Meder Canyon was unusually inactive.  Some of us then moved on to Natural
Bridges, which had sandpipers to study (see photos below),
and a few other things, but still it was one of those days
when birds are mostly hard to find.
Location: Meder Canyon
Observation date: 8/20/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; foggy and very little bird activity
Number of species: 35

California Quail 25
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 3
Band-tailed Pigeon 15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 1
Steller's Jay 15
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 18
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Bushtit 15
Bewick's Wren 10
Swainson's Thrush 1 calling in willows
American Robin 3
Wrentit 10
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 1 heard only
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 8
Spotted Towhee 10
California Towhee 20
Song Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 8
Black-headed Grosbeak 1 one heard
Brewer's Blackbird 1
Purple Finch (Western) 8
House Finch 5
Lesser Goldfinch 2












Western and Least Sandpiper comparisons
click on picture for a larger view
photos by Wendy Naruo
Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 8/20/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 49
Mallard 2
California Quail 15
Common Loon 1
loon sp. 1
Brown Pelican 10
Brandt's Cormorant 5
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Snowy Egret 6
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Western Sandpiper 6 all juvs
.Least Sandpiper 2 all juvs.
Heermann's Gull 20
Western Gull 20
California Gull 10
Caspian Tern 4
Rock Pigeon 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 8
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 3
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 5
American Crow 15
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 10
Bewick's Wren 8
American Robin 2
Wrentit 2
California Thrasher 3
European Starling 20
Wilson's Warbler 5
Spotted Towhee 3
California Towhee 10
Song Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 15
Western Tanager 1
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Hooded Oriole 1 heard only
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 5
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Terrace Point and nearby spots , 8/13/10

Location: Terrace Pt.
Observation date: 8/13/10
Number of species: 54
Mallard 2 flew over
Pacific Loon 1 swimming off De Anza
Brown Pelican 15
Brandt's Cormorant 20
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Pelagic Cormorant 8
Snowy Egret 2
Northern Harrier 1
American Kestrel 2
Black-bellied Plover 5
Killdeer 2
Black Oystercatcher 2
Wandering Tattler 2
Whimbrel (American) 1
Marbled Godwit 8 flock flying down the coast
Black Turnstone 5
Least Sandpiper 8 flock circling the area
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 flew over, calling
Long-billed Dowitcher 1 flew over, calling
Heermann's Gull 10
Western Gull 25
California Gull 3
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 3rd cycle
Caspian Tern 5
Pigeon Guillemot 5
Rock Pigeon 15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 90 several flocks moving eastward
            through the morning, suggesting some sort
            of movement
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Downy Woodpecker 1 in coyote bush scrub
Black Phoebe 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 10
Common Raven 4
Barn Swallow 10
Cliff Swallow 5
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 4
Northern Mockingbird 5
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 2
Spotted Towhee 7
California Towhee 10
Song Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow (Nuttall's) 3
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 25
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 7

Location: Younger Lagoon
Observation date: 8/13/10
Number of species: 31
Gadwall 1
Mallard 25
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Coot 2
Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 6
Western Gull 5
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 1
Barn Swallow 20
Cliff Swallow 20
Bewick's Wren 2
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 5
Brewer's Blackbird 5
House Finch 20
American Goldfinch 5

Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 8/13/10
Number of species: 34
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Coot 4
Western Gull 2
California Gull 5
Caspian Tern 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 5
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 8
Cliff Swallow 10
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Bushtit 15
Bewick's Wren 3
Marsh Wren 1
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 10
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 2
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 20
Brewer's Blackbird 10
House Finch 20
American Goldfinch 5

Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 8/13/10
Number of species: 40
Mallard 2
Brown Pelican 10
Brandt's Cormorant 5
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Marbled Godwit 10 flock flying down the coast
Western Sandpiper 6
Least Sandpiper 6
Heermann's Gull 10
Western Gull 15
California Gull 10
Caspian Tern 2
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 3
Steller's Jay 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
Common Raven 1
Barn Swallow 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 15
Pygmy Nuthatch 8
Bewick's Wren 3
Wrentit 1
California Thrasher 1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 1
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 15
Brewer's Blackbird 10
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 5
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