Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pogonip , 2/28/10- notes, photos, and bird list

This Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip found a couple of new arrivals. Three VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS were foraging over the meadow area near the intersection of the Spring Trail and the Lookout Trail. A constantly-singing male lutescens ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the Spring Box Trail was another bird just-arrived in breeding habitat (as opposed to wintering birds in towns and coastal lowlands.) Other highlights included an adult male NORTHERN HARRIER foraging over the meadows in the southwest part of the park, as some WESTERN MEADOWLARKS sang from the fenceline at the UCSC border, , a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES in an apparent territorial dispute with a pair of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a singing WINTER WREN near Redwood Creek that was actually in the sun, showing off its colors and markings much better than most, a pair of WRENTITS mutually preening after a bath in that same creek, and a fair view of a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET on another part of the Fern Trail. There was also a variety of early spring flowers, some blooming a bit early, and lots of interesting fungi, lichens, and moss. ~Steve Gerow

above (top to bottom)- coral fungus, polypore fungus, Giant Trillium; photos by Steve Gerow

Bird List
Location: Pogonip
Observation date: 2/28/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; walked up Spring Trail from Spring St. entrance, then up Spring Box Trail, down Rincon Trail to Fern Trail, length of Fern Trail, then back up Brayshaw Trail back to Spring Trail
Number of species: 47
  • White-tailed Kite 2 one on Spring Trail, then pair near Fern Trail that might have included the earlier bird
  • Northern Harrier 1 grasslands in S part of Spring Trail
  • Cooper's Hawk 1 Fern Trail
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2 pair near Fern Trail
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2 gull sp. 3 flying over high near the end of the walk
  • Band-tailed Pigeon 8
  • Mourning Dove 5
  • Anna's Hummingbird 12
  • Allen's Hummingbird 3 females in likely nesting habitat in forest areas
  • Acorn Woodpecker 5
  • Hairy Woodpecker 6
  • Northern Flicker 2
  • Black Phoebe 1 near Spring Street gate
  • Say's Phoebe 1 Spring Trail grasslands
  • Hutton's Vireo 20 conservative estimate, many singing
  • Steller's Jay 15
  • Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 8
  • American Crow 5 SW part of park
  • Common Raven 4
  • Violet-green Swallow 3 grasslands near Spring Trail X Lookout Trail; first of the season in this regular nesting area
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee 50
  • Oak Titmouse 1
  • Bushtit 15
  • Pygmy Nuthatch 10
  • Brown Creeper 25
  • Bewick's Wren 30
  • Winter Wren (Western) 8 good views of a singing bird near Redwood Creek bridge on Fern Trail
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Fern Trail, one seen, others heard only
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
  • Hermit Thrush 5
  • American Robin 10
  • Wrentit 2 pair preening after bathing in Redwood Creek
  • European Starling 5
  • Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) 1 Spring Box Trail; steadily singing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
  • Townsend's Warbler 5
  • Spotted Towhee 8
  • California Towhee 6
  • Lincoln's Sparrow 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow 5
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 70
  • Western Meadowlark 3 near UCSC border, three seen, but possibly more present; one, and occasionally two singing regularly
  • Purple Finch (Western) 15
  • House Finch 10 all in SW portion of the park
  • Pine Siskin 2 Rincon Trail and near Haunted meadow
  • Lesser Goldfinch 1 near Spring Street

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bird List for 2/12/20, San Lorenzo River

Location: San Lorenzo River
Observation date: 2/12/10
Number of species: 53

Mallard 65
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 4
Red-throated Loon 1 - between Broadway and Soquel, appeared
somewhat oiled
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Snowy Egret 4
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
American Coot 15
Killdeer 1
Mew Gull (American) 4
Ring-billed Gull 1
Western Gull 15
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 4
California Gull 20
Herring Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Rock Pigeon 75
Band-tailed Pigeon 35
Eurasian Collared-Dove 15
Mourning Dove 25
Anna's Hummingbird 12
Belted Kingfisher 1
Black Phoebe 12
Hutton's Vireo 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 8
American Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Brown Creeper 1 San Lorenzo Park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
American Robin 50
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 180
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 60
Townsend's Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
California Towhee 8
Song Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 50
Golden-crowned Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 10
Brewer's Blackbird 15
Purple Finch (Western) 1
House Finch 40
Lesser Goldfinch 15
American Goldfinch 35
House Sparrow 20

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bird List for 2/7/10, Natural Bridges State Beach

Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 2/7/10
Notes: Leader Kathy Kuyper; weather mostly sunny, but with occasional cloudy/windy periods
Number of species: 62

Surf Scoter 5
Common Loon 1
Western Grebe 2
Brown Pelican 5
Brandt's Cormorant 10
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Snowy Egret 1
White-tailed Kite 2 - pair likely on nesting territory in cypress grove at Delaware X Natural Bridges, just N of the state park
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2 - very vocal pair around usual nesting area in eucalyptus grove
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 4
Peregrine Falcon 1 - soaring over E section of the park, at times circling with two RTHAs
Whimbrel (American) 1
Black Turnstone 8
Sanderling 10
Heermann's Gull 2
Western Gull 20
California Gull 30
Rock Pigeon 15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 12
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1 - heard only
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Black Phoebe 2
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 6
American Crow 8
Common Raven 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 4
Bushtit 20
Pygmy Nuthatch 18
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 8
House Wren 1 -singing in willows at the bend in the entrance road
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 50 - fairly numerous; exact number difficult to determine
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 60
Cedar Waxwing 40
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 - willows near the bend in the entrance road
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 40
Townsend's Warbler 10 - maybe more; fairly numerous on E side of the park
Spotted Towhee 5
California Towhee 8
Song Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 5
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Purple Finch (Western) 5
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 4
American Goldfinch 20

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bird List and Photos for 2/3/10, Watsonville/Struve Slough Confluence













Tropical Kingbird photos by Wendy Naruo

Location: Watsonville and Struve Slough confluence
Observation date: 2/3/10
Notes: 100% cloudy, light wind; viewed from overlook at warehouses S of Lee Road
Number of species: 41
Canada Goose 18- 6 at slough, 12 in nearby plowed ag. field
Gadwall 25
American Wigeon 30
Mallard 8
Cinnamon Teal 11
Northern Shoveler 40
Green-winged Teal (American) 40
Canvasback 1 male
Ring-necked Duck 1 female
Bufflehead 18
Hooded Merganser 3 -2 males, 1 female
Ruddy Duck 65
Pied-billed Grebe 16
Eared Grebe 2
Western Grebe 2
American White Pelican 26
Double-crested Cormorant 25
Great Blue Heron 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 3
American Coot 115
Black-necked Stilt 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Rock Pigeon 15
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Black Phoebe 2
Tropical Kingbird 1 -in willows near confluence; presumably the continuing wintering bird that has been seen most often lately near West Struve slough
Tree Swallow 225 120 roosting in willows, rest foraging
Barn Swallow 1 pale underparts
Marsh Wren 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
California Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Brewer's Blackbird 150
Great-tailed Grackle 16
House Finch 15



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Bird List for 2/3/10- Sunset State Beach, southern beach access

Location: Sunset SB - southern beach access
Observation date: 2/3/10
Notes: partly cloudy, light wind to calm, medium swell; scoped from top of dunes, and poked around near parking lot
Number of species: 23

Surf Scoter 38
Red-throated Loon 4
Western Grebe 12
Western/Clark's Grebe 150
Brown Pelican 4 - adults; 1 flew over the parking area and flew along overland at the top of the scrub slope
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Snowy Plover 14
Ring-billed Gull 1
Western Gull 55 -most flying by
California Gull 100 -most flying by
Glaucous-winged Gull 2 - flying by
gull sp. 300 - flying by, not looked at, and flock on ocean too far off to bother with
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 -male, foraging on lupine
Black Phoebe 2
Say's Phoebe 1
Bushtit X - heard only
Bewick's Wren 4 - 2 singing
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Spotted Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Nuttall's) 17 - several singing
House Finch 2

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Bird List for 2/3/10- Sunset State Beach road

Location: Sunset State Beach Road
Observation date: 2/3/10
Notes: cloudy, light wind; drove in from San Andreas to park entrance, stopping in first section to search for a BUOW that had been recently found (no luck)
Number of species: 6

Peregrine Falcon (Continental) 1 - ad., flew in and perched in cypress
European Starling 20
American Pipit 4
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Brewer's Blackbird 9
House Finch 6

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Bird List for 2/3/10- Sunset State Beach uplands

Location: Sunset State Beach (Uplands)
Observation date: 2/3/10
Notes: 100% cloudy with light wind, clearing and becoming calm; walked trail near entrance station, and along main road from entrance to 1st rise, then drove in and walked in vic. of group campground sites
Number of species: 39

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 - imm.
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1 - heard only
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1 -ad.
American Kestrel 1 -male
California Gull 60 -flying over
Rock Pigeon 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove 13 -all in area near homes near park entrance
Mourning Dove 3 -1 calling
Anna's Hummingbird 17
Allen's Hummingbird 2 - 1 male, 1?
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
Black Phoebe 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 3
Tree Swallow 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 48 -2 flocks
Pygmy Nuthatch 13
Bewick's Wren 13 -6 singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
California Thrasher 2 -2 singing
European Starling 48
Cedar Waxwing 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 20
Common Yellowthroat 1
Spotted Towhee 7 -3 singing
California Towhee 11
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 8
Song Sparrow 11 - 3 singing
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 6 -not Nuttall's
White-crowned Sparrow (Nuttall's) 27 -several singing
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Purple Finch (Western) 4
House Finch 5 - 1 leucistic
Pine Siskin 5 - in area with eucs and cypress not far S of entrance area

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Bird List for 2/3/10- Sunset State Beach, northern beach access

Location: Sunset SB - northern beach access
Observation date: 2/3/10
Notes: 100% cloudy, light wind, moderate swell; scoping from bluff top
Number of species: 15

Surf Scoter 610
Red-throated Loon 1
Western Grebe 55
Clark's Grebe 6
Western/Clark's Grebe 200
Brown Pelican 2 - adults
Willet 7
Marbled Godwit 5
Sanderling 20
Heermann's Gull 3 - flying by
Ring-billed Gull 1
Western Gull 125 - flying by
California Gull 250 -flying by
Glaucous-winged Gull 7 - flying by
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 6

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