Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bird List, Photos, and Notes: Henry Cowell SP , 5/30/10

Scenes from the day by Wendy Naruo: top row- Black-headed Grosbeak (male and female), Swainson's Thrush (center), Black Swift, Orange-crowned Warbler (juv.);  bottom row- fledgling Winter Wrens

This morning's trip to Henry Cowell was fun and very birdy, with a lot of activity. We started at the bridge with a family of newly fledged CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, and the moved up the River trail. We had good looks at BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and then moved to the Redwood loop where we got excellent views of a newly fledged BROWN CREEPER family, and a newly fledged WINTER WREN FAMILY (Wendy got some life photos). On the way back to the entrance we got excellent views of a SWAINSON'S THRUSH (again life photo for Wendy), and some views of WARBLING VIREO and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. On the Zayante trail we found COMMON MERGANSERS at the dam, and expected VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS
We meandered down to the end of the trail, and on the way back Kathy and Jim looked up to find a cloud of CLIFF SWALLOWS foraging over us, and in amongst them was a big (bigger than the swallows) swift, which glided far more than it flapped (and appeared twice the size of a VAUX'S SWIFT in the same flock)., BLACK SWIFT (and Wendy got a confirming photo), undoubtedly the best bird of the day, A NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER nest was another addition to the family theme (we encountered many families of newly fledged chickadees).
We found the species count was close to 50 so walked over to Roaring Camp, where we added RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, but we just fell short with 49 total for the morning. And, of course, no Parula.
Phil Brown

Bird List
Location:     Henry Cowell SP
Observation date:     5/30/10
Notes:     Black swift seen with big flock of Cliff Swallows. Wendy got a picture to confirm ID.
Number of species:     49
Wood Duck     2
Mallard     6
Common Merganser     3
California Quail     2
Green Heron     1
Red-shouldered Hawk     2
California Gull     46
Band-tailed Pigeon     11
Mourning Dove     2
Black Swift     1
Vaux's Swift     1
Anna's Hummingbird     2
Allen's Hummingbird     1
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Nuttall's Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Western Wood-Pewee     7
Pacific-slope Flycatcher     14
Black Phoebe     6
Hutton's Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     4
Steller's Jay     18
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)     2
American Crow     4
Common Raven     1
Violet-green Swallow     9
Barn Swallow     1
Cliff Swallow     24
Chestnut-backed Chickadee     31
Oak Titmouse     3
Bushtit     2
Brown Creeper     4
Bewick's Wren     8
Winter Wren     3
Swainson's Thrush     4
Hermit Thrush     3
American Robin     15
European Starling     1
Orange-crowned Warbler     6
Yellow Warbler     2
Wilson's Warbler     26
Spotted Towhee     7
California Towhee     5
Song Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     8
Black-headed Grosbeak     11
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored)     3
Purple Finch     2
House Finch     1

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Henry Cowell State Park, May 28, 2010- bird list, notes, and photos

Hermit Warbler, photo by Wendy Naruo

This Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip visited Henry
Cowell State Park, where we walked a loop through the
southeastern part of that park.. Most of the regular bird species
were very active, with many birds moving through the trees and
shrubs, and a chorus of songs and calls that lasted most of the
morning. One highlight was a pair of HERMIT WARBLERS
foraging lower than usual along Pipeline Road about halfway
between the Powdermill Road and Ridge Road junctions.The
male, in particular, was frequently out in the open and just
about at eye-level, giving many of us great views. We heard
several other Hermits, but they were the more usual unseen
 treetop singers. We also had good looks at the other three
regular breeding warblers in that part of the park, with several
each BLACK-THROATED GRAY, ORANGE-CROWNED,
and WILSON'S showing themselves. At the bench on Pipeline Road
that overlooks Rincon Gorge, another highlight was a pair of adult
 GOLDEN EAGLES circling high over the gorge, and working their
way higher. We heard two PILEATED WOODPECKERS,
one close to Pipeline Road, one very distant, but didn't see either.
HERMIT THRUSH were numerous and singing regularly. There
was also a SWAINSON'S THRUSH singing and calling near the
Pipeline - Powder Mill junction, in higher and drier habitat than
usual, but most likely a migrant.
The observation deck and the Ridge Road area had expected
chaparral and pine woodland species, including good views of
displaying ALLEN'S and ANNA's HUMMINGBIRDS, a couple
of CALIFORNIA THRASHERS. In addition we looked at a
variety  of interesting plants ranging from large-flowered azaleas
to tiny spine-flowers, and a range of other denizens of forest
and chaparral.









Anna's Hummingbird (juv.) at Sticky Monkeyflower- photo by Wendy Naruo


Bird ListLocation: Henry Cowell SP- eastern
Observation date: 5/28/10
Notes: SCBC Field Trip
Number of species: 43
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1 heard only
Golden Eagle 2 pair circling over Rincon Gorge
Band-tailed Pigeon 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 at starting point on Graham Hill Road
Mourning Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 10
Allen's Hummingbird 4
Acorn Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 near Pipeline X Ridge Road junction
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1 heard briefly off Powder Mill Road
Pileated Woodpecker 2 Pipeline Road; heard only
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 20
Hutton's Vireo 5
Warbling Vireo 15
Steller's Jay 10
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 5
Common Raven 1
Violet-green Swallow 4 near observation platform
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 35
Oak Titmouse 2 near observation platform
Bushtit 10
Pygmy Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 15
Bewick's Wren 15
Winter Wren (Western) 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 singing on Pipeline Road 
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed) 1 singing; maybe a migrant
Hermit Thrush 15 many singing, some good views
American Robin 10
Wrentit 5
California Thrasher 2 chaparral near observation tower
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) 15
Black-throated Gray Warbler 8
Hermit Warbler 4 nice views of 2 working low along Pipeline
                           Road, plus two others heard singing

Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 10
Spotted Towhee 10
California Towhee 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 40
Brewer's Blackbird 3
Purple Finch (Western) 10
House Finch 1 one singing near Graham Hill Road
Pine Siskin 4 at 3 spots on Pipeline Road
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Bird Lists, Photos, and Notes from 5/21/10, Terrace Point and Vicinity

scenes from the day by Wendy Naruo; click on picture for larger image
This Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip started at Terrace Point.
Among the highlights was a WESTERN KINGBIRD that stopped to
forage near the Seymour Center. We also had good views of some
HOODED ORIOLES, a pair of CALIFORNIA THRASHERS was
running around (and sometimes on) the picnic tables, and at least
three nuttalli WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were singing on
territory. A male and a female AMERICAN KESTREL took turns
 foraging over the field. Along the coast we compared three
species of cormorants and migrant loons. Four WHIMBRELS on
the rocks were the only migrant shorebirds.
At Antonelli Pond the wind kept most passerine activity down,
but five species of swallows were flying low over the pond
(including a continuing pair of TREE SWALLOWS), and
one VAUX'S SWIFT joined them.

Bird Lists
Location: Terrace Pt.
Observation date: 5/21/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; became very windy around 10 AM
Number of species: 47

Mallard 4 flying around over the field
California Quail 4
Red-throated Loon 1 basic/immature type
Pacific Loon 15 a few migrants, still mostly alternate birds
Common Loon 5 a few migrants, including both alternate and basic
Western Grebe 1
Clark's Grebe 1
Brown Pelican 20
Brandt's Cormorant 300
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Pelagic Cormorant 10
American Kestrel 2 male and female
Black Oystercatcher 2
Whimbrel (American) 4 flock on the rocks
Western Gull 75
California Gull 50 mostly immature birds flying over
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Caspian Tern 2
Pigeon Guillemot 10
Rock Pigeon 8 not including a distant very large flock to NW
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 6
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Black Phoebe 1
Western Kingbird 1 stopped to forage near Seymour Center
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 1
American Crow 5
Common Raven 12 soaring toward Moore Preserve/Wilder area
Cliff Swallow 50 mostly flying high over the fields
Barn Swallow 8
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 2
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 5
California Thrasher 2 pair near Seymour Center
European Starling 10
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 10
Song Sparrow 8
White-crowned Sparrow (Nuttall's) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 35
Brewer's Blackbird 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Hooded Oriole 3
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 5
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Location: Younger Lagoon
Observation date: 5/21/10
Number of species: 19

Mallard 5 also quite a few small young
California Quail 1
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Black Phoebe 2
Violet-green Swallow 2
Cliff Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 6
Bushtit 2
Bewick's Wren 1
Wrentit 2
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 5
Brewer's Blackbird 2
Hooded Oriole 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
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Location: Antonelli Pond
Observation date: 5/21/10
Notes: SCBC field trip; wind limited passerine activity
Number of species: 42

Mallard 1 female with young under the trestle
Pied-billed Grebe 3 two were changing places on a nest
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Snowy Egret 1 sitting in the willows
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1 soaring to the north
American Coot 2
Western Gull 5
California Gull 10
Rock Pigeon 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 4
Vaux's Swift 1 foraging with swallows
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 calling in the willows
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 2
American Crow 5
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 2 continuing pair
Violet-green Swallow 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Cliff Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 10
Bewick's Wren 4
American Robin 5
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 5
Yellow Warbler 1 singing in the willows
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 1 singing in the willows
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 5
Black-headed Grosbeak 3 RR trestle area
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 20
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Hooded Oriole 1 willows on W side
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 2
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bird List for 5/15/10, Fremont Peak

Location:     Fremont Peak SP (Monterey Co.)
Observation date:     5/15/10
Number of species:     48
SCBC field trip led by Eric Feuss
Wild Turkey     1
California Quail     2
Turkey Vulture     1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)     2
falcon sp.     1
Band-tailed Pigeon     1
Mourning Dove     4
Anna's Hummingbird     4
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird     1
Acorn Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
Olive-sided Flycatcher     2
Western Wood-Pewee     11
Black Phoebe     1
Warbling Vireo     3
Steller's Jay     4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)     12
Common Raven     1
Violet-green Swallow     6
Oak Titmouse     19
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Rock Wren     4
House Wren     4
Western Bluebird     4
American Robin     3
Wrentit     1
California Thrasher     1
European Starling     4
Orange-crowned Warbler     22
Yellow Warbler     4
Yellow-rumped Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)     1
Black-throated Gray Warbler     8
Townsend's Warbler     8
Hermit Warbler     1
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast)     11
Western Tanager     2
Spotted Towhee     4
California Towhee     7
Rufous-crowned Sparrow     4
Chipping Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     30
Black-headed Grosbeak     5
Lazuli Bunting     6
Brewer's Blackbird     1
Purple Finch (Western)     2
House Finch     6
Lesser Goldfinch     1
American Goldfinch     3

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Bird Lists for 5/14/10, Neary Lagoon & Natural Bridges

Location: Neary Lagoon
Observation date: 5/14/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 45

 Wood Duck 4 plus two single ducklings (likely from two broods)
Mallard 8
Pied-billed Grebe 1 with 4 young
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Western Gull 5
California Gull 10
Rock Pigeon 15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 10
Anna's Hummingbird 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 4
Warbling Vireo (Western) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 6
Violet-green Swallow 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Cliff Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10
Oak Titmouse 2
Bushtit 20
Bewick's Wren 8
Marsh Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed) 2
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 50
Yellow Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 5
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 15
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 3
Brewer's Blackbird 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 12
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 5
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Location: Natural Bridges SB
Observation date: 5/14/10
Notes: SCBC field trip
Number of species: 45

Mallard 3
Brown Pelican 4
Brandt's Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1
Killdeer 1
Black Oystercatcher 1
Whimbrel 4 flying over inland side of the park
Western Gull 10 2 on nests
California Gull 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Allen's Hummingbird 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2
Black Phoebe 4
Warbling Vireo (Western) 1
Steller's Jay 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Violet-green Swallow 6
Cliff Swallow 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 7
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 10
Pygmy Nuthatch 8
Bewick's Wren 4
American Robin 2
Wrentit 1
California Thrasher 3 singing in three territories
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 30
Wilson's Warbler (Pacific Coast) 2
Spotted Towhee 5
California Towhee 8
Song Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 2
Brewer's Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Purple Finch (Western) 1
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 4
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bird Lists, Notes and Photos from 5/4/10- San Lorenzo River and Vicinity

                                           photos by Wendy Naruo
This morning's Santa Cruz bird Club field trip covered the San
Lorenzo River from San Lorenzo Park to the mouth. There were a few migrant shorebirds, including 7 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and a lone
LEAST SANDPIPER. A lingering female BUFFLEHEAD was downstream from Soquel Avenue. The gull flock below Riverside Avenue had 10 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, only one of them an adult, and 4 CASPIAN TERNS. We also had great views of CLIFF SWALLOWS gathering mud, some very close looks at N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and well lit VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS,
about 8 COMMON MERGANSERS, two WOOD DUCKS, an adult
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and good looks at several HOODED ORIOLES, including a very cooperative adult male in Ocean View Park.
Bird Lists
San Lorenzo River
Wood Duck 2 -both flew downstream then flew toward Neary Lagoon
Mallard 25
Bufflehead 1 below Soquel Ave.
Common Merganser 9
Red-throated Loon 1 -basic plumage; near the mouth
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 1- San Lorenzo Park
Merlin 1 below Soqual Ave.
Semipalmated Plover 7
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Least Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 10
Western Gull 50
California Gull 200
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Caspian Tern 4
Rock Pigeon 30
Band-tailed Pigeon 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Mourning Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Black Phoebe 12
Western Scrub-Jay 3
American Crow 15
Common Raven 2
Violet-green Swallow 15
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Cliff Swallow 200-gathering mud in two spots; building nests on
the bridges

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 6
Bushtit 10
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 30
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 15
Red-winged Blackbird (Bicolored) 5
Brewer's Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Hooded Oriole 2
House Finch 30
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 25
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Branciforte Dip & Oceanview Park
Great Blue Heron 1- flew over from EMourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 5
Allen's Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher -1 singing at the end of BranciforteBlack Phoebe 4
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) 4
American Crow 5
Cliff Swallow 5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
Bushtit 10
Bewick's Wren 1
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 75 -many in blooming eucalyptus
Spotted Towhee 2
California Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 2
Brewer's Blackbird 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Hooded Oriole 4
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 10
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      After this walk, most of the group reconvened in the afternoon at Terrace Point to look for a Pacific Golden Plover that had been present for the previous few days.  We found not just one, but two, one a very colorful adult.