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
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/)

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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