Friday, February 18, 2005

NWCA bird report 2/11-2/18/05

Here is what has been reported over the past week in northwestern California. Call the Arcata birdbox at 707-822-5666 for more information and more explicit directions, and to report your own sightings. Please remember to use the star key when exiting to prevent "jamming" the birdbox.

HIGHLIGHTS:

BLUE JAY
ZONE-TAILED HAWK
GLAUCOUS GULL
"HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK
BLACK SCOTER

4 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were at the Jacoby Creek Land Trust at Old Arcata and Jacoby Creek roads on February 15 (David Fix, Tom Leskiw). 20 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS were at Cummings Road on February 17, continuing since January (Tom Leskiw).

Barrie Sauppe on February 15 from the base of the South Jetty had a 2nd year GLAUCOUS GULL in Humboldt Bay.

On February 14 Scott Kerry had a HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK on Hwy 101 south of Arcata, on the first billboard south of Jacoby Creek southbound on Highway 101.

Scott Kerry on February 13 had the continuing BLUE JAY and the tame flock of WILD TURKEYS on Redwood Creek. In the Arcata Bottoms at the northwest corner of Jackson Ranch Road was a BALD EAGLE and a MERLIN. On February 12 Scott and Dave Shuford had a PARASITIC JAEGER and 3 BLACK SCOTERS off the Freshwater Lagoon Beach. On Freshwater Lagoon there was a THAYER'S GULL. Stone and Big Lagoon had 1 COMMON GOLDENEYE each. 2 PALM WARBLERS were at the Watermark Building in Arcata, but no Least Flycatcher.

Ron LeValley in Crescent City had a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE and NASHVILLE WARBLER at 1070 K St on February 13.

The BLUE JAY and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued and the Heins residence at Redwood Creek, seen by Richard G. (name hard to decipher...) on February 12.

Kristen Brown and Eric Concannon had 8 WILSON'S SNIPE and a light MERLIN in the V St area of the Arcata bottoms on February 11.

Jim Tietz on February 12 at the Mad River boat ramp had an ORESTERA ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 21 TUNDRA SWANS fly over. 5 THAYER'S GULLS and 8 HERRING GULLS were in the big gull roost near the mouth of the river.

Tristen McKee reported that Jason Starfire on February 12 had a ZONE-TAILED HAWK near Redding on Hwy 5 fly over with some Turkey Vultures.

Good Birding,
Steve Tucker
LBJ Enterprises

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