Thursday, March 03, 2005

West Coast US Summary Jan-Feb 2005

The past week’s birdbox shows that some great winter season birds are still around. LEAST FLYCATCHER in Arcata, and BLUE JAY are not to be missed. I only have seen one of each before in Humboldt County. As well as these there has been an unprecedented appearance of HORNED PUFFIN along the coast. The most recent on the North Spit, alive and now at a care center. An earlier dead bird was preceded by several records from Del Norte County from Alan Baron. For those of you that don’t visit other State’s birding listsserves or there has been a HORNED PUFFIN event all along the coast. While checking these records it was interesting to hear of a REDWING in Suburban Washington with AMERICAN ROBIN. A NORTHERN HAWK-OWL that was on show in Bend Oregon sweetened the waterfowl show as BALKAL TEAL, was at the Kent Ponds, WA, and a FALCATED DUCK was in Coburg, OR.. California wasn’t far behind with SLATEY-BACKED GULL along with SEDGE WREN in San Mateo, followed by an (KUMLIEN’S) ICELAND GULL in Santa Clara. A COMMON BLACK-HAWK in a Stockton residential lake fed on the prey along the exposed shoreline.

Yours, Rob


N.HAWK-OWL DIRECTIONS FROM S HWY 97 (KLAMATH FALLS/WEED)Exit Hwy 97 at Knott Rd., S of Bend proper. Turn R (east) on Knott and take it a few miles
until it bends to the N. Turn R east) onto Rickard Rd, just before the landfill.

1/16/05 This morning the Baikal Teal was well observed by many birders from the southernmost viewing tower at the Kent Ponds, WA.

Another Horned Puffin was found dead in Del Norte Co., this one on the beach about 2 miles south of the Oregon border by Oscar Johnston on 10 Jan. 2005. Previously, and also on 10 Jan., one was found at the ocean end of 6th Street in Crescent City by Sky Lloyd.These constitute the 2nd and 3rd records for Del Norte County. Both specimens were saved and will be offered to Humboldt State University.

Jan 15 05, The Redwing at Olympia was well present this morning along Thomas Street just north of 4th Ave. from 8am-10am,then a short observation at the same location that afternoon

1/15/05 Hugh Jennings was at the Kent ponds this morning from about 10-11:30 where there 6-7 scopes set up on the SW viewing platform looking at the sleeping Baikal Teal.

An hour and a half after arriving at the northeast corner of North Lake in Stockton, San Joaquin County, Pat spotted the COMMON BLACK-HAWK flying in from the south at 12:40 pm today 1/28/05. It landed in a European White Birch in the backyard of 4111 Five Mile Drive. The bird stayed there for 20 minutes and then flew to a Liquid Amber behind 4149 Five Mile Drive where it spent the next 30 minutes. From there it briefly moved to a tree at the southwest corner of the lake and then back to the east side to the "Egret Tree." When we left at 1:50 pm the hawk was leaning into a west wind and weathering the heavy rain.

1/21/05 The apparent 3rd cycle Slaty-backed Gull was discovered at 4 p.m. todayat Venice Beach, Half Moon Bay, at the north end of the beach where itwas reported yestereday by Al Jaramillo and David Vander Pluym. It wasviewed and photographed by dozens of us. I have a few digiscoped shotsat a short discussion, but it does not really add much to whatJaramillo has already posted. I hope others will post their photos aswell; mine show the tail okay but do not include a spread wing.FWIW, the bird was not found despite much efforts earlier in theafternoon, and was only located after a flight of "new" gulls appearedoverhead, possibly from an inland source (dump?), that circled andlanded during a time when all the thousands of gulls on the beach were'rolling' north in short groups up the beach.

The "second-year bird showing features consistent with a Kumlien's(Iceland) Gull reported by Al Jaramillo yesterday, 22 February 2005.At about 8:30 AM. Mike Fiegner, Randy and Janet Little of Milpitas andJennifer Rycenga were looking at the bird. It was standing on the farend of the pier. It does seem to have an injured left foot.Directions:In Milpitas from I-680:Head west on Calaveras Blvd. Turn right (north) on Milpitas Blvd. Youwill see the park on the left. You will have to make a U-turn at thenext intersection (Tramway Dr.), and then park in the small parking loton the right with the sign Hidden Lake Park.In Milpitas from I-880:Head east on Calaveras Blvd. Turn left (north) on N. Abel St Turnright on Milpitas Blvd., and park in the small lot with the sign HiddenLake Park on the right just past Tramway Dr.
Santa Clara Co.
--On Feb 25, the KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL continues at Hidden Lake Park in Milpitas. To reach the park, take Calaveras Blvd (Hwy 237), take N. Milpitas Blvd north, to Tramway , make a U-turn to get to the park on Milpitas Blvd. The bird was seen up until 500pm at least.

This morning 2/2/05, Brian Cariss, Elias Elias, Chet Ogan, and Ken Burton saw the Blue Jay that has been on private property on Stover Road for the past month or so. To arrange a viewing(apparently, NO ONE has been skunked yet), call Tom or Cathy Heins at 707-668-5974 between 1000 and 1930. Brian Accord on February 21 had the continuing BLUE JAY at Tom and Cathy Heins' residence in Redwood Valley.

2/3/05 The FALCATED DUCK is also still being seen at the RV Park west of the Coburg exit of Hwy I5 north of Eugene. Be sure to check in at the office. 2/24/05, the Coburg FALCATED DUCK, and the Bend HAWK OWL continue to be seen.

Robert W. Hewitt
Wildlife Biologist - LBJ Enterprises
Eureka, California
(w) 707-442-0339, (cell) 707-845-3189, (fax) 707-269-0632

Chairman, Godwit Days Steering Committee
April 15-17, 2005
Keynote Speaker: Ken Able, on Bird Migration.


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