Northwest Bird Blog

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Interesting article...

Check out this article I found on the BBC website regarding legislation for feral cat "management". It is at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4441419.stm

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Spring arrivals

Apologies for not posting in a while, my academic obligations have been getting the best of me. However, they are also getting me into the field a lot. Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler and many Orange-crowned Warblers have all arrived in Blue Lake, either at the fish hatchery or the big Cottonwood patch, or both. I actually had the CAVI way back in early March...I will provide more specific arrival dates for these things later, as some are pretty early in my opinion. Ive also had Western Bluebird, Merlin, Band-tailed Pigeons and a dead shrew-mole out there over the past month.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

GODWIT DAYS 2005 - Latest update Apr 4

SIGN-UPS EXPECTED TO EASILY EXCEED THE PROJECTED 200 PARTICIPANTS

Promotions started to pay off as registrants for Godwit Days took a jump over the weekend. Now at 190 attendees with still about two weeks to go the desired goal of 200 is well within reach. The event looks set for success with 1/4 of the almost 100 events already fully sold out. The event as a whole has already reached 60% of maximum capacity when one looks at the number of trip spaces available.

Not to worry if you want to attend there is still a loaded and varied trip line up on offer. Full details at www.godwitdays.com , but don't wait until Friday night you may be disappointed.

Northwestern California Birds 3/28-4/2/05

HIGHLIGHTS:

LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
VESPER SPARROW
HOODED ORIOLE
BLACK-NECKED STILT

On April 2 a VAUX'S SWIFT was over Arcata, and the YELLOW WARBLER continued at the Arcata Marsh at the Allen Marsh (Rob Fowler). Jim Tietz on April 1 had 5 VAUX'S SWIFTS over Arcata and on April 2 had a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Arcata.

Rob Fowler on April 2 at the Arcata Marsh had a RED-NECKED GREBE west of I Street on the bay and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Klopp Lake, as well as continuing MERLIN, and PALM WARBLERS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and WILSON'S WARBLER by the Log Pond. Steve Bailey on April 2 had a VESPER SPARROW at Jacoby Creek where the old railroad bridge crosses next to the red house. CLARK'S GREBES were off Jacoby Creek, Field's Landing and between the jettis. 2 GREATER WHITE-FRTONED GEESE and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The day before Steve Bailey had 2 SWAMP SPARROWS in the slough next to the Log Pond at the Arcata Marsh, an AMERICAN BITTERN in the Log Pond, a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the Arcata Oxidation Ponds, CLARK'S GREBE, BALD EAGLE and PEREGRINE FALCON in the bay, and PEREGRINE FALCON and MERLIN over the Arcata Marsh on April 1.

A YELLOW WARBLER was seen by Gary Lester on April 1 at H and 2nd in Eureka. Rob Fowler, Barrie Sauppe and Matt Wachs on March 31 saw the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE that Lucas Knox found on the south spit of Humboldt Bay a few days previous. It was just north of Table Bluff. The BLACK-NECKED STILT continued at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The BLACK-NECKED STILT was found at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge on March 30 (Steve Lewis).

Gary Crits and Elias Elias had a GRAY JAY fly over the Arcata Marsh, as well as NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and WILSON'S WARBLER by the Log Pond on March 30. Barrie Sauppe on March 28 had a HOODED ORIOLE (in Eureka?).

GOOSE GALA A GRAND SUCCESS

PROSPECTS BODE WELL FOR ALEUTIAN GOOSE FESTIVAL IN 2006 AFTER WELL ATTENDED FUND-RAISER

Not having a full blown Aleutian Goose Festival was a blow to the spring line up of festivals on the California North Coast, however, after the success of the Goose Gala April 2, things didn't turn out so bad after all. The plan was to have some limited events Saturday and that evening host a food and wine tasting along with a silent and live auction. Six or seven wineries were present with delicious wines, ports and meads. As many restaurants also provided a beautiful array of savory delights, meats, dips, shrimp, pastas and clam chowder. With deserts and coffee to wrap up there was even egg shaped chocolate candy on the lovely decorated tables in the auction room. The event boasted 186 silent Auction items - bargins for all as there was so many to bid on. It would seem everyone of the 200 who paid $20 to attend went home with something. Champagne livened up the auction bidding as more than 30 premium items went under the gavel. Don't know quite how much was raised, but I do know I'll be back next year for the fully fledged and funded Aleutian Goose Festival 4th weekend in March.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Northwestern California Birds 3/14-3/27/05

HIGHLIGHTS:

BLUE JAY
CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR
TUFTED DUCK
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH

Rob Fowler on March 27 had 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE on the V Street Loop...on March 4 at the Mad River Slough Wildlife Area there were LAPLAND LONGSPURS and ~3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS on the 24th. Jeremy Kellerman on March 26 had 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Dry Lagoon. At the Arcata Marsh, there was an AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 4 PALM WARBLERS and a NASHVILLE WARBLER (Elias Elias). Steve Tucker and Samantha Treu had an immature BALD EAGLE on March 23rd south of the V Street Loop. Rick at 1515 Airport Road reported 2 YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKERS in his yard on March 23rd.

Gary Lester on 3/22 and 3/23 had a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL at Commercial and Waterfront, in the gull flock at the seafood processing plant in Eureka. Scott Kerry had a PALM WARBLER and a swallow flock containing TREE, VIOLET-GREEN, N. ROUGH-WINGED and BARN SWALLOWS at the Arcata Marsh on March 19.

Cindy Lieurance had the continuing BLUE JAY and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the Hinz residence in Redwood Valley on March 19. Jeremy Todderoff on March 14 had a male TUFTED DUCK in South Humboldt Bay off of South Jetti Road.

Scott Kerry on March 16 at the mouth of Jacoby Creek had a EURASIAN WIGEON, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, CLARK'S GREBE and MERLIN. Sean McAllister on Bear River Ridge on March 15 had 11 CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS 1.5 miles west of top of Monument Road on the Rio Dell Side. There was also GOLDEN EAGLE, HORNED LARKS and a WILSON'S SNIPE.