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From Chris Conard:
We had an excellent gull ID trip to the Yolo
Landfill and WTP on Saturday, February 2nd.
Steve Hampton and Bruce Webb did a great job
going through the various age classes and
species present. Highlights included an adult
and a first cycle Western Gull, a nearly pure
adult Glaucous Gull and a more obvious Glaucous
X Glaucous-winged hybrid adult, a dark-eyed
adult Herring/Vega type Gull, and a possible
first cycle Slaty-backed Gull. Perhaps more
importantly, we had great views of many Thayer's
Gulls, from variable first cycle birds through
adults, and many interesting hybrids to puzzle
over. There were close to 10,000 gulls in the
immediate area, and hundreds were close enough
for careful scrutiny.
Our eBird list is here:
This weekend's (January 12-13) eBird-focused
field trips were a great success. We had a good
turnout (4 participants on Saturday and 11 on
Sunday) and ended up submitting 17 eBird
checklists over the course of the two days. On
Saturday we birded Tulare, Kings, and Fresno
counties and ended up with 80 species for the
day. Notable birds included ROSS'S, CACKLING,
WHITE-FRONTED, and SNOW GEESE and EURASIAN
WIGEON at Pixley NWR (all from the plantform
nearest the parking lot), and a partially
leucistic Ruddy Duck at the TLDD ponds on Nevada
Ave northwest of Corcoran. Some of the eBird
checklists are here:
On Sunday we birded Fox Grove
Park and the Turlock Lake area in Stanislaus
County and ended up with 88 species for the day.
Notable birds included a PRAIRIE (RICHARDSONII)
MERLIN and HORNED GREBE at the Turlock Lake
county fishing access site, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
on Crabtree Rd, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at the Turlock Lake SRA
campground, a BURROWING OWL on Davis Rd, and
multiple Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, and
Ferruginous Hawks along Davis and Crabtree
Roads. The eBird checklists are here:
One of the primary purposes of the trip was
to fill in data gaps for eBird. Of the six data
gaps in the 20 kilometer grid for January in
eBird, we managed to fill in four of them. A
great success if you ask me! If anyone is
interested, Here is the current eBird data map
On our Placer Hotspots trip on Saturday, Dec
8th, we had several nice finds and a good group
(24 total), with participants from the Bay Area,
as far away in the Valley as Bakersfield, and
even one from Illinois.
Perhaps the most notable bird was a sapsucker
that Bruce Webb found on an earlier visit.
It looked very much like a Red-naped Sapsucker
(Sami LaRocca may have gotten some helpful
photos), but the bird was extremely active, and
most looks were brief or distant, so definitive
looks weren't obtained as far as I know.
This bird was at McBean Park at 2nd and D St in
Lincoln. We parked by the left-center
field fence. The bird was seen along the
riparian corridor from the small skateboard area
to the northeast as far as you can walk along
the shelf above the creek. Most of the
sightings were about 350 feet northeast from the
parking and skateboard area, but it was last
seen very near the skateboard site.
Other highlights were mainly raptors,
including two+ Ferruginous Hawks (one near
Mazanita Cemetery north of W Wise Rd and one or
two along Nader Rd), an adult Golden Eagle
soaring low over the corner of Twelve Bridges
and Industrial south of downtown, and a Prairie
Falcon at the Lincoln WTP (normally closed on
weekends). At the WTP, there was a good
mix of divers and dabbling ducks, but most
notable were at least three Horned Grebes at the
portion of the facility east of Fiddyment.
Thanks to Bruce Webb for making the arrangements
and scouting, Ron Pozzi for co-leading, and
everyone who was able to join us.