Trip Reports 2008 through 2013

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Regular Second Saturday Birdwalk at Turtle Bay & Kutras, December 14th, 2013

Nine birders met at Turtle Bay for the regular Second Saturday Bird walk on December 14. The day was clear and no wind was blowing. It was unusually cold for most of the morning. Because it was so cold, we decided to walk the trail around Turtle Bay before we birded along the Hwy 44 bridge. We begin the walk at the Sun Dial Bridge and were rewarded with a variety of birds along the river next to the museum including a pair of Common Goldeneye and a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye swimming together. It was a perfect opportunity for comparing the identifying markings of both species.
Other good finds included a Lesser Scaup, a Greater Yellowlegs, and a Spotted Sandpiper. About half way around the trail, we also saw the white squirrel that George Horn had seen on a prior walk. Lastly, from the pedestrian bridge, in addition to the number of waterfowl and other birds we normally see, we were rewarded with a great view of the Eurasian Wigeon which has been previously spotted and reported by George Horn. It was in the company of American Wigeons which enabled us to compare the two species. Other good sightings included 8-10 Wilson’s Snipes, two Green-Winged Teals, Hooded Mergansers, and a Wood Duck. In total 54 species were seen.

Eurasian Wigeon & American Wigeon Drakes

Eurasian & American Wigeon Drakes

Species seen:

  • Bushtit
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • American Crow
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Dark-Eyed Junco
  • American Robin
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • European Starling
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Mallard
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Great Egret
  • Canada Goose
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Wigeon
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Herring Gull
  • Common Merganser
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Song Sparrow
  • Snowy Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Northern Flicker
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Phoebe
  • Hawk, unspecified
  • American Coot
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Gadwall
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Wood Duck
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Red-shouldered Hawk

Battle Creek Wildlife Area Outing, Saturday, November, 23rd, 2013

Eleven birders enjoyed a wonderful day of fall birding at Battle Creek/Coleman.  After leaving the SNAFU of meeting times behind us, and reassembling at the Battle Creek Wildlife Area we enjoyed an abundance of Wlison’s Snipes.  The ponds just west of the parking area are once again filled with water and this morning with snipe.  Although we saw very few shorebirds or ducks the group managed to tally 63 species (see complete list below).  Driving home via Parkville/Millville Plains Darliss and I add 3 additional species*.

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Species seen:

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck*
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Virginia Rail (heard only)
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark*
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Savannah Sparrow*
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch

Clover Creek Preserve Outing, Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Four intrepid birders ventured forth in 30 mph winds and temperatures in the low 40s. Despite the weather conditions, 30 species of birds were seen. By far the most exciting was a White-tailed Kite spotted from the parking lot hovering despite the gusts. The same bird was seen again twice later in the trip. The “theme for the day” seemed to be sparrows as we saw six species including a Fox Sparrow. Several open space species were seen and/or heard including American Pipit, Western Bluebird and Western Meadowlark. The final treat of the morning was a pair of Common Ravens in a tree right next to the parking lot as we prepared to leave.

Common Raven

Common Raven (Covus corax)

Species seen:

  • Turkey Vulture
  • European Starling
  • White-tailed Kite
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • American Coot
  • Mallard
  • Gadwall
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Common Goldeneye
  • American Widgeon
  • American Pipit
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • American Kestrel
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Northern Flicker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Western Meadowlark
  • American Crow
  • Western Bluebird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Robin
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Common Rave

Youth/Beginner Birdwalk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, November 9th, 2013

A warm autumn day greeted thirty-three birders for our Youth/Beginner Birdwalk at Turtle Bay.   Thanks to Chad Scott for posting the walk for Northern California Outdoor Adventurers!
We remained light on perching birds, although it was interesting to see a crow (raven?) perched on a stump where last month we saw a crow burying acorns.  Only two woodpeckers, too—but the downy showed the white thumb up its back, and the flicker flashed brilliant red.  It was raptors and waterbirds that stole the show.
A snipe posed long and still, so everyone could see its stripes and long bill.  A couple quick eyes saw a cormorant flick a fish into its mouth.  Seven species of ducks paddled about, more than doubling last month’s count.  Among raptors, an osprey on a riverside snag breakfasted leisurely on fresh-caught fish.  Turkey vultures preened and sunned and kettled.  And the eagles, whose nest could not be viewed from close up because of an errant cluster of leaves, put in a couples’ fly-by at the end of the walk.

osprey

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Fall River Outing, Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Ten birders enjoyed a beautiful fall day in the Fall River Valley. It was a little early in the year for large numbers of waterfowl but we managed to see 11 species of ducks along with 4 species of grebes. The total number of species seen was 66. Temperatures ranged from 35 degrees F to 70 degrees F. Probably our best bird was the reliable Great-horned Owl on Rat Farm Road.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • California Quail
  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Blue heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Harrier
  • Bald Eagle
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Eurasian Collared-dove
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Bushtit
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Turtle Bay Beginning Bird Walk, Saturday, October 12th, 2013

On a beautiful fall day six youths and seven adults enjoyed Turtle Bay. Some highlights were a crow burying acorns, a rock pigeon apparently ingesting grit, a hunting great egret, flycatching cedar waxwings, great looks at downy and Nuttall’s woodpeckers, an ongoing kettle of turkey vultures, dabbling mallards kicking their feet in the air, and the smooth feathering of a gadwall in the scope. We spotted only three duck species, and are betting on, say, six more for next month. A great time was had by all!

Gadwall Pair


Turtle Bay & Kutras Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, October 12th, 2013

It was a beautiful Fall day! We missed a lot of the more common birds because the River Trail through Turtle Bay was closed so we birded the Hwy. 44 bridge and part of East Turtle Bay. 41 species were seen.

American Wigeon Drake

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Pintail
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Anderson River Park Outing, Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Eleven birders enjoyed a wonderful morning at Anderson River Park, Good Weather, Good Companions and Good Birds not much more one could ask for.  Although the warbler and tanager numbers were somewhat down from two weeks ago there were yellow birds to be seen, however waterfowl for the most part were a No Show!  We totaled 55 species (see complete listing below) including 6 warblers and Western Tanagers.  If you have never birded, or if you haven’t been there a while ARP is a Great birding local, easy walking, good trails and you can always count on seeing good birds.


Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Common Merganser
  • California Quail
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Western Tanager
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Turtle Bay Beginning Bird Walk, Saturday, September 14th, 2013

A party of three strolled the Turtle Bay Loop on a pleasant Saturday morning, all awash in yellow from the cottonwood leaves, occasional tanagers, and a torrent of warblers. Anna’s hummingbirds patrolled high in and around the cottonwoods; a single hand-sized mallard duckling stood doughtily with several adults, the males coming out of eclipse plumage. But the warblers! Flitting through the riverside foliage thick as Meiss Lake mosquitoes–well, maybe not that thick, but I conservatively estimated 80 yellow warblers, ten orange-crowned, and we also spotted three Nashvilles. How many yellow feathers is that?

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Wood Duck
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Western Tanager
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Empidonax speces, flycatching in brush where pacific slope flycatcher has previously been identified

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Shasta College, Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Seven birders met at the North parking lot at Shasta College on a very warm morning for the September Second Saturday bird walk. We birded the normal route in reverse. Vaux Swifts and a Warbling Vireo were identified by Gary Stacey. He also found a Western Tanager perched in the lower branches of a tree that remained at rest the entire time we spent observing it. Other finds included Yellow and Orange Crowned Warbler and a Willow Flycatcher.

A total of 40 species were seen

  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • American Crow
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • European Starlings
  • Lessor Goldfinches
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Lark Sparrow
  • House Finch
  • White-Crowned Sparrow
  • California Towhee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Black Phoebe
  • American Robin
  • Mourning Dove
  • Orange-Crowned Warbler
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bushtits
  • Vaux Swifts
  • Canada Geese
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Great Egret
  • Killdeer
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Song Sparrow
  • House Sparrow
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Tanager
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Least Sandpiper

Lassen Volcanic National Park Outing, July 22nd to 24th, 2013

Many thanks and appreciation for all who participated in our joint Redwood Region/Wintu Audubon Societies Campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park, July 26-28. The lovely weather cooled off the Wintu group and warmed up the Redwood Region group. Highlights were all the woodpecker species, resulting from last year’s Reading Fire, two Golden Eagles chasing a buteo, a Black-headed Gray Warbler and a Yellow-headed Blackbird seen at Manzanita Lake.

Black-backed Woodpecker

Here is the group tally:

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Coot
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Gray Jay
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Common Raven
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Brown Creeper
  • Tree Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Pine Siskin
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Hermit Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Western Tanager
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Midweek Outing at Mary Lake, Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The weather was cool and cloudy with just the suggestion of a sprinkle. We hadn’t taken two steps down the path that circles Mary Lake before spotting a male Phainopepla and later a female—memorable sightings for all and a “lifer” for many. We soon enjoyed other take-home memories – a Green Heron on her nest in a live oak right above the walkway and one male Great-tailed Grackle. Connie Word suggested that we take a dirt trail to the right that led to the rear of the Catholic cemetery. We were glad we did because we spotted a Western Wood-Pewee and Ash-throated Flycatcher, summer residents that were “lifers” for some and first of the season (FOS) for others. On the way back to the Mary Lake Trail we heard but did not see a California Thrasher. Altogether we tallied 43 species (see below) and all participants felt that Mary Lake should be on the regular schedule for local bird walks.

Species seen

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • California Quail
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Black Phoebe
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Western Kingbird
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Western Bluebird
  • Phainopepla
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bushtit
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Outing, Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Fourteen birders enjoyed a warm, clear, and windless outing to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge on January 19, 2013. We ran into a contingent from the Red Bud Audubon Society and heard that members of the Mendocino Coast A.S. were also at the Refuge. We tallied 62 species. Highlights were a countless (literally) number of Bald Eagles. No one in the group could remember seeing so many there and a consensus on the number seen was not obtained. A very fearless and cooperative Loggerhead Shrike was at the observation platform. Everyone got closeup views. Also, we spotted two blue phase Snow Geese. One was particularly pretty. Not to be overlooked, of course, was the spectacle to the thousands of Snow Geese often taking to the air in response to a passing Bald Eagle.

 

Here is the group tally:

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American White Pelican
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Tundra Swan
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’s Goose
  • American Wigeon
  • Gadwall
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Mallard
  • Northern Pintail
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Turkey Vulture
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Dowitcher sp.
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Killdeer
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Common Raven
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Hermit Thrush
  • European Starling
  • Marsh Wren
  • Bushtit
  • Tree Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • House Sparrow
  • American Pipit
  • House Finch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • California Towhee
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Fifteen birders gathered in the parking lot under clear skies and frigid temperatures that soon became mild for the season. We immediately saw many Western Bluebirds along with usual winter visitors such as Dark-eyed Juncos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows. A small flock of Lark Sparrows flitted through, then hopped about on rocks and shrubs in plain view. Other species of note were Common Gallinule and Marsh Wren. Total number of species seen was 48.

Species seen

  • Western Bluebird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • American Robin
  • Canada Goose
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • House Finch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Black Phoebe
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Bufflehead
  • Northern Flicker
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Coot
  • California Towhee
  • Mallard
  • Common Gallinule
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Widgeon
  • Marsh Wren
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Gadwall
  • Killdeer

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake, Saturday, January 12th, 2013

This morning’s birdwalk lead by Gary Stacey and Dan Greaney attracted 24 intrepid birders in spite of cold air temperatures hovering at 26 degrees and light north winds when we started. Our group included 4 children and their parents who were beginning birders. Highlights included a single male common yellowthroat and a bobcat skulking along one of the ponds holding a gadwall in its mouth. We saw a total of 61 species which included 55 species at Turtle Bay and an additional 6 species at Kutras Lake that were not observed at Turtle Bay.

Turtle Bay species list:

  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Canada goose
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • American Crow
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • European Starling
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Common Raven
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Killdeer
  • Mallard
  • Gadwall
  • Bufflehead
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Canvasback
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Bald Eagle (1 adult, 1 juvenile)
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Northern Flicker
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Horned Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Bewick’s wren
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bushtit
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Black Phoebe
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Kutras Lake area species list not seen at Turtle Bay:

  • American Wigeon
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Redhead
  • Herring Gull

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake, Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Fourteen people, including two youth, birded under clear skies, cool temperatures and a slight to moderate north wind. A total of 60 species were observed at Turtle Bay and highlights there included two Peregrine Falcons (1 adult and 1 juvenile) along the river and four Greater Scaup upstream of the Highway 44 Bridge. Eight birders continued on to the Kutras Lake area where an additional 10 species were seen including two Bonaparte’s Gulls, two adult Bald Eagles and a Clark’s Grebe. We did not find the Pacific Loon that had been seen in the area over the past few weeks.

Turtle Bay species list:

  • Canada Goose
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • American Robin
  • Western Bluebird
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • House Finch
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Bufflehead
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • European Starling
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Black Phoebe
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Great Egret
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Song Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Coot
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Gadwall
  • Killdeer
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Snowy Egret
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Wood Duck
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Wigeon
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Greater Scaup
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Bushtit
  • California Towhee
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • California Gull
  • Oak Titmouse
  • River Otter

Kutras Lake area species list not seen at Turtle Bay:

  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Canvasback
  • white-fronted Goose
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Bald Eagle
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Local Weekday Bird Walk Anderson River Park, Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Eight birders enjoyed good weather, good camaraderie, and great birding at Anderson River Park Thursday morning. Although we dipped on any rarities, we did manage to identify 60 species.

Species seen

  • European Starling
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Black Phoebe
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Mallard
  • Canada Goose
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Northern Flicker
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • House finch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • California Quail
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • House Wren
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Bushtit
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • California Towhee
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Larks Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Wood Duck
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Wild Turkey
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Common Merganser
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Pipit
  • American Kestrel
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Bald Eagle
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • American Robin
  • Herring Gull
  • Common Goldeneye
  • American Coot
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • House Sparrow

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Thirteen people birded under sunny skies but chilly temperatures. Among the most exciting bird species seen were Western Meadowlark, Hooded Merganser, Wilson’s Snipe, Green-winged Teal (although in eclipse plumage), Wood Duck, Hutton’s Vireo, Snowy Egret, Barrow’s Goldeneye and American Pipet. A total of 62 species were seen at Turtle Bay.

Species seen

  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Canada Goose
  • American Crow
  • European Starling
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Common Raven
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • California Towhee
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Bluebird
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Robin
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Mallard
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bushtit
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Bald Eagle
  • American Coot
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Green-winged Teal
  • American Widgeon
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Duck
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Common Merganser
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Killdeer
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • House Finch
  • Pintail
  • American Goldfinch
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Snowy Egret
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Herring Gull
  • American Pipet
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Anna’s HummingbirdSeveral birders continued on to Kutras Lake where they added 7 more species:
  • Ruddy Duck
  • White-fronted Goose
  • Horned Grebe
  • Canvasback
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • California Gull
  • Mourning Dove

Clear Creek Outing, Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Nine birders spent a beautiful fall the morning and early afternoon birding along Clear Creek between Gold Dredge and the Honeybee tunnel. In addition to 48 bird species (see list below) the participants enjoyed watching the many King Salmon actively moving up-stream and actively spawning. Also present in the creek were a number River Otters and one lone beaver. As identified by group consensuses, the best bird of the day was a Red-naped Sapsucker first spotted by Dan Greaney. Red-naped Sapsuckers are very rare birds for Shasta County with the last one being seen off Island Rd in the McArthur area.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Common Merganser
  • California Quail
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Copper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Virginia Rail
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Gull (sp)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Wrentit
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbirds
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Fall River Outing, Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Seven birders enjoyed wonderful weather and good birding yesterday the first day of Fall. We birded the Pitt River view point, Fall River Lake, Glenn, Island Rd area, Horr Rd and the Rat Farm area totaling 87 species

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Virginia Rail
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Black Phoebe
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Western Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Six people met to bird Lema Ranch in mild (for the season) weather. At first, it didn’t seem to be very “birdie”, but our list gradually and steadily grew to 43 -very respectable for the dry conditions and prior to the in-migration of the winter ducks. Standout sightings were a flock of Lewis’s Woodpeckers flying overhead; a Red-breasted Sapsucker; several Common Yellowthroats flitting among the cattails and willow branches near the lake; and first-of-season White-crowned Sparrows.

Species seen

  • American Crow
  • Western Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Canada Goose
  • Mourning Dove
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Oak Titmouse
  • European Starling
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black Phoebe
  • Mallard
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Green Heron
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wood Duck
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Killdeer
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • American Kestrel
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Common Gallinule
  • California Towhee
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Coot
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Lark Sparrow

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Because our McConnell-funded binoculars are on back-order, we had not broadly advertised this walk. There were no attendees. I did go for a stroll myself, though, and Turtle Bay was generous. Along 44, the pond with the rock-pile island was particular rich. Its reed-and-weed decked shallows presented a raccoon that stirred a family of mallards out to open water; the raccoon did not find the family of pied-billed grebes, mom and four downy, stripe-headed chicks, on and near their low-rent nest even at this late date; a muskrat chased a couple of the mallards from their perch on an offshore root, swimming after them for several feet. Several other birds made cameos at this Rockpile Pond.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Hooded Merganser, imm.
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Green Heron
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Flycatcher (Empid.)
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • European Starling
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Looking forward to the ducks, sparrows, and birders arriving soon. Don’t be bashful about inviting youth you know!


Second Saturday Bird Walk at Shasta College, Saturday, September 8th, 2012

It was sunny and warm with no wind as ten birders found 35 species

Species seen

  • American Crow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Black Phoebe
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • European Starling
  • Mourning Dove
  • California Towhee
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Peacocks (hens)
  • Canada Geese
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Killdeer
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Wood Duck
  • Great Egret
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Mallard
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Western Tanager
  • California Quail
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk
  • Western Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • Belted King Fisher
  • American Kestrel
  • Bewick’s Wren

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Thirteen birders showed up at the parking lot at Lema Ranch on May 17th. Morning skies were overcast, but cleared somewhat as the morning progressed. We saw 34 species none of which were rarities. Breeding season is in full swing: lots of birdsong, a nesting Common Gallinule, an American Robin gathering nesting material and flotillas of Canada Goose goslings (very small, medium and gangling “teens”). “Best” birds were a Western Tanager, Ash-throated Flycatcher (heard more than seen) and several Western Kingbirds. Migrating birds were mostly gone, except for a lone female Ring-necked Duck that hadn’t gotten the message.

Species seen

  • Mourning Dove
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Coot
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Tanager
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • Tree Swallow
  • Green Heron
  • Common Gallinule
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Killdeer
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • American Crow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bushtit
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Mallard
  • American Robin
  • Oak Titmouse
  • European Starling
  • Black Phoebe
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Western Kingbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Rock Pigeon

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Reading Island, Saturday, April 19th, 2012

Seven birders enjoyed a beautiful mornings at Reading Island. We managed to find 53 species, even while dipping on a few common birds. The best birds were: California Thrasher (singing), Phainopepla, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Wilson’s Warbler and Wild Turkey. Below is the complete list.

Species seen

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Wood Duck
  • Great Egret
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Northern Flicker
  • Tree Swallow
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • American Crow
  • California Thrasher
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Turkey Vulture
  • European Starling
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • House Wren
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Bushtit
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Common Merganser
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Western Kingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Robin
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Wild Turkey
  • Song Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • American Goldfinch
  • Phainopepla
  • Common Raven
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Black Phoebe
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Osprey

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake, Saturday, April 14th, 2012

After what seemed like weeks of rain, we finally had our first full day of sunshine and nearly 30 birders showed up to enjoy it and the diversity of resident and migrating birds in the area. Eight adults and nine children spent the morning with Dan Greaney learning the beginning basics of birding. This relatively large turnout of youth (due in part to returning kids inviting their friends from the local Girl Scout troop) and their parents was very encouraging for the future of our Chapter and birding in general. The kids particularly enjoyed seeing the Bald Eaglets being fed by one of the adult eagles and a Canada Goose nest with the female
brooding eggs.

Gary Stacey lead the remainder of the group during this really great morning of birding which produced 62 species along the usual route through Turtle Bay Park and an additional 14 species in the Kutras Lake area. Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere and several members of the group remarked they had never before seen so many of them at one time. We got great looks at one of the two bald eaglets standing up in the nest and later being fed a delicious coot by one of the adults.

Additional noteworthy sightings at Turtle Bay Park included Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, both male and female Bullock’s Oriole, adult Cooper’s Hawk eating a meal, Nashville Warbler, Black- throated Gray Warbler and Pacific-slope Flycatcher. A male Hooded Oriole put in a very brief appearance at Kutras Lake as we were leaving.

Species seen

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Kutras Lake Area

    (14 species not seen at Turtle Bay area)
  • American Wigeon
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Clack-crowned Night-heron
  • California Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Hooded Oriole

Millville and Parkville Roads and Vicinity Outing, Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Eleven people spent an enjoyable Saturday birding Millville plains, Parkville cemetery and part of Battle Creek. The weather was cool in the morning but pleasant most of the day. A total of 56 species were seen.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • California Quail
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Purple finch
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, March 10th, 2012

The second Saturday bird walk at Turtle Bay on March 10th brought out 13 birders plus 7 or 8 children with accompanying adults. It was a warm sunny morning and a total of 70 species were observed at Turtle Bay or Kutras Lake including the following: Yellow-billed Magpie, Hermit Thrush, Wilson’s Snipe, Bewick’s Wren, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Hutton’s Vireo, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Myrtle variety.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Common Raven
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • California Quail
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Mallard
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler & 1 Myrtle Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • California Towhee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Bushtit
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Lincoln Sparrow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Bufflehead
  • Gadwall
  • Canvasback
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Hooded Merganser
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Tree Swallow
  • Black Phoebe
  • Bald Eagle
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • European Starling
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Pacific Loon
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Great Blue Heron (2 together)
  • Horned Grebe
  • House Finch
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Flicker
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Snowy Egret
  • California Gull
  • Acorn Woodpecker

Kutras Lake

    :
  • Black-crowned Night-heron
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Earned Grebe
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Mew Gull

Llano Seco Unit of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and the Chico Wastewater Treatment Plant, Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Fifteen birders faced the usual cold and windy conditions at Llano Seco and the Chico Wastewater Treatment Plant and ended up with some spectacular views of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and a limited number of dabbling ducks. Best birds were probably both an adult and juvenile Peregrine Falcon and a Bald Eagle harassing the geese. On the way home we tried for the Burrowing Owl at Larry Jordan’s site on the Nord-Cana Highway but were unsuccessful. A total of 58 species were seen.

Species seen

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Tundra swan
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvas Back
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Eared Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Dunlin
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Eurasian Collared-dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Marsh Wren
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Pipit
  • Yellow-rumped warbler
  • California Towhee
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Second Saturday Birdwalk at Turtle Bay & Kutras Lake, Saturday, December 10th, 2011

A dozen birders assembled gradually in very frigid conditions for a fantastic morning of birding. On the usual route, we saw 62 species. Those who continued the trip to Kutras Lake saw an additional 12 for a grand total of 74. Exciting sightings included Pacific Loon, Peregrine Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s Finch and Golden-crowned Kinglet. The eagles made several deliveries of sticks to their new nest, near to the old nest, but unfortunately not near enough in eagle cam range. Those people who continued on to Kutras Lake also saw a Black Scoter and Black-crowned Night Herons.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Gull spp
  • Black Phoebe
  • Great Egret
  • Mourning Dove
  • House Finch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • California Towhee
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Oak Titmouse
  • European Starling
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Northern Flicker
  • Snowy Egret
  • Bald Eagle
  • Gadwall
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Bufflehead
  • American Widgeon
  • American Robin
  • Northern Pintail
  • Wood Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Killdeer
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American Coot
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Pacific Loon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • White-winged Scoter
  • American Crow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Ruddy Duck
  • American Goldfinch
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Pacific Slope Flycatcher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Common Merganser
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • California Gull
  • Bushtit
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Acorn Woodpecker

At Kutras:

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Black Scoter
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eared Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Canvasback Duck
  • Redhead Duck

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Outing, Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Seven lucky birders were able to see 63 species on a beautiful, mostly clear day at the wildlife refuge. A few of the best birds were the usually present Peregrine Falcon, a Loggerhead Shrike and two Great Horned Owls!

Species seen

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Gadwall
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bifflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Califronia Gull
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Bushtit
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Pipit
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • House Finch

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Eight birders met in the Lema Ranch parking lot in chilly, sometimes wet conditions under cloudy skies. Despite the weather, we saw 47 species of birds. Most exciting were a Wilson’s Snipe and a Brown Creeper that was chased away by another Brown Creeper. Also of note were an Eared Grebe and a flock of Western Meadowlarks. Site specialties Western Bluebird and Common Gallinule (formerly Common Moorhen) were numerous.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • American Crow
  • Rock Pigeon
  • American Robin
  • Mourning Dove
  • Western Bluebird
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • European Starling
  • American Goldfinch
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • American Coot
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Great Egret
  • Common Gallinule
  • Mallard
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eared Grebe
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Black Phoebe
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • California Quail
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • House Finch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Widgeon
  • Common Raven
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Brown Creeper
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green Heron
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Killdeer
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Greater White-fronted Goose

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Beatrice Currie Reports that 56 species were seen on a cool, sunny, windless day. A surprise to all was a Black Scoter seen in one of the ponds near the new walking trail along side the highway 44 bridge.

Species seen

  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Black Phoebe
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Mallards
  • Gadwalls
  • American Robin
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Hooded Mergansers
  • Pied-billed Grebes
  • Wood Ducks
  • Ring-necked Ducks
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Canada Geese
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Buffleheads
  • American Wigeon
  • American Goldfinches
  • Double-crested Cormorants
  • Black-throated Grey Warbler
  • Great Egret
  • Surf Scoter
  • Common Merganser
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Barrow’s Goldeneyes
  • American Coots
  • Northern Flickers
  • American Crows
  • House Finches
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Common Raven
  • Gold Crowned Sparrow
  • Bushtits
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Snowy Egret
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Western Grebe
  • White-fronted Goose
  • Redhead Duck
  • Canvasback Duck
  • Killdeer
  • Cackling Goose
  • Rock Pigeon
  • California Gulls

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Anderson River Park, Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It was 36 degrees F when we arrived at Anderson River Park Thursday but seven hardy birders were present. The weather and the birds quickly warmed up and we ended up with 45 species. Probably the best bird, a Cassin’s Vireo, was spotted by Linda Aldrich.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Sharp-shinned hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Herring Gull
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Lower Clear Creek Outing on the Gold Dredge Trail, Saturday, October 22th, 2011

Nine birders enjoyed a warn fall morning walk along Clear Creek between Gold Dredge and the Honeybee Tunnel. In addition to the birds listed below the group was able to see numerous King Salmon making their way up stream.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Common Merganser
  • California Quail
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Virginia Rail (heard only)
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Beatrice Currie Reports that 30 species were seen on a cool but sunny day. Wintering ducks were yet to arrive but they did spot one female Hooded Merganser.

Species seen

  • Yellow Rump Warbler
  • White Fronted Geese
  • Black Phoebe
  • Rock Pigeons
  • House Finch
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Starlings
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Mallards
  • Gadwalls
  • Belted King Fisher
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Common Merganser
  • Canada Geese
  • Pied Bill Grebe
  • Wood Ducks
  • Orange Crowned Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Double Crested Cormorant
  • Female Hooded Merganser
  • Northern Flicker
  • Crows
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Northern Mocking Bird
  • Herring Gull
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • White Crowned Sparrow
  • Tit Mouse

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park Field Trip, Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Although it was a great day for a bird walk the birds didn’t quite agree, so the nine birders that attended almost outnumbered the birds! Actually seventeen quality species were seen and we had an enjoyable hike on the newly improved loop trail from the falls to the lake and back. Good companionship and good birds.

Species seen

  • Common Merganser
  • Western Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Flicker
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Stellar’s Jay
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • American Crow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • American Dipper
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)
  • Brown Creeper
  • American Robin
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Local Weekday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Five birders met at Lema Ranch for a morning of birding and saw 30 species. The “best” bird was probably a Warbling Vireo. There were several Common Gallinules (formerly Moorhens) to be seen, some Lark Sparrows and an abundance of Western Bluebirds (Larry Jordan’s bluebird trail produces!) We enjoyed watching two Green Herons interacting and a female bluebird working hard to subdue a grasshopper.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • American Crow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Western Bluebird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • California Towhee
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Common Gallinule
  • Mallard
  • House Finch
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green Heron
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Orange-crowned Sparrow
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Wood Duck
  • European Starling
  • Black Phoebe

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Shasta College, Saturday, September 10th, 2011

It was sunny and warm with a small breeze. Four birders enjoyed the day co-lead by Connie Word and Beatrice Currie

Species seen

  • American Crow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Western Wood Peewee
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Nashville Warbler
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Western Tanager
  • Bushtits
  • Canada Geese
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Black Phoebe
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • House Finch
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Lessor Gold Finch
  • Great Egret
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Wood Duck
  • Killdeer
  • Pacific- Slope Flycatcher
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Snowy Egret

Lassen Volcanic National Park Campout, Saturday, July 22nd – 24th 2011

The Joint Campout on July 22-24 at Lassen Volcanic National Park, hosted by Wintu Audubon, was enjoyed by all. Seven campers from Wintu were joined by five from Redwood Region (Seven from Redwood Region had planned to attend but, unfortunately, Jim and Donna Clark suffered vehicle damage en route and had to stop in Redding for repairs. Ten campers from Altacal Audubon occupied a neighboring site in the Lost Creek Group Camp Ground. The weather was a welcome change for all three groups—an opportunity to cool off for Wintu and Altacal and to warm up for Redwood Region.

We birded around the camp ground on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning Wintu campers and most from Redwood Region birded Manzanita Lake with four Wintu members who came up from Redding for the day. Altacal hiked the trail to Paradise Meadows. On Sunday morning we went our separate ways—some drove up the park road as far as the Bumpass Hell parking lot, stopping to bird around Summit Lake en route. The birds were a bit hard to find—mostly because few were singing, occupied instead by tending to their nestlings. Highlights were a male Western Tanager and Grey Jays that hung around the camp site affording great views without binoculars and nestling Brown Creepers fed by the adults. The following list that I assembled included 50 species.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Hammond’s Flycatcher
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Gray Jay
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Common Raven
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • American Dipper
  • Western Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Pacific Wren
  • Tree Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Pine Siskin
  • Purple Finch
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Western Tanager
  • Red-winged Blackbird

Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Nine birders, later joined by a tenth, birded the college campus on a chilly but sunny morning. We saw a total of 42 species, the most noteworthy of which were Wilson’s Warbler, Hooded Oriole and Warbling Vireo. Summer nesters have migrated in and we enjoyed seeing Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Kingbird as well as several species of swallows.

Species seen

  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Canada Goose
  • European Starling
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Rock Pigeon
  • House Sparrow
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • American Crow
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Spotted Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Mourning Dove
  • California Quail
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Empidonax Flycatcher
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Kingbird
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • House Finch
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Phoebe
  • Mallard
  • Wood Duck
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Killdeer
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Tree Swallow
  • California Towhee

Dye Creek Preserve, Saturday, April 16th, 2011

A warm spring day greeted 11 birders for a hike up Dye Creek Canyon. Our first stop was at the always birdey Cone Grove Park just south of Red Bluff where we picked up 34 species. Driving slowly south along Foothill Rd. we found 15 additional species including the aerial display of a pair of Northern Harriers.
The hike up the canyon did not disappoint. Despite the lack of nesting Golden Eagles and American Kestrels so memorable from last year’s hike, we did, however, see high-soaring Golden Eagles and were continually serenaded by Canyon Wrens. All but three of the party made it all the way to the caves at the base of Campo Seco. The hike yielded 46 species.

Here are the individual species seen:

Cone Grove Park

  • Wood Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • California Quail
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Eurasian Collar-dove
  • Morning Dove
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downey Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Tree Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • House Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • American robin
  • European Starling
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch

Additional Species Along Foothill Road

  • Canada Goose
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Northern Harrier
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark House Sparrow

Dye Creek Preserve (all species)

  • American White Pelican
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Wild Turkey
  • California Quail
  • Killdeer
  • Eurasian Collar-Dove
  • Morning Dove
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Hutton’s Vireo
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Rock Wren
  • Canyon Wren
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Wrentit
  • European Starling
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Orange-crowned Warbler

Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Nine birders converged upon Turtle Bay under cool, cloudy skies. As the day warmed and brightened, the birds became active and we saw 51 species. A pair of Hooded Mergansers swam close-by in a pond near the new trail that parallels Hwy 44. Warblers were active, especially numerous Orange-crowned Warblers, and an unusually cooperative Common Yellow-throat. Yellow-rumped Warblers are still here, sporting brilliant breeding plumage. It was a good raptor day, we saw one of the Bald Eagle parents, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Turkey Vultures.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Gull spp.
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • House Finch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • European Starling
  • Spotted Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Hooded Merganser
  • American Coot
  • Northern Flicker
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern rough-winged Swallow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Downey Woodpecker
  • Bald Eagle
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Common Merganser
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black Phoebe
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Quail
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Common Yellow-throat
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • California Towhee
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • American Goldfinch
  • Great Egret
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Bushtit
  • American Crow

Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, March 12th, 2011

It was a cold cloudy day. Fifty species were seen.

Species seen

  • CANADA GEESE
  • JUNCOS
  • BLUE BIRDS
  • ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD
  • HOUSE SPARROWS
  • TIT MICE
  • MOCKINGBIRD
  • NUTTALLS WOODPECKER
  • TREE SWALLOWS
  • GADWALLS
  • BUFFLEHEADS
  • MALLARDS
  • AMERICAN WIGEONS
  • COOTS
  • GREAT WHITE EGRETS
  • MOURNING DOVES
  • SNOWY EGRETS
  • CORMORANTS
  • COMMON MERGANSERS
  • HORNED GREBES
  • RUBY CROWNED KINGLET
  • RING NECKED DUCKS
  • BLACK PHOEBES
  • SCRUB JAYS
  • BUSH TITS
  • ROBINS
  • BELTED KINGFISHER
  • VULTURES
  • FLICKERS
  • AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES
  • ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER
  • WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCHES
  • DOWNY WOODPECKER
  • GOLDEN CROWN SPARROWS
  • YELLOW- RUMPED WARBLERS
  • COMMON MERGANSERS
  • ACORN WOODPECKER
  • SPOTTED SANDPIPER
  • RING BILLED DUCK
  • BEWICK’S WREN
  • RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
  • KILLDEER
  • LESSOR SCAUP
  • MEADOW LARK
  • RING BILLED GULL
  • GREAT BLUE HERON
  • BALD EAGLES
  • ROCK PIGEONS
  • RAVEN
  • STARLINGS

Wintu Audubon Field Trip To Llano Seco Unit Of The Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge And Wetlands Oxidation Ponds, Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Eight die hard birders braved a cold morning and enjoyed a clear day with striking views of snow covered mountains and foothills on a spectacular drive to Butte County. The hills between Redding and Red Bluff were even white. Appropriately, thousands of Snow Geese almost covered the large pond near the viewing platform at Llano Seco.

The Rough-legged Hawk was seen on Hamilton-Nord-Cana Hwy, near Hwy. 32, the Burrowing Owl was seen on Hamilton-Nord-Cana Hwy. near Hwy. 99. Both in Butte County.

Species seen

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • Eurasion Wigeon
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Dunlin
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Three intrepid birders assembled at Turtle Bay in fog and 35 degree temperatures. Imagine our surprise when we were joined by a photographer and reporter who went with us for part of the birdwalk. Despite the dismal weather, we saw 38 species of birds, including Say’s Phoebe, a pair of Hooded Mergansers and Cedar Waxwings. On the way home, a Yellow-billed Magpie was spotted near a nest along Park Marina Drive. An article and photo were printed on the front page of the Record Searchlight on 1/9/11, nice publicity for our chapter and its activities.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • American Robin
  • Bald Eagle
  • Gull sp.
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Turkey Vulture
  • European Starling
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Gadwall
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American Coot
  • Mallard
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Crow
  • California Towhee
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Common Golden-eye
  • Herring Gull
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Great Egret
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-billed Magpie

Mid-week Field Trip to Lema Ranch, Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Nine birders met at Lema Ranch for a beautiful sunny fall morning of birding. Although it wasn’t very “birdie”, we saw 43 species, including a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons flying overhead, probably a first for that species at Lema Ranch. Several site specialties, including Lark Sparrows and Common Moorhens put in appearances. Larry Jordan’s bluebird trail must have done well last spring, because we saw quantities of Western Bluebirds.

Species seen

  • Lark Sparrow
  • Canada Goose
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • White-fronted Goose
  • American Crow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bush Tit
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • California Towhee
  • Western Bluebird
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • American Robin
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Song Sparrow
  • Common Moorhen
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Great Egret
  • European Starling
  • Mallard
  • American Coot
  • Black Phoebe
  • American Widgeon
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Killdeer
  • House Finch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Wood Duck
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Spotted Towhee

Local Weekday Birdwalk at Anderson River Park, Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Seven birders enjoyed perfect weather and excellent birding this morning at Anderson River Park. We were able to identify 60 species. Our best bird was a Red-breasted Nuthatch (a park first for the leader, Ken Bachman), followed by Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Horned Owl, and Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Species seen

  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • European Starling
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • House Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Mourning Dove
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Mallard
  • Oak Titmouse
  • American Crow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Canada Goose
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Yellow-rumped warbler
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Turkey Vulture
  • California Quail
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Wren
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Western Bluebird
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Flicker
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Killdeer
  • Black Phoebe
  • Herring Gull
  • American Pipit
  • Common Merganser
  • House Finch
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Gadwall
  • Wood duck
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Bushtit
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Wigeon
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • California Towhee

Second Saturday Birdwalk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Eight birders gathered at Turtle Bay on Saturday for a fine morning of birding. Many migrators were moving through and we saw 44 species despite the fact that very few of the winter ducks were in yet (only Gadwall and Hooded Merganser). Warblers were out in force, including Black-throated Gray. Also of note was a small flock of Greater White-fronted Geese. This was despite considerable hubbub from the motorcycle event on the Convention Center grounds.

Species seen

  • European Starling
  • American Crow
  • Canada Goose
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • House Finch
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Mallard
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Gadwall
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Killdeer
  • Common Merganser
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Towhee
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Western Tanager
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Herring Gull
  • California Gull
  • Bald Eagle
  • American Coot
  • Northern Mockingbird

McArthur/Burney Falls State Park, Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Twelve birders spent a beautiful day birding McArthur/Burney Falls State Park and parts of Lake Britton. The weather was perfect, in the 70’s up to the low 80’s. All in all, a very pleasant day spent with good company.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Loon
  • Pied-bill Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Bushtit
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • American Robin
  • Dark-eyed Junco

Notes: The Pileated Woodpecker spent some time at the base of a large tree and then flew up and hung upside down on some small twigs like a chickadee. A very unusual sight!

We also saw 5 or 6 river otters in Lake Britton actively catching fish and eating them.


Local Weekday Bird Walk At Lema Ranch, Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

A small but enthusiastic group of 4 birders gathered at the Lema Ranch parking lot for a great morning. The temperatures were cool, skies partly cloudy and the birds were out and active.

We saw 50 species, including first-of-season White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Migrating warblers are on the move, we saw Yellow, Orange-crowned and Black-throated Gray Warblers, all so intent on fattening up for their journey that we got very good looks at them.

Other”good” birds were Lewis’ Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing and Warbling Vireo. The local specialties, Green Heron, Common Moorhen, Lark Sparrow and Great-tailed Grackle, put in appearances. A good time, well spent!

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • American Crow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Mallard
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Lewis’ Woodpecker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Green Heron
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • Killdeer
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • European Starling
  • Bushtit
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • House Sparrow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Common Moorhen
  • Great Egret
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Turkey Vulture
  • California Quail
  • Song Sparrow
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Emp. Flycatcher
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • American Kestrel
  • Marsh Wren
  • Tree Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Rock Pigeon

Second Saturday Bird Walk At Shasta College, Saturday, September 11th, 2010

A sunny, warm day brought out the birds and the birders at Shasta College where 42 species were seen.

Species seen

  • Rock Dove
  • Acorn Woodpeckers
  • American Crow
  • Lewis’ Woodpecker
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Oak Titmouse
  • European Starling
  • Black Headed Grosbeak
  • California Quail
  • Black Phoebe
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Western Tanager
  • House Sparrow
  • Great Blue Heron
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mourning Dove
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Killdeer
  • WesternSand Piper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Snowy Egret
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • House Finch
  • Bushtit
  • Blue-grey Gnat Catcher
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Pacific Slope Flycatcher
  • California Towhee
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Western Wood Peewee
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Wild Turkey

Lassen Volcanic National Park Outing, Saturday, June 26th & 27th, 2010

We had a very pleasant campout at the Lost Creek Group Camp in Lassen VNP on
June 25-27 with seven members of the Redwood Region Audubon Society. We
birded around the campground on Friday and Manzanita Lake on Saturday. The
road was closed at the Devastated Area so the high country was inaccessible.
Nevertheless, Grey Jays visited us each morning at the campsite and we saw
Clark’s Nutcrackers, as well.

We enjoyed seeing Bufflehead and Mallard hens
with their VERY young broods on Manzanita Lake. We missed Black-backed
Woodpeckers but spied a Pileated Woodpecker in the old burn behind the camp.

On Sunday we spent a couple of hours at Lake McCumber. Best and very
surprising bird there was a Common Loon in basic (non-breeding plumage).
This must have been a first or second year bird as these non-breeders often
don’t migrate.

The following as the list of birds seen in the Park and another list of
those seen at Lake McCumber.

*Lassen Volcanic National Park*

From 6/25/2010 to 6/26/2010

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Mountain Quail
  • American Coot
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Killdeer
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl
  • Vaux’s Swift
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Duskey Flycatcher
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Gray Jay
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Common Raven
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • American Dipper
  • Western Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • American Robin
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • House Wren
  • Tree Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Pine Siskin
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Western Tanager
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Red-winged BlackbirdLI>Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird*Lake McCumber *6/27/2010
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Mallard
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Killdeer
  • Common Loon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Steller’s Jay
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Yellow Warbler
  • MacGillivray’s Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Western Tanager
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird

A Bluebird Nest Box Tour, Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Sixteen birders, some who monitor birdhouses or nest boxes as we call them, enjoyed a beautiful June morning checking nest boxes at Lema Ranch. Larry Jordan monitors the bluebird trail at Lema Ranch, the headquarters for the McConnell Foundation.

The weather couldn’t have been better for a June day, bright sunshine but not too hot. The first nest box revealed six Tree Swallow eggs and was gaurded closely by the parents. Next was a nest of Western Bluebird babies beginning to get their blue colors. Everyone got to peak into the birdhouses and learn the proper technique for monitoring them.

Before and following the nest box tour, the group birded the park. The highlights were a pair of Green Herons chasing each other over Secluded Pond and a pair of Common Moorhens with a nestling fortifying their nest on Hidden Pond.

Species seen:

  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American Robin
  • Green Heron
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • American Coot
  • Oak titmouse
  • Western Bluebird
  • Tree Swallow
  • Common Moorhen
  • Canada Goose
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Mallard
  • Turkey Vulture

Hart Ranch Outing, Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Ten Wintu Audubon Society members traveled to this working cattle ranch in
Shasta Valley near Montague in Siskiyou County. The Hart Ranch folks,
friends of Frank and Darliss Sanderson, kindly invited us to explore the
birds in this rich habitat.

Snow showers in the surrounding mountains and an
occasional flurry on us reminded us that this is not our usual spring.
Nevertheless, we saw 73 species, counting those seen to and from the Ranch.

Probably the most memorable sightings were an immature Golden Eagle being
harassed by Black-billed Magpies seen by the Sandersons, Larry Jordan and
Michele Swartout and several Virginia Rails called to within 10 feet of us
by Michele’s tape.

Species seen:

  • Canada Goose
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Mountain Quail
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • American Bittern (heard only)
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Virginia Rail
  • American Coot
  • Greater Sandhill Crane W/young
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barn Owl
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Yellow Warlber
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wlison’s Warbler
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbirds
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Lema Ranch Outing, Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Seven birders met at the parking lot for a cool, mostly cloudy morning of birding. We were amazed to see a Forster’s Tern swooping over the main lake. Later we saw it again along with 2 more of its species over Mule Pond. There were numerous warbler species, including Townsend’s. We all got good views of a Virginia Rail which responded to a recording of its call. The local “specialties”, Common Moorhen and Great-tailed Grackle, were present and displaying. Although the total species count of 42 was moderate, the quality of sightings was quite gratifying.

Species seen:

  • American Crow
  • Canada Goose*
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Red-winged Blackbird*
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Mallard*
  • Oak Titmouse*
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Mourning Dove
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Green Heron
  • Tree Swallow*
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Western Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Yellow Warbler
  • American Robin
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Killdeer
  • European Starling
  • Virginia Rail
  • Western Kingbird
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Brewer’s Blackbird*nesting or with young

Dye Creek Preserve Outing, Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Eight birders spent a beautiful day in Tehama County birding Cone Grove Park, Foothill Rd. and the Dye Creek Preserve. A total of 69 species were seen.

Highlights were: a Golden Eagle nest in a cavity in a spectacular rock cliff face across Dye Creek Canyon, with one adult and one chick present. The adult later flew out and gave us wonderful looks as it soared above the cliffs. An American Kestrel nest was spotted further up the trail in another rock cliff face. The cavity looked tiny in the massive rock and we would never have found it if an eagle eyed birder (Jodie) hadn’t seen a Kestrel fly in. These are the unexpected moments that keep us birding.

Birds seen were:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • California Quail
  • Pied-bill Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasion Collared-dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Western Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Canyon Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Phainopepla
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Western Tanager
  • Spotted Towhee
  • California Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
    Additional species seen were 2 different Empidonax flycatchers

Second Saturday Bird Walk at Shasta College, Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Five participants saw 46 species of birds under cloudy skies with a few drops of rain. Best birds were first-of-season Western Kingbirds, Lewis’ Woodpeckers, one male and several female Common Yellowthroats and Cinnamon Teal. There was a male Ruddy Duck in full, garish breeding plumage on the sewer pond. Generally, all of the birds were very colorful and singing in accordance with the season. One surprise was a Green Heron in the top of a large oak tree. A very interesting morning was had by the group.

The total list follows:

  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Wild Turkey
  • European Starling
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Crow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • American Robin
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • California Quail
  • Bushtit
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Song Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Kingbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Mallard
  • Canada Goose
  • Black Phoebe
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Western Bluebird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Lewis’ Woodpecker
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Green Heron
  • Bufflehead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Common Raven
  • Killdeer
  • Wood Duck

Millville Plains, Parkville Road to Jelly’s Ferry Outing, Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The trip along the back roads east of the Sacramento River today was a great
success. Ten birders enjoyed a warm spring day tallying 69 species on a
route that took us from the Millville Plains Road to Parkville Road, and Ash
Creek Road with a stop for lunch at the Battle Creek State Willife Area.
Highlights were:

A good view of a flying American Bittern at the Battle Creek State Wildlife
Area.

A soaring Golden Eagle along Ash Creek Road. It circled and hovered over us
for many minutes at a fairly low elevation alowing Larry Jordan to take many
pictures.

Loggerhead Shrike at the south end of Millville Plains Road–always an
unusual sighting in Shasta County.

Bushtits building their nest on Parkville Road at Shammo Ranch

A lone Great-tailed Grackle high in a tree on Sprig Lane off Millville
Plains Road–unusual location for the species.

The total list follows:
Seen on Millville Plains and Parkville Roads

  • Canda Goose
  • Mallard
  • California Quail
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Mourning Dove
  • European Collared-dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • American Crow
  • Horned Lark
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • White-crowned sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • House Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
    Additional species seen at Battle Creek State Wildlife Area
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • American Bittern
  • Bald Eagle
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Common Raven
  • Marsh Wren
  • Common Yellow-throat
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
    Additional species seen on Ash Creek Road
  • Golden Eagle
  • Lark Sparrow

Weekday Field Trip, Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

With a beautiful sunny day, 10 birders gathered at the Lema Ranch parking lot. It was very birdie, we saw 52 species.
Standouts included a chilled Red-breasted Sapsucker that held still while everyone got a good look. Later, that bird or another one of the same species almost dive-bombed us. Both a Sora and a Virginia Rail reacted to recordings of their calls and popped up to be seen at close range. Common Moorhens and Lark Sparrows, “specialty” birds for that location put in appearances.
Although some of the winter ducks have apparently migrated, there was a Cinnamon Teal on the big lake. A lone Lewis’ Woodpecker was seen near Mule Pond in the same location where one was counted on the Christmas Bird Count. Two other surprises were American Pipits and a Ferruginous Hawk. It was a very stimulating morning.

Species seen

  • Rock Pigeon
  • American Crow
  • House Finch
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • European Starling
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • American Coot
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Song Sparrow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Mallard
  • Canada Goose
  • Sora
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Virginia Rail
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Bushtit
  • Green Heron
  • Common Moorhen
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Tree Swallow
  • Western Bluebird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Northern Flicker
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Gull spp.
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Killdeer
  • Common Raven
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • American Robin
  • Osprey
  • Bufflehead
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’ Woodpecker
  • Marsh Wren
  • Lesser Scaup
  • American Wigeon
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • American Pipit
  • Ferruginous Hawk

Second Saturday Bird Walk, Saturday, March 10th, 2010

Three birders met at Turtle Bay on a cool morning. Thirty species were seen. The best bird was undoubtedly a Northern Harrier, totally unexpected in that habitat. Although not very birdy, it was a pleasant outing.

Species seen

  • Canada Goose
  • House Sparrow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Herring Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black Phoebe
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • European Starling
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Gadwall
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Downey Woodpecker
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Coot
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Snowy Egret
  • Northern Harrier
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • House Finch

Cascade Park, Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Five birders congregated at Cascade Park for a mid-week field trip under partly cloudy skies that brightened as the morning progressed. None of the 45 species seen was a rarity, but we did enjoy watching a Red-shouldered Hawk refurbishing a nest in a cottonwood tree near the water. There was a small flock of Snowy Egrets. An elusive Bewick’s Wren allowed us brief peeks as it bounced around in the blackberry vines in reaction to the electronic sound of its song. Several Ruby-crowned Kinglets treated us to flashes of their namesake crowns.

Birds seen and/or heard were:

  • American Robin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Black Phoebe
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Northern Flicker
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Great Egret
  • House Finch
  • California Quail
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • European Starling
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • California Towhee
  • Canada Goose
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Bushtit
  • Mourning Dove
  • Mallard
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Snowy Egret
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Killdeer
  • Common Merganser
  • Song Sparrow
  • Rock Pigeon
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Coot
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Common Raven
  • Turkey Vulture

Turtle Bay, Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Seven birders attended the February second Saturday birdwalk at Turtle Bay. At the outset of our walk it was foggy but that disapated as we progressed. Of the 40 species that we saw, the 7 Wood Ducks lined up on a half-fallen log in the forest was probably the most exciting. It was a life bird for one of our new-comers. We saw first-of-season Tree Swallows. The local celebrity eagles were sitting on branches just above their nest. As an added attraction, we counted a timed segment of our sitings to report for The Great Backyard Bird Count.

Species seen:

  • Common Raven
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Canada Goose
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • European Starling
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • California Towhee
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wood Duck
  • American Robin
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Great Egret
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Bushtit
  • Bald Eagle
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Snowy Egret
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Gadwall
  • American Coot
  • Mallard
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Common Merganser
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Killdeer
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Tree Swallow
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

Llano Seco Field Trip, Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Participants were: George Horn, Bea Curry, Bill Oliver, Connie Word

Species seen:

  • Snow Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • American Kestral
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Yellow Billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Six Wintu Audubon members disregarded the weather prediction and spent a marvelous day at the refuge. No wind or rain just partly cloudy. We tallied 57 species. The highlights were the usual tens of thousands of Snow Geese and in one impoundment the Ross’s Geese seemed to be in equal numbers with the Snows. Wave upon wave of geese rose filling the sky overhead was especially inspiring. Bald Eagles were abundant. I believe that we must have seen 5 or 6; ditto for Peregrine Falcons or which we saw 3. One was close enough that Ken got a good picture


Redding Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, January 2nd, 2009

The Redding Christmas Bird Count held on January 2 was a great success! We
had a record high number of participants—36 and a record high number of
species—132 plus 2 more seen on count week.

The weather was cloudy but we
had no rain. The most noteworthy species were Cinnamon Teal (first record in
the 34 years of the Count), and seen only once before were Red-necked Grebe,
Red-naped Sapsucker, and House Wren. Rufous-crowned Sparrow was seen only
twice before but should be a regular for the Count now that we know where to
find them.

Below are the species and numbers for each:

  • Gtr.White-fronted Goose 10
  • Canada Goose 1133
  • Cackling Goose 1
  • Wood Duck 57
  • Mallard 497
  • Gadwall 66
  • Eurasian Wigeon 1
  • American Wigeon 149
  • Cinnamon Teal 3
  • American Green-winged Teal 1
  • Canvasback 38
  • Redhead 2
  • Ring-necked Duck 220
  • Greater Scaup 5
  • Lesser Scaup 98
  • Common Goldeneye 3267
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye 39
  • Bufflehead 959
  • Hooded Merganser 43
  • Common Merganser 200
  • Red-breasted Merganser 4
  • Ruddy Duck 625
  • California Quail 340
  • Mountain Quail 1
  • Wild Turkey 78
  • Common Loon 3
  • Pied-billed Grebe 121
  • Horned Grebe 18
  • Red-necked Grebe 1
  • Eared Grebe 28
  • Western Grebe 14
  • Double-crested Cormorant 169
  • Great Blue Heron 17
  • Great Egret 32
  • Snowy Egret 15
  • Green Heron 4
  • Blk-crowned Night-Heron 9
  • Turkey Vulture 267
  • Osprey 6
  • Bald Eagle
    imm. 8
    ad. 9
  • Northern Harrier 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
  • Cooper’s Hawk 11
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 40
  • Red-tailed Hawk 28
  • Golden Eagle (adult) 1
  • American Kestrel 16
  • Merlin 4
  • Peregrine Falcon 1
  • Common Moorhen 12
  • American Coot 1219
  • Killdeer 31
  • Spotted Sandpiper 6
  • Mew Gull 2
  • Ring-billed Gull 434
  • California Gull 65
  • Herring Gull 18
  • Thayer’s Gull 3
  • Glaucous-winged Gull 3
  • Gull sp. 340
  • Rock Pigeon 883
  • Band-tailed Pigeon 60
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove 54
  • Mourning Dove 120
  • Greater Roadrunner 1
  • Barn Owl 1
  • Western Screech Owl 3
  • Great-horned Owl 5
  • Anna’s Hummigbird 73
  • Belted Kingfisher 27
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker 30
  • Acorn Woodpecker 264
  • Red-naped Sapsucker 1
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker 19
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker 48
  • Downey Woodpecker 21
  • Hairy Woodpecker 1
  • No. (red-shafted) Flicker 187
  • Black Phoebe 92
  • Say’s Phoebe 1
  • Hutton’s Vireo 5
  • Steller’s Jay 40
  • Western Scrub-jay 536
  • Yellow-billed Magpie 84
  • American Crow 314
  • Common Raven 58
  • Mountain Chickadee 2
  • Oak Titmouse 333
  • Bushtit 458
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 73
  • Brown Creeper 2
  • Rock Wren 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 56
  • House Wren 1
  • Marsh Wren 2
  • American Dipper 4
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 208
  • Western Bluebird 166
  • Hermit Thrush 73
  • American Robin 4118
  • Wrentit 28
  • Northern Mockingbird 83
  • California Thrasher CW
  • American Pipit 1
  • Cedar Waxwing 262
  • European Starling 1015
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
    (Myrtle) 2
    (Audubon’s) 129
  • Townsend’s Warbler 2
  • Spotted Towhee 279
  • California Towhee 121
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
  • Lark Sparrow 7
  • Savannah Sparrow 16
  • Fox Sparrow 26
  • Song Sparrow 99
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow 21
  • White-throated Sparrow CW
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow 395
  • White-crowned Sparrow 439
  • Dark-eyed Junco
    (slate-colored) 2
    (Oregon) 818
  • Red-winged Blackbird 155
  • Western Meadowlark 66
  • Brewer’s Blackbird 1008
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 3
  • Purple Finch 2
  • Cassin’s Finch 1
  • House Finch 218
  • Pine Siskin CW
  • Lesser Goldfinch 557
  • American Goldfinch 48
  • House Sparrow 105
  • TOTAL INDIVIDUALS=25,158
  • Total Species 136

Red Bluff Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20th, 2009

On the Red Bluff CBC Sunday Dec. 20 we had 117 species (as did Fall
River), and 4 were new to the count – 157 Eurasian Collared Doves in all
areas, 1 Hooded Oriole in the Rio Vista Mobile Estates found by John Lewis
and confirmed by others, 2 Tree Swallows, and 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers
found by Ed Pandolfino and Zach Smith.

In our first count since 2006, we were honored by 19 birders from Wintu,
Altacal, Central Valley as well as Skip Sale, David Dahnke and Vonnie Riley
from Red Bluff. It was foggy to overcast all day with showers on and off in
the afternoon and joined by hunters in some areas.

Kudos to Karen Scheuermann for reviving this important Christmas Bird Count

Below are the species and numbers for each:

  • Pied-billed Grebes 22
  • Double-crested Cormorants 17
  • Great Blue Herons 32
  • Great Egrets 43
  • Snowy Egret 31
  • Greater White-fronted Goose 6
  • Snow Goose 2
  • Ross’s Goose 1
  • Canada Goose 308
  • Tundra Swan 2
  • Wood Duck 40
  • Gadwall 4
  • American Wigeon 2
  • Mallard 91
  • Northern Pintail 62
  • Ring-necked Duck 6
  • Bufflehead 34
  • Common Goldeneye 190
  • Hooded Merganser 4
  • Common Merganser 222
  • duck sp 20
  • Turkey Vulture 225
  • White-tailed Kite 1
  • Bald Eagle adult 4, juvenile 2
  • Northern Harrier 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
  • Cooper’s Hawk 3
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 24
  • Red-tailed Hawk 62
  • Ferruginous Hawk 4
  • Buteo sp 1
  • Golden Eagle adult 1
  • American Kestrel 47
  • Merlin 1
  • Peregrine Falcon 1
  • Ring-necked Pheasant 1
  • Wild Turkey 175
  • Ca Quail 150
  • Virginia Rail 3
  • Sora 1
  • Common Moorhen 6
  • American Coot 5
  • Killdeer 191
  • Spotted Sandpiper 14
  • Greater Yellowlegs 15
  • Least Sandpiper 5
  • Ring-billed Gull 9
  • California Gull 16
  • Herring Gull 3
  • Gull sp 35
  • Rock Pigeon 425
  • Mourning Dove 145
  • Greater Roadrunner 1
  • Great-horned Owl 9
  • Anna’s Hummingbirds 21
  • Belted Kingfisher 14
  • Lewis Woodpecker 12
  • Acorn Woodpecker 259
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker 6
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker 98
  • Downy Woodpecker 9
  • Northern Flicker 284
  • Black Phoebe 84
  • Say’s Phoebe 10
  • Hutton’s Vireo 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike 3
  • Western Scrubjay 337
  • Yellow-billed Magpie 105
  • American Crow 65
  • Common Raven 12
  • Horned Lark 61
  • Oak Titmouse 270
  • Bushtit 254
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper 2
  • Rock Wren 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 35
  • House Wren 1
  • Marsh Wren 2
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 128
  • Western Bluebird 52
  • Mt. Bluebird 15
  • Hermit Thrush 14
  • American Robin 552
  • Northern Mockingbird 53
  • European Starling 4550
  • American Pipet 49
  • Cedar Waxwing 175
  • Phainopepla 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 113
  • Spotted Towhee 143
  • Ca Towhee 19
  • Lark Sparrow 47
  • Savannah Sparrow 61
  • Fox Sparrow 13
  • Song Sparrow 58
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow 15
  • White-throated Sparrow 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow 1081
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow 390
  • sparrow sp 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco 580
  • Dark-eyed Junco Slate colored 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird 44
  • Tricolored Blackbird 7
  • Western Meadowlark 583
  • Brewer’s Blackbird 1977
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 7
  • blackbird sp 566
  • House finch 504
  • Lesser Goldfinch 598
  • goldfinch sp 2
  • finch sp 19
  • House sparrow 99

Fall River Mills Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 19th, 2009

On the Fall River Mills CBC on Saturday, Dec. 19th , we had 117 species
and 2 were new to the count, a Herring Gull found by Pablo Herrera and
Alicia Young on Rat Ranch Road and a Great-tailed Grackle found by
Michele Swartout at the Island Road bridge and seen by Bob Yutzy too.

Thanks very much to all 17 of the dedicated counters who participated!
We had a foggy, fairly cold, day that didn’t clear off until the middle
of the afternoon in most areas. Unusual for the count was that it became
nice and sunny in the late afternoon (instead of the usual rain and
light snow.)

Pied-billed Grebes During Breeding Season

Below are the species and numbers for each:

    • Pied-billed Grebe 149
    • Eared Grebe 34
    • Western Grebe 5
    • Double-crested Cormorant 2
    • Great Blue Heron 44
    • Great Egret 13
    • Black-crowned Night Heron 96
    • White-fronted Goose 38
    • Canada Goose 2592
    • Cackling Goose 45
    • Tundra Swan 36
    • Gadwall 564
    • Eurasian Wigeon 1 (male)
    • Amer. Wigeon 961
    • Mallard 4974
    • Nor. Shoveler 46
    • Nor. Pintail 24
    • Green-winged Teal 103
    • Canvasback 53
    • Redhead 2
    • Ring-necked Duck 735
    • Greater Scaup 5
    • Lesser Scaup 2279
    • Bufflehead 518
    • Common Goldeneye 138
    • Barrow’s Goldeneye 5
    • Hooded Merganser 97
    • Common Merganser 292
    • Ruddy Duck 976
    • Bald Eagle 38 – 18 ad., 20 imm.
    • Nor. Harrier 66
    • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    • Cooper’s Hawk 3
    • Red-shouldered Hawk 14 – New High by 1
    • Red-tailed Hawk 229
    • Ferruginous Hawk 3
    • Rough-legged Hawk 23
    • Golden Eagle 1 adult
    • Amer. Kestrel 21
    • Merlin 6 – New High by 1
    • Peregrine Falcon 2
    • Prairie Falcon 4
    • Calif. Quail 237
    • Virginia Rail 5
    • Sora 1
    • Amer. Coot 2711
    • Killdeer 5
    • Greater Yellowlegs 16
    • Ring-billed Gull 17
    • (Gull Species 1)
    • Rock Pigeon 4
    • Mourning Dove 14
    • Barn Owl 9
    • Great Horned Owl 12
    • Belted Kingfisher 20
    • Acorn Woodpecker 111
    • Red-breasted Sapsucker 4
    • Nuttall’s Woodpecker 7
    • Downy Woodpecker 11 – New High by 2
    • Hairy Woodpecker 2
    • No. Red-shafted Flicker 62
    • Black Phoebe 5
    • Loggerhead Shrike (Ken Able)
    • Steller’s Jay 35
    • W. Scrub-jay 63
    • Black-billed Magpie 20
    • Amer. Crow 12
    • Common Raven 105
    • Horned lark 21
    • Mountain Chickadee 41
    • Oak Titmouse 19
    • Bushtit 70
    • Red-breasted Nuthatch 9
    • White-breasted Nuthatch 35
    • Brown Creeper 6
    • Rock Wren 1
    • Canyon Wren 1
    • Bewick’s Wren 1
    • Winter Wren 2
    • Marsh Wren 25
    • Golden-crowned Kinglet 23
    • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
    • Western Bluebird 6
    • Townsend’s Solitaire 35
    • Hermit Thrush 1
    • Amer. Robin 872
    • European Starling 533
    • American Pipit 19
    • Cedar waxwing 72
    • Yellow-rumped Audubon’s Warbler 1
    • Spotted Towhee 68
    • Savannah Sparrow 71
    • Song Sparrow 157
    • Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
    • White-crowned Sparrow 271
    • Golden-crowned Sparrow 156
    • Dark-eyed Junco 472
    • (Dark-eyed Slate form Junco 2)
    • Red-winged Blackbird 620
    • Tricolored Blackbird 35
    • Western Meadowlark 182
    • Yellow-headed Blackbird 20
    • Brewer’s Blackbird 4524
    • Brown-headed Cowbird 148
    • Purple Finch 18
    • Cassin’s Finch 39
    • House Finch 158
    • Lesser Goldfinch 191
    • Amer. Goldfinch 8
    • Evening Grosbeak 14
    • House Sparrow 367

********** UNUSUAL SPECIES (seen 5 times or less in 26 counts)

  • White-tailed Kite 1 (Don Marsh & Ed Pottmeyer)
  • Sandhill Crane 1 (Bill Oliver, Ken Bachman & Larry Jordan)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs 2 (Pablo Herrera and Alicia Young)
  • Eurasian Collared Dove 18
  • Western Screech Owl 1 (Michele Swartout & Bob Yutzy)
  • Say’s Phoebe 2
    ********** NEW SPECIES
  • Herring Gull 1 adult (Pablo Herrera and Alicia Young)
  • Great-tailed Grackle 1 (Michele Swartout & Bob Yutzy)
    *************** Total = 28,080 individuals & 117 species

 


Local Weekday Birdwalk at Lema Ranch, Tuesday, November 11th, 2009

Nine birders gathered in the parking lot under partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. As the morning gradually became warmer and sunnier, we saw 54 species of birds. Probably the best bird was a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Also of note were numerous Lark Sparrows, a flock of White-fronted Geese, Common Moorhen (a Lema Ranch specialty) and a Sora by ear. Several of the group were beginning birders who got clear views of their avian “neighbors” such as Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, White-crowned Sparrow and Western Bluebird.

Below is the complete list.

  • Northern Flicker
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Canada Goose
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • House Finch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Western Bluebird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Spotted Towhee
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Bushtit
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Rock Pigeon
  • White-fronted Goose
  • Song Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Black Phoebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Gull sp.
  • American Crow
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • American Coot
  • American Robin
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Green Heron
  • Mourning Dove
  • Great Egret
  • European Starling
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Local Weekday Birdwalk at Anderson River Park, Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In spite of dire warnings of high winds, ten birders enjoyed fine weather and good birding at Anderson River Park this morning.
It was the second of this year’s “weekday” field trips. And judging from the participant turnout and bird count, it was a complete success.
We identified 48 species. The “best birds” being a Red-breasted Sapsucker found by Debby Anderson, and a California Thrasher that gave us all a very good look, found by George Horn.

 

Below is the complete list.

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • European Starling
  • Wood Duck
  • Canada Goose
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • House Sparrow
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Western Scrub- Jay
  • Black Phoebe
  • Green Heron
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Bushtit
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Mallard
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • California Towhee
  • House Wren
  • California Thrasher
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Killdeer
  • Common Merganser
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Herring Gull
  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Swallow (species)

Second Saturday Birdwalk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Seven birders enjoyed a birdwalk under clear, sunny skies and cool temperatures. There were no startling birds at Turtle Bay, but it was good to find that some migrators are in, especially Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-crowned Sparrows. After birding the usual loop, the group decided to check out Kutras Lake. Small numbers of ducks have shown up including Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead and American Widgeon. It was especially nice to see a Red-head and a Western Grebe. Three of us were still not satiated, so we went to see if any Black-crowned Night Herons still use their old roosting spot. After careful scrutinization, we spotted one individual tucked into a locust tree on one of the islands. Across the driveway for the apartments, we found a few Ring-necked Ducks and a lone female Northern Shoveler. Counting species seen on the extensions, our total for the morning was 40.

Below is the complete list.

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Crow
  • Gull spp.
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Northern Flicker
  • European Starling
  • Black Phoebe
  • Mallard
  • California Towhee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Gadwall
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon’s and Myrtle)
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Great Egret
  • Common Merganser
  • American Robin
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Canada Goose
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Coot
  • Red Head
  • Western Grebe
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Lewiston Fish Hatchery and Lewiston Lake, Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Nine people spent a bright and sunny, but not too birdy day, at the Lewiston Fish Hatchery and Lewiston Lake on Saturday, September 26th. It was a little early for waterfowl and a little late for warblers. All in all it was a very pleasant day, well spent with good company.
The best sighting was probably an adult Black Bear, it came down to the opposite river bank and walked along before scrambling uphill into the woods.

Below is the complete list.

  • Canada Goose
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • Pied-bill Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Sora
  • American Coot
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Stellar’s Jay
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Swallow sp.
  • Bushtit
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Camp Out At Lassen Volcanic National Park , Saturday and Sunday, June 27th & 28th, 2009

The combined campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park with the Wintu,
Redwood Region, and Altacal Audubon Societies was a a great success.
Chet Ogan was the only representative from the Redwood Region A.S. but
6 joined us from the Altacal A.S. The weather was great! The valley
broiled but the nights were comfortably warm at 5600 ft. elevation.
The total count of species was at least 56 ( I may have missed some
and additional species may have been spotted after we disbanded on
Sunday afternoon. The target bird for most participants was the
Black-backed Woodpecker. Only Don Marsh actually saw one because he
arose early on Saturday morning and stumbled out over all the downed
logs in the old burn behind the Lost Creek Group Camp to find it.
Incidentally, that burn is at least 10 years old and the snags may be
too old to attract Black-backs. I speculate, however, that the smoke
from the campfires at Craggs and Lost Creek Campgrounds have attracted
them. To paraphrase the old Camel cigarette add, Black-backs will fly
over a mile for a smoke.
Last year a Pileated Woodpecker family nested in the campground. This
year we found one gorgeous male but we had to walk down an access road
near the campground to see it.
Other notable sightings were an Acorn Woodpecker near the campground
(surprising to all to see this species at so high an elevation without
a hardwood tree within miles. On our way out the South side of the
Park we drew in, thanks to Larry Jorday’s Ipod, a couple of
Green-tailed Towhees. Further along George Horn suggested that we walk
a ways up the Brokeoff Mt. Trail to try for a Sooty Grouse—a
suggestion that landed with a dull thud. Then miraculously a few yards
down the road here was a mother Sooty with 5 chicks in the road. All
in our car got good looks at them.

Below is the complete list.

  • Canada Goose
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Sooty Grouse
  • Mountain Quail
  • American Coot
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Vaux’s Swift
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Warbling Vireo
  • American Dipper
  • Western Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • House Wren
  • Tree Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Pine Siskin
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Western Tanager
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird

Burney Falls And Lake Britton Outing , Saturday, May 30, 2009

Eight lucky birders had a fantastic outing and were able to see some fairly uncomon sights. Black Swifts may be common at Burney Falls but that is one of the few places you can see them in the United States, and how many people have actually seen one sitting on their nest? (See photos at end of post for location. You should be able to spot this bird with a good scope). We saw both Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle at Lake Britton, but the icing on the cake was seeing the White-throated Swifts at the Burney Lookout.

Below is the complete list.

  • Canada Goose
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black Swift
  • White-throated Swift
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Western Wood-pewee
  • Western Kingbird
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • House Wren
  • American Dipper
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Western Tanager
  • Song Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Spotted Towhee

 


Second Saturday Bird Walk , Saturday, April 11, 2009

Five birders met under clear but chilly skies. We saw 33 species of birds of which the standouts were a female Common Yellowthroat collecting willow fluff, a Western Kingbird and a Sharp-shinned Hawk..

Below is the complete list.

  • European Starling
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • American Robin
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Oak Titmouse
  • House Finch
  • Rock Pigeon
  • CA Towhee
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Green Heron
  • Mallard
  • Canada Goose
  • House Sparrow
  • Black Phoebe
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • Tree Swallow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle’s)
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • CA Quail
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Western Kingbird
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk

Dye Creek Preserve Outing, Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ten Wintu A.S. birders traveled to The Nature Conservancy’s Dye Creek
Preserve on April 4. A beautiful day although the wind had a bite to it in
the morning. We stopped first at Cone Grove Park, always a birdy spot, then
at several places along Foothill Road before reaching the Preserve. Hiking
up spectacular Dye Creek Canyon we identified probably the best bird of the
day–a Golden Eagle soaring high overhead.

Total species count was 61
species. The only spring migrants were Western Kingbirds and maybe a couple
of the Orange-crowned Warblers.

Below is the complete list.

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Wild Turkey
  • California Quail
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Killdeer
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Canyon Wren
  • Bushtit
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Oak Titmouse
  • House Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Brewer’s Blackbird

Anderson River Park Outing, Saturday, March 28, 2009

Today 9 birders enjoyed some good birding and being out in perfect weather on the Wintu Audubon’s Anderson River Park field trip.
We had 55 species, with the best birds being a Townsend’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and two California Thrashers. The Thrashers were found in one small tree, and one of which favored us with a few notes of it’s unique song.
We were able to see the Bald Eagles at their nest. One on the nest itself, and the other perched not far away. Also, curiously enough, there was an immature Bald Eagle perched very close to the nest.
In addition, we were able to see a Belted Kingfisher emerging from it’s nest that is located amid the Bank Swallow’s nesting area. However, we weren’t able to identify any Bank Swallows, but there were a few Northern Rough-winged Swallows nesting in the same area.

Below is the complete list.

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • American Robin
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • European Starling
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Mourning Dove
  • California Quail
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Killdeer
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Bushtit
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Canada Goose
  • Great Egret
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Common Merganser
  • Mallard
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • California Towhee
  • Bald Eagle
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • House Wren
  • Osprey
  • American Pipit
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Wood Duck
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Snowy Egret
  • California Thrasher
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Song Sparrow
  • Yellow-billed Magpie

Millville Plains, Leopard Drive and Parkville Road Outing, Saturday, March 21, 2009

16 hearty folk risked the marginal weather for today’s trip. We had
light rain beginning at about 11 am off and on (mostly when we got out
of our vehicles!)

Counting a few birds we saw at the Civic Center where we met – we had 58
species. Not bad considering there was little evidence of any migration
going on except for the swallows.
Many thanks to Sandy Dubose for graciously allowing us to visit her
historic ranch house during the field trip.

The best birds were:

  • Greater White-fronted Geese flying over 100 +/-
  • White Pelican 2
  • Merlin (apparently an adult male columbarius) 1
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker 50 +/- (looking really fancy in their breeding plumage)
  • Swallows – Tree, Violet-green, Rough-winged & Cliff (all seen at sites where they are known to breed!)
  • 1 Peregrine Falcon – prominently perched and showy – as usual for here!
  • Rock Wren 2 – Wildcat Road – well seen by all
  • Lark Sparrow 40 +
  • (No Grasshopper Sparrow at Shammo Ranch yet)
  • Tri-colored Blackbird 50 + – Wildcat Road
  • We did have a fair amount of Horned Larks right at the beginning of the
    wide open area on Leopard Drive, but no Longspurs were “findable.”

On the way back up Millville Plains after the group split up, Frank and
Darliss Sanderson had a first of the season *Western Kingbird* at the
south end of Millville Plains Road. About 1/2 way back up M.P. Rd. Bob
& Carol found a single, incredibly drab, female *Mountain Bluebird* that
the Sandersons also got to see. It appeared that a good time was had by all,


Rancho Esquon and Llano Seco Trip, February 28th, 2009

16 birders enjoyed a beautiful day between storms birding the Rancho Esquon, a large, private rice farm near Durham. They have set aside 900 acres for wetland habitat and we were fortunate, due to the efforts of Jennifer Patten of Altacal Audubon, to have access to it. We saw 51 species in the 3 1/2 hours that we spent there. Afterwards we travelled the short distance to the Llano Seco Unit of the Sacramento National Wildlfie Refuge Complex where we observed several species including a Red-tailed Hawk harrassing a Golden Eagle.

Species Identified at Rancho Esquon:

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night- heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestral
  • Virginia Rail
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Northern Flicker
  • Black Phoebe
  • Common Raven
  • Bushtit
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow

Birds seen at Llano Seco unit of the Sacramento NWR:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • (Eurasian Green-winged Teal)
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-bill Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer
  • Dunlin
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Great-horned Owl
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub-jay
  • Common Raven
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Pipit
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Tree Swallow

Lema Ranch Outing, Saturday, January 31st, 2009

We had a beautiful day for the January 31st outing at Lema Ranch. A total of 55 species were observed by a group of 13 birdwatchers. We were able to see some interesting bird behavior too. A couple of things that caught our attention during this trip: a female Anna’s Hummingbird pulling material from the blooming cat tails apparently to use as nesting material and a Canada Goose sitting up in an oak tree to the dismay of his fellow geese (see photo below).

Species Identified:

  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • American Coot
  • American Crow
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • American Wigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Bufflehead
  • Bushtit
  • Cackling Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Common Moorhen
  • Common Raven
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • European Starling
  • Gadwall
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Great Egret
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Green Heron
  • Hooded Merganser
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Killdeer
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Wren
  • Merlin
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Song Sparrow
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Virginia Rail
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Gull (Species)

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Outing, Saturday, January 17th, 2009

What started out at near freezing temperatures turned out to be a beautiful, balmy day for the January 17th outing at the Sacramento National Wildlfie Refuge. A total of 65 species were observed by a group of 13 birdwatchers.

Highlights that come to mind from today’s Wintu Audubon field trip to
Sacramento Wildlife Refuge include the following:

  • 12 Blue phase Snow Geese
  • 2 or 3 probable Blue Phase Snow X Blue phase Ross hybrid Geese! (these
    were very dark birds [as Blue Ross tend to be] with the dark going up
    over the head) with long necks, big grin patches and the same size
    as Snow Geese.
  • 4 Blue-winged Teal (2 pair)
  • 1 Greater Scaup female – well studied
  • 1 Eurasian Wigeon
  • 1 Peregrine Falcon – prominently perched and showy – as usual for here!
  • 10 +/- Bald Eagles (regularly harassing the geese)
  • 1,000s of Dunlins
  • Dowitcher species
  • 5 or so Amercian Avocet
  • 50 + Black-necked Stilt
  • 50 + Western/Least Sandpiper
  • 1 White-faced Ibis
  • Billions of White-fronted Geese
  • no Canada Geese
  • 2 Virginia Rails calling
  • 10 + Herring Gulls
  • 5 +/- Tree SwallowsThere were not very many ducks overall as compared to most years

Redding Christmas Bird Count, Saturday December 27th, 2008

Twenty six energetic birders turned out for this year’s Redding Christmas Bird Count. The weather co-operated, a cool day with no rain, very birdable. 118 species were seen this year. Highlights included the 1st Eurasion Collared Dove for the count, spotted by Brooke McDonald and her crew. A pair of Peregrine Falcons seen at Shasta Dam by Ken Bachman’s group. The size difference between the male and female was very evident. A Virginia Rail and a Canyon Wren called up by Len Lindstrand in the Clear Creek area. 3 Say’s Phoebes seen by Debby Andersons’s group near Shasta College. A Golden Eagle flying over Redding seen by Bob and Carol Yutzy.

Several species had new high numbers for our count, including:

  • Wood Duck 94
  • Hooded Merganser 84
  • Cooper’s Hawk 8
  • Peregrine Falcon 4
  • Acorn Wood Pecker 205
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker 58
  • Common Raven 70
  • Oak Titmouse 227
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 65
  • Red-winged Blackbird 299

Participants this year were: Area 1, Brooke McDonald; Jan Brockett, Esther Cox; Brad Dupree. Area 2A, Kenneth Burton; Larry Jordan; Claudia Yerion; Debby Anderson. Area 3A, Red and Nancy Modeen. Area 3B, Connie Word; Karen Scheurerman. Area 4A, George Horn; Len Linstrand III; Nichole Lindstrand. Area 4B, Bud Widdowson; Margaret Widdowson; Jonathon Foster. Area 5, Ed Pottmeyer; Randy Bush. Area 6, Linda Aldrich; Ken Bachman; Steve Bachman; Joann Bachman. Area 7, Bob Yutzy; Carol Yutzy.


Anderson River Park Christmas Bird Count, Saturday December 20th, 2008

Saturday was the second official Anderson River Park Christmas Count. The weather cooperated by not raining (or snowing!), and was cold but clear. Fifteen people participated in the count and I’d like to thank the group for a job well done! As a group, we tallied 112 species for the day and got some great birds, river otters, and bobcats!!! Check out Bill Adams’s picture of the bobcat below.

Here are some highlights of the day:

  • Say’s Phoebe 12!
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
  • American Bittern 1
  • Greater Roadrunner sightings in two separate zones
  • Lapland Longspur 2
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur 1
  • Tricolored Blackbirds 800 in a few separate flocks
  • Bald Eagle 22!
  • Ferruginous Hawk 8 (more than Fall River!)
  • Loggerhead Shrike 1
  • White-tailed Kite 2
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker 220!
  • WHite-throated Sparrow 1
  • Prairie Falcon 3
  • Common Moorhen 2
  • Rock Wren 3
  • House Wren 4
  • Marsh Wren 13
  • California Thrasher 1
  • Least Sandpiper 6
  • Greater Yellowlegs 4
  • Horned Lark 365
  • Golden Eagle 3
  • Eurasian-collared Doves 1(I’m not sure this won’t be common everywhere)
  • Wild Turkey 9

Fall River Mills Christmas Bird Count, Sunday December 14th, 2008

Twenty dedicated birders faced freezing and snowing conditions at times to bring you the Fall River Mills Christmas Bird Count, lead by Bob Yutzy. The sun poked its head out occasionally but it was cold the entire day. A total of 118 species were either observed or heard during this CBC. In the photo below, taken at the Fall River Hotel after a hardy breakfast are (back row, left to right) Theresa Tucker, Don Tucker, Nancy Modeen, Red Modeen, Marta Sullivan, Carol Yutzy, Darliss Sanderson, Frank Sanderson, Larry Jordan, George Horn and Ken Bachman, (front row, left to right) Don Marsh, Bob Yutzy, Bill Oliver and Al Dimartini.

Below are the totals and best birds of the Fall River Mills CBC after putting together 3 more section lists received after the evening compilation.

Best birds were:

  • Common Loon 2
  • Black-crowned Night Heron 115 (new high by 8)
  • Greater White-fronted Goose 3 (very low)
  • Snow Geese 201
  • Cackling Goose 150
  • Eurasian Wigeon 7 (new high by 1)
  • Greater Scaup 1
  • Bald Eagle 40 (new high by 1)
  • Northern Goshawk (7 time on the count)
  • Ferruginous Hawk 4 (many less than the Anderson count?)
  • Rough-legged Hawk 59 (we had the US high last year of 127)
  • Golden Eagle 5
  • Merlin 1
  • Prairie Falcon 7
  • Virginia Rail 1
  • Sora 2
  • Long-billed Dowitcher 3
  • Wilson’s Snipe 1
  • Barn Owl 11
  • Great Horned Owl 4
  • Short-eared Owl 1
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker 1
  • Loggerhead 3
  • Northern Shrike 1
  • American Crow 1
  • Pygmy Nuthatch 31
  • Rock Wren 1
  • Canyon Wren 1
  • American Dipper 1
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird 3Species seen fewer than 5 times:American White Pelican 1 (seen 3 times before)
  • Sandhill Crane 2 (fourth time on count)
  • Eurasian Collared Dove 34 (2nd time on count – up from 25 birds in 2007)
  • Western Screech-Owl 1 (fourth time on count)
  • Pileated Woodpecker 1 (5th time on count)

Anderson River Park Outing, Saturday November 22nd, 2008

Nine hardy dedicated birders faced the rather cool air of an overcast Saturday morning outing at Anderson River Park, lead by Ken Bachman. The sun did finally pop out by mid-morning making the temperature a little more bareable. A total of 46 species were either observed or heard during the November 22nd bird walk. The nine birders contributing were the leader, Ken Bachman, John Coon, Jan Coon, Larry Jordan, Terri Luillier, Red Modeen, Sandy Moulton, Karen Scheuermann and Connie Wood.

Both an adult and immature Bald Eagle were observed as well as a California Thrasher of which everyone got an excellent close-up viewing. The Wood Ducks were seen in all of their colored splender. The complete species list below.

Species Identified:

  • Canada Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Common Merganser
  • Mallard
  • California Quail
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (heard)
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker (red-shafted)
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker (heard)
  • Black Phoebe
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Yellow-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • California Towhee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Lesser Goldfinch

Fall River Outing, Saturday November 15th, 2008 at Fall River Mills and McArthur

Bob Yutzy did a wonderful job leading the Fall River outing Saturday. A rather auspicious precursor to the Fall River Christmas Bird Count coming up December 14th. The eighteen dedicated birders were able to view 97 species by the end of, what turned out to be, a warm, beautiful day. The most exciting find of the day was a female Williamson’s Sapsucker, spotted by Bill Oliver, president of the Wintu group. All in all, a wonderful time was had by everyone. The complete species list below.

Species Identified:

  • Canada Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Gadwall
  • California Quail
  • Pacific Loon
  • Red-throated Loon
  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Baled Eagle
  • Nothern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Virginia Rail
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Lewis’ Woodpecker
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Nothern Flicker (Red-shafted)
  • Black Phoebe
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Bushtit
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Western Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped “Audubon’s” Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Purple Finch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Second Saturday Bird Walk, November 8th, 2008 at Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake

We had a great time birding the morning of November 8th at Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake. Six of us enjoyed the good weather and camaraderie. Two of the six; Jane and Michele, were new to the 2nd Saturday bird walk, but not to birding. In fact, Michele, who is an excellent birder, found a Hairy Woodpecker, a very good bird for the Turtle Bay area. We found 51 species during our wanderings, the best birds being of course the Hairy Woodpecker, and also Western Grebe, Hooded Merganser, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. The detailed list below.

Western Grebe

Species Identified:

  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Oak Titmouse
  • American Robin
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Crow
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Mallard
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • California Towhee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Northern Flicker
  • European Starling
  • Gadwall
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black Phoebe
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Common Merganser
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Egret
  • Herring Gull
  • Bufflehead
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Canada Goose
  • American Coot
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Western Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Killdeer
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • American Widgeon
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Redhead
  • Eared Grebe
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Horned Grebe
  • Canvasback
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Rock Pigeon