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California bird list: 16 to 26 April ’08

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding by adamwelz on April 27, 2008

Hello All (Birders)

herewith my Cali birds since arriving until yesterday. Birding has been done in a rather seriously unserious fashion, as you’ll see by the patchy list & low total, but there are some fun ones in there. Bold species name indicates that I’ve snapped a photo of the sp. and ‘ph?’ means I can’t remember if I did. Names are according to Sibley’s latest field guides to E and W North America. My Excel list formatting did not come through; info is a) number (my total) b) species name c) state abbreviation d) date 1st seen in state e) place 1st seen in state f) random notes.

I’d doubtless have a few tens more spp. if I’d actually managed to hook up w a local birder – so far it’s been just me in relax mode, my ropey New World knowledge and the increasingly frustrating Sibley guides (they appear at first glance to be super-complete, but actually leave a lot of vital info & drawings out).

Random record photos, mostly crap quality, will follow as soon as I’ve figured out how to optimise them for the blog.

  1. Red-throated Loon CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove Intermediate plumage
  2. Pacific Loon CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  3. Common Loon CA 19-Apr-08 Brighton Bch, Santa Cruz
  4. Eared Grebe CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  5. Pied-billed Grebe ph? CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lagoon, Santa Cruz
  6. Western Grebe CA 19-Apr-08 Brighton Bch, Santa Cruz ID: Extent of white on face, bill colour
  7. Clark’s Grebe CA 19-Apr-08 Brighton Bch, Santa Cruz ID: Extent of white on face, bill colour
  8. Brown Pelican CA 17-Apr-08 Pleasure Pt, Santa Cruz
  9. Brandt’s Cormorant CA 17-Apr-08 Pleasure Pt, Santa Cruz White filaments not shown Sibley
  10. Pelagic Cormorant CA 19-Apr-08 Santa Cruz NB: Red face while breeding!
  11. Great Egret ph? CA 16-Apr-08 San Francisco
  12. Green Heron ph? CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lagoon Catching fish
  13. Canada Goose CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  14. Mallard ph? CA 16-Apr-08 near San Francisco
  15. Surf Scoter CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  16. Common Merganser CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk
  17. Red-breasted Merganser CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  18. Turkey Vulture CA 24-Apr-08 Big Sur area
  19. Cooper’s Hawk CA 20-Apr-08 Pogonip, Santa Cruz
  20. Red-shouldered Hawk CA 22-Apr-08 Asilomar
  21. Red-tailed Hawk ph? CA 26-Apr-08 Big Sur area Typical adult
  22. California Quail CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk
  23. American Coot ph? CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  24. Black-bell. Plover CA 19-Apr-08 Brighton Bch, Santa Cruz Juv & Adt Br
  25. Killdeer CA 23-Apr-08 Asilomar
  26. (American) Black Oystercatcher CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  27. Spott. Sandpiper ph? CA 17-Apr-08 Pleasure Pt, Santa Cruz
  28. Whimbrel CA 21-Apr-08 Asilomar
  29. Marbled Godwit CA 21-Apr-08 Asilomar
  30. Black Turnstone CA 21-Apr-08 Asilomar
  31. Sanderling CA 19-Apr-08 Brighton Bch, Santa Cruz
  32. Least Sandpiper CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk
  33. mystery Phalarope CA 20-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  34. Western Gull CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  35. Caspian Tern CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  36. Pigeon Guillemot CA 20-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  37. Feral Pigeon CA 16-Apr-08 San Francisco
  38. Mourning Dove CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  39. White-throated Swift CA 20-Apr-08 Pogonip, Santa Cruz
  40. Anna’s Hummingbird CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lag., Santa Cruz
  41. Allen’s Hummingbird CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk Orange-rumped adt male
  42. Acorn Woodpecker CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  43. Hairy Woodpecker CA 22-Apr-08 Asilomar
  44. Pacific-slope Flycatcher CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk
  45. Black Phoebe CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  46. Steller’s Jay CA 18-Apr-08 Soquel
  47. West. Scrub-Jay ph? CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  48. American Crow CA 16-Apr-08 San Francisco
  49. Tree Swallow CA 21-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  50. Violet-green Swallow CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  51. N. Rough-w. Swallow CA 22-Apr-08 Pacific Grove
  52. Barn Swallow CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  53. Cliff Swallow CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lag., Santa Cruz
  54. Purple Martin CA 21-Apr-08 Asilomar
  55. Oak Titmouse CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  56. Chestnut-backed Chickadee CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz CA central-coast form
  57. Bushtit CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  58. Marsh Wren CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lag., Santa Cruz
  59. Bewick’s Wren CA 20-Apr-08 Pogonip, Santa Cruz
  60. House Wren CA 24-Apr-08 Esalen
  61. American Robin CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz w nesting material
  62. N. Mockingbird CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lag., Santa Cruz
  63. Cedar Waxwing CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  64. European Starling CA 16-Apr-08 San Francisco
  65. Black-Throated Gray Warbler CA 17-Apr-08 Neary Lagoon, Santa Cruz
  66. Wilson’s Warbler CA 20-Apr-08 Pogonip, Santa Cruz
  67. Black-hd. Grosbeak CA 18-Apr-08 Soquel
  68. California Towhee CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  69. Spotted Towhee CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  70. Song Sparrow CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz CA coastal form
  71. Dark-eyed Junco CA 18-Apr-08 Soquel Oregon form
  72. White-crowned Sparrow CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  73. Golden-crowned Sparrow CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  74. Red-wing Blackbird CA 18-Apr-08 Soquel bicoloured form
  75. Brewer’s Blackbird CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz
  76. House Finch CA 16-Apr-08 San Jose yellow form also seen later
  77. Purple Finch CA 26-Apr-08 Andrew Molera St Pk
  78. Lsr. Goldfinch CA 18-Apr-08 Soquel
  79. House Sparrow CA 17-Apr-08 Santa Cruz much bigger than S African birds

Cheers!

Adam

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