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· Common Crane Aug 11. (TODAY)
· please post Monterey Seabirds announce open - 5 trips (TODAY)
· Re: changing bird names--some differing opinions (TODAY)
· changing bird names--some differing opinions (TODAY)
· AOS: McCown's Longspur changed to Thick-billed Longspur (Aug 10, 2020)
  1. Common Crane Aug 11. LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 12:46pm
    Posting from the road. Common Crane seen this morning Aug 11 at sunrise at recently posted coordinates along Hwy 395 in Modoc County. Look for orange FNR real estate sign, room for a few cars. Way out, scope needed. Last night at sunset one Yellow Rail seen only :) 100 ft south of willows at end of road at Goose Lake SP.
    Dave Weber, Milpitas
    By phone
    
    
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  3. please post Monterey Seabirds announce open - 5 trips LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 12:31pm
    Monterey Seabirds is open andcarefullyfollowing all Covid rules! We are running 5 trips pelagic seabirding trips in Monterey Bay, 8/16 (8 hr), 8/30 (12 hr), 9/20 (8 hr), 10/4 (8 hr), and 10/18 (8 hr) For info or to reserve, montereyseabirds.com , 831-375-4658.
    
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    Monterey Bay Whale Watch 84 Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 375 - 4658 www.gowhales.com Find us on Facebook!
    
    
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  5. Re: changing bird names--some differing opinions LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 11:20am
    Paul et al, Please indulge me with one additional comment. I have not been vigorously keeping track of this topic, but was discussing one of the names that people want to get rid of with a close friend who I went to college with. She is black and she is a science teacher in the city. This is relevant. She spent several long weeks in Kentucky and Indiana for a long UCLA extension course for high school science teachers. They lived at and or near various properties owned by John James Audubon and his father. My friend was talking about Audubon before this whole cancel culture topic started, and she said that Audubon knew that his mother was of mixed European and African heritage and that he spoke fluent Creole that he learned from his mother. During his travels in the United States other whites wondered why this white man knows how to speak Creole and he never explained that because he himself was vaguely approximately 1/4 or so African, himself. My friend also stated that Audubon did not like slavery and that she feels that people in the country today are rewriting him as a slave owner when that doesn't reflect his values and how he behaved towards people of color. I do not know if all of the statements above made by my friend to me are facts, or not, but if there is even a shred of truth to what she said to me recently, then this causes me to be concerned that we are rushing to quickly. Tom PS: if somebody out there changes the name of Xantus' Hummingbird, I'm going to throw away my binoculars. Like me, he was a Hungarian of dubious moral values (is there any other kind) (and even more dubious ethnicity, considering that Hungarians are a bunch of people who speak the same language but have all kinds of genes from every part of Europe and Asia that you could think of) so that's where I am drawing my Line in the Sand.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont, LA County
    909.241.3300
    "The plan was so full of holes it made Swiss cheese looks solid."--Lee Child
    
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  7. changing bird names--some differing opinions LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 9:51am
     
     
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  9. AOS: McCown's Longspur changed to Thick-billed Longspur LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2020 @ 8:12am, 1 day(s) ago
    I haven't seen this posted yet to any California lists so I thought I'd be the messenger:
    
    https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/news/science/mccowns-longspur-renamed-thick-billed-longspur/
    
    There are several links in the article you can follow to find out more about this movement to remove eponyms from bird names.
    
    Steve Summers
    Porterville, CA
    
    
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  11. Fw: [northbaybirds] Modoc County Common Crane, Yellow Rails LINK
    DATE: Aug 9, 2020 @ 11:15am, 2 day(s) ago
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  13. Trip report from July Pelagic out of Ventura, Ca with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Aug 6, 2020 @ 10:07am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone,
    
    I just published a blog post to
    www.thesaltybird.com detailing the findings of the July 12th Pelagic birding trip out of Ventura, Ca with Island Packers. The link is below. We have another trip coming up October 3rd, a link is at the end of the blog post for more details.
    
    https://www.thesaltybird.com/post/july-12th-pelagic-with-island-packers
    
    July 12th, Pelagic with Island Packers
    
    What a year huh Understatement of the decade Well perhaps this blog post will be something to take your mind off of the wider world if only for a few minutes. On July 12th, 2020 Island Packers ran a 12 hr dedicated Pelagic birding trip. I, Joel Barrett, was
    the captain of the motor vessel Island Explorer. We had six
    
    www.thesaltybird.com
    
    Pelagic Birding and the Channel Islands National Park California
    
    Pelagic birding in and around the Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Barbara Channel. www.thesaltybird.com Information and trips.
    
    www.thesaltybird.com
    
    Joel Barrett
    
    Port Hueneme, Ca
    
    Island Packers
    
    Ventura, Ca
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  15. Pelagic report - and Pelagic opportunities. LINK
    DATE: Aug 4, 2020 @ 4:10pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello all, My apologies for sending to various groups all at one time. But, this Saturday we did our first offshore pelagic of the season, from Half Moon Bay (San Mateo County). We have been doing trips to the Farallon Islands, but those have a limited time in deeper water, so I thought folks would be interested in knowing what is out there in the central CA offshore waters now. In short, it is pretty interesting and diverse with element suggesting this will be a warm water year with elements of the south moving north, and it is a season that is amazingly abundant as far as ocean productivity goes. We saw four species of storm-petrels, with groups of Ashy, and a scattering of Fork-tailed, Wilsons, and Black storm-petrels. The Black are always of interest to us, since they do not always make it to our latitude, being dependent on what the conditions are like farther to the south. The weather was choppy, with a flatter ocean we would likely have found more and larger flocks of storm petrels. Where we found them, the water was warmer and more translucent, offshore water. We did find all three jaegers, as well as South Polar Skua which was early. There are good densities of Cassins Auklets out there, we found a gorgeous adult Tufted Puffin as well as the more expected alcids including Marbled Murrelets at the coast. Good numbers of Black-footed Albatross and nice densities of Pink-footed and Sooty shearwaters, earlier in the season Bullers showed up (again early). Sabines Gulls are heading south, including our first juvenile of the season. Right now tens of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters are close to the beach in Half Moon Bay, this is a year with lots of anchovy, lots of krill and also squid. Abundance is the word. There is so much krill out there that the Cassins Auklets are trying to pull off a second brood due to the abundance of food. Meanwhile the Rhinoceros Auklets are feeding on 100% anchovy. The real oddity in the region has been the arrival of Bluefin tuna off Monterey, and Half Moon Bay. Big ones, averaging over 150 lbs each. This is not the norm, but is super exciting as it suggests northward movement of southern critters. Similarly, we had a good look at a Guadalupe Fur Seal offshore a little known marine mammal that seems to be found in warm water years. Warm offshore water has been peeking close to Monterey Bay recently. The combination of potential for some warm water birds offshore, and lots and lots of food closer to shore is great! We have consistently found awesome feeding congregations of Humpback Whales about 10 miles offshore. On this last trip we also found Fin Whale where the Cassins Auklets were (krill feeding we assume), and a super pod of hundreds and hundreds of Pacific White-sided Dolphins with a good number of the always dapper Northern Right Whale Dolphin. Blue Whale has been seen this year, but not this last weekend. It is early in the season and it is already pretty awesome offshore. I think this is going to be a great year for pelagics, and unfortunately not that many people are going to be able to enjoy it. We have a full schedule of trips out of Monterey and Half Moon Bay, Morro Bay is sold out, but are going with half or less of the boat capacity. On the trips we are encouraging people to be outside, in the breeze, social distance and to wear masks. As such, on the various trips we have done people have felt comfortable and safe. Key is to consider that the science clarifies that being outside, in the breeze, and in humid and salty air is a low risk situation. Crew are diligently disinfecting the boat, and ample sanitizer is available. One of the net benefits is a lot more room on the boats this year, and in Monterey keep in mind that the boats are much larger allowing for good spacing of birders and naturalists. Particularly this year, being out on the ocean is special, with nature abounding and away from the news, it is invigorating and good for the soul! Our next trip is an offshore Monterey trip on Aug 14, we are hoping to get into the real deep waters on this day and see if we can find some offshore murrelets and other goodies. The upcoming Farallon island trips are sold out. Our schedule of trips is here: https://www.alvarosadventures.com/pelagic-dates-2020.html See you at sea! Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  17. NAB - Summer 2020 LINK
    DATE: Aug 4, 2020 @ 9:46am, 7 day(s) ago
    County Coordinators/Contributors:
    
    The Summer Season (1 June through 31 July 2020) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through 2019). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list http://www.californiabirds.org must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
    Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
    the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.
    
    Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
    or directly to Guy McCaskie by 24 August 2020. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input. David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
    davcompton60@... Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
    tedell@...
    
    Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
    kgarrett@...
    
    Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)
    chetmcgaugh@...
    
    Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)
    kkheindel@...
    
    Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
    tjheindel@...
    
    Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
    serpophaga@...
    
    Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
    sandy_koonce@...
    
    Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
    guymcc@...
    
    Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County)
    rswinkleman@...
    We thank you in advance for your time and effort.
    
    Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett. .
    
    
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  19. Re: Common Crane Modoc County LINK
    DATE: Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:09am, 12 day(s) ago
    still here at 10am on Thursday.
    
    Far eastern shore so continues to be difficult to photo
    
    Thanks,
    
    Jim Holmes
    sacramento
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  21. Common Crane, Modoc County, 7-29-20 LINK
    DATE: Jul 29, 2020 @ 5:40pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    I made the long drive from Half Moon Bay this morning, arriving at the pond along County Road 48 at 6.30 a.m. The Common Crane was seen as soon as I got out of my car feeding on the mud flats along the south/east side of the pond, allowing for good looks and decent photos, at about 250 yards range. At around 7.00 a.m. Ethan Monk arrived and we both watched the Crane work it's way into the field to the south of the pond, at 7.15 the bird flew to the east side of the pond into the meadow on that side and out of view. We waited for about another 45 minutes but it did not reappear.
    Great find Kevin!
    
    Chris Hayward
    Half Moon Bay
    
    
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  23. Re: Common Crane Modoc County LINK
    DATE: Jul 29, 2020 @ 5:40pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi All, the Common Crane was seen by Ethan Monk and I from 6.45 to 7.15 this morning however it just flew to the meadow on the far side of the pond and out of sight for now.
    Chris Hayward
    
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  25. Re: Common Crane Modoc County LINK
    DATE: Jul 29, 2020 @ 5:40pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi All, quick note the Common Crane was seen by Ethan Monk and I from 6.45 to 7.15 this morning, however it just flew into the meadow on the far side of the pond and out of sight for now.
    Chris Hayward
    
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  27. Re: Common Crane Modoc County LINK
    DATE: Jul 29, 2020 @ 5:02pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Still here at 5pm on Wednesday. Far side of the lake.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Jim Holmes
    sacramento
    
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  29. Common Crane Modoc County LINK
    DATE: Jul 28, 2020 @ 6:31pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Still present at 6:30pm.
    
    East side of large lake on east side of road 68, west of Davis Creek.
    
    bird at Google map coordinates41.754, -120.435.
    
    Thanks,
    
    Jim Holmes
    sacramento
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