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  • Kite Tales

    Volume 53, Number 8 April 2018

    Yellow-breasted Chat, Santa Rosa Creek Trail

    Courtesy of David A. Hofmann

    Next RROS General Meeting

    April 11th, 7 pm

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    Monthly Meeting: Weds, April 11th, 2018, 7pm. Program: The Greater Sage-grouse will be the star of the presentation, focusing on threats and conservation strategies. Our speaker will be Wendell Gilgert, the Working Lands Program Director stationed in the Chico office of Point Blue Conservation Science; he leads the Rangeland Watershed Initiative. Youre invited to join us for dinner at 5:30pm at Marys Pizza, 535 Summerfield, in back room. Details on RROS web site. Save the date: Weds, May 9th, 2018, 7pm. Annual Spring Potluck: Likely will be at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park at 5:30 pm. Look for details in May Kite Tales. Note: We will vote on the following slate of 2018-2019 officers at the April meeting:

    President: Anne ODonnell

    Vice-President: Gene Hunn

    Secretary: Rita Bevans

    Treasurer: Rob ODonnell

    UPCOMING RROS FIELD TRIPS & EVENTS Saturday, April 14th, Bodega Bay. Leader, Monica Schwalbenberg-Pea ([email protected]) and anyone else who shows up. High tide is around noon, so meet at Porto Bodega at 8:30 and well see who is out there in breeding plumage before they fly north. Well go to Bodega Head and Doran Regional Park (fee) and possibly walk the Bird Walk. Bring lunch and fluids. Bathrooms at the Tides Restaurant, Doran Park,and the Head (no joke!), heavy rain cancels. Saturday, April 28th, Pine Flat Rd. Leader, Will Anderson ([email protected]) Meet at 8am at the bridge at the bottom of Pine Flat Rd accessed from Hwy 128, stay straight past Jimtown Store. Take Alexander Valley exit from Hwy 101 north of Healdsburg; follow signs for Hwy 128. Possibilities: Mt Quail, Northern Pygmy-owl, Purple Martin, Bells Sparrow. Bring lunch, fluids, layered clothing. Please note that there are no bathrooms. This is a narrow winding road, so please carpool as much as possible & watch for bicyclists. Heavy rain cancels. Saturday, May 12th, King Ridge Rd. Leader, Bill Doyle ([email protected]) Meet at 8:00am at the bakery in Duncans Mills. Bring lunch, layers, fluids and folding chairs. No bathrooms once we leave Duncans Mills. Heavy rain cancels. Saturday, June 9th, Laguna de Santa Rosa. Leader, Bill Doyle ([email protected]) Meet at 8:00 am, in the parking lot behind Hydro Depot and Sebastopol Bike, at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Morris Rd, Sebastopol. This is the first stoplight as you enter Sebastopol from Santa Rosa. Turn left at the light. We will explore the other Laguna Trail, which is crowded with singing and nest building birds in early June. Heavy rain cancels.

    RROS is proud to support conservation organizations and members approved these donations during the March general meeting: 1) Two members, Bill Bevins and Mario Balitbit, spoke of the Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County's need to relocate in the near future. We voted to donate $500 to the Bird Rescue Centers Capital Fund for relocation expenses. We sent our best wishes in their search for a new home. 2) Dr. Benjamin D. Mike Parmeter, spoke about the work done at the Palomarin Field Station, and praised the leadership of Diana Humple, Avian Ecologist & Banding Coordinator. We voted to donate $500 to the Point Blue bird banding program at the Palomarin Field Station. We sent our best wishes for the continuing success of their program.

    If you have ideas of trips that you would like to lead or trips that youd like to take, please

    provide those to Monica at [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    Observations Feb 21 to Mar 20, 2018 Compiled by David A. Hofmann

    Species Dates Location Cty # Observer(s)

    Ross's Goose 02/25 Rainsville Rd at Wiggins Ck

    SON 1 AlW

    Ross's Goose 03/14-17 Ellis Creek Ponds SON 2 EuH, Je&EvV WiG Tundra Swan 03/10-17 Valley Ford wetlands SON 1 Mof, StL, DeH, JaD,

    SuG, ChN, Te&MiT, TiE, DoK, WiG, HeK, BiD, mob, photos

    Mandarin Duck 03/17 Sonoma 4th St bridge SON 2 Marc Simmel Blue-winged Teal 03/03-18 Willowbrook Court pond SON 4 RoO, Te&MiT, YvM Blue-winged Teal 03/11 Valley Ford wetlands SON 2 DeH White-winged Scoter 03/15 Bodega Head State Park SON 1 RoO Black Scoter 03/04 Gualala Point Reg Pk SON 2 RuW, mob Northern Fulmar 03/04 Bodega Head State Park SON 20 MaB, photos Swainson's Hawk 03/11 Hudemann Slough SON 1 KuN Ferruginous Hawk 03/04 Sea Ranch SON 1 Te&MiT, photo Rough-legged Hawk 03/03 San Pablo Bay NWR SON 1 SeP, mob Prairie Falcon 02/25 Laguna Trail SON 1 YvM Prairie Falcon 03/03 Skagg's Island SON 1 MuB, BDP, CaH,

    mob Rock Sandpiper 02/27-

    03/19 Bodega Head State Park SON 1 DeH, BrO, DAH,

    Te&MiT, RuW, MaL, NoO, LiH, Mof, DoK, HeK, BiD, RoS, mob

    Lesser Black-backed Gull


    Shollenberger Park SON 1 NoA, Lu&MaS

    Glaucous Gull 02/21-03 Shollenberger Park SON 1 ViK, Je&EvV, GaT, ScS, NoA, JaD, Lu&MaS, ToB, JeM, Te&MiT, DoK, HeK, mob

    Black-legged Kittiwake

    03/14 Bodega Head SP SON 1 ToB

    Marbled Murrelet 02/22 Bodega Head SP SON 4 ViK Yellow-billed Cuckoo 03/10 El Verano yard SON 2 BoM, fly-by Western Screech-Owl 02/27 El Verano yard SON 1 WiG, photo Northern Pygmy-Owl 02/26 Rio Nido yard SON 1 JeM Burrowing Owl 03/03 Skagg's Island SON 2 MuB, BDP, mob Burrowing Owl 03/06 Bodega Head SON 1 LiH, DAH, PeM,

    photos Burrowing Owl 03/11-14 Coleman Vly Rd, upper SON 1 Te&MiT Barred Owl 02/25 Salt Point State Park SON 2 ChS, heard only Short-eared Owl 03/04-19 Skagg's Island Road SON 1 CaH, DoK, mob Short-eared Owl 03/11 Tolay Regional Park SON 1 PeD Short-eared Owl 03/18 Goat Rock Road SON 1 Te&MiT Northern Saw-whet Owl

    03/09 Salmon Creek Road SON 1 WiA

    Northern Saw-whet Owl

    03/10 3124 Sonoma Mountain Road

    SON 1 AnF

    White-throated Swift 03/03 Hudeman Slough SON 3 WiG, mob

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    White-throated Swift 03/13 Spring Lake Reg Park SON 1 Je&EvV Lewis's Woodpecker 03/09-19 General Vallejo's Home SON 1 FrS, DaF Rock Wren 03/06 Milt Brandt Visitor Ctr SON 1 WiG, photo Harris's Sparrow 03/16-17 Salmon Ck /Bean Ave SON 1 LiH, JoS, RoS, HeK,

    BiD, mob, photos Tricolored Blackbird 02/22 5797-5861 Coast Hwy SON 5 Te&MiT

    Observer/s for this period: Will Anderson, Noah Arthur, Mario Balitbit, Murray Berner, Tony Briggs, Jared Dawson, Peter Dellavalle, Bill Doyle, Megan Elrod, Tiffany Erickson, Andrew Ford, Dawna Foreman, Mookie Fudemberg, Will German, Sue Gragg, Carol Hasenick, Denise Herzberg, David A. Hofmann, Lisa Hug, Eugene Hunn, Don Kirker, Helen Kochenderfer, Vincent Koczurik, Matthew Lau, Steven Long, Bob McLean, Jeff Miller, Yvonne Motherwell, Peggy Mundy, Christian Naventi, Kurt Niznik, Brook & Orion Oconnor, Rob O'Donnell, Benjamin D. Parmeter, Sean Peterson, Fred Safier, Chris Shuck, Marc Simmel, Scott Sorby, Lucas & Mark Stephenson, John Sterling, Ron Storey, Gabriel Tarantino, Teresa & Miles Tuffli, Jeff & Eva Valfer, Rudyard Wallen, Alan Wight.

    ------- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ PISHING WITH PARMETER

    CHIAPAS, 11/27 to 12/4/1970

    I visited Chiapas and the famed Mayan ruins at Palenque with Jack Guggolz as my traveling companion.

    Palenque is a major study area for Mayan culture. There were 22 buildings uncovered, and, wherever I went

    in the rainforest, there were more sites that had not yet been excavated. It is truly a major Maya ruin. We

    landed at Villahermosa airport on 11/26. Birded for a day in that area. Birds seen include Little Blue Heron,

    Snail Kite (Everglade), American Jacana, Ruddy Ground Dove, Aztec Parakeet, Groove-billed Ani, Lesser Nighthawk, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Band-backed Wren, Clay-colored Robin, Lichtensteins

    Oriole, and Melodious Blackbird.

    That afternoon we rode in the civilian bus to the city of Palenque (70 miles). Got a couple of lifers on the way

    down: Laughing Falcon and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. The city of Palenque is an old Spanish colonial town with cobbled streets and a large central plaza where we stayed at the Palenque Hotel. Immediately we found 2 life

    birds: Bluegray Tanager and White-tipped Brown Jay. We spent the remainder of the afternoon at the ruins.

    There are extensive stone buildings, a city, with very large structures. Added a few birds to the trip list: Pale-

    billed Woodpecker, Social Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Black-throated Green Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and

    Montezuma Oropendola.

    The following day (29th) we were back at the ruins at 6:15 a.m. Great birding! Squirrel Cuckoo, Long-tailed

    Hermit (hummer), White-bellied Emerald (hummer), Violaceous Trogon, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Trogon,

    Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Strong-billed Woodcreeper. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Plain Xenops, Dot-winged

    Antwren, Scaled Antpitta (a funny looking bird!), Cinnamon Becard, Rose-throated Becard, Plain-tipped Jay,

    and Gray-headed Greenlet. Several NA warblers wintering here: Blue-backed Euphonia, Masked Tanager, Yellow-winged Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Red-throated Ant-tanager,

    Orange-billed Sparrow, and Barred Antshrike. We were really getting good looks at the neotropical avifauna.

    11/30, back to the ruins: Bat Falcon, White-crowned Parrot, Little Hermit, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (hummer),

    Rufous-tailed Hummer, Citroline Trogo