Sightings from January 4, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

The sandhill crane is still being seen in Moss Landing.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Jan 4, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  9
Mallard  3
Northern Pintail  3
Bufflehead  33
Hooded Merganser  8     all 8 were females
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Eared Grebe  4
Western Grebe  5
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  6
Turkey Vulture  3
White-tailed Kite  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  2
Killdeer  3
American Avocet  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Willet  29
Marbled Godwit  28
Least Sandpiper  88
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  5
Bonaparte’s Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  6
Western Gull  7
Forster’s Tern  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Black Phoebe  3
Say’s Phoebe  1
Western Scrub-Jay  3
American Crow  7
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Oak Titmouse  1
Bushtit  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  1
Townsend’s Warbler  3
California Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  19
Golden-crowned Sparrow  7
House Finch  19
House Sparrow  3

2 Comments On “Sightings from January 4, 2013”

  1. There is a tagged snowy plover at CRSB, orange on one leg, blue and yellow on the other. I have photos.

    • Hi Fred,
      Here is some information on Snowy Plover sightings if you want to report it to PRBO…

      Western Snowy Plovers are sometimes tagged with color bands at multiple coastal locations by researchers. Resighting and reporting color banded birds provides critical information on the species survival and movement patterns and helps us learn how to better manage their populations.

      If you spot a bird with color bands on it’s legs, please record the following information and send it to the contact information below. You will hear back with information on the bird you spotted, including where it was from. Reporting color banded birds will help PRBO Conservation Science’s long term research on snowy plover populations and data also gets submitted to the National Bird Banding Laboratory.

      Snowy Plovers are typically banded with 2 plastic color bands on each leg – record the color combinations by leg, top to bottom (i.e. “right leg: blue over yellow”).

      Site: (beach name, county, etc. – be as specific as possible)
      Time of observation:
      Number of plovers seen:
      Number of birds checked for bands:
      Color combination of bands on each leg: Left leg: Right leg:
      Did you see a USFWS silver band?
      Observer name and contact information:
      (a photo is also helpful if you took one)

      Send sightings to:

      Frances Bidstrup
      PRBO Conservation Science
      3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA. 94924
      Snowy Plover mail to:
      5020 Sierra Springs Drive, Pollock Pines, CA. 95726

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