15 December 2009 - The Mendocino County Bird Records Committee completed the
review of Canada Warbler records and Prairie Warbler records. The 13
September 2008 observation by Jerry White, and also seen later in the day by
Karen Havlena, was ACCEPTED as the county's first record. The 14 September
2008 observation along the Skunk railroad tracks near Fort Bragg, as found
by Rob Fowler and also seen by Karen Havlena, was ACCEPTED as the second
county record. A third sighting by Karen Havlena on 18 September 2008
near Cottoneva Creek was also reviewed and accepted in case one of the other
CAWA reviews was not accepted (MCBRC reviews first and second county
records, and initial breeding records).
Also reviewed were Prairie Warbler records. A 1-2 June 1985 records of a
singing male along Branscomb Road, as found by John Sterling and later seen
by Jerry White, Nikki White, and Jim Matzinger, was ACCEPTED as the county's
first record. Dorothy Tobkin's sighting of an immature male on 24 August
2006 at Glass Beach, fort Bragg, was ACCEPTED as the county's second record.
Rich Trissel's 5 October 2008 observation of a male in the willows along the
Gualala River was reviewed and accepted in case one of the previous
observations was not accepted.
Of note: if you observe a species that seems rare or new to Mendocino
County, please document as well as possible with good notes, drawings,
photos, etc. as this information is critical for confirmation. Good
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