Godwit Days is primed with almost 200 already registered, check www.godwitdays.com to see what trips are left.
Aleutian Goose Festival was tough on Friday with rain, but Sunday was glorious. A Common Grackle is always nice.
The following are the birds we've been seeing lately .
Here is a summary of what has been reported from 3/12-3/27 in our region,
minus some more common species. My apologies for missing last weeks
report, but academics (aka spring break) prohibited me from getting the
report out. My apologies for any botched spellings of names as well.
The Arcata Bird Box can be reached at 707-822-5666.
Highlights of this report:
On March 27 a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was singing near Cooper Gulch in
Eureka (Chet Ogan)
On March 27 a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL was near Tom Leskiw's house on Cummins
Road outside Eureka...if you are interested in hearing/seeing this bird
call Tom at 442-5444.
Kerry Ross and another observer (name incomprehensible) had a continuing
male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the mudflats off Klopp Lake at the
Arcata Marsh (no date).
On March 25 Greg Frankfurter had a YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER at Mad River
On March 24 a THAYER'S GULL and 13 CASPIAN TERNS were just north of Mad
River County Park (Jim Tietz).
Marod Gabriel (sp?) and Gretta Wingert (sp?) reported a pair of PEREGRINE
FALCONS from Trinidad Head and a MARBLED MURRELET in Trinidad Harbor
200-300 meters off shore on 3/21. For more information, they can be
reached at 826-1313.
On 3/21 Scott Kerry reported 6 MARBLED MURRELETS off the north jetty, a
CASPIAN TERN and 10-12 continuing WOOD DUCKS at the Arcata oxidation
ponds, 1 RED KNOT at Klopp Lake at Arcata Marsh, and TREE SWALLOWS, BARN
SWALLOWS and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS at the marsh as well.
Aida Parkinson reported a BALD EAGLE on 3/14 and 2 on 3/20 2 miles
downstream of the north fork of the Trinity River and one on 3/15 on the
Mad River upstream of the 299 bridge.
On March 20 at the Arcata marsh there was a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at
Klopp Lake, a MERLIN, REDHEAD, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER and COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT at Allen Marsh, a CLIFF SWALLOW over the log pond, a BROWN
CREEPER at Mt Trashmore, and a female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the log pond.
On March 13 Jim Tietz, Chris Toner and Rebecca Greene had an OSPREY,
RUFFED GROUSE, 2 AMERICAN DIPPERS (Chris Toner found a nest on 3/14), 2
GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 4 MOUNTAIN QUAIL along the South
Fork Trinity Trail.
On 3/19 Kerry Ross had a ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD at his house in
Mckinleyville, as well as a SLATE-COLORED JUNCO.
A BALD EAGLE was over Aldergrove Road on 3/19 (Laura Bringhurst)(sp?).
Gary Bloomfield had a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE on 3/15 at 1757 Zehnder in Arcata.
On March 18 Matt Wachs had a MARBLED MURRELET and 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at
King Salmon and a HOODED MERGANSWER at the pond on the left approaching
King Salmon. A GREEN HERON was on Hilfiker in Eureka on 3/15.
Jim Tietz had 75 TUNDRA SWANS on 3/17 fly over his residence (in Arcata?).
On March 12 Paul Springer reported 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES at Fields Landing.
and taken from a message off the NWCALBIRD list...
>3/13/04 Matt Wachs and [Kerry Ross] saw a RUFF at Crab Park (mouth of
>west of Loleta this morning. It was a basic plumage male. The bird was in
the fresh water pools in the western most field on the south side of the
road. It was seen in the company of Gr. Yellowlegs and L-B Dowitchers.
> We also had a NORTHERN SHRIKE near the end of Port Canyon Road, a PYGMY
>OWL, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (tan supercilium), partial albino FOX
SPARROW, and a COMMON GOLDENEYE at the Cockrobin Island Bridge. Good luck
and have fun.
They also had a RED-NECKED GREBE off Crab Park and a Lesser Yellowlegs on
the V Street Loop.
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