Fw: [CVBirds] Cosumnes birds
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From: "John and Glennah Trochet" <trochetj@...>
To: "CVBirds" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 8:30 PM
Subject: [CVBirds] Cosumnes birds
> Dear Birders,
> Eight people I called yesterday morning, 10-12 folks yesterday
> afternoon, and another party of 10-12 people this morning helped me try
> to refind the Swainson's warbler seen about dawn yesterday, efforts that
> came to nothing. Nevertheless, I thank all for their participation. I
> am sorry we had no success. Truly sorry!
> Saturday I took Andy Engilis and Irene Torres on a partial repeat of
> the Orr Ranch bird survey route I did the previous weekend. We were
> hoping to find at least one of the northern parulas I saw on that
> previous Saturday. That species is apparently a nemesis bird for Andy.
> Despite not conquering the nemesis, we had a very fine morning. It was
> the most migrant-filled morning I have spent in the woods so far this
> "fall." We had 7-8 western wood-pewees, 20 +/- Pacific-slope/western
> flycatchers, about 15 ash-throated flycatchers, 4 warbling vireos, 8
> orange-crowned warblers, 1 yellow, about 5 black-throated grays, some
> 15-18 Wilson's warblers, 6 western tanagers, and a few black-headed
> grosbeaksand Bullock's orioles.
> Additionally, Andy saw a willow flycatcher. He also found and we
> all saw a second year male summer tanager. By plumage, this was the
> third summer tanager found at the preserve this July. Previously there
> had been one record in about ten years.
> Owing to time constraints, we took a shortcut back to the vehicles
> through grasslands at the ranch. There we repeatedly flushed two
> sparrows that I think were grasshopper sparrows. They never afforded us
> diagnostic looks, and I can't say that I am sure that these dark gray
> birds with ratty tails making low twisting flights from one spot to
> another as we pressed them for better views couldn't have been something
> else. But I am sure they weren't Savannah sparrows and they were near
> where Kurt Miethke and Jeanne Hammond of PRBO last reported a pair of
> grasshopper sparrows earlier this summer.
> Rare warbler chasing made a shambles of my plans for Sunday, but I
> had had some good fortune even before the Swainson's warbler sighting.
> In my headlights in the dirt road northeast of the Tall Forest I saw
> two juvenile grasshopper sparrows. Early on Wendell's Levee and in the
> Accidental Forest there were lots of birds in evidence, especially
> western wood-pewees, Pacific-slope/western flycatchers, ash-throated
> flycatchers, Wilson's warblers and Bullock's orioles. There were a few
> warbling vireos, orange-crowned and yellow warblers, and western
> tanagers, too. Later in the day, the birds were much less in evidence.
> This morning was MUCH quieter compared to yesterday at the same hours.
> Ryan Terrill and David van der Plyme (sorry if I have massacred the
> spelling) reported hearing a summer tanager at the Accidental Forest
> this morning.
> John Trochet
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