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Re: [CALBIRDS] Yellow Wagtail in Mendocino County

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  • Joseph Morlan
    Thanks to a contribution from Ron LeValley, I have posted two images of the Yellow Wagtail taken yesterday at: http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/gallery.htm Enjoy!
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 18, 2005
      Thanks to a contribution from Ron LeValley, I have posted two images of the
      Yellow Wagtail taken yesterday at:

      http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/gallery.htm

      Enjoy!

      On Sat, 17 Sep 2005 19:14:11 -0700, chaniot@... wrote:

      >Sat, 17 Sep 2005 -- Yesterday evening (15 Sep) Dorothy "Toby" Tobkin found
      >a YELLOW WAGTAIL at Virgin Creek Beach north of Fort Bragg. She went back
      >this morning, refound the bird, confirmed its identity, and it has been
      >seen by many observers this afternoon. It appears to be in first basic
      >plumage and is a good match for the "1st Winter" illustration in Sibley but
      >with a little different distribution of yellowish wash on the upper breast
      >and flanks. It is a very active bird and has been moving around in the area
      >where Virgin Creek crosses the beach to the ocean. Much of its time this
      >afternoon was spent in the piles of kelp washed up on the beach, sometimes
      >hidden from sight for some time. It also frequents the margins of Virgin
      >Creek wading among the peeps, bathing in the creek, foraging on the
      >sandflats, and perched on the bluffs and on rocks in the wash zone to the
      >north. Although it moves around, it often returns to the exact same piles
      >of kelp where it forages actively for brine flies.
      > To reach this area drive north from Fort Bragg on Hwy 1. About 3/4
      >mi. north of the Pudding Creek bridge there is a North-O-Town industrial
      >park sign, and shortly beyond that is a dusty parking area on the east side
      >of the road with the sign "Granite Construction Company". Park here, cross
      >the highway, follow a sandy trail to the paved "haul road", turn right
      >(north) on the pavement, and in about 200 yards you come to the small
      >bridge over Virgin Creek. The wagtail was seen today in the area that you
      >can see west from the bridge.
      > Watch for further notices on Mendobirds
      ><http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendobirds> and please post what you find
      >there.
      >Good birding!
      >
      >George Chaniot
      >Potter Valley, MEN, CA


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      Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044 jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
      Fall Birding Classes start Sep 13 http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
      California Bird Records Committee http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/
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