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{EBB} FW: Gyrfalcon around 113 &12

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  • Mike Feighner
    North Bay Birders, Central Valley Birders, CALBIRDSERS: This post went to the wrong lists. So, here it is again. Some positive reporting on the Solano County
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 10, 2001
      North Bay Birders, Central Valley Birders, CALBIRDSERS:

      This post went to the wrong lists. So, here it is again. Some positive
      reporting on the Solano County Gyrfalcon:

      Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, Alameda County

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: "Hartwell, Roger" <address removed>
      Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 07:22:52 -0800
      Subject: {EBB} FW: Gyrfalcon around 113 &12

      FYI. Here is a report about the Gyrfalcon seen near Hwy 113. The book
      Robin refers to is a newly published Best Birding Areas of Napa and Solano
      Counties. There are several interesting birds other than the gyrfalcon
      mentioned in his report below.

      Roger Hartwell
      Fisheries & Wildlife
      (510) 287-2025

      -----Original Message-----
      From: leong@... [mailto: address removed]
      Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2001 11:24 PM
      To: address removed
      Subject: Gyrfalcon around 113 &12

      Hi Napa Solano Birders,
      Just a short note to tell you more about the Gyrfalcon.
      Tim Fitzer told us that Dave Feliz saw the gyrfalcon on Thursday Dec 6 when
      Dave Takeuchi, Harold Conner, Uzelle Williams and I tried for it on Friday
      Dec 7. We did not see it, but it was seen by someone on the same road that
      Tim and our car was on just a few minutes before. We met a few birders
      there. They told us of an adult bald eagle at the jog in the road at 113. We
      saw two dark morph red-tails and two dark morph rough-legged, immature
      golden eagle on Olsen and Birds Landing, a merlin on Flannery and 113 and
      many perhaps 8 Ferruginous Hawks and two praire falcons. We also sold 3 Best
      Birding books.
      On Saturday I decided to go back out there to find the bird, but principally
      to sell Best Birding and look for the Mountain Plovers. It was like old home
      week, John Boyd was with Keith Gish, Tony Battiste and his wife Julie and
      Carol King were in another car. I just missed the Mtn Plovers that Luke Cole
      told me about, but had a beautiful dark morph Rough-legged do aerial
      acrobatics high above me in good light. I sold 15 books that day. No one saw
      the bird on Saturday.
      Today, Sunday, after I showed Uzelle her new Benicia CBC area, we went out
      to try for the bird in the afternoon. I wanted to check for the Mtn Plovers
      and the dark morph Ferruginous that Harold saw at Goosehaven and Creed the
      day before. Well, we saw 210-300 Mtn Plovers off of Robinson Road. To get
      there take Flannery road east of 113. Turn left on to Robinson, and where
      Robinson turns left, go straight over the cattle guard and follow it to the
      end where the road makes a 90 degree turn to the left and drive about 1/4
      mile. The birds were in a green field to the south. This is where I saw that
      dark morph Rough-legged the day before. We did not see Harold's dark morph
      Ferruginous, but did run into Dave Takeuchi who was going to try for the
      gyrfalcon and the mtn plovers...we just missed Tony who was out there with
      his grandson Nicholas. He reported to me tonight that they saw the mtn
      plovers in the same field that we saw them. Other sitings include a immature
      bald eagle at the 113 jog in the road and another by Shilo eating a lamb
      carcass. We sold 7 more books.
      Summarizing in 3 days we sold 25 Best Birding books. It was a tough way to
      make $100. The gyrfalcon was the best advertising that we had. I hope it
      stays for six weeks like the one we had last time at Midway and Levee Roads
      in 1982. By the way, you know that our distribution is good when you run
      into people that have purchased the book. On Sunday we ran into 4 people
      that already had our book.
      Hope you get lucky,
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