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Common Redpoll, Am. Tree Sparrow, Red-naped Sapsucker, Cackling Geese & 500 Tundra Swans

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  • Bob & Carol Yutzy
    Hello all, The only thing I might add to Bruce s report is that we met up with Ken Able and had about 500 Tundra Swans on Glenburn/Fall River Mills Road on the
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      Hello all,

      The only thing I might add to Bruce's report is that we met up with Ken
      Able and had
      about 500 Tundra Swans on Glenburn/Fall River Mills Road on the West
      side of the
      valley when heading home. Two of the birds had identifiable tags on
      their neck collars.

      Bob Yutzy
      Shasta, CA

      On 1/5/2012 5:30 PM, BRUCE DEUEL wrote:
      >
      > Hi all,
      > Bob Yutzy and I refound the Common Redpoll on McArthur Swamp Road this
      > morning around 0830. It was first spotted only a few feet from the orange
      > flagging on the fence post. When we first got there we saw no birds of any
      > kind at that spot. We went looking back down the canal to the bridge on
      > Rat Farm Road, found a few goldfinches and followed them back when they
      > flew toward the flagging. When we got there, there were many Savannah
      > Sparrows and over 100 Lesser Goldfinches, with a few Americans, and while
      > we were perusing them as they sat in the weeds between the road and the
      > canal, Bob saw the redpoll on the fence. When last seen it had moved
      > across to the weeds on the east side of the canal with some goldfinches.
      >
      > We then looked for longspurs without luck, searching a flock of 45 Horned
      > Larks carefully. Moving over to Island Road we found the Richard Norton
      > party of four birders from Southern California and eventually the six
      > of us
      > managed to see both the American Tree Sparrow and the Red-naped Sapsucker
      > in the yard of the house with the "Don't Drive on the Lawn" sign. The
      > owner of same came out and invited us into the yard where we got our best
      > looks.
      >
      > It was a great day to be up there with calm winds and almost toasty
      > sunshine later in the day. Many good birds of that habitat, but the most
      > interesting to me, as an old waterfowl biologist, was the group of 150
      > *taverneri
      > *Cackling Geese hanging out with the Greather White-fronts and Tundra
      > Swans
      > on the Glenburn Road. I think this is the largest group of that taxon I've
      > ever seen in California.
      >
      > Cheers,
      > Bruce Deuel
      > Red Bluff
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
      >

      --
      Bob& Carol Yutzy
      Shasta, CA



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