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502Re: [Mendobirds] Reported Black-capped Chickadee - 1/1/03

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  • John Sterling
    Jan 3, 2003
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      This would be a great record, but I would expect a wandering BCCH to be found in riparian willows/alders in the northernmost part of the county. Seems like an odd location to me, but not impossible.

      Interesting to note that BCCHs have been expanding their range south along the California coast for the past 20 years. They use to be rare in the Humboldt Bay region, now they are the dominant chickadee in riparian areas there. They have also colonized the Eel River bottoms within the past 20 years. The slow march south may take them eventually to the Mattole River and then a big leap to Mendocino!!


      John Sterling
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Matthew Matthiessen
      To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 10:14 AM
      Subject: [Mendobirds] Reported Black-capped Chickadee - 1/1/03

      I just called the N CA birdbox (415-681-7422) and there is a report from
      Bill Myers and Thomas ??? (couldn't understand the last name) from
      Pasadena of a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE on Jan 1 at Van Damme State Park.
      The only details provided are that it was seen foraging with a group of
      Chestnut-backed Chickadees. From other comments made I inferred that
      the chicadees were seen in the vicinity of a campsite where Gray Jays
      are coming to some cat food put out for them (this is only my

      I'm putting this notice on Mendobirds as I think this would be a first
      county record. If anyone knows either of the gentlemen who made this
      report could you please have them contact Mendobirds or me
      (matthima@...) with additional details? Thanks.

      Also mentioned was a SWAMP SPARROW at MacKerricher State Park.

      Matthew Matthiessen
      Ukiah, CA

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