6 January 2008 - Betty Burridge, long-time birder from Sonoma County,
just posted this note (in blue) on "northbaybirds". This frigatebird
(possible Magnificient Frigatebird) found yesterday along the Russian
River is most probably the one posted on the Northern Calif.
Birdbox: On Dec 25, a FRIGATEBIRD was seen flying north from the
coast bluff just south of the Point Arena Lighthouse. (Ed
Vermuelen). The question is...how can such a large bird go unseen
for almost two weeks!
Betty's message says:
"I was privileged to have a brief view of a juvenile Magnificent
Frigatebird at the Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center yesterday, Jan. 5.
It had just arrived from Healdsburg, and was being taken immediately
to the seabird rescue center in Cordelia. (They have since called and
agree with my ID.)
It was first spotted in a 40 foot conifer at the Russian River Bridge
crossing 101. First reports were greeted with skepticism, as Ospreys
are known to congregate there, but, fortunately, Curtis Kendall
confirmed the sighting and the rescue ensued.
When I arrived it was carefully wrapped for transport in towels in a
large box, but I did see its pure white head, extensive white
underparts with very incomplete dark band across the midsection. Pale
blue bill, pale blue feet. I didn't see its wings outstretched, but
there were pale markings (coverts?)along the front of the wings as
the bird faced me. (Forgive my non-anatomical description. It's not
that often that I have a close-up confrontation with a frigatebird.)
This wonderful bird was very feisty, and I'm sure we all wish it well.
Betty Burridge, Santa Rosa - Sonoma county"
Good birding. Bob Keiffer
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html
"It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how
the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have
done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the
arena." Theodore Roosevelt
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