- Thursday, 28 August 2003, Between 7:30 and 8:00 PM two flocks of migrating
Caspian Terns were flying south over the lower elevation portion of the UC
Hopland Research & Extension Center. The first flock of 20 birds was a
mixture of immature and adult birds, and one could here the high pitched
calls of the young along with all the other typical loud raucous calls that
Caspians make. They were probably about 800 to 1000 feet high and
circling as they moved south. Within minutes a second flock of 24 birds,
not quite as noisy as the first and flying in a more direct flight pattern,
flew over in the same path but slightly higher. The entire next month is
a good time to be constantly checking habitats for fall migrating birds
.... the birds at any one place can be replaced by others within hours.
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."
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- Bob's report reminds me of some Caspian Tern observations that I
forgot to report. On Aug 19 and 21 I saw 18 and 22 Caspian Terns at Lake
Mendocino sitting along the east shore and on the emerging island near the
south marina - fairly high numbers for inland Mendocino. I also note that
it was 25 Aug 2001 when I saw a similar, unexpected flock fly over my house
in Potter Valley. This is their seasonal slot here.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
- This evening at 7:15PM, Geoff and I saw and heard a flock of what we
believe to be Caspian Terns heading southeast over our place off Old
River Road, three miles south of Talmage. They were flying way up
there in a loose flock of about fifty birds, visible only as
glittery specks to the unassisted eye. The big white birds with
black wingtips were croaking distinctively.
- Today just after noon, a flock of 12 northbound Caspian Terns flew over
the west end of Middle Ridge in Albion, about one mile inland from the
beach. They did this last year around this time, too.
- Mon, 07 Jul 2008 -- This morning at about 09:00 two CASPIAN TERNS, making
their characteristic squawk, flew high over the end of Burris Lane in Potter
Valley headed SE toward Clear Lake. The only other records here have been in
Some other unseasonal records in recent weeks were three PINE SISKINS at
my feeders (Jun 11, 25, 30), and a male GREATER SCAUP (Jun 27) on the East
Road Pond. The TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD colony on East Road is rapidly
disbanding as the second nesting comes to an end. There is a creche of
about 80 juveniles in a nearby cattail marsh that is being attended by
adults, but numbers are down from about 400 last Thursday.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
- 13 April 2009 - Flocks of Caspian Terns, about a dozen at a time, are
flying north over the west end of Middle Ridge in Albion this
Also, yesterday we had a bright male Wilson's Warbler, first one I've
seen on this property.
Middle Ridge, Albion
- Wednesday 21 April 2010 - Caspian Terns are flying north over Middle
Ridge, Albion, about one mile inland. This seems a week or two earlier
than I usually see them. Has anyone else kept track of when they go by?