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North American Birds reminder
Sat, 29 Jul 2000 12:44:25 PDT
From: Steve Glover

Dear North American Birds Contributors,

Apologies to those of you belonging to multiple list-serves who are getting this message four or five times! Please send your noteworthy records from the Middle Pacific Coast Region for the period 1 June 2000 - 31 July 2000 to the appropriate Subregional Editors (see below) or to the Regional Editors by 10 August. Please note that Peter Metropolus has agreed to serve as the Subregional Editor for Mono County.

Please use Subregional Editors for the counties that have them. These SREs painstakingly keep track of records within their counties and are in most cases the source of information on the birds of their counties. By sending your records to the SREs, you are helping to contribute to their county files as well as to North American Birds. If you wish to send copies to the Regional Editors, we welcome them, but please send records through the SREs as well. If you have a noteworthy summer sighting from a county without a Subregional Editor, please send records to the Regional Editors below.

Records of loons - frigatebirds and larids - alcids go to Scott Terrill at:

Records of herons to shorebirds go to Daniel Singer at:

Records of doves through thrushes/Wrentit (in the new AOU order, that includes vireos and shrikes) go to Steve Glover at:

Records of thrashers/starlings to finches go to Don Roberson at:

Subregional Editors

Bob Richmond
24650 Amador St. #15
Hayward, CA 94544

Alpine & Calaveras
Penelope Bowen
2035 Ashton Ave.
Menlo Park CA 94025

Mike Robbins
8700 Elk Ridge Way
Elk Grove CA 95624

Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, Yuba
Bruce Deuel
18730 Live Oak Road
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Contra Costa
Steve Glover
6526 Conestoga Lane
Dublin CA 94568

Del Norte
Alan D. Barron
1093 Hwy 101 N. #18
Crescent City CA 95531

David Fix and Jude Claire Power
P.O. Box 4331
Arcata CA 95518

Luke Cole
561 Hill Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Jerry R. White
P.O. Box 113
Kelseyville CA 95451

Lassen, Sacramento & Yolo
Tim Manolis
808 El Encino Way
Sacramento CA 95864

Bob Keiffer
P. O. Box 354
Hopland CA 95449

Merced and San Benito
Kent Van Vuren
26 Vista Drive
Salinas CA 93907

John Sterling
Jones & Stokes Associates
2600 V. Street
Sacramento CA 95818-1914

Mono & San Mateo
Peter Metropolus
1603 Manzanita Avenue
Belmont CA 94002

Monterey Don Roberson
282 Grove Acre
Pacific Grove CA 93950
831-373-2556 fax

Napa & Solano
Robin Leong
336 Benson Avenue
Vallejo CA 94590-3027

Nevada & Placer
Brian Williams
204 Teton Place
Woodland CA 95695-5928

Plumas & Sierra
David Lukas
P.O. Box 480
North San Juan CA 95960

San Francisco (mainland)
Hugh Cotter
1219 Broderick St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

San Joaquin
11707 N. Alpine Rd.
Lodi CA 95240

Santa Clara
William G. Bousman
321 Arlington Way
Menlo Park CA 94025

Santa Cruz
David Suddjian
801 Monterey Ave
Capitola CA 95010

Bob Yutzy
P. O. Box 990237
Redding CA 96099

Ray Ekstrom
2209 Delphic Road
Montague CA 96964

Ruth Rudesill
P.O. Box 371
Kenwood CA 95452

Jim Gain
310 Gayle Ave
Modesto, CA 95350

John Hunter
P.O. Box 4483
Arcata CA 95518

We currently have no Subregional Editors for El Dorado, Fresno, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Tulare, Tuolumne. Records from these counties should be sent directly to the Regional Editors.

The Reporting Deadlines are:







Season ends

May 31

July 31

Nov 30

Feb 28

Observer reports to SRE*

June 10

Aug 10

Dec 10

Mar 10

SRE reports to Regional Editor

June 20

Aug 20

Dec 20

Mar 20

Regional Editor's final text to ABA office

July 10

Sep 10

Jan 10

Apr 10

 *or to Regional Editor if your county has no SRE

Please meet your deadlines so that we can meet our deadlines! Please send reports in our preferred order: species, date(s) [including year], locale, co. abbrev., number of birds, and observer, and then, on a second line, any comments. Please separate these sections by a "tab" (except just a space between locale and county abbreviation) on electronic versions submitted. Again, here's an example of the correct format:

Grace's Warbler   12/13/98-2/20/99    Jacks Peak   MTY    1 adult    RFT, mob
A second record for the Region (the first was 6/26/91 at Deer Spring, Glass Mt. MNO) which wintered with a large flock of Townsend's & Hermit warblers at the very top of Jacks Peak in Jacks Peak Regional Park. Details by Tintle and others are enclosed.

Many observers and Subregional Editors have been submitting their reports electronically, either on a diskette or by e-mail. Please submit electronic reports if possible. We are trying to maintain an electronic database of at least recent records, and we hope to be able to have all old data entered eventually so that the entire database will be easily accessible to anyone who wants it. Electronic submission of records in the format described above makes it much easier for us maintain this electronic database.

We've heard questions about, comments on, and criticism of our regional reports from several observers and SREs. We really appreciate this feedback, as it helps us to better represent what is going on in the Region as a whole. Please help us correct any factual errors we make, and don't hesitate to let us know what you think of the reports.

Many thanks to all the contributors and Subregional Editors who make these reports possible!

Sincerely, Don Roberson, Dan Singer, Scott Terrill, and Steve Glover
(Middle Pacific Coast Regional Editors)

Posted to EBbird by Steve Glover, Dublin, CA

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Orange Bishop in Fremont
Sat, 29 Jul 2000 16:46:55 PDT
From: Bill Scoggins

This morning at 9:30 AM, while I was leading an Ohlone Audubon Society field trip to the Alameda Flood Control Channel, our group had great views of a male Orange Bishop. A possible female was nearby. This bird was seen in the weedy section of the channel immediately west of the bridge on Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA.

According to the National Geographic field guide, 3rd edition, page 456, the Orange Bishop is "native to sub-Saharan Africa: widely introduced. Established since the early 1980's in greater Los Angeles area, where it favors weedy areas, especially river bottoms... Females, immatures, and winter birds are streaked above."

Directions to the Alameda Creek Stables Staging Area. From Hwy 880 go west on Hwy 84 (Decoto Road), exit at Ardenwood Blvd and turn right at the light. Continue north, across Alameda County Flood Control Channel Bridge and turn left at the light (cross street is Lowry).

Good luck finding this very colorful bird,

Bill Scoggins

PS  You may see a sick or odd-behaving Barn Owl at this location; please do not attempt to capture it. Trained staff of the Ohlone Wildlife Rescue center are monitoring this owl and are best equipped to capture it if necessary.

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Hayward Shoreline
Sun, 30 Jul 2000 21:08:18 PDT
From: Bob Richmond

Today at the Hayward Shoreline the following was seen:

Eared Grebe - 3 pairs of adults with chicks
Blue-winged Teal - 3 (2 males, 1 female)
Lesser Scaup - 2 females with ducklings
Black Skimmer - 1

Good birding

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