EA 115 – Field Ornithology – Class I

(this is another back-dated post, as I’m catching up)

I was in Chicago during this class, but classmate Elisabeth generously sent me her notes and gave me permission to post them here, which I have done with no modifications other than adding a few photos and formatting.

Too bad I missed this class, as it sounded spirited, and quite information-packed!

EA 110 – Field Ornithology – Class 6

Wednesday was another great class in the continuing field ornithology class I’m taking. It’s hard to believe that next week is the last class of this session (but the next set of 7 classes starts the following week, and I do plan on continuing to take this class indefinitely, or until we finish the book, whichever comes first).

Red-tailed Hawk at Point Reyes on last weekend’s field trip

EA 110 – Field Ornithology – Class 5

Last night’s class began with Joe’s account of the annual WFO meeting in Las Vegas the previous weekend.  One gets the impression that Joe doesn’t much care for LV :).

Of the convention and trip:

  • when in Vegas, bird at the Henderson Sewer Ponds, which has set up a nice bird observation site with an environmental center, good bird habitat, and so on.  Joe saw a Palm Warbler and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers there
  • also birdy near Vegas is Corn Creek, part of the Sheep Range.  It’s a vagrant trap, and Gray, Hammond’s,  and Western Flycatchers were seen, along with Red-naped Sapsuckers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and 2 tail-less Flycatchers that generated some debate
  • The book “Rare Birds of California” was launched at the convention.  Although launched, it isn’t actually purchasable anywhere as yet :(  It contains a record of the CBRC’s activities for the past 30 years with photos, graphs, and such.

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Marbled Godwit at Palo Alto Baylands Park