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1980-09-05: CA: Marin County

Notable:  White-tailed Kite
@DB: Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
@DBL: Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
@DBTM: Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
So-called because it was full of Tricolored Blackbirds today.
@JO: Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
@LBV: Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
@MR: Point Reyes: McClure's Ranch
@PR: Point Reyes
@Tib: Tiburon
@day: Marin County
Gadwall @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Wigeon, American @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Mallard @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Good numbers, but wary.
Teal, Blue-winged # @Point Reyes
Shoveler, Northern @Point Reyes
Pintail, Common @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Teal, Green-Winged # @Point Reyes
Scoter, Surf 2 @Point Reyes
Scoter, White-winged @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Duck, Ruddy @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Quail, California @Point Reyes: McClure's Ranch
Loon, Red-throated 3+ @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Grebe, Pied-billed 
@Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
@Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Grebe, Red-necked 2 @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Cormorant, Brandt's @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Cormorant, Double-crested @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Pelican, Brown @Point Reyes
Over Tiburon.
Heron, Great Blue @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Vulture, Turkey @Point Reyes
Kite, White-tailed 
22 @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Amazing number. All flying south.
4 @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Hawk, Marsh #ϕ @Point Reyes
Grasslands generally.
Hawk, Sharp-shinned 1 @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Hawk, Cooper's 1 @Tiburon
Hawk, Red-tailed # @Point Reyes
Original written notes unclear, possibly "mutual attacks with four of the kites."
Kestrel, American # @Point Reyes
Coot, American @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Plover, Black-bellied # @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Plover, Semipalmated @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Killdeer @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: lagoon north
Willet @Point Reyes
Beaches and esteros.
1980-09-05-0025
Yellowlegs, Lesser @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Description: Tiny. Bill 1.2 × head.
Behavior: Hyper.
Godwit, Marbled 
@Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
@Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Sanderling 1-2 @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Sandpiper, Western @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Sandpiper, Least @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Dowitcher, Long-billed # @Point Reyes: Johnson Oyster Co. area
Phalarope, Northern @Point Reyes
Thick like pond scum.
Gull, Heermann's @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Gull, Ring-billed @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Gull, Western # @Point Reyes
Gull, Glaucous-winged 
#a @Point Reyes
#i @Point Reyes
1980-09-05-0009
Pretty ratty-looking, huh?
Tern, Forster's # @Point Reyes
Murrelet, Marbled @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach
Off Drake's Beach after the tide started coming back in.
Description: White throat, white below, white in wing, rest dark; small size, small straight bill, eye in dark.
Dove, Rock @Point Reyes
Dove, Mourning @Point Reyes
Hummingbird, Anna's @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Woodpecker, Downy @Point Reyes
Flicker, Common @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Empidonax sp. ? @Point Reyes
Description: Some yellowish light color on breast.
Shrike, Loggerhead @Point Reyes
Jay, Steller's # @Point Reyes
scrub-jay sp. # @Point Reyes
Crow, Common @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Flocks overhead, late in the day.
Raven, Common @Point Reyes
Baker Beach and Point Reyes generally.
Swallow, Tree / Swallow, Violet-green @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Swallow, Barn # @Point Reyes
Wren, Bewick's @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Wrentit @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Vocalizations: Heard only.
Bluebird, Western @Point Reyes: McClure's Ranch
Robin, American @Point Reyes: McClure's Ranch
Warbler, Orange-crowned @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Warbler, Audubon's @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Yellowthroat, Common @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Description: Females, female/immatures, and winter males.
Warbler, Wilson's ♂ @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Towhee, California 2 @Point Reyes: Limantour Rd x Bear Valley
Sparrow, Song @Point Reyes
Sparrow, White-crowned @Point Reyes
Junco, Oregon @Point Reyes: McClure's Ranch
Blackbird, Red-winged # @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Blackbird, Tricolored # @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Blackbird, Brewer's @Point Reyes
Finch, House # @Point Reyes
Goldfinch, Lesser @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Goldfinch, American @Point Reyes: Drake's Beach: Tricolor Marsh
Sparrow, House @Point Reyes
Buildings and cowlots.

1980-09-07: CA: Point Reyes

Notable:  Black-billed Cuckoo; Blackburnian Warbler; Blackpoll Warbler; Canada Warbler
@MR: Point Reyes: Mendoza Ranch
@NR: Point Reyes: Nunez Ranch
@NW: Point Reyes: New Willows
I was experimenting with flash projection rigs around this period, and took a huge, unwieldy rig build around a Fresnel lens maybe 10" x 10" into the thickets of the New Willows. It was way too bulky, and distracted me from an abundance of great rarities that was blasting around inside the thicket.
@PRL: Point Reyes: lighthouse area
@day: Point Reyes
With Leonard Compagno.
Teal, Blue-winged @Point Reyes
Scoter, Surf @Point Reyes
Scoter, White-winged @Point Reyes
Quail, California @Point Reyes
Loon, Common @Point Reyes
Grebe, Pied-billed @Point Reyes
Grebe, Western @Point Reyes
Cormorant, Double-crested @Point Reyes
Cormorant, Pelagic @Point Reyes
Pelican, Brown @Point Reyes
Heron, Great Blue @Point Reyes
Egret, Great @Point Reyes
Egret, Snowy @Point Reyes
Vulture, Turkey @Point Reyes
Hawk, Red-shouldered @Point Reyes
Hawk, Red-tailed @Point Reyes
Kestrel, American @Point Reyes
Merlin @Point Reyes
Coot, American @Point Reyes
Killdeer @Point Reyes
Willet @Point Reyes
Yellowlegs, Lesser @Point Reyes
Godwit, Marbled @Point Reyes
Sandpiper, Least @Point Reyes
Gull, Heermann's @Point Reyes
Gull, Ring-billed @Point Reyes
Gull, Western @Point Reyes
Gull, Thayer's @Point Reyes
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Point Reyes
Tern, Forster's @Point Reyes
Murrelet, Marbled @Point Reyes
Dove, Rock @Point Reyes
Pigeon, Band-tailed @Point Reyes
Dove, Mourning @Point Reyes
Cuckoo, Black-billed @Point Reyes: New Willows
Based on the Northern California Rare Bird Alert following this date, Leonard Compagno and I were either the only people who saw this bird here, or were two of very few who did. We were standing above the thicket on the south side before descending, and this bird hopped off a high perch opposite and dived into the thicket. We both saw it pretty well. ID was based on the size, cruciform shape with long tail in flight, and black bill.
Owl, Great Horned @Point Reyes
Kingfisher, Belted @Point Reyes
Flicker, Red-shafted @Point Reyes
Flycatcher, Willow @Point Reyes
Flycatcher, Pacific-slope @Point Reyes
Shrike, Loggerhead @Point Reyes
Vireo, Warbling @Point Reyes
Jay, Steller's @Point Reyes
scrub-jay sp. @Point Reyes
Crow, Common @Point Reyes
Raven, Common @Point Reyes
Swallow, Barn @Point Reyes
Wren, Bewick's @Point Reyes
Wrentit @Point Reyes
Mockingbird @Point Reyes
Starling, European @Point Reyes
Warbler, Tennessee @Point Reyes: lighthouse area
Location uncertain, based on a dim memory in 2011.
Warbler, Black-throated Gray @Point Reyes: Mendoza Ranch
1980-09-07-00061980-09-07-0008
Warbler, Townsend's @Point Reyes: Mendoza Ranch
1980-09-07-0028
Flash projection.
Warbler, Hermit @Point Reyes
1980-09-07-0018
Flash projection.
Warbler, Blackburnian @Point Reyes
Warbler, Blackpoll @Point Reyes
Redstart, American @Point Reyes
Warbler, Wilson's @Point Reyes
Warbler, Canada @Point Reyes: New Willows
Towhee, California @Point Reyes
Sparrow, Savannah @Point Reyes
Sparrow, Song @Point Reyes
Sparrow, White-crowned @Point Reyes
Blackbird, Red-winged @Point Reyes
Blackbird, Tricolored @Point Reyes
Blackbird, Brewer's @Point Reyes
Finch, Purple @Point Reyes
Finch, House @Point Reyes
Siskin, Pine @Point Reyes
Goldfinch, Lesser @Point Reyes
Goldfinch, American @Point Reyes
Sparrow, House @Point Reyes

1980-09-15: CA: Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain

@BL: Bolinas Lagoon
@HM: Golden Gate NRA: Hawk Mountain
@MR: Mendoza Ranch
@day: Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
teal sp. @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Mallard @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Quail, California @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Pelican, Brown @Bolinas Lagoon
Heron, Great Blue @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Egret, Great @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Egret, Snowy @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Vulture, Turkey @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Kite, White-tailed @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Hawk, Marsh @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Hawk, Sharp-shinned @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Hawk, Cooper's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Hawk, Red-tailed @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Kestrel, American @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Plover, Black-bellied @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Killdeer @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sandpiper, Spotted @Mendoza Ranch
Willet @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Curlew, Long-billed @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sandpiper, Least @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Phalarope, Northern @Mendoza Ranch
Gull, Ring-billed @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Gull, Western @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Tern, Forster's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Dove, Rock @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Pigeon, Band-tailed @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Dove, Mourning @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Hummingbird, Anna's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Selasphorus sp. @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Kingfisher, Belted @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Flicker, Common @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Shrike, Loggerhead @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Jay, Steller's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
scrub-jay sp. @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Crow, Common @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Raven, Common @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Wren, Bewick's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Wrentit @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Robin, American @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Starling, European @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Warbler, Orange-crowned @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Warbler, Yellow @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Redstart, American @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Warbler, Wilson's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Towhee, Rufous-sided @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Towhee, California @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sparrow, Savannah @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sparrow, Song @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sparrow, White-crowned @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Blackbird, Red-winged @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Blackbird, Brewer's @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Finch, Purple @Mendoza Ranch
Finch, House @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Goldfinch, Lesser @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Goldfinch, American @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain
Sparrow, House @Pt Reyes; GGNRA: Hawk Mountain

1980-09-20: CA: Palo Alto

@DC: Mountain View Duck Club
@DP: Palo Alto Duck Pond
@FB: Palo Alto Flood Basin
@day: Palo Alto
@home: Palo Alto: 3101 Middlefield Road
Mallard @Palo Alto
Shoveler, Northern @Palo Alto Duck Pond
Pintail @Palo Alto Duck Pond
Pelican, Brown @Mountain View Duck Club
Heron, Great Blue @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Egret, Great @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Hawk, Red-tailed @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Kestrel, American @Palo Alto
Downtown Palo Alto; also Park at Page Mill Road.
Gallinule, Common @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Near the dog kennels at the southeast corner of the Flood Basin.
Coot, American @Palo Alto
Killdeer @Palo Alto
Stilt, Black-necked @Palo Alto
Avocet, American @Palo Alto
Yellowlegs, Greater @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Willet @Palo Alto
Godwit, Marbled @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Sandpiper, Least @Palo Alto
Dowitcher, Long-billed @Palo Alto Duck Pond
Vocalizations: By call.
Phalarope, Northern @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Gull, Ring-billed @Palo Alto
Gull, Western @Palo Alto
Gull, California @Palo Alto
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Palo Alto
Dove, Rock @Palo Alto
Dove, Mourning @Palo Alto
Shrike, Loggerhead @Palo Alto Flood Basin
Mockingbird @Palo Alto: 3101 Middlefield Road
Sparrow, Savannah @Palo Alto
Blackbird, Red-winged @Palo Alto
Blackbird, Brewer's @Palo Alto
Finch, House @Palo Alto
Sparrow, House @Palo Alto

1980-09-23: CA: San Rafael

@GGNRA: Golden Gate NRA: Hawk Mountain
@SRaf: San Rafael
Yard of Leonard's friend Warren.
Sparrow, Golden-crowned @San Rafael
1980-09-23-00191980-09-23-0029
Strobe.

1980-09-28: CA: Marin County

Notable:  Broad-winged Hawk; Tropical Kingbird; Prairie Warbler
@HM: Golden Gate NRA: Hawk Mountain
@RL: Marin County: Rodeo Lagoon
@day: Marin County
teal sp. @Marin County
Gadwall @Marin County
Wigeon, American @Marin County
Mallard @Marin County
Pintail @Marin County
Quail, California @Marin County
Grebe, Pied-billed @Marin County: Rodeo Lagoon
Pelican, Brown @Marin County
Egret, Great @Marin County
Egret, Snowy @Marin County
Vulture, Turkey @Marin County
Hawk, Marsh @Marin County
Hawk, Sharp-shinned @Marin County
Hawk, Cooper's @Marin County
Hawk, Broad-winged 
3i @Marin County
1980-09-28-00141980-09-28-00231980-09-28-0024
1a @Marin County
1980-09-28-00161980-09-28-0027
Hawk, Red-tailed @Marin County
Kestrel, American @Marin County
Coot, American @Marin County
Gull, Heermann's @Marin County
Gull, Ring-billed @Marin County
Gull, Western @Marin County
Gull, Glaucous-winged @Marin County
Dove, Rock @Marin County
Pigeon, Band-tailed @Marin County
Dove, Mourning @Marin County
Swift, Vaux's @Marin County
Hummingbird, Anna's @Marin County
Woodpecker, Downy @Marin County
Flicker, Common @Marin County
Phoebe, Black @Marin County
Kingbird, Tropical @Marin County
If I recall correctly (in 2011), this bird was hanging around on the banks of Rodeo Lagoon, and was a Northern California Rare Bird Alert stakeout.
scrub-jay sp. @Marin County
Raven, Common @Marin County
Swallow, Tree / Swallow, Violet-green @Marin County
Swallow, Barn @Marin County
Chickadee, Chestnut-backed @Marin County
Wren, Bewick's @Marin County
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray @Marin County
Wrentit @Marin County
Warbler, Prairie @Marin County
My original paper notes on this species, in their entirety: “Clear yellow below, tail flip, streaky sides; staked out,” but I can't recall where the stakeout was. Another NC Rare Bird Alert bird.
Towhee, Rufous-sided @Marin County
Sparrow, White-crowned @Marin County
Blackbird, Red-winged @Marin County
Finch, House @Marin County
Siskin, Pine @Marin County
Goldfinch, American @Marin County
Sparrow, House @Marin County

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