Checklist S31856606

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Owner Gil Ewing

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  • 4 mi
Checklist Comments

Here before sun-up today. Cool, 46 degrees at start, 63 by end. Walked 1.8 miles and drove another two, approximately. Highlights were a cooperative American Mink, a first-year male American Redstart, and 95 Swainson's Hawks. There definitely seemed to be a southwesterly movement of flickers, jays, and maybe other birds. Most of our usual migrant species: vireos, orioles, grosbeaks, buntings, Empids, etc. were absent.
Photo of the mink: https://flic.kr/p/MLCNsj

Observations

  1. Number observed: 6
  2. Number observed: 176

    Details: These were counted as they flew over in over 10 separate groups, all going southwest. When they all flew back in one large group going back toward the river there seemed to be even more.

  3. Number observed: 11

    Details: Included a flock of nine flying past over the cornfield.

  4. Number observed: 1

    Details: A single flying over at dawn was the only one!

  5. Number observed: 8
  6. Number observed: 15

    Details: Eight of these were on the ground near the Swanson's Hawks.

  7. Number observed: 3

    Details: Flew over going north at sunrise.

  8. Number observed: 4
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  9. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  10. Number observed: 4

    Details: All fly-overs.

  11. Number observed: 5
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
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  12. Number observed: 13
  13. Number observed: 1

    Details: Carrying a fish that it had caught at the Sacramento River.

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  14. Number observed: 3
  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 95

    Details: Fifteen had been observed flying out of a night roost in the tall cottonwoods by the Sacramento River, but when I went farther down the road, I was able to count exactly 95 Swainson's Hawks on the ground on a huge, recently plowed fiend on the south side of the road at the gray mailbox with "93" on it.

  19. Number observed: 3
  20. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flushed from roadside before dawn.

  21. Number observed: 2

    Details: Both flushed from roadside before dawn

  22. Number observed: 1
  23. Number observed: 1
  24. Number observed: 2
  25. Number observed: 3
  26. Number observed: 13

    Details: All were counted flying toward the southwest along the roadside treetops.

  27. Number observed: 2
  28. Number observed: 1

    Details: Observed carrying a dark prey item suggestive of a blackbird or rat.

  29. Number observed: 7
  30. Number observed: 15

    Details: Incuded a group of nine that was moving southwesterly as a flock.

  31. Number observed: 4
  32. Number observed: 51
  33. Number observed: 1
  34. Number observed: 100

    Details: An estimate. All but two of these showed up in large swarming flock at the end of this checklist period.

  35. Number observed: 5
  36. Number observed: 5

    Details: All five were flying northward at first light.

  37. Number observed: 26
  38. Number observed: 4

    Details: Three were calling at the same time, at the redstart location.

  39. Number observed: 1
  40. Number observed: 2
  41. Number observed: 1
  42. Number observed: 6
  43. Number observed: 3
  44. Number observed: 24
  45. Number observed: 9
  46. Number observed: 1
  47. Number observed: 2
  48. Number observed: 2
  49. Number observed: 250

    Details: An estimate of the huge number that was seen swarming into the air all at one time, when something unseen stirred them up.

  50. Number observed: 5
  51. Number observed: 3
  52. Number observed: 4
  53. Number observed: 4
  54. Number observed: 11
  55. Number observed: 2
  56. Number observed: 1
  57. Number observed: 3
  58. Number observed: 14
  59. Number observed: 1
  60. Number observed: 6
  61. Number observed: 205
  62. Number observed: 2
  63. Number observed: 2
  64. Number observed: 2
  65. Number observed: 1

    Details: A first-year male was found in the oaks by the former railroad crossing 0.5 miles s.w. of S. River Rd. Starting to get dark lores and a few black feathers on the cheek and upper breast. Orange sides. The bird was very active, high up, and mostly in poor light, so was difficult to photograph.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female
    Sex Unknown
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  66. Number observed: 2
  67. Number observed: 5
  68. Number observed: 1
  69. Number observed: 3
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