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Checklist S39817494

 
Location
Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
1 hour(s), 45 minute(s)
Distance:
0.75 mile(s)
Observers:
William Legge
Comments:
Wind W, light, hazy sunshine, 18C/65F. Birded the eastern end of the main lagoon/Headlands Visitor Center Park and Field/Simmonds Road circuit.
Species
41 species (+1 other taxa) total
6
American Wigeon

Main lagoon

22
Mallard

The highest count this year!

11
California Quail
6
Pied-billed Grebe

Eastern end of the main lagoon

3
Eared Grebe

Main lagoon

2
Anna's Hummingbird
3
Virginia Rail

Heard only from both lagoons

1
Common Gallinule

The continuing 2nd CY bird at the eastern end of the main lagoon

5
American Coot

Main lagoon

2
Greater Yellowlegs

Main lagoon shoreline

5
Double-crested Cormorant

Main lagoon

1
Great Egret
3
Snowy Egret
1
Turkey Vulture
1
American Kestrel

Male

2
Black Phoebe
1
Hutton's Vireo
3
California Scrub-Jay
3
American Crow
7
Common Raven
4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
12
Bushtit
10
Pygmy Nuthatch
1
Marsh Wren
2
Bewick's Wren
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4
Wrentit
4
Hermit Thrush
5
European Starling
3
Purple Finch
2
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
10
White-crowned Sparrow
1
Golden-crowned Sparrow
5
Song Sparrow
3
Spotted Towhee
1
Prothonotary Warbler

1st winter/female. Medium sized warbler, with bright yellow head and breast, with some small subtle light greenish yellow smudges around a black eye - but not a true eyeline - greenish yellow back, grayish wings (no wing bars), and bright white undertail coverts. Distinctive tail in flight with white patches on the outer tail feathers with the end of the outer tail feathers being dark. In the field it looked like the bird had 'white spots' on its outer tail feathers when in flight - very distinctive. Comparatively long billed (compared to other warblers). Bill dark gray, with a noticeable curve downward to the upper mandible near its tip. Initially seen at the causeway road bridge (eastern end of the main lagoon), which separates the two lagoons around the lone cypress tree and adjoining willows, as well as the small clumps of willows on the west side of Bunker Road directly opposite the cypress tree (adjoining the eastern end of the main lagoon and circuit trail). This is where we first saw the bird in flight (at this stage unidentified) as it flew across the road, but we knew it was different (with the bright yellow head and tail 'spots'), as well as the last location we saw the bird at around 11.10am today. Also seen briefly close by in scrub near the Miwok Trailhead at the eastern end of Shed T1111, so it is moving around.

3
Common Yellowthroat
1
Yellow Warbler
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
1
Townsend's Warbler
 

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