At Clam Beach.
A large, uniformly dark swift with a long tail flew overhead while we were searching for the Hooded Oriole, only giving us a fleeting glimpse before it disappeared heading north.
A continuing hatch-year bird, seen about 30 feet up the trail nearest the bench and boat ramp, identified by white eye-ring and wing bars, bluish upperparts, and yellow underparts streaked on flanks.
Found earlier in the morning by another birder, refound later by our group at a different location in the willows. A stocky warbler with a bright yellow throat and thin white eye-arcs. Photographed by a friend.
A brilliant male bird seen on trail through willows. Photographed by my friend. An annual vagrant in small numbers.
One juvenile bird in a flock of Least Sandpipers on north bank of river, told by larger size, black legs, much whiter face (bold supercilium) and short, stubby bill.
A female discovered by me feeding with a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, and the first winter record of Lark Bunting in northwestern California. An unusually long-staying individual; see my 3/6/2012 observation for a photo.
A male bird, returning to this address from the year before, seen for several minutes and obviously based this species based on the lack of red on the nape and the prominent white markings.
It was growing in the wild, but was brought inside so it could be inspected under a microscope.
It had been growing in the wild, but was brought inside to get a look at it under the microscope
It had been growing in the wild, but we brought inside to get a look under the microscope
Juvenile bird, first county record, sighted twice through my friend's scope and then a third time through my binoculars in the brush between the two ponds by the vista point, around which this bird was present from roughly November 2010-April 2011 and seen by many. See my 2/18/2011 re-sighting observation for my photos.
Seen associating with 7 domestic geese and 2 Canada Geese at the wastewater treatment ponds.
Flushed from the road near Horizon Organic Dairy Farms.
A lone female was spotted swimming near the Hammond Trail bridge as I was heading back from the county park.
Many individuals flocking with other gulls in the river and on the beach.
A female with a gigantic bill (a more grotesque bird than I'd imagined) was seen swimming on the Mad River.
Just after I'd exited the southern end of the Hammond Trail bridge over the Mad River, I saw a light-morph adult being harassed by a pair of crows before landing on a telephone pole, where I observed it for a few minutes.
An adult seen briefly, landing in a grove of trees just east of the bench near the large, spiked telephone pole just long enough for me to make out its tiny size.
At Mad River County Park. 11/11/09
Center bird (poor lighting); Lanphere Rd. dairy, Arcata, CA
Near Clam Beach ponds in McKinleyville.
Mad River, Humboldt County, CA
Long-staying female bird (which I discovered, my first significant rarity find) at Arcata's Lanphere Rd. dairy.
Several hunting. One scuffled with the peregrine and chased it off.