Ornithology 2 Summary (Fall 2016)

If you miss a class, please check this page and study the listed topics in your field guide. Click here for last semester's calendar.

Note: Please park in the Hayes Street Parking lot. All spaces are available except disabled and reserved drop off for the child care center. If the lot is full and you park in the Grove Street lot you will likely get a parking ticket unless you display the temporary parking passes which are available to all registered students. These passes must be stamped by the John Adams office which closes at 7:30pm!

Class notes by Elisabeth Koster are here. (Plumage and molt terminology here. )
Please register at
eBird and email me your eBird ID. I can then offer to share field trip lists with you.

Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 57th AOU supplement.
Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 56th AOU supplement.
Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 55th AOU supplement.
Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 54th AOU supplement.
Australia Dogs and Beaches brochure.
An online version of Ridgway's Color Standards and nomenclature is available here.

Replacement Sibley 2nd edition first printing
To get a replacement copy, cut the barcode off the back cover of your second edition, first printing and mail it to:
Penguin Random House
Attn: Consumer Services/DMS
400 Hahn Road
Westminster, MD 21157

"Subspecies for Birders" presented to Marin Audubon on 13 October. Audio Recording and PDF here
"Birding Antarctica by Cruise Ship" presented for Sequoia Audubon on 8 December. Free program. Details here.


December 7, 2016
We plan to review the shorebirds on pages 190-198.

November 30, 2016
We completed and reviewed the sandpipers on page 198.

My juvenile Dunlin from New Brunswick. Winter plumage Dunlin from San Diego. Click here for my photo and notes on a breeding plumage Dunlin in Ohio.
My Curlew Sandpiper photos and notes from Australia and Thailand. More Curlew Sandpiper images are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
Stilt Sandpiper images are here, here, here, here and here.


November 23, 2016
We completed and reviewed the sandpipers on page 196.

Photos of White-rumped Sandpipers at China Lake in California are here and here. Click here for my description of a White-rumped Sandpiper in Alviso.
My Baird's Sandpiper photos are here, here, here, here and here. Click here for another photo of a Baird's Sandpiper in San Francisco.
My Spoon-billed Sandpiper photos and analysis from Thailand.
My Thailand Broad-billed Sandpiper photos and analysis.


November 16, 2016
We completed and reviewed the stints on page 194.

Full account with photos of adult Red-necked Stint at Hayward. My excruciatingly detailed description of an adult from Ventura County in 1994. My Red-necked Stint photos from Australia and Thailand. Click here for a photo of an alternate plumage Red-necked Stint at Moss Landing. Another photo of the same bird is here. Another breeding plumage Red-necked Stint photo from Ventura County is here. Adult from Kern County is here. More recent Alaska Red-necked Stint is here.
Little Stint photos at Alviso. Click here for photos of an alternate plumage Little Stint in Los Angeles and here for photos of a juvenile Little Stint in Baja, Mexico. Full details of the Baja bird are here. Additional Little Stint photos from California are here, here, here and here.
My Long-toed Stint photos and notes from Thailand. Full documentation for the Long-toed Stint at the Salinas Sewer Ponds is here. Click here for additional photos of that bird.
My Temminck's Stint photos and notes from India and Thailand.


November 9, 2016

We reviewed the shorebirds on pages 182-192.


November 2, 2016

We completed and reviewed the "peeps" on page 192.

Click here for my photos and notes on identification of a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper at Half Moon Bay. More from Half Moon Bay here and here. Semipalmated Sandpipers from New Brunswick. Click here for a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper and here for an adult at Arcata. Click here for a photo and ID discussion of a probable basic adult Semipalmated Sandpiper in Ventura.

Click here for my my photo of a juvenile Western Sandpiper at Abbotts Lagoon and here for Half Moon Bay. Basic plumage Western Sandpiper. Photos and ID discussion of both juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper (including "rufous morph") and Least Sandpiper are here.

Juvenile Least Sandpiper with Semipalmated Sandpipers in New Brunswick with ID discussion. Photos of bright juvenile Least Sandpipers are here and here. My photo of an adult basic Least Sandpiper is here.


October 26, 2016

We completed and reviewed the shorebirds on page 190.

Click here for my photo and notes on a Surfbird in Half Moon Bay. A photo of Surfbird from one of our field trips is here.
My photos of Great Knots in Australia are here and here. The SurfKnot (presumed Great Knot X Surfbird hybrid) is here.
Click here, here, here, and here for my photo and discussion of Sanderlings in Half Moon Bay and Cuba.


October 18, 2016

We completed and reviewed the shorebirds on page 188.

Click here for my photo and discussion of a Ruddy Turnstone at Playa del Rey, California and here for my photo of a Ruddy Turnstone in Puerto Rico.
Click here, here and here for my photos of Black Turnstone.
Click here for photos of a Pribilof Rock Sandpiper at Ocean Shores, Washington. Click here for my photo and discussion of a Rock Sandpiper at Playa del Rey, California and click here for my photos of a Rock Sandpiper at Half Moon Bay.


October 12, 2016

We completed and reviewed the godwits on page 186.

My Black-tailed Godwit from Thailand and India.
My photos and detailed discussion of Hudsonian Godwit in Napa here and here. Click here for my photos and notes on a Hudsonian Godwit at Alviso; additional photos are here.
Click here for photos and my notes on a Bar-tailed Godwit at San Gregorio. A stunning series of photos of a Bar-tailed Godwit at Fort Bragg is here. Bar-tailed Godwit photos from Humboldt Bay are here and here. Click here and here for photos of Bar-tailed Godwits in Washington State.
Click here for a photo of an aberrant Marbled Godwit that was originally thought to be a Bar-tailed Godwit. For additional photos and detailed analysis by Roberson on that controversial bird, click here. My Marbled Godwit photos from Half Moon Bay and Ano Nuevo. Click here for my photo and discussion of Marbled Godwits and a Willet at Coyote Point. My photos and notes from Bolsa Chica here and here.


October 5, 2016

We completed and reviewed the shorebirds on pages 182 and 184.

My photos of Upland Sandpiper from Minnesota with notes are here and here. Additional Upland Sandpiper photos are here and here.
Click here for a photo and discussion of the identification of a Whimbrel. My Whimbrel photos including discussion of geographic variation are here and here. Additional Whimbrel photos here, here and here; photo of Eurasian race of Whimbrel is here.
Click here for details and photos of a Bristle-thighed Curlew in Cresecent City and here for details including a video of a Bristle-thighed Curlew at Point Reyes.
Long-billed Curlew is here, here & here (with notes).


September 28, 2016

We completed and reviewed the shorebirds on pages 180 and 182.

My Wandering Tattler photos from Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and from San Francisco. Click here for photo of a Wandering Tattler and discussion of its nasal groove.
My Gray-tailed Tattler photos from Australia are here. Click here for an article on tattler identification with a photo of a juvenile Gray-tailed Tattler in Washington State.
My Common Sandpiper photos from Tanzania, India and Thailand.
My Spotted Sandpiper photos from Ohio (with notes) and Belize. Additional Spotted Sandpiper photo here.