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.

Recommended Shorebird Reference Books


February 22, 2017
We plan to complete and review the gulls on page 212.

My Black-legged Kittiwake photos and notes from Alaska and Thailand. Click here, here and here for more Black-legged Kittiwake photos.
Click here for a Red-legged Kittiwake photo from Alaska.
Sabine's Gull photos and notes are here, here, here and here.
Ivory Gull photos and notes are here and here. Ivory Gull from Washington is here.
Swallow-tailed Gull photos from Monterey are here. Click here and here for my Swallow-tailed Gull photos from the Galapagos.


February 15, 2017
We completed and reviewed the phalaropes on page 206.

Click here, here, and here for Wilson's Phalarope
Click here, here, here and here for my photos and notes on Red-necked Phalaropes.
Click here and here for Red Phalarope images. My photo of a Red Phalarope at Abbotts Lagoon is here.

My article on Ridgway's Rail being imperiled by Spartina removal is here.


February 8, 2017
We completed and reviewed the snipe and woodcock on page 204

Click here, here, here and here for my Wilson's Snipe photos and behavioral notes.
My Common Snipe photos and notes from India are here and here.
Click here for details and photos of the American Woodcock at Iron Mountain, California. I co-authored a full article published in "Western Birds" about this bird. A pdf of that article is here. Click here for my photo of American Woodcock in Ohio and here for a video of that bird. .


February 1, 2017
We completed the dowitchers on page 202.

A first summer Short-billed Dowitcher with analysis is here.
Click here for my photo and analysis of a molting Long-billed Dowitcher. Molting adult dowitchers discussed here are probably Long-billed. Winter plumage Long-billed Dowitchers.
A detailed but somewhat controversial article on dowitcher identification is here.