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

I will be offering a free program on "Subspecies for Birders" for Marin Audubon 13 October. Details here.


October 5, 2016

We plan to complete and review 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.