Topics in Field Ornithology (Spring 2018)

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!

Note: We will be using the new 7th edition of the National Geographic Guide.
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 58th AOS supplement.

"Subspecies for Birders" presented to Marin Audubon on 13 October. Audio Recording and PDF here
My article on Ridgway's Rail being imperiled by Spartina removal is here.


January 24, 2018
We plan to complete and review the pigeons and doves on pages 76-78.

Click here and here for Common Ground-Doves in Santa Cruz. My photos from Baja and Florida
My Ruddy Ground-Dove notes and photos are here, here, here, here and here. My photos from Baja and Panama. More Ruddy Ground-Dove photos are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here (09 January 2007 - Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad. This small dove was common on both islands, but I found they were difficult to photograph because they kept moving, bobbing their heads as they walked rapidly on the ground. Females are similar to males but browner, less reddish. This is the subspecies C. t. rufipennis which ranges widely from Mexico to northern South America and which occurs marginally in the southern United States. It has less black and more cinnamon on its underwings cf. C. t. talpacoti which ranges further south in the South American tropics.)
My Key West Quail-Dove photo from Cuba.
White-tipped Dove from Tobago is here (14 January 2007 - Blue Waters Inn, Tobago. This species was fairly common in Tobago, where the endemic subspecies L. v. tobagensis looks and sounds quite different (lower pitched) from the nominate race which occurs on Trinidad and the adjacent mainland.Tobagenis is paler below and lacks the copper sheen on its nape found on other races). My photos and notes from Panama and Brazil (Pousada Pouso Alegre) and Brazil (P. Jofre).
Click here for my photo with distributional and taxonomic notes on White-winged Dove in Puerto Rico. Additional photos here, here, and here.
Zenaida Dove - My photos from Puerto Rico and Cuba.
My Mourning Dove photos here here here.


January 17, 2018
We completed and started to review the pigeons and doves on pages 72-74. Class voice recording expires 1/22/18

Click here and here for my photos of and notes on Band-tailed Pigeon at Pacifica and Coyote Point.
Click here for my photo of a Red-billed Pigeon from Belize.
A photo of the Bolinas Oriental Turtle-Dove is here. My photos and notes from Japan here and here.
Click here for my photos and analysis of Eurasian Collared-Doves in the Imperial Valley. Click here, here (5 October 2008, Fish Docks, Point Reyes, Marin County, California) and here for additional Eurasian Collared-Dove photos.
My Spotted Dove photos from Thailand and India
My photo of Inca Dove from Texas is here (18 January 2006 - Salineno, Texas. This small dove has been expanding its range and increasing in numbers over the last century. It has adapted from its native arid desert habitat to suburbs and gardens where they frequently attend feeders.). Photos and notes from the Imperial Vallely, California are here and here.


November 29, 2017
We completed and reviewed the puffins and auklets on page 262 (page 178 in 7th edition). Class voice recording expires 12/29/17

Click here for a photo of Rhinoceros Auklets in Alaska.
Atlantic Puffin off Canada with notes.
Horned Puffin photos are here, here, here, here and here.
My Tufted Puffin photos and notes are here and here. Click here for a Tufted Puffin from Alaska.
For the puffin poem, click here.

This was the last class of the semester. Information on Spring 2018 classes.