Ornithology 2B Summary (Spring 2011)
If you miss a class, please check this page and study the listed topics in your field guide. Click here
for last year's calendar.
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.
We completed and reviewed the Old World Flycatchers and Thrushes on pages 350 & 352. Bluethroat
photos from San Clemente Island. Click here
for photos of the Taiga Flycatcher at Putah Creek. Click here
for a photo and link to my detailed notes on a Northern Wheatear in Sonoma County. Stonechat
photo from San Clemente Island.
Playback in birding
- David Sibley's take.
This was be the last class for the semester. Please preregister, after July 1st
if you plan to enroll in the Fall. Click here for details.
We completed and reviewed the Old World Warblers on page 348.
- Click here for a full article with photos
on the Lanceolated Warbler on the Farallons.
- Click here for an article with photos on the
identification of Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler.
- First North American record of Blythe's Reed-Warbler.
(Not in book).
- Click here for photos and my notes on a Dusky Warbler
in Santa Cruz, here for photos of a Dusky Warbler in California
City, here for a Dusky Warbler in Bolinas and here for a Dusky Warbler in Santa Barbara..
- Click here for a photo of an Arctic Warbler
from the Farallons, here for photos of an Arctic
Warbler at Oceano, here and here
for an Arctic Warbler at Galileo Hill. Photos of Dusky and Arctic warblers at Big Sur are here.
We completed and reviewed the gnatcatchers on page 346. Male Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher on nest at Mt. Diablo.. Click here for
a photo of a Black-capped Gnatcatcher in Arizona. Male California
Gnatcatcher in Ventura County.
We completed and reviewed the dippers and kinglets on pages 344-346.
We completed and reviewed the wrens on page 344.
- Cactus Wren photo.
- Click here for my photos and notes on a Rock
Wren in Mariposa County.
- Click here for a photo and discussion on a Marsh
Wren showing a streaked crown. Marsh Wren building
nest at Lake Merced on our field trip. Click here
for Kroodsma's paper in "The Condor" describing vocal differences and isolation between the eastern and
western populations of Marsh Wren. Useful summary of Eastern
and Western Marh Wren differences.
- Click here and here
for photos, a sound recording and my notes on Sedge Wrens in South San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Click here
for a photo of a Sedge Wren in Goleta
We completed and reviewed the wrens on page 342. Click here
for a photo and discussion of a House Wren. My House
Wren photo and discussion from Ohio. House
Wren photo and discussion from Tobago. Pacific Wren photo and discussion; additionl
photo here. Bewick's Wren photo; additional photo
Click here for photos and
discussion of Sinaloa Wren in Arizona.
We completed and reviewed the creeper and nuthatches on page 340. My Brown
Creeper photos are here and here
(nest with fledglings).
Sibley ID articles:
My White-breasted Nuthatch photos are here, here
and here. Red-breasted Nuthatch photos are here
(scroll down). Pygmy Nuthatch pictures are here and here.
We completed and reviewed the verdin and bushtit on page 338. Click here and
here for my photos of fledgling bushtits.
This was the last class for Part A. Please register for Part B as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
We completed and reviewed the chickadees on pages 336-338. Click here
for additional information on distinguishing Black-capped and Carolina chickadees. An outline of a proposed split
of Mountain chickadee is here. Actual AOU pending proposal
Sibley ID articles:
We completed and reviewed the titmice on page 334. Oak Titmouse photo from our recent trip to Lake Merritt
is here. Click here
for photos and discussion of possible hybrid Oak X Juniper titmice at Lava Beds N. M. Click here
for my photo of a Black-crested Titmouse in Texas including my thoughts (rant?) about the AOU split. .
We completed and reviewed the swallows on page 332. David Sibley has illustrated articles on Mexican
Cliff Swallows and Cave Swallow subspecies.
Click here for my photos of Barn Swallows
in Ohio. A photo and discussion of California's first Cave Swallow is included in the 15th report of the CBRC here. Click here
for a Cave Swallow at the Salton Sea, and click here
and maybe here
to answer the late Roger Higson's question, "why I do not have a picture of a Cave Swallow ?"
The Slater Museum wing collection has a picture
of the Rough-winged Swallow's rough wing.
We completed and reviewed the swallows on page 330. My photo of an adult male Tree Swallow at a nest box is
here. Click here
for my photo of nestling Tree Swallows and a discussion of the strategy used to keep swallows from using boxes
intended for bluebirds. Click here for photo and discussion
of a female Violet-green Swallow. Click for my photos of a male
and female Purple Martins in Ohio. My
photo of a Gray-breasted Martin in Belize is here.
Article on Tree Swallow pre-migration roost sites in the Central Valley here.
An online version of Ridway's Color Standards and nomenclature is available here.
We completed and reviewed the larks on page 328 and began the swallows on page 330.
We began the larks on page 328. Click here
for a photo (with Smith's Longspur comparison) of the Point Reyes Sky Lark. Click here
for a pdf of my detailed article with Dick Erickson on that bird. Photos of a Sky Lark in Washington State are