Ornithology 3 Summary (Spring 2017)

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


April 4, 2017
We plan to complete and review the sparrows on page 472.

Lark Bunting photos are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
My photos and notes on Vesper Sparrows are here, here, here, here, here and here. Click here for additional photo.
My Lark Sparrow photo from Montana.
Click here, here, here, here, here and here for my Savannah Sparrow photos. Click here for juvenile Savannah Sparrow photo and discussion. Click here, here, here, here and here for "large billed" Savannah Sparrow photos and discussion.

NO CLASS March 28th - Spring Break!


March 21, 2017
We completed and reviewed the sparrows on page 470.

Click here, here, here, and here for adult Black-throated Sparrows with notes; and here, here, here, and here for a juvenile Black-throated Sparrows with notes.
Click here and here for photos and notes on Five-striped Sparrows in Arizona.
Click here and here for Bell's (Sage) Sparrow images.


March 14, 2017
We completed and reviewed the sparrows on page 468.

My photo of an adult Chipping Sparrow is here. Click here for a photo of a juvenile Chipping sparrow and identification discussion.
Click here for a photo and commentary on a controversial Clay-colored Sparrow in San Francisco. Click on the photo for a larger image. My Clay-colored Sparrow photos are here. Click here, here, here and here for additional photos of Clay-colored Sparrow in California.
Click here and here for my Brewer's Sparrow photos. Click here for an additional Brewer's Sparrow photo.


March 7, 2017
We completed and reviewed the sparrows on page 464-466.

Click here for my photo and commentary on a Rufous-winged Sparrow in Arizona.
Click here for my photos and notes on a Cassin's Sparrow near Sacramento with sonogram and song recording. Click here for my notes with photos of a Cassin's Sparrow at Stinson Beach. Click here for my photo and commentary on a Cassin's Sparrow in Arizona. Click here, here, and here for additional Cassin's Sparrow photos.
Click here for my photos of an American Tree Sparrow in Half Moon Bay. Click here, here, here, and here for additional photos of American Tree Sparrow in California.
My Field Sparrow photos and notes from Point Reyes and San Francisco. Click here and here for photos and a sound recording of Field Sparrows in California.


February 28, 2017
We completed and reviewed the towhees on page 462 and began the sparrows on pages 464-466.

My California Towhee photo is here. Additional California Towhee here.
My photo and notes on an Abert's Towhee at the Salton Sea are here.


February 21, 2017
We completed and reviewed pages 456 through page 460.

Click here for my photo and commentary on a Bananaquit in Trinidad.
Click here, here, here and here for my photos and commentary on White-collared Seedeaters in Belize.
Click here for my photo and commentary on an Olive Sparrow in Texas.
Here and here are my photos of Spotted Towhee in Pacifica and another in Half Moon Bay.


February 14, 2017
We completed and reviewed the warblers on pages 452-454.

My Common Yellowthroat photo and notes here and here. .
Click here for my photo and notes on a Yellow-breasted Chat in Arizona. Click here for my photo of a Yellow-breasted Chat in Belize.
My Painted Redstart photo from Berkeley. Click here, here, here, here and here for more Painted Redstart photos.
Click here for a Red-faced Warbler in Long Beach.
Click here for photos of a Rufous-capped Warbler in Arizona and here for one in Sonora, Mexico.


February 7, 2017
We completed and reviewed the warblers on page 450.

Kentucky Warbler photos are here, here and here.
Canada Warbler photos are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Click here for my photos of and notes on a Canada Warbler in Ohio.
My Wilson's Warbler in San Diego and Pacifica.
A photo and discussion of a female Hooded Warbler is here. Male Hooded Warbler photos are here, here and here. My photo of a male Hooded Warbler in Belize is here and a female in Florida is here. My sound recording from Pacifica here.


January 31, 2017
We completed and reviewed the warblers on page 448.

Mourning Warbler photos are here, here, here and here. Photos and discussion of a controversial Geothlypis, probably Mourning Warbler is here.
My MacGillivray's Warbler photo.
Connecticut Warbler photos and discussion are here; other photos are here, here, here, here and here.