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Santa Clara County Bird List 2017

Cumulative list compiled and discussions written by Brooke Miller. Monthly reports are made up of both eBird sightings and postings on South Bay Birds. Please email additions, corrections, or comments to Brooke at idbirds@me.com

 

Please post all your sightings at south-bay-birds@yahoogroups.com and/or eBird.

 

See the Santa Clara County Bird List Discussion Archive 2017.

 

Discussion for February 2017 

I missed one species for January, a/the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the dirt lot across from the Spring Valley unit of Ed Levin County Park, continuing on 22-January. That increased January’s bird count from 206 to 207.
 
We had 4 new birds in February, bringing the total count to 211. We are still above the average of 208 for total birds, but were below the average of 9 birds for February. The new birds for February were:
 
  • • 3-Feb:  A Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2), seen by Bill Bousman, flying over the Coyote Creek Trail below Highway 237;
  • • 10-Feb:  A male Rufous Hummingbird (4), seen at a feeder at Julie and Amir Avnit’s home in the Santa Cruz Mountains;
  • • 12-Feb:  A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2), seen by Janna Pauser at the Stile Ranch Trailhead at Santa Teresa County Park; and
  • • 28-Feb:  A Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2), photographed by Tom Grey at Frenchman’s Park at Stanford.  

March, April, and May are traditionally months with quite a few new birds species, with averages of 10 for March, 24 for April, and 10 for May.

 

Birds observed through February 2017

Bird Date Rarity** Observer*
Fulvous Whistling-Duck   6  
Greater White-fronted Goose 1/1/17 4 m.ob.
Snow Goose 1/1/17 4 m.ob.
Ross's Goose 1/14/17 4 DWen
Brant   6  
Cackling Goose 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Canada Goose 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Tundra Swan 1/15/17 5 MMR
Wood Duck 1/1/17 3 JPa
Gadwall 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Eurasian Wigeon 1/5/17 4 JEl
American Wigeon 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Mallard 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Blue-winged Teal 1/1/17 4 m.ob.
Cinnamon Teal 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Shoveler 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Northern Pintail 1/1/17 1 MMR
Garganey   6  
Green-winged Teal 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Canvasback 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Redhead 1/1/17 3 MJM, MMR
Ring-necked Duck 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Tufted Duck   5  
Greater Scaup 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Lesser Scaup 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Surf Scoter 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
White-winged Scoter   5  
Black Scoter   6  
Long-tailed Duck   5  
Bufflehead 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Common Goldeneye 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Barrow's Goldeneye   4  
Hooded Merganser 1/1/17 3 AME
Common Merganser 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Red-breasted Merganser 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Ruddy Duck 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Mountain Quail   5  
California Quail 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Ring-necked Pheasant 1/1/17 3 BPe, KONe
Wild Turkey 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Red-throated Loon   4  
Arctic Loon   6  
Pacific Loon 1/15/17 5 AV, MMR
Common Loon   4  
Yellow-billed Loon   6  
Pied-billed Grebe 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Horned Grebe 1/1/17 3 AME, BM
Red-necked Grebe   5  
Eared Grebe 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Western Grebe 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Clark's Grebe 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Fulmar   6  
Sooty Shearwater   6  
Ashy Storm-Petrel   6  
Magnificent Frigatebird   6  
Brown Booby   6  
Brandt's Cormorant   6  
Pelagic Cormorant 1/29/17 6 PW
Double-crested Cormorant 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
American White Pelican 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Brown  Pelican 1/5/17 3 GMcC
American Bittern 1/16/17 4 WGB
Least Bittern   6  
Great Blue Heron 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Great Egret 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Snowy Egret 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Little Blue Heron   5  
Cattle Egret   5  
Green Heron 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Glossy Ibis   6  
White-faced Ibis 1/6/17 4 RPh
Turkey Vulture 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
California Condor   6  
Osprey 1/12/17 3 GMc
White-tailed Kite 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Golden Eagle 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Harrier 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1/2/17 2 m.ob.
Cooper's Hawk 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Goshawk   6  
Bald Eagle 1/1/17 4 MHawk
Red-shouldered Hawk 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Broad-winged Hawk   6  
Swainson's Hawk   5  
Zone-tailed Hawk   6  
Red-tailed Hawk 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Rough-legged Hawk   5  
Ferruginous Hawk 1/1/17 4 MJM, MMR
Yellow Rail   6  
Black Rail   5  
Ridgway's Rail 1/1/17 2 PPa
Virginia Rail 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Sora 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Common Gallinule 1/2/17 2 m.ob.
American Coot 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Sandhill Crane   6  
Black-necked Stilt 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
American Avocet 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Black Oystercatcher   6  
Black-bellied Plover 1/5/17 1 GMcC
American Golden-Plover   5  
Pacific Golden-Plover   5  
Snowy Plover 1/1/17 4 MJM, MMR
Semipalmated Plover 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Killdeer 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Mountain Plover   6  
Whimbrel 1/2/17 3 JaL, WBr
Long-billed Curlew 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Hudsonian Godwit   6  
Bar-tailed Godwit   6  
Marbled Godwit 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Ruddy Turnstone   5  
Black Turnstone   6  
Red Knot   5  
Ruff   4  
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper   6  
Stilt Sandpiper   4  
Curlew Sandpiper   6  
Sanderling 1/1/17 4 MJM, MMR
Dunlin 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Baird's Sandpiper   4  
Little Stint   6  
Least Sandpiper 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
White-rumped Sandpiper   6  
Buff-breasted Sandpiper   6  
Pectoral Sandpiper   4  
Semipalmated Sandpiper   4  
Western Sandpiper 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Short-billed Dowitcher 1/2/17 1 m.ob.
Long-billed Dowitcher 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Wilson's Snipe 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Wilson's Phalarope 1/16/17 2 WGB
Red-necked Phalarope   2  
Red Phalarope 1/1/17 5 MJM, MMR
Spotted Sandpiper 1/1/17 3 MJM, MMR
Solitary Sandpiper   5  
Wandering Tattler   6  
Greater Yellowlegs 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Willet 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Lesser Yellowlegs   3  
Pomarine Jaeger   6  
Parasitic Jaeger   5  
Long-tailed Jaeger   6  
Common Murre   5  
Pigeon Guillemot   6  
Ancient Murrelet   6  
Cassin's Auklet   6  
Black-legged Kittiwake   6  
Sabine's Gull   5  
Bonaparte's Gull 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Black-headed Gull   6  
Little Gull   6  
Laughing Gull   6  
Franklin's Gull   5  
Heermann's Gull   5  
Mew Gull 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Ring-billed Gull 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Western Gull 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
California Gull 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Herring Gull 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Thayer's Gull 1/1/17 3 MJM, MMR
Iceland Gull   6  
Lesser Black-backed Gull   6  
Slaty-backed Gull   6  
Glaucous-winged Gull 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Glaucous Gull 1/2/17 4 SCR
Least Tern   4  
Gull-billed Tern   6  
Caspian Tern   2  
Black Tern   5  
Common Tern   4  
Arctic Tern   6  
Forster's Tern 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Elegant Tern   4  
Black Skimmer   4  
Rock Pigeon 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Band-tailed Pigeon 1/2/17 2 m.ob.
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
White-winged Dove   6  
Mourning Dove 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Greater Roadrunner 1/28/17 4 JPa
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   6  
Barn Owl 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Flammulated Owl   6  
Western Screech-Owl 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Great Horned Owl 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Northern Pygmy-Owl 1/1/17 3 MJM, MMR
Burrowing Owl 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Long-eared Owl 1/1/17 4 MJM, MMR
Short-eared Owl 1/2/17 4 BPe, KONe
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1/1/17 3 MJM, MMR
Lesser Nighthawk   6  
Common Nighthawk   6  
Common Poorwill   3  
Black Swift   5  
Chimney Swift   6  
Vaux's Swift   3  
White-throated Swift 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Black-chinned Hummingbird   4  
Anna's Hummingbird 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Costa's Hummingbird   5  
Broad-tailed Hummingbird   6  
Rufous Hummingbird 2/10/17 4 JAA
Allen's Hummingbird 1/30/17 3 PDu, DN
Calliope Hummingbird   5  
Belted Kingfisher 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Lewis's Woodpecker 1/2/17 3 m.ob.
Acorn Woodpecker 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Williamson's Sapsucker   6  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1/22/17 5  
Red-naped Sapsucker 1/2/17 5 m.ob.
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1/1/17 3 JPa
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Downy Woodpecker 1/1/17 2 SPa
Hairy Woodpecker 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Flicker 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Pileated Woodpecker 1/15/17 4 WBr, JVa
Crested Caracara   6  
American Kestrel 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Merlin 1/1/17 3 AV, BM
Peregrine Falcon 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Prairie Falcon 1/2/17 4 DZ,ER
Olive-sided Flycatcher   3  
Western Wood-Pewee   2  
Willow Flycatcher   4  
Least Flycatcher   6  
Hammond's Flycatcher 1/1/17 5 MJM, MMR
Gray Flycatcher 1/1/17 5 m.ob.
Dusky Flycatcher   5  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2/28/17 2 TGr
Black Phoebe 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Eastern Phoebe   6  
Say's Phoebe 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Ash-throated Flycatcher   2  
Tropical Kingbird   6  
Cassin's Kingbird   5  
Western Kingbird   2  
Eastern Kingbird   6  
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   6  
Loggerhead Shrike 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Northern Shrike   6  
Bell's Vireo   6  
Hutton's Vireo 1/1/17 2 LWa, MWa
Yellow-throated Vireo   6  
Cassin's Vireo   2  
Blue-headed Vireo   6  
Plumbeous Vireo   6  
Philadelphia Vireo   6  
Warbling Vireo   2  
Red-eyed Vireo   6  
Pinyon Jay   6  
Steller's Jay 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
California Scrub-Jay 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Clark's Nutcracker   6  
Black-billed Magpie   6  
Yellow-billed Magpie 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
American Crow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Common Raven 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Horned Lark 1/1/17 3 AV
Northern Rough-winged Swallo w     2/3/2017 2 WGB
Purple Martin   4  
Tree Swallow 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Violet-green Swallow 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Bank Swallow   5  
Barn Swallow 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Cliff Swallow   1  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Oak Titmouse 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Bushtit 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1/6/17 4 BM
White-breasted Nuthatch 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Pygmy Nuthatch 1/1/17 4 JTom
Brown Creeper 1/2/17 2 m.ob.
Rock Wren 1/2/17 4 m.ob.
Canyon Wren 1/5/17 4 KPa
House Wren 1/17/17 2 CJo
Pacific  Wren 1/19/17 3 JVa
Marsh Wren 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Bewick's Wren 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2/12/17 2 JPa
American Dipper   4  
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1/2/17 3 JaL, WBr
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Arctic Warbler   6  
Wrentit 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Western Bluebird 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Mountain Bluebird 1/15/17 6 DBu
Townsend's Solitaire 1/21/17 5 GL
Swainson's Thrush   2  
Hermit Thrush 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
American Robin 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Varied Thrush 1/2/17 3 m.ob.
Gray Catbird   6  
Brown Thrasher   6  
California Thrasher 1/2/17 1 m.ob.
Sage Thrasher   6  
Northern Mockingbird 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
European Starling 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
White Wagtail   6  
Red-throated Pipit   6  
American Pipit 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Bohemian Waxwing   6  
Cedar Waxwing 1/1/17 1 m.ov.
Phainopepla 1/1/17 4 JPa
Lapland Longspur   6  
Chestnut-collared Longspur   6  
Snow Bunting   6  
Ovenbird   6  
Worm-eating Warbler   6  
Louisiana Waterthrush   6  
Northern Waterthrush 1/20/17 5 RGJ
Black-and-white Warbler   5  
Prothonotary Warbler   6  
Tennessee Warbler   6  
Orange-crowned Warbler 1/1/17 1 MJM, MMR
Lucy's Warbler   6  
Nashville Warbler 1/27/17 4 LSu
Virginia's Warbler   6  
Connecticut Warbler   6  
MacGillivray's Warbler   4  
Kentucky Warbler   6  
Common Yellowthroat 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Hooded Warbler   6  
American Redstart   5  
Cape May Warbler   6  
Northern Parula   6  
Magnolia Warbler   6  
Blackburnian Warbler   6  
Yellow Warbler   1  
Chestnut-sided Warbler   6  
Blackpoll Warbler   5  
Black-throated Blue Warbler   6  
Palm Warbler 1/13/17 5 WBr, JVa
Pine Warbler   6  
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Prairie Warbler   6  
Black-throated Gray Warbler   3  
Townsend's Warbler 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Hermit Warbler   4  
Black-throated Green Warbler   6  
Canada Warbler   6  
Wilson's Warbler   1  
Yellow-breasted Chat   5  
Grasshopper Sparrow   4  
Nelson's Sparrow   5  
American Tree Sparrow   6  
Chipping Sparrow 1/1/17 3 JPa
Clay-colored Sparrow   5  
Black-chinned Sparrow   4  
Brewer's Sparrow   5  
Black-throated Sparrow   6  
Lark Sparrow 1/5/17 2 KPa
Lark Bunting   6  
Fox Sparrow 1/1/17 2 MJM, JTom
Dark-eyed Junco 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
White-crowned Sparrow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Harris's Sparrow   6  
White-throated Sparrow 1/1/17 4 JAA, MVos
Bell's Sparrow 1/2/17 3 BMa, BP
Vesper Sparrow   5  
Savannah Sparrow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Song Sparrow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Lincoln's Sparrow 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Swamp Sparrow 1/11/17 5 MJM, CBe
California Towhee 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1/1/17 3 JPa
Green-tailed Towhee   5  
Spotted Towhee 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Summer Tanager 1/17/17 5 KBu
Scarlet Tanager   6  
Western Tanager 1/1/17 3 JMu
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   5  
Black-headed Grosbeak   1  
Blue Grosbeak   4  
Lazuli Bunting   2  
Indigo Bunting   5  
Painted Bunting   6  
Dickcissel   6  
Bobolink   6  
Red-winged Blackbird 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Tricolored Blackbird 1/1/17 3 m.ob.
Western Meadowlark 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Yellow-headed Blackbird   5  
Rusty Blackbird   6  
Brewer's Blackbird 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Great-tailed Grackle 1/1/17 4 BM
Brown-headed Cowbird 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Orchard Oriole   6  
Hooded Oriole 1/27/17 3 EMe
Bullock's Oriole   1  
Baltimore Oriole   6  
Scott's Oriole   6  
House Finch 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Purple Finch 1/1/17 2 JPa
Cassin's Finch   6  
Red Crossbill   5  
Pine Siskin 1/3/17 3 WBr
Lesser Goldfinch 1/1/17 1 m.ob.
Lawrence's Goldfinch 1/2/17 3 MJM, MMR
American Goldfinch 1/1/17 2 m.ob.
Evening Grosbeak   5  
House Sparrow 1/1/17 1 m.ob.

*Observer Codes

  • • AME=Al Eisner, AGu=Arnel Guanlao, AHa=Ann Haverstock, AHe=Ann Hep, AK=Alexander Koonce, AMcD=Amy McDonald, AMR = Alex Rinkert, AV=Ann Verdi, AVi=Alie Victorine
  • • BBo=Bob Bolles, BHa=Beth Hamel, BHi=Bob Hirt, BMa=Bruce Mast, BM=Brooke Miller, BPe=Bill Pelletier, BP=Bob Power, BS=Brian Sullivan, BSw=Byron Swift, BW=Bill Walker
  • • CBe=Cynthia Berg, CCh=Charlotte Chang, CE=Craige Edgerton, CFo=Craig Fosdick, CJo=Chris Johnson, CK = Clay Kempf, CLa=Caroline Lambert, CMa=Chris MacIntosh, CWJ=Cole Wan Jower, Chris Wolfe=CWo
  • • DBu=Daniel Bump, DBus=Diego Bustamante, DC=Deborah Chase, DDi=David Diller, DN=David Nickerson, DPe=Donald Pendleton, DWe=David Weber, DWen=Dan Wenny, DZ=David Zittin
  • • EMe=Eve Meier, EMo=Emily Moffitt, EOn=Eric Ongman, ER=Edward Rooks
  • • FV=Frank Vanslager
  • • GHa=Garth Harwood, GKi=Gary Kittleson, GL=Garrett Lau, GMcC=Gloria McCanless, GRi=Geary Ridings, GYa=Grant Yang, GZ=Gena Zolotar
  • • HLa=Holly Lane
  • • JAA=Julie & Amir Avnit, JaL= Jasen Liu, JMD=Mike Danzenbaker, JDi=Jimmy Dhillon, JEl=Jesse Ellis, JJo=J Joseph, JMu=Julio Mulero, JMy=Jean Myers, JPa=Janna Pauser, JR=Jennifer Rycenga, JStP=Jason St. Pierre, JSk=Jeff Skevington, JTom=Jack Tomlin, JTr=Jacqueline Tran, JVa=Jason Vassallo, JWa=Joyce Wang, JY=Jim Yurchenco, JZ=Jeff Zolotar
  • • KBu=Karen Burnson, KDe=Karen DeMello, KGi=Kevin Gin, KONe=Kitty O’Neill, KOn = Kurt Ongman, KPa=Kathy Parker, KSc=Ken Schneider, KWen=Kathryn Wendel, KWe=Karen Werner
  • • LBe=Laurie Bechtler, LFl=Leslie Flint, LSu=Linda Sullivan, LWa=Li Waters
  • • m.ob.=Multiple Observers, MBe=Melissa Beaver, MDd=Matthew Dodder, MEl=Megan Elrod, MGr=Matthew Grube, MHawk=Michael Hawk, MJM=Mike Mammoser, MMR=Mike Rogers, MSh=Mike Shafto, MSi=Marty Sidor, MVos=Mary Vosteen, MVo=Mike Voydanoff, MWa=Maili Waters, MBBF MP=Monterey Bay Bird Festival Field Trip Led by Mark Paxton
  • • NMa=Nateri Madavan
  • • OA=Ozzie Altus
  • • PD=Peggy Don, PDu=Pete Dunten, PKe=Pat Kenny, PLy=Pat Lynch, PPa=Pam Pauley, PW=Pingang Wang
  • • RuC=Ruth Cantwell, RFu=Rob Furrow, RGJ=Richard Jeffers, RLi=Raymond Liau, RPh=Ryan Phillips, RWR=Bob Reiling, RSh=Robert Shields
  • • SA=Steve Altus, SCR=Steve Rottenborn, SEM=Steve Miller, SMe=Sonny Mencher, SPa=Steve Patt, SPe=Stephen Peterson, SSh=Sachindev Shenoy, STr=Steve Tracey
  • • TF-H = Thomas Ford-Hutchinson, TGr=Tom Grey, TJu=Ted Judy
  • • VHe=Victoria Heyse, VKa=Vivek Kanzode
  • • WBr = Will Brooks, WGB=Bill Bousman 

**Rarity Codes

1 = common, always seen in habitat in season.

2 = fairly common, usually in habitat in season, but missed sometimes.

3 = uncommon, always around, but sometimes you can't find.

4 = rare, occurs yearly in the county, but not always in same places.

5 = very rare, does not occur every year.

6 = casual or vagrant, generally fewer than 10 records.