Ornithology 2 Summary (Spring 2015)

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. )
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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.
My bird and wildlife photos from Australia are here.
Australia Dogs and Beaches brochure.
Free program on Finding Rarities in California on Thursday 11 December.


February 25, 2014
We plan to complete and review the cormorants on pages 106-108.

Click here and here for my Great Cormorant photos from Australia.
Full details and photos of Neotropic Cormorants at the Salton Sea. Click here for another photo of an adult Neotropic Cormorant at the Salton Sea and here for my description and photos of a Neotropic Cormorant and Fig Lagoon. My Neotropic Cormorant photos from Texas are here and here.
Double-crested Cormorant in Florida. Click here for photos and discussion of the identification of two Double-crested Cormorants. My Double-crested Cormorant photo from Lake Merritt with discussion of crest color is here and my photo of a swimming immature is here.
Nesting Brandt's Cormorants on Alcatraz and at Monterey.
Click here for a photo of adult Red-faced Cormorants 1 June 1999 on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Click here for photos of adult and immature Red-faced Cormorants in flight from a 6 June 1999 pelagic trip out of Seward, Alaska.


December 17, 2014
We completed and reviewed the boobies and gannet on pages 102-104.

Click here for details of a Masked Booby at Ano Nuevo, here for photos and notes on a Masked Booby at LaJolla and here for notes and photos of a Masked Booby at Dana Point. Photos of a Masked Booby at San Clemente Island are here and here. Photos of a Masked Booby at Point Mugu are here. Interesting photos of an immature Masked Booby off Long Beach are here. Additional Masked Booby photos are here, here, here, here and here.

A Nazca Booby photographed in San Diego is here. My Nazca Booby photos from the Galapagos are here, here, here, and here. Discussion and additional photos by Don Roberson here.

Northern Gannet on the Farallons with full details and on Alcatraz Island.

Blue-footed Booby at the Cliff House with extra high resolution images and molt discussion; and at Stinson Beach with full details. Photos of an immature Blue-footed Booby from Washington State are here. Additional Blue-footed Booby images are here, here, here, here and here. My Blue-footed Booby photos from the Galapagos are here, here, here and here, My video of Blue-footed Booby courtship is here.

Brown Booby on North Dome Rock and on Mile Rock. Click here for details and photo of an adult Brown Booby at Point Reyes, and here for details and photos of an immature Brown Booby at Princeton Harbor. A photo of an immature Brown Booby on San Clemente Island is here. Additional Brown Booby photos are here, here, here, here, here, here, here. here and here.

Click here for a Red-footed Booby image. My Red-footed Booby photos from the Galapagos are here, here and here.


December 10, 2014
We completed and reviewed the tropicbirds and frigatebirds on pages 100-102.

Click here for a photo of a Red-billed Tropicbird in Monterey Bay. My photo of a nesting Red-billed Tropicbird in Tobago is here and chick is here.
My photo of an adult male Magnificent Frigatebird on the Galapagos is here. Click here for a photo and discussion of an immature Magnificent Frigatebird from La Jolla, California. An additional Magnificent Frigatebird photo is here. Click here and here for my photos of male and female Great Frigatebirds on the Galapagos along with notes on identification.


December 3, 2014
We completed and reviewed the shearwaters and storm-petrels on pages 94-98.

Click here for my photo of a stranded White-faced Storm-Petrel on board our boat in the Galapagos.
My photos of Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels on the Galapagos are here. Compare with photos of an unaccepted Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel off Southern California here. A full analysis of this controversial record may be found here. See pages 22-23. .
Click here for a photo of Ashy Storm-Petrel at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Click here for a photo of a Ringed Storm-Petrel off California (1st for North America).
Click here for photo of a Tristram's Storm-Petrel (1st for North America).

References:

Ainley, D. 2005. The dark storm-petrels in the eastern north Pacific. Birding 37:58-65 (PDF)
Howell, S.N.G., et al. 2009. Occurrence and identification of the Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) complex off southern California. North American Birds 63:540-549 (PDF)
Howell, S.N.G., et al. 2010. Occurrence and identification of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro) complex off North Carolina. North American Birds 64:196-207 (PDF)


November 26, 2014
We completed and reviewed the shearwaters on page 92.

Click here for a photo of a Manx Shearwater off Southern California. Additional photos of Manx Shearwaters on Monterey Bay are here, here, here and here.
Click here for a photo and discussion of a Black-vented Shearwater with a white vent.
Information on dimethylsulfide which seabirds smell to locate food is here.


November 19, 2014
We completed and reviewed the shearwaters on page 90.

Click here, here, here and here for photos of Wedge-tailed Shearwater in Monterey Bay. My photo of a Wedge-tailed Shearwater off Australia is here.
Click here for a Streaked Shearwater in Monterey Bay; and here and here for a photos of a Streaked Shearwater off Fort Bragg. Click here for an account with comparative sketches of the first North American record.
Click here for a flock of Buller's Shearwaters.

References:
Roberson, D., J. Morlan, and A. Small. 1977. A Streaked Shearwater in California. American Birds 31:1097-1098. (PDF)
Stallcup, R., J. Morlan, and D. Roberson. 1988. First record of the Wedge-tailed Shearwater in California. Western Birds 19:61-68 (PDF).


November 12, 2014
We plan to completed and reviewed the petrel and shearwaters on page 88.

Click here for photos of the first North American record of Bulwer's Petrel in Monterey Bay.
Click here for photos of a Short-tailed Shearwater off Alaska. More Sooty/Short-tailed discussion here.
Sooty Shearwater panorama at Half Moon Bay with notes.

Reference:
Gillsan, G. 2008. Field Separation of Sooty and Short-tailed Shearwaters. Birding 40:34-40. (PDF)


November 4, 2014
We completed and reviewed the petrels and shearwaters on pages 84-86.

Click here for my account with photos of a Bermuda Petrel off North Carolina.
Click here for photos of Cory's Shearwater off Sonoma County.
Click here and here for Great Shearwater photos off Monterey .

Reference:
Heintzelman, D.S. 1961. Kermadec Petrel in Pennsylvania. Wilson Bulletin 73:262-267 (PDF) - Note on viewing the 16mm film Brian Patteson said, "To me it looked like a leucistic Trindade Petrel."

Parking permits for part B now available for download above.


October 29, 2014
We completed the petrels on pages 80-82.
A. Jaramillo's photo of the White-chinned Petrel off Half Moon Bay is here and J. Sterling's photos are here and here. My White-chinned Petrel photos from South Africa are here and here.
A possible Parkinson's Petrel (record not accepted by CBRC) from the Cordell Bank is here.
A Great-winged Petrel was well documented off Santa Cruz 18 September 2010. Photos: here, here and here. Click here, here and here for older photos of Great-winged Petrels off California.
Click here for a photo of a Murphy's Petrel off Fort Bragg.
Click here, here and here for a photos of Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrels off Clifornia.
Click here for good photos of a Cook's Petrel off Southern California and here for a Cook's Petrel off Northern California.

Recommended References:
Howell, S. N. G. 2006. Identification of "Black Petrels", Genus Procellaria. Birding 38:52-64 (PDF) & Supplement.
Bailey, S. F., P. Pyle, and L. B. Spear. 1989. Dark Pterodroma petrels in the North Pacific: identification, status, and North American occurrence. Am. Birds 43: 400-415 (PDF).
Force, M.P., S.W.Webb, and S.N.G. Howell. 2007. Identification at sea of Hawaiian and Galapagos petrels. Western Birds 38:242-249 (PDF) & Photos.

Note: This was the last class for the quarter. EA125 will start November 4th. Please register if you have not yet done so.


October 22, 2014
We completed and reviewed the albatrosses and fulmar on pages 78-80 & 530-531.
Shy Albatross photos are here, here, here and here. Here is my Shy (White-capped) Albatross off Australia and here is one off South Africa (see notes for specific ID).
Click here for my Yellow-nosed Albatross photo off South Africa and here is my Yellow-nosed Albatross photo off Austraila.
Here
is my photo showing Yellow-nosed and Black-browed Albatrosses off Australia and here is another Australia photo showing Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatrosses together.
Here
are my photos of Black-browed Albatross off South Africa. Flocks including Black-browed Albatross are here.
Click here for my account of a Light-mantled Albatross off Northern California.
My Wandering (Gibson's) Albatross photos from Australia are here, here (note Black-browed in background) and here.
Northern Fulmars off the Pacifica Pier. Photo of nesting Northern Fulmar in Alaska is here and my photo of a Northern Fulmar off the Newport Pier is here.

Recommended Reference:
Howell, S. N. G. 2009. Identification of immature Salvin's, Chatham and Buller's Albatrosses. Neotropical Birding 4:19-25 (PDF)
October 15, 2014
We completed the albatrosses on page 76 and started page 78..
Short-tailed Albatross video is here and photos are here, here and here.
Laysan Albatross photos are here, here and here.

Recommended Reference:
McKee, T. and P. Pyle. 2002. Plumage variation and hybridization in Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses (PDF)


October 8, 2014
No class!

October 1, 2014
We completed and reviewed the grebes on page 74.
Red-necked Grebe photos are here, here, and here.
Click here for a Clark's Grebe photo.
Click here for my photo and discussion of Western Grebe chicks at Lake Merced.

September 24, 2014
We completed and reviewed the grebes on page 72.
My photo of a Least Grebe in Texas is here. (Link now works)
My photo of a pair of Pied-billed Grebes at a nest in Ohio is here.
Molting Horned Grebe with notes. Click here for a Horned Grebe photo.
My Eared Grebe photos are here and here. Click here for an Eared Grebe photo with notes on identification.

Recommended reading:


September 17, 2014
We completed and reviewed the loons on page 70.

My photos and notes on a Yellow-billed Loon at Pescadero are here. Additional Yellow-billed Loon photos are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


September 10, 2014
We completed and reviewed the loons on page 68.

Click here for photos of a Red-throated Loon at the Cliff House.
Click here for my photo of Pacific Loon in Monterey. Click here for a photo of an albino Pacific Loon at Half Moon Bay.

Recommended reading: