Ornithology 2 Summary (Fall 2015 -Spring 2016)

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. )
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 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.
My bird and wildlife photos from Brazil are here (under construction).

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


March 2, 2016
We plan to complete and review the limpkin and rails on pages 156-158.

My Limpkin photos and notes from Florida, Brazil, Argentina.
Yellow Rail photos from San Leandro Bay here, here and here.
Click here, here, here and here for my photos of Sora.
Click here for photos of a Black Rail at Pt. Reyes.
Click here for my photo of a Clapper Rail in Louisiana.
Click here, here and here for my Ridgway's (formerly Clapper) Rail photos from California.
Click here for my photos of a Virginia Rail with chicks.


December 16, 2015
We completed and reviewed the falcons on page 150.

Click here, here and here for my Peregrine Falcon photos and discussion.
Click here for a photo of a Gyrfalcon in Solano County.

This was the last class for the semester. Please preregister if you plan to enroll in the Spring. Click here for details.


December 9, 2015
We completed and reviewed the falcons on page 148.

Click here for my photo of an American Kestrel eating a Jerusalem Cricket. My photo of an American Kestrel in Puerto Rico.
Click here for my photos of a Merlin at Sutro Heights Park; and here for my photo of a Merlin at Point Reyes. Click here for my photo of a "Prairie" Merlin (F. c. richardsonii) in Pacific Beach, San Diego. My Merlin photo from Florida.

Reference
Hull, A.C. et al. 2008. First documentation of a Eurasian Kestrel in California. Western Birds 39:184-187 (PDF) (IMAGES)


December 2, 2015

We completed and reviewed the caracara and falcons on page 146.

My Aplomado Falcon photos from Brazil and Chile with notes.
Click here for photos and my account of a Crested Caracara at Davenport and here for my photos and full account of one at Half Moon Bay. Additional photos of Crested Caracaras in California are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.


November 25, 2015

We completed and reviewed the hawks on pages 144.

A Rough-legged Hawk in San Mateo County.
Click here for a photo and discussion on a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk that somewhat resembles a Broad-winged Hawk. Click here here and here for my photos of Red-tailed Hawks in the Bay Area. Additional Red-tailed Hawk images are here and here. Click here for a photo of a "Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk in Arcata.

Sibley's essay on wing translucence here.
Photos of juv. Harlan's Hawk tail patterns. Additional information here.

Additional References

Clark, W. H. 2009. Extreme variation in the tails of adult Harlan's Hawks. Birding 41:30-36 (PDF) [Caution advised.]
Hull, J.M. et. al. 2010. Population structure and plumage polymorphism: The intraspecific evolutionary relationships of a polymorphic raptor, Buteo jamaicensis harlani. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:224 (PDF).
Liguori, J. and B.L. Sullivan. 2010. A study of Krider's Red-tailed Hawk. Birding 42:38-45 (PDF)


November 18, 2015
We completed and reviewed the hawks on pages 140-142.

My Roadside Hawk photos from Belize and Brazil here and here.
Gray Hawk from Arizona and California with full details.
My Swainson's Hawk images from Montana. Click here for a photo and discussion of a juvenile Swainson's Hawk. Juvenile from North Dakota. Additional Swainson's Hawk photos are here and here. A hand-held Swainson's hawk showing staged wing molt is here.
Click here for my photo of a White-tailed Hawk in Texas.
Click here and here for photos of a light morph Ferruginous Hawks at Point Reyes. My image of a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at Point Reyes is here (North Bay Birds membership may be required). Ferruginous Hawk nest with chicks.


Please Note: There are no classes November 4th or 11th.

October 28, 2015
We completed the hawks on page 138 and review the hawks on pages 136-138.

Photos of Red-shouldered Hawks mating in Golden Gate Park. My annotated Red-shoulded Hawk photos are here, here and here. Another Red-shouldered Hawk from our field trips. Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk in my yard.


October 21, 2015
We completed the hawks on page 136 and started the hawks on page 138.

Click here for my photos and discussion of the Common Black-Hawk in Stockton, here and here for additional photos of this bird, and here for photos of the Common Black-Hawk in Santa Rosa. Juvenile Common Black-Hawk at Galileo Hill. My Common Black-Hawk photo and notes from New Mexico.
Click here and here for photos of Harris's Hawks near San Diego.
Click here and here for photos of Zone-tailed Hawks in Escondido, here for a photo of a juvenile Zone-tailed Hawk near San Diego, and here for my description of two Zone-tailed Hawks at Escondido. Click here and here for photos of a Zone-tailed Hawk in Goleta and here for a Zone-tailed Hawk in Ojai.
My Broad-winged Hawk photo. Click here for a photo and discussion of a heavily marked juvenile Broad-winged Hawk in Contra Costa County. Another photo of a Broad-winged Hawk is here. Juv. Broad-winged Hawk at Desert Center. Two photos of a controversial Broad-winged Hawk from Georgia are here and here. The original photos were underexposed suggesting an dark morph.

Reference


October 14, 2015
We reviewed the kites, hawks and eagles on pages 126-134.

October 7, 2015
We completed the Accipiters on page 134.
Click here for a photo and discussion of a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk with an apparently rounded tail. My photo of an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk is here and a juvenile with prey is here. My photos of the race endemic to Puerto Rico.
Click here and here for my photos of adult Cooper's Hawks in Golden Gate Park. Juvenile Cooper's Hawk with notes here. Controversial adult Accipiter with detailed analysis by Jeff Bouton.
Northern Goshawk
at the Marin Headlands.
September 30, 2015
No class. We resume October 7th!

September 23, 2015
We completed and reviewed the eagles and harrier on pages 130-132.

My photos of and comments on a Golden Eagle at Coyote Hills are here.
Click here for a detailed illustrated article on molt and aging Bald Eagles. My photo of a subadult Bald Eagle at Lundy Lake with discussion of molt is here. Adult Bald Eagle near nest.
Click here for my photo of a Northern Harrier in Texas; adult female at Ryer Island 13 January 2004. Adult male Northern Harrier on our 2008 Point Reyes trip; and an immature on our 2010 Point Reyes trip (scroll to bottom).


September 16, 2015
We completed and reviewed the osprey and kites on pages 126-128.

My Osprey photos from Florida here and here.
My Snail Kite photos from Belize, Uruguay, Argentina (with notes) and Brazil.
Hook-billed Kite dark morph in flight from Brazil.
Click here, here, here, here, and here for photos of Mississippi Kite in California.
Click here for my photo and notes on a White-tailed Kite.
Click on thumbnails for my three photos of Swallow-tailed Kite in Louisiana. A Swallow-tailed Kite in Sonoma County is here.


September 9, 2015
We completed and reviewed the vultures on page 124.

My photo of an adult Turkey Vulture is here and immature Turkey Vulture at Coyote Point is here and here. My photo of a mixed flock of Turkey and Black Vultures in Florida is here.
My phtotos and detailed account of a Black Vulture in Bolinas is here. Black Vulture in Florida. Click here for a photo of a Black Vulture in Arcata. My Black Vulture photo from Costa Rica with comments on subspecies is here Click here for my photo of Black Vultures copulating in Belize. Photos of a mixed flock of Black and King Vultures in Belize are here. Black Vulture in Brazil.
Click here for a discussion with photos on California Condors in Monterey County. More news about the California Condors at the Ventana Wilderness is here.