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 South America/Antarctica are here (under construction).

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September 9, 2015
We plan to complete and review 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 a a mixed flock of Black and King Vultures in Belize are here.
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.


May 20, 2015
We reviewed the herons, ibis, spoonbill, storks and flamingo.
This was be the last class for the semester. Please preregister if you plan to enroll in the Fall. Click here for details.
May 13, 2015
We plan to completed and reviewed the spoonbill, storks and flamingo on page 122.

My immature Roseate Spoonbill photos from Florida and Argentina. Roseate Spoonbill photos from the Salton Sea are here and here. One from nearby Fig Lagoon is here. Click here and here for my Texas Roseate Spoonbill photos and commentary. My spoonbill photos from Louisiana are here and here. Note the corrected scientific name for the Roseate Spoonbill is Platalea ajaja.
My Florida Wood Stork photos with commentary are here and here. My Wood Stork photos from Argentina are here and here. My distant photo of a Wood Stork in Belize is here.
Click here for my Jabiru photos on a nest in Belize with commentary.
Click here for my photo of an American Flamingo on the Galapagos.


May 6, 2015
We completed and reviewed the ibises on page 120.

My Glossy Ibis photos from Florida. Click here for photos and my account of a Glossy Ibis in Alviso. Additional Glossy Ibis photos from California are here, here and here.

My White-faced Ibis photo from Argentina. A White-faced Ibis (originally thought to possibly be a Glossy Ibis) at Lake Merced is here. Another controversial White-faced Ibis, originally thought to be a Glossy is here. A supposed White-faced Ibis showing some characters of Glossy Ibis is here with detail. Click here and here for my photos of a mixed flock of White-faced and Glossy Ibis from Ohio. Additional White-faced Ibis photo is here.

My White Ibis photos and notes from California and Florida. A White Ibis photo from Washington State is here. Click here for my Texas White Ibis photo and commentary and here for my White Ibis from Belize.

Click here for my Scarlet Ibis photo from Trinidad.


April 29, 2015
We completed and reviewed the herons on page 118.

My photo of a Green Heron at Lake Merritt, with notes on subspecies is here and one from Belize is here. My photo from Florida and a composite photo from Puerto Rico. This species is sometimes included with the Striated Heron. See my photo and taxonomic notes here.

Adult Black-crowned Night-Heron. My Black-crowned Night-Heron photo from Florida is here.

Click here for a photo of a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen at Inverness. Click here for photos and my description of a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Coyote Point (additional photo here) and here for my photos and analysis of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in San Diego. Click here, here, here, here and here for more Yellow-crowned Night-Heron photos from California. Click here and here for my photos of a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Rhode Island with comments on identification.


April 22, 2015
We completed and reviewed the herons on page 116.

Tricolored Herons in Florida here, here, and here. My account with photos of a Tricolored Heron at Bolsa Chica is here. Other photos from Bolsa Chica are here and here. A photo of a Tricolored Heron at Pt. Mugu is here and another is here. One from San Diego is here. My Belize Tricolored Heron is here and my photo from Louisiana with comments on sex and racial differences is here.

Little Blue Herons in Puerto Rico here and in Florida here. Click here and here for photos of immature Little Blue Heron at Smith River and an adult is here, here, here and here. Adults around SF Bay are here, here and here. My photo of an adult Little Blue Heron in Belize is here. A photo of an adult Little Blue Heron in San Diego along with discussion on identification is here.

Click here for my account of a Reddish Egret in San Diego including a photo. A photo of a different Reddish Egret in San Diego is here. A photo of an immature Reddish Egret at Point Mugu is here and an immature in Santa Barbara is here. A Reddish Egrets at the Salton Sea are here, here and here. Click here for my photo of a Reddish Egret in Arizona and here for my photo of a Reddish Egret in Louisiana with comments on subspecies.


April 15, 2015
Class was canceled. Please consider making up the time by attending an extra class on Tuesday. Otherwise the office will issue letters of credit.
April 8, 2015
We completed and reviewed the egrets on page 114.

My Cattle Egret with notes from Florida, Puerto Rico and Australia.
My juv. Snowy Egrets, both yellow and black-billed morphs with notes here (Alcatraz). My photos of displaying Snowy Egrets at Palo Alto are here.
My Little Egret photos are here and here (Australia), here (Africa), and here (Japan).
My photos of Great Egret at Pescadero - eating vole, Japan - (black bill and yellow bill), Australia, and Golden Gate Park.


March 25, 2015
Midterm review.

March 18, 2015
We completed and reviewed the bitterns and herons on page 112.

American Bittern in Fremont. My series of photos of an American Bittern at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma were posted here. American Bittern at North Lake in Golden Gate Park is here. (Yahoo group membership may be required for both.).

Click here for my series of photos of the Least Bittern in Martinez.

Great Blue Heron consuming a fish with notes. Click here for my photo and discussion of a breeding plumage Great Blue Heron showing blue lores. Here is a spread-wing Great Blue Heron illustrating staged molt. Detailed article by Peter Pyle here; back Western Birds "featured photo" cover here. My additional Great Blue Heron photos with comments on behavior and plumage are here and here. Sibley's take on the "Great White Heron" is here and his essay on Great Blue Heron subspecies is here. My "Great White Heron" photo.


March 11, 2015
We completed and reviewed the anhinga and pelicans on page 110.

My Anhinga photos from Florida and discussion here and here. Click here for my photos and description of an Anhinga at Ramer Lake, California. Other California Anhinga photos are here. Click here for a diagram showing the annual cycle of breeding, molt, and migration of the Anhinga in North America. Thick lines indicate peak activity; thin lines, off-peak. Daigram taken from the Birds of North America account (Frederick, P. C., and D. Siegel-Causey. 2000. Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga). In The Birds of North America, No. 522 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.)

Click here for my photo of American White Pelicans in Texas and here for my photo from Mountain View showing their "supplemental" plumage.

Brown Pelicans at the Cliff House here. Brown Pelicans at sunset here. David Sibley discusses red pouches on Brown Pelicans.


March 4 2015
We completed and began reviewing the cormorants on page 108.

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.


February 25, 2015
We completed and the cormorants on page 106 and began the cormorants on page 108.

Click here and here for my Great Cormorant photos from Australia. Here for Great Cormorants from Japan.
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.