Ornithology 2 Summary (Fall 2014)

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 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.


October 22, 2014
We plan to complete and review the albatrosses on pages 78 & 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.

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: