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. )
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.
Free program on Finding Rarities in California on Thursday 11 December.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
Click here for a photo of a Manx Shearwater off
Southern California. Additional photos of Manx Shearwaters on Monterey Bay are 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.
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.
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).
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.
Gillsan, G. 2008. Field Separation of Sooty and Short-tailed Shearwaters. Birding 40:34-40. (PDF)
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 .
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.
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.
McKee, T. and P. Pyle. 2002. Plumage variation and hybridization in Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses (PDF)
My photos and notes on a Yellow-billed Loon at Pescadero are here.
Additional Yellow-billed Loon photos are here, here,
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.