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 29, 2014
We plan to complete and review the petrels on pages 80-84.
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
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,
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
Click here, here
and here for a photos of Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrels
Click here for good photos of a Cook's Petrel off
Southern California and here for
a Cook's Petrel off Northern California.
Howell, S. N. G. 2006. Identification of "Black Petrels", Genus Procellaria. Birding
38:52-64 (PDF) &
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)
Note: This will be the last class for the quarter. EA125 will start November 4th. Please
register before tonight to get the $15 discount.
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
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.
Howell, S. N. G. 2009. Identification of immature Salvin's, Chatham and Buller's Albatrosses. Neotropical Birding
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
McKee, T. and P. Pyle. 2002. Plumage variation and hybridization in Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses (PDF)
October 8, 2014
October 1, 2014
We completed and reviewed the grebes on page 74.
Red-necked Grebe photos are here, 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.
- Blumen, L. 2007. Leucistic Grebe at Mono Lake - An identifiction challenge. Western Birds 38:64-68 (PDF) (Back
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,
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
- Reinking, D. and Howell, S.N.G. 1993. An Arctic Loon in California. Western Birds 24:189-196 (PDF)