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 South America/Antarctica 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

There is no class tonight, April 15th. We resume April 22nd!


April 22, 2015
We plan to complete and review 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.
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.