Ornithology 3 Summary (Fall 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.

Please Note: The October 20th class has been rescheduled for Monday October 19th! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Note: Please park in the Hayes Street Parking lot. All spaces are available except disabled and 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! Please add October 19th to your existing parking permits. They will be honored that night.

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 56th AOU supplement.
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.
Australia Dogs and Beaches brochure.
An online version of Ridway's Color Standards and nomenclature is available here.
My bird and wildlife photos from Brazil 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

October 13, 2015
We plan to complete and review the chickadees, bushtit and verdin on pages 376-378
Click here for additional information on distinguishing Black-capped and Carolina chickadees. An outline of a proposed split of Mountain chickadee is here. Actual AOU pending proposal here.

Sibley ID articles:

My Bushtit photos from Half Moon Bay. Click here and here for my photos of fledgling Bushtits.

October 6, 2015
We completed and reviewed the titmice on page 374.
Oak Titmouse photo from Lake Merritt is here.
Click here for photos and discussion of possible hybrid Oak X Juniper titmice at Lava Beds N. M.
Click here for my photo of a Black-crested Titmouse in Texas including my thoughts (rant?) about the AOU split. .

September 29, 2015
No class. We resume October 6th!

September 22, 2015
We completed and reviewed the swallows on page 372.

My Northern Rough-winged Swallow photo. The Slater Museum wing collection has a picture of the Rough-winged Swallow's rough wing.
My Cliff Swallow photos here and here.
My Cave Swallow photos with comments. David Sibley has illustrated articles on Mexican Cliff Swallows and Cave Swallow subspecies. A photo and discussion of California's first Cave Swallow is included in the 15th report of the CBRC here. Click here for a Cave Swallow at the Salton Sea, and click here and maybe here to answer the late Roger Higson's question, "why I do not have a picture of a Cave Swallow ?"

September 15, 2015
We completed and reviewed the swallows on page 370.

My Tree Swallow. Click here for my photo of nestling Tree Swallows and a discussion of the strategy used to keep swallows from using boxes intended for bluebirds. Tree Swallow photo from Ohio with notes. Article on Tree Swallow pre-migration roost sites in the Central Valley here.
Violet-green Swallow photos here and here. . Click here for photo and discussion of a female Violet-green Swallow.
Barn Swallows showing juvenile and adult here. Barn Swallows from Thailand. Click here for my photos of Barn Swallows in Ohio.

September 8, 2015
We completed and reviewed the larks and martins on pages 366-368.

My Horned Lark photo with notes.
My Sky Lark photos from Australia and Japan (juv. with notes). The famous Sky Lark from Point Reyes with discussion.
Purple Martins from Minnesota and Lake Merced. Click for my photos of a male and female Purple Martins in Ohio with notes. .
My photo of Brown-chested Martin from Argentina and Brazil
My photos of Gray-breasted Martins in Brazil are here and here; One from Belize is here.