Ornithology 3 Summary (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

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 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 Ridgway'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


March 1, 2016
We plan to complete and review the bluebirds and solitaire on page 396.

Eastern Bluebird in Minnesota.
Click here for discussion and photo of a problematic female Western Bluebird. Click here, here and here for my photos of Western Bluebirds. Click here (Tree Swallows using bluebird nest box) for discussion of management for Western Bluebirds. Western Bluebirds photographed in San Francisco are here and here. Pair of Western Bluebirds at Point Reyes is here.
Click here for my photo of a male Mountain Bluebird near the Salton Sea.
Click here for a photo of a Townsend's Solitaire in Tilden Regional Park.


December 15, 2015
We completed and reviewed the leaf warblers and grassbirds on page 390 and the old world flycatchers on pages 392-394.

Click here for photos and my notes on a Dusky Warbler in Santa Cruz, here for photos of a Dusky Warbler in California City, here for a Dusky Warbler in Bolinas and here for a Dusky Warbler in Santa Barbara..
Click here for a photo of an Arctic Warbler from the Farallons, here for photos of an Arctic Warbler at Oceano, here and here for an Arctic Warbler at Galileo Hill. Photos of Dusky and Arctic warblers at Big Sur are here.
Click here for a full article with photos on the Lanceolated Warbler on the Farallons.
Click here for an article with photos on the identification of Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler.
First North American record of Blythe's Reed-Warbler. (Not in book).
My Thailand Taiga Flycatcher photos and notes. Click here for a photo of the Taiga Flycatcher at Putah Creek.
My Dark-sided Flycatcher from Thailand with notes.
My Asian Brown Flycatcher photos and notes from Thailand here and here.
Bluethroat photos from San Clemente Island.
Click here for a photo and link to my detailed notes on a Northern Wheatear in Sonoma County.
My Thailand Stonechat photos and discussion are here and here and my photo and notes from Africa are here. AOU taxonomy includes this race. Stonechat photo from San Clemente Island.
My Mugimaki Flycatcher from Thailand (cf. page 544 in the field guide).

This will be the last class for the semester. Please preregister if you plan to enroll in the Spring. Click here for details.


December 8, 2015
We completed and reviewed the wrentit and gnatcatchers on page 388.

Male Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest at Mt. Diablo.
Click here for a photo of a Black-capped Gnatcatcher in Arizona.
Male California Gnatcatcher in Ventura County.


December 1, 2015
We completed and reviewed the wrens, dipper and kinglets on page 386.

My Marsh Wren photos from Chico and Alturas with notes on geographic variation.. Click here for a photo and discussion on a Marsh Wren showing a streaked crown. Marsh Wren building nest at Lake Merced on our field trip. Click here for Kroodsma's paper in "The Condor" describing vocal differences and isolation between the eastern and western populations of Marsh Wren. Useful summary of Eastern and Western Marh Wren differences.
Click here here and here for photos, a sound recording and my notes on Sedge Wrens in South San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Click here for a photo of a Sedge Wren in Goleta. My Sedge Wren photo from Minnesota.


November 24, 2015
We completed and reviewed the wrens on page 384.

Click here for a photo and discussion of a House Wren. House Wrens with notes from Ohio and Tobago. Juv. House Wren from Chile.
Winter Wren photos, voice recordings, sonograms and details here.
Pacific Wren
photo and discussion; additionl photo here.
Bewick's Wren
photo; additional photo here.

Sibley articles:

Click here for photos and discussion of Sinaloa Wren in Arizona.


November 17, 2015
We completed and reviewed the creeper and wrens on page 382.

Brown Creeper photos are here and here (nest with fledglings).
Click here for my photos of and notes on a Rock Wren in Mariposa County.
Canyon Wren photos and notes.
Cactus Wren
photo.

Sibley ID articles:


Please Note: There are no classes November 3rd or 10th.

October 27, 2015
We completed and reviewed the nuthatches on page 380..

Red-breasted Nuthatch photos from our field trip are here (scroll down).
My White-breasted Nuthatch photos are here, here and here. Detailed article on White-breasted Nuthatch variation.
Pygmy Nuthatch pictures from our field trips are here and here.


October 19, 2015 - Not October 20!
We completed and reviewed the bushtit, verdin and chickadees on pages 376-378.

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


October 13, 2015
We completed the chickadees 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:


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.