Ornithology 3 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 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.
Video of my lecture on the diversity and evolution of hummingbirds.


March 3, 2015
We plan to complete and review the flycatchers on pages 334 & 336.

Click here for my photo of a Black Phoebe at Lake Merritt. A bird believed to be a hybrid Black X Say's Phoebe is here. An abstract of an article describing a hybrid Eastern X Black Phoebe is here.

Click here and here for a photo of a male Vermilion Flycatcher at Los Banos; here and here for my photos and notes from Belize; here for my photo of an immature male Vermilion Flycatcher at Lodi; here for two photos of an immature Vermilion Flycatcher at San Jacinto WMA; and here for a photo of an immature Vermilion Flycatcher at San Clemente Island. Click here for my photo of an immature male Vermilion Flycatcher in Texas. The Stonechat that was originally misidentified as a Vermilion Flycatcher is here.


February 24, 2015
We complete the flycatchers on page 334 and started the phoebes on page 336.

Click here for my comments on identification of Pacific-slope/Cordilleran flycatchers and their vocalizations.
Click here for a spreadsheet comparing the characters of selected Western Empidonax. Detailed Empidonax ID chart from Rich Stallcup.

My Eastern Phoebe photos at Pescadero here and here. Click here for my photos of the Eastern Phoebe at Cosumnes and here for my images of an Eastern Phoebe on Mt. San Bruno. Click here for a photo of an Estern Phoebe at Santa Maria, here for an Eastern Phoebe in Victorville, here for an Eastern Phoebe in Fresno, here for an Eastern Phoebe in Santa Cruz, and here for an Eastern Phoebe in Madera. Additional Eastern Phoebe images here, here, here and here.