Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Field Trip Report

Sequoia Audubon Field Trip to Panoche Valley and Merced Co. Refuges
February 16-17, 2013 – Leaders: Leslie Flint and Kim Kuska
117 species

by Donna Pomeroy
February 17, 2013 (Donna Pomeroy)

Twenty-one birders experienced a fantastic weekend with some rarities/special birds including: Bald Eagles copulating! Golden Eagles nest building; 2 Prairie Falcons, 3 Ferruginous Hawks, Ruff, Mountain Bluebirds, Mountain Plovers, 8 Tundra Swans at Merced (rare there), Sage Sparrow and Thrasher on the BLM Road.

Savannah Sparrow by Donna Pomeroy
Savannah Sparrow, Panoche Road, February 16, 2013 (Donna Pomeroy)

Greater White-fronted Goose  
Snow Goose  
Ross's Goose  
Canada Goose  4     (2 Taverners)
Tundra Swan  8
Gadwall
American Wigeon  
Mallard  
Cinnamon Teal
Canvasback  
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck  
Bufflehead  
Common Goldeneye  
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe  
Clark's Grebe  
Double-crested Cormorant  
American White Pelican  15
Great Blue Heron  
Great Egret  
White-faced Ibis  
Turkey Vulture  
White-tailed Kite  
Golden Eagle  3
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle  
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk  3
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane  
Killdeer  
Mountain Plover 15
Black-necked Stilt  
American Avocet  
Greater Yellowlegs  
Long-billed Curlew  20
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper  
Dunlin
Ruff
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Ring-billed Gull  1     (seen by some)
California Gull  
Herring Gull  
Eurasian Collared-Dove  
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner (seen by some)
Great Horned Owl  
Burrowing Owl
Long-eared Owl (Mercey Hot Springs)
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird  
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel  
Prairie Falcon 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Black Phoebe       
Say's Phoebe  
Loggerhead Shrike  
Western Scrub-Jay  
Yellow-billed Magpie  
American Crow
Common Raven  
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Oak Titmouse  
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Canyon Wren 2
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit  
Western Bluebird  
Mountain Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  
American Robin
Sage Thrasher (BLM Road)
California Thrasher  
European Starling  
American Pipit
Phainopepla  
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Spotted Towhee  
California Towhee  
Lark Sparrow  
Sage Sparrow (BLM Road)
Savannah Sparrow  
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow  
White-crowned Sparrow  
Golden-crowned Sparrow  
Red-winged Blackbird  
Tri-colored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark  
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch  
House Sparrow

Light Geese by Donna Pomeroy
Light Geese, Merced NWR, February 17, 2013 (Donna Pomeroy)

Bald Eagle by Donna Pomeroy
Bald Eagle, Santa Fe Grade, February 17, 2013 (Donna Pomeroy)

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