31 Jan February 2018 Yellowbill
This month’s speaker will be Gary Lindquist from Tulare Audubon. If you’ve ever birded with Gary you know what a great birder he is, but you may not be aware of his photography, which is also excellent. I hope you will be able to attend on Tuesday February 13 to learn about the colors and functions of feathers. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. There will be a no-host pre-meeting dinner with Gary at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 1610 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, at 5:00 pm. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number in your party if you are interested in joining.
We have three great field trips this month, and two of them are outside the local area. The first is to Sycamore Island on the San Joaquin River with George Folsom Wednesday February 14th where we will explore the riparian habitat. Then its off to Yokohl Valley with Penny Stewart to bird oak woodlands on Saturday February 17th. Finally on Wednesday February 28th Judy Johnson will lead a trip south to the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for a day of waterfowl and others.
Mea culpa: In the last issue I wrongly identified Nancy Gilmore as a member of the Fresno Audubon Society board. I meant to say Nancy Griesser. I apologize for the error.
Robert Snow, President
Creation of Colors, Structure and Function of Feathers
with Gary Lindquist
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 7:00 pm
The presentation he has prepared for the Fresno Audubon Society will be on the creation of colors, structure, and functions of feathers.
The meeting will be held at UC Center, UC Center, 550 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710.
Fresno Audubon offers field trips on Wednesdays (twice per month) and Saturdays (once per month) from September through June. Our website has a great calendar that allows you to see all the details of an upcoming trip as they become finalized. Included in the details is a map showing the meeting point for the trip. The calendar is subscribable, which allows you to integrate it into whatever electronic calendar you use. Updates to events will appear as they are made. We encourage you to subscribe.
February Field Trips
Wednesday 14 February 2018. Sycamore Island with George Folsom
Map of meeting location:
Saturday 17 February 2018. Yokohl Valley with Penny Stewart
Join Penny Stewart for a trip through Yokohl Valley in the foothill east of Exeter searching for oak woodland birds. Meet on the west side of the Walmart at Blackstone and Ashlan at 6:45 am for a 7:00 am departure.
Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, radios
Map to meeting location:
Wednesday 28 February 2018. Kern NWR with Judy Johnson
Join leader Judy Johnson at 7:45 am for a 8:00 am departure at the Walmart, corner of Ashlan and Blackstone. The group will visit the Kern National Wildlife Refuge, one of the best spots in the Central Valley for canvasbacks, redheads and gallinules. If time allows, we will stop near Pixley to see burrowing owls. This will be a full day of birding so plan accordingly.
Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, lunch, water, hat, radios
Map to meeting location:
by Jeff Davis
photos by Gary Woods
Including reports for the period of
December 16, 2017 to January 15, 2018
A Horned Grebe at Millerton Lake January 8 (ph. GF) and another at Annadale Avenue ponds east
of Sanger January 14 (CR, DJ) were the first reported this season; we average about two per winter. Representing the second record for Fresno County, three Common Ground-Doves along Flum
Ditch northeast of Biola January 9+ (ph. GW; ph. m.ob.) were at the same location were one was found August 2. The female Costa’s Hummingbird first detected in a northwest Fresno
neighborhood November 3 continued there through the period. A flock of 120 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches near Kaiser Peak, at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, January 1 (JT) established our first winter record of this species. Although this finch is known to be largely resident in the high Sierra, snow usually precludes access to areas where it occurs. Not this year. Lawrence’s Goldfinch is typically absent from our area November through January. However, two birds west of
Coarsegold January 3 (FY) established our second record during this period. Adding to a rapidly growing number of records for our area in general, two Sagebrush Sparrows were in the Panoche
Hills December 29 (ph. CC, ph. RL). A Western Tanager, a female, in north Fresno December 23
(PW) provided a rare winter record; we average about one every three winters.
Cited Observers: Christine Carino, George Folsom, Daniel Jeffcoach, Robert Lewis, Chris Rempel, Jim Tietz, Preston Whitehead, Gary Woods, Franklin Yancey. m.ob. = many observers, ph. = photographed by.
If you make an interesting observation, we’d love to hear about it. We are especially interested in birds listed as casual or rare on the Fresno Audubon checklist and those found out of season, out of normal habitat, or in unusually large numbers. Please submit reports to Jeff Davis (246-3272, email@example.com), the Fresno County Birders e-mail list, or eBird.