Notes from Joe Morlan's ornithology classes

Congratulations to Joe for receiving the
ABA Ludlow Griscom Award Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology in 2010
for his great work in California!

These notes are based on Joe Morlan's class lectures, but any errors or omissions are mine.
Page numbers refer to the National Geographic's bird guide, fifth edition.
Sometimes notes are on another day than we actually discussed a bird, e.g. when we started on a bird one week and continued the next time all my notes are in one of the weeks.

I will continue to post notes as I get them ready.

I'm very sorry about being hopelessly behind on posting notes.
I have not stopped this work. I'm still keeping up with raw notes and some background research as best I can. Editing my notes into a readable form is very time consuming. I will do it eventually, but reality unfortunately has shown that I'm getting notes ready to post rather later than sooner.



Spring 2013 Tuesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

I'm sorry I still do not find the time to write notes.
Here is a summary of the status and distribution of the different subspecies of Lesser Black-backed Gull.



Fall 2011 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

More notes to come eventually.

November 2nd assignment: The meaning of monophyletic, polyphyletic, paraphyletic

p. 354 Eastern Bluebird - Townsend's Solitaire (September 14th, 2011)



Fall 2011 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

More notes to come eventually.

p. 132 Red-tailed Hawk + Swainson's Hawk (September 15th, 2011)




Spring 2011 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

More notes to come eventually.

p. 328 Sky Lark - Horned Lark (February 9th and 16th, 2011)



Spring 2011 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

More notes to come eventually.

p. 108 American Bittern - Black-crowned Night-Heron (February 17th, 2011)
p. 106 Pelagic Cormorant - Double-crested Cormorant (February 10th, 2011)



Fall 2010 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

p. 326 (December 15th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 324 (December 8th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 322 (December 1st, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 320 (November 17th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 318 (November 10th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 316 Bell's Vireo - Cassin's Vireo (November 3rd, 2010)
p. 314 Black-capped Vireo - Yellow-throated Vireo (October 27th, 2010)
p. 312 Brown Shrike - Northern Shrike (October 20th, 2010)
p. 310 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Rose-throated Becard (September 29th, 2010)
p. 308 Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Thick-billed Kingbird (September 22nd, 2010)
p. 306 Cassin's Kingbird - Tropical Kingbird (September 15th, 2010)



Fall 2010 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

p. 104 (December 16th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 102 (December 9th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 100 (December 2nd, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 98 (November 18th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
pp. 94-96 (November 11th, 2010) - notes to come eventually
p. 92 Buller's Shearwater - Black-vented Shearwater (November 4th, 2010)
p. 90 Wedge-tailed Shearwater - Sooty Shearwater (October 28th, 2010)
pp. 86-88 Black-capped Petrel - Little Shearwater (October 21st, 2010)
p. 84 Hawaiian Petrel  - Stejneger's Petrel (September 30th, 2010)
p. 82 Northern Fulmar - Murphy's Petrel (September 23rd, 2010)
pp. 78-80 + 466-467 Short-tailed Albatross - Black-browed Albatross + accidental albatrosses (September 15th, 2010)



Spring 2010 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

May 19th: Flycatcher review. No new notes. I added notes from the general discussion to the notes for this week's Thursday class.
p. 304 Brown-crested Flycatcher - Dusky-capped Flycatcher (May 12th, 2010)
p. 302 Tufted Flycatcher - Vermilion Flycatcher (May 5th, 2010)
p. 300 Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (April 28th, 2010)
p. 298 Least Flycatcher - Dusky Flycatcher (April 21st, 2010)
April 14th: Review of the flycatchers from the previous two weeks. No new notes.
p. 296 Acadian Flycatcher - Willow Flycatcher (April 7th, 2010)
p. 294 Greater Pewee - Cuban Pewee (March 24th, 2010)
p. 292 Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Pileated Woodpecker (March 17th, 2010)
p. 290 Downy Woodpecker - Black-backed Woodpecker (March 10th, 2010)
p. 288 Ladder-backed Woodpecker - Great Spotted Woodpecker (March 3rd, 2010)
p. 286 Williamson's Sapsucker - Red-naped Sapsucker (February 24th, 2010)
p. 284 Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Gilded Flicker (February 17th, 2010)
p. 282 Red-headed Woodpecker - Lewis's Woodpecker (February 10th, 2010)



Spring 2010 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

p. 76 Red-necked Grebe - Western Grebe (May 20th, 2010)
p. 74 Least Grebe - Eared Grebe (May 13th, 2010)
p. 72 Common Loon - Yellow-billed Loon (May 6th, 2010)
pp. 68-70 Northern Bobwhite - Arctic Loon (April 29th, 2010)
p. 66 Gambel's Quail - Mountain Quail (April 22nd, 2010)

I recommend to search for the different grouse species on Youtube. There are quite a few videos of their displays out there.

p. 64 Greater Prairie-Chicken - Greater Sage-Grouse (April 15th, 2010)
p. 62 White-tailed Ptarmigan - Willow Ptarmigan (April 8th, 2010)
p. 60 Ruffed Grouse - Dusky Grouse (March 25th, 2010) 
p. 58 Ring-necked Pheasant - Himalayan Snowcock (March 18th, 2010)
p.56 Plain Chachalaca - Gray Partridge (March 11th, 2010)

A remark about my usage of plumage terminology in ducks:
I follow the findings of Peter Pyle's excellent work on duck molts,
with eclipse=alternate plumage and bright=basic plumage in most ducks (with the exception of Ruddy Duck).
See also my essay on molt and plumage terminologies that I included in my notes for May 7th, 2009.

p. 50 Ruddy Duck - Graylag Goose (March 4th, 2010)
p. 48 Common Merganser - Smew (February 25th, 2010)
p. 46 Long-tailed Duck - Bufflehead (February 18th, 2010)
p. 44 Black Scoter - Harlequin Duck (February 11th, 2010)



Fall 2009 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

Decmber 16th: Review of hummingbirds, trogons and kingfishers. No new notes.
pp. 278 - 280 Elegant Trogon - Green Kingfisher (December 9th, 2009)
December 2nd: Review of the hummingbirds from the two previous lectures. No new notes.
p. 278 Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Allen's Hummingbird (November 18th, 2009)
p. 276 Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Anna's Hummingbird (November 11th, 2009)
p. 274 Broad-billed Hummingbird - Plain-capped Starthroat (November 4th, 2009)



Fall 2009 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

December 17th: Review class, no new notes.
p. 42 Common Eider - Steller's Eider (December 10th, 2009)
p. 40 Ring-necked Duck - Lesser Scaup (December 4th, 2009)
p. 38 Canvasback - Redhead (November 19th, 2009)
p. 36 Northern Shoveler - Garganey (November 12th, 2009)
Assignment: The buffy streak on female-type Green-winged Teal
p. 34 American Wigeon - White-cheeked Pintail (November 5th, 2009)
Assignment: The black patch on the side of the Northern Pintail



Spring 2009 Wednesdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

p.272 Green Violet-ear - Lucifer Hummingbird (May 13th, 2009)
p. 270 Black Swift - White-throated Swift (May 6th, 2009)
pp. 266-268 Lesser Nighthawk - Common Poorwill (April 29th, 2009)
p. 264 Northern Saw-whet Owl - Burrowing Owl (April 22nd, 2009)
p. 262 Flammulated Owl - Northern Pygmy-Owl (April 15th, 2009)
p. 260 Eastern Screech-Owl - Whiskered Screech-Owl (April 1st, 2009)
p. 258 Barred Owl - Snowy Owl (March 25th, 2009)
p. 256 Barn Owl - Great Horned Owl (March 18th, 2009)
p.254 Common Cuckoo - Groove-billed Ani (March 11th, 2009)
pp. 250-252 Thick-billed Parrot - Greater Roadrunner (March 3rd, 2009)
pp. 246-248 Inca Dove - Red-masked Parakeet (February 25th, 2009)
pp.244-246 Zenaida Dove - Ruddy Ground-Dove (February 18th, 2009)
p. 242 Band-tailed Pigeon - Rock Pigeon (February 11th, 2009)
p. 240 Alcids (February 4th, 2009)
Sorry, no notes. Unfortunately I missed this class.



Spring 2009 Thursdays
Joe Morlan's class website with links to pictures and additional information is here.

p. 32 Gadwall - Baikal Teal (May 14th, 2009)
p. 30 Mallard - Spot-billed Duck (May 7th, 2009)
includes an overview over plumage terminologies
p. 28 Fulvous Whistling-Duck - Muscovy Duck (April 30th, 2009)
p. 26 Tundra Swan - Mute Swan (April 23rd, 2009)
pp. 22-24 Emperor Goose - Brant (April 16th, 2009)
pp. 20-22 Greater White-fronted Goose - Ross's Goose (April 2nd, 2009)
pp. 464-479 House Sparrow - Eurasian Siskin (March 26th, 2009)
p. 462 Common Redpoll - Eurasian Bullfinch (March 19th, 2009)
p. 460 Pine Siskin - Lawrence's Goldfinch (March 12th, 2009)
p. 458 Red Crossbill - Pine Grosbeak (March 5th, 2009)
p .456 Purple Finch - Common Rosefinch (February 26th, 2009)
p. 454 Oriental Greenfinch - Black Rosy-Finch (February 19th, 2009)
p. 452 Streak-backed Oriole - Scott's Oriole (February 12th, 2009)
p. 450 Orchard Oriole - (start of) Bullock's Oriole (February 5th, 2009)
Bullock's Oriole incomplete, I missed the last part of this class.