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Long tailed duck

donna marciano
 

FYI-A long tailed duck is located at Nimbus Fish hatchery in Folsom under the bridge.


SJ AUDUBON FIELD ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND: WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS AND MOKELUMNE RIVER FISH HATCHERY

England
 

SATURDAY, November 20— Woodbridge Wilderness

     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.


SUNDAY, November 21— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
Join leaders Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

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Alan England, Stockton


Registration is still open for 2021 Virtual CVBS (Nov 19-20)

Frances Oliver
 

Birders,

We are just 10 days away from the 2021 Virtual 25th annual Central Valley Birding Symposium. The CVBS Steering Committee has been actively preparing for this great event. So, we thought perhaps folks needed a another reminder just in case you’ve been really busy, have forgotten, or have been procrastinating 🤣. There is still time to register for this event!

This abbreviated virtual version of the symposium with bring into your home many of your favorite speakers. You will have access to the program during and again after the event. Also, registration does renew your membership in the Central Valley Bird Club (CVBC), so no pesky reminder from the Membership Coordinator! Registration is per family; a couple only has to register once to view the symposium on a single screen. 

Below is the link to the schedule and registration button. 
For the CVBS steering committee 


Waverly Road LONGSPUR - an update

Ralph
 

Sorry I didn't post this earlier, but I just figured it out (with the help of Lucas Stephenson).

I misidentified my LONGSPUR this afternoon! I was remembering details I did not actually see! I must have been thinking about the book and not the bird, because I originally IDed my bird as Lapland Longspur (I have very little experience with londspurs, as I'd only seen one before today), but after posting a photo on Lucas's FB page he commented that it looked better for CHESTNUT-COLLARED, and he was right. I cropped some of my other photos and found one that shows the primary projection on my bird, which is quite short. So I have changed the ID in ebird, If you'd like to look at my photos of this bird and weigh in you can find my list at https://ebird.org/checklist/S97228867

I also thought I had heard a CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR in the same area where I had seen this bird, but a few hours later. I guess I may have been right about that.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Waverly Road LONGSPUR

Ralph
 

I was supposed to co-lead a nature walk at Knights Ferry this morning but my plans changed abruptly last night, and I’m glad they did. Iam currently (10:48am, Saturday, November 6) standing on Wavery Road in eastern SJ County and just found one of the LAPLAND LONGSPURS reported a few days ago by Lucas & Mark Stephenson & Lucas Corneliussen. The bird was at approximately 38.0154222, -120.9407022, but the entire flock just shifted and several birds flew off to the east and I have no as yet relocated the longspur. I am going to stay out here a while and continue to look for the Chestnut-collared and will post again if I find it.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank 


SJ Audubon November/December Hoot Owl is now available

England
 

For upcoming programs, field trips and other goodies, get your priceless November/December Hoot Owl  here:

http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Hoot-Owl-Nov-Dec-21.pdf
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Alan England, Stockton


SJ Audubon Zoom Program (Tues 11/9) Jim Rowoth “Birding Southern Ecuador During the Pandemic”

England
 

TUESDAY, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL PROGRAM Via Zoom
Jim Rowoth
“Birding Southern Ecuador During the Pandemic”
In August, seven California birders headed to Ecuador for an 18-day adventure looking for southern Ecuador specialty birds. Led by John Sterling, three SJAS birders went along: Frances Oliver, Kurt Mize, and Jim Rowoth. Jim will take us along on this recent South American adventure.
(Flying from Quito to Cuenca, the group drove counter-clockwise, exploring both dry and wet cloud forests south to Loja and the Peruvian border and back to Loja, while also visiting alpine areas and inter-Andean valleys. From Loja, they flew back to Quito, then home to Sacramento. They stayed in a variety of lodges, encountered all types of weather, and observed well over 500 species of birds, from tinamous to puffbirds to bush-tyrants to chlorospinguses to saltators.
The avifauna of the Andes is fascinating in its variety. Species composition varies widely based on elevation, perhaps even more so than on latitude as in North America. In addition, there are many micro-biomes which are home to numerous range-restricted species of plants and animals.
Jim Rowoth has been a long-time active member of SJAS and world birder, especially since retirement at the end of 2014. He is a frequent field trip leader for SJAS, and has compiled the Stockton CBC for over 20 years. He also serves as eBird reviewer for San Joaquin Co., among other activities.
[Scenic southern Ecuador. Photo by Kurt Mize]
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Alan England, Stockton


This Saturday: Intro Birding at Lodi Lake

England
 

INTRODUCTORY BIRDING @ LODI LAKE 
Date: Nov 06, 2021 Saturday 8:00 AM  
Where: Lodi Lake.  
Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 AM. Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. ***Masks, social distancing, please don't share optics.
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Alan England, Stockton


Flood & Waverly this afternoon

Ralph
 

I went out to look for the longspurs (Lapland and Chestnut-collared) found there two days ago by Lucas & Mark Stephenson & Lucas Corneliussen. No luck finding them, though I did hear a call I was not familiar with but could not confidently call a longspur.

I did find a few interesting things, though. Near the east end of Flood Road I had over 200 Common Ravens! There were several large kettles in the air at the same time, plus many many birds on the ground, some in small to large groups and some spread out individually. I don't know if I've ever seen so many in one place at one time before.

I also had a Prairie Falcon, at least one Merlin and a Burrowing Owl.

I may go back Saturday afternoon to try for the longspurs again, Lapland would be a county bird and Chestnut-collared would be a lifer. So, if any of you SJ birders head out to look for them, or if you're just in the area birding for general purposes, please post a report, even if it's negative.

And, as always, happy birding, and may the light be with you,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Lodi Birding

Pat Croft
 

My Wife & I visited 4 parks that have catch basins that are still flooded. They are Peterson Park, Glaves, deBenedetti & Beckman parks. Other parks were Lodi Lake & Hutchin Street Square. Also Gracepoint Church on the Vine Street side where Fruit Stand is. The church has catch basin. The highlight was a hooded merganser seen on the Century Blvd side of DeBenedetti Park. We saw Pat Paternostro at Hutchin Street Square. This morning we saw 37 species this includes my yard. So bird your parks that have catch basins you would be surprised what you might see. We did all this morning & arrived home at 11am. See my e bird for my postings.


Flooded parks

Pat Paternostro
 

Greetings 
With the rain event, the city parks in Lodi are flooded (they are made to catch excess water. Peterson Park is entirely full this morning).  
Always a good opportunity to look for ducks and other birds using these temporary lakes.
Debennedetti is particularly good sometimes. 
 
Good birding. 
Pat 


2021 Virtual 25th CVBS Reminder

Frances Oliver
 

Birders,

You are welcome to join us for the 2021 Virtual 25th Central Valley Birding Symposium! This year, we are hosting an abbreviated virtual version of the symposium with many of your favorite speakers. In addition to having access to the program during and after the event, registration will renew your membership in the Central Valley Bird Club (CVBC). Registration is per family; a couple only has to register once to view the symposium on a single screen. Below is the link to the schedule and registration button. 
For the CVBS steering committee 


Staten Island trip this Saturday

donna marciano
 


Join  San Joaquin Audubon this Saturday, October 23 for a trip to Staten Island where the flooded fields of corn and wheat provide critical habitat for Sandhill Crane, Tundra Swans, Cackling Geese, and other waterfowl. Meet the leaders at the junction of N. Staten Island Rd and N Walnur Grove Rd at 8:00 AM. We will be driving along the paved road and stopping frequently. 



Sage Thrasher of Waverly RD, San Joaquin Co. 10/20

Frances Oliver
 

Posting for John Harris: 

Sage Thrasher on Waverly 4.3 miles north of highway 4. There’s a windmill on the east side of the road. Bird on fence and on the ground

Frances
Lodi, CA 


Curlews

Pat Croft
 

we went to Peterson Park Lodi. We saw about 30 long billed curlews. Also Western blue birds, & yellow rump warblers were flying around us. We saw 6 lark sparrows. We sat on a park bench by the play ground & let the birds come to us. We heard a flicker & nuthalls woodpecker. Very birdy. We enjoyed the large fluffy clouds & a 59 degree temp. Dave & Pat


Gerardot Stables Ponds

Pat Croft
 

We were there about 9am. We saw 15 to 20 phainopepelas in the trees along the big pond. There just about as many waxwings. They were flying around together shagging flying insects. There were at least 50 least sandpipers in the mud areas around the reduced water in the big pond. There were 6 white pelicans. Also swallows are still here also enjoying the insects. We saw a lewis woodpecker here & at the Day Use Park. See my e bird posts. Dave & Pat


Lodi Lake swallows

Jim Rowoth
 

There is currently a large flock of Violet-green Swallows over Lodi Lake itself. There are swarms of gnats over the lake near the fishing and boat dock, so there’s a feeding frenzy going on.

And it just started to shower!

Jim Rowoth


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


SJ Audubon Field Trips This Weekend: Woodbridge Wilderness, Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery

England
 

WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS SURVEY
Date: Oct 16, 2021 SATURDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Woodbridge Wilderness Area.  

Join leaders Kathy Bonham and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian area on the banks of the Mokelumns River. Meet the leaders at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridgeat 8:00 AM

 

BIRDING @ FISH HATCHERY
Date: Oct 17, 2021 SUNDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery.  

Join leaders Joanne Katanic  and Liz West for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam. Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery first parking lot at 8:00 AM

(All photos courtesy Kasey Foley.  Fish Hatchery--Nuthatch, Nutalls Woodpecker, Phainopepla.  Woodbridge Wilderness--folks in the bushes.)

Alan England, Stockton


Lodi sewage ponds

Pat Paternostro
 

Birders 
I’m off to Oregon for a couple days so I won’t be birding back here until later in the week. 
Upon driving by the Lodi WTP this morning, I noticed lots of birds in the NE pond, which is drawn down. 
Good birding if you get out that way. 
Pat 


MacGillivray's Warbler déjà vu

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

I had a first fall MacGillivray’s Warbler drop by my back yard and say “hi’ at 3:15 today. He didn’t stay very long, but I reacted fast enough to grab my binoculars and got excellent look at its eye ring broken at 3:00 and 9:00 on a grayish hood, with very yellow underparts fading into grayish hood. It perched in a low quince bush about 2 feet from my sliding screen door, just a few feet from my napping cats, who never noticed him. Unfortunately, my reaction time wasn’t fast enough to get a photo.

The strangest thing is, that several years ago, I was sitting in this same chair, without binoculars handy, when what I believe was the same species paid a brief visit to this same low bush, staying about as long as today’s bird. I never eBirded the first one because I couldn’t swear to its identity, but everything about it suggested either a MacGillivrays, Mourning, or Connecticut Warbler.

You just never know who’s going to show up at your door, especially during fall migration.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA

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