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New yard bird

Susan Schneider
 

Just did a double-take, as I saw two White-tailed Kites fly very close to my house in NE Stockton.  Ran outside, and one landed on my redwood and called.  I almost managed to get a picture before it flew off. 

Take care,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.


Yard Birds 2

Jim Rowoth
 

Thanks to Kasey for prompting this.

During the current coronavirus event, like many of you, I’ve been paying more attention to my yard birds. Past late winters/early springs have often found me galavanting around the planet, so I have missed a lot of the seasonal action in my own backyard. Here are some of the highlights, so far this year.

Swaison’s Hawk—The first one to return was on March 21. Two days later there were 3. Over the 19 years I’ve been here, a pair has frequently nested in the redwood in my neighbor to the west’s front yard. I expect the same this year.

Mourning Dove—There is currently one sitting tight on a nest in my neighbor’s mulberry tree. There are 2 other adult birds around—papa and maybe one of last year’s offspring?

White-throated Swift—Careening high overhead and chattering for brief periods.

Anna’s Hummingbird—Greedily guarding the butterfly bush, cenanothis, and red hot pokers in my yard. Also hawking the many gnats that seem to have taken up residence near my birdbath.

Rufous Hummingbird—Yesterday morning (Thursday), one bright cinnamon male parked himself for a couple of hours in and around the dense privets in the back. He also hawked for gnats, but I didn’t observe him at the flowers. Later, in the afternoon, I went out again and found an obviously a different individual (green back) on the same branch and behaving the same as he did earlier. I don’t have a camera (or the talent) to capture the spread tail feathers, so I played back both RUHU and ALHU calls, and it perked up for RUHU but was totally uninterested in ALHU. I haven’t found either of them today (Friday). I hadn’t recorded a RUHU in eBird since 2009; I haven’t put up a feeder in several years.

Red-lored Parrot—I didn’t see them this morning, just before 9:00 am, but I definitely heard them flying southbound. I assume these are probably Kasey’s birds.

Cassin’s Vireo—On Feb 22, I had a singing bird pass through my yard. It peeked out of the dense cedar in my neighbor’s yard and gave good looks. “Here today and gone tomorrow”—I never saw (or heard) him again.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow—One zoomed over this morning, giving its distinctive rough call. Oddly enough, this is the only swallow I see on my eBird yard list. (I’ll have to look up more often!)

Bushtit—There must be a pair nesting near here. Over the years, I have had small “gangs” of them tumble through the shrubbery/trees in my yard. Currently, I am only seeing one bird at a time.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet—I’m hearing its wonderful, lilting spring song more often these days. It showed off its ruby crown earlier today as it foraged in another neighbor’s blossoming orange tree.

Red-breasted Nuthatch—There has been one or more nearly all winter, but rarely in my yard itself. I have heard it softly tooting at a distance both this morning and this afternoon.

Northern Mockingbird—Boy, the hormones are flowing! There is a very active pair that likes my birdbath. Lots of swooping and diving going on along with the constant singing.

Hermit Thrush—My old friend comes back every winter. How can you not love this cheeky little fellow. He seems to know me and swoops right by my head from time to time. I’ve heard him softly singing to himself recently, in addition to his usual chupping. Still here today.

Purple Finch—More frequent in late 2019, I had a singing male yesterday.

Orange-crowned Warbler—Winter resident. I’ve learned to recognize its distinctive chip note, which makes it easler to find in my neighbor’s orange tree and the nearby privets. It has even flashed its crown a couple of times.

Yellow-rumped Warbler—It is amazing how much more brilliant the males are now compared to just a few weeks ago.

Fox Sparrow—I haven’t seen him since January, but I enjoyed his presence much of the winter.

White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows—Present annually in winter, and still around in decent numbers. I always look for White-throated, but the last time I had one was in 2013.

I am carefully watching my hackberry and my neighbors’ pistache trees as they slowly leaf out. I know in the past they have attracted warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and flycatchers (oh my!) so I expect the same this year. Now that I am more homebound, I am getting impatient! Bring on the show!

Wishing everyone good yard birding!

Jim Rowoth
Stockton















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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Yard birds

k foley
 

I still have a red-breasted nuthatch in my yard today. Nice to hear his call, made me smile😀


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


bird houses

Sylvia Ahn
 

One of my friends wants to make bird houses and kits to give to people in Tracy for their entertainment. What urban/suburban birds should he build for. Not sure many here are would be able to do  bluebird houses. . Suggestions welcome. Once he knows what to target he will get the right dimensions for each bird.  Thank you so much  Sylvia Ahn


Birding

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I visited 2 local parks In Lodi as you Stocktonians are visiting your parks. We had good birding. Dave


San Jaoquin County Parks

Pat Croft
 

Most of you already know this but for those who do not. All San Joaquin County run parks are closed. Dave


e bird

Pat Croft
 

to all. Thanks my problem is solved. My wife & I birded Twin Cities. Bruceville Road to Desmond & Demond Road. Desmond Rd is where it is at. Still lots of Water. We saw over 30 bird species. Only 14 species on Twin Cities, Brucevillrd to Desmond. Consumnes Parking lots are all closed. Cars were parked along the side of Franklin. To Make it fun we counted as many species we could identfy going & coming on Turner Rd & Thornton Rd. We have to be creative to get thru these trying times. By the way check out e bird for my checklists. Big relief my e bird is back. I was lost without it. Dave


Re: E Bird

England
 

Dave,

No problem for me.   On main computer, entered via https://ebird.org/home.  You'll need your password.

If you are entering via mobile device, use their app.

Alan

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 02:00:53 PM PDT, Pat Croft <patndavid@...> wrote:


To all:  I need your help.  I cannot get into e bird.  Any body else having a problem?  Please contact me.  Dave Croft.


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Alan England, Stockton


E Bird

Pat Croft
 

To all: I need your help. I cannot get into e bird. Any body else having a problem? Please contact me. Dave Croft.


e bird

Pat Croft
 

The all. Are you having trouble getting into e bird? It is 8:55am 4/1/2020. Dave


Poll results

Jim Rowoth
 

Sorry for this delayed message.

Here are the results of the poll I sent out on sjbirds last week.  

Total number of members/subscribers to sjbirds: 56
Total number of respondents to poll:                     18 (thus 38 non-respondents)

Do you live in San Joaquin Co?    Yes--10
                                                       No—6 

Do you watch birds in your yard?  Yes—16
                                                       No—-0

Will you submit daily eBird yard list?       Yes—16
                                                                 No—-2

Thanks to all for their responses.  I’ve certainly noticed an uptick in the number of eBird lists being submitted every day—Great job!  (Plus, I now understand how this “poll” feature works in groups.io!)

✌🏽Victory over Virus!

Jim Rowoth
Stockton



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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


lodi

k foley
 

Rich and I had a great walk around Lodi Lake yesterday. I was finally able to find the White-throated sparrow along the dirt trail hanging out with the golden-crowned and Lincoln sparrows. We got excellent views of Green heron and many swallows, however, I was unable to find the Violet-green swallow. I can tell that will be my nemesis bird this year. There was an adorable Black-throated gray warbler bathing in the ditch adjacent to the dirt trail along with an Audubon's warbler. All in all, another great day.





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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Re: Swainson's Hawks

k foley
 

I just had the same kettle or another kettle of 5 Swainson hawks over my house at 6:00 pm, they are here right now! 

On Mar 31, 2020, at 11:06 AM, Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...> wrote:


A kettle of 5 soaring Swainson's Hawks just drifted north over my place in NE Stockton.

No foolin'.

Take care,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.

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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Swainson's Hawks

Susan Schneider
 

A kettle of 5 soaring Swainson's Hawks just drifted north over my place in NE Stockton.

No foolin'.

Take care,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.


Woodbridge Road

k foley
 

Rich and I birded Woodbridge Road this afternoon and saw incredible views of yellow-headed blackbirds feeding on the grain at the dairy. There was also a leucistic possible red-winged blackbird in the north field across from the small marsh with the gravel parking area. Beautiful views of the Great-horned owls and a pair of kingfishers. You can view the list here eBird Checklist - 28 Mar 2020 - Woodbridge Rd. (west) - 48 species


Stay safe.

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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Park Cloesures

Pat Croft
 

All. Most of Lodi Parks are open except all the play ground equipment is taped off. We were going to walk around the Lodi Lake Wilderness area but the rain came early. We just birded from the car. Every species of swallow was gathering insects above the water. There were quite few walkers more hardy than Pat & I. We had a great time anyway. We even birded by car the North Lower Sac area in Lodi between Turner Rd & Vine St. My checklists are on e bird. Happy birding. Dave & Pat


Cassin’s Vireo

Jim Rowoth
 

I just had a Cassin’s Vireo Pass through my neighborhood. It was foraging silently in my neighbor’s cedar tree.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Closures clarification

Susan Schneider
 

It appears that the Cosumnes parking lots, restrooms, and visitor center are closed, but the trails are still open.  Good news.

-Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.


Caswell State Park closure

Susan Schneider
 

Unfortunately, Caswell is on the latest list of closures.  It's not in the county, but Cosumnes River Preserve is now closed also.

-Susan

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Susan M. Schneider
Climate activist and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.


Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

All
I took a walk through the nature area of Lodi Lake this morning.  I totaled 44 species.  Highlights included a pair of RB Nuthatch on Laurel Ave, 6 Sparrow species including the tan-striped White-throated Sparrow and a single lingering Varied Thrush. 
The area was very birdy with species such as RC Kinglet and Fox Sparrow singing.  I also got to watch a courtship display from a pair of Flickers. 
Enjoy the weekend as best you can. 
Pat 

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