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Laughlin Park today

Kurt Mize
 

All:

Laughlin Park was alive with Western Tanagers this morning. I counted 10, but there could easily have been as many as 15. They were in every tree! Other birds of note included: 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 each of Wilson’s, Yellow, and Townsend’s Warblers, 1Pacific Slope Flycatcher, 2 Bullock’s Orioles, and 1 Black-headed Grosbeak.

Good birding,

Kurt


Birding highlights

Pat Croft
 

Today we went to Woodbridge West because Pat P saw 3 ringed necked pheasants. My wife wanted to see one. We saw one male. We also saw 4 male blue grosbeaks towards the end of the road. We also saw one male western tanager & a pacific slope flycatcher. We saw the 2 great horned owls on the nest near the south preserve. We also saw in the vicinity 3 bullocks orioles & one immature male hooded oriole.


Friday at Tower Park Marina Resort there were more western tanagers at their favorite fruit tree. I wish I knew what kind of fruit tree it is. The Bonham sisters e mailed us that the guard said next week they would have to wear masks. I do not why because there are not that many people walking around. The lady at the gate when we went just waved at us.

Thursday Birding the Lodi Lake Wilderness Area: We saw our first warbling vireo of the season. Also blue -gray gnatcatcher. We sat on the bench near Pigg Lake that overlooks the river. We watched Barn, Tree, Cliff & Northern Rough Winged swallows catching insects. We also watched about a dozen canada geese grazing. We were joined by 2 old friends & got to visit with them. They are not birders.


Ripon Oak Grove & sewage ponds

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Migrants and newly arriving summer residents continue to be much in evidence, although my warbler diversity was way down from last weekend.  A non-bird highlight - I was nearby as a River Otter captured a very large salmon-like fish.  It must have been at least 1.5 lbs, and the otter could barely hold it.

OK, bird highlights:  I looked up often enough to get nice views of a White-throated Swift.  A Yellow-breasted Chat was  present again, but this time just gave me a call and a short snatch of song.  I found two Swainson's Thrushes, one of which sang for me - so beautiful.  Wilson's Warblers were plentiful, but my only other warbler species was Yellow.  Still, songbirds included at least 4 W Wood-Pewees, Ash-throated FC, W Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Bullock's Oriole, W Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and a late Red-breasted Nuthatch.

At the sewage ponds west, I found many LB Dowitchers, with smaller #s of Western & Least Sandpipers, G Yellowlegs, and Stilts. 

Very nice morning, and social distancing was less of an issue than last weekend - fewer people on the narrow trails.  Some of the trails are wide enough to be easily manageable.

Take care, and good birding,
Susan

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“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.


SJ Audubon Hoot Owl Available; Annual Picnic Canceded, but Virtual General Meeting May 12

England
 

HOOT OWL for May-June is ELECTRONIC ONLY this issue. It’s available at http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/HootOwlMayJun2020.pdf

Yes, we have no general meetings or field trips in the immediate future. Field trips will resume when the Health Department says it is safe to do so.

ANNUAL CHAPTER PICNIC CANCELLED. HOWEVER. . .
Due to the current state of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders in our state, the annual chapter picnic at the Mokelumne River Day Use area has been cancelled. HOWEVER, we will still be holding the annual general membership meeting, via Zoom!

PLEASE JOIN US for a virtual May San Joaquin Audubon GENERAL MEMBERSHIP via Zoom on Tuesday, May 12th, from 7-9 p.m. During the meeting we will have our annual officer elections. After the elections there will be several bird themed games: a Pictionary type game and bird trivia.

To join the meeting please follow the link or enter the meeting ID and password
https://zoom.us/j/96263347235…

Meeting ID: 962 6334 7235
Password: Bird

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Alan England, Stockton


Ripon oak grove

John Harris
 

Hi all,
This is a belated post for yesterday's birding. I went over to Ripon Oak Grove in the morning, spending a couple hours walking along the narrow trails close to the river. There were lots of Black-headed Grosbeaks (I think I reported ten, but it seemed like they were everywhere), three Warbling Vireos, three Wilson's Warblers, one Yellow Warbler, one Pacific-sope Flycatcher, one Olive-sided Flycatcher, hordes of House Wrens, one Yellow-breasted Chat. In some ways, the best thing to me was hearing/seeing three Western Wood-pewees. There is something about that sound that makes me feel like my blood pressure is taking an immediate drop. Ahhhhhh! Years ago I made a 20 minute tape of sounds along a small creek on the east side of the Sierra, in Mono County. Most of it was the sound of running water punctuated by Pewee calls. I used to put that on my tape player in my office when I needed something for stress relief.
Afterward, I went over to lower Corral Hollow Road (the OHV area is closed, as previously posted), pulling over at a few places to check the riparian habitat. This was not as satisfying overall, in part because it was windy. There was a fair bit of traffic too. At a pullout about 2.2 miles up the road (before you get to Site 300) from highway 580, I heard a Greater Roadrunner call sequence. I spent about a half hour there and did not hear it again, nor did I see the bird. I think there have been other reports from that area.
John Harris
Oakdale


Re: Migrants

Pat Paternostro
 

I briefly birded Dentoni this morning.
Had a Townsend’s, 1 WAVI, a few WETA and at least 5 Wilson’s.
Pat


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I only had one Western Tanager at Laughlin Park yesterday. No other neotropical migrants!  They must’ve all been in your yard!  Today I had 7 Western Tanagers, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a single Orange-crowned Warbler. That was it. Hope you have better luck. 

Kurt
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On Friday, May 1, 2020, k foley <kaseyfoley@...> wrote:

Yesterday, Rich and I had an invasion of migrants in our yard including Western tanager (6), Bullock’s oriole (4), Black-throated gray warbler (4), Townsend’s warbler (2), Wilson’s warbler (2), Orange-crowned warbler (1), Black-headed grosbeak (1), Warbling vireo (1), Cassin’s vireo (1) plus our regulars, Lesser and American goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Swainson’s hawk, blah, blah, blah😉

Looks like this morning brings another push as we already had 4 Black-headed grosbeak, 3 Western tanager, 2 Bullock’s oriole, 1 Yellow warbler (FOS) and a Wilson’s warbler, wow!

Great birding!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA



Re: Migrants

Kurt Mize
 

I only had one Western Tanager at Laughlin Park yesterday. No other neotropical migrants!  They must’ve all been in your yard!  Today I had 7 Western Tanagers, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a single Orange-crowned Warbler. That was it. Hope you have better luck. 

Kurt
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On Friday, May 1, 2020, k foley <kaseyfoley@...> wrote:

Yesterday, Rich and I had an invasion of migrants in our yard including Western tanager (6), Bullock’s oriole (4), Black-throated gray warbler (4), Townsend’s warbler (2), Wilson’s warbler (2), Orange-crowned warbler (1), Black-headed grosbeak (1), Warbling vireo (1), Cassin’s vireo (1) plus our regulars, Lesser and American goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Swainson’s hawk, blah, blah, blah😉

Looks like this morning brings another push as we already had 4 Black-headed grosbeak, 3 Western tanager, 2 Bullock’s oriole, 1 Yellow warbler (FOS) and a Wilson’s warbler, wow!

Great birding!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA



Migrants

k foley
 

Yesterday, Rich and I had an invasion of migrants in our yard including Western tanager (6), Bullock’s oriole (4), Black-throated gray warbler (4), Townsend’s warbler (2), Wilson’s warbler (2), Orange-crowned warbler (1), Black-headed grosbeak (1), Warbling vireo (1), Cassin’s vireo (1) plus our regulars, Lesser and American goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Swainson’s hawk, blah, blah, blah😉

Looks like this morning brings another push as we already had 4 Black-headed grosbeak, 3 Western tanager, 2 Bullock’s oriole, 1 Yellow warbler (FOS) and a Wilson’s warbler, wow!

Great birding!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Hummer Push This Eve

David Yee
 

Dear Birders,

We noticed a big uptick in hummers at our feeders this evening, Apr 28. Most were Black-chinneds, but there were also two female Calliopes and a female Rufous/Allen's.

Good birding while staying safe,
David Yee
Stockton


Yard birding

Pat Croft
 

Sunday was a stay at home. Sunday evening Pat & I had a pacific slope flycatcher catching insects in our crepe myrtle & japanese maple trees.
This was a first for my yard. Dave


Elmwood Tract Today

k foley
 

Rich and I met Marj and Dave Fries to walk Elmwood Tract today while carefully maintaining social distancing. We didn't have the migrant numbers we found in our yard and everyone found in parks around the area yesterday but we did have 69 species and it was a beautiful, if warm, day out there. Highlights include Caspian Tern, American Bittern, Virginia Rail (heard only), nesting Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Swainson's Hawks (2 nests), House Wrens, and Tree Swallows.


 
Keep on birding!
Kasey

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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Re: Laughlin Park Empid

Kurt Mize
 

I think it’s just the angle of the photo. This looks like the bird Dave Quaddy and I called a Hammonds. The upperparts were gray (as opposed to the olive of the Pac Slope), with none of the yellowish wash on the underparts that the Pac Slope had. 

Kurt
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On Sunday, April 26, 2020, Jimmy Gain <jimgain@...> wrote:

After birding Lodi lake with Jim Rowoth, I stopped by Laughlin Park for a 45 minute quasi-quick birding stop. I had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (visual and calling), A Nashville Warbler (maybe two), a Black-throated Gray, Yellow and Wilson’s Warbler. I also had a silent empid flycatcher that was well seen for about 8 minutes. Bill was smallish and all dark. It gave only occasional tail flicks. My only hesitation in calling it a Hammond's Flycatcher is that the primary projection doesn't look remarkable. Anyone to weigh in on one photo of the empid?

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Re: Laughlin Park Empid

David Yee
 

Hi Jim:

The bill shape/color, eyering shape, crested look, big headed and short-tailed appearance all look good for Hammond's to me.  Hard to judge the primary projection based on photo.  


Good Birding,
David Yee
Stockton

On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 1:50 PM Jimmy Gain <jimgain@...> wrote:

After birding Lodi lake with Jim Rowoth, I stopped by Laughlin Park for a 45 minute quasi-quick birding stop. I had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (visual and calling), A Nashville Warbler (maybe two), a Black-throated Gray, Yellow and Wilson’s Warbler. I also had a silent empid flycatcher that was well seen for about 8 minutes. Bill was smallish and all dark. It gave only occasional tail flicks. My only hesitation in calling it a Hammond's Flycatcher is that the primary projection doesn't look remarkable. Anyone to weigh in on one photo of the empid?

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Laughlin Park Empid

Jimmy Gain
 

After birding Lodi lake with Jim Rowoth, I stopped by Laughlin Park for a 45 minute quasi-quick birding stop. I had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (visual and calling), A Nashville Warbler (maybe two), a Black-throated Gray, Yellow and Wilson’s Warbler. I also had a silent empid flycatcher that was well seen for about 8 minutes. Bill was smallish and all dark. It gave only occasional tail flicks. My only hesitation in calling it a Hammond's Flycatcher is that the primary projection doesn't look remarkable. Anyone to weigh in on one photo of the empid?

 

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Lodi Lake this morning

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

I rolled out of bed this morning with birding on my mind, but didn’t know where I was going—Lodi Lake or Oak Grove/Ripon—until I found myself headed north on Lower Sacramento Rd. (I’m curious about White Slough, but I’m reluctant to take my newly repaired Prius out that horrible road to check it out.) Anyway, Lodi Lake won out. It was a nice morning, but nothing unusual showed up. Jim Gain arrived about the same time as I did, so we birded together, maintaining proper distance. Best birds were multiple Wilson’s Warblers, Cassin’s and Warbling vireos. We lacked the variety reported by Pat yesterday, and that reported by Kurt M @ Laughlin Park and Susan S @ OG/Ripon this morning at those sites.

There were lots of people taking advantage of the great weather, mostly attempting to maintain social distance but very few wearing masks. The number of visitors was increasing dramatically as I left around 11:00.






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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Yellow-breasted Chat and more at Ripon Oak Grove

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Including the Chat, I found 7 species of warblers at Oak Grove Park this morning.  (I know, strictly speaking, the chat is no longer considered a warbler.  Too bad.)  The others:  Wilson's (at least 20!), Nashville, Yellow, MacGillivray's, Orange-crowned, and Common Yellowthroat.  I got to see all of them except the Chat and the Yellowthroat.  The Chat sang for about about two minutes, and I got a recording, but it did not show itself.   The Wilson's, on the other hand, were everywhere, easily visible.  For the first 90 minutes, I was seldom out of earshot of one; my estimate of 20 is probably an undercount.  At one point, four warbler species were in one tree. At another, I had 3 Wilson's in one binocular view.

Other notable birds:  an early Western Wood-Pewee, Ash-throated FC, W Kingbird, Bullock's Orioles (oh, that fluorescent male!), and many Black-headed Grosbeaks.

At the adjoining sewage pond, I found a few lingering shorebirds in the early morning.  On my way back, a lone small gull on the pond puzzled me.  I assumed it was Bonaparte's or perhaps Mew, but it didn't quite fit either:  completely white head, short black bill (lightish at the very base), dark eyes, blackish wingtips, plumage a mix of gray and tan.  Wish I'd brought my camera.

Good birding,
Susan

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“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
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Laughlin Park today

Kurt Mize
 

All:

Laughlin Park was pretty birdy again this morning. Practically the first bird I saw was my FOS Hammond’s Flycatcher. I ran into Dave Quaddy, who was also birding the park, and (with some effort) we were able to relocate the bird. Before I got there, Dave had seen an Ash-throated Flycatcher perched in the top of one of the oaks, but it was never relocated. Ash-throated is rare for the park, and was obviously on its way somewhere else. Other birds of note included: one Black-chinned Hummingbird, one Pac Slope Flycatcher, two Cassin’s Vireos, one Warbling Vireo, two Red-breasted Nuthatches, one Blue-gray Gnatcher, two Bullock’s Orioles, one Nashville Warbler, three Yellow Warblers, one Yellow-rumped Warbler, two Black-throated Gray Warblers, one Townsend’s Warbler, three Wilson’s Warblers, four Western Tanagers, and two Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Good birding,

Kurt


Re: Migration in our yard

Kurt Mize
 

Wow, Kasey!  That’s an incredible fallout for such a small area!


On Apr 25, 2020, at 5:37 PM, k foley <kaseyfoley@...> wrote:

Rich and I have been stuck in our house the last few days because of necessary repairs to the house. The birding has been less than stellar the last couple of days because I couldn't hear anything over all of the machinery but today was different! I've been reading birding accounts from Lodi Lake and Laughlin Park today and I can say that our yard was pretty spectacular too. We had 4 WESTERN TANAGERS, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 1 CASSIN'S VIREO, 1 WARBLING VIREO and an emptied that David Yee thinks could be a Dusky or Gray flycatcher. We didn't get the orioles or grosbeak others had but I did hear the pik call that I associate with Downy woodpeckers then realized it could have been a Black-headed grosbeak but I never found it, so I didn't count either. I believe we can add the words "at least" to the numbers of pretty much all of the birds listed because it was impossible to keep up, they were flying in and out of the canopy 6 birds at a time! Great day.



I did have a lovely Black-chinned hummingbird on Thursday. Enjoy migration!
Kasey

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Migration in our yard

k foley
 

Rich and I have been stuck in our house the last few days because of necessary repairs to the house. The birding has been less than stellar the last couple of days because I couldn't hear anything over all of the machinery but today was different! I've been reading birding accounts from Lodi Lake and Laughlin Park today and I can say that our yard was pretty spectacular too. We had 4 WESTERN TANAGERS, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 1 CASSIN'S VIREO, 1 WARBLING VIREO and an emptied that David Yee thinks could be a Dusky or Gray flycatcher. We didn't get the orioles or grosbeak others had but I did hear the pik call that I associate with Downy woodpeckers then realized it could have been a Black-headed grosbeak but I never found it, so I didn't count either. I believe we can add the words "at least" to the numbers of pretty much all of the birds listed because it was impossible to keep up, they were flying in and out of the canopy 6 birds at a time! Great day.



I did have a lovely Black-chinned hummingbird on Thursday. Enjoy migration!
Kasey

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Kasey Foley
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Re: Lodi Lake migrants

k foley
 

Nice pics!

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11:26:40 AM PDT, pjsierra95240 <broncos30@...> <broncos30@...> wrote:


Greetings 
I just got home from a walk around Lodi Lake. 
The entire nature trail wasn’t particularly birdy, but the secondary wooded trail was. 
Most migrants I found were together in 3-4 Valley Oaks.  
Having more eyes would have helped as the birds were moving quite a bit.  I did manage to count 6 Cassin’s Vireos along with 3 Warbling Vireos. 
There were also 6 warbler species mixed in, with great views of Townsend’s. 
I would guess the flock included 30+ birds, with Bushtits and DOWO as well.  
Enjoy the weekend. 
Pat Image.jpegImage.jpeg




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