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Friday yard birds

k foley
 

We had a productive morning in the yard on Friday with 6 Warbling vireo, at least 2 Cassin’s vireo, Nashville, Yellow, and Wilson’s warblers, a Pacific-slope flycatcher, 2 Black-headed grosbeak, and at least 5 Western tanager.

This morning is dead so far except for the ever present Western tanagers. Wait, a Warbling vireo just came in. Gotta go!

Good birding on e-Bird’s Global Big Day!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Hutchin's Street Square

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I went by the Park around Hutchin’s Street Square & it was closed due to covid19. We went over to Peterson Park. Very warm. The bird activity was slow. We saw Western kingbirds, Western Blue birds, bushtits, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Barn swallows, lesser & American Goldfinches. We talked to some of the people walking their dogs. Keeping social distancing. It was already 80 degrees when we left at 11:30am.


Laughlin Park today

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I had my FOS Lazuli Bunting, a female, at the park this morning. I think I ‘ve only ever had one or two previously. Western Tanagers were again much in evidence. I counted eight, but I’m sure there were more. Several trees had from three to five birds each. Other birds of note included one Pacific Slope Flycatcher, three Warbling Vireos, three Wilson’s Warblers (one singing), and one Bullock’s Oriole.

Good birding,

Kurt


Cancellation of November 2020 CVBS

Frances Oliver
 

Hi All!

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall months, the Central Valley Birding Symposium is being cancelled for 2020.  The Symposium Committee felt that the health of our members, presenters, and staff was our primary consideration in making this decision.  If conditions warrant, the Symposium will resume again 
on Nov 18-21, 2021, at the Stockton Hilton Hotel.  We will miss seeing everyone this November, but we hope to see all of you again in 2021.  Stay healthy and safe until then. 

Patricia Bachetti
CVBC President

Frances


Re: Laughlin Park

k foley
 

Rich and I just got back from walking the dogs at Laughlin Park so birding was at a minimum because dogs make it very hard to bird and it was the middle of the afternoon. That said, we had Hooded Orioles (seen and heard) FOS for me and maybe some Bullock's but I couldn't confirm those, a Western Wood-pewee, and at least 2 Western tanagers. Even in the heat of the afternoon, this park produces birds:)

Keep birding!
Kasey

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, 10:47:27 AM PDT, Kurt Mize via groups.io <k1mize@...> wrote:


All:

I had a Gray Flycatcher at Laughlin Park in Stockton this morning. Pale gray overall, narrow bill, narrow eye-ring, long-tailed appearance, dipped tail downward several times when perched, responded to playback. I also had my FOS Western Wood-pewee, five Western Tanagers, six Bullock’s Orioles (one singing male, and a group of five female-types moving together), three Wilson’s Warblers (one singing), one Nashville Warbler (singing, and responded to playback), one Townsend’s Warbler, two Warbling Vireos, and two Pacific Slope Flycatchers.

Good birding,

Kurt



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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Birding at my Church

Pat Croft
 

To all. Pat & I visited the campus of Gracepoint Church. All the buildings are closed. highlights. We saw a coopers hawk eating something on top of our outside cross. We saw crows dive bombing a soaring red tailed hawk. Also crows chasing one lone raven. We had two canada geese fly over. Black phoebes, western kingbirds. Annas, rufous & black-chinned hummingbirds. A lot of singing house finches. Western blue birds catching insects. Etc. Dave &nPat


Laughlin Park

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I had a Gray Flycatcher at Laughlin Park in Stockton this morning. Pale gray overall, narrow bill, narrow eye-ring, long-tailed appearance, dipped tail downward several times when perched, responded to playback. I also had my FOS Western Wood-pewee, five Western Tanagers, six Bullock’s Orioles (one singing male, and a group of five female-types moving together), three Wilson’s Warblers (one singing), one Nashville Warbler (singing, and responded to playback), one Townsend’s Warbler, two Warbling Vireos, and two Pacific Slope Flycatchers.

Good birding,

Kurt


Some county parks reopening soon!

Susan Schneider
 

In today's Record:


Monday, May 18 sees the limited reopening of Oak Grove and Micke Grove parks in the Stockton area - with some coronavirus restrictions, of course.  Details in the article.

Good birding,
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.


Yellow-breasted Chat Riverview Circle River Trail Ripon

Jimmy Gain
 

SW corner of trail calling.

Jim Gain


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
 

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

--
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.


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

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