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Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

Hope everyone is safe and healthy. 
Tomorrow would be our monthly walk at Lodi Lake. I do plan to bird the nature area, beginning at 7:30am. 

If anyone would like to bird 6’ from me, I will see you there. 

Pat 


Dale Smith has been hacked

Jim Rowoth
 

Please ignore recent post from Dale Smith. Hacker is using his old comcast account from when he lived in the US.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Day Use Park Open

Pat Croft
 

The weather was nice. We visited the Day Use Park & Gerodot Stables. Highlights at the Day Use Park. A soaring Golden eagle that was attacked by a smaller buteo species. We saw 3 osprey, 1 swainson’s hawk, one red tailed hawk, 1 red shouldered hawk & 1 coopers hawk. Also one female common merganser. 4 american white pelicans, 4 kesterals Not many people. Mostly people fishing. 1 ranger that was disinfecting the picnic tables & benches. Gerodot’s just the 2 of us. Highlight was one tri-colored black bird, 5 yellow headed black birds, 2 female grackles. 1 forester tern. A pied billed grebe with 4 fledged young. Pat & I took advantaged of the cooler weather. It was too hot the last 4 days to travel anywhere to bird except for yard birding.


Mokelumne Day Use Area

Liz West
 

SJ Birders:

I just checked the EBMUD website, the Day Use Area is now open as of May 18th. The actual fish hatchery is still closed.

Liz West
Galt


Laughlin Park today

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I had my FOS Willow Flycatcher at Laughlin Park this morning. Also had a Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, and a Western Tanager. The greatest excitement, however, came in the form of two Common Ravens mobbing a Great Horned Owl in the top of a Valley Oak! My excellent documentary photos are attached. I’ve only ever had flyover Ravens at this location before. Sadly, an Anna’s Hummingbird nest that I’ve been watching closely for several weeks has been destroyed. :(  Here’s hoping their next attempt will be more successful. 

Good birding,

Kurt


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Westgate Landing

Pat Croft
 

Westgate Landing is open with restrictions. Day use people are restricted to the day use area of the parking lot & the levee. The camping area is closed currently to everyone. The way I understand it when the camping area is open it will be closed to all day use people. READ THE SIGNS!!!!. I did not & I heard about it. Pat & I went into the camping area. When I got nicely scolded she was on the levee. People were on the levee fishing. It costs $5 for day use people. The picnic tables can be used but with restrictions. Please read all the signs.

There are plenty of birds. The highlights was hearing both California quail & ringed-necked peasants. Seeing several Bullocks orioles & western kingbirds. Also 2 flocks of kettling swainson’s hawks. House sparrows, house finches, robins & mockingbirds abound. We saw 2 ash throated flycatchers chasing each other. Etc. See my e bird checklist. Dave & Pat


Re: ? about this duck

Jim Rowoth
 

Looks like a “Frankenduck” to me!

On May 18, 2020, at 11:17 PM, Sylvia Ahn via groups.io <sbirdahn=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


? about this duck

Sylvia Ahn
 

Hello, A friend Inline imageInline image
is taking photos of this duck family- Is the one with white feathers leucistic or of questionable heritage?  Thanks for your help. Sylvia Ahn  


Oak Grove/Ripon plus "heads up" San Joaquin

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

I ended up at Oak Grove/Ripon this morning.  Lots of activity, but very little warbler action detected.  

Note: Following up on notices from John Sterling, Dan Singer, and Cliff Hawley, SJ Co birders should also be aware that May is apparently turning into an unusually good month for southeastern vagrant songbirds (esp. Kentucky and Hooded Warblers) in the Southwest and Bay Area, so be on the lookout and pay attention to any unfamiliar songs that you hear.  Of course, photos and audio recordings would be great!

Believe me, I had that in mind when I was rambling around Ripon this morning!

Anyway, here’s my eBird report.  I didn’t visit any other locations.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

Oak Grove Park (Ripon), San Joaquin, California, US
May 13, 2020 7:48 AM - 10:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.13 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     The mulberry trees along the river are covered in fruit in all stages of ripeness, attracting large numbers of frugivores.  In some places, the ground was covered with fallen fruits.
41 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)  1
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1    @ dog food plant pond
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1     Heard only
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  17
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1     Heard only
Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii)  6
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  6
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)  2
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  5     Heard only
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  26
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  11
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  10
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  29  Singing gleefully.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  28
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  11     A whole lotta chuppin’ goin’ on!  At times, they seemed to be everywhere esp. next to the river.  Some softly singing their unmistakable etherial song.  I never got a good look at any, however.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  86     Gorging on mulberries and cottonwood fruits. Good thing I was wearing a cap--got pooped on at least once.  This is probably an undercount.
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  14
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  12
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  7
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  8
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1     Heard only
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  8  Singing vigorously.
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  16  Singing lustily.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S68985815

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


REMINDER: SJ AUDUBON ANNUAL MEETING IS TONIGHT, MAY 12, VIA ZOOM

England
 

SJ AUDUBON ANNUAL MEETING TONIGHT, MAY 12, ON ZOOM
Due to shelter-in-place orders in our state, the annual chapter picnic at the Mokelumne River Day Use area was 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 MEETING 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


San Joaquin online meeting

Pat Paternostro
 

All:
Please see announcement below concerning SJ Audubon’s online meeting.  Meeting will be tomorrow between 7-9 pm.  Details below show how to participate. 
Hope you can join us. 
Pat 

Please join us for a virtual May San Joaquin Audubon general membership meeting by 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?pwd=TzJic0tiYU12RlNjRWM0aFVhZWt2dz09

Meeting ID: 962 6334 7235
Password: Bird 






Sage Sparrow along Flood Rd

David Yee
 

Dear Birders:

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms.

Very early this morning there was a singing "Sage" Sparrow along Flood Rd in Eastern SJ.  It was about .6 mi east of Escalon-Bellota Rd just east of the big orchard (walnuts?) on the north side of the road in a fairly big patch of various grasses and weeds that is distinctly different than the surrounding grasslands to the south.  Based on the song, location, habitat, and time of year, it appeared to be a Sagebrush Sparrow rather than a Bell's.  

It unfortunately was very uncooperative, and after about 2 minutes I could never again relocate it after about an hour of waiting.  There was a fair amount of migrant activity at this rather unseemly migrant location that included at least four Lazuli Buntings, a young male Hooded Oriole and two Wilson's Warblers, but all were on the move.  So the sparrow could have moved on with them.  

Good and Safe Birding,
David Yee
Stockton


Re: Saturday birding

Steve Imialek
 

Great photos.

There are also 20 Mallard ducklings in the water hazard on the 4th green at the Brentwood Golf Course. It’s across the street from Apple Hill Park and at the end of my Deer Creek dog walk. There’s also a Killdeer on the green these last few days. A Green Heron has been hanging around there as well plus the usual suspects.




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I birded a few places around Stockton today; nothing too exciting species wise. I did run across a couple mothers at Swenson Park, so I thought I’d share some pics, being that it’s Mother’s Day weekend. 
Be safe 
Pat 
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Saturday birding

Pat Paternostro
 

I birded a few places around Stockton today; nothing too exciting species wise. I did run across a couple mothers at Swenson Park, so I thought I’d share some pics, being that it’s Mother’s Day weekend. 
Be safe 
Pat 
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To Sscramento County looking for the glossy ibis.

Pat Croft
 

all. We went looking for the glossy ibis at Consumnes river. The parking lots are closed. Plenty of cars parked along Franklin Road. Lots of walkers. Too may for social distancing. We birded Bruceville Rd Twin Cities to Desmond Rd, Desmond Rd & Consumnes River Preserve from Franklin Road. Bruce ville rd: We had 5 american white pelicans fly over us. Desmond Road we sighted 3 american white pelicans, 8 white faced ibis, over 20 great egrets, 8 snowy egrets, 17 mallards, 5 ravens one avocet. Etc,. No Glossy Ibis. Consumnes River Preserve 2 avocets, 8 white faced ibis flyover. This was a car birding trip. We did count as many birds ww\e could on Turner Rd & Thornton rd while riding along. You can review my e bird check lists for both San Joaquin county & Sacramento County.


Re: Common poorwill

Kurt Mize
 

Cool!

On May 9, 2020, at 11:32 AM, k foley <kaseyfoley@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Just seen at Stockton Rural Cemetery, north-East of office. Flies around and lands on the ground in the shade of trees near the trunks.

Sorry for the blurry photo but it’s a picture from the back of my camera.

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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA



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Common poorwill

k foley
 

Just seen at Stockton Rural Cemetery, north-East of office. Flies around and lands on the ground in the shade of trees near the trunks.

Sorry for the blurry photo but it’s a picture from the back of my camera.

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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


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

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