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Re: Crows to roost/Stockton

Jim Rowoth
 

From time to time, I get a murder of crows in my neighborhood, generally in the evening, but it’s certainly not every day and not particularly predictable and not recently.  They make quite a racket when one of them sights a raptor or just decides to sound off, when everyone chimes in.  (I think they like the sound of their voices.)  I’ve seen larger gatherings of crows in the trees at the Carson Oaks branch of the Bank of Stockton (corner of Ben Holt & Pacific), which is only a couple of blocks from here, so I assume they are the same birds.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the birds Susan reported here, but I’ll bet Pat’s are a different group.  I’m sure there are multiple gathering places.  

There is certainly more than one “Crows Landing” in the Central Valley.  I remember years ago when I used to help with the Sacramento CBC at Discovery Park with Waldo Holt, at the end of the day, there would be an apparent constant stream of crows flying north to south along the Sacramento River.  More recently but not in the CV, when visiting my sister in Oceanside, I’ve seen rivers of crows noislly passing over NW to SE.




On Jul 21, 2020, at 10:13 PM, Pat Paternostro <broncos30@...> wrote:

There were 40 or so in Peterson Park (Lodi) this morning.  Must be gathering up time?


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:31:20 PM
To: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Crows to roost
 
I went out (in NE Stockton) to enjoy the sunset, and 150 crows flew over my place, heading SW.  Wow.  Wonder where they're going.

Anyone else have spectacles like that recently?

Good birding,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, 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.


--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Re: Ripon WTP West Report Error

Pat Paternostro
 

Funny, I thought I had one on Woodbridge road as well.  I couldn’t confirm however.


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Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:34:50 PM
To: sjbirds@groups.io <sjbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Ripon WTP West Report Error
 

I was certain that I had seen a BANK SWALLOW this morning at the ponds, but my photos do not support that. I apologize for the misinformation. I have removed it from my eBird report.

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Ripon WTP West Report Error

Jimmy Gain
 

I was certain that I had seen a BANK SWALLOW this morning at the ponds, but my photos do not support that. I apologize for the misinformation. I have removed it from my eBird report.

 

Jim Gain

Modesto


Re: Crows to roost

Pat Paternostro
 

There were 40 or so in Peterson Park (Lodi) this morning.  Must be gathering up time?


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:31:20 PM
To: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Crows to roost
 
I went out (in NE Stockton) to enjoy the sunset, and 150 crows flew over my place, heading SW.  Wow.  Wonder where they're going.

Anyone else have spectacles like that recently?

Good birding,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, 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.


Crows to roost

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

I went out (in NE Stockton) to enjoy the sunset, and 150 crows flew over my place, heading SW.  Wow.  Wonder where they're going.

Anyone else have spectacles like that recently?

Good birding,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, 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.


Re: Ravens!

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Ravens are breeding near Faklis Park in Stockton as well.  I saw them carrying nesting material several times this spring on my visits to the Bear Creek Bike Trail that runs alongside the park.

Good birding,
Susan


On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 8:58 AM Kurt Mize via groups.io <k1mize=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
All:

I just observed a group of six! Common Ravens flying low over Vivian “Lady B” Baxter Park in north Stockton this morning. I’ve only ever seen singletons or pairs in town before. Makes me wonder if they’re breeding locally, or whether this is just a bit of post-breeding dispersal. Remarkable in any event. 

Kurt


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--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, 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.


Ravens!

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I just observed a group of six! Common Ravens flying low over Vivian “Lady B” Baxter Park in north Stockton this morning. I’ve only ever seen singletons or pairs in town before. Makes me wonder if they’re breeding locally, or whether this is just a bit of post-breeding dispersal. Remarkable in any event. 

Kurt


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Re: Something besides birds

Amy Carter
 

Thank you for letting us know about this. We drove to the South Isenberg reserve tonight. Was able to see the comet through the scope and the binoculars just below the Big Dipper about 10pm. Also scoped Saturn and Jupiter (could really see the Moons of Jupiter) . Had Barn owl and Great Horned Owls. Also had many coyote calling. The other thing we noticed was the large number of cats- we had at least 4 cats wandering around the trees behind the mound. 

Amy Weiser 
Stockton, CA 

On Jul 17, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Pat Paternostro <broncos30@...> wrote:


My son and I did some stargazing in our yard last evening as well.
We watched the Space Station fly across the the northern sky and also scoped Jupiter and Saturn.
We too had a flyover from a Barn Owl, which also called several times.
Pat


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 6:29:36 AM
To: SJBirds <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Something besides birds
 
Pat & I drove out to the North Isenberg Preserve parking area last night.  We saw the Neowise comet.  No city lights.  Binoculars are a must.  It was about 9:45 pm.  Windy & 68 degrees.  But on the way we saw our first barn owl of the year.  It flew in front of the car.  The comet was awesome.  Go out somewhere out in the country & look for the big dipper towards the Northwest & scan the sky with you binocs.  You will see it.   Dave & Pat  



Consumnes River.

Pat Croft
 

All public areas of Consumnes River Preserve are open. Pat & I birded the boardwalk. The parking lot by the Visitor’s Center was full of kayakers & canoers. Dave


Semi Sand at Lodi WTP

David Yee
 

Dear Birders,

This morning this was an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper at the Lodi WTP.
 It was with other peeps in the drawn down SW pond. During my observation it stayed towards the middle of the pond on the south side, and a scope was needed. This was a very short billed individual that appeared closer in size to a Least than a Western.

There was also a juv Spotted Sandpiper, my first juv migrant shorebird of the "Fall". 

Good Birding,
David Yee
Stockton


Re: Something besides birds

Pat Paternostro
 

My son and I did some stargazing in our yard last evening as well.
We watched the Space Station fly across the the northern sky and also scoped Jupiter and Saturn.
We too had a flyover from a Barn Owl, which also called several times.
Pat


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 6:29:36 AM
To: SJBirds <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Something besides birds
 
Pat & I drove out to the North Isenberg Preserve parking area last night.  We saw the Neowise comet.  No city lights.  Binoculars are a must.  It was about 9:45 pm.  Windy & 68 degrees.  But on the way we saw our first barn owl of the year.  It flew in front of the car.  The comet was awesome.  Go out somewhere out in the country & look for the big dipper towards the Northwest & scan the sky with you binocs.  You will see it.   Dave & Pat  



Something besides birds

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I drove out to the North Isenberg Preserve parking area last night. We saw the Neowise comet. No city lights. Binoculars are a must. It was about 9:45 pm. Windy & 68 degrees. But on the way we saw our first barn owl of the year. It flew in front of the car. The comet was awesome. Go out somewhere out in the country & look for the big dipper towards the Northwest & scan the sky with you binocs. You will see it. Dave & Pat


Sierra Trip

Pat Paternostro
 

I am missing our monthly field trips so I’m planning to head up to the Sierra this Saturday.  More than likely I will bird around Silver Lake and Plasses resort.  
I’m sure there will be folks camping there, but I’m sure I can keep safe. 
If anyone is interested in meeting me up there, or if anyone has a better suggestion, let me know. 
Pat 


Peregrine Falcon at Faklis Park (Stockton)

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

This morning, Nan Ballot and I enjoyed a Peregrine Falcon that flew across the Bear Creek Bike Trail and landed in a nearby pylon in Faklis Park, offering excellent views.  After being harassed by mockingbirds, it flew further north.  Another highlight was a family of two adult and one juvenile White-tailed Kites.

Good birding,
Susan

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, 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 Croft
 

To all. Part of Lodi Lake’s Nature trail is closed for maintenance. It is part of the dirt trail along the river just beyond the Redwoods. My wife & I visited this morning. Most of we saw were year around residents except for the swallows & Swainson’s hawk. We saw all 4 species common during the summer. Barn, cliff, tree & northern rough wing swallows. Lots of canada geese & 6 mallards. The weasther was great very comfortable. A lot of walkers that kept social distance.


eBird -- Ripon Sewage Ponds West--including adjacent river trail -- Jun 30, 2020

Jimmy Gain
 

Good number of returning shorebirds this morning.

Jim Gain
Modesto

Ripon Sewage Ponds West--including adjacent river trail
Jun 30, 2020
6:30 AM
Traveling
0.16 miles
26 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: 64 degrees, no breeze one pond in mudflats with a good number of shorebirds.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

20 Canada Goose
16 Mallard
2 Eurasian Collared-Dove
2 Mourning Dove
4 White-throated Swift
20 Black-necked Stilt
26 Killdeer
98 Least Sandpiper -- Not unusual
12 Western Sandpiper
12 Wilson's Phalarope -- Not unusual
1 Spotted Sandpiper
41 Greater Yellowlegs -- Not unusual
2 Lesser Yellowlegs -- Not unusual
4 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Nuttall's Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Western Wood-Pewee
1 Black Phoebe
2 Ash-throated Flycatcher
2 Western Kingbird
2 California Scrub-Jay
4 Yellow-billed Magpie
16 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
10 Cliff Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 European Starling
2 Northern Mockingbird
4 House Finch
1 Spotted Towhee
1 Bullock's Oriole
4 Brown-headed Cowbird

Number of Taxa: 32


[centralvalleybirds] How to report a wildlife violation

k foley
 

Wanted to share this message from Mary Schiedt.

From: "maryolo1 via groups.io" <maryolo1@...>
Date: June 21, 2020 at 6:35:03 PM PDT
To: "centralvalleybirds@groups.io" <centralvalleybirds@groups.io>
Subject: [centralvalleybirds] How to report a wildlife violation
Reply-To: maryolo1@...


Hello all,

Very recently an active colony of Tricolored Blackbirds near Woodland was destroyed while the young were at the pre-crèche stage.  Someone recorded all or much of the active destruction, but didn't contact the Wardens of California Department of Fish and Wildlife in a timely manner..

Please contact CalTIP as soon as you see a violation.  Any Warden near enough will be dispatched right away, and that can make all the difference.  You can put this into the contacts on your phone for convenience.  The number is:  1-888-334-CalTIP.  You can text anonymously including photos .  For more info visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Enforcement/CalTIP .

When Wardens went to the site there was devastation of the colony, and in addition two hen Mallards on nests were decapitated .

If you are not sure if something is a violation go ahead and call, and let them sort out the facts.

Mary Schiedt
Davis

--
Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Strawberries

Pat Paternostro
 

We have a small strawberry patch, which has been quite productive this year. 
We haven’t been able to eat very many as most are chewed in half each morning.  I thought it was bugs or snails, but found the culprit...my neighborhood California Scrub-Jay.  He ate 3-4 just this morning.  
So watch out for the rascals if you have a patch yourself. 


Oak Grove Park (SJC)

Pat Croft
 

To all We saw a black-necked swan. I know it is an exotic type. I tried adding it as a domestic type to my checklist but e bird would not let me. How do you add it? Dave


Black Crowned Night Herons in Lincoln Creek

tim@...
 

I've seen one or two black crowned night herons in Lincoln Creek just about every day, for much of the day, for the past couple of weeks. I assume they are a mating pair. Yesterday, I spotted a juvenile in an oak tree nearby. I've seen them from Alexandria Place, facing west on Lincoln Creek, across the street from Lincoln High School. Sometimes they move 50 yards or so the the west. The juvenile in a big oak tree on the north side of the creek, near Alexandria.
--Tim Miller and Beth Brampton

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