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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
 

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

--
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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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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


Sacramento County Saturday 6/5/2020.

Pat Croft
 

The Consumnes River Preserve parking lots are still close but the trails are open. Pat & I took a trip to Consumnes River Preserve. We birded Desmond road & Bruceville Road Between Twin Cities & Desmond Roads. There is still some water. It was worthwile visit as we saw White-faced ibis, Swainson’s & red tailed hawks, Bullock’s orioles & so on. We also took a tour of Woodbridge Road (West). We saw 29 species of birds. Highlights were 1 big horned owl near the nest, bullock’s orioles, 4 swainson’s hawks, 1 northern harrier, 2 valley quail etc. Dave & Pat


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

--
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