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Re: BLACK TERN Ripon

Ralph
 

WTF = water treatment facility.

I stopped by there today on the way home from a doctor's appointment in Manteca. I did not see the tern but I did find a very cool looking leucistic Red-tailed Hawk on a light pole on Doak Blvd between S Acacia Ave and Vera Ave.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: BLACK TERN Ripon

Kurt Mize
 

Ripon WTF?

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On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac@...> wrote:

I just found an immature BLACK TERN over the SE pond at Ripon WTF.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: Update on BLACK TERN

Ralph
 

I forgot to mention that while I was birding the ponds at the west end I saw a bird, about the same size as a Greater Yellowlegs (GRYE), of which there were many, but this bird appeared to have a much shorter bill. I was looking at it from roughly 750 feet away so it could have been the angle and when I moved to get closer it and all the birds around it flew and I never saw anything like it again. So if anyone is going out to look for the Black Tern tomorrow keep a look-out for a GRYE-sized bird with a short bill.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Update on BLACK TERN

Ralph
 

While I was trying to get a photo of the tern a flock of Barn Swallows, some 35, arrived and a few of them took turns (no pun intended) at chasing the tern. The tern began gaining altitude and circled briefly at about 50-60 feet, then headed west. I lost sight of it and did not see it again. It may still be around, though.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


BLACK TERN Ripon

Ralph
 

I just found an immature BLACK TERN over the SE pond at Ripon WTF.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch in Stockton

k foley
 

Nice photos Jim! We’re going to have another Jim Hoagland soon👍

On Aug 23, 2020, at 12:33 PM, Jim Rowoth <rowoth@...> wrote:

All,

I was pleasantly surprised by a Red-breasted Nuthatch in my yard about an hour ago—even got a photo (https://ebird.org/checklist/S72740184). It passed through with a marauding pack of Bushtits.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Red-breasted Nuthatch in Stockton

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

I was pleasantly surprised by a Red-breasted Nuthatch in my yard about an hour ago—even got a photo (https://ebird.org/checklist/S72740184). It passed through with a marauding pack of Bushtits.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Black-throated Gray Warbler

k foley
 

I just had a female Black-throated Gray Warbler in my yard. I’ve also had Western Tanager in my yard several times this week. Looks like they are on the move.

Good birding!


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Woodbridge Road this afternoon

Ralph
 

I was planning on going up there tomorrow to try for the Bank Swallow(s) seen by Jims Rowoth and Gain and others recently but was asked to work a full shift so I went this afternoon when I got off work. I arrived at about quarter-to-four and drove to the entrance to The Black Hole to check the wires for swallows. There were only 20 Tree swallows perched at the time so I headed back east before I got sucked in (it's a black hole, get it?)

I parked at the east end of the flooded field and started walking back, scope in hand, to check the shorebirds.  Less than .1 miles from my car I saw a small swallow with a pale rump fly by, low above the field. I got on it with my bins and watched it until it banked (I just realized that I made a pun!) and saw the dark breast band. BANK SWALLOW (BANS), check, as Kurt Mize would say. Then, about 2/3 of the way back to the Hole I spotted what I thought was a Solitary Sandpiper (SOSA), a bird that I missed when I tried for it Sunday. More on this bird in a minute.

After seeing the bird I thought was a SOSA I walked back to my car and drove back down to the entrance to the Hole. There was already someone there checking the swallows. A few minutes after my arrival she departed but stopped to ask if I had had any luck with the BANS. I told her about the one I had seen earlier and asked if she had seen the the SOSA. She said she had not so I told her about the bird I had seen and where it was. I saw her stop in that area and I did not get your name but if you read this I'd like to apologize; when I looked at my photos and saw the bird with its wings up I realized that a Lesser Yellowlegs had fooled me, yet again, into thinking it was a SOSA.

Not ten minutes after the other birder was out of sight down the road I scanned the wires and found a BANS perched among the others. I got several photos, some of which I added to my ebird list; https://ebird.org/checklist/S72236556

I also saw a possible Yellow-headed Blackbird fly in but by the time I got on it with my bins the angle was bad and then the flock split in twain and I lost the bird and could not refind it. And I did not see the WILLET.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Nesting Bl-w Teal at Tracy WTP

David Yee
 

Dear Birders,

Today there was a female Blue-winged Teal along with about eight newly hatched ducklings at the Tracy WTP.  They have been suspected of breeding at this location in the past, but this may be the first confirmed breeding of Blue-winged Teal for SJ.  

Good and Safe Birding,
David Yee
Stockton


Bank Swallow - For real

Jimmy Gain
 

Many thanks to Jim Rowoth and Liz West for helping me find a Bank Swallow this afternoon. I think I misidentified 100 juv Tree Swallows before getting this one. It was at the previously described location on Woodbridge Rd at the entrance to the Duck Club.

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

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Woodbridge Road Solitary Sandpiper (SOSA)? Not this time

Ralph
 

I went up this afternoon to have a look-see, SOSA would be a county bird. I parked across from the east end of the flooded field and walked west. As I was getting out of the car an AMERICAN BITTERN flew over the marsh south of the road and dropped down into the reeds. The number of LESSER YELLOWLEGS (LEYE) in the flooded field made looking for the SOSA a little difficult, every time I got on a bird that was a good candidate for SOSA it turned out to be a LEYE. I entered nine LEYE on my ebird list, but there were probably more. I ran into Jim Rowoth while I was out there, too, and pointed out a WILLET that had appeared from somewhere after my first pass of the flooded field. The WILLET must have gone back to wherever it came from shortly thereafter, though, because I did not see it again after Jim left. I also checked the swallow flock on the power lines west of the flooded field, looking for Bank Swallow. Jim had gone down there and told me on his way back that he had seen a couple possibles, which I had not seen the first time I checked them out, but when I went back many of the swallows had flushed due to a fly-by kestrel and I found no likely suspects. I also did not see any Short-billed Dowitchers, but I did see several Wilson's Phalaropes.

I have the day off Wednesday and was thinking about going back but then I saw Jim Lomax's post on County Birders about the Red-eyed Vireo at Joseph D Grant County Park in Santa Clara County and that would be a lifer so i may go there instead.

AS always, happy birding, stay safe, stay SANE and may the light be with you,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Solitary Sandpiper Continues on Woodbridge Rd

Jimmy Gain
 

I was here at dawn and after 45 minutes found the SOSA fairly close to the road. Same spot as reported yesterday.


Jim Gain
Modesto, CA


Request from your SJ Co eBird reviewer

Jim Rowoth
 

San Joaquin Co eBirder:

As eBird reviewer for this county, I see all sorts of reports coming into my mailbox.  I try to at least give a cursory review to every report, regardless how short or seemingly inconsequential.  (Not required, but this is how I have chosen to do it.)  As you might imagine, the number of lists has increased due to the pandemic—which I think is terrific!  However, I recognize that each one of us could certainly improve the way we prepare and submit our lists—myself included.

Here’s my plea:  Please watch the FREE eBird Essential Course, available in the HELP section.  I know it asks, “New to eBird?” but I am currently taking this FREE course and learning a thing or myself as well as confirming what I already thought.  You can skip lessons or take them out of sequence or set it aside for a week or month and come back to it later.  What better time to do this than now during the pandemic?

Jim


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Solitary Sandpiper Woodbridge Rd

David Yee
 

Birders,

There is currently a juv Solitary Sandpiper on Woodbridge Rd. It's in the flooded fields on the north side of the road. At least five Lesser Yellowlegs and three Short-billed Dowitchers present as well. 

Good Birding and stay safe,
David Yee
Stockton


Woodbridge Road (West)

Pat Croft
 

A farmer has flooded his field just east of The Black Hole entrance. This has drawn a lot of shore birds & egrets. Some shore birds seen Greater & lesser yellowlegs, Spotted sandpiper, Long billed dowitchers jus to name few. Both Snowy & Great egrets in abundance. We were there about 8:30am. David Yee had a group out there. Dave & Pat


Re: White Slough WTP Semi Sandpiper

Jim Rowoth
 

Ralph should not feel bad for missing the Bank Swallow at the Lodi Sewage Ponds.  Upon further reflection and consideration of the tail shape, it morphed into a juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallow—juvenile delinquency strikes again.  Such an easy mis-identification, which I’ll wager we have all made at one time or another.  And nice work on the Semipalmated Sandpiper.  With shorebird migration well underway, it is possible/probable that there are different individuals being seen out there of late.

I actually drove south on I-5 from Hwy 12 this afternoon and noticed (for the first time ever) that there was a yellow gate blocking the entry to the White Slough Wildlife Area, so I was glad that Ralph confirmed this fact.  Let’s hope that this is a signal that the "powers that be" are finally going to do something about the atrocious condition of the dirt entry road and maybe even clean up the garbage and cut back on the riff-raff that are frequently found there.   

Jim Rowoth
Stockton 







On Jul 28, 2020, at 7:54 PM, Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac@...> wrote:

I went up today to look for the sandpiper, and Jim Gain's Bank Swallow, because I thought I needed both for the county.

When I arrived at the ponds Liz West and Donald Pendleton were already there but had not seen either bird. They headed toward their cars and I started looking. I eventually found a good candidate and texted Liz, she and Donald were still in the birder parking area, and they came back. The bird that I was on flew before Liz and Donald got back to where I was but a few minutes later I found it again, or a different "good candidate" (I'm still not sure if the first one was the Semi or a short-billed Western). This one turned out to be the Semi. I never did see a Bank Swallow, though. The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was still foraging in the SW pond.

I had been thinking about going to look for swallows at White Slough Wildlife Area after leaving the WTP and decided not to, but then I thought "Since I'm here..." and went after all. The gate was closed and I did not feel like walking in so I left and stopped at Bear Creek Bike Path instead. Not much there at 4:00 in 90 degree weather. So I went home. When I started updating my lists I found that I already had Semi Sandpiper for San Joaquin County! But it was a year bird, so not a totally wasted trip.

As always, happy birding, stay safe, stay SANE, and may the light be with you,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


White Slough WTP Semi Sandpiper

Ralph
 

I went up today to look for the sandpiper, and Jim Gain's Bank Swallow, because I thought I needed both for the county.

When I arrived at the ponds Liz West and Donald Pendleton were already there but had not seen either bird. They headed toward their cars and I started looking. I eventually found a good candidate and texted Liz, she and Donald were still in the birder parking area, and they came back. The bird that I was on flew before Liz and Donald got back to where I was but a few minutes later I found it again, or a different "good candidate" (I'm still not sure if the first one was the Semi or a short-billed Western). This one turned out to be the Semi. I never did see a Bank Swallow, though. The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was still foraging in the SW pond.

I had been thinking about going to look for swallows at White Slough Wildlife Area after leaving the WTP and decided not to, but then I thought "Since I'm here..." and went after all. The gate was closed and I did not feel like walking in so I left and stopped at Bear Creek Bike Path instead. Not much there at 4:00 in 90 degree weather. So I went home. When I started updating my lists I found that I already had Semi Sandpiper for San Joaquin County! But it was a year bird, so not a totally wasted trip.

As always, happy birding, stay safe, stay SANE, and may the light be with you,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: White slough WTP

Jimmy Gain
 

I had my first of fall yesterday in Stanislaus County.
Attached is one from this morning at White Slough WTP.

Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Pat Croft
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1:04 PM
To: SJBirds <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] White slough WTP

Dear Jim. When do the red necked phalaropes migrate in? Jim Gains listed
one today on e bird. Dave


White slough WTP

Pat Croft
 

Dear Jim. When do the red necked phalaropes migrate in? Jim Gains listed one today on e bird. Dave