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Lodi WTP Surf Scoter

David Yee
 

Birders,

There is currently a female Surf Scoter at the Lodi WTP. It's hanging with other divers in the nw pond. There also appears to be a female plumaged Greater Scaup. 

David Yee
Stockton


PUFI at Hutchins

Pat Paternostro
 

Morning 
I walked around Hutchins Square this morning and had 5 FOS Purple Finch feeding in the Chinese Pistache  trees. 
A couple pics will be in my eBird. 
Good birding. 
Pat 


2020 Tracy area Tree Swallows

Jim Rowoth
 

I joined Henry K, Srini & Kamala R, and Rosie R early yesterday evening (10/17) to observe the annual October Tree Swallow swarm east of Tracy yesterday.  We observed well over 20K over the lush green corn fields to the immediate south by standing at the fishing access along Tom Paine slough just off Canal Blvd.  Having observed this phenomenon in past years (2008, 2013, and 2018), this appeared to be considerably reduced from those years, but nevertheless very impressive.  We really had to strain our eyes to see the countless dark specks in coordinated flight in the waning light.  Unfortunately, once you find these birds, it is a race with the setting sun, so there is no time to go racing off to find a better viewing spot, but afterwards I checked a map, and it looks like better/closer viewing might be had from W Arbor Ave, just west of the large farm operation at Arbor & Paradise Rd.  Photography was impossible due to the fading light & distance. 

Remember, this is an ephemeral phenomenon—the birds will probably be gone by this time next week or earlier if the farmer chooses to harvest the corn.  (We heard several repeated gunshots, apparently an attempt by the owner to the east to discourage the birds from settling in the corn—even though swallows are insectivores and whose only interest in the corn is to find a safe place to rest for the night.)  These birds are largely migrants from the Yukon and British Columbia on their way south to Mexico for the winter.  

Be aware: evening weekday traffic along the freeways here is HORRIBLE, so if you’re gonna go, I’d recommend today (Sunday).  Please report your success (or not) via this listserve or eBird (or both).  

Relevant eBird reports are:  
2020

Previous years
2013-10-25 17:50Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit |
2013-10-24 18:00Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit |
2013-10-22 18:00Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit | 
2013-10-21 18:00Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit | 
2013-10-20 18:18Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit | 
2013-10-19 18:10Tree Swallow roost A (2013)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit



2018-10-11 18:351039–1599 W Lorenzen Rd, Tracy US-CA (37.7273,-121.3227)San JoaquinUS-CAView or edit 


Jim Rowoth
Stockton


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


phenepepola at Gerardot's ranch

Pat Croft
 



phenepepola at Gerardot’s performance horse ranch.  Oct 17, 2020
Pat Croft 


San Joaquin Audubon Begins FYI Field Trips--Oct 29

England
 

JOIN SAN JOAQUIN AUDUBON FOR A NEW KIND OF FIELD TRIP:  “DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) FIELD TRIP”

 

Here’s how it works: 

 

·      SESSION I (Virtual) (Thursday, October 29)  A Zoom meeting with the field trip leader.  For this first time out, Pat Paternostro will introduce a local birding site—Lodi Lake Nature Area—and the birds you’re likely to see there, such as  Wood Duck, Hermit Thrush, Coopers Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Fox Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler. (Birders of all levels are welcome).

 

·      SESSION 1+ is the DIY part:  before the next Zoom meeting, you visit the birding location, where you’ll look for the listed birds and other wildlife.  Take binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them and keep a list of your observations.  Please follow all COVID-19 precautions when you are in the field: wearing masks, observing social distancing and hand washing.

 

·      SESSION 2 (Virtual) Usually the third week after the first meeting,  participants join again on Zoom, sharing what they found, and there will be an introduction to the next DIY field trip location.

 

Here’s the information for the first zoom meeting, Thursday, October 29:  Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86710788712?pwd=aFUvZnR6dnZsZXdwcHZpTksxaTI2Zz09
Oct 29th 7:00PM - 8:30PMSan Joaquin DIY (Do It Yourself) Meeting

 

Alan England, Stockton


e bird big day

Pat Croft
 

Our first area to bird was Cord Road. Very dry. Northing unusual. Lincoln, savannah & white crown sparrows, house finches, lesser goldfinches. Western meadowlarks, Redwing & brewers blackbirds. & so on

second area was Gerardot Stables about 9:20am. 2 pond all dry. Decreased water volume in the big pond. The big sighting was the phainopepla. Was quite cooperative. It was sitting in the top on one of tree lining the big pond. It flew around catching insects. The big pond had 3 american white pelicans, at least 10 double crested cormorants, an eared grebe, Ringed-necked ducks, gadwalls, ruddy ducks, american wigeons, mallards, Snowy & great egrets, great blue heron, one herring gull & so on.

Our last area was McIntyre Road. Was saw 12 turkey vultures eatig & waiting to eat a dead rabbit along the side of the road.There Was another 20 soaring. We saw at least 20 ravens soaring over the road.

The Day Use Park was busy so we did not bird that area. Dave & Pat


Tree Swallow Roost today at Tracy.

peraisrini@...
 

Couple of days back, Jim Rowth, Henery and I went to Kasson Rd area in Tracy to look for Tree Swallow roost. All of the corn field were harvested and we returned disappointed. Today I went to Tracy Sewage pond area looking for Tree Swallow  and I came across large number of Tree Swallow fling above the corn field. I decided to stop and watch. Jim Rowth was messaging me what to watch out for. Around 6:40PM, the tree swallows started swoping down and within few seconds the tree swallows all disappeared into the corn field. It was just spectacular to see the behavior. 

From Grand Line Rd take Mac Arthur Dr

You will see Tracy Sewage pond on your left

Keep going in Mac Arthur Dr

Take right on Canal Blvd

After Tom Paine Rd intersection, you will see corn field on the right

There are some trees between the road and the corn field, so find a spot (on Canal Blvd) which has good view of the corn field.

Enjoy!.


S. Isenberg Preserve

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I went out to the Isenberg Preserve this morning. We saw 4 ringed necked ducks, one redhead & one male eurasian wigeon. We also saw Ibis, cranes, shovelers, pintails, gadwalls, cacklers, greater-white fronted geese, Stilts & so on. Thanks to Jim Rowoth for the update. Dave


Woodbridge Rd, Tuesday afternoon

Jim Rowoth
 

I spent a profitable couple of hours out on Woodbridge Rd this afternoon.  Of course, it was warm & sunny, and dusty & dry, but the birding was good.

Highlights were at Isenberg, where I was able to pull out several FIRST OF SEASON ducks for me:  a male Ring-necked Duck, a male Eurasian Wigeon, and 3 male & 1 female Redhead.  I was able to get a few photos of the wigeon, but not of the other ducks.  There are hundreds and hundreds of ducks out there!  In addition, there were large numbers of Aleutian Cackling Geese and I noticed a few cacklers that were somewhat larger, lacked neck rings, and had paler breasts—Taverner’s subspecies?  Unfortunately, since these geese were to my west (into the sun), I was unable to photos of them.

Looking northward over the North Preserve, there were thousands of birds in the air, presumably Cacklers, but there were at least 5 white birds mixed in, most likely Snow Geese.  


On another note, I had a late Western Kingbird out there this past Sunday.


It’s so nice to have breathable air!!

Jim Rowoth
Stockton






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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Reminder--hand delivery of "Birding in San Joaquin County" this Thursday

Jim Rowoth
 


Reminder, if you live in San Joaquin Co and you would like a copy of our 2019 birding finding guide to San Joaquin Co, you can get one delivered personally into your hot little hands by Jim Rowoth on Thursday, Oct 15, for only $10--no postage or handling. You just need to let him know before that date so he can add you (and your address) to his list. He will make the rounds of the county on that date and will be in touch to give you an approximate time window once he has a complete list of names and maps out his route!  Either call 209-487-3489 or email at rowoth AT sbcglobal DOT net--BEFORE this coming Thursday!

If you don't live in San Joaquin Co, don't despair! You can get a copy by contacting Alan England (wdchkgsqrl AT yahoo DOT com), who will send you one by mail, for $13 (covers shipping & handling).  

With no end in sight to this pandemic and winter approaching, birding is a great excuse to get outside and reconnect with nature!

Jim Rowoth


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Reminder: SJ Audubon/Sierra Club Mts 10/13 @ 7PML "Doc Nancy": Water Harvest

England
 

AUDUBON VIRTUAL GENERAL MEETING w/ Sierra Club

TUESDAY, October 13   7:00 pm

VIRTUAL JOINT MEETING WITH DELTA-SIERRA CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUB

Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham

“Water Harvest”

 

“Doc Nancy” has been a popular presenter on a number of occasions to SJ Audubon.   She has been a Fulbright Scholar and has a Ph.D. in Biology.  She is a retired National Park Ranger, Paramedic, Wildland Firefighter.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University and teaches also at Columbia College.

 

Here's the link to the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87150312226?pwd=UEFjVXY2SCtvS2p1MDJyTnd6MHpLUT09#success


Water Harvest, Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham, Ph.D.

Oct 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alan England, Stockton


Birding Lodi Parks

Pat Croft
 

Based on what Pat Paternostro reported seeing at Hutchin Street Square we visited there this morning.
We saw cedar waxwings & yellow rump warblers plus a few others. But the west side of Thomas A. Peterson park by the play ground was a bonanza. Purple finches, lesser gold finches, cedar waxwings, yellow rump warblers, western blue birds, White crowned & golden crowned sparrows, dark eyed juncos & so on. The chinese pistache trees are also producing berries at Thomas A.Peterson Park.


SJ Audubon General Meeting Tues Oct 13 7pm. Via Zoom. All are welcome.

England
 

AUDUBON GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom

TUESDAY, October 13   7:00 pm

VIRTUAL JOINT MEETING WITH DELTA-SIERRA CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUB

Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham

Water Harvest”

 

Join Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham for this insightful presentation on water, its properties, occurrence, use, and power. She will discuss nature, history, location and use…..so much to learn about our precious resource here in California.

 

More about Dr. Muleady-Mecham in her own words - “I am a retired National Park Ranger and have served for over 30 years as a National Registry Certified Paramedic, a Flight Nurse, Board certified (in Emergency Medicine), and as a Registered Nurse in Level One Trauma Center Emergency Rooms. I am a MICN (Mobile Intensive Care Nurse) and an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Instructor. I served as a Search and Rescue Specialist (SAR) using High Angle Rescue, Swift Water, and Short Haul skills. I served as a Structural Firefighter, Engineer, and Fire Captain on Structural Fire Brigades. I also worked as a Wildland Firefighter and on an initial attack PTO Wildland Fire crew, and a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. I am a State of California Emergency Response Team Member. I am also an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University with a Ph.D. in Biology. I teach subjects in biology, anatomy and physiology and medicine, pathology, astronomy, and forestry and conduct research on Giant Sequoia ecology. My passion is teaching and when I was approached by Columbia College, welcomed the opportunity to teach locally.

 

Here's the link to the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87150312226?pwd=UEFjVXY2SCtvS2p1MDJyTnd6MHpLUT09

Water Harvest, Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham, Ph.D.
Oct 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alan England, Stockton


Re: Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

All
I sent this yesterday, for some reason it didn’t go through until today?
I birded today, I will not be out tomorrow.
Pat


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Pat Paternostro <BRONCOS30@...>
Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:04:39 PM
To: sjbirds@groups.io <sjbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Lodi Lake
 
Friends 
It is the first weekend of the month, so I will be conducting an “unofficial” birding trip at Lodi Lake tomorrow morning starting at 7:30.  I will start on Laurel Ave. 
If you would like to join, please have masks at the ready and plan to observe social distancing. 
Pat 



Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
It is the first weekend of the month, so I will be conducting an “unofficial” birding trip at Lodi Lake tomorrow morning starting at 7:30.  I will start on Laurel Ave. 
If you would like to join, please have masks at the ready and plan to observe social distancing. 
Pat 



Probable Sagebrush Sparrow on Waverly

David Yee
 

Dear Birders,

John Harris of Oakdale has reported a Sagebrush Sparrow out on Waverly Rd in the east county. I'm currently at the spot and getting excellent looks at it. It appears to show characteristics better for Sagebrush Sparrow vs Bell's Sparrow. 

The bird is found between .80 - 1.0 miles south of Flood Rd. It's very often on the fence line and occasionally on the edge of the road itself. It's mostly by itself. There are some Savannah Sparrows present. It's distinctly larger, much longer in the tail, and paler compared to Savannahs.

Good Birding,
David Yee
Stockton


Yard Birds

k foley
 

I’m having interesting yard birds today—
2 Sandhill crane, flyover
1 White-tailed kite, flyover
1 Killdeer, flyover
FOS yard white-crowned sparrow
Red-breasted nuthatch
2 Western tanager
Flock of Cedar waxwings
Parrots are back, actually came back yesterday after a hiatus

Happy Birding!





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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Laughlin & Baxter Parks today

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I had my FOS Dark-eyed Juncos at Baxter Park this morning. Other stuff included a Pacific Slope Flycatcher, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two Orange-crowned Warblers, three Yellow-billed Magpies, and a flyover of 22 Sandhill Cranes.  At Laughlin Park, I had My FOS Golden-crowned Sparrows, two Pacific Slope Flycatchers, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, two Black-throated Gray Warblers, a Townsend’s Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler, a Western Tanager, and a Common Raven. 

Good birding,

Kurt


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Ripon Sewage Ponds (West) this afternoon

Ralph
 

I birded the Ripon ponds this afternoon as part of the Stanislaus Audubon Society's "DIY Field Trip". The location and list of target birds, Black-necked Stilt, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least and Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher and Black Phoebe, were picked by Jim Gain. I got five-out-of-seven. I missed Western Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. But I had enough action in the trees, and overhead, to make up for the missed targets. I had my first of season (FOS) SANDHILL CRANES fly over, a group of four flew over headed south, a bit later a group of four flew over headed north, possibly the same group. I had one White-throated Swift flying with a bunch of Tree Swallows and kept looking for Vaux's Swift but never found one. And I encountered a decent array of migrants: I saw one Willow Flycatcher, my FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many Cedar Waxwings, one Orange-crowned Warbler, two Yellow Warblers, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, one Black-throated Gray Warbler and a female HERMIT WARBLER. I also saw some White-crowned Sparrows, but they were not FOS, I got my FOS White-crowns in my backyard this morning.

If you'd like info on the DIY Field Trip just reply offlist and I'll get back to you.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


WC sparrow

Andrew Rodriguez
 

Just saw my FOS wc sparrow in Jackson.
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Terri Works
Jackson, CA

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