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Request for help from SJAS membership

Jim Rowoth
 

The SJAS board is looking for SJAS members who would like to help promote the distribution of our book, Birding in San Joaquin County.  As we are all aware, during the pandemic we have not been able to hold regular membership meetings or to participate in big events like the Lodi Crane Festival or the Central Valley Birding Symposium, so we haven’t been able to sell get as many books out in the public as we would like.

What we would like is to have one person at the Isenberg Crane Preserve before evening fly-in to offer copies of Birding in San Joaquin County to visitors at the preserve.  We have an on-line sign up sheet to coordinate this effort.  Several board members have already signed up, but we’d appreciate help from our wider membership.  Obviously, masking and social distancing applies.

Please contact me for more details on this low-key opportunity to interact with visiting birders and to spend an occasional hour or so with our wintering cranes and waterfowl.

Jim Rowoth







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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


CORR: TUESDAY, December 8, 7:00 p.m. David Yee “Christmas Bird Count Review and Prep” (with link)

England
 

TUESDAY, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING ON ZOOM
David Yee
“Christmas Bird Count Review and Prep”

TUESDAY, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING ON ZOOM
David Yee
“Christmas Bird Count Review and Prep”
Please join us online for this VIRTUAL meeting with David Yee. David will be going over the birds we are likely to see during this year's modified Christmas Bird Count CBC. We will discuss how we think the CBC will be run during the meeting to keep everyone safe.
David Yee has been the President of the San Joaquin Audubon Society, the Central Valley Bird Club, and has been on many bird review committees in California. David created and has run the annual Central Valley Bird Symposium for 23 years, sadly it was canceled this year due to COVID-19. David is a born mentor for new (and existing) birders and has an excellent reputation by respected birders worldwide.
So, grab some popcorn, or other snack of choice, click on the ZOOM link (found on the San Joaquin Audubon Society website San Joaquin Audubon Society the day of the program), kick back and enjoy the presentation.<bottom>
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Alan England, Stockton


Audubon General Meeting: TUESDAY, December 8, 7:00 p.m. David Yee “Christmas Bird Count Review and Prep”

England
 

TUESDAY, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING ON ZOOM
David Yee
“Christmas Bird Count Review and Prep”
Please join us online for this VIRTUAL meeting with David Yee. David will be going over the birds we are likely to see during this year's modified Christmas Bird Count CBC. We will discuss how we think the CBC will be run during the meeting to keep everyone safe.
David Yee has been the President of the San Joaquin Audubon Society, the Central Valley Bird Club, and has been on many bird review committees in California. David created and has run the annual Central Valley Bird Symposium for 23 years, sadly it was canceled this year due to COVID-19. David is a born mentor for new (and existing) birders and has an excellent reputation by respected birders worldwide.
So, grab some popcorn, or other snack of choice, click on the ZOOM link (found on the San Joaquin Audubon Society website San Joaquin Audubon Society the day of the program), kick back and enjoy the presentation.
Link:
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Alan England, Stockton


THIS THURSDAY, 12/3, JOIN SAN JOAQUIN AUDUBON FOR OUR NEXT DIY (Do It Yourself) FIELD TRIP.

England
 

When:  Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 pm.

Plan:  Review our last destination (Staten Island), Discuss this month’s trip:  Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery (Liz West)

 

Zoom Link:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81413759343?pwd=WWpKTStzVVJLUmdMa2FFYWlYQ3JYQT09

 

We hope to see you there.

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Here’s how it works:

• SESSION I (Virtual) (Thursday, 12/3 @ 7:00 pm) A Zoom meeting with the field trip leader.

• 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.

 

--
Alan England, Stockton


Upcoming SJ Audubon events

Pat Paternostro
 

All
Good morning. 
This Thursday we have our 3rd DIY birding presentation.  We will review trips to Staten
Island and also present our next DIY trip. 
Next Tuesday (12/8)  is our monthly chapter meeting where David Yee will discuss local birding in regards to upcoming CBC’s. 
Information for these are on our social media pages. 
Lastly, I plan to bird at Lodi Lake this Saturday morning at 8am, which is traditionally our monthly survey.  This will be an “unofficial“ walk, but if we run into each other there, I would appreciate the socially distanced company. 
Thanks 
Pat 


Waverly Road on Saturday

k foley
 

Rich and I went out to Flood and Waverly Roads yesterday and saw some nice hawks and eagles. Between the two roads we saw four Ferruginous hawks, one Rough-legged hawk, three Red-tailed hawks chasing one Prairie Falcon, two Northern harriers, one Sharp-shinned hawk, three American kestrels and two Bald eagles. It took some extra work but we managed to find one Pat Paternostro and a pair of Elnesses:)

Good birding!


--
Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Target bird Staten Island

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I went out to Staten Island this morning. We saw 2 of the target birds right off the bat. Cacklers & Pipits were in the first field by the silos. All the ducks were in a flooded field on the right side of the unpaved road. We saw canvasbacks & northern shovelers. We saw tundra swans on the left side of the paved road. There were cacklers everywhere. Huge flocks filled the sky. Other large flocks were in fields on both sides of the road. The greater white-fronted geese were in the flooded field by the unpaved road. There were 10 snow geese flying with flocks of cacklers. We saw Herring & california gulls feasting on dead birds. We saw the single redhead with the canvasbacks & Northern shovelers. Dave & Pat


Rock Wren at Bear Creek Bike Trail

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Nan Ballot spotted a wren foraging on the ground in one of the dog enclosures, right next to the fence adjoining the levee trail.  We got excellent looks at what proved to be a juvenile Rock Wren, "bouncing" or "dipping" as they do.  This bird had a white breast and buffy flanks, and an eyeline much fainter than a Bewick's.   This location is close to the concrete infrastructure for the water discharge into the creek - somewhat reminiscent of the Rock Wren location at the Mokelumne River fish hatchery.  This is the first sighting I'm aware of for the bike trail.

Other highlights included Sandhill Cranes, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, and a huge flock of Starlings - we estimated 1000.  We found over 40 species.

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.


Swenson Park

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I paid a visit to Swenson Park In north Stockton this morning. It was cold (34F), but sunny and calm. If you’re looking for Purple Finch in Stockton, this is a good place to look. I had a total of twelve today, two adult males and ten females, mostly feeding in small groups on privet along Five Mile Slough (a couple of excellent documentary photos attached).  I also had seven Pine Siskins, most feeding on Coast Redwood cones. Also notable were Red-breasted Nuthatches (a total of five), and an adult male “Prairie” Merlin feeding on a Cedar Waxwing (pic attached). 

Good birding,

Kurt


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Male Barrow’s Goldeneye at Riverbanks WTP

Jim Rowoth
 

While checking some under-birded locales, i found a male Barrow’s Goldeneye at the Riverbanks WTP, which is adjacent to and N of Jacob Meyers Park. (The town is in Stanislaus Co, but the park & WTP are in San Joaquin). The bird is in the very first pond to the W of the office with coots, Common Goldeneyes & Buffleheads.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton
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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Thanksgiving Day Backyard Birds

k foley
 

Sixteen species of birds graced our yard with their presence on this windy but incredibly (if not ridiculously) beautiful day. These included Orange-crowned warbler, Bushtit, Cedar waxwing, Red-breasted nuthatch, Lesser goldfinch, Dark-eyed junco, Yellow-rumped warbler, Ruby-crowned kinglet and (yes, Jim) House finch.

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving this year even if, like ours, it is smaller this year.


--
Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Four-Eagle morning at Flood & Waverly

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Little did I think, when I watched eagles fighting over a carcass on PBS Nature last night, that I'd be enjoying the same spectacle in person this morning.  Flood & Waverly continues to have orchards replacing grassland, but there's still good habitat for our wintering raptors.

I started out at Rt 4 and south Waverly, and fairly quickly flushed a Prairie Falcon (which obligingly showed its dark axillaries) and then admired a foraging Ferruginous Hawk. Redtails and one Kestrel were also already active;at 35 degrees when I first arrived, I was rather surprised to see this much activity from the get-go.

As I headed closer to the intersection with Flood, I found another Prairie Falcon (another adult), and another Ferrugi.  Then, on Flood, I noticed a large eagle-like bird in the distance to the north.  Getting out of the car, I flushed a Burrowing Owl I hadn't noticed.  And indeed, to the north I was pleased to spot four Bald Eagles: one juvenile, one third-year, and two adults.  They were taking turns and squabbling with each other, and with a large number of Ravens, at what appeared to be a cow carcass. 

On my way east on Flood, a bird on a low fencepost turned out to be a very blotchy juvenile Prairie Falcon, my third of the morning.  In the car, I was able to get within 30 feet for marvelous views.  (Unfortunately, while I'd remembered to bring my camera, the battery was dead.  Hey, nothing's perfect.)  I also enjoyed a briskly trotting Coyote around this time. 

The final raptor highlight came when I was heading north again on Waverly:  The juvenile eagle flew over and displaced a Ferruginous Hawk from a fencepost.  Ferruginous Hawks are big, but the eagle made it look small!

Happy Thanksgiving,
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.


varied thrush

Pat Croft
 

I was surprised when I looked up & saw a varied thrush at my bird bath. Others to take a bath was a Calif scrub jay, White -crowned sparrow & Northern mockingbird. See e bird for the rest of my list. Dave


Staten Island DIY birding

Pat Paternostro
 

I birded Staten Island this morning, looking for the 5 species in SJ Audubon’s (Donna Marciano), DIY birding trip. 
I was able to find all 5 species, with great looks of each. 
If you haven’t gotten out there, please do so if you have the time. 
3 of the 5 below. 
Have a great weekend. 
Pat 
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Re: eBird Illustrated Checklist for San Joaquin Co

Jimmy Gain
 

Updated N. Saw-whet Owl record with image

https://ebird.org/checklist/S36313672

 

Jim Gain

Modesto

 

From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Rowoth
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:26 PM
To: SJBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SJBirds] eBird Illustrated Checklist for San Joaquin Co

 

 

Folks (as our Pres-Elect would say),

 

I was just looking at the Illustrated Checklist of birds for San Joaquin Co (https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-077/media?yr=all&m=), I found the following species do not have a photo attached.  Many of these are historical one-time records.  However, I am sure there are photographs of some of these birds out there.  Remember, eBird does not require that photos be “gallery quality”—as long as they show enough to ID the bird, that is sufficient.  

 

Thus, I am requesting, if any of you out there have photos of any of these species, that you attach one (or more) photo(s) of these birds to your existing eBird report or that you submit a list in eBird showing that species in San Joaquin Co.  Remember, checklists can be either “complete” or “incomplete” as far as species composition is concerned, and that, in addition to Traveling and Stationary, you can submit an Incidental or Historical report.

 

Thanks in advance for your help in plugging some of these holes!

 

Jim Rowoth

eBird reviewer for San Joaquin Co. 

 

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Trumpeter Swan

Whooper Swan

Mandarin Duck

White-winged Scoter

Smew

Red-necked Grebe

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Black Swift

Chimney Swift

Costa’s Hummingbird

Black Rail

Demoiselle Crane

American Golden Plover

Snowy Plover

Mountain Plover

Black Turnstone

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling

Baird’s Sandpiper

White-winged Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Spotted Redshank

Parasitic Jaeger

Black-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull

Laughing Gull

Least Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Laysan Albatross

Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Neotropic Cormorant

Least Bittern

Northern Goshawk

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Short-eared Owl

Northern Saw-when Owl

Red-naped Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Gray Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Bell’s Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Northern Shrike

Steller’s Jay

Purple Martin

Amierican Dipper

Gray Catbird

Bendire’s Thrasher

Red-throated Pipit

Cassin’s Finch

Lapland Longspur

McCown’s Longspur

Clay-colored Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Harris’s Sparrow

Bell’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Rusty Blackbird

Northern Waterthrush

Lucy’s Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting

Painted Bunting


--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


eBird Illustrated Checklist for San Joaquin Co

Jim Rowoth
 


Folks (as our Pres-Elect would say),

I was just looking at the Illustrated Checklist of birds for San Joaquin Co (https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-077/media?yr=all&m=), I found the following species do not have a photo attached.  Many of these are historical one-time records.  However, I am sure there are photographs of some of these birds out there.  Remember, eBird does not require that photos be “gallery quality”—as long as they show enough to ID the bird, that is sufficient.  

Thus, I am requesting, if any of you out there have photos of any of these species, that you attach one (or more) photo(s) of these birds to your existing eBird report or that you submit a list in eBird showing that species in San Joaquin Co.  Remember, checklists can be either “complete” or “incomplete” as far as species composition is concerned, and that, in addition to Traveling and Stationary, you can submit an Incidental or Historical report.

Thanks in advance for your help in plugging some of these holes!

Jim Rowoth
eBird reviewer for San Joaquin Co. 

Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Trumpeter Swan
Whooper Swan
Mandarin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Smew
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black Swift
Chimney Swift
Costa’s Hummingbird
Black Rail
Demoiselle Crane
American Golden Plover
Snowy Plover
Mountain Plover
Black Turnstone
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Baird’s Sandpiper
White-winged Sandpiper
Wandering Tattler
Spotted Redshank
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Least Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Laysan Albatross
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Neotropic Cormorant
Least Bittern
Northern Goshawk
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-when Owl
Red-naped Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Bell’s Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Northern Shrike
Steller’s Jay
Purple Martin
Amierican Dipper
Gray Catbird
Bendire’s Thrasher
Red-throated Pipit
Cassin’s Finch
Lapland Longspur
McCown’s Longspur
Clay-colored Sparrow
Black-chinned Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Harris’s Sparrow
Bell’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Rusty Blackbird
Northern Waterthrush
Lucy’s Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting

--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Reminder: Follow-up meeting for San Joaquin Audubon's DIY birding is tonight, 11/12. See link below.

England
 


Nov 10   

Here is the zoom link for Nov 12th (7:00PM) DIY birding meeting.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89584267436?pwd=aTM5QWEwK2F0eWpxazEwVzRmY0JYdz09
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Alan England, Stockton
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Alan England, Stockton


Link for San Joaquin Audubon DYI Follow-up Meeting Nov 12th (7:00PM)

England
 

Here is the zoom link for Nov 12th (7:00PM) DIY birding meeting.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89584267436?pwd=aTM5QWEwK2F0eWpxazEwVzRmY0JYdz09
--
Alan England, Stockton


Stockton Rural Cemetery

Jim Rowoth
 

I spent a pleasant morning at the old Stockton Rural Cemetery today, (eBird list https://ebird.org/checklist/S76052130).  Not a great variety of species, but lots of individuals.  Early on, I had an apparent family group of three coyotes trot by me among the tombstones.  During the 3 hours I was there, I saw at least one about every half hour.  I‘ve seen singletons before, but never 3!

It is always a good idea to keep your eyes open for leaky spigots here, and this morning there were multiple leakers.  Given the overall dry, dry, dry conditions locally, these spigots attract a lot of birds and other wildlife.  Almost every one had some activity.  

I spent the entire morning look for Red-breasted Sapsucker, but didn’t see one until I was in my car driving out—in a pepper tree, as expected.  

Jim Rowoth
Stockton


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Lodi Lake today

Pat Paternostro
 

All 
I birded LL this morning on a cool and breezy day. 
Highlights included:  A seemingly lost Snow Goose, following domestic white geese on the lake.  Townsend’s and Black-throated grey Warblers on Laurel Ave.  I heard a couple Varied Thrush and finally watched an Osprey catch and eat a Crappie. 
44 species in total. 
Lastly, there’s a couple days left to bird at the lake in preparation for our DIY follow-up. 
Pat 

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