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The planets

Pat Croft
 

To all. The conjunction of saturn & jupiter will be hidden by the fog. But the planets will be close to each other for 2 weeks. Tonight they would have been closest to the earth. Dave


In Tonight's sky

Pat Croft
 

All your birders there will something else to look at. Tonight Jupiter & Saturn will apear close to each other in the south west sky after sunset. So get your scopes out. This has not happened for 800 years, The best viewing will be about an hour after sunset. I plan to go out to the south Isenberg Preserve to see the flyin & see this astronomical wonder. Dress warm. Today is the first day of winter. Dave


DIY Birding Tonight at 7:00PM-Mokelumne Fish Hatchery

k foley
 

Everyone, please join our San Joaquin Audubon Society DIY Birding discussion tonight at 7:00 pm. The link is below and doesn't require anything special, just click on the link and listen in or join in, your choice!

December 17, 2020, 7:00 pm Topic: Mokelumne Fish Hatchery







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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


SJAS MOKELUMNE R FISH HATCHERY DIY FOLLOW UP MTG--THIS THURS

England
 

MOKELUMNE RIVER FISH HATCHERY-- DIY FOLLOW UP MEETING (Zoom Link) Topic: DIY Birding Presentation/Discussion Time: Dec 17, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87608480278?pwd=bXcwaEoxcXBXNGZNNFlDTTBkeE9GQT09
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Alan England, Stockton


Soggy Varied Thrush & White-throated Sparrow at Lodi Lake

Susan Schneider
 

Armed with umbrella and rain pants, I timed my arrival at LL this morning for a period of lighter rain, according to the radar.  Naturally, it got heavier right after I arrived instead, and stayed heavy throughout my visit.

Bird activity and vocalization was accordingly minimal, but I found a few highlights nonetheless:  At Pigs Lake, a small group of Golden-crowned Sparrows included a white-striped White-throated Sparrow.  Nearby, also foraging on the ground, was a male Varied Thrush.  Another highlight was the number of Fox Sparrows:  11.  Only one vocalized.

I crossed paths with about 8 people.  Only 1, other than myself, was wearing a mask.  Currently, our county has only 3 ICU beds available. 

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.


Thursday at Mokelumne Day Use

Jim Rowoth
 



Needing to get out of the house, I visited the Mokelumne Day Use Area this morning.  Overall, it seemed pretty quiet, but I did have a few nice sightings, including a couple of pretty close encounters of the turkey kind.  There was hardly anyone else in the park, and I found much less litter than on prior visits—either the decreased number of visitors has yielded less litter, or much of it remains, but is now covered by fallen (mainly oak) leaves.  

Normally at this time of the year, there would be a lot of fish activity, but I only detected about a half dozen, one recently expired and being consumed by resident Turkey Vultures.  

I had singletons of Varied Thrush, Rock Wren (heard only), White-throated Sparrow, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  Unfortunately, I failed to charge my camera battery last night, so I was unable to get any photos of the unbelievably cooperative gnatcatcher.  However, the battery still had juice earlier, when an adult male Sharp-shinned Hawk zoomed into the alders next to me and sat for a spell, giving killer looks at his sharp shins.  He then hopped down even closer and sat next to the bank for what seemed forever.  I got lots of photos.  I expected him to fly off as soon as I twitched, but he remained calm even as I slowly shifted from camera to iPhone to binoculars and back.  Finally, I ended up walking slowly away, leaving him by the river as I continued my birding.  I looked back a few times, and he was still there.  Such a treat!

You can look at my eBird list with photos at https://ebird.org/checklist/S77316624.

I hope Dave Bender isn’t just teasing us again about this weekend’s weather—bring on the rain!

Jim Rowoth
Stockton






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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Re: Stockton WTP Gull Update

Joe Morlan
 

The first cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL and the first cycle FRANKLIN'S GULL were
still at the end of John Turk Road in Stockton this morning.

Black-headed Gull photos:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=bkhgul&view=Grid&subId=S77286831

Franklin's Gull photos:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=fragul&view=Grid&subId=S77286831

And a photo with both posing together:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/GullTrifectaIMG_8680.htm

The ponds are closed to the public, but the birds can be viewed from
outside the gate.

Stay well!


On Sun, 06 Dec 2020 11:39:02 -0800, "Ralph via groups.io"
<sharks_hockey_maniac=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

As of 11:30 the BLACK-HEADED and FRANKLIN’S GULLS, along with four MEW GULLS, are still being seen from the end of John Turk Road.
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Stay at home order.

Pat Croft
 

Pat & I are out getting exercise by birding our local Lodi parks. Plenty of vitamin D. We saw 5 species of finches at Beckman Park 3 species of warblers at Lodi Lake. No B&W warbler. Since we live so close we will keep trying. Our governor says get out get have fun. What a good hobby. Birding. Dave


[countybirders] Male Barrow’s oldeneye at Riverbanks WTP

Jim Rowoth
 

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Stockton CBC ("CAST") is officially canceled for 2020

Jim Rowoth
 

For anyone who many not have gotten the word yet, the Stockton CBC, originally scheduled for Dec 20, has been canceled, another victim of COVID 19. The governor’s recent Stay at Home Order for the San Joaquin Valley Region covers this date, so in the interest of the health of our bird counters and their families, and in consideration of guidelines from the National Audubon Society, we are taking this unprecedented step in these unprecedented times. Please note this decision is ONLY for the Stockton count, not for the Wallace-Bellota count, which is currently scheduled for Jan 2.

Happy holidays to all, and hoping that 2021 is an entirely different year in many, many ways!

Jim Rowoth
Stockton






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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


B&W Warbler at Lodi Lake -Yes

Jimmy Gain
 

After about 30 minutes of searching I spotted on the 6th tree down from Turner Rd. It escaped before I could photograph it. Will stay to try and get it.
Jim Gain
Modesto


[countybirders] Male Barrow’s oldeneye at Riverbanks WTP

Jim Rowoth
 

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Reminder TOMORROW, December 8, 7:00 p.m. SJ Audubon 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.

 

Cut & Paste Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81989530907?pwd=UHhwZUp2WU5WdURPeHBhRjlhUTJUQT09
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Alan England, Stockton


“Life under the Fast Lane” a 20 year study of Purple Martins in the Sacramento Region.

Frances Oliver
 

If anyone needs a Christmas gift for yourself, others, or young budding conservationists, the Central Valley Bird Club still has the Purple Martin book “Life Under the Fast Lane” available for purchase. All proceeds to go toward the Club’s student Research Scholarship Fund. 

Life Under the Fast Lane reports on 20 years of study and conservation efforts for the unique population of Western Purple Martins that nests in bridges in urban Sacramento. Purple Martins, a state Species of Special Concern, has declined throughout California. The Central Valley’s last population has persisted Sacramento but is rapidly declining.

The book presents detailed information the species’ history in the region, its ecology and current population status, and the dramatic recent decline due to pesticide and land use conflicts. It describes management actions and presents land use planning practices needed to avoid impacts from ever- present urban development projects.

Sidebar discussions describe behind-the-scenes stories about conducting martin research in an urban setting and address questions that are often posed about the population. The book will be interesting and useful to those concerned about conserving Sacramento’s Purple Martins, including environmentalists, birders, conservation biologists, land-use planners, and decision-makers.

Book order page: https://www.cvbirds.org

Frances
CVBC Board Member


Black-and-White Warbler no show.

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I spent 3+ hours this morning looking for the Black-and-white Warbler seen yesterday by Pat and Srini. Unfortunately, it didn’t make an appearance this morning, but I did have excellent, repeated looks at a male Black-throated Gray Warbler, a female Townsend’s Warbler, and a very bright Orange-crowned Warbler. I must be the only person who still needs a Black-and-white Warbler for San Joaquin County, as I was the only birder there looking for it. 

Good birding,

Kurt


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Stockton WTP Gull Update

Ralph
 

As of 11:30 the BLACK-HEADED and FRANKLIN’S GULLS, along with four MEW GULLS, are still being seen from the end of John Turk Road.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank 


Continuing gulls at Stockton WTP entrance

Jim Rowoth
 

All,

Since no one has updated today, here goes. The two “good” gulls that David Yee reported yesterday are still there today. They were seen by multiple observers today, mainly in the morning when the light is best. The massive numbers of Bonaparte’s Gulls here are largely very near the Jack Turk Dr entrance off Highway 4. Fortunately, they both seem to like to perch on the 2nd wooden railing to the west of the gated entrance, where they are easily viewed from outside the gate. (Don’t even dream of trying to go inside the gate.) I had both of them side by side on the back side of this railing, so much of their bodies were blocked by Bonaparte’s. However, the dirty, smudgy head with white eye mascara of the Franklin’s is pretty easy to pick with a little effort. The Black-headed looks essentially like a slightly larger Bonaparte’s BUT it has an orangish bill with a dark tip and, if you are looking through a forest of gull legs standing on the platform, the slightly beefier, orange legs (not pink) are obvious, especially in photos. There was also a hulking (by comparison) Mew Gull next to them this morning. I saw no other gulls, so if you are biased against large, pink-legged gulls (like me), you’re in luck.

A few words about access. Be sure you do not block any of the regular traffic into the complex. Park well off to the side in the gravel; there’s plenty of space. You can walk up to the gate, but as I said above, do NOT enter the gates. There is excellent viewing from the outside through or over the chain link fence. A scope is recommended. I would recommend that after you get the birds, photos, and have a look around, you leave. Several people have reported encounters with security (mostly cordial), but everyone should be on their best behavior so as not to kill the golden goose. We certainly don’t want them to do anything to discourage the birds from hanging around the entrance. (Note: the sign on the gate regarding birdwatchers is outdated; we haven’t been allowed inside in years.)

And as for safety, be very careful with your left turn if returning to Stockton.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton



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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Lodi Lake Black and White Warbler

Pat Paternostro
 

Greetings 
I did my unofficial survey at LL this morning with Srini, Donna Marciano and Nan Ballot. 
At the end of the walk we found a Black and White Warbler in the oaks on Laurel Ave. 
It was moving (as expected) much like a nuthatch, essentially in the same area as the Tennessee Warbler. 
We did not refind it after the initial views.  Srini was able to capture a couple photos
Good birding. Image.jpegImage.jpeg
Pat 



Black-headed Gull at Stockton WTP

David Yee
 

Birders,

There is currently a first winter Black-headed Gull mixed in with the large (600+) Bonaparte's Gull flock at the Stockton WTP. There is also a first winter Franklin's Gull present. The birds were observed from outside of the main entrance gate off Hwy 4. The gull flock was sitting on the levees near the entrance when the birds were observed. However, they would regularly drop down into the water channel or move out to the middle of the large pond where they were about impossible to see.  Additionally, at least 10 Redheads were scoped out among a Canvasback flock. 

There hasn't been access into this portion of the complex for many years now.  But birding from the gate hasn't been discouraged.

Good Birding,
David Yee
Stockton



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

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