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Isenberg (and lost dog)--2nd attempt

Jim Rowoth
 

I was out on Woodbridge Road yesterday afternoon—Isenberg was pretty quiet with mainly ducks in the southern, most distant portions of the ponds.  The cranes are gone for the season.  I did, however, run into an always pleasant Pat Mahoney from Hayward (usually a fall sighting at the Lodi Crane Fest and CVBS).  My eBird list follows: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83352049.

While Pat & I were visiting, Hank, one of the local farmers, stopped by.  He wanted to know if we’d seen his lost German shepherd.  It’d jumped out of his truck a couple of days ago, and he thought maybe a birder might have seen him or even picked him up.  No chip, no tags.  So, if any birder had a recent encounter with a friendly German shepherd out there, please respond to me off-list so I can put you in touch with Hank. 

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


oops

Jim Rowoth
 

Sorry, I thought my signature would propagate on that last message.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton
(rowoth AT sbcglobal DOT net)


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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


SJ Audubon: This Tuesday, March 16: DIY Birding Follow-up & New Challenge

England
 

Topic: Woodbridge Rd DIY Meeting

Time: Mar 16, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89949069138?pwd=cUxBOXk3MHVBZE5MTDJIVWFtb1N5UT09

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Alan England, San Joaquin Audubon
Stockton


MISSED JOHN STERLING’S 3/9 PROGRAM? Here’s the recording.

England
 

John Sterling's presentation link is up in our site. 

 

http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/

Click on 'Chapter Programs'

Click on 'Presentation Recording Link"

 

 

 

Topic: Changes in Bird Distribution and Population in the Central Valley over the last 80 Years:  John Sterling  (March 9 Recording)

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87270335437...

John discussed changes in our knowledge of bird distribution and population in the Central Valley since the publication of Grinnell and Miller’s book on California birds in the 1940s. Loss of habitats, creation of new habitats, reduction of ranges, invasions of new species and other topics will be explored as we reconcile the fact that more species are detected now than prior to the book’s publication.

John has been a hard core birder in California since he was shown a Pileated Woodpecker in 5th grade camp in 1971.  He is a professional ornithologist and has worked for the Smithsonian Institution, US Forest Service research stations, HT Harvey & Associates, Arizona and Oregon state universities among other organizations since 1981.  John has traveled extensively throughout California learning about local bird distribution and is an authority on that state’s avifauna. In 2015 he set the California’s new big year record with 501 species and has many big day records as well. He has traveled internationally as a guide and ornithologist for many institutions including projects as a Smithsonian ornithologist to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, The Philippines, Sumatra, Canada and Russia. John currently has his own company, Sterling Wildlife Biology (www.sterlingbirds.com),  specializing in international birding tours, birding classes, research and environmental consulting for The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon’s International Alliance Program, CA Dept. of Water Resources among other organizations.

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Alan England, Stockton


Western Kingbird

Jim Rowoth
 

A small group of birders found a first-of-season Western Kingbird this morning on private property on Clements Rd. Another sign that spring is right around the corner.



--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Today's Program Zoom Info

Srini Raman
 

Topic: Changes of Bird Distribution and Population in the Central Valley Over the Last 80 years by John Sterling
Time: (TODAY) Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Please join us today!.

Thanks,

--srini


Yard Birds

k foley
 

We had some interesting birds in the yard this morning. Along with the almost daily Purple finch, Pine siskin, Orange-crowned warbler and Hermit thrush today we had a Western tanager and a Townsend's warbler. Also, some geese (couldn't identify), Sandhill crane, and White-throated swift flyovers.

Good birding,
Kasey
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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Cord Rd - Mountain Blubird’s

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
There is currently a flock of 10 MOBL near the end of Cord Rd.  They are in a field across from the typical Burrowing Owl spot.  Look for ranch entrance with a rust colored fence. 
Pat


Lodi Lake

Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
 

The lake is full. We did a short trip. Clouds are increasing as a storm is coming. Windy. Not many birds We saw some ring billed gulls, 2 california gulls, one cormorant, Acorn woodpeckers, 2 turkey vultures & so on. Stationary by the nature center. Dave


Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
I was joined by 8 socially distanced birders for a great walk through the LL nature area this morning. 
We enjoyed 56 species in all. 
Highlights included multiple singing Purple Finch, 2 calling Varied Thrush, 3 species of swallows and a SS Hawk chased out of a tree by a Merlin. 
Stay safe and don’t forget about SJ Audubon’s DIY trip to Woodbridge Rd. 
See the cranes and geese before they’re gone. 
Pat


SJ Audubon Program on 3/9 (and another on 4/13), and new HOOT OWL

England
 

MARCH 09, TUESDAY 7:00PM PST
Topic: Changes in Bird Distribution and Population in the Central Valley over the last 80 Years: John Sterling
John will discuss the changes in our knowledge of bird distribution and population in the Central Valley since the publication of Grinnell and Miller’s book on California birds in the 1940s. Loss of habitats, creation of new habitats, reduction of ranges, invasions of new species and other topics will be explored as we reconcile the fact that more species are detected now than prior to the book’s publication.
John has been a hard core birder in California since he was shown a Pileated Woodpecker in 5th grade camp in 1971. He is a professional ornithologist and has worked for the Smithsonian Institution, US Forest Service research stations, HT Harvey & Associates, Arizona and Oregon state universities among other organizations since 1981. John has traveled extensively throughout California learning about local bird distribution and is an authority on that state’s avifauna. In 2015 he set the California’s new big year record with 501 species and has many big day records as well. He has traveled internationally as a guide and ornithologist for many institutions including projects as a Smithsonian ornithologist to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, The Philippines, Sumatra, Canada and Russia. John currently has his own company, Sterling Wildlife Biology (www.sterlingbirds.com), specializing in international birding tours, birding classes, research and environmental consulting for The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon’s International Alliance Program, CA Dept. of Water Resources among other organizations.
APRIL 13, TUESDAY 7:00PM PST
Topic:Trees in Trouble
Presentor: Daniel Mathews
Daniel will discuss his book, Trees in Trouble, about the effects of wildfires, insect infestations, and climate change on Western forests. He presents hopeful solutions to succeed in sustaining our forests through the challenging transition to a new environment.
Daniel Mathews is the author of Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains, Rocky Mountain Natural History, and Cascade-Olympic Natural History. During a career of learning and writing about the natural history of western North America, he has backpacked far and wide, watched for fires from Desolation Peak Lookout, watched a forty-foot fir crash onto his family’s house in a storm, and lived for years in a forest cabin without electricity, heating with firewood and writing by kerosene lamp. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Alan England, Stockton


Birds in the news

Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
 

The Lodi News Sentinal this last week had a photo of the burrowing owl on Woodbridge Rd. KCRA channel 3 had a news item that showed the influx of american white pelicans in the area. Dave


Lodi Lake

Pat Paternostro
 

I will be birding LL Saturday morning as it is the first Saturday of the month. 
If you would like to take a socially distanced walk through the nature area, meet me on Laurel Ave at 8am. 
Pat 


DIY birding

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
I was unable to attend the DIY birding Zoom meeting last evening do to work/travel, but heard that Jim and Kasey did a great job. 
Please check out Woodbridge Rd over the next couple weeks and look for the birds Kasey listed. 
In two weeks (3/16) we have a fun (and new type) of DIY trip that I hope everyone will participate in, details to follow. 
Be safe and happy birding. 
Pat 


Northern Harrier courtship display at Bear Creek bike trail

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

Nan B and I were fortunate this morning to observe a male Harrier doing his loop-the-loops and briefly flying upside down.  Spectacular.  I've only seen this once before - at the Pace Preserve near Buckley Cove in Stockton.  Today's display occurred on the south side of the Bear Creek trail (the section west of I-5).  Other highlights included the return of Cliff Swallows to the bridge at the end of Trinity Parkway, and a Forster's Tern.  We found 40 species.

Happy spring,
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.


Re: FOS Cliff Swallows (and Rough-wings)

Jim Rowoth
 

Apropos of this, Northern Rough-winged Swallows have been back on Woodbridge Road for about a week now.  


On Feb 26, 2021, at 6:07 PM, Kurt Mize via groups.io <k1mize@...> wrote:

All:

I had my FOS Cliff Swallows checking out the Davis Road bridge on the Pixley Creek bike trail in north Stockton today.

Good birding,

Kurt


--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


FOS Cliff Swallows

Kurt Mize
 

All:

I had my FOS Cliff Swallows checking out the Davis Road bridge on the Pixley Creek bike trail in north Stockton today.

Good birding,

Kurt


DIY Birding Followup (Stockton Rural Cemetery) and intro to next venue (Woodbridge Road, Lodi) Tues 3/2

England
 

DIY Birding Followup (Stockton Rural Cemetery) and intro to next venue (Woodbridge Road, Lodi)

 

 

Here’s the Zoom info

 

When:  Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Join Zoom Meeting:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88555600782?pwd=ejB3QWhxdU5MdHhSREZ4d1RicVo5UT09

--
Alan England, Stockton


Stockton Rural Cemetery

Susan Schneider <susanschneider7@...>
 

This Stockton birding site is the current Audubon DIY focus.  Shortly after it opened at 8 this morning, Pat Paternostro and I both showed up, so we birded together (at an appropriate covid distance).  We were able to meet all but one of the DIY challenges on the San Joaquin Audubon website - at least 3 each of woodpecker, sparrow, finch, and raptor species.  No luck with finding 3 thrush/relative species, though - we couldn't even buy a robin!  Pat did find us one Western Bluebird, and we had several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, which were included with thrushes for this purpose.

Highlights included a Red-Breasted Sapsucker in a pepper tree on the south side, three Purple Finches, a singing Fox Sparrow up high in a tree, and over 50 Yellow-rumped Warblers - positive swarms of them.  We also happened upon a flock of over 20 vocalizing Pine Siskins, the largest group I've run across this irruption winter. 

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.


SJ Audubon DIY Birding Followup (Flood/Waverly) and intro to next venue TUES 2/16 @ 7:00 PM

England
 

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Here is the zoom info
Topic: DIY Birding Presentation/Discussion
Time: Feb 16, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Alan England, Stockton

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