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Hermit Warbler/Migrant wave at Dentoni Park

Susan Schneider
 

The oaks were hopping at Dentoni this morning.  I found Nashville, Hermit, Yellow, and Wilson's Warblers.  Pat P and I overlapped by about 5 min until he had to leave - he had Yellow-rumps and an Orange-crowned that I was unable to relocate.  So, 6 warbler species in all!  I also reveled in Warbling & Cassin's Vireos, Bullock's Orioles, Western Tanagers, and a female Lazuli Bunting.  Some of the birds were singing, but most were entirely nonvocal.

The Hermit Warbler was an adult male that provided wonderful views, in an oak about halfway down the bike trail segment.  It was loosely associating with a Cassin's Vireo and a pair of Bushtits.  However, most of the migrants were in the oaks along the creek in the main section of the park.

For those unfamiliar with Birdcast.info from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it provides daily forecasts of migration.  This morning was supposed to be good - right on!

Good birding,
Susan
Stockton

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com - includes climate info

“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: Migrants in my hood FINALLY

Pat Paternostro
 

Wow!  Lets hope they stick around until
Saturday (for our Lodi Lake walk). 



From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of k foley <kaseyfoley@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:06:13 PM
To: SJBirds <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] Migrants in my hood FINALLY
 
Spectacular morning on my street, if not necessarily my yard. At least 5 Warbling Vireo, 4 Cassin’s Vireo, 7 Wilson’s Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 Western Tanager, and strangely a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (thought it should be a Hutton’s Vireo with all the vireo visitors but it was not to be). Beauty day!

Good birding!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA






Migrants in my hood FINALLY

k foley
 

Spectacular morning on my street, if not necessarily my yard. At least 5 Warbling Vireo, 4 Cassin’s Vireo, 7 Wilson’s Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 Western Tanager, and strangely a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (thought it should be a Hutton’s Vireo with all the vireo visitors but it was not to be). Beauty day!

Good birding!
Kasey


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Whooper Swan, SJ CO. 4/27/21

Frances Oliver
 

Details: 
This afternoon I received an interesting Ebird sighting for SJ Co of a WHOOPER SWAN! This sighting was reported by Henry Koetzen @ River Island Park, an area located between Lathrop & Tracy. So I decided to go see this swan for myself after receiving a phone call from John Luther that it was still there. 

When I arrived John had it in view. Originally, it had been in the water accompanied by 2 Canada Geese. Now it was resting on the shoreline. This swan had a rusty head, large bill, with the yellow extending from the base of the bill almost to the tip. When it stood, no leg band or neck band was noted. It flapped its wing and called when I accidentally approached to closely. Wings appear to be intact. It took a few steps, with a very awkward gait; is it injured? Or just unsteady due to the slope? So where did it come from? Is it an escapee? It seems to be the wrong time of the year to have one in SJ County, plus I don’t think we have many, if any records.

According to accepted records by the CBRC, No records are usually seen past March 10, which is also reflective of the Tundra Swans in the state. The late date alone presents a problem to it being a wild bird, plus this bird being a lone individual. It would be interesting to find out if there are records of Lone individuals.  And many are now to be kept in captivity. So who know? 

An interesting bird, that’s for sure. It took me away from yard work 🤣



PS; thanks goes to David Yee for the info on CBRC records. 

Frances
Lodi, CA 



May DIY

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
Here are the birds for our next DIY challenge. 
Birds are listed in each category with their corresponding points.  Remember to add one point for finding the birds in SJ county. 
We will review these in late May. 
Enjoy! Image.jpeg


Bittern calling at Bear Creek Bike Trail

Susan Schneider
 

It was breezy and quiet this morning, but I heard one American Bittern doing its pump-handle call right opposite the end of the paved trail (west of I-5).  Other highlights included two Caspian Terns and one Wrentit singing.  Migrants were very thin on the ground; Wilson's was my only warbler species.

Good birding,
Susan
Stockton

--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com - includes climate info

“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.


Join our next (wrap-up) DIY Meeting...

Srini Raman
 

Hello All,

Our NEXT (WRAP-UP) DIY MEETING
Date: Apr 27, Tuesday 2021 7:00PM PST
Join us for the wrap-up of our most recent Do It Yourself (DIY) birding scavenger hunt this Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 pm.  

At our last session on April 6, we were introduced to MISSION POSSIBLE.  We were introduced (see the chart here) to 25 birds in 5 levels of difficulty, worth 1 to 5 points. The harder the bird, the more points it’s worth. Plus, each target species found in your home county nets you one additional point.

All of this is for fun, hopefully another excuse to get out and  enjoy our spring birds and weather.

So, even if you didn’t participate, tune in, and join the lively discussion!


--srini


Lodi Lake trip

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
SJ Audubon will hold a bird walk at Lodi Lake next Saturday, May 1st. 
This is our first sanctioned trip since the pandemic, so we are excited to get out and see some migrating and local birds. 
I will be leading the group. If we have a large enough participation, we will divide up into two groups. 
If you plan to come, please have a mask and plan to social distance.  We will do our best to keep everyone safe. 

Meet at the end of Laurel Ave at 8am.
Good birding. 
Pat 



Re: Birdwatching on NBC 4/21/2021

Ralph
 

I've always said that the difference between bird watchers and birders is that a bird watcher will go to a park for a picnic and take along a pair of binoculars in case they see some birds, whereas a birder will go to a park to look for birds and take along some food in case they get hungry.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank


Re: Birdwatching on NBC 4/21/2021

k foley
 

Nice, thanks for sharing that story.
Kasey

On Apr 21, 2021, at 3:07 PM, Pat Croft <Patndavid@comcast.net> wrote:

This morning on the Today Show they had an item about the hobby of bird watching. They interviewed a person from Cornel University about e bird & birdwatching (birding). They said since the pandemic millions have taken up birdwatching. Also they gave a difference between bird watching & birding. The bird watcher its a casual hobby. A birder is more intense about the hobby. The birder will travel to track a new bird species they have not seen before. Dave



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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


Birdwatching on NBC 4/21/2021

Pat Croft
 

This morning on the Today Show they had an item about the hobby of bird watching. They interviewed a person from Cornel University about e bird & birdwatching (birding). They said since the pandemic millions have taken up birdwatching. Also they gave a difference between bird watching & birding. The bird watcher its a casual hobby. A birder is more intense about the hobby. The birder will travel to track a new bird species they have not seen before. Dave


Re: MacGillivray’s Warbler

Susan Schneider
 

I checked for the MacGillivray's this morning with no luck. I did find a Wilson's Warbler, a Bullock's Oriole, and a bunch of lingering Pine Siskins.

Good birding,
Susan
Stockton


On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 10:30 AM Pat Paternostro <BRONCOS30@...> wrote:
Friends 
There is currently a beautiful MGWA at Dentoni Park, Stockton 
He is hanging in the large oak, along the paved path, closest to the bathrooms and adjacent to the school.  He’s in the low branches over the creek. 
Enjoy migration season! 
Pat 



--
Susan M. Schneider, PhD
Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
http://www.scienceofconsequences.com - includes climate info

“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.


MacGillivray’s Warbler

Pat Paternostro
 

Friends 
There is currently a beautiful MGWA at Dentoni Park, Stockton 
He is hanging in the large oak, along the paved path, closest to the bathrooms and adjacent to the school.  He’s in the low branches over the creek. 
Enjoy migration season! 
Pat 


Mokelumne Fish Hatchery

Liz West
 

SJ Birders,

Tomorrow I’m doing the unofficial monthly bird count. For anyone interested in coming we meet at 8 AM at the first parking lot in the day use area.

Liz West
Galt


Re: Swainson 's Hawk ID confirmation

Jim Rowoth
 

Hey Sylvia,

I can't comment on your specific birds, but take a look at the eBird map of reports for Swainson's Hawk in the Tracy area--https://ebird.org/map/swahaw?bmo=3&emo=5&byr=2012&eyr=2021&env.minX=-121.588&env.minY=37.482&env.maxX=-120.916&env.maxY=38.301&gp=true. (Red pins are within the last 30 days; blue pins are older reports.)  Click on the pin for links to the individual reports.

I see no reason why your birds would not be Swainson's!
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Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Swainson 's Hawk ID confirmation

Sylvia Ahn
 

In Tracy around Holly and 21st there are 2 raptors. I am volunteering at Tracy Adventist Elementary School on 21st 10-1 four days a week mostly supervising outdoor student activities. The children noticed the hawks calling and flying around and pairing up x2  on the light in the church parking lot. I wanted to identify the birds for the students.  I believe a similar pair raised 2 offspring in this area last year.  I can't make them into anything else but dark bellied Swainson's Hawks. Do they nest in neighborhoods? If anyone else sees them, I would appreciate confirmation or correction.  Thanks  Sylvia Ahn


Clay-colored sparrow at Clements Cemetery

k foley
 

We found a Clay-colored sparrow at the Cemetery in Clements on Mackville road (just before Stillman Magee Park). It was singing and very cooperative but then went silent around 10:05 and can’t find it at this moment but trying.


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA


DIY BIRD TRIP Heritage Oak Winery

Pat Croft
 

We saw both species of orioles. one each male hooded & bullock’s. We also saw Annas, black-chinned & rufous hummingbirds. We arrived about noon & ate lunch. Pat enjoyed a glass of wine. 75 degrees with a delta wind. Hazy skys. dave & Pat


DIY

Andrew Rodriguez
 

I’ve been following the Crofts and their DIY posts. Got kingbirds on Buena Vista and today found nine avocets at CRP. Thank you Crofts!
And oh yeah, my 96 year old mom spotted a great tailed grackle in the Safeway parking lot
I had a sighting on Desmond Rd today that surprised me. 8 snow geese mixed in a big flock of greater white fronts. I thought they’d be gone by now. I’ll have to find the bar chart for snow geese
This is fun!
Terri Works


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Terri Works
Jackson, CA


SJAS Program Trees in Trouble presented by Daniel Mathews Tuesday at 7:00 pm

k foley
 

Don’t miss our next Zoom presentation:

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021, 7:00 PM

Topic: Trees in Trouble
Presentor: Daniel Mathews
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85828241367?pwd=cjVIQm1KenVyT0g1Q0tNS25iNFF0Zz09

Daniel will discuss his book, Trees in Trouble, about the effects of wildfires, insect infestations, and climate change on Western forests, and what’s needed in order to sustain our forests through the challenging transition to a new environment. He will show images that couldn’t be put in the book, and some California-pertinent updates.

The book just came out in paperback.

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.

Hope you can join us!


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Kasey Foley
Stockton, CA

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