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Pine Siskins

Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
 

Dear David Starting at the first of the year I am getting pine siskins at my sock feeder. Also Lesser & American Gold finches. In spring, summer, Fall & December 2021 Hardley anything came to my feeder sock. Has anyone else had a flux of siskins & finches at their socks this year? Oh yes. I have had a white crowned sparrow feeding at my sock. Dave


Birders ... come one, come all to a bird book giveaway bonanza!

David Yee
 


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From: Robert Hansen <hansenbioconsulting@...>
Date: Sun, Jan 16, 2022, 10:08 AM
Subject: Birders ... come one, come all to a bird book giveaway bonanza!
To: Mary Merriman <marymtnspirit@...>, Barbara Brydolf <bbrydolf@...>, Nancy Bruce <naturegirl@...>, Joan Parker <blueoakpark@...>, Margaret Shultz <mschultz28@...>, Priscilla Summers <summers@...>, Dane Fagundes <dfgnds3@...>, Mark Stacy <monkletgimp@...>, Jeff Davis <jdavis@...>, Jeff Powers <jeff@...>, Jeff Seay <jseay@...>, John Greening <jg318@...>, <tanagergirl@...>, <birdmanyee@...>, Gary Lindquist <birds_i_vue@...>, Gary File <garycarlafile@...>, Gary Kunkel <kunkel.g@...>, gary woods <woodshots@...>, Gary Potter <gwpott@...>


Dear birders from: Fresno Audubon Society ... where I cut my teeth in the Central Valley in the world of birding (I served as field trip chair as a high school senior) and conservation (as Chapter president while a CSU Fresno student), 
                              Tulare County Audubon ... where I have led many field trips and made presentations at monthly meetings, 
                              Kern Audubon ... when I was 24 years old, your chapter put up 1/3 of my travel money to help me fly back to Washington, D.C. in to present testimony on April 28, 1978 on behalf of 3 Audubon chapters to document 
                              the remarkable avian diversity at Mineral King (when that land was being touted as the best new Alpine ski destination by Disney Corp.), and 
                              Central Valley Bird Club (I hosted field trips down here in the Tulare Valley and spoke at some of your annual gatherings in Stockton),

After retiring in May, 2021 from College of the Sequoias (COS) after 31 years full-time teaching (Biology and Ecology), I have moved from a big 3-bedroom Visalia house to a one-bedroom apartment on the 22nd floor of a building in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood (a five-minute walk from my older daughter and my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandchildren)!  It's an exciting new life chapter for me and my wife.


Because of the significant downsizing necessitated by this move I have 316 books (a personal library that has grown over 54 years since I began birding in Maryland at age 14) I’d like to get into the hands of appreciative bibliophiles (especially those who are serious birders).  This photo will give you a sense of what 316 books (174 of them are bird books) looks like.


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I’ve categorized the books and will place them out on lab tables in one of the COS biology lab classrooms on January 22 and January 23 (see details with directions and times in the attached Word file).  Since I can only keep my most prized books, I am just giving away these 316 books to any interested takers.  Since most of these are bird books, I am letting birders from Audubon groups and the Central Valley Bird Club have first “grab” before I bring in college faculty/staff (from COS, CSU Fresno, CSU Bakersfield, and UC Merced) and students (who I suspect will more likely be interested in general natural history titles).  I will make ”leftover” titles available to the libraries at COS and CSU Fresno and whatever “orphans’ are left after that I will place in the AAUW book bin in Visalia’s In Shape gym foyer.    


Please see the attached Word file to get a sense of the broad categories of books (I beg the forbearance of any former librarian ... I did not adhere to anything like the Dewey Decimal System!) and how many titles I have available for-the -taking in each category.  There are field guides (China to Ecuador, Cuba to the Falkland Islands), "coffee table" photo books suitable for gifting and for inspiring young naturalists, and bird "finding" guides to everywhere from Ohio to Florida, Tennessee, and Southeast Arizona.  There is even a large format book entitled The Field Guide Art of Roger Tory Peterson: Western Birds signed by the originator of modern-day bird field guides.  My brother Keith (a bird  illustrator and writer I consider to be a peer of RTP) had Roger sign this copy years ago at a book signing where Peterson suddenly looked up from his signing duties after his wife reminded Roger about Keith's excellent work in a book about bird distribution called Checklist of North American Birds that Peterson used to develop all the range maps in his bird books.  Maybe one of the Audubon chapters will want to use this collector's edition as a fund-raising auction item or as a prize for an aspiring young birder or conservationist!


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I hope that John Greening will help to publicize this event among Tulare County Audubon Society members.  I hope Rachel Clark will do likewise with members of Fresno Audubon, and that Gary File will spread the word among friends in Kern Audubon.  David Yee has already graciously offered to contact members of the Central Valley Bird Club.  Thank you all and I invite you to spread the word among your birding friends.  Please feel free to contact me by email, phone or text (559) 799-7181 any day between now and next weekend if you have any questions or want more information.


In the meantime, enjoy these Spring-like January days.  Warm personal regards and good birding to you all, 


Rob Hansen


 

 


SJAS Field Events This Weekend

England
 

WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS SURVEY
Date: Jan 15, 2022 SATURDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Woodbridge Wilderness Area. 

Join leaders Kathy Bonham and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian area on the banks of the Mokelumns River. Meet the leaders at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridgeat 8:00 AM

 

MONTHLY CENSUS @ FISH HATCHERY
Date: Jan 16, 2022 SUNDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery. 

Join leader Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam. Meet the leader in the fish hatchery first parking lot at 8:00 AM.

--
Alan England, Stockton


SJ Audubon Jan-Feb Hoot Owl is now available.

England
 

Dear Audubon Member:  

Your Hoot Owl for January/February 2022  is now available at


http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hoot-Owl-Jan-Feb-2022.pdf
 
The electronic Hoot Owl is available:
1) on the Chapter website (
http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/), 
2) at
SJBIRDS@groups.io 


 
GENERAL MEETINGS 


Check group.io  or our website for Zoom meeting links.  https://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/hoot-owl-journal/

There will be NO general membership meeting in January, 2022.


TUESDAY, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Presentation
Chris Conard
“Changes in local bird populations over 25 years (and it's not all depressing)”

 
If you've been birding for two decades or more, many things you took for granted about where and when certain birds were found have changed--some subtly and some quite profound. Chris began seriously birding and learning about local bird populations 25 years ago. That is a relatively short time, but long enough to notice significant changes, both in bird distribution and the habitat they depend on. There are as many stories of surprising resilience as there are of depressing loss. Working with Ed Pandolfino, Lily Douglas, and Tim Manolis on Sacramento County Breeding Birds:  A Tale of Two Atlases and Three Decades of Change, brought much of this into focus. Since the book's publication earlier this year, Chris has been thinking about changes he's observed throughout the seasons. Why are geese so much more numerous, Swainson's Hawks holding their own, Say's Phoebes and Western Bluebirds breeding where they hadn't before? At the same time, Burrowing Owls and Loggerhead Shrikes are much harder to find. These changes are driven by human impacts, and some are not fully understood. There have been impressive restoration efforts, habitat loss, changes in winter temperatures, fog, and agricultural practices. Bird populations reflect these changes.
 
Chris Conard is a natural resource specialist at the Sacramento County Bufferlands and a longtime volunteer with Sacramento Audubon and the Central Valley Bird Club.





 
FIELD TRIPS
 

We will follow COVID protocols and limit the number of participants to 14.  We adhere to the CODE OF BIRDING ETHICS of the American Birding Association and to the National Audubon Society’s GUIDE TO ETHICAL BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY. Please follow these codes whether you are birding by yourself or joining our field trip.

Mask
Social Distancing
Please don't share optics.


Follow this golden rule of birding: When in doubt, first consider the welfare of the bird.

Thanks for being a responsible birder!

+If you're parking in a remote location, secure your care and belongings.



JANUARY
 
SUNDAY, January 2— Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SATURDAY, January 15— Woodbridge Wilderness
     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, January 16— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leader Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.



FEBRUARY

SATURDAY, February 5— Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Jim Rowoth at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SATURDAY, February 12— Cosumnes River Preserve
     Join leader Jim Rowoth (487-3489 or
rowoth@...) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet Jim at 7:00 a.m. at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.

SATURDAY, February 19— Woodbridge Wilderness
     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, February 20— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Liz and Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 

 



 
 ARTICLES
 
--
Alan England, Stockton


Re: Lodi ducks

Kurt Mize
 

On Saturday, January 1, 2022, 11:40 AM, Judy Kane <judy.kane2949@...> wrote:

I was happy to add a new bird to my Mosher Slough list on Dec. 20. A pair of hooded mergansers, I only saw them that day. I love the easy to ID birds!

Happy New Year!

Judy

On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 2:03 PM donna marciano <paulmarciano@...> wrote:
they were in line to buy a new car???
Great find!


On Dec 30, 2021, at 10:33 AM, Pat Paternostro <broncos30@...> wrote:


Morning friends 
I stopped at the flooded field on Vine St in Lodi(behind Lodi Toyota) and found a nice variety of diving ducks (and a White Pelican). 
Email list attached. 
Happy New Years all. 
Pat 




--
M. Judith Kane
209-639-1951


Re: Lodi ducks

Judy Kane
 

I was happy to add a new bird to my Mosher Slough list on Dec. 20. A pair of hooded mergansers, I only saw them that day. I love the easy to ID birds!

Happy New Year!

Judy

On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 2:03 PM donna marciano <paulmarciano@...> wrote:
they were in line to buy a new car???
Great find!


On Dec 30, 2021, at 10:33 AM, Pat Paternostro <broncos30@...> wrote:


Morning friends 
I stopped at the flooded field on Vine St in Lodi(behind Lodi Toyota) and found a nice variety of diving ducks (and a White Pelican). 
Email list attached. 
Happy New Years all. 
Pat 




--
M. Judith Kane
209-639-1951


Re: Lodi ducks

donna marciano
 

they were in line to buy a new car???
Great find!


On Dec 30, 2021, at 10:33 AM, Pat Paternostro <broncos30@...> wrote:


Morning friends 
I stopped at the flooded field on Vine St in Lodi(behind Lodi Toyota) and found a nice variety of diving ducks (and a White Pelican). 
Email list attached. 
Happy New Years all. 
Pat 



SJAS FT: SUNDAY, JAN 2--LODI LAKE (Intro Birding Field Trip)

England
 

****Note: SPECIAL DAY, SUNDAY INSTEAD OF SATURDAY*****
SUNDAY, January 2— Introductory Birding Field Trip
Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m. Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.
MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
--
Alan England, Stockton


Lodi ducks

Pat Paternostro
 

Morning friends 
I stopped at the flooded field on Vine St in Lodi(behind Lodi Toyota) and found a nice variety of diving ducks (and a White Pelican). 
Email list attached. 
Happy New Years all. 
Pat 



Lodi Lake

Pat Croft <patndavid@...>
 

We saw a phainopepla at Lodi Lake today Wednesday 12/22/2021 around 11:15am. It was flying around the trees at the north end of the lake in the parking lot just past the parking area to the wilderness area. Dave & Pat


SJ Audubon: WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS SURVEY (Sat, 12/18 8:00 am)

England
 

WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS SURVEY
Date: Dec 18, 2021 SATURDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Woodbridge Wilderness Area.  
Join leaders Kathy Bonham and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian area on the banks of the Mokelumne River. Meet the leaders at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 AM
--
Alan England, Stockton


Louis Park, Stockton and Yellow-billed Magpies

Jim Rowoth
 

I paid a brief visit to Louis Park this morning. Nothing surprising, but it reminded me how reliable this site is for Yellow-billed Magpie, an oft-sought California endemic. There was one “vulturine” individual, lacking feathers on its neck and head. It is surprising to see just how scrawny birds can be under their feathers! (See photos on eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98884811).

Lots of leaves and some downed branches from the recent (welcome) rains, so the leaf blowers were out in force, and the boat landing there is closed for repairs, with noisy work going on during my visit. Lowlights were the many feral cats, along with feeding stations, as well as abundant quantity of trash.

Jim Rowoth
Stockton

--
Jim Rowoth
Stockton, CA


Tues Dec 15: David Yee's Prep for San Joaquin Audubon Christmas Bird Counts

England
 

DECEMBER 14, TUESDAY, 2021 7:00PM PST
Topic: Christmas Bird Count (Cental Valley and Adjacent Foothills)
Presenter: David Yee
Please join us for our annual presentation by David Yee, regarding the upcoming Stockton and Wallace-Bellota Christmas Bird Counts (CBC)—see Field Trips for dates. We will learn what to expect this winter and on this year’s counts. This presentation is for beginning birders and advanced birders alike—we can all learn something from David’s long-term birding experience and lifelong knowledge of our local birds and their trends, especially important during this time of climate change. No need to sign up in advance.
--
Alan England, Stockton


Fish Hatchery Count

Liz West
 

SJBirders,

Joanne Katanic and I are doing the Fish Hatchery Count a week early due to the CBC next Sunday.

MONTHLY CENSUS @ FISH HATCHERY
Date: Dec 12, 2021 SUNDAY 8:00 AM 
Where: Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery.  See the Map
Join leaders Joanne Katanic  and Liz West for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam. Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery first parking lot at 8:00 AM.

Liz West
Galt


Re: SJ Audubon: Flood & Waverly This Saturday

Pat Paternostro
 

Thanks Alan. 
A bit more details. 
We will begin the actual trip at the intersection of Waverly and Copperopolis roads (working our way north to take advantage of the better light).  We will then bird north of Waverly, finishing up by birding Flood Rd.  
If you would like to meet at the field starting location, be there at 9:30.  Otherwise I’ll see you at the market at 9am. 
Pat 


From: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io> on behalf of England via groups.io <wdchkgsqrl@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:40:17 PM
To: SJBirds@groups.io <SJBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SJBirds] SJ Audubon: Flood & Waverly This Saturday
 

SATURDAY, December 11— Flood and Waverly Roads

     Join leader Pat Paternostro as we look for wintering raptors and other birds in the grasslands of eastern San Joaquin County.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Rinaldi’s Market, 4625 N. Duncan Rd., Linden.  There will be limited walking, with most birding taking place car-side.  Roads may be muddy so be prepared for that possibility.  Hope to see you there!

--
Alan England, Stockton


SJ Audubon: Flood & Waverly This Saturday

England
 

SATURDAY, December 11— Flood and Waverly Roads

     Join leader Pat Paternostro as we look for wintering raptors and other birds in the grasslands of eastern San Joaquin County.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Rinaldi’s Market, 4625 N. Duncan Rd., Linden.  There will be limited walking, with most birding taking place car-side.  Roads may be muddy so be prepared for that possibility.  Hope to see you there!

--
Alan England, Stockton


SJ Audubon: SATURDAY, December 4— Introductory Birding Field Trip

England
 

SATURDAY, December 4— Introductory Birding Field Trip

     Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

--
Alan England, Stockton


Long tailed duck

donna marciano
 

FYI-A long tailed duck is located at Nimbus Fish hatchery in Folsom under the bridge.


SJ AUDUBON FIELD ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND: WOODBRIDGE WILDERNESS AND MOKELUMNE RIVER FISH HATCHERY

England
 

SATURDAY, November 20— Woodbridge Wilderness

     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.


SUNDAY, November 21— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
Join leaders Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

--
Alan England, Stockton


Registration is still open for 2021 Virtual CVBS (Nov 19-20)

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Birders,

We are just 10 days away from the 2021 Virtual 25th annual Central Valley Birding Symposium. The CVBS Steering Committee has been actively preparing for this great event. So, we thought perhaps folks needed a another reminder just in case you’ve been really busy, have forgotten, or have been procrastinating 🤣. There is still time to register for this event!

This abbreviated virtual version of the symposium with bring into your home many of your favorite speakers. You will have access to the program during and again after the event. Also, registration does renew your membership in the Central Valley Bird Club (CVBC), so no pesky reminder from the Membership Coordinator! Registration is per family; a couple only has to register once to view the symposium on a single screen. 

Below is the link to the schedule and registration button. 
For the CVBS steering committee 

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