Checklist S56652583

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Location
BACKYARD / GRISTMILL AREA

Owner Craig DeMartini

Traveling
  • 5
  • 3.25 mi
Comments

Sonia Santa Anna and twins Virginia Bonham and Cathy arrived at 6:50 a.m. on this cold (49F), sunny morning with some sporadic breeze. This was the second visit by the twins who live in Lodi. At 7 a.m. Craig DeMartini arrived and we were soon out overlooking the Pit and six nest boxes. This was Craig's first visit to bird my patch and I learned that he lives right across the river from me and next to the home that butched their two tall redwood trees.

Bad news was hearing and then seeing a female Wild Turkey on my roof. Our first migrant at the Pit overlook was a Yellow Warbler that sang repeatedly by would not show itself. We would have a nice morning with several Western Wood-Pewees, Yellow and Wilson's warblers, Warbling Vireos, Black-headed Grosbeaks and many singing breeding birds. However two events stand out for me today: We had as many as ten Vaux's Swifts during the morning and while at the Killdeer Island overlook about 150 Cliff Swallows were swooping around low over and very high above the river.

I purposely left my leather gloves at home so as not to be tempted by Italian thistles. It worked quite well as I only stopped on 12 or so occasions, but usually for 1-6 plants only. Fun was watching Virginia and Cathy jump in to help me remove a patch of about 40 star thistle plants at the Mayhew Drain overlook. No gloves are needed to pull them before the inflorescences appear with their spiny involucre. It was fun to tell them about my patch and to learn from Craig about the duet song sometimes made by male and female cowbirds. Craig also showed me what the pipevine butterfly larva does when one strokes it...two nice new tidbits to add to my collection.

We had so much fun that we did not get back to my place until just past noon so no time for checking nest boxes today.

I hope all four will return many times in the future.

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Observations

  1. Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)

    Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 25
  3. Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) x Canada Goose (hybrid)

    Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 7
  5. Number observed: 9
  6. Number observed: 4

    Comments: All females

  7. Number observed: 6
  8. Number observed: 1

    Comments: On the roof of my home...hope it did not see the wildbird seed near the back gate

  9. Number observed: 8
  10. Number observed: 10

    Comments: Sonia spotted the first to fly by us at the Pit overlook and we would see more during the morning

  11. Number observed: 5
  12. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Two at my feeder

  13. Number observed: 12
  14. Number observed: 1

    Comments: We heard this bird and then Craig spotted it for us.

  15. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Craig and I hear this single blast of notes

  16. Number observed: 5
  17. Number observed: 4
  18. Number observed: 6
  19. Number observed: 3
  20. Number observed: 1

    Comments: One for sure flew over us near the Pit and the other seen at the Gristmill Gravel Bar overlook may have been the same one or the other of the pair. Craig knows where they are nesting this year near his home

  21. Number observed: 3

    Comments: The nest I photographed before going to Magee Marsh still had juveniles

  22. Number observed: 1
  23. Number observed: 1
  24. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Virginia got this one for us on my side of the river near Killdeer Island overlook

  25. Number observed: 2
  26. Number observed: 5
  27. Number observed: 1
  28. Number observed: 2
  29. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Sonia only

  30. Number observed: 7
  31. Number observed: 7
  32. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Virginia spotted this one when we were at the Killdeer Island overlook

  33. Number observed: 4
  34. Number observed: 10
  35. Number observed: 3
  36. Number observed: 7

    Comments: Sonia 2; Jeri 4; 1 later

  37. Number observed: 2
  38. Number observed: 30
  39. Number observed: 3
  40. Number observed: 150

    Comments: Great show by Killdeer Island overlook

  41. Number observed: 8
  42. Number observed: 12

    Comments: 3 pairs with an average of about 5 recently fledged juveniles. I showed everybody the nest I found recently

  43. Number observed: 5
  44. Number observed: 35
  45. Number observed: 7
  46. Number observed: 5
  47. Number observed: 4
  48. Number observed: 15
  49. Number observed: 35

    Comments: Virginia spotted 15; not sure who spotted the 17; we had at least 3 more perched

  50. Number observed: 25
  51. Number observed: 10
  52. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Sonia spotted these

  53. Number observed: 3
  54. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Craig spotted the first one and not sure who spotted the pair on the fence on our walk back

  55. Number observed: 16
  56. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At my feeder

  57. Number observed: 60

    Comments: Sonia 40; 20

  58. Number observed: 10
  59. Number observed: 4
  60. Number observed: 3
  61. Number observed: 4