Category: Nature

Local Birders Agog Over Another Rare Gull

It could be said that Stockton’s David Yee is the pre-eminent pioneer of modern-day birding in the San Joaquin Valley. For well over thirty years, Yee has added record after record of unexpected bird sightings to our knowledge of bird distribution. A few years ago, Yee found a gull in northwestern Stanislaus

Shorebirds in the Valley

Shorebirds occupy remnant wetlands and the mud flats around our lakes and reservoirs. The largest numbers occur during migration, when they pass through the Valley on their way to southern wintering grounds. Some also winter here. The larger species are the best known. Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, and Greater Yellowlegs are often