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Red-breasted sapsucker

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

I couldn't find any ebird reports of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS in coastal San Diego County; so, I will report this "early" one at Westerm Hills Park (Clairemont) this morning (9/23/20) at 9 AM.

                         Jim Roberts
                        University CIty


Lucy's continues H. Griffen Park 5:20pm

Rodney Gast
 

The Lucy's Warbler made a brief appearance at 5:20pm in the same location behind porta potty in small drainage ditch. Terry H. and Desiree B. present. Will post photos to eBird list

Rodney Gast
North Park


Re: ID help request: strange mystery bird, Harry Griffen Park

Sara Baase Mayers
 

Thanks to Eitan Altman and Paul Lehman for quick responses: a dull

Western Tanager.  I guess we'd never seen such a dull one (not even any

yellow on the head that we noticed), but we've now found photos online

that are a reasonable match.

-- Sara

On 9/23/2020 4:01 PM, Sara Baase Mayers via groups.io wrote:
While we were waiting for the Lucy's Warbler to show up this
morning, a bird appeared that matches nothing I know. It was in open
view in eucs about 50' from us, moved around a little, then disappeared.
I took notes on all the details we noticed:  Roughly tanager size
overall. Bright yellow bill (tending to yellow-orange); bill small and
thick - perhaps similar in size and shape to scarlet tanager's. (Keith
thought the bill was longer.) Very bright yellow undertail coverts
(perhaps extending up lower belly). Yellow (or yellow-green) suffused in
dark (maybe olive) uppertail coverts/rump area. Except for the bright
yellow below, the front of the body was white or light gray. Two
distinct white wings bars on dark (maybe olive) wings. Face relatively
plain, dark eye; Keith saw thin eye ring.

     Any ideas? Thanks. (Lucy's showed up at 9:35AM.)

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma, San Diego
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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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ID help request: strange mystery bird, Harry Griffen Park

Sara Baase Mayers
 

While we were waiting for the Lucy's Warbler to show up this
morning, a bird appeared that matches nothing I know. It was in open
view in eucs about 50' from us, moved around a little, then disappeared.
I took notes on all the details we noticed: Roughly tanager size
overall. Bright yellow bill (tending to yellow-orange); bill small and
thick - perhaps similar in size and shape to scarlet tanager's. (Keith
thought the bill was longer.) Very bright yellow undertail coverts
(perhaps extending up lower belly). Yellow (or yellow-green) suffused in
dark (maybe olive) uppertail coverts/rump area. Except for the bright
yellow below, the front of the body was white or light gray. Two
distinct white wings bars on dark (maybe olive) wings. Face relatively
plain, dark eye; Keith saw thin eye ring.

Any ideas? Thanks. (Lucy's showed up at 9:35AM.)

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma, San Diego
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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Re: Scripps Ranch Swainson's Thrush

Jim Determan
 


Speaking of Swainson's Thrushes, I live along Escondido Creek, and I have Swainson's Thrushes in my yard annually in the spring, when they eat the berries on my carrotwood trees. I don't seem to detect them passing through in the fall. This spring I had a singing male as late as June 18, the latest I have had one, and later than the June 12 date given in the SD Bird Atlas (although I think other migrant reports have since superseded that date). I was curious about the potential for them to breed in the riparian area along Escondido Creek.

Best regards,
Jim

On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 12:54 PM Gary Grantham <ggrantham@...> wrote:
We had a Swainson's Thrush in our backyard in south Scripps Ranch this morning (9/23/20).  Although not a rarity, it is out of the ordinary for us since it's a new yard bird.  Until April of this year we had gone four years without adding a new bird.  Then a Calliope Hummingbird showed up on  4/17/20 and now the Swainson's Thrush is yard bird #115.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch


Tennessee, Clay-colored, Orchard, T.K., misc.

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Weds the 23rd, in the TRV, there was a Tennessee Warbler with a couple Orange-crowneds in willows near the lerpy eucalyptus along Monument Road (where the Prothonotary Warbler was), although I did not see it actually go into the eucs; a Clay-colored Sparrow (sometimes w/ a Chipping) was in the community gardens on Hollister, as were 4 continuing Yellow-headed Blackbirds (also across the street) and a dozen continuing Black-chinned Hummingbirds. Vermilion Flycatcher numbers have increased further, as there are now 2 female/imm types at the Sunset ball fields and another female on the fence at the south end of Nestor Park is likely the same individual back again for something like 6 or 7 winters now. Seemed to be a notable increase in numbers of Warbling Vireos, Western Tanagers, and Lazuli Buntings about today. Up in Coronado, a female Orchard Oriole and a Tropical Kingbird were along Coronado Avenue (the oriole flew into the adjoining Navy property); both birds may be returning individuals from previous winters.

Yesterday, Sep 22, I had my first-of-season post-dawn high-overhead southbound-migrant Common Loon over Point Loma, which is slightly early. A pair of Cooper's Hawks in display flight at Point Loma and an adult Cooper's bringing a stick to improve a nest at Liberty Station both seemed like somewhat "odd" behavior for September. My first-of-season check of the dog run at Fiesta Island produced about 65 Horned Larks and plenty of Savannah Sparrows. The habitat there was recently mowed, so it is all quite short, and thus looks good for larks and longspurs later this fall.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Scripps Ranch Swainson's Thrush

Gary Grantham
 

We had a Swainson's Thrush in our backyard in south Scripps Ranch this morning (9/23/20).  Although not a rarity, it is out of the ordinary for us since it's a new yard bird.  Until April of this year we had gone four years without adding a new bird.  Then a Calliope Hummingbird showed up on  4/17/20 and now the Swainson's Thrush is yard bird #115.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch


Re: Masked Booby released today 22 September 2020

Charles Jackson
 

iNat just posted a booby on the beach in La Jolla.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/60521412

Charles
San Diego

Sent from CJ’s iPhone📲

On Sep 22, 2020, at 21:22, Philip Unitt <unitt@...> wrote:



Dear friends,

 

I heard from Kim Peterson at Sea World that the immature Masked Booby picked up at Ocean Beach on 2 September graduated from rehabilitation, after having gained 500 grams, and was released off La Jolla today.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Masked Booby released today 22 September 2020

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

I heard from Kim Peterson at Sea World that the immature Masked Booby picked up at Ocean Beach on 2 September graduated from rehabilitation, after having gained 500 grams, and was released off La Jolla today.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Tenn Warb, Point Loma, 22 Sep 2020

Paul Chad
 

A Tennessee Warbler was near the south walk-in gate to the PLN college, end of Garden St. A typical bird, except more extensive white below than usual, for fall. Seen today at noon but not seen at 3:00 - bird may have not stayed long...

A big-push of local birding last two days, 22 hours total, mainly coastal hot-spots, seeking rarities/vagrants. Migration seemed meager. Next most interesting find was probably- a White-Winged Dove continues in Point Loma residential, just east of college, on Mon yesterday.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City


Greater Pewee Balboa Park

Nathan French
 

Returning Greater Pewee located earlier by Jim Pawlicki continuing at 4:20 here (32.7335816, -117.1580184)

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Lucy's Warbler at Harry Griffen Continues

Andrew N
 

Hey all,

Rodney Gast and I just got eyes on, and photos of, the Lucy's Warbler at Harry Griffen Park that Eitan found earlier today. We had to wait a bit but it eventually popped down into the ditch behind the porta potties in the SE area as he reported.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA


Re: La Jolla Cove, Sunday Sep 21, 2020: early migrating surf scoter[s] et al.

Justyn Stahl
 

Stan et al.,

Checking my notes, I had a few small groups of Surf Scoters, mostly moving north, but two were headed south, off La Jolla, in late August. So, I don't think it is safe to say that southbound birds are necessarily "migrating."

As for Heermann's Gulls, anecdotally I want to say they had a decent year in Mexico given a good number of scaly juveniles here on San Clemente Island (10 juveniles with 11 adults on 4 August, 22 juveniles on 17 August, etc.). In poor years (recent, previous years) we've seen very few, if any, juveniles. Curiously, I'd heard the Brown Pelicans in Mexico did NOT do well, and those two species generally have parallel success/failure.

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island


On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 2:36 PM Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:
I spent about 4 hours yesterday at the Cove, 7–11 a.m.
Joined by Lindsay Willrick for the last 3 hours of that.
Lindsay’s eBird report has her numbers.

Worth reporting as out-of-season was a surf scoter migrating south. This is by several weeks, so far as I remember offhand, a record early date for a surf scoter migrant.
Lindsey felt she saw another group of 7 scoters on the horizon. I could not get onto them.

Otherwise it was quite busy, with maybe 1500 black-vented shearwaters [no other tubenoses of any kind], 300-400 red-necked phalaropes, 10–12 parasitic jaegers [all but one adults] and 3 pomarine jaegers [2 adult light morph, one dark morph or juvenile].
Jaegers were chasing gulls, terns, shearwaters and other jaegers continuously.

There are numerous second-cycle Heermann’s gulls around, but I personally have yet to see a juvenile this fall.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 21, 2020; 11:42 a.m.





La Jolla Cove, Sunday Sep 21, 2020: early migrating surf scoter[s] et al.

Stan Walens
 

I spent about 4 hours yesterday at the Cove, 7–11 a.m.
Joined by Lindsay Willrick for the last 3 hours of that.
Lindsay’s eBird report has her numbers.

Worth reporting as out-of-season was a surf scoter migrating south. This is by several weeks, so far as I remember offhand, a record early date for a surf scoter migrant.
Lindsey felt she saw another group of 7 scoters on the horizon. I could not get onto them.

Otherwise it was quite busy, with maybe 1500 black-vented shearwaters [no other tubenoses of any kind], 300-400 red-necked phalaropes, 10–12 parasitic jaegers [all but one adults] and 3 pomarine jaegers [2 adult light morph, one dark morph or juvenile].
Jaegers were chasing gulls, terns, shearwaters and other jaegers continuously.

There are numerous second-cycle Heermann’s gulls around, but I personally have yet to see a juvenile this fall.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 21, 2020; 11:42 a.m.


Indigo Bunting @ Lake Murray (9/21/20)

Eitan Altman
 

With the rash of weird dispersals this fall I decided to spend the morning checking the weedy scrub and waterlogged ditches just N of Lake Murray (along the golf course edge, just S of where Jackson passes through).

I was rewarded with a juvenile male INDIGO BUNTING loosely associating with a few immature/female type Lazulis. This bird stuck out as much bluer than the others when they first flushed; the tail and rump were very blue, and on closer inspection lacked the wingbars and buffy breastband of a Laz, showing scattered faint blue spots on the pale breast and upper belly, and small blue splotches on the head and back. It was otherwise a warm brownish tone with broad buffy margins to the tertials and coverts.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos


Re: Black-throated Sparrow TRV 9/21

Nathan French
 

Just to clarify, the sparrow was seen around 8am near Dairy Mart South Pond and was not relocated. Green-tailed Towhee also continued.


Checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73883954

Nathan French
Hillcrest

On Sep 21, 2020, at 8:17 AM, Nathan French via groups.io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Just had good looks of an adult Black-throated Sparrow foraging with Song Sparrows on the path not far from parking area approximately here (32.5509442, -117.0636982). All flushed when a family with barking dogs came through.

Nathan French
Hillcrest




Indigo Bunting and miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Monday, the 21st, there was a warm-brown, blurry-streaky, "female-type" Indigo Bunting in the community gardens in the TRV, where at least 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds continue in the area, mixed in with the large Red-winged flock(s), and where still about a dozen Black-chinned Hummingbirds continue as well. Overall numbers of new landbird migrants the past several days continues rather mediocre (at best). Have seen several arrival "Gambel's" White-crowned Sparrows since the 18th, and a few Yellow-rumpeds are now at multiple locations. A slight uptick in B-t Gray Warbler numbers. Continuing Surfbird and 250 Red Knots on south San Diego Bay (Emory Cove).

On 19 Sep, an adult Reddish Egret was at the San Diego River mouth, and the returning pelagic trip that day saw a Black Oystercatcher on Zuniga Jetty.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Black-throated Sparrow TRV 9/21

Nathan French
 

Just had good looks of an adult Black-throated Sparrow foraging with Song Sparrows on the path not far from parking area approximately here (32.5509442, -117.0636982). All flushed when a family with barking dogs came through.

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Re: Zone-tailed Hawk in Lakeside

Roger Uzun
 

There's a zone-tailed hawk in the area that shows every two or three days, maybe more often than that.  I've posted photos on ebird over the past 3 weeks when I can get them.  I see it about 3 times a week, sometimes even perched.  I live between Poway Rd and Scripps Poway Parkway on Highway 67 and it's been a semi-regular over the past few weeks.  Here's my ebird list from Friday, the last time I was able to get any pictures.
 

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 10:01 AM Eitan Altman <eitanaltman@...> wrote:
There is currently (~9:55am) an adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK cruising the ridgeline between the 67 and a Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, just south of San Vicente a Reservoir. It flew directly over my head about 10 minutes ago as I was watching my daughter's horse riding lesson and has been cruising the ridgeline since.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos





Zone-tailed Hawk in Lakeside

Eitan Altman
 

There is currently (~9:55am) an adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK cruising the ridgeline between the 67 and a Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, just south of San Vicente a Reservoir. It flew directly over my head about 10 minutes ago as I was watching my daughter's horse riding lesson and has been cruising the ridgeline since.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos