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American Oystercatcher Search

Nathan French
 

After reading Stan’s and Nancy’s emails yesterday, I decided to check La Jolla this morning to see if I could find an American Oystercatcher. I searched every spot I could find coastal access from Coast Walk in La Jolla, all the way south to PB Point and didn’t find a single oystercatcher. Plenty of Spotted Sandpipers and Black Turnstones, and a couple of Wandering Tattlers and Western Sandpipers, but no luck finding any oystercatchers. The tide was fairly high and I’m sure that is an important factor but have no idea how that effects their choice of terrain/location.

Nathan French
Hillcrest

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Barbara
 

The American Oystercatcher posted by Underpressure Nature Photography was photo’d in Mexico. He responded to my question on Facebook. 

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:14 PM, Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:

All,

A few comments on the American Oystercatcher photographed at La Jolla yesterday. Just my opinion.
The link to the Facebook page is 


1. This is clearly not the same bird that was photographed at Cabrillo National Monument tidepools 2 weeks ago. I have not tried to key it out, but at even a cursory glance, I would opine that this one may not make it over the pure/hybrid line.
2. I recognize the rocks that the La Jolla bird was photographed on. They are the ones on the seaward side of the seawall at Children’s Pool, about 1/3 of the way out the seawall.
3. However, my experience with oystercatchers in La Jolla in that they prefer the flat rocks under my bench, where the sea lions are hauled out, and the flat rocks at Cuvier Park, 2 blocks south of Children’s Pool .

4, To complicate matters, another photographer [Underpressure Nature Photography] today posted a photo on Facebook of an American Oystercatcher in La Jolla, on a pebbly beach that I believe is north of La Jolla Shores park. 
To my memory, and I do not have photos of the Cabrillo bird to be certain, this second bird, though it looks similar to the one that was at Cabrillo, has more black moving down onto the breast, a less clean shoulder notch, and a darker tail.

That may mean that there are as many as 3 American-type Oystercatchers around.

Green-tailed Towhee in Dairy Mart area

rsbreisch
 

A Green-tailed Towhee was seen at 9:35 AM on Sept. 15.  It was in bushes and under the wooden fence along the trail at the southeast end of the overgrown “stick pond” west of the Dairy Mart Pond.

 

Rich & Susan Breisch, Clairemont

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Stan Walens
 

All,

A few comments on the American Oystercatcher photographed at La Jolla yesterday. Just my opinion.
The link to the Facebook page is 


1. This is clearly not the same bird that was photographed at Cabrillo National Monument tidepools 2 weeks ago. I have not tried to key it out, but at even a cursory glance, I would opine that this one may not make it over the pure/hybrid line.
2. I recognize the rocks that the La Jolla bird was photographed on. They are the ones on the seaward side of the seawall at Children’s Pool, about 1/3 of the way out the seawall.
3. However, my experience with oystercatchers in La Jolla in that they prefer the flat rocks under my bench, where the sea lions are hauled out, and the flat rocks at Cuvier Park, 2 blocks south of Children’s Pool .

4, To complicate matters, another photographer [Underpressure Nature Photography] today posted a photo on Facebook of an American Oystercatcher in La Jolla, on a pebbly beach that I believe is north of La Jolla Shores park. 
To my memory, and I do not have photos of the Cabrillo bird to be certain, this second bird, though it looks similar to the one that was at Cabrillo, has more black moving down onto the breast, a less clean shoulder notch, and a darker tail.

That may mean that there are as many as 3 American-type Oystercatchers around.

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Nancy Christensen
 

This American Oystercatcher was photographed on Saturday and posted to
Facebook today (San Diego Nature Photography page). I went down and walked
the area this afternoon, as did Mauro. Saw a whole lot of people and very
few birds.

For anyone trying to chase this bird tomorrow - she listed it as La Jolla
Cove, but in her comments she has said " it was right near the Seals as you
walk out on the bridge by the lifeguard tower". This sounds to me as though
it was at Children's Pool, not near our usual seawatch spot.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Just saw posted on Facebook in the last hour, photos of the American
Oystercatcher taken at La Jolla Cove today.

Just the reporter...

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Nancy Christensen
 

Photos taken on Saturday

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

On Sep 15, 2019, at 1:58 PM, Nancy Christensen via Groups.Io <nancy.r.christensen=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Just saw posted on Facebook in the last hour, photos of the American Oystercatcher taken at La Jolla Cove today.

Just the reporter...


American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Nancy Christensen
 

Just saw posted on Facebook in the last hour, photos of the American Oystercatcher taken at La Jolla Cove today.

Just the reporter...

Re: Virginia’s not seen

Susan Smith
 

Dear Alison and San Diego Birders,  

I have also pulled my Virginia Warbler sighting the morning of Sept 14,  after confirming with Alison Hiers today that there was a very pale Nashville in the mix this morning on Wing Stree, in addition to a very bright yellow Nashville (probably the same one  I saw yesterday), and thought was the only Nashville around.  My white bellied, white-flanked , and white-chinned VIWA could very well have been a very pale NAWA high up in the tree and half the time hidden by leaves, and the longer tail just a trick of angle.  In any event, since there is room for doubt,  I plan to revise my report.  A good lesson learned!  Thanks to Alison and Jimmy M. and others for their posts, and to the editors of eBird for keeping us on our toes.  Happy fall warbler-ing to all,  Sue 

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@...


-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Virginia’s not seen

At Wing St from 7 to 9:30 this morning. Saw Nashville (two or three) and two Orange Crowned but no Virginia’s

Alison Hiers



--
Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Black-throated Green Warbler at Stonewall Mine

Nancy Christensen
 

This morning I found a young male Black-throated Green Warbler at Stonewall Mine. Found along the paved road that goes downhill from the parking area, towards the lake, past the gate. That entire little road section (between gate and intersecting dirt road) was very birdy, with warblers and chickadees flitting back and forth across the road.  GPS for the BTGW - 32°59'4" N 116°34'15" W

 

I also found an apparent Virginia Warbler at the parking lot in the clump of Black Oaks near the fee payment post. I say “apparent” because I seriously considered a dull first year Nashville. This bird has more yellow on the breast than the Wing Street bird did, but it is a wash (by which I mean that the amount of yellow changes based on body position, kind of a yellow shine rather than yellow feathers). The yellow is a distinct spot, does not flow into the flank area. I can see no green tint to the wings or on the back. It also chipped frequently, and sounded like the Wing Street bird, not like the Nashvilles I saw only a few moments later. So I went with Virginia, but could be wrong. Other opinions are welcome!

 

Overall, a really great spot today – 10 warbler species! Oddly, not even one junco…

 

Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59828865

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Virginia’s not seen

Alison Hiers
 

At Wing St from 7 to 9:30 this morning. Saw Nashville (two or three) and two Orange Crowned but no Virginia’s

Alison Hiers

Re: Virginia’s Warbler did not continue on 9/14

Barbara
 

Oops, my mistake. Ours too was a Nashville Warbler.

Barbara Carlson
SD

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, 07:33:47 AM PDT, Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003@...> wrote:


Continuing in the same favorite tipu tree as from previous posts.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego



Mississippi Kite, University City, 14 Sep 2019

Paul Chad
 

At about 4:00 this afternoon, a (sub-adult) Mississippi Kite flew fairly low right over my head, at my apartment complex off Governor Dr. VERY nice apt, 5MR, and County lifer list bird! :-)

Paul Chad
University City

Virginia’s Warbler and eBird

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
If a photo of the Virginia’s Warbler does not surface from today, most reports to eBird will not be excepted from here on out from this location with just written details given the very quick views by most. Photos will be desired. This bird is rare as you know, and can be easily confused with other more common western migrants. Just making everybody aware of the pitfalls of these fall migrants and scrutiny is a good place to start, especially when you are expecting to see a certain species at a stakeout.
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

SDFO September 17th meeting reminder

Barbara
 

This month's SDFO meeting will be on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m., in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego 
Foundation Building, 2508 Historic Decatur Rd. 

Our program is “Midway Atoll: The 2014 Hatch Year Count & what it’s like to count over 420,000 Albatrosses,”
presented by Charlene Glacy. 

In 2014, Char went to Midway Atoll for three weeks along with 17 other volunteers to conduct the hatch-year count of 
nesting Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses. Her presentation will describe what it’s like to participate in the count, 
getting to Midway, staying there, as well as other wildlife on the atoll.

Hope to see you there!

Barbara Carlson
Membership Chair
(still accepting dues)

Re: Virginia’s Warbler continues 9/14

Guy McCaskie
 

Larry,

 

The photo attached to Janis’s eBird list is of a Nashville Warbler, not a Virginia’s Warbler.

 

Guy McCaskie

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Edwards
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:51 AM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Virginia’s Warbler continues 9/14

 

Janis Cadwallader and I, along with 4 or 5 others, saw the bird briefly at 7:50 a.m.
So-so photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59796927
--
Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Solitary Sandpiper South Dairy Mart Pond

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all,

I just got to the south pond on Dairy Mart Road where the Northern Waterthrush has been recently. When I walked up, I heard a Sandpiper call that I thought sounded like a Solitary. 30 seconds later it took off flying north, hopefully to the main pond on Dairy Mart Road. Birders already present (Sia McGown, Albert Linkowski) have pictures. Separated from Spotted by the loud, resonant call, darker back, and black horizontal stripes on the tail. No dice on the waterthrush yet, but I’ve been here for only a few minutes.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA

Virginia’s Warbler continues 9/14

Barbara
 

Continuing in the same favorite tipu tree as from previous posts.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Tropical Kingbird at Fort Rosecrans, 9/13 PM

James Pawlicki
 

An apparent (non-calling, but long-billed) Tropical Kingbird was briefly observed perched on the utility wires just outside the eastern fenceline in the southeastern corner of Fort Rosecrans this evening around 5:30 pm. It quickly flew down out of sight into the sage-scrub, and was not observed again over the course of 45 minutes.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa

Yellow-green Vireo refound at same location today (Friday)

peterginsburg
 

Considering the difficulty of separating first year Y-g and Red-eyed Vireos this is slightly tentative but appears to be subject species. If chasing this bird I recommend birding starting from the fishing float and going east for 80 yards or so.  To see photos go to "explore hot spots"on eBird and then selecting Lake O'Neill to see Charles Jackson's report.

Peter

Tennessee Warbler, Batiquitos Lagoon, Chollas Point, Sept. 13, 2019

PG Nell
 

A Tennessee Warbler was seen by Patti Koger and me at approx. 9:00 am today, Sept. 13, in Tipu trees near the entrance to Chollas Point Trail during the Batiquitos Lagoon monthly bird survey. It was in a mixed flock with OCWA, WIWA & Bushtits. We were unable to re-find it as we left the area to go to next survey spot.

This short trail is located near the east end of Batiquitos Lagoon, at the intersection of Hummingbird Lane and Sanderling Ct., Carlsbad, 92011 33.096736,-117.273177

Gretchen Nell
Leucadia