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Blackburnian update

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The blackburnian warbler seems to love this one large very leafy alder tree at Sea Colony, as described in my previous email. It has briefly flown to nearby trees but it always comes back to this alder, so hopefully it will continue doing this for quite some time, though it is hardly the sort of situation one wants to wait a long time to chase in case it decides to change trees. If it does change trees heaven knows where it could go. It is quite photogenic.

Paul Lehman

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Blackburnian warbler

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I am currently looking at a blackburnian warbler in an alder tree bordering the Sea colony apartments which is at the corner of Voltaire and Sea colony which is just east of Catalina.it's the first alder tree that with heavy leaf growth on Sea colony just 50 feet from Voltaire. Near the corner of silvergate and Charles in residential Point Loma there was a female black and white warbler and an adult male hooded Oriole which is late and therefore possibly wintering locally, also a couple Western tanagers but no Scarlet.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Gilded Flicker

Edward Henry
 

Saturday morning Sunil Bhavsar and I found and photographed a Gilded Flicker near Los Huecos Road off the Sunrise Highway in the Lagunas. The link to the photo posted on Flickr is below.

https://flic.kr/p/2hyij57


Fiesta Island - Chestnut-collared Longspur, 21 Oct 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Nice cooperative Chestnut-collared Longspur, singleton so far, in southwest open barren zone of the fenced Dog Park.

8:10 am watching it with Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach


Scarlet Tanager, good and very bad news

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

At 7:10 a.m. this morning, Monday, I had a female Scarlet Tanager on the Point Loma Nazarene campus next to the two-story parking structure. Unfortunately, it was first flushed by pedestrians and then looked very unsettled and within less than a minute it had changed trees three times and then flew fairly high and last seen as a disappearing speck way to the east into residential Point Loma, seemingly even getting east of Catalina Boulevard, so therefore in the general area of the usual Silvergate neighborhood that birders visit a lot. It could have even gone beyond that. I have no idea. So it is a total needle in a haystack, but if anybody wants to walk those streets and give it a try... That is actually where I am heading right now so will obviously post any positive update.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Magnolia Warbler - No (Sunday 10/20/19 5PM) - Chula Vista Bayside Park G St.

lindsay willrick
 

Hello all,

I spent 1.5 hrs searching all of the paper bark tea-tree/punk trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) around the southernmost bathroom structure to no avail Sunday evening (10/20/19). There were several yellow rumped warblers foraging in the trees and plenty of interesting invertebrates as the trees are in full flower. Several monarch butterflies stole the show. Surveying this park on a weekday morning would possibly be more fruitful, lots of large parties on weekends. 

Botanical aside, the paper bark tea-tree is in the Myrtle family, originating from the tropical and warm-temperate regions of the world. 

Lindsay Willrick
Golden Hill, San Diego, CA


listserv maintenance

Justyn Stahl
 

I'm not sure how this will impact mail delivery, but there is a note that groups.io will be down for a 2-hour maintenance beginning at 6pm tonight (21 October).

Justyn Stahl


10/20 Rose-breasted Grosbeak and possible Palm Warbler

Mark Stratton
 

Good morning.  Yesterday, 10/20, I took the dog on a long afternoon walk and had a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak near the Juniper Canyon Trail, near the intersection of Maple and Teresita in the South Park/North Park area.  When looking towards the canyon to see if I could re-find the bird, I had a bird on the ground that looked like a Palm Warbler but I did not have binos and can't be sure of that ID.
 
Mark Stratton
North Park


Cackling Goose

buck fairbanks
 

Howdy folks
The solitary Cackling Goose (minima?) continued today at the small pond adjacent to the #1 fairway at El Camino Country Club in Oceanside.
Michael Martin
Oceanside, CA


Re: Palm Warbler at Fort Rosecrans

Aaron Polichar
 

Forgot to mention, I also had a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the same general area, heard near the dip at the west fence and briefly seen flitting around in the pines, then heard again a little north of there.
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Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA


Palm Warbler at Fort Rosecrans

Aaron Polichar
 

Hello all,

I did some late afternoon birding at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, found a Palm Warbler (Western) among a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, around 6PM today, Oct. 20 2019, near grave marker V-794, near the western fence, north of the dip.
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Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA


Re: Prairie Warbler Warbler: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Trail 20 OCT2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

Photos of apparent PRAIRIE WARBLER are in the following E-bird report. It is a drab first year type bird.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60798413

The bird was observed around 9:05 AM near the sign the says "Water is Attractive" in the SE section of trail where the willow branches go over and across trail. People did show up and look for the bird. It was not seen after report to at least through 11:30 AM when I left. There is a lot of suitable/equivalent habitat around the trail and it could be moving around. It was loosely associated with a group of warblers including a Wilson's Warbler.

Approx. Location coordinates:
33.012407, -117.271612

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA


bunch of miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Saturday the 19th at Nestor Community Park three birds might well be returning, wintering from last year: a WESTERN KINGBIRD at dawn in with the night-roosting flock of Cassin's Kingbirds, a SUMMER TANAGER, and a male Black-thr Gray Warbler (for 4th or 5th year). A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER (continues?) at the Bird & Butterfly Garden in the TRV. On Sunday the 20th, a check of Coronado and the edge of the NASNI golf course produced a TROPICAL KINGBIRD in with the flock of Cassin's, which could well be a returning wintering bird, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO, and a dull female BALTIMORE ORIOLE with a group of 3 Bullock's.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Prairie Warbler Warbler: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Trail 20 OCT2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

Probable bird SE corner of trail in WIllows near water is attractive sign (adjacent West). Phone battery running low. 9:15 am.

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad CA



Magnolia Warbler

David Povey
 

Magnolia Warbler continues at C.V. Bay Park. South restroom. 8:45 a.m.

Dave Povey
Dulzura


Yellow-green Vireo in downtown San Diego

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

On Thursday I received via Project Wildlife a specimen of the Yellow-green Vireo that was found on 15 September at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton Hotel at the foot of Park Boulevard/12th Ave. in downtown San Diego. Yesterday I spoke over the phone with the man who found it, one of the hotel’s security staff. Finding the bird sitting at length on the ground, he put it in a box and took it to Project Wildlife the next day, but the effort to treat it was unsuccessful. I prepared the specimen as soon as I received it and found it was an immature male. The skull was already about 75% pneumatized, farther along than most small songbirds this early in the fall. With no external bleeding it made into a good specimen, catalogued as SDNHM 56394. Even if the Yellow-green Vireo is now so regular in California that the California Bird Records Committee has discontinued reviewing reports of it, there are still only four previous extant specimens of the species preserved from California.

 

Thanks very much to Linda King for continuing to serve as the liaison between Project Wildlife and the San Diego Natural History Museum so these valuable specimens do not go to waste. Linda always ensures I get the most complete data possible about every specimen, enabling me to follow up with the finder to clarify the story when needed.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Two White-winged Doves in the Cuyamaca Mountains

Robyn Waayers
 

This morning two White-winged Doves were seen at 4200 feet elevation in the Cuyamaca Mts. They tended to stay together as they perched here and there and foraged on the ground.

I have periodically heard, and occasionally seen a single White-winged Dove in this area (the off-grid community where I live) over the past year-and-a-half, and have been reporting these observations to eBird. This is the first time when TWO birds were seen (and I was lucky enough to get photos of them)!

eBird checklist with photos of the doves here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60759504

Robyn Waayers
Julian

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Robyn Waayers
Julian


Summer Tanager - Balboa Park by Lawn Bowling Sheds (32.7324504, -117.1568681)

Nathan French
 

This morning around 10AM I had brief looks at a female Summer Tanager behind the Lawn Bowling storage sheds (32.7324504, -117.1568681). Possibly the same bird that was in the area last winter. Unable to relocate after an hour and a half of looking. 
Checklist with more details/photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60755423


Nathan French
Hillcrest


Magnolia Warbler Continues

Janice Nordenberg
 

The Magnolia Warbler at Bayside Park was foraging in the group of eucs on the northwest side of the south bathrooms this morning at 11:05 and was still there when I left 20 minutes later.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego


Palm Warbler - Calzada Del Bosque / Chino Farms

Gjon Hazard
 

A Palm Warbler and a Yellow-headed Blackbird were at the above location this morning (10/19). Quite birdy early.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60749597


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Gjon Hazard
Encinitas

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