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Tennessee Warbler continuing in Coronado

Nathan French
 

Around 9:15 this morning I briefly relocated the TEWA found yesterday by Aaron Gyllenhaal in Coronado. I had it in a tree in the same area at the Carob/Coronado intersection. (32.6897947, -117.1918380) 
Photos and more details:


Nathan French
Hillcrest 

La Jolla seawatch -- Black Scoters, GWF Goose, Short-eared Owl, 27-28 October 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Been doing some seawatching too over last couple of days but from a different vantage point a bit further south of the Bridge Club on the south lawn area of Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Sunday afternoon 27 October 2019 was great with 2500+ Surf Scoter passing south.  A couple of female/first-winter type BLACK SCOTER were well hidden in large flocks just a minute or less apart.  First spotted by Aaron Gyllenhaal.  Photos of the first individual in the eBird checklist here https://ebird.org/checklist/S60986534 Also lots of Common Loon in groups 4-5 strong, as many as 15 in a single flock.

I went back this morning 28 October 2019 for a little while and saw most of the birds reported also by Stan Walens - one Greater White-fronted Goose headed north, and then at 8:40 am a SHORT-EARED OWL going north also, was my first I think from La Jolla, sadly the owl was too far out for photography but no doubt *wise* as Western Gulls were looking aggravated with at least one taking a close call on the owl, also the adult male BLACK SCOTER going south in a group of Surf Scoter.  Photos here https://ebird.org/checklist/S61002342

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Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

Inca Dove in Coronado, and other birds

Justyn Stahl
 

On 25 October, an INCA DOVE was photographed () along the east side of the Navy golf course on North Island. The bird was still present today, 28 October, and at least briefly was perched up on a power line a few houses north of the west end of 8th Street (where the Cassin’s Sparrow was last year). Looking from that small pocket park (which is how one can also see orioles and Tropical Kingbirds), with luck, you may be able to spot the dove. I and the original finder have access to the base which of course makes it easier. Most of us likely already saw the long-staying Inca Doves at Roadrunner Club in Borrego Springs a few years ago, but some newer birders perhaps not. If you do make the drive over, consider checking any of the other tree-lined streets around Coronado, particularly those with tipus and flowering Melaleucas, but as always exercise considerate behavior when looking into people’s trees and yards. 

I checked late morning yesterday and again this morning and heard from one other that the North Park Tennessee Warbler was a no show, seemingly disappearing as I hit send on the email yesterday.

Finally, yesterday afternoon in cool, cloudy conditions, there was a female SUMMER TANAGER and at least one (possibly two) GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens. 

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

Eastern phoebe

Nancy Christensen
 

The eastern phoebe reported yesterday by Bob Theriault at Tamarask Grove continued the morning. Was seen from the group campfire area just south of the shop building.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Re: Inca Dove in Coronado, and other birds

Justyn Stahl
 

Thanks to Paul for a few corrections: the Tropical Kingbird spot along Coronado Ave is further south, closer to Acacia Way, where you can see the tall golf ball-proof netting high over the houses - this would explain why I've not seen it in the section of the naval base I check. The end of 8th allows you to see the trees, however, where various other goodies have shown up over the years, and where the Inca Dove was, at least this morning. Also, my reference to the Cassin's Sparrow should have been TWO years ago (late October 2017), not last year. How the time flies.

And just to reiterate, please act respectful and keep a low profile when birding residential areas and parks near houses. As has been seen recently at Wing St. canyon and a few other spots over the years, some home owners take issue with people looking towards or over their houses, large groups of people standing in the street or sidewalk, and can be suspicious of photography. All of that can and has caused problems for access or just general enjoyment by folks who have have otherwise birded these areas without issue for years. Engage dog walkers and passers-by who may have questions, show them the picture you took, or talk to them about birding. Several residents have taken pride in knowing a rare bird is in their yard or neighborhood.

Justyn Stahl


On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:41 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
On 25 October, an INCA DOVE was photographed () along the east side of the Navy golf course on North Island. The bird was still present today, 28 October, and at least briefly was perched up on a power line a few houses north of the west end of 8th Street (where the Cassin’s Sparrow was last year). Looking from that small pocket park (which is how one can also see orioles and Tropical Kingbirds), with luck, you may be able to spot the dove. I and the original finder have access to the base which of course makes it easier. Most of us likely already saw the long-staying Inca Doves at Roadrunner Club in Borrego Springs a few years ago, but some newer birders perhaps not. If you do make the drive over, consider checking any of the other tree-lined streets around Coronado, particularly those with tipus and flowering Melaleucas, but as always exercise considerate behavior when looking into people’s trees and yards. 

I checked late morning yesterday and again this morning and heard from one other that the North Park Tennessee Warbler was a no show, seemingly disappearing as I hit send on the email yesterday.

Finally, yesterday afternoon in cool, cloudy conditions, there was a female SUMMER TANAGER and at least one (possibly two) GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens. 

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, north Mission Bay, 28 Oct 2019

Paul Chad
 

Most of the AM spent at the north Mission Bay marshes, including at extreme high tide. The Nelson's Sparrow was back at same spot as last winter: tiny patch of taller vegetation, at marsh side of fence, viewed from sidewalk between viewing platform and condominiums to the east.

Also checked east Crown Point Park. Nothing else of note on the AM. One lone rail (Clapper/Ridgway's) was seen.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City

Magnolia, Blackburnian Warblers at Solana Highlands Park

Alex Abela
 

This morning (10/29) around 8 am there was a very dull, but very confiding BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the Tipu Trees behind the softball backstop at Solana Highlands Park.  As I was tracking it low in the trees, a mixed flock of mostly Yellow-rumps moved into the same Tipus, and with them was a MAGNOLIA WARBLER.  I left as traffic to the nearby school picked up, but the park was very birdy this morning and there may be more to find.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

Coronado Tennessee Warbler

C Morris
 

The Tennessee Warbler found by Aaron Gyllenhaal in Coronado 2 days ago continues this morning 8:45 in same location, corner of Carob & Coronado.
Charlotte Morris
San Diego

Nelson's Sparrow

David Povey
 

At McCoy trail 10:25 a.m. rhis morning.
Dave Povey
Dulzura

Re: Nelson's Sparrow

Barbara
 

The one at Kendall Frost marsh also continues this morning. It popped up at 9:50 am which is before high tide. It was in the dry weeds above where Kerry Ross had photographed it yesterday

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego


On Oct 29, 2019, at 10:30 AM, David Povey <poveydw747@...> wrote:


At McCoy trail 10:25 a.m. rhis morning.
Dave Povey
Dulzura

La Jolla Cove: 5 species of grebes; +

Stan Walens
 

Was at the Cove from a little after7:00 until 9:45. It was pretty quiet.
But I did have 5 species of grebes:
14 Western grebes
1 Clark’s grebe
9 eared grebes
1 horned grebe
1 red- necked grebe (winter or immature, fly-by)

Later, in early afternoon, while attending a service at El Camino cemetery, I had a pair of light-morph Swainson’s hawks circling over the hillside to the south.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Oct. 28, 2019; 4:20 pm

Re: Magnolia, Blackburnian Warblers at Solana Highlands Park

Bruce R
 


Bruce R <bruce.rosendahl@...>

6:02 PM (12 minutes ago)
to thebuzz90SanDiegoRegionBirdingSanDiegoRegionBirding
Thank you Alex for sending out the email notifying us of the Blackburnian Warbler.  I arrived at Solana Highlands Park around 9:00 a.m. and was able to locate the bird.  It was very active in the Tipu tress in the same location (behind the softball backstop).  Was not able to locate the Magnolia Warbler.  Saw five Townsend Warblers and lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Below is a link to ebird with photos.

Bruce Rosendahl
Rancho Santa Fe, Ca

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 8:55 AM Alex Abela via Groups.Io <thebuzz90=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
This morning (10/29) around 8 am there was a very dull, but very confiding BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the Tipu Trees behind the softball backstop at Solana Highlands Park.  As I was tracking it low in the trees, a mixed flock of mostly Yellow-rumps moved into the same Tipus, and with them was a MAGNOLIA WARBLER.  I left as traffic to the nearby school picked up, but the park was very birdy this morning and there may be more to find.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

Both warblers continue... Re: Magnolia, Blackburnian Warblers at Solana Highlands Park

Eve Martin
 

Hello birders! 

Alex's BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was refound several times today continuing in the tipu grove around the softball park at Solana Highlands Park.  After Sue S. refound it for my husband Rob (now a newly minted rarity chaser ~ thank you, Sue!) and watched it between 9-11:30am, he went back and followed it around from 1-2:30pm and then refound it for me at 5:45pm, this time in the smaller tipu tree just behind home plate. 

We'd spotted the MAGNOLIA WARBLER shortly after arriving, around 5:15pm, a much harder bird to see as it moved more quickly and foraged higher in the canopies, and we followed it around the tipu grove, trying unsuccessfully to get a photo, until we were distracted by the appearance of the Blackburnian around 5:45pm.  Both birds were last seen in that small tipu behind home plate.

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California

Blackburnian Warbler continues at Solana Highlands Park

Mel Senac
 

The Blackburnian Warbler first found by Alex Abela on 10/29 continues this morning 10/30 in the Tipu trees behind the ballfield backstop. The bird is very cooperative and photogenic. It was still being seen at eye level when I left at 9:10 AM.
I did not see the Magnolia Warbler but my time was limited. It may have been seen briefly by another birder.
Mel Senac
Carmel Valley

Hooded Mergansers- Famosa Slough

John Bruin
 

One male and two females presently on the main pond. 10:40, October 30.

John Bruin
Bay Park

Tricolored Heron

Kerry Ross
 

There is a subadult TRICOLORED HERON at Bayside Park off H st on SD Bay. It's at the north end on the concrete wall for the ship yard.

Keers (as the MAMU says)

Kerry Ross
Bay Park

Magnolia Warbler continues at Solana Highlands Park

Annie S
 

The Magnolia Warbler first found by Alex Abela on 10/29 continues this morning 10/30 in the Tipu trees behind the ballfield backstop. The bird is uncooperative, staying at the top of the canopy and moving frequently.  It was also seen in the Tipus from the concrete walkway some hundreds of feet to the west.

Happy birding 

Annie S
San Diego

Hooded Mergansers at Famosa Slough

Edward Henry
 

The trio of Hooded Mergansers at Famosa Slough that John Bruin reported earlier were still there at 1:30 pm, on the east side of the big pond.

Ed Henry

Mission Bay Rarities

Nathan French
 

This morning the Nelson’s Sparrow made a couple of brief appearances at Kendall Frost Marsh (32.7927577, -117.2312729) for Aaron Gyllenhaal and I, just seconds after Stan left (thanks Stan!). Also the Snow Goose is still hanging out at the pond on Mission Bay Golf Course. (32.8020674, -117.2189112)


Nathan French
Hillcrest

Poss. Plumbeous Vireo Chollas Creek

Jeff Spaulding
 

I had a couple of brief looks at a Solitary-type Vireo at Chollas Creek this morning at about 10:20. It was in the willows along the creek across from 5220 Chollas Parkway North (west of 54th) I saw it first in poor lighting, then had a head-on look in better lighting. Looked very gray without much contrast but I never had a good side view. Thick vireo bill, thick white "spectacles", strong wingbars. 
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Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA