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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


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


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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


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


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 


Moderately non-inconsequential miscellanea from La Jolla Cove, Oct 28, 2019

Stan Walens
 

Was at the Cove from 7:00-10:00. There was no wind.

Stayed hoping that Aaron and Nick’s boobies would fly north; didn't see them.

Things had slowed down substantially from yesterday.
Only 200 surf scoters.
Moderate numbers of other ducks.
Very few loons.

But 5 birds worth noting:

a pair of laughing gulls
1 black scoter
1 greater white-fronted goose; FOS for me
5 horned grebes; FOS for me
And the bird of the day: a short-eared owl, only the second I’ve ever seen over the ocean in the Cove [plus 1 I saw on a pelagic trip] FOS for me

Stan Walens, San Diego
Oct. 28, 2019; 10:30 am


Eastern Phoebe at Tamarisk Grove

Robert Theriault
 

Visiting Sonoma County birder David Sexton and I found an Eastern Phoebe, as well as a Gray Flycatcher at Tamarisk Grove this morning. The phoebe was initially in the tamarisk adjacent to the restroom/shower building, and the flycatcher was in the desert vegetation east of the shop building, though both moved around. We saw three robins, but no Varied Thrush. Bob Theriault / Borrego Springs.


Red-breasted Sapsucker Lake Murray

Christopher Adler
 

This morning I had a Red-breasted Sapsucker at Lake Murray Community Park, 
which is the playground area on the north side of Lake Murray, on Murray Park Dr.
I have had them in this location in some previous years as well. I first found it 
at the south end of the grassy park area, and later in a large tree inside the golf course,
just east of the SE corner of the park; most of it is viewable without straying onto the golf course.
The bird was actively making holes and the tree shows extensive evidence of 
sapsucker activity. 

A few photos in the ebird report. 


Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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high tide birds, Tennessee, miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today (Sunday), Monday, and Tuesday have very high tides at 7 feet. I tried Crown Point (Mission Bay) today just after high tide and had LOTS of Belding's Savannah Sparrows and 2 "LARGE-BILLED" Savannah Sparrows, but I did not see a Nelson's. But I didn't stay overly long and it was quite breezy. So, worth a check on Mon or Tues (I'll be heading out of town so can't do so again myself.) There seem to have been THREE TENNESSEE WARBLERS found this morning in town, as I also had one--but on "limited access" property near Mission Bay. Sounds like Justyn's bird might be the easiest of the three to re-find. The Blackburnian Warbler was NOT seen this morning.?? Late yesterday I had a "PINK-SIDED" Dark-eyed Junco in Tierrasanta.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Probable Yellow-green Vireo Coranado

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all,

I just found a Yellow-Green/Red-eyed Vireo in Coronado. It seems to be a Yellow-green, but I’m awaiting confirmation from experts. On the east side of Coronado Ave about 5 houses south of 6th St.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA


Tennessee Warbler Coronado

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all,

I just found a Tennessee Warbler two trees north of the intersection of Carob Way and Coronado Ave in Coronado. It was hanging out with two Orange-crowned and a Yellow-rumped and was calling frequently. It flew off to the south with the other warblers and I lost track of it. Other birds of interest so far include a somewhat early Red-throated Loon swimming off the dog beach and a probable Long-tailed Duck flying north offshore with three Surf Scoters.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA


La Jolla Cove Oct 27

Stan Walens
 

From 7:00-9:30

After a week of Santa Ana conditions, today's weather change means migration has picked up.
About 2500 black-vented shearwaters; inshore at dawn, but mostly moved far offshore by 8:00.

700+ surf scoters, mostly adult males
1 long-tailed duck
assorted dabbling ducks and scaup

6 Bonaparte’s gulls; FOS
23 Brant; FOS

3 parasitic and 2 pomarine jaegers
31 common loons; 1 Pacific; loons are more common later in the day as the winds pick up, so I expect more later today

Stan Walens, San Diego
October 27, 2019; 10:10 am


Tennessee Warbler, North Park

Justyn Stahl
 

This morning there is a Tennessee Warbler in blooming Melaleucas immediately north of the playground in North Park Community Park.

Justyn Stahl


San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, November 3rd!

Jayne Lesley
 

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The November 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday -  November 3rd.  
Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, visitors, experienced  birders.

Also, November 3rd is the day we change from Daylight Savings time. Remember to “Fall back” by turning clocks back an hour.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) The count is coordinated with park rangers who provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley 
(cell phone: 858-663-6568)


Oct. 26 2019 Lewis's Woodpecker at Stonewall Mine yes, Red-breasted Sapsucker yes, Williamson's Sapsucker no.

terry hurst
 

Hello all,

I tried for all three woodpeckers that were first reported by Andrew Newmark on 10-25 (yesterday). Thanks to Kerry for getting me on both the Lewis's Woodpecker (I saw two but there could be as many as three) as well as the Red-breasted Sapsucker. Try as we may we did not find the female Williamson's Sapsucker. Kerry if you get these emails I hope you found it. Both woodpeckers were found in the large pines by the bathroom. Coordinates that Andrew provided got us pretty close to the location. Thanks Andrew for reporting these birds.

Attached is the eBird list with photos of the Lewis's Woodpecker.





Terry Hurst
Santee



Zone-tailed Hawk in Chula Vista

Guy McCaskie
 

At about 1:00 PM today, 26 October 2019, an immature Zone-tailed Hawk drifted northward, being harassed by American Crows, over Chula Vista’s “J” Street west if I-5.

 

Guy McCaskie


Varied Thrush Continues

Janice Nordenberg
 

The Varied Thrush at El Camino Memorial Cemetery reported by Sue Smith yesterday was seen this morning by several birders. This was posted to eBird but not to this group. Dan King and Alison? were at the location (grassy area near the picnic tables in the event area by the chapel) when I arrived about 10:00 and had already seen the thrush.  It appeared again briefly on the grass near the edge of the bushes about 10:30 but I didn't see it again before I left at 11:30.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego


UC green-tailed towhee; La Jolla Cove

Stan Walens
 

An adult green-tailed towhee has been foraging in our backyard today. Stayed around until I went to get a camera to photograph it.

The Cove has been alternately interesting and boring for the past 2 weeks. Sometimes there are 3000+ black-vented shearwaters and sometimes 200. Jaegers most days. With Santa Ana conditions the birds are usually pretty far offshore. Duck and loon migration is slowly ramping up. No alcids.

On October 18 I spent 4 hours at the Cove with Jane Mygatt. Highlights were 2 masked-type boobies heading north and a Manx shearwater. Jane was able to get very poor photos of the shearwater at a distance but if you blow them up on the computer screen, squint, and click your heels together 3 times you can see that the entire undersides are white and that there’s only a small rim of black tail.

Stan Walens, San Diego
October 26, 2019; 12:30 pm


Varied Thrush at Tamarisk Grove Campground

Andrew N
 

This morning, Rodney G and myself had a Varied Thrush with a group of American Robin's at the Tamarisk Grove Campground. They were moving from tree to tree before flying into the shrubs across the street. 

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego


Am. Redstart, Palm, Orchard, Wilson's Phal.

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, the 26th, there's an AMERICAN REDSTART (probably an imm male) in Spreckels Park in Coronado. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continues bordering the NASNI golf course, and a late WESTERN KINGBIRD and female/imm ORCHARD ORIOLE were elsewhere in residential Coronado. The flock of 6 SNOW GEESE, which were originally seen by others a week or more ago flying over Liberty Station and then settled in for the past bunch of days to the NASNI property (seen by others), mostly off limits, but now a couple times they have wandered outside the base into Coronado, today to the grass ballfield next to the Ocean Blvd gate and dog beach (although only 4 birds).

Yesterday, the 25th, there was a PALM WARBLER at the north edge of the community gardens in the TRV, and a late WILSON'S PHALAROPE was in the saltworks--presumably the same bird reported about a week or so ago by Sadowski/Pawlicki.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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