Date   

Greater Pewee continues 12/05

Barbara
 

Showed up at Andrew N. and Dean D.’s spot at 2:59 pm. After being displaced by a Cassin’s Kingbird, it perched in a spindly eucalyptus right over this:

32°43′58.75″N 117°09′24.33″W

Barbara Carlson
San Diego


the "other" Northern Parula (Agua Hedionda)

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Thursday morning, Dec 5, I checked out the reported Northern Parula, first found by Andy Brumbaugh a few days ago and more recently photo'd by BJ Dooley, that is on the immediate north side of Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Inland side of I-5. Go to the end of Bayshore Drive. Andy reported the bird in low brush/scrub, which is atypical habitat for this species, although I had the bird briefly in a low bush.. By the looks of BJ's photos, I'd guess that he saw it in the line of sycamores and cottonwoods that run to the left (east) of the end of the road. But I had the bird from 7:30-8:15 AM in the several melolucas that are immediately to the right (west) of the dead end. The bird appears to be either an immature male or an adult female, with a touch of the chestnut-rusty breast-band that is small, a bit dull, and only in the middle of the breast. Elsewhere in residential Carlsbad there was a Yellow Warbler.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Sunset Ball Fields

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON
 

Seen around 9:30 this morning flying along Sunset.  Disappeared into the open space east of the park.

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON


Re: Rusty Blackbird Robb Field

Jeff Spaulding
 

Now in the parking lot between PetCo & Dick's on Sports Arena Blvd. 


On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 9:53, Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io
<ornithomedic@...> wrote:
I refound the Rusty Blackbird today at Robb Field. It was first  in the parking lot then moved to the large baseball diamond below the Osprey nest. It stayed for about 10 minutes & when the birds flushed, it looked like it went toward the southeast. I'm going to check a few locations in the area.
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Rusty Blackbird Robb Field

Jeff Spaulding
 

I refound the Rusty Blackbird today at Robb Field. It was first  in the parking lot then moved to the large baseball diamond below the Osprey nest. It stayed for about 10 minutes & when the birds flushed, it looked like it went toward the southeast. I'm going to check a few locations in the area.
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Re: Gray Flycatcher at Lindo Lake

Anthony Fife
 

Hey everyone, thanks for getting the info out on the Gray Flycatcher! That was a lifer for me. Did a little video if you weren’t able to make it out. It’s a little different then my other videos as it focuses on the field marks. More to help me for later than anything! Let me know if you like it!

https://youtu.be/3LFNLm1J1sA

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca
12/4/19


NAB - Fall 2019

Guy McCaskie
 

Sorry – reports should be sent by 24 December, not 24 June.

 

Guy McCaskie


North American Birds - Fall 2019

Guy McCaskie
 

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 2019) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through 2018). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list

http://www.californiabirds.org

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) – John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie by 24 June 2019. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
davcompton60@...  

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
tedell@...  

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
kgarrett@...  

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)
chetmcgaugh@...  

Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)
kkheindel@...

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)
tjheindel@...  

Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
serpophaga@...

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
sandy_koonce@...  

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
guymcc@...  

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County) 
rswinkleman@...


We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.

 


White-winged Dove

Guy McCaskie
 

Yesterday (3 Dec 2019) in the late afternoon, Therese R. Clawson found a White-winged Dove on our bird feeder in Imperial Beach – a new bird for our yard-list.

 

Guy McCaskie


Re: Greater Pewee Spotted

Andrew N
 

Quick update as I'm about to take off. As of 3:45pm the GRPE is still present behind the lawn bowling sheds. It has moved trees multiple times, however, slowly moving north and was last seen at the top of the tree behind the solo shed, not the three sheds grouped together. 

32.7328530, -117.1561440

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest


Greater Pewee Spotted

Andrew N
 

The Greater Pewee is currently hunting and calling from the dead snags behind the lawn bowling sheds at 3pm. Lighting conditions are poor but it has stayed out for the past 5 minutes.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest


Balboa Park: 2 Hooded Orioles, 10+ Western Tanagers, mystery warbler

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

This morning (Dec 3rd) in Balboa Park there was a new, female-type Hooded Oriole in several heavily blooming bottlebrush trees along the path adjoining the "Art Studios" located between the main entrance to the Zoo and the Natural History Museum (just south of the miniature loop railroad). A Western Tanager was in the Zoro Gardens on the south side of the museum. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the Japanese Gardens. But the mother-lode of tanagers was on the west side of the park bordering the lawn bowling (and to the south) with a single flock of TEN Western Tanagers (one missing its tail). This is the largest winter flock of tanagers I've ever seen in the state, with my previous best being six birds. A young male Hooded Oriole was here as well, and had been seen by others a couple times previously.  Smaller numbers of tanagers had been seen previously in this area by Nathan French and others, who hinted that the count of birds would likely be appreciably higher. There is always a winter group of WETAs in this part of the park, although the past several years their numbers have been more like 2-3 birds. They roost most years at night down in the little canyon bottom on the south side of El Prado/Laurel and which runs along the edge of the fenced dog run (very close to where the Greater Pewee was two years ago). At the top end of the canyon there are currently a couple fairly large eucalyptus with lots and lots of fine white flowers that tanagers and orioles like to feed in early in the morning, although I only saw a few of the Westerns there, but then saw all ten together on the north side of El Prado/Laurel in various blooming trees close to the lawn bowling, where the HOOR also was.

Elsewhere in the park, in the canyon that runs between the International Cottages and the archery range, not too far from the Spreckels Organ Pavillion, there's an off-looking warbler feeding in the lush ground vegetation on the steep slope. I guess it's a hybrid involving a Yellow-rumped and something else. I took a bunch of photos of it and sent them to a number of folks for comment. Will let you know of anything semi-definitive. If anyone would like to see the photos, let me know.

In other news, Barbara Carlson saw the continuing Northern Parula at Santee Lakes this morning. Same spot as before.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Nashville Warbler and Western Tanagers at San Diego Botanic Garden monthly bird walk, Dec 2

Susan Smith
 

On the monthly bird walk  today at the Botanic Garden, a Nashville Warbler was found  in the Tipu trees above the Lawn House patio by Manolo Turner and Patti Koger, and later seen by most of the group.  There was also a nearby Western Tanager, calling from a tall cork oak at the NE corner of the Lawn Garden.  Another paler Western Tanager (HY female?) was seen eating jujube tree fruit  in the Tropical Fruit Garden.  Two WETAs had been reported earlier this fall/winter on eBird, but it was nice to see them still around.   A Black-throated Gray Warbler was seen in the Californiascapes Garden (Manolo Turner).   also, it was exciting to see mixed species flocks of warblers and other birds feeding on/flycatching  at least 3 flying termite swarms emerging from the earth in various locations in the Garden.  These termite swarms, real bird magnets, usually occur a few days after the first rains.  

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

--
Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Borrego "Sage" Sparrow follies & Eur Wigeon; Pt Loma Summer T.

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Yesterday, Dec 1, there was a splotchy young male Summer Tanager at Gage X Dupont in residential Point Loma.

Today, the 2nd, Barbara Carlson and I went over to Borrego Springs for the morning. Best bird in town was a female Eurasian Wigeon in a flock of 130 Americans. We endeavored again to study "Sage" Sparrows, this time along Old Springs (Dump) Road just to the east of the airport. We had 6 birds in saltbush (Atriplex) habitat to the east of the road. Three fairly clear Bell's (canescens), with weak, blurry back streaking restricted to the sides (scapulars) and a broad, very dark partial malar (lower half only) that was darker than the head. Two uncertain birds. And one very cooperative bird that had a thin, grayish malar that was concolorous with the head, and sharp but fine (pencil -like) back streaks that went all the way across the back. This last bird could be a Sagebrush Sparrow, as these marks fall well within its range, but the extreme canescens Bell's could probably show these characters as well. Reported differences in the supercilium have been questioned by some as being inconclusive and with plenty of overlap. Differences in tail pattern may be best studied in photos or in the hand, but tough to see well in the field, and may be better at telling nominate (belli) Bell's from Sagebrush, but that isn't too difficult in any case, if seen well--and there shouldn't be much range overlap between those two in any case (except if a vagrant Sagebrush is found closer to the coast!). In the end, we departed thinking that we may well have seen one Sagebrush Sparrow, but I wouldn't stake my life on it!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Northern Parula at Santee Lakes. 12/02

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

The Parula is still present where Terry described. In the ten minutes I’ve been watching it, it has basically gone in a circle around the “sprayground” working from tree to tree. Very active bird, mostly associating with a singular Orange-crowned Warbler. Great find, Terry!

On another note, the Gray Flycatcher was still present at Lindo Lake where previously reported. Other birds of interest there include Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warblers and an apparent Mallard x Mexican Duck hybrid.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA

On Dec 2, 2019, at 12:01 PM, terry hurst via Groups.Io <thurstycat61=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello everyone,
Today I found what I believe to be a Northern Parula on a sycamore tree on the southeast corner of lake 2. There are 7 picnic tables at that same corner. I was able to get several good shots of this bird to study on my phone app because this is not a Warbler I am not familiar with but after looking at my app I don’t know what else this bird could be. Photos to be posted on my eBird report later today. I wanted to get the word out in case there was any one presently at Santee Lakes who would like to see this bird.

Terry Hurst
Santee



Re: North Parula

Brian Dooley
 

The northern parula reported by Andy brumbaugh continues along the Bayshore drive nature trail at 2:30. It was seen actively foraging in the trees and the coastal scrub at the bend on the southern portion of the trail. Photos will be posted to my ebird list shortly.

Brian (BJ) Dooley


Northern Parula at Santee Lakes. 12/02

terry hurst
 

Hello everyone,
Today I found what I believe to be a Northern Parula on a sycamore tree on the southeast corner of lake 2. There are 7 picnic tables at that same corner. I was able to get several good shots of this bird to study on my phone app because this is not a Warbler I am not familiar with but after looking at my app I don’t know what else this bird could be. Photos to be posted on my eBird report later today. I wanted to get the word out in case there was any one presently at Santee Lakes who would like to see this bird.

Terry Hurst
Santee


Re: North Parula

Andy Brumbaugh
 

Parula in same area 11:30 Mon am

On Dec 1, 2019, at 1:15 PM, Andy Brim sigh <andybbirder1@gmail.com> wrote:

I observed several Northern Parulas actively feeding along Bayshore Dr-Agua Hedionda nature trail, south and where it runs to the east along with Yellow-rumps.
Bright yellow neck and throat and neck, greenish blue back with yellow wash in middle of back, 2 strong wing bars, eye ring.
No photo but unmistakable

Andy Brumbaugh
Carlsbad

Sent from my iPhone


Inland miscellanea

Eitan Altman
 

Nothing crazy, but a few birds of note over the past few days:

- Terry Hurst already reported it continuing today, but I had the AMERICAN REDSTART yesterday (Dec 1) at about 9am on the east side of the playground between Lakes 3/4 at Santee Lakes

- I also had a female HOODED MERGANSER on Lake 1 at Santee Lakes a few days ago

- I've checked Lake Murray several times the past few days as the storm passed through.  A single first-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL was present both on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  I also had a WILSON'S SNIPE feeding along the shore in the "San Carlos Arm" extending NE from the parking area.  There's also an adult HERRING GULL which has been consistently present, potentially the same bird which hung out on Lake Murray last winter.

- Of potential interest to photographers, there is a nearly pure white Western/Clark's Grebe which has been hanging out by the dam.  I've only had distant scope views of the bird, but I cannot detect any dark coloration at all, it's really quite stunning.  If someone wanted to rent a boat and cruise out near the dam, would be interesting to see some close-up photos!

Eitan Altman
San Carlos


American Redstart still present at Santee Lakes 12/2/2019

terry hurst
 

Hi all,
Hard bird to find today. I finally found it when I spotted a bird fanning its tail high above a sycamore looking tree next just west of the playground between lakes 3 and 4. Stays in that general area but doesn’t stay in one tree. Very active warbler.
Terry Hurst
Santee

2941 - 2960 of 13252