Tijuana Sod Farms

Aaron Gyllenhaal

Matt Sadowski and I have found a few good birds around the sod farms in the Tijuana River Valley in the last hour. North of the river in the sod farms themselves was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with a few hundred other gulls in the flooded area. South of the river we have a young Bald Eagle and a young Swainson’s Hawk, both sitting down during the rain. Lots of yellowlegs south of the river as well, but no Lesser that we could find.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA

Cormorants have flown East

The flock of about 20 double-crested cormorants and the one adult neotropic Cormorant have flown East upriver to points unknown. However, Trent Stanley tells me that he saw probably the same flock coming down river from near the San Diego Mission earlier this morning but didn't study them closely. He also says that probably the same flock roosts on wires over or next to the river in the general area where Friars Road becomes Mission Gorge Road, not far from the Admiral Baker golf course. So clearly this would be a place to check very early or very late in the day.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Neotropic Cormorant in Mission Valley

There is currently an adult Neotropic Cormorant in a moderate-sized flock of double-cresteds swimming in the San Diego River immediately upriver, or east, of the Mission Center Road crossing in Mission valley. 9 a.m. Saturday morning. One can park either on the south side of the crossing at Best Buy or Mimi's Cafe or on the north side of the crossing on Hazard Center drive. Otherwise I had a female summer tanager in old trolley Barn Park in North Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Santee Lakes Northern Parula and Hybrid Sapsucker

Lisa Ruby


After visiting with the Rusty Blackbird at Robb Field (thanks Justyn!) I joined Ter Hurst at Santee Lakes in hopes of seeing the Northern Parula. Got only a fast look at it at the very top of a tree near the picnic tables next to Lake 2, after which it flew west towards the creek, looking like it wasn't planning to stop for a bit. Wandered around for a long time and couldn't refind it.

While watching for the Parula I spotted what I believe is a Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker in the same picnic table area by Lake 2 where the Parula has been reported. First saw it land in one of the pines after which it moved west from tree to tree. Seems likely it would be the same bird reported by Dan Jehl in November, but our photos were taken in different light and at different angles, so I'm finding it hard to compare them. Photos of that bird in this list:

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Greater Pewee

Pat Johnston <bwcapj@...>

The Greater Pewee was seen again On the Wet side of Balboa Park this morning from about 10:35 until 10:45.

It was seen at the Northeast corner of the Lawn Bowling area, east of the lawn bowling sheds and south of redwood circle in a tall bald tree.  Sparrow-sized gray brown flycatcher with no eye ring or noticeable wing bars. Belly lighter with no light streak down center of breast. Upper bill dark, lower bill orange.

returning Orchard Oriole, roosting Scissor-tailed, Rusty Bbird behavior

Friday morning, Dec 6, at first light, the roost of Cassin's Kingbirds (20+) in the large sycamore trees near the bottom of Nestor Park contained the returning SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that most folks have been seeing recently later in the morning over near the Sunset ball fields. The bird roosted at this site for part of last winter as well. Today it was in view quietly sitting amongst mid-height branches at around 6:45 AM. A few minutes later, between 6:55-7:05AM, at the north end of the park when the fist sunlight hits the pink-flowered eucalyptus trees, first the continuing 2-3 Western Tanagers and then a female ORCHARD ORIOLE appeared. This is undoubtedly the same female that has been there the past two winters. Especially small, and same behavior. Just like the oriole's m.o. the past two winters, this morning it was very sneaky, working quietly around the branches and flowers, magically disappearing behind clumps, and then flying down and vanishing into the willows at the north end of the euc line. Also continuing immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER on the fences at the bottom end of the park, and continuing B-t Gray Warbler.  In the nearby TRV, there were 2 Western Tanagers along Monument Road.

Today's Rusty Blackbird show was almost totally different from yesterday's. As most of you probably know, yesterday morning it was re-found at Robb Field, but fairly quickly (by mid-morning) what was assumed to be the same bird (with its entourage of 20-40 Brewer's and some cowbirds) had relocated a LOOOONG ways away to the Petco/Ralph's/Dick's Sporting Goods shopping center parking lot on Sports Arena Drive, where it remained for quite some time. Today, it was found soon after dawn back at Robb Field, but where it and much of the flock stayed all morning, and it was still there at 11:30AM when I departed. (Some folks have put some seed and oatmeal out for the birds there, which might have encouraged them to linger longer today.) But to double-check the situation, I then went straight to Petco/Dick's and there were only 6 Brewer's there. So, so far the "One-Bird-Theory" is alive and well!

--Paul Lehman

Hermit Warbler at Torrey Hills Park

Eve Martin


There was a HERMIT WARBLER at Torrey Hills Park south of Del Mar around 11:30am today/Friday. It was in the tipu tree in between the restrooms and the first swing set. Last seen flying into the pine trees just south of the playground.

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California

Balboa Park HOOR, SUTA

Christopher Adler

Thanks to Justyn for getting the word out early about the Rusty Blackbird this morning!

After seeing that, I went to the west side of Balboa Park to see what I could find. 
Around the chess club was a female-type Summer Tanager and one immature male
Hooded Oriole. By the dog park was a second immature male Hooded Oriole; photos 
are distant but the orioles look like two different individuals. 

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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next san elijo monthly bird count monday 9 december

Robert Patton

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 December.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
R. Patton

Verdin still present West of Robb Field

John Bruin

Continuing Verdin in the bushes where there ate posts with ropes marking the trail. From Robb Field parking take the bike path towards dog beach.

John Bruin
Bay Park

Rusty Blackbird 6 Dec

Justyn Stahl

Currently present at hand ball courts at Robb Field. 0723.

Peregrine in slightly unusual place and time

Sara Baase Mayers

I spent 15 minutes this morning (8:20-8:35AM) observing a Peregrine Falcon at the top of a very tall tree behind 3535 Via Flores (in the "Point Loma residential-upper" area).  eBird shows a small number of sightings at this hotspot, mostly in spring, none in December.  If you're interested, there's more info on my eBird checklist at


Sara Mayers

Point Loma, San Diego


Greater Pewee continues 12/05


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)

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


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


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!

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

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

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)

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)

Adam Searcy (Ventura County)

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County) 

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.


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