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Chula Vista CBC

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all!

I joined Jay Desgrosellier today on his annual CBC big day in Chula Vista, and we wound up with some great birds. Here are the highlights:

Memorial Park:

A Golden-crowned Kinglet was seen and heard on the north side of the park, where there is a path going between two apartment buildings.

Friendship Park:

A Black-and-white Warbler was hanging out in the NE corner of the park, climbing on pine tree trunks as they do.

Sweetwater NWR:

We came here twice, once at high tide and once at low tide. The highlights of our high tide visit were a male Eurasian Wigeon in with a group of Americans at the north end of the refuge and four Black Scoters (2 male and 2 female) out on the bay in the Surf Scoter flock. Our low tide visit was highlighted by the continuing Tricolored Heron, which was feeding on the mudflats on the south side of the refuge and a Short-eared Owl, which was seen flying over the north side of the refuge at 4:15 p.m.

J Street:

Our last stop of the day seemed fairly unproductive, until a Ross’s Goose flew into roost with three Canada Geese on the mudflats.

Other highlights throughout the day included great numbers of Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots and Sanderlings, a Glaucous-winged Gull, two Virginia Rails, two Reddish Egrets (one at Sweetwater and one at J Street), Loggerhead Shrike, and Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

We ended up with a total of 109 species, with some baffling misses like Red-tailed Hawk and Red-breasted Merganser. Still, quite an impressive day!

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA


Plumbeous Vireo in Kimball Park

Eve Martin
 

Hello birders!  During the San Diego CBC this morning/Saturday, Kathy, Jane, Patti and I saw a PLUMBEOUS VIREO in Kimball Park in National City.  It was in the shrubbery in the far east end of the riparian swale (the birdiest section of the park for us today).  A few more details and photos are in our eBird report here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62312378

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California


Pechanga Arena Box Office & parking W3 -- Rusty Blackbird, 14 Dec 2019

Gary Nunn
 

On the way home from San Diego CBC decided to patrol locations of previous reports, no luck with that so went over to the swap meet and quickly relocated the RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the parking lot of Pechanga Arena at 2:45 PM, Saturday 14 Dec 2019.  Found it near the Box Office on northwest side of the arena, specifically in parking area W3.  You can just drive up to this area.

Sacrificed my last fig bar, a blueberry one, for some close photos of this nice looking blackbird, photos in eBird checklist here https://ebird.org/checklist/S62310059

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Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach


Neotropic Cormorant continues near Vandever

Lisa Ruby
 


Hi,

If anyone besides me hasn't seen this bird yet, the Neotropic Cormorant is still hanging out with the Double-cresteds on the wires at the end of Vandever Ave, corner of Fairmount south of  Friars. 

I first saw it with some of the DCCOs about 2:50 pm for about 10 minutes. While walking for a better photo spot they disappeared. Larger flock came back around 3:25 with Neotropic in tow. Best viewing is from Brightview Landscaping parking lot. I asked if it was OK if I went into their lot to get photos. They were fine with it, but best to ask. They locked up at 4 pm and may not be open tomorrow.  I also viewed bird from lot next to 6190 Fairmount Ave. 

Lisa Ruby 
Sabre Springs

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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


HOOR found in Balboa Park

Christopher Adler
 

For anyone seeking HOOR for CBC today, Paul Chad just found one in Balboa Park, west of lawn bowling. 

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens
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Grasshopper Sparrow in Balboa Park

Christopher Adler
 

A surprise find in Balboa park west is proving reliable: we have the whole CBC team photographing a grasshopper sparrow in the mowed grassy area SE of the intersection of Balboa Dr. and The Quince St. exit from 163. 

Dropped pin
Near San Diego, CA

Very cooperative for photos.

Found first by Ethna Piazza

Christopher Adler
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Happy CBC day!

Anthony Fife
 

I added Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk at 0001 hours this morning (12/14/19)! Located at the Bird and Butterfly Garden (TJRV). Looking forward to seeing everyone’s great finds!

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Black-and-white Warbler, 3 red-breasted nuthatches

Elizabeth Copper
 

While scouting in Coronado this morning with Robert Patton we had a black-and-white warbler on Coronado Avenue and three red-breasted nuthatches together in the pines along Margarita. We were not able to check North Island.  Alas, no sign of the Pacific-slope flycatcher found earlier by Paul Lehman and refound once.

 

Elizabeth Copper

Coronado


Baltimore Oriole, La Jolla Colony Park

Bridget Spencer
 

Hi everyone, 
I just had a male Baltimore Oriole in a tall eucalyptus just north of exercise station 20 in La Jolla Colony Park, University City. This is pretty much the exact same area that the Prairie Warbler was hanging around in October. 
Also present was a Red-naped Sapsucker.

Bridget Spencer
La Jolla


White-winged Dove, new Nashville, Cassin's, Hooded O. #5

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Some times its good to go the wrong way. This morning, Thursday, I was trying to find a couple small parks that I'd never checked before on the north side of Main Street in Chula Vista, just north of the Thick-billed Kingbird area, and I turned onto the wrong road...and soon found a White-winged Dove on a wire. In eastern Chula Vista, a block from Heritage Park there's a new Nashville Warbler in a line of tipu trees. I saw the returning Cassin's Vireo again at the north end of Nestor Park, in the strip of riparian, bathing. Also the male Summer and 2 Western Tanagers. At the corner of Hollister X Sunset there are 2 Yellow Warblers. And at the very upper end of Sunnyslope Park there's a female Bullock's Oriole (very scarce so far this winter in the county) and a Western Tanager (definitely NOT scarce this winter in the county!).

In Tierrasanta, today there was a female Hooded Oriole, the FIFTH Hooded Oriole in locally in just the past week or so, and yesterday I had a female Costs's Hummingbird here, which have become quite rare along the coast in winter.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Ross's and Snow Geese at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay

Jeremiah Stock
 

Wednesday mid-morning, December 11, 2019, there were 3 adult Ross's Geese with the 2 continuing juvenile Snow Geese at the water's edge by the restroom building at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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W-w & Black Scoters, Pacific Golden, Nashville, Bl+wh. Summer

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

This morning, 11 Dec, just after dawn, there was a very impressive ca. 2000 Surf Scoters right off the beach between the Imperial Beach Pier and Tijuana river mouth, with the main core right off the south end of Seacoast Drive. I was able to pick out one immature female White-winged Scoter (two obvious white oval patches on the face) and one female Black Scoter. But I wasn't able to sift through all of the birds before the light started deteriorating and the increasing number of surfers started flushing subsets of birds away, with about a third going down closer to the river mouth and two-thirds going north to right off Camp Surf. But if these numbers continue for a while, definitely worth keeping an eye on. Also today, at the saltworks pond island off the end of 10th St. at high tide, the Pacific Golden-Plover continues with the flock of Black-bellieds, as does a single Black Skimmer, rare in winter on San Diego Bay. There were also a very small number of W. Sandpipers on the island, so if you're in the area, perhaps worth a Hail Mary check for the Little Stint... A new, female Summer Tanager was in the small park at Florida X Calla in residential Imperial Beach. White-crowned Sparrow numbers, which have been depressed all fall, seem to have gone up somewhat during this past week, and I had three different Golden-crowned Sparrows this morning in various WCSP flocks.

Yesterday, the 10th, there was a Nashville Warbler in residential Hillcrest/North Park, bordering the north end of Balboa Park, where also yet 3 more Western Tanagers to add to this month's glut. And the continuing, returning (now for at least 4 years or so) Black-and-white Warbler was in its favorite tipu trees at 28th & Beech in se. Balboa Park--although it took two visits to find it.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Nestor Park Orioles and Tanagers

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all,

I came to Nestor Park bright and early this morning hoping for some of the orioles and tanagers reported by Paul Lehman a few days ago, and I was not disappointed. At the far north end of the park, I had the female Orchard and Bullock’s Oriole, as well as 2 Western Tanagers and a gorgeous adult male Summer Tanager. All of these birds were moving between the northernmost flowering Eucalyptus and the willows on the other side of the fence. All I had to do was stand still and watch. The Summer Tanager was especially cooperative and allowed some great looks.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA


Neotropic Cormorant

Pat Johnston <bwcapj@...>
 

The Neotropic Cormorant and a flock of Double-crested Cormorants were on theelectric wire over the San Diego River where they have been roosting just before 3pm today.  FYI, a worker at the building and parking lot located at Fairmount and Vandever became quite hostile when I entered the property for a closer look at the Cormorants.


Pat Johnston


Re: Neotropic cormorant

peter thomas
 

Millie and I checked the roost location at Vandever and Fairmont around 10:00 AM this morning (no Cormorants at all), then went to the SD River to the east of Mission Center Rd.where we pursued the flock of Cormorants up and back and up and..... We got fleeting looks at a small, dark Cormorant that we believe to the the target bird (photos to be examined).  We later returned to the roosting spot on the lines over the River at Vandever and the bird was on the lines, accompanied by 10-15 DC Cormorants at 12:10 PM. today. Photos to follow.

Peter and Millie Thomas

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:38:00 PM PST, Pat Johnston via Groups.Io <bwcapj@...> wrote:


The Neotroopic Cormorant is still present on the San Diego River.  It was seen this morning by at least 3 birders in the stretch of the river between Texas St. and Mission Center Way, I unfortunately was not one of the three birders.  At least one person photographed it as well.


Neotropic cormorant

Pat Johnston <bwcapj@...>
 

The Neotroopic Cormorant is still present on the San Diego River.  It was seen this morning by at least 3 birders in the stretch of the river between Texas St. and Mission Center Way, I unfortunately was not one of the three birders.  At least one person photographed it as well.


results of mon 9 dec san elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 10 participants for conducting the 9 December 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Annie Stockley (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Bradley Nussbaum, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Kathy Aldern, Cody Lane (S central basin Rios to I-5); Jayne Lesley, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Maryanne Bache (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

111 species were reported.  Notable sightings included a male Eurasian wigeon ENE of Rios Ave, 12 Canada geese over the eastern mesa (no longer common at this location), 2 canvasback N of Sta Carina, 1 ring-necked duck off El Camino Real, 1 female surf scoter E of I-5 (inland for this location), 1 white pelican E of I-5, 5 short-billed dowitchers in the west basin, and at least 1 pine siskin amid a large flock of finches and goldfinches on the SE edge of the eastern mesa.  Seen, but out of the count area, was the continuing juvenile snow goose on the school ballfield SE of Cliff & Cedros.

Species included:  Pacific loon, common loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, American white pelican, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, Canada goose, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, canvasback, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, surf scoter, bufflehead, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, short-billed dowitcher, long-billed dowitcher, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, swallow sp., California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, pine siskin, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 January 2020.  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).

Thanks,
R. Patton


Sweetwater Res. Bald Eagle, geese, swallows--and misc.

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

A check of Sweetwater Reservoir this morning, Dec 9, produced an immature Bald Eagle, very rare in the coastal-slope lowlands, 3 Snow Geese with about 120 Canada Geese, 6 Canvasbacks, and a roosting concentration of 120 swallows comprising 75 Trees and a high-in-winter 45 Barns. The fishing access at the bottom end of the reservoir is open only on Sat, Sun, and Mon.

Elsewhere, the long-staying (multi-year) tame Greater White-fronted Goose continues with the domestic geese at the Bonita golf course clubhouse (bordering Rohr Park), a couple Western Tanagers were in residential Bonita, and 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers were in residential Chula Vista.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


new Hooded O., Summer T., Red-naped

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Sunday morning, there is yet another Hooded Oriole (young male) in town--the fourth seen in the past week (the other three are in various parts of Balboa Park)--and a Red-naped Sapsucker. Both in the "Middletown" neighborhood just west and northwest of Balboa Park. A slow several hours spent in Coronado turned up only a continuing adult male Bullock's Oriole and Black-thr. Gray Warbler. Yesterday, the 7th, there was a female Summer Tanager in Old Trolley Barn Park in North Park, and in riparian along the San Diego River between the SD Mission down to just below Mission Center Road there were 2 Yellow, 1 B-t Gray, and 1 Wilson's Warblers--all three species which are annual in winter along this stretch of river.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Nootropic cormorant

C Morris
 

The Neotropic cormorant along with flock of double-cresteds is currently swimming in the San Diego River just west of Camino Del Este seeing it from the bridge).
Charlotte Morris
San Diego

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