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Re: Indigo Bunting at Bird and Butterfly Garden

Andrew N
 

Correction, there are two singing male Indigo Buntings  here, just got sight on both.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, CA


Indigo Bunting at Bird and Butterfly Garden

Andrew N
 

Hello all! I know there were a couple ebird reports of a possible Indigo Bunting at the Bird and Butterfly Garden but I can now confirm. Followed its song and just got photos of it. It was in the main garden area but flew towards the horse trailer parking area. No sign of a female, if this is the returning one from last year.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, CA


Pacific Beach – Broad-winged Hawk, 03 May 2020 8:15 am

Gary Nunn
 

Broad-winged Hawk currently circling over north Pacific Beach, Alta La Jolla Canyon area, this is slightly west and north of Kate Sessions Park.  Could be headed uphill towards antennas or Mt. Soledad.  Time is 8:15 am.  First seen very low, roosted here? But then circled higher and is basically drifting north.

--
Gary Nunn
Mobile: 650-305-0029


migrant Northern Waterthrush

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

There was a migrant Northern Waterthrush this morning, May 1st, in the line of willows on the west side of the Tijuana estuary visitor center property in Imperial Beach. It was 1 of a whopping total of 3 migrants I saw in the TRV area today..... Also 1 continuing Cattle Egret (now quite rare along the coast) at the Sunset ballfields. Still 410 Red Knots at the saltworks, many looking quite spiffy right now.

Alex A.'s Red-eyed Vireo this morning must certainly be the earliest-ever documented record for the state. The next earliest record for San Diego is 14 May (2009), and this species normally isn't seen until late May and June. Clearly there were more migrants today in the Point Loma area than in the South Bay, but when I arrived at the former later in the morning, many of them had evaporated. My best bird there was only an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Brown-crested flycatchers

Nancy Christensen
 

I made a brief stop east of Scissors Crossing this morning. A pair of Brown-crested flycatchers were actively chasing around and calling in the same area a pair nested in 2019. Specifically, that is Hwy 78 along San Felipe Creek, in the area of the large sign that says “Welcome to Anza-Borrego”.


Indigo Bunting still in Marston Canyon

Tuck Russell
 

Photos show an all blue male, so likely not a hybrid with Lazuli.  In the same silk oaks in the NW section of the canyon.  It only stayed in view for 15 seconds before flying north.  Seen with Nathan French, who also has photos.

Checklist: 05/01/2020 Marston Canyon

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest


Yellow-cr. Night -Heron Mission Bay

David Povey
 

The adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron remains on the rip rap in the southeast corner of Quivira Basin, Mission Bay. 
Reported with photo to me by John Yamate at Seaforth Landing today.
This is likely the same bird, in the same area as the one seen during the 2020 SDAS Bird Festival  Feb. 26th. to Mar. 1st.
Dave Povey
Dulzura


RED-EYED VIREO, Summer Tanager - PLNU

Alex Abela
 

Early this morning I had a quick look (and managed a few poor photos) of a RED-EYED VIREO at Point Loma Nazarene University.  The vireo was at the south end of the small concrete culvert that runs along the east edge of campus between DuPont and Garden streets.  Near the alumni house at the north end of campus it was fairly birdy; lots of Townsend's and few Hermit Warblers, as well as a SUMMER TANAGER and a Townsend's x Hermit hybrid.  

Alex Abela


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Twin Trails Park

Eve Martin
 

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that has been coming to Twin Trails Park in Penasquitos since at least 2016 was seen again yesterday/Wednesday at the park.  She successfully fledged three hybrid Western Kingbird offspring in 2016, two offspring were reported in 2017, and although seen occupying nests in 2018 and 2019 there were never any offspring seen.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S68076476

~Eve
~~~~~~~~~~~
Eve Martin
Del Mar, California


Indigo Bunting continues at Marston Canyon

Nathan French
 

Just after 3:30pm I had another couple looks at the male INBU. It dove into a neighboring yard roughly here (32.7435526, -117.1549302) but as I type this I can still hear it making its buzzy flight call.


Nathan French
Hillcrest


Re: Nighthawk in Leucaida

Matthew Binns
 

Just had a Nighthawk, presumably a Lesser, flying north between the 101 and Neptune, just south of Leucadia Blvd, in Leucadia. Only the second one I've seen flying in the middle of the day.

Matthew Binns
Leucadia


Beaches reopen in limited capacity

Justyn Stahl
 

Update on re-opening of San Diego beaches

Phase 1, which allows limited coastal activities, takes effect Monday, April 27, 2020 at sunrise:

  • Beaches and shorelines: Only walking and running allowed. No stopping, sitting or lying down.
  • Oceans: Swimming, surfing, kayaking and single-person paddling allowed.
  • Bays: Not open for swimming or recreational boating. Kayaking and single-person paddling allowed.
  • Closed: Boardwalks, piers, parking lots and Fiesta Island
  • Not allowed anywhere: Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities

Thanks to Tuck Russell for the above info.

Phase 2 (to include Fiesta Island, piers, and parking lots) - To be determined

Physical distancing and facial coverings still advised, limited parking available in some locations.


I'd interpret "no stopping" as "not for longer than required to ID a bird"...

Justyn Stahl
North Park


Indigo Bunting at Marston Canyon

Nathan French
 

Male and possibly a female in the silky oaks near (32.7433935, -117.1551980) found this morning by Richard Cuthbertson

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Green-tailed Towhee in Hillcrest

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

When you’ve lived in the same house for a quarter century it’s especially nice to see a new bird for your yard. I had that excitement just a few minutes ago: a Green-tailed Towhee foraging in and around my chuparosa bush. For a while it was hanging out with the family of California Towhees—the young fledged just today. So just this month my yard list of towhees has gone from 1 species to 3.

 

Good birding—from your home and neighborhood.

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Chestnut-sided Warbler

Catherine Zinsky
 

Birded near home here in Crest at the Ecological Preserve off of Suncrest along the stream.  Note: encountered one Diamondback Rattlesnake and came home with a few ticks.  (Am still itchy! LOL)
It was fairly birdy.  Of note was a Chestnut-sided Warbler that was bathing in the stream.  Also seen were: Townsend's Warbler, Wilson Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler,  California Quail, Wrentit, Canyon Wren, Western Tanager, Hooded Oriole, and many Scaly-breasted Munia.

Also believe I had a Hammond's Flycatcher.  Photos at:


--
Live in beauty....

Catherine


Competitive Obedience Toolbox: www.gettoready.net

OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH6 Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX 8, OGM  ('Devon'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , CDX ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Sporting Field's Royal Prerogative ("Liam"--aka, "Spanky" of Our Gang)
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)
 


Re: San Diego pelagic birding 2020

David Povey
 

Hello all,
In the last few days, I've received a number of inquires about the 2020 pelagic birding locally.
Currently only the May 17th. trip as been cancelled. The June 13th. trip is still on the books, as is the Aug. Sept, and Oct. trips. No reservations are been taken at this time. All the landings offices are closed, and all sportfishing, whale watching, and other pleasure boat operations are shut down. 
I can not even launch my boat to go out, on the bay or ocean even if I were all alone.
How long all this will last is the question? Even if  operations are allowed by the county health dept. how many people will be allowed to gather onboard?. All I can suggest is standby. We will post something as soon as we know (either way).
Thanks for your patience, and stay well,
Dave Povey
Dulzura


Re: Escondido Solitary Sandpiper

dan jehl
 

The Solitary Sandpiper that Greg found this morning continues today at 11:30. Only bird in the water. 

Dan Jehl 
San Diego 


On Apr 25, 2020, at 9:19 AM, Greg Gillson <greggillson@...> wrote:


Jesmond Dene park. Pond north of baseball field. 50 foot view on mudflats. Great photo op. Lots of birds. Not many migrant warblers today though. 

I got dropped off. Parking on street not to far away? 

--
Greg Gillson
Escondido, California 
sandiegogreg.blogspot.com


Nazca Booby died

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

I just heard from Kim Peterson at Sea World that the latest Nazca Booby from Coronado—the subadult with a nevertheless bright orange bill—died suddenly today. The sternum and coracoid were badly broken. The specimen has been saved, so we will prepare it for preservation in the museum’s research collection. I may set up my garage as a remote lab….

 

Good birding—from your home and neighborhood,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Escondido Solitary Sandpiper

Greg Gillson <greggillson@...>
 

Jesmond Dene park. Pond north of baseball field. 50 foot view on mudflats. Great photo op. Lots of birds. Not many migrant warblers today though. 

I got dropped off. Parking on street not to far away? 

--
Greg Gillson
Escondido, California 
sandiegogreg.blogspot.com


Yellow-th. Vireo No

David Povey
 

The Yellow-throated Vireo is a no show so far this morning.
Birders still looking. I will update if refound.
Dave Povey
Dulzura