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Possible Yellow-throated Vireo at Mission Trails gate 9 area.

terry hurst
 

Hi all, Just now I had a very good look of what I believe is the Yellow -throated Vireo. A good size vireo with bold spectacles bright yellow throat going past the throat to the breast and a very white belly. Not sure what else it could possibly be. It did not sound off. No camera so no photo.
Found just beyond the first bridge from Father Junipero road.

Terry Hurst
Santee


White-eyed Vireo, El Camino Cemetery, 3 Aug 2020

Paul Chad
 

At noon, there was/is a much-singing but very-briefly-seen White-eyed Vireo, at El Camino Memorial Gardens, south Mira Mesa vicinity. The bird was where "Garden of Love" appears on the curb, on your right as you go uphill toward the highest ground, the bird was in the thick vegetation on the small strip of hillside on the right side of road, opposite the G-of-L curb.

This is a cemetery, I mentioned this report to the management - please be respectful of course, thanks,

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City


American Bittern at Dust Devil pond (Del Mar area)

Sara Baase Mayers
 

This morning (Aug. 3), Keith spotted an American Bittern in the reeds near the southwest corner of the southmost part of the pond complex.

     We missed the other unusual shorebirds reported in the past few days but saw one Red-necked Phalarope, thanks to Jim Roberts.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Neotropic & Semipalmated

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Monday morning there is a Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the boom near the dam at Sweetwater Reservoir with 30 Double-cresteds. Interestingly, it looks like an adult, as best I can tell given the distance, whereas the two birds nearby recently at Morrison Pond were both immatures, right? I did stop there as well this morning and only had an immature double-crested.

The Sweetwater Reservoir fishing access area at the southeast corner of the lake finally opened up again this weekend for the first time since March. Open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

Yesterday, I had a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper with over 3000 Western sandpipers at the salt works. The pond they were on should be too dry today. Also yesterday were the first juvenile semipalmated plovers of the season, and on Saturday we had the first juvenile Short billed dowitcher of the season.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: !!! Just saw a leucastic or albino hummingbird!

Tony Provenzano
 

Hi Cindy,
I was lucky to have a Leucistic Costas Hummingbird nest in my Yard in El Cajon Last Year
First seen in November 2018 and stayed around in the yard until July 2019. I was hoping to see it return. 
Wondering if its possible that it may be the same one.
Two offsprings  were not Leucistic
Below are a few photos and videos.
Tony Provenzano
El Cajon





On Sunday, August 2, 2020, 06:01:12 PM PDT, Cynthia Burnham <cindy@...> wrote:


Couldn't see eye color but totally pale grayish white!  

Not fast enough with my phone - just sitting on the patio in Descanso.  Will watch for it again!

Cindy Burnham


Pelagic to 9 Mile Bank -- Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet, 02 August 2020

Gary Nunn
 

Four of us, Nancy Christensen, Mel Senac, Peter Ginsberg, and myself, ventured offshore today Sunday 02 August 2020 to explore waters around the 9 Mile Bank and south to the MX border. Most bird life seemed to be encountered around the "top" of the 9 Mile Bank, i.e. the north part. Here we found some mixed groups of (Offshore) Bottlenose Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin with good number of storm-petrels in this area either loosely tailing the dolphins or widely scattered about in singles.

The top highlight was an early morning well behaved TOWNSEND'S STORM-PETREL over deep water inside the 9 Mile Bank which allowed some close photographs. This bird came feeding close to the boat performing repeated sudden stop, vertical tower, and near vertical drops to the water surface like a shuttlecock to investigate food items.  Later in the morning a single CRAVERI'S MURRELET also photographed further south on the bank.

Complete bird list, including species seen on exit from Mission Bay:

48 Red-necked Phalarope
1 Pomarine Jaeger
1 CRAVERI'S MURRELET --  https://ebird.org/checklist/S72058927  
3 Cassin's Auklet
2 Heermann's Gull
16 Western Gull
4 Least Tern
1 Caspian Tern
46 Elegant Tern
5 Leach's Storm-Petrel (all presumed form chapmani)
1 TOWNSEND'S STORM-PETREL --  https://ebird.org/checklist/S72058924  
21 Ashy Storm-Petrel
30 Black Storm-Petrel
11 storm-petrel sp.
1 Pink-footed Shearwater
4 Sooty Shearwater
21 Black-vented Shearwater
1 Double-crested Cormorant
8 Brown Pelican
6 Great Blue Heron
1 Snowy Egret
1 American Crow
2 Barn Swallow

Cetacean sightings included (Inshore) Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay, (Offshore) Bottlenose Dolphins out on the 9 Mile Bank, many Risso's Dolphins there too, Common Dolphins and a small dark whale, without visible blow and with a small narrow vertical dorsal, which we thought looked to be a Minke Whale.

PLEASE NOTE: The next San Diego Pelagic charter trip is going out Sunday August 16, 2020.  Reservations phone number is at this link https://sandiegopelagics.com/reservations/
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Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach


!!! Just saw a leucastic or albino hummingbird!

Cynthia Burnham
 

Couldn't see eye color but totally pale grayish white!  

Not fast enough with my phone - just sitting on the patio in Descanso.  Will watch for it again!

Cindy Burnham


SDRP monthly bird survey: Dust devil trails birds

Steve Perry
 

Hello 
This morning Dan King, Paul Jeffs, Jayne Lesley and I saw the continuing 2 juvenile gull-billed terns, 1 solitary sandpiper, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 1 Wilson’s phalarope & 2 red-necked phalaropes. All were in the pools at end of the western loop. Also present: redheads that bred successfully, and a juvenile common gallinule. I’m not aware of them breeding here before. 
Jayne also had a family of Bells vireos in the field across the river from horse park 
Steve Perry
Solana Beach




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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA


Re: Double clutching Northern rough-winged swallows

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Jim

  What is known is that Northern Rough-winged Swallows only nest once in a season. I assume most of the studies on the species have been conducted farther north where the breeding season is shorter. Nevertheless, unless proven otherwise, with single nesting as the known pattern it seems that your late nesting may be just that late nesting. However, I was unaware that Barn Swallows will often nest twice in a season, I have always thought of swallows as single clutch type birds. But in Barn Swallows, which are much easier to study and are much more well studied than Roughies, second nestings are known. A local pair here in Half Moon Bay is doing just that, has nestlings in the nest at this late date!

  Take care,

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Double clutching Northern rough-winged swallows

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

There is a small colony of nesting Northern rough-winged swallows along Rose Creek in drain holes created by the new northern trolley extension when the infrastructure was improved.  This is right at the western terminus of Highway 52, underneath the overpasses. Some swallows show up here as early as March 9th, as they did this year, but I'm not sure those are just migrating through or there to nest.  By June 8th there were fledglings out of the nests, able to fly, and being fed by the parents.  I figured that was probably the end of the nesting until this week.  On July 27th I noticed a pair of swallows calling and flying in the habitat, and watched one enter a drain hole and fly back out with a fecal sac.  On July 31st there were 7 fledglings now able to fly but still being fed by adults.
The question then is, did a pair nest a second time this year or was it an extremely late nesting pair?   Any ideas?

                                 
                                 Jim Roberts
                                  University CIty


Wilson's Phalaropes at Lake Morena

Jeremiah Stock
 

I spent several hour at Lake Morena Saturday morning August 1, 2020.  Two Wilson's Phalaropes were present at the water's edge in the northern, shallow part of the lake.  The most interesting birding was along the shallow edge of the northern part of the lake, which requires a long walk across the grasslands starting near the campground; and along the dirt road that wraps around the mostly dry southeast arm of the lake.  Quite a warm day, reaching the mid to upper 90's when I left at 10:30 AM.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...


Lesser Yellowlegs - Los Penasquitos Canyon, west end

Jay Desgrosellier
 

1:41 pm, Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Currently 2 Lesser Yellowlegs (adult and juvenile) accompanying a single greater in the pond near Sorrento Valley Blvd at the west end of Los Penasquitos Canyon. From the west parking lot it's about a 1/4 mile walk to the overlook.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA


Re: Baird's Sandpipers in Ramona

Nancy Christensen
 

One opinion in – these may be Western Sandpipers. As I said, really tough viewing….

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Christensen via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:31 AM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird's Sandpipers in Ramona

 

I checked the Ramona Pond this morning. There was a Red-necked Phalarope on the pond, and while trying to get a record photo of it I noticed two peeps on the shore. I believe they are Baird’s sandpipers. It was hot and there was a great deal of heat shimmer which made viewing them difficult, plus the great distance. The birds appeared leggy (longer legged than WESA), and elongated in the body. When they turned just right in the light, their heads were that funny buffy color that Bairds are, and the breast was also buffy. The backs were either spotted or scaled. I plan to go out late in the evening and take another look, but wanted to get the word out.

 

I also checked Sand Lake at Kit Carson Park. Water levels quite high – no little island in the middle. There was one spotted sandpiper in alternate plumage, but no other shorebirds.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


Baird's Sandpipers in Ramona

Nancy Christensen
 

I checked the Ramona Pond this morning. There was a Red-necked Phalarope on the pond, and while trying to get a record photo of it I noticed two peeps on the shore. I believe they are Baird’s sandpipers. It was hot and there was a great deal of heat shimmer which made viewing them difficult, plus the great distance. The birds appeared leggy (longer legged than WESA), and elongated in the body. When they turned just right in the light, their heads were that funny buffy color that Bairds are, and the breast was also buffy. The backs were either spotted or scaled. I plan to go out late in the evening and take another look, but wanted to get the word out.

 

I also checked Sand Lake at Kit Carson Park. Water levels quite high – no little island in the middle. There was one spotted sandpiper in alternate plumage, but no other shorebirds.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


3 Solitary Sandpipers at Lindo Lake, Thursday

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Late morning on Thursday there are THREE Solitary Sandpipers at the rapidly drying up east basin of Lindo Lake. All are adults. Also a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper continuing, and two juvenile Least Sandpipers, and at least one continuing Cattle Egret. And because somebody will obviously bring this up....No, even though there are three of them, they are still "Solitary" Sandpipers...

Yesterday at the salt works I saw my first JUVENILE Red-necked Phalarope of the season, right on time.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Solitary Sandpiper

Andrew N
 

Hi everyone, I stopped by Lindo LakeoLake my way out of work today and did not see the Solitary Sandpiper. There is, however, a non-breeding Spotted Sandpiper there now (no spots!) so use caution. I can't say for sure if the Solitary is still around or not but I did not see it in its usual area.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA


Solitary Sandpiper

phil Pryde
 

As of 9:30 Wed. morning, the Solitary Sandpiper continued in the east basin of Lindo Lake.  At that time it was on the north side of the east basin where the water is closer to the path, and that combined with the morning sun made for great looks and photos.  No Phalaropes.  

Phil Pryde
San Carlos 


Re: Famosa Slough, Tricolored heron, etc.

Sara Baase Mayers
 

     I went to Famosa Slough this morning but did not find the Tricolored Heron.  There was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the north end of the north channel, for a total of six heron/egret species.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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On 7/28/2020 3:25 PM, Sally M. Gall via groups.io wrote:

Famosa Slough this morning: Not very birdy, but snowy egrets, GBH, two skimmers, one whimbrel, one yellow legs, one black phoebe, one duck in eclipse plumage, a few peeps, a half dozen black-necked stilts, and what Einar and I assume is a juvenile tricolored heron? It was way over on the east side across from the apartments.

Sally M. Gall
La Jolla

  


Unusual Woodpecker

Anthony Fife
 

Good Day,

Sorry for the late post, I have been super busy and almost forgot. Monday July 27,2020 I was playing basketball at Mast Park (Santee/9125 Carlton Hulls Blvd) when I saw a woodpecker fly over. It was DEFINITELY a woodpecker shape and the flight pattern was about three wing flaps followed by a glide. The bird flew from the southeast towards the northwest over the basketball court about 20’ high and landed in a large tree just across from the restroom. Close to where the red-shoulder hawk usually hangs out. The bird definitely had red on the breast/belly area and “appeared” to have a green sheen to the back/wings. It was between 6 pm and sunset, so the bird was backlit. My initial impression was a Lewis woodpecker. I can not confirm, but I am putting out the info in case someone else is in the area and wanted to take a gander. I understand this is an unusual place and time for the bird, and am more than happy if someone locates the bird and corrects me!


Good Birding and stay safe,

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Re: Neotropic Cormorant at Morrison Pond

Jonny Sperling
 

When we got to the pond this morning (July 29, 7:00 a.m.) we saw one of the cormorants flying east bound towards Sweetwater Reservoir, and the other cormorant flying west bound, going towards Sweetwater River. Even though they are both gone at the moment, they may come back later today.