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Escondido: TWO American Redstarts, TWO Pac-slope Flys.

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Saturday morning, on the Escondido CBC, Brennan Mulrooney, Matt Farley, and myself are birding in the Kit Carson Park area, largely. The adult male American Redstart continues along the north side of Sand Lake, although it all also wanders a fair ways to the northeast from there. Brandon and Matt also found two different Pacific-slope Flycatchers in the park, the first one being undoubtedly a returning bird for its third or more winters but hadn't been seen yet this year; it is seen around the tennis court area, anywhere from just south of the tennis courts up to near Sand Lake, just as in previous years. The second bird is at the extreme north end of the park at the north end of the skinny extension that goes up to a fence with a no trespassing private property sign, and that's where the second bird was. I had a Western Tanager along Canyon Road nearby, which is a site that hosts this species almost every winter. Then I actually left the count circle for some brief birding on the north side of Escondido along Reidy Creek, accessed along Morning View Drive that runs between El Norte Parkway at the north end and Highway 78 at the South end. And lo and behold in the section of creek opposite the entrance to the Alta Vista apartments, which is about the midpoint of Morning View, I had another adult male American Redstart. The two redstarts are something like 6 miles apart. Up and down Reidy Creek a slug of years ago in December I had things like Black and white warbler and Plumbeous Vireo and Black throated Grays, so it's not a bad spot to check in late fall and early winter.

As of 11:00 a.m. we had not found the Black and white warbler in Kit Carson Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Rusty Blackbird

Barbara Wise
 

As of 10:30, there is no sign of the Rusty Blackbird at Lake Murray. Several of us were searching, but it appears to have once again vanished into thin air. There are 2 female type Hooded Mergansers in the lake near the boat launch however.

Barbara Wise
San Diego


Dairymart Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON
 

Juvenile scissor-tail seen 9:30am in the back of the middle pond (1st pond w.of main pond) amidst a group of cassin's kingbirds.  Earlier flyover of a pair of monk parakeets, maybe the same two seen yesterday at Sunset Ball Fields.

Richard Cuthbertson


Final tally Oceanside CBC- 26 December 2020

Jane Mygatt
 

The final tally for the Oceanside CBC is 184 species.

A few rarities missed from the last post include an American Redstart found by Ryan Andrews and team (Agua Hedionda-north), and Clay-colored Sparrow found by Ken Weaver (Guajome Park). 

A heartfelt thanks to all the individuals and teams who worked many hours to contribute to our count, and to Kirsten Winter for doing the data compiling.

Jane Mygatt
Carlsbad, CA


Rusty Blackbird continues 1/2

Barbara
 

In this area: (32.7851915, -117.0410174)

At Lake Murray Kiowa entrance

Barbara Carlson
San Diego


Ooops

phil Pryde
 

Sorry, two goofs in the email I just sent:  Larry reported a Snow Goose, not a Ross’ Goose;  and, I forgot you can’t attach a photo to these emails.  Just trust me, the Burrowing Owl was very cute. 

Phil Pryde
San Marcos 


More re Robb Field

phil Pryde
 

I also was enjoying the sunshine at Robb Field this (Friday) afternoon, and in addition to the sightings Nancy mentioned, around 4 - 4:30 p.m. the Burrowing Owl was being very cooperative on the rocky south bank of the flood channel about 50 yards east of where Larry saw the Tricolored Heron wading about (i.e., near the west end of the westernmost baseball field).  A less-than-sharp photo of him (her?) is below. 

I didn’t see the Ross’s Goose. 

For those starting their 2021 yearly list, scoping from the far eastern end of the big parking lot along the Robb Field bike path I was also able to see both B & R Turnstones, LB Herons, Red Knots, and a couple dozen (at least) of Snowy Plovers.  It was also the area where I found the Reddish Egret at around 3:30, wading with the tide downriver (the Egret, not me).  Also in the flood channel right about where the Owl was located was a Lesser Yellowlegs. 

A good start to a birdy 2021. 

Phil Pryde
San Marcos 


Re: JUNK: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] more 2020 birding accomplishments, and important "thank you's"

Bruce Rideout
 

What Jimmy said! In addition to finding most of the rarities we are all chasing, Paul’s posts offer a lot of valuable insights on the status and distribution of birds in the region, which if we pay attention to, will make us all better birders. Thanks for continuing to share those insights Paul. 

Bruce Rideout 
La Mesa

On Jan 1, 2021, at 6:59 PM, Jimmy McMorran <bigshell53@...> wrote:


Hi Birders,
I'd like to echo Paul's email congratulating Nancy on her record setting year, and the other acknowledgements and thank you's he mentioned. A very impressive birding community we have here in San Diego County, and I am thankful for that.

I'd also like to take the time to thank Paul Lehman. To keep it simple and to the point, he is literally out daily, grinding away birding what seems every nook and cranny, and sharing his findings with us all in a timely manner. Not only does he find a ridiculous amount of birds for us to enjoy (every year, all of the time!), He also takes the time to help with problematic bird identifications and assist with much more. So a big thanks to Paul. All of your time and dedication is truly appreciated.

Happy New Year!
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA
        

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 2:01 PM lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
I'd like to add my congratulations to Nancy C. for her record-breaking
county year list in 2020. Takes time, dedication, determination, and not
only enjoying the highs but also weathering the lows, ....as well as a
bit of luck.

I'd like to get away just a bit from the perennial eBird Top 100 lists
for a moment and give another round of 2020 acknowledgments, as well as
a big "thank you."

For the thank you, many of us who chase rare birds do so with the
information provided on the county listserve and text messaging service.
And many of us also get much of our information about what birds are
where--and typically fairly promptly--via eBird rare bird alerts and
other related eBird sites. These sources would either not be available
or be (even) less trustworthy if it were not for the time and dedication
put in by the moderators and volunteer reviewers. This is no small task!
Reviewing the volumes of eBird data generated in the county takes a LOT
of time, especially by our reviewers who are determined to do a good,
thorough job. So, thank you to all of them, with a special thanks to
Justyn Stahl, who is a major force in ALL these county-wide endeavors.

And for additional listing acknowledgments in 2020, please give a round
of applause to our dedicated "5MR" birders. All 5MR birding areas, even
those in well-birded sections along and near the coast, require the
local birder to truly pound the pavement and make their own discoveries.
Stakeouts found by other birders get you only so far if you are trying
for a good 5MR list total! And that local exploration regularly
discovers new birding hot-spots, many in areas where you might least
expect them to be (e.g., inland), which then all the rest of us profit
from! In 2020, high coastal 5MR totals ("countable" species only)
included those by Jay Desgrosellier (267), Dan King (254), and John
Bruin (224); whereas a couple landlocked, inland totals were as or even
more impressive, including those by Eitan Altman (213) and Kathryn
Wendel (210).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

P.S. Some minor miscellanea: On 31 Dec, a new Nashville Warbler in the
Stonecrest area near Aero Drive brings the month's total of Nashvilles
in the county to a very lofty 16 birds (ties the all-time record of 16
that was set over an ENTIRE winter in 2017-2018); and a "Slate-colored"
Junco continues near Montgomery Field.







--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Agua Dulce Evening grosbeak

C K Staurovsky
 

Female EVENING grosbeak was foraging along the creek at the pump house mid day today 1 Jan 2021. Lots of snow. LOTS of cars holding everyone and their mother coming up Sunrise highway as I was going downhill to the I-8, caveat emptor.
Cheers,
Chris

CK Staurovsky
San Diego County



Re: more 2020 birding accomplishments, and important "thank you's"

Alison Davies
 

Hello everyone,
 
I'd like to add to Jimmy's nice note that Paul's work on our pelagic trips has been invaluable for so many of us. Paul stands next to the captain and scans the ocean tirelessly for up to 12 hours on each trip, directing our attention to everything that moves out there while announcing valuable information such as field marks, behavior, and migratory patterns.  Thank you, Paul!

Also a special thanks to our patient and overworked San Diego County eBird Reviewers, including Justyn Stahl, Bruce Rideout, Brennan Mulrooney, Gary Nunn and Matt Sadowski!

I'm so grateful for all of my friends and acquaintances in our San Diego birding community, as well as countless other wonderful birders I've met this past year in surrounding counties, and want to wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy new year!

Alison Davies
Escondido


From: Jimmy McMorran
Sent: Friday, January 01, 2021 6:32 PM
To: lehman.paul@...
Cc: San Diego birds Listserve
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] more 2020 birding accomplishments, and important "thank you's"
 
Hi Birders,
I'd like to echo Paul's email congratulating Nancy on her record setting year, and the other acknowledgements and thank you's he mentioned. A very impressive birding community we have here in San Diego County, and I am thankful for that.
 
I'd also like to take the time to thank Paul Lehman. To keep it simple and to the point, he is literally out daily, grinding away birding what seems every nook and cranny, and sharing his findings with us all in a timely manner. Not only does he find a ridiculous amount of birds for us to enjoy (every year, all of the time!), He also takes the time to help with problematic bird identifications and assist with much more. So a big thanks to Paul. All of your time and dedication is truly appreciated.
 
Happy New Year!
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA
       

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 2:01 PM lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
I'd like to add my congratulations to Nancy C. for her record-breaking
county year list in 2020. Takes time, dedication, determination, and not
only enjoying the highs but also weathering the lows, ....as well as a
bit of luck.

I'd like to get away just a bit from the perennial eBird Top 100 lists
for a moment and give another round of 2020 acknowledgments, as well as
a big "thank you."

For the thank you, many of us who chase rare birds do so with the
information provided on the county listserve and text messaging service.
And many of us also get much of our information about what birds are
where--and typically fairly promptly--via eBird rare bird alerts and
other related eBird sites. These sources would either not be available
or be (even) less trustworthy if it were not for the time and dedication
put in by the moderators and volunteer reviewers. This is no small task!
Reviewing the volumes of eBird data generated in the county takes a LOT
of time, especially by our reviewers who are determined to do a good,
thorough job. So, thank you to all of them, with a special thanks to
Justyn Stahl, who is a major force in ALL these county-wide endeavors.

And for additional listing acknowledgments in 2020, please give a round
of applause to our dedicated "5MR" birders. All 5MR birding areas, even
those in well-birded sections along and near the coast, require the
local birder to truly pound the pavement and make their own discoveries.
Stakeouts found by other birders get you only so far if you are trying
for a good 5MR list total! And that local exploration regularly
discovers new birding hot-spots, many in areas where you might least
expect them to be (e.g., inland), which then all the rest of us profit
from! In 2020, high coastal 5MR totals ("countable" species only)
included those by Jay Desgrosellier (267), Dan King (254), and John
Bruin (224); whereas a couple landlocked, inland totals were as or even
more impressive, including those by Eitan Altman (213) and Kathryn
Wendel (210).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

P.S. Some minor miscellanea: On 31 Dec, a new Nashville Warbler in the
Stonecrest area near Aero Drive brings the month's total of Nashvilles
in the county to a very lofty 16 birds (ties the all-time record of 16
that was set over an ENTIRE winter in 2017-2018); and a "Slate-colored"
Junco continues near Montgomery Field.







--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Miscellaneous rarities continuing

Nancy Christensen
 

Mel and I did a mini-big day, looking for a few of the many rare birds currently in the county. Here is our report:

Fiesta Island – we had two Chestnut-sided Longspurs maybe 50 yards south of the north entrance to the dog park. We thought we had the McCown’s, but after reviewing pics, we need to try again.

Mission Bay area – we did NOT find the Ross’s geese, or the Lapland Longspur. The tricolored heron, reddish egret, and Little Blue heron were all jammed up close together at Robb field.

North Clairemont Recreation Center – The Dusky-capped Flycatcher was still working the same trees it was several weeks ago, but was totally silent. We were lucky enough to find the Hepatitc Tanager with two Western Tanagers feeding in the eastern-most large eucalyptus in the park (the trunk looks like shredded bark). No sign of the sapsucker at that location.

Hoover High School – the Eastern Phoebe was an easy bird to find working along the sidewalk right next to the school.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


Re: more 2020 birding accomplishments, and important "thank you's"

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
I'd like to echo Paul's email congratulating Nancy on her record setting year, and the other acknowledgements and thank you's he mentioned. A very impressive birding community we have here in San Diego County, and I am thankful for that.

I'd also like to take the time to thank Paul Lehman. To keep it simple and to the point, he is literally out daily, grinding away birding what seems every nook and cranny, and sharing his findings with us all in a timely manner. Not only does he find a ridiculous amount of birds for us to enjoy (every year, all of the time!), He also takes the time to help with problematic bird identifications and assist with much more. So a big thanks to Paul. All of your time and dedication is truly appreciated.

Happy New Year!
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA
        

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 2:01 PM lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
I'd like to add my congratulations to Nancy C. for her record-breaking
county year list in 2020. Takes time, dedication, determination, and not
only enjoying the highs but also weathering the lows, ....as well as a
bit of luck.

I'd like to get away just a bit from the perennial eBird Top 100 lists
for a moment and give another round of 2020 acknowledgments, as well as
a big "thank you."

For the thank you, many of us who chase rare birds do so with the
information provided on the county listserve and text messaging service.
And many of us also get much of our information about what birds are
where--and typically fairly promptly--via eBird rare bird alerts and
other related eBird sites. These sources would either not be available
or be (even) less trustworthy if it were not for the time and dedication
put in by the moderators and volunteer reviewers. This is no small task!
Reviewing the volumes of eBird data generated in the county takes a LOT
of time, especially by our reviewers who are determined to do a good,
thorough job. So, thank you to all of them, with a special thanks to
Justyn Stahl, who is a major force in ALL these county-wide endeavors.

And for additional listing acknowledgments in 2020, please give a round
of applause to our dedicated "5MR" birders. All 5MR birding areas, even
those in well-birded sections along and near the coast, require the
local birder to truly pound the pavement and make their own discoveries.
Stakeouts found by other birders get you only so far if you are trying
for a good 5MR list total! And that local exploration regularly
discovers new birding hot-spots, many in areas where you might least
expect them to be (e.g., inland), which then all the rest of us profit
from! In 2020, high coastal 5MR totals ("countable" species only)
included those by Jay Desgrosellier (267), Dan King (254), and John
Bruin (224); whereas a couple landlocked, inland totals were as or even
more impressive, including those by Eitan Altman (213) and Kathryn
Wendel (210).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

P.S. Some minor miscellanea: On 31 Dec, a new Nashville Warbler in the
Stonecrest area near Aero Drive brings the month's total of Nashvilles
in the county to a very lofty 16 birds (ties the all-time record of 16
that was set over an ENTIRE winter in 2017-2018); and a "Slate-colored"
Junco continues near Montgomery Field.







--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


San Diego River / Robb Field - Tricolored Heron

Larry Edwards
 

I observed the juvenile Tricolored Heron back at the "pond" adjacent to BB field #7  between 4:40 and 4:48 p.m., doing its dance and prance as it foraged. It was still active when I left, at sundown.

ID photos to come.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA


Olive-sided Flycatcher in Rose Canyon

Charley Herzfeld
 

Just now at 3:30pm January 1 there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the top of a very large solitary sycamore tree here: 32.852201, -117.229750.  This is on a trail that is just north of and below Angell Avenue.  Best accessed from the Regents Road trailhead.

The bird had a white throat and belly with its flanks forming a dark vest. White tufts on the side of its rump were occasionally visible.

Over 10 minutes, the bird only flew around hawking once, and returned to its original perch.

The bird was also observed by Paul Rogers and, as we were leaving, one other local birder whose name I don't know but who will come back tomorrow to try and get a photograph.  When he walked up, he greeted us with the usual "See anything interesting?" and was I excited to say yes.

Also of interest in the immediate vicinity was a male Downy Woodpecker and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

I've seen Olive-sided Flycatchers regularly over the years on spring bird walks (April/May) farther east in Rose Canyon closer to the Regents Road trailhead.

Charley Herzfeld
University City


Pacific Wren continues

Aedyn Loefke
 

The Pacific Wren continued this morning in Palomar Mountain State Park. As previously described, the bird popped up right at the no. 8 trail post marker at roughly 8am. The bird was very active in the area between signposts 8 and 9, vocalizing frequently and we watched it for about 45 minutes.

For anyone interested in getting this bird for their new year lists: This morning, all of the roads in the park were closed due to large amounts of black ice, as such it was required to park at the top parking lot just past the pay station and walk in about 1.5 miles down the road to reach the nature trail trailhead over ice a snow.

Happy Birding!
  --Aedyn Loefke  
Valley Center


San Diego River Estuary - Snow Goose & Reddish Egret

Larry Edwards
 

Janis Cadwallader and I saw a Snow Goose at 2 pm today, New Year's Day. It was by the new bridge, north side of the channel, with a large flock of Wigeons. At times it was virtually invisible due to the weeds and deep shade in the shadow of the bridge. Also Reddish Egret.

ID photos to come.
--
Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA


more 2020 birding accomplishments, and important "thank you's"

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I'd like to add my congratulations to Nancy C. for her record-breaking county year list in 2020. Takes time, dedication, determination, and not only enjoying the highs but also weathering the lows, ....as well as a bit of luck.

I'd like to get away just a bit from the perennial eBird Top 100 lists for a moment and give another round of 2020 acknowledgments, as well as a big "thank you."

For the thank you, many of us who chase rare birds do so with the information provided on the county listserve and text messaging service. And many of us also get much of our information about what birds are where--and typically fairly promptly--via eBird rare bird alerts and other related eBird sites. These sources would either not be available or be (even) less trustworthy if it were not for the time and dedication put in by the moderators and volunteer reviewers. This is no small task! Reviewing the volumes of eBird data generated in the county takes a LOT of time, especially by our reviewers who are determined to do a good, thorough job. So, thank you to all of them, with a special thanks to Justyn Stahl, who is a major force in ALL these county-wide endeavors.

And for additional listing acknowledgments in 2020, please give a round of applause to our dedicated "5MR" birders. All 5MR birding areas, even those in well-birded sections along and near the coast, require the local birder to truly pound the pavement and make their own discoveries. Stakeouts found by other birders get you only so far if you are trying for a good 5MR list total! And that local exploration regularly discovers new birding hot-spots, many in areas where you might least expect them to be (e.g., inland), which then all the rest of us profit from! In 2020, high coastal 5MR totals ("countable" species only) included those by Jay Desgrosellier (267), Dan King (254), and John Bruin (224); whereas a couple landlocked, inland totals were as or even more impressive, including those by Eitan Altman (213) and Kathryn Wendel (210).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

P.S. Some minor miscellanea: On 31 Dec, a new Nashville Warbler in the Stonecrest area near Aero Drive brings the month's total of Nashvilles in the county to a very lofty 16 birds (ties the all-time record of 16 that was set over an ENTIRE winter in 2017-2018); and a "Slate-colored" Junco continues near Montgomery Field.


Rusty Blackbird

Barbara Wise
 

As of 12-12:30, there is no sign of the Rusty Blackbird that was seen earlier today at Lake Murray. The blackbirds appear to be roosting, so maybe later this evening.

Barbara Wise
San Diego


Rusty Blackbird Lake Murray 1 Jan 2021

Justyn Stahl
 

Jim Pawlicki reports:

Currently (10:25 am 1/1/21) a Rusty Blackbird with the mixed blackbird flock at the main Kiowa Drive parking lot at Lake Murray, La Mesa. Note that vehicle traffic into the park is closed. Parking is either along Baltimore Dr or Kiowa Dr (limited).

Just the messenger.

Justyn Stahl
North Park


Re: San Diego County Big Year 2020

Alison Davies
 

Congratulations, Nancy!! You've been an inspiration for all of us!

Alison Davies
Escondido

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