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Black-headed Grosbeak: Buddy Todd Park; 25FEB2021

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK this morning, 25FEB2021, at Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside. This bird has not been reported over the winter, which is surprising for a wintering bird since the park is regularly birded. It is also seems unlikely that this is an early migrant since it still several weeks before expected arrival dates (not sure what is Paul’s 50/50 date). I guess it is also possible it spends most of the time outside the park. I spotted and photographed the bird in pepper-like tree across the road from Park at corner of Mesa Dr. and Parnassus Circle by the stop sign. Regardless of origin, it an interesting date for this species. Photos in ebird report:

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82318437

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


Hammond’s Flycatcher-Woodworth Way

John Bruin
 

As a follow up to Paul’s note. I ran into him at Robb Field earlier and he mentioned the Hammond’s. So I went over. Just after I arrived a couple of trucks showed up and started to install additional temporary fences. I talked to the management company rep (?) and he indicated they were just trying to stop illegal dumping and vehicles from driving on the grass. One of the buildings (all buildings are now boarded up and fenced) had recently been burned. He said it was ok to walk around. Put that in the for whatever that’s worth. Now back to the Hammond’s. I found it at the NE end near the golf course. As Paul described to me it was dropping to the grass and back to a perch. Photos later in my EBird report

John Bruin
Bay Park


new Hammond's & dark-lored White-crowned; cont. R-n Grebe, longspurs, Clay-coloreds

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

This morning, Feb 25, there is a new Hammond's Flycatcher in town, this one at Liberty Station along the very beginning of left side of Woodworth Way (next to corner of Woodworth X Dewey). Continuing birds included the Fiesta Island Red-necked Grebe in the early morning, both the Thick-billed (McCown's) and 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs in the southern section of the Fiesta Island dog run, and the Tricolored Heron in the southwest corner of the San Diego River mouth. Yesterday, the 24th, there was yet another, new, adult DARK-lored White-crowned Sparrow--at Charles Lewis Memorial Park on the border between Oak Park and City Heights. And continuing were the TWO Clay-colored Sparrows with Chippings at Park de la Cruz in Cherokee Point, where also 20 Lawrence's Goldfinches--BUT they were mowing all the lawns while I was there, and that will certainly affect the foraging, so the birds may move.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


UC Redstart

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

This morning (2/25/21) at 8:45 AM the continuing PAINTED REDSTART was present in the Tipu grove at Standley Middle School.

                   Jim Roberts
                   University City


Hammond's Flycatcher

Janice Nordenberg
 

Continues at Carmel Grove Park. Viewing now along north side of park. 

Jan Nordenberg 
San Diego
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Palm Warbler Downtown

Kenny Kimbrough
 

All,

There is a Palm Warbler downtown in front of the One Ten Plaza on A St. I first had it at about 9:20am and it’s still here. I got a video of it on my phone but don’t have a camera. Details posted in eBird.

Kenny Kimbrough
Downtown


Chestnut-sided Warbler

Barbara Wise
 

Several of us are getting good views of the Chestnut-sided Warbler which appeared at the intersection of Athena Circle and Medical Center Drive at 8:39 under a single eucalyptus tree on the corner. There is $5 public parking in a structure just north of the intersection.

Barbara Wise
San Diego


Re: Feeding flock off Penasquitos Lagoon mouth now 11-11:15 am Feb 23

Stan Walens
 

Very likely this flock will head south past Point La Jolla, as they usually do sometimes several times a day.

If you want suggestions on the search strategies I find most successful for picking out a Manx there, write me offlist.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Feb 23, 2021; 12:00 pm


Feeding flock off Penasquitos Lagoon mouth now 11-11:15 am Feb 23

Susan Smith
 

If anyone is in the area and wants to try and pick a Manx out of alot of Black-vents with their scope,  conditions are good now here.  Seas relatively calm and feeding flocks pretty close in. Lots of loons and grebes too. Sue smith, Del Mar, CA

Susan E. Smith
Del Mar, CA


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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Ferruginous Hawk in Encinitas

carib_boo
 

Apologies for the late post: Over the weekend we had a ferruginous hawk on the power pole in our yard on Lone Jack Road in Encinitas, along Escondido Creek east of San Elijo Lagoon (the same power pole we had a peregrine on in December). I've heard that likely the same ferruginous has been seen by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy/Nature Collective employees over the past week. Also had a flock of seven white-face ibis flying high to the south across Escondido Creek on Sunday, which proved that I can count birds from a down dog yoga pose on the deck.

Betsy Miller Vixie
Olivenhain


Correction on location of West Canyon (Serra Mesa)

John Bruin
 

West Canyon is just West of Interstate 15 and Aero Dr. Entrance is at 3260 W Canyon Ave or 32.803264 -117.121257. Sorry for any confusion.

John Bruin
Bay Park


ID help with Duck from Poway Creek

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

I birded Poway Creek rather late today from 11:30 until around 2:30. I
found this duck just west of the east bridge off Soule Street. Could
this have been a Mexican Duck or a Mallard x Mexican?

https://tinyurl.com/lhhmtuvx

There was also a male Hooded Merganser in the same area that wasn't
visible most of the time. I saw it when it did a very short flight out
of and back into the reeds.

I had a couple of other somewhat interesting birds.
Wondering if this might have been a Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler. Photo
was at a bad angle, and it was the only one I could get. It's chin
looked pretty white when I was watching it fly around and seems rather
white in the photo. Not sure what else to look for at this angle.

https://tinyurl.com/3x96e5fp

And I had this pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, one of which had a very
light face, and the chest and belly look a bit different than that of
its mate:

https://tinyurl.com/z0unrybj

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs





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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


poorwills calling tierrasanta 2-22-21

Robert Patton
 

I'd heard brief & sporadic calling of a common poorwill from the canyon off the south end of La Cuenta Dr in Tierrasanta back on 15 Jan with the heatwave then, but none again until recently.  With the recent warm weather, at least one was heard briefly & sporadically calling Saturday night (2/20), but tonight (2/22) there were at least 3 that started up as early as 6 pm.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA


Re: Zone-tailed Hawk in Sabre Springs

S Dhar
 

The zone tailed hawk that Lisa reported yesterday is still in the area. I mistook it for a turkey vulture when I saw it at distance yesterday - and not too long after that I saw Lisa's posting. Today I was able to see it once in the morning ~here (32.93200416845686, -117.10771392712473) - it came close enough that with the naked eye I could make out the white band on the tail. Just saw it 10 mins ago in the same general area as yesterday - the open space between Poway Rd and Scripps Pwy Pkwy (~ 32.929338681713794, -117.09998916569315)

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On Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 5:05 PM Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I just had a Zone-tailed Hawk soar over the open space hill in Sabre Springs South. It went over the hill toward the southeast from here. No photos. Unfortunately don't have my camera with me.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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Sabre Springs


Hermit Warbler, and more Purple Finch

John Bruin
 

Visited West Canyon (Serra Mesa) today a little visited canyon just east of the 15. Nice paved walkway. Had a brief look at a Hermit Warbler and at least 3 Purple Finch. Looking at eBird, looks like only one other Hermit in the area right now. So I guess either an early arrival or one that just hasn’t previously been seen this winter. Photos on my report 


John Bruin 
Bay Park 


"last dates" for our wintering rarities

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

First off, one little bit of bird news: On 21 Feb there was a Pacific-slope Flycatcher in the Allen Road canyon in Mission Hills. Perfect date for the chances that this bird over-wintered locally versus is a very early "spring" arrival is just about 50-50! Pac-slopes, like Hooded Orioles, have been arriving earlier and earlier in recent years.

Given that the winter season is nearing its end, I would very much like to double-check that the county database has the correct "final dates" for our rarer wintering species. Obviously a fair number of our winter rarities are still present, and will remain so into March, with even a few well into April... Below are the current "last dates" I have on file. If you know of a later date for any species here which are not still present, please let me know OFF-LINE. If you continue to see any stakeout winter rarities over the next couple months, NO NEED to let me know as long as you post the news on SanDiegoRegionBirding and/or eBird it. But I just wish to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. Not included in this listing are a number of low-to-mid-level rarities (e.g., Black Scoter, Gray & Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Plumbeous & Cassin's Vireos, Clay-colored & White-throated Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhee, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, etc.), but please keep track of them as well!!

Cackling Goose minima Santee Lakes still present (very rare given it appears to be the subspecies minima)

Red-necked Grebe Shelter Is. 17 Feb

Pacific Golden-Plovers (2-3) TJE area still present

Mountain Plovers (2) Naval Outlying Field 31 Jan

Lesser Black-backed Gull Coronado 14 Feb

Tricolored Heron San Diego R. mouth/Mission Bay still present

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker North Clairemont 14 Feb, Guajome 18 Feb, Balboa Park 3 Feb

Dusky-capped Flycatcher North Clairemont 24 Jan, Balboa Park 18 Feb

Thick-billed Kingbird Poggi still present

Tropical Kingbirds (up to 2) Dairy Mart still present

Western Kingbird Dairy Mart still present

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Poggi still present, Dairy Mart/TRV/Nestor (how many??) still present

Olive-sided Flycatcher Rose Canyon/La Jolla Colony still present

Greater Pewee Balboa Park 6 Feb

Hammond's Flycatcher Carmel Valley 16 Feb, UTC 13 Feb

Eastern Phoebe San Miguel Ranch 28 Jan, City Heights 19 Jan, Mission Bay still present

Chestnut-collared Longspur (2) Fiesta Is. still present

Thick-billed (McCown's) Longspur Fiesta Is. still present

Swamp Sparrow National City 17 Feb

Orchard Oriole Encinitas 10 Feb

Baltimore Oriole La Jolla Colony still present

Northern Waterthrush main Dairy Mart area 13 Feb, eastern Dairy Mart (San Ysidro) 6 Feb

Lucy's Warbler San Dieguito Co. Park 27 Jan

Cape May Warbler Lake Murray still present

Chestnut-sided Warbler UCSD/UTC 16 Feb only

"Yellow" Palm Warbler TRV 20 Feb

Pine Warbler Mission Hills 14 Feb

Grace's Warbler La Jolla Colony 14 Feb, Crest Drive Encinitas 25 Jan, Crest Canyon Del Mar 27 Jan

Painted Redstart UTC 4 Feb, Tierrasanta 22 Jan

Hepatic Tanager North Clairemont 18 Feb

MANY THANKS!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Zone-tailed Hawk in Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
 

I just had a Zone-tailed Hawk soar over the open space hill in Sabre Springs South. It went over the hill toward the southeast from here. No photos. Unfortunately don't have my camera with me.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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Sabre Springs


La Jolla Cove Feb 21: Manx and black- vents

Stan Walens
 

I am at the Cove trying out the new Swarovski 115mm lens. Wow!!!
Watching an endless Zambezi of 3000+ Black-vented shearwaters going north. A Manx shearwater came past just outside the kelp bed. Nothing circling back yet.

FYI: Cave St. Is under repair starting tomorrow. Access to the Cove will be a little more problematic.
Stan Walens San Diego
February 11, 2021; 7:00 am


Vermilion Flycatcher, Eurasian Wigeon, Yellow Warbler, Burrowing Parakeet

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

This morning 20 February 2021 at Paradise Creek Educational Park in National City I saw the male Vermilion Flycatcher that has apparently been there continuously since at least 18 December 2020. Isn’t it nice not to check e-Bird before you visit a site, so for a few minutes you can enjoy the fool’s paradise that some notable bird you see might be a new discovery?

 

I saw the Eurasian Wigeon that has wintered in the lower Sweetwater River for the last few years at the south end of Paradise Marsh, just north of the bike path.

 

It’s amazing the number of times I have been pedaling down some random street in San Diego and heard a wintering Yellow Warbler calling. Today while passing through Barrio Logan I heard one in the trees across from 2636 Main St. I stopped to look and saw it was a bright male with a yellow forehead and bold chestnut streaks on the underparts.

 

Finally, also in Barrio Logan, I refound the four Burrowing Parakeets I saw last weekend, nearly a mile west of their previous location. They were flying and circling continuously, and I chased them several blocks before losing them somewhere east of 28th St. past the Logan-Memorial Educational Complex.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Encinitas Brown Boobies

Gjon Hazard
 

The number of Brown Booby detections off ‘North County’ has never been competitive with ‘South County’, and what’s more, it’s declined in recent years (confirmed by a quick check of eBird history), so I was surprised to have a group of 4 followed by a single individual off Encinitas this morning (2/20).


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Gjon Hazard 
Encinitas 

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