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White-winged Doves in North County

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed seven White-winged Doves today at Wilderness Gardens
County Preserve.  This included two counter-singing individuals at the
parking lot at the east end of the preserve and two more counter-singing
birds on the Camellia Trail at the west end.  The birds were first observed
at the preserve by Charity Hagen in March of last year.  My observation
represents a high count, but will likely be broken if the birds produce young.

Another likely location for breeding by this species fairly close to the coast
is the east end of the San Pasqual Valley.  Clark Mahrdt and Jan
Nordenberg have consistently found White-wings there on the  past several
Escondido Christmas bird counts.  The area doesn’t receive much attention
at this time of year.

Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
gnatcatcher@...


Re: Mississippi Kite continues over Bird and Butterfly Garden

Matt Sadowski
 

MiKi last seen flying high to the northwest at 13:58... but it reappeared after a two hour absence earlier....

Matt Sadowski

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 1:35 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
Sadowski reports the kite is aerial foraging over the B&BG and the Community Gardens in the Tijuana River Valley as of 130pm, 19 June.

A messenger,
Justyn Stahl


Mississippi Kite continues over Bird and Butterfly Garden

Justyn Stahl
 

Sadowski reports the kite is aerial foraging over the B&BG and the Community Gardens in the Tijuana River Valley as of 130pm, 19 June.

A messenger,
Justyn Stahl


Juvenile Mississippi kite at the burden butterfly garden right now

Mark Stratton
 

This morning at about 9 o’clock, the subject bird was flying over the community gardens down in Nester and has been located by David Trussell. He is currently still down there in the big center section of the burden butterfly garden watching it.  The bird is still insight as of 1115

Mark Stratton from North Park


Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak continuing

Nancy Christensen
 

At 7:30 the RB grosbeak was found about 100 yards north of Garnet. We saw it from the east side bike path, but bird was across the creek perched in a Eucalyptus tree. It was singing. In the same area, and even on the same branch was a singing swainson’s Thrush.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

On Jun 19, 2021, at 6:09 AM, John Bruin <johnrbruin@gmail.com> wrote:

First seen yesterday showed up again this morning at 6. Same location back yard of house next to the ball fields.

John Bruin
Bay Park





Rose-breasted Grosbeak continuing

John Bruin
 

First seen yesterday showed up again this morning at 6. Same location back yard of house next to the ball fields.

John Bruin
Bay Park


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male) - Pacific Beach

David Trissel
 

Originally reported by Matthew Silvia on private property this afternoon (6/18). Joe Alsadi was able to refind it along Rose Creek around 6:00 PM. He was able to hear then view the bird from the East side of the creek (end of Magnolia) singing from the top of a pepper tree right across the creek. Black back and head with white spots in the wings, white belly and red bib. He was then able to get Barb Carlson and I on the bird shortly thereafter (6:45 PM) on the dirt path that is on the west side of Rose Creek and runs under the pepper trees that the bird prefers to sing in when not feeding at Matthew’s feeders.


Exact GPS for the bird (not private property) starts on path here: 32.804564,-117.223348

The bird was singing frequently but it is quieter than the Black-headed Grosbeak and it can be a bit drowned out by the noisy House Finches. It was still present at 7:10 PM when we left.

David Trissel
San Diego, CA


Masked/Nazca, La Jolla, 6/18

Matt Sadowski
 

Forgot to mention that earlier I had an alternate-plumaged Common Murre heading south and an unidentified murrelet species. Two Black Oystercatchers were near the Children's Pool breakwater.

Just now a close to shore Black Storm-Petrel flew by. Due to parking availability we are scoping south of Children's Pool.

Matt Sadowski


On Fri, Jun 18, 2021, 3:16 PM Matt Sadowski via groups.io <mattsadowski78=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
A subadult Masked/Nazca Booby just (15:00) flew south past La Jolla, pausing briefly at the New Seaforth, before continuing south.

Matt Sadowski
Jim Pawlicki


Masked/Nazca, La Jolla, 6/18

Matt Sadowski
 

A subadult Masked/Nazca Booby just (15:00) flew south past La Jolla, pausing briefly at the New Seaforth, before continuing south.

Matt Sadowski
Jim Pawlicki


Fall migration in full swing

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, 18 June, over-summering birds of interest include a male Redhead, which is very rare at this season away from San Dieguito Lagoon, at the "east pond" at Dairy Mart; now three roosting Cattle Egrets at the main Dairy Mart pond; and the continuing singing Indigo Bunting just west of the bird & butterfly garden.

But presumed "fall" migrant shorebirds are now arriving in some numbers, including almost 10 alternate-plumaged Willets mixed with the larger numbers of summering basic-plumaged birds, ditto a couple full alternate Marbled Godwits with the basic birds that summered, and a total of 18 Greater Yellowlegs is double the earlier June high count this year so presumably includes some arriving birds as well. These are all typical arrival dates for these species; but a full breeding-plumaged Short-billed Dowitcher along with the continuing basic- plumaged summering birds might be a fresh arrival which would be about a week early.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Catbird at Canebrake

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

I just heard from Karyn Sauber that she has a tailless Gray Catbird coming to her home at Canebrake in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Patronizing the bird bath, not surprisingly, in the 113° F heat. She sent me two pictures confirming the identification.

Good birding,

Philip Unitt
San Diego


young barn owl

Jean Dittmyer
 

I'm told the young barn owl is branching appropriately and has his flight feathers.  So, now to see if his parents come and feed him and help him navigate through to adulthood.

There is a second one in the owl box that I can see, so the parents successfully hatched at least two babies.  

Thanks to Lindsay Willrick for the help.

Jean D

Jean Dittmyer
CBFD San Diego Indivisible
619-517-0370

 
 
 

--
Jean Dittmyer
Jeandittmye@...


misc. summering waterbirds

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, June 15, a summering Black Turnstone continues at J Street. Had a total of 5 "Black" Brant on San Diego Bay (1 Chula Vista bayfront, 1 Coronado Cays, 3 Delta Beach) which is more than the usual 2 or so I see per summer on the Bay. A check of several ocean vantage points between Imperial Beach and Coronado produced ca. 250 non-breeding Western Grebes, which is fewer than normal in summer there, and I could not find a single scoter! There was a Red-throated Loon off Coronado; about one per summer is average.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Fledgling barn owl in my canyon

Jean Dittmyer
 


Awakened this morning to crows attacking a baby barn owl that should not yet be out of the nest box. The bird is not yet totally well feathered and is maybe twenty feet from his nest box, in another pine tree. He is very exposed, and if one can read bird posture, seems frightened.  I don’t see parents near by. I tried calling animal rescue, but they are closed until nine.

I don’t think this youngster can survive without some help. What should i do? The trees are in our canyon behind our house, accessible from a side street. If someone were to try to rescue him, it would take a big ladder. Big.

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Jean Dittmyer
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San Diego pelagic 13 June: 4 Craveri's, Black Tern

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The San Diego pelagic trip on 13 June, sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and aboard "Legacy" out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks and "the Corner" (up to 35 miles offshore) took place in 3-to-4-fot seas and a nice overcast in the AM and sunshine in the PM. As has been the case in recent times, overall bird numbers and diversity were only so-so, although there were some well seen and photo'd highlights, and there was a good whale show. The best birds were two pairs of CRAVERI'S MURRELETS and a surprise breeding-plumaged BLACK TERN (32.686, -117.652). Also good looks at Scripps's Murrelets, still several late-lingering Northern Fulmars, numbers of Ashy Storm-Petrels, a Brown Booby, and a couple mid-June well-offshore landbirds. One of the Blue Whales put on a good show. Photos will be posted with the eBird reports to appear in the following couple days. Offshore (beyond 2 miles) totals for the day were as follows:

Scripps's Murrelet 11 (a typical "late date")

CRAVERI'S MURRELET 4 (two pairs; one at "the Corner" well seen, the other at NW corner 9-Mile Bank)

Cassin's Auklet 18

Heermann's Gull 2

Western Gull 100

Least Tern 8 (including all the way offshore to the Corner, 33+ miles offshore)

BLACK TERN 1 (feeding adult in San Diego Trough, 23 mi W of Point Loma; some Black Terns are indeed pelagic in non-breeding season, but date locally is somewhat odd for this rare migrant)

Elegant Tern 275

Black Storm-Petrel 250

Ashy Storm-Petrel 12

Leach's Storm-Petrel 1 (briefly seen in L.A. Co. waters)

Northern Fulmar 3 (rare in summer; various color morphs)

Pink-footed Shearwater 1 (low)

Sooty Shearwater 20

Black-vented Shearwater 15

Brown Booby 1 (just inside 9-Mile Bank)

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Brandt's Cormorant 2

Brown Pelican 150

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 1 (presumably a post-breeding dispersing Allen's?)

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 (far offshore at "the Corner"; probably a post-breeding disperser)

Blue, Fin, and Humpback Whales, Common Dolphins, Mola-Molas


--Paul Lehman, Jimmy McMorran, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Justyn Stahl, et al., San Diego


Wood Stork

Rick Grove
 

The Wood Stork is currently roosting in a tree above the Marabou Stork exhibit at the SD Zoo Safari Park.

Rick Grove
Carlsbad, CA


Re: some recent ID pitfalls; miscellanea

Joe Morlan
 

Hi Paul,

Perhaps it's worth noting that a recent (2019) paper found an extensive
hybrid zone between Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds along the north coast
of California and the south coast of adjacent Oregon.

Brian M Myers, David T Rankin, Kevin J Burns, Christopher J Clark,
Behavioral and morphological evidence of an Allen’s × Rufous hummingbird
(Selasphorus sasin × S. rufus) hybrid zone in southern Oregon and northern
California, The Auk, Volume 136, Issue 4, 1 October 2019, ukz049,

https://doi.org/10.1093/auk/ukz049


On Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:16:01 -0700, "lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io"
<lehman.paul=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

First some miscellanea from today, 11 June. A very-rare-in-summer male
Lesser Scaup and 2 Cattle Egrets were at the main Dairy Mart pond. The
egrets may well be the same two individuals present sporadically in that
area since at least last December and which roost at the ponds but
probably forage primarily on the Tijuana side of the border. And there
are two adult Reddish Egrets today along the Chula Vista bayfront.

Now a couple ID pitfalls (real or likely) that have arisen over the past
2+ weeks, mostly via eBird reports. First, as everyone knows, it was a
very good winter and spring for Pine Siskins, and some lingerers made it
very late--to at least 29 May. (And a few were still present in just the
past few days out on San Clemente Island.) There are a few coastal
records from past years as late as 31 May, and the latest there is 6
June 1999 in the TRV. One was reported yesterday in the TRV, but it
turns out to have been a juvenile Lawrence's Goldfinch (small finch,
lots of blurry streaking below, lots yellow in wing). The second pitfall
involves reports of male Rufous Hummingbirds in late May and June. The
latest documented record in spring for a male Rufous is through 19 May
2018 in the TRV. But this year, several Rufous have been reported later
than that date and into early June, none photo'd. Any such report
between 20 May and early July needs to be documented with photos.
(Southbound males can arrive perhaps as early as the very end of June,
although early or especially mid-July is more typical.) Yesterday, 10
June, a very interesting male Allen's/Rufous was seen and photographed
in residential Carlsbad by Jane Mygatt and Kathy Aldern. They properly
diagnosed it as either an odd Allen's or as uncertain! Photos of it are
viewable at:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S89965288

Many Allen's at this time of year are faded, worn, and somewhat ratty
and in molt (unlike typical Rufous, which are fresher and do not molt
until much later in season), and this bird has the green feathering on
the back looking very muted so that the overall impression of the entire
upperparts could easily be of it being dull rufous, especially if the
bird was watched only briefly or in certain lights. Note how what
greenish color there is varies depending on the angle and lighting,
sometimes being quite minimal and dull (mix of grayish and a little
rufous). But also note that the tail feathers have the shape of an
Allen's (very narrow outermost feather [R5] and an R2 that is NOT
dimpled--that is, does not show an indentation just short of the tip).
The bird appears to be molting some throat fethers (?), thus the white
spotting visible there (unless that signifies that the bird is only
about a year old...). Several hummingbird experts concur that this bird
is almost certainly a worn, faded Allen's.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego




--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


out to sea on Legacy on Sun - re: food

Paul Chad
 

Just a reminder, folks- unlike prior (fishing vs whale-watch?) boats, this boat's snack-bar is in fact NOTHING more than that, i.e. no meals, not even e.g. a sandwich or hot dog or such,

See you Sun! :-)

Paul Chad


some recent ID pitfalls; miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

First some miscellanea from today, 11 June. A very-rare-in-summer male Lesser Scaup and 2 Cattle Egrets were at the main Dairy Mart pond. The egrets may well be the same two individuals present sporadically in that area since at least last December and which roost at the ponds but probably forage primarily on the Tijuana side of the border. And there are two adult Reddish Egrets today along the Chula Vista bayfront.

Now a couple ID pitfalls (real or likely) that have arisen over the past 2+ weeks, mostly via eBird reports. First, as everyone knows, it was a very good winter and spring for Pine Siskins, and some lingerers made it very late--to at least 29 May. (And a few were still present in just the past few days out on San Clemente Island.) There are a few coastal records from past years as late as 31 May, and the latest there is 6 June 1999 in the TRV. One was reported yesterday in the TRV, but it turns out to have been a juvenile Lawrence's Goldfinch (small finch, lots of blurry streaking below, lots yellow in wing). The second pitfall involves reports of male Rufous Hummingbirds in late May and June. The latest documented record in spring for a male Rufous is through 19 May 2018 in the TRV. But this year, several Rufous have been reported later than that date and into early June, none photo'd. Any such report between 20 May and early July needs to be documented with photos. (Southbound males can arrive perhaps as early as the very end of June, although early or especially mid-July is more typical.) Yesterday, 10 June, a very interesting male Allen's/Rufous was seen and photographed in residential Carlsbad by Jane Mygatt and Kathy Aldern. They properly diagnosed it as either an odd Allen's or as uncertain! Photos of it are viewable at:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S89965288

Many Allen's at this time of year are faded, worn, and somewhat ratty and in molt (unlike typical Rufous, which are fresher and do not molt until much later in season), and this bird has the green feathering on the back looking very muted so that the overall impression of the entire upperparts could easily be of it being dull rufous, especially if the bird was watched only briefly or in certain lights. Note how what greenish color there is varies depending on the angle and lighting, sometimes being quite minimal and dull (mix of grayish and a little rufous). But also note that the tail feathers have the shape of an Allen's (very narrow outermost feather [R5] and an R2 that is NOT dimpled--that is, does not show an indentation just short of the tip). The bird appears to be molting some throat fethers (?), thus the white spotting visible there (unless that signifies that the bird is only about a year old...). Several hummingbird experts concur that this bird is almost certainly a worn, faded Allen's.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Buena Vista Audubon Pelagic trip is Sunday June 13th.

David Povey
 

Hello all,
The next Buena Vista Audubon pelagic trip is Sunday, June 13th. 
We will be aboard the 80 ft. Legacy out of Seaforth Sportfishing Landing in Mission Bay.
Please plan to arrive no sooner than 6 a.m. and no later than 6:30 a.m. We will board about 6:45 and depart at 7 a.m. I don't wish to return for late arrivals. Be forewarned.
 Parking is free and plentiful, but again busy due to good fishing locally. Remember there is also parking along the road in front of the landing. I don't recommend parking in the conference center parking lot.
Please check in to the office first. Then find us on the patio area on the water side of the building. We will do the boat manifest and orientation there.
The day's fishing boats will have departed by 6, but several boats will be arriving so we may adjust that gathering location slightly east. ( near cafe seating area ).
The boat has snacks and drinks for purchase. You may wish to bring a sandwich or the like for lunch.
The seas forecast is good, but this week has been quite windy offshore so I expect more motion than the May trip. Current forecast is 3-4 ft. at 8 seconds. Most of that as we get farther offshore. Prepare as needed. 
Plan on full bright sun. ( sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Air temperatures have been cool offshore of late. Plan on a jacket or windbreaker.
The trip is currently booked full, at the lower covid limit, of 45. As of this Wednesday, the trip had no waiting list. I often find that we get a no show, or last minute drop out. So if you are not signed on and wake up early Sunday with the itch to get out. Arrival early and see me, or Bruce Rideout. I think there is a good chance we can get you on the trip the price is $145.
The Landing number is 619 221-4221, my cell is 619 972-3098
Dave Povey 
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