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Neotropic, the other Indigo

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Monday morning, I arrived at Morrison Pond near Bonita just before 6:00AM and the only cormorants present were two Double-cresteds, so I then went at 7:00 a.m. to Sweetwater Reservoir when it opened and did not see the Neotropic there either, with the only small highlight being my first fall migrant Wilson's Phalarope of the season. But then I returned to Morrison at 8:00AM and the Neotropic is indeed now here, perched along the south side of the pond. Given that the bird is an adult, there's a reasonable chance it's one of the couple individuals that were here last year at this same time of year.

On Sunday, visiting birders Marantz and Bevier saw the FEMALE Indigo Bunting off the northwest corner of the Bird and Butterfly Garden, the first time the female has been reported in quite some time. This isn't far from where it was found with fledglings last summer, along that path that runs from the northwest corner of the garden westward to the equestrian parking lot. They had no luck refinding the Mississippi Kite yesterday.

Other than the continuing two or three Black oystercatchers, yesterday morning's seawatching at La Jolla was very slow.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


A #400 Milestone

Barbara Wise
 

Congratulations to Alison Davies who saw her 400th San Diego County bird when she connected with a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Saturday in Pacific Beach. That’s a fine milestone to reach and a really cool bird with which to do it. 
Well done, Alison!  Onwards and upwards to your next birding milestone!
See Alison’s breathtaking photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S90534709


Red-footed booby 4.5 miles off Point Loma

Trent R. Stanley
 

My wife and I went whale watching today (6/20) on the Privateer. At 9:46 AM we encountered a Red-footed booby 4.5 miles due west of Point Loma. It flew north.


(32.699430,-117.332673)   

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Trent R. Stanley
University City, San Diego, CA


Non-$70 Neotropic Cormorant

Matt Sadowski
 

A Neotropic Cormorant was photographed by an eBird user at Morrison Pond in Bonita this morning (6/20) but entered as a Double-crested. Still here on a low snag on the south shore (14:50).

Matt Sadowski


Re: Mississippi Kite continues over Bird and Butterfly Garden

Andrew N
 

I left the garden at 5pm, no sign of the Kite between 3:30 and 5! Perhaps it discovered the wondrous bounty that is Dairy Mart.

Andrew Newmark
Chula Vista, CA


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@...> 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

 
 
 

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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
Jeandittmye@...


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

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