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Wood Stork currently at Safari Park 10:06 June 27

terry hurst
 

Hi all
If anyone is currently at the safari park and would like to see the Wood Stork it is perched on tree at the little island of the Marabou Stork exhibit. There are three trees at the exhibit. The tree the bird is currently perched at is at the south end of the island. Just getting the word in case anyone is interested and is in the area.
Location coordinates below.

WGS-84 degrees :
Latitude: 33.094689
Longitude: -116.996617
33.094689, -116.996617
Accuracy: 16 ft

https://maps.apple.com/?q=33.09469,-116.99662
https://maps.google.com/?q=33.09469,-116.99662

WGS-84 degrees:
33.094689,-116.996617

6/27/21, 10:05 AM
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http://itunes.apple.com/app/id945482414

Terry Hurst
Santee


Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Scissors Crossing, 26 June

Gjon Hazard
 

And now, I s’pose, the obligatory reminder about call playback... because it is oh-so-tempting with Yellow-billed Cuckoos.

You may have read Sibley's discussions on the subject, or the article in The Spruce, and convinced yourself that it'll be OK, 'just this once' -- but it would not be appropriate for this species, especially at this location.  

The western population of Yellow-billed Cuckoo is federally listed as an endangered species, and the species is also State listed as an endangered species in California. Both USFWS and CDFW require permits for audio elicitation (call playback, playing tapes, etc.).

Presence has been determined at San Felipe Creek. The survey protocol says, "Playback calls should not be used during follow up visits, and great care must be taken in order to avoid disturbing nesting birds." This is because people who research Yellow-billed Cuckoos believe, for this species in particular, that call playback can be harmful. 

The protocol goes on to say:

"Nesting cuckoos can be very sensitive to disturbance, especially during the pair formation and nest building stage. Nests located prior to the first egg are particularly susceptible to abandonment. At least five nests were abandoned during seven years of study on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, possibly due, at least in part, to human disturbance (Halterman 2001, Halterman et al. 2009). Surveyors must be alert to cuckoos’ behavioral signs of disturbance near a nest, which include alarm calls given repeatedly while watching the intruder, broken wing displays, or flying in with prey, then eating it instead of going to the nest. If these occur, the observer has been detected, the cuckoo is distressed, and the observer should move back. Recorded calls should not be used to elicit a response during nest searching and monitoring activities, as cuckoos have been observed leaving the nest in response to a recorded call."

Stated another way, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (loosely speaking) applies to this species in breeding areas: If you're getting good views of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, the bird is probably being disturbed by your presence. 

I am not aware of any recent confirmed cuckoo nestings anywhere in Southern California away from the Colorado River. Breeding may have occurred along the Mojave River in 2017. But that's it, once (probably), at one location, 4 years ago -- and nowhere else for quite a few years. 

The pattern of cuckoo occurrence at San Felipe Creek suggests that this is one of only a few places in the region where nesting may occur. 

Careful, considerate, ethical observation of Yellow-billed Cuckoos by birders could possibly help document nesting. More realistically, good birding behavior would probably mean being satisfied with hearing it (unsolicited) from a distance. Inappropriate birding behavior, on the other hand, could truly be detrimental.

Sincerely,
-Gjon


From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> on behalf of Barbara via groups.io <barbarac2003@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2021 3:09 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>; Birding San Diego <birdingsandiego@groups.io>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Scissors Crossing, 26 June
 
This morning a group of us found, photographed, and recorded a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the crossing. List on eBird is here:





More photos and recording (if loud enough) will be added shortly.

Before going, Trent Stanley did some research and found that a CDFW Lands Pass (1-Day) is needed to enter the San Felipe Valley Wildlife AreaIt's only $4.89, which might be worthwhile to avoid any fines in case you run into a CDFW officer. People with a CDFW trapping license or hunting and fishing licenses are exempt.






Temperatures are rising, with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest days next week.

Cheers! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego



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Gjon Hazard 
Encinitas 


Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Scissors Crossing, 26 June

Barbara
 

Trent!

These are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, 05:12:28 PM PDT, Trent R. Stanley <trent@...> wrote:


Here are my photos of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo from today.

On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 3:09 PM Barbara Carlson <barbarac2003@...> wrote:
This morning a group of us found, photographed, and recorded a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the crossing. List on eBird is here:





More photos and recording (if loud enough) will be added shortly.

Before going, Trent Stanley did some research and found that a CDFW Lands Pass (1-Day) is needed to enter the San Felipe Valley Wildlife AreaIt's only $4.89, which might be worthwhile to avoid any fines in case you run into a CDFW officer. People with a CDFW trapping license or hunting and fishing licenses are exempt.






Temperatures are rising, with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest days next week.

Cheers! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego




--
Trent R. Stanley
University City, San Diego, CA


Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Scissors Crossing, 26 June

Trent R. Stanley
 

Here are my photos of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo from today.

On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 3:09 PM Barbara Carlson <barbarac2003@...> wrote:
This morning a group of us found, photographed, and recorded a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the crossing. List on eBird is here:





More photos and recording (if loud enough) will be added shortly.

Before going, Trent Stanley did some research and found that a CDFW Lands Pass (1-Day) is needed to enter the San Felipe Valley Wildlife AreaIt's only $4.89, which might be worthwhile to avoid any fines in case you run into a CDFW officer. People with a CDFW trapping license or hunting and fishing licenses are exempt.






Temperatures are rising, with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest days next week.

Cheers! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego




--
Trent R. Stanley
University City, San Diego, CA


Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Scissors Crossing, 26 June

Barbara
 

This morning a group of us found, photographed, and recorded a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the crossing. List on eBird is here:





More photos and recording (if loud enough) will be added shortly.

Before going, Trent Stanley did some research and found that a CDFW Lands Pass (1-Day) is needed to enter the San Felipe Valley Wildlife AreaIt's only $4.89, which might be worthwhile to avoid any fines in case you run into a CDFW officer. People with a CDFW trapping license or hunting and fishing licenses are exempt.






Temperatures are rising, with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest days next week.

Cheers! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego



Bald eagle Santa Ysabel 8.15am

Steve Perry
 


I just passed an adult bald eagle perched on a power pole right near the junction of 79 and Mesa Grande Road. I made an emergency pull out but couldn’t get to my camera before it took off heading south. 
Steve Perry

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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA


miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Miscellanea (all of it relatively minor, unfortunately!) from the past few days includes a Reddish Egret at J Street and 17 Wilson's Phalaropes and 30 summering Eared Grebes at the salt works (end of 13th) on the 22nd; and continuing Redhead and 3 Cattle Egrets and a very-rare-in-summer male Blue-winged Teal all in the Dairy Mart area on the 24th. Finally saw ONE Surf Scoter in the Imperial Beach/Coronado area.... Continuing over-summering shorebirds include 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 9 Red Knots, and just 3 Western Sandpipers; but returning migrants so far include just the expected Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, Willets, and Wilson's Phalaropes.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Juvenile Harriers at Bird and Butterfly Garden

Andrew N
 

I've been seeing some interesting raptor reports happening on eBird down at the Bird and Butterfly Garden these past couple days and thought it prudent to point out there are three juvenile Northern Harriers there currently that are very dark, which may be tricky if all you catch is one flying quickly by. I was watching the parents feed them the other day and got plenty of photos that show just how dark they are. Just wanted to give people a heads up!


https://ebird.org/checklist/S90594493

Andrew Newmark
Chula Vista CA


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)   

--
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

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