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fall migration ups and downs, and accurate departure dates for rarities

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Both spring and fall migration periods are, of course, not one continuous stream of migrants and rarities, but they are typically punctuated by good periods and slow periods of varying lengths. We had a recent good period for rare birds in the county, starting a week ago on the 3rd and lasting a few days, during which we had the Red-faced Warbler, 3 Prairie Warblers, the Yellow-green Vireo, 2 Eastern Kingbirds, 2 Stilt Sandpipers, several Am. Redstarts, Black-and-white, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, among others. Then, these birds, after staying a variable number of days, start filtering out and are replaced by not much. So, we await the next arriving pulse!! It should also be said that so far this fall has seen fairly low numbers of most western landbird migrants, even during this recent period of rarity wealth. One regular species in OK numbers seems to be Western Tanager, but most other migrants seem low or very low.

Speaking of departing birds, sometimes it is not easy to determine the definite last date for a rarity because a few reports of such birds continue but are of uncertain validity. A case in point is the Fort Rosecrans Cemetery Yellow-green Vireo, which was definitely present through the 8th, but only a handful of sight reports (no photos) since then, whereas most folks miss the bird (although it was a sneaky individual and easy to miss). BUT, there is also a known Warbling Vireo through today in those same trees. The culprit, or are both birds truly still there?? (Immature western Warbling Vireos in fall can be fairly yellow on the sides, as some of you may have recently seen at Smuggler's Gulch alongside the Red-faced Warbler.)

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Red-faced Warbler : Negative report for morning 10 September...

Carl Ebeling
 

The Smuggler's Gulch RED-FACED WARBLER (RFWA) was a no-show this morning  (10 September) between ~07:00 and ~10:00 (when I left).  During those three hours, about 5 birders at any one time were scouring the Tamarisks close to the road where the RFWA was first seen and the linear grove of Tamarisks about 200 m south of Monument Road where the RFWA was seen yesterday. 

Carl Ebeling
S. Mission Hills


Re: Bobolink at Morley Field

Mark Stratton
 

I hate auto correct, birders.  Sorry all.

Mark Stratton
North Park

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 10:21 AM Mark Stratton via groups.io <zostropz=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
They were between eight and 10 burgers down this morning but we were not able to relocate the bird as of 10 o’clock

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 9:11 AM Nicole Desnoyers <njdesnoyers@...> wrote:
This morning (9/10/21) I had a very brief encounter with a Bobolink at the Morley Field Sports Complex. It was along the north edge of the ball fields at 32.7383397, -117.1395795. It was foraging in the flock of HOFI and LEGO that would frequently flush as walkers and joggers passed by the sidewalk. I did not have time to search for it again. 

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park


Re: Bobolink at Morley Field

Mark Stratton
 

They were between eight and 10 burgers down this morning but we were not able to relocate the bird as of 10 o’clock

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 9:11 AM Nicole Desnoyers <njdesnoyers@...> wrote:
This morning (9/10/21) I had a very brief encounter with a Bobolink at the Morley Field Sports Complex. It was along the north edge of the ball fields at 32.7383397, -117.1395795. It was foraging in the flock of HOFI and LEGO that would frequently flush as walkers and joggers passed by the sidewalk. I did not have time to search for it again. 

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park


Bobolink at Morley Field

Nicole Desnoyers
 

This morning (9/10/21) I had a very brief encounter with a Bobolink at the Morley Field Sports Complex. It was along the north edge of the ball fields at 32.7383397, -117.1395795. It was foraging in the flock of HOFI and LEGO that would frequently flush as walkers and joggers passed by the sidewalk. I did not have time to search for it again. 

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park


Re: R Warbler continues 3:10 Thursday

dan jehl
 

The warbler is in the south group of tamarisk trees on the north west corner at 3:10 on Thursday.

Dan Jehl   
San Diego 


On Sep 9, 2021, at 2:57 PM, Dean Budd <1dabudd@...> wrote:



Just a quick note for people looking for the Red-faced Warbler that parking along Monument road is probably the best place. I was just pulling up to park off the street on the tree lined side when the owner was wheeling out the trash, they waved me down & asked about all the people in the area. I told them about a rare bird here and that when it left or moved on things would go back to normal. Nice friendly people but the only issue was with someone who parked their truck in front of their mail box & the mail is delivered in the morning.

  Just a friendly reminder


Dean Budd 

Ramona


On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 12:26 PM Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Still.here at noon, but back in the Tamarisks by the road. We lost track.of it in the last 5 minutes.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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On Sep 9, 2021, 10:49 AM, Alison Hiers via groups.io < lahiers=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad
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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Re: R Warbler continues

Dean Budd
 

Just a quick note for people looking for the Red-faced Warbler that parking along Monument road is probably the best place. I was just pulling up to park off the street on the tree lined side when the owner was wheeling out the trash, they waved me down & asked about all the people in the area. I told them about a rare bird here and that when it left or moved on things would go back to normal. Nice friendly people but the only issue was with someone who parked their truck in front of their mail box & the mail is delivered in the morning.

  Just a friendly reminder


Dean Budd 

Ramona


On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 12:26 PM Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Still.here at noon, but back in the Tamarisks by the road. We lost track.of it in the last 5 minutes.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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On Sep 9, 2021, 10:49 AM, Alison Hiers via groups.io < lahiers=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad
--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Re: R Warbler continues

Lisa Ruby
 

Hopefully everyone isn't getting tired of all of these posts on this bird. Forgot to mention, and I don't think anyone else has mentioned it yet, that the Red-Faced Warbler has been chipping on and off. I heard it was doing so earlier this morning, and it was when I was watching it between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. today. Best views during that time were from the south side of the stand of tamarisks that are along the road.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 9/9/2021 12:25 PM, Lisa Ruby via groups.io wrote:

Still.here at noon, but back in the Tamarisks by the road. We lost track.of it in the last 5 minutes.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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On Sep 9, 2021, 10:49 AM, Alison Hiers via groups.io < lahiers@...> wrote:

I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad
--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Re: R Warbler continues

Lisa Ruby
 


Still.here at noon, but back in the Tamarisks by the road. We lost track.of it in the last 5 minutes.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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-------- Original Message --------
On Sep 9, 2021, 10:49 AM, Alison Hiers via groups.io < lahiers@...> wrote:

I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad
--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Re: R Warbler continues

Alison Hiers
 

Just to be clear, I never saw anyone get out of, or get in, any of the cars parked inside the gated area and some were parked quite a distance away from where the bird was.  So I have no idea if they were birders or not.  As far as I know I was the only birder in a vehicle inside the gated area and I never left my vehicle and stayed well back from the birders on foot.  I am not suggesting others do the same.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad

On Sep 9, 2021, at 11:02 AM, Mark Stratton <zostropz@...> wrote:

Just letting everyone know that we’re really not supposed to park in there though so please park on the street and walk in. 

Mark Stratton a North Park

On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:49 AM Alison Hiers via groups.io <lahiers=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad


Re: R Warbler continues

Mark Stratton
 

Just letting everyone know that we’re really not supposed to park in there though so please park on the street and walk in. 

Mark Stratton a North Park

On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:49 AM Alison Hiers via groups.io <lahiers=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad


R Warbler continues

Alison Hiers
 

I arrived at 8:30 and the RF Warbler was there when I left at 9:15.  When you turn right from Hollister onto Monument Rd. about 100 yds down is a dirt road on the left  that leads into an open area.  The fence is marked Official Vehicles Only but there were many cars parked inside and out.  About 100 feet back from the road is a east-west running line of Tamarisk trees and the warbler was working it's way back and forth in those trees.  It would come out in the open often and down low enough for someone to get amazing photos.  Due to an injury I am birding from my truck but I was able to park parallel with the trees about 50 feet away and get long, clear looks at the warbler almost the entire time without ever getting out.  There are many other birds in this area as well so it is a great place to spend the morning.

Alison Hiers
Carlsbad


Bird and Butterfly Garden - 9/9/21

Andrew N
 

I spent my morning off at the central drip with coffee in had. Visitors included a group of Wilson's Warblers that kept popping by, a MacGillivrays that took a nice long bath, and the continuing single Lawrence's Goldfinch.

Most notable was a brief appearance by a male Indigo Bunting in the tamarisks on the north side, who sang once and blasted off just after 7am, and a possible female Calliope, as I noticed a small, hummingbird with a peachy looking underside but my look was so poor I can't say for certain.

Andrew Newmark
Chula Vista, CA


RF warbler still present

Nancy Christensen
 

Just received word that the Red-Faced Warbler is still being seeing this morning, Thursday Sept 9. Being seen in the tamarack trees south of the road, not immediately next to the road. Just the messenger…

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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


Re: Red-faced Warbler

Nancy Christensen
 

A Bells Vireo was singing while I was there, and I photograohed a Warbling Vireo.


On Sep 8, 2021, at 3:53 PM, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:

    The RFWA was seen intermittently for most of Wed. morning. It was in the same E-W row of trees where it’s been previously reported, south of Monument Road about 100 yards west of Hollister.  I saw it between 10:45 and 11:00 mostly high in the trees near the west end of the line of trees. 
    Here’s a request for others who were there this morning:  in addition to the RFWA, there were also at least 2 species of vireos in the trees, but both were highly uncooperative and the 3 of us that were birding together could never get a definitive look at either one, mainly because we were only seeing the underside. Both lacked white in the lore areas.
     One was mostly white underneath, including the chin area, had weak wing bars, and a medium strong white eye stripe. No apparent yellow on it. Since no one has reported anything out of the ordinary, I’m guessing this one was either a Warbling or Bell's. 
    The other one was somewhat similar, but a little yellow in the breast area was visible. It had a fairly dark eye-stripe, reminiscent of a Red-eyed Vireo (but for various reasons probably wasn’t that).  Did anyone get a positive ID on a vireo with some yellow in the breast area and darkish eye-stripe?   If so, thanks for replying.

    p.s.:  A Red-naped Sapsucker was also seen in the same area. 


Phil Pryde 
San Carlos 


Red-faced Warbler

phil Pryde
 

    The RFWA was seen intermittently for most of Wed. morning. It was in the same E-W row of trees where it’s been previously reported, south of Monument Road about 100 yards west of Hollister.  I saw it between 10:45 and 11:00 mostly high in the trees near the west end of the line of trees. 
    Here’s a request for others who were there this morning:  in addition to the RFWA, there were also at least 2 species of vireos in the trees, but both were highly uncooperative and the 3 of us that were birding together could never get a definitive look at either one, mainly because we were only seeing the underside. Both lacked white in the lore areas.
     One was mostly white underneath, including the chin area, had weak wing bars, and a medium strong white eye stripe. No apparent yellow on it. Since no one has reported anything out of the ordinary, I’m guessing this one was either a Warbling or Bell's. 
    The other one was somewhat similar, but a little yellow in the breast area was visible. It had a fairly dark eye-stripe, reminiscent of a Red-eyed Vireo (but for various reasons probably wasn’t that).  Did anyone get a positive ID on a vireo with some yellow in the breast area and darkish eye-stripe?   If so, thanks for replying.

    p.s.:  A Red-naped Sapsucker was also seen in the same area. 


Phil Pryde 
San Carlos 


correction Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Waterthrush at Mission Bay Resort

Michelle Reilly
 

Not Hilton - Mission Bay Resort.

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Michelle  Haglund
"there is still good in this world and it's worth fighting for...Sam Gamgee




On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:59 AM Michelle Reilly via groups.io <reilhag=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
In area with a large Tipu tree near the Coronado wing. On the ground, constant tail bobbing. There a lot of song sparrows in the area, chasing it. Last seen in the Tipu.  


Phalaropes in South Bay

Anthony Fife
 

This morning (09/08/21) around 8 AM, I had over 77 phalaropes at the Hollister St. Pond. It was incidental, as I was working, so no scope or binoculars. The ones I could ID by sight were Red-Necked. But if you’re looking for great photos, or looking to scan through for anything special, it’s a great spot. They were pretty close to shore at the viewing deck and in range for great photos.

Location: 400 Hollister Street, San Diego, Ca 92154

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
El Cajon


Waterthrush at Mission Bay Hilton

Michelle Reilly
 

In area with a large Tipu tree near the Coronado wing. On the ground, constant tail bobbing. There a lot of song sparrows in the area, chasing it. Last seen in the Tipu.  


Yellow-green Vireo and other continuing rarities

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Wednesday morning the 8th, the yellow green vireo continues along Catalina Boulevard at the southernmost end of the cemetery, And as has become it's MO the last few days, it is seen either in the eucalyptus on the west side of Catalina just before you leave the cemetery (or trees right next to that), or in the lemonade berry on the east side of the road immediately south of the south fence of the cemetery, all of which is visible from the roadside so you do not need to go into the cemetery at all. And as always, the bird continues very sneaky and easy to lose track of instantaneously upon spotting it.

Yesterday, the 7th, the Stilt sandpiper juvenile continued at the east end of Pond 20 at the salt works, which unfortunately will be drying up now, and both the Eastern kingbirds continued yesterday but were seen only briefly. That is, the bird along Sunset near the ball fields and the bird at the main Dairy Mart pond, which are different individuals on the basis of clear differences in tail tip pattern and breast wash.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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