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Re: new all-time county year list record in 2021

Nancy Christensen
 

Congrats to Matt! He worked very hard all year, and all of us benefitted from his efforts!

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Jan 2, 2022, at 5:51 AM, lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

In 2021, Matt Sadowski recorded 398 species in San Diego County. This sets a new one-year record for not only San Diego but for ANY single county in the United States. This total includes only those exotic species broadly agreed to be properly established in the state, not any of those additional species that appear on lots of eBird lists, etc., that are provisional species not shown to yet be established or that are clearly escapes. (Matt also does not presently count the "Eastern Towhee" at Jacumba, awaiting that record's adjudication. And a couple additional exotic species that he has seen are currently being deliberated by the CBRC for possible addition to the state list.) Matt set not only a new record in 2021, but was out finding many of the birds himself. He freely admitted that this Big Year birding is not his style and that he would rather be out exploring and finding stuff than chasing stakeout after stakeout--but such is what is needed to set new records! A new record in San Diego County has been set three different times in just the recent past. A few years ago by Barbara Carlson at 387, and then in 2020 by Nancy Christensen at 393. And in 2021, several additional birders also worked very seriously on a San Diego County year list and ended up in the upper 380s and low 390s.

Congratulations to Matt!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego







new all-time county year list record in 2021

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

In 2021, Matt Sadowski recorded 398 species in San Diego County. This sets a new one-year record for not only San Diego but for ANY single county in the United States. This total includes only those exotic species broadly agreed to be properly established in the state, not any of those additional species that appear on lots of eBird lists, etc., that are provisional species not shown to yet be established or that are clearly escapes. (Matt also does not presently count the "Eastern Towhee" at Jacumba, awaiting that record's adjudication. And a couple additional exotic species that he has seen are currently being deliberated by the CBRC for possible addition to the state list.) Matt set not only a new record in 2021, but was out finding many of the birds himself. He freely admitted that this Big Year birding is not his style and that he would rather be out exploring and finding stuff than chasing stakeout after stakeout--but such is what is needed to set new records! A new record in San Diego County has been set three different times in just the recent past. A few years ago by Barbara Carlson at 387, and then in 2020 by Nancy Christensen at 393. And in 2021, several additional birders also worked very seriously on a San Diego County year list and ended up in the upper 380s and low 390s.

Congratulations to Matt!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Black-footed = SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS

Nancy Christensen
 

As I have already shared the checklists, each person will have to go and make changes to their own list. If you open the list, at the bottom you should see that I have added Short-tailed Albatross to the list. You should be able to click that link to add this bird to your list. You will also need to delete the Black-footed Albatross that we did NOT see. Sorry folks, but not really !! Sean will need to move his photos.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S99892770

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Black-footed = SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS

I was not on today's pelagic trip but am reporting that photos posted to eBird of today's "Black-footed" Albatross show a young SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS. I gather conditions were rather rough at the time and that the bird spent much of its time in the distance, flying away. It was at the top end of the Nine Mile Bank. Anyway, some effort will be made to inquire whether or not an affordable chase-trip can be arranged in the next few days. Obviously it is a long shot, but some Short-taileds have remained for a few days in the same general area. If such a trip can be arranged, or if we first need to get a pulse of the number of interested parties, somebody (probably Dave Povey) will make a post to the listserv.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Black-footed = SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I was not on today's pelagic trip but am reporting that photos posted to eBird of today's "Black-footed" Albatross show a young SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS. I gather conditions were rather rough at the time and that the bird spent much of its time in the distance, flying away. It was at the top end of the Nine Mile Bank. Anyway, some effort will be made to inquire whether or not an affordable chase-trip can be arranged in the next few days. Obviously it is a long shot, but some Short-taileds have remained for a few days in the same general area. If such a trip can be arranged, or if we first need to get a pulse of the number of interested parties, somebody (probably Dave Povey) will make a post to the listserv.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Lewis' Woodpecker

phil Pryde
 

     The Mission Trails Regional Park Lewis’ Woodpecker was near its previously reported spot along the Junipero Serra Trail (= one-way road) at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning.  However, it was staying across (NW side of) the SD River, more or less directly across from the parking area for the start of the Climbing Rocks North trail.  It was changing its location frequently, but never getting more than a few dozen yards from what seemed to be its favorite tree (one of the largest trees with yellow flowers directly across the river from the trailhead).  

Phil Pryde
San Carlos


SDFO New Year's Day pelagic

David Povey
 

Thanks to all that braved the interesting seas this morning. About 33 of us ventured offshore to the North end of the Nine Mile Bank and then into La Jolla.
The Mission Beach Jetty had a dozen to 15 Surfbirds, and at least two Black Turnstones.
Then the surprise of the day was a well seen Red Phalarope. Yes. apparently they do exist. They have been MIA most of the fall 2021. This bird was near the Nine MIle Bank.
Offshore we ran into a couple of Rhinoceros Auklet almost right away. Then found them common off La Jolla for maybe 50+ for the Day.
Good looks at Scripps's Murrelets, in pairs, perhaps a dozen
Cassin's Auklet  something less than 20
Pomarine Jaegers  6-8 some 
The Nine Mile Bank a distance and seen only by a few Black-footed Albatross. (I 'd like to give credit where due here but as the call in from the stern I don't have that person's name, so any help there?).
Two dark bellied Sooty/Short-tailed type Shearwaters. (If you have photos of either please
 forward them to me?)
Many Black-vented Shearwater  4000-5000 range
No shortage of Northern Fulmar all color morphs.
Brown Booby   2-3
Two well offshore Forster's Terns  
Bonaparte's, Heermann's, California, and Western Gulls 
Brown Pelicans, and Brandt's Cormorants

Three whale spouts were seen inshore, and may have been Gray Whales. A lone very tall spout west of the Nine MIle Bank was more likely a Fin Whale. 
Lots of Common Dolphin, A Bottle-nosed Dolphin was in the bay. 
Then some  California Sea Lions, and a lone Harbor Seal filled out the marine mammals.
Our fish list consisted of a Mola mola ( aka Ocean Sunfish )

More details to be posted to our eBird list, and please any contributing photos would be appreciated..  

Dave Povey
Dulzura


Re: new Tennessee Warbler

Mandy Matthews
 

Tennessee warbler continues as of 9:30 in the eucalyptus trees as described by Paul below. Approximate coordinates are (32.5812844, -117.0682951). The bird would chip loudly for a minute or two, then go silent for 10-20 minutes. Seemed to favor the south side of the larger eucalyptus in the thickest part of the foliage (of course). 

Happy New Year and Happy Birding!

Mandy Mathews 
Golden Hill 

On Sat, Jan 1, 2022 at 7:39 AM lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
On New Year's morning there is a new Tennessee Warbler in town, in Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa. Take the north-south path that runs between the two large ball fields near the north end of the park and go down to near the south end of the ball fields and on the west side of the path along the western of the two ball fields are a couple blooming eucalyptus with deep red flowers. The bird seems to be hanging out in those trees and is chipping quite a bit. It gives a sweet chip that is somewhat sharp or hard in quality. Has a bunch of matted facial feathers from the eucalyptus juice, so it's obviously been there a while.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Flock of three oriole species including Orchard

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

New Year's morning, after departing Montgomery Waller Park where there was also a continuing female Bullock's Oriole, although I did not see the dull female Baltimore that I had seen there back almost a month ago, I then went to nearby Sunnyslope Park where in the blooming eucalyptus trees that run up the west side of the park had a flock of three orioles of three species: continuing adult male Hooded and female Bullocks and a new, immature male Orchard!

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: new Tennessee Warbler

Pete Gordon
 

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] new Tennessee Warbler
 
On New Year's morning there is a new Tennessee Warbler in town, in Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa. Take the north-south path that runs between the two large ball fields near the north end of the park and go down to near the south end of the ball fields and on the west side of the path along the western of the two ball fields are a couple blooming eucalyptus with deep red flowers. The bird seems to be hanging out in those trees and is chipping quite a bit. It gives a sweet chip that is somewhat sharp or hard in quality. Has a bunch of matted facial feathers from the eucalyptus juice, so it's obviously been there a while.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


new Tennessee Warbler

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On New Year's morning there is a new Tennessee Warbler in town, in Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa. Take the north-south path that runs between the two large ball fields near the north end of the park and go down to near the south end of the ball fields and on the west side of the path along the western of the two ball fields are a couple blooming eucalyptus with deep red flowers. The bird seems to be hanging out in those trees and is chipping quite a bit. It gives a sweet chip that is somewhat sharp or hard in quality. Has a bunch of matted facial feathers from the eucalyptus juice, so it's obviously been there a while.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


preliminary results of Rancho Santa Fe CBC 12-30-21

Robert Patton
 

Sorry for the delay in posting, but thanks to all those who participated in yesterday’s Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird Count.  All data have not yet been received, but I wanted to pass along highlights and preliminary results.  At least 49 parties (many consisting of solo individuals) reported 186 species (the annual number of species reported on this count in the past has ranged from 145 to 204).  So far, missed species include snow & Ross’ geese, cattle egret, green heron, stilt & avocet, Wilson’s snipe, canyon wren, and Bell’s sparrow.  Rarities included:

Common goldeneye reported continuing at Lake Miramar by Bruce Rideout and Paul Lehman, and at Penasquitos Lagoon by Dan King.

Black-footed albatross and Nazca booby (adult) reported offshore from Torrey Pines by Stan Walens.

Masked/Nazca booby sp. (immature) reported offshore from Cardiff by Paul Lehman.

Lewis’ woodpecker reported continuing in Penasquitos Canyon by Paul Chad.

Olive-sided flycatcher reported continuing in Harmony Grove by Patti Koger, Kathy Aldern, Carol Manning, and Jane Mygatt.

Vermilion flycatcher reported in Fairbanks Ranch by Paul Lehman (one continuing) and Phil Unitt (same one continuing plus two new males).

Swinhoe’s white-eye reported continuing in Del Mar by Robert Patton, in Solana Beach by Paul Lehman, and in Encinitas by Sue Smith, Gretchen Nell, and Manolo Turner.

Grace’s warbler reported continuing in Encinitas by Sue Smith and Rita Campbell.

Magnolia warbler reported continuing at San Dieguito Park by Paul Lehman, Joni Ciarletta, Denise Riddle, and Lesley Marples.

Green-tailed towhee found at San Diego Botanic Garden by Gretchen Nell and Manolo Turner.

White-throated sparrow reported continuing in Encinitas by Sue Smith, Eve Martin, and Rob Farber.

 

Eurasian wigeon male reported continuing at San Elijo Lagoon by Sean Buchanan.

Greater scaup female reported continuing at San Elijo Lagoon by Robert Patton and Sean Buchanan.

Yellow-crowned night-heron reported continuing at Del Mar Public Works by Joni Ciarletta, Jerry Bischoff, Denise Riddle, and Lesley Marples.

Zone-tailed hawk reported continuing at lake Hodges by Tracy Henchbarger, Clark Mahrdt, Stacy McCline, Ed Hall, Ken Weaver, and Jim Zimmer.

Golden-crowned kinglet reported continuing near Crest Canyon/San Dieguito Lagoon by Dan King.

Summer tanager reported continuing in Solana Beach by Paul Lehman.

Western tanager found in El Camino Memorial Park by Hank Ingersoll, and at San Diego Botanic Garden by Manolo Turner and Gretchen Nell.

Dark-eyed (slate-colored) junco found at Sandburg Park in Mira Mesa by Jeff Spaulding and family.

Bullock’s oriole reported continuing in Solana Beach by Paul Lehman.

Lawrence’s goldfinch reported continuing in Fairbanks Ranch by Paul Lehman.

 

Greater white-fronted goose reported in San Dieguito River Valley by Paul Lehman, Phil Unitt, and David Trissel.

Cackling goose reported in San Dieguito River Valley by Phil Unitt and David Trissel.

Wood duck reported in Poway by Kirsten Winter and Jack Daynes.

Hooded merganser reported in Rancho Bernardo by Tim Burr, and in San Dieguito River Valley by Phil Unitt.

Northern fulmar reported offshore by Robert Patton, Stan Walens, and Paul Lehman.

Least bittern reported at Lake Miramar by Bruce Rideout.

Thayer’s gull reported continuing at Lake Miramar by Bruce Rideout and Paul Lehman.

Glaucous-winged gull reported continuing at Lake Miramar by Bruce Rideout and Paul Lehman, and at Torrey Pines beach by Robert Patton.

Caspian tern reported off Del Mar by Robert Patton.

Parasitic jaeger reported offshore by Robert Patton, Stan Walens, and Paul Lehman.

Sapsucker sp. reported in Harmony Grove by Patti Koger, Kathy Aldern, Carol Manning, and Jane Mygatt.

Downy woodpecker reported at San Elijo by Sean Buchanan, and in Encinitas by Barbara Swanson.

Barn swallow reported along the beach at Torrey Pines by David Holway.

Mountain chickadee reported in Harmony Grove by Kathy Aldern’s group, at Stagecoach Park by Tuck Russell, in Encinitas by Steve Cameron, Sue Smith, and Rita Campbell, and in Poway by Kirsten Winter and Jack Daynes.

Red-breasted nuthatch reported in Del Mar by Robert Patton.

White-breasted nuthatch reported by multiple groups.

Yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler reported in Solana Beach by Paul Lehman.

Black-throated gray warbler reported in Del Mar by Paul Lehman, and photographed in Encinitas by Barbara Swanson.

Wilson’s warbler reported at San Dieguito Park by Joni Ciarletta’s group, and in Olivenhain by Betsy Vixie.

Purple finch in Harmony Grove by Kathy Aldern’s group.

Pine siskin reported in Rancho Bernardo by Tim Burr and by Allen Bond.

 

American wigeon x green-winged teal hybrid reported at San Elijo by Sean Buchanan.  Glaucous-winged x herring gull hybrid reported continuing at Lake Miramar by Bruce Rideout and Paul Lehman.  Costa’s hummingbird male reported in Del Mar by Robert Patton.
Birds seen within the week of the count but not on the day of the count included Bald eagle at Lake Hodges reported by Lisa Ruby.

 

 I apologize for any mistakes, misspellings, etc.  Thanks again to all who participated.
Happy new year!
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA


Rhinoceros Auklet record irruption! hybrid oystercatcher

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Several of us were seawatching today, 31 Dec, at La Jolla starting at dawn. Started out pretty calm and with several thousand Black-vented Shearwaters very, very, very close to shore. One Brown Booby. No alcids. But then at 9:45 all of a sudden flocks of southbound Rhinoceros Auklets started streaming by. Groups ranged in size of singles up to the low 20s. They passed by in substantial numbers for an hour, and then for another hour in much smaller numbers. By noon the count was at 453 Rhino Auklets, by far a high total for the county, by over 2x. Certainly have never seen anything like it off southern California. (And with all those Rhinos, just 2 Common Murres were mixed in.)

Also at La Jolla today, the high count of 10 Black Oystercatchers continue, as does the hybrid American X Black Oystercatcher. Good photos obtained. This could well be the same bird that was present there briefly in spring and then again for a more extended period in summer. Looks largely the same, and the uppertail coverts may even be slightly darker than they were in summer...alas!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Kendall-Frost Nelson's

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

The tide was high enough this morning (12/31/21) to push the NELSON”S SPARROW out of Kendall-Frost Marsh into its usual bush.
It became active at 8:30, moved and perched until 8:40 when it flew back out into the Marsh.

Jim Roberts
University City


several-day miscellanea; gull issues at Miramar Lake

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On 30 Dec, a Masked/Nazca Booby off Cardiff may have been the same bird reported off Torrey Pines earlier the same day and a couple days before that at La Jolla. Maybe. In Solana Beach, the Magnolia Warbler continued but seems to have gotten less reliable in that same part of the park, a Summer Tanager continues, as does a couple Bullock's Orioles and a wayward, coastal White-breasted Nuthatch. In Fairbanks Ranch a Vermilion Flycatcher and 5+ Lawrence's Goldfinches continue, a Black-thr. Gray Warbler was in Del Mar, and there was a flock of 19 Greater White-fronted Geese in the eastern/inland section of the Surf Athletic Fields off Via de la Valle. On 29 Dec, yet another pugetensis White-crowned Sparrow was present locally, this one bordering Montgomery Field. On 28 Dec, the count of 25 Northern Fulmars from La Jolla is symptomatic of the good numbers present off the CA coast this year, and there were 3 Western Tanagers in Villa La Jolla Park.

At Miramar Lake, the long-staying seven Common Goldeneyes (including two drakes) continue on the 30th, as does the interesting mix of white-winged gulls. There is "certainly" one first-cycle "Thayer's" Iceland Gull, up to three first-cycle Glaucous-winged Gulls, and at least one first-cycle Glaucous-winged X Herring Gull. As well as a couple or more first-cycle Herrings. In reviewing eBird submissions of "Thayer's" Gulls from that site over the past 3+ weeks, I've seen photos of the Thayer's, of Glaucous-wingeds, and of the hybrid. (The hybrid looks very much like a Thayer's, plumage wise, but is overall a bit large and definitely larger billed.) Anyway, take care when identifying these birds there, and it currently seems to be a good place to study these confusing taxa! Mid-day and afternoons are best for gull numbers there.

--Paul Lehman


New Year's Day pelagic trip reminder

David Povey
 

Hello all, and Happy New Year,
Just a reminder to those of you who signed up for the San Diego Field Ornithologists New Year's Day Pelagic trip.
We will meet just before 6:30 a.m.,Saturday morning at Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, in Mission Bay. 
Do not check in at the office.  Meet us on the patio area between the office and the docks. We will check you in and have you sign the boat manifest there.
Parking in front of the landing and on the street is plentiful and free. Do not park in the lots to the east or west of the designated Seaforth Sportfishing parking area.That could get expensive.
The weather and seas forecast currently seems to be much improved for Saturday, and we will keep an eye on that. Offshore conditions right now are a mess. Predictions, as of this morning, are that it will start to come down Friday ( maybe even sooner, as it's sunny and near calm here at this moment ??). I will keep you posted if conditions, other than weather service predictions occur.
At minimum I would be prepared for cool temperatures and motion, and of course we will not go into unsafe conditions.
I have not checked with the landing on any new covid protocols, but I would have a mask along incase. I need not remind you if you are sick or showing symptoms don't show and don't go. 
We do have a small number of spaces available, if you get a last minute urge to come along with us. I would suggest you show up Saturday morning with cash or a check to SDFO in the amount of $65 for current (2022 ) members and their guests, or $85 for non members. Certainly you can pay your 2022 SDFO membership at that time if you wish.
I hope your New Year is healthy, prosperous, and full of good birds.

Dave Povey
Dulzura


Adult Nazca booby

Stan Walens
 

Heading south off of Torrey Pines Preserve at 9:00 am.
Also 10K+ black- vents
Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 30, 2021; 9:05 am


continuing north county rarities 12-29-21 and RSF CBC still scheduled 12-30-21

Robert Patton
 

The Lewis' woodpecker continued this morning around 8:50 at eastern Penasquitos Canyon, perching and giving single note "peek" calls from the top of the tallest sycamore just off the SW edge of the pipe corral about 100-200 yds west of the adobe ranch house.
The magnolia warbler continued in upper San Dieguito Park around 11 am, foraging in the tallest eucalyptus on the east side of the parking lot opposite & to the NE of the tot lot & playground area where it was previously frequenting.

The Rancho Santa Fe Christmas Bird Count will continue as scheduled tomorrow.  I'm praying that the weather tomorrow will follow that of each day this week - dismal forecasts of rain all day being frequently revised & at least enough pockets of no or light rain to make birding possible.  I encourage participants to regularly check local doppler radar and hourly forecasts.  Stay safe but please at least attempt a token effort to cover your pre-assigned areas.  (Due to covid precautions, there will be no compilation meeting or lunch, but please try to get at least a species list to me before Fri morning so we can share preliminary results.  If it's easier for you than submitting the previously sent checklist & forms, I'll accept results on eBird lists as long as those lists are either shared to me through eBird or copied and pasted into an email, and the time and mileage effort are forwarded.)
Thanks & good luck!
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA  


La Jolla Cove, 12/29

Stan Walens
 

Still huge numbers of black-vents near shore. A handful of close fulmars.
Huge numbers of people; negative number of parking spaces.
With people clambering all over the rocks, no sign of oystercatchers reported this morning on eBird.
Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 29, 2021; 1:10 pm


Favorite County Birding Hotspots?

Chris Taylor
 

As a recently moved to San Diego birder, I am looking to compile a list of favorite birding hotspots.  I live in North County and frequent Batiquitos and San Elijo Lagoons, and La Jolla Cove but I would love to hear other recommendations and I am willing to travel nearly anywhere.  You can reply to me individually or to the group if you prefer.  Thank you in advance.


Preliminary Results for Oceanside CBC - 26 December 2021

Jane Mygatt
 

Not all areas have been completely tabulated for the December 26, 2001 Oceanside CBC, but the preliminary estimate is 179 species, a bit under what we have had in the past few years. Several areas were not counted due to offshore weather conditions and lack of participants, but we were able to get on Camp Pendleton once again. We had 81 participants, about the same as last year (further recruiting of SD birders necessary).

Notable species include Greater White-fronted Goose (Libby Lakes), Common Murre (seawatch), Iceland Gull (Buena Vista Lagoon), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (San Luis Rey River), Red-naped Sapsucker (Gopher Canyon- north), Plumbeous Vireo (Las Palmas St. Carlsbad), Cactus Wren (Camp Pendleton), Purple Finch (Leo Carrillo, Gopher Canyon- south), Grasshopper Sparrow (Camp Pendleton), Green-tailed Towhee (Carlsbad Outlet), Hermit Warbler (Buddy Todd), Palm Warbler (Carlsbad Outlet, Fire Mountain), Yellow Warbler (Carlsbad residential, Oceanside WWTP), Wilson’s Warbler (Buena Vista Lagoon, San Luis Rey River), Summer Tanager (El Arbol Carlsbad), Western Tanager (Carlsbad residential).

Thanks to everyone who participated in our CBC. Much gratitude to Paul Lehman for conducting the compilation, filling the gaps of coverage, and being most helpful throughout. Buena Vista Audubon hosted the event at the Nature Center and many thanks to the Board of Directors/staff/volunteers, including Joan and Bo Bockman, Pat Brown, Annette Schneider, and Natalie Shapiro. Thanks to Tim Burr for coordinating efforts at Camp Pendleton, and monumental thanks to Joni Ciarletta for compiling the data.

Jane Mygatt
Carlsbad

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