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Common Tern

Martha Wild
 

I think that it is probably not a Common Tern, but a Forster’s. I didn’t realize Forster’s also had red legs.
Martha


Common Tern

Martha Wild
 

There was a common tern at the Tijuana River Mouth this morning. I believe we also saw it last week, when we briefly saw a tern with a black-tipped red beak, but didn’t have time to note any additional marks, so did not report it as such. But this time I was able to get a picture.



miscellanea, incl. coastal Bald Eagles

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Friday the 17th, two immature Bald Eagles, probably continuing birds (?), were at Sweetwater Reservoir. One with more white on the head than the other and both sitting along the shoreline. Very rare on the coastal slope, especially in summer. A male Wood Duck was at the northeast corner of Lower Otay Lake, where one was last August. Probably an early post-breeding disperser.

On 16 June, one or two somewhat wayward Acorn Woodpeckers continued at Mast Park in Santee. The long-staying problematic male scaup continues at Lake #4 at Santee Lakes.

On 15 June, 1 or 2 Northern Fulmars continued off La Jolla, with a couple Sooties and small numbers of Black-venteds, plus a few summering Surf Scoters and the continuing several Black Oystercatchers.

On 14 June, an adult Reddish Egret continued on South San Diego Bay.

On 13 June, there was another southbound, alternate-plumaged Common Murre at La Jolla. The first appreciable surge of adult Heermann's Gulls had arrived.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Late Warbling Vireo at Famosa Slough and dark breeding- plumaged Willet at Robb Field, Wednesday, June 15

Susan Smith
 

This morning while birding with Char Glacy, Jan Nordenberg and Mel Senac,   we saw two interesting birds.  One was an alternate plumaged Willet in the mudflats off Robb Field, a day later than the earliest fall arrival date given by Paul Lehman in his Bird Atlas update file.  This Willet seems to be an example of one of the real dark types of "Western" subspecies ( Tringa semipalmata inornata ),  similar to the darker "eastern 
" subspecies,  T. s semipalmata, but with other marks, like bill shape, seeming to be fine for "Western."   Records of the eastern ssp. are also nearly non-existent   in the West.  It is presumed to be one of the early adult arrivals from the breeding grounds.   Checklist with photos by Mel are at                              https://ebird.org/checklist/S112993659 . 

    Another bird of interest was a late migrant Warbling Vireo at Famosa Slough in a coral tree area along Mentoni St. singing almost continuously.  Photo by Mel and song recording by Char are at https://ebird.org/checklist/S113001334  .  There was also another bird in the same tree that looked like a possible Yellow-green Vireo, since it was slightly larger than the Warbling Vireo, had a bright yellow-green back, and much bright yellow below, but we lost it and it was silent.  If anyone is birding in this area, they might want to see if they can re-find it.   Good birding to all.   Sue 

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@...

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Re: Yesterday’s Pelagic

Paul Chad
 

I was not even ON Sun's pelagic...

But- just a brief mention, to 'second' George Miller's thoughts (and Nancy C's from awhile back)-  THANKS as always, guys, for all you do on the SD pelagic trips   :-)

See you (at latest) on Oct 1!

Paul Chad
University City


Re: Two Laughing Gulls at Penasquitos Lagoon river mouth

Nancy Christensen
 

No gulls present at 3:50. Reports of them being chased by children.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Jun 14, 2022, at 2:17 PM, David Trissel <dtrissel@...> wrote:

Still here at 2:16pm. Found by Sean Buchanan.

Davis Trissel
San Diego, CA





Two Laughing Gulls at Penasquitos Lagoon river mouth

David Trissel
 

Still here at 2:16pm. Found by Sean Buchanan.

Davis Trissel
San Diego, CA


Yesterday’s Pelagic

George Miller
 

I just want to extend my gratitude to Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Dave Pereksta, and Stan Walens for working to make the trip an immensely rewarding experience, especially for a pelagic novice like myself. Your expert knowledge and dedication to San Diego’s birding community is an invaluable asset to all of us. For those who have not yet done a pelagic birding trip, I strongly recommend that you get out there and take the plunge. You will definitely be a better birder having experienced this memorable, unique environment. Thanks again guys!
Warmest regards,
George Miller 
Banker’s Hill 


Addenum to San Diego pelagic trip June 12th. report.

David Povey
 

Paul Lehman did a very nice job and has given an accurate report for yesterday's June 12th. trip. Paul single handedly directs the boat, spots the many of the birds, and acts as the clearing agent for the reports coming in from the, no easy jobs. Thanks from all of us who benefit from his skills.
The only thing I would add to this report is that the marine mammals show was exceptional. Not just multiple close in Blue Whales, but two species of dolphin, Elephant Seals,and  a rare Guadalupe Fur Seal among others. Although that is not the focus of these birding trips, their presents and location creates an opportunity for pelagic birders that would like a short excursion offshore, the whale watch boats!
The Blue Whales are on the Nine Mile Bank, and just off the edge to the west. This puts those whale watching boats right in the area where we were seeing the Craveri's and Scripps's Murrelets. Again these are whale watching boats, so expect them to ignore sea birds, and chase mammals. That's their job, but that doesn't stop you from looking.
The whale watch boats are short trips of usually 3 hours, and relatively inexpensive ( look for coupons money off ).
Unfortunately the word is out, so they can be crowded, many take a hundred or more folks. I notice some list FULL for some dates.
There are multiple whale watch operations out of both San Diego and Mission Bays. 
We use and recommend Legacy at www.sdwhale.com There are several others.

BTW, although the July16th. pelagic birding trip is currently full.  If you wish to go, I would encourage you to call Seaforth Landing 619 224 3383 and go onto a waiting list. Someone will drop off the trip between now and then.
All of our trips are posted at www.sandiegopelagics.com.
Good Birding
Dave Povey
Dulzura


San Diego pelagic trip 12 June: MANX Shearwater, 17 Craveri's, Blue Whales galore

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The pelagic trip on 12 June from Mission Bay out to the Nine-Mile & 30-Mile Banks and "the Corner" aboard "Legacy" and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under wonderfully light seas and a nice full-day overcast. Overall bird numbers were OK, and we had a great Blue Whale show, including one mammal right next to the boat, exhaling loudly. Certainly the best bird of the day unfortunately escaped detection until it had flown and photos were checked: a MANX SHEARWATER in with a flock of 100 Sooties on the central Nine-Mile Bank. We also had a good total of 17 Craveri's Murrelets, 10 Scripps's Murrelets including fuzzy chicks, a very rare in summer Rhinoceros Auklet, a very rare in mid-June adult Sabine's Gull, 2 Brown Boobies, 10 Northern Fulmars, 6 Ashy Storm-Petrels, and some good rafts of Black Storm-Petrels. Offshore totals for the day were:

Scripps's Murrelet 10
CRAVERI'S MURRELET 17
murrelet sp. 4
Cassin's Auklet 16
RHINOCEROS AUKLET 1 (inside Nine-Mile Bank)
SABINE'S GULL 1 (adult; 30-Mile Bank)
Heermann's Gull 4
Western Gull 95
California Gull 1
Least Tern 5
Forster's Tern 2 (unusual was one 5-1/2 miles off La Jolla; typically not pelagic)
Royal Tern 3
Elegant Tern 320
Common Loon 1 (basic plumage, Nine-Mile Bank)
Ashy Storm-Petrel 6
Black Storm-Petrel 750
NORTHERN FULMAR 10 (very good count for June)
Pink-footed Shearwater 22
Sooty Shearwater 280
MANX SHEARWATER 1 (Nine-Mile Bank; very rare in county and casual in summer; photo'd)
Black-vented Shearwater 100
Brown Booby 2
Brown Pelican 55
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Brandt's Cormorant 10

The next pelagic trip out of San Diego on 16 July is now full. There is still space on the trips on 13 August, 11 September, 1 October, and 22 October.

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Dave Pereksta, Stan Walens


Re: Injured Western Grebe beached at Imperial Beach

Lisa Ruby
 

Thanks Phil. Called them and they transferred me to Sea World. We have the bird and a guy from Sea World is coming to get it from us.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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On Jun 12, 2022, 12:08 PM, phil Pryde < philpinsd@...> wrote:

For everyone’s future info in such situations, Project Wildlife’s tp. number is:  619-299-7012. 

Phil Pryde


On Jun 12, 2022, at 10:44 AM, Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1@...> wrote:

I am at Imperial Beach and there is an injured Western Grebe stuck on the beach near the water. We saw it struggling in the water at edge of the sand and now it's beached as the tide goes out. Might have a broken leg. Don't know if there is anyone that can get out here and get it. Not a great spot. General, but not exact coordinates below.

Latitude: 32.55982
Longitude: -117.13115


http://maps.google.com/?q=32.55982,-117.13115

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Sabre Springs


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Re: Injured Western Grebe beached at Imperial Beach

phil Pryde
 

For everyone’s future info in such situations, Project Wildlife’s tp. number is:  619-299-7012. 

Phil Pryde


On Jun 12, 2022, at 10:44 AM, Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1@...> wrote:

I am at Imperial Beach and there is an injured Western Grebe stuck on the beach near the water. We saw it struggling in the water at edge of the sand and now it's beached as the tide goes out. Might have a broken leg. Don't know if there is anyone that can get out here and get it. Not a great spot. General, but not exact coordinates below.

Latitude: 32.55982
Longitude: -117.13115


http://maps.google.com/?q=32.55982,-117.13115

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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Re: Injured Western Grebe beached at Imperial Beach

Joni Ciarletta
 

Might be too late but usually if you inform the lifeguard they will get it to Project Wildlife or Seaworld (for seabirds).

Joni Ciarletta

On Jun 12, 2022, at 10:45 AM, Lisa Ruby via groups.io <lbruby1@...> wrote:

I am at Imperial Beach and there is an injured Western Grebe stuck on the beach near the water. We saw it struggling in the water at edge of the sand and now it's beached as the tide goes out. Might have a broken leg. Don't know if there is anyone that can get out here and get it. Not a great spot. General, but not exact coordinates below.

Latitude: 32.55982
Longitude: -117.13115


http://maps.google.com/?q=32.55982,-117.13115

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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Injured Western Grebe beached at Imperial Beach

Lisa Ruby
 

I am at Imperial Beach and there is an injured Western Grebe stuck on the beach near the water. We saw it struggling in the water at edge of the sand and now it's beached as the tide goes out. Might have a broken leg. Don't know if there is anyone that can get out here and get it. Not a great spot. General, but not exact coordinates below.

Latitude: 32.55982
Longitude: -117.13115


http://maps.google.com/?q=32.55982,-117.13115

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


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miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

A Saturday morning seawatch at La Jolla produced a rare and early alternate-plumaged, southbound Common Murre, a (continuing?) dark-morph Northern Fulmar, and about 45 Black-vented Shearwaters. Also continuing Surf Scoters (6) and Black Oystercatchers (3).

Yesterday, the 10th, the presumed-escape young male Painted Bunting continued in the TRV community gardens, a young Bonaparte's Gull continued in the Salt Works area, and what may end up being my final spring-migrant lanbdbird of the season was in the form a Western Wood-Pewee nearby.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Sunday, June 12th. pelagic weather and seas forecast.

David Povey
 

The Marine forecast for the ocean south of San Mateo Point and out to 30 nautical miles. "Sunday wind variable less than 10kts. in the morning, becoming 10kts. from the west in the afternoon. Wind wave 2ft. or less. mixed swell W 2 ft. at 10 seconds, and S 1-2 ft. at 14 seconds". 
That's about as nice as it can get. Not flat calm but very close. Paul Lehman just reported in from La Jolla Cove and those were the conditions he was seeing this morning. That will be very comfortable on an 80ft. boat., like the Legacy.
We still have spots available in the morning, if you've been holding out for just the right conditions tomorrow maybe your day. You can book directly at www.sdwhale.com. or call 619 224-3383. or take your chances and show up in the morning at Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, in Mission Bay. We will take you!
Who would think of a Cook's Petrel at the Safari Park? We gotta go find what is out there?
BTW the July 16th. trip is now fully booked and will start a waiting list.
Dave Povey


Re: more on the Safari Park (Escondido) COOK'S PETREL

Joe Morlan
 

On Fri, 10 Jun 2022 22:40:43 +0000 (UTC), "lehman.paul@... via
groups.io" <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

Photos will undoubtedly be posted elsewhere soon by the observers.
Found the photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S112626322?view=photos
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


No Petrel at Safari Park as of 5:15

Aedyn Loefke
 

Trysten checked all the bodies of water at the Safari Park after his shift at the park ended but with no success.

--Aedyn Loefke 
Valley Center 
 


more on the Safari Park (Escondido) COOK'S PETREL

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The details as I understand them are that this bird was found at around 1:15 PM today (10 June) by Kris McMillan and Geoff Veith at the lower pond at the Safari Park near Escondido. The pond near where the Gliossy Ibis hung out last year and where a couple Neotropic Cormorants have been seen in recent years. They did not know what the bird was, so they sent a photo or two out for comment. Everyone commented that it appeared to be a Cook's Petrel or similar species. It stayed around the pond for only a minute or two, and was actually seen dropping to the water and picking up what may have been some sort of food (although I doubt it was squid!!). The bird then flew off. Geoff and Kris departed very soon thereafter and then sent additional photos out. Some time later, Safari Park staff member Eric Lutomski (of Wood Stork fame) gave a look for the bird there and did NOT see it. He said staff would look again later this afternoon.

Photos will undoubtedly be posted elsewhere soon by the observers. The bird looks like a Cook's Petrel. Similar species such as Pycroft's and DeFilippi's--neither of which have yet to be recorded in California--seem to be eliminated (as best we can tell) on the basis of bill shape and tail pattern. As for how the bird got way inland to Safari Park, there are two main options: 1) It got trapped in the Gulf of California and headed this way, directly or via the Salton Sea where there are two or three previous summer records, sort of the same route taken by some spring Brant, scoters, and loons; or 2) it was found stranded at almost any spot in San Diego County by a good samaritan who didn't know where to take it so figured the Safari Park might be able to take care of it.

Other than the Salton Sea birds, the only other Cook's Petrel I am aware of to have occurred inside the beach in CA is a bird found in a Santa Cruz driveway on 17 Nov 1983.

Hopefully this portends numbers of Cook's offshore San Diego as well! So please come on the pelagic trip this coming Sunday, or in July (almost full) and August, and we'll definitely try!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Apparent Cook’s Petrel at Safari Park

Justyn Stahl
 

It should be clarified that the bird was seen flying away after it was photographed. Not that it couldn’t still be around, but it was not obviously sticking around.

Justyn Stahl, moderator 

On Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 2:06 PM David Trissel <dtrissel@...> wrote:
Geoff Veith and Kris McMillan found what appears to be a Cook’s Petrel at the Safari Park around 1:00 today. Several pictures were taken and shared. GPS: (33.0985897, -116.9992571)

Just getting the word out …

David Trissel
San Diego, CA




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