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American White Pelican

Donna Mancuso
 

I saw a breeding adult in the San Elijo Lagoon yesterday. I thought it was an unusual sighting, but it didn’t show up on the Rare Bird Alert.


Craveri's, NESTING Black & AmericanXBlack Oystercatchers

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Forgot to mention that during our offshore trip today, Friday, we also saw 5 Craveri's Murrelets at the 30-Mile Bank and about a dozen Cassin's Auklets. As we motored back in to San Diego Bay, we had a Black and an American X Black Oystercatcher at the mouth of the bay on Zuniga Jetty. This is presumably the long-staying American X Black from nearby Cabrillo National Monument, etc. And also today, we were alerted by Brennan Mulrooney to an iNaturalist report by someone of presumably this same pair of one Black and one American X Black with a young CHICK on the rocks at the tidepools area of Cabrillo N. M. photo'd on 3 July. This establishes the first fully confirmed nesting record of oystercatchers in San Diego County. There had been one or two previous "strongly suggestive" events (e.g., see Atlas).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Three Cooks Petrels off San Diego

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

A few folks went offshore this morning, Friday, and had three separate Cooks Petrels out at the 30-mile bank and the corner. Otherwise, 4 dark rumped leach's storm petrels and about 13 ashies.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Thurs. a.m., COTEs still there

phil Pryde
 

A group of us birded at the J Street wetlands this morning, and for anyone interested, the small flock (6-8 birds) of Common Terns was still present, albeit quite a distance from shore.  A scope was needed (we had one). One Gull-billed Tern was feeding there. We stopped at Cleveland and 16th in National City but no sign of any Burrowing Parakeets.  

Phil Pryde
San Marcos


La Jolla Cove, July 6

Stan Walens
 

Spent from 6:15-8:45 at the Cove with Tammy Russell.
Many birds feeding out about 1.5 miles offshore: 350 brown pelicans, 1500 black-vented shearwaters, thousands of terns and gulls.
No alcids. 2 black oystercatchers.

Yesterday there was only a handful of adult Heermann’s gulls sitting on the point.
Today there were several dozen—and 3 fresh juveniles—as well as a few second and third year birds.
A major migratory push was happening: about 700 others were offshore flying north.

Most interesting bird of the day: a juvenile Pelagic Cormorant was sitting on the rocks beneath my bench, the first obvious juvenile I’ve ever seen here.
Could have been a visitor from the Los Coronados Islands, but also could have been indicative of local nesting. There are no confirmed nesting records for San Diego, but the number of summering pelagic cormorants in La Jolla has increased greatly since the bird atlas came out.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 6, 2022; 10:40 pm


BVAS October trip to the Choco-Andes region of Ecuador; sign up deadline is in 10 days


Common Terns & Common Murres

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On 6 July, a reasonable total of 20 one-year-old Common Terns were seen on South San Diego Bay--2 at Emory Cove and a flock of 18 at J Street (but which flew off to the north). July and early August is often the best time for this species on the Bay. The first few Red-necked Phalaropes had arrived at the Salt Works. Continuing summering flock of about 10 Surf Scoters off Camp Surf.

Yesterday, the 5th, a seawatch at La Jolla produced a total of 4 southbound Common Murres between 6:00-7:30 AM. From one to a few murres have been seen there virtually daily over the past 10 days, early in the morning. Strangely, July is regularly an excellent month to see them there. Also two grayish Northern Fulmars.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


waterfowl, eagles, parrots

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Monday the 4th, the infamous Greater/Lesser Scaup continues at Lake #4 at Santee Lakes, where also a male Northern Pintail which may well be the same summering bird present recently at Lake Murray. Two somewhat wayward, long-staying Acorn Woodpeckers continue at Mast Park.

Yesterday, the 3rd, the 2 two-year-old Bald Eagles continued at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir, where also a Spotted Sandpiper which could be either a rare locally summering bird or an early migrant arrival.Two adult Reddish Egrets continue on South San Diego Bay.

Yesterday evening, Barbara Wise checked the parrot roost at the El Cajon courthouse area, and perhaps surprisingly for early July she counted ca. 175 Red-crowned, ca. 25 Lilac-crowned, a few hybrid-types, one Red-lored type Parrot, and a continuing odd-looking yellowish parrot thingy. Also be aware that there are some young Red-crowneds around which show some characters of Lilac-crowned (e.g., duller and more restricted red crowns, darker eye).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Flamingo on the strand! (Not countable, I know)

dmichaelray@...
 

Out for a bike ride today, my wife and I saw a flamingo calmly standing in the bay, just north of the Emory Cove and pond 11 hotspot. I assume very not countable, but also very fun to see. Please see terrible phone pic, it's the giant pink bird in the middle. 

Also there are thousands of elegant terns in South Bay right now. You can hear them from the salt works all the way to the strand. 

Cheers
Mike and Tera


[CALBIRDS] CBRC adds two species to the California State List

Justyn Stahl
 

With Red-masked Parakeet now officially added to the California and San Diego County lists, Matt Sadowski’s 2021 San Diego County Big Year now totals an even 400! Incredible.


Justyn Stahl
North Park 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Kimball Garrett <cyanolyca818@...>
Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2022 at 3:39 PM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] CBRC adds two species to the California State List
To: <calbirds@groups.io>


Birders,

The California Bird Records Committee has completed its review of the evidence for listing two naturalized parrot species on the official state list and has accepted them both. These are the Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday; also known as Black-hooded Parakeet) and Red-masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys). Nanday Parakeet is placed immediately before Mitred Parakeet on the list, and Red-masked Parakeet is placed immediately after Mitred Parakeet. The addition of these two non-native, naturalized species brings the California bird list to 681 species, with 17 of them (including six parrots) representing non-native species. 

Joe Morlan has updated the CBRC website to reflect these additions; see: https://www.californiabirds.org/checklist.asp  He has also annotated the "Watch List" to indicate that these two species have now been accepted to the state list. 

Although the CBRC makes no judgment as to where within California these naturalized species are "countable", we note that Nanday Parakeets are well-established in western Los Angeles and southeastern Ventura counties and Red-masked Parakeets are well-established in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties. 

No other non-native species are currently under review for addition to the state list, but, as noted in the "Watch List," there are several with moderate to high potential for future listing. See: https://www.californiabirds.org/watchlist.html

Happy parrot-watching.

Kimball Garrett
[unofficial CBRC spokesperson]
Juniper Hills, CA
 


Re: Lake Hodges and other inland shorebird potential

Nancy Christensen
 

I have checked other bodies of water this week to see what possibilities for shorebirds might exist for fall migration.

Ramona Pond has some nice edge currently.

Lake Cuyamaca has vegetation growing clear into the water – no exposed shoreline at all.

Lake Henshaw – lake level is low. The shoreline you can see from the road looks good, but there is very little of it as the shore now cut through an extensive forest of willow.

I have not yet taken a look at Sutherland, but it usually does not get much in the way of shorebirds.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of lehman.paul@... via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 2, 2022 8:37 AM
To: sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Lake Hodges and other inland shorebird potential

 

As many of you know, they have substantially lowered the level of Lake Hodges so that they can do some dam repair work. The entire upper (east) end near Bernardo Bay is dry. But there is good mudflat and short-grass habitat in the Del Dios area, visible from Lake Drive. Lake Drive runs north-south, along the west side of the lake, and the area where the lake makes a large bend is where the habitat is. Just south of the closed entrance to the recreation area (boat ramp) and the former Hernandez Hideaway restaurant. There is easy parking at the site right along Lake Drive. One needs a good scope! Probably best in early morning, given the lighting and lack of heat distortion. This area is worth a check for shorebirds and herons for the next few months, as long as the habitat continues. An alternate Greater Yellowlegs there today (2 July) was probably a fall arrival.

 

There is currently reasonably good mudflat habitat also at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir, which also requires a good scope, lack of heat distortion, and also a 3/4-mile walk. At the northeast end of Lower Otay Lake (where good early last fall), there was OK edge-habitat about 10 days ago, although they did seem to be adding water to the lake at that time.

 

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Lake Hodges and other inland shorebird potential

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

As many of you know, they have substantially lowered the level of Lake Hodges so that they can do some dam repair work. The entire upper (east) end near Bernardo Bay is dry. But there is good mudflat and short-grass habitat in the Del Dios area, visible from Lake Drive. Lake Drive runs north-south, along the west side of the lake, and the area where the lake makes a large bend is where the habitat is. Just south of the closed entrance to the recreation area (boat ramp) and the former Hernandez Hideaway restaurant. There is easy parking at the site right along Lake Drive. One needs a good scope! Probably best in early morning, given the lighting and lack of heat distortion. This area is worth a check for shorebirds and herons for the next few months, as long as the habitat continues. An alternate Greater Yellowlegs there today (2 July) was probably a fall arrival.

There is currently reasonably good mudflat habitat also at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir, which also requires a good scope, lack of heat distortion, and also a 3/4-mile walk. At the northeast end of Lower Otay Lake (where good early last fall), there was OK edge-habitat about 10 days ago, although they did seem to be adding water to the lake at that time.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Common Murres & Common Tern

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Early Friday morning, July 1, two hours at La Jolla produced 5 separate southbound Common Murrres. July is often a very good month for them there. Also ca. 800 Black-vented Shearwaters.

On June 30, there was a (continuing?) one-year-old Common Tern in the sw. corner of South San Diego Bay. The first couple mid-sized flocks of migrant Western Sandpipers had returned.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


FW: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Susan Smith
 

Mucho apologies to all, my reply to Mel was meant for another group! But it might be helpful for  people to know that the Neotropical Corm and the other corms come in to roost there in late afternoon and evening before sunset. Sue Smith, Del Mar



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Susan Smith via groups.io" <seiurus@...>
Date: 6/28/22 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Mel Senac <msenac@...>, "King, Dan" <kingdaking519@...>
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

It's the wire over near  the bridge right? I went there just before sunset last night and it was there too, roosting on the wire with 9 DC corms. They perch there mainly morning and late afternoon/evenings. The only problem is the darn Del Mar fair and pre-opening set up activity, but I just looked and they are closed Wednesday! So that is a possibility, and we could check San Elijo afterwards, parking at/near the Nature Center. It is another option. Sue



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-------- Original message --------
From: Mel Senac <msenac@...>
Date: 6/28/22 6:18 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: "King, Dan" <kingdaking519@...>
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Ok- last reply I will send out ( sorry) but Neotropic Cormorant just flew back in at 6:14 AM after being gone for 5 minutes. On wire adjacent to Del Mar Blue Print Company. Close to Del Mar Public works for those not familiar with the area. 
Mel Senac


On Jun 27, 2022, at 7:05 PM, King, Dan <kingdaking519@...> wrote:

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego

--
Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
--
Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Re: Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Susan Smith
 

It's the wire over near  the bridge right? I went there just before sunset last night and it was there too, roosting on the wire with 9 DC corms. They perch there mainly morning and late afternoon/evenings. The only problem is the darn Del Mar fair and pre-opening set up activity, but I just looked and they are closed Wednesday! So that is a possibility, and we could check San Elijo afterwards, parking at/near the Nature Center. It is another option. Sue



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Mel Senac <msenac@...>
Date: 6/28/22 6:18 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: "King, Dan" <kingdaking519@...>
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Ok- last reply I will send out ( sorry) but Neotropic Cormorant just flew back in at 6:14 AM after being gone for 5 minutes. On wire adjacent to Del Mar Blue Print Company. Close to Del Mar Public works for those not familiar with the area. 
Mel Senac


On Jun 27, 2022, at 7:05 PM, King, Dan <kingdaking519@...> wrote:

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego

--
Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Re: Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Mel Senac
 

Ok- last reply I will send out ( sorry) but Neotropic Cormorant just flew back in at 6:14 AM after being gone for 5 minutes. On wire adjacent to Del Mar Blue Print Company. Close to Del Mar Public works for those not familiar with the area. 
Mel Senac


On Jun 27, 2022, at 7:05 PM, King, Dan <kingdaking519@...> wrote:

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego


Re: Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Mel Senac
 

Just flew off at 6:04 AM with a Double-crested Cormorant headed south
Mel 


On Jun 27, 2022, at 7:05 PM, King, Dan <kingdaking519@...> wrote:

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego


Re: Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

Mel Senac
 

Neotropic cormorant still present at the Cormorant roost at 6:00 AM this morning, June 28. 
Mel Senac
San Diego


On Jun 27, 2022, at 7:05 PM, King, Dan <kingdaking519@...> wrote:

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego


Neotropic Cormorant - Del Mar

King, Dan
 

For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Dan King
San Diego


Pelagic trip off San Diego, 26 June 2022 – Nazca B, Flesh-footed S, other birds

Gary Nunn
 

Sunday 26 June 2022 six of us made a trip offshore in search of seabirds.  From Point Loma we motored about due west to The Corner where we stopped and ran out a fish oil and snacking slick.  Not too much appeared in this area so after a while we headed north to the "ridge" of 30 Mile Bank.  Not finding much there either, we headed back towards shore and stopped on the Upper Nine Mile Bank where we ran out another fish oil slick and various chopped tuna and other "chumsicle" concoctions.  This proved to be a popular attraction and we soon had many Black Storm-Petrels and a few other species dancing on the water in front of us.  From here we returned to San Diego Bay.  77 NM traveled.

Morning highlight, as we came up the east side of the Nine Mile Bank, was the sudden appearance of two (!) near adult NAZCA BOOBY which made a very close pass by us, flying wingtip-to-wingtip. coming from the north.  They continued on their way south and out of sight, but naked eye views a few feet from the boat showed off the pink bills and white upper to central tail feathers nicely.

We did see two CRAVERI'S MURRELET while crossing the San Diego Trough to the Thirty Mile Bank.  The west wind and muddled short swell interval made alcid spotting challenging all day so I think we were lucky to spot this pair.

We did not see too many birds on our slick at The Corner, a second calendar year COMMON TERN was the best find there.

Back at the Nine Mile Bank after lunch we put out another slick which began attracting lots of Black Storm-Petrels.  A short while into this drift a large all dark shearwater with buoyant flight made a single pass, FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER!

Not too many cetaceans were seen, three Blue Whales and a zero on dolphins.  Also a couple of airborne jumping Mako Shark.

--
Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

Complete day trip totals below
2 Craveri's Murrelet
1 Cassin's Auklet
7 Heermann's Gull
69 Western Gull
4 Least Tern
1 Caspian Tern
1 Common Tern
2 Royal Tern
520 Elegant Tern
1 Black Skimmer
2 Ashy Storm-Petrel
72 Black Storm-Petrel
2 storm-petrel sp.
2 Northern Fulmar
1 Pink-footed Shearwater
1 Flesh-footed Shearwater
29 Sooty Shearwater
5 Black-vented Shearwater
2 Nazca Booby
2 Brown Booby
3 Brandt's Cormorant
1 Double-crested Cormorant
92 Brown Pelican
4 Great Blue Heron
2 Snowy Egret
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
1 Osprey
2 Amazona sp.
5 Barn Swallow
2 Brewer's Blackbird


Re: Yellow Throated Vireo

Nick Thorpe
 

Paul Chad and I were hearing the Yellow-Throated Vireo from about 9:30 - 9:45 this morning (6/27), but it’s been quiet since. So it’s still in the riparian area west of the toll booth, but very coy.
-- 
Nick Thorpe
University Heights

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