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South Lake Hodges - Gnat catchers (California I believe) close to the Ribbon Bridge

Tracy Henchbarger
 

At the 15 at Pomerado Road/West Bernardo Drive (West on West Bernardo Drive) on the south side of Lake Hodges, take the first path to the West of the ribbon bridge and head in for a few hundred feet. You’ll walk around a curve to the left; the path bifurcates for twenty or so feet and comes back together. A few yards beyond, on the lake-side of the path, you’ll see a 6-foot tall trunk of a dead tree with a large diameter and an eye in the truck big enough for people to throw their trash in. On the other side of the path in the scrub, 6-20 feet out, 3 that I could discern, but I believe 4, gnatcatchers were bouncing around in the scrub—at times sitting in a quite visibly on top of the vegetation.  2 PM PST. 

The mewing was distinct – very kitten-like and interspersed from time to time with an agitated buzzing sound. It was the mewing that attracted my attention. There was no black cap, there was a full eye ring, I did not see white on the outer tail feathers in flight, and the wings were very short, barely extending beyond the body.  I’ve been on walks with other birders and have seen California Gnatcatchers much further in on the south-side of the lake, but never have seen any gnat catchers this close to the ribbon-bridge end of the lake. (I believe on the last CBC we didn’t spot any, even further in.)  I’m pretty sure these were California Gnatcatchers. I would like someone to confirm California vs. Blue-gray.

Walking further down the path to the water, there were 15 white pelicans, an Osprey, a small group of Northern Shovelers, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Great Egrets, several American Coots, and quite a few Yellow-rumped Warblers along the way. Also, some gulls floating on the water that I couldn't identify.

Tracy Henchbarger

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CAPE MAY Warbler, residential Point Loma

Paul Lehman
 

I just received a phone call from Justyn Stahl that he and Nicole Desnoyers found a dull, female-type CAPE MAY WARBLER in residential Pt Loma at around 2:15PM Sunday. The address is 3711 Dupont St., about half way between Catalina and Silvergate. Loosely associating with a Hutton's Vireo and Townsend's Warbler. The description of the bird is spot-on for a dull Cape May.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Brown Thrasher continues 11-2-14

Eric Kallen
 

The brown thrasher continues at the fence line at old US 80 at the county park/ library in Jacumba.  Seen at about 9am this morning. 11-2-14.

Also seen..

Western tanager in my pyracantha edge.  This bird's been hanging around for about 2 weeks.

Hermit thrush. Ditto the above.  

Golden eagle -flyover by juvenile. Two adults last week. 

Pine Siskin 12. At my seed feeders. Also numerous around town.

Scott's oriole - heard at swamp, not seen.

American robin raiding my pyracanthas. If it brings it's large family around the pyracantha pomes won't last long


Eric Kallen 

Jacumba


Palm Warbler at the stick pond at Dairy Mart Road - Sunday 11/2

Terence Brashear
 

I looked unsuccessfully for the Lucy's Warbler today - 11/2/2014.  I did find a Palm Warber on the east side of the pond.  I heard its chip first and knew what it was so I tracked it down.  It was doing its characteristic tail pumping as it was feeding.

Regards,

Terry
 
Terry Brashear
San Diego County, CA
http://www.naturepixels.com
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Re: Another Summer Tanager

Sara Baase Mayers
 

Yet another Summer Tanager: one was in our front yard yesterday
afternoon (Nov. 1), presumably female - it appeared all yellow and
greenish yellow.

On 11/1/2014 5:32 PM, 'Phil Unitt' unitt@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
Dear friends,

This afternoon I took a walk through Hillcrest and the northern arm of
Balboa Park. Along Richmond St. between Myrtle and Brookes Ave. I heard
the distinctive “pittituck” of a Summer Tanager, just around the corner
from Jim Wilson’s house. A species that seems to become more prevalent
with every passing winter. Like every other specimen of the Summer
Tanager from coastal southern California, the one that Trent Stanley
picked up after it killed itself against a window at the zoo on 4
September was of the smaller, darker eastern subspecies. It was in the
middle of molt, suggesting it may have arrived where it intended to
winter even in late August.

Good birding,

Philip Unitt

San Diego
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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@cox.net
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TJ Valley, TRKI, PESA still present

phil Pryde
 

     This morning (Nov. 2) the Pectoral Sandpiper (more than 1?) was still at the main Dairy Mart pond, usually (this morning at least) hanging out in the vicinity of Dowitchers.  Didn't see the Lucy's at the southern Dairy Mart pond, but I was only there about 15 minutes. 
     Further west  on Saturn, the Tropical Kingbird was quite active where Paul said, on the wires (with 2-3 CAKIs) by the big field with elongated compost piles in it.,  Hint:  If the TRKI isn't on the wires, at the south end of the closest compost pile, you'll see a small garbage pile consisting entirely of organic matter (fruit, etc.).  It probably has lots of flies, etc., around it,  and the TRKI and the CAKIs like to take a break and go down there to snarf mini-protein tidbits. 

Phil Pryde 
San Diego


Coronado: Ch-sided & Tenn Warblers, 2 Tropical Kingbirds

Paul Lehman
 

Spent part of Sunday morning walking a number of streets and alleyways in Coronado. Highlights included:
BROWN BOOBY: at least 3 birds feeding in ocean off Ocean Blvd, are undoubtedly some of the same birds one can see off Imperial Beach
TROPICAL KINGBIRD: 2 together moving around various directions within a block of the intersection of Coronado and Acacia; a single bird has been found in this general area during a couple previous winters (goes back and forth between Navy golf course and the residential area).
TENNESSEE WARBLER: could well be the same bird from last winter, in blooming meloleucas along Pine Ave. near Tenth.
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER: in nicely vegetated side yard (with eugenias, ficus, and peppers) behind red wooden gate along alleyway just east of Glorietta & Ynez.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Black-throated green warbler

Nancy Christensen
 

The previously reported warbler was seen this morning about 7:30. Greenwood cemetery just north of the obalesque. Brief looks only.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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


Re: FRNC - Varied Thrush, 02 Nov 2014

Nancy Christensen
 

Thrush still present at 10:50. Last seen entering small bushes next to the highway just north of the entrance to the southeast circle.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Nov 2, 2014, at 9:58 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I just heard from Rich Norgaard and he reports a VARIED THRUSH at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning 02 Nov 2014.

The bird is along the fence-line in the southeast corner (east side of highway) of the cemetery.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


FRNC - Varied Thrush, 02 Nov 2014

Gary Nunn
 

I just heard from Rich Norgaard and he reports a VARIED THRUSH at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning 02 Nov 2014.

The bird is along the fence-line in the southeast corner (east side of highway) of the cemetery.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


CORRECTION: Cackling Goose at DeAnza Cove

Michael Wienholt <michaelwienholt@...>
 

The dock is next to Mission Bay RV Resort, NOT Campland on the Bay.

Apologies if I sent anyone astray.

Michael Wienholt
Escondido, CA 92025


Another Summer Tanager

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

This afternoon I took a walk through Hillcrest and the northern arm of Balboa Park. Along Richmond St. between Myrtle and Brookes Ave. I heard the distinctive “pittituck” of a Summer Tanager, just around the corner from Jim Wilson’s house. A species that seems to become more prevalent with every passing winter. Like every other specimen of the Summer Tanager from coastal southern California, the one that Trent Stanley picked up after it killed itself against a window at the zoo on 4 September was of the smaller, darker eastern subspecies. It was in the middle of molt, suggesting it may have arrived where it intended to winter even in late August.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Brown thrasher continues in Jacumba

Mark Stratton
 

Hi everyone, Camille and I drove through the wind a rain and arrived in Jacumba around 7:20 this morning.  We did not see the Thrasher but Alex Abela and his girlfriend soon arrived and after about 30 or 40 more minutes, she found it in the area between the library and the main highway.  The bird soon vanished and could not be refound.  At about 10 am, Camille finally refound the bird in this same area, (this is where it stayed into the early afternoon, and we finally got out new county bird.  It seems to really like this area and worked both sides of the fence, and up tight to it.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park


pix snow goose oceanside

stevan brad
 

first 5 here are from today


http://goo.gl/PzGmSR


east of N. Pacific street bridge    hanging out with the Reeve (female Ruff)


steve brad

Leucadia


Re: Ancient Murrelet, RIP

Lea Squires
 

The murrelet was being consumed on the beach by the Bahia Hotel at about 10am. Half of the head was destroyed, but the rest of it was OK. I collected it from the Western Gull and the remains will be taken to the SDNHM.

Thanks!
Lea Squires

On Nov 1, 2014 12:44 PM, "Barbara Carlson barbarac2003@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]" <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

This morning, Lea Squires witnessed "the death by gull" of the Ancient Murrelet in Mission Bay.

Four Brown Boobies were also seen at La Jolla sea watch this Saturday morning.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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Re: Ancient Murrelet, RIP

Charlene Glacy
 

Oh no, so sad. I felt such a bond with that cute little Ancient Murrelet.
 
Char

San Diego, California
858-538-6788
 
 Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher


From: "Barbara Carlson barbarac2003@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]" <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...>
To: SD Region Birding
Sent: Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:44 PM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Ancient Murrelet, RIP

 
This morning, Lea Squires witnessed "the death by gull" of the Ancient Murrelet in Mission Bay.
Four Brown Boobies were also seen at La Jolla sea watch this Saturday morning.
Barbara Carlson
San Diego




Ancient Murrelet, RIP

Barbara
 

This morning, Lea Squires witnessed "the death by gull" of the Ancient Murrelet in Mission Bay.

Four Brown Boobies were also seen at La Jolla sea watch this Saturday morning.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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Ruff / Snow Goose Oceanside

Annie S
 

The Reeve continues on the east side of the bridge along with a Snow Goose.

Annie S and Steve Brad

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Ancient Murrelet INVASION ?? Sabine's, Murres, Fulmars

Paul Lehman
 

A slug of birders, including a number of pelagic trip orphans, did a seawatch this morning (Saturday), post-front, at La Jolla. There were several highlights, including a very close juvenile SABINE'S GULL, a juv THAYER'S GULL, several NORTHERN FULMARS, several COMMON MURRES, some Cassin's Auklets, 6+ Parasitic Jaegers, small groups of phalaropes that included at least a few Reds and somewhat larger numbers of Red-neckeds (but mostly sp's.), increasing numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls, and two dark shearwaters that there was some disagreement over what they were.

What was particularly interesting were the small groups of small alcids flying south, totaling at least 35 birds in all. They all appeared very white underneath and with a fair amount of white in the underwing. Some were definitely Cassin's Auklets (in bright light), but several closer birds were clearly ANCIENT MURRELETS. Now, with the first individual this season--the silly bird still present as of yesterday on Mission Bay--one could easily assume it was just a lone bird acting strange. But then a second individual was seen at the same time from the Scripp's Pier in La Jolla. And now we have an uncertain but at least multiple birds flying south past La Jolla Cove. Interesting that I have NOT seen any posts from counties to our north (even in northern CA) of numbers of Ancients from shore--but it would seem that birders to the north might search off their favorite promontories, jetties, and piers for this species. Also, today's fulmars were the first healthy looking fulmars we'd seen off San Diego in eons. Are they recent southbound arrivals or over-summering birds that molted and look refreshed??

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Cackling Goose at DeAnza Cove

Michael Wienholt <michaelwienholt@...>
 

The subject bird was seen by Dan Langhoff and I at 9AM this morning preening on the end of the dock next to Campland.


Michael Wienholt
Escondido, CA

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