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Hornblower Whale Watching trip, Jan 27: adult masked-type booby

Stan Walens
 

Went out on today’s Hornblower trip. As is usual, we came across some gray whales within 3 miles of shore and did not go further west. Pretty much stayed south of Pt. Loma and just a little to its west.

Lots of gray whales, perhaps 25 for the morning, including a cohort of about 10 that appeared to be a gang of adolescent males harassing a female. Slowly followed that group for 2+ hours. B-O-R-I-N-G! didn’t even go to look at the humpback and fin whales I could see about a mile away.

Birds were few and far between, and though there were milling hordes of birds around, they weren’t near the whales, so we did not investigate any of them.
3-5 black-vented shearwaters, 1 rhinoceros auklet, 3-4 brown boobies.

At about 11:45, a large white booby with dark flight feathers flew south towards the Coronados Islands, a distance of maybe 1/2 mile west from the boat and about 4 miles SW of the tip of Pt. Loma.
Too far away to see details of bill.
I was able to get Jane Mygatt onto the bird within about 15 seconds of my initial sighting, but it just continued to fly away from the boat, and all she could see was large white booby; she couldn’t even make out the black flight feathers.

I do not recommend the Hornblower gray whale trips for birding.
Better strategy: make friends with Jimmy McMorran, who knows people, or so I’m told….

Stan Walens
San Diego


re snow goose oceanside

stevan brad
 

I incorrectly wrote  batiquitos is being dredged  

 make that agua hedionda    the one adjacent to the Carlsbad power plant


steve brad

leucadia


Snow Goose Oceanside and n county notesSNGO

stevan brad
 

SNGO   first 6 below are from today

http://goo.gl/sxeznh


Tom Jutte spotted a big white bird foraging with a group of 125 or so Canada Geese

east end of Oceanside airport      Tom says they are there in the am, 

bird is  a snow goose

location URL

https://goo.gl/maps/aRQeu


yesterday I saw the continuing first cycle Glaucous-winged Gull on beach west of Oceanside harbor  first 2 below from yesterday


http://goo.gl/Ip81L7


and lastly the west basin of the Batiquitos lagoon (between the RR tracks and the Coast Hwy} is being dredged with the effluent being deposited on the beach.  When this was done about 8 years ago  the sludge was quite popular with the gulls and other species as it was rich with bottom dwelling critters sucked up and re-deposited  in the bright sunshine......assuming its a sunny day


good birding your way

steve brad

leucadia













Google Maps













http://goo.gl/sxeznh

 


Cackling Goose? at Lake Miramar

Aaron Polichar
 

Hi all,


In my effort to locate the (possibly imaginary) Snow or Ross's Geese I thought I saw flying over my apartment toward the lake, I went to Lake Miramar at about 7:15 this morning for about 15 minutes. Amongst the domestic waterfowl and coots and scaups west of the boat ramp, I saw a goose that was marked like a Canada Goose, but was smaller than the domestic Muscovy duck it was huddled next to. It had a white ring at the base of the neck, but its head was tucked in so I didn't get a good sense of how prominent the ring was. Unfortunately, did not get a photo.


Aaron Polichar

Scripps Ranch, San Diego


Mini-Pelagic (1/25); Many Gulls (1/26); All from North County

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,

On Sunday (1/25/15) aboard a friends 28' boat, we set out from Oceanside Harbor to introduce our kids to some sea-life. The focus was on Marine Mammals but seabirds were all over the place. I don't believe we ventured more than 3-miles from the coast and we headed up the coast towards San Onofre and back to Oceanside within a 2 1/2 hour window. In a nutshell, it was ALCID'S GALORE!!! The waters in that vicinity is currently rich with nutrients and food and whatever. I can say there were 100's of Cassin's Auklet's (well over 500 individuals), at least 10 Ancient Murrelet's, 1 Rhino Auklet, and 1 Common Murre. Other birds of note include: 1 Brown Booby (sub-adult), and many 100's (if not 1000's) of Bonaparte's Gulls. It kills me that I wasn't able to look closer for a Little Gull, but it was about the kids this trip... All of this and I wasn't really birding.


All in all, if anybody is taking a boat trip, that area of water is going off!! (The kids got several lifers that day, including a surprise ultra close-up view of a gray whale surfacing and then fluking as they were snacking...and stellar views of three species of dolphin)

Today (1/26/15) in the late afternoon I headed up towards the San Luis Rey River Mouth in Oceanside and Camp Pendleton and found an abundance of Mew Gulls, TWENTY-NINE (29) in all! Most on Camp Pendleton, but two where at the San Luis Rey River Mouth, along with a 1st cycle Glaucous-winged-ish Gull. The remaining Mew Gulls were seen at Camp Del Mar (13 Indvs), and the remainder at the lined reservoirs off I-5 near the Santa Margarita River.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


Mew Gull 1-26-15 Lake Murray

James Morris
 

Today 1-26-2015 at Lake Murray:


1 first cycle Mew Gull.  Kiowa entrance, duck feeding area in first cove.  Photographs show that it is probably the same bird that was at Chollas Lake 2 days ago. 


Jim Morris

San Carlos


Tufted Duck, other birds, 25 Jan 2015

Gary Nunn
 

I visited a number of locations around the Tijuana River Valley and further east to Otay Reservoir today 25 Jan 2015.

Boater traffic on Lower Otay Reservoir seemed to have shifted a very large number of diving ducks to the Upper Otay Reservoir. Around 1:30 pm I located the continuing male TUFTED DUCK among several hundreds of loafing Lesser Scaup on the Upper Otay Reservoir. I made three passes through the assembled ducks before spotting it with tuft showing nicely and looking quite alert among the many scaup with their heads tucked away.

I also checked the boat launch facility area at Lower Otay Reservoir and found three first cycle THAYER'S GULL roof-topping on the floating pontoon, and three GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL there too, two first cycle and a nice looking adult.

Earlier in the morning I bumped into Dave Povey at the Bird & Butterfly Garden where he pointed out the continuing EASTERN PHOEBE in the horse staging area west of the garden. Walking over there I saw a GREATER ROADRUNNER in a small tree. Also over at the main Dairy Mart Pond a WILSON'S WARBLER and at the north side of the Sod Farm a ROCK WREN was a surprise on the piled up dead sod heaps. I bumped into John Bruin later and he mentioned also seeing a Rock Wren at this location some days before.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


Re: new Baltimore (ad. male), Bl. & wh., Acorns, eagle

Susan Smith
 

Interestingly, there have been 'coastal' breeding Acorn Woodpecker pairs (at least one, usually two) at two locations that I know of, for about 2-3 years now, staying to breed.  One pair or group is at the western end of Tecolote Canyon, and another at the western end of Lopez/Penasquitos Canyon right at the Los Penasquitos Canyon Trailhead there, off Sorrento Valley Blvd.   I saw evidence of breeding of the latter group last year.   I wonder if the other Acorns sighted this winter will also decide to stay.  

Paul Lehman wrote: 
up to
the south side of the UTC shopping mall there are 2 wayward ACORN
WOODPECKERS (it will be interesting to see how long all our coastal,
wandering ACWOs linger after this winter),


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 




-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding
Sent: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 11:13 am
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] new Baltimore (ad. male), Bl. & wh., Acorns, eagle

 
On Sunday morning the 25th, some poking around the University City (UTC)
area produced a number of birds of interest. In the fairly large La
Jolla Colony association open-space park (bird along the edges and
'fingers') located between the west end of Arriba St. and I-5 there was
a very pretty (as they all are) adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a female
WILSON'S WARBLER, a WESTERN TANAGER, and a "SLATE-COLORED" Junco.
(Another Slate-colored was several blocks to the east of there.) In the
open space park that runs from the west end of Renaissance Ave. up to
the south side of the UTC shopping mall there are 2 wayward ACORN
WOODPECKERS (it will be interesting to see how long all our coastal,
wandering ACWOs linger after this winter), and continuing (since late
Nov) SUMMER and WESTERN Tanagers. And in the alders in the business park
along Shoreham Place, off Greenwich Dr., near Governor and I-805,
there's a female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (very likely returning from
last year), as well as a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY.

Saturday the 24th, there as a young BALD EAGLE at Sweetwater
Reservoir--very rare close to the coast--as well as a continuing Prairie
Falcon and about a dozen Barn Swallows. At Eastlake, a BLACK-THROATED
MAGPIE-JAY was a bit of a shock to see and uncertain if of local origin
or if it had wandered all the way there from the TRV region? At Upper
Otay Lake, between 8:30-9:30AM I missed the Tufted Duck, despite the
presence of hundreds of scaup and Ring-neckeds, but small groups of
birds were still arriving on the lake from Lower Otay, so perhaps I was
just a bit too early in the morning. Also there were a continuing,
much-calling Greater Roadrunner, Virginia Rail, and Rock Wren. At the
boat-ramp area of Lower Otay Lake were 2 first-cycle Thayer's Gulls and
4 Glaucous-winged Gulls (1 adult, 3 first-cycles), along with about 25
Herrings.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: new Baltimore (ad. male), Bl. & wh., Acorns, eagle

John Walters
 

On 1/25/2015 11:13 AM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
At Eastlake, a BLACK-THROATED
MAGPIE-JAY was a bit of a shock to see and uncertain if of local origin
or if it had wandered all the way there from the TRV region?
Black-throated Magpie-Jays nested several years ago in the Sweetwater River valley not too far from the Eastlake area. Don't recall seeing any reports from that area recently.

John Walters
Bonita, CA
johnfwalters5552@gmail.com


Snow/Ross's Geese flyover in Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa area.

Aaron Polichar
 

Hello all,


A few minutes ago I think I heard and saw 3 or 4 white geese (the 4th bird looked like a gull, but I saw them briefly so I'm not sure.) fly over my apartment in Scripps Ranch, which is east of I-15 and west of Lake Miramar. They were flying from the northwest heading apparently toward the lake. Their calls sounded like the recordings I've been listening to of Ross's Geese more than Snow Geese.


Aaron Polichar

Scripps Ranch, San Diego


new Baltimore (ad. male), Bl. & wh., Acorns, eagle

Paul Lehman
 

On Sunday morning the 25th, some poking around the University City (UTC) area produced a number of birds of interest. In the fairly large La Jolla Colony association open-space park (bird along the edges and 'fingers') located between the west end of Arriba St. and I-5 there was a very pretty (as they all are) adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a female WILSON'S WARBLER, a WESTERN TANAGER, and a "SLATE-COLORED" Junco. (Another Slate-colored was several blocks to the east of there.) In the open space park that runs from the west end of Renaissance Ave. up to the south side of the UTC shopping mall there are 2 wayward ACORN WOODPECKERS (it will be interesting to see how long all our coastal, wandering ACWOs linger after this winter), and continuing (since late Nov) SUMMER and WESTERN Tanagers. And in the alders in the business park along Shoreham Place, off Greenwich Dr., near Governor and I-805, there's a female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (very likely returning from last year), as well as a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY.

Saturday the 24th, there as a young BALD EAGLE at Sweetwater Reservoir--very rare close to the coast--as well as a continuing Prairie Falcon and about a dozen Barn Swallows. At Eastlake, a BLACK-THROATED MAGPIE-JAY was a bit of a shock to see and uncertain if of local origin or if it had wandered all the way there from the TRV region? At Upper Otay Lake, between 8:30-9:30AM I missed the Tufted Duck, despite the presence of hundreds of scaup and Ring-neckeds, but small groups of birds were still arriving on the lake from Lower Otay, so perhaps I was just a bit too early in the morning. Also there were a continuing, much-calling Greater Roadrunner, Virginia Rail, and Rock Wren. At the boat-ramp area of Lower Otay Lake were 2 first-cycle Thayer's Gulls and 4 Glaucous-winged Gulls (1 adult, 3 first-cycles), along with about 25 Herrings.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Varied Thrushes at Dos Picos Park

rsbreisch
 

On Saturday Jan 24, we went to Dos Picos County Park near Ramona.  We ran into Tito from Carlsbad who had camped there Friday night.  Shortly after daybreak Saturday, he had seen 6 Varied Thrushes near the east corner of the day-use parking lot.  We later found about 4 Varied Thrushes area south of the day-use parking lot in the trees in the depression draining towards the pond.

 

Rich & Susan Breisch, San Diego

 


Inland birding

phil Pryde
 

Apologies for the late post, but I've been out of town the last two days. No new birds to report, but Sat. a.m. on Rangeland Road there were Mountain Bluebirds in the fields on both sides of the road, at least a half dozen on the west side and a dozen or so the east side. The Bald Eagles weren't on their nest, but I found them perched up in a leafless tree about a hundred yards to the SSE of the nest tree. A large flock of Lark Sparrows were on the ground near the north end of Rangeland Road. Saw one Ferruginous Hawk on the way out close to the south end of Rangeland. Sadly, didn't have time to go to the trails area where the Zonies were being seen at about the same time.
Only thing of interest at the Ramona Pond were 5 White Pelicans.
For anyone who hasn't yet made their way out to Old Mine Road west of Ranchita to see the Lewis' Woodpeckers, I made my first visit there, and found them very easy to locate. At 0.6 miles up Old Mine Road, the road forks (and deteriorates), so I paused there and about 50 yards straight ahead is a large very dead tree. The first LEWO was busily working high up on that dead tree. On the way out, I spotted two more LEWOs on the telephone pole nearest to O'Brien Road (a side road off of Old Mine).
Phil Pryde
San Diego


Mew Gull, Cackling Goose 1-24-15 Chollas Lake

James Morris
 

Today at Chollas Lake Sat 1-24-15:


1 first cycle Mew Gull

1 Cackling Goose


Photos taken.


Jim Morris

San Carlos


Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper and Pine Siskin - La Jolla

John Bruin
 

The last two days I've spent a couple of hours following up Paul Lehman's note on activity in the area of Buckingham Drive and Calle Majorca. Yesterday by myself and today with Ter Hurst. Yesterday I had the Brown Creeper and a couple of Pine Siskin. Today we had at least two Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, several Mountain Chickadee and 50 or more Robins, along with many additional more common species. Several other individuals found the Brown Creeper today.  Paul also indicated he saw Lawrence's Goldfinch, and a White-throated Sparrow which we did not find.

First 8 photo's are from this area;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118067347@N06/16171138139/

John Bruin
Bay Park, San Diego


South San Diego

peterginsburg
 

Steve Brad, Annie Stockley and I went south this morning and where we were unsuccessful in looking for the Harris's Sparrow.  Present near the entrance to the corrals were a Golden-crowned Sparrow and a Yellow Warbler. Farther down Leon the imm. male Orchard Oriole was in the same tree as reported by Paul L.  The Summer Tanager was located near 2180 Leon.  At Nestor Park, Chris Adler had the Black-and-white Warbler, a Wilson's Warbler and reported a Bell's Vireo (which we could not re-find).  At Greenwood Cemetery the B-t Green warbler was fairly cooperative (but not photographically so) and located first by SB near the obelisk.  It later flew east about 50 yds. where it foraged in similar trees.


Peter


San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - Sunday, Feb. 1st

Jayne Lesley
 

Hello, This is a reminder that the February 2015 San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count is next Sunday, February 1st. Everyone is welcome!

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres Dr. (Turn right/south off of Via de la Valle heading east from Hwy 5. San Andres dead ends at the lagoon). We divide into groups to count 5 areas. A park ranger will meet us to provide vests and access for restricted areas.

We will gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables. (Turn west off of Jimmy Durante Rd. just south of the Fairgrounds and bridge crossing the San Dieguito River.) Bring water and a snack or lunch.

Hope to see you next Sunday!

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)(e-mail: jaynelesley@earthlink.net)


Did not see or hear Inca Doves

shorebirdie@...
 

Since I was in the neighborhood this afternoon, I went and visited the Rams Hill area that Terry Hunefeld mentioned in his post about the Inca Doves. I followed his directions as best I could, but I didn't hear or see them. Once, I thought I heard their call, but it was hard to distinguish among all the Eurasian Collard and White-winged doves calling almost all at once. It wasn't a wasted trip, though,  as I managed to photograph a Vesper sparrow for the first time, which was pretty neat.


I was surprised at how birdy this area is, but no killdeer. Very nice golf course and club house, too.


Darlene Luckins

SDSU area


Crissal Thrasher Borrego

stevan brad
 

http://goo.gl/C1inzz



Annie Stockley and I had some brief looks and got some cruddy photos of a cool bird   just North of the  settling ponds Borrego Springs 

bird was singing



good birding your way

steve brad

leucadia



I stand corrected

Catherine Zinsky
 

What I thought was a Pacific-slope Flycatcher has been identified as actually being a Hammond's Flycatcher.  Seen in the park adjacent to Marston House in  a young pine near the rim that descends down to 163.

Thank you, Paul Lehman, for correcting me on this:-)

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine

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