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New Orchard Oriole, Plumbeous Vireo, Bullock's Oriole; Carlsbad, Seascape Apt. Area, 6 DEC 2015

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed a female ORCHARD ORIOLE, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO, and an immature male Bullock’s Oriole this morning, 6 DEC 2015, around 8-9 am in the Eucs along the northern to northeastern edges of the complex. The ORCHARD ORIOLE was quite vocal and gave clear “chuck .. chuck” calls. Interestingly, I did observe at least one ”tail-wagging” behavior that Gary N. has noted for this species.

 

Photos of all three birds can be seen at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/81902992@N03/23571859255/in/datetaken-public/

 

Scroll to right to see other photos.

 

Since observing 3 species of Orioles in October at this location, I have been dropping in regularly to see if Orioles continued, without any luck. Today, two new orioles. I’m starting to conclude that the October birds were migrants or they continue to hang out at some other nearby location. Nonetheless, this will likely continue to be a good CBC location.

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 


J St., Chula Vista - Lesser Black-backed Gull, 06 Dec 2015

Gary Nunn
 

There is a first cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull on the mudflats at J Street Marina, Chula Vista. First found by Jim Pawlicki.

Watching at 11:15AM but flock just moved a small distance.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Mel Senac <melsenac@...>
 

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was again seen this morning at Collier Park in Ramona. Seen by Michael Beeve on Friday, Dec 4 and continues in the Willow trees by the playground. Flying between 3 trees.
 
Mel Senac
La Jolla


South Bay and B& B

Catherine Zinsky
 

Beautiful morning!  Birds of note:
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Marsh Wrens
Black & white Warbler --- B&B

Other warblers included Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, and Townsend's.  
Three  agreeable Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Some photos on flickr. below.
--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine

Competitive Obedience Toolbox: www.gettoready.net

Ch Borderfame Soul Train UDX, OM ('Kellan the Felon' a.k.a. 'Sir Barkalot')
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 7, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. Sporting Field's Quantum Leap CDX  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
 
 


Re: Rare birds return to Ramona

Nancy Christensen
 

Thanks Sonja... I had not seen this posting from Michael. Glad to hear that sapsucker is around!


On Dec 5, 2015, at 6:43 AM, Sonja Beeve lunaskye13@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Not sure if this went through the first time I sent it.  I don't see it in my inbox......

Sonja Beeve



Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...


On Friday, December 4, 2015 4:10 PM, Michael Beeve <pileatedwoodpecker@...> wrote:


Decided to bird the Ramona area instead of Pt. Loma today on one of my "fall birding" vacation days and was richly rewarded.  Found the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at 6:45 in Collier park.  It was working the willows near the playground.  I think this is the 3rd(?) year in a row for this bird.  Found two VARIED THRUSH at Dos Picos county park at 9:30.  They were feeding on the ground between the westernmost parking lot and the broken footbridge. Same birds from last year?  On the eastern side of the park within a large flock of "oregon" DARK-EYED JUNCOS I found one "slate-colored" and one "gray-headed" subspecies.  I then went to Highland Valley road and added the following; 1 BALD EAGLE, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 LIGHT-MORPH AND 1 DARK MORPH FERRIGINOUS HAWK, 50+ MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND 1 BURROWING OWL.  Thanks,
Michael 
 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...
 
Sonja Beevé                        
(Luna Nightwynd)
         )O(
google.com/+ SonjaBeeveLunaNightwynd


Rare birds return to Ramona

Sonja
 

Not sure if this went through the first time I sent it.  I don't see it in my inbox......

Sonja Beeve



Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...


On Friday, December 4, 2015 4:10 PM, Michael Beeve wrote:


Decided to bird the Ramona area instead of Pt. Loma today on one of my "fall birding" vacation days and was richly rewarded.  Found the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at 6:45 in Collier park.  It was working the willows near the playground.  I think this is the 3rd(?) year in a row for this bird.  Found two VARIED THRUSH at Dos Picos county park at 9:30.  They were feeding on the ground between the westernmost parking lot and the broken footbridge. Same birds from last year?  On the eastern side of the park within a large flock of "oregon" DARK-EYED JUNCOS I found one "slate-colored" and one "gray-headed" subspecies.  I then went to Highland Valley road and added the following; 1 BALD EAGLE, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 LIGHT-MORPH AND 1 DARK MORPH FERRIGINOUS HAWK, 50+ MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND 1 BURROWING OWL.  Thanks,
Michael 
 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...
 
Sonja Beevé                        
(Luna Nightwynd)
         )O(
google.com/+ SonjaBeeveLunaNightwynd


Fw: Rare birds return to Ramona

Sonja
 

Please see below - thought I would share!
 
Sonja Beevé                        
(Luna Nightwynd)
         )O(
google.com/+ SonjaBeeveLunaNightwynd


On Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:24 AM, Michael Beeve wrote:


 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...


On Friday, December 4, 2015 4:10 PM, Michael Beeve wrote:


Decided to bird the Ramona area instead of Pt. Loma today on one of my "fall birding" vacation days and was richly rewarded.  Found the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at 6:45 in Collier park.  It was working the willows near the playground.  I think this is the 3rd(?) year in a row for this bird.  Found two VARIED THRUSH at Dos Picos county park at 9:30.  They were feeding on the ground between the westernmost parking lot and the broken footbridge. Same birds from last year?  On the eastern side of the park within a large flock of "oregon" DARK-EYED JUNCOS I found one "slate-colored" and one "gray-headed" subspecies.  I then went to Highland Valley road and added the following; 1 BALD EAGLE, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 LIGHT-MORPH AND 1 DARK MORPH FERRIGINOUS HAWK, 50+ MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND 1 BURROWING OWL.  Thanks,
Michael 
 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...





Fw: Rare birds return to Ramona

Michael Beeve
 

 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...


On Friday, December 4, 2015 4:10 PM, Michael Beeve wrote:


Decided to bird the Ramona area instead of Pt. Loma today on one of my "fall birding" vacation days and was richly rewarded.  Found the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at 6:45 in Collier park.  It was working the willows near the playground.  I think this is the 3rd(?) year in a row for this bird.  Found two VARIED THRUSH at Dos Picos county park at 9:30.  They were feeding on the ground between the westernmost parking lot and the broken footbridge. Same birds from last year?  On the eastern side of the park within a large flock of "oregon" DARK-EYED JUNCOS I found one "slate-colored" and one "gray-headed" subspecies.  I then went to Highland Valley road and added the following; 1 BALD EAGLE, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 LIGHT-MORPH AND 1 DARK MORPH FERRIGINOUS HAWK, 50+ MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND 1 BURROWING OWL.  Thanks,
Michael 
 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...



Descanso - Hermit Thrush, White-winged Dove, red-shafted NORTHERN FLICKER

Cynthia Burnham
 

Beautiful very shy HERMIT THRUSH drinking at the bird bath  (90% sure it was not a Swainson's - he was a chubby little guy, and had a dark face.)

WHITE WINGED DOVE is still hanging out with the Europeans

Gorgeous red-shafted NORTHERN FLICKER is apparently back - seen briefly twice today.  (Saw a female a couple of weeks ago).  This is slightly unusual - most of the Flickers I have seen here in the past are what I would call "orange-shafted."  This guy was very red.

Sorry - my birdwatching is from my office window, and I haven't been able to get the camera out fast enough for pics.

Cindy
 

p.s. And sadly, I have NOT seen the BROWN THRASHER this year - in fact, I have not seen any California Thrashers, either, which is unusual - did hear what I thought was one a month ago, but not since.



Another Varied Thrush

Sara Baase Mayers
 

A Varied Thrush visited out yard in Point Loma yesterday afternoon,
Dec. 3.

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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@cox.net
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La Jolla Cove: glaucous gull

Stan Walens
 

Cove was extremely dull today. Only interesting bird was a glaucous gull, spotted by Brennan Mulrooney as it flew over our heads heading south.

Where's this bad weather and strong surface winds they keep promising us?

Stan Walens, San Diego


Purple Finch coastal

Jim and Donna
 

A Purple Finch female was found today, 12-4-15/9:30 AM, at Leo Carrillo park in Carlsbad.  East end of the park has a bridge and a weir.  Look west from bridge to look at red berries.  The bird was eating these and associating with House Finches.  

Jim Zimmer
Carlsbad, CA


Townsend's Solitaire, Green Valley Falls Pine Ridge Trail

Dave Batzler
 

On 12/2/15 Jim Zimmer found two TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE'S on the southern portion of the Pine Ridge Trail in Green Valley Falls area (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park).  eBird report submitted by D. Batzler with "record" quality photo.  Both individuals were also observed by Ken Weaver, Ed Hall, Clark Mahrdt & Dave Batzler.  

Note: this area is currently closed.  Prior permission was obtained from park officials.  This is a regular standing winter & spring/summer survey started after the Cedar fire of 2007, and is reported to Phil Unitt (San Diego Natural History Museum).

Dave Batzler

Carlsbad, CA


White-winged Scoter; Pt. La Jolla 3 DEC 2015

Tito Gonzalez
 

Today I observed an adult female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER around 1 pm just south of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla.  It was flying south and reasonably close to shore. A photo can been seen at:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/81902992@N03/22882956633/in/datetaken-public/

Of note, there were steady waves of loons flying south the whole time I was there.

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


Kimball Park: "Orchard" Oriole is actually a Hooded

Steve Ritt
 

On 29 November I reported a "continuing Orchard Oriole" at the SE end of Kimball Park, right where Paul Lehman reported a "female-type Orchard" on 23 October. Photos show that this was actually an immature, male Hooded Oriole. Between trying to get 15 people on two birds and bathrooms at the same time, I hardly looked at the bird, and assumed it was the continuing "Orchard" that had molted in some black throat feathers.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA


Re: Tierrasanta clean sweep, Dec. 2

Ann Hannon
 

Sounds like perfect Wednesday birding day. 😍🎶


On Dec 2, 2015, at 5:00 PM, Sara Mayers sarabirding@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Our group birded the West Shepherd Canyon Trail in Tierrasanta
this morning, starting at the trailhead on Clairmont Mesa Blvd.
(following Paul's directions from Nov. 28).

We heard, then saw the Painted Redstart around 8AM in eucs just
left of the trail. After a while it went up the slope to the fence
behind the houses, perched for a gorgeous view, then disappeared over
the fence.

Still on the dirt trail, past the junction with a paved path, we
found the bright red male Summer Tanager. Later we backtracked and
took the paved path, following Gretchen's directions uphill to a group
of pepper trees. There, after a while, we had the hybrid Red-naped x
Red-breasted Sapsucker (which Paul found 11/29 in the canyon), along
with a Robin and Nuttall's Woodpecker, in one of the trees. From the
junction of five paved paths, we went uphill on a path to a group of
tall eucs. The Red-naped Sapsucker was drilling a new ring of holes in
one of the trees already full of rings. Also on this path, we found
three Western Tanagers.

Other pleasures included a California Thrasher perched close and
singing along the dirt trail, three male Townsend's Warblers, flickers,
and a big flock of Cedar Waxwings. From the east end of the dirt
trail, we crossed Santo Rd., and walked a short distance farther east
on Shepherd Canyon Trail. Not very birdy this morning, but good to
check if you're in the area.

Returning home, I found an juvenile Cooper's Hawk in our yard
eating a pigeon. Good job!

======================
Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@...
======================


Greenwood to National City: Scissor-tailed, Bishop, BT Green, Plumbeous - 12/2/15

Steve Ritt
 

Jim Pawlicki, Matt Sadowski, and I watched the Paradise Creek Scissor-tailed Flycatcher use the marsh and vacant lot north of 22nd Street for a while this afternoon, but it then flew north to settle in comfortably to the very odd-seeming habitat of W 17th Street between Hoover and Coolidge. This is about a block and a half west of the northern tip of Paradise Creek (before it goes underground), but it just looks like very random concrete jungle.

Greenwood Cemetery had the continuing Black-throated Green Warbler, one of the Plumbeous Vireos (by the lotus pond), and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Downstream from there, between Southcrest Community Park and Dorothy Petway Neighborhood Park, were a Northern Red Bishop, Green Heron, and a few Myrtle Warblers.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA


Tierrasanta clean sweep, Dec. 2

Sara Baase Mayers
 

Our group birded the West Shepherd Canyon Trail in Tierrasanta
this morning, starting at the trailhead on Clairmont Mesa Blvd.
(following Paul's directions from Nov. 28).

We heard, then saw the Painted Redstart around 8AM in eucs just
left of the trail. After a while it went up the slope to the fence
behind the houses, perched for a gorgeous view, then disappeared over
the fence.

Still on the dirt trail, past the junction with a paved path, we found the bright red male Summer Tanager. Later we backtracked and
took the paved path, following Gretchen's directions uphill to a group
of pepper trees. There, after a while, we had the hybrid Red-naped x
Red-breasted Sapsucker (which Paul found 11/29 in the canyon), along with a Robin and Nuttall's Woodpecker, in one of the trees. From the
junction of five paved paths, we went uphill on a path to a group of
tall eucs. The Red-naped Sapsucker was drilling a new ring of holes in
one of the trees already full of rings. Also on this path, we found
three Western Tanagers.

Other pleasures included a California Thrasher perched close and
singing along the dirt trail, three male Townsend's Warblers, flickers,
and a big flock of Cedar Waxwings. From the east end of the dirt
trail, we crossed Santo Rd., and walked a short distance farther east
on Shepherd Canyon Trail. Not very birdy this morning, but good to
check if you're in the area.

Returning home, I found an juvenile Cooper's Hawk in our yard
eating a pigeon. Good job!

======================
Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@cox.net
======================


Summer Tanager (Marston House bird?) in surrounding Hillcrest

Michael Evans
 

As expected, I observed a male adult Summer Tanager in my back yard in the 3600 block of 8th Ave in Hillcrest this morning (Dec 2, 2015). This location is within about 1000-ft of the Marston House on 7th Ave, where the species has been reported in the last 10 days or so. Unfortunately, there are no public viewing areas in the neighborhood and the species is more predictable in Balboa Park.

I have had a male SUTA in visiting my yard since at least 2012, with the following first observed dates of 11/12/12, 11/11/13, 10/16/14 and now 12/2/15, The bird may have been visiting on an earlier date this year but I didn’t do much backyard birding in the last two seeks. I assume that the Marston House bird regularly visits surrounding foraging areas during the day or week.

Mike Evans
Hillcrest


La Jolla Cove: s-o-o-o-o sl-o-o-o-o-w

Stan Walens
 

Been at the Cove regularly, scouting for this Saturday’s Audubon walk.


The wind has been light and variable, usually from the east in the morning, and from the northwest in the later afternoon.


Migration has been really sputtery.
About 350-400 Pacific loons/hour, almost all using offshore winds and flying high off the water. No big flights of thousands and thousands of birds this season. Maybe they’re migrating further offshore, maybe there just aren’t many.
Some red-throated and common loons.



Duck numbers so low that they make Jeb Bush’s poll numbers look stratospheric.


3000-3500 Bonaparte’s gulls, mostly far offshore. I’m going blind looking at BOGU underwings, trying to pick out a little or black-headed gull.
Hundreds of Cassin’s auklets in the canyon, but no other alcids.


Very few rocky shorebirds, so a 15-second appearance this morning by a black oystercatcher was a nice surprise.


Off to church for Terce now, to pray for inclement weather.


Stan Walens, San Diego




P.S.: no news in the last month about the Masked-type booby from Oceanside that is in rehab. Could be alive, dead, or even released already.

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