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re white-throated sparrow encinitas

stevan brad
 

first 5 here


http://goo.gl/R3kbue


went back at about 10 am   and spotted Mary Ann Bache looking for the bird    we easily refound the bird across the street in the yard at the SE corner of D street and Cornish in a laural sumac tree the bird is in the western portion of the corner lot along the driveway     The bird vigorously responded to my tape, a highish chinky sound    Mary Ann mentioned that this likely is a territorial response so perhaps the bird has been in this yard for awhile and may spend some more time there???


good birding your way

steve brad

leucadia











White throated sparrow encinitas

stevan brad
 

Ne corner of Encinitas library in shrubs
Calling
Pix later
Steve brad


Re: CBC query re Grand Caribe

Nancy Christensen
 

There were two or three a month or six weeks ago...


On Dec 8, 2015, at 6:25 AM, phil Pryde PhilPinSD@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

With the SD CBC almost upon us, I have a quick question about my area (west side of S. SD Bay). I can't recall any recent (fall migration) reports from Grand Caribe park in Coronado Cays. Does anyone know if any Black Scoters have been reported from that area this fall? Thanks.
Phil Pryde
San Diego


CBC query re Grand Caribe

phil Pryde
 

With the SD CBC almost upon us, I have a quick question about my area (west side of S. SD Bay). I can't recall any recent (fall migration) reports from Grand Caribe park in Coronado Cays. Does anyone know if any Black Scoters have been reported from that area this fall? Thanks.
Phil Pryde
San Diego


Re: Correction - CHOLLAS Creek: 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers - 12/7/15

Steve Ritt
 

I was one drainage off. This is actually the main eastern fork of Chollas Creek, not Paradise Creek. Location still otherwise the same. Just east of Greenwood Cemetery. North end of YMCA Way.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA

On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 6:56 PM, Steve Ritt <stevenmritt@...> wrote:
Paradise Creek presented another surprise today of two Ash-throated Flycatchers keeping each other company just east of Greenwood Cemetery. As you walk up to the orange gates at the north end of YMCA Way (north of Imperial Avenue), scan upstream to your right. They used both sides of the creek.

Downstream, two more female-type Northern Red Bishops and roughly 15 Scaly-breasted Munias were just north of Ocean View Boulevard x San Pasqual Street.

I did not see the Lower Paradise Creek Scissor-tailed Fly in a quick scan and drive by today.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA 


Upper Paradise: 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers - 12/7/15

Steve Ritt
 

Paradise Creek presented another surprise today of two Ash-throated Flycatchers keeping each other company just east of Greenwood Cemetery. As you walk up to the orange gates at the north end of YMCA Way (north of Imperial Avenue), scan upstream to your right. They used both sides of the creek.

Downstream, two more female-type Northern Red Bishops and roughly 15 Scaly-breasted Munias were just north of Ocean View Boulevard x San Pasqual Street.

I did not see the Lower Paradise Creek Scissor-tailed Fly in a quick scan and drive by today.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA 


Purple Finches and Nashville Warbler continue at San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA Dec 7

Susan Smith
 

Today,  on the monthly bird walk at the SD Botanic Garden, at least a dozen PURPLE FINCHES  were seen by most of the birders on the walk.  A few of these  were first seen at about 8 am feeding on lerpy eucs in a eucalyptus in the Seeds of Wonder area, and later, a dozen were seen feeding on seedpods in a Camptotheca tree at the eastern boundary of the Bamboo Garden, not far from the main parking lot (this tree is signed).   The continuing NASHVILLE WARBLER (looks to be a hatch year female), first spotted by Peter Ginsburg on November 2,  was also  seen by most of the group in the Tipuana tipu trees overhanging the Lawn House patio east of the Lawn area. Western Tanagers have been regularly seen in the garden in previous months and last week, but were not seen or heard today.   

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 



Re: Willows??? At Collier park Ramona

Nancy Christensen
 

Lol!! I have been tearing my hair out! Most of the trees are Brazillian Pepper...



On Dec 7, 2015, at 12:26 PM, C K Smith stlbirdman64@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Not the optimal time to be here, but foremost is the glaring lack of willow trees in this entire park. Just about every SoCal invasive tree is represented. Willow???
Chris Smith
Collier Park


Willows??? At Collier park Ramona

C K Staurovsky
 

Not the optimal time to be here, but foremost is the glaring lack of willow trees in this entire park. Just about every SoCal invasive tree is represented. Willow???
Chris Smith
Collier Park


SDFO Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 6:00pm

Gary Nunn
 

SDFO Event – Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 6:00pm is our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.

IT'S THE SDFO HOLIDAY PARTY!

Members and guests of SDFO! Mark your calendars: this year our Holiday Party gathering will be on Tuesday, 8th December 2015 at 6:00pm. We will be meeting in the Hoffman Room as usual with food and drinks, local bird photographers showcase on the big screens, a review of the San Diego County Rare Birds in 2015 by Paul Lehman, and fun socializing! Come and enjoy the holiday spirit with fellow SDFO members.

Volunteers are needed to help with party setup – please e-mail Dave Povey dpovey@... if you can help out.

Click here for Meeting Details and Map http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/?events=sdfo-holiday-party-tuesday-09-december-2014-600-p-m

Reminder: We are now accepting SDFO 2016 Membership Dues.  Please bring a check or cash to the meeting, or send your check by mail.  Click here for instructions http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/?page_id=43

Gary Nunn
San Diego Field Ornithologists
President & Program Chair


Juvenile Herring Gull at Lindo Lakes 12/06/2015

thurstycat53@...
 

Hi everyone,

 

Yesterday I found a juvenile Herring Gull at Lindo Lakes. It was at  the north side of the lake  where the American Pelicans like to hang out. It is the lake right at the parking lot off of Lakeshore Drive. Link to photo:

 

Herring Gull (first cycle)

  Another interesting bird I stumbled upon at Santee Lakes yesterday (lake #2 just under the overpass bridge) was a Red-breasted Merganser. It did not come up as a rare bird but I thought it was worth sharing.

Link to photo.:

 

 

Red-breasted Merganser

 

Terry Hurst

Santee

 


UCSD: Red-naped Sapsucker; Lower Sweetwater misc. - 12/5&6/15

Steve Ritt
 

While leading a bird walk at UCSD this mornning, there was an adult, male Red-naped Sapsucker feeding on numerous, fresh sap wells west of the Health and Wellness Center (477672 m E, 3637972 m N). This whole N-S stretch from south of here and all the way north to Genesee could very well be loaded with other sapsuckers, of which it has held before.

Yesterday, the lower Sweetwater River had a returning Eurasian x American Wigeon Hybrid (but I missed the pure Euro.), and a smattering of returning Wilson's, Yellow and a new Black-throated Gray Warbler in nearby neighborhoods.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA


Summer Tanager at Marston Canyon

Lisa Ruby
 

There was a male Summer Tanager moving around the trees at the top of the trail head into Marston Canyon at Vermont and Cypress around 9:00 a.m. this morning. It was very vocal. Singing and calling. Around 10:30 I heard it on the other side of the canyon up in a tree near some homes. Could not get a visual on it that time. I think it may have been in a very tall, very leafy Eucalyptus tree. It gave me a nice photo op when it was at the top of the trail. First three photos:

http://tinyurl.com/zdwldzz

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
lruby1@...


Townsend's Solitaire continues at Russ and Park Blvd

John Bruin
 

Hi, I was able to refind the Solitaire this afternoon around 3 in the same general area that Millie and Peter originally found it on Nov 27 and a number of people have found it since, so it appears to like the area as it's been there now for over a week. I arrived at 2 and not a whole lot of activity other than multiple Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Just as I was about to leave around 3 a larger bird flew across the road and landed in the bushy tree next to the High School sign and it was the Solitaire. Not sure where it flew in from but other people have found it near the sign which is just east of the intersection of Russ and Park Blvd.

It hid in a tree so not the best photo but one here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118067347@N06/23465456752/in/datetaken/

John Bruin
Bay Park


J St. mudflats, Bayfront Park, Chula Vista - Lesser Black-backed Gull photos, 06 Dec 2015

Gary Nunn
 

I posted some very distant photos of the first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on my blog at this link http://www.sandiegobirding.com/?p=5654

We watched it limping quite badly on its left leg on a couple occasions, raising its wings to counteract the loss of balance, so this does appear to match the bird first found by Matt Sadowski at the Tijuana River mouth, Imperial Beach on November 24, 2015 which he also noted limped on its left leg.

--
Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


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@...
 
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