Date   
Common Terns still among the hoards at Robb Field, San Diego River mudflats, Sunday August 14

Susan Smith
 

Today (8/14) at mid-day lowish tide,   I returned to Robb Field to scope the sand and mud flats again for small terns from the edge of the bike path.  I had done the same yesterday, but was frustrated by the distance of the small terns, my rustiness with their id separation  in breeding and transitional plumages,  and by the gusty winds buffeting my scope.  Today was calmer, the small terns closer, and my brain more confident on what to look for.  I counted at least 9 Commons, 19 Forsters, 5 Caspians, 15 Royals, and a hoard of  550 or more Elegant Terns.  List from today is as follows:   

Sue Smith, Del Mar

San Diego River--tidal mudflats, San Diego, California, US
Aug 14, 2016 11:50 AM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Warm, sunny, wind 4-5 mph from west, picking up as I left.
28 species (+3 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 75
Brown Pelican 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 7
Little Blue Heron 3
Black-bellied Plover 25
Semipalmated Plover 60
Whimbrel (Hudsonian) 2
Long-billed Curlew 4
Marbled Godwit 35
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Least Sandpiper 21
Western Sandpiper 50
peep sp. 10
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 15 at least 5 were juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher, water level higher than yesterday.
Willet (Western) 30
Heermann's Gull 4
Western Gull 190
California Gull 13
Caspian Tern 5
Common Tern 9 Studied the Fosters/Common Tern-like birds carefully, and they were closer today. About 3-4 of them were straightforward birds in non-breeding plumage with 
prominent carpal bars, with the black cap meeting across the nape and dark wing tips. Adults in breeding and transitioning plumage had thinner, more deep-red bills and feet 
than the neighboring Forsters (more orangy-red bills and stouter), were slightly smaller and less stocky with shorter legs, had the dark wedge on primaries in flight. And on a few of the
Commons you could even see the dark outer retrices when they lifted the tail feathers to preen.
Forster's Tern 19
Royal Tern 15
Elegant Tern 550
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
Amazona sp. 2
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 1
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31095762


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


Lake Henshaw - Solitary Sandpipers, Aug 13, 2016

Gary Nunn
 

I boated around Lake Henshaw in the early morning Saturday August 13, 2016. Starting to get very toasty out there by around 9:30am...

Only nice highlight was a group of three SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the back (north) side where the small creek enters the lake. Excellent looking habitat back there but not too many shorebirds. Just as I arrived at the back a Peregrine came sailing over my shoulder and relaxedly took out a large shorebird knocking it into the shallow water. Picked it off then pretty quickly after a few passes but I could not see what species as it went by.

Also a high count of thirteen Spotted Sandpiper seen around the perimeter of the lake.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

SDFO Meeting Reminder - Ed Henry - August 16th, 2016

Justyn Stahl
 

SDFO Event – Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 6:00 pm is our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.

Bhutan: Birds & Other Animals

Presented by Ed Henry, San Diego, California.

Ed and his wife, Connie, visited Bhutan for 17 days in April of 2016. They were there to see the place, people, and culture, and especially to photograph birds and other wildlife. Ed’s photos will show over one hundred species of birds, some of them quite colorful, and a few species of mammals.

Ed Henry took his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Kettering University, but a blossoming interest in folk music and society led him to graduate school at Michigan State University, where he earned the doctorate in Cultural Anthropology. In the village in northern India where he carried out his Ph.D. fieldwork on folk music he enjoyed seeing birds like the Green Bee-eater and Indian Roller, but he taught Cultural Anthropology at San Diego State University for 33 years before doing more serious bird-watching and bird-photography. Ed has published a book, long-playing record, and compact disc on the folk music of India. He is Past-President of San Diego Audubon Society.

Click here for Meeting Details and Map

If you were a member of SDFO in 2015 – your 2016 membership can now be renewed. Click here for SDFO membership instructions.
Vice President & Program Chair

Leach`s Storm Petrels 8/15

stevan brad
 

Bob Sanger, Mel Senac and i ventured out into some rough seas aboard the Privateer out of Mission Bay.

Not particularly birdy but we had 6 Leach`s Storm Petrels,  4 of which were 9 to 12 miles out so i ebirded it as the 9 mile bank. We also saw a few Petrels that were smaller  than Black Storm Petrels and had  dark rumps . i let them  go as i/we  were not sure what they were.

  Other birds seen were few Pink-footed Shearwaters, Black Vented Shearwaters, Black Storm Petrels.


No dark shearwaters   no Alcids    1 or 2 Minke Whales    One breaching in the distance

My ebird report with some id photos of one of the Leach`s Storm Petrel

 http://goo.gl/3TKsBU


Privateer is run  by San Diego Whale Watch    24 bucks with a groupon ticket,  free parking,  3hours   Captain Cristin Kelly ( the usual but not always captain} likes birds and will usually  steer towards feeding frenzies

The last couple trips I have been on  i think she was catering to the birders on board by going out to the 9 mile bank but thats not guaranteed.


steve brad

leucadia 

 

Mammal Atlas Image Needs List

JackDaynes
 

We now have a pretty good idea about the images we are hoping to round-up for the upcoming San Diego County Mammal Atlas. I've posted a web page with the list at:

http://shadetreeimaging.com/mammal-atlas-image-needs-list/

Please submit your contributions to:
Scott Tremor <stremor@...>

Thank you in advance,

--
-- Jack --
==================================
<http://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
858-442-1907
Poway, California (San Diego Co.)
N 32° 57' W 117° 04'
At 508' Elevation
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minor miscellanea

Paul Lehman
 

Observations of minor note the past few days include continuing very good numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters and Black Storm-Petrels daily at La Jolla (otherwise just 1 Pink-footed), with finally the first several jaegers (2+ Pomarines) as well as a flock of 13 on-time southbound Northern Shovelers on 15 August, continuing juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs at the San Diego River mouth at Robb Field on 16 August, and arriving migrant northerly-subspecies Savannah Sparrows on 17 August, as well as good migrant/post-breeding swallow concentrations of 150 Barns and 500 Cliffs in the TRV, plus a couple continuing Least Bitterns at Dairymart pond. A flock of 40 Common Terns at the saltworks ponds back on 14 August was a good onshore count for recent years (though they were gone today), and may have been the same same-sized flock that was at the San Diego River mouth two days earlier.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw (and chasing vagrant hummingbirds in general)

Paul Lehman
 

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private, gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark"). It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3 cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the 18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule) and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.) with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate, personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Nearby Lake Henshaw – Broad-tailed Hummingbird photos, 18 Aug 2016

Gary Nunn
 

I posted some photos on my blog of the adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD discovered by Debbie Dobson coming to her feeders at her home a few miles west of Lake Henshaw.

I will send out updates about the proposed visiting schedule to look for the bird as we receive updates on sightings late this afternoon.  A huge thank you to Debbie for kindly allowing us to come see her very rare discovery!

Photos here http://www.sandiegobirding.com/?p=5758

--
Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

Re: BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw (and chasing vagrant hummingbirds in general)

Nancy Christensen
 

The adult male Broad-tailed Hummingbird continued Thursday evening near Lake Henshaw. As previously stated, the bird is on private property and you must be escorted to the site.  Debbie will be at the gate at 6:15 am Friday morning.

Paul Lehman gave excellent directions in the post yesterday, but here is an excerpt:
23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just 

perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of 
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance 
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the 
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you 
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark"). 
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON 
rush hour. There is space to park and wait a


Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Aug 18, 2016, at 9:04 AM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing
trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along
Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie
Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is
still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this
bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you
wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and
has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private,
gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she
can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the
gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are
required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as
well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just
perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark").
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON
rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3
cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the
highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company
property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the
gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which
is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the
18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is
still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times
will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule)
and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in
touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.)
with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional
visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the
group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle
in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow
these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate,
personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late
visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the
weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most
hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare
hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while
early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is
recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early
AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a
leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made
that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn
and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be
seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw, Thursday 5:30pm=YES

Gary Nunn
 

The 5:30pm visit today resulted in views for everyone of the BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD.

I am copying Paul's instructions below for those who may wish to chase the bird tomorrow morning Friday August 18th at 6:15am.  It is very important to arrive in good time for the 6:15am entry into the gated community.  Don't be late!!

Good luck,

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...>
Date: Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw (and chasing vagrant hummingbirds in general)
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@...

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing

trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along
Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie
Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is
still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this
bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you
wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and
has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private,
gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she
can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the
gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are
required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as
well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just
perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark").
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON
rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3
cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the
highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company
property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the
gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which
is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the
18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is
still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times
will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule)
and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in
touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.)
with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional
visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the
group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle
in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow
these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate,
personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late
visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the
weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most
hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare
hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while
early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is
recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early
AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a
leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made
that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn
and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be
seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego






Re: BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw, Thursday 5:30pm=YES

Gary Nunn
 

The scheduled visit tomorrow at 6:15am is of course on Friday August 19th... my apologies for the error below.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 8:13 PM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:
The 5:30pm visit today resulted in views for everyone of the BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD.

I am copying Paul's instructions below for those who may wish to chase the bird tomorrow morning Friday August 18th at 6:15am.  It is very important to arrive in good time for the 6:15am entry into the gated community.  Don't be late!!

Good luck,

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...>
Date: Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw (and chasing vagrant hummingbirds in general)
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@yahoogroups.com

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing

trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along
Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie
Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is
still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this
bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you
wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and
has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private,
gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she
can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the
gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are
required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as
well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just
perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark").
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON
rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3
cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the
highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company
property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the
gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which
is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the
18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is
still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times
will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule)
and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in
touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.)
with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional
visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the
group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle
in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow
these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate,
personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late
visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the
weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most
hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare
hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while
early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is
recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early
AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a
leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made
that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn
and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be
seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego









--
Gary Nunn
San Diego Birding - my blog
garybnunn@...
Mobile: 650-305-0029

San Diego Field Ornithologists
President & Program Chair

Re: BROAD-TAILED Hummingbird near Lake Henshaw (and chasing vagrant hummingbirds in general)

Eitan Altman
 

Since I haven't seen it posted yet, just wanted to confirm that the BTHU was seen by a group of 8 this morning (Fri Aug 19). Thanks so much to Debbie for her gracious hospitality!  Doubly appreciated because I missed the final sighting of the one 10 years ago by about 30 minutes....

Eitan Altman


On Aug 18, 2016, at 7:29 PM, Nancy Christensen nancy.r.christensen@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

The adult male Broad-tailed Hummingbird continued Thursday evening near Lake Henshaw. As previously stated, the bird is on private property and you must be escorted to the site.  Debbie will be at the gate at 6:15 am Friday morning.

Paul Lehman gave excellent directions in the post yesterday, but here is an excerpt:
23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just 

perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of 
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance 
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the 
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you 
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark"). 
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON 
rush hour. There is space to park and wait a


Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Aug 18, 2016, at 9:04 AM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing
trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along
Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie
Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is
still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this
bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you
wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and
has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private,
gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she
can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the
gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are
required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as
well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just
perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark").
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON
rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3
cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the
highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company
property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the
gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which
is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the
18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is
still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times
will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule)
and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in
touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.)
with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional
visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the
group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle
in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow
these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate,
personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late
visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the
weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most
hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare
hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while
early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is
recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early
AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a
leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made
that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn
and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be
seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD near Lake Henshaw, Friday 6:15am=YES

Gary Nunn
 

Hi Everyone, Debbie Dobson reports the BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD is still present at her feeders this morning Friday August 19, 2016 at 6:15am.

The next scheduled viewing will be tomorrow Saturday August 20, 2016 at 6:15am.  Please do not be late if you would like to try and see the hummingbird since the location is beyond a locked gate.  No stragglers!

Paul Lehman's full instructions are below for getting to the Rey River Ranch. Please follow carefully the guidelines below for parking and car travel into the property.

--
Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach
--

INSTRUCTIONS:

An adult male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD--complete with moderate wing
trill--has been coming to hummer feeders at a private residence along
Highway 76 about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw. The feeder owner, Debbie
Dobson, first noticed the bird last Saturday, the 13th--and the bird is
still there early morning today--Thursday. So, a migrant such as this
bird has already stayed 6 days and may not last much longer; so if you
wish to see it, the sooner the better! Debbie is extremely gracious and
has agreed to set up some visiting times. She lives in a small, private,
gated "community" where there is a limit to how many visitors (cars) she
can bring in, and she needs to escort all visitors in (and out) from the
gate at the entrance. Thus, specific times to meet her at the gate are
required--and it would be good if everyone departed at the same time as
well, so she only has to lead the group out once. Here are the particulars:

23503 Highway 76, which is about 4 miles west of Lake Henshaw, just
perhaps a half mile west of the Fox Run School, and 2.4 miles EAST of
the La Jolla Trading Post gas station (good gas prices). At the entrance
gate there is an obvious sign "Rey River Ranch." For most people, the
best route is to come via Escondido and Valley Center (in which case you
use the La Jolla Trading Post as the "you're-getting-close fieldmark").
It took us about 1-1/4 hours from Tierrasanta (I-15 and Hwy 52) at NON
rush hour. There is space to park and wait at the gate for only about 3
cars, so it would be best to park right across on the other side of the
highway, where there is a little loop road accessing a water company
property. Folks could leave most of the cars there, carpool in from the
gate, and thus minimize the number of cars entering the property, which
is strictly limited.

Visiting times that have been set up are at 5:30PM today, Thursday the
18th; and at 6:15AM tomorrow morning, Friday the 19th. IF the bird is
still present through Friday morning, then additional visiting times
will be added for perhaps Friday PM (depends on Debbie's work schedule)
and the weekend. I will be leaving for Alaska tonight, so Deb will be in
touch with a couple other local birders (probably Gary N. and Nancy C.)
with status news and then they will post updates and news of additional
visiting times.

Please arrive outside the gate with plenty of time to spare, as once the
group goes in, the gate is closed and you will NOT be able to straggle
in late!

Given the multiple access issues to this private property, please follow
these "rules" and do not try to contact Debbie and ask for a separate,
personal showing. She is most generous in offering the early and late
visiting times, and she certainly will also offer visits over the
weekend as long as the bird remains on Friday.

Also, a word of advice to folks chasing rare hummers at feeders: Most
hummingbirds migrate during the day, and what many a multi-day rare
hummer, coast-to-coast, has done is feed at a feeder for a little while
early in the morning, tank up, and THEN depart. Therefore it is
recommended that you do NOT wait to see if the bird is seen in the early
AM to then decide to chase it in the latter PM. And do not stop for a
leisurely breakfast on the way! Many birders over the years have made
that late-arrival mistake, arriving even just an hour or two after dawn
and have ended up missing the bird by just a few minutes--never to be
seen again.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Re: Sunday BVAS/GRANDE pelagic important notice

David Povey
 

If you are schedule to go offshore on the Grande Sunday Aug. 21st. be aware Scott st. and North Harbor dr. will close at 6:30 a.m. for the

America's Finest City Half Marathon. Not sure why? The race actually starts at 7 a.m. at Cabrillo N.M. Never the less if they do close off the streets there at 6:30,

that essentially will close off access to the Point Loma Sportfishing Landing parking to vehicles at that time.

As  parking is very tight, I suggest being there by 6 a.m., park and get check in by 6:15. That should give you leeway.

Thanks to Tom Blackman for the heads up.

Dave Povey

Dulzura

Today's Broad-tailed Hummingbird stakeout.

Mark Stratton
 

I haven't seen anyone post on this yet, so here it is:

This morning, there were roughly 10 to 12 birders waiting to go in to the previously reported, private grounds where the Broad-tailed Hummingbird has been seen.  Everyone coordinately nice and we went in, taking only 3 vehicles.  The bird was heard as we were getting out of the car around 6:20 a.m. and was seen shortly after.  We probably saw it off and on for about 45 minutes, each time, just drinking non stop.  It didn't lift it's head or fly off and back on like most of the Hummers.  it looked like it was fueling up, but that's just my opinion.  Anyhow, after around 7 or so, the bird was not seen or heard again for about 1 1/2 hours.  i can't really give an opinion on whether it left or not.  We'll have to see if she keeps reporting it or not.  On the way home, we stopped at a large yard sale and saw a family of 4 Barn Owls on private property in Ramona, in a single palm tree.  We also had what may have been the Prairie Falcon, but I have to check my pics and I don't know about it's seasonal habits either to know if they are here in the Summer.  The Falcon was on Rangeland Rd.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

400 county birds

Mark Stratton
 

Hi Everyone,

After removing Sandwich Tern and Gray Thrasher from my county list, it left me at 398 county birds.  With the American Golden Plover a few weeks ago, and today's Broad-tailed Humming bird and Prairie Falcon, I just reached 401 County birds.  I wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you have help me over my 5 or 6 years of birding, and those of you who take the time to report these great birds and make it possible for the rest of us to get to see them.

Mark Stratton
North Park

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD early morning and then gone, Aug 20, 2016

Gary Nunn
 

Hi Everyone, the BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, at a private residence near Lake Henshaw, was last seen in the early morning today Aug 20, 2016 but not seen or heard since. It appears to have tanked up and moved on.

There will NOT be any entry to the residence tomorrow Sunday Aug 21, 2016.

A huge thank you to Debbie Dobson for noting her rare visitor and generously allowing so many interested local birders to visit her private residence and hummingbird feeders.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

Baird's Sandpiper: San Luis Rey River Mouth 21AUG 2016

Tito Gonzalez
 

This morning, 21AUG 2016 between 9-10 am, I observed what appears to be a juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER at San Luis Rey River Mouth. It was foraging on sandbar just west of bridge. I had good comparisons with 3 Westerns and 1 Least that were nearby. It was still there when I left at 10 am. Photos are included in my ebird report:

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31187031

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Scaly-breasted Munia

deanoid4@...
 

I recently moved from Poway to Williams, Oregon and was resigned that I might not check off the Scaly-breasted Munia on my county and lifelists. A couple days ago I was at my place in Poway and looked out the kitchen window.  A small flock of little brown birds with big bluish bills and patterned breasts were eating my wife's rose hips off her miniature rose bush. I used to raise birds in the 70s and early 80s and I know a Nutmeg Mannikin when I see one!  I've never seen one here before and don't read about many this far inland. Maybe taking all my feeders down was good luck, but I doubt it.  Check!


Dean Charles

Poway, CA/Williams, OR

BVAS / Grande pelagic Aug. 21, 2016

David Povey
 

The San Diego pelagic on Aug. 21, 2016 went off in sloppy conditions. Bird numbers were Ok, but lacked in

numbers of species. We did get very good looks at CRAVERI'S MURRELETS.  We counted eight on the day

in at best fair to poor alcid view conditions.

The only other species of note for us were LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS. Not usually seen in any numbers inshore.

We had perhaps twenty five for the trip. The majority chapmani dark  rumped or intermediate white rumped,

but a couple of bright white rumped birds had us looking at photos for possible Townsend's or Wilson's Storm-Petrels.

These likely nominate race Leach's Storm-Petrels.

The last species of note was an apparent albino Brandt's Cormorant on the security fence at submarine base near

Ballast Point. This bird appears to lack any pigment in its feathers, legs, feet and bill. (many photos).

Sea surface temps were 69-73 mostly 70 degrees.

partial species list offshore;

Pink-footed Shearwater  67

Sooty Shearwater   7

Black-vented Shearwater   750

Leach's Storm-Petrel chapmani 25

Leach's Storm-Petrel leucorhoa ?   2

Ashy Storm-Petrel   3

Black Storm-Petrel   110

Brown Booby    4

Red-necked Phalarope     4

CRAVERI'S MURRELET     8

Cassin's Auklet      1

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura