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phil Pryde
 

I forgot to mention in my earlier email re today’s wanderings that I stopped by Sports Park on my way home and found 2 Yellow-crowned Night-herons roosting in the large pine tree that’s in the middle of the residential parking lot at the end of 4th St. in IB. 
Phil Pryde, SD 

Ridgeway type rails at Lower Otay Lake

Mark Stratton
 

Good afternoon,

After re-finding the Tricolored Heron first found by Paul Lehman this morning,Camiile and I went to the Tijuana Estuary Office area where I received a call from Paul Marvin about Ridgeway type Rails at Otay.  We drove all the way down to the inlet end of the lake to where all the Bullrush reeds are.  After a few minutes, I could hear the slow,KEK sound of a rail, almost like a King Rail, and unlike the Ridgeway Rail as I know them.  There was however, another Rail or two about 100 yards away or so that sound much more like Ridgeway Rails.  I don't know how common it is for Ridgeway's to be in Fresh water. this other bird, or two, were making the Ridgeway type outburst call.  Below is Paul Marvin's ebird report with a recording of the Slower call he had heard.  It if does work as a link, trying copy and paste.


Mark Stratton
North Park

South Bay on Sunday

phil Pryde
 

I was among the Tricolored heron-seekers in IB this morning, and thanks to everyone (starting with Paul) who engaged in the group project of successfully finding it.  Among the avian supporting cast was a very close up (maybe 8 feet away) Ridgway’s Rail who seemed to think we were conducting a casting call for Chorus Line.  No Nelson’s.  I wandered out on the IB pier and was rewarded by both Common and Red-throated loons (one each), plus a small pod of at least 4 close-in very brown porpoises. Cool.  

I stopped at the Poggi greenbelt at both 8 and about 11:30 a.m.   Zilch at 8, but at 11:30 things were hopping, and while scanning the horde of Cassin’s, I noticed one that had yellow on the underside up to the throat, and a small but definite notch in the tail. It kept hawking bugs and never gave me a good side view, but I do believe the bill was a bit larger than on a CAKI.  Coincidentally, someone at the IB heron watch had mentioned seeing a possible Tropical at Poggi recently (I can’t remember who it was).  If you’re at the Poggi greenbelt in the next few days you might sort through the CAKI’s and see if you think there’s a Tropical in with them.  I’m 95% satisfied it was one.  

While pondering that ID challenge, a bunch of doves landed in the trees, and one had an obvious white band on the wing and a dark spot on the face - my first White-wing Dove in SD I some time.  There were briefly 3 species of dove in the same tree simultaneously.  At the 8 a.m. stop at Poggi, there was also a Bullock’s Oriole at the top of the same Sycamore by the road where the CAKI’s hang out.  But no Thick-bill;  I’m zero for 2016 and 2017 on that one. 

Phil Pryde, San Diego 

Seascape Dr. and Lake Murray

Catherine Zinsky
 

Wanted to photograph a Redhead, so stopped by Lake Murray on my way south.  Was not disappointed.  Other sitings were:
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Osprey
Nesting Great Blue Herons
Earred Grebe

I finally (after three attempts on three different days of driving south!)  was able to photograph the Tricolored Heron off Seascape Dr., as previously reported.  Phew!  The tide was still too low for the Nelson's.  

Photos on my flicker below...

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continuing rarities

Paul Lehman
 

As partly reported by others, on Sunday the 15th, the Tricolored Heron, Pacific Golden-Plover, and Nelson's Sparrow all continued at the Tijuana Estuary, as well as the couple Snow Geese, Glaucous-winged Gull, and 9 Am. White Pelicans. Probably best to search for the heron at HIGH tide, when it can't hide in tidal channels; and for the past several days it has been seen mostly in the NW section of the marsh and south from there out from Seacoast Drive--but it does move around quite a bit and can be easily missed. Yesterday, the 14th, the Thick-billed Kingbird and shorter-tailed Scissor-tailed Flycatcher continued at the Pogi Greenbelt in southern Chula Vista, as did the Chestnut-sided Warbler up in Carlsbad; a new Burrowing Owl was at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar. Today, the Black-thr Gray Warbler and Wilson's Warbler continued in upper Nestor Park; and 2 new Black-thr Gray Warblers were along the SD River near Camino del Este in Mission Valley.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Bald Eagles at Lake Jennings

Jeremiah Stock
 

Birded Lake Jennings Saturday morning, 1/14.  Two white-headed adult Bald Eagles were in the heron/cormorant roosting trees near the boat launch area.  They later flew out of these trees and perched farther to the east.  Several photographers had the birds staked out in both locations.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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Tri-colored Heron by Seacoast Dr.

Lisa Ruby
 


Same location as reported yesterday. By gray apartments. Now

Lisa Ruby 
Sabre Springs 


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Tricolored Heron being seen now

Mark Stratton
 

Good morning as of 10:15 a.m. the tricolored Heron is being seen just barely south of Beach Street right on Seacoast drive real close to shore. Mark and Camille North Park

Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues today 1/15 - between 9 and 10:30

John Bruin
 

About 8 or 9 of us found the bird is basically the same location. The tropical fruit garden. Moves around and occasionally called. As previously mentioned the call was very soft.

John Bruin
Bay Park

Re: Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1\14 with pic

Christopher Adler
 

Thanks, Mark

I had good luck with the Dusky-capped Flycatcher yesterday morning between 9-10:30am. It called
frequently and I had multiple opportunities to photograph and record it. 

Six photos may be seen here:


I also tried a small (cheap), battery-powered directional microphone for use with video cameras, plugged into my 
iPhone, to record calls. The quality is marginally better than the iPhone's built-in mics, and I used
a 'dead kitten' windscreen on top of the foam windscreen to reduce wind noise. 
I ran these through audio software to rolloff the background noise and boost the level. 
The result is not great but the entire contraption fit in my coat pocket.

Two series of calls can he heard here:



This is my first experience with this species and I was struck by how soft the call is. It sounded
like it was calling from a tree 50ft away when it was actually in the tree right in front of us. It is 
quite deceptive at first and can cause one to look in the wrong place. 

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens




On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 7:25 PM, Mark Stratton zostropz@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Good evening,

Paul Marvin, Christoper Adler and myself were at San Diego Botanical Gardens this morning and before it even opened at 9am, we had it from the parking lot at the tall trees just before the Bamboo Garden.  At about 9:15 or so, the bird was spotted in the Bamboo Garden but soon moved to the Sub-tropical Fruit Garden.  It did call frequently at times.  Below is a pic of the bird in the shade.  I didn't lighten it up to make it more viewable and it didn't turn out to bad.


Mark Stratton
North Park




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Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1&#92;14 with pic

Mark Stratton
 

Good evening,

Paul Marvin, Christoper Adler and myself were at San Diego Botanical Gardens this morning and before it even opened at 9am, we had it from the parking lot at the tall trees just before the Bamboo Garden.  At about 9:15 or so, the bird was spotted in the Bamboo Garden but soon moved to the Sub-tropical Fruit Garden.  It did call frequently at times.  Below is a pic of the bird in the shade.  I didn't lighten it up to make it more viewable and it didn't turn out to bad.


Mark Stratton
North Park

SDAS field trip to the Tijuana River Valley, January 14, 2017

John Walters
 

The San Diego Audubon Society's field trip to the Dairy Mart Ponds and Bird & Butterfly Garden produced some interesting birds. Best bird at the Dairy Mart Ponds was a female Common Goldeneye, seen with a mixed flock of ducks on the main pond. At the Bird & Butterfly Garden, we got definitive looks at a Plumbeous Vireo, seen in the bare trees at the equestrian staging area just west of the garden. A few of us continued over to the ball fields on Sunset Avenue. A kid's soccer game drew a big, enthusiastic crowd of people, but we got away from them over on the extreme east side of the ball fields and were rewarded with a brilliiant red male Vermilion Flycatcher.

John Walters

Bonita, CA

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Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at Botanical Gardens

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

I went to the San Diego Botanical Gardens a little after 1:30 today to try my luck with getting a look at the Dusky-capped Flycatcher. Ran into multiple other birders. It was calling for a short time when I got there, and did again a couple of times after that. At that time we couldn't locate it. Finally got a quick look and a few photos around 2:40. It was on a snag at the top of one of the smaller leafed trees on the far edge of the pond in the Bamboo Garden. There are two snags sticking up out of that tree. It was quiet when I saw it. From there it flew into the area where the two tall palm trees are in the Bamboo Garden and we lost it.

Other birders I spoke with had seen it in the bare trees near the sheds on the edge of the Bamboo Garden, and also in a couple of trees (my apologies for not knowing the tree name, both trees were of the same type) along the edge of the Subtropical Garden near the Bamboo garden. One of the trees was on the edge of the wide trail that runs between the two gardens, and the other was behind it on a second narrower trail. Facing the Subtropical Garden with our backs to the Bamboo Garden the area was to the left of the large bare tree.

One of the birders I spoke with said he'd been there about four hours, and the Dusky-capped made a loop from the Subtropical Garden and into the Bamboo Garden about once an hour.

Couple of photos in this eBird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33670147

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

A Colorful Morning

Janice Nordenberg <jnordenb@...>
 

I set out this morning to see both Painted Redstarts and the Tricolored Heron and luck was on my side. After searching for an hour for the West Shepherd Canyon Painted Redstart I finally spotted it at 9:00 when it flew down from the top of the slope to the first euc along the trail left of the prickly pear patch. At 9:40 I found the Mission Bay Park Painted Redstart in the center of the three carrotwood trees bordering the playground in the N/NE section.

 

Based on an eBird post by Dan Jehl on 1/13 I started my search for the Tricolored Heron along Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach directly across the slough from the visitor center where I quickly found it feeding along the water’s edge on the south side of the large light blue/gray apartment building at the corner of Seacoast and Imperial. It was about 10:30 (high tide 9:54). Two birders escaping from the cold Northwest came by just as I got my scope on it and told me that Guy was nearby looking at a Nelson’s Sparrow so he was contacted and joined us. The heron worked the edge and the lower slope for 15 minutes or so and then disappeared around the corner of  the building. I missed the Nelson’s but didn’t mind.

 

Jan Nordenberg

San Diego

 

Tri-colored heron

Jan Nordenberg <jnordenb@...>
 

Is being seen now along Seacoast just south of Imperial feeding along edge south of gray apartment building.

Jan Nordenberg

Borrego Springs Birding Festival-March 15-17, 2017-No Sighting

Hal Cohen
 

The festival (http://www.abdnha.org/desertbirdingfestival/) is already over half full. With all the rain we've experienced and more to come, we expect a great wildflower season, lot's of caterpillars and of course hundreds of Swainson's Hawks. This year Nicole Peretta will be will be our headliner. She is called the "Bird Call Lady".

Famosa Slough, OB: cont. Tropical, Plumbeous, 2 Black-and-whites - 1/14/17

Steve Ritt
 

A Tropical Kingbird was on the west side of Famosa Slough this morning; very likely the same bird that was last seen over a month ago.

A returning Plumbeous Vireo and two Black-and-white Warblers were on private property in Ocean Beach. Photos of all.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA

Painted Redstart

Charles Jackson
 

The Mission Bay specimen continues in same location after the storm (today, 13 Jan 2016 at 1550).

Specifically, Crown Point East, north parking lot, (and I had it in) the large carrot-wood tree at edge of north parking lot, near playground. It called often, and when calling, can be heard quite a distance. It is cooperative, but difficult to photograph. It has its timing down perfect. To acquire and focus is maybe 3-5 seconds, but it moves every 2-4 seconds. 😕

Otherwise, easy to get to. You can even see it from your car...park right next to the tree.

Charles

Scissor-t. Flycatcher at Sunny Slope Park

David Povey
 

I re-found the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher reported to me on the 10th. by R Johnny (?). His report was a response to my mini  

pelagic report two days later. Thanks for the heads up!

I found the bird in the same small bare tree just above and behind the Sunny Slope Park sign and in front of the

playground. This about 2:15 this afternoon. The report from the 10th. was same location at 9:05 a.m.

The bird flew out and across the street and disappeared over the roof of the houses there. Nothing else of note seen in the

park, and the Scissor-tailed had not returned in my 20 mins. of looking there.

I did see the Thick-billed Kingbird at Poggi Canyon. This my third try of 2017. That bird a little further west than it's normal

location. No Scissor-t. Flycatcher there, but I counted 16 Cassin's Kingbirds in three sycamores there.

I also stopped at Nestor Park but the rain caught me, so I abandon my search.

Dave Povey

Dulzura

Thursday sunrise

Catherine Zinsky
 

The Painted Redstart was still flitting about in the two Carrotwood trees in the Crown Point area of Mission Bay this morning at sunrise.  Also had a Lincoln's Sparrow, Am. Pipet, Black Skimmer, Royal Tern.  


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Waggin' tails,

Catherine


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Ch. Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX, OM3  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")