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Slaty-backed Gull

peterginsburg
 

NOT seen today from 1130 until 1700.


Peter


Orcas

Charles Jackson
 

Not a bird, but they were attracting a lot of birds.

Just thought I'd note that I'd seen the small orca pod reported last week off Torrey Pines (directly off south parking lot, less than a mile off shore...from the cliff there would have been good views) on Monday. The probably Transient group (may be called Bigg's killer whale; a type that ranges wide) was very active. I did not see a male fin, but female type dorsal occasionally. I got a few photos of them lob tailing (standing their tails high in the air and holding, to slowly drop without a splash) and lying on their sides with one pectoral fin raised. Much splashing and blowing of plumes.

I read that the Transients feed "almost exclusively [on] marine mammals."

Charles


Re: Ridgeway type rails at Lower Otay Lake

Gjon Hazard
 

Light-footed Ridgway's Rails increasingly have been showing up at freshwater sites away from the immediate coast (up to 10-15 miles), at least in San Diego Co. It is important to document these detections. 

Although it may seem a bit redundant with eBird, you may also submit such detections to the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB). This database is more often used by the resource agencies for listed and other special-status species (of a variety of taxa, not just birds). You will need to create an account to submit data. 


On Jan 15, 2017, at 4:38 PM, Mark Stratton zostropz@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

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


Lower Otay Lake - possible first cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL, Jan 16, 2017

Gary Nunn
 

CORRECTION TO SUBJECT LINE DATE.  On Monday Jan 16, 2017 a large interesting looking gull was photographed by Jim Pawlicki at Lower Otay Lake in the vicinity of the boat ramp and rental dock.

There seems to be consensus that this bird shows characters of first cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL including large size pot bellied look, straight thick dark bill, shorter looking brightish pink legs, pale inner webs to primaries (except outer two) giving it a sort of giant contrasty Thayer's Gull look in flight, well marked new gray mantle and scapular feathers with blackish anchor marks.

It appears very large in size in Jim's photos so could indicate a male individual perhaps.

Jim's photos can be seen here https://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist?subID=S33744930

I just wanted to get the word out so someone might notice it again - please post immediately if you see this very interesting looking gull!

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Lower Otay Lake - possible first cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL, Jan 18, 2017

Gary Nunn
 

On Monday Jan 16, 2017 a large interesting looking gull was photographed by Jim Pawlicki at Lower Otay Lake in the vicinity of the boat ramp and rental dock.

There seems to be consensus that this bird shows characters of first cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL including large size pot bellied look, straight thick dark bill, shorter looking brightish pink legs, pale inner webs to primaries (except outer two) giving it a sort of giant contrasty Thayer's Gull look in flight, well marked new gray mantle and scapular feathers with blackish anchor marks.

It appears very large in size in Jim's photos so could indicate a male individual perhaps.

Jim's photos can be seen here https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S33744930

I just wanted to get the word out so someone might notice it again - please post immediately if you see this very interesting looking gull!

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New Painted Redstart #3

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

There is yet another new Painted Redstart in town, on Wednesday morning the 18th, the 3rd bird currently present. This one is along Allen Road, the short cul-de-sac off Fort Stockton Drive in the Mission Hills neighborhood.

Other miscellaneous the last couple days include 2 yellow warblers 1 black throated gray warbler, and 1 Wilson's warbler along the San Diego River in Mission Valley and a continuing black-throated gray warbler downtown at Pantoja Park.

Paul Lehman,. San Diego


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Suggestions for S. Africa

Mike H Wittmer <mikewittmer0582@...>
 

I will be traveling to S. Africa in a few weeks.

I’m asking for any suggestions on guides and/or locations near Pretoria.

Thank you.


Mike Wittmer
Escondido, Ca


Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues

Randall Michal
 

Today, 1-17-2017, my wife, Babette and I were in Encinitas on other business and decided to stop at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. We walked to the Bamboo Garden, which is where staff at the Gardens stated the bird had been seen. After no luck for perhaps 30 minutes, we came across a group of about 12 other birders. One of the group located the bird high in a pine tree to the west of the small pond in the Bamboo Garden. After a few minutes the bird flew south toward a large Eucalyptus tree, It seems to be working its way back and forth between the eastern and western edges of the Bamboo Garden area. This took place between 10:30 AM and 11:15 AM.


Randall D. Michal


Tricolored Heron

Christopher Adler
 

Thanks to Paul Lehman for the recommendation to search Seacoast Dr.
at high tide for the Tricolored Heron. High tide was at 12:12pm today. 
The heron flew in about noon near the intersection of Seacoast Dr.
and Descanso and worked its way north providing lots of opportunities
for photos before heading deeper into the marsh. Still a challenging 
subject in harsh midday light and amid dense vegetation with lots of
edges to distract autofocus. 

Five photos here:


Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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Fw: Partially leucistic House Finch 2 years in a row

Sonja
 

Lets try something else.. Luna Nightwynd


 
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On Monday, January 16, 2017 9:31 PM, "dswalkley@..." wrote:


Just tried the link and it said: "PAGE NOT FOUND"


-----Original Message-----
From: Sonja Beeve lunaskye13@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
To: Sandiegoregionbirding Birding ; BirdingSanDiego Moderator
Sent: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9:28 pm
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Partially leucistic House Finch 2 years in a row

 
Hi all,

While at work today I had a House Finch fly into the tree outside my window that was partially leucistic. Last year around the same time I had another one. Could this be the same bird?  I have 2 photos from 1-6-16 & 2 from today. Both sets of photos taken from second floor window.  It isn't very often you see a bird like this. Any insight appreciated.  Don't know if it will be around again, but the photos were taken at Carlsbad Executive Plaza Suites, in the courtyard, on Yarrow.

 
Sonja Beevé                        
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Partially leucistic House Finch 2 years in a row

Sonja
 

Hi all,

While at work today I had a House Finch fly into the tree outside my window that was partially leucistic. Last year around the same time I had another one. Could this be the same bird?  I have 2 photos from 1-6-16 & 2 from today. Both sets of photos taken from second floor window.  It isn't very often you see a bird like this. Any insight appreciated.  Don't know if it will be around again, but the photos were taken at Carlsbad Executive Plaza Suites, in the courtyard, on Yarrow.

 
Sonja Beevé                        
(Luna Nightwynd)
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Mammal Atlas Update

JackDaynes
 

Hello Birders,

It's been a while since I handed off and news about the San Diego County Mammal Atlas. Most of the 121 species accounts have been sent to the typesetter. More than half have been returned to us for proofing edits. The authors and the editors have been reviewing the proofs and once all the revisions have been approved, all will go back to the typesetter and the changes will be 'set to type' electronically. After a final review to verify all is as intended, the typeset materials will be submitted for print and our book will finally be a reality. It's been a painstakingly slow (but steady) process, and I can't say for sure what the time frame for publication will be. My 'Gibbs gut' says the book should be out in the Spring.

Last night I added an atlas related post to my website:

http://shadetreeimaging.com/introducing-debbie-merrill/

Be well,

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Addendum

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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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

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