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Lesser Black-backed Gull (non-sighting)

Matt Sadowski
 

For those that like to camp out at the Lower Otay boat ramp to pass the time: Review of photos shows that the adult LBBG from Saltworks on 2/12 is the same individual that was seen both in Saltworks and at Lower Otay Lake 2/11 - 3/19 last year.

Matt Sadowski

On 2/12/2017 7:18 PM, Matt Sadowski wrote:
There was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in Saltworks today (monthly Audubon walk access only during winter months). Last year when there was a LBBG present in Saltworks during the Feb/Mar time period the same individual was also seen on a few occasions at the boat ramp on Lower Otay Lake.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34336147

Matt Sadowski


Re the BF, the TBKI is still there

phil Pryde
 

For those who are keeping track of the local rarities for possible Bird Festival spotting, this morning (Tues.) at 9 a.m. the Thick-billed Kingbird was in (one of) its favorite trees, namely the leafless tree closest to the parking lot road directly across from the swimming pool.  If you haven’t been there before, drive to the end of Regency Court (which is a short ways west of the Main St. exit off I-805); park, and walk left about 50 yards until you’re near the swimming pool and look at the leafless trees on your left.  If he’s not there scan the tops of all the other trees in the vicinity, including those on the far side of the greenbelt.  If still no TBKI, welcome to the club.  



Gray Flycatcher and minor miscellanea

Paul Lehman
 

On Tuesday morning the 14th, a GRAY FLYCATCHER was in Mast Park in Santee. When I saw it, it was immediately to the northeast of the fenced-in dog-run area. Much of this section of the park is perfect Gray Flycatcher habitat--with scattered, open trees and patchy low weed and grass cover on the ground. Also a Phainopepla and a mid-sized flock of Chipping Sparrows.

For those still looking for the TRICOLORED HERON at the Tijuana Estuary, if you miss it in the northwest section of the marsh just out from Seacoast Ave., be aware that it has also been seen several times the past week or so in the marsh much farther to the southeast, right out from the end of the runway at the helicopter field. Female Hooded Merganser and 5 Canvasbacks continue near the mouth.

In other, minor news the past few days, the hybrid Eurasian X American Wigeon continues at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar on the 9th; and 3 Western Tanagers and 2 Bullock's Orioles were in West Shepherd Canyon in Tierrasanta on the 10th.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Continuing Eastern Bell's Vireo (photos)

David Trissel
 

Rich and I found the bird at 11:00 farther north in the yard of 2005 Myers. GPS coordinates: 33.170572,-117.361806

David Trissel
San Diego, CA

On Feb 11, 2017, at 10:22 PM, 'Alex R. Abela' thebuzz90@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I've added a few photos of the continuing (Eastern) Bell's Vireo from this morning:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78394132@N00/32849768255/in/photostream/

This came after at least half a dozen unsuccessful visits (and many hours searching) over the last few weeks. I first sighted the vireo high in the vine-covered eucalyptus, before it eventually made its way down to the fence and the shrubs between the path and railroad tracks.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA







From: "Alex Abela thebuzz90@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]" <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...>
To: "<SanDiegoRegionBirding@...>" <SanDiegoRegionBirding@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:40 AM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Continuing Eastern Bell's Vireo

 
Present in near the vine covered eucalyptus near the corner of Myers and Eaton in Oceanside for the past 10 minutes.

Alex Abela




San Diego Bay duckage, 2/13

Matt Sadowski
 

Dave Povey and I did a counterclockwise loop of the bay this morning covering about 20 miles in his boat from Coronado Bridge down to the Saltworks. Thanks to Justyn for posting the White-winged Scoter already. The Long-tailed Duck continued off the North Delta overlook. We found a total of six Black Scoters. Two males were NE of Grand Caribe Shoreline Park along the Silver Strand, two more males and female were W of Chula Vista Marina, and a lone female was W of the Sweetwater River mouth. An impressive raft of 2100 - 2500 Greater Scaup was E of the South Bay Bio parking/Emory Cove area. This may be a high count of GRSC for the county. I'd have to dig out my older notes that haven't made it into eBird yet to be sure. Thanks to Dave as usual for expertly guiding the boat for great photo ops.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34357679
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34357769
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34357894 (WWSC)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34357958 (LTDU)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34357995
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34358042 (BLSC)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34358517 (GRSC)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34358574 (more BLSC)

Matt Sadowski


results of 13 Feb San Elijo monthly bird count (reddish egret visiting from Batiquitos)

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 11 participants for conducting the 13 Feb 2017 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Elizabeth Venrick, Don Johnson (Beach, West Basin, Nature Center); Denise Riddle, Gail DeLalla, Eric Fischer (CBS= Rios to freeway); Kathy Aldern, Jayne Lesley (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Robert Patton (Pole Rd; EBNW = dike; Cardiff Cove); Steve Perry, David Richardson (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa).  


Notable species included a reddish egret just west of the nature center from around 11:35 to 12:10, after which it flew to the NNW, presumably back toward Batiquitos Lagoon where one has been in recent days; a jaeger sp. offshore, a barn swallow over the flood control dike east of I-5, and a loggerhead shrike north of Santa Carina.


104 species were recorded:  pied-billed grebe, eared grebe, western grebe, black-vented shearwater, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, Canada goose, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, American wigeon, lesser scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s (clapper) rail, Virginia rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., jaeger sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, loggerhead shrike, Eurasian starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow.

 

The next monthly bird count will be 13 Mar. 


Note if planning a trip to San Elijo that the maintenance road & peninsula trail NW of Rios Ave as well as the trail on each side & under I-5 are closed due to extensive construction projects widening I-5 & the RR tracks.  The nature center loop trail, trail from Rios Ave to I-5, trail from I-5 to El Camino Real, flood control dike between Manchester Ave & Sta Inez, & trail on the eastern mesa (Stonebridge) are open.

R. Patton

San Diego, CA



reddish egret continues Batiquitos

stevan brad
 

a number of folks have told me they have gone to see the egret.  As its not an ebird flagged bird but seems to have some interest  I`m letting people know the bird is still around SOMETIMES    West of RR tracks east of Coast Hwy. There is a pumping station on east side of coast hwy with a small parking lot  that i stop in  to scan the birdsbelow is a recent pic from BJ Dooley, about 15 years old, serious birder and the newish  kid in town
steve bradleucadia



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A few weekend notes, FYI

Charles Jackson
 

Saturday morning I went to relocate the Roselle St. Riparian COMMON MERGANSER, saw it, but no shot. Rained the whole time and I came home very wet and muddy.

After that, I stopped to look for the BELL's VIREO (EASTERN) in Carlsbad, but no luck.

I then drove on, up to Anaheim, to find the TUFTED DUCK (maybe the WHITE WAGTAIL too) and to just bird a new area. There I saw about 30 COMMON MERGANSERs. Every gravel bar below every weir had 5-10 dozing on it. (I reflected on the wet and muddy morning earlier, looking for just one!)

Sunday I took another shot at the BELL's VIREO (EASTERN). I spent 80 minutes there, but no luck. Another birder was just driving away when I arrived. I don't know how long he'd been there, but if I assume 30 min, then it was not seen between about 1000 and 1200. This is only my second attempt, so I guess I need to make about four more before I get close.

Charles


Nestor Park

Catherine Zinsky
 

FINALLY was able to find the previously reported Cassin's Vireo after 3 failures.  Seen at water area near Tesoro Grove apartments.
Also seen:
Numerous Townsend's Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Black & White Warbler
Beautiful male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage

Some photos on flicker below...

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Re: White-winged Scoter, Glorietta Bay

Nancy Christensen
 

WW scoter in sight straight out from the bathrooms at Glorietta park. Inside the various buoys(channel markets?). She tried to fly but was unable to take off. 9:50  2/13

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Feb 13, 2017, at 8:40 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Matt Sadowski (on a boat survey of the bay with Povey et al.) reports a female-type White-winged Scoter in Glorietta Bay as of 8am this morning (13 Feb).


Justyn Stahl


White-winged Scoter, Glorietta Bay

Justyn Stahl
 

Matt Sadowski (on a boat survey of the bay with Povey et al.) reports a female-type White-winged Scoter in Glorietta Bay as of 8am this morning (13 Feb).

Justyn Stahl


Williamson's Sapsucker, Laguna Mountains

Jeremiah Stock
 

Sunday afternoon there was a female Williamson's Sapsucker in a large yellow pine in the wooded ravine about 1/4 mile south of Water of the Woods.  This location is on the Big Laguna Trail and is close to a mile north of the large parking area along Sunrise Highway at Mile Marker 19. 


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2/12

Matt Sadowski
 

There was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in Saltworks today (monthly Audubon walk access only during winter months). Last year when there was a LBBG present in Saltworks during the Feb/Mar time period the same individual was also seen on a few occasions at the boat ramp on Lower Otay Lake.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34336147

Matt Sadowski


San Diego birding, Feb 12

Tom Benson
 

I spent most of the day birding San Diego with Brittany O'Connor in search of some continuing rarities. We started by dipping on the Eastern Bell's Vireo in Oceanside (0745-0830), then had the good luck to arrive at the north end of Seacoast Drive five minutes after the Tricolored Heron (0930) had appeared. I assume this luck had to be due to the fact that Alex Abela was present, and that theory was confirmed when we relocated the Cassin's Vireo in the Tesoro Grove Way riparian area with Alex also present (about 1030). We then left Alex and dipped on the Ovenbird at Otay Valley Regional Park (1055-1140). Our last target of the day was the Dusky-capped Flycatcher at San Diego Botanic Gardens. We arrived at 1330, and heard two or three calls from the direction of the old world desert garden at 1410 but never saw the bird. The bird started calling again from the same location at 1530 and we were able to see it as it perched in and near the dragon tree along the fence. It then dropped into the adjacent residential yard, after which we decided to call it a day.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA 


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Red-breasted Sapsucker at Lindo Lake on Feb 12, 2017

rsbreisch
 

We saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker this morning at Lindo Lake.  It was seen in a bare tree that was near peppertrees, oaks, & eucalyptus and was on south side of park just west of the playground & restroom area.

Our ebird list is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34328680

 

Rich & Susan Breisch

 


Re: Anza Borrego - Chrissal Thrasher assistance

Sonja
 


Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately, we are now 0 for 9.  We were there by sunrise hung out at by the old house for about an hour than went to the settling ponds for about an hour also. I think the weather kept everything in hiding. May try again in a  couple weeks.
Sonja Beeve 
Vista



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REEG Report

phil Pryde
 

    The Bataquitos Reddish Egret was present Sunday morning between 7:30 and 8:00, but not in the location described on 2-10 by Steve and David.  It apparently spent Saturday night snoozing with its cormorant buddies on a sand bar in the larger basin between the RR tracks and I-5.  From the dirt pullout lookout location described by David (off La Costa Ave. just before the Coast Hwy) I was easily able to scope it on the large sandbar near the NW corner of that larger basin (just inland from the Lagoon’s mouth).  By 8 a.m. it had started feeding in the vicinity of the sand bar while the cormorants were still snoozing.  They all might all go to the westernmost basin later in the morning, where the REEG has been reported previously. 
    At the San Dieguito wetlands, a Red-throated Loon (probably the same one reported previously from the same location) was swimming in the widened section of the river immediately east of the trail underpass under I-5. No sign of any interesting mergansers or Eur. Wigeon. 
    Phil Pryde 
    San Diego 



Scott's Oriole back again in San Diego Country Estates

Stephen Ellis
 

I had some nice views of a Scott's Oriole this this morning (9;15). I thought I heard it a few days ago but wasn't able to spot it then. I don't know if it is the same bird but one has shown up here every year since I started keeping track in 2012. It seems to have arrived here even earlier than last year although I don't remember when exactly I posted it last year. It was singing/calling from the top of one of the pine trees at the end of Litten Way. Viewed from my drive way on Bellemore Drive. It seems to prefer the tall pine trees in this area. In the past I have seen it in both my neighbors 2 pine trees and the pine tree in my back yard as well as the ones across the small wash between my backyard and the houses on Litten Way.


Steve Ellis

San Diego Country Estates

Ramona 


2017 BVAS and Grande pelagics schedule.

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

The 2017 Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelagic schedule is now up for booking.

The trips scheduled are all 12 hrs. and will do the Nine Mile Bank, and the Thirty Mile Bank.

Though primarily in San Diego Co. waters they may cross briefly in to L.A. Co. waters.

All trips are in U.S. waters.

 

Dates are;

 

Sunday   May 12, 2017

Sunday   June 11, 2017

Sunday   Aug. 20, 2017

Sunday   Sept. 24, 2017

 

See details at www.sandiegopelagics.com

 

Any or all trips can be booked by calling  Point Loma Sportfishing Landing at 619 223-1627, or

go on line to www.pointlomasportfishing.com  click schedules, scroll down to trip type- click on

3/4 day birding and boat-Grande, then hit filter.  You can book the trip you want there.

 

Dave Povey

dpovey@...

Dulzura


Re: Continuing Eastern Bell's Vireo (photos)

Alex Abela
 

I've added a few photos of the continuing (Eastern) Bell's Vireo from this morning:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78394132@N00/32849768255/in/photostream/

This came after at least half a dozen unsuccessful visits (and many hours searching) over the last few weeks. I first sighted the vireo high in the vine-covered eucalyptus, before it eventually made its way down to the fence and the shrubs between the path and railroad tracks.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA







From: "Alex Abela thebuzz90@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]"
To: ""
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:40 AM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Continuing Eastern Bell's Vireo

 
Present in near the vine covered eucalyptus near the corner of Myers and Eaton in Oceanside for the past 10 minutes.

Alex Abela



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