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White Wagtail (no public access)

Kerry Ross
 

Birders,
  On Wednesday, Apr 19th a WHITE WHAGTAIL was observed and photographed by Rachel Smith on Camp Pendleton. The exact location is not being published in a public forum due to the restricted access. There is no public access to the location. The bird was seen briefly (less than 10 min) before it was seen flying off and not seen again. The location was checked again yesterday and the bird was not spotted there or in any nearby areas on base.
Kerry Ross, posting for my Wife Rachel Smith
Bay Park

Help with loon ID.

Steve Perry
 

This is my 3rd attempt to get this message to the group, hopefully 3rd time's the charm.


On Monday around 6.30pm I saw this loon swimming in and out of the river mouth at Penasquitos Lagoon. I apologize fro the poor quality images, but can anyone help me with the ID? I think it is a red-throated based on the white face and lack of contrasting pattern on the neck. The back looks plain in the pictures, but I did see some speckling on there.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/136413504@N07/shares/M07kN9


Thanks for your help,


Steve Perry


Solana Beach

San Diego Spring pelagic trips

David Povey
 

Two San Diego spring pelagic trips are scheduled for 2017. The first one is about a month away  on Sunday May 21st. and is about one quarter filled. The second trip is June 11th. also a Sunday.

The "Early Bird" Price is $95 ( good until  4-30-17 on the May trip, and May 21st. for the June trip, after which the regular price of $105 kicks in.) both trips are 12hrs. and departing  San Diego Bay at 6 a.m.

See details at www.sandiegopelagics.com

You can make reservations by calling  Point Loma Sportfishing landing and ask for the Grande birding trip with the dates you wish to go.  619 223-1627.

I hope to see you out there,

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

Loon sp at Penasquitos Lagoon 4/17

Steve Perry
 

Resending as it didn't appear to go through last time. Sorry if it duplicates.

--- On Tue, 4/18/17, Stephen Perry <s-perry@...> wrote:


From: Stephen Perry <s-perry@...>
Subject: Loon sp at Penasquitos Lagoon 4/17
To: "SDBirds SDBirds" <sandiegoregionbirding@...>
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:23 PM

Hello,
Yesterday (Monday) at Penasquitos Lagoon I saw
this loon swimming in and out of the river mouth. I think it
is a red-throated loon, but would appreciate input with key
identification features. Sorry for the poor quality images.
Also present were Western and CA gulls,
Caspian and elegant terns, an eared grebe and about 30 brown
pelicans and other usual suspects.
Steve Perry
Solana Beach

https://www.flickr.com/photos/136413504@N07/shares/M07kN9

Loon sp at Penasquitos Lagoon 4/17

Steve Perry
 

Hello,
Yesterday at Penasquitos Lagoon I saw this loon swimming in and out of the river mouth. I think it is a red-throated loon, but would appreciate input with key identification features. Sorry for the poor quality images.
Also present were Western and CA gulls, Caspian and elegant terns, an eared grebe and about 30 brown pelicans and other usual suspects.
Steve Perry
Solana Beach


https://www.flickr.com/photos/136413504@N07/shares/M07kN9

Palm Warbler - Lower Cottonwood Creek, Encinitas

Warren J. (Jeff) Clingan
 

A Palm Warbler was present (re-found?) along Cottonwood Creek (west of the 101), today.  It was first seen around 9:00 AM, just west of the Tennis Courts, in a dead tree by the creek.  It was last seen around 11:00 AM, a little farther west, just before the path curves left and you come to the little foot bridge.  It was in the trees between the path and creek.

 

Jeff Clingan

San Marcos (San Elijo Hills)

Nashville warbler in east Switzer Canyon

Martha Wild
 

Saw a Nashville warbler again, hopping in the regrowing willows at the bottom of the canyon. Also lots of oriole action in some eucalyptus where the canyon narrows to the northeast - at least 2 Bullock’s males with 2 females - possibly more, but hard to know if I was seeing the same ones moving between trees. Hooded orioles enjoying the large silk oak (Grevillea robusta - my guess) with it’s huge orange blossoms. In the same eucalyptus with the Bullock’s, two Western tanagers, a Townsend’s warbler, and an orange-crowned warbler. Very birdy day down there.

On Apr 17, 2017, at 3:30 PM, Christopher Adler christopheradlerdotcom@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:


This morning at the 'stick pond' at Diary Mart Ponds there was a
single Brewer's Sparrow. Five photos here:


Also, the triangular region immediately south of the trail that begins 
just south of the stick pond is now a flooded area jammed with herons
and egrets, including adult and young Black-crowned Night Herons,
Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens


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?Brown morph Nuttall's woodpecker?

Cynthia Burnham
 

Have a weird bird at my feeder - appears to be a male Nuttall's woodpecker (full red cap), but its back - not face or other parts - is brown-and-white vs back-and-white. I do have a picture, but am having a problem with the flickr link.  Also the picture doesn't really show how brown it is.  
Even my husband - not a birdwatcher - said "That's a weird-looking woodpecker!"

Is this a common thing?

Thanks!
Cindy

Brewer's Sparrow, Diary Mart

Christopher Adler
 

This morning at the 'stick pond' at Diary Mart Ponds there was a
single Brewer's Sparrow. Five photos here:


Also, the triangular region immediately south of the trail that begins 
just south of the stick pond is now a flooded area jammed with herons
and egrets, including adult and young Black-crowned Night Herons,
Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens


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Red-footed booby continues

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The Red-footed Booby at La Jolla was seen again this morning (Monday) by Curtis Marantz flying south at 8:37 a.m. Guy and I had been there from 6:30 until 8 with no luck but we had to leave then for work commitments. We had seen 2 brown boobies and the two continuing black oystercatchers.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Mystery resolved

Catherine Zinsky
 

Thanks to everyone who so kindly replied.  It's decided: my mystery bird is a Pin-tailed Wydah.  Apparently this bird is an African escapee that parasitizes the Scaly-breasted Munia.  And it looks so innocent.

Again, all input was gratefully appreciated.

Happy birding!

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine


Author of "Attitude + Attention =Teamwork!
                           Seven Steps to Success"
Available thru www.gettoready.net

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 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX2, OM4  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")
 
 

Nice morning at Mission Trails

Vic Warren
 

Laurel and I spent this morning at Mission Trails. It was perfect weather and not overly crowded, even though it was Easter. Our main highlight was a Grasshopper Sparrow in the Grasslands.It was sitting up on a clump of broom and singing happily. We watched it for about 15 minutes. Beautiful little bird. Down the hill from the Grasslands, we saw a Greater Roadrunner, the first one we've ever seen at Mission Trails. We also got a Western Wood Pewee and an Ash-throated Flycatcher There were lots of wrens and Nuttall's Woodpeckers around, but very few warblers. Surprisingly, several Orange-crowned and NO Yellow-rumps!


Good birding,

Vic Warren and Laurel Scott

Mission Valley

Re: ID help please...

Nancy Christensen
 

Pin-tailed Wydah

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Apr 16, 2017, at 3:23 PM, Catherine Zinsky Catherine.Zinsky@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Started at the La Jolla Cove area where I saw one Back Oystercatcher and one Wandering Tatler, then did visited some friends before venturing back into East County, stopping at Lindo Lake for a short walk around the shallower lake on the East side.  Nothing extraordinary except for one finch-like bird that has me totally buffaloed.  It's probably an escapee, but...ya never know.  Any help with the identification of this bird would be most appreciated.  I have posted four photos on my flicker account:


Thanks so much for any and all help.  Happy Spring!

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine


Author of "Attitude + Attention =Teamwork!
                           Seven Steps to Success"
Available thru www.gettoready.net

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 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX2, OM4  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")
 
 

Swainson's Hawk over Sweetwater River; Lewis's Woodpecker along Dehesa Road

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

Today 16 April 2017 Bruce Calkins and I hiked down the Sweetwater River from the Highway 94 bridge. We didn’t see the apparent Brown Thrasher reported by Rich Norgaard, but we were glad to find Rich himself. In the same area, though, I was very surprised to see a Swainson’s Hawk, flying over the vicinity of the wooden footbridge over the Sweetwater River about 0.9 mile (as measured in a straight line in Google Earth) downstream from Highway 94. We were up the slope along the trail on the SE side of the river, and when I first saw the Swainson’s Hawk it was below us, flying away from us. So most of our view was of the upper side; the bird didn’t turn and start flying downstream along the NW side of the river until it was far from us, and then we lost it over the ridge to the west. I never really appreciated the whitish upper tail coverts of a Swainson’s Hawk that almost recall a Northern Harrier, though less distinct than in that species. The bird was apparently of an intermediate morph without the strong contrast between brown chest and white belly of the light morph and the wing linings only modestly paler than the undersides of the remiges. But it had the whole upperparts nearly uniform medium gray and the tail finely banded with dark, as well as the characteristic tapered wings. The bird was foraging, shortly before noon, and not migrating.

 

In other news, I recently received at the San Diego Natural History Museum a Lewis’s Woodpecker, found injured on 19 March 2017, given to the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, and transferred by one of its officers to Project Wildlife. Because of the multiple steps the information on the bird’s exact location was degraded, but Animal Services’ Lieutenant Laura Ward told me over the phone it was found along Dehesa Road. Therefore it’s very likely to be the same Lewis’s Woodpecker initially reported by John Martin along Dehesa Road 0.4 mile west of Sloan Canyon Road on 26 January 2017 and seen there again by Jim Roberts on 4 March. The bird’s injuries were almost entirely internal; it made into a good study skin, and I saved the partial skeleton. This only the third Lewis’s Woodpecker we have received at the museum from San Diego County or anywhere in southern California for over 30 years. Thanks to Kim Roth for reminding me of John’s report!

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

Point La Jolla – Red-footed Booby adult white morph, 16 April 2017

Gary Nunn
 

I think I was about to start preparing Easter Sunday lunch for guests when report of adult white morph RED-FOOTED BOOBY came over by text message!  Dropped what I was doing and ran out the door!  Lucky for me it was still sitting on the water off Point La Jolla when I arrived at 10 am to join Dean DiTomasso and Jim Pawlicki at the Bridge Club.  Back home by 10:45am and still pulled off the lunch party preparations.  Phew!

Distant photos by original finder Dean DiTomasso are included in my eBird report here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36026337

What a great find by Dean.  Still pinching myself I saw an adult white morph Red-footed Booby flying around with a Western Gull on its tail...  wow!

--
Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

ID help please...

Catherine Zinsky
 

Started at the La Jolla Cove area where I saw one Back Oystercatcher and one Wandering Tatler, then did visited some friends before venturing back into East County, stopping at Lindo Lake for a short walk around the shallower lake on the East side.  Nothing extraordinary except for one finch-like bird that has me totally buffaloed.  It's probably an escapee, but...ya never know.  Any help with the identification of this bird would be most appreciated.  I have posted four photos on my flicker account:


Thanks so much for any and all help.  Happy Spring!

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine


Author of "Attitude + Attention =Teamwork!
                           Seven Steps to Success"
Available thru www.gettoready.net

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 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX2, OM4  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")
 
 

Brown Boobies, loon flight

Paul Lehman
 

I spent an hour seawatching this morning starting at 6:30AM from the end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach, and between 6:40-7:20AM had a total of 7 northbound Brown Boobies--likely coming off the roost on Los Coronados Islands. During the first half hour of light there was a major push of Pacific Loons--the best I've ever seen in spring in San Diego, where numbers in spring are typically fewer than from seawatch sites from L.A. westward. They were passing at a rate of 300/minute, so a total of about 4000 birds.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Ad Red-footed Booby at La Jolla 4/16

James Pawlicki
 

Took off and heading well offshore now 1022.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
Date: Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 9:49 AM
Subject: Fwd: Ad Red-footed Booby at La Jolla 4/16
To: sandiegoregionbirding@... <sandiegoregionbirding@...>


It just showed up again 0948. With gull flock just offshore.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
Date: Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Ad Red-footed Booby at La Jolla 4/16
To: sandiegoregionbirding@... <sandiegoregionbirding@...>


Dean DiTommaso observed a light adult Red-footed Booby at La Jolla this morning between approximately 7:30 and 8:00. It was last seen heading north and being chased by WEGUs.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Calliope Hummingbird, Pt Loma, April 16

Sara Baase Mayers
 

A male Calliope perched in our hibiscus bush for a while this
morning, making occasional short flights out and returning to the same
perch.

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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@...
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Ad Red-footed Booby at La Jolla 4/16

James Pawlicki
 

It just showed up again 0948. With gull flock just offshore.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
Date: Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Ad Red-footed Booby at La Jolla 4/16
To: sandiegoregionbirding@... <sandiegoregionbirding@...>


Dean DiTommaso observed a light adult Red-footed Booby at La Jolla this morning between approximately 7:30 and 8:00. It was last seen heading north and being chased by WEGUs.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA