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Re: Sunday BVAS/Grande pelagic

David Povey
 

The Sunday May 21st. Buena Vista Audubon, and Grande Pelagic appears to have exceptionally nice weather and sea conditions forecast.

The trip has 5 spots remaining.  We depart Point Loma Sportfishing landing in San Diego Bay at 6 a.m.

Cost for late sign up is $115. Trip details are at www.sandiegopelagics.com.

Call 619 223-1627

I hope we will see you onboard,

Dave Povey

Dulzura

2017-05-17 Nesting Season At The South Bay Saltworks

JackDaynes
 

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2017-05-17-nesting-season-at-the-south-bay-saltworks/

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Poway, California (San Diego Co.)
N 32° 57' W 117° 04'
At 508' Elevation
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Re: Common Loon at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Matthew Binns
 

This evening a Common Loon was present on Agua Hedionda Lagoon (between Encinitas and Carlsbad), on the water west of the railroad tracks. Getting late in the season according to the SD Count Bird Atlas.


Matthew Binns
Leucadia


Red breasted grosbeak La Jolla

Ethna Piazza
 

Today instead of the usual blackheaded grosbeaks at the feeder, I saw one from the back that had solid black on head and upper back, then when it turned, the large red triangle! First rose breasted grosbeak positively identified in my yard on Mount Soledad. Darn luck, all 5 camera batteries were dead. Charging them up in hopes it reappears tomorrow.

Ethna

Red breasted merg and Wilson's warbler at Penasquitos Lagoon

Steve Perry
 

Seen at 6.30pm. Merg is in the channel near river mouth, male WIWA feeding in sycamore by entrance to parking lot off Carmel Valley Road. Otherwise very quiet
Steve Perry
Solana Beach



Brown-crested Flycatchers at Roadrunner Club in Borrego continue

Mel Senac
 

Three returning Brown- crested Flycatchers were again seen at the Roadrunner Club this morning at 10:00 AM on May 18 by Nancy C., Barbara C. and myself. First reported by Paulette about a week ago. Found them by Tee Box # 17 on the golf course.
Mel Senac
La Jolla

Lesser Nighthawks

Nancy Christensen
 

Borrego Springs settling ponds we had a minimum of 14 LENH flying around until we left at 9:30. Very close views - stunning photo ops!

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

BVAS Program Tonight--Eastern Sierra Birding with Steve Brad

akamauro . <akamauro1@...>
 

Steve Brad will present a program on the Birds of the Eastern Sierra tonight at the BVAS Nature Center in Oceanside.  The free program starts at 7 pm, and will feature some of the photos Steve has taken on his many trips up to his cabin at Mammoth.  For a sample of Steve's photos, visit his website at:  http://www.seatosierrabirds.com/  The Nature Center is located at 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside.   

Social (free refreshments!): 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.

2017-05-15 South San Diego Bay

JackDaynes
 

Greetings,

Observations include inter-species cooperative foraging and a Forster's Tern with an unusually colored bill.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2017-05-15-south-san-diego-bay/

Be well,

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-- Jack --
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<http://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
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858-442-1907
Poway, California (San Diego Co.)
N 32° 57' W 117° 04'
At 508' Elevation
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Baltimore Oriole Point Loma 5-1517

Eric Kallen
 

A few pics of the Oriole reported by Sara at:


Egk.smugmug.com


Also pics of local migrants.


Eric Kallen

San Diego

Western Field Ornithologist in Pueblo, CO August 16-20, 2017

Frances Oliver
 

From Broad-tailed and Black-chinned Hummingbirds to Mississippi Kites, that’s what we will be finding at WFO’s Annual Conference in Pueblo, Colorado. Do you like Pinyon-Juniper habitat? That’s where we find, of course, Pinyon Jays. But even better, last year’s Western Scrub-jay was split, and Colorado’s species is the Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay. And in prairie habitat—look for Curve-billed Thrasher, Greater Roadrunner, Scaled Quail, and maybe Ladder-backed Woodpecker. If you fancy sparrows, listen and look for Cassin’s and Brewer’s Sparrows, along with Green-tailed Towhee. Other woodpeckers can be found in the mountains—Lewis’s, along with Red-naped and Williamson’s Sapsuckers. Other mountain birds are Plumbeous Vireo and Pygmy Nuthatch. Flycatchers include Olive-sided, Dusky, and Cordilleran—(Can you tell a Cordilleran from a Pacific-slope? Does it make a difference?). You can find Black and Eastern Phoebes, Juniper Titmouse, Cassin’s Kingbird, and Canyon Towhee just west of Pueblo. If all that sounds like exciting birdlife, it is. Don’t miss it!

The annual WFO conference is a four day event that includes scientific presentations, workshops, field trips and other workshops.

Dr. Lauryn Benedict, an expert on animal communication and social behavior, will be our keynote speaker, speaking on “He Sings, She Sings: Female Songbirds in Your Backyard.” Her main research is of bird song for understanding how signals evolve in nature. To understand song function, she examines how individuals use vocal signals within environmental and social contexts. She also studies larger patterns of song evolution by measuring how songs vary through time and space, both within and between species. Some of her current projects examine the function and evolution of song and duets among Colorado wren species, New World sparrows, and Old World warblers. Lauryn is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Lauryn also will be giving a workshop, “Birds from the Inside Out,” which will focus on how avian anatomy produces identifying characteristics.

Furthering our understanding of birdsong, Nathan Pieplow’s workshop is “Identifying Birds by Their Sounds.” Nathan is the author of the recently released Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America. He also will be presenting his annual “Bird Sound Identification: Team Challenge.” Of course, to learn identification visually, Ed Harper will be presenting his Bird Photo ID Panel.”

Other workshops will focus on how to find birds by learning “What do Birds Eat?” by entomologist Dave Leatherman, “How to Make, Edit, Share, and Publish Bird Vocalizations” by Ted Floyd, “The Ins and Outs of eBird: from the Basics to Advanced Use and Application,” by Scott Somershoe, and “Identification of Shorebirds,” by Jon Dunn.

WFO returns to Colorado for the first time in many years, where there are many species that don’t occur in the Far West, including many species of workshop and field trip leaders! Within Colorado, a wide variety of habitats and species near Pueblo is one of the main reasons this venue was selected for WFO’s annual conference. Another reason is accommodations at the Marriott Hotel. It is located by a walkway to the Pueblo Convention Center, where all activities will be held--workshops, banquet, reception, and exhibitors.

Registration link: http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php

 

Frances Oliver

WFO Outreach Coordinator & Board Member

 

Pt. La Jolla seawatch - Sooty (lots), Pink-footed Shearwater, May 14, 2017

Gary Nunn
 

I did a seawatch for a couple hours from Pt. La Jolla, the Bridge Club, on Sunday May 14, 2017.  Joined also by Dean DiTommaso and Barbara Carlson.

At dawn an impressive movement of Sooty Shearwaters heading south about 1/2 to a mile offshore.  20 or 30 a minute on occasion, I counted a few hundred quickly, estimated at least 800 in total although I think this is surely conservative.  Smaller number of Black-vented Shearwater (75), and then two Pink-footed Shearwaters also picked out among Sooty as larger, lower speed progress, higher arcs slowing at tops, nice bright paler below.  The southwesterly breeze at dawn was pretty strong and shearwaters were moving along at speed, and changes in elevation, with nice views.  The wind turned mixed direction onshore-offshore about 8:00am and then everything seemed to move much further offshore at the far horizon.

Also one adult alternate plumage COMMON MURRE flew in about 8am settled in water off Children's Pool area.  I also saw one Common Murre here last weekend on May 07.

One worn looking first/second cycle (2CY) Glaucous-winged Gull hanging around the sea-lion haul out.

Later in afternoon spotted a couple Wandering Tattlers while walking around the cove with my family.

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Gary Nunn
you can find me on twitter,
@garybnunn

Baltimore Oriole Pt Loma 5/15

Sara Baase Mayers
 


1st year Baltimore Oriole in silk oak in Warner/Dupont alley 8:45am. Many warblers also.
Sara Mayers (& Keith & Eric K)
sarabirding@...

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Oceanside Black Skimmers

Carina Graham
 

I'm currently looking at 3 skimmers in the little lagoon where the river empties into the ocean, by the harbor. Visible from the bridge.


Carina Graham
Oceanside

Reminder: SDFO meeting, 16 May, the Sandia Rosy-Finch Project by Michael Hilchey

Justyn Stahl
 

SDFO Event – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm is our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.

 

Program: Michael O. Hilchey will speak on “The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project.” The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project is a long-term winter ecology study of the rosy- finches at Sandia Crest just outside of Albuquerque, NM. Over the years, this site has become a premier location for birders all across the world hoping to find all three of North America's rosy-finch species as well as host to the most extensive winter study of these elusive birds. As one of the primary investigators of the project for over 10 years, Michael will present an overview of the project, including the origin of the work, what they have learned about these birds, and what they hope to learn in the future. He will discuss identification, aging and sexing techniques, molt limits, migration dynamics, population dynamics, and conservation status of these high-altitude specialists.

 

Details and directions are here:

http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/?events=sdfo-meeting-tuesday-may-16-2017-at-600-pm


Click here for SDFO membership instructions.

 

Happy Mother's Day,


Justyn Stahl

San Diego Field Ornithologists

Vice President/Program Chair



Calliope

Charles Jackson
 

Just a quick note about Flintkote:

Last evening (12 May, 1800) I walked Flintkote Ave. down to the Pride of Madera plant to see if the Calliopes were still around. They were not. Only an Allen's at that spot.

I found that people had come through recently with weed whackers. They had stripped the edges of the road and trail and even cut back that Pride of Madera plant. They must have done it late in the day before I arrived because they had not picked up the cuttings or even moved them off the road/path, except at the house.

Charles

Point Loma Friday morning

peterginsburg
 

Not much movement of migrants.  The only "hot spot" I found was the blooming silk oak tree behind 649 Albion St. which had an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, several Western Tanagers and a Bullock's Oriole. I ran out of time so there might have been more there.

Peter

Mission Trails Grasslands

Catherine Zinsky
 

Well I thought my post the other day would be my last, but as I am having difficulty posting on ebird at the moment, I thought I'd better let the birding community know that a I saw and photographed a Vermillion Flycatcher in the Grasslands at Mission Trails Regional Park this morning.  

--
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'))
GCH 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")
 
 

San Diego Rosy-Finches: 16 May, SDFO presents Michael Hilchey and the Sandia Rosy-Finch Project

Justyn Stahl
 

SDFO Event – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm is our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.

 

Program: Michael O. Hilchey will speak on “The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project.” The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project is a long-term winter ecology study of the rosy- finches at Sandia Crest just outside of Albuquerque, NM. Over the years, this site has become a premier location for birders all across the world hoping to find all three of North America's rosy-finch species as well as host to the most extensive winter study of these elusive birds. As one of the primary investigators of the project for over 10 years, Michael will present an overview of the project, including the origin of the work, what they have learned about these birds, and what they hope to learn in the future. He will discuss identification, aging and sexing techniques, molt limits, migration dynamics, population dynamics, and conservation status of these high-altitude specialists.

 

Details and directions are here:

http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/?events=sdfo-meeting-tuesday-may-16-2017-at-600-pm


Click here for SDFO membership instructions.

 

Justyn Stahl

San Diego Field Ornithologists

Vice President/Program Chair


Mission Dam area

Catherine Zinsky
 

Was recently educated to the fact that this sight is only for rare sightings.  Sorry if I have previously overstepped boundaries.  Thought it was meant to share bird sightings.  My apologies...
Don't know if this qualifies as 'rare', but it is one that certainly is being protected:
Least Bell's Vireo.  Had two pair around the Mission Dam area, and one was (I think) bombarding my camera every time I clicked a photo.  Got the idea that I was perhaps too close to a nest?

Numerous close up photos taken, some now posted on my flicker account:


--
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'))
GCH 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")