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Mission Trails Regional Park--ID help request

Catherine Zinsky
 

Had some nice birding this morning at Mission Trails in Santee.  Would appreciate some help identifying a flycatcher .  Photographed in lousy light, thought at first it was  a Pacific-slope, but now am not sure.  Uploaded a photograph on my flicker account:


​Highlights were three California Gnatcatchers and 2 California Thrashers.  Quite a few Ash-throated Flycatchers and Black-headed Grosbeaks.  

Nice hike.

Thanks in advance for any and all help with the ID.​

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine


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Carlsbad Seawatch (6/24/17)

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,

Maybe more of an interest to North San Diego County birders,but
a seawatch from 7:35 - 9:15 this morning from the bluff located just south of the intersection of Canon Road and Pacific Coast Highway (aka Carlsbad Blvd in this area) was ho-hum, but entertaining enough to keep me around for a bit.
Of note were:

Pacific Loon - 1
Black Storm-Petrel - 15-20 indvs (minimum count)
Black-vented Shearwater - 70+
COMMON MURRE - 1
Imm. Cooper's Hawk flyby with Rock Pigeon in talons! 

Although lacking the dynamic of La Jolla Cove/Canyon, this area for those who don't know is a nice spot with easy parking generally, and is located looking out towards Carlsbad Canyon, another area in San Diego County where deeper water comes close to the coast. There were plenty of terns and other resident/seasonal birds and marine mammals around to keep me busy.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

nesting Redheads, more Swainson's, Scissor-tailed

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Friday the 23rd, there were 4 singing SWAINSON'S THRUSHES along the SD River in the stretch between the SD Mission and the stadium. This is more than usual in summer, and combined with the several other birds recently, it is a much better-than-average showing in recent years of territorial birds in the southern part of the county.

On Saturday the 24th, a check of the large, seasonal pond along the Dust Devil Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar produced a total of 16 REDHEADS, a female with 8 ducklings plus 5 bachelor males and 2 bachelorette females. Also a summering pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS (present since spring) and 6 White-faced Ibis. Lots of nesting Gadwalls. This pond looks like good habitat for some of our scarcer migrant "freshwater shorebirds," although it may well be too dry by late summer when such species are most likely to occur.

Also Saturday, the much-reported, returning SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continues in the trees near the playground equipment at Twin Trails Neighborhood Park in Rancho Penasquitos. It brought some food to give to an adult Western Kingbird, but we did not see any young birds.

--Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego

Black Skimmer

john_a_martin@...
 

Saw a Black Skimmer in an odd location yesterday: a little 1/4-acre cattail-lined pond about a mile south of Sweetwater Reservoir.  It made about 3 passes over the pond, then flew east up the canyon toward San Miguel Mountain, and out of view.  Presumably lost in the fog for a bit.


John Martin

San Dieguito Monthly bird count - Sunday July 9th.

Jayne Lesley
 

The July 2017 San Dieguito monthly bird count is postponed to the second Sunday - July 9th. This is because of the SD Count Fair, which continues through the first weekend of July, with horrible traffic.

Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle east of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding,

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)

Summer Tanager, Common Murre

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, Thursday the 22nd, an unseasonal, female SUMMER TANAGER was at the B&B Garden in the TRV. The saltworks impoundment at the end of 13th St. has again been lowered somewhat, as it was in May when the Am. Golden-Plovers were present, and near high tide this morning there were 4 Wilson's Phalaropes, 40 Red Knots, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 15 Short-billed Dowitchers, 3 Western Sandpipers, 70 Willets, 40 Black-bellied Plovers, 5 Marbled Godwits, etc. Scope required. And nearby at the end of 10th St. was a summering Bonaparte's Gull.

At the upper end of Sweewater Reservoir, 2 rare 'inland' (adult) LEAST TERNS were present. This area has quite a bit of shallow water and exposed mudflat and bears watching the next couple months. Visible from next to intersection of Jamacha Blvd. and Maya St. Scope required.

Yesterday, the 21st, a four-hour seawatch at La Jolla from 6-10 AM was made somewhat difficult by three hours of moderate fog. Highlights were a southbound, alternate-plumaged COMMON MURRE and 4 COMMON TERNS which were with a bunch of other terns and gulls attracted to bait-fish being flung out behind the "New Seaforth."

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

No booby 4:00-6:00

Stan Walens
 

Was at Children’s Pool for 2 hours; joined for the last hour by Jim Roberts, who may still be there.
Pretty bad light, and once the New Seaforth left, the only birds were way out to sea.

Will try again tomorrow morning.

A couple of other things:
First of all, kudos [correct Greek pronunciation = koo-dass] to Justyn for reporting the bird in timely fashion, not simply entering it into eBird 12 hours later.
And for the patience to stay there for hours waiting for it to return.
And third, for seeing anything in that terrible light.

I am stuck using my old Bushnell Spacemaster, 20x, because my Leica scope is in the shop for the fourth or fifth time since I bought it.
Design flaws coupled with unconscionably bad repair service [it has been at Leica now for over 3 months!!! and they are unbelievably unresponsive about it] means I have to say:
STAY AWAY FROM LEICA!
Worst customer service experience I have had with any optics company ever.

Next, I cannot identify the bird Justyn saw.
However, it is definitely not the same individual as the masked-type booby seen in Orange Count last week.
IMO, his description more closely fits early second-cycle red-footed booby, which can have a nearly all-white head, white marginal coverts, and mottled brownish-black and white feathers on the upperwing.
Though usually by that time red-footed boobies have pale pink bills.

And an apology for the truncated email I first sent: was dictating it on my new cellphone and somehow sent it incomplete.
The gist is there was a fly-by adult tufted puffin, a very exciting bird. It was maybe 200 yards offshore, just barely outside the seawall at Children’s Pool before it turned westward.
And a lot of birds a mile+ out to sea.

So, tomorrow morning…..

Stan Walens
San Diego

Oops

Stan Walens
 

Trying to deal with new cell phone last email sent accidentally incomplete and unedited with plenty of spelling mistakes. Sorry

Stan Walens.

San Diego

LJ Cove: adult tufted puffin flyby

Stan Walens
 

I am down at children's pool watching birds flying around the new Seaforth. Lots of turns goals and pelicans. An adult tufted puffin flew past a few minutes ago heading north. Turning out to see as it passed children's pool.

Most of the birds are feeling about a mile to a mile and a half offshore. I am using a 20 power Bush Nell space master which cannot see anything more particularly. However I can tell there are pelicans shearwaters goals and turnsin that flock

new Reddish Egret and miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

There is a new Reddish Egret in town, this one an immature bird in the San Diego River flood control channel visible from Robb Field Tuesday afternoon. Also today there were 4 male Redheads and a White-faced ibis up at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar. Yesterday, the 19th, there was a singing Swainson's Thrush along the San Diego River in Santee.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


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Re: Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Justyn Stahl
 

The bird returned 5 min ago, but still distant.


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
Sorry, yes, by "headlights" I mean marginal coverts. The marginal coverts appeared to be solid white in contrast to the otherwise black back (speckled white) and black upper wing. Unless someone happens to relocate it and/or gets photos I'm happy to let it go.

Justyn


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:
By headlights, I assume you mean there was some white on the marginal coverts or perhaps the scapulars.
In my experience, subadult red-footed and blue-footed have completely dark marginal coverts, but masked/Nazca in second cycle and beyond has white scapulars that can look like headlights.
The only N.A. sulid that is black-backed and shows white marginal coverts, which start coming in in second cycle, is Northern gannet. Let’s not go there.

That being said, as the white feathers on masked booby wings start to come in during second cycle, they can appear as headlights.
Take a look at Tom Benson’s photos of the subadult masked-type booby from Orange County last week, which does show white “headlights."



Stan Walens
San Diego



On Jun 20, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:


About 845, in foggy conditions at La Jolla, I picked up a subadult sulid foraging amongst the kayaks. It was black-backed but with speckling (like a piebald Black-vented Shearwater), white headed, and what struck me was the white "headlights" on the forewing. It was a bit distant/foggy to make out bill color but seemingly was not yellow, more grayish. It flew south out of view. I have no pictures, or much confidence in what it was. It's been 45 minutes and it has not returned.


Justyn Stahl


Re: Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Justyn Stahl
 

And then disappeared out to sea.

Justyn


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 12:43 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
The bird returned 5 min ago, but still distant.

On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
Sorry, yes, by "headlights" I mean marginal coverts. The marginal coverts appeared to be solid white in contrast to the otherwise black back (speckled white) and black upper wing. Unless someone happens to relocate it and/or gets photos I'm happy to let it go.

Justyn


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:
By headlights, I assume you mean there was some white on the marginal coverts or perhaps the scapulars.
In my experience, subadult red-footed and blue-footed have completely dark marginal coverts, but masked/Nazca in second cycle and beyond has white scapulars that can look like headlights.
The only N.A. sulid that is black-backed and shows white marginal coverts, which start coming in in second cycle, is Northern gannet. Let’s not go there.

That being said, as the white feathers on masked booby wings start to come in during second cycle, they can appear as headlights.
Take a look at Tom Benson’s photos of the subadult masked-type booby from Orange County last week, which does show white “headlights."



Stan Walens
San Diego



On Jun 20, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:


About 845, in foggy conditions at La Jolla, I picked up a subadult sulid foraging amongst the kayaks. It was black-backed but with speckling (like a piebald Black-vented Shearwater), white headed, and what struck me was the white "headlights" on the forewing. It was a bit distant/foggy to make out bill color but seemingly was not yellow, more grayish. It flew south out of view. I have no pictures, or much confidence in what it was. It's been 45 minutes and it has not returned.


Justyn Stahl


Re: Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Justyn Stahl
 

Sorry, yes, by "headlights" I mean marginal coverts. The marginal coverts appeared to be solid white in contrast to the otherwise black back (speckled white) and black upper wing. Unless someone happens to relocate it and/or gets photos I'm happy to let it go.

Justyn


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:
By headlights, I assume you mean there was some white on the marginal coverts or perhaps the scapulars.
In my experience, subadult red-footed and blue-footed have completely dark marginal coverts, but masked/Nazca in second cycle and beyond has white scapulars that can look like headlights.
The only N.A. sulid that is black-backed and shows white marginal coverts, which start coming in in second cycle, is Northern gannet. Let’s not go there.

That being said, as the white feathers on masked booby wings start to come in during second cycle, they can appear as headlights.
Take a look at Tom Benson’s photos of the subadult masked-type booby from Orange County last week, which does show white “headlights."



Stan Walens
San Diego



On Jun 20, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:


About 845, in foggy conditions at La Jolla, I picked up a subadult sulid foraging amongst the kayaks. It was black-backed but with speckling (like a piebald Black-vented Shearwater), white headed, and what struck me was the white "headlights" on the forewing. It was a bit distant/foggy to make out bill color but seemingly was not yellow, more grayish. It flew south out of view. I have no pictures, or much confidence in what it was. It's been 45 minutes and it has not returned.


Justyn Stahl


Re: Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Stan Walens
 

A brief correction to my post a short time ago:

The photos of the June 10 masked-type booby in Orange County are by Jeff Bray; the link to them was in a post by Tom Benson.

That individual, however, has a brown head, and a pretty solidly brown back.

Stan Walens
San Diego


Re: Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Stan Walens
 

By headlights, I assume you mean there was some white on the marginal coverts or perhaps the scapulars.
In my experience, subadult red-footed and blue-footed have completely dark marginal coverts, but masked/Nazca in second cycle and beyond has white scapulars that can look like headlights.
The only N.A. sulid that is black-backed and shows white marginal coverts, which start coming in in second cycle, is Northern gannet. Let’s not go there.

That being said, as the white feathers on masked booby wings start to come in during second cycle, they can appear as headlights.
Take a look at Tom Benson’s photos of the subadult masked-type booby from Orange County last week, which does show white “headlights."



Stan Walens
San Diego



On Jun 20, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:


About 845, in foggy conditions at La Jolla, I picked up a subadult sulid foraging amongst the kayaks. It was black-backed but with speckling (like a piebald Black-vented Shearwater), white headed, and what struck me was the white "headlights" on the forewing. It was a bit distant/foggy to make out bill color but seemingly was not yellow, more grayish. It flew south out of view. I have no pictures, or much confidence in what it was. It's been 45 minutes and it has not returned.


Justyn Stahl


Unidentified sulid, La Jolla, 20 June

Justyn Stahl
 

About 845, in foggy conditions at La Jolla, I picked up a subadult sulid foraging amongst the kayaks. It was black-backed but with speckling (like a piebald Black-vented Shearwater), white headed, and what struck me was the white "headlights" on the forewing. It was a bit distant/foggy to make out bill color but seemingly was not yellow, more grayish. It flew south out of view. I have no pictures, or much confidence in what it was. It's been 45 minutes and it has not returned.


Justyn Stahl

SDFO meeting reminder, Ed Henry, “Birds and Other Creatures of Central Thailand”

Justyn Stahl
 

Tonight:

SDFO Event – June 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm is our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.

Program: Program: Ed Henry will discuss “Birds and Other Creatures of Central Thailand.” In April of 2016 Ed Henry photographed some of the diverse and colorful birds of Kaeng Krachen National Parkand Pak Thale salt ponds, roughly 75 miles from Bangkok,Thailand. He will show us photos and comment on selected species. Ed is Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, San Diego State University and past president of San Diego Audubon Society.

 

Click here for Meeting Details and Map.

If you were a member of SDFO in 2016 – your 2017 membership must be renewed. Click here for SDFO membership instructions.


 

Justyn Stahl
Vice President/Program Chair
SDFO

Red-breasted Merganser at Lake Hodges this morning

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

Found a Red-breasted Merganser while out with Terry Hurst at Lake Hodges late this morning. It was swimming around near the area where the new Prickly Pear Cactus plants were recently put in along the Bernardo Bay Trail. eBird showed it as rare for this time of year.

http://tinyurl.com/y9hwxruc


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

more summering waterbirds

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Sunday the 18th, an early-morning seawatch at La Jolla was slow, with just 300 Black-vented Shearwaters and 2 small alcid sp. (probably murrelets). Afterwards, we checked Mission Bay and the San Diego River mouth and had the following summering waterbirds:

"BLACK" BRANT: 2 (Crown Point; one has a broken wing)

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 2 (SD River @ Sports Arena bridge; one 2-yr-old and one 1-yr-old)

Semipalmated Plover: 1

Black-bellied Plover: 20

Long-billed Curlew: 5

Whimbrel: 2

Willet: 4

As you can see, the shorebirds today were pretty boring. Returning migrant (presumably failed breeders) Long-biled Curlews, Willets, and Marbled Godwits, plus Wilson's Phalaropes, should start returning any day now...

--Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego

Lesser nighthawk

Nancy Christensen
 

Counted 31 Lesser Nighthawks last evening on Rangeland Road in Ramona. The birds were circling above the pond you cannot see from the road. This is about halfway down Rangeland, where there is a gated dirt road leading to the west. A white sign says Ramona Water District. The first birds arrived shortly after 8pm (sunset was 7:58). I could only count birds above the horizon, and my max count in one sweep was 31. About 8:20 the birds began to disperse, by 8:25 there were only a couple to be seen. I believe this is the third summer I have seen good numbers of Nighthawks at this location.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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