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Tropical Kingbird: Carlsbad 28Jan 2018

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed what appears to be a TROPICAL KINGBIRD in Carlsbad late this afternoon, 28Jan 2018. The bird was associating with a group of CAKI on Pear Tree Drive near the intersection with Mulberry Ct. Most of the time, it was in a Sycamore tree SW of intersection. This location is just east of the Seascape Apartments (known Hotspot). In fact, the kingbirds all moved to Eucalyptus trees along the eastern border of Seascape Apartments as the sun set, presumably to roost. Photos are included in ebird report:

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42327925

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 

Tropical Kingbird: Carlsbad 28Jan 2018

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed what appears to be a TROPICAL KINGBIRD in Carlsbad late this afternoon, 28Jan 2018. The bird was associating with a group of CAKI on Pear Tree Drive near the intersection with Mulberry Ct. Most of the time, it was in a Sycamore tree SW of intersection. This location is just east of the Seascape Apartments (known Hotspot). In fact, the kingbirds all moved to Eucalyptus trees along the eastern border of Seascape Apartments as the sun set, presumably to roost. Photos are included in ebird report:

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42327925

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 

 

Sunday offshore

David Povey
 

Four of us did a short run offshore, out of Mission Bay,  Sunday the 28th. We stayed relatively close in as the weather forecast was for strong and gusty north winds. Actual conditions were near calm although the sea surface had a short-ish left over west wind wave.  Our track was southwest from the bay to about the 250 fathom line ( about 7 n. miles out ) then turned north , and following that line to  just south of the La Jolla Canyon.

We had a Parasitic Jaeger off the end of the Mission Bay Jetty. A few south bound Pacific Loons near shore. Northbound Black-vented Shearwaters,  Bonaparte's, and California Gulls further out. Then quiet with a scattering of Cassin's Auklet into La Jolla. The  Cassin's all seemed well fed as few flew to escape the boat. Choosing to dive or wing scull out of the way.

We found one lone Red Phalarope on a feeding actively at a large kelp paddy.

La Jolla was a different story. We found a wide spread area of feeding gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters (see numbers below). The food was small Northern Anchovy (2-3 inches long) being pushed to the surface by Pacific Mackerel  (12 inches ) (confirmed by catch with rod and reel). The water in places full of shiny scales from the feeding frenzy. Even Bonaparte's Gulls were seen with these small anchovies in the bills. Interestingly many of the Black-vented Shearwater were so full that they like the Cassin's Auklets could not gain the air to fly. They then would regurgitate their catch, leaving a number of partially digested anchovies in their wake. Hard day to be an anchovy.

Interestingly no boobies. Perhaps, as I surmise, small anchovies are not booby food, and mackerel this size maybe too big. I still think Brown Boobies are all about sardines. There seems to be numbers sardines down off Imperial Beach and perhaps more further south..

We did check  get the many scattered rafts of shearwaters for any other species, but had no success there. We did have one mostly white headed and bodied Black-vented Shearwater that we all think we seen before (dreams of Cape Petrel).

A check of the south Mission Bay Jetty on the way home had two Surfbirds and a single Black Turnstone.

List of offshore species;

Surf Scoter   2

Pacific Loon   10

Eared Grebe   3

Common Loon   1

Black-vented Shearwater   1200

Brandt's Cormorant   8

Brown Pelican  54  (almost all sub adult)

Spotted Sandpiper  1  (so.M.B. Jetty)

Black Turnstone  1  (so. M.B. Jetty)

Surfbird 2  (so. M.B. Jetty)

Red Phalarope  1

Pomarine Jaeger   2

Parasitic Jaeger   3

jaeger sp.  1

Cassin's Auklet  65

Bonaparte's Gull   600

Heermann's Gull   17

Ring-billed Gull   3

Western Gull    300

California Gull   2500

Herring Gull   4

"Thayer's " Gull   1

Glaucous-winged  X  ?  Gull   1

Royal Tern   1

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

p.s. The San Diego Audubon Bird Festival has three days of pelagic trips, Feb 23, 24, and 25th. see their website for information and booking   www.sandiegoaudubon.org/envents/bird-festival

p.p.s. Buena Vista Audubon sponsors two spring at three fall trips out of  San Diego Bay see details at www.sandiegopelagics.com.

 

 

 

 

Nelson’s Sparrow

Nancy Christensen
 

Mel and I saw one Nelson’s on the trail south of the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. It was perched on a bush not far past the spur with the bench. Today was the first in a series of mega high tides. Of course in the Estuary the high is an hour or more delayed. I wanted to mention that crews are working the trails beginning at 8:30 in the morning which may disrupt the viewing. We had been concerned that the Nelson’s recently reported at the end of the Iris Ave trail may have been this same set - pushed out by work crews - but happily at least one remains.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Chestnut-sided Warbler continues downtown

Tuck Russell
 

Apparent returning female found yesterday morning by Paul Lehman. Found at 8:45 relatively high in the canopy of the ficus trees in the NE corner of Pantoja Park. Might have adequate ID photos; tough bird to photograph, and I was running out of time on the parking meter. 

poorwills starting up with warm weather & other misc

Robert Patton
 

Sorry for the delayed post, but last night (1/28/18) around 7:30, I heard common poorwill calling for the first time this year from the open space canyon SSE of the S end of La Cuenta Dr in Tierrasanta, no doubt triggered by the unseasonably warm weather.

Other sightings I've not seen posted by others this past week included:

On Friday (1/26) around 9:15, a red-breasted sapsucker was at the Bird & Butterfly Garden in Tijuana River Valley in a lone tamarisk on the S side of the road S of the main loop trail.

On Thu (1/25), the Brewer's sparrow found in Dec by Nancy Christensen in SW Felicita County Park continued with lark & wht-crned sparrows along the fenceline W of the restrooms W of the playground, & a male purple finch was in the same area.

On Tue (1/23), while conducting snowy plover survey in closed portions of the South SD Bay saltworks, Elizabeth Copper & I had a first winter glaucous-winged gull roosting among other gulls NE of 8th St, 10-12 common goldeneye in the NW saltworks, and the continuing long-tailed duck in the NW central saltworks.

R. Patton

San Diego, CA

Bell's Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, more Nashvilles, and faux Greylags

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Sunday the 28th, the wintering pusillus-type casual in winter Bell's Vireo continued along the San Diego River as before, and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow was presumably a typical "spring" arrival. At Old Town, yet another wintering  Nashville Warbler and a Black-throated Gray were present. On Monday the 29th, a walk around part of upscale, hilltop, residential La Jolla produced a very rare in winter Black-headed Grosbeak, yet another Nashville Warbler, a Wilson's Warbler, and a total of four Western Tanagers.

There have been a couple recent reports of a flock of "Greylag Geese" up in North County at Guajome; however, photos show these birds are more typical barnyard geese with fat bellies and big knobs on the bill.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Bell's Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, more Nashvilles, and faux Greylags

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 


On Sunday the 28th, the wintering pusillus-type casual in winter Bell's Vireo continued along the San Diego River as before, and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow was presumably a typical "spring" arrival. At Old Town, yet another wintering  Nashville Warbler and a Black-throated Gray were present. On Monday the 29th, a walk around part of upscale, hilltop, residential La Jolla produced a very rare in winter Black-headed Grosbeak, yet another Nashville Warbler, a Wilson's Warbler, and a total of four Western Tanagers.

There have been a couple recent reports of a flock of "Greylag Geese" up in North County at Guajome; however, photos show these birds are more typical barnyard geese with fat bellies and big knobs on the bill.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Spotting scope suggestions under $1,750

tskartsiaris@...
 

Dear Birders,

 

Looking for a new spotting scope..

One that would help identify the Nazca Booby, for example (my binocs could make out the buoy but that was it).

 

Budget max is $1,750.

 

Am considering :

Vortex Razor HD

Nikon Monarch ED

 

Would appreciate your thoughts/suggestions.

 

Thank you,

Terry

 

Terry Skartsiaris
Dallas, Texas

 

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Mountain birding

Nancy Christensen
 

I spent Tuesday checking various sites in the Cuyamacas and Lagunas. Overall the birds were pretty quiet. A nice flock of Cassins Finches continued at Lake Cuyamaca, foraging in the picnic area. A fairly large flock of Canvasback was there, as well as several snipe. At Stonewall Mine I noted one of the pine trees that has held a Williamson Sapsucker in past years had freshly opened sapwells that were draining sap down the trunk. This pine is in the cluster of pines closest to the bathroom. I didn’t find the bird, but feel one may be present.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Eastern Kingbird, University City

Stan Walens
 

I was standing out in my front yard a short time ago when an Eastern Kingbird flew out of Rose Canyon [Railroad Canyon] which is just to the north of my house, and flew south. My neighborhood is a maze of canyons and large trees. Lots of places for the bird to disappear into.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Jan. 31, 2018; 3:25 pm

Greater Pewee and friends

Elizabeth Copper
 

Since my dentist's office is near Balboa Park I  made another try for the greater pewee which kindly appeared about 15:50 in the bunya-bunya trees.  While I was waiting I wandered about and had 3 western tanagers in the magnolia grove, a white-breasted nuthatch near the chess club,  and a vocal and eventually visible tropical kingbird south of the restrooms.   

 

Elizabeth Copper

Coronado

Male Williamson's Sapsucker at Stonewall Mine

Marcie Mason
 

Wednesday, Jan 31, Keith, Sara, Char and I found a male Williamson’s Sapsucker at Stonewall Mine.  It was working on a pine tree about 400 yards up the trail from the restrooms.  The tree is full of old Sapsucker holes, and is on the left side of the trail in a clump of pines. 

Link to ebird report with photo:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42401425

 Marcie Mason



Re: Eastern Kingbird, University City

Stan Walens
 



On Feb 1, 2018, at 10:58 AM, <guymcc@...> <guymcc@...> wrote:

Stan,
 
AMAZING. I am unaware of any previous record of Eastern Kingbird north of South America at this time of the year. I hope you have diagnostic photos.
 
Guy McCaskie
 
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@... [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@...] On Behalf Of Stan Walens stan.walens@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 3:30 PM
To: San Diego Region Birding <sandiegoregionbirding@...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Eastern Kingbird, University City
 
 
I was standing out in my front yard a short time ago when an Eastern Kingbird flew out of Rose Canyon [Railroad Canyon] which is just to the north of my house, and flew south. My neighborhood is a maze of canyons and large trees. Lots of places for the bird to disappear into.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Jan. 31, 2018; 3:25 pm

Gray Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher at Ramona Grasslands

orveaux@...
 

Hello all,


Back in town for a bit and managing to get out and see a few birds from time to time. Went to the Ramona Grasslands this morning. Saw a Prairie Falcon twice from the parking / entrance area, neither time particularly close. Not many buteos, and saw the Western Screech-Owl in its cavity.


Talking to other birders there including Barbara Carlson, apparently both the Gray Flycatcher and Sage Thrasher had been previously reported, but I was not expecting either and was surprised to find them. The Sage Thrasher was just as I was entering; pass the first oak tree and group of boulders on the left, then when there are two small clumps of boulders on the right it was in this area, 33.0359, -116.9498. The Gray Flycatcher was further back on the Wildflower Loop, in trees near the fence line and a large diameter 10-15' tall oak stump/trunk at 33.0448, -116.9501.


Cheers,

Josh Beck

White-Throated Sparrow - Carmel Valley

David Trissel
 

A White-throated Sparrow came through my backyard in Carmel Valley at around 4:30 PM. Expecting to see just another white-crowned sparrow (numerous in the area), I was surprised to see the yellow lores and white throat. What initially caught my eye was the odd behavior. It flew in and immediately lay down and rubbed its belly on the dirt and froze hunkered down, then hopped in the air and then lay down again rubbing its belly in a different dirt patch, and froze hunkered down like it was waiting for bugs to crawl on or off, then flew off. It’s not chaseable and I didn’t see it after that.

Keep your eyes open for them this winter - they are being seen elsewhere in the state (both LA and Riverside counties).

David Trissel
San Diego, CA

Chestnut-sided Warbler continues in Pantoja Park

dan jehl
 

This morning I spent about 40 minutes picking through the Yellow-rumped Warblers in the huge Ficus trees in the north east corner of Pantoja Park in Downtown San Diego until I finally found the Chestnut-sided reported by Paul last week. The bird was silent, or I just never heard it over the lawn mower. Almost all white from below, as it was high up above me when I was standing between the trunks of the two trees. A small amount of black was visible in the tail when it was flared during foraging. The bird stayed in deep foliage most of the time and only allowed brief glances at the yellowish wing bars and the lime green on the top of the head. Very distinct in foraging style and outline from the yellow rumps. Bring a friend and patience and you may find it too.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Williamson Sapsucker at Stonewall Mine

Nancy Christensen
 

After a prolonged search by 4 of us this morning (Terry, Richard, Mel and I), Terry spotted the male Williamson’s Sapsucker. Although on Wednesday it was seen along the trail west of the bathrooms (closed), today it was east quite a distance from the green cabin/Museum. Obviously the bird ranges widely.
To reach the spot it was seen today, go east on the trail past the museum. When you reach a T junction, turn right and continue until the trail almost leaves the trees. The Sapsucker was in a pine tree pecking merrily away (no sapwells) 25 feet off the ground.
Also seen were at least 2 red-breasted nuthatches near the parking lot. At Lake Cuyamaca, 3 Cassin’s finches were seen near the shower, and 3 snipe were found along the muddy shoreline.

Swainson's hawks over NE El Cajon Friday 2 Feb 2018 late afternoon

C K Staurovsky
 

Just before 5pm today, 2 Feb 2018 two SWAINSON's hawks were kettling over my house and then streaming due west toward Gillespie Field and Santee. To my eye I believe one was an adult dark morph and the second probably a juvenile light morph (nearly 1 year plumage). See photos on this eBird checklist. eBird Checklist – 1 - Rick 'n' Mo's - Private, San Diego County, California, US – Fri Feb 02, 2018 – 12 species



Please send contrary ID thoughts to me offline. Based upon time of day, perhaps they roosted in Mission Trails/Mast area and will be near the dump tomorrow am?? Cheers.

Chris

Chris Smith
El Cajon

"Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." WS

Hooded Oriole: Carlsbad, Seascape Apts 2FEB 2018

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed, heard, and photographed what appears to be a HOODED ORIOLE this morning, 2Feb 2018, at Seascape Apts. in Carlsbad (off Poinsettia Road).  It was foraging in a white-flowering Euc along the southeastern border of property between the car port and fence around 7:40 AM. I heard it give “wheet” calls. There were also two immature male Bullock’s Orioles in a nearby tree. This winter there have been 4 Bullock Orioles, an Orchard Oriole (seen by Paul L.), and now this bird at this general location area. The female Baltimore Oriole that was observed for many winters has not been seen this year. Photos are in following ebird report:

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42447545

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA