Date   
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Birded Santee Lakes Sunday morning 9/23/18.  A Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen on the east side of the campground at about the latitude of the northern end of Lake 6.  The bird had no chestnut coloring, so likely a first Fall female.  All gray and white below with no patterns or markings, white undertail coverts, 2 prominent wingbars with yellowish/greenish tint, faint eye ring and green upperparts. Posed a few times with tail up and wings down.  Heard a few chips, somewhat like a Yellow Warbler.  The bird was first seen in a mulberry tree that overhangs the main road on the east side of the park and worked its way into the campground to the west.  Also saw a Least Bittern on an island in Lake 5.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...

Marcy Park Summer Tanager

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

This morning (9/23/18) at 9:30, an adult male SUMMER TANAGER was seen along the south (eastern portion) fence line of Marcy Park.

It was also south of the fence in the north eastern corner of Mission Bay Montessori School.

This may be a continuing bird that I have missed for the last week, though I searched for it repeatedly.

Or it could be a new bird.

 

                         Jim Roberts

                        University City

 

                                 

Clay-Colored Sparrow at FRNC

Tuck Russell
 

Seen at 10a in a pine at the western dip. Likely a continuing bird from last week. One usable photo. 

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Vesper sparrow at Sweetwater Reservoir

Kat Wendel
 

This morning 9.23.18 I saw a VESPER SPARROW in parking lot of Sweetwater Reservoir. Additionally, I saw a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE along lakeshore mixed in with a flock of peeps.
--
Kat Wendel
in La Mesa

News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

Last week, from 17 to 21 September, our team from the San Diego Natural History Museum surveyed the riparian oasis in San Felipe Valley, about midway between the pass along Highway S2 and Scissors Crossing. The area became part of the San Felipe Wildlife Area several years ago, and our study was sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last week’s visit followed one in July 2017 and another in March of this year.

 

On Wednesday 19 September, Lea Squires, Christine Beck, and I saw an adult Broad-winged Hawk. It flew out of the riparian woodland and circled over us for about a minute, showing a tail boldly banded with black and white, pale underwings with primaries and trailing edge sharply tipped with black, a head rather uniformly dark brown, breast mottled brown, sides barred brown, belly whitish, and upperparts gray. Then it headed down the valley.

 

The next day, I was with Marcus Hubbell and Stéphane Vernhet when we heard a high-pitched twittering from the opposite side of the creek, out of sight. I said, “if anything, that sounds like a Tropical Kingbird!” The bird kept calling but moving northwest up the valley—it was still calling when we met up with Lea Squires. I found a spot with a break in the trees where we could look across the creek to some mesquites on the opposite side. And there it was sitting atop one of the mesquites, a kingbird with a pale gray head, yellow belly, and dark but not black tail. At a distance of ~150 m the identification still relied more on the voice than on the plumage. Then the bird flew high into the air and headed out of sight to the northwest up the valley. The next morning, a bit farther upstream, I thought I heard the characteristic twittering call once in the distance. Then when I met up with Lori Hargrove a couple of hours later, she related that she had just seen the Tropical Kingbird very well right along Highway S2, noting the extensively bright yellow underparts, green back, large bill, etc. I don’t know of any previous records of the Tropical Kingbird far inland in San Diego County, but San Felipe Valley leads up to the lowest pass over the county’s mountains. So it’s a reasonable place to find a Tropical Kingbird as it makes the crossing that accounts for the species regularly reaching the coast. San Felipe Valley is well known as a corridor for spring migrants heading northwest, and seeing its use in fall was a reason for choosing a survey in mid-September. Several Vaux’s Swifts and Barn Swallows—as well as the Broad-winged Hawk—were following the route toward the southeast, but we hadn’t anticipated seeing it used as a corridor to the northwest in fall by the Tropical Kingbird.

 

Early fall arrivals were a Hermit Thrush on 18 Sep and a junco on 19 Sep. One Nashville Warbler had the throat white, the belly extensively white, and the back so gray it might have been mistaken for a Virginia’s Warbler, but the rump was the same green as in a Nashville. Wilson’s Warbler was by far the dominant species among the common migrants. An Acorn Woodpecker on 19 Sep was about two miles below the lowest oak trees. The Nuttall’s and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers meet here: there are several Nuttall’s in the riparian woodland along the creek, Ladder-backed in the scrub on the adjacent southwest-facing slope and occasionally crossing the creek.

 

The area has become an important site for breeding riparian birds—Lori counted up to 33 Bell’s Vireos along a mile and a quarter of creek on 25 July 2017—far greater than from 2003 to 2008 when she and Paul Jorgensen covered the area during our study of the effects of the fires. Last week, one Bell’s Vireo was still present and singing sporadically up until 20 September, and at least two Yellow-breasted Chats were still there on 21 September. Summer Tanagers were still present up until our departure on the 21st with a minimum of three individuals, one female and two adult males. On the morning of the 18th, one of the males was even singing. The museum’s early collections from the Colorado River attest to the population of the Summer Tanager there remaining into late September. But I don’t think any previous observations have confirmed that our recently established population in San Diego County remains similarly late. Also, the White-winged Dove is now resident in San Felipe Valley, as we saw it on all three visits, though no more than one bird per day last week.

 

Our mammal results include three species of bats—the western pipistrelle, California myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat—captured by Drew Stokes in two evenings of netting. Drew also saw a mountain lion!

 

The only downside to the week were the bug bites Lea and I got—possibly from two species of mites, including bites that look like chiggers. Lea got a bad case of chiggers in Camp Pendleton a couple of years ago. In my whole life I had never heard of chiggers in San Diego County. Is dealing with chiggers another price we must now pay for the warming climate?

 

Thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for sponsoring our study and Hans Sin for coordinating it.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

Re: News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

After decades of California Gnatcatcher surveys in southern California I’ve never had a chigger incident. I’ve removed multitudes of ticks but no chiggers. As Phil implies, they must be a recent arrival.

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:03 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Cc: 'Lori Hargrove'
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

 

Dear friends,

 

Last week, from 17 to 21 September, our team from the San Diego Natural History Museum surveyed the riparian oasis in San Felipe Valley, about midway between the pass along Highway S2 and Scissors Crossing. The area became part of the San Felipe Wildlife Area several years ago, and our study was sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last week’s visit followed one in July 2017 and another in March of this year.

 

On Wednesday 19 September, Lea Squires, Christine Beck, and I saw an adult Broad-winged Hawk. It flew out of the riparian woodland and circled over us for about a minute, showing a tail boldly banded with black and white, pale underwings with primaries and trailing edge sharply tipped with black, a head rather uniformly dark brown, breast mottled brown, sides barred brown, belly whitish, and upperparts gray. Then it headed down the valley.

 

The next day, I was with Marcus Hubbell and Stéphane Vernhet when we heard a high-pitched twittering from the opposite side of the creek, out of sight. I said, “if anything, that sounds like a Tropical Kingbird!” The bird kept calling but moving northwest up the valley—it was still calling when we met up with Lea Squires. I found a spot with a break in the trees where we could look across the creek to some mesquites on the opposite side. And there it was sitting atop one of the mesquites, a kingbird with a pale gray head, yellow belly, and dark but not black tail. At a distance of ~150 m the identification still relied more on the voice than on the plumage. Then the bird flew high into the air and headed out of sight to the northwest up the valley. The next morning, a bit farther upstream, I thought I heard the characteristic twittering call once in the distance. Then when I met up with Lori Hargrove a couple of hours later, she related that she had just seen the Tropical Kingbird very well right along Highway S2, noting the extensively bright yellow underparts, green back, large bill, etc. I don’t know of any previous records of the Tropical Kingbird far inland in San Diego County, but San Felipe Valley leads up to the lowest pass over the county’s mountains. So it’s a reasonable place to find a Tropical Kingbird as it makes the crossing that accounts for the species regularly reaching the coast. San Felipe Valley is well known as a corridor for spring migrants heading northwest, and seeing its use in fall was a reason for choosing a survey in mid-September. Several Vaux’s Swifts and Barn Swallows—as well as the Broad-winged Hawk—were following the route toward the southeast, but we hadn’t anticipated seeing it used as a corridor to the northwest in fall by the Tropical Kingbird.

 

Early fall arrivals were a Hermit Thrush on 18 Sep and a junco on 19 Sep. One Nashville Warbler had the throat white, the belly extensively white, and the back so gray it might have been mistaken for a Virginia’s Warbler, but the rump was the same green as in a Nashville. Wilson’s Warbler was by far the dominant species among the common migrants. An Acorn Woodpecker on 19 Sep was about two miles below the lowest oak trees. The Nuttall’s and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers meet here: there are several Nuttall’s in the riparian woodland along the creek, Ladder-backed in the scrub on the adjacent southwest-facing slope and occasionally crossing the creek.

 

The area has become an important site for breeding riparian birds—Lori counted up to 33 Bell’s Vireos along a mile and a quarter of creek on 25 July 2017—far greater than from 2003 to 2008 when she and Paul Jorgensen covered the area during our study of the effects of the fires. Last week, one Bell’s Vireo was still present and singing sporadically up until 20 September, and at least two Yellow-breasted Chats were still there on 21 September. Summer Tanagers were still present up until our departure on the 21st with a minimum of three individuals, one female and two adult males. On the morning of the 18th, one of the males was even singing. The museum’s early collections from the Colorado River attest to the population of the Summer Tanager there remaining into late September. But I don’t think any previous observations have confirmed that our recently established population in San Diego County remains similarly late. Also, the White-winged Dove is now resident in San Felipe Valley, as we saw it on all three visits, though no more than one bird per day last week.

 

Our mammal results include three species of bats—the western pipistrelle, California myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat—captured by Drew Stokes in two evenings of netting. Drew also saw a mountain lion!

 

The only downside to the week were the bug bites Lea and I got—possibly from two species of mites, including bites that look like chiggers. Lea got a bad case of chiggers in Camp Pendleton a couple of years ago. In my whole life I had never heard of chiggers in San Diego County. Is dealing with chiggers another price we must now pay for the warming climate?

 

Thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for sponsoring our study and Hans Sin for coordinating it.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

Re: News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

Brennan Mulrooney
 

I’ve been plagued by chiggers here ever since I moved back from FL in 2008. I also got them at the Salton Sea in 1999. It seems to me that I’m more prone to getting them than most people for some reason though. 

Brennan Mulrooney 
Santee, CA


On Sep 23, 2018, at 4:56 PM, Geoffrey Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:

After decades of California Gnatcatcher surveys in southern California I’ve never had a chigger incident. I’ve removed multitudes of ticks but no chiggers. As Phil implies, they must be a recent arrival.

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:03 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Cc: 'Lori Hargrove'
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

 

Dear friends,

 

Last week, from 17 to 21 September, our team from the San Diego Natural History Museum surveyed the riparian oasis in San Felipe Valley, about midway between the pass along Highway S2 and Scissors Crossing. The area became part of the San Felipe Wildlife Area several years ago, and our study was sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last week’s visit followed one in July 2017 and another in March of this year.

 

On Wednesday 19 September, Lea Squires, Christine Beck, and I saw an adult Broad-winged Hawk. It flew out of the riparian woodland and circled over us for about a minute, showing a tail boldly banded with black and white, pale underwings with primaries and trailing edge sharply tipped with black, a head rather uniformly dark brown, breast mottled brown, sides barred brown, belly whitish, and upperparts gray. Then it headed down the valley.

 

The next day, I was with Marcus Hubbell and Stéphane Vernhet when we heard a high-pitched twittering from the opposite side of the creek, out of sight. I said, “if anything, that sounds like a Tropical Kingbird!” The bird kept calling but moving northwest up the valley—it was still calling when we met up with Lea Squires. I found a spot with a break in the trees where we could look across the creek to some mesquites on the opposite side. And there it was sitting atop one of the mesquites, a kingbird with a pale gray head, yellow belly, and dark but not black tail. At a distance of ~150 m the identification still relied more on the voice than on the plumage. Then the bird flew high into the air and headed out of sight to the northwest up the valley. The next morning, a bit farther upstream, I thought I heard the characteristic twittering call once in the distance. Then when I met up with Lori Hargrove a couple of hours later, she related that she had just seen the Tropical Kingbird very well right along Highway S2, noting the extensively bright yellow underparts, green back, large bill, etc. I don’t know of any previous records of the Tropical Kingbird far inland in San Diego County, but San Felipe Valley leads up to the lowest pass over the county’s mountains. So it’s a reasonable place to find a Tropical Kingbird as it makes the crossing that accounts for the species regularly reaching the coast. San Felipe Valley is well known as a corridor for spring migrants heading northwest, and seeing its use in fall was a reason for choosing a survey in mid-September. Several Vaux’s Swifts and Barn Swallows—as well as the Broad-winged Hawk—were following the route toward the southeast, but we hadn’t anticipated seeing it used as a corridor to the northwest in fall by the Tropical Kingbird.

 

Early fall arrivals were a Hermit Thrush on 18 Sep and a junco on 19 Sep. One Nashville Warbler had the throat white, the belly extensively white, and the back so gray it might have been mistaken for a Virginia’s Warbler, but the rump was the same green as in a Nashville. Wilson’s Warbler was by far the dominant species among the common migrants. An Acorn Woodpecker on 19 Sep was about two miles below the lowest oak trees. The Nuttall’s and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers meet here: there are several Nuttall’s in the riparian woodland along the creek, Ladder-backed in the scrub on the adjacent southwest-facing slope and occasionally crossing the creek.

 

The area has become an important site for breeding riparian birds—Lori counted up to 33 Bell’s Vireos along a mile and a quarter of creek on 25 July 2017—far greater than from 2003 to 2008 when she and Paul Jorgensen covered the area during our study of the effects of the fires. Last week, one Bell’s Vireo was still present and singing sporadically up until 20 September, and at least two Yellow-breasted Chats were still there on 21 September. Summer Tanagers were still present up until our departure on the 21st with a minimum of three individuals, one female and two adult males. On the morning of the 18th, one of the males was even singing. The museum’s early collections from the Colorado River attest to the population of the Summer Tanager there remaining into late September. But I don’t think any previous observations have confirmed that our recently established population in San Diego County remains similarly late. Also, the White-winged Dove is now resident in San Felipe Valley, as we saw it on all three visits, though no more than one bird per day last week.

 

Our mammal results include three species of bats—the western pipistrelle, California myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat—captured by Drew Stokes in two evenings of netting. Drew also saw a mountain lion!

 

The only downside to the week were the bug bites Lea and I got—possibly from two species of mites, including bites that look like chiggers. Lea got a bad case of chiggers in Camp Pendleton a couple of years ago. In my whole life I had never heard of chiggers in San Diego County. Is dealing with chiggers another price we must now pay for the warming climate?

 

Thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for sponsoring our study and Hans Sin for coordinating it.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


--
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Re: News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

I should have added that I walked through a lot of grassland to get to and from gnatcatcher habitat. I also did other surveys in grasslands, enough that seasonal allergies (runny nose and watering eyes) were triggered at least once almost every spring. No one I worked with ever mentioned them. Not extremely helpful but worth considering is the distribution account in Wikipedia, “In the United States, they are found mostly in the southeast, the south, and the Midwest. They are not present, or barely found, in far northern areas, high mountains, and deserts.” A few highly localized populations of chiggers, here by natural or unnatural means, combined with sensitivity of certain people may be what we’re looking at.

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: Charles Jackson [mailto:socalbirder8@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:58 PM
To: Brennan Mulrooney
Cc: Geoffrey Rogers; SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

 

I got two in my yard in the spring this year. From cleaning up leaf litter. Told my neighbor to watch out and later she said she’d got one. When I lived back east (Virginia, Marland) I practically lived in the woods. Never got one then. Now out west I’ve had two incidents.

 

Charles

San Diego

📲


On Sep 23, 2018, at 17:11, Brennan Mulrooney <Frozentoze@...> wrote:

I’ve been plagued by chiggers here ever since I moved back from FL in 2008. I also got them at the Salton Sea in 1999. It seems to me that I’m more prone to getting them than most people for some reason though. 

 

Brennan Mulrooney 

Santee, CA


On Sep 23, 2018, at 4:56 PM, Geoffrey Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:

After decades of California Gnatcatcher surveys in southern California I’ve never had a chigger incident. I’ve removed multitudes of ticks but no chiggers. As Phil implies, they must be a recent arrival.

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:03 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Cc: 'Lori Hargrove'
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] News from San Felipe Valley: Broad-winged Hawk, Tropical Kingbird, Summer Tanagers...

 

Dear friends,

 

Last week, from 17 to 21 September, our team from the San Diego Natural History Museum surveyed the riparian oasis in San Felipe Valley, about midway between the pass along Highway S2 and Scissors Crossing. The area became part of the San Felipe Wildlife Area several years ago, and our study was sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last week’s visit followed one in July 2017 and another in March of this year.

 

On Wednesday 19 September, Lea Squires, Christine Beck, and I saw an adult Broad-winged Hawk. It flew out of the riparian woodland and circled over us for about a minute, showing a tail boldly banded with black and white, pale underwings with primaries and trailing edge sharply tipped with black, a head rather uniformly dark brown, breast mottled brown, sides barred brown, belly whitish, and upperparts gray. Then it headed down the valley.

 

The next day, I was with Marcus Hubbell and Stéphane Vernhet when we heard a high-pitched twittering from the opposite side of the creek, out of sight. I said, “if anything, that sounds like a Tropical Kingbird!” The bird kept calling but moving northwest up the valley—it was still calling when we met up with Lea Squires. I found a spot with a break in the trees where we could look across the creek to some mesquites on the opposite side. And there it was sitting atop one of the mesquites, a kingbird with a pale gray head, yellow belly, and dark but not black tail. At a distance of ~150 m the identification still relied more on the voice than on the plumage. Then the bird flew high into the air and headed out of sight to the northwest up the valley. The next morning, a bit farther upstream, I thought I heard the characteristic twittering call once in the distance. Then when I met up with Lori Hargrove a couple of hours later, she related that she had just seen the Tropical Kingbird very well right along Highway S2, noting the extensively bright yellow underparts, green back, large bill, etc. I don’t know of any previous records of the Tropical Kingbird far inland in San Diego County, but San Felipe Valley leads up to the lowest pass over the county’s mountains. So it’s a reasonable place to find a Tropical Kingbird as it makes the crossing that accounts for the species regularly reaching the coast. San Felipe Valley is well known as a corridor for spring migrants heading northwest, and seeing its use in fall was a reason for choosing a survey in mid-September. Several Vaux’s Swifts and Barn Swallows—as well as the Broad-winged Hawk—were following the route toward the southeast, but we hadn’t anticipated seeing it used as a corridor to the northwest in fall by the Tropical Kingbird.

 

Early fall arrivals were a Hermit Thrush on 18 Sep and a junco on 19 Sep. One Nashville Warbler had the throat white, the belly extensively white, and the back so gray it might have been mistaken for a Virginia’s Warbler, but the rump was the same green as in a Nashville. Wilson’s Warbler was by far the dominant species among the common migrants. An Acorn Woodpecker on 19 Sep was about two miles below the lowest oak trees. The Nuttall’s and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers meet here: there are several Nuttall’s in the riparian woodland along the creek, Ladder-backed in the scrub on the adjacent southwest-facing slope and occasionally crossing the creek.

 

The area has become an important site for breeding riparian birds—Lori counted up to 33 Bell’s Vireos along a mile and a quarter of creek on 25 July 2017—far greater than from 2003 to 2008 when she and Paul Jorgensen covered the area during our study of the effects of the fires. Last week, one Bell’s Vireo was still present and singing sporadically up until 20 September, and at least two Yellow-breasted Chats were still there on 21 September. Summer Tanagers were still present up until our departure on the 21st with a minimum of three individuals, one female and two adult males. On the morning of the 18th, one of the males was even singing. The museum’s early collections from the Colorado River attest to the population of the Summer Tanager there remaining into late September. But I don’t think any previous observations have confirmed that our recently established population in San Diego County remains similarly late. Also, the White-winged Dove is now resident in San Felipe Valley, as we saw it on all three visits, though no more than one bird per day last week.

 

Our mammal results include three species of bats—the western pipistrelle, California myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat—captured by Drew Stokes in two evenings of netting. Drew also saw a mountain lion!

 

The only downside to the week were the bug bites Lea and I got—possibly from two species of mites, including bites that look like chiggers. Lea got a bad case of chiggers in Camp Pendleton a couple of years ago. In my whole life I had never heard of chiggers in San Diego County. Is dealing with chiggers another price we must now pay for the warming climate?

 

Thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for sponsoring our study and Hans Sin for coordinating it.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


--
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic Sunday Sept. 23, 2018

David Povey
 

The Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic  Sunday was a great success. Bird species of note included Least Storm-Petrel,

Masked/Nazca Booby, Red Billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed Jaegers, Craveri's Murrelets.

We found a large raft of storm-petrels on the Thirty Mile Bank. The makeup of 700-800 Black Storm-Petrels and 100 plus

Least Storm-Petrels. This about 26 nautical miles west of Ocean Beach.

A immature Masked/ Nazca Booby was well seen and photographed on the Nine Mile Bank near

the end of the trip. This bird about a half mile north of the border and 11 n.m. s.w. of Point Loma, This sighting continues a

long string of white bodied booby reports for 2017-2018.

A close in Red-billed Tropicbird was on the water over the San Diego Trough early in the day perhaps 15 n.m. southwest of

Point Loma. This species has been rather scarce this year.

Long- tailed Jaegers best considered rare locally inside San Clemente Is. were in exceptional numbers with at least five.

We had three adults fly right in to the chummed gull flock for nice photo opportunities. All Long-tailed Jaegers seen from the

Nine Mile Bank or further offshore.

Three pairs of Craveri's Murrelets were found. One pair allowed close approach for photos. Two of the pairs were in the expected

area of the Thirty Mile Bank. The last pair, I. D. form photos, was surprisingly inshore on the inner edge of the Nine Mile. Likely

8 n.m. or less from Point Loma.

A partial list;

Greater White-fronted Goose  30+  (high V seen off Point Loma).

Northern Fulmar   3

Pink-footed Shearwater   27

Sooty Shearwater   2

Black-vented Shearwater   110

Leach's Storm-Petrel chapmani   2

Ashy Storm-Petrel    4

Black Storm-Petrel   850

Least Storm-Petrel   120

Red-billed Tropicbird    1

Masked /Nazca Booby   1

Brown Booby    5

Red-necked Phalarope    27

Red Phalarope    4

Pomarine Jaeger   5

Parasitic Jaeger   3

Long-tailed Jaeger  5

jaeger sp.   1

Craveri's Murrelet   6

Sabine's Gull   3

Common Tern    10

Elegant Tern   225

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

p.s. The last 2018 Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic is Oct. 21, 2018. For reservations call 619 222-1144 or log on

to www.hmlanding.com .  See trip details and reports at www.sandiegopelagics.com.

 

 

 

 

FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling. Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.

Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

John Sterling
 

Gary just found a black and white and I found a blackburnian in Northern most trees on cemetery. More birds to be found. 



John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Sep 24, 2018, at 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling.  Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.



Selected photos from yesterday's pelagic (9-23-18)

Isaac Sanchez
 


It was a another great birding day  on the southern coast of CA. 


Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX

Mission Trails and Santee lakes 9-24-18

Eric Kallen
 

At the lake at the campground in MTRP I found a Solitary Sandpiper this morning.  Also a pair of Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Wilson's Warbler.
The sandpiper had distinctive white spectacles. 

At Santee Lakes I was unable to find the chestnut-sided Warbler reported yesterday, but I did come up with a  Red-breasted Sapsucker in the eucs  east and across from the road, up the hillside a bit, near the north end of Lake 6, well outside the park.

Eric Kallen
San Diego 

Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Just found Eastern Kingbird also, second Chestnut-sided by Mel Senac, seems to be movement occurring here lots of migrants.

All in northeast section of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Gary.


On Sep 24, 2018, at 10:37 AM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:

Gary just found a black and white and I found a blackburnian in Northern most trees on cemetery. More birds to be found. 



John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Sep 24, 2018, at 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling.  Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.



Green Tail Towhee - Descanso (3500 feet).

Cynthia Burnham
 

Just saw a Green-tailed Towhee outside my window, in Descanso, CA.  This is a first ever - I had to look it up to be sure.  Two bad pics from my phone (pulled out fast) that I think are identifiable are on flickr.  Rusty crest, clear stripes on face, white chin - size of a very small California Towhee.

Fall migration, I assume.


Cindy Burnham

2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts

peter thomas
 

San Diego Birders, and aspiring birders,

Here is the schedule for the 2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts. There are 6 Circles within the County. You may volunteer for 1 circle, or all 6 if you have the interest and stamina. Please contact the compiler, or co-compiler, for each of the Circles if you wish to volunteer. Be part of this more than 100 year tradition. Volunteer, join us, be part of birding history.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS - 2018

 

Volunteers of all levels of experience are encouraged to assist in this citizen science project. To sign up, or for more details, contact the compilers for each Circle. 

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

CBC – San Diego Circle

Justyn Stahl     justyn.stahl@...

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

CBC – Anza-Borrego Circle

Robert Theriault    rtheriau@...

 

Monday, December 17, 2018

CBC  - Lake Henshaw Circle

Gretchen Cummings    Gretchen.bc@...

 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

CBC – Rancho Santa Fe Circle

Robert Patton     rpatton@...

 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

CBC – Oceanside Circle

Jane Mygatt     janemygatt@...

 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CBC – Escondido Circle

Ken Weaver    gnatcatcher@...

Cherish Nature,

Peter Thomas
SDAS

 

 

Re: Tricolored Heron Continues in Oceanside

Thomas Myers
 

Sorry for the late post, I saw the continuing Tricolored Heron at the SLR River mouth lagoon yesterday September 23 from 5:30-6 pm. It was foraging along the marsh edge just on the east side of the bridge. There were also two Green Herons in the lagoon as well. Then went over to the beach and saw a weird looking gull in the middle of the last 2 jetties. It was roosting in with the main flock of gulls. Half of its feathers were tan, in some sort of molt I’m guessing ? It was about Ring-billed size. Reminded me of the tan variety of Rock Doves. I failed to get any photos of it, so if anyone sees it, I’m curious as to what species it is ....
Thomas Myers
Oceanside

Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

I arrived at FRNC around 12:20 pm this afternoon and stayed until almost 5:00. It was still pretty birdy in the northeast corner.

Saw the EASTERN KINGBIRD twice (1:09 pm and 2:27pm), on headstones in front of the wall where the ashes urns are kept. This is where the
black chain link fence stops and the wall starts. It stuck around for a few minutes both times.Numbers I remember on the wall were 30 and 60.

Thanks to Mel, I also saw one of the BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS in the northmost ficus tree near the fence in the northeast section.

Later in the afternoon I saw and photographed what I believe was a CASSIN'S VIREO in a scraggly looking pine tree between the committal shelter and the road.

The same group of 2 BLACK-AND_WHITE WARBLERS, 2 or 3 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 WILSON's WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS (one was very, very pale), and at least one TOWNSEND's WARLBER seemed to follow each other around the Chinese Elms near the northeast section the entire time
I was there. We kept finding them together in different trees. There were also a few WESTERN TANAGERS around, at least one BLACK-HEADED GROSBREAK, and one or two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS.

I was unable to locate any of the Clay-colored Sparrows. My current nemesis bird.

Lists, will post photos to them later:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724185
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724987

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 9/24/2018 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling. Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.


--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Re: Famosa Slough kingbird

Arlene Arnold
 

The Reddish Egret was present at Famosa Slough tonight (9/24) around 6:15pm, in the same spot on the south side, near West Point Loma Blvd. I did not see the Tropical/Couch's Kingbird.

Arlene Arnold
San Diego


On Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:55 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:


Kingbird is still here, between Mentone St and covered bush lookout. 

Nathan French Photography

On Sep 20, 2018, at 1:54 PM, Jim Roberts GMAIL <jroberts32281947@...> wrote:

At 12:20 PM this afternoon (9/20/18), Jeremiah Stock and I saw a TROPICAL/COUCH’S KINGBIRD (no vocalization) at the south end of
Famosa Slough.   An immature REDDISH EGRET was present on the south side of the slough close to West Point Loma Blvd.
 
                            Jim Roberts
                            University City


Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

Sorry for the extra e-mails. Just discovered I did NOT see a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, I saw a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, which is what I had put in my eBird report. A few people contacted me to ask if I had meant to put Bay-Breasted in my eBird report. The eBird report was correct, and my information in my original post was incorrect. Have a couple of crappy photos that are good enough for the ID of Chestnut-sided.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 9/24/2018 7:19 PM, Lisa Ruby wrote:
Hi,

I arrived at FRNC around 12:20 pm this afternoon and stayed until almost 5:00. It was still pretty birdy in the northeast corner.

Saw the EASTERN KINGBIRD twice (1:09 pm and 2:27pm), on headstones in front of the wall where the ashes urns are kept. This is where the
black chain link fence stops and the wall starts. It stuck around for a few minutes both times.Numbers I remember on the wall were 30 and 60.

Thanks to Mel, I also saw one of the BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS in the northmost ficus tree near the fence in the northeast section.

Later in the afternoon I saw and photographed what I believe was a CASSIN'S VIREO in a scraggly looking pine tree between the committal shelter and the road.

The same group of 2 BLACK-AND_WHITE WARBLERS, 2 or 3 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 WILSON's WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS (one was very, very pale), and at least one TOWNSEND's WARLBER seemed to follow each other around the Chinese Elms near the northeast section the entire time
I was there. We kept finding them together in different trees. There were also a few WESTERN TANAGERS around, at least one BLACK-HEADED GROSBREAK, and one or two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS.

I was unable to locate any of the Clay-colored Sparrows. My current nemesis bird.

Lists, will post photos to them later:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724185
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724987

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs



On 9/24/2018 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling.  Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.


--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs