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Apparent Scarlet Tanager: Buddy Todd Park 3Nov18

Tito Gonzalez
 

Saw and photographed an apparent Scarlet Tanager Inside fruiting ficus-like tree in back of park behind playground at 10:15; next to small red swing set. Not seeing now but plenty of food. The cedar waxings are throughout tree. Need to study photos more but wanted to get word out for those interested in chasing.

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA

Tesoro Grove

Eric Kallen
 

Summer Tanager adult male
BTGray warbler
Townsend’s warbler 2

10:30 am

Eric Kallen

Re: Imm. Sapsucker Colina del Sol Park

Larry Edwards
 

I swung by the park late morning, but did not see the sapsucker; just a lot of yellow rumps flitting about, along with a few other warblers and lark sparrows. And a homeless guy who advised that "There ain't no sapsuckers here! You have to go to Balboa Park."
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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

birding guide (local) in San Cristobal or Palenque, Chiapis

Edward Henry
 

Hi All,

Does anyone know of a local birding guide in San Cristobal, or Palenque, Chiapis?

Thanks,

Ed Henry

Nov. 1, 2018 mini pelagic

David Povey
 

Four of us did a boat tour out of Mission Bay, and out to the west then down across the Nine Mile Bank.

Still masses of birds, dolphin and small tuna on anchovies on the Nine Mile Bank. Incredible show. I'm not sure how long the

mass destruction of this much bait fish can go on. Seems to me it's been going on and off since spring. The numbers of birds

keeps increasing, though nothing out of the usual.

We did flush two murrelets among the many Cassin's Auklets on the inner edge of the San Diego Trough. Not see well

enough to I D. Likely left over Craveri's, but could not eliminate Guadalupe, or Scripps's.

Did have a Common Murre about six miles west of Mission Bay.

 

List of birds at sea unless noted;

Surf Scoter   60

Common Loon   9

loon sp.   3

Pink-footed Shearwater  7

Black-vented Shearwater    2000+

Brown Booby   4

Brandt's Cormorant   3

Pelagic Cormorant    1 ( Mission Bay )

Brown Pelican   35

Whimbrel   1  ( Mission Bay Jetties )

Spotted Sandpiper    2    ( Mission Bay  Jetties )

Black Turnstone   4   (Mission Bay Jetty )

Surfbird    1    (Mission Bay Jetties )

Red Phalarope   5

Common Murre   1

murrelet sp.    2    ( Guadalupe/Scripps's/Craveri's )

Cassin's Auklet    107

lg. alcid sp.  1   ( very dark )

Bonaparte's Gull   10

Heermann's Gull   12

Western Gull   550

California Gull    65

Black Skimmer    (  Mission Bay  )

passerine sp.   2     ( one may have been junco )

 

Marine mammals ;

Common Dolphin

Pacific White-sided Dolphin

Risso's Dolphin

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Harbor Seal

California Sea Lion

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura

Santee Lakes rarities Common Loon DOA

dan jehl
 

This morning the cackling goose has moved to Lake 5. It is by the boat rental dock, frequently being harassed by a resident pair of Canada geese. The cattle egret continues on the north shore of Lake 1. The common loon was found dead this morning in the reeds of lake 4.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Coronado

Nathan French
 

Hoping to get better photos, I looked for about 20 mins this AM but had no luck relocating the bird.

Nathan French

On Nov 1, 2018, at 4:25 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:

Never seen one before so can’t be 100% sure, but pretty sure there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the wires above the roundabout at Pomona and Adella until it got chased off by some bluebirds and a Kingbird. Shot photos and video but only have my phone with me unfortunately.


Nathan French


Re: Cackling Goose at Santee Lakes

Eitan Altman
 

At 5:30 this evening (Thu, Nov 1) the Cackling Goose and Common Loon continued by the spots described by Jeremiah from this morning. 

The Cackling Goose (which was about double the size of the nearby coots) was feeding in the grass in the NE corner of Lake 3, and the Common Loon was swimming very close to the shore and dock in the NE corner of Lake 4. 

Eitan Altman 
San Carlos 

On Nov 1, 2018, at 8:49 AM, Jeremiah Stock <jstock@...> wrote:

Thursday morning around 0815 there was a Cackling Goose on the bank and in the water in the northeast corner of Santee Lake #3.  Very small goose, with short neck, stubby bill, and rounded head.  Upper breast was dark brown and there was no white at the base of the neck.  Also saw continuing Common Loon at northeast corner of Lake #4 and continuing Cattle Egret at north shore of Lake #1.  Did not see previously-reported White-faced Ibis.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...

Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Coronado

Nathan French
 

Not sure if the photos went through and I got the street wrong (7th and Pomona, not Adella) so here is a pinned checklist with some crappy iPhone photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49608971

On Nov 1, 2018, at 4:25 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:

Never seen one before so can’t be 100% sure, but pretty sure there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the wires above the roundabout at Pomona and Adella until it got chased off by some bluebirds and a Kingbird. Shot photos and video but only have my phone with me unfortunately.


Nathan French


Re: San Ysidro Golden Eagle and Poggi Creek Thick-billed Kingbird

Larry Edwards
 

Sorry, I meant to include that I saw the bird at 10:30 this morning, Nov. 1, 2018.
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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Re: San Ysidro Golden Eagle and Poggi Creek Thick-billed Kingbird

Larry Edwards
 

I observed the Thick-billed Kingbirdi in the same place as Dan -- in the group of sycamore trees in the center of the greenbelt (now brown). Thick-billed, obviously, with white throat and breast, and yellowish belly, with dark gray back and tail. It flew in above me with a large object in its bill. It pounded the object on the tree branch a few times, then tossed it in the air and caught it again two or three times. Apparently, it swallowed whatever the object was. Photos posted with my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49609086

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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Coronado

Nathan French
 

Never seen one before so can’t be 100% sure, but pretty sure there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the wires above the roundabout at Pomona and Adella until it got chased off by some bluebirds and a Kingbird. Shot photos and video but only have my phone with me unfortunately.


Nathan French

Clay-colored sparrow at UCSD, La Jolla

Stan Walens
 

There’s been a clay-colored sparrow mixed in with a small flock of juncos on the little patch of grass along the pedestrian path just to the west of Geisel library, between the library and the parking spots along the south end of Hopkins Lane [so a few feet southeast of the turnabout next to the outdoor book-drops.

Parking on campus is a nightmare and expensive except on weekends [obey the 24/7 “A" only signs though], but if you have access, it’s a lovely little bird, and since it’s used to people walking past, pretty easy to get close to.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Nov 1, 2018, 2:15 pm

Imm. Sapsucker Colina del Sol Park

Jeff Spaulding
 

As I recall, any imm. plumaged sapsucker in winter should be Yellow-bellied. If that is the case I just had a sapsucker with a brown back & faint Yellow-bellied/Red-naped pattern on the brown head. It was in the Brazilian Pepper Trees north of the parking lot at the end of 52nd Place, accessed off 52nd Street, north of University Ave. It is not currently in view as I write this email.
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Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

Cackling Goose at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Thursday morning around 0815 there was a Cackling Goose on the bank and in the water in the northeast corner of Santee Lake #3.  Very small goose, with short neck, stubby bill, and rounded head.  Upper breast was dark brown and there was no white at the base of the neck.  Also saw continuing Common Loon at northeast corner of Lake #4 and continuing Cattle Egret at north shore of Lake #1.  Did not see previously-reported White-faced Ibis.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...

San Ysidro Golden Eagle and Poggi Creek Thick-billed Kingbird

dan jehl
 

Leaving San Ysidro today about 2:15 I noticed a large shadow on the hill behind the border McDonalds of a bird flying by. When the bird came into view it was a young Golden Eagle with a white tail thickly edged in black and light spots on the wings. The American Crow chasing it looked tiny in comparison.

The Thick-billed Kingbird at the Poggi Creek Greenbelt reported by Richard Norgaard last week was hawking insects from the group of trees in the center of the grass, just west of the Starbucks. Great looks at it but horrible photos through the binoculars.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Santee Lakes COMMON LOON

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

I think it has been a while since a COMMON LOON was reported from Santee Lakes, maybe 2009 (eBird).
This morning (10/30/18) at 11 AM one was present on lake #4.
A single White-faced ibis was present on lake #5.

Jim Roberts
University City

Mt Laguna 10/29/18

Anthony Fife
 

2 Clark’s Nutcrackers still present Sunrise Trail. Pinyon Jays not located today.

10/29/18 0930-1150 am

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49546487?msgKey=singleLocMergeSuccess

White-throated Sparrow, residential Pt Loma, Oct. 29

Sara Baase Mayers
 

This morning we enjoyed watching a lovely tan-striped White-throated
Sparrow feeding with the White-crowned Sparrows just outside our dining
room window. A new bird for our yard list.

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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Possible Cassiar and Slate-colored Juncos at FRNC

Aaron Polichar
 

Hi all,

At Fort Rosecrans late afternoon today, Sunday Oct. 28, at the pine trees near the second entrance from the north on the west side (south of the "dip" area), I saw a flock of mostly Oregon race Dark-sided Juncos. I briefly saw amid the flock one male that had a slate gray back and flanks with a sharp delineation between the back and a black head. I didn't notice any brown coloration. The birds were moving about quickly and I lost sight of the bird in question. A while later I went back to the same spot and found the juncos feeding on the ground, and while the light was poor I saw the same bird again. I also saw another bird that had no delineation between head and back, and the back, head, and flanks all appeared to be slate gray. Unfortunately the light was too low to get a photo, and some visitors to the cemetery walked through and the birds scattered.
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Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA