Tesoro Grove 12-14-18

Eric Kallen

Summer Tanager adult male
Western Tanager 2
Bullock's Oriole 3 
Orchard Oriole
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
BT-Gray Warbler 2
Townsend's Warbler 2
Audubon's Warbler 15
OC Warbler 3
RC Kinglet 2
Allen's Hummer  more than several
Anna's Hummer ditto
House Finch
House Wren

returning Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tierrasanta

This  morning, Friday, the wintering male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Tierrasanta has officially returned for its second winter. Same exact favorite tree as last winter: enter West Shepherd Canyon from Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and walk a short distance to the usual favorite area of the Painted Redstart. There is a line of largeish eucalyptus trees on the slope to your left, behind homes up on top of the little hill, some with white flowers and some with pink flowers. The bird likes the top part of the tallest euc with lots of white flowers. It is often sneaky--quietly moving about the branches and flower clusters, much like a wintering tanager or oriole would do. Last winter, it was fairly reliable right after the post-dawn sun started shining directly on the top part of the trees--around 7:00-7:30+ AM. Today, I actually had it at around 10AM, so clearly it will show up sporadically later in the morning as well. Also, for the third time in a row I have MISSED the returning Painted Redstart, so either it has modified its routine or it has succumbed...

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Little Stints and higher water, geese, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler glut

On Tuesday afternoon the 11th, there were a healthy 6 Yellow Warblers in the Liberty Station area, plus a male Bullock's Oriole nearby. Then on Weds AM, the 12th, an additional 5 Yellow Warblers were in residential Imperial Beach and Nestor. The adult Little Stint was present for a short time on the now-reduced favorite island off the end of 10th just after dawn, "reduced" by last week's rains, so the birds have nowhere to forage along the edge of the island so have gone elsewhere for much of the time. And today, the 13th, a Palm Warbler continues in the ag fields along Calzada del Bosque in RSF, where also 2 Western Tanagers along North Lane; and the flock of 200+ Canada Geese at the Fairbanks Ranch horse pastures now has 6 Cackling Geese and 5 Gr. White-fronted Geese with them, but I did not see any white geese.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

BTGreen continuing at Greenwood

Gjon Hazard

Late report: 

I happened upon the continuing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Greenwood Memorial Park this morning (12/12). It initially was in the Elks Rest area, but it quickly moved east past the building. 

Minor but perhaps worth mentioning... 


Also, with the upcoming count in mind...

The fruiting magnolias near the western chainlink fence harbored numerous Cedar Waxings and Western Bluebirds, and a few kingbirds. 

And there were pink-flowering eucalyptus along that same western fence (the trees technically are in Mt Hope) that had a number of Selasphorus hummingbirds. While I presume most were Allen's, there was an adult male that I couldn't see any green on the back, but the angle was such that it could have easily eluded observation. It might be worth a second look, however. 

Re: Common Goldeneye

buck fairbanks

Not really a late report as this bird was first reported this season at this location by Ken Weaver days ago and seen by myself on Dec 7 thanks to Ken’s help.

Michael Martin
Oceanside, Ca

Thick-billed Kingbird Information

will anderson

Hi all,

I have looked at eBird and on this listserv and I have noticed a lack of postings about the Thick-billed Kingbird that winters at Poggi Creek every year.  I am coming down to San Diego in about 2 weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of the kingbird, and if I should include looking for the Kingbird in my itinerary.  Also, if anyone knows about the Ramona Harris's Hawk, I would appreciate information on that as well.

Thank you all,

Will Anderson

Common Goldeneye

Mike Wittmer

the bird is still at the San Luis Rey Estuary.   

Mike Wittmer

Black-and-White Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Manzano & El Arbor, Carlsbad, Dec. 12, 2018

Today, Dec. 12, 2018, while scouting for the Oceanside CBC with Kathy Aldern, a Black-and-White Warbler and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher were seen in the Manzano & El Arbor riparian area in Carlsbad.

Gretchen Nell
Leucadia, CA

Common Goldeneye

Mike Wittmer

Sorry about the late notification but there was a female Common Goldeneye at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside yesterday afternoon.  The bird was directly west of the bridge along the western shore of the river.  If you walk along the western shore the bird was feeding in the shallows.

El Cajon: Hermit Warbler - 12/10/18

Steve Ritt

An adult, female Hermit Warbler was in the pine trees by the closed, southeastern bathroom next to the dog run in Wells Park yesterday afternoon. (I accidentally sent this post to the old group yesterday.) A more thorough search could be more fruitful.

While many in this park could use our help (remember the food service ban), it’s important to remember that there are certainly much more dangerous people on this listserv. Be careful on here, and bird on.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA

Lake Miramar Goldeneye

Gary Grantham

I had two male Common Goldeneye at Lake Miramar this morning (12/11/18) in the East end of the lake.  A boat caused them to flush and they flew to the west end near the dam.  Associating with the multitude of Lesser Scaup, were a hand full of Redheads and Ruddy Ducks and two Western Grebes.  Also spotted were the locally rare Peter and Millie Thomas in basic birder plumage.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch

Balboa Park & Chula Vista minor miscellanea

On Monday the 10th, checks of a number of spots along the west and north sides of Balboa Park were generally disappointing, with the few birds of low-level interest being a total of 3 Western Tanagers and a White-breasted Nuthatch in the sw. corner of the park, continuing Summer Tanager near the lawn bowling and another, female Summer Tanager in the blooming eucs in the canyon just south of Vermont X Cypress along the north edge of park property, and another Western Tanager at Florida X Upas.

On Tuesday the 11th, a check of multiple parks in Chula Vista was also fairly slow, with 2 Western Tanagers, 1 Bullock's Oriole, and a nearby Black-thr Gray Warbler at Hilltop Park; and 2 Yellow Warblers and a Black-thr Gray Warbler near the Sweetwater River.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Rusty Blackbird manqué

Stan Walens

I’ve spent about 4-5 hours over the last few days chasing blackbird flocks around the Sports Arena area.
No success finding the bird I briefly saw in the rain last weekend that stuck out from the others.

On a lighter note, if you’re looking to see a gimme male Costa’s hummingbird, there’s one hanging out in the sage section at Walter Andersen’s Nursery off of Pacific Highway.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 11, 2018; 9:53 am

Re: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers

Eitan Altman

Was able to refind the PALM WARBER and TENNESSEE WARBLER this morning with a quick stop at Lake Murray in the cottonwoods by the boat ramp, and there was also a bright NASHVILLE WARBLER with the warbler flock. The PAWA foraged low in the trees and on the ground around the picnic tables, calling frequently, and the TEWA and NAWA were very active foraging at the mid and upper levels along with a few OCWA and of course many Yellow rumps. 

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

On Dec 9, 2018, at 12:29 PM, Jeremiah Stock <jstock@...> wrote:

Went to Lake Murray late Sunday morning December 9 looking for previous reported ducks.  Was able to find 1 female Common Goldeneye and 1 female Canvasback; but did not see White-winged Scoter.  The large cottonwood trees immediately east of the boat launch facility had a host of warblers, including a Palm Warbler, which was reported on ebird recently.  There was also a Nashville Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler: small, short-tailed, mostly green warbler with white belly and undertail coverts.  Eyeline pattern similar to Orange-crowned; but more distinct.  Orange-crowned was in same tree allowing direct comparison.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA

results of 10 Dec 2018 San Elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 10 December 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Maryanne Bache (beach), Steve Brad (West Basin, nature center site); Elizabeth Venrick, Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Jayne Lesley, Gail DeLalla, Dave Carey, Don Johnson (CBS= Rios to freeway); Kathy Aldern, Jeff Clingan (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry, Tom Walker (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill).


103 species were reported.  Species of interest included continuing reddish egret, initially between the RR tracks & highway 101, then later to the east of the RR tracks; a male Eurasian wigeon, initially to the SW of the nature center, then later just west of I-5 (too distant to discern if the same or different individuals, or if “pure” or hybrid); and uncommon at this site, a loggerhead shrike to the NW of the overlook NW of Santa Carina, and a rufous-crowned sparrow photographed along the trail east of Rios Ave.


Species included:

Pacific loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, black-crowned night-heron, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, ruddy turnstone, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, cedar waxwing, loggerhead shrike, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow,  Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 7 January.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Snow Goose - White Juvenile

Mike Wittmer

While birding the pond near the roller hockey rink in Kit Carson Park a goose flew in.  It was a Snow Goose - White Juvenile.  Photos upon request.

Dairy Mart South and Stick Ponds

dan jehl

This afternoon, December 10, after 2 o’clock the northern waterthrush was calling from the south end of the Southpond and the green tailed Towhee was seen scratching in the underbrush along the side of the stick pond.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Lesser Black-backed Gull present today

Stan Walens

Perched on top of jetty and then down on the beach as of 1:45 PM Monday, December 10

Stan Walens, San Diego
December 10, 2018, 1:55 PM

Re: Safety of birding locations?

Jessica Pollock <Jessicapollock@...>


Seems the image does not work, so here's a list.

Tijuana River estuary, river, all around here
Dairy Mart Ponds
Bird and Butterfly Garden
Robb field (nearby Ocean Beach unsafe?)
Bayshore Bikeway (7th and 13th)
Famosa Slough (possibly unsafe at times?)
Kendall-Frost Marsh
Crown Point
Tecolote Canyon
Cabrillo National Monument
Nestor Park (possibly unsafe at times?)

Any other regions in the general areas I've listed to avoid?


On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM Jessica Pollock <jessicapollock@...> wrote:

Thanks to those who have suggested birding locations for me (I will be visiting San Diego next month). Since I will be alone, in an unfamiliar city, are any of these locations (see picture below) particularly dangerous, or would you feel comfortable birding there alone? My main concerns are the Tijuana area - and I like to get away from people, so I am usually off the beaten path.

Thanks for any input,

Jessica Pollock, M.Sc.
Research Biologist
Intermountain Bird Observatory

Mailing address:
Intermountain Bird Observatory
Department of Biological Sciences - Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Safety of birding locations?

Jessica Pollock <Jessicapollock@...>


Thanks to those who have suggested birding locations for me (I will be visiting San Diego next month). Since I will be alone, in an unfamiliar city, are any of these locations (see picture below) particularly dangerous, or would you feel comfortable birding there alone? My main concerns are the Tijuana area - and I like to get away from people, so I am usually off the beaten path.

Thanks for any input,

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