Bald eagle at Lower Otay Lake 12-19-18

David Povey <dpovey@...>

There was an adult Bald Eagle at the north end of Lower Otay Lake about 1 p.m. today.

Not many gulls on the lake, maybe 60-70 or so. None close to the launch ramp docks area.

Saw pair of Western Grebes dancing.

Dave Povey


Anza-Borrego CBC 12-16-2018

Robert Theriault

Here are the bare-bones close to what the final results will be report.

Bird Species reported: 118
Counters in the field: 90
Weather: pleasant

Unexpected species (not on the checklist):
Greater White-fronted Goose
Plumbeous Vireo
Lazuli Bunting
Summer Tanager
Bullock's Oriole

Unusual subspecies:
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Slate-colored Junco

Difficult to Identify:
Sagebrush Sparrow
Bell's Sparrow (subspecies canescens)

Very difficult to find residents:
Crissal Thrasher
LeConte's Thrasher

Thanks, Bob Theriault - Borrego Springs

La Jolla Cove Tuesday morning 12/18

Sally M. Gall

Two wandering tattlers were a pleasant surprise. The surf was in such a pother that even the sea lions weren't surfing. The Brandt's cormorants have their white nuptial feathers and blue throats and are guarding nest sites. Brown Pelicans are getting their breeding plumage, and the numbers seem low, so many may have already left for the Coronados? Usual turnstones, snowy egrets, black phoebes, gulls of all ages - Western juveniles especially noisily begging - double-crested cormorants, etc. Didn't see our resident osprey, and also no peregrines, thus pigeons all over the place.

Stan, were there good birds yesterday coming in with the wind and waves?
Sally M. Gall
La Jolla

Hooded Orioles this week?

Roger Uzun

Has anyone seen any wintering hooded orioles around the county this week?  Or even last week?

-Roger Uzun

Sunset ball fields and Nestor

Catherine Zinsky

Quick check at each location before going to work.  No Vesper Sparrow or Vermillion Flycatcher at Sunset, but did see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Plumbeous Vireo, as well as the continuing Ground Dove.

At Nestor had a brief glimpse of the American Redstart.  No Orioles, but did have nice views of the Summer Tanager.  

Live in beauty....


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:

OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM  ('Devon'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , BN  ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)

Costa Rica recommendations

Carl Ebeling

I'm interested in recommendations for birding guide(s) or tours in northwestern Costa Rica, specifically around Monteverde and Santa Elena, and at Parque Nacional Palo Verde. 

Respond (off list, please) to Carl.Ebeling[at]  Thanks in advance!

Re: Gull ID help needed

Brennan Mulrooney

California Gull. I find that leg color (deathly gray/green) on immature Cal Gulls is the easiest field mark to use for a quick ID. And with immature gulls, a quick ID is all I am interested in. 

Brennan Mulrooney 
Santee, CA

On Dec 18, 2018, at 6:31 AM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun@...> wrote:

Can anyone ID the gull on the left side of this photo from Lindo Lake in Lakeside on Dec 17, 2018?  I think it's probably a Herring Gull but I'm not sure.

-Roger Uzun

Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Gull ID help needed

Roger Uzun

Can anyone ID the gull on the left side of this photo from Lindo Lake in Lakeside on Dec 17, 2018?  I think it's probably a Herring Gull but I'm not sure.

-Roger Uzun

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Coronado jetty

Larry Edwards

On Sunday, Dec. 16, birding with Janis Cadwallader (my wife), we observed the Lesser Black-backed Gull on the jetty opposite the Hotel del Coronado, from 11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., at low tide. Yellow legs, yellow bill with oval red spot near the tip, red gape and red eye ring visible at times, depending on head movement and angle of the sun, brown streaking on head and neck, with greater intensity around the eye; dark-gray back.

We did not see the bird when we first arrived at the jetty, just after 10 a.m., so we continued northward on the beach toward the main tower, where a group of gulls and terns were resting on the sand. We did not see the Lesser Black-backed Gull among them. We then returned to the jetty, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull had flown in and was standing on one of the tallest rocks, about mid-jetty. It was still there when we left, seemingly unconcerned about the homo sapiens climbing on the rocks of the jetty. One other birder (Richard) joined us while we there.

Photos on eBird:
Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Nashville Warbler; Carlsbad, 16DEC2018

Tito Gonzalez

I observed a NASHVILLE WARBLER this morning (16DEC 2018) in Carlsbad near the intersection of Faraday and Rutherford. It was foraging in Tipu trees on the north side of Faraday about 50 yards east of Rutherford (33.134599, -117.283442). It moved between the 3rd and 4th Tipu trees counting from intersection between 9 and 10 AM. This is the exact same location where the same species was observed in January 2018, so it is likely the same returning winter bird. While perhaps of marginal chase interest,  this species is rare in winter and is a good bird for upcoming Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC. A couple of photos are in the following ebird checklist.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


Possible Calliope Batiquitos Lagoon?

Roger Uzun

Did anyone else see the ebird report of a possible Calliope Hummingbird at Batiquitos Lagoon from Saturday Morning at 8:30 AM?  Does this seem possible?  I would like to go out and look for it on Monday morning if anyone thinks it's not an Anna's or Costa's.  It was near the parking lot there.  If anyone would like to meet up tomorrow AM Please email me.

-Roger Uzun

Sand Lake at Kit Karson Park, Escondido

Catherine Zinsky

Stopped briefly to locate the continuing juvenile Snow Goose on my way to an event in Valley Center.  Was pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of Hooded Merganser, one male and one female.  Always a treat!  

A very healthy, unafraid coyote came within 20 feet of me and my husband, was obviously accustomed to having duck breakfast.  The Snow Goose actually moved closer to us in order to avoid the coyote's passing.

Live in beauty....


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:

OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM  ('Devon'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , BN  ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)

Pine Warbler

Guy McCaskie

This morning (16 Dec) I was easily able to find the female Pine Warbler found yesterday by Elizabeth Copper at the intersection of 6th and Margarita in Coronado. It was with a small flock containing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Townsend’s Warbler.


Guy McCaskie

San Diego CBC: 216 species

Justyn Stahl

The 2018 San Diego Christmas Bird Count was today, 15 December. Approximately 150 participants “braved” a partly cloudy morning and an overnight low of 52 degrees, clearing to blue skies with a daytime high of 68 degrees. This year’s tentative total is 216, with several notable highlights including two firsts for the count: Little Stint (2) and Buller’s Shearwater*. Other good birds included continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-throated Green Warbler, Thick-billed Kingbird, and 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Discovered on the count was a dull Pine Warbler in Coronado.

Two continuing Little Stints (1 adult, 1 juvenile) were relocated inside the Salt Works. Providing the 2nd and 3rd records for San Diego County, these birds were the 1st for the San Diego CBC, likely a 1st for a U.S. CBC, and certainly a high count for any U.S. CBC. 

*The Buller’s Shearwater was found from Dave Povey’s boat, west of Silver Strand State Beach and provides a first living record for the San Diego CBC. The previous record was one found dead. Rare in San Diego, particularly from shore, this one was actually visible from the north parking lot at Silver Strand SB.


Snow Goose - 3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Greater White-fronted Goose - 25 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Cackling Goose - 2 (golf course south of Rohr Park)

Eurasian Wigeon - 1 (Sweetwater River)

Canvasback - 14 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

White-winged Scoter - 1 (Povey boat)

Black Scoter - 1 (seawatch from Seacoast Dr.)

Hooded Merganser - 2 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

LITTLE STINT - 2 (Salt Works)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1 (Hotel Del Coronado, 2nd SD CBC record)

BULLER’S SHEARWATER - 1 (Povey boat)

Brown Booby - 5 (seawatch from Seacoast Drive, Povey boat)

Reddish Egret - 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Bald Eagle - 1 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Gray Flycatcher - 1 (Rohr Park)

Tropical Kingbird - 2 (Balboa Park—west side, Dairy Mart main pond)

Thick-billed Kingbird -1 (Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Western Kingbird - 1-2 (Sunset Ave. ball fields, Dairy Mart sod farm)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 2 (Nestor Park and Sunset Ave ball fields, Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Plumbeous Vireo - 1 (Hilltop Park)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow -  3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Vesper Sparrow - 1 (Sunset Ave ball fields)

Orchard Oriole - 2 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park, Kimball Park)

Hooded Oriole - 2 (Sunnyslope Park, Marston Canyon)

Baltimore Oriole - 2 (Rohr Park, Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Black-and-white Warbler - 1 (Balboa Park—28th St. Park)

Nashville Warbler - 3 (Sweetwater River, Spruce Canyon, Kimball Park)

American Redstart - 1 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Pine Warbler - 1 (Coronado - Margarita @ 6th)

Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 (Greenwood Cemetery) 

(Several Summer and Western Tanagers, many Bullock’s Oriole, and several Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported - totals to follow upon data compilation.)

Notable non-countable exotics:

American Flamingo - 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Black-throated Magpie-Jay - 4 (west of Hollister, declining?)

Northern Cardinal - 1 (Tijuana River Valley)

Pin-tailed Whydah - 3 (Rohr Park, on the rise?)

Despite the overall good total of species, numbers of birds were low. No Palm Warblers were found in the count circle, despite the glut of this species along the coast this fall. 

We missed Great Horned Owl, and only a single Ridgway’s Rail was reported.

Special thanks to San Diego Audubon for a wonderful lunch each year.

Justyn Stahl, compiler

currently in Borrego Springs

Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 & Otay Lakes Rd.

David Povey <dpovey@...>

There has been a pale immature Ferruginous Hawk in the cow pasture west of Hwy 94 and north of Otay Lakes rd. since

mid Nov. My apologies for not getting this out, as I transit this area to and from town, and I 'd forgotten to post it after each

sighting. Today I had the bird on both inbound and return to Dulzura, so made a point to get it posted.

This is at fairly low elevation ( <700 ft. )and somewhat close to the coast. ( give or take  20 miles).

A few years back we had an adult dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 and Jamul ( about were the casino is now ) that

return for multiple winters. So maybe with luck this bird will not only stick around but return for other winters.

Look for the bird from Hwy 94, looking west between the two riparian tree lines ( Hollenbeck cr. &  Dulzura cr. ) . Most often

seen on the ground or on the rocks near the cattle grazing there.

Dave Povey


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

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