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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.


Highlights:


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

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

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.


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Live in beauty....

Catherine


Competitive Obedience Toolbox: www.gettoready.net

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)
 

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

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.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50736365

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 

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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50747036
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Larry Edwards
San Diego, 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

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


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Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

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]gmail.com.  Thanks in advance!

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....

Catherine


Competitive Obedience Toolbox: www.gettoready.net

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)
 

Hooded Orioles this week?

Roger Uzun
 

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

-Roger Uzun

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?
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Sally M. Gall
La Jolla
librettist@...

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
Canvasback
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

Bald eagle at Lower Otay Lake 12-19-18

David Povey
 

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

Dulzura

SDFO New Year's Day Pelagic 2019

Barbara
 

Holiday greetings!

Just a reminder that the San Diego Field Ornithologist New Year's Day Pelagic is Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019. This is a six hour trip, sailing at 8 AM and returning around 2 PM.


The trip departs from H&M Landing in San Diego Bay. It's recommended you arrive about 7:15 AM. Cost for members and their guest is currently $45.00 and you may also pay your 2019 dues at that time ($25 per person and $35 for a family).


Please send me your check. If you don't have my mailing address, please contact me offline by replying to this email.  I will take reservations in the order they come in to me. 

Please do not call the landing.

Cheers and good birding!

Barbara Carlson

Membership SDFO


Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird Count Saturday 22 December

Robert Patton
 

This may be a bit off topic, but if you've been waiting for a response regarding the RSF CBC, please check your spam or junk email folders (thank you Paul C. for being the first to point out the problem).
We can still use experienced birders if you're at a loss as to how to spend Saturday morning...
In count week run up to the CBC, up to 4 barn swallows, a Caspian tern, & parasitic jaeger were observed at Cardiff State Beach yesterday & today.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

American Redstart at Lake Hodges

Lisa Ruby
 

There is an adult male American Redstart off the Bernardo Bay trail at Lake Hodges. Same area as last year. Not far from West Bernardo Drive. Bouncing crazily through willows and oaks on both sides of the trail. 

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Chestnut-sided Warbler @ Batiquitos Continues 21DEC2018

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER found by Nancy C. at Batiquitos Lagoon on 23NOV2018 this afternoon, 21DEC2018, at the same location. It was observed high in the Eucs (not the easiest viewing) next to golf course about 20-30 yards west of marker #17. The bird appears to be wintering and would a good bird for upcoming Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC. ID photo is in the following ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50850892

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Clark's Nutcracker -- Big Laguna Lake

Larry Edwards
 

I birded at Big Laguna Lake and the surrounding area this morning and early afternoon. I hiked in from the end of Los Huecos Road, adjacent to the Laguna Campground. Not real birdy, but the highlight turned out to be four (possibly five) Clark's Nutcrackers foraging low in the pines and on the ground along the trail on the east side of the lake. The lake was practically deserted, with only a handful of buffleheads, which out numbered the coots. Los Rasalies Pond was equally deserted, with only three species (4 birds) present, and Little Laguna Lake lay completely dry. Plenty of Acorn Woodpeckers, Ravens, and blackbirds -- Red-winged and Brewer's. Also heard a coyote's mournful call north of the big lake. Not a single Yellow-rumped Warbler or White-crowned Sparrow to be found, although I saw Golden-crowned Sparrows above the north end big lake, beyond where I saw the nutcrackers.
Photos of the Clark's Nutcrackers on eBird (The Nutcracker Suite): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50854419

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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Mission Bay Nelson's Sparrow

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

At 9:45 AM this morning (12/22/18) a NELSON’S SPARROW (probably the previously reported bird) popped up in a bush along the chain-link fence north of the viewing platform

At Kendall Frost Marsh for a couple minutes.

 

                            Jim Roberts

                                University City