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Pomarine Jaeger -Shelter Island - 28 Jan 2019

Paul Chad
 

A six-hour search at Shelter Island earlier today for the wintering Red-necked Grebe was unsuccessful, but a real nice surprise was a Pomarine Jaeger (light-morph, sub-adult or possibly 'plain' adult) right at, right ON, the boat launch. Was there for several hours, apparently left around 11:00. A fly-by Little Blue Heron was also a bit surprising.

Paul Chad
University City


Red-naped Sapsucker at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Monday morning there was a Red-naped Sapsucker just east of the playground at the south end of Santee Lake #4.  Solid black upper breast below the red throat; otherwise lots of red including a large red patch on nape and a hint of red crossing the white strip behind the eye.  No photos.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Clay-colored Sparrow & Ferruginous Hawk

Jay Desgrosellier
 

Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2019

A single CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was associating with a flock of white-crowns today in the far northeast corner of Torrey Hills Park. They were feeding in the grass around the infield dirt. Look for the pale lores and strongly marked throat, as well as the buffy wash to the face, breast and sides. It was the only other sparrow with the white-crowned flock. I didn't see any chippies on my visit, but there could be some around.

Also today, while hiking Los Penasquitos Canyon from the west parking lot, I found an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK. These birds are fairly rare this close to the coast, though more common in the winter farther inland. Bright rufous back, white head and chest, and mostly white-tail with dusky terminal band were all noted. The bird was found roughly half-way between Wagon Wheel Crossing and Sycamore Crossing. I first found it perched in the riparian and then again in flight about a half-hour later.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA



Grace's Warbler - 1282 Crest Drive, Encinitas

Larry Edwards
 

I and two other birders/photographers got excellent looks at the Grace's Warbler this morning, between 8:45 and 9 pm. It hopped around the pine tree closest to the road on the 1282 side, then flew into the small pine across the road, where we got the best looks and photos. At one point, it flew into the low hedge by the roadside -- too close to photograph with our big lens. Yes, we considered ourselves quite fortunate. Photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52101795

We looked for the Hermit Warbler reported last week but no luck there.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA


San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey - Next Sunday, February 3rd.

Jayne Lesley
 

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The February 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday  - February 3rd. We are off to a good start for our tenth year of collecting data bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)




Reddish Egret continues in Oceanside

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed the continuing Reddish Egret at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River today about
1100.  The bird has been erratically present since November 8.  This is the fourth individual of 
this species that I have observed at this spot since 2012, but the only one that has continued
into the winter months.


Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
gnatcatcher@...


Harris's Hawk in Ramona

Roger Uzun
 

Does anyone know what the verdict is on the Harris's Hawk(s) that live around downtown Ramona?  Are they in fact escaped falconry birds?

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA


Vaux's Swifts Balboa Park

Gjon Hazard
 

This evening (1/24), right at sunset (5:10 PM), there was a unseasonable flock of chattering Chaetura swifts circling over the El Prado bridge over Hwy 163 in Balboa Park. I assume Vaux's; 2 or 3 dozen. They seemed to be gathering to roost nearby. They headed off to the south-southeast.

-Gjon


Glaucous-winged gull at Lake Murray

phil Pryde
 

     At approx. 11 a.m. today (1-24) a less-than-adult Glaucous-winged gull was well seen at Lake Murray. The location was Alvarado Bay (the first small bay on the left as you enter the park via Kiowa St.). There’s a small man-made spit that extends southwestward Into Alvarado Bay, and the gull was sitting at the end of it. Its pale gray and white wing tips were easily seen, as was its almost entirely blackish bill color except near the base. Based on the latter as well as faint bits of pale tan feathers on the wings, I concluded it was a second winter bird (its appearance was virtually identical to that shown for a 2nd winter GWGU on p. 221 of Sibley, 1st ed. (and indeed like Tony’s photo on p. 245 of the Bird Atlas). I returned to the spit about 5 minutes later, but the wildlife there was fisherman = 1, GWGU = 0.  I couldn’t find it again. 
    The Bird Atlas notes that GWGUs are now rare inland; I’ve never seen one at Lake Murray before.  

Phil Pryde 
San Marcos 


Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lower Otay, 1/24

Matt Sadowski
 

Jim Pawlicki found an adult LBBG at the Lower Otay Lake boat ramp. Still here at 16:09.

Matt Sadowski


Grace's Warbler 1-24-19 Encinitas

Eric Kallen
 

The Grace's Warbler showed up at about 9am this morning at 1282 Crest Drive.  It spent most of its time in the pines and in a small palm along the north boundary of the property, and in the small Pine adjacent.  The Hermit Warbler was not seen.

A few pics posted @ egk.smugmug.com/photography.

some pics of Marcie's Painted Bunting also.

ebird report S51998531

Eric Kallen
San Diego


Hooded Mergansers

Iris Kilpatrick
 

Male and female Hooded Merganser present in little pond at Raymond Av and Ramona Street in Ramona.

Iris Kilpatrick 
Ramona




Grace's Warbler on Crest Drive, Encinitas, continues Wedn Jan 23.

Susan Smith
 

Thanks to Gretchen Nell for refinding this bird on Jan 20. It was first spotted Dec 7 in the exact same spot, but dang it all, disappeared during the RSF CBC I think because of a huge multi -truck earth moving project  the week before CBC day.  But now, this bird is back, in its same spot in pines in yards  near 1282 Crest Drive. This morning, it was found by others before 8:30 am, and for us  started calling I think about 9 am or so and thereafter, intermittently,and was still calling from the tall pines near this address at noon.  We also refound at least one Mountain Chickadee nearby , and the wintering Hermit Warbler male  in pines a little south of this GRWA location continues too.
    As Gretchen pointed out, please be aware that this is a private residential community, and our continued access to birding this productive area is hugely dependent on the good will of the residents there. Years ago when a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher showed, there were many birders and photographers  who converged on the area. There was a day care center on one of the side roads where the bird was most consistently seen, and we did not realize until later, that parents and managers of the center were very upset by the photographers in the area with big lenses.  Thankfully, I think, we were able to assure the harmlessness of our birders, but since then, some of those side streets have new no trespass  signs up.  So just a heads up, though I know you all know the drill.   
    On the up side, we talked to many today who were thrilled about the bird, and some got out of there cars, took a look through our bins and said wow.  But just a reminder to  be on our best birding behavior.   Sue 
   


Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Re: Grace`s Warbler Encinitas continues 1/22 0945

Susan Smith
 

Great photos of the bird Steve!  Sue



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 1/22/19 11:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Grace`s Warbler Encinitas continues 1/22 0945

seen at 945 Am
. Gretchen said she et al have seen the bird mid morning    Bird was silent.    Bird was seen seen from street at 1282 Crest Drive Encinitas   Photos seen in my ebird report

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51937933?msgKey=singleLocMergeSuccess

good birding your way
steve brad
leucadia
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Grace`s Warbler Encinitas continues 1/22 0945

stevan brad
 

seen at 945 Am
. Gretchen said she et al have seen the bird mid morning    Bird was silent.    Bird was seen seen from street at 1282 Crest Drive Encinitas   Photos seen in my ebird report

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51937933?msgKey=singleLocMergeSuccess

good birding your way
steve brad
leucadia


pinyon jays

charrington@...
 

I hiked the Sunset Trail the other day (mile 19.3 of Sunrise Highway in Laguna Mountains) and ran into a big flock of pinyon jays a mile into the trail.  They were making a racket on the left side of the trail just before Water of the Woods.


La Jolla Sea Watch January 21

dan jehl
 

This morning starting around 7:00 I spent about three hours sea watching at La Jolla Cove. The wind brought large numbers of gulls (Western, California, Heerman’s, Ring-billed, Boneparte’s, and a single Glaucous-winged) a few Surf Scoters and loons. A light-phase Northern Fulmar flew by early, but the Black-vented Shearwaters didn’t come closer in until about 8:30, up to 500 were visible at one time. The wind is forecast to continue through the day, maybe the Skua or the Magnificent Frigate Bird seen north of us yesterday will show up this afternoon.

Dan Jehl
San Diego


Nelson’s Sparrow at Kendal Frost Reserve

dan jehl
 


On Sunday, January 20, 2019, a Nelson’s Sparrow (perhaps two) was seen along the fence of the Kendal Frost reserve at the peak of high tide (just before 8:00 a.m. The orange on the face was clearly visible as the sparrow moved through the vegetation. I got a couple of poor photos, others present got much better. The sparrow was seen by Eric Kallen and Ross Christie before I arrived, Bruce Aird and Steve Sosensky were there as well. The tide tomorrow (Monday, January 21st) should be high enough for the Nelson’s to be visible again.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

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Grace's Warbler, Crest Drive, Encinitas, Jan. 20, 2019

pnell@sbcglobal.net
 

There was a Grace’s Warbler in the tall pines near 1282 Crest Drive this morning, Jan. 20, 2019.  Likely a continuing bird, first found by RSF CBC scouting group led by Susan Smith on Dec. 7, 2018 & posted to eBird at that time, with photos.  In trees on private property in a residential neighborhood, but possibly can be viewed from the street.

Please see below for both eBird reports.

Gretchen Nell
Leucadia, CA



Laguna Loop 1-19-19

Eric Kallen
 

Trent Stanley & I birded several spots along the Laguna Loop this morning.  Early, it was cold and windy.

We stopped at the water tanks near the Sunset Trailhead off of Sunrise Highway.  We had what appeared to be a fly-over of 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers.

At the Pioneer Mail Campground, where the Lewis’ Woodpeckers wintered last year, we found only Fox Sparrows and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The gates to the park and the road across the highway were chained, so our investigation here was limited.

At Stonewall Mine the male Williamson’s Sapsucker was easily found from the parking lot.

in Descanso we saw 5 Tricolored Blackbirds in a flock containing Brewer’s Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds, near the intersection of Viejas Blvd. and Mitzpah Lane.

At the Viejas Reservation there was a bright Ferruginous Hawk soaring. 

Eric Kallen
San Diego