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Solitaire still present 4/7 at 8:05

John Bruin
 

Found yesterday by Paul. In the same tree above the recycle bins at Mission Dam.

John Bruin
Bay Park


Desert follow-up

phil Pryde
 

I can add a bit to Nancy Christensen’s report from the Anza-Borrego desert area.  Friday evening and Sat. morning I worked the area surrounding the ABDSP Visitors Center, and recorded 4 sparrow species other than the ubiquitous White-crowned:  Brewer’s (about 6), Lincoln (3), Black-throated (a few), and Chipping (2). Also 5 species of warblers:  Wilson’s (1), Nashville (1), Orange-crowned (many), Black-thtroated gray (many), plus a few remaining Yellow-rumps.  At least 6 Ash-throated Flycatchers were observed, and one Western Kingbird.  In addition, most of the other expected desert residents were present:  Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Costa’s hummer, Cactus Wren, etc. 

Most spectacular, though, was the Painted Lady migration - in the Visitors Center gardens this morning there were easily a hundred within any 50-foot radius circle around you, often 6-8 on just one small flowering plant.  All headed west.  The photographers were having a field day.   

Phil Pryde
San Carlos


Re: Townsend's solitaire at old mission da

Christopher Adler
 

This morning I was lucky to be parking at Mission Trails just as Paul sent out the message 
about the Townsend's Solitaire, so I was able to get on that quickly and then loop around 
Oak Canyon and the grasslands later in the morning. I saw some of what Eitan saw, but not all. 

Also good were:
Yellow-breasted Chat
Lark Sparrows
Warbling Vireo
Costa's Hummingbird on a nest
Many singing Bell's Vireos
Rather rough-looking moulty Golden-crowned Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrow and Hutton's Vireo

It's also a great year for butterflies, unsurprisingly. Up the in the grasslands were many Common Buckeye, 
duskywing and metalmark butterflies. 

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens



On Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 12:39 PM Eitan Altman <eitanaltman@...> wrote:
Wasn’t able to get out of the house until about 10:30 am but thankfully was able to refind Paul’s continuing TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in the vicinity of the picnic tables just before the dam. 

After shooting the breeze with the Palomar Audubon group that was just finishing their morning, I wandered down the road a bit looking for migrants / arrivals and was pleased to find a HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER  flitting in the mid levels of a sycamore about 100 yds east of the entrance to the dam parking lot. 

Other nice sightings including a pair of male Lazuli Buntings perched high up while waiting for the TOSO to show, two signing Yellow Warblers, several Black-chinned Hummers staking out breeding territory, an Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. 

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

On Apr 6, 2019, at 8:44 AM, lehman.paul@... via Groups.Io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

Saturday morning there is a cooperative Townsend solitaire hanging out at old mission dam right next to the dam proper along the main dirt path. There are two circular garbage cans next to each other, one blue for recycling and one black. Check the berry-laden mistletoe in this area as well as the several big sycamore trees as well, as the bird goes back and forth between them.

Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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Re: Townsend's solitaire at old mission da

Eitan Altman
 

Wasn’t able to get out of the house until about 10:30 am but thankfully was able to refind Paul’s continuing TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in the vicinity of the picnic tables just before the dam. 

After shooting the breeze with the Palomar Audubon group that was just finishing their morning, I wandered down the road a bit looking for migrants / arrivals and was pleased to find a HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER  flitting in the mid levels of a sycamore about 100 yds east of the entrance to the dam parking lot. 

Other nice sightings including a pair of male Lazuli Buntings perched high up while waiting for the TOSO to show, two signing Yellow Warblers, several Black-chinned Hummers staking out breeding territory, an Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. 

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

On Apr 6, 2019, at 8:44 AM, lehman.paul@... via Groups.Io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

Saturday morning there is a cooperative Townsend solitaire hanging out at old mission dam right next to the dam proper along the main dirt path. There are two circular garbage cans next to each other, one blue for recycling and one black. Check the berry-laden mistletoe in this area as well as the several big sycamore trees as well, as the bird goes back and forth between them.

Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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Summer Tanager at Marston Canyon

Caron Andregg
 

This morning I had a very cooperative male Summer Tanager at Marston Canyon near Cypress and Richmond. The flowering eucs along Richmond right where Cypress trees out are a magnet for Bullocks Orioles, etc. The tanager was sitting on a branch in the sun nearby for at least five minutes, just chillin'. Rebound two hours later at the same location. Best views are from the road looking straight across into the trees.

Other migrants in the canyon include black headed grosbeak, Nashville warbler, Wilson's warbler, a ton of Pac Slope fly catchers, and a herd of scaly breasted munia.

Caron Andregg
Hillcrest


At least 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers seen and heard at Stonewall Mine Parking lot 4/6 10:13.

terry hurst
 

Very vocal. If you’re in the area for the Cormorants and would like see these birds swing on by.
Terry Hurst
Santee


Townsend's solitaire at old mission dam

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Saturday morning there is a cooperative Townsend solitaire hanging out at old mission dam right next to the dam proper along the main dirt path. There are two circular garbage cans next to each other, one blue for recycling and one black. Check the berry-laden mistletoe in this area as well as the several big sycamore trees as well, as the bird goes back and forth between them.

Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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odd Neotropic Corm ID; Rose-breast

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

First, some little bit of bird news.  There was a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in residential Point Loma on 2 April, near the corner of SilverGate X Charles, but it hasn't been refound. Given the "early" date, this is very likely a bird that wintered somewhere locally, as it is 'too early' for a spring vagrant.  On 4 April, there was a good count of 200 Surfbirds at low tide on the beaches in Coronado (Hotel del Coronado area), probably eating Grunion eggs.

Concerning the two Neotropic Cormorants at Lake Cuyamaca, several other folks have brought up the point that the immature bird is abnormally pale for this species. Guy M. says he has never seen one this pale amongst the hundreds he has seen over the years at the Salton Sea. Normally they are darker below than young Double-cresteds, but this bird is very, very pale throughout. Hybrids between the two species are known to occur on a somewhat 'regular' occasion, but the bird is very small--appearing as small as the nearby adult, which looks just fine for a Neotropic, of course. Presumably a hybrid would appear more "intermediate." This bird also seems to be paler than normal in photos in other ways as well, with an odd pale patch on the side of the face, and perhaps even a paler-than-normal back (?). So, perhaps it is just a somewhat oddly pigmented young Neotropic? But, it would be good for folks to obtain better photos of that bird, when not plagued by fog and drizzle as those on Friday were, and concentrate on getting photos showing detail of the facial region (supraloral area, etc.), as well as the upperparts, etc.  Given the bird's small size and slim shape with longish tail, it may well be a Neotropic, but it does not appear 'normal' plumage-wise.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego


Neotropic Cormorants still present at Lake Cuyamaca 4/6

terry hurst
 

Fog has lifted Much better looks this morning.then yesterday. On those bouys that all the Cormorants like.
Terry Hurst
Santee


Remaining Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs-Around 200

Hal Cohen
 

This morning we had around 800+ hawks very active, especially near the airport. Several birds were on the runway, probably eating caterpillars. The side road off of Henderson Canyon also yielded some very close kettles. 

This evening we observed far less hawks, indicating that several hundred migrated today. Again best locations are at the east end of the airport and the overlook off of Henderson.

1. The airport is located east of Borrego Springs downtown on S-22. 
2. The overlook off of Henderson is east of the flower fields at the turn to the south. Look for some homes on the right and a gravel road (sharp turn to the west). Take the gravel road about 100 yards  till you reach a deep gorge (don't drive any further). Walk up the hill to the south and hopefully a hundred or so Swainson's will be feeding in the field or in flight. Coming from the west make sure you don't pass Pegleg (lots of RV's). 

I suggest getting out around 8am as the hawks become airborne very quickly in the morning with the strong winds we are having. Total hawks now evident in the valley is around 200. However it is very possible that more hawks will enter the valley late this evening. 

I'll be adding another blogspot in a few days with shared photos. Borregohawkwatch.blogspot.com

I'll be out at 8 tomorrow before departing town for a few days,
Hal
Borrego Springs


Grace's Warbler, Villa La Jolla Park, 5 Apr 2019

Paul Chad
 

The over-wintering but usually-not-found (nice adult male) Grace's Warbler was nice enough to put in an appearance for me, NE corner of Villa La Jolla Park at about 1:00 today.

sidenote: a follow-up email may soon be sent to the group, FYI, on follow-up to my almost certainly NOT Arctic Terns from yesterday's post. Please read if interested or simply delete, thanks! :-)

Paul Chad
University City


desert highlights

Nancy Christensen
 

Dan Jehl and I visited several spots on the Anza-Borrego desert this morning – Friday April 5. Overall, migrants are up.

Tamarisk Grove – Very brief stop yielded Ash-throated flycatcher, Pac-Slope FC, Lawrence’s Goldfinches and first LAZULI BUNTING of the year.

Borrego Springs settling ponds – continuing flocks of Brewer’s Sparrows and Cinnamon Teal. Two male Yellow-headed Blackbirds, a pair of Wilson’s Snipes, Greater Yellowlegs, Sora and Snowy Egret made the visit worthwhile.

The Mesquite Bosque – plenty of singing Black-throated Sparrows. One perched and calling Gambel’s Quail was seen. We did NOT refind the earlier reported Lucy’s Warbler.

 

The weather on the desert was lovely. The mountain weather was cold, wet and foggy. When I drove Dan back to his truck at Cuyamaca Lake, the two Neotropic Cormorants were still present, seen through a very soggy set of binoculars.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


Cuyamaca addenda

C K Staurovsky
 

Although they look perfectly Neo-tropical in the current weather conditions, they are, of course Neotropic Cormorants...

CKS


Neotropical Cormorants still at Cuyamaca

C K Staurovsky
 

Under fairly horrible fog, mist, and low clouds Jim Pawlicki’s Neotropical cormorants are occasionally visible on the boom floats with the DCCO at 1500 hrs Friday 5-April. Cheers!
CK Staurovsky


possible Arctic Terns?

Paul Chad
 

Would invite/welcome any response emails or postings to this, thanks!

Yesterday Thu at about 6:30 PM, about five sterna terns were flying/feeding close to the beach at Pacific Beach. Had no binos. Light was poor and back-lit. Know that Forster's are back, but wingbeats looked deep, was thinking maybe not Forsters, rather Common... but getting good looks at least at silhouettes, at least one or two of these birds had (only way to say it) what appeared as 'tail streamers', outer tail feathes appeared THAT long, birds gave an impression almost of a 'miniature tropicbird' or such,

Have almost no experience with Arctic Terns, but, could these have been them??

Paul Chad
University City


Neotropic Cormorants found again 4/5/2019 at Lake Cuyamaca.

terry hurst
 

Both the adult an juvenile that were found by Jim P. Yesterday hanging out at the bouys . The size difference between the Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorants is drastic making these two birds easy to spot when other Cormorants are nearby. Was joined by Nancy C. and Dan J. who also saw the birds.

Terry Hurst
Santee

rBird with photos to be posted later this evening.


next san elijo monthly bird count monday 8 april

Robert Patton
 

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 8 April.  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).

Thanks,
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA


Cuyamaca Lake Neotropic Cormorant photos

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Three photos can be found in the eBird list here:



Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA


Neotropic Cormorants at Cuyamaca Lake 4/4 (still)

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Both the adult and immature NECOs have returned to the chain of black buoys just south of the store/docks at 3:20 pm.

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 3:08 PM James Pawlicki via Groups.Io <jmpawli10=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Apologies. Last sentence should read “overflowed the dam on northeast side”

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 3:04 PM James Pawlicki via Groups.Io <jmpawli10=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
There was just (3:00 pm) an adult and immature Neotropic Cormorant with a flock of about a dozen Double-crested Cormorants on/near the chain of black bouys at Cuyamaca Lake (south end of lake, south of store and docks on west side). They both just took off together and continued flying low and out of sight to the east east behind the forested island/peninsula that extends into the middle of the lake. The lake has overflowed the dam on the northwest side and is currently much larger than usual.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA


Re: Neotropic Cormorants at Cuyamaca Lake 4/4

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Apologies. Last sentence should read “overflowed the dam on northeast side”

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 3:04 PM James Pawlicki via Groups.Io <jmpawli10=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
There was just (3:00 pm) an adult and immature Neotropic Cormorant with a flock of about a dozen Double-crested Cormorants on/near the chain of black bouys at Cuyamaca Lake (south end of lake, south of store and docks on west side). They both just took off together and continued flying low and out of sight to the east east behind the forested island/peninsula that extends into the middle of the lake. The lake has overflowed the dam on the northwest side and is currently much larger than usual.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA