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FRNC - Eastern Kingbird, May 05, 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Back at the cemetery this morning and Eric Kallen just relocated the EASTERN KINGBIRD in northeast corner of cemetery. It is currently hawking insects from grave markers and fence line at 8:00am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


May 12th. Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic

David Povey
 



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From: David Povey <poveydw747@...>
Date: Sat, May 4, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Subject: May 12th. Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic
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We are just a week away from our Sunday May 12th. pelagic birding trip. We have a very light load with just 23 passengers and five leaders. Offshore sightings have been interesting lately. Birders had a Red-billed Tropicbird.  The whale tour boats have had False Killer, Minke, Blue, Fin Whales, and Guadalupe Fur Seal, and a large Basking Shark was videoed off Orange co. A White Shark seen off I.B. Stuff is out there!
Local fisherman have seen the water warm dramatically in the last week, from our cold winter sea surface temperatures.
As far as I know, no one has yet explored the Thirty Mile Bank so we will make that a target,as conditions allow.I would expect three species of Storm-Petrels there (Black, Ashy and Leach's)
I hope you'll join us.
The regular price is $135 until Tuesday ( goes to late sign up $145 ) for 12 hrs. 7 a.m. to about 7 p.m. 
Please be at he landing, parked, and checked in by 6:00 a.m.
Call 619 222-1144 and ask for the May 12th. Grande birding trip or reserve online at hmlanding.com

Dave Povey


Re: FRNC - Eastern Kingbird etc., May 04, 2019

Gary Nunn
 

The message time and sighting of Eastern Kingbird mistyped and was 12:15pm.

Gary Nunn.

On May 4, 2019, at 12:19 PM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

I was at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and just missed seeing an EASTERN KINGBIRD, seen by a birder whose name I forgot to ask, east of the committal shelter. Several of us searched for it without luck but Rich Norgaard just sent me a message 12:25pm it is on wires 1/4 mile north of cemetery on overhead power lines.

Also a Black-and-white Warbler behind the wall on east side, found by Rich.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

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FRNC - Eastern Kingbird etc., May 04, 2019

Gary Nunn
 

I was at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and just missed seeing an EASTERN KINGBIRD, seen by a birder whose name I forgot to ask, east of the committal shelter. Several of us searched for it without luck but Rich Norgaard just sent me a message 12:25pm it is on wires 1/4 mile north of cemetery on overhead power lines.

Also a Black-and-white Warbler behind the wall on east side, found by Rich.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach


Returning Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Twin Trails Park

Eve Martin
 

I saw that Bob Rodrigo had reported the presumably returning SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at Twin Trails Park yesterday so Rob and I stopped by to have a look at her.  Easily visible this afternoon/Friday in the eucalyptus trees in the park and spending a lot of time on the ground on the adjacent school grounds and perching on the chain-link fences.

This would be her fourth returning year per eBird, with hybrid fledglings (partnering with a Western Kingbird) reported in 2016 and 2017 but none last year.  A few more details, park location, and a terrible documentation photo can be found here!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55728837

~Eve
~~~~~~~~~~~
Eve Martin
Del Mar, California


Re: Tropicbird and Nelson's Sparrow

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
Photos of the Red-billed Tropicbird seen today by Peter Ginsberg, myself and all folks on the 3-hour whale watch trip aboard the "Privateer" are at the eBird checklist below.

Also the Nelson's Sparrow at San Elijo Lagoon continues and was constantly singing before dawn while I was conducting rail surveys. Unfortunately it continues to be in an area that is "off limits" to the public. I will attach terrible audio of it singing on a different eBird checklist.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 2:10 PM peterginsburg <pagins@...> wrote:
Today (Friday) on the Privateer a Red-billed Tropicbird was seen at close range. So, if you're interested in seeing this species it is possible that it might be seen on the 12 May trip on Grande.  See https://sandiegopelagics.com/ for details.  Also seen today was a Black Oystercatcher and good numbers of Scripps's Murrelets.

Peter


--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Tropicbird

peterginsburg
 

Today (Friday) on the Privateer a Red-billed Tropicbird was seen at close range. So, if you're interested in seeing this species it is possible that it might be seen on the 12 May trip on Grande.  See https://sandiegopelagics.com/ for details.  Also seen today was a Black Oystercatcher and good numbers of Scripps's Murrelets.

Peter


Hooded Warbler Tecolote Canyon

Kerry Ross
 

There is a singing male HOODED WARBLER almost exactly one mile up the trail from the visitors center. It was last heard (right now) in the willows where the large power lines and towers cross over the trail. It's literally directly under the power lines now.

Keers (as the MAMU says)

Kerry Ross
Bay Park


Re: 2019 iNaturalist update

Craig Chaddock
 

I just got confirmed on a Belding's Savannah Sparrow!

++ Craig Chaddock / San Diego, CA


On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 8:17:06 PM PDT, Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003@...> wrote:


Greetings all!

The website shows we have 237 species entered for birds! Nice work! However, I have fewer on the list below because some of the photos were not of a quality where viewers could confirm. Nice try however. 

If you have one of the "not-on-the-list" birds, please follow up ASAP.

Here goes:

                                            iNaturalist 2019 Birds of San Diego (Got ‘em list)

 

 

Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Brant

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

 

New World Quail

California Quail

 

Pheasants, Grouse & Allies

Wild Turkey

 

Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

 

Pigeons & Doves

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Cuckoos

Greater Roadrunner


Nightjars & Allies

 

Swifts

Vaux’s Swift

White-throated Swift

 

Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

Virginia Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

 

Cranes

 

Stilts & Avocets

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

 

Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher

 

Plovers & Lapwings

Black-bellied Plover

Snowy Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

 

Sandpipers & Allies

Whimbrel

Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Red Knot

Surfbird

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

 

Skuas & Jaegers

 

Auks, Murres & Puffins

Common Murre

Scripps’s Murrelet/Cassin’s Auklet - - no consensus

 

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers

Bonaparte’s Gull

Little Gull* A

Heermann’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Elegant Tern

Black Skimmer

 

Tropicbirds

 

Loons

Red-throated Loon/ Pacific Loon - - no consensus

Common Loon

 

Albatrosses

 

Petrels & Shearwaters

No photos of any

 

Storm-Petrels

 

Storks

 

Frigatebirds

 

Boobies

 

Cormorants & Shags

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

 

Darters

 

Pelicans

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  

                            

Ibises & Spoonbills

White-faced Ibis

 

New World Vultures

Turkey Vulture

 

Ospreys

Osprey

 

Hawks Eagles & Kites

White-tailed Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

 

Barn Owls

Barn Owl

 

Owls

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl

 

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher

 

Woodpeckers

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

 

Falcons & Caracaras

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

 

New World & African Parrots

Red-crowned Parrot

 

Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

 

Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike

 

Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, Erpornis

Bell’s Vireo

Gray Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

 

Crows, Jays & Magpies

Steller’s Jay

California Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

 

Larks

Horned Lark

 

Swallows

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow           

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

 

Tits, Chickadees & Titmice

Mountain Chickadee

Oak Titmouse

 

Penduline-Tits

Verdin

 

Long-tailed Tits

Bushtit

 

Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

 

Treecreepers

 

Wrens

Rock Wren

House Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Cactus Wren

 

Gnatcatchers

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

 

Dippers

 

Kinglets

 

Parrotbills, Wrentit & Allies

Wrentit

 

Thrushes & Allies

Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers

California Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

 

Starlings

European Starling

 

Wagtails & Pipits

 

Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

 

Silky-Flycatchers

Phainopepla

 

Longspurs & Snow Buntings

 

New Wood Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula - - RIP

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

 

New World Buntings & Sparrows

Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

California Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Bell’s Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

 

Cardinals & Allies

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

 

Troupials & Allies

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Scott’s Oriole

 

Finches, Euphonias & Allies

House Finch

Purple Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow

 

Waxbills and Allies

Scaly-breasted Munia

 

Exotics in No Particular Order

Greylag Goose

Greylag x Swan Goose

Swan Goose

Muscovy Duck

Helmeted Guineafowl

White-headed Lapwing

Military Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Red-masked Parakeet

Blue-crowned Parakeet

Green-cheeked Parakeet


Many thanks,
Barbara Carlson


Re: Mystery bird -help appreciated

Craig Chaddock
 

Virginia Rails have been observed at Kumeyaay Lake on iNaturalist, as recently as last September.


++ Craig Chaddock / San Diego, CA


On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:01:44 PM PDT, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:


      I birded the trail around Kumeyaay Lake this morning, and there were a few Vaux’s Swifts mixed in with the bug-snarfing swallow flock.  Only warblers were Yellow, Wilson’s, OC, and a gazillion calling Yellowthroats. 

      However, I had a very quick look at an interesting water bird that flew crossed the path (just north of the partially submerged footbridge) about 20 feet in front of me.  For “very quick", read “1/2 second at best”.  However, the two things that I could clearly see as it zoomed past was a mostly darkish back and two very long, orange legs extending well beyond the tail. The quick look made it hard to estimate size, but I’d call it “medium small” to “medium” in size, meaning somewhere in the 9-12 inch range (not counting the protruding legs). 
      Based on the quick look, I guessed maybe either Least Bittern or a rail.  I went through the main field guides, and the depiction on page 152 in Sibley (2nd ed.) of a Virginia Rail in flight, with very orange legs extending well behind it, looked exactly like what I saw. I also checked rails and LEBI in both Nat. Geog. and Kaufmam, but neither showed a VIRA in flight.  Nat. Geog. showed a LEBI in flight, but the legs are shown as yellow, not orange, and don’t extend nearly as far back as on the subject bird.  Kaufman, on the other hand, shows very orange legs on a LEBI, but doesn’t show it in flight. Sky was overcast, so no sun effect on the bird’s color. 
      Another source of uncertainty is the Bird Atlas, which indicates that during the 5-year data gathering period, no VIRA’s were found in the Kumeyaay Lake area in any month. 
      So, can anyone comment on:  
            Are a Least Bittern’s legs orange-ish, or yellow?  Or does the color change seasonally? 
            Any other bird that might meet my description, with very orange legs (which subject bird definitely had)?  
            Have any VIRA’s been reported from Kumeyaay Lake, or other nearby inland water bodies, since 2004? 
      Thanks for any help you can provide to ID this bird. 




Mystery bird -help appreciated

phil Pryde
 

      I birded the trail around Kumeyaay Lake this morning, and there were a few Vaux’s Swifts mixed in with the bug-snarfing swallow flock.  Only warblers were Yellow, Wilson’s, OC, and a gazillion calling Yellowthroats. 

      However, I had a very quick look at an interesting water bird that flew crossed the path (just north of the partially submerged footbridge) about 20 feet in front of me.  For “very quick", read “1/2 second at best”.  However, the two things that I could clearly see as it zoomed past was a mostly darkish back and two very long, orange legs extending well beyond the tail. The quick look made it hard to estimate size, but I’d call it “medium small” to “medium” in size, meaning somewhere in the 9-12 inch range (not counting the protruding legs). 
      Based on the quick look, I guessed maybe either Least Bittern or a rail.  I went through the main field guides, and the depiction on page 152 in Sibley (2nd ed.) of a Virginia Rail in flight, with very orange legs extending well behind it, looked exactly like what I saw. I also checked rails and LEBI in both Nat. Geog. and Kaufmam, but neither showed a VIRA in flight.  Nat. Geog. showed a LEBI in flight, but the legs are shown as yellow, not orange, and don’t extend nearly as far back as on the subject bird.  Kaufman, on the other hand, shows very orange legs on a LEBI, but doesn’t show it in flight. Sky was overcast, so no sun effect on the bird’s color. 
      Another source of uncertainty is the Bird Atlas, which indicates that during the 5-year data gathering period, no VIRA’s were found in the Kumeyaay Lake area in any month. 
      So, can anyone comment on:  
            Are a Least Bittern’s legs orange-ish, or yellow?  Or does the color change seasonally? 
            Any other bird that might meet my description, with very orange legs (which subject bird definitely had)?  
            Have any VIRA’s been reported from Kumeyaay Lake, or other nearby inland water bodies, since 2004? 
      Thanks for any help you can provide to ID this bird. 




2019 iNaturalist update

Barbara
 

Greetings all!

The website shows we have 237 species entered for birds! Nice work! However, I have fewer on the list below because some of the photos were not of a quality where viewers could confirm. Nice try however. 

If you have one of the "not-on-the-list" birds, please follow up ASAP.

Here goes:

                                            iNaturalist 2019 Birds of San Diego (Got ‘em list)

 

 

Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Brant

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

 

New World Quail

California Quail

 

Pheasants, Grouse & Allies

Wild Turkey

 

Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

 

Pigeons & Doves

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Cuckoos

Greater Roadrunner


Nightjars & Allies

 

Swifts

Vaux’s Swift

White-throated Swift

 

Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

Virginia Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

 

Cranes

 

Stilts & Avocets

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

 

Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher

 

Plovers & Lapwings

Black-bellied Plover

Snowy Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

 

Sandpipers & Allies

Whimbrel

Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Red Knot

Surfbird

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

 

Skuas & Jaegers

 

Auks, Murres & Puffins

Common Murre

Scripps’s Murrelet/Cassin’s Auklet - - no consensus

 

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers

Bonaparte’s Gull

Little Gull* A

Heermann’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Elegant Tern

Black Skimmer

 

Tropicbirds

 

Loons

Red-throated Loon/ Pacific Loon - - no consensus

Common Loon

 

Albatrosses

 

Petrels & Shearwaters

No photos of any

 

Storm-Petrels

 

Storks

 

Frigatebirds

 

Boobies

 

Cormorants & Shags

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

 

Darters

 

Pelicans

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  

                            

Ibises & Spoonbills

White-faced Ibis

 

New World Vultures

Turkey Vulture

 

Ospreys

Osprey

 

Hawks Eagles & Kites

White-tailed Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

 

Barn Owls

Barn Owl

 

Owls

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl

 

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher

 

Woodpeckers

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

 

Falcons & Caracaras

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

 

New World & African Parrots

Red-crowned Parrot

 

Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

 

Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike

 

Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, Erpornis

Bell’s Vireo

Gray Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

 

Crows, Jays & Magpies

Steller’s Jay

California Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

 

Larks

Horned Lark

 

Swallows

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow           

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

 

Tits, Chickadees & Titmice

Mountain Chickadee

Oak Titmouse

 

Penduline-Tits

Verdin

 

Long-tailed Tits

Bushtit

 

Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

 

Treecreepers

 

Wrens

Rock Wren

House Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Cactus Wren

 

Gnatcatchers

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

 

Dippers

 

Kinglets

 

Parrotbills, Wrentit & Allies

Wrentit

 

Thrushes & Allies

Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers

California Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

 

Starlings

European Starling

 

Wagtails & Pipits

 

Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

 

Silky-Flycatchers

Phainopepla

 

Longspurs & Snow Buntings

 

New Wood Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula - - RIP

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

 

New World Buntings & Sparrows

Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

California Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Bell’s Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

 

Cardinals & Allies

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

 

Troupials & Allies

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Scott’s Oriole

 

Finches, Euphonias & Allies

House Finch

Purple Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow

 

Waxbills and Allies

Scaly-breasted Munia

 

Exotics in No Particular Order

Greylag Goose

Greylag x Swan Goose

Swan Goose

Muscovy Duck

Helmeted Guineafowl

White-headed Lapwing

Military Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Red-masked Parakeet

Blue-crowned Parakeet

Green-cheeked Parakeet


Many thanks,
Barbara Carlson


Calliopes

Andrew N
 

For those looking for the Calliope, I camped out at the spot and only saw him in flybys for over an hour before he finally landed nearby.  However, I also ventured past the orange cone, through the overgrown trail (watch for ticks!) and found him perched again, so don't be afraid to wander a little further if you haven't seen him in the usual spot for a bit. He was being pretty heavily harassed by an Anna's too.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55698330

The third photo on my list is from further up the trail. Happy birding!


New Lewis's Woodpecker along Mesa Grande Road, Santa Ysabel, May 2

Susan Smith
 

If you are gimpy like me and can't walk far, I recommend car birding with stops along Mesa Grande Rd in Santa Ysabel--and even if you're NOT gimpy!!). I had over 40 species and nice looks at a new Lewis's Woodpecker that may have been overlooked this past winter (or I guess could be migrating through too).  It was at around mile 3.5 where the little bridge and riparian is--the coordinates are given on the checklist.  This spot also held close-in Lazuli Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks and others,  tho these were also in various places along Mesa Grande.  A pair of photographable (even for me) Tri-colored Blackbirds were about a half a mile beyond.  These birds are nesting in a large pond south of Mesa Grande between the 3.5 to 4 milepost areas. (Unfortunately it looks like the Ramona Grasslands breeding colony has aborted their nesting on Water District property along Rangeland Rd :::sigh:: That pond was pumped and bulrushes cut last summer or thereabouts). 
     Checklist with pics and Lazuli Bunting song file are at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55690658



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


Calliope Hummer and ticks

Nancy Christensen
 

The pair of Calliope hummers continued on Flintkote this afternoon.
Everyone who was there should be aware that ticks were plentiful there today.... I have found 7 so far and my sister has several as well!


County bird photos

Isaac Sanchez
 


My wife and I spent last weekend in San Diego and saw some great birds that included LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH, HERMIT WARBLER, TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD, and BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW.  

Photos of the aforementioned birds as well as others can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/albums/72157691229039973/with/33844801068/  All photos are geotagged so the exact location where the photo was taken can be determined.  

Looking forward to at least one pelagic out of SD later this summer.

Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX


Callope pair at Flintkote Ave.

Roger Uzun
 

I headed over to Flintkote Ave this afternoon and saw the male and female Callope Hummingbirds.  The male was constantly courting the female with dive bomb displays.
 
 
Went over to Agua Caliente County park where there were a lot of Phainopeplas, Verdin, Warbling Vireos, Wilson's and Yellow warblers, Costa's Hummingbirds, and several orioles including one Scott's and several Western Tanagers.
 
 
 
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA


Lake Miramar

Gary Grantham
 

I led a birding and wildflower walk at Lake Miramar this morning (5/1/19) for group called the Scripps Ranch Wild Bird Enthusiasts.  The only unusual sightings for that location were a juvenile Common Loon, a Clark's Grebe and a single Bonaparte's Gull.  The loon and grebe were at various locations in the middle of the lake and easy to find.  The gull was on the white boom near the dam.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch


Extremely late Nelson's Sparrow

Brennan Mulrooney
 

This morning (4/30/2019) while conducting Belding's Savannah Sparrow surveys in San Elijo Lagoon I detected a singing Nelson's Sparrow. Unfortunately the bird is hanging out in a section of the lagoon that is closed due to the ongoing construction/restoration. There was at least one report of a Nelson's Sparrow from this location over the winter, so it's possible that this is a continuing bird, but wintering birds usually leave our area by early March. I will try to check back in the coming days and weeks (in the course of my work in the lagoon) to see if the bird hangs on into summer.

My photos are on my eBird list:

Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA



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Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA


Northern Parula: Final chapter

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

Cici Sayer and Cristin Kelly brought the Northern Parula found on CiCi’s boat to the museum this morning, and Lea Squires prepared it beautifully: first specimen of the Northern Parula for San Diego County. The boat was 8.7 miles off Ocean Beach when the Parula came aboard yesterday 28 April. The specimen is now catalog number 56266 in the ornithological collection of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Thanks to CiCi, Cristin, and Sula Vanderplank for ensuring that this valuable specimen did not go to waste.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 7:20 AM
To: 'SanDiegoRegionBirding' <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Dear friends,

 

The story on the Northern Parula is that it landed on a boat and the boater notified Cristin Kelly, captain of the Privateer and owner of San Diego Whale Watch. Cristin sent the pictures to Sula Vanderplank who sent them to me. Apparently the bird died and will be delivered to the museum today—let’s hope it’s in condition good enough to be prepared as a specimen.

 

Sula, Scott Tremor, and I were on the Privateer with Cristin yesterday. Not too many birds, but about 10 to 12 pairs of Scripps’s Murrelets, plus at least one Sooty Shearwater and 4 Pink-footed Shearwaters (a few more distant unidentified shearwaters). Good views of one fin whale (part of a pod of possibly as many as 4). Tood bad I didn’t get onto a possible minke whale seen briefly, but then we were distracted by the fin whales.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Hi all,

 

Quick notes:

 

Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!

 

We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.

 

Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 

 

Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?

 

I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?

 

Thanks! 

 

Barbara Carlson

San Diego

 

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