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Horned Grebe

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

A very unseasonal, partial-alternate HORNED GREBE was on south San Diego Bay this morning, Monday the 3rd, straight west off the J Street/Marina Parkway parking lot. This may be only the third summer-season record for the county. A continuing "Black" Brant on the mudflats there is likely attempting to summer locally. At the saltworks, a count of 7 basic-plumaged Ruddy Turnstones is fairly good for June. A basic-plumaged Common Loon off the I.B. Pier is presumably summering, and a continuing Pelagic Cormorant there would be typical at other times of the year but is somewhat unusual for summer there. As for landbird migrants in the I.B. area today, there was a Willow Flycatcher and 2 Western Wood-Pewees.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Local Baja California Cook's Petrels May 31, June 1, and 2nd.

David Povey
 

I just completed a fishing trip from San Diego to the Mexican coast. The area we fished was just south of the Coronado Islands, down to just above Ensenada, Baja California. We were never more that 30-35 nautical miles off the beach. Friday afternoon we were just 26-30 nautical miles south of Point Loma and I saw 4 Cook's Petrels in that area. Saturday we were west of Salsupedies (sp ?) near Ensenada, and working back up and out. That day I saw about 80 Cook's Petrels (likely more, as fishing can interrupt birding when glasses are put away). Many these Cook's Petrels close to the boat, and some on the water. I counted a single feeding group of 26. 
Winds were very light and seas flat calm. .The last day I saw 3 more Cook's Petrels. One of these at about 23-24 n. miles south of Point Loma. That beats my previous closest to San Diego Co. Cook's that was at 27 n.miles, and on the Mexican Side some years ago.
I still need Cook's Petrel for San Diego Co. so having this many so close gives me some hope that one might wander our way, Sunday.
Also of note was a South Polar Skua in a large raft of Sooty Shearwaters on Saturday.
Black-footed Albatross - two on Friday, and one each Saturday and Sunday.
Thousands of Sooty Shearwaters all three days. 
Maybe 100 Pink-footed Shearwaters, for the trip.
Only two Black-vented Shearwater were seen, and those near Point Loma on the way out. 
Maybe 500 Black Storm-Petrel over the there days, half dozen Leach's and a single Ashy Storm-Petrel were noted. 
I saw only a single Brown Booby each Friday and Saturday, but had a dozen or more on Sunday
Both Red and Red-necked Phalarope were seen in small numbers. (<10)
I saw only 13 Scripps's Murrelet's one a non flying chick with an adult.
Fair numbers or Cassin's Auklets with maybe 50-75 each day.

As a side note the boat crew mentioned than on the previous three day trip to the same area they had a Laysan Albatross, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
So again this was all on the Mexican side of the border, but fairly close to home.

Dave Povey
Dulzura
p.s. There are still spaces on Sunday's Buena Vista Audubon's Pelagic. 
I hope you'll join me in my (our) search for a county bird! 
Call 222-1144 for a reservation.



prothonotary Warbler

Anthony Fife
 

bird continues in silk oak between DuPont and Warner 06/03/19 0640 hours.

Anthony “TooFly”
La Mesa


Hudsonian Godwit at Robb Field 3:07 Sunday

John Bruin
 

If still looking for this bird presently here on the mud flats opposite the skate board park. Distant views

John Bruin
Bay Park


Hudsonian Godwit (HUGO) continues at Mission Beach this morning

Carl Ebeling
 

From 10:00  to 10:30 this morning (June 2) the Hudsonian Godwit was on Mission Beach, working up and down the same 100 m stretch of beach directly west of Pismo Ct.

Carl Ebeling and Michelle Merrigan
South Missiom Hills


Re: Prothonotary warbler

Lisa Ruby
 

Still visiting silk oak in alley between Dupont and Warner. Comes and goes. Has chipped a few times. 

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs



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-------- Original message --------
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...>
Date: 6/2/19 9:13 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Prothonotary warbler

Being seen in Pt Loma in alley between Warner and DuPont as reported yesterday by Alex Abela. Has been seen twice more than an hour apart.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb



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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Prothonotary warbler

Nancy Christensen
 

Being seen in Pt Loma in alley between Warner and DuPont as reported yesterday by Alex Abela. Has been seen twice more than an hour apart.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb


Prothonotary Warbler - Point Loma

Alex Abela
 

I had a brief look at a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER near the silk oak in the alley between DuPont and Warner, a short while ago. Unfortunately, I lost track of it before I could manage a photo and haven’t been able to relocate it. There was also an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER flycatching from the top of the silk oak behind 531 Silvergate.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA


HUGO continues at Robb Field tidal flats at 5:10 pm

Andy Rathbone
 

At 5:10 pm, the Hudsonian Godwit continued to forage in the tidal flats across from the Robb Field tennis courts.

It foraged with a flock of about 10 Marbled Godwits about 10 feet from the water's edge, between the end of the large sandbar and the beginning of the second, flatter sandbar.

Andy Rathbone
San Diego


My August Pelagic ticket is sold

Mark Stratton
 

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I no longer have my pelagic ticket.  I want to thank everyone that contacted me and I tried answering everyone personally but the response was overwhelming and I wasn't able to answer them all.  I'm sorry I am going to miss this trip and hope you all have fun.  I may see you all off in the morning as I will have friends from Florida on that trip.

Mark Stratton
North Park


Mississippi Kite, Dairy Mart Ponds, June 1

Stan Walens
 

I went to the Dairy Mart Ponds for 2-1/2 hours this afternoon with some other birders, to look for the Indigo Bunting that Sia McGown photographed there yesterday. No luck. [Tom Benson was leaving just as I arrived and he had not seen or heard it either.]
We knew only that Sia had reported it from somewhere around the south pond, but there’s a lot of territory that falls under that label and a lot of perfectly good habitat nearby.

However, as we walked along the southwest side of the main pond at about 2:40, we flushed an adult Mississippi Kite from the same tree that one, an immature, used 4 years ago.
The bird quickly headed up into the air, caught a thermal and rose to spectacular heights before flying right across the disc of the sun, at which point, blinded, we lost it. I’m still seeing afterimages.

No idea whether it was migrating or will hang around, so if you go to Dairy Mart, keep an eye out for it.

Stan Walens, San Diego
June 1, 2019; 3:45 pm


minor miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On June 1st, shorebirds at the saltworks off the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach included 17 Western Sandpipers (3 in full alternate), 16 Red Knots (almost all basic), and 2 Ruddy Turnstones (basic), almost all of which will certainly end up over-summering locally. The only migrant passerine I had in the TRV was a single Western Wood-Pewee. On 31 May, a visit to Jacumba was disappointing for late migrants, with just a single Western Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager, plus 4 continuing, late-lingering Cedar Waxwings, a late/summering Green Heron, 3+ continuing White-winged Doves which will probably try nesting there, a continuing pair of locally rare Cassin's Kingbirds, still plenty of Lawrence's Goldfinches, and just a single remaining Tricolored Blackbird.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


HuGo 6/1

Matt Sadowski
 

Around 13:50 the Hudsonian Godwit left the Mission Beach location and is now (14:30) foraging on the flats off Robb Field.

Matt Sadowski


Lazuli Bunting in Point Loma

Sara Baase Mayers
 

A female Lazuli Bunting was in our yard on Point Loma around 2PM (June 1).  From the SD Bird Atlas, it sounds like a "straggler," and I see none reported on eBird in Point Loma since May 16.  (Description: bunting size and bill, warm tan color with peachy breast, pale belly, and pale wing bars.)

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Hudsonian Godwit continues

Tom Benson
 

As of 1035 AM (June 1), the Hudsonian Godwit is resting on the beach near lifeguard station 17, or the end of San Luis Obispo Pl.

Tom Benson 
San Bernardino, CA


Re: HUGO remains at Mission Beach

 

9:33 am. HUGO just south of tower 17

On May 31, 2019, at 8:30 AM, dan jehl <jehlyfish@gmail.com> wrote:

The lovely male Hudsonian Godwit remains between towers 19 and 20 at Mission Beach at 0830 on Friday, May 31, 2019. He is feeding on small sand crabs in the surf line off Redondo Ct.

Dan Jehl
San Diego



Re: Godwit updates

Jeff Bray
 

Mike Sanders reports the bird is being seen between lifeguard towers 19 and 20. Associating with a Willet. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


On May 31, 2019 at 9:51 PM, <Tom Benson via Groups.Io> wrote:

San Diego birders,

Thank you to those who have been posting updates to the listserv regarding the Hudsonian Godwit. An update on the godwit's presence tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 1) will likewise be greatly appreciated.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA


Godwit updates

Tom Benson
 

San Diego birders,

Thank you to those who have been posting updates to the listserv regarding the Hudsonian Godwit. An update on the godwit's presence tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 1) will likewise be greatly appreciated.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA


Hugo still present towards tower 20 at 09:45. It was settling in for a nap at the edge of the hardpack.

Mark Dayton
 


Mark Dayton 
Lakeside 


HUGO remains at Mission Beach

dan jehl
 

The lovely male Hudsonian Godwit remains between towers 19 and 20 at Mission Beach at 0830 on Friday, May 31, 2019. He is feeding on small sand crabs in the surf line off Redondo Ct.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

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