Golden-winged warbler currently AWOL

At 11:25 a.m. the golden-winged warbler went up the slope and chased a house finch into the neighborhood to the South. No idea if it will return to the Oaks or not.


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Continuing Golden-winged Warbler

The male Golden-winged Warbler at the upper end of Presidio Park continues as of 10:40 a.m.  The bird prefers oak trees and it originated in and has returned to the several Oaks on the slope that are at the southeast corner of the loop road at the top end of the park. At one point it went north to the oaks that are on the north side of the bathrooms, but it has returned to the original spot on the slope. The bird can bury itself in the thick foliage and be impossible to see for several minutes at a time. On a number of occasions it has done some singing, if you can still hear that frequency.


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Golden-winged Warbler, Presidio Park 4 June

Justyn Stahl

Male photographed in upper Presidio, at bend in Cosoy Way. 


Justyn Stahl / Matt Brady

North American Birds

Guy McCaskie

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Spring Migration Season (1 March through 31 May 2019) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the current report). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) – John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie by 24 June 2019. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)

Adam Searcy (Ventura County)

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County) 

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.


Leucadia Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6/2/19)

Jimmy McMorran

Hi Birders,
A Black-headed/Rose-breasted Grosbeak was heard singing throughout the morning in one of my neighbors yards on Sunday, June 2, 2019. I was never able to locate it when I had time to search. Much later in the day while folks were over for a BBQ the bird briefly appeared at one of my water features and it was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Needless to say I got excited (perhaps over-excited) and folks got a life bird whether they wanted to or not.
I wasn't prepared to document with a photo. A Willow Flycatcher also stopped by my yard briefly for most to see.
Although the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is not a new yard bird, it's only the second and always a welcomed treat. Willow Flycatchers visiting my yard are annual but vary in numbers year-to-year.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

Horned Grebe

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
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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From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...>
Date: 6/2/19 9:13 AM (GMT-08:00)
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

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

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

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

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.)

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)

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

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