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Saw-whet Owl?

phil Pryde
 

This morning (Tues.), while looking for the mythological Red Crossbill (aka the toilet paper bird), I heard at a distance an incessant call that seemed to meet the requirements for a Saw-whet Owl.  The loud sharp notes, a whistled sup, sup, sup . . . , were about a second apart, and went on and on and on . . .   

The Bird Atlas notes that it calls “rarely even at midday”.  I’d estimate it was about 9:30 a.m. when I heard it while at the toilet paper site. That would be near the southernmost portion of its regular range.  
 
Just wondering, if any one else who was up there looking for easily spotted wildlife (such as Bigfoot, Jimmy Hoffa, and purported Crossbills) also heard anything they suspected of being a Saw-whet Owl? 


Agua Dulce Creek trail, Lagunas – Red Crossbills etc., 02 September 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Took a really nice walk along Agua Dulce Creek in the Lagunas this morning 7:30--11:00 AM seeing many birds particularly at the visible water sources.  Almost a continuous parade of resident and migrant species with lots of close looks at warblers.  Highly recommended!

Immediately encountered two RED CROSSBILL at the upper end of the creek, above or uphill from the little pump station, and then later on down the creek at the "regular" spot saw another 4-6 exit the water source as we approached, then 30 minutes later 7-8 come down to the same area, noted by other birders with downed logs over the creek.  At this spot had 7 together in view at one time many sitting in the open on dead twigs over the creek bed.  This was at 9:30 AM.  Nice photography opportunities.  Recorded some calls too, so far they all sound the same, to my ear, as pair I recorded last weekend, "type 2" or Ponderosa Pine type.  Sonogram confirmed the calls here at home later.

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Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach


FW: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Salton Sea

Guy McCaskie
 

Place taken,

 

Thank you,

 

Guy McCaskie

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Guy McCaskie
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2019 4:00 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Salton Sea

 

I will be spending Wednesday 4 September birding around the south end of the Salton Sea. I expect HOT weather. Should anyone be foolish enough to want to join me, call me at 858-688-5239.

 

Guy McCaskie


Salton Sea

Guy McCaskie
 

I will be spending Wednesday 4 September birding around the south end of the Salton Sea. I expect HOT weather. Should anyone be foolish enough to want to join me, call me at 858-688-5239.

 

Guy McCaskie


Black-and-white Warbler at William Heise County Park

Nicole Desnoyers
 

This morning, 1 September, Autumn Turner and I observed a Black-and-white Warbler on the Cedar Loop trail at William Heise County Park. The birding was fairly slow otherwise.

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park


Re: [birdingSanDiego] Update on Red Crossbills at Agua Dulce Creek

Nancy Christensen
 

I told Mel at the time that I estimated a group of six at least were in the area. I could not account for the calls coming from areas we had not seen birds flying, and the various photos indicate multiple individuals. Glad you were able to confirm that!


On Sep 1, 2019, at 6:02 PM, Lisa Ruby <lruby1@...> wrote:

Sorry for the rather verbose post. Hopefully someone will find at least some of it helpful.

Went out to Agua Dulce today to look for the Red Crossbills with Terry Hurst and Charles Jackson. Ran into a couple from the east coast who joined us, we picked up two other birders along the way,  and later met up with Jan Nordenberg and Paula Theobold at the Crossbill location. After looking carefully through my photos I think we may have seen 5 Crossbills. Links to photos at the bottom of this post. To see them all you need to go to my site. Couldn't fit them all in eBird. 

The location to find them has moved from where Nancy Christensen described. The puddle in that spot has dried up. Today they were probably where I think Tuck found the one he saw yesterday. Upstream (south) from the Y junction. There is still water where we saw them and the Y junction is not visible from there. There are two good sized logs that span the creek in the new spot, and the piece of toilet paper that was used as a marker has now been moved to this new location. It's close to the ground on the creek side. See Nancy's post for directions on getting to the Y junction. New location is just a little before the Y becomes visible. Nancy's post: https://tinyurl.com/yy9v383e

Two Crossbills were first seen around 9:30 a.m. by two of the group, while the rest of us waited at Nancy's location. The rest of us then moved to the upstream location around 9:45 am. The first two (now I think three) we saw after 9:45 came down by the creek between 10:09 and 10:11. I think I may have been the only one who saw (and photographed) one of these birds. We saw two fly up into some trees on the other side of the trail. At about 10:30 two more came down.

It was quite birdy overall along the trails. We did not take the main way down to the pump house. We took a narrow trail through the meadow. We had a total of 6 Cassin's Vireos, several Wilson's, a few Nashville, a few Townsend's, a couple of Black-throated Gray, a couple of Hermit, and a few Orange-crowned Warblers. There were multiple Brown Creepers. I saw two, the rest were heard. We had a few Western Tanagers and a few Black-headed Grosbeaks. The area is crawling with Mountain Chickadees and Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatches. We also had what appeared to be a slightly leucistic Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird. It has a white forehead.

eBird list with photos, but not all the Crossbill photos are here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59438584

Rest of the Crossbill photos with time photographed in title here:
https://tinyurl.com/y4ego2w9


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Update on Red Crossbills at Agua Dulce Creek

Lisa Ruby
 

Sorry for the rather verbose post. Hopefully someone will find at least some of it helpful.

Went out to Agua Dulce today to look for the Red Crossbills with Terry Hurst and Charles Jackson. Ran into a couple from the east coast who joined us, we picked up two other birders along the way,  and later met up with Jan Nordenberg and Paula Theobold at the Crossbill location. After looking carefully through my photos I think we may have seen 5 Crossbills. Links to photos at the bottom of this post. To see them all you need to go to my site. Couldn't fit them all in eBird. 

The location to find them has moved from where Nancy Christensen described. The puddle in that spot has dried up. Today they were probably where I think Tuck found the one he saw yesterday. Upstream (south) from the Y junction. There is still water where we saw them and the Y junction is not visible from there. There are two good sized logs that span the creek in the new spot, and the piece of toilet paper that was used as a marker has now been moved to this new location. It's close to the ground on the creek side. See Nancy's post for directions on getting to the Y junction. New location is just a little before the Y becomes visible. Nancy's post: https://tinyurl.com/yy9v383e

Two Crossbills were first seen around 9:30 a.m. by two of the group, while the rest of us waited at Nancy's location. The rest of us then moved to the upstream location around 9:45 am. The first two (now I think three) we saw after 9:45 came down by the creek between 10:09 and 10:11. I think I may have been the only one who saw (and photographed) one of these birds. We saw two fly up into some trees on the other side of the trail. At about 10:30 two more came down.

It was quite birdy overall along the trails. We did not take the main way down to the pump house. We took a narrow trail through the meadow. We had a total of 6 Cassin's Vireos, several Wilson's, a few Nashville, a few Townsend's, a couple of Black-throated Gray, a couple of Hermit, and a few Orange-crowned Warblers. There were multiple Brown Creepers. I saw two, the rest were heard. We had a few Western Tanagers and a few Black-headed Grosbeaks. The area is crawling with Mountain Chickadees and Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatches. We also had what appeared to be a slightly leucistic Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird. It has a white forehead.

eBird list with photos, but not all the Crossbill photos are here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59438584

Rest of the Crossbill photos with time photographed in title here:
https://tinyurl.com/y4ego2w9


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Re: Painted Bunting; FRNC 1 SEP 2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

Here are photos of female-type PAINTED BUNTING in Ebird report.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59438626


Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA


Painted Bunting; FRNC 1 SEP 2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed and photographed an apparent drab female-type PAINTED BUNTING at FRNC around 9:15 AM. It was found at the 2nd to last most SW corner, roughly in line where road starts to loop. Will post photos when I have a chance.

Tito Gonzalez 
Carlsbad, CA


Re: FRNC - Canada Warbler, 31 Aug 2019

Mark Stratton
 

just a quick note that as of 4:45 PM the Canada warbler was back in the pines on the west side that line the entrance road.

Mark Stratton Northpark

On Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 2:23 PM Lisa Ruby <lruby1@...> wrote:
The Canada Warbler continued to make hyper, sporadic appearances in the
Ficus trees next to the Committal Shelter on the east side of the
cemetery up until at least noon on Saturday the 31st. It was also seen
again for a short period sometime between noon and 12:30 or so in the
pines across the street. It would disappear from view for 10 to 15
minutes at a time (maybe moved to other Ficus or pines across the road)
and then reappear. Helps to have multiple sets of eyes looking for it.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 8/31/2019 9:05 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
> Canada Warbler at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Ficus trees next to the Committal Shelter on east side.
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> 9am 31 Aug 2019
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> Gary Nunn
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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs




Re: FRNC - Canada Warbler, 31 Aug 2019

Lisa Ruby
 

The Canada Warbler continued to make hyper, sporadic appearances in the Ficus trees next to the Committal Shelter on the east side of the cemetery up until at least noon on Saturday the 31st. It was also seen again for a short period sometime between noon and 12:30 or so in the pines across the street. It would disappear from view for 10 to 15 minutes at a time (maybe moved to other Ficus or pines across the road) and then reappear. Helps to have multiple sets of eyes looking for it.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 8/31/2019 9:05 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
Canada Warbler at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Ficus trees next to the Committal Shelter on east side.

9am 31 Aug 2019

Gary Nunn


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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Canada warbler

Alison Hiers
 

Still here at FRNC right of the hut in the double pines ( sprawling low ones)

Alison


a correction to my report yesterday of a Nazca booby on North Island

Stan Walens
 

Yesterday I reported a Nazca booby sitting with gulls on the North Island Ammunition Pier in San Diego Bay.
I assumed it was the same bird that was photographed sprawled on the adjacent beach area on August 26.

However, Marilyn Dudley wrote to tell me that that distressed bird had been rescued on Tuesday by Seaworld, but was too emaciated and dehydrated to survive.

So the bird I saw was a different individual.
And I, coming off a long and very choppy trip and thinking about little else except getting back to the solidity of land, did not look at it carefully enough to determine if it was a Masked or a Nazca.

So, change the observation to the undetermined category, Masked/Nazca booby.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 31, 2019; 2:05 pm


Cabrillo Tide Pools - apparent Masked Booby, 31 Aug 2019

Gary Nunn
 

While quite a large number of people looking for frazari American Oystercatcher at Cabrillo NM this morning, no sign of that bird, an apparent adult Masked Booby flew by quite close to shore north-to-south. The bill looked greenish and tail appearance a blackish narrow belt around tail tip so looks pretty good we thought for Masked Booby.

There are some photos taken we will take a closer inspection later.

Called out I believe by Dan Jehl - thanks for the yell!

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


FRNC - Canada Warbler, 31 Aug 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Canada Warbler at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Ficus trees next to the Committal Shelter on east side.

9am 31 Aug 2019

Gary Nunn


Re: Jehl scale analysis of today American Oystercatcher

Nicole Desnoyers
 

I saw the bird in question at 4:15 below the north end of the tidepool trail. The view was brief and distant. Unfortunately, I had little time to re-find it before having to leave at 4:30 when the tide pools close. 

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park

On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 16:43 Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:
I received some more pictures of the bird from Aaron Gyllenhaal which show the tail and tail coverts better as well as the upperwing wing stripe.
It keys out conservatively to 34, well within the range of American Oystercatcher.

CHARACTER                             CHARACTER STATE AND SCORE

Upper tail coverts             3       white, a few black mottlings

Tail                           3       basal half of rectrices white

Edge on upper breast           3       black chest band bordered by ragged

Belly                          6       entirely white, as in palliatus

Under tail coverts             3       mainly white

Thighs                         4       entirely white, as in palliatus

Greater secondary coverts      3       6-15 mm

   (width of white edging     

   in folded wing)            

Extent of white wing stripe    2       white markings extend to outer secondaries, but not onto primaries

Underwing coverts              3       mainly white

Axillars                       4       white, as in palliatus

 


Stan Walens, San Diego
Aug. 30, 2019; 4:40 pm


Nazca Booby, San Diego Bay

Stan Walens
 

Went out on the Hornblower today.
There were almost no birds of any kind anywhere.
About 100 Black-venteds and 6 storm-petrels, 5 Blacks, 1 Ashy
The 9-Mile bank was lifeless. 2 Pink-footed shearwaters were almost the only birds there except for Western gulls and a very few terns.

On the way back into dock, we looked for the Nazca booby that was reported on August 26.
I saw it roosting among gulls on one of the fishing piers, the one that has the fake coyote on its northern edge.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 30, 2019; 5:05 pm


Jehl scale analysis of today American Oystercatcher

Stan Walens
 

I received some more pictures of the bird from Aaron Gyllenhaal which show the tail and tail coverts better as well as the upperwing wing stripe.
It keys out conservatively to 34, well within the range of American Oystercatcher.

CHARACTER                             CHARACTER STATE AND SCORE

Upper tail coverts             3       white, a few black mottlings

Tail                           3       basal half of rectrices white

Edge on upper breast           3       black chest band bordered by ragged

Belly                          6       entirely white, as in palliatus

Under tail coverts             3       mainly white

Thighs                         4       entirely white, as in palliatus

Greater secondary coverts      3       6-15 mm

   (width of white edging     

   in folded wing)            

Extent of white wing stripe    2       white markings extend to outer secondaries, but not onto primaries

Underwing coverts              3       mainly white

Axillars                       4       white, as in palliatus

 


Stan Walens, San Diego
Aug. 30, 2019; 4:40 pm


Re: American × Black Oystercatcher Hybrid (Haematopus palliatus × bachmani) - Cabrillo Nat'l Tide Pools

Stan Walens
 

On all those traits that Jehl analyzes that can be seen in the 3 photos, the bird is likely squarely in the pure American Oystercatcher category.
Hard to see if the undertail coverts are pure white, or have tiny black streaks.
From what little one can see of the wing stripe, that also looks good for American.
Upperwing and uppertail photos still needed.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 30,2019; 3:40 pm


Re: American × Black Oystercatcher Hybrid (Haematopus palliatus × bachmani) - Cabrillo Nat'l Tide Pools

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi all,
I should add to my last post. I request for myself and others that if you relocate this bird that you post as soon as you get cell reception, and not when you get home to eBird, or the following day. A timely report would be very much appreciated. I hope to return the favor this fall. 
Thanks again!
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


On Aug 30, 2019, at 3:15 PM, Jimmy McMorran via Groups.Io <Bigshell53@...> wrote:

Hi all, 
If anybody relocates this bird, would you please post to this listserve. 
Thanks!
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


On Aug 30, 2019, at 2:24 PM, Craig Chaddock via Groups.Io <craigchaddock@...> wrote:

At 10:00 AM, 8/30/2019, an American × Black Oystercatcher Hybrid (Haematopus palliatus × bachmani) among three regular Black Oystercatchers along the shore about 1000 feet north of the 1st parking lot for the Point Loma tide pools in Cabrillo National Monument.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31812213


++ Craig Chaddock / San Diego, CA


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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA