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Garganey

Alison Hiers
 

After stopping in Jacumba to see the Lark Bunting- which was still there around 11:30 - we stopped at Lake Morena and there was a female Garganey at the deep water boat launch about 3:30. I’ll post pictures on eBird tonight.

Alison Hiers


Re: 2 Palm Warblers, new Gray Fly, low Bullock's

Tito Gonzalez
 

Gray Flycatcher continues 3:30 pm, 21Dec19,  at same location Paul described.

Tito Gonzalez and Dave Batzler


Re: Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

David Trissel
 

I saw the Eastern Phoebe today at 12:55 at the previously reported location in Peñasquitos Canyon (32.93639, -117.15461). It made a brief appearance, called a few times as it moved around the “meadow”, then went to the top of a sycamore, called a couple of times and then flew south. Based on previous reports, I think this spot is on a circuit that it loops through periodically throughout the day starting at 10:00 or so (I tried a couple of days ago between 7:00 and 9:00 and struck out).

I heard the Oak Titmouse about 50 yards east of this spot but couldn’t get my binocs on it.

David Trissel
San Diego, CA

On Dec 19, 2019, at 1:16 PM, Jim Roberts GMAIL <jroberts32281947@gmail.com> wrote:

Sorry that should have been (12/19/19)

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This morning (12/12/19) at 10:45AM the EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in its original location chasing a black phoebe. The OAK TITMOUSE was seen 100 yards west of the phoebes.

Jim Roberts
University City

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

After quite a bit of searching, the Eastern Phoebe arrived momentarily at the location (32.93639, -117.15461) that was reported as a Gray Flycatcher on eBird. It came in at about 10:40, chased off a Black Phoebe, and left. Anthony Fife had it in a field further west and on the south side of the creek before it flew to my location.

--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


2 Palm Warblers, new Gray Fly, low Bullock's

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The past two days, Friday and Saturday, I've had a couple new Palm warblers in the Carlsbad area. One is a returning bird back for its second year that is on private property near the Omni La Costa resort. But the other bird is publicly accessible in a aesthetic hotspot of a parking lot for a bunch of corporate office buildings next to Legoland right off Palomar Airport Road. The streets that run through this corporate park are Armada and Fleet, and you're looking for the Jenny Craig headquarters buildings and the bird was in the tipu trees at the east edge of the parking lot east of the Jenny Craig buildings. Farther east you leave the parking lot and you would see then the entrance road to Legoland just east of that. Probably best to visit this area either very early in the morning or on weekends when not busy with workers. Also today on Saturday I had a Gray Flycatcher along the northeast side of Bataquitos Lagoon along Hummingbird Road between Egret Street and Rock Dove Street!! There is a large horse pasture and paddock area easily visible from the road here and the flycatcher was frequenting the fenceline with the thick wooden posts that's right close to the road. The bird was working up and down the fence line at about 9:45 this morning. Also I've had a Nashville and a black throated grey and a Bullock's Oriole and 4 yellow warblers. Speaking of Bullock's Orioles, I've only seen a grand total of 3 individuals all of December, in the county which is a decidedly low total, and nobody else seems to be finding very many this winter either, with only two or three other birds in the county that I am aware of. interesting that the Western tanagers are doing well but the Bullock's Orioles are not.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Neotropic Cormorant

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

Subject bird continues over San Diego River near Vandever and Fairmount. I watched about half of the flock (Double-crested Cormorants and subject bird) leave the roost and fly south at around 7:45 AM.

 

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 


Jacumba & stuff

thomasf_h
 

A trip out to Jacumba today produced the continuing cooperative LARK BUNTING found by Paul Lehman.  For the previously uninitiated Jacumba visitor like myself, the best place to park and not distrub local residents is right off Hwy 80.  At least 2 VESPER SPARROWS were also around the dirt lots on the East side of town.  A trip to the pond and defunct old boathouse produced a SCOTT'S ORIOLE, two RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS, and a roosting Great-horned Owl.  I then continued across the pond and north to the railway tracks were I found at least a half dozen BREWER'S SPARROWS, a pair of Verdin, and Black-throated Sparrow.  I noticed regular double digits counts of Brewer's here on ebird so I guess they are quite common.

I had the continuing PINE WARBLER in Coronado yesterday morning in the pines along Margarita Ave near 6th.  It was quite cooperative and allowed for some good photos:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62444934

All the best,
Tom Ford-Hutchinson
215-919-2734


Re: Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

Sorry that should have been (12/19/19)

 

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This morning (12/12/19) at 10:45AM the EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in its original location chasing a black phoebe.  The OAK TITMOUSE was seen 100 yards west of the phoebes.

 

                             Jim Roberts

                             University City

 

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

 

   After quite a bit of searching, the Eastern Phoebe arrived momentarily at the location (32.93639, -117.15461) that was reported as a Gray Flycatcher on eBird. It came in at about 10:40, chased off a Black Phoebe, and left. Anthony Fife had it in a field further west and on the south side of the creek before it flew to my location. 
    
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Re: Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

This morning (12/12/19) at 10:45AM the EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in its original location chasing a black phoebe.  The OAK TITMOUSE was seen 100 yards west of the phoebes.

 

                             Jim Roberts

                             University City

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:53 AM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

 

   After quite a bit of searching, the Eastern Phoebe arrived momentarily at the location (32.93639, -117.15461) that was reported as a Gray Flycatcher on eBird. It came in at about 10:40, chased off a Black Phoebe, and left. Anthony Fife had it in a field further west and on the south side of the creek before it flew to my location. 
    
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Plumbeous and Parula

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Yesterday, Wednesday, there was a new Plumbeous Vireo in residential University City, and a Common Goldeneye at Lake Miramar.

Visiting birder Curtis Marantz saw the continuing Northern Parula at Agua Hedionda yesterday morning. The bird was covering lots of territory and was seen both in the melaleucas to the immediate west of the end of the road as well as down the line of sycamores and cottonwoods to the east of the road as far down as the curve in the trail. He said that it really helped to be able to hear it's soft sweet chip call to be able to find it.

Paul Lehman, San Diego



Re: Rusty Blackbird at Robb field

Larry Edwards
 

I and another birder saw Rusty about 11:30 a.m., on the baseball field, near the bathrooms at the first parking lot. Foraging with Brewer's and Starlings.
Photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62428127
--
Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA


Eastern Phoebe Los Penasquitos

Jeff Spaulding
 

   After quite a bit of searching, the Eastern Phoebe arrived momentarily at the location (32.93639, -117.15461) that was reported as a Gray Flycatcher on eBird. It came in at about 10:40, chased off a Black Phoebe, and left. Anthony Fife had it in a field further west and on the south side of the creek before it flew to my location. 
    
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Eastern Phoebe Continues

Anthony Fife
 

12/18/2019 around 10:20 hours I redound the Los Penesquitos Canyon Eastern Phoebe. It was far from the original spot and spooked when’s group of 20 passed loudly. Relocated later at original spot.

32.9357 -117.1569

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Pine Warbler Margarita Ave

Aaron Gyllenhaal
 

Hi all,

I just relocated the returning Pine Warbler at the intersection of Margarita and Sixth in Coronado. The bird did not call, was sticking to the tops of the trees, and was very slow moving. Patience is key to relocating this bird. During the time I watched it, it made an entire circle around the intersection. It did not seem to favor any tree, just the general area of the intersection. Keep in mind that when Elizabeth Copper refound the warbler on the CBC, it was 7-8 trees south of the intersection, so this bird gets around.

Remember to take precautions when birding here, since we are birding right in front of houses (don’t aim binoculars at houses, don’t block the sidewalks, be kind to residents asking questions, etc). The residents have been very open and eager to learn so far, so there have not been any issues yet.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA


Rusty Blackbird at Robb field

John Bruin
 

Several people have asked me if it is still around. Today 12/18 at 9:15 it’s here near the handball courts.

John Bruin
Bay Park


Re: Lark Bunting in Jacumba

Barbara
 

Nancy, Mel, and I refound the female Lark Bunting this morning in the same area as described by Paul. 

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego 


On Dec 17, 2019, at 4:01 PM, lehman.paul@... via Groups.Io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:



I am on my way home to San Diego from doing Christmas counts at Borrego and the Salton Sea and decided to stop for a quick late afternoon visit to jacumba today, Tuesday, and have found a female lark bunting. The bird is on the very East edge of Town bordering the abandoned farm field, the perfect place for one, habitat wise. It is associated with a moderate-sized group of white- crowned sparrows totaling perhaps thirty birds or so. As one approaches the town from the east, having gotten off interstate 8 at the jacumba exit, you could park along the main road just as you get to the edge of town and the Welcome to Jacumba Hot Springs sign, and then walk North on the dirt road just outside the edge of town that runs along the west edge of the large abandoned farm field that is all weedy grass. The other option is to enter town and make your first right on Campo Street and go down several blocks just passed where Eric Kalen used to live and turn right on Brawley and then just go to the end which is dirt and park there which is the east end of Brawley Street and that is now right at the edge of the abandoned farm fields just north of where the bird was so you would turn right and walk down the dirt road along the edge of the field from the north. Clearly you just have to walk up and down that road until you find the flock and presumably this bird will be with them rather than being totally by itself which would be bad. A couple of the backyards right on the edge of town here also have appropriate habitat, but right along the road and the ditch is presumably where it will hang out. By the way, it is pretty cold here at the moment and it's not even 4 PM and the temperature is only 42 degrees and there's a bit of a breeze so if one comes tomorrow morning or the next couple mornings early, dress appropriately.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: Los Penesquitos

Anthony Fife
 

Thank you for the replies! Looks like the consensus is that this IS an EASTERN PHOEBE. I’m gonna TRY and sneak out there tomorrow morning before work. Thanks for taking the time to confirm for me.

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Los Penesquitos

Anthony Fife
 

This morning someone by the name of Ryan Pottinger reported a Gray Flycatcher in Los Penequitos Canyon. However looking at the photos I’m curious as to whether it is actually an Eastern Phoebe? I tried to check the San Diego Atlas, but apparently Eastern Phoebe is a bad link. 


I would love to see an eastern Phoebe in San Diego, as I have only seen them once before in Spokane, Washington area. Any thought on if this is an eastern or not? Please just message me so everyone doesn’t get bothered by my non-sense.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62405853

Thank You,

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Lark Bunting in Jacumba

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I am on my way home to San Diego from doing Christmas counts at Borrego and the Salton Sea and decided to stop for a quick late afternoon visit to jacumba today, Tuesday, and have found a female lark bunting. The bird is on the very East edge of Town bordering the abandoned farm field, the perfect place for one, habitat wise. It is associated with a moderate-sized group of white- crowned sparrows totaling perhaps thirty birds or so. As one approaches the town from the east, having gotten off interstate 8 at the jacumba exit, you could park along the main road just as you get to the edge of town and the Welcome to Jacumba Hot Springs sign, and then walk North on the dirt road just outside the edge of town that runs along the west edge of the large abandoned farm field that is all weedy grass. The other option is to enter town and make your first right on Campo Street and go down several blocks just passed where Eric Kalen used to live and turn right on Brawley and then just go to the end which is dirt and park there which is the east end of Brawley Street and that is now right at the edge of the abandoned farm fields just north of where the bird was so you would turn right and walk down the dirt road along the edge of the field from the north. Clearly you just have to walk up and down that road until you find the flock and presumably this bird will be with them rather than being totally by itself which would be bad. A couple of the backyards right on the edge of town here also have appropriate habitat, but right along the road and the ditch is presumably where it will hang out. By the way, it is pretty cold here at the moment and it's not even 4 PM and the temperature is only 42 degrees and there's a bit of a breeze so if one comes tomorrow morning or the next couple mornings early, dress appropriately.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Barn Owl in Residential Hillcrest

Caron Andregg
 

After weeks of hearing barn owl hissing in the evening around my home near Park and Robinson, I finally SAW the barn owl flying out from a very tall Date Palm on the short block of Indiana street that runs one-way between Park Blvd and Cypress (behind the Greek Church); approximately 6:30pm. The address is 3689 (???) Indiana, or view from Crestwood. After I get finished singing my last Holiday concert on December 18th, (i.e., Dec. 19 or beyond) if anyone wants to toddle over and set up a stake-out from my garage, I'll be happy to host. Be warned: Parking in the neighborhood is almost non-existent.

Caron Andregg
Hillcrest


IB Piet

Nancy Christensen
 

Spent some time on the IB pier this morning. At least 3 brown Boobies were fishing west and north of the pier. A fourth Booby may have been a Blue-footed - a very white neck that blended to chest. Stayed very distant. Tried for pics but not much hope. Wind became too strong to use the scope and I gave it up.


Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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