Greater Pewee

Pat Johnston <bwcapj@...>

The Greater Pewee was seen again On the Wet side of Balboa Park this morning from about 10:35 until 10:45.

It was seen at the Northeast corner of the Lawn Bowling area, east of the lawn bowling sheds and south of redwood circle in a tall bald tree.  Sparrow-sized gray brown flycatcher with no eye ring or noticeable wing bars. Belly lighter with no light streak down center of breast. Upper bill dark, lower bill orange.

returning Orchard Oriole, roosting Scissor-tailed, Rusty Bbird behavior

Friday morning, Dec 6, at first light, the roost of Cassin's Kingbirds (20+) in the large sycamore trees near the bottom of Nestor Park contained the returning SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that most folks have been seeing recently later in the morning over near the Sunset ball fields. The bird roosted at this site for part of last winter as well. Today it was in view quietly sitting amongst mid-height branches at around 6:45 AM. A few minutes later, between 6:55-7:05AM, at the north end of the park when the fist sunlight hits the pink-flowered eucalyptus trees, first the continuing 2-3 Western Tanagers and then a female ORCHARD ORIOLE appeared. This is undoubtedly the same female that has been there the past two winters. Especially small, and same behavior. Just like the oriole's m.o. the past two winters, this morning it was very sneaky, working quietly around the branches and flowers, magically disappearing behind clumps, and then flying down and vanishing into the willows at the north end of the euc line. Also continuing immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER on the fences at the bottom end of the park, and continuing B-t Gray Warbler.  In the nearby TRV, there were 2 Western Tanagers along Monument Road.

Today's Rusty Blackbird show was almost totally different from yesterday's. As most of you probably know, yesterday morning it was re-found at Robb Field, but fairly quickly (by mid-morning) what was assumed to be the same bird (with its entourage of 20-40 Brewer's and some cowbirds) had relocated a LOOOONG ways away to the Petco/Ralph's/Dick's Sporting Goods shopping center parking lot on Sports Arena Drive, where it remained for quite some time. Today, it was found soon after dawn back at Robb Field, but where it and much of the flock stayed all morning, and it was still there at 11:30AM when I departed. (Some folks have put some seed and oatmeal out for the birds there, which might have encouraged them to linger longer today.) But to double-check the situation, I then went straight to Petco/Dick's and there were only 6 Brewer's there. So, so far the "One-Bird-Theory" is alive and well!

--Paul Lehman

Hermit Warbler at Torrey Hills Park

Eve Martin


There was a HERMIT WARBLER at Torrey Hills Park south of Del Mar around 11:30am today/Friday. It was in the tipu tree in between the restrooms and the first swing set. Last seen flying into the pine trees just south of the playground.

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California

Balboa Park HOOR, SUTA

Christopher Adler

Thanks to Justyn for getting the word out early about the Rusty Blackbird this morning!

After seeing that, I went to the west side of Balboa Park to see what I could find. 
Around the chess club was a female-type Summer Tanager and one immature male
Hooded Oriole. By the dog park was a second immature male Hooded Oriole; photos 
are distant but the orioles look like two different individuals. 

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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next san elijo monthly bird count monday 9 december

Robert Patton

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 December.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
R. Patton

Verdin still present West of Robb Field

John Bruin

Continuing Verdin in the bushes where there ate posts with ropes marking the trail. From Robb Field parking take the bike path towards dog beach.

John Bruin
Bay Park

Rusty Blackbird 6 Dec

Justyn Stahl

Currently present at hand ball courts at Robb Field. 0723.

Peregrine in slightly unusual place and time

Sara Baase Mayers

I spent 15 minutes this morning (8:20-8:35AM) observing a Peregrine Falcon at the top of a very tall tree behind 3535 Via Flores (in the "Point Loma residential-upper" area).  eBird shows a small number of sightings at this hotspot, mostly in spring, none in December.  If you're interested, there's more info on my eBird checklist at


Sara Mayers

Point Loma, San Diego


Greater Pewee continues 12/05


Showed up at Andrew N. and Dean D.’s spot at 2:59 pm. After being displaced by a Cassin’s Kingbird, it perched in a spindly eucalyptus right over this:

32°43′58.75″N 117°09′24.33″W

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

the "other" Northern Parula (Agua Hedionda)

On Thursday morning, Dec 5, I checked out the reported Northern Parula, first found by Andy Brumbaugh a few days ago and more recently photo'd by BJ Dooley, that is on the immediate north side of Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Inland side of I-5. Go to the end of Bayshore Drive. Andy reported the bird in low brush/scrub, which is atypical habitat for this species, although I had the bird briefly in a low bush.. By the looks of BJ's photos, I'd guess that he saw it in the line of sycamores and cottonwoods that run to the left (east) of the end of the road. But I had the bird from 7:30-8:15 AM in the several melolucas that are immediately to the right (west) of the dead end. The bird appears to be either an immature male or an adult female, with a touch of the chestnut-rusty breast-band that is small, a bit dull, and only in the middle of the breast. Elsewhere in residential Carlsbad there was a Yellow Warbler.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Sunset Ball Fields


Seen around 9:30 this morning flying along Sunset.  Disappeared into the open space east of the park.


Re: Rusty Blackbird Robb Field

Jeff Spaulding

Now in the parking lot between PetCo & Dick's on Sports Arena Blvd. 

On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 9:53, Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io
<ornithomedic@...> wrote:
I refound the Rusty Blackbird today at Robb Field. It was first  in the parking lot then moved to the large baseball diamond below the Osprey nest. It stayed for about 10 minutes & when the birds flushed, it looked like it went toward the southeast. I'm going to check a few locations in the area.
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

Rusty Blackbird Robb Field

Jeff Spaulding

I refound the Rusty Blackbird today at Robb Field. It was first  in the parking lot then moved to the large baseball diamond below the Osprey nest. It stayed for about 10 minutes & when the birds flushed, it looked like it went toward the southeast. I'm going to check a few locations in the area.
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

Re: Gray Flycatcher at Lindo Lake

Anthony Fife

Hey everyone, thanks for getting the info out on the Gray Flycatcher! That was a lifer for me. Did a little video if you weren’t able to make it out. It’s a little different then my other videos as it focuses on the field marks. More to help me for later than anything! Let me know if you like it!

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

NAB - Fall 2019

Guy McCaskie

Sorry – reports should be sent by 24 December, not 24 June.


Guy McCaskie

North American Birds - Fall 2019

Guy McCaskie

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 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 2018). 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.


White-winged Dove

Guy McCaskie

Yesterday (3 Dec 2019) in the late afternoon, Therese R. Clawson found a White-winged Dove on our bird feeder in Imperial Beach – a new bird for our yard-list.


Guy McCaskie

Re: Greater Pewee Spotted

Andrew N

Quick update as I'm about to take off. As of 3:45pm the GRPE is still present behind the lawn bowling sheds. It has moved trees multiple times, however, slowly moving north and was last seen at the top of the tree behind the solo shed, not the three sheds grouped together. 

32.7328530, -117.1561440

Andrew Newmark

Greater Pewee Spotted

Andrew N

The Greater Pewee is currently hunting and calling from the dead snags behind the lawn bowling sheds at 3pm. Lighting conditions are poor but it has stayed out for the past 5 minutes.

Andrew Newmark

Balboa Park: 2 Hooded Orioles, 10+ Western Tanagers, mystery warbler

This morning (Dec 3rd) in Balboa Park there was a new, female-type Hooded Oriole in several heavily blooming bottlebrush trees along the path adjoining the "Art Studios" located between the main entrance to the Zoo and the Natural History Museum (just south of the miniature loop railroad). A Western Tanager was in the Zoro Gardens on the south side of the museum. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the Japanese Gardens. But the mother-lode of tanagers was on the west side of the park bordering the lawn bowling (and to the south) with a single flock of TEN Western Tanagers (one missing its tail). This is the largest winter flock of tanagers I've ever seen in the state, with my previous best being six birds. A young male Hooded Oriole was here as well, and had been seen by others a couple times previously.  Smaller numbers of tanagers had been seen previously in this area by Nathan French and others, who hinted that the count of birds would likely be appreciably higher. There is always a winter group of WETAs in this part of the park, although the past several years their numbers have been more like 2-3 birds. They roost most years at night down in the little canyon bottom on the south side of El Prado/Laurel and which runs along the edge of the fenced dog run (very close to where the Greater Pewee was two years ago). At the top end of the canyon there are currently a couple fairly large eucalyptus with lots and lots of fine white flowers that tanagers and orioles like to feed in early in the morning, although I only saw a few of the Westerns there, but then saw all ten together on the north side of El Prado/Laurel in various blooming trees close to the lawn bowling, where the HOOR also was.

Elsewhere in the park, in the canyon that runs between the International Cottages and the archery range, not too far from the Spreckels Organ Pavillion, there's an off-looking warbler feeding in the lush ground vegetation on the steep slope. I guess it's a hybrid involving a Yellow-rumped and something else. I took a bunch of photos of it and sent them to a number of folks for comment. Will let you know of anything semi-definitive. If anyone would like to see the photos, let me know.

In other news, Barbara Carlson saw the continuing Northern Parula at Santee Lakes this morning. Same spot as before.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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