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Scarlet Tanager, good and very bad news

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

At 7:10 a.m. this morning, Monday, I had a female Scarlet Tanager on the Point Loma Nazarene campus next to the two-story parking structure. Unfortunately, it was first flushed by pedestrians and then looked very unsettled and within less than a minute it had changed trees three times and then flew fairly high and last seen as a disappearing speck way to the east into residential Point Loma, seemingly even getting east of Catalina Boulevard, so therefore in the general area of the usual Silvergate neighborhood that birders visit a lot. It could have even gone beyond that. I have no idea. So it is a total needle in a haystack, but if anybody wants to walk those streets and give it a try... That is actually where I am heading right now so will obviously post any positive update.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Magnolia Warbler - No (Sunday 10/20/19 5PM) - Chula Vista Bayside Park G St.

lindsay willrick
 

Hello all,

I spent 1.5 hrs searching all of the paper bark tea-tree/punk trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) around the southernmost bathroom structure to no avail Sunday evening (10/20/19). There were several yellow rumped warblers foraging in the trees and plenty of interesting invertebrates as the trees are in full flower. Several monarch butterflies stole the show. Surveying this park on a weekday morning would possibly be more fruitful, lots of large parties on weekends. 

Botanical aside, the paper bark tea-tree is in the Myrtle family, originating from the tropical and warm-temperate regions of the world. 

Lindsay Willrick
Golden Hill, San Diego, CA


listserv maintenance

Justyn Stahl
 

I'm not sure how this will impact mail delivery, but there is a note that groups.io will be down for a 2-hour maintenance beginning at 6pm tonight (21 October).

Justyn Stahl


10/20 Rose-breasted Grosbeak and possible Palm Warbler

Mark Stratton
 

Good morning.  Yesterday, 10/20, I took the dog on a long afternoon walk and had a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak near the Juniper Canyon Trail, near the intersection of Maple and Teresita in the South Park/North Park area.  When looking towards the canyon to see if I could re-find the bird, I had a bird on the ground that looked like a Palm Warbler but I did not have binos and can't be sure of that ID.
 
Mark Stratton
North Park


Cackling Goose

buck fairbanks
 

Howdy folks
The solitary Cackling Goose (minima?) continued today at the small pond adjacent to the #1 fairway at El Camino Country Club in Oceanside.
Michael Martin
Oceanside, CA


Re: Palm Warbler at Fort Rosecrans

Aaron Polichar
 

Forgot to mention, I also had a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the same general area, heard near the dip at the west fence and briefly seen flitting around in the pines, then heard again a little north of there.
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Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA


Palm Warbler at Fort Rosecrans

Aaron Polichar
 

Hello all,

I did some late afternoon birding at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, found a Palm Warbler (Western) among a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, around 6PM today, Oct. 20 2019, near grave marker V-794, near the western fence, north of the dip.
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Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA


Re: Prairie Warbler Warbler: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Trail 20 OCT2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

Photos of apparent PRAIRIE WARBLER are in the following E-bird report. It is a drab first year type bird.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60798413

The bird was observed around 9:05 AM near the sign the says "Water is Attractive" in the SE section of trail where the willow branches go over and across trail. People did show up and look for the bird. It was not seen after report to at least through 11:30 AM when I left. There is a lot of suitable/equivalent habitat around the trail and it could be moving around. It was loosely associated with a group of warblers including a Wilson's Warbler.

Approx. Location coordinates:
33.012407, -117.271612

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA


bunch of miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Saturday the 19th at Nestor Community Park three birds might well be returning, wintering from last year: a WESTERN KINGBIRD at dawn in with the night-roosting flock of Cassin's Kingbirds, a SUMMER TANAGER, and a male Black-thr Gray Warbler (for 4th or 5th year). A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER (continues?) at the Bird & Butterfly Garden in the TRV. On Sunday the 20th, a check of Coronado and the edge of the NASNI golf course produced a TROPICAL KINGBIRD in with the flock of Cassin's, which could well be a returning wintering bird, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO, and a dull female BALTIMORE ORIOLE with a group of 3 Bullock's.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Prairie Warbler Warbler: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Trail 20 OCT2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

Probable bird SE corner of trail in WIllows near water is attractive sign (adjacent West). Phone battery running low. 9:15 am.

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad CA



Magnolia Warbler

David Povey
 

Magnolia Warbler continues at C.V. Bay Park. South restroom. 8:45 a.m.

Dave Povey
Dulzura


Yellow-green Vireo in downtown San Diego

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

On Thursday I received via Project Wildlife a specimen of the Yellow-green Vireo that was found on 15 September at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton Hotel at the foot of Park Boulevard/12th Ave. in downtown San Diego. Yesterday I spoke over the phone with the man who found it, one of the hotel’s security staff. Finding the bird sitting at length on the ground, he put it in a box and took it to Project Wildlife the next day, but the effort to treat it was unsuccessful. I prepared the specimen as soon as I received it and found it was an immature male. The skull was already about 75% pneumatized, farther along than most small songbirds this early in the fall. With no external bleeding it made into a good specimen, catalogued as SDNHM 56394. Even if the Yellow-green Vireo is now so regular in California that the California Bird Records Committee has discontinued reviewing reports of it, there are still only four previous extant specimens of the species preserved from California.

 

Thanks very much to Linda King for continuing to serve as the liaison between Project Wildlife and the San Diego Natural History Museum so these valuable specimens do not go to waste. Linda always ensures I get the most complete data possible about every specimen, enabling me to follow up with the finder to clarify the story when needed.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego


Two White-winged Doves in the Cuyamaca Mountains

Robyn Waayers
 

This morning two White-winged Doves were seen at 4200 feet elevation in the Cuyamaca Mts. They tended to stay together as they perched here and there and foraged on the ground.

I have periodically heard, and occasionally seen a single White-winged Dove in this area (the off-grid community where I live) over the past year-and-a-half, and have been reporting these observations to eBird. This is the first time when TWO birds were seen (and I was lucky enough to get photos of them)!

eBird checklist with photos of the doves here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60759504

Robyn Waayers
Julian

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Robyn Waayers
Julian


Summer Tanager - Balboa Park by Lawn Bowling Sheds (32.7324504, -117.1568681)

Nathan French
 

This morning around 10AM I had brief looks at a female Summer Tanager behind the Lawn Bowling storage sheds (32.7324504, -117.1568681). Possibly the same bird that was in the area last winter. Unable to relocate after an hour and a half of looking. 
Checklist with more details/photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60755423


Nathan French
Hillcrest


Magnolia Warbler Continues

Janice Nordenberg
 

The Magnolia Warbler at Bayside Park was foraging in the group of eucs on the northwest side of the south bathrooms this morning at 11:05 and was still there when I left 20 minutes later.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego


Palm Warbler - Calzada Del Bosque / Chino Farms

Gjon Hazard
 

A Palm Warbler and a Yellow-headed Blackbird were at the above location this morning (10/19). Quite birdy early.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60749597


-Gjon

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Gjon Hazard
Encinitas


Grace’s Warbler at Villa La Jolla

Janice Nordenberg
 

The Grace’s Warbler appeared at 8:40 this morning in the NE Torrey Pine. 

Jan Nordenberg 
San Diego 
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Palm Warbler - Nobel athletic fields

Jay Desgrosellier
 

9 am, Saturday, October 19th

A Palm Warbler is frequenting the overgrown ballfield in the NW corner of the Nobel athletic fields. It seems to like to perch on the chain link fence surrounding the field or the small tree at the north end.

Good  Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA


Re: Continuing Magnolia Warbler in Chula Vista

Anthony Fife
 

On 10/18/2019 @ 11:45 am the Magnolia Warbler continues. 


Comments:

Continuing. Yellow Rump ruled out to amount of yellow on breast, Nashville ruled out due to stripes on flanks. Came back for photos. Only took 3 minutes to refind. In same tree by south bathrooms near pier. (GPS 32.6254 , -117.1056) dark above, yellow beneath. Faint stripes on flanks. White eye ring

photos of tree where located and bird:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60720456


Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


County Hummingbird Population

Roger Uzun
 

I have noticed a big shift in the mix of hummingbirds around the county this year.  About 2 years ago my yard became overrun with Allen's, I live in an area that was almost all Anna's before this.  This year almost all the Allen's are gone, a big change from last year and the year before.  I have also observed this same phenomenon around Imperial Beach, and in the Bird and Butterfly area at the TJ river valley, and at the sunset ballfields.  
 
Was there a big explosion of Allen's around the county that now has almost completely died off?  I'm not seeing hardly any Allen's anywhere.
 
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA (near Iron Mountain)

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