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Cackling Goose continues at Lake Murray 3/13

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

The (large and pale) Lake Murray Cackling Goose is currently (5:30 pm) present and feeding with its two guardian CANG on the shoreline just east of the boat docks at Lake Murray in La Mesa.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa


Red-necked Grebe at Shelter Island

Kerry Ross
 

Good morning,
  There is an alternate plumage RED-NECKED GREBE at Shelter Island. It's currently between the dock and the new boat ramp.

Keers (as the MAMU says)

Kerry Ross
Bay Park


SDFO March meeting cancellation

Barbara
 

Due to concerns regarding the spread of the coronovirus, the SDFO Board has decided to cancel our March SDFO meeting. We are committed to our members's health and well-being. We would also like to ensure a proper-sized audience for all our speakers. We hope to be able to reschedule this talk at a later date.

Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 April at 6 pm at the Mission Valley Library. Our April speaker has been confirmed as Dr. Jennifer Brandon. Her presentation is entitled "Marine Debris in the Pacific Ocean."

She will discuss marine debris and plastic pollution as a general global problem, and then dive into the specifics of microplastics, and her research. She will end with some simple solutions we can all adopt to help combat the problem. 

Dr. Brandon was a double major in Biology and English at Duke University, where she researched stormwater runoff pollution. She later got her PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2017, focusing on the nascent field of marine microplastics. She is an expert in quantifying and identifying marine microplastics, and has developed multiple novel methods to identify the smallest sizes of microplastics and determine the age of plastics exposed to varying weathering conditions in the environment. She was the first to find temporal trends of microplastic in the sediment record, and the exponential increase of microplastics she recorded from 1945-2009 closely correlates with the exponential increase in worldwide plastics production over that same time period.

Sincerely,
Barbara Carlson
SDFO Membership

P.S. SDFO membership dues are most welcome. Please contact me offline or look on the SDFO webpage for my mailing address.. Single membership dues are $25.00 and family dues are $35.00.



Continuing Cackling Goose at Lake Murray

dan jehl
 

This afternoon at 3:55 PM the Cackling Goose at Lake Murray flew into the beach just north of the boat launch with 9 Canada Geese. This bird was first reported on March 7th by Terry Hurst. The darkish plumage and lack of white band at the base of the neck lead me to believe that this is a Pacific Cackling Goose, I seem to remember the last few I have seen were Aleutians. Still here at 5:10.

Dan Jehl
San Diego


misc. miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Over the past several days, some highlights include: the count of White-winged Scoters off Camp Surf is now up to 4 (all together), there are still at least 2 Black Scoters on SD Bay, 3 or 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons continue near the Del Mar Public Works building (presumably same nesting pair there from last year, along with last year's young), an adult male Summer Tanager continues in Nestor (Leon Ave.), a Nashville Warbler in National City presumably wintered locally, and the Painted Redstart continues in Tierrasanta (where also a new, wintering W. Tanager). Unfortunately, the "best" bird was a Lark Bunting in sensitive Navy property along the Silver Strand; it could well be a March migrant on the move, as this species begins moving now (although some winter birds stay until April, however, so the Jacumba bird may or may not still be present).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Greater Pewee still in Balboa Park

Sara Baase Mayers
 

West side, same places as before, near Redwood Circle and a little north. Keith and I found it at7:45 in terrible light. Again at 9 and now at 11. Others now have lots of photos.


SDFO meeting reminder for 17 March with a NEW location

Barbara
 

Greetings all!

We welcome all of you to come to our Tuesday, March 17th, 6:00 PM, meeting. We are featuring Richard Halsey, who will speak on “Rediscovering ourselves through Nature, especially through birds.” 

Our meeting will have a new location: the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego. 

Important note: One can access Friars Road from I-15, Hwy 163, or I-8, but NOT FROM I-805 as stated in The Skimmer. Once on Friars, turn south onto Fenton Parkway. The library is near Ikea and IHOP, and in the same shopping center as Costco.

Sincerely,

Barbara Carlson
SDFO Membership

P.S. For those wishing to join, please contact me offline or check the SDFO website for details. 2020 dues are still $25.00 for a single and $35.00 for a household.





light morph red tailed hawk

 

This isn't a rare bird but I took shots of some unusual raptor behavior yesterday or at least something I personally had never seen. I have lived on the banks of the Santa Margarita River in Fallbrook for over thirty years. I photographed a nearby nest for ten years that unfortunately blew down two years ago. I have taken many thousands of shots of raptors and their progeny. An even closer nest was built in a sycamore this year. The mother is the lightest mother we have had in the valley and also the smallest by far. Yesterday the male bird brought a large piece of fabric to the nest. Have never seen anything quite like it.
 


results of san elijo monthly bird count 9 mar 2020

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 9 March 2020 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Steve Perry, Izzy Santarsieri (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Maryanne Bache, Dave Carey, Don Johnson, Jenni Paynter, Kevin Shaw (S central basin Rios to I-5); Kathy Aldern, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Susie Hedrick, Elizabeth Venrick (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

107 species were reported.  Notable species included the continuing 3 greater scaup SSW of Mira Costa College, 2 ring-necked duck in private pond off La Orilla & El Camino Real, Clark's grebe NE of Rios, barn swallow over the eastern mesa, and hooded oriole off La Orilla. 

Species included:  Pacific loon, red-throated loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, greater scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, cedar waxwing, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 April 2020.  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).

Thanks,
R. Patton
San Diego, CA


Continuing Grace's Warbler ; Villa La Jolla Park 9 MAR2020

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed the continuing GRACE’S WARBLER  at Villa La Jolla Park this afternoon (9 MAR20) around 3:30 pm. I actually saw it in the pines along the south side of Via Marin (road on along south side of park) about half a block east of the park. I’ve had good luck in these pines for montane species. RBNU frequently use these mature pines. While it stayed in view for only a short time, I could hear it chipping deep within the pine. I also found the Gray-headed dark-eyed junco reported by Jay D. in the center of park south of playground. Documentation photos are in following ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S65637940

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


Hepatic Tanager, Red-breasted Sapsucker (ruber), "continuing"

Justyn Stahl
 

I spent much of today with Curtis Marantz seeing and missing several species around the county. The North Clairemont Rec Center HEPATIC TANAGER was quite obliging along the east edge of the tennis court in the eucs, but the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was not seen (could have departed by now?). The northern RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (S. r. ruber) was still present at Harry Griffen Park (thanks to Eve Martin for pointing out the misspelled eBird hotspot name) in La Mesa. We then spent some time at Lake Murray with Eitan Altman - no sign of any goldeneye or the Cackling Goose from yesterday, but a WHITE-FACED IBIS was locally of interest. We then dipped on the Rusty Blackbird at the swap meet (it, too, could be gone by now?), and saw/heard a mix of the SE Balboa Park birds widely reported already (NORTHERN PARULA and SUMMER TANAGER, but not the Orchard Oriole) - which contrary to a previous email aren't "mine" in the least.

And as many of these are continuing birds, I thought I'd again prod folks to avoid "continuing" as their only eBird description. As spring approaches these birds will ultimately leave (or die) and establishing end dates is important. You may not want to write a whole paragraph on your phone and it can wait til you get home (and probably should, to avoid typos), but something as simple as "chestnut belly, black head" while in the field takes only a few more seconds and is much more helpful than "continuing" for an Orchard Oriole, especially if you then go on to write two sentences on where it was, but not what it looked like. 

Justyn Stahl
North Park



Plumbeous Vireo ; Stagecoach Park SE Carlsbad 8 MAR2020

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed a PLUMBEOUS VIREO this morning, 8 MAR2020, at Stagecoach Park in South East Carlsbad. It was foraging in the eucalyptus trees just north of the tennis courts. Given the same location, this is likely the same bird that Alex Abela reported on 9 NOV 2019, despite the 4 month gap between observations. Documentation photos are in the following ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S65586312

 

Also of note, I was greeted to singing Hermit Thrush when I arrived. I was just west of tennis courts next to parking lot. It was not singing later in the morning.

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 

 


Justyn's three birds still present

phil Pryde
 

The three uncommon birds (Orchard Oriole, male;  N. Parula, and Summer Tanager, female) that Justyn Stahl reported on two days ago were all seen by several birders (and pointed out to me; thank you, much appreciated) in the same trees immediately north and east of the cul-de-sac at the east end of Russ Blvd. (E. of 27th St.), between 10 and 11 a.m. on Sunday. 
Phil Pryde 
San Carlos


Mew gull

phil Pryde
 

This morning (Sat., about 10:30 a.m.) my birding class and I enjoyed the presence of a Mew Gull in the SD River mudflats north of Robb Field.  Maybe the same one seen earlier this week?  It was in a mixed assemblage of other gulls, godwits, and Royal Terns, but something stirred them all up, and when then settled down again I was unable to relocate the Mew Gull. 



Black-throated Sparrow in Cuyamaca Mountains

Robyn Waayers
 

Yesterday (March 6) I saw and photographed a Black-throated Sparrow near my home on North Peak in the Cuyamaca Mts. - not a typical bird up here in the mountains!

I am also getting quite a few Rufous Hummingbirds at feeders that I put out about a week ago. At least 6 Rufous Hummingbirds were seen yesterday afternoon, along with similar numbers of Anna's hummers. And one green-backed Selasphorus sp. - unsure whether Rufous or Allen's.


Robyn Waayers
Julian

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Robyn Waayers
Julian


Re: possible Glaucous Gull

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Jeremiah Stock's astute observations on his pale first-cycle gull today are bang on. Undoubtedly the same bird was first found yesterday, nearby at the saltworks, by Robert Patton and Lea Squires. They obtained good photos of the bird, which shows a large, very pale gull which one would first think is indeed a first-cycle Glaucous. But the bill is much messier (darker) colored than in a typical Glaucous, and it is shaped probably a bit more like a Glaucous-winged bill as well. But be on the lookout for it anywhere around the South Bay.

In other news, the nominate ruber Red-breasted Sapsucker (2nd [?] county record of this subspecies) continues this AM at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa. Today in the most heavily-drilled eucalyptus trees along the south side of the dog run.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Possible Glaucous Gull at Fenton Pond

Jeremiah Stock
 

I birded Fenton Pond Saturday morning, March 7, 2020.  At about 10:05 AM, a large white gull and 5 adult Western Gulls landed on the pond for a few minutes before taking off.  The large white gull looked good for 1st Winter Glaucous Gull: larger than the nearby Westerns, white plumage including white wingtips, pink legs and large bill; however, my impression of the bill was 2-toned but mostly black, not pink with a well-defined black tip.  Because of that, I hesitate to identify it as Glaucous Gull, considering the possibility of a hybrid or a very pale Glaucous-winged Gull.  No photographs.

Fenton Pond is located in Otay Valley Regional Park in the southwest Chula Vista area and can be accessed from Beyer Blvd.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@... 


200-300 Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

This evening 2 waves of hawks dropped into town between 5:30 and 6pm. It's possible that we have as many as 300 hawks in the area. It appears that they may have roosted either at the Roadrunner Club or tamarisk trees north of The Springs RV Park. Tomorrow the wind should be moderate at 8am so the hawks might get up early. However for the past few days, the Swainson's Hawks have been feeding on Crane Flies. It is possible that this huge group might do the same. If so, the hawks will move about the valley slowly while consuming the flies on the wing. By 9 or 10am the hawks will most likely begin to migrate. I'd say there is a 50/50 chance that the hawks will leave the valley by 8am or they will remain in the area to feed before migrating. 

Best spots to observe the hawks will be at the evening site on Borrego Valley Rd., 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. Another possible spot for observation is on DiGiorgio Rd and Big Horn Rd. about 1 mile north of Palm Canyon Drive.  
Hal Cohen
Borrego Springs


Encinitas, CA Grace's Warbler continues into March 2020 spring season (6 Mar 2020)

Susan Smith
 

Dear SD Region birders, 

This morning (6Mar), Gretchen Nell and myself went to check on the overwintering GRACE's WARBLER at the stakeout spot along Drest Drive in Encinitas.  This has been a noisy and busy spot these last few months, with building construction going on, although  the noise was not too bad today.  At first, there  was no sign of the bird in its usual location for about the first hour (we arrived at ~0720 am). Then it appeared at 1260 Crest in small pine at 8:24 am, when we heard its rather loud, distinctive sweet chip.    It then left abruptly, flying NW out of sight at 8:28 am. We saw it again at 10 :15 am in the same tree at 1260 Crest near the main road, calling and also singing.  (Gretchen may add some sound files soon).

This bird was  first sighted this wintering season on Nov 9,2019 by Tito Gonzales, and undoubtedly is a returning bird first sighted the previous winter in this same location on Dec 7, 2018, and then continued into  March 2019. On this day, it  did not once fly to the tall pines at 1282 Crest (a previous favorite spot), possibly due to excessive pruning of these trees recently.  

eBird checklist at https://ebird.org/checklist/S65494036   .  A few poor quality photos.  Sue



Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@...

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


SE Balboa: continuing Orchard, Parula, Summer Tanager

Justyn Stahl
 

This morning (6 March) at 0815 several birders were treated to the continuing Orchard Oriole, Northern Parula, and Summer Tanager in the dip just east of 27th St. and Russ Blvd. All birds of note appeared at one time or another in the sycamore at the east end of Russ. 

Justyn Stahl
North Park

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