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La Jolla Cove Sep 17: Frigatebird, Blue-footed Booby

Stan Walens
 

At the Cove with Lindsay Willrick.
About 2500+ Black-vented Shearwaters
At 9:01 Lindsay spotted a distant soaring Frigatebird. I never got onto it.

At 9:25 I spotted a first-cycle Blue-footed Booby flying south, about 1.5 miles offshore. We watched it for 6 minutes.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 17, 2022; 9:40 am


Re: Black and White Warbler in Oceanside

Paula Theobald
 

Sorry that I didn’t include the location in the post. Coordinates : 33.24499° N, 117.25281° W in NE Oceanside on the horse trails behind the elementary school. Trail can be accessed from Spur Ave just before Mission Meadows Elementary school or from Belmont Park Rd. There are a nice number of lerpy eucs just off the latter entrance that had warblers too. This area of Oceanside is off the 76 at Melrose Dr, near Guajome Park.

Paula Theobald

On Sep 17, 2022, at 9:15 AM, Paula Theobald <paulatheo@...> wrote:

David spotted the Warbler at 8:45 this morning. We watched it for several minutes feeding in a lerpy euc with several WIWA and OCWA with views quite close. It flew off in the mixed flock. It was in the Euc’s bordering the horse trail at entrance to horse training gate. We have not been able to relocate.

Paula and David Theobald
Oceanside


American Redstart - La Jolla Bike Path

Jay Desgrosellier
 

At 9:30 am this morning (9/17) I had a female/immature American Redstart along the La Jolla Bike Path in the grove of trees by "the swing". This is a little ways south of Starkey Mini Park.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA


Black and White Warbler in Oceanside

Paula Theobald
 

David spotted the Warbler at 8:45 this morning. We watched it for several minutes feeding in a lerpy euc with several WIWA and OCWA with views quite close. It flew off in the mixed flock. It was in the Euc’s bordering the horse trail at entrance to horse training gate. We have not been able to relocate.

Paula and David Theobald
Oceanside


western migrant numbers, shorebirds, miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I have been out on a daily basis during all of August and now the first half of September and must say that I have found--with only a few exceptions--the number of western landbird migrants through this period to be somewhere between mediocre and awful. At least along the coast. Yes, there is the occasional single-site, one-day exception, but as a general rule.... As one example of the very lackluster numbers, it is now 16 Sep and I have still yet to see a coastal "wing-barred" warbler of any species! Yes, there have been some OK rarities found, but general numbers are mostly really low.

In contrast, shorebirds continue reasonably, including good numbers of several of our scarce species. Today (Friday) at Sweetwater Reservoir there were 6 Baird's and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, as well as continuing Bank Swallow, continuing Bald Eagle, continuing 66 "inland" Short-billed Dowitchers, Vaux's Swift, and 2 getting-late Cliff Swallows. In the TRV, 5 Solitary Sandpipers continue at the southern, "stick" pond at Dairy Mart, although be aware that there are also at least 5 Spotted Sandpipers there to possibly cause slight confusion.

Yesterday, there was an immature/female Orchard Oriole at Jacumba, where 4 Harris's Hawks continue and a continuing Vermilion Flycatcher. An adult male Black-chinned Hummingbird there, with another 2 adult males at Pine Valley, are getting late for that age-sex class. Several feeders around the county still have small numbers of female/immature Black-chinneds.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Heads up!!! Tomorrow is clean up day in the Tijuana River Valley

Mark Stratton
 

Tomorrow from 8 to 12, is the fall clean up day at the Community Gardens and I believe it coincides with a general clean up day for areas like the Bird and Butterfly Garden as well, although I am not certain.  

Anyhow, tomorrow morning, there will be lots of activity going on so it might not be the best time to bird that area.

Mark Stratton
North Park


Heads up for Broad-Winged Hawk migration

Tuck Russell
 

Hi, all.  I've been following the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory ( Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Migrant Raptor Watch ) as they monitor the Marin headlands for southbound raptors.  Today they reported their first of season Broad-winged Hawk.  I think it takes two or three days for a migrant hawk to get here from the Bay Area.  So those interested might consider their spots, this weekend and beyond.  Known areas are the Fort Rosecrans area and Mount Soledad.  I think Paul Lehman has suggested that mountain viewpoints might also be worthy in this regard.  It might be another few weeks before peak, though.  Anyone who's interested in company for hawk-watching of this sort may contact me privately.  It would be a state & county lifer for me   .   .   .



Cheers,  Tuck Russell
Hillcrest


FYI - New Bird Migration Explorer App

Nathan McCall
 

Morning All,
Audubon's new Bird Migration Explorer is now available and is probably one of the most beautiful web map apps I have ever seen. Currently, it is only available to view via desktop browser or tablet (mobile version not available yet).


Nate


Red-breasted Sapsucker Lopez Ridge Park

Elizabeth Morgan
 

I  saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a Eucalyptus tree in the Northwestern corner of Lopez Ridge park in Mira Mesa. This seems to be early for them so I thought I would report it. I saw it around 930 this morning. I didn't realize it was early for them until I looked in the bird atlas.

Elizabeth Morgan
San Diego, CA


Eastern Kingbird

John Bruin
 

At 6:50 I had n Eastern Kingbird. Just SE of the Tecolote Fox Run Trailhead. 3433–3439 Acworth Ave. it has flown not sure where right now

John Bruin
Bay park


Tennessee Warbler - Robb Field

Joseph Alsadi
 

Initially found yesterday evening but couldn’t confirm ID until I got better looks today. Moving around ficus trees behind the clubhouse just west of the tennis courts. Last seen in this tree (32.7546799, -117.2406177)

Was in this ficus yesterday (32.7545350, -117.2411699)

Several OCWA and YEWA present as well.

Joe


Re: Frigatebird continuing

Joseph Alsadi
 

It just took off heading NE, as it did yesterday evening. 

Joe

On Sep 12, 2022, at 10:42 AM, Joseph Alsadi via groups.io <Jsalsadi@...> wrote:

Circling Hyatt again at 10:40am

Joe

On Sep 11, 2022, at 5:44 PM, lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

The male frigate bird circling around the Hyatt hotel at Mission Bay remain there for 15 minutes and has now gone inland aways and is somewhere probably around SeaWorld or the southern end of fiesta Island. But it may well come back to this area as well. This may well be the same adult male seen late yesterday afternoon near Robb field.


Re: Frigatebird continuing

Joseph Alsadi
 

Circling Hyatt again at 10:40am

Joe

On Sep 11, 2022, at 5:44 PM, lehman.paul@... via groups.io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:

The male frigate bird circling around the Hyatt hotel at Mission Bay remain there for 15 minutes and has now gone inland aways and is somewhere probably around SeaWorld or the southern end of fiesta Island. But it may well come back to this area as well. This may well be the same adult male seen late yesterday afternoon near Robb field.


San Deigo pelagic: Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Blue-footed Booby, R-b Tropicbird, Mag. Frigatebird, 4 Nazcas, 1 Red-footed

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The San Diego pelagic trip on Sunday, 11 Sep, aboard "Legacy" and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society was.....awesome! Well, certainly three hours of it in the morning were extra awesome. Sea conditions were surprisingly pleasant, post-"KAY," all day. Just several miles out to sea we had a very cooperative sitting RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that allowed us to get quite close. That was followed by two separate sub-adult Nazca Boobies. Then, as we crossed the San Diego Trough in quick succession we had a BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY circle the boat--a casual visitor to coastal California--and then a casual, light-morph WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER--the third record for San Diego County and perhaps only around ten or so records for the state--which flew around and in front of the boat for an extended period. This was a new California bird for everyone on the boat except for two folks. Not too long after that an adult Nazca Booby appeared, followed immediately by a Red-footed Booby! Later on we added a Masked/Nazca Booby (photos will be examined further) and another Nazca! Also present were Least Storm-Petrels for much of the trip, a few exceedingly close to the boat, as well as a small-to-moderate number of Townsend's and Leach's Storm-Petrels and one Ashy Storm-Petrel. And then to cap it all off at the very end, there was an adult male MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD circling around near the dock when we returned!! Perhaps the strangest sight of the day, in a depraved sort of way, was the flock of five Killdeer that flew past the boat several miles offshore--not your typical "pelagic" species. We also had good looks at a Guadalupe Fur Seal. Lots of photos will appear in the shared eBird checklists when they are ready in a few days. Offshore totals for the day were as follows:

KILLDEER  5  (!!!)

Red-necked Phalarope  140

Red Phalarope  17

Pomarine Jaeger  6

Parasitic Jaeger  3

Cassin's Auklet  1

Craveri's Murrelet  3

Sabine's Gull  3

Heermann's Gull  8

Western Gull  400

California Gull  1

Common Tern  120  (good count)

Elegant Tern  125

RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD  1  (3.8 mi off n. Point Loma)

Leach's Storm-Petrel  9

Townsend's Storm-Petrel  8

Leach's/Townsend's Storm-Petrel  27

Ashy Storm-Petrel  1

Black Storm-Petrel  55  (low)

Least Storm-Petrel  95  (along entire route)

WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER  1  (21.8 to 21.3 mi W of tip of Point Loma)

Pink-footed Shearwater  48

Black-vented Shearwater  5000

MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY  1

NAZCA BOOBY  4  (high count; 1 immature, 2 sub-adults, 1 adult)

BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY  1  (21.7 mi W of  tip of Point Loma)

Brown Booby  7

RED-FOOTED BOOBY  1  (23.4 mi W of tip of Point Loma)

Brandt's Cormorant 17

Brown Pelican  16


The next scheduled San Diego pelagic trip is on 1 October, but it is currently sold out. Wait-listers welcome. The final trip of the season is on 22 October, a shorter 6-hour trip, and it still has space.


-- Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Alex Abela, Jimmy McMorran, Gary Nunn,  San Diego


Frigatebird continuing

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The male frigate bird circling around the Hyatt hotel at Mission Bay remain there for 15 minutes and has now gone inland aways and is somewhere probably around SeaWorld or the southern end of fiesta Island. But it may well come back to this area as well. This may well be the same adult male seen late yesterday afternoon near Robb field.


Frigatebird

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

At 5:33 p.m. there is a male frigate bird circling around near the Hyatt hotel near the mouth of Mission Bay not far from seaforth sportfishing could well be the same bird seen late yesterday in the same general area


San Diego Pelagic: WEDGE-TAILED Shearwater, BLUE- footed Booby, Tropicbird, 4 Nazca 1Red-footed 1

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today's San Diego Pelagic trip had a fantastic several hours this morning when we had a red-billed tropicbird sitting on the water 2 miles out followed by two separate Nazca boobies, then a very unexpected blue-footed booby circling right next to the boat, and immediately followed by a sensational wedge-tailed shearwater also close to the boat. A light morph. These latter two birds were in the San Diego trough. Later on we also added a masked/Nazca and a red-footed booby! Least Storm petrels we're seen for much of the day.

Lots and lots of photos taken of most everything. More details posted tomorrow.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


La Jolla Cove, Sep 11, 2022

Stan Walens
 

Yesterday there were about 40 birders at the Cove, Today, while every real birder is on the pelagic trip dreaming of their county wedge-rumped storm-petrel, there were 6.
I was there from 7:15–10:30. It was sunny and hot and windless.

Clear skies and only scattered high clouds meant little chance of frigatebirds, and as expected we did not see any.
The ocean was flat and the light clear, making it easy to see storm-petrels flying past.
I counted 31 Least Storm-Petrels, all heading south past the point, a high count for me from land, and I think more than I’ve seen in the county on any single pelagic trip.
I’m curious to see how many are reported from the pelagic trip today.

Other good birds included an adult Sabine’s gull and 2 Cassin’s auklets [the first I’ve seen from shore in months].
About 1000–1100 black-vented shearwaters.
No jaegers—a surprise after the plethora yesterday—and no boobies, again surprising, because often in the calm after a storm they come out to feed at the Cove.
Small flocks of migrating dabbling ducks: shovelers, teal, lesser scaup, but no scoters. No loons.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 11, 2022; 3:20 pm


Re: Solitary Sandpiper - Tecolote Canyon

Ross
 

The Solitary Sandpiper was not present at about 4 PM.  The bird I believe is the Solitary Sandpiper was present west of the bridge at about 4:40.  It disappeared and reappeared east of the bridge about 5:15  and was still there at 6:15 PM.  There was a spotted sandpiper present for comparison part of the time.
--
Ross Cohen
San Diego


Sunday pelagic trip logistics

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Tomorrow's (Sunday) San Diego pelagic trip is a "go" and departs aboard "Legacy" from Seaforth Sportfishing in Mission Bay promptly at 7 AM. You should be at the dock and office no later than 6:15 AM to check in, sign the manifest, and attend the orientation which starts at about 6:30. A bunch of fishing boats delayed by the tropical bad weather are now scheduled to head out tomorrow morning as well. So please give yourself a little EXTRA time to find parking and to check in with the landing. It will be busy.

Forecast is for moderate seas (3-5 foot swell), dropping as the day goes on. Light winds. Plan accordingly. Bring your own food and drink, although snacks and drinks may be purchased on board.

See you there!

--Pelagic Trip Leaders, San Diego