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Lucy's Warbler, 11/09

Barbara
 

The Lucy's Warbler continues at Southcrest Community Park (Rec Center) in the eucalyptus tree nearest the gate this morning around 0700. It was spotted by Trent Stanley, and true to this bird's M.O., gave only a quick look.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego


Grace's Warbler : Encinitas, Crest Drive ; 9 NOV2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed  a GRACE’S WARBLER this morning (9 NOV2019)  in the pines in front of 1282 Crest Drive Dr. in Encinitas. This is almost certainly the same individual that wintered at this location last winter. So it looks like both of last year’s wintering GRWAs have returned. Photos in ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61306067

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


probable "Siberian" American Pipit Fiesta Island

Kerry Ross
 

I went to Fiesta Island this morning to search for the Mountain Plover with no luck. I did come across a  "SIBERIAN" AMERICAN PIPIT (A. r. japonicas). This bird had dark contrasting streaks (darker than other AMPI in the area) on the belly and flanks with dark malar stripe that widened to a dark triangle shape. A light eye ring was noticeable. It had bold wing bars on dark wings. The legs were very pink in color and stood out strongly in the morning sun. I was unable to get photos as the dog park was in heavy use with many dogs actively chasing birds at the owners request.

Keers (as the MAMU says)

Kerry Ross
Bay Park


Female Black-headed Grosbeak in Vallecito backyard, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Britta Lee Shain
 

A lone Black-headed Grosbeak visited our backyard drip in Vallecito on November 3rd. I had never seen one this late in the year, and was shocked by how battered she appeared with what would turn out to be a deformed bill, worn feathers and even some dried jam on her face. Thanks to the benevolence of more experienced birders, I was finally able to ID her as a female Black-headed as opposed to a Rose-breasted.

3 photos at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61287037

Britta Lee Shain
Vallecito in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher at Poggi Creek greenbelt

Tom Marshall
 

I too had the luck to see this STFC at Poggi Creek yesterday. After reading Chuck Border's post, I got down there four hours later without much hope in the heat. It was there in the pair of eucalyptus that have several bare branches at their top (from Main St, there are a half dozen eucs, then a lone one, then the two with the scraggly tops). It was sallying out from perches there at the top and catching lunch at 12:45pm. My pics will be on my facebook page open to the public.


Gray Flycatcher and Vermilion Flycatchers at Whelan Lake

Eve Martin
 

A beautiful birdy day at the Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary today/Friday turned up the two continuing bright male VERMILION FLYCATCHERS and a GRAY FLYCATCHER flycatching lakeside at about these coordinates:  33.242468, -117.339981

A few more details can be found on our complete eBird list here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S61276764

Whelan Lake is a private sanctuary and you need to call the caretakers' home a day ahead for access:  (760) 722-4887

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California


Zone-tailed Hawk at the San Diego Safari Park

Elizabeth Morgan
 

After looking at tons of Turkey Vultures soaring over the San Diego Safari Park today (Friday, Nov. 8), I finally saw a Zone-tailed Hawk soaring over the amphitheater at noon while watching the bird show with my daughter. Easily distinguished from Turkey Vultures by the yellow cere, yellow legs, broad white band on tail and lack of a pink head. 

Elizabeth Morgan
San Diego, CA


Mountain Plover, Fiesta Island, 8 Oct 2019

Paul Chad
 

The Mountain Plover continues, seen about 9:00 today, near SW corner of 'triangle' of the Dog Park area of Fiesta Island, Mission Bay. Lone bird just standing out in the open/bare area. Nothing else of note there.

Also, the two immature Snow Geese Paul L saw yesterday, north Mission Bay Park near De Anza Cove, were not there this AM - they have been off-and-on at that spot for at least a week.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City


Palomar updates

Nancy Christensen
 

Four of us ventured forth to the Palomar area today. At the entrance to the State Park (where you fill out the little envelope) we had at least 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets in an oak tree with big clumps of mistletoe. The same tree also had at least 2 Cassin’s Finches – same area I saw them a few days ago. A small flock was seen flying off from that tree, which may also have been CAFI.

At the Doane Pond parking area, a flock of 22 Red Crossbills were seen in flight, moving towards the pond.

On the Nature Trail, the Pacific Wren continued between posts 9 and 10. It was very uncooperative and not even one bad photo was taken much less any good ones! A small flock of at least 8 Red Crossbills was seen in that same area flying into the top of a tall tree with tight clusters of cones at the very top (?Douglas Fir?). Looking up later we saw dozens of snowflakes twirling down, which turned out to be the papery “wing” that attaches to the seeds of cones. Realizing that this was from the feeding activity of the crossbills, we also observed the snow showers from another nearby tree. There must have been many more crossbills than we saw. They were silent for the most part.

 

At Lake Henshaw we found a group of white geese – 6 were Snow and two were Ross’s.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


B&B and Nestor

Janice Nordenberg
 

To add to Paul's list for B&B and Nestor sightings this morning - The Green-tailed Towhee finally appeared in the central garden area at 9:30 after the marine layer cleared. A Western Tanager was in Tesoro Park on the east side of Tesoro Grove Way along the creek. I did not hear or see the Golden-crowned Kinglet at B&B.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego


Mission Trails Green-tailed Towhee, RN Sapsucker

Christopher Adler
 

This morning 11/8 around Lake Kumeyaay and the dam area at Mission Trails
Regional Park, some nice birds including a good variety of raptors.

- Green-tailed Towhee on the south side of the grasslands loop
- Red-naped Sapsucker (vocalized quite actively for a few minutes!), north side of Kumeyaay Lake
- Merlin, north side of Kumeyaay Lake

Photos in the ebird report

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens
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new Am. Redstart & miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Friday the 8th, a female AMERICAN REDSTART was along the riparian drainage ditch that crosses Hollister Ave. just south of Coronado Ave. in Nestor. This is the same ditch/creek that crosses the top of Nestor Park, and some past wintering birds of note have gone back and forth between these two stretches. On Thurs the 7th, 2 imm. SNOW GEESE were grazing on the lawn at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, whereas I did not see the single bird that had been nearby at the Mission Bay Golf Course for quite a few days. On Weds the 6th, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO was in 39th Street Park, which is near the intersection of Adams Ave. and I-15, in Normal Heights. Single Red-breasted Sapsuckers were at the B&B Garden and at Sunnyslope Park. Also, I've recently been seeing more (Swinhoe's) White-eyes at a few spots in residential Point Loma and around Mission Bay. Get ready.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


(new) Scarlet Tanager at Fort Rosecrans, 11/8

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

A (green) male Scarlet Tanager was on the east side of Fort Rosecrans this morning around 8 am along the fenceline and in adjacent ficus trees approximately here: 32.6857401, -117.2427443

This bird has jet black upperwing coverts and primaries as well as a duller/darker bill compared to the apparent female that was being seen in the very SW corner of the cemetery late last week.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa


Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher at Poggi Creek greenbelt

Chuck Border
 

Seeing the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher right now perched high in a Euc about 125 yards south of Main St. No sign of the Thick-billed Kingbird yet this morning. 




Mountain Plover Fiesta Island

Nathan French
 

I spent about 4 hours (2 trips) looking at the usual birds on the island but no sign of the MOPL today. The late afternoon (close to sunset) had tons of Killdeer flying around and landing in the area the MOPL was seen yesterday but no luck finding it today.

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Re: Lucy's Warbler in South San Diego

Jeff Spaulding
 

I had the Lucy's Warbler in the eucalyptus next to the entrance of the parking lot at approximately 10:00. I had a brief look at a Tennessee Warbler at about 09:30 & could not relocate it. It was in the large Tipu Tree along Alpha St southeast of the parking lot. I think that is where the Lucy's was yesterday.
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Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Late Solitary Sandpiper

Paula Theobald
 

A late Solitary Sandpiper was found by me and Nicole Koeltzow today at Lake Henshaw on the shoreline along Cow Beach. There was also a flock of 9 Canvasbacks on the lake that may be of interest. 

Paula Theobald
Oceanside

It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!


Mountain plover at

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello again,

Following up on Gary Nunn's advice, I decided to spend my afternoon wandering around the dog run on Fiesta Island looking for Chestnut-collared longspurs. So far I'm unsuccessful, but I did stumbled upon a lone mountain plover around 32.770857,-117.225345. It's about the same size as the many nearby killdeer but it's plain brown. I'll post photos to my ebird checklist once I get back to a computer.

What a Wednesday!
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


American Redstart Continues 11/6

Janice Nordenberg
 

At about 8:00 this morning I found the American Redstart in the open in the small leafless white barked tree near the central bridge in the south section of Cottonwood Creek Park. Very accommodating for a change.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego


Re: Lucy's Warbler in South San Diego

Nancy Christensen
 

I want to make sure I got the directions right. Parking lot on corner of Alpha and 40th. The tipu trees are right against Alpha street. Some YRWA appear to be chasing the bird around. Looks are brief, photos are poor. 

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Nov 6, 2019, at 10:41 AM, Nancy Christensen via Groups.Io <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

Four of us refound the Lucy at 10:30 in the tipu trees at the NE corner of the parking lot Paul described.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Nov 6, 2019, at 8:01 AM, lehman.paul@... via Groups.Io <lehman.paul@...> wrote:



Wednesday morning the 6th, there is a Lucy's warbler in Southcrest Community Park in South San Diego near the west end of the park. There is a parking lot at that end of the park at the corner of 40th and Alpha. The bir started out on the lawn immediately to the east of the parking lot in lerpy eucalyptus but continued East and I last saw it in the oaks and jacarandas around the parking lot just to the east next to the rec center. There are plenty of places for this bird to go, so it could take a while to refined if it doesn't have a couple favorite trees...

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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