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Raptor ID APP

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
With raptors migrating to our area for the winter season, or simply bypassing us on their migrations, I thought it was a good time to let folks know, or remind you of a most useful application to install on your phone/device. At least on an Apple device, you can go to your App Store, and type in Raptor ID.
Hawk Watch International (HWI) will show up. GET IT!!! Not sure how much it was broadcast years ago when it first came out, but getting the word out again. It's an amazing reference whether in the field or sitting on your couch!  

Sorry if Off Topic, but feel it is warranted-This APP is good not only for SD County but an exceptional account for anywhere you wish to explore in North America, at a minimum!

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA
  

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Lesser Black-backed Gull Coronado

Nathan French
 

Walking on the beach in Coronado this evening around 5:05pm I saw what appears to be a returning LBBG in the sand right in front of Hotel Del Coronado. 

Details and poor quality iPhone images: 


Red-breasted Sapsucker, Bay Park area, 23 Oct 2019

Paul Chad
 

In recently talking about 5MRs and sapsuckers, Jim Roberts suggested a visit to Western Hills Park (Arnott St south to Kane St). A brief visit there about lunchtime today did indeed include a sapsucker find (Red-breasted). Thanks, Jim!

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City


LJ Colony Park Prairie Warbler 10/23

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

The Prairie Warbler at LJ Colony Park put in a few brief appearances around 10:30 this morning (Wed 10/23), mostly in a tall euc on the west side of the path between fit stations 11 and 12. A Nashville Warbler was also observed in the same tree.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa


Re: Prairie Warbler refound

Carl Ebeling
 

I was at La Jolla Colony Park between about 8:15 and 8:45 this morning, and although the park was pretty birdy, that birdiness unfortunately did not include the Prairie Warbler. 

Cautionary note for those thinking of chasing further: Grounds crews were just beginning to trim shrubs and small trees on that north-south path where the bird was last seen when I left.  Equipment included chainsaws.

Good birding, all.

Carl Ebeling
Hillcrest/Home
UCSD/Work


On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:28 PM Andrew N <dingomaster@...> wrote:
My apologies for the delayed post but I only just now was able to review my photos and I can confirm a bird I saw at La Jolla Colony Park very briefly (just long enough to fire off two photos) was indeed the Prairie Warbler. This was at 4:34pm at the top of a podocarpus tree on the west side of the trail about halfway between workout stations 11 and 12.  Unfortunately, I was unable to relocate the bird after its quick appearance, but good to know it was still around in the afternoon! Hoping it sticks around another day or two, good luck everyone!

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego


Re: Prairie Warbler refound

Andrew N
 

My apologies for the delayed post but I only just now was able to review my photos and I can confirm a bird I saw at La Jolla Colony Park very briefly (just long enough to fire off two photos) was indeed the Prairie Warbler. This was at 4:34pm at the top of a podocarpus tree on the west side of the trail about halfway between workout stations 11 and 12.  Unfortunately, I was unable to relocate the bird after its quick appearance, but good to know it was still around in the afternoon! Hoping it sticks around another day or two, good luck everyone!

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego


Re: Grace’s Warbler now at LJ Colony Park, 10/22 PM

Tito Gonzalez
 

A quick comparison of pictures of the LJ Colony bird with those from Villa La Jolla appears to indicate that they are two different birds. Viewed from the the left side, the Villa La Jolla bird appears to have more more black on face/head. Alex Abela specifically notes more black above the supercilium. Other takes?

Tito G & Alex A.


Re: Grace’s Warbler now at LJ Colony Park, 10/22 PM

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Tito et al-

A few shots that I managed of the Grace’s Warbler from LJ Colony Park this afternoon are in the eBird list here:


Jim P

On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 5:37 PM Tito Gonzalez <txsandpiper@...> wrote:
Villa La Jolla Park (where a Grace's Warbler has been regularly seen in the early morning, but not during rest of day) is only ~500-600 m, as the crow flies, from LJ Colony southern greenbelt. Could both parks be part of one bird's territory? Or could two same species rare individuals be so close together? It would be interesting to compare photos of the birds from both locations.

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA


Re: Grace’s Warbler now at LJ Colony Park, 10/22 PM

Tito Gonzalez
 

Villa La Jolla Park (where a Grace's Warbler has been regularly seen in the early morning, but not during rest of day) is only ~500-600 m, as the crow flies, from LJ Colony southern greenbelt. Could both parks be part of one bird's territory? Or could two same species rare individuals be so close together? It would be interesting to compare photos of the birds from both locations.

Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA


Grace’s Warbler now at LJ Colony Park, 10/22 PM

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

The Prairie Warbler found by Jay D. was not seen this afternoon from at least 3:30-4:30 at La Jolla Colony Park in University City, although a Grace’s Warbler was briefly seen high in the tall eucs near “fit station 12” around 4:15.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa


continuing rarities, rarities at new spots rarely birded, correction on Brown-crested Fly coastal records

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

First off, a couple additional continuing rarities seen today (Tuesday): the Magnolia Warbler at Bayside Park in Chula Vista (same m. o. as before) and the long-staying Reddish Egret at nearby J St/Marina Pkwy mudflats.

My earlier post about today's TRV Brown-crested Flycatcher I made from the field, and I low-balled the number of previous COASTAL records in southern CA. The first such record was up in Santa Barbara County (Goleta) from 21-24 Oct 1984 (note similar dates), the only county record there, followed by a report from Palos Verdes LA in Aug 1985, two records of over-wintering birds from Orange County (Mission Viejo 1993-1994, Huntington Central Park 2001-2002), and two previous coastal reports from here in San Diego County--both from Point Loma, 9 Jun 1991 and 13 Oct 2001. (Thanks to Justyn S. and Doug W. for assisting with the correct SD and OR data.)

Here's three gold stars to Jay D. for finding today's Prairie Warbler in a seldom-visited (by birders) park, presumably a result of his "5-mile-radius" exploration. Note that this park is an HOA park and is signed as such (for local resident use), but I have visited there several times before in winter (best birds were an adult male Baltimore Oriole, a couple each Bullock's and W. Tanagers, and a Nashville) and have not had any problem, and the joggers and dog walkers all seem nice there. There are a fair number of HOA parks scattered around the county, quite a few of them providing good birding habitat, depending on the season, and some seem quite open to occasional public visitation, but some are NOT, and a few of us have been asked to leave a couple HOA parks in the North County over the years. Anyway, Jay has also found things at entirely "new" birding sites this year such as a wintering Orchard Oriole and a June Red-eyed Vireo. Other 5-Milers, if I remember correctly, who are "going where few birders have gone before" and turning up some fine birds include Tito G. and Nathan F. And my apologies to those others who I am forgetting! But of course it doesn't require such a five-mile-list to find new places and to visit the spots less trodden. But no matter the reason, by doing so, birders not only FIND a rarity or two or three, but also they presumably help document overall populations and bird distribution at sites previously under-birded. This is the sort of thing that makes some of the best contributions to our knowledge. But many of these folks may or may not have an especially large county list or large year list. The large list is something that has been semi-glorified ever since the beginning of widespread recreational birding in the 1960s, first with the annual published ABA listing stats (to which I happily contributed for many years, but then stopped), and now much more recently with the eBird Top 100 whatever. So, perhaps try not to be merely a "sheeple," but rather a hybrid approach of checking under-birded sites and additional exploration coupled with a medium-tad of rarity chasing (almost all of us love seeing rare birds, but chasing stakeouts doesn't really "contribute" much) is a nice way to go. Let's see what 2020 brings!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


continuing south bay misc

Robert Patton
 

Managed to miss Paul & Jim's reported species in TJ river valley this morning, but thought may be worth passing along that
- the Pacific golden-plover continues at the mouth of the Tijuana River south of Seacoast Dr (seen 10am on flats NE of rivermouth, briefly moved to beach N of rivermouth when peregrine stooped through, then back to shoreline ENE of rivermouth);
- the male vermilion flycatcher continues at the Sunset ballfields (seen 11:15 on E fence adjacent parking lot; a juv also seen near NW backstop);
- the magnolia warbler continues at Bayside Park (seen 11:50 in paperbarks just NW of restroom N of pier; dull yellow warbler also in area).
R. Patton
San Diego, CA


Plumbeous Vireo - Villa La Jolla Park

Jeffrey Miner
 

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO made an appearance today, Tuesday, the 22nd at around 12:30 PM at Villa La Jolla Park in the pines near the southeast corner.  

Jeff Miner
San Diego


Re: Prairie Warbler refound

Nancy Christensen
 

At 11:57 still present in sycamore above station 12 on the trail that leads south from central area of park. La Jolla Colony Park

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Oct 22, 2019, at 11:06 AM, Nancy Christensen via Groups.Io <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

La Jolla Colony Park on trail the goes south out of central area.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Oct 22, 2019, at 10:49 AM, Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io <ornithomedic@...> wrote:

Further South on the same trail, next to"fit-trail station 12". In the trees, very active.
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Varied Thrush, Summer Tanager, WW Dove in TRV, 10/22

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Early morning there was a White-winged Dove on the utility wires and in the trees around the north end of the community gardens near the intersection of Hollister St and Sunset Ave in the Tijuana River Valley. Mid-morning, Dean DiTommaso and I observed an adult male Summer Tanager and a fairly bright Varied Thrush in the tamrisks at the Bird and Butterfly Garden.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa


Re: Prairie Warbler refound

Justyn Stahl
 

Just to be clear, this is the La Jolla Colony Park bird (not the San Elijo bird) found this morning.

Relaying the message,
Justyn Stahl


On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 10:49 AM Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io <ornithomedic=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Further South on the same trail, next to"fit-trail station 12". In the trees, very active.
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Prairie Warbler refound

Jeff Spaulding
 

Further South on the same trail, next to"fit-trail station 12". In the trees, very active.
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA


Brown crested flycatcher in TRV

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

I just had a Brown-crested Flycatcher in the TRV, late morning on Tuesday, which started out in the community garden on Hollister then flew to the trees along the western extension of Sunset and then unfortunately continued into some eucalyptus inside the big horse coral establishment on the north side of Sunset where it is off limits. I'll wait around to see if it comes back, so this may be a needle in a haystack if it doesn't and stays on private property, although it did try to cavort with a couple cassins kingbirds along Sunset until the Kingbirds started chasing it. This bird has an especially huge entirely dark bill, also looks fairly large and has a medium to dark ash gray face and brown crown. But the bill size will really strike you as very large....if it can be refound, that is.

this should be the first-ever coastal record for San Diego County. There is an October record virtually the same dates as this for Santa Barbara County in the 1980s. I am not sure if there are any other coastal southern California records.

otherwise, the only thing of note in the TRV this morning was a slate-colored type Fox Sparrow at the dairy Mart ponds and a good count of 20 ruddy turnstones at the salt works, as well as nine black turnstones.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Blackburnian and Dickcissel continue

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The long-staying,  dull Dickcissel continues at the Sunset ball fields in the TRV on Tuesday morning, today hanging out, once again, with the House finch and Savannah sparrow flock. And from other birders comes news that the Blackburnian warbler continues also this morning at Sea Colony drive off of Voltaire, as described in yesterday's posts. speaking of yesterday, there was a getting late Northern rough-winged swallow along the San Diego River at mission valley.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Prairie Warbler - La Jolla Colony Park

Jay Desgrosellier
 

8:15 am Tuesday, October 22nd

Just found an immature Prairie Warbler in La Jolla Colony Park in UTC. It is a small park just west of Vons and Doyle park. It was found about 40 yards or 4 lightposts heading south on the trail from the main park, using the small trees and shrubs along the west side of the trail.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

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