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"vagrant" Little Blue Heron, Common Tern glut

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Saturday the 11th, an adult Little Blue Heron "inland" at the upper (eastern) end of Lower Otay Lake was a real surprise, as this might be the most inland record ever for the county (?). It is also possible that this bird wandered up from Mexico rather than being one of the local, coastal resident breeders. Lower Otay Lake, as does Sweetwater Reservoir, has somewhat lowered water levels currently, so there is mudflat and short-grass habitat in several shoreline areas, especially at the upper/east end along Otay Lakes Road. Also on the 11th, there was a healthy onshore total (in recent decades, that is, when decreasing in numbers) of 53 Common Terns on south San Diego Bay, about half each adults and one-year-olds, with 36 birds on the drawn-down saltworks pond where the Semipalmated Sandpiper is, 8 at the J St. mudflats, and 9 at Emory Cove. The flock of 43 summering Surf Scoters continues off Camp Surf.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Semipalmated Sandpiper

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Early Saturday morning, the 11th, there is a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper on the lowered saltworks pond that is a third to half a mile east of the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. At least 8 Common Terns, both one-year-olds and adults, are mixed in with the Elegants and Royals at the J Street / Marina Parkway mudflats.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Two out of season coastal birds today

Stan Walens
 

This morning, a yellow-rumped warbler briefly visited my yard in University City.
This afternoon, while walking out to Dog Beach from the dirt parking lot, I saw an American pipit in the dry area close to the walkway. I can’t recall offhand that there are any records of American pipit in San Diego in August.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 10, 2018; 4;45 p.m.

RF Booby

Nancy Christensen
 

Just pulled into Quivera Basin aboard the Privateer. A booby lifted out of the group of pelicans on the end of the south jetty - same area the RF Booby was seen yesterday. My photos are not great, but show a bird with a fawn colored head and tail that is paler than the back. The booby flew up the channel towards the boat basin and I lost sight of it as it dropped in. It was not on the bait barge and I did not find it elsewhere as the boat docked.

Otherwise at sea it was relatively quiet (we encountered a Minke whale pretty close to shore and we didn’t get too far offshore). A Nazca Booby joined the boat and it was in sight off and on for 20 minutes. A small jaeger also stayed near the boat for several minutes - possibly long-tailed. An all dark Pom Jaeger was near the entrance to the channel.

10 Aug 2018

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Bell's Vireo (most likely) in Point Loma, Aug. 10

Sara Baase Mayers
 

A gray vireo, most likely Bell's, was in our backyard around 9AM for
a few minutes. I'm not 100% certain because it appeared to have a white
eye ring, and Sibley shows more like a white line through the eye.
Here's what I saw:

Vireo, all gray, underside light to whitish gray, one light wing bar,
big black eye, white around the eye; it did not have "spectacles."
Fluttered tail and back end of wings a lot (didn't lift the whole wing);
moved quite quickly in the birdbath and nearby bushes where it seemed to
be picking off bugs. Clearly smaller than house finch in the birdbath at
the same time (but it didn't seem as tiny as I'd expect).

The only other bird that looks very much like what I saw is Gray
Vireo. I note Phil Unitt says in the Atlas that the few reports of Gray
Vireo during migration may be misidentified Bell's. We had a Bell's in
our yard Aug. 15, 2010. Alex Abela photographed a Gray Vireo at Point
Loma Nazarene University in May 2016.


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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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continuing Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-9-18

Robert Patton
 

Presumably the same individual Pacific golden-plover observed last week off Seacoast Dr was observed yesterday (8/9) at Border Field State Park.  It was on the fringes of a large roosting flock of black-bellies and snowies on the beach about 200 yds north of the horse trail at least from 8:30 to 9:40 am, seen by me & Lea Squires.  It showed relatively bright yellowish wash to face, bright spangling on the back & upper wings, & a few remnant black spots/speckling on the breast & belly, smaller size & finer bill than adjacent BBPLs.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 august

Robert Patton
 

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 August.  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

Solitary Sandpiper

Edward Henry
 

This morning about 7:30 a.m. at Mission Dam I walked to the edge of the pond (which is usually flowing over the dam but has greatly receded), turned to the right and spied a Solitary Sandpiper. Links to the Flickr photos are below. 

Ed Henry



Solitary Sandpiper

Edward Henry
 

This morning about 7:30 a.m. at Mission Dam I walked to the edge of the pond (which is usually flowing over the dam but has greatly receded), turned to the right and spied a Solitary Sandpiper. Links to the Flickr photos are below. 


Re: RF Booby

Nancy Christensen
 

We checked Quivera Basin, the bait barge, and drove over to the north jetty to look for the booby. No luck. Multiple fishing boats have been pulling in with clouds of gulls and such. My guess is that this bird accompanied some attractive boat into the harbor and is simply out of sight. Of course that is only a guess...

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Aug 9, 2018, at 5:35 PM, Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

At 5:30 the bird is NOT in sight.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

RF Booby

Nancy Christensen
 

At 5:30 the bird is NOT in sight.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Red-footed Booby still present

Guy McCaskie
 

Red-footed Booby still present toward the end of the Mission Bay south jetty, at base of tower, viewed from Dog Beach at 3:25pm.

 

Guy McCaskie

Red-footed Booby

Jeff Spaulding
 

Following Brennan Mulrooney's alert on WhatsApp, I found the Red-footed Booby sitting toward the end of the Mission Bay south jetty. I viewed it from Dog Beach. From my view, it was sitting in front of the ladder of whatever the structure is on the end of the jetty. It sat facing away from me and preening for the 20 minutes or so I watched it. Side note, there is alot of available parking West of Rob Field in the dirt lot. Access is an alley north off West Point Loma Ave. past Bacon St. The lot at Dog Beach was quite full.

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Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

TRV Community Gardens 8-9-18

Eric Kallen
 

I visited the community gardens this morning before it got too warm.  Nothing new to report.

Northern Cardinal - favors the giant sunflower seed heads in the Garden
Western Tanager 2 males
Blue Grosbeak, female attending a begging fledgling.  5
Hooded Oriole 3
Black-headed Grosbeak f
Yellow Warbler 2
Common Yellow-throat 6
OC Warbler 2
YB Chat
Red-shouldered Hawk 2

I later stopped by Nestor Park and Tesoro Grove - nothing worthwhile.

Eric Kallen

San Dieguito Rd Horse Pastures has open fresh water pond and shorebirds, August 8

Susan Smith
 

While helping Jayne Lesley and Joanne Kellogg do a make-up bird count for Area 2 in the monthly San Dieguito Lagoon count today, noticed that there is a nice pasture pond developing again at the 'Horse Pastures'  viewable from the more eastern end of the  pullout area along San Dieguito Rd  just east of the Fairbanks Ranch golf course.  Today, even during the heat of the day at about 10 am,  it had Black-necked stilts, dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope and Least Sandpipers there.  While you definitely need a scope, and can't easy view all parts of the pond because of vegetation and the blockage of the fence railing, it is a good place to check out. Also,  Tri-colored Blackbirds have joined Red-wings and Brewers Blackbirds and Cowbirds at the Horse Park (to the west, at corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, Del Mar) since they have set up the stables and there are lots of manure and feed around.  Bell's Vireos are still singing there and we noticed a lot of shot hole borer damage of willows along San Dieguito Creek. 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 



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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 7AUG 2018

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed a male SUMMER TANAGER this afternoon, 7AUG2018, at Villa La Jolla Park feeding on insects in the central northern section of the park. Given the coastal location, this is presumably an early arriving eastern subspecies fall migrant. According to SD Bird Atlas the arrival dates for these birds are in September. So it appears that this bird is at least 3 weeks early. Photos are in following ebriid report.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47718729

 

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Whale watching pelagic

Nancy Christensen
 

Today, Aug 7th, Mel and I ventured offshore aboard the Privateer hoping to escape the heat. The captain headed west northwest on a beeline to go see some offshore bottlenose dolphins, where we reached a point 12 miles offshore. The birdiest section of the trip was within 5 miles of shore. In the first hour we had a strong stream of Black-vented Shearwaters going past. We were happy to have good looks at several Red Phalaropes and two Sabine’s Gulls. The REPH were single widely separated birds, several of which were behaving like storm-petrels. They flew, jerked into direction changes, and dropped suddenly to the surface, taking off again immediately. We tried to photograph each to make certain they really were not fork-tailed storm-petrels, but they were indeed phalaropes. This was just a behavior I had not witnessed before. Heading back towards shore, at about 4 miles off of La Jolla (according to the captain) we encountered a large dispersed feeding group of dolphins, terns, and a couple of thousand shearwaters. Many of the shearwaters had eaten so heavily they were unable to fly, and dove beneath the surface to avoid the ship.

We are about 2 weeks from the next pelagic trip, and that ship is sold out. Should you decide to go out whale watching to look at birds, I thought I would point out that San Diego Whalewatch has reduced prices on Tuesday and Thursday ($35 each). For the other days you can always find a Groupon that allows you to book on any day for $26 each. If you pay full price you are not doing your homework!

 

Checklists with some photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713384

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713426

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Olive Sided Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing

Tuck Russell
 

Yesterday morning I tried for the Brown Crested Flycatcher seen at Scissors Crossing.  I dipped on that bird, but I found a local vagrant Olive-Sided Flycatcher instead. eBird justifiably flagged it as rare, and indeed, the SD Bird Atlas contains no reports for there, either.  The nearest known location for them is the Volcan Mountain area, several miles back up Banner Grade.  Perhaps a migrating bird that started slightly off course.  I'd be surprised if it stayed.  Definitive photos were obtained, one showing the distinctive dorsal white patch, and are in my checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47700946

Fleeing the heat, I went to look for Dusky Flycatcher and previously reported Indigo Bunting along the California Riding and Hiking trail east of Paso Picacho CG.  Dipped on those birds, too.  I actually parked at Trout Pond trailhead, and the first thing I saw was a White Tailed Kite foraging across the road, basing operations in the lone large snag there.  I have photos if documentation is needed.  It surprised me to see one this high up, but per the SD Bird Atlas, this is the one area in the county where they do occur at that altitude.  Indeed, a search of eBird showed that Terry Hurst reported one about four months ago at Lake Cuyamaca.

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Tijuana Bird & Butterly and Ball Fields

Roger Uzun
 

Went down to the Nestor area and birded the Ball Fields off Sunset and the Bird & Butterfly garden.  White-Tailed Kite seen hawking in the field across from the ballpark.  Lots of swallows feeding there as well.  Vermilion Flycatcher male is in the middle area with the yellow flowered trees blooming.  I didn't get there until 9:30 and it was not active, staying in the trees not really hawking on the fenceline.  Many Say's Phoebes, Black Phoebes and a few bluebirds were hawking in the area.  

In the bird & butterfly garden there was a male cardinal checking out the sprinkler heads in the middle area just west of the house.  Sort of the middle amphitheater area.  Lots of warblers, only ones I could positively ID were Yellow Warblers.  Some Hooded orioles as well. Both sites had a lot more Allen's Hummingbirds than Anna's.  A bit reverse of the norm although both are common there most years.  This year its like 75% Allen's.  Usually its the reverse.

With hot days you should plan on arriving there before 7:30 AM I think, it was pretty birdy but I feel it was much more active before I arrived.


-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

LJ Cove feeding frenzy right now

Stan Walens
 

At least 10000 birds
2-3k elegant terns
6k+ black vents
82 storm petrels, a high count for me from shore
No boobies

Stan walens
9:00 am