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Agua Dulce Creek

Gary Grantham
 

I had at least 3 Red Crossbills this morning (9/11/19)  between 0900 and 0930 at the spot Lisa Ruby previously described in her post.  It's where the draped toilet paper was last moved (easily visible) and where the two large dead logs span the creek.  There is still some water in this area but I don't know how long it will last.  Within a 100 yards up trail from this spot I had two Cassin's Vireos (one singing); Warbling Vireo - 6; Wilson's Warbler - 8; and Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1.  And even further up trail I saw one Hal Benham in basic plumage.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch


Mexican Whip-poor-will, Hooded Warbler, and listserv etiquette

Justyn Stahl
 

1. The Mexican Whip-poor-will that has been reported a couple times in the last few days was a false alarm - the recordings were of a Common Poorwill.

2. The Hooded Warbler, a male first reported by Michelle Haglund on 22 August, and likely there undetected all summer, is in a small overgrown alley turned into a city easement known as Wing Street Canyon, accessed from the west end of Wing Street (32.746, -117.216), between the Midway District and Loma Portal. Michelle has found a number of good birds in this area over the years, but it hasn't been on many (any?) other birder's maps. Certainly a spot worth checking with some frequency, but please be respectful of parking and people's privacy when birding near backyards and houses. Further evidence that there is still plenty to be discovered in San Diego away from the usual circuit of hotspots most birders check. 

3. When posting to SanDiegoRegionBirding, please reference *where* you were in your posts and *who* you are. Multiple recent posts have contained no observer information, and a signature is required per the rules of the listserv. As for location, not everyone is an eBird user, and nearly 1,000 people are subscribed to this list, so the more descriptive your emails are, the better the community will be served.

Thanks,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, where it is just as slow as mainland San Diego/Los Angeles


Re: Hooded no, Virginia’s yes!

Larry Edwards
 

Where, exactly, is the location to which your are referring?
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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA


Nutmeg Mannikins

Andy Brumbaugh
 

Mid morning today I spotted 2 Nutmeg Mannikins along the Bayshore Dr trail adjacent to restoration area.
Andy Brumbaugh
Carlsbad


Re: Hooded no, Virginia’s yes!

Mark Stratton
 

Well, Paul Marvin and myself were there a lot earlier than Anthony, but about 6:55 this morning, the Hooded was calling non stop for about 10 to 15 minutes just barely past the raised man hole covers, but it was on the left side of the dirt road, just before the bamboo.  We had two brief glimpses just over the chain linked fence and just over the wooden fence on the inside, that T's up against the chain linked fence, but basically, it did not cooperate very well.

Mark Stratton birding with Paul Marvin
San Diego

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:22 AM Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was unable to locate the Hooded between 1000-1100 am. However as I was finishing my list in the car an apparent VIRGINIA’s WARBLER landed in the tree just before the pavement turns to dirt on the right (west) side of the road. Seen at 1057 am on 9/11/19

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca 


Hooded no, Virginia’s yes!

Anthony Fife
 

I was unable to locate the Hooded between 1000-1100 am. However as I was finishing my list in the car an apparent VIRGINIA’s WARBLER landed in the tree just before the pavement turns to dirt on the right (west) side of the road. Seen at 1057 am on 9/11/19

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca 


Canada Goose flock at Santee Lakes, Wednesday morning

Jeremiah Stock
 

I am reporting this common species due to the unusual numbers for this location.  At 7 AM Wednesday, 9/11/19, I saw a flock of 45 Canada Geese fly in from the west, circle, and then land on Santee Lake #1.  The flock of geese is in addition to the 2 to 4 Canada Geese that have been resident at the lakes for some time.


New Yard Bird: painted bunting

Stan Walens
 

A bright female painted bunting visited our bird bath for a few minutes this morning.

If it hangs around I will welcome birders of good character to come sit in our dining room and look outside for it. : ))))

Stan Walens, San Diego
September 10, 2019; 11:35 am


La Jolla Cove, Sep 10: trash birds plus blue-footed booby

Stan Walens
 

Went to the Cove from 6:30-9:00, hoping to see Sabine’s gull. Did not see any.
The usual 2000-2500 black-vented shearwaters. From what I see from the paucity of black-vents from offshore reports, the Cove and La Jolla Canyon are where they are concentrated this summer.
No storm-petrels.
About 100 red-necked phalaropes.
2 brown boobies.
At 7:35, a late second-cycle or almost adult blue-footed booby flew determinedly north.
By the time you see this post, it will be in L.A. waters.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 10, 2019; 9:40 am


Crossbills Tues morning 10 Sep

C K Staurovsky
 

Starting at sun up and continuing for 90+ minutes until I left up to 13 Red Crossbills were well seen in the tall pine snag roughly 30m uphill of the tp marker as described in several previous posts. Giving flight calls as they came and went with a minimum of three present at all times, the birds preened and perched in the sunlight in the upper 20 feet of the tree. Numerous photos.
Cheers.
CK Staurovsky
El Cajon


Re: Probable Mississippi Kite North County (9/9/2019)

Jimmy McMorran
 

I should add this was at approximately 4:45pm. 
Thanks,
Jimmy
Leucadia, CA


On Sep 9, 2019, at 5:21 PM, Jimmy McMorran via Groups.Io <Bigshell53@...> wrote:

Hi Birders,
Just getting the word out that I had a very probable MISSISSIPPI KITE fly west to east. My location was at Leucadia Blvd, 1/4 mile from the coast it seemed to be flying in a southeasterly direction, but it all happened too quick. I ran in for camera and by the time I was back, approximately 20 seconds later I could not relocate it. It was in a glide and appeared to have mostly dark flight feathers and tail appeared black. Unfortunately it was naked eye, but and not too high up, so views were good but always want better. I'm familiar with WTKI and its plumages and also MIKI. Just giving a quick heads up. It's a tough pill to swallow because it would be an amazing yard bird that I will NOT count.
Good Luck if you look this eve or in the morning. I would but currently dealing with a flooding garage. TIme for new washing machine.
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA    

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Probable Mississippi Kite North County (9/9/2019)

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
Just getting the word out that I had a very probable MISSISSIPPI KITE fly west to east. My location was at Leucadia Blvd, 1/4 mile from the coast it seemed to be flying in a southeasterly direction, but it all happened too quick. I ran in for camera and by the time I was back, approximately 20 seconds later I could not relocate it. It was in a glide and appeared to have mostly dark flight feathers and tail appeared black. Unfortunately it was naked eye, but and not too high up, so views were good but always want better. I'm familiar with WTKI and its plumages and also MIKI. Just giving a quick heads up. It's a tough pill to swallow because it would be an amazing yard bird that I will NOT count.
Good Luck if you look this eve or in the morning. I would but currently dealing with a flooding garage. TIme for new washing machine.
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA    

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


results of mon 9 sept 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 9 September 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Annie Stockley (beach/offshore, west basin); Bradley Nussbaum, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Gail DeLalla, Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson, George Roland (S central basin Rios to I-5); Patti Koger, Steve Perry, Hans Petermann (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Kathy Aldern (Stonebridge mesa, nature center site); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove, Nature Center site).

89 species were reported.  Species of interest included pre-dawn common poorwill off Sta Carina, returning migrant shorebirds including red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes, a juvenile Sabine’s gull along the beach, late-lingering cliff swallow, yellow warbler, yellow-breasted chat, & black-headed grosbeak, and dispersing juvenile rock wren in Holmwood Canyon & loggerhead shrike NE of Sta Inez. 

 Species included:  pied-billed grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, Virginia rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., Wilson’s phalarope, red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Sabine’s gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl, common poorwill, 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, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, rock wren, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, loggerhead shrike, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia..

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 14 October.  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).

 R. Patton
San Diego, CA


Shorebirds in South Bay

Vic Warren
 

Late this morning we drove down to Bird and Butterfly, and it was pretty birdfree. The only thing of interest was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. We stopped at the ranger station on Dairy Mart Road and were rewarded with two California Thrashers, one up top on shrubs and singing vociferously.
More surprises at 13th St. in Imperial Beach. An offshore sandbar was jammed with birds, mainly Willets and Marbled Godwits, with a few Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and one Long-billed Curlew. The open water around the bay was dotted with dozens of Red-necked Phalaropes. A few minutes later, a very dark juvenile Peregrine Falcon arrived and started hovering about 20 feet high and studying the water. Eventually it dropped down and picked up a phalarope, flew to a nearby mudflat and started plucking it. A real thrill.

Good birding,
Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
Mission Valley


Pelagic Birds just south of the Border

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
Not in SD County, but thought I’d still share some birds I saw offshore not too far south in Mexico Waters on September 6, 2019. While this was a fishing trip it was hard to ignore the numbers of seabirds around.
Highlights:
(1) Black-footed Albatross
(1) Buller’s Shearwater
(1) beautiful adult Long-tailed Jaeger with full tail streamer circled closely several times. The only Jaeger of the day.

And easily the most Sabine’s Gulls I have ever seen at once and in a single day. Both adults and juveniles. Hard to get a good count but could have seen upwards of (100)individuals throughout the day, with a count of (42)in one scan. Amazing.

Only (2) Common/Arctic Terns

Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters very numerous.

Ashy, Leach’s, and Black Storm-Petrels in ho-hum numbers

And plenty of Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, ZERO boobies, except for the Nazca at the bait docks early that morning.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Continuing Red Crossbills seen today at around 5:15 pm, Agua Dulce, Laguna Mts.

Robyn Waayers
 

Gary Waayers and I hiked in to look for the crossbills, and found four (possibly five) Red Crossbills in the pine tree JUST to the E. of the draped bit of toilet paper (as described in earlier posts). They were just loitering in the tree initially, then moved around a bit in the pine, then moved slightly S. to some smaller trees adjacent to the trail. 

eBird checklist with photos here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59597409

Robyn Waayers
Julian

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Robyn Waayers
Julian


Los Penasquitos Lagoon

Gary Grantham
 

Kathy Estey and I did our portion of the Torrey Pines State Reserve bird survey this morning (9/7/19).  No rarities, but of note for this area was a Red-necked Phalarope in the small pond just east of the railway bridge and a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on a utility pole just north of Carmel Valley Road.  Both Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned have nested this year in a large Torrey Pine in this same area.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch


Re: Saw-whet Owl?

phil Pryde
 

Thanks, Mary. 
Phil 

On Sep 7, 2019, at 12:12 AM, Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman@...> wrote:

Hi Phil

In the 19 years surveying owls in the San Gabriel Mountains in lLA County, we have found one NSWO calling at around 5pm on a summer day.  Another NSWO we found called at 2:30pm one spring day.  It’s rare to hear one calling during the day in general.

Cheers!

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA

On Sep 4, 2019, at 8:10 PM, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:

Hi Geoff, Nathan, Bruce, Dan, Gary, and everyone, 
       Thanks for all of your interesting input.  Collectively all the input tells me there’s a simple answer to my original question, which was, “Did anyone else hear, or thought they heard, a Saw-whet Owl near the Crossbill site?” 
       The simple one-word answer seems to be, “no”. 
       So I’m happy to leave it at that, namely:   maybe  I heard a SWOW along the lower Agua Dulce trail. Or maybe not.  Or maybe someone will get a chance to tape the mystery call.  Or maybe the critter will send me a selfie. 
       At least I saw my FOS butter-butt, and a female selasphorus.   Whoopee. 
       Happy birding to all, and remember, you never saw a bird that didn’t see you first.  
Phil





On Sep 4, 2019, at 7:34 PM, Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:

Yes, all 3 are up there: chipmunk, ground squirrel, and owl. 
 
 
Geoffrey Rogers
San Diego, CA
 
From: Bruce Rideout [mailto:BRideout@...] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:20 PM
To: phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...>
Cc: Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saw-whet Owl?
 

Phil: It turned out the recording I was thinking of is a ground squirrel, which still sounds very similar, just slightly higher pitched. In my experience, these squirrel and chipmunk calls can carry quite a distance and pick up reverberations along the way that make them sound very un-chipmunk like. 

Bruce 


On Sep 4, 2019, at 9:39 AM, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:

Hi Geoff,  
       My “one second” interval was entirely a spur of the moment estimate - the calls were very quickly repeated and could easily have been less than a second.  But I won’t rule out chipmunk, either, except to say that the call seemed to be coming from a fair distance away, and if it was a chipmunk he would have needed a good set of lungs.  Do you have a recording of whatever sp. of chipmunk would have been up there? 
      Best, Phil 
 


On Sep 4, 2019, at 9:27 AM, Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:
 
Phil and all,
 
Not ruling saw-whet owl out but Birds of North America Online says calling speed is “about 2 per second.” I can vouch that an agitated saw-whet will briefly produce notes even faster. I think a speed nearing a second apart would be more in the Merriam’s Chipmunk range. 
 
Geoffrey Rogers
San Diego, CA
 
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of phil Pryde
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:17 PM
To: sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saw-whet Owl?
 
This morning (Tues.), while looking for the mythological Red Crossbill (aka the toilet paper bird), I heard at a distance an incessant call that seemed to meet the requirements for a Saw-whet Owl.  The loud sharp notes, a whistled sup, sup, sup . . . , were about a second apart, and went on and on and on . . .   
 
The Bird Atlas notes that it calls “rarely even at midday”.  I’d estimate it was about 9:30 a.m. when I heard it while at the toilet paper site. That would be near the southernmost portion of its regular range.  
 
Just wondering, if any one else who was up there looking for easily spotted wildlife (such as Bigfoot, Jimmy Hoffa, and purported Crossbills) also heard anything they suspected of being a Saw-whet Owl? 
 
 
 





Henshaw - Bairds

Nancy Christensen
 

Three Bairds Sandpipers seen at easterly end of Lake Henshaw Saturday morning. Very few other shorebirds seen

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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


Re: Saw-whet Owl?

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

All,

 

I’d think daytime calling has a connection with breeding season territoriality. On 2 Feb 2011, although a bit before breeding season, a saw-whet was calling without elicitation at 1:00PM near Thunder Spring, Palomar Mountain State Park. Over quite a few years I have no other full daylight records.

 

Yes, the simple answer to Phil’s question seems “no.” Thanks to him for reporting this originally.

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: Mary & Nick Freeman [mailto:mnfreeman@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:12 AM
To: phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...>
Cc: sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io; Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...>; Andie Jehl <dandiej@...>; Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...>; Bruce Rideout <BRideout@...>; Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saw-whet Owl?

 

Hi Phil

 

In the 19 years surveying owls in the San Gabriel Mountains in lLA County, we have found one NSWO calling at around 5pm on a summer day.  Another NSWO we found called at 2:30pm one spring day.  It’s rare to hear one calling during the day in general.

 

Cheers!

 

Mary Freeman

Glendale, CA

 

On Sep 4, 2019, at 8:10 PM, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:

 

Hi Geoff, Nathan, Bruce, Dan, Gary, and everyone, 

       Thanks for all of your interesting input.  Collectively all the input tells me there’s a simple answer to my original question, which was, “Did anyone else hear, or thought they heard, a Saw-whet Owl near the Crossbill site?” 

       The simple one-word answer seems to be, “no”. 

       So I’m happy to leave it at that, namely:   maybe  I heard a SWOW along the lower Agua Dulce trail. Or maybe not.  Or maybe someone will get a chance to tape the mystery call.  Or maybe the critter will send me a selfie. 

       At least I saw my FOS butter-butt, and a female selasphorus.   Whoopee. 

       Happy birding to all, and remember, you never saw a bird that didn’t see you first.  

Phil

 

 

 

 



On Sep 4, 2019, at 7:34 PM, Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:

 

Yes, all 3 are up there: chipmunk, ground squirrel, and owl. 

 

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: Bruce Rideout [mailto:BRideout@...] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:20 PM
To: phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...>
Cc: Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saw-whet Owl?

 

Phil: It turned out the recording I was thinking of is a ground squirrel, which still sounds very similar, just slightly higher pitched. In my experience, these squirrel and chipmunk calls can carry quite a distance and pick up reverberations along the way that make them sound very un-chipmunk like. 

Bruce 


On Sep 4, 2019, at 9:39 AM, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:

Hi Geoff,  

       My “one second” interval was entirely a spur of the moment estimate - the calls were very quickly repeated and could easily have been less than a second.  But I won’t rule out chipmunk, either, except to say that the call seemed to be coming from a fair distance away, and if it was a chipmunk he would have needed a good set of lungs.  Do you have a recording of whatever sp. of chipmunk would have been up there? 

      Best, Phil 

 




On Sep 4, 2019, at 9:27 AM, Geoff Rogers <rogersgl1952@...> wrote:

 

Phil and all,

 

Not ruling saw-whet owl out but Birds of North America Online says calling speed is “about 2 per second.” I can vouch that an agitated saw-whet will briefly produce notes even faster. I think a speed nearing a second apart would be more in the Merriam’s Chipmunk range. 

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of phil Pryde
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 10:17 PM
To: sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saw-whet Owl?

 

This morning (Tues.), while looking for the mythological Red Crossbill (aka the toilet paper bird), I heard at a distance an incessant call that seemed to meet the requirements for a Saw-whet Owl.  The loud sharp notes, a whistled sup, sup, sup . . . , were about a second apart, and went on and on and on . . .   

 

The Bird Atlas notes that it calls “rarely even at midday”.  I’d estimate it was about 9:30 a.m. when I heard it while at the toilet paper site. That would be near the southernmost portion of its regular range.  

 

Just wondering, if any one else who was up there looking for easily spotted wildlife (such as Bigfoot, Jimmy Hoffa, and purported Crossbills) also heard anything they suspected of being a Saw-whet Owl? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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