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Painted Bunting & Frigatebird

T Loefke <brackenbadger@...>
 

Second attempt...


At around 1:20 this afternoon (Sep 4th) we had amazing views of both the male and female Frigatebirds from the southwest end of Shelter Island. The pair soared the length of Point Loma twice while we watched them. When we left, two other birders were still watching them.

We then continued on to the TRV community gardens. The continuing female type Painted Bunting is still present and hanging around roughly the same area.
We found it at around 2:30pm. The bird flew from roughly the center of gardens and landed somewhere in the willows between the community gardens and butterfly gardens. It did not re-emerge while we were there, but we heard it's chip note call later.

--Trysten Loefke
Valley Center

Hornblower, Sep 2 & 4

Stan Walens
 

Jane Mygatt and I did 2 Hornblower whale-watching trips this weekend, the end of their season.
We covered a total of nearly 100 miles on the 2 trips!
Mile after mile was birdless. We got 14-16 miles offshore, and mostly to the NW of the tip of Pt. Loma.
Saturday we got 10-12 miles west of La Jolla.
To my chagrin, one of our companions spotted 2 thresher sharks—a species I have been looking for for almost 35 years now and not seen—that disappeared before I could get to the rail to see them.
Sue Smith: where are you when I need you? [FYI: esteemed local birder, Sue Smith, is a world expert on thresher sharks, but that hasn’t done me any good.]

On 9/2 we came across one large flock of black-vented shearwaters with about 350 birds in it. about 25 seen elsewhere on the trip.
4 pink-footed shearwaters and 1 sooty.
5 black storm-petrels and 1 ashy.
1 Cassin’s auklet; 1 common tern. 10 red phalaropes. 1 brown booby, 1st-cycle. 1 parasitic jaeger

Today, we saw a flock of about 200 black-vented shearwaters. no more than a half-dozen elsewhere.
1 sooty, 3 pink-foots.
no alcids. 4 commic terns. no boobies. no storm-petrels; no phalaropes. but the water surface was completely tessellated and the light leaden gray. not great conditions.
3 jaegers: 2 poms and 1 parasitic

We were just about to leave the dock at 9:00, and I was checking my emails one last time before setting my phone to airplane mode for the next 4 hours, and I was in the process of telling Jane that this was perfect weather to watch for frigatebirds in, when Gary’s post on the frigatebird at the bait docks came in. We immediately found 2 birds circling over the Seaport Village area. I dictated a post about them, and between my heavy Philadelphia accent, the fact that I’d had a pre-trip pitcher of strawberry margaritas and the limits of my dictation program [you should see how many different phrases the program changed “frigatebird” into] I posted that we had seen 2 freaking birds. Sorry; didn’t catch that AI mistranslation.

On the way back into the harbor, we saw 3 frigatebirds soaring over Ft. Rosecrans; one was not as high as the 2 others and may not have been visible from the cemetery. At that time, the female Gary had first spotted was no longer on the mast on the bait dock. We had the male, the female, and a bird with a slightly whiter head. I don’t know if one of those was the bird Chris Adler had seen come into the harbor on the fishing boat, or if there were 4 frigatebirds total in the harbor today.

Stan Walens
San Diego

Painted Bunting & Frigatebird

T Loefke <brackenbadger@...>
 

At around 1:20 this afternoon (Sep 4th) we had amazing views of both the male and female Frigatebirds from the southwest end of Shelter Island. The pair soared the length of Point Loma twice while we watched them. When we left, two other birders were still watching them.

We then continued on to the TRV community gardens. The continuing female type Painted Bunting is still present and hanging around roughly the same area.
We found it at around 2:30pm. The bird flew from roughly the center of gardens and landed somewhere in the willows between the community gardens and butterfly gardens. It did not re-emerge while we were there, but we heard it's chip note call later.

--Trysten Loefke
Valley Center

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Charles Jackson
 

Sorry, that bird I called juv. was a female blown up on the computer. So I only saw adult male and female birds.

Charles


On Sep 4, 2017, at 14:18, Charles Jackson socalbirder8@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Stan:

I saw them from Shelter Island up there about that time (1240), circling over for Rosecrans, so I jumped in the car to run up to get a closer look. Everyone was poking along and it was about a 20 min drive! When I got there they'd moved back down over the bay to the east.

I left FRNC at 1:50 and a juvenile was circling very high above the bay in front of Shelter Island.

Charles


On Sep 4, 2017, at 12:38, Stan Walens stan.walens@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Both Frigatebirds circling over the cemetery and the Cabrillo national Monument at this minute
Stan Walens

Frigatebird

Nancy Christensen
 

Two frigatebird in view at 5:15 from west end of Shelter Island. One with white on breast, maybe on head, seen only briefly and may be at the bait barge. The male with the missing primaries on his left wing has been circling all over the end of the bay, quite high.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

I have to say this.......

Mark Stratton
 

Thank you yet again Gary Nunn for another great bird today.  Even though Gary's official address is FRNC, he has put me on many many lifers.  Thank you again Gary.

Mark Stratton
North Park

Missing Harris Hawk Julian

K London
 

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Charles Jackson
 

Stan:

I saw them from Shelter Island up there about that time (1240), circling over for Rosecrans, so I jumped in the car to run up to get a closer look. Everyone was poking along and it was about a 20 min drive! When I got there they'd moved back down over the bay to the east.

I left FRNC at 1:50 and a juvenile was circling very high above the bay in front of Shelter Island.

Charles


On Sep 4, 2017, at 12:38, Stan Walens stan.walens@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Both Frigatebirds circling over the cemetery and the Cabrillo national Monument at this minute
Stan Walens

Frigatebird, Baird's etc.

Christopher Adler
 

Following up on my What'sApp post, I tried to see the Frigatebird from Shelter
Island with binoculars but couldn't make it out. 

However, at 11am the large trawler Rival passed by the bait docks with tons of birds 
around it, and sure enough there was a Frigatebird perched on a wire on the boat. 
I have some terrible distant photos. Its back was toward me so it just appeared all dark, 
but the shape and bill were distinctive. 

It rode the boat as it headed into the bay, rounding North Island. 

In other news in Imperial Beach this am: the Baird's Sandpiper continues at Surf Camp. 
On the beach south  from Seacoast Dr. two Brown Boobies were plunge-diving close to 
shore. And there was a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow on the beach.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Christopher Adler
 

Following up on my What'sApp post, I tried to see the Frigatebird from Shelter
Island with binoculars but couldn't make it out. 

However, at 11am the large trawler Rival passed by the bait docks with tons of birds 
around it, and sure enough there was a Frigatebird perched on a wire on the boat. 
I have some terrible distant photos. Its back was toward me so it just appeared all dark, 
but the shape and bill were distinctive. 

It rode the boat as it headed into the bay, rounding North Island. 

In other news in Imperial Beach this am: the Baird's Sandpiper continues at Surf Camp. On the beach south 
from Seacoast Dr. two Brown Boobies were plunge-diving close to shore. And there was a 
Large-billed Savannah Sparrow on the beach.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens



On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 9:21 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Adult female still sitting on the bait dock at 9:20am.  Get some photos from the Hornblower as you go by plz!

Gary Nunn


On Sep 4, 2017, at 9:17 AM, Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:

Jane Mygatt and I are on the horn blower and we have two freaking birds circling above Seaport Village one is an adult male the other looks like it could be a female but it's too far away. Gary says his Frigatebird is still sitting at the back dock.  will be there in 10 minutes.
Stan Walens

San Diego

On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.

Watching it 8:50am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach




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Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Stan Walens
 

Both Frigatebirds circling over the cemetery and the Cabrillo national Monument at this minute
Stan Walens

Frigate bird flying over point Loma this minute

Stan Walens
 

Do you adult female Frigatebird is flying over the radar station about a mile south of Point Loma cemetery it should be easily visible from the road to the cemetery

Stan walens

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Thomas Myers
 

At 11:50 viewing from FRNC , saw the female MAFR circling over bait barges 100-200' up, then it drifted east over the new ? Old ? Dolphin pens where it was joined by a male MAFR , then both circled and drifted/vanished by noon.

Thomas Myers
Point Loma/Famosa Slough




On Monday, September 4, 2017, 11:40 AM, C K Smith stlbirdman64@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:

 

Magnificent Frigatebird circling east of FRNC, west of bait barge now

CKSmith
Shelter island


On Sep 4, 2017, at 09:13, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Frigatebird is now sitting atop a small pole at the Bait Dock, San Diego Bay. Shelter Island or Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery are best options for long scope views. Quite good from columbarium area west side of cemetery.

Gary Nunn



> On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:
>
> There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.
>
> Watching it 8:50am.
>
> Gary Nunn,
> Pacific Beach
>
>

Frigatebird(s)?

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

Hi folks it appears that some kind of filter is only releasing your emails through much later than when they are being written. If anybody is currently looking at a Frigatebird bird at 12:30 p.m. on Monday September 4th, please call me up on my cell phone: 909.241.3400
Tom Miko at a gas station in San Diego
Claremont LA County

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

C K Staurovsky
 

Magnificent Frigatebird circling east of FRNC, west of bait barge now

CKSmith
Shelter island


On Sep 4, 2017, at 09:13, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Frigatebird is now sitting atop a small pole at the Bait Dock, San Diego Bay. Shelter Island or Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery are best options for long scope views. Quite good from columbarium area west side of cemetery.

Gary Nunn



> On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:
>
> There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.
>
> Watching it 8:50am.
>
> Gary Nunn,
> Pacific Beach
>
>

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Johnny Galt
 

Frigatebird sosring over bay between
N midway and carrier piers at north island , viewable naked eye st Coronado ferry Landing 0953


On Sep 4, 2017, at 9:13 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Frigatebird is now sitting atop a small pole at the Bait Dock, San Diego Bay. Shelter Island or Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery are best options for long scope views. Quite good from columbarium area west side of cemetery.

Gary Nunn



> On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:
>
> There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.
>
> Watching it 8:50am.
>
> Gary Nunn,
> Pacific Beach
>
>

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Kerry Ross
 

I'm seeing a perch MAFR on bait dock on tall thin poll/mast from Shelter Island but it's pretty far away.

Kerry Ross
Bay Park

On Sep 4, 2017 9:24 AM, "Stan Walens stan.walens@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]" <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Jane Mygatt and I are on the horn blower and we have two freaking birds circling above Seaport Village one is an adult male the other looks like it could be a female but it's too far away. Gary says his Frigatebird is still sitting at the back dock.  will be there in 10 minutes.
Stan Walens

San Diego

On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.

Watching it 8:50am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Gary Nunn
 

Adult female still sitting on the bait dock at 9:20am.  Get some photos from the Hornblower as you go by plz!

Gary Nunn


On Sep 4, 2017, at 9:17 AM, Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:

Jane Mygatt and I are on the horn blower and we have two freaking birds circling above Seaport Village one is an adult male the other looks like it could be a female but it's too far away. Gary says his Frigatebird is still sitting at the back dock.  will be there in 10 minutes.
Stan Walens

San Diego

On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.

Watching it 8:50am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Stan Walens
 

Jane Mygatt and I are on the horn blower and we have two freaking birds circling above Seaport Village one is an adult male the other looks like it could be a female but it's too far away. Gary says his Frigatebird is still sitting at the back dock.  will be there in 10 minutes.
Stan Walens

San Diego

On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn garybnunn@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.

Watching it 8:50am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

Re: Bait dock - Frigatebird 8:50am, Sep 04, 2017

Gary Nunn
 

Frigatebird is now sitting atop a small pole at the Bait Dock, San Diego Bay. Shelter Island or Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery are best options for long scope views. Quite good from columbarium area west side of cemetery.

Gary Nunn

On Sep 4, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

There is at least one frigatebird over the bait dock San Diego Bay. I am looking from FRNC atop the hill.

Watching it 8:50am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

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