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misc. continuing rarities, & La Jolla

Paul Lehman
 

The past few days, Barbara Carlson has been poking around various parts of the county and has seen the following continuing stakeouts:

5 April: LONG-TAILED DUCK off south end of Tidelands Park (just north of bridge) in Coronado

4 April: LONG-EARED OWL at Tamarisk Campground, INCA DOVE at Roadrunner Club entrance, and 2 LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS at Lake Henshaw

3 April: THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Poggi greenbelt (this bird often lingers into late April)

On Weds, we did an early-morning seawatch at La Jolla and had the 3 continuing BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, 500+ Black-vented Shearwaters very close to shore, and an excellent movement of many hundred northbound Pacific Loons and good numbers of northbound Forster's Terns; be sure to fully AVOID this area this coming Friday-Sunday due to a big event happening w/ no parking

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Least Bitterns at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

There were three Least Bitterns at Santee Lakes Tuesday evening (about 6 to 6:30 PM).  Two separate birds were calling from cattails on the west side and the northwest corner of Lake 6.  A third bird was seen out in the open at the edge of the cattail mass at the northwest corner of Lake 7.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

jscls@...

Long-tailed duck continues

Nicole Desnoyers
 

The long-tailed duck continued yesterday (4/3) off Tidelands Park, Coronado.

Nicole Desnoyers
San Diego/San Clemente Island

Tamarisk Grove Long-eared Owl

Charlene Glacy
 

Janis Cadwallader and I saw the Long-eared Owl in the tree behind cabin 17 at 8:45 this morning.

Charlene Glacy
San Diego

San Diego Botanic Garden Bird Walk: Orchard Oriole, pair Acorn Woodpeckers, continuing DC Flycatcher, Monday April 3

Susan Smith
 

On Rita Campbells monthly bird walk today, highlights today were a female type Orchard Oriole, two Acorn Woodpeckers (first ones seen here since 2006), and the continuing Dusky-capped Flycatcher.  The Orchard Oriole may have been wintering locally (tho I dont think here in the SDBG) and possibly passing  though here on the move, not sure. Details on list below:    Sue Smith, Del Mar, CA

San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego, California, US
Apr 3, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Area
20.0 ac
Comments: Rita Campbell's monthly bird walk. Mostly cloudy with some sun at the end near the end of the walk. Temps 60-76 deg F; wind 0-5mph from the South. Unusual occurrences: Orchard Oriole, two Acorn Woodpeckers, continuing Dusk-capped Flycatcher.
43 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard 2
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 15
Anna's Hummingbird 7
Rufous Hummingbird 1
Allen's Hummingbird 8
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 19
hummingbird sp. 2
Acorn Woodpecker 1 Two birds perched close together (a pair?)at the top of a Torrey Pine tree above a cork oak tree at the northwest corner of the Lawn Garden. Two medium-sized black and white woodpeckers with clownish face pattern--with white eyes against dark eye patch and nape, and cream forehead and chin. Picture to follow. The last Acorn Woodpecker seen here in the garden was recorded in June 2006. A small population of these birds once nested here during the years 1987-2005-6, and represent the only instance of this species colonizing an artificial oak habitat (cork oak).
Nuttall's Woodpecker 3
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2
Black Phoebe 3
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1 Continuing wintering bird seen at the NW corner of the Lawn Garden just south of the waterfall overlook, near the gazebo, about 10:45 am. Smallish Myiarchus with little if any discernible red in the tail, and distinctive mournful Peee-ur vocalization
Cassin's Kingbird 2
Hutton's Vireo 2
California Scrub-Jay 4
American Crow 11
Common Raven 1
Bushtit 6
House Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 8
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 2 flyovers
Cedar Waxwing 9
Orange-crowned Warbler 7
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 50 multiple males singing
Townsend's Warbler 3 males singing
Wilson's Warbler 2
White-crowned Sparrow 22
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
California Towhee 6
Spotted Towhee 9
Western Tanager 3
Orchard Oriole 1 Female type Orchard Oriole in blooming coral tree near Seeds of Wonder Garden, with numerous yellow-rumped warblers, feeding on nectar. Like a small Hooded Oriole with a shortish tail (more proportional to a warbler body-tail length ratio), and smaller bill with straight culmen; body and head with a greenish yellow cast, and wings with contrasty wingbars. Tail flicks.
Hooded Oriole 3
House Finch 34
Lesser Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 5
Scaly-breasted Munia 9

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Although the migration has slowed down, we still have some hawks to come. Today (Sunday April 2) 100 Swainson's Hawks migrated. This evening (Sunday April 2) approximately 35 SW's dropped into the Date Farm on Borrego Valley Rd. We are now approaching 12,000 hawks for the season. Wind should pick up early tomorrow so hawks will begin migration anywhere from 7-9am.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Solitary Sandpiper; Borrego Springs 2 APR 2017

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed and photographed a SOLITARY SANDPIPER today, 2APR17, at the WTP – Settling Ponds in Borrego Springs. It was associating with a Dowitcher. Photo is included in eBird report.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35658163

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Broad-billed Hummingbird in Blair Valley (Anza-Borrego) - Thurs 3/30/17

Eitan Altman
 

Not my bird, but spreading the word.....

Someone posted in a Facebook bird ID group a male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD that was labeled as being seen in Anza-Borrego SP.  I probed for details, and was informed it was seen this past Thursday (3/30/17) in (quoting) "Blair Valley, near the pictograph trail on Thursday. People would need to know that this is about 6 miles down a 4x4 road. Not easily accessible"
 
Likely unchaseable as I assume it's gone by now, but wanted get word out just in case!

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird at Lindo Lake

Donald Johnson
 

There was one scene on today's bird count as well in Del Mar


On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 9:21 AM, jstock@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
wrote:
 

There was one male Yellow-headed Blackbird at Lindo Lake early Sunday morning April 2.  It was first seen in the patch of reeds in the water at the far eastern end of the eastern pond; but it did move around a bit.  Other interesting or continuing birds included a Sora, the continuing drake Canvasback in the eastern pond, and the long-timer Greater White-Fronted Goose.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

jscls@...

Singing Thrush

Steve Cameron
 

This morning I heard a thrush singing in a neighbor's yard at some distance. Over a period of about 30 minutes it went through its long routine twice.  Presumably it was a Hermit Thrush since there have been one or two in our neighborhood since October and no Swainson's heard or seen so far this spring.   


Also, a brood of Western Bluebirds occupying a nest box have hatched, tended by two males and one female. This brood hatched about a month earlier than previous years.  Other birds nesting include House Wren and Black Phoebe. Orange-crowned warblers singing.  


Steve

Encinitas


   

 

Del Mar male Yellow-headed Blackbird, Sunday, April 2

Susan Smith
 

This morning while conducting the San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count, Joni Ciarletta and I had a beautiful singing male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, which was going back and forth between the triangular freshwater pond SSW of the Del Mar Public Works property (west of Jimmy Durante Blvd, east of the RR tracks), and a seed bird feeder in the backyard of a house just west of the RR tracks nearby.   This 'pond' has usually been dry in recent drought years,  but with all the recent rains, it is now now full of freshwater, with bullrushes and other vegetation  lining it.

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


Thailand

mikewittmer0582@...
 

I've booked a trip to Thailand at the beginning of Feb 2018.  Do any of you have any suggestions on guides or places to stay?  I'm particularly interested in the Spoonbill Sandpiper.  Thank you, in advance, for any help you can provide.

Yellow-headed Blackbird at Lindo Lake

Jeremiah Stock
 

There was one male Yellow-headed Blackbird at Lindo Lake early Sunday morning April 2.  It was first seen in the patch of reeds in the water at the far eastern end of the eastern pond; but it did move around a bit.  Other interesting or continuing birds included a Sora, the continuing drake Canvasback in the eastern pond, and the long-timer Greater White-Fronted Goose.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

jscls@...

Solitary Sandpiper Los Peñasquitos

crazed4birds
 

I was alerted to a Solitary Sandpiper this morning by Max Leibowitz. As of 2:20 PM the bird is still at the location described, working around the pond. Easiest access at West entrance.

Scott's Oriole

john_a_martin@...
 

Saw a Scott's Oriole in my yard in Jamul (just north of Lyons Peak) on the 26th and 27th.  Heard it again today but couldn't see it.  Kind of on the western fringe for Scott's Oriole.


John Martin

New yard bird!

Catherine Zinsky
 

Had two Band-tailed Pigeons on the property today, mostly on the roof  waiting to get to one of the feeders.  Heard them before I found them, as I kept looking in the trees.  Silly me.

Hummingbirds so far include Allen's, Rufous, and Anna's.  The Rufous are truly aggressive!

Though hardly indigenous, there has been a Toucan visiting here in Crest as well.  This is apparently the one often seen in Alpine since August and who is now widening his territory.  Utterly amazing to see flying overhead!


Photos on my flicker, listed below.

Happy birding! 

--
Waggin' tails,

Catherine


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Summer Tanager Nestor Park

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON
 

Summer tanager seen along with hooded orioles m&f in north side  of Nestor Park around 11am in the eucalyptus.

  https://flic.kr/p/TbHwir

Also seen in the drainage area black and white, townsend's, orange crown warblers and pacific slope flycatcher.  


Re: Palm Warbler Encinitas

Matthew Binns
 

A palm warbler was present in Lower Cottonwood Creek Park (i.e. west of the 101) in trees along the stream this morning. Yesterday morning, 28th March, there was a presumably continuing black and white warbler at the visitor centre area, San Elijo lagoon.


Matthew Binns, Leucadia


Re: Very sad news

Ann Hannon
 

Agree Mark hope I do not "get in trouble" but I am completely devastated over the news regarding Vic.  He was a very special gentle and compassionate person and a lasting influence in our birding community. 


On Mar 28, 2017, at 7:20 PM, Mark Stratton zostropz@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I know this isn't a bird sighting and I hope I don't get in trouble for this but a very good friend of most of us, has passed away.  Many of you may already know but I just found out today.  Mr. Vic Murayama, you will truly be missed.  You were always incredibly nice to me and helpful too.  RIP Vic.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

Very sad news

Mark Stratton
 

I know this isn't a bird sighting and I hope I don't get in trouble for this but a very good friend of most of us, has passed away.  Many of you may already know but I just found out today.  Mr. Vic Murayama, you will truly be missed.  You were always incredibly nice to me and helpful too.  RIP Vic.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park