Date   
FOS Black Grossbeak

Ed Henry
 

On my feeder on Boulder Drive in La Mesa this morning. This one came four days earlier than any has come here in the past since I began keeping track.

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Swainson's Hawks Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today 738 Swainson's Hawks migrated out of town. They finally gave photographers a chance to get close looks. This evening around 150 SW;s dropped into the traditional feeding area. Wind tomorrow could be a factor influencing migration. If it is very windy early the hawks will depart before 7am. If we are lucky the wind will be lower and departure will take place between 8 and 9am. Check in with the counters on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. to find out where to observe the hawks. See  https://youtu.be/7k-d1_dA8tE for a view of today's hawks.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Horned Lark in Carlsbad

kevin@...
 

Howdy,

I saw a horned lark today which I've never seen before.   It was spotted on the east side of Avenida Encinas, just north of the Hoehn Porsche dealer.  There is a large field full of flowers and also full of birds.   I drove by yesterday by chance and saw a bunch of birds that I couldn't identify by eye so I came back today with my camera.  I'm pretty sure those birds were American Pipits, dozens of them, then a horned lark jump out of the bushes and landed on the fence for a great photo opportunity.  I just bought a new zoom lens so it worked out real well.  

Here are a couple photos of the horned lark.



What I'm guessing is an American Piipt



Thanks,

Kevin 



FOS Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday, 3/25/17

Mark Stratton
 

Just in case anyone is keeping track, I don't recall an FOS yet, but we had a Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday on that grade that goes out from Julian, through Banner Grade and down to S2.  Possibly the 79?

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

Re: Long-eared Owl

Mark Stratton
 

After Sonja and Michael left, a family literally walked directly through the trees, right under the Owl and he made himself really skinny and raised his head on alert, but stayed where he was.  He seems really acclimated.  

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 2:03 PM, mikewittmer0582@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Went looking for the owl.  Was joined by Justyn Stahl and another several other birders looking for the owl in the previously mentioned location.  No luck.  Justyn found the bird along the northern edge of campsite # 8 facing the roadway about 25 feet up.  (adjacent to my car-go figure)  Regardless, owl found and seemed content to stay in one spot.


Re: Long-eared Owl

Michael Beeve
 

Sonja and I also had the long-eared at campsite 8 overlooking the road at 11:00.  Thank you for informing the ranger as we had been there off and on for almost 4 hours by then.  Other highlights incl:
FOS Black-throated gray & Wilson's warblers, Warbling vireo, Ash-throated flycatcher, Bulloch's and Scott's oriole.  We also had American robin.  Good birding,
Michael
 
Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@...

Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today 1,248 Swainson's Hawks migrated from Borrego Springs. They were gone by 8am. This evening over 500 SW's are in town. They are located a few miles from watch points. Tomorrow if the wind dies down they will leave between 8 and 9:30am. If it is windy like today they will take off around 7am. The forecast is for diminishing wind in the morning (we hope). You might want to first go to the watch site on Di Giorgio Rd just south of Henderson Canyon Rd. This is the alternate watch site. From there you can decide where to position yourself for better views. The wind speed and direction will determine the direction of flight. Our season total is now 10,503 Swainson's Hawks. Our previous high season was 8,917 in 2016. There still are caterpillars and flowers in the valley. This means lots of folks here so there will be traffic coming into town as the day progresses. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Long-eared Owl

mikewittmer0582@...
 

Went looking for the owl.  Was joined by Justyn Stahl and another several other birders looking for the owl in the previously mentioned location.  No luck.  Justyn found the bird along the northern edge of campsite # 8 facing the roadway about 25 feet up.  (adjacent to my car-go figure)  Regardless, owl found and seemed content to stay in one spot.

continuing Blackburnian Warbler and Painted Redstart

Paul Lehman
 

On Saturday morning, the 25th, in the Mission Bay area both the Vacation Isle dull female BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and the long-staying Crown Point PAINTED REDSTART continue. The redstart will probably depart for the season soon, whereas the Blackburnian is still rather worn and will likely need to complete its early-spring molt before it migrates. The latter bird was a royal pain to see well today, moving about quickly and staying mostly hidden for a good percent of the time. Directions given in previous posts.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, April 2nd

Jayne Lesley
 

This is a reminder that the April 2017 San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count is next Sunday, April 2nd.  Everyone is welcome. 

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres Dr. (Turn right/south off of Via de la Valle when heading east from Hwy 5.  San Andres dead ends at the lagoon).  We divide into groups to count 5 areas, and coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for restricted areas.  

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables.  (Turn west off of Jimmy Durante Rd. just south of the Fairgrounds and bridge crossing the San Dieguito River.) Bring water and a snack or lunch.

Hope to see you next Sunday at the count! 

Jayne Lesley  (cell phone: 858-663-6568)  (e-mail: jaynelesley@...)

Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

If anyone is coming down for the weekend be aware, flower folks will be here in droves. Alternate routes into town include 78 and S2 both lead to S3 at Tamarisk Grove and into town. S22 could be backed up the Montezuma Grade. 

Today (Friday March 24) we had 162 migrant Swainson's Hawks. This evening we had well over 300 SW's drop into town. They are roosting in the same area to the east of Borrego Valley Rd. Today folks got great looks of kettles from Henderson Canyon Rd. You might want to check into the watch site on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. Hopefully the predicted wind for tomorrow (Saturday March 25) 10+ in the morning will not develop. If so, the hawks will fly early. If we have light wind the hawks will leave anywhere from 8-9am.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Long-eared Owl

phil Pryde
 

     Update for all Long-eared Owl hunters.  Another birder from Orange County and I looked for him (her?) in the area around cabin 18 at Tamarisk Grove today also without success.  So in desperation (as you know, men only ask for directions when desperate) I asked the ranger on duty if the owl had ever been reported from any perch other than around cabin 18.  He made a suggestion, and bingo, there it was! 
     So if you can’t locate it in the area from cabin 18 to cabin 21, try in the tamarisk tree(s) behind the chain link enclosure that protects a large gas cylinder that’s located behind (south of) the restroom building.  And don’t get warbler neck looking for him - he wasn’t more than maybe 12 feet above the ground.  Cute little dude (unless you’re a field mouse). 
     Bonus: while looking for the owl near cabin 18 I saw my FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher. 
     P.S.:  Don’t even think of going into the town of Borrego Springs the next two days!  
 
Phil Pryde 
San Diego 

Borrego and Tamarisk Grove

Catherine Zinsky
 

Went to view the wild flowers today and stopped at Tamarisk Grove to hopefully see the Long-eared Owl.  It wasn't meant to be:-(  Even stopped to try again on our way back from Borrego Springs, but no luck.  THere were quite a few disappointed birders milling around beside myself.  Thank heavens the flowers compensated!

Some highlights were:
Costa Hummingbird
Lincoln Sparrow
Scott's Oriole
White-winged Dove
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Verdin
FOS Warbling Vireo

Some photos on my flicker below.

Happy birding!

--
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Catherine


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La Jolla: Ancient Murrelets & Black Scoter

Paul Lehman
 

A Friday early-morning seawatch at La Jolla produced a group of 3 ANCIENT MURRELETS flying north out at the limit of identifiability. This continues the small offshore influx of this species that began back in about late February. The other highlight was a drake BLACK SCOTER. A total of ca. 400 Black-vented Shearwaters is good for late March, but it hopefully is not a sign that current breeding conditions to the south are mediocre.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Again More Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today (Thursday 3/23/17) 192 Swainson's Hawks migrated. This time directly over the watch site. High but good views. This evening 75+ SW's dropped into town. Tomorrow (Friday 2/24/17) we should see lighter wind so migration out of town should take place between 8 and 9:30am. We reached a landmark today as totals for the season hit 9,081 Swainson's Hawks. This number shatters the best season's total (2016) of 8,917 SW's. With 23 days left for the season, it conceivable that we could reach 10,000 Swainson's Hawks. Check with the watch site tomorrow morning to find the best place to view the hawks. The alternate site is located just south of Henderson Canyon Rd. on Di Giorgio Rd. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Where to find Yellow-Headed Blackbirds

Roger Uzun
 

I headed out to Borrego Springs Mon/Tues of this week hoping to see the Yellow-Headed Blackbird that had been reported at the holding ponds south of town, no luck..

Does anyone know of a good spot in the county where I could reliably find a male yellow-headed blackbird to get photos/video?  If not in San Diego County perhaps somewhere reliable in Imperial County?

I did manage to see some Swainson's Hawks kettling and feeding in the fields, and the wildflowers are really vibrant this year out there.


-Roger Uzun

Short video of Anza-Borrego hawks/wildflowers  -




Re: Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove

Nancy Christensen
 

This checklists has photos of the owl from both Mel and myself: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35359936

 

Taken while there with Sara and Keith. We spoke to the ranger and he said the owl had been there are least 2 weeks (so throughout the flower frenzy when the campground was full). Someone else has told me that it has been posted on the sightings board since the bird festival, so closer to a month. I guess that teaches us all to read that sightings board each and every time!

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@... [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@...] On Behalf Of Sara Mayers sarabirding@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:24 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@...
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove

 

 

After an absence of several years (as well as I know), there is now
a Long-eared Owl in the Tamarisk Grove Campground in Anza Borrego State
Park. Our group (alerted by a notice on the whiteboard at the ranger
booth) saw this slim, elegant bird, with its long tufts blowing in the
heavy wind, at midday today. It was in a tamarisk just behind the
picnic table at Cabin 18. A camper told us it had been in the same
tree for a few days.

Several bighorn sheep were on the hillside across the road from the
campground.

Early in the morning we had looked for Lucy's Warblers in the
mesquite bosque but did not see or hear any.

=====================
Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@...
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Black and White Warbler and Tropical Kingbird continue at Famosa Slough

Andy Rathbone
 

The wintering Black & White Warbler was back foraging in the pine tree at the foot of Mentone this morning. The Tropical Kingbird was on the telephone wires just north of the pine tree. No sign of the Plumbeous Vireo.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35377095


Andy Rathbone

Point Loma


Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove

Sara Baase Mayers
 

After an absence of several years (as well as I know), there is now
a Long-eared Owl in the Tamarisk Grove Campground in Anza Borrego State
Park. Our group (alerted by a notice on the whiteboard at the ranger
booth) saw this slim, elegant bird, with its long tufts blowing in the
heavy wind, at midday today. It was in a tamarisk just behind the
picnic table at Cabin 18. A camper told us it had been in the same
tree for a few days.

Several bighorn sheep were on the hillside across the road from the
campground.

Early in the morning we had looked for Lucy's Warblers in the
mesquite bosque but did not see or hear any.

=====================
Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@...
======================

Swainson's Hwks Migration Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today Wednesday March 22 only 45 SW's migrated. However this evening (3/22) we counted 135 SW's that stayed over for a second day and another arriving 75 for around 200 now in town (March 22). Unfortunately it is hard to predict when they may take off tomorrow with windy conditions predicted. With a lull in the wind tomorrow they may wait until 9 or 10am to depart. Also, we don't know what direction they may take. If you are in town you can go to the alternate count site for directions. This site is 200 yards south of Henderson Canyon Rd on Di Giorgio Rd. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs