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Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

580 Swainson's Hawks migrated today 3/19/17. This evening (3/19) 400 plus hawks dropped into the valley. Tomorrow we might have a breeze that will get them migrating a bit earlier than usual. Expect take-off anywhere from 7-9am unless the wind dies down. Best viewing from Borrego Valley Rd. about 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. This season 7,396 Swainson's Hawks have migrated through Borrego Springs. The flowers are still in profusion as are caterpillars. The hawks are attracted to the White-lined Sphinx Moth caterpillars a favorite food item. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Plumbeous vireo still at Famosa Slough

Andy Rathbone
 

The Plumbeous Vireo continued at Famosa Slough this afternoon, in the area just north of the dirt parking lot:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35288467

That area has two small trails that each loop around a reed-filled marsh. The bird spent most of its time in the scrub where the sides of those two trails meet.

I thought I saw the Black and White warbler in the same area, too, but couldn't be sure. It's worth keeping an eye out if you're passing through.

No sign of the Tropical Kingbird either there or in the slough's north channel.

Andy Rathbone
San Diego

Pelagic Cormorants....

Sam Marsh
 

Had two pelagic cormorants flying out from rocks near the caves at the shell shop in la Jolla today around noon. Only seen flying out...have pictures of BIF if anyone is interested.

Sam Marsh
Rancho bernardo



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Re: Huge changes at Cuyamaca

Terry Hurst <thurstycat53@...>
 

I visited Lake Cuyamaca and Stonewall Mine today. There were approximately 30 Violet-green Swallows at the Stonewall Mine area. That was about it for spring migrating birds. A lot of bright Yellow-rumped Warblers. All the waterfowl with the exception of Canada Geese, American Coots and a few Mallard have moved on.

Terry Hurst
Santee



On Mar 19, 2017, at 5:01 PM, vic_warren@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

We went up to Cuyamaca this morning and couldn't believe the way the rain has increased the size of the lake. I've attached a photo showing the changes. Very dramatic. 


http://www.vicwarren.com/lake-cuyamaca

T

D Must be too early for many birds other than the usual suspects,. but we did see two Bald Eagles, flying about tree height. They crossed the neck of the lake at the bridge, then up toward Stonewall Mine.y Hurst

Santee


FowlGood birding,


Vic Warren and Laurel Scott

Mission ca

Huge changes at Cuyamaca

Vic Warren
 

We went up to Cuyamaca this morning and couldn't believe the way the rain has increased the size of the lake. I've attached a photo showing the changes. Very dramatic. 


http://www.vicwarren.com/lake-cuyamaca


Must be too early for many birds other than the usual suspects, but we did see two Bald Eagles, flying about tree height. They crossed the neck of the lake at the bridge, then up toward Stonewall Mine.


Good birding,


Vic Warren and Laurel Scott

Mission Valley

Inca Dove in Santee

Brennan Mulrooney
 

While out in my back yard this morning, I was shocked to see an Inca Dove fly into my pepper tree. After I got my spotting scope so I could try to digiscope it, I whistled its song and it immediately flew out onto my roof, then up into my olive tree where I was able to get a couple of shots before it flew into a denser portion of the tree and sang quietly. 


I have filled my feeders and there are plenty of birds in the yard, but I haven't seen or heard it again since 12:30. 


If it becomes chaseable, I will post again. For now I would imagine it could be anywhere around Santee Lakes or in someone else's yard in the neighborhood (east of the south end of Santee Lakes).


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35285967


Brennan Mulrooney

Santee, CA

COMMON GROUND-DOVE

Timothy Burr
 

While coming in from my patio today, 19 March 2017, about 1215, I heard a call, which at first sounded like the low moaning call of a Roadrunner, but I quickly realized it was not a roadrunner but a dove!  I then saw a very short-tailed, smallish dove fly into my tree.  However, the branches were obscuring it.  I ducked into my home, ran to get my spare binocs, came back and it had moved, but I could still hear the call.  I carefully went out with my camera to get a photo but it was blocked by branches again and this time I saw a second dove.  As I crept forward they both flew before I could get a photo, unfortunately.  I then listened to the Cornell Master List of BNA recordings of the Common Ground-Dove and they were a perfect match for what I and my son Andrew heard.

Tim Burr
Poway, CA


Re: Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.

Mike Gonzales
 

Hi Mark, you stated my sentiments exactly: "This is what I've been waiting so long to see!" Never could I have imagined when my wife and I made reservations 2 months ago for a weekend stay in Borrego, that this was going to be a record-breaking migration for Swainsons. Yesterday we drove from our hotel to meet up with Hal and others at the new Di Giorgio viewing mound from 8:15-10am when the three large kettles were forming to the east of Borrego Valley Rd. At that pt., Hal suggested folks drive over to the evening viewing site on Borrego Valley Rd. to get a closer look, which we did, and then OMG! we were treated to one of the most incredible sights I've ever experienced as thousands upon thousands of hawks kettled only a few hundred feet directly overhead.

As the kettle moved north, we jumped in our car and drove a little further north on Borrego Valley Rd., but still south of Henderson Canyon Rd., where the kettle just seemed to settle there for about half an hour, with the bottom of the kettle only about 100 feet above us. I even had to dodge a few droppings to prevent white-washed bino's! After the kettle broke up and headed northwesterly toward Coyote Canyon, we continued to be treated to a seemingly endless stream of hawks flying toward Coyote Canyon, again only a few hundred feet directly above us.

Car loads of flower-seekers stopped along the sides of the road to ask what we were looking at, and when we explained they all temporarily suspended their flower searches and got out of their vehicles to similarly take in the majesty of the migration. My heart was gladdened as I overheard parents sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with their children. There were also several foreign tourists who asked us the same question in broken English, and then also got out of their cars to join in the fun!

A final note. I really want to recognize and promote and thank Hal Cohen! While waiting on the viewing mound in the hot sun before the kettles formed, Hal was so entertaining and knowledgeable and gracious and humble, as he diverted any discomforts about the heat and instead focused us on the Swainson's life cycle with his beautiful photo board. It is so qbvious that Hal was a teacher for many years b





From: "Mark Stratton zostropz@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]"
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@...
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:04 PM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.

 
First of all, I apologize for a lame post earlier.  Between bad cell area's and looking at my phone in the sun, I made a terrible report.  As you have seen by now, we had an incredible day with the Swainson's Hawk.  Lift off was somewhere around 9:15 with what we were estimating to be about 800 birds in 3 kettles, all real close to each other, it was awesome.  When the birds went streaming off, we followed and had them right over our heads.  We went to the end of DiGorgio Rd. (spelling), and as our birds flew out through the canyon, others appeared from the east bring our total to as many as maybe 1000 to 1200.  When we thought the show was over, we headed back and as we passed the old morning count site, we saw that Hal and others were there.  Up over the mountings, there were hundreds more.  Everytime a kettle streamed away, another appeared.  Incredible day.  At the end of it all, I believe the count was 3713 total.  This is what I've been waiting so long to see.

Before the hawks lifted off, we went to the Sewage ponds and were unable to find the Yellow-headed Blackbird.  There was nothing unusual there.  A few Sora's were the best birds there but I did hear a Thrasher singing in the distance, but could not see it.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park


SD River, Robb Field - Laughing Gull, 18 Mar 2017

Gary Nunn
 

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 at 2:15pm there was a first cycle LAUGHING GULL on the sandbar in San Diego River channel, opposite the Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

East County on Saturday

Jeremiah Stock
 

Birded several spots in East County on Saturday and saw the following: 2 female-type Hooded Mergansers on the pond at Dos Picos County Park near Ramona.  2 adult Bald Eagles were seen on the ground on the eastern shore of Lake Cuyamaca.  The northeastern arm of Lake Cuyamaca has filled recently and the eagles were observed from Sunrise Highway (S-1) at Milepost 37.  1 singing male Black-chinned Sparrow was seen at close range along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Laguna Mountains. The sparrow was approximately 1/4 mile north of the Pioneer Mail Trailhead/Picnic Area.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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Re: White-collared Seedeater — Somewhat belated

John Walters
 

On 3/18/2017 10:51 AM, John Top jjtop@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
�
I took my daily constitutional yesterday at Lake Miramar and carried my binoculars. I stopped and scanned the habitat at the 1 mile marker and there was quite a bit of activity but the birds remained hidden in the thick cover. I finally got a good clear look at a female.

I saw nothing at the 3.5 mile marker.

FWIW � The Seedeaters appear to be establishing themselves here and moving inland. I haven�t really been looking for them recently, but the only other one I have seen was a single bird at Dairy Mart and that was several years ago.

They seem to be doing better here than in Texas. I have looked for them along the river in the Rio Grande Valley, and although I have seen them there, I have seen far more drug runners than Seedeaters � a less than pleasant added dimension to a birding outing.

Note that the White-collared Seedeaters found locally are a different subspecies than the ones occurring in south Texas. Our race is from central Mexico and is more colorful than the Texas birds.

John Walters
Bonita, CA
johnfwalters5552@...

Mergansers

phil Pryde
 

At around 2:45 this afternoon the yellow-eyed imm. male Hooded Merganser was in the SW corner of Pond 1 at Santee Lakes, as described in yesterday’s posting by J.Stock.  The other HOME and the female Common Merganser that were mentioned were not seen, although they could easily have been in locations other than those described yesterday. 
 
Phil Pryde,
San Diego 



Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

This evening (Sat. March 18) Over 200 Swainson's Hawks descended into the valley. Tomorrow will be another good day for viewing. Best viewing from the evening site on Borrego Valley rd. or check in with the counters on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. Take off probably between 9 and 10am.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.

Mark Stratton
 

First of all, I apologize for a lame post earlier.  Between bad cell area's and looking at my phone in the sun, I made a terrible report.  As you have seen by now, we had an incredible day with the Swainson's Hawk.  Lift off was somewhere around 9:15 with what we were estimating to be about 800 birds in 3 kettles, all real close to each other, it was awesome.  When the birds went streaming off, we followed and had them right over our heads.  We went to the end of DiGorgio Rd. (spelling), and as our birds flew out through the canyon, others appeared from the east bring our total to as many as maybe 1000 to 1200.  When we thought the show was over, we headed back and as we passed the old morning count site, we saw that Hal and others were there.  Up over the mountings, there were hundreds more.  Everytime a kettle streamed away, another appeared.  Incredible day.  At the end of it all, I believe the count was 3713 total.  This is what I've been waiting so long to see.

Before the hawks lifted off, we went to the Sewage ponds and were unable to find the Yellow-headed Blackbird.  There was nothing unusual there.  A few Sora's were the best birds there but I did hear a Thrasher singing in the distance, but could not see it.

Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

Epic day in Borrego Springs

Mark Stratton
 

Camille and I had an incredible day out in Borrego today with the hawk migration. I will let how report the total number tonight but it is a record-breaker what a fun day. return Mark and Camille Stratton North Park

An Astounding 3,713 Swainson's Hawks Were Counted Today 3/18/17 in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today Swainson's Hawks streamed through town continuously for over 2 hours. There were several kettles of over 2-3 hundred low enough to pick up easily. This number more than doubles the previous record of 1,673 from March 15, 2016. If hawks come in this evening I will post another account. Typically the Swainson's Hawks arrive around 4pm, spend the night, feed a little before departing. Today the hawks streamed in from points east and south. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Re: White-collared Seedeater — Somewhat belated

John Top
 

I took my daily constitutional yesterday at Lake Miramar and carried my binoculars. I stopped and scanned the habitat at the 1 mile marker and there was quite a bit of activity but the birds remained hidden in the thick cover. I finally got a good clear look at a female.

I saw nothing at the 3.5 mile marker.

FWIW — The Seedeaters appear to be establishing themselves here and moving inland. I haven’t really been looking for them recently, but the only other one I have seen was a single bird at Dairy Mart and that was several years ago.

They seem to be doing better here than in Texas. I have looked for them along the river in the Rio Grande Valley, and although I have seen them there, I have seen far more drug runners than Seedeaters — a less than pleasant added dimension to a birding outing.

John


On Mar 15, 2017, at 14:50, thomas meixner tlmeixner@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

For anyone who cares or is tracking them or just... 

I had a flock of 5 Seedeaters at Miramar Lake at the one mile marker on Jan. 26 and 1 female at the 3.5 mile marker today March 15

Tom Meixner


John



Hawk Migration Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today 633 Swainson's Hawks migrated. This evening over 300 hawks came in for the night. Migration tomorrow should begin sometime between 9 and 10a. For best viewing come to the count site on Di Giorgio Rd just south of Henderson Canyon Rd. The site is 2.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. 

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Mergansers at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Friday, mid-morning, there was a female-type Common Merganser on Santee Lake #4 and two Hooded Mergansers (1 female-type and 1 first Spring male) in the southwest part of Santee Lake #1.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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gull-billed & elegant terns south san diego bay & tijuana estuary

Robert Patton
 

Lea Squires just reported the first gull-billed tern of the season near the Tijuana River mouth, south of Seacoast Dr in Imperial Beach.  A few days earlier than average... 

Just a reminder to please report any gull-billed tern sightings away from their usual haunts around Salton Sea and San Diego Bay/Tijuana Estuary.

Numbers of elegant terns have increased rapidly over the past few days, with at least a couple hundred audible around South San Diego Bay saltworks yesterday morning.

Robert Patton

San Diego, CA