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Today 115 Swainson's Migrated From Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

We had many kettles of hawks today and 115 migrated. Flying ants were the target for an hour or so. Caterpillars are now showing up in isolated locations. We expect lots of Swainson's Hawks in the next 3 weeks of prime migration time. I will send out a note if many come in this evening. We now are approaching 300 folks on the ALERT list. To subscribe to the list just send a request to Raptorhal3@...

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Vermilion Bonanza

Paula Theobald
 

Today, I located 5 pairs of vermilion flycatchers on the defunct golf course in Bonsall. All males were aggressively defending their territory. I wasn't able to walk to the far northern part, I think another pair is likely in that area. Also, I have had a pair in past years in the area on the south side of the course across Camino Del Rey, another location that I didn't check very well today. 

Some cleanup has been done on the course so habitat is better than last year. Apparently, there was a good amount of flooding which cleared off even more tumbleweeds. The creek that runs through the golf course is about 25 feet across in some places and running strongly. The ponds at the back of the vacant hotel overflowed their banks, leaving some low places flooded. That area is worth keeping an eye on. Below is my list for the morning.

US-CA-Bonsall-31474 Golf Club Dr - 33.2882x-117.2129
Mar 8, 2017
8:28 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
150 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
8 White-faced Ibis
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
20 American Coot
6 Eurasian Collared-Dove
20 Mourning Dove
6 Anna's Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
10 Acorn Woodpecker
2 Nuttall's Woodpecker
2 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
6 Black Phoebe
1 Say's Phoebe
10 Vermilion Flycatcher -- 5 pairs, well seen and heard. I didn't cover north portion or the area on other side of Camino deal Rey so I wouldn't be surprised to find 2 more pair. The males were actively defending territory. 
18 Cassin's Kingbird
1 Hutton's Vireo
1 California Scrub-Jay
3 American Crow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Bushtit
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 House Wren
8 Western Bluebird
2 Northern Mockingbird
50 European Starling
1 Phainopepla
1 Common Yellowthroat
12 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Song Sparrow
60 Red-winged Blackbird
5 House Finch
4 Lesser Goldfinch
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 38


It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!

Swainson's Hawks Trickling Into Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today 54 Swainson's Hawks migrated from Borrego Springs. This evening 35-45 Swainson's Hawks flew into town. They are located at the Date Farm on Borrego Valley Rd., 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. LIft-off tomorrow should be between 8 and 9am.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Wintering White-throated Sparrow

gingerj5@juno.com
 

Rose Canyon Golden eagle

Jim Roberts
 

At 3:30 this afternoon (3/6/17) I saw a large, distant raptor about 1/4 mile west of Regents on the main trail through Rose Canyon.  I had a camera but no bins.  The bird soared out from the south rim being harassed by a raven.  I immediately thought Red-tailed hawk, the default large raptor in the canyon.

I only had time for a couple shots before it disappeared to the south.  I didn't think much about it until I got home and discovered a couple blurry shots of a large raptor, all dark underneath, with a little white on the tail and a golden head....Golden eagle...the first I've seen in the canyon.


                                               Jim Roberts

                                               University City


Re: Neotropic Cormorants, Lower Otay Lake

Matt Sadowski
 

Checklist with photos and details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35017666

Matt Sadowski


On 3/6/2017 3:37 PM, Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
 
Matt Sadowski is reporting TWO NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS at Lower Otay Lakes, one in alternate plumage, one not. They are on driftwood about 1/4 mile north of the boat ramp (the typical gulling spot) and it may be possible to view them better by taking the trail that runs north from the north end of the parking lot.

Just the messenger,
Justyn Stahl

Eur x Am wigeon hybrid SDRP Mar 5th

Steve Perry
 

Hi All,
Jayne Lesley and I observed this hybrid during the SDRP count yesterday. It was at the west end of the large pool west of I-5, south of the San Dieguito River, associating with Am wigeon. While this area is off limits to the public, the bird may move to the river channel or the F&W pond south of the bird's current location, and could be observable from San Dieguito Road.


Steve Perry
Solana Beach

Neotropic Cormorants, Lower Otay Lake

Justyn Stahl
 

Matt Sadowski is reporting TWO NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS at Lower Otay Lakes, one in alternate plumage, one not. They are on driftwood about 1/4 mile north of the boat ramp (the typical gulling spot) and it may be possible to view them better by taking the trail that runs north from the north end of the parking lot.

Just the messenger,
Justyn Stahl

Eur x Am wigeon hybrid SDRP Mar 5th

Steve Perry
 

Hi All,
Jayne Lesley and I observed this hybrid during the SDRP count yesterday. It was at the west end of the large pool west of I-5, south of the San Dieguito River, associating with Am wigeon. While this area is off limits to the public, the bird may move to the river channel or the F&W pond south of the bird's current location, and could be observable from San Dieguito Road.


Steve Perry
Solana Beach

FOS Hooded Orioles in Vallecito - March 4, 2017

Britta Lee Shain
 

3 Hooded Orioles - 2 Male and 1 female - chattering at hummingbird feeder Saturday morning at 8:15AM and continuing through today. Also, a pair of Lawrence Goldfinch) atop a Carob at 10:30AM on (3/4/17). 

Britta Lee Shain
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Nancy Christensen
 

Dave Povey has relocated the lesser black-backed gull at the flooded field south of the sod farm on Dairy Mart Road. 10:40 on Monday

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Painted Redstart, Surfbirds, Hammond's F/C, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter

Dave Batzler
 

Matthew Binns and I took Bay area birder George Peyton out today to see some of the continuing rarities:

The Crown Point PAINTED REDSTART is still present, working the Carrotwood & Eucalyptus Trees.  The PLUMBEOUS VIREO, Formosa Slough, was not found.  SURFBIRDS present on the North Mission Beach jetty/flood control channel.  The HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continues in the small pine trees immediately adjacent and south of the Marston House.  We did not find the HEPATIC TANAGER.  The female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was present at Glorieta Bay, just adjacent the Navy Seal Training facility. The female LONG-TAILED DUCK is still present at the Coronado Tidelands Park, just adjacent the Bayshore Bikeway and the bridge.
Dave Batzler    
Carlsbad, CA


Re: Black-vented shearwaters, La Jolla Cove 5/5/17

John Walters
 

On 3/5/2017 2:15 PM, Stan Walens stan.walens@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
 

Was at the Cove from 6:45-10:15 today, hoping the incoming storm would bring something interesting close to shore.

No such luck.

The same 2500 or so BVSH that have been present for several weeks were streaming past.
No alcids, other tubenoses, or anything seabirdish other than 3 parasitic jaegers.

Yesterday on the Hornblower, in water that the wind made too disheveled to see alcids on, we headed straight south out of San Diego Bay to the Mexican border.
Birds were practically nonexistent.
Not a single booby on any of the buoys. Only about 2 dozen black-venteds.

Now, if you like hummingbirds, don’t watch this little nature film: maybe 10 seconds long.


Back when the Spoffords had their backyard nature center in Portal, AZ, Mrs. Spofford used to periodically appear at the back door and feed hamburger to the local Roadrunner. I was told that otherwise, it would pick off the hummingbirds at their feeders.

John Walters
Bonita, CA
johnfwalters5552@...

Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull, TRV 3/5

Charles Jackson
 

Sorry Mauro, I see I misspelled your name! I was driving and using microphone to write.

Charles


On Mar 5, 2017, at 14:31, Charles Jackson socalbirder8@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Thank you, Jim, for posting this.

Just a quick update.

I arrived at about 1 o'clock. Guy was just leaving, and Matt and Minolo were on the scene. At that very moment all the gulls lifted off at once and I thought I had just missed it.

But Minolo was keeping an eye on it in flight, and then when they settled back down, Matt was able to relocate it again on the mud. Somewhat distant view. Stood by watching for about a half an hour and then it vanished when our attention was focused elsewhere. We could not locate it again and the three of us gave up. 

Charles


On Mar 5, 2017, at 11:04, James Pawlicki jmpawli10@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Second-cycle LBBG currently with RBGU and CAGU flock in flooded Tijuana River just S of sod farms.



Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull, TRV 3/5

Charles Jackson
 

Thank you, Jim, for posting this.

Just a quick update.

I arrived at about 1 o'clock. Guy was just leaving, and Matt and Minolo were on the scene. At that very moment all the gulls lifted off at once and I thought I had just missed it.

But Minolo was keeping an eye on it in flight, and then when they settled back down, Matt was able to relocate it again on the mud. Somewhat distant view. Stood by watching for about a half an hour and then it vanished when our attention was focused elsewhere. We could not locate it again and the three of us gave up. 

Charles


On Mar 5, 2017, at 11:04, James Pawlicki jmpawli10@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Second-cycle LBBG currently with RBGU and CAGU flock in flooded Tijuana River just S of sod farms.



Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Black-vented shearwaters, La Jolla Cove 5/5/17

Stan Walens
 

Was at the Cove from 6:45-10:15 today, hoping the incoming storm would bring something interesting close to shore.
No such luck.

The same 2500 or so BVSH that have been present for several weeks were streaming past.
No alcids, other tubenoses, or anything seabirdish other than 3 parasitic jaegers.

Yesterday on the Hornblower, in water that the wind made too disheveled to see alcids on, we headed straight south out of San Diego Bay to the Mexican border.
Birds were practically nonexistent.
Not a single booby on any of the buoys. Only about 2 dozen black-venteds.

Now, if you like hummingbirds, don’t watch this little nature film: maybe 10 seconds long.



 Stan Walens
Still fuming about the slaty-backed gull in San Diego

Lesser Black-backed Gull, TRV 3/5

James Pawlicki
 

Second-cycle LBBG currently with RBGU and CAGU flock in flooded Tijuana River just S of sod farms.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Kit Carson "Panhandle" is Closed

michaelwienholt@...
 

North County birders should know that the area off Las Palmas Avenue known as the "Panhandle" is now closed by a fence and posted as private property just beyond the pecan grove. The trail is eroded due to flooding.

Michael Wienholt
Escondido, CA

Thirty-seven Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

This evening (March 4) 37 SW's are roosting in the Date Farm. They were observed coming in low suggesting that they may have been feeding. Earlier today 17 Swainson's Hawks migrated after spending a few hours aerial feeding on flying ants. Tomorrow morning if it is windy as predicted, the hawks will take off very early. So far no caterpillars have been found in the valley. However, flowers are putting on quite a show. Sometime this week caterpillars will start to show up along with hundreds of hawks (hopefully).

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs

Lewis' woodpecker continues - Dehesa

Jim Roberts
 

At noon today (3/4/17), John Martin's LEWIS WOODPECKER (reported 1/26/17) was still present along Dehesa Road, .4 miles west of Sloan Canyon Road.  Still on utility poles and trees right along road.


                                    Jim Roberts

                                      University City