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Point Loma N. Parula

Brennan Mulrooney
 

Late this morning I found a Northern Parula singing in the yard across the street from 530 Silvergate Ave in Point Loma. The bird spent time in the blooming silk oak trees behind the house as well as in the trees along the road. It was singing often.

Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Possible red-eyed vireo PLNU

Nicole Desnoyers
 

I photographed what appears to be a red-eyed vireo at Point Loma Nazarene University just before 10:00 this morning (5/23). The encounter was brief and I didn't have the opportunity to see the bird through bins. Brennan arrived shortly after but we have not been able to re-find the bird. The location was at the beginning of the trail that goes north along the fence from the Garden Street entrance.

Nicole

Spotting scope suggestions

tskartsiaris@...
 

Fellow birders-

 

Would like to purchase a spotting scope.

 

Budget would be around $500.

 

Any suggestions?

Thoughts on the Alpen 20-60X80?

 

Thank you,

Terry

 

Terry Skartsiaris
16775 Addison Road, suite 470
Addison, Texas 75001
972.735.2811

 

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Both American golden plovers continue

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Both the alternate male and the mostly basic plumage American golden plovers continue on Tuesday morning at the salt Works pond at the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. Also 30 red knots and a black Turnstone with two ruddy turnstones. The golden plovers did not arrive until around 6:20 a.m.

Paul Lehman, Curtis Marantz, Dave Povey,. San Diego

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American golden plover

Nicole Desnoyers
 

The breeding plumage American golden plover continues off 13th St this evening (22 May). I quickly found the bird through the heat haze when I arrived at 4:45. I stuck around for better looks once the heat haze subsided and had the bird in view until 6:00. It did briefly disappear between 5:30 and 5:50, during which time Guy arrived and left, so he may find this report dubious. He and I both observed a few black-bellied plovers walk into view from the far side of the mud patch, likely where the golden plover went for 20 minutes. There was also a black-bellied plover in breeding plumage in the group.

Nicole

San Diego 21 May pelagic trip results

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The 12-hour, Buena Vista Audubon sponsored, San Diego pelagic trip aboard "Grande" on Sunday, 21 May, visited the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks out to a distance of about 30 miles offshore. The big star of the show--the county's second-ever COOK'S PETREL--unfortunately made only a brief and moderately distant appearance behind the boat, to be espied and quickly photo'd only by an attentive Jimmy McMorran, but the identity of which (the bird, that is) was determined only with the subsequent close examination of the photos. It was seen ca. 25.6 mi/41.2 km west of La Jolla, just inside the 30-Mile Bank in the San Diego Trough. Jimmy has kindly posted a couple of his photos; see his post earlier today for the link.

Here are the day's totals from offshore waters only, once we had well cleared Point Loma:

Brant: 5

Red-necked Phalarope: 2

Scripps's Murrelet: 7

Cassin's Auklet: 17

Sabine's Gull: 2

Heermann's Gull: 2

Western Gull: 325

California Gull: 1

Least Tern: 5

Common Tern: 8

Elegant Tern: 50

Red-throated Loon: 1

Pacific Loon: 3

Common Loon: 1

COOK'S PETREL: 1

Pink-footed Shearwater: 85

Sooty Shearwater: 95

Black-vented Shearwater: 26

Ashy Storm-Petrel: 5

Black Storm-Petrel: 250

BROWN BOOBY: 17 (good count)

Double-crested Cormorant: 2

Brandt's Cormorant: 7

Brown Pelican: 45

Yellow Warbler: 1

Wilson's Warbler: 1

The next San Diego pelagic trip is a 12-hour trip on Sunday, 11 June, aboard "Grande" out of Point Loma Sportfishing. See sandiegopelagics.com for more details.

--Paul Lehman and the Grande leaders, San Diego

Cook's Petrel Photos (5/21/17)

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,

Below are links to photos of the COOK'S PETREL seen on May 21, 2017 during the 12-hour pelagic trip aboard Grande. These images are heavily cropped due to the distance of the observation.



Good Birding
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

TWO American golden plovers at Salt works

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Monday morning there are two different American golden plovers in the salt works pond visible from the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. A scope set at high power is needed. They are in a flock of about 30 or 40 black-bellied plovers, 19 red Knots, and 40 short billed dowitchers at a high tide roost. High tide this morning was at 7:30 a.m. Presumably When the tide goes out the birds will leave and feed elsewhere. One of the birds is a full alternate male found yesterday elsewhere at the salt works by Lea Squires, and the new bird is a very dull mostly basic plumaged individual with a limited dark belly smudge but a bold white supercilium contrasting with a dark crown. Look for the birds both right from the end of 13th as well as by walking down the bike trail to the east a hundred yards.

I will post pelagic trip results from yesterday's trip later this afternoon. And Jimmy Mcmorran will post a link to his Cook's Petrel photos later today as well.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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White-eyed Vireo

Charles Jackson
 

Not seen or heard in/near original location reported yesterday (by S. Smith) in Pt. Loma residential between 0625 and 0655 today (5/22/17). But, may still be there.

Charles

W-e Vireo and other miscellanea--and a Cook's Petrel teaser!

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The Point Loma (Rosecroft) White-eyed Vireo was still present at the same address as of 6PM Sunday, and photos were obtained. Also a Swainson's Thrush and 13 getting-late Cedar Waxwings there.

In other news over the past couple days, a Reddish Egret continues on south San Diego Bay, there were 3 adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and a getting-late adult male Red-br Merganser at the Tijuana Estuary, and getting late Redhead and pair of N. Shovelers at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar.

Results of today's San Diego pelagic trip will be posted tomorrow, but the only rarity was a "mega" seen briefly and at a distance, but photo'd, by one attentive participant and not identified until soon after the fact from the photos: a COOK'S PETREL (just inside the 30-Mile Bank). The bird was NOT seen at all by everyone else on board.... boo hoo!

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Re: White-eyed Vireo Sillvergate neighborhood, Point Loma, May 21

Max Leibowitz
 

White-eyed Vireo relocated briefly in a very dense tree around 4:15 pm till I lost it right after that glimpse of it between 3704 and 3646 Rosecroft Lane. Around the same area as Sue Smith had it earlier this morning. Was silent for me though when I saw it. It moves around very quickly so for those going to look either this evening or very early tomorrow morning be prepared. 
Max Leibowitz 
Torrey Hills 


On May 21, 2017, at 1:40 PM, Susan Smith seiurus@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

While birding the Pt. Loma Silvergate neighborhood this morning, there was an adult male  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK singing atop a large tree across from 702 Albion Street @ 7:45 am, and a loudly  singing WHITE-EYED VIREO at 3704 and 3646 Rosecroft Lane, first discovered at about 9:15 am, which took a while for be to get a glimpse of.  During the time it was vocalizing, between  9:15 and about 10 am, it gave only brief views from within the foliage  before I lost track of it when it stopped vocalizing at about 10.  An Olive-sided Flycatcher was flycatching from a tall pine at 3711 Dupont.  There were many, many Yellow Warblers, and some other western migrants too.  The grosbeak was probably the same one seen in the Silvergate neighborhood a week or so ago.  

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


White-eyed Vireo Sillvergate neighborhood, Point Loma, May 21

Susan Smith
 

While birding the Pt. Loma Silvergate neighborhood this morning, there was an adult male  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK singing atop a large tree across from 702 Albion Street @ 7:45 am, and a loudly  singing WHITE-EYED VIREO at 3704 and 3646 Rosecroft Lane, first discovered at about 9:15 am, which took a while for be to get a glimpse of.  During the time it was vocalizing, between  9:15 and about 10 am, it gave only brief views from within the foliage  before I lost track of it when it stopped vocalizing at about 10.  An Olive-sided Flycatcher was flycatching from a tall pine at 3711 Dupont.  There were many, many Yellow Warblers, and some other western migrants too.  The grosbeak was probably the same one seen in the Silvergate neighborhood a week or so ago.  

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


White eyed Vireo reported in Pt. Loma

Mark Stratton
 

I haven't seen anyone report this yet but there was a White-eyed Vireo reported by Sue Smith in the yard at 3646 Rosecroft Lane in Pt. Loma.  The text was at 10:18 am.

Acting as the messenger
Mark Stratton 
North Park

Townsend's Solitaire FRNC

David Trissel
 

Near the dip at FRNC right now. 32.687026,-117.245742

David Trissel
San Diego, CA

Costa's Hummingbird caught in spider web

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

I found an adult male Costa's Hummingbird caught in a large spider web at my back door here this morning.

The bird was completely ensnared with wings wrapped with strands of the web.  Being soft hearted I pulled the bird out and removed the webbing. The bird must have been near exhaustion as it sat absolutely still from some 30 seconds before flying off.

I don't know the species of spider, they seem common here, and the webs are very large. The center spiral is about 2 ft. across, and the anchor strands stretch 5 or 6ft. This one has been rebuild each morning as I walk into every day.

I can attested there are very strong webs.

I only see the spiders after dark. The attraction maybe the porch light for prey.

Dave Povey

Dulzura

Rose Canyon Bell's Vireo

Jim Roberts
 

This afternoon at 3 PM (5/19/17) a singing BELL'S VIREO was present in Rose Canyon,

along the main trail 1/2 mile west of the Regent's access trail.  I've never encountered one

in Rose Canyon in decades of birding and I noticed there were no reports from that 

quadrant in the San Diego County Bird Atlas.


Yesterday at noon there was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER in the northwest corner of

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.


               Jim Roberts

               University City

Re: Sunday BVAS/Grande pelagic

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

The Sunday May 21st. Buena Vista Audubon, and Grande Pelagic appears to have exceptionally nice weather and sea conditions forecast.

The trip has 5 spots remaining.  We depart Point Loma Sportfishing landing in San Diego Bay at 6 a.m.

Cost for late sign up is $115. Trip details are at www.sandiegopelagics.com.

Call 619 223-1627

I hope we will see you onboard,

Dave Povey

Dulzura

2017-05-17 Nesting Season At The South Bay Saltworks

JackDaynes
 

https://shadetreeimaging.com/2017-05-17-nesting-season-at-the-south-bay-saltworks/

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Re: Common Loon at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Matthew Binns
 

This evening a Common Loon was present on Agua Hedionda Lagoon (between Encinitas and Carlsbad), on the water west of the railroad tracks. Getting late in the season according to the SD Count Bird Atlas.


Matthew Binns
Leucadia


Red breasted grosbeak La Jolla

Ethna Piazza
 

Today instead of the usual blackheaded grosbeaks at the feeder, I saw one from the back that had solid black on head and upper back, then when it turned, the large red triangle! First rose breasted grosbeak positively identified in my yard on Mount Soledad. Darn luck, all 5 camera batteries were dead. Charging them up in hopes it reappears tomorrow.

Ethna