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Addenda: Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at the San Diego Botanic Garden, May 1, 2017

Susan Smith
 

The start date for the Aviara bird was 11 Dec 2011, forgot to put the year. 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 

Addenda: Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at the San Diego Botanic Garden, May 1, 2017

Susan Smith
 

Hello fellow birders, 
  Re San Diego County Dusky-capped Flycatchers, Guy McCaskie has reminded me of the 2012 record of one  Dusky-capped that overwintered at Aviara Golf Course in Carlsbad SD, and was  known present 11 Dec through 2 May 2012.  He also reminded me of the valuable resource of the  California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) website, where you can find bird records subsequent to the 2007 publishing of the CBRC's  Rare Birds of California (California Bird Records Committee [Robert A. Hamilton, Michael A. Patten and Richard A. Erickson, editors] by the Western Field Ornithologists, Camarillo, CA.  If you go to http://www.californiabirds.org/rarebirds.html and click on 'Table of Updates' all the birds since the 2007 publication are listed.  I had forgotten to check this site, and thank Guy for reminding me of  it. It is very handy and gives very precise, and very up to date  details on rare birds in California. 

It is interesting to me that this species is one of those that  appears to be less a migratory rarity than a rare winterer in California, with some having been documented as staying well into May, and also some returning in succeeding winters, e.g, the CRBC website lists one bird that showed up in La Mirada Creek Park, Los Angeles County in 2008, and returned each fall to overwinter at La Mirada, through the May 2016!  So am hoping those who still haven't had the chance to see this one, can still do so.   

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


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From: Susan Smith
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Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at the San Diego Botanic Garden, May 1, 2017

This morning on the monthly SD Botanic Garden bird walk, the subject bird was seen well at about 9 am in eucs that border the main parking lot, and again soon afterward near the gift shop.  It was giving its mournful 'peee-ur' whistle call.  
     Small (1994) says that in California, this species is a "rare late fall and winter visitor, mostly from late November to March (and a few to late May.)"  Of San Diego records, Unitt (2004) says various sightings are bracketed by the dates Dec 15 to May 1, and that although the one previous May record (also 1 May, in 1997) "suggests a spring migrant, this species' pattern of winter occurrence in California is so well established that it seems certain that that all San Diego County Dusky-capped Flycatchers arrived at that season but may not have been discovered until late in their stay."  The long stay of this  Botanic Garden bird proves that in San Diego, at least some of these wintering birds stay into May (this bird was first discovered by Alison Heirs on Jan 4 2017). 
    


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at the San Diego Botanic Garden, May 1, 2017

Susan Smith
 

This morning on the monthly SD Botanic Garden bird walk, the subject bird was seen well at about 9 am in eucs that border the main parking lot, and again soon afterward near the gift shop.  It was giving its mournful 'peee-ur' whistle call.  
     Small (1994) says that in California, this species is a "rare late fall and winter visitor, mostly from late November to March (and a few to late May.)"  Of San Diego records, Unitt (2004) says various sightings are bracketed by the dates Dec 15 to May 1, and that although the one previous May record (also 1 May, in 1997) "suggests a spring migrant, this species' pattern of winter occurrence in California is so well established that it seems certain that that all San Diego County Dusky-capped Flycatchers arrived at that season but may not have been discovered until late in their stay."  The long stay of this  Botanic Garden bird proves that in San Diego, at least some of these wintering birds stay into May (this bird was first discovered by Alison Heirs on Jan 4 2017). 
    


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 


La Jolla Cove, May 1

Stan Walens
 

I’ve been going to the Cove regularly, hoping not just  o get a better view of the subadult red-footed booby but really hoping to see one of the recent great white sharks or even better the Eastern Pacific Right Whale that spent several hours 10 days ago only 100 yards offshore. It was observed by hundreds of people and filmed by a TV crew, and misidentified as a gray whale. Considering that there are maybe 25-30 individuals of this species left, it would be a major event to see one. Interestingly, the only other occurrence of EPRW in San Diego that I know of was maybe 30 years ago, one seen by John O’Brien in the Cove.

No luck on the EPRW or any other whales today, but there was a feeding frenzy of about 400-600 common dolphins that attracted a mass of birds. A total of 20 brown boobies between 6:15-8:00 this morning. About 100 black-vented shearwaters; 2 adult Heermann’s gulls, which I was not happy to see [breeding failure again?]; a couple hundred migrating Pacific loons.

Nicole appeared as I was leaving. Maybe she’ll have some luck with the red-footed booby, though by that time, everything had moved north to off of Del Mar.

Video of the “gray whale” showing the diagnostic traits of EPRW:

Stan Walens
San Diego


Borrego Water Treatment Ponds and other locations on Sunday

Jeremiah Stock
 

I birded various locations in Anza-Borrego Desert Sunday morning April 30.  Started at Culp Valley, where the highlight was a Green-tailed Towhee near Pena Spring.  Lots of birds at the old Borrego Water Treatment Ponds including 2 Blue-winged Teal, 8 Eared Grebe, 8 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a Yellow Warbler.  I visited Tamarisk Grove Campground just long enough to see one Long-eared Owl.  On the way back home, I stopped by Lake Henshaw and saw two of the continuing Lewis' Woodpeckers at highway pullout southeast of the resort.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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Green Tailed Towhees at Cuyamaca Peak

Tuck Russell
 

My wife and I hiked Cuyamaca Peak starting late this morning, and it was surprisingly birdy for the hour.  We logged 28 species, not counting three that got away.  One I got a good look at and heard but could not ID.  Looked a lot like a California towhee, but sang much more musically than they do.  Any ideas?  The face didn't seem very dark like an Abert's.  I'm sorry I didn't record this bird.


There were a number of more definite highlights for me, but the main one was finding 3 Green-Tailed Towhees in the remaining patch of forest on the mountain's shoulder about 1/3 of a mile from the summit, just shy of the second junction with the Burnt Pine Trail.  We got good looks, and while our iPhones were not up to ID photos, I did manage to get some audio of their mew calls, which are a bit different from those of other birds such as spotted towhee, gnatcatchers, and catbirds.  House wrens were ubiquitous, and that's mostly what you'll hear on the recording, but the towhee's mew can be heard several times.  It's good to know they're hanging in there after the Cedar Fire.  We also saw at least two Hermit Warblers in this patch of forest.


We also saw Purple Martins, which I gather could be either breeding or migrating.


eBird list (including Green-Tailed Towhee description and audio) here:  30 Apr 2017

 
Tuck Russell
San Diego

 

RED-footed Booby again, and miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

What is presumably the same light-morph adult RED-FOOTED BOOBY seen two days in a row at La Jolla almost two weeks ago was seen again yesterday, the 29th, by Jim Pea during a half-day fishing trip just inside U.S. waters off Imperial Beach. The bird was last seen heading somewhat toward Point Loma. In other booby news, Dean T. saw a good total of 17 BROWN BOOBIES today, the 30th, at La Jolla (including a single flock of 13 birds), as well as the 3 continuing BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS. Also today, a one-year-old, sporadic REDDISH EGRET was present again at the J Street/Marina Way mudflats in Chula Vista. Twenty-five Am. White Pelicans at Sweetwater Reservoir, where also lots of young chick Western Grebes riding around on the parents' backs.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Marston Canyon Balboa Park

Janice Nordenberg <jnordenb@...>
 

I birded Marston Canyon this morning and saw the leucistic Lesser Goldfinch chick being fed by an adult that Carol reported Friday. Also in the same location I briefly saw a solitary vireo (gray head, yellow wash on flanks, white spectacles, white wing bars) and then heard it singing the song of a Cassin’s Vireo. Perhaps a migrant? The Bird Atlas shows migration through San Diego Count from April 10 to May 20. I noticed a post on 2/21 of a Cassin’s Vireo on the east side of Marston House.

 

To get to the spot take the trail that starts at Richmond and Cypress, take a left at the first trail crossing, cross the wooden bridge and then go right to the upper trail for about 50 yards. The birds were in the vegetation downslope of the trail.

 

Jan Nordenberg

San Diego

 

FW: BVAS & Grande pelagic

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

 

The first spring pelagic for Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Sportfishing is on  May 21st.

This is a 12hr. trip departing from San Diego Bay, and we plan to visit the waters over the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego Trough,

and the Thirty Mile Bank. The entire trip will be in U.S. waters, largely San Diego Co., but may cross briefly in to L.A. Co.

Some of the expected species are Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm Petrels. Brown Booby,

Red, and Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Sabine's Gull, Least,

Common, and Elegant Terns.

Some of the possible species. Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird,

South Polar Skua, Common Murre, Long-tailed Jaeger,  Arctic Tern.

This is the peak of the spring migration and often gives us a surprise or two, sometimes  including land, and shorebirds.

Marine mammals are also expected, and may included several species of whales and dolphin.

You should get some excellent photo opportunities, on this trip. To see more details see www.sandiegopelagics.com

The regular price is $105. We have a "EARLY BIRD" Special at $95 which ends TODAY. Call 619 223-1627 , they are open seven

days a week, for your spot onboard.

I hope to see you out there,

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

 

Excellent morning flight at Mount Soledad

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Given the northeast winds, Barbara Carlson and I went to Mount Soledad in La Jolla on Saturday morning arriving at dawn at 6 a.m. The morning flight there of migrants was excellent, with ca. 500 migrants--no surprise given the weather conditions of clear and wind between northerly and easterly. The main flight of birds occurred between about 6:10 and 7:45, during which time there were many ebbs and flows of migrant surges, with some brief very active pulses followed by slow periods in between. As is typical here, a large majority of the birds are seen only in flight as they hurdle by mostly going to the north. But a fair number also stop briefly in various bushes and trees. So one needs to be fairly adept at identifying birds in flight or perched only briefly. Birds were streaming by anywhere from just before the loop road at the monument in the park westward to outside the park on the hill with the cluster of microwave and radio towers. Best to figure out where the flight lines are and where the lighting is best. Here are the totals:

Vaux's Swift: 30
Olive-sided Flycatcher: 2
W. Wood-Pewee: 3
Western Kingbird: 40
Warbling Vireo: 50
Cedar Waxwing: 20
Nashville Warbler: 1
Orange-cr. Warbler: 10
Yellow Warbler: 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 2
Black-thr. Gray Warbler: 30
Townsend's Warbler: 80
Hermit Warbler: 10
Wilson's Warbler: 70
warbler sp.: 50
Western Tanager: 70
Black-hd Grosbeak: 5
Lazuli Bunting: 30
White-cr. Sparrow: 1 (Gambel's)
Bullock's Oriole: 3
Hooded Oriole: 1 (thru-migrant ad. male; late?)

Also, on Thursday, during the long and lonely wagtail-less vigil along the San Diego River there were four yellow- crowned night-herons, including the long-staying, continuing, and returning pair of adults, one with bright orange legs and one with duller yellow legs, and two different one-year-old or so immatures, one with the adult head pattern beginning to show and the other with no such head pattern.

Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego


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San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, May 7th

Jayne Lesley
 

Subject: San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, May 7th

This is a reminder that the May 2017 San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count is next Sunday, May 7th.  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@...)

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Leucistic Lesser Goldfinch at Marston Canyon

Caron Andregg
 

Friday, April 28, while scouting Marston Canyon for next week's SD Audubon Walks, I had an adult lesser goldfinch feeding a big, completely leucistic, baby. The leucistic bird was almost adult sized but (like many in the canyon) still begging food from adults. The birds were in the small Sycamores in line with the Vermont street entrance, seen from the south trail. Very near and very clear.

 

Caron Andregg
Hillcrest

 

 

Better Late Than Never

Vic Warren
 

We've had a pair of Hooded Orioles visiting our hummingbird feeders since we moved here, three seasons ago. We were beginning to get a little worried about them, but they finally showed up this morning, later than a lot of other Hoodeds, but back again for the summer.


Vic Warren and Laurel Scott

Mission Valley

Re: No White Wagtail?

Nancy Christensen
 

Several birders (including myself) spent 4 hours or more along the San Diego River this morning with no sightings. I personally was there at first light and stayed until all the mudflats were under water. We spread out and checked Robb Field, Famosa Slough, the model plane area, to no avail. I was still holding out hope that someone might find it later today, but my hope is fading fast.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@... [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@...] On Behalf Of Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding]
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:55 PM
To: sandiegoregionbirding@...
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] No White Wagtail?

 

 

I gather no one has seen the White Wagtail along the San Diego River today, 27 April? The last report I saw was around 7pm yesterday, 26 April.

 

Justyn Stahl

No White Wagtail?

Justyn Stahl
 

I gather no one has seen the White Wagtail along the San Diego River today, 27 April? The last report I saw was around 7pm yesterday, 26 April.

Justyn Stahl

Loon at Lake Kumeyaay MTRP

Terry Hurst <thurstycat53@...>
 

Hi all,
There was a Reported pacific loon yesterday at Lake Kumeyaay. The loon is still at the lake Thought I would put out the word in case their was anyone close by would like to see the bird.
Terry hurst
Santee

Swainson's Hawk over Encinitas now

Susan Smith
 


8:05 am. Late pale phase Swainsons Hawk kettling over San diego Botanic Garden, Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas right now. Sue smith, del mar



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Wagtail in the house!

C K Staurovsky
 

1901 hrs wagtail at old sea world
CK Smith
El Cajon

Female Blackburnian at Vacation Isle 1410 to 1415 hrs

C K Staurovsky
 

Wintering female BLACKBURNIAN warbler at interior of resort in mature garden area with lake just north of obs tower (technically private property). I was here for lunch and stayed to bird. Well seen unique field marks. Was in pines and flowering eucalyptus and bottlebrush across road from lanai garden #146. It and other warbler species ( YRWA, Wilson's, OC left when a Cooper's arrived and have not returned as yet.
Cheers.
CK Smith
El Cajon

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

mikewittmer0582@...
 

While photographing the White Wagtail a Yellow-crowned Night Heron was observed along the north shoreline of the San Diego River at around 0620 am