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Haven't mentioned it recently but the WHITE-WINGED DOVE continues

Cynthia Burnham
 

Guess the WHITE-WINGED DOVE doesn't mind snow/hail/ice like we had in Descanso yesterday.  Still an occasional visitor to my feeders, usually with the Eurasian Collared Doves.

Also saw what I believe was a Yellow House Finch, though it was only there for a moment.

Cindy

 
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La Jolla Black Scoter & Kittiwake

Paul Lehman
 

Did a seawatch at La Jolla this morning in the strong W winds from dawn to 8:30 AM. Pretty disappointing given the strong onshore blow, with highlights being just a drake BLACK SCOTER, a first-cycle BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, and several thousand gulls including ca. 700 Heermann's (this storm must have intersected a southbound push of birds returning to the breeding grounds). But really nothing that smacked of being a storm-blown waif. The small numbers of Black-venteds were waaay offshore, only a couple jaegers, and no other tubenoses, phalaropes, or alcids--although almost any small bird would have been difficult to see in the angry seas.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


FOS Rufous Hummingbird In Jacumba 2-1-16

Eric Kallen
 

This morning, along with a light dusting of snow,I  found an early Rufous hummer (adult male) terrorizing the Anna's at both of my feeders.  In 2014 and 2015 the date for Rufous was February 15.


Three Scott's and one Bullock's oriole have been seen often.  One of the Scott's visits my feeders numerous times daily for 

Jelly and mealworms.   Mealworms are available online from Rainbow Mealworms in the LA area.  They're cheap and only take a day or two to be delivered.  


Yesterday I had about 40 Pine Siskins - they were too numerous to accurately count.


Eric Kallen

Jacumba



Female Summer Tanager at Nestor Park 01/30/2016 (Saturday)

thurstycat53@...
 

Good morning everyone,


Found the Summer Tanager the grove of trees and stream near the apt complex. Also Orange-crowned and Yellow-rump Warblers found in the same area all with "dirty faces".


Although I was unable to get a good enough look to ID the bird, FYI there is also a Oriole of some type in the same area.


Link to photo:


Summer Tanager (female)


Terry Hurst

Santee




Violet-green Swallow at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Mid-morning Sunday there was a small flock of about 15 Tree Swallows at Santee Lake #7 that included 1 Violet-green Swallow and 1 Barn Swallow.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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Lawrence's Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch in University City (SW)

Charley Herzfeld
 

We just had 2 male Lawrence's Goldfinches attempt to get on the thistle feeder but didn't quite get to the seeds due to the numerous house finches.  They perched on the toyon and then in the coast live oak that was being shaken by the high wind, then disappeared.

Earlier this morning we briefly had 1 Pine Siskin and 3 American Goldfinches on the feeder.  (We had 3 Pine Siskins on November 14, 2015, but I did not report them.)

Also lots of Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches today.

This is the first time since a very wet winter in 2004 (I didn't dig out the bird calendar to check the year) that we have had Lawrence's GF and Pine Siskins.  American Goldfinches are typically common at our house, but had been completely absent for many months until last week.

Charley Herzfeld & Paul Rogers
University City


UCSD birding

Max Leibowitz
 

Hi all. I went birding at UCSD this morning today even though it was raining a lot and very windy. The rain eventually stopped around 9-9:15 am. That was when I saw a Summer Tanager in an Eucalyptus Tree (the trees south of the Faculty Club Parking Lot). Also I briefly saw the Tennessee Warbler in the exact same tree as the Tanager, but I saw it a little later around 9:15-9:30 am.
Max Leibowitz
Torrey Hills


Pine Siskin flock in Pt Loma

Sara Baase Mayers
 

We've had up to four in our yard regularly since late November, but
today after a break in the rain, a flock of about 20 Pine Siskins was
fighting over the thistle feeder, feeding on the ground under it,
bathing in the birdbath, and even trying out the mixed seed feeder
(which they didn't like).

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Point Loma (San Diego)
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Glaucous Gull pic from Otay Lake yesterday

Mark Stratton
 

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday, 1/30/16, I rented a boat for a couple of hours, to get some pics of the Glaucous Gull at Otay Lakes.  BJ and Jay had the bird on the dock but when Camille and I got there, it stayed way out on the water, near the other side of the lake for a couple of hours.  I have a couple of other pics of other gulls that I will post later, when they are all uploaded, but here is the Glaucous.

Mark and Camille Stratton


Summer Tanager, Kate Sessions Park 1/30/2016

ross christie
 

Today (and yesterday), a male Summer Tanager in Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach.

Also today, lots (20+) of very vocal Red-masked parakeets...at least I think that's what they were.

photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ msycross/



Ross Christie
Pacific Beach



San Elijo Waterthrush (and others) 1/30/16

Ryan Andrews
 

I spent most of the morning birding throughout San Elijo Lagoon. The best bird was the continuing, but seldom reported, Northern Waterthrush at the boardwalk along the nature center loop. Also seen was the Black-and-white Warbler, albeit briefly. A drake Hooded Merganser continued at the Rios Avenue entrance. Lots of other species I didn't expect (snipe, both turnstones, etc.) made for a nice morning.


--Ryan Andrews


p.s. I also tried for the Orchard Oriole at the Seascape Apartments and dipped again.


Rangeland road

crazed4birds
 

Arrived at Rangeland road at around 7:30. Upon arrival, there was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in the thees on the west side. Both BALD EAGLES were in the nest to the east. Also around 20 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS upon entry to the road. Also, the PRARIE FALCON made a brief appearance at around 7:45 near the Shrike. Also on Highland Valley road, at least 50 CANADA GEESE were present along with 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a SHARP-SHINED HAWK.
Good Birding,
Drew Beamer


miscellanea

Paul Lehman
 

On Weds the 27th, a wintering female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued on private property near Famosa Slough. On Fri the 29th, in La Jolla there was a Western Tanager and 2 Bullock's Orioles off Gilman Drive. And on Sat the 30th, the downtown (MLK Promenade) PALM WARBLER continues, as do the TROPICAL KINGBIRD and female BALTIMORE ORIOLE (missed the adult male) at the end of Woodworth Way in Liberty Station.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Toy horns in Poway

JackDaynes
 

I've heard toy horn sounds several times near my house this winter, but this morning a Red-Breasted Nuthatch authoring these toots showed itself to me. I'm not sure how far this guy is ranging, but I suspect when not in my yard, its in a neighbor's yard. Though not as exotic as many of the finds I've been hearing about, I thought there may be some interest. If I'm home it would be OK to come and explore. Best chance is to call my cell (see sig line).

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San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count - next Sunday, February 7th.

Jayne Lesley
 

This is a reminder that the February 2016 San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count is next Sunday,  February 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 heading east from Hwy 5.  San Andres dead ends at the lagoon).  We divide into groups to count 5 areas.  A park ranger will meet us 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.

I will be out of town, so please contact Sue Smith ( seiurus@...for further information on the February count: seiurus@...

Jayne Lesley  


Purple finch.

Ethna Piazza
 

A female or juvenile purple finch has been at my feeder fairly regularly the last few weeks, only for a few minutes, between 8-9:30. Saw it this morning at 8:25. If you are interested in seeing it, it visible from the culdesac on Caminito Velasco, look uphill beyond the large Palm to see the feeders. Or contact me via email.

Ethna


Re: Merganser and Black & White Warbler

Catherine Zinsky
 

Okay foks, I stand corrected: the merganser is a Red-breasted, NOT A Common:-)

On Jan 28, 2016 3:19 PM, "Catherine Zinsky" <catherine.zinsky@...> wrote:
Off Robb Field photographed what I believe is a Common Merganser. (Flicker below).  At Nestor Park in IB had another Black & White Warbler.  The Vermillion Flycatcher and Lawrence's Goldfinch were also present Baseball field 5, off Sunset.
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Merganser and Black & White Warbler

Catherine Zinsky
 

Off Robb Field photographed what I believe is a Common Merganser. (Flicker below).  At Nestor Park in IB had another Black & White Warbler.  The Vermillion Flycatcher and Lawrence's Goldfinch were also present Baseball field 5, off Sunset.
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Ch. Sporting Field's Quantum Leap CDX  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
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Pic of a Great-blue Heron eating a Diamond Turbot (flounder)

Mark Stratton
 

Hi everyone,

I actually got this pic a couple weeks ago but really just looked at it today.  It was a Great-blue Heron eating a very wide Diamond Turbot, which is a type of Flat Fish.  I watch this bird for almost an hour and it never did make any progress eating it.  I finally gave up before he did, and I had to leave.  Here is the link to the pic, it is the last pic in this album.

Mark Stratton 
North Park


Jan. 27th. mini pelagic

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

Lea Squires, Matt Sadowski, Jim Pawlicki, and I did a repeat of last week' s trip around the Nine Mile Bank. The major

change was the arrival of SCRIPPS"S MURRELET, first reported this year by Stan Whales on whale watching trip  Jan. 22nd.

Today we found 8 pairs, scattered from the south inner edge of the Nine Mile Bank, to near the north end.

Overall small alcid viewing conditions were only fair with a  5kt.  north wind that increased over the day to about

10-12kts.

Also newly arrived was a PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER seen near the north end outer edge of the Nine Mile Bank,

that bird and a well seen SOOTY SHEARWATER  today, are the beginning of many  to come this spring.

CASSIN"S AUKLETS continue in good numbers, though perhaps half of last week's numbers. Still many on the outer edge

were so loaded with krill they were unable to gain fight. They do the always humorous wing paddling, wave bouncing,

attempt to get into the air, only to give up and dive as their means to escape the boat. Best time to get close photos of

a boat shy species.

A large non-Gray Whale species ( by tall spout )was also seen in this same area as the "full" CASSIN'S AUKLETS

We did not find the raft of NORTHERN FULMARS, that was seen on Jan. 1st., and 21st. We did see a more "normal" number

of eight NORTHERN FULMARS for the day.

BROWN BOOBY's numbers were about normal with twenty three on the harbor buoys. Then more offshore including

a group of five on the water, and a couple more in the air near a feeding COMMON DOLPHIN pod.

Again we had only a single POMARINE JAEGER for the day.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were in small numbers on the bank. Matt reports thousands are being seen off La Jolla currently.

We did have a 1st. winter BONAPARTE'S GULL in the launch basin at Shelter Is. San Diego Bay.

We did check the America's Cup Harbor at both ends of the day for the Marbled Murrelet, last seen on the 18th. without

success. We did search further east to the west end of Harbor Is. and even into the boat channel under Harbor Dr.

One species that "felt" out of place there was an adult LITTLE BLUE HERON on a dock right next to the Harbor Dr. Bridge.

Certainly not a regular species in the north end of San Diego Bay.

Last there is a color banded sub adult BROWN PELICAN with a solar panel, and antenna on its back at the Shelter Is.

Launch Ramp, San Diego Bay.

As a last non birding note we saw a  GRAY WHALE, and newly born calf just southwest of the Whistle Buoy. She was definitely

in stealth mode, but the calf did not have the whole swimming thing down yet. More than once the mom had to push the

calf back to the surface, once with the calf's flukes surfacing first. The mom and calf pair being "escorted" by a very close

pod of circling COMMON DOLPHIN. Not sure what that is, curiosity perhaps?  I had heard of this behavior before.

 

partial sp. list;

Brant   8 (on the water inner edge of the Nine Mile Bank).

Surf Scoter 1

Common Loon   1

loon sp.   1 (northbound)

Northern Fulmar   8

Pink-footed Shearwater    1

Sooty Shearwater   1

Black-vented Shearwater    135

Brown Booby    39

Black Turnstone   3 (Zuniga Jetty)

Pomarine Jaeger    1

Scripps's Murrelet    16

Cassin's Auklet     825

Bonaparte's Gull    110

Herring Gull     5

Herring Gull x ?     1

Gluacous-winged Gull     1

Royal Tern    2

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

p.s. just a reminder to sign up for the upcoming San Diego Audubon Bird Festival. March 3-6th.