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SUTA at Del Mar and search for White faced Ibis

Roger Uzun
 

I went over to 615 Rimini in Del Mar to try and get some pics of the Summer Tanager on Tues, the 12th.  The bird was there all morning but pretty high up in a dying pine tree that it favors.  It came low once to another pine across the street but I wasn't alert enough to catch it close to me.


There was a Hermit Warbler, and a Townsends as well as a male and female Allen's hummingbird right in this same area.


Yesterday I went searching Old Milky Way rd in Escondido near the wild animal park for a close look at white faced ibis but I could not find them on any public, accessible land.  There were dozens in the cattle farm area but not easily visible from any public spot.  In the past they went to the field where there are often Cattle Egret but lately I've never found them outside the cattle farm's private property.


Does anyone know where I could get close, like within 50-60' of a group of White faced Ibis?  I tried San Elijo as well but didn't find any there either.  


Does anyone know a reliable spot in San Diego county where I can get clear looks (within 50-60') at a small or large group of white faced ibis, or must I head over to the Salton Sea.


Some pics from tuesday SUTA here - 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157662776757169



-Roger Uzun

Poway, CA

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Re: Cackling Goose...ahh not so fast.

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

I did my drive by Otay Lake today, and spotted the goose in question in the rushes at the east end of Lower Otay Lake. Stopped dug the scope out, and now I'm not so sure.

The bill lack the short "cute" look of a standard Cackling/Aleutian type. Seemed to me longer than my first impression. So maybe just a smaller ssp Canada Goose or??

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura


Golden Eagle fly-by in San Marcos

Tracy Henchbarger
 

A falconer friend just called me saying an adult golden eagle flew at tree top height over his house, flying from north to south at 10:30 a.m. this morning. He lives north of the 78 off Twin Oaks Road. He says it was so close it looked like the size of a Cessna and the shadow the bird cast scared the heck out of his miniature dachshund. Am glad the eagle wasn't on the hunt.  


Tracy Henchbarger

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Cackling Goose at Lower Otay Lake

David Povey <dpovey@...>
 

Last evening (1-13) I saw a smallish Cackling  type Goose from Otay Lakes Rd. This is the second time over the last week that I've seen this bird while driving by at speed. Both times the bird was at the far east end of the lake.

I have stopped on other trips past this spot and have not been able to refined the bird.

There are no other geese at this location, and the bird does not seem to associate with the other ducks and coots there.

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura


City Heights: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-winged Dove - 1/13/16

Steve Ritt
 

I haven't heard back yet from Richard Englehart, who reported his RB Grosbeak, but I think I may have found his house off of Fox Canyon (which I will leave undisclosed to preserve his privacy). Both of the subject birds were in the private (truly inaccessible; there are fences and people's backyards) side canyon that is east of Euclid Avenue, south of Dwight Street/Lantana Drive, and north of Isla Vista Drive.

My recomendation is to scan (perhaps with a scope) from the busy, east side of Euclid Avenue into the canyon, and watch the tall, thick eucalyptus that are east of the pine tree that is on the south side of the canyon. This is not an easy task. At least the guardrail makes for a nice bench. I'll repeat, this is not an easy task.

I originally tried accessing this side canyon from the south end of Lantana Drive, but this puts you immediately in someone's back yard, and there are fences on the other side of the canyon. However, I heard a partial song here that I thought was a clear-cut RB/BH Grosbeak. I couldn't lure the bird out, and a mockingbird was doing good imitations of Cactus Wrens, so I was skeptical. I then walked all the way up and down the concrete-lined drainage of Fox Canyon itself, but had nothing of interest.

I then spent about 45 minutes scanning from the side of Euclid, when I first heard the "who cooks for you" song of the WW Dove. I finally saw it in flight around the previously described eucs. I later heard the other, alternating ascending and descending song of a WWDO. I heard the clear-cut "squeaky gym shoes" call of the RB Grosbeak from here as well, but the best visual I could get was a possible, larger bird in flight with the House Finches. The RBGR call is higher pitched and sharper than the similar California Towhee's that were present.

Also in the canyon are Scaly-breasted Munias, Red-masked Parakeets, a (presumably) caged parrot, and many chickens. I also heard a staccatto "peep" that I did not recognize, and can only assume to be from another exotic bird.

The concrete-lined drainage ditch would certainly be easiest to access with an old-school, Tommy Guererro-style, fishtail skateboard with fat wheels. (I'm being silly.) Seriously though, you may not want to go down here alone.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA


hepatic tanager

Nancy Christensen
 

The Hepatic Tanager was found at Marston House around 8:15 this morning in the tall Eucs that border the lawn.

One Western Tanager and one Summer Tanager (both females) were found just south of the Magnolia tree grove near the corner of Laurel Street and 6th avenue. There are a couple of ficus trees there that have fruit attractive to the birds, but the summer tanager was flitting around catching bugs. As I walked back to my car I believe I heard the male summer tanager calling from the magnolia trees but could not get a look at him.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


Wild animal park zonetail hawk

Elias Elias
 



Flock on!

Elias/Ηλίας
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254

Begin forwarded message:

From: Elias Elias <fabflockfinder@...>
Date: January 13, 2016 at 11:53:08 PST
To: sandiegoregionbirding@...
Subject: Wild animal park zonetail hawk

Got great looks at one of the zone tails here; free parking.

Dropped Pin
near San Pasqual Valley, San Diego, CA
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More details here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26876343

Flock on!

Elias/Ηλίας
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254


Re: Warbler, gull

David Trissel
 

There was also a Glaucous-winged Gull at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas yesterday, a hundred yards south of the creek outflow.

David Trissel
San Diego

On Jan 11, 2016, at 5:15 PM, Nancy Christensen nancy.r.christensen@... [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

The black and white warbler continues at Cttonwood Park in Encinitas. In Oceanside, an adult Glaucous-winged gull was on the beach with the flock of gulls.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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



Lake Murray, Wed. a.m.

phil Pryde
 

I did a tour around the Del Cerro (westernmost) arm of Lake Murray Wed. between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., and the most interesting observation was flocks of both Tree Swallows and White-throated Swifts. There were probably 6-10 birds in each flock. The TRSWs stayed over the water and the WTSWs were over the open Del Cerro hillside west of the lake. Since both species winter here, I assume these were some sort of feeding flocks that just happened to be there at the same time.
The resident Allen's Hummer was in its favorite tree near the north end of the Del Cerro arm.
Also of interest was a tagged TV in the flock that regularly roosts in the Eucs on the west side of the Del Cerro arm. On his wing was a white tag with a black "N4" on it; I think this bird has been reported previously. Sooo, he's still there.
Ducks included a female Ring-neck, a Bufflehead, several Redheads, and lots of Gadwall. The female Goldeneye reported earlier wasn't located, but might have been out in the middle somewhere.
Phil Pryde
San Diego


Brown creeper in The Summit

Ethna Piazza
 

I have seen a brown creeper twice now in The Summit on Mount Soledad. Each time it was working the base of trees below calls of red-breasted nuthatches. If anyone wants to try to find it, walk along Caminito Valverde and listen for the nuthatches. This morning they were in trees a couple hundred feet off Valverde on Caminito Marzella. 7 am.


Golden Plover, Pac Slope Flycatcher, Redstart

Nancy Christensen
 

The Pacific Golden Plover continues at the mouth of the San Dieguito Lagoon.

The Bird and Butterfly Garden had a white-breasted Nuthatch (marked as rare by Ebird), and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher.

The Painted Redstart continues in Shepherd Canyon.

 

First 2 photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/108086363030545548636/BIRDS2016?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCL_VndDEt_Ln4QE&feat=directlink

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


results of 11 Jan 2016 San Elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 20 participants for conducting the 11 January 2016 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Jane Mygott (Beach; West Basin, Nature Center); Edie Berendsen, Gail DeLalla, Don Johnson, Patti Koger, Kristin Markell (CentralBasinWest = "pole road" NW of Rios Ave); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Paul Chad, Rigdon Currie, Gretchen Nell (CentralBasinSouth = Rios trailhead); Linda Jones, Jayne Lesley, Bill Thompson, Elizabeth Venrick (East Basin South= La Orilla trailhead); Hank Ingersoll, Steve Perry, Kathy Thorbjarnarson (East Basin East = Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (East Basin NW = floodcontrol dike; Lux Drainage = East Basin NE; Cardiff Cove).  (I apologize if I missed anyone or for any mis-spellings).

 

119 species were recorded on the January monthly bird count.  In addition to the good diversity, most notable were an immature brown booby in transit north to south over the kelp line around 11:30, a female common goldeneye photographed after flying in from the ocean and landing between Hwy 101 and the RR tracks, and 4 hooded mergansers NE of Rios Ave.

 

Species observed: red-throated loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, eared grebe, western grebe, brown booby, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, Canada goose, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, American wigeon, canvasback, lesser scaup, surf scoter, common goldeneye, bufflehead, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s (clapper) rail, Virginia rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, ruddy turnstone, black turnstone, sanderling, least sandpiper, western sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Bonaparte’s gull, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, western gull, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, western scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, western migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, Brewer’s blackbird, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow.

 

The next monthly bird count will be 8 February.

Thanks,

R. Patton

San Diego, CA


Del Mar Pine Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Summer Tanager

Paul Lehman
 

Back on the Rancho Santa Fe CBC on 29 December, Elizabeth Copper briefly observed a dull, female-type PINE WARBLER in the Monterey and Torrey Pines around #615 Rimini (both sides of the house and across the street) in Del Mar, near the intersection with Umatilla. This is exactly the same spot where a Grace's Warbler wintered about 6 or 7 years ago. I don't think anyone has gone looking for this bird since then. I stopped by there this morning for a brief visit and quickly found both a dull female-type HERMIT WARBLER and an adult male SUMMER TANAGER frequenting the same trees. I may or may not have briefly seen the Pine Warbler in one of the dying Monterey Pines, but that's another story.

Also in Del Mar, both yesterday and today there's a hybrid EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON at San Dieguito Lagoon--almost certainly a returning bird from last winter at the same site.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Warbler, gull

Nancy Christensen
 

The black and white warbler continues at Cttonwood Park in Encinitas. In Oceanside, an adult Glaucous-winged gull was on the beach with the flock of gulls.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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


Burrowing Owl at Fiesta Island

Jeremiah Stock
 

I drove around Fiesta Island at lunch time on Monday January 11 and there was a Burrowing Owl perched on the concrete barricade right along the road, on the other side from the dog run parking area.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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City Heights: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Steve Ritt
 

Richard Englehart has sent me photos of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak that has been visiting his feeder near Fox Canyon in City Heights for the past few weeks. I do not have any more specific information about this right now, but have asked him for more, and will pass it along when received.

On Saturday, 1/9/15, the Hepatic Tanager continued at the Marston House in Balboa Park, and the Thick-billed Kingbird continued in Poggi Canyon in Chula Vista. Ocean Beach residential had a Plumbeous Vireo, Black-and-white, two Black-throated Grays, a Yellow Warbler, and roughly 15 Pine Siskins on private property.

Waay back on 1/3/15, the Tropical Kingbird also continued at the main Dairy Mart Pond.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA


Bald eagles at SDNWR Rock House area

lisa heinz
 

Tina Matthias, Volunteer programs manager at Living Coast Discovery Center called into San Diego Audubon Society this morning to report two adult bald eagles soaring overhead on the west side of Mt Miguel/SW edge of the SDNWR, on the rock house switchback trail. Her group was out there this morning around 10 AM.

Lisa Heinz
Volunteer, SD Audubon Soc
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Coronado


Golden-crowned Sparrow

Catherine Zinsky
 

Took a brief walk along the dam area of Mission Trails Reg. Park.  Just past the bridge I saw 4 Golden-crowned Sparrows foraging on the ground.  Pleasant encounter.

--
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Catherine

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south county rarities

Max Leibowitz
 

Hi all.
First, I went to Bayfront Park to look for the Laughing Gull and when I was about to leave it appeared. Then, I went to Seacoast Dr. and had 2 Nelson's Sparrows in the usual Lemonade Berry Bush. After that, I went to Tijuana Slough NWR Visitors Center and located the Towhee very quickly along the fence line. After that, I went to Sweetwater Marsh NWR, which is where the Living Coast Discovery Center is. The two Snow Geese flew into the marsh.
Max Leibowitz
Torrey Hills


Glaucous-winged Gull at Lake Miramar

Jeremiah Stock
 

Late Sunday morning January 10, I observed a first-winter Glaucous-winged Gull at the main boat dock area.  Unlike the recently-reported and photographed pale gull, this bird had a heavy, solid-black bill.


Jeremiah Stock

Santee, CA

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