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


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).

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)

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 least I think that's what they were.

photos here: 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


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


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


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).

-- Jack --
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
Poway, California (San Diego Co.)
N 32° 57' W 117° 04'
At 508' Elevation

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.


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.
Waggin' tails,


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:

Ch Borderfame Soul Train UDX, OM ('Kellan the Felon' a.k.a. 'Sir Barkalot')
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 7, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. Sporting Field's Quantum Leap CDX  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)

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.
Waggin' tails,


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:

Ch Borderfame Soul Train UDX, OM ('Kellan the Felon' a.k.a. 'Sir Barkalot')
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 7, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
Ch. Sporting Field's Quantum Leap CDX  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)

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


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



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



Sage Thrasher San Elijo Lagoon 1/28

stevan brad

a rather photogenic Sage Thrasher was on the southern part of  bluff eastern side of San Elijo Lagoon.

Area is accessed from the  the Santa Helena trail which starts at the end of Santa Helena street Solana Beach

it will be a muddy river crossing of the La Orilla creek when the rains start up this weekend, i manged to muck it up in the little mud that is already there      some photos in my ebird report

good birding your way

steve brad


Continuing Orioles at Seascape Apts in Carlsbad

Mel Senac <melsenac@...>

Birding with Gail DeLalla this morning we found a continuing Orchard Oriole as well as 2 Bullock's Oriole's. For a brief time all 3 were in the same tree. In the Northern-most section of the complex. Also were seen across the street looking North but they flew back to the flowering Eucs at the complex.
Mel Senac
La Jolla


Nashville and Wilson's Warblers in Coronado, Jan. 27

Sara Baase Mayers

The Nashville Warbler was along Coronado Ave., south of 6th St. The
Wilson's Warbler was near 7th St. and Adella, seen from the alley
behind the very large house on the corner. (We did not see any of the
orioles Paul saw a few days ago.)

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)

UCSD Tennessee Warbler Continues 26Jan2016

Tito Gonzalez

I observed the continuing TENNESSEE WARBLER at UCSD today around 1:30 pm at its usual location in group of 3 pink-flowering eucalyptus at the south end of
the lawn south from the Faculty Club parking lot. The bird did vocalize as described previously which helped to locate the bird. It was very active and often stayed hidden in the leaves. Nevertheless, I was able to get a few decent photos. It also has a serious case of “Euc face”. Photo is included in ebird report.


Additional note: I ran into LeRoy Dorman and we were fortunate to have David Holway, who first reported this bird, stop by to see how we were doing. Apparently this location is just outside his workplace and he was probably amused to see us at the stakeout location.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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