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Glaucous-winged Gull in Mission Bay

dan jehl
 

A rare in summer adult Glaucous-winged Gull was on the north-east portion of Vacation Island this evening (June 26). I imagine that it is the same bird that was in the same area last year but I didn’t get a chance to look at the bill from both sides.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Dusky Flycatcher et al, Cuyamaca Mtn, 26 Jun 2019

Paul Chad
 

A Dusky Flycatcher was seen and heard at the peak, past the 'saddle' (still holding on as a perennial breeder at this spot...?). Also Green-tailed Towhees. Rock and Canyon Wrens were just off west side of peak. Personal note- first Rock Wren I have had a look at since I moved back April of last year...! Multiple Lawrence's Goldfinches at multiple spots.

Tries for the Indigo Bunting both before and after the peak hike, north side of group camp, no luck.

Paul Chad
University City

La Jolla Cove, June 25: 4 species of alcids + some early migrants

Stan Walens
 

Spent 2 hours at the Cove mid-morning.
Hundreds of feeding common dolphins were attracting hordes of birds, mostly pelicans, gulls, terns and cormorants.
About 60 black storm-petrels were working just outside the kelp bed.
Further offshore, where the canyon widens and heads off to the west, about 2 miles offshore, were huge flocks of feeding birds, including 100+ black-vented shearwaters.

What was interesting was the other birds, including 2 early migrants: 1 surf scoter; 1 parasitic jaeger
Heermann’s gulls are present in large numbers, adults and second-year birds; no juveniles yet.

The sea was pretty flat and wind was light.
Highlight of the day was alcids, all just outside the kelp beds:
3 common murres, all in alternate plumage
1 rhinoceros auklet
1 pigeon guillemot in alternate plumage
2 Cassin’s auklets

Stan Walens, San Diego
June 25, 2019; 10:37 a.m.

Re: Singing Northern Parula @ Balboa Park Archery Range

Trent R. Stanley
 

6:06 AM, 6/25/19 the Northern Parula is still present and singing from the large eucalyptus at the dead end of Old Globe Way.


On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 7:23 AM Trent R. Stanley via Groups.Io <trent.stanley=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
6/24/2019 @ 07:20 AM, singing male Northern Parula located at the NE corner of the range. Enter at your own risk, best access would be from behind the Old Globe Theater on Old Globe Way. You can hear it from the dead end there.



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Trent R. Stanley
University City, San Diego, CA

Cuyamaca Rancho SP - lots of Lawrence's Goldfinches

Robyn Waayers
 

Saw a small flock of Lawrence's Goldfinches at the Visitor's Center area this morning (in the trees near the restroom): eBird checklist with some photos: 


Then found another small flock at the Stonewall Mine trailhead a little later in the morning. Feeding in the shrubbery just upslope from the parking lot near the restroom. eBird checklist with a photo:


Robyn Waayers
Julian



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Robyn Waayers
Julian

Singing Northern Parula @ Balboa Park Archery Range

Trent R. Stanley
 

6/24/2019 @ 07:20 AM, singing male Northern Parula located at the NE corner of the range. Enter at your own risk, best access would be from behind the Old Globe Theater on Old Globe Way. You can hear it from the dead end there.

White-bellied Indigo Bunting continues at Paso Picacho GC

Tuck Russell
 

On my fourth try, I finally located one of the Cuyamaca Indigo Buntings.  The bird hadn't been reported for about a month, and I my hopes weren't that high, so this is a pleasant outcome.  A review of my photos shows it has some white on its belly.  I can't recall if the previously reported bunting this year was that one or the all blue one.  I kind of thought it was the latter, so perhaps both are back.  Anyhow, It was briefly cooperative, posing for a couple of minutes and singing for a few more, allowing me to get photos and audio, which are appended to my eBird checklist.  It was right behind the group camp bathrooms, as I believe the last reported one was.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57623904

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

returning & summering shorebirds, 4 Brant, R-t Loon, Vermilions

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Saturday, June 22, the southbound fall shorebird migration is already in "full swing" with easily half the good numbers of Willets on south San Diego Bay being alternate-plumaged birds--which is typical for the date--but slightly more surprising were the 45 Western Sandpipers, 37 of which were in alternate plumage, at Emory Cove--which is perhaps almost a week early for the first mini-wave of returning Westerns. Some of the morning's 10 Greater Yellowlegs could well be returning arrivals. Clearly summering, however, are the 25 Red Knots and 40 Short-billed Dowitchers, whereas just a single Semipalmated Plover is a very poor June total. The single summering Brant formerly at J St. is now near Gunpowder Point (Chula Vista Nature Center) and an additional group of 3 summering Brant are farther up the Bay at Delta Beach. A single Surf Scoter on south San Diego Bay, and none off Imperial Beach to Coronado, is a very poor summer total. Loons are also in very short supply this summer, at least they are south of La Jolla, as the only ones I've seen are a single basic-plumaged Red-throated Loon today off Coronado/North Island, and the one Common Loon I had a week ago on Sweetwater Reservoir. One Reddish Egret continues today at J St.

In the landbird department, the adult male and an immature Vermilion Flycatcher continued at the nw. corner of the Mission Bay golf course on June 16th. Whether the young bird is one of the fledglings from mid-April or is the result of a second brood, I don't know--but it is an immature rather than a true juvenile. And on June 17th, there were 2 singing Swainson's Thrushes along the San Diego River near the SD Mission, a somewhat regular breeding site for this species near the limit of its range.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Heron Big Day!

Steve Perry
 

As a Father's Day gift to myself, I got up predawn and headed to San Elijo Lagoon. I'll post to ebird later, but got lovely views of an American Bittern AMBI stalking prey in the pools between Stonebridge and Sta Helena. Also present were Great Blue Heron, GBHE, Great Egret GREG, and Snowy Egret SNEG, and a flyover Black-crowned Nightheron BCNH. As I was at 5 herons by 7.30 am, I dashed to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the pair of Yellow-crowned Nightherons YCNH on the nest by the fire station, and a green heron GRHE on the San Dieguito River, taking me to 7 Ardeidae for the morning. As I still have plenty of daylight left, can I make it more? San Diego River for Little Blue Heron LBHE and possibly Reddish Egret REEG.... tempting!

Happy Father's Day birding, everyone!

Steve Perry

Solana Beach


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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA

Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak Tecolote Canyon

Nathan French
 

Singing near BHGRs on main trail at 8:45 but was chased off by pair of NOMOs (32.7749535, -117.1944740)

Nathan French
Hillcrest


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Reminder for Tuesday's SDFO meeting! Please come join us!

Barbara
 

This month's SDFO meeting will be on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:00 PM, in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego 
Foundation Building. 

We are pleased this month to welcome our featured speaker, Rustom Jamadar, to present “Birds of India.”
Rustom Jamadar is a San Diego resident who has traveled to India annually for the past three years 
to bird different regions there. Rustom grew up in India and first birded there in 1982. He was introduced to 
birding when he was in college in Texas and cut his birding teeth in the Rio Grande Valley. Over the last seven 
years Rustom has been birding regularly in the San Diego area as well as in other parts of the U.S., in Central 
and South America, and in India. Rustom has been a Life Member of the Bombay Natural History Society and 
a member of the National Audubon Society for over 30 years. In recent years he has joined local Audubon chapters, 
and can be spotted on their field trips.

Next month’s program: Tuesday, July 16, same time, same place. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee John 
Martin will give a talk on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and its role in bird conservation.

It's not too late to pay your annual dues. Please see me at the meeting or contact me off line.

Barbara Carlson 
SDFO Membership
San Diego


Northern Parula Palomar Mountain

Jeff Spaulding
 

Singing adult male at post 8 on the Doane Valley Nature Trail off the parking lot for Doane Pond at Palomar State Park. This is where the Pacific Wren was in December (I think that was the month). Singing at noon in the deciduous trees in the creek bed but moved up mid story into the Incense Cedars. No service on Palomar, stopped at Santa Ysabel to post.
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Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

Greater Scaup & Horned Grebe

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Saturday, June 15th, a female GREATER SCAUP was off the parking lot at J St./Marina Parkway in Chula Vista. There are no summer records for the county listed in the SD Atlas, but perhaps there have been a couple such reports since it was published (?). Wouldn't be surprised given how many Greaters winter on the Bay. Also today, the casual-in-summer HORNED GREBE I first saw from J St. on the June 3rd was now farther west, visible from the Biological Study Area parking lot at the bottom of the Silver Strand, looking east. At the saltworks, uncommon-ish summering shorebirds included 18 Red Knots (1 in full alternate) and 3 Ruddy Turnstones. A basic-plumaged COMMON LOON was "inland" at the lower end of Sweetwater Reservoir, and a female Cinnamon Teal with 8 ducklings was at the upper end of the reservoir.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Re: Vermillion Flycatcher Balboa Park

peter thomas
 

Male Vermillion also today, Fort Rosecrans, western border, just north of the dip.

Peter and Millie Thomas
Tierrasanta

On Friday, June 14, 2019, 4:02:13 PM PDT, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:


Mostly white juv in the park at Sixth and Palm (32.7355843, -117.1590282)

Nathan French
Hillcrest



Vermillion Flycatcher Balboa Park

Nathan French
 

Mostly white juv in the park at Sixth and Palm (32.7355843, -117.1590282)

Nathan French
Hillcrest

storm-petrel glut, Ring-necked Duck

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Thursday the 13th, there was a record-count from shore of 2500 Black Storm-Petrels at La Jolla, soon after dawn. A large percent of the birds were to the NNW over the canyon. Numbers dropped off a little over the ensuing two hours, but there were still 1500+ when I departed. Otherwise, 80 Black-vented Shearwaters, but not much else.

On Friday the 14th, there is a summering, female Ring-necked Duck at Santee Lakes (Lake #3). Also the continuing couple Acorn Woodpeckers that have been there for ca. 5 years since the coastal-slope incursion back then. Nearby, at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course, the new colony of Double-crested Cormorants has five active nests.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Re: R-e Vireo property access

dan jehl
 

Paul,

Thank you for finding a bird considered a nemesis for many local birders. Also, thank you for working to preserve access to sites like this for when something special little the Red-eyed Vireo pops up. As we all saw with the Hooded Warbler in Del Mar last year access can be blocked to these privately owned areas. I appreciate the reminder.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

On Jun 12, 2019, at 6:23 PM, lehman.paul@... via Groups.Io <lehman.paul=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

The property on which the Tierrasanta Red-eyed Vireo currently resides is a private HOA park, and is so signed (clearly). So far, so good, as the local residents have been curious as to what's going on. But this will last only so long, especially if "management" gets involved. So, please, if the bird remains past today, please consider how important it is for you to see it, if you go then please see the bird and then promptly depart, and please do not return to this site for general birding in the future. If we find something very good there again in the future, we will endeavor to post news and have just limited (i.e., short-term) access, such as today.

Thanks.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



R-e Vireo property access

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The property on which the Tierrasanta Red-eyed Vireo currently resides is a private HOA park, and is so signed (clearly). So far, so good, as the local residents have been curious as to what's going on. But this will last only so long, especially if "management" gets involved. So, please, if the bird remains past today, please consider how important it is for you to see it, if you go then please see the bird and then promptly depart, and please do not return to this site for general birding in the future. If we find something very good there again in the future, we will endeavor to post news and have just limited (i.e., short-term) access, such as today.

Thanks.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

Red/eyed vireo

Dennis
 

Singing and visible! 4:45 In first large tree east of swimming pool as described earlier

Dennis Parker
Tierrasanta

Re: Red-eyed Vireo still singing.

terry hurst
 

Sorry in my rush to sent out I didn’t put time or date 6/12 at 3:13. It is still singing.

Terry Hurst
Santee

On Jun 12, 2019, at 3:13 PM, terry hurst via Groups.Io <thurstycat61=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


High up in a Liquid Amber tree. South of the pool.

Terry Hurst
Santee

Latitude: 32° 49.4669′ N
Longitude: 117° 6.0250′ W
Accuracy: 16 ft

https://maps.apple.com/?q=32.82444,-117.10041
https://maps.google.com/?q=32.82444,-117.10041

32.824448,-117.100417

6/12/19, 3:08 PM
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