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miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, the 25th, a late or summering female-type Bufflehead continues (since April) at San Dieguito Lagoon (Dust Devil Trail) in Del Mar, where also 8 adult Redheads and the first of the season's brood of Redhead ducklings. Small numbers of W-f Ibis also include already several of this year's juveniles. The small, isolated population of Acorn Woodpeckers continues in the w. Sorrento Valley/Mira Mesa/El Camino Cemetery area. And singing, territorial, southerly Swainsons's Thrushes are at two of their favored sites: the end of Flintkote Ave. in Sorrento Valley and along the SD River near the SD Mission. Yesterday, a check of the continuing Hooded Warbler at PLNU/residential Point Loma also turned a mere three additional landbird migrants (1 W. Wood-Pewee, 2 W. Tanagers), so it continues slow in that regard. And on 23 May, there was a late, alternate-plumaged Dunlin on south San Diego Bay, where also 8 Ruddy Turnstones, and 2 Cattle Egrets were along the Tijuana River.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


Tricolored Blackbirds Breeding again at Rangeland Road, Water District Pond, 24 May 2020

Susan Smith
 

    Went out to Ramona to check on the Tricolored Blackbird colony  I had noted there  on 22 March 2020 (checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S66109602).   They have apparently bred and nested  in the Water District South Pond,  where bulrushes have now grown back.   Around this pond, and carrying food from the pasture east of the road,  there were predominantly adult females and recently fledged young (many with yellow-orange gapes), so I wondered where all the males were.  As I drove north along the road a bit, closer to the large, northern pond where cattle were grazing, I saw a few flocks of males streaming further west shuttling to and from the south pond area, that had been out of view from my previous vantage point.  Final estimate, tho an undercount, is 180 females, 50 fledglings, 100 males=330. Today's checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S69569365 . Most activity occured earlier in the morning.  


Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@...

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


June 13th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic

David Povey
 

Sorry to say the June 13 th. trip has been cancelled. 
Dang it all. I had hoped we'd get an Ok, but not this time. Not sure if boat trips are in phase 4, 5, or???
You can still book trips for Aug., Sept. and Oct. see details at www.sandiegopelagics.com.
Crossed fingers that those trips can go, and salvage 2020's pelagics.
Dave Povey
Dulzura



Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 23 May

Justyn Stahl
 

The Violet-crowned Hummingbird at the DeAnza Springs Resort was seen today by two small, organized groups, coordinated/permitted by the property owner and the resort management. The owner is now leaving town for a few days and will keep me posted as to the bird's status upon her return. I will relay this info when I get it.

Under NO circumstances should anyone attempt to access the resort on their own. Future trips, bird and homeowner willing, may be made available at a later date. 

Justyn Stahl
North Park


Re: Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 20-22 May 2020 (viewing details)

Philip Unitt
 

Dear Justyn,

 

I’m glad that when I arranged public access for San Diego County’s first Violet-crowned Hummingbird the process was considerably less complex!

 

Best wishes,

 

Phil

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Justyn Stahl
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 3:47 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 20-22 May 2020 (viewing details)

 

Today, 22 May, a small group, with coordination through the homeowner and resort management did a brief exploratory trip today, saw the bird, and discussed future access possibilities as access was not granted indefinitely. Pre-arranged, group permission (see below) was granted for a small number of people tomorrow (Saturday), but no solo at-will visitation is allowed. Additionally, you must comply with the following rules and guidance below. Keep in mind this is a "clothing optional" resort, and, although our interactions were extremely limited, residents are likely uncomfortable with large numbers of clothed people carrying optics. 

 

Group meeting time and location will be 15 minutes before entry time at the I-8 Jacumba exit, in the dirt lot across from the Shell/Chevron stations. The group will then consolidate vehicles and be led in by a leader. There was ZERO cell reception in the resort, so if you are even two minutes late, you will not be able to contact the group or get in.

 

So:

 

1. Absolutely NO CAMERAS or SCOPES are allowed. Repeat, NO CAMERAS.

2. Group size is limited to 10, with 5 cars, so carpooling in is necessary - if you feel you can do this safely (perhaps sit diagonally with the windows down?).

3. Masks must be worn.

4. Check in will be necessary at the office by the leader.

5. Do not enter the yard, but bird from outside the fence.

6. Do not exceed 5 mph while in the resort.

7. The bird seems to appear every 20-23 minutes, so after two bouts of feeding, please leave.

8. Bird discreetly at the yard where the bird is ONLY, then leave, do not bird elsewhere in the resort.

9. If you miss your meeting time/location, you're out of luck as entry without an assigned group leader (with permission letter) is not possible.

 

If these restrictions work for you, let me know if you are interested in going tomorrow, Saturday, at 0900 or 1100, and which time your prefer, but no guarantees. Priority will be given to San Diego birders.

 

Visits beyond Saturday are uncertain, but may be possible in the future if the bird stays, the homeowner approves, and there are no problems tomorrow. Previous records (nine before this one) of Violet-crowned Hummingbirds in California have stayed for as little as one day to as long as several months. A comparable record from Los Angeles stayed for just five days in late May 1987. 

 

Let me know if and when you'd like to go tomorrow.

 

Best,

Justyn Stahl

 

 


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Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 20-22 May 2020 (viewing details)

Justyn Stahl
 

Today, 22 May, a small group, with coordination through the homeowner and resort management did a brief exploratory trip today, saw the bird, and discussed future access possibilities as access was not granted indefinitely. Pre-arranged, group permission (see below) was granted for a small number of people tomorrow (Saturday), but no solo at-will visitation is allowed. Additionally, you must comply with the following rules and guidance below. Keep in mind this is a "clothing optional" resort, and, although our interactions were extremely limited, residents are likely uncomfortable with large numbers of clothed people carrying optics. 


Group meeting time and location will be 15 minutes before entry time at the I-8 Jacumba exit, in the dirt lot across from the Shell/Chevron stations. The group will then consolidate vehicles and be led in by a leader. There was ZERO cell reception in the resort, so if you are even two minutes late, you will not be able to contact the group or get in.


So:


1. Absolutely NO CAMERAS or SCOPES are allowed. Repeat, NO CAMERAS.

2. Group size is limited to 10, with 5 cars, so carpooling in is necessary - if you feel you can do this safely (perhaps sit diagonally with the windows down?).

3. Masks must be worn.

4. Check in will be necessary at the office by the leader.

5. Do not enter the yard, but bird from outside the fence.

6. Do not exceed 5 mph while in the resort.

7. The bird seems to appear every 20-23 minutes, so after two bouts of feeding, please leave.

8. Bird discreetly at the yard where the bird is ONLY, then leave, do not bird elsewhere in the resort.

9. If you miss your meeting time/location, you're out of luck as entry without an assigned group leader (with permission letter) is not possible.


If these restrictions work for you, let me know if you are interested in going tomorrow, Saturday, at 0900 or 1100, and which time your prefer, but no guarantees. Priority will be given to San Diego birders.


Visits beyond Saturday are uncertain, but may be possible in the future if the bird stays, the homeowner approves, and there are no problems tomorrow. Previous records (nine before this one) of Violet-crowned Hummingbirds in California have stayed for as little as one day to as long as several months. A comparable record from Los Angeles stayed for just five days in late May 1987. 


Let me know if and when you'd like to go tomorrow.


Best,

Justyn Stahl



Re: Hooded Warbler - PLNU

Andrew N
 

The hooded warbler continues as of 9:30 a.m. today. Short bursts of song and very difficult views as it flits through dark underbrush and vanishes entirely for long periods.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA


Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bird and Butterfly Garden

David Trissel
 

Had two Indigo Buntings (male and female) at the Bird and Butterfly Garden at 8:30 this morning. Nesting? Then, at 8:38 had the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing right above me in a Tamarisk. Detailed locations and bad pics here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69434839

Also seen and heard singing were 3 Bell’s Vireos and I found a Black-chinned Hummingbird in the same area.

David Trissel
San Diego, CA


On May 21, 2020, at 11:02 AM, john skirgaudas <jskirgaudas@...> wrote:

Seen and imaged this morning 0730 along the river trail just beyond the wooded area.

John Skirgaudas
La Jolla




Violet-crowned Hummingbird report 20-21 May 2020

Justyn Stahl
 

Photos posted to eBird show a Violet-crowned Hummingbird from the DeAnza Springs Resort, a private, clothing-optional resort. I've emailed the observer to inquire about access, but they may not know they've just alerted a large number of folks to this 2nd county record. I'll send an update when I get more information.

Justyn Stahl
North Park 


Indigo Bunting, Bird and Butterfly Garden

john skirgaudas
 

Seen and imaged this morning 0730 along the river trail just beyond the wooded area.

John Skirgaudas
La Jolla


Rose-breasted Grosbeak bird and butterfly garden

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON
 

RBGB seen in the tamarisk lining the parking lot.  Found by Marty at 9:30 singing away.

Richard



Hooded Warbler - PLNU

Alex Abela
 

This morning there is a singing male HOODED WARBLER at Point Loma Nazarene University along the concrete culvert between Garden and DuPont streets on the east edge of campus.

Alex Abela
Escondido, CA


Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Bird & Butterfly Garden

Marcie Mason
 

Wed morning there was an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Bird and Butterfly Garden.  It was first seen in the row of Tamarisks just west of the parking lot, along the road that leads to the horse trailer parking area.  Later it was seen from inside the garden in the tall Tamarisks that border the southeastern edge of the garden. 
 


Black Swifts

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Two Black Swifts just came by Mount Soledad at around 8:45 a.m., the first of the morning.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: eBird media processing times

Ryan Winkleman
 

Just to provide a little extra info, there were 10s of thousands of media uploads associated with the recent Global Big Day two weekends ago, so that is a big reason for the slow processing times lately. Also, the team at Cornell has let us know that you do not need to leave your browser open, computer on, etc. once your file(s) is uploaded. Once the status turns to "processing," you're good and you can shut down or leave your computer if you want.
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Ryan Winkleman (OC reviewer)
Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County


Baltimore Oriole

Cheryl Carlton
 

Beautiful male in my backyard in Carlsbad today.  I have good pictures but I don’t use a photo sharing service so don’t know how to share with you all.  I can send pics one on one if you would like to contact me directly.  Unmistakable.  Black head and neck culminating in a point at the upper chest.  Beautiful yellow flashes in wings and tail.  Fiery yellow orange in color.  Upper wing bar is yellow and secondary bar is white.  Was in the birdbath for a bit with a hooded oriole male so comparison was even easier. 

He makes #51 on the list of bird species I’ve seen from my "office" window since I started working from home on 17 March. 

Amazing what we can see when we slow down and pay attention. 

Cheryl
Carlsbad 




Summer Tanager, Rose-breast, Reddish Egret

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Yesterday morning, while birding at both Point Loma AND the Tijuana R. valley, I saw a grand total of ONE landbird migrant (a W. Tanager). Today, the 18th, I doubled that total at Point Loma, with a single W. Tanager and a first-spring male SUMMER Tanager that was greeny-yellow with a sharply contrasting fully red hood. The latter bird was in the area around the alumni building (and adjoining neighborhood) at the north end of the campus, where Alex Abela saw a very similar-looking Summer way back on May 1st. Same bird? Yesterday, there was an adult Reddish Egret at the Tijuana R. mouth. And on the 16th, there was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the Jacumba area.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


eBird media processing times

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

As some or many of you may have noticed, eBird's processing times of media have been longer than normal lately, sometimes significantly longer than normal. Particularly audio files. I had a couple take somewhere between 12 and 24 hours to get processed recently. I sent a query to eBird three or four days ago asking about it, and today I received this response. Thought I'd share it in case anyone else was wondering what is going on:

The Macaulay Library wildlife media archive, which stores all eBird photos and recordings, is experiencing unusually high server traffic. As a result, media processing may take much longer than normal.

Once your media files are processing no further action is needed; files are processed in the order they are received. Please do not try to delete and re-upload your files, as this can increase your wait time even more.

Our team is currently looking into solutions to improve media processing times. We appreciate your patience during this period of above-average server loads.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Blue-footed Booby flyby - Torrey Pines SB

King, Dan
 

Had a juv./1st cycle Blue-footed Booby flying steadily northward just past the surf line at Torrey Pines SB/Penasquitos Creek inlet around 7:00 a.m. this morning (May 17th).  Not moving fast, but it certainly did not dilly-dally, so if it is proceeding at the same rate, it's somewhere in Orange County or beyond by now.  Ebird checklist with description here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S69220851

Dan King
San Diego 


Black Storm-Petrels, etc. from Torrey Pines SB

King, Dan
 

At least 300 Black Storm-Petrels this morning (May 16) off Torrey Pines SB, most feeding well south of the Penasquitos Creek inlet.  There were a couple Black-vented Shearwaters mixed in, along with a Sooty Shearwater passing by quite close to shore. 

Dan King
San Diego
   

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