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Re: Blue-headed Vireo 9/30 (no)

Anthony Fife
 

Sept. 30th from 0730-1030 unable to locate Blue-Headed Vireo at FRNC. Multiple birders in area. Least Flycatcher continues, unable to locate Dusky Flycatcher (they were mowing in that area this morning) most warblers absent this morning.

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca


Blue-headed Vireo

Guy McCaskie
 

Since Blue-headed Vireo is a California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species, I ask that all those seeing the Blue-headed Vireo in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma 28-29 September consider sending documentation to Thomas A, Benson, Secretary for the CBRC at  tbenson@.... To learn about the CBRC go to  www.californiabirds.org

 

Thank you,

 

Guy McCaskie

 


Re: European Starlings

Sara Baase Mayers
 

     I watched such a show for several minutes, spellbound, perhaps 10 years ago near La Mesa.  The birds formed huge blobs that kept changing shape, merging, splitting, and moving around.  I was not close enough to count the birds, but I guessed there were 500-600.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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On 9/29/2019 6:54 PM, ross christie via Groups.Io wrote:

While riding my bike mid-day today in Pacific Beach, near the intersection of Bayard & Diamond Streets, I observed a very small sized murmuration of European Starlings.  The estimated size was 240 birds (counting by 10’s) and the flight time was only about 90 seconds before the entire flock landed in a dozen or so separate palm trees nearby.  I’m unsure just how many birds are required to constitute a true murmuration but I have seen videos of thousands of Starlings flying in flocks of ever changing shapes.   I believe that all of these videos were filmed in Europe.  The flock that I observed today covered the distance of approximately 5 city blocks, rapidly changing altitude, direction and flock shape. It was quite interesting to watch and was essentially similar to the videos I’ve seen but lacking the quantity of birds  required for a truly jaw-dropping event.  After they settled in the palm trees I waited awhile for the show to begin again but the Starlings stayed put and so I moved on.

 

So it got me wondering if large sized murmurations ever occur in San Diego County?

Ross Christie
Pacific Beach


  


European Starlings

ross christie
 

While riding my bike mid-day today in Pacific Beach, near the intersection of Bayard & Diamond Streets, I observed a very small sized murmuration of European Starlings.  The estimated size was 240 birds (counting by 10’s) and the flight time was only about 90 seconds before the entire flock landed in a dozen or so separate palm trees nearby.  I’m unsure just how many birds are required to constitute a true murmuration but I have seen videos of thousands of Starlings flying in flocks of ever changing shapes.   I believe that all of these videos were filmed in Europe.  The flock that I observed today covered the distance of approximately 5 city blocks, rapidly changing altitude, direction and flock shape. It was quite interesting to watch and was essentially similar to the videos I’ve seen but lacking the quantity of birds  required for a truly jaw-dropping event.  After they settled in the palm trees I waited awhile for the show to begin again but the Starlings stayed put and so I moved on.

 

So it got me wondering if large sized murmurations ever occur in San Diego County?

Ross Christie
Pacific Beach


TJRV Plumbeous Vireo continues, now 3 Yellow-headed blackbirds

David Povey
 

The Plumbeous Vireo found on the 28th. continues at the Bird & Butterfly Garden, this morning.
Three female or juvenile type Yellow-headed Blackbirds were in the N.W. corner Community Gardens next to Sunset Rd. these with the many Red-winged Blackbirds there.
Dave Povey
Dulzura


Blue-headed Vireo

Nancy Christensen
 

The presumed BHVI continues at 3:00 Sunday. At Fort Rosecrans national cemetery, NE section. It was moving rapidly from Chinese Elm to Elm, working the entire circle. Eight birders present.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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


FRNC — likely Blue-headed Vireo, 28–29 Sep 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Found yesterday 28 Sep 2019 by Aaron Gyllenhaal in northeast section of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The vireo continues this morning 29 Sep 2019 and favors Chinese elms in the northeast section loop road, especially the grove of trees on east side.

This seems to be a good candidate for Blue-headed Vireo, crisp edged white throat, colorful plumage. Perhaps not the strongest coloring we have seen on examples here but the throat looks very good for Blue-headed I think.

Also seen this morning by Barbara Carlson in same area.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach


Yellow-headed Blackbird at Santee Lakes, Sunday morning

Jeremiah Stock
 

There was one Yellow-headed Blackbird, just north of Santee Lake #1 at 0742 Sunday morning September 29, 2019.  Extensive yellow on head and breast; but limited white patches in the wings (seen during flight) suggest a first year male.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Plumbeous Vireo

Iris Kilpatrick
 

The Plumbeous Vireo found by Norka Saldana yesterday at the Bird and Butterfly Garden was confirmed by Guy McCaskie. It was in the tree behind the drip that is located way in the back when first spotted then flew to the row of trees near the main drip. Same location as Red-breasted Nuthatch.  ID photos uploaded to eBird.


San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey - Next Sunday, October 6th.

Jayne Lesley
 



This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The October 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday - next Sunday, October 6th. We are now in our tenth year of collecting bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)


Re: Grace’s Warbler continues, 09/28

Trent R. Stanley
 

Here are some pictures of the birds today, 9/28/2019.

On Sat, Sep 28, 2019 at 8:08 AM Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Trent Stanley and I re-found Alex Abela‘s Grace’s Warbler this morning in the northeast corner of Villa La Jolla Park.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego





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Trent R. Stanley
University City, San Diego, CA


Blackpoll Warbler FRNC

Nicole Desnoyers
 

There was a Blackpoll Warbler near the Committal Shelter at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning 28 September. I likely saw it yesterday as well, but only got poor looks as it hid in the pines along the road in the SE corner. It looked very similar to the bird that was observed 9/21-9/25 in the same area.

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park


Purple Martin at Rangeland Road, Ramona and lots of swifts

Jeremiah Stock
 

I birded a few locations in East County Saturday morning September 28, 2019 and had one juvenile/female-type Purple Martin at Rangeland Road in Ramona.  The bird was first seen being chased by a Barn Swallow near ground level.  It quickly gained altitude and soon disappeared from sight.  All dark above and pale below, with forked tail.  Much largely than nearby Barn Swallow, but had similar swallow-style flight.

Also noted multiple Vaux's Swifts at Rangeland Road and Ramona Community Park, and a flock of approximately 150 at Lake Sutherland.  Maybe the cloudy/rainy weather kept them close to the ground.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...  


American restart in Tecolote canyon

Kat Wendel
 

This morning on the Audubon walk along Tecolote canyon,  an American Redstart was seen in the willow and cotton wood thicket near the electric substation about a mile down the trail from the visitor center. 
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Kat Wendel
in La Mesa


Possible Plumbeous or Cassin’s Vireo

Iris Kilpatrick
 

Sorry no inline pictures allowed. Emailed photos to Nancy Christensen. She think probable Cassin’s.

Iris Kilpatrick 


Possible Plumbeous Vireo

Iris Kilpatrick
 

Found at Bird and Butterfly Garden 9/28 by a birder from Michigan, Norka Saldana. Photos attached. Still here. 11am to noon.










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Least Flycatcher at FRNC

Barbara
 

Found this morning by Gary Nunn in the northwest corner

Barbara Carlson
San Diego


Grace’s Warbler continues, 09/28

Barbara
 

Trent Stanley and I re-found Alex Abela‘s Grace’s Warbler this morning in the northeast corner of Villa La Jolla Park.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego


Black and white warbler - Balboa Park and 28th

lindsay willrick
 

Black and white warbler at the 28th and Balboa Park eBird. Near intersection of 28th and Beech St. Moving with a group of orange crowned and Wilson’s warblers. 

Will post photos in eBird when we get home. 

Lindsay Willrick
Golden Hill, CA 


Yellow-green Vireo at Bird and Butterfly Garden 9/27

James Pawlicki <jmpawli10@...>
 

Observed with Anthony Fife moving through tamrisks with mixed flock from about 1550-1610.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa

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