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Cardiff Palm Warbler

Richard Trissel
 

Hello.  At 2:30 this afternoon there was a drab PALM WARBLER at the NW corner of Dean and Lahoud.  It was present for at least 20 minutes bobbing it's tail incessantly as it fed on the lawn.

Good Birding,

Rich Trissel
Cardiff

CBRC Documentation

Guy McCaskie
 

Since Little Stint, Tricolored Heron, Thick-billed Kingbird and Grace’s Warbler are California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species, I ask that all those seeing/photographing the Little Stint and Tricolored Heron on south San Diego Bay, the Thick-billed Kingbird in Chula Vista, the Grace’s Warblers at two locations in La Jolla and the third in Encinitas this fall/early winter 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

 

 

results of mon 11 nov san elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton
 

Thanks to 15 participants for conducting the 11 November 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Kathy Knight, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson, Dealah Abdullah, Jaylin Evancik, Jake Linscheid (S central basin Rios to I-5); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Dave Carey, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Thomas Myers, Steve Perry (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

105 species were reported.  Notable sightings included a female hooded merganser NW of Rios Ave, a late-lingering barn swallow north of Sta Inez and rough-winged swallow over the eastern mesa.

Species included:  red-throated loon, Pacific loon, common loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, gadwall, American wigeon, lesser scaup, surf scoter, bufflehead, hooded merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl,  Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, California 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, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 December.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Fiesta Island (nothing of note)

Kerry Ross
 

I went out to Fiesta Island this morning to try to relocate the Siberian Pipit with no luck.

Keers

Kerry Ross
Bay Park

Re: New fort Rosecrans rule

Susan Smith
 

Thanks to BJ and Susan for posting this information.  It is sad that birding is no longer allowed during much of the day at FRNC.  Assume this includes Sundays as well, when there are no services.  Palomar Audubon posts  guidelines for birding the cemetery at http://palomaraudubon.org/birding/websites/rosecrans/ .  Everyone should especially note the reason for the 2019 change concerning hours,  given by the Director  of FRNC/Miramar cemetery complex, Rex Kern, under the 'new' rules dated January 9, 2019.    Perhaps this should be posted officially on this listserve and on the SDFO website to alert birders who are still unaware of this new rule, especially visiting birders who may have travelled far to bird the cemetery.   

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] New fort Rosecrans rule

Hi Brian,

Out of curiosity, I checked the cemetery schedule for 11/4.  There was a burial at 10:30, which I assume is the reason for the groundskeeper's request.  I could be totally wrong, of course, so I agree we should follow the rule.  Ft. Rosecrans is a very special place for birding, walking, or reflection.  

I carry a small Lumix point & shoot camera when I bird, which I use to take photos of birds I cannot identify.  I use the photos to figure out the identification at home.  I had a groundskeeper ask me why I was in the cemetery, and what I planned to photograph.  When I explained the binocs & the camera are for birding, he told me I could photograph the birds, but photographing the soldiers' name & information on the headstones is not allowed unless the deceased is a family member.  On a later visit, I had a groundskeeper approach me and tell me that photographs are strictly forbidden in the cemetery, and I could leave or put the camera in my car and continue birding. 

Best,
Susie

On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM Brian Dooley via Groups.Io <bbirddooley=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hey all, I was birding fort Rosecrans this morning and I was asked by a grounds worker to leave because there's apparently a new rule there that states birders aren't allowed on the cemetery grounds from 8 to 11am. I don't know the rest of the details on this new rule, but it's probably best to respect this rule until someone else can figure out what else this rule states.
Happy birding
Brian (BJ) Dooley


 

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Re: New fort Rosecrans rule

Susie Amundson
 

Hi Brian,

Out of curiosity, I checked the cemetery schedule for 11/4.  There was a burial at 10:30, which I assume is the reason for the groundskeeper's request.  I could be totally wrong, of course, so I agree we should follow the rule.  Ft. Rosecrans is a very special place for birding, walking, or reflection.  

I carry a small Lumix point & shoot camera when I bird, which I use to take photos of birds I cannot identify.  I use the photos to figure out the identification at home.  I had a groundskeeper ask me why I was in the cemetery, and what I planned to photograph.  When I explained the binocs & the camera are for birding, he told me I could photograph the birds, but photographing the soldiers' name & information on the headstones is not allowed unless the deceased is a family member.  On a later visit, I had a groundskeeper approach me and tell me that photographs are strictly forbidden in the cemetery, and I could leave or put the camera in my car and continue birding. 

Best,
Susie


On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM Brian Dooley via Groups.Io <bbirddooley=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hey all, I was birding fort Rosecrans this morning and I was asked by a grounds worker to leave because there's apparently a new rule there that states birders aren't allowed on the cemetery grounds from 8 to 11am. I don't know the rest of the details on this new rule, but it's probably best to respect this rule until someone else can figure out what else this rule states.
Happy birding
Brian (BJ) Dooley


 

Plumbeous Vireo - Stagecoach Park

Alex Abela
 

This afternoon (11/9) there was a PLUMBEOUS VIREO at Stagecoach Community Park, moving between the pine and eucalyptus trees near the restrooms.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

Lucy's Warbler, 11/09

Barbara
 

The Lucy's Warbler continues at Southcrest Community Park (Rec Center) in the eucalyptus tree nearest the gate this morning around 0700. It was spotted by Trent Stanley, and true to this bird's M.O., gave only a quick look.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Grace's Warbler : Encinitas, Crest Drive ; 9 NOV2019

Tito Gonzalez
 

I observed  a GRACE’S WARBLER this morning (9 NOV2019)  in the pines in front of 1282 Crest Drive Dr. in Encinitas. This is almost certainly the same individual that wintered at this location last winter. So it looks like both of last year’s wintering GRWAs have returned. Photos in ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61306067

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

probable "Siberian" American Pipit Fiesta Island

Kerry Ross
 

I went to Fiesta Island this morning to search for the Mountain Plover with no luck. I did come across a  "SIBERIAN" AMERICAN PIPIT (A. r. japonicas). This bird had dark contrasting streaks (darker than other AMPI in the area) on the belly and flanks with dark malar stripe that widened to a dark triangle shape. A light eye ring was noticeable. It had bold wing bars on dark wings. The legs were very pink in color and stood out strongly in the morning sun. I was unable to get photos as the dog park was in heavy use with many dogs actively chasing birds at the owners request.

Keers (as the MAMU says)

Kerry Ross
Bay Park

Female Black-headed Grosbeak in Vallecito backyard, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Britta Lee Shain
 

A lone Black-headed Grosbeak visited our backyard drip in Vallecito on November 3rd. I had never seen one this late in the year, and was shocked by how battered she appeared with what would turn out to be a deformed bill, worn feathers and even some dried jam on her face. Thanks to the benevolence of more experienced birders, I was finally able to ID her as a female Black-headed as opposed to a Rose-breasted.

3 photos at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61287037

Britta Lee Shain
Vallecito in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher at Poggi Creek greenbelt

Tom Marshall
 

I too had the luck to see this STFC at Poggi Creek yesterday. After reading Chuck Border's post, I got down there four hours later without much hope in the heat. It was there in the pair of eucalyptus that have several bare branches at their top (from Main St, there are a half dozen eucs, then a lone one, then the two with the scraggly tops). It was sallying out from perches there at the top and catching lunch at 12:45pm. My pics will be on my facebook page open to the public.

Gray Flycatcher and Vermilion Flycatchers at Whelan Lake

Eve Martin
 

A beautiful birdy day at the Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary today/Friday turned up the two continuing bright male VERMILION FLYCATCHERS and a GRAY FLYCATCHER flycatching lakeside at about these coordinates:  33.242468, -117.339981

A few more details can be found on our complete eBird list here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S61276764

Whelan Lake is a private sanctuary and you need to call the caretakers' home a day ahead for access:  (760) 722-4887

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California

Zone-tailed Hawk at the San Diego Safari Park

Elizabeth Morgan
 

After looking at tons of Turkey Vultures soaring over the San Diego Safari Park today (Friday, Nov. 8), I finally saw a Zone-tailed Hawk soaring over the amphitheater at noon while watching the bird show with my daughter. Easily distinguished from Turkey Vultures by the yellow cere, yellow legs, broad white band on tail and lack of a pink head. 

Elizabeth Morgan
San Diego, CA

Mountain Plover, Fiesta Island, 8 Oct 2019

Paul Chad
 

The Mountain Plover continues, seen about 9:00 today, near SW corner of 'triangle' of the Dog Park area of Fiesta Island, Mission Bay. Lone bird just standing out in the open/bare area. Nothing else of note there.

Also, the two immature Snow Geese Paul L saw yesterday, north Mission Bay Park near De Anza Cove, were not there this AM - they have been off-and-on at that spot for at least a week.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City

Palomar updates

Nancy Christensen
 

Four of us ventured forth to the Palomar area today. At the entrance to the State Park (where you fill out the little envelope) we had at least 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets in an oak tree with big clumps of mistletoe. The same tree also had at least 2 Cassin’s Finches – same area I saw them a few days ago. A small flock was seen flying off from that tree, which may also have been CAFI.

At the Doane Pond parking area, a flock of 22 Red Crossbills were seen in flight, moving towards the pond.

On the Nature Trail, the Pacific Wren continued between posts 9 and 10. It was very uncooperative and not even one bad photo was taken much less any good ones! A small flock of at least 8 Red Crossbills was seen in that same area flying into the top of a tall tree with tight clusters of cones at the very top (?Douglas Fir?). Looking up later we saw dozens of snowflakes twirling down, which turned out to be the papery “wing” that attaches to the seeds of cones. Realizing that this was from the feeding activity of the crossbills, we also observed the snow showers from another nearby tree. There must have been many more crossbills than we saw. They were silent for the most part.

 

At Lake Henshaw we found a group of white geese – 6 were Snow and two were Ross’s.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

B&B and Nestor

Janice Nordenberg
 

To add to Paul's list for B&B and Nestor sightings this morning - The Green-tailed Towhee finally appeared in the central garden area at 9:30 after the marine layer cleared. A Western Tanager was in Tesoro Park on the east side of Tesoro Grove Way along the creek. I did not hear or see the Golden-crowned Kinglet at B&B.

Jan Nordenberg
San Diego

Mission Trails Green-tailed Towhee, RN Sapsucker

Christopher Adler
 

This morning 11/8 around Lake Kumeyaay and the dam area at Mission Trails
Regional Park, some nice birds including a good variety of raptors.

- Green-tailed Towhee on the south side of the grasslands loop
- Red-naped Sapsucker (vocalized quite actively for a few minutes!), north side of Kumeyaay Lake
- Merlin, north side of Kumeyaay Lake

Photos in the ebird report

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens
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new Am. Redstart & miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Friday the 8th, a female AMERICAN REDSTART was along the riparian drainage ditch that crosses Hollister Ave. just south of Coronado Ave. in Nestor. This is the same ditch/creek that crosses the top of Nestor Park, and some past wintering birds of note have gone back and forth between these two stretches. On Thurs the 7th, 2 imm. SNOW GEESE were grazing on the lawn at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, whereas I did not see the single bird that had been nearby at the Mission Bay Golf Course for quite a few days. On Weds the 6th, a PLUMBEOUS VIREO was in 39th Street Park, which is near the intersection of Adams Ave. and I-15, in Normal Heights. Single Red-breasted Sapsuckers were at the B&B Garden and at Sunnyslope Park. Also, I've recently been seeing more (Swinhoe's) White-eyes at a few spots in residential Point Loma and around Mission Bay. Get ready.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

(new) Scarlet Tanager at Fort Rosecrans, 11/8

James Pawlicki
 

A (green) male Scarlet Tanager was on the east side of Fort Rosecrans this morning around 8 am along the fenceline and in adjacent ficus trees approximately here: 32.6857401, -117.2427443

This bird has jet black upperwing coverts and primaries as well as a duller/darker bill compared to the apparent female that was being seen in the very SW corner of the cemetery late last week.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa