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Migration in Solana Beach

Steve Perry
 

Hi all,
making the most of home-based birding, 5 hooded orioles have returned to my neighborhood checking out the palm trees, and today 3 Bullock's orioles were in my neighbor's silk oak tree. Jayne Lesley birded the areas of San Elijo Lagoon still open to the public: 10+ black-headed grosbeaks singing along the eastern trails.
Stay safe,
Steve Perry
Solana Beach


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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA

Spring arrivals file, Western Kingbird push on 31 March, yard birding

Justyn Stahl
 

Birders,

I hope you are all well, staying healthy and sane, and birding your yards harder than ever! Appropriately, the April eBird challenge is based on yard birding.

Thanks to Matt Sadowski, a summary excerpt of spring arrival dates for selected species from the San Diego County Bird Atlas is now available as a file on our groups.io site: https://groups.io/g/SanDiegoRegionBirding/files/Spring%20arrival%20dates.pdf

Speaking of migrants, Western Kingbirds made a big push yesterday it seems. I had none from my yard during scattered, short, stationary counts, but I must've been inside during their occasional flights. A few birders nearby (between the 805 and 15) had 100-200+ fly over their yards:

Best,

Justyn Stahl
North Park

Least Bittern in Ramona

Nancy Christensen
 

I took a walk this morning at Dos Picos County Park (which is open). I was surprised to hear a Least Bittern chuckling away in the reeds, and then was surprised again to find a second one! I was finally able to see the second bird through the screen of reeds, but not well enough to photograph. The bird was laying prone, and I believe it was on a nest. I could see the head moving around, and the eye was always on the same level as the back, which was horizontal. It continued to sing non-stop, giving its chuckling call every few seconds. According to the Bird Atlas, egg dates may range from Aril 1st, although the nests I have found in past years have been much later in the season. I do not know if the first bird I found was the mate of this one (do both sexes sing?), or if there are two territories here.  I checked the Atlas and the Ebird records, but I see no previous reports of Least Bitterns in Ramona.

 

Also at the park I had a Cassins Vireo, a Nashville Warbler and a couple of Black-throated Gray warblers. The amount of bird sound was amazing, and I sent quite a bit of time trying to fibure things out. The YR warblers are singing, as are the RC Kinglets.

 

Checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S66489184

I tried to get a recording of the bittern, but you have to listen carefully to hear it with all of the other bird song going on!

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Summer Tanager & Black-headed Grossbeak

Sonja
 


I was birding the green space in my neighborhood in Vista and found a Summer Tanager and a Black-headed grosbeak both first of season and with that I also had Bullocks and Hooded Orioles! Good birding for this morning.😊


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San Diego Bird Festival

D Brown
 

Chirp,

My friend, Marion Hill and I recently attended the San Diego Bird Festival. Congratulations to the organizers for a terrific festival.
We were pleased to go on three field trips {and were scheduled to go on the pelagic trip that was unfortunately cancelled}, all led by great folks and excellent birders. Thanks to all the leaders, volunteers, Jennifer,  and SD Audubon. Though we are generally not listers, we keep track of species seen when on a trip. For our week in San Diego County, we identified 141 species, including 12 life birds. Please follow the links below to view images of some of these birds. If we got any identifications wrong, please inform.


My Flickr album from our week in San Diego …

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146696747@N03/albums/72157713442749547

My personal website ….

http://www.douglaslbrownphotography.com/

Marion’s Flickr page ….

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147611851@N07/

cheers, Douglas Brown, Marion Hill
Bellingham, Wa.

Summer Tanager, Point Loma

Sara Baase Mayers
 

We found a 1st-spring male Summer Tanager (red head and breast,
lots of yellow mixed with red on the body) this morning in the tall,
partly dead pine tree at the corner of Dudley and Silvergate in Point
Loma. (The tree had lots of other birds, including a Red-breasted
Nuthatch.)

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Western Kingbirds migrating through Bonita

John Walters
 

Was out for our afternoon walk up Corral Canyon Dr. when I noticed a couple of Cassin's Kingbirds in a tree overhead. On second glance, they turned out to be Western Kingbirds and were immediately joined by about 10 more. First Western Kingbirds I recall  seeing in the neighborhood, although the open hillsides above our housing development are good WEKI habitat. This group was almost certainly Just Passing Through. Not a particularly exotic sighting, but I'll  take what I can get these days.

John Walters

Bonita, CA

Spring arrivals at Sorrento Valley this past week

Susan Smith
 

Today covering my local patch I had 2 Pacific Slope Flycatchers, 3 Yellow Warblers, and 2 Wilson's Warblers at the Flintkote trail which starts at the intersection of Flintkote Ave and Estuary Way and heads west.  I had heard Yellow Warblers there before last week, but Wilson's Warblers and Pac Slopes were new this season for me at Flintkote.  Unitt's SD Bird Atlas has 11 to 20 March for Wilson's arrival, so this is well within their expected spring arrival date, and also the  Yellow Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher seem to be on schedule.  

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

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

A busy Coronado beach

lisa heinz
 

Lots of birds enjoying the quiet central Coronado Beach this morning. Two big groups of ~90 surfbirds each, feeding at the waterline, accompanied by a good handful of red knots, a few willets; about 25 godwits keeping to themselves. Two groups of ~15 royal terns, with a few elegant terns causing trouble at the edges of the group. ~200 sanderlings strewn all along the surfline. A group of 15 scoters off the (shuttered) Hotel Del rocks, and a couple of rafts of bright white dots way out at sea. No fulmars. A 'rare' day with about 300x the usual avian population.

Lisa Heinz
Coronado
lis_heinz@...

Re: dead Fulmars Cardiff beach

Susan Smith
 

Thanks for posting about the fulmars, Steve. I also had a similar experience this past Monday, on March 23.   I saw five Northern Fulmar carcasses on just a 1/2 mile stretch of the beach, at Torrey Pines State Beach (before it was closed down). As I understand it, fulmars disperse south from Alaska nesting areas during winter, and die-offs of what seem to be mostly young birds are not super unusual along the US west coast of North America during October through March, especially when a series of storms hampers their feeding abilities or years when their natural food supply cannot support the crop of new birds.  But this does seem like a pretty high incidence.  I took pictures and reported to INat.  I also saw one dead Black-vented Shearwater along the same stretch.  sue

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


-----Original Message-----
From: stevan brad via Groups.Io <stevanbrad@...>
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] dead Fulmars Cardiff beach

Hi all there were 5 dead Fulmars on Cardiff beach today Thursday.....also one dead sea lion
that`s the most I`ve seen since the big fulmar die off about 15 years ago  
Cardiff beach is open if you can find a parking place on the street     parking lots are closed    parking on street will be non existent if the surf is good.........or even fair

stay safe 
steve brad
leucadia

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Re: dead Fulmars Cardiff beach

Edward G
 

I thought all Encinitas and Carlsbad beaches were closed.  Fines are possible.

Eddie

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:52:43 PM PDT, stevan brad via Groups.Io <stevanbrad@...> wrote:


Hi all there were 5 dead Fulmars on Cardiff beach today Thursday.....also one dead sea lion
that`s the most I`ve seen since the big fulmar die off about 15 years ago  
Cardiff beach is open if you can find a parking place on the street     parking lots are closed    parking on street will be non existent if the surf is good.........or even fair

stay safe 
steve brad
leucadia

Dairy Mart Green-tailed Towhee

RICHARD CUTHBERTSON
 

The green-tailed towhee was at the usual location, near the kiosk next to the South pond.  While the trails are closed birding is still good along the road with merlin, cal gnatcatcher and sora calling.

Richard Cuthbertson

dead Fulmars Cardiff beach

stevan brad
 

Hi all there were 5 dead Fulmars on Cardiff beach today Thursday.....also one dead sea lion
that`s the most I`ve seen since the big fulmar die off about 15 years ago  
Cardiff beach is open if you can find a parking place on the street     parking lots are closed    parking on street will be non existent if the surf is good.........or even fair

stay safe 
steve brad
leucadia

Re: Vaux’s Swift?

John Sterling
 

There have been quite a few early Vaux’s Swifts in central California in the past week.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Mar 24, 2020, at 6:14 PM, Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

It has been suggested that this bird is a female Violet-green swallow, which can be quite dusky. That makes more sense for this time of year!

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vaux’s Swift?

While photographing swallows in Ramona today, I took two frames of what looks like a Vaux’s Swift. This is about 6 weeks early for this species, so it makes me wonder....






Re: Vaux’s Swift?

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

Although casual in most of California, Vaux's are annual in winter in the county (per Unitt), although this would be away from the north coast where most records are from.

Geoffrey Rogers
San Diego, CA

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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vaux’s Swift?

It has been suggested that this bird is a female Violet-green swallow, which can be quite dusky. That makes more sense for this time of year!

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vaux’s Swift?

While photographing swallows in Ramona today, I took two frames of what looks like a Vaux’s Swift. This is about 6 weeks early for this species, so it makes me wonder....

Re: Vaux’s Swift?

Nancy Christensen
 

It has been suggested that this bird is a female Violet-green swallow, which can be quite dusky. That makes more sense for this time of year!

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

-----Original Message-----
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To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vaux’s Swift?

While photographing swallows in Ramona today, I took two frames of what looks like a Vaux’s Swift. This is about 6 weeks early for this species, so it makes me wonder....

Park/Beach Closure

Mike Wittmer
 

Just a heads-up regarding closures.  The IB Pier is closed.  Robb Field/SD River walk on the South side is closed. All access to the parking lot of Robb Field is blocked by barricades.  Cops on M/C are patrolling the park. Just a heads up on what I found-besides the scoters

Black, White-wing and Surf Scoters at the Imperial Beach Y Surf Camp.

Mike Wittmer
 

I went relatively early to the beach directly in front of the Y Surf School in Imperial Beach.  Thanks to Nancy C for responding to my question about the birds the previous night.  All 3 species were present this morning.  The birds were coming within 25-30 feet of the water's edge.  However, they would quickly swim out and beyond the breakwater if you approached or walkers went by.  There are two jetties at this beach  The birds would swim slightly south of the South jetty and then swim north to the north jetty.  They'd turn around and swim South to the South jetty.  This patter was consistent throughout the time I was watching them.  eBird completed with photos of scoters.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66182991
Mike Wittmer
Escondido, Ca

 

Vaux’s Swift?

Nancy Christensen
 

While photographing swallows in Ramona today, I took two frames of what looks like a Vaux’s Swift. This is about 6 weeks early for this species, so it makes me wonder....

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Bird and Butterfly Garden 22 March 2020

dan jehl
 

Yesterday afternoon about 2:20 there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the power lines along Hollister just south of the Bird and Butterfly Garden. It hawked insects frequently and moved south slowly, mainly returning to the power lines. A Western Kingbird was on the topmost branches of the trees in the abandoned property south of the B&B Garden as well, white outermost tail feathers flashing in the sunlight.

The garden itself was quite birdy and no one around.

Remember to social distance at least six feet apart (1 Turkey Vulture wingspan), a California Condor would be better. Stay well.

Dan Jehl
San Diego