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Blackpoll Warbler Continues at Fort Rosecrans this morning

Nathan French
 

Andrew Newmark just informed me (and asked me to update y’all) he has refound the Blackpoll Warbler this morning in the pines across from the Committal Shelter where it was seen yesterday. (32.6846477, -117.2448086)

Nathan French
Hillcrest 

possible Blackpoll Warbler, FRNC 21 September

Justyn Stahl
 

Per Mark Stratton, around 2pm a group of folks photographed what appears to be a Blackpoll Warbler near the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery committal shelter. It then flew west to the pines along the middle western entrance (32.684, -117.245)
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Just the messenger.
Justyn Stahl
North Park

Re: FRNC - Dickcissel, 21 Sep 2019

dan jehl
 

Seen again at about 11:45, gave the “zeet” call when flying. Responded to calls, perched on the wire just outside the southeast corner of the cemetery, the flew northeast down slope. Seen by several observers.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:21 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

Heard earlier in morning in northeast section, just relocated in southeast section near west fenceline at 10:15am.

Heard only at first but several of us did get nice looks and photos of it on top of Lemonadeberry bush just outside perimeter east fenceline.

Gary Nunn.
Pacific Beach


Dickcissel - YES at FRNC

lindsay willrick
 

Observed at SE corner at 11:45, gave “Veet” flight call. Perched on telephone wires before flying north, downslope and out of sight. Seen and heard by 6 observers. 

See incidental observation on eBird by Dan Jehl. 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59981971

Lindsay Willrick
Golden’s Hill


Lindsay Willrick
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American redstart at Balboa Park - 28th Street

lindsay willrick
 

First year female American redstart at Balboa Park - 28th Street eBird hotspot. Found at Beech St and 28th St (western edge of South Park, east of golf course). It's hanging out in the yellow flowering trees with Townsend's and orange-crowned warblers. 


Off to chase the dickcissel - good birding all

Lindsay Willrick
Golden Hill

FRNC - Dickcissel, 21 Sep 2019

Gary Nunn
 

Heard earlier in morning in northeast section, just relocated in southeast section near west fenceline at 10:15am.

Heard only at first but several of us did get nice looks and photos of it on top of Lemonadeberry bush just outside perimeter east fenceline.

Gary Nunn.
Pacific Beach

Re: Hooded Wabler Maple Canyon

Justyn Stahl
 

The male Hooded Warbler continues this morning in the same location at 745am, 21 September. Calling from the palms and the small trees above the large cacti, just below the Quince Street bridge. Trail accessed from Third Ave.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 12:23 PM Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:
I relocated it on the way out around 10:45. Here’s my checklist with some photos and a recording:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59931123

Nathan French
Hillcrest






> On Sep 19, 2019, at 9:48 AM, Nathan French via Groups.Io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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> Had more good looks and recorded its call. Seen in bushes on both sides of trail and I just lost it in the palm trees. It is just a little way down the trail that starts near Quince pedestrian bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070) I’m hiking to the bottom but will try to relocate it on my way back up.
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> Nathan French
> Hillcrest
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>> On Sep 19, 2019, at 9:25 AM, Nathan French via Groups.Io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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>> Male calling and foraging in bushes not far from bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070)
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>> Hillcrest
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World class bird artist, Joe Garcia, now showing at the Santa Ysabel Gallery til Oct 27

Susan Smith
 

San Diego Birders and bird art lovers-- just a heads up that world-class bird and wildlife artist, Joe Garcia,  is currently having a one-man show of his exquisite bird oil paintings and watercolors at the Santa Ysabel Gallery until October 27. I just saw the show it is is wonderful, almost all birds. 
The gallery, managed by Director Annie Rowley,  is just east of the Hwy of the Hwy 79/Hwy78 junction at Santa Ysabel at 30352 CA 78, Santa Ysabel.  
     A taste of some of his bird paintings is at Joe's web site 
https://joegarcia.com/?keyvalue=13124&page=ViewCollection&subkeyvalue=23186&startrec=1&displayperpage=9999&displayhorz=1

Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday 11 am to 5 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). 

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

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Desert birding

Nancy Christensen
 

I visited several spots on the desert today. Overall it was pretty quiet, with a few expected migrants present. Agua Caliente County Park had a single Lincoln’s Sparrow, a Cedar Waxwing and two warblers. The settling ponds in Borrego Springs had several sparrows – the first Brewer’s I’ve seen this fall; a small flock of Bell’s/Sagebrush sparrows; a few Savannahs; and a single Lincoln’s Sparrow. Tamarisk Grove had a work crew there, with chain saws and dump trucks. I skipped it completely.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Re: Hooded Wabler Maple Canyon

Nathan French
 

I relocated it on the way out around 10:45. Here’s my checklist with some photos and a recording:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59931123

Nathan French
Hillcrest

On Sep 19, 2019, at 9:48 AM, Nathan French via Groups.Io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Had more good looks and recorded its call. Seen in bushes on both sides of trail and I just lost it in the palm trees. It is just a little way down the trail that starts near Quince pedestrian bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070) I’m hiking to the bottom but will try to relocate it on my way back up.

Nathan French
Hillcrest

On Sep 19, 2019, at 9:25 AM, Nathan French via Groups.Io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Male calling and foraging in bushes not far from bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070)

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Re: Hooded Wabler Maple Canyon

Nathan French
 

Had more good looks and recorded its call. Seen in bushes on both sides of trail and I just lost it in the palm trees. It is just a little way down the trail that starts near Quince pedestrian bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070) I’m hiking to the bottom but will try to relocate it on my way back up.

Nathan French
Hillcrest

On Sep 19, 2019, at 9:25 AM, Nathan French via Groups.Io <nathanfrenchphotography=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Male calling and foraging in bushes not far from bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070)

Nathan French
Hillcrest

Hooded Wabler Maple Canyon

Nathan French
 

Male calling and foraging in bushes not far from bridge. (32.7362442, -117.1618070)

Nathan French
Hillcrest

new to me in Banker's Hill

Winnie Arnn
 

While I have seen the scaly-breasted munia in Marston Canyon, this evening was the first time I have seen them in Maple Canyon, the part that abuts the parking lot just south of the San Diego Indoor Sports Club.

 

Then walking home across the First Street Bridge over the canyon, I heard (did not see)
California Quail calling for about 10 minutes.  The viewing is an issue since that bridge is pretty far from the canyon floor.  First time I have ever heard them in 15 years in this neighborhood.

 

Winnie

 

dead Painted Bunting, Sorrento Valley

Justyn Stahl
 

A dead Painted Bunting was photographed in Sorrento Valley on 18 September and uploaded to iNaturalist:

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

Long-tailed paradise wydah

lisa heinz
 

SD Audubon received a call from a Hillcrest/Mission Hills resident with a long-tailed paradise wydah at 1045 on Tues 9/17; she has sent photos. She'd love to know if any have been seen in her neighborhood (or if anyone is missing one).

Lisa Heinz
Coronado
at San Diego Audubon Society office

Pelagic scouting Sept.16-19

David Povey
 

Four of us did a quick offshore scouting trip Monday. We had a great jaeger show, with maybe a dozen or more, of all three species, seen and photographed. Jaegers have been in very small numbers locally the last few years, and missed completely on several trips, so it was nice to see this level of activity.
Good numbers of terns are likely why so many jaegers. are present. The Parasitic Jaegers seemed to be after the most numerous Elegant Terns, The sixty plus Common Terns were harassed by Long-tailed Jaegers, and at least one Pomarine Jaeger was seen going after Black-vented Shearwaters.
Black-vented Shearwater were the most abundant species for the day, with over a thousand counted. Most over the deep water just inside the Nine Mile Bank.
A somewhat out of season dark morph Northern Fulmar was on the Thirty Mile Bank. The bird did not appeared to be in worn plumage, so was likely a new arrival..
We had eight Sabine's Gulls for the day, scattered in singles and twos over the Nine Mile Bank and beyond. We had both adults and juvies in about equal numbers. Seems to be a good year for that species.
Pink-footed, and  Sooty Shearwaters were in small numbers today as was Black Storm-Petrel.
No other storm-petrel species was seen today The bad news is that we still have no location for the rafting stormies. In fact the normal area we have found them in the past, seems completely  devoid life right now.
We had both Red and Red-necked Phalaropes today. Red-necked  Phalaropes far out number the two Red Phalaropes counted.
Three individual Brown Booby were seen today, all dark juveniles. 
We had a number of shorebirds migrating south offshore, Whimbrels (14) and Marbled Godwit (1) .  Zuniga Jetty held Surfbirds (17), and Black Turnstones (13).
Last on a non birding note we saw an unusual Common Dolphin "stampede" on the return to the Nine Mile Bank. Not sure what set it off, but always spectacular to see several hundred dolphin fleeing at full speed.
Nancy Christensen as put up our trip on eBirds.
Dave Povey
Dulzura
 

American Oystercatcher Search

Nathan French
 

After reading Stan’s and Nancy’s emails yesterday, I decided to check La Jolla this morning to see if I could find an American Oystercatcher. I searched every spot I could find coastal access from Coast Walk in La Jolla, all the way south to PB Point and didn’t find a single oystercatcher. Plenty of Spotted Sandpipers and Black Turnstones, and a couple of Wandering Tattlers and Western Sandpipers, but no luck finding any oystercatchers. The tide was fairly high and I’m sure that is an important factor but have no idea how that effects their choice of terrain/location.

Nathan French
Hillcrest

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Barbara
 

The American Oystercatcher posted by Underpressure Nature Photography was photo’d in Mexico. He responded to my question on Facebook. 

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:14 PM, Stan Walens <stan.walens@...> wrote:

All,

A few comments on the American Oystercatcher photographed at La Jolla yesterday. Just my opinion.
The link to the Facebook page is 


1. This is clearly not the same bird that was photographed at Cabrillo National Monument tidepools 2 weeks ago. I have not tried to key it out, but at even a cursory glance, I would opine that this one may not make it over the pure/hybrid line.
2. I recognize the rocks that the La Jolla bird was photographed on. They are the ones on the seaward side of the seawall at Children’s Pool, about 1/3 of the way out the seawall.
3. However, my experience with oystercatchers in La Jolla in that they prefer the flat rocks under my bench, where the sea lions are hauled out, and the flat rocks at Cuvier Park, 2 blocks south of Children’s Pool .

4, To complicate matters, another photographer [Underpressure Nature Photography] today posted a photo on Facebook of an American Oystercatcher in La Jolla, on a pebbly beach that I believe is north of La Jolla Shores park. 
To my memory, and I do not have photos of the Cabrillo bird to be certain, this second bird, though it looks similar to the one that was at Cabrillo, has more black moving down onto the breast, a less clean shoulder notch, and a darker tail.

That may mean that there are as many as 3 American-type Oystercatchers around.

Green-tailed Towhee in Dairy Mart area

rsbreisch
 

A Green-tailed Towhee was seen at 9:35 AM on Sept. 15.  It was in bushes and under the wooden fence along the trail at the southeast end of the overgrown “stick pond” west of the Dairy Mart Pond.

 

Rich & Susan Breisch, Clairemont

Re: American Oystercatcher -La Jolla cove

Stan Walens
 

All,

A few comments on the American Oystercatcher photographed at La Jolla yesterday. Just my opinion.
The link to the Facebook page is 


1. This is clearly not the same bird that was photographed at Cabrillo National Monument tidepools 2 weeks ago. I have not tried to key it out, but at even a cursory glance, I would opine that this one may not make it over the pure/hybrid line.
2. I recognize the rocks that the La Jolla bird was photographed on. They are the ones on the seaward side of the seawall at Children’s Pool, about 1/3 of the way out the seawall.
3. However, my experience with oystercatchers in La Jolla in that they prefer the flat rocks under my bench, where the sea lions are hauled out, and the flat rocks at Cuvier Park, 2 blocks south of Children’s Pool .

4, To complicate matters, another photographer [Underpressure Nature Photography] today posted a photo on Facebook of an American Oystercatcher in La Jolla, on a pebbly beach that I believe is north of La Jolla Shores park. 
To my memory, and I do not have photos of the Cabrillo bird to be certain, this second bird, though it looks similar to the one that was at Cabrillo, has more black moving down onto the breast, a less clean shoulder notch, and a darker tail.

That may mean that there are as many as 3 American-type Oystercatchers around.