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Y-c NHs at Penasquitos Lagoon continue 9/10/18 6pm

Steve Perry
 

Hi all,
I refound 3 of the 4 Y-c NHs at the lagoon. Best view is from Carmel Valley Road looking toward the RR bridge, 2 juveniles were on the north bank of the channel, another one was under the low "bridge" that crosses the small channel that runs parallel the the RR. I couldn't make this one out very well, but it was not an adult.
I was hoping they would be present at the San Elijo Lagoon bird survey in the morning, but I guess they like Penasquitos better...

Steve Perry
Solana Beach


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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA

Villa La Jolla Park

Eric Kallen
 

9-11-18 9:00 am
Summer Tanager adult male
Wilson’s Warbler 3

Eric Kallen

Eastern kingbird

Eric Kallen
 

Present at same spot in UCity at 9:50. Good looks.

Eric Kallen

Re: Eastern kingbird

ross christie
 

Larry, David & I saw it at 11:00.  Curb your enthusiasm.  Larry got some nice photos.


Ross Christie
PB

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:09:33 AM PDT, Eric Kallen <eric@...> wrote:


Present at same  spot in UCity at 9:50. Good looks.

Eric Kallen


Northern Waterthrush at Mission Trails—Kumeyaay Lake and Green-tailed Towhee at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Mel Senac
 

Today, September 11, 2018 I met Nancy Christensen at Kumeyaay Lake to look for the reported Northern Waterthrush. This is where I had Sora’s and a Virginia Tail last week. There is exposed mud at the east end. Two Sora’s and a juvenile Virginia Rail were also seen in addition to the Waterthrush. All birds quite cooperative for photos. But watch the mud.
I then headed over to FRNC where I had a Green-tailed Towhee in the extreme NW corner. I had one in the same location last year. Many Willow Flycatchers still present.
Mel Senac
San Diego

Re: Eastern kingbird

Larry Edwards
 

I and two others saw the bird, along with two Cassin's, at 11 a.m., in the large tree in the north neighbor's yard, where it has been seen previously. We got excellent looks at for 3-4 minutes, before it flew off. We saw a Cassin's far down in the canyon, but did not see the Eastern again.

One of the birders said he saw a lark bunting before I arrived.

Larry Edwards

Re: Eastern kingbird

Kenny Kimbrough
 

The Eastern Kingbird was seen again by myself and Catherine Wendell from 12:00pm to 12:30pm. It was with (2) Cassin's in the canyon then flew to the taller eucalyptus trees a southern neighbor's yard and eventually flew into the Magnolia trees right at the intersection of Erlanger St. and Ferber St. where I got the best looks. 

Kenny Kimbrough
El Cajon

On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:14 PM Larry Edwards <larry@...> wrote:
I and two others saw the bird, along with two Cassin's, at 11 a.m., in the large tree in the north neighbor's yard, where it has been seen previously. We got excellent looks at for 3-4 minutes, before it flew off. We saw a Cassin's far down in the canyon, but did not see the Eastern again.

One of the birders said he saw a lark bunting before I arrived.

Larry Edwards

RIRA(s?)

phil Pryde
 

        Since I live near Lake Murray, I went out this morning to see if I could find the Ridgway Rail reportred at (or near) Cowles Point yesterday.  Here are the indecisive results. 
        1. Starting at the Restroom building at the Murray Park Dr. Entrance, I first went south on the bike path down the west side of the Del Cerro arm, and not far past the sharp turn I heard the familiar “bee-bek-bek-bek-bek-bek” call of what could have been a RIRA (about 8:35 a.m.).  It didn’t sound exactly like the call on my iBird app, but that could have been because the call on the app was recoded in Virginia, i.e., was a Clapper Rail.  ( Note to neophytes: always look and see [ if they will tell you ] where calls on whatever bird app you have were recorded! ). But the call sounded pretty close to what other local RIRAs sound like.  So maybe a 90% confidence level on this one? 
        2.  Not hearing or seeing anything for a while, I decided to head the other direction and check the shoreline along the portion of the trail that leads to the Osprey nest. When I got to the first place where there is a break in the reedy shoreline at the SW end of the San Carlos arm, I flushed a medium sized bird that had been in the water near the shore. Never flying higher than the reeds, it quickly rounded the corner of the reed patch, never to be seen again.  In the 1.24 seconds I had to thoroughly examine it, I was able to note the following:  it was definitely a water bird with a body length of a foot or maybe a bit more, with a long and slightly decurved bill (eliminating Sora, and it was definitely not a Whimbrel or any other shorebird), and was definitely larger than a VA Rail.  Could it have been a Least Bittern?  Given that its wings lacked the sharp color patterns of a LEBI (the topside of the wings appeared overall darkish-brown), there was no white on the underside (though since it was flying away below my eye level I couldn’t see the undertail coverts), and the bill appeared longer that a LEBIs, and was slightly curved, I would tend to rule out LEBI (it did not call).  My confidence level calling this one a RIRA is about 85%.  If anyone can suggest some other marsh-loving water bird it might have been, go for it.  Note: the two rail encounters were at least a couple hundred yards apart. 
        So, obvious question, did I encounter 1, 2, or 0 Ridgway rails?   I’ll never tell. 
        But I’d say it would be worth others going to Lake Murray and seeing what they can find. 

        Other birds of some interest seen, in increasing order of yawn-worthiness, were:  male CAGN directly across the bike path from the small “Del Cerro Arm” sign, both Western and Clark’s Grebes on the Lake, one Caspian Tern, a Green Heron, and a flock of about a dozen Munias on the other side of the bike path from where the 2nd maybe-RIRA was seen. 
        
Phil Pryde 
San Carlos


Re: Eastern kingbird

Nathan French
 

I caught up with Kathryn Wendel before she left, and she tried to help me locate the kingbird, but no luck. About 30 mins after she left I finally located it on a snag in the SW corner of the HOA parking lot (near the tennis courts) and got good looks and hopefully decent photos. Thanks again to Aaron for sharing this bird! 

On Sep 11, 2018, at 2:01 PM, Kenny Kimbrough <kimbroughkenny@...> wrote:

The Eastern Kingbird was seen again by myself and Catherine Wendell from 12:00pm to 12:30pm. It was with (2) Cassin's in the canyon then flew to the taller eucalyptus trees a southern neighbor's yard and eventually flew into the Magnolia trees right at the intersection of Erlanger St. and Ferber St. where I got the best looks. 

Kenny Kimbrough
El Cajon

On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:14 PM Larry Edwards <larry@...> wrote:
I and two others saw the bird, along with two Cassin's, at 11 a.m., in the large tree in the north neighbor's yard, where it has been seen previously. We got excellent looks at for 3-4 minutes, before it flew off. We saw a Cassin's far down in the canyon, but did not see the Eastern again.

One of the birders said he saw a lark bunting before I arrived.

Larry Edwards



FRNC – Clay-colored Sparrow, Sep 11, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Made a quick late morning circuit around a few spots at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma today Sep 11, 2018.

Not much activity or signs of new migrants but a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW something new. On the west side south of the administration building close to the highway. There are three small cypress trees with a leaking irrigation header under them and that is where quite a few birds were in the late morning.

Some photos in my eBird checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48446124

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Gary Nunn
you can find me on twitter,
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Eastern Kingbird on the desert

Nancy Christensen
 

This morning I found an Eastern Kingbird at Agua Caliente County Park. It was in the SE part of the campground where it is feeding on palm tree fruit. Pleasant morning there with 32 species seen.
I also visited the Borrego Springs WTP though it was hot by the time I got there. Nothing too exciting. First Bell/Sagebrush Sparrows of the season. The north pond has some water, the south pond is dry and gone to seed. Lots of potential for great birds.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

BVAS job opening

Tina Mitchell
 

This message has been approved by the moderator.

Buena Vista Audubon Society (BVAS) is seeking applicants for its newly created position of Executive Director.  BVAS is an independent, 501(c)3 conservation organization that received its charter as a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1952. The BVAS mission focuses on conservation through education, advocacy, land management, and monitoring. BVAS has a dues-paying membership of approximately 2,000 households, primarily representing geographic groupings of residential neighborhoods and businesses connected by shared interests or common identities among the communities of San Diego County’s north coast region.  BVAS offers a wide variety of nature education programs annually, including guided nature walks, nature-themed open houses and special events at the Nature Center, student tours, and regular bird surveys at local reserves.  BVAS has also recently acquired two parcels of land—one, coastal wetlands; the other, inland grasslands—both of which are slated for restoration.

 

The job announcement can be downloaded here:  https://bvaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180907_BVAS-Executive-Director_final.docx

Tina Mitchell
Search Committee, BVAS

Tricolored Heron at Mouth of San Luis Rey River

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed an immature Tricolored Heron at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River this morning from 1000-1010. With
a slow approach the bird is rather confiding.  This is my first record of this species at this location.  eBird shows no other
records in Oceanside.

Swallows and swifts were moving through Ocenaside earlier in the morning.   Forty individual swallows of four species were
resting/foraging on the ground in the sandy area between the "lagoon" and the ocean.

A singing Bell's Vireo was belting out its strange song along the San Luis Rey River west of Foussat.  I don't usually
hear them this late.

Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
gnatcatcher@...

Summer Tanager Marcy Park

Roger Uzun
 

Headed over to Villa La Jolla Park around 7AM to look for the Summer Tanager that's been there.  This was my third try and I struck out (3 strikes).  Still several Hooded Orioles around there though, along with Pacific Slope Flycatchers and Orange-Crowned Warblers. 

Headed over to Marcy Park in La Jolla around 8 AM and the bright red male Summer Tanager was out and about, being very vocal.  He stayed up in the high Eucalyptus trees on the SE corner of the park, the fence nearest the school area and Stresemann Street.  He would go into a leafy Eucalyptus tree on school property periodically.  He seemed to have a circular route he would run around the neighborhood.

He returned about 8:30 AM and was hawking very low and on the ground in a low, wide pine tree in the center of the park very near the street.  He was not shy and was being very territorial with other flycatchers and the Western Bluebirds.  Finally got to see a male Summer Tanager low to the ground.


Photos from the park and the Cove today here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157698093689542

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Larry Edwards
 

Gary Nunn asked me to post this so that others are aware of the presence of this Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah and that we have a record of it in the event the species becomes a problem, along with its Pin-tailed cousin.

I saw this remarkable bird at the western fence, behind the admin building, about 8:15 a.m. Top and side of head black, nape dark coppery rufous, upperparts black, breast dark maroon to rufous, belly yellowish white, tail feathers black and extending more than the length of the body.

Photo posted with eBird report: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48490422

Larry Edwards

What's the water use project is on Rangeland Road, Ramona, (Tricolored Blackbird breeding Ponds now dry)?

Susan Smith
 

San Diego birders--I was kind of shocked when I went by Rangeland Road, Ramona today Sep 13 and saw the Tricolored Blackbird breeding pond (and the other larger pond just to the north) dry and reformed, with earth moving equipment and large piping lying around, ready to do some serious plumbing work, perhaps to enhance irrigation to grow grass to feed cattle.  This is Ramona Water District  land and am wondering if they went through the permitting process and if I could find some information on what they plan to do there, and if there is any mitigation planned for the Trikes.  I counted only about 10 Tricoloreds there, mostly near the corral area, where usually there are hundreds.  
    If anyone knows about this water use project, could you contact me off the listserve?  Thanks mucho. Sue 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 



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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Re: Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Anthony Fife
 

Please excuse my ignorance...is this bird assumed to be an escapee? Or .....

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa

Re: Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Larry Edwards
 

Yes, the species is known to be part of the caged bird culture and kept as a pet, and presumed to be an escapee. It is indigenous to central Africa, not North America.

Larry Edwards

Re: Summer Tanager Marcy Park - maybe 3

Sara Baase Mayers
 

At Marcy Park (in University City) this morning, Sept. 14, Keith and I, joined by Jim Roberts for part of the time, saw both the bright red Summer Tanager and the paler male that John Bruin photographed Tuesday. We think we saw a second bright red one while the first was elsewhere in the park, but it was difficult to be sure, as they were moving around a lot.

We also went to Villa La Jolla Park and quickly spotted the male Summer Tanager Tito Gonzalez found there in early August.

FW: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Summer Tanager Marcy Park - maybe 3

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

A bright red Summer Tanager was still present at 6:30PM this evening.

Jim Roberts
University City

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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Summer Tanager Marcy Park - maybe 3

At Marcy Park (in University City) this morning, Sept. 14, Keith and I, joined by Jim Roberts for part of the time, saw both the bright red Summer Tanager and the paler male that John Bruin photographed Tuesday.
We think we saw a second bright red one while the first was elsewhere in the park, but it was difficult to be sure, as they were moving around a lot.

We also went to Villa La Jolla Park and quickly spotted the male Summer Tanager Tito Gonzalez found there in early August.