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Clark’s Nutcracker

Nancy Christensen
 

Continued Wednesday morning at the pump house at Agua Dulce (Laguna mtns)

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Re: Clark’s Nutcracker

Nancy Christensen
 

The question has been asked about how to find the pump house. The trailhead is on Wooded Hill Road. At the end of the road is a gate with a parking area and outhouse. Walk past the gate on the road roughly half a mile. Take a dirt fork to the right (still a road). After about a quarter mile there is another fork to the right. Take that and that dirt road will end at the pump house.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On Sep 19, 2018, at 8:39 AM, Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

Continued Wednesday morning at the pump house at Agua Dulce (Laguna mtns)

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Clark's Nutcracker continues at Agua Dulce, 20 Sep

Barbara
 

A Clark's Nutcracker was seen and photographed this morning near the pump house at Agua Dulce. I first saw it in flight and later, perched atop a tall tree.

I did not see a second bird that was reported by another couple.

I also found a lost birder who neglected to take the second right as per Nancy's instructions:

"The trailhead is on Wooded Hill Road. At the end of the road is a gate with a parking area and outhouse. Walk past the gate on the road roughly half a mile. Take a dirt fork to the right (still a road). After about a quarter mile there is another fork to the right. Take that and that dirt road will end at the pump house."

On my eBird app, that second right is approximately .14 mi from the first right turn (More like a veering to the right than a sharp 90 degree right turn.).

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Famosa Slough kingbird

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

At 12:20 PM this afternoon (9/20/18), Jeremiah Stock and I saw a TROPICAL/COUCH’S KINGBIRD (no vocalization) at the south end of

Famosa Slough.   An immature REDDISH EGRET was present on the south side of the slough close to West Point Loma Blvd.

 

                            Jim Roberts

                            University City

Re: Clark's Nutcracker continues at Agua Dulce, 20 Sep

Millie Basden
 

Peter and I saw the 2 Clark's Nutcrackers at eye level in trees over the creek near the pump house. Both dropped down into the thick vegetation in the creek bottom briefly before flying up to tree tops and eventually leaving the area.

A short distance down the creek a Townsend's Solitaire was perched in a willow. 

We will add photos to our eBird list when we get home.

Millie 


On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 1:34 PM, Barbara via Groups.Io
<barbarac2003@...> wrote:
A Clark's Nutcracker was seen and photographed this morning near the pump house at Agua Dulce. I first saw it in flight and later, perched atop a tall tree.

I did not see a second bird that was reported by another couple.

I also found a lost birder who neglected to take the second right as per Nancy's instructions:

"The trailhead is on Wooded Hill Road. At the end of the road is a gate with a parking area and outhouse. Walk past the gate on the road roughly half a mile. Take a dirt fork to the right (still a road). After about a quarter mile there is another fork to the right. Take that and that dirt road will end at the pump house."

On my eBird app, that second right is approximately .14 mi from the first right turn (More like a veering to the right than a sharp 90 degree right turn.).

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Re: Famosa Slough kingbird

Nathan French
 

Kingbird is still here, between Mentone St and covered bush lookout. 

Nathan French Photography

On Sep 20, 2018, at 1:54 PM, Jim Roberts GMAIL <jroberts32281947@...> wrote:

At 12:20 PM this afternoon (9/20/18), Jeremiah Stock and I saw a TROPICAL/COUCH’S KINGBIRD (no vocalization) at the south end of

Famosa Slough.   An immature REDDISH EGRET was present on the south side of the slough close to West Point Loma Blvd.

 

                            Jim Roberts

                            University City

Re: TJRV 9-18-18

Larry Edwards
 

I saw the Northern Waterthrush this morning. Quite cooperative. Hopped about on the sticks and mudflat for several minutes, giving me excellent looks and photo op. Photos posted on eBird.

Also saw the Green-tailed Towhee on the trail about 75 yards from the trailhead, near the "road apples." Photos posted on eBird.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48634413

Larry Edwards
San Diego

Re: Clark's Nutcracker continues at Agua Dulce, 20 Sep

Trent R. Stanley
 

Here's the GPS/Google Maps location for the Agua Dulce Pumphouse. 
32°51'25.2"N 116°26'01.6"W
32.857000, -116.433778


On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 1:34 PM Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
A Clark's Nutcracker was seen and photographed this morning near the pump house at Agua Dulce. I first saw it in flight and later, perched atop a tall tree.

I did not see a second bird that was reported by another couple.

I also found a lost birder who neglected to take the second right as per Nancy's instructions:

"The trailhead is on Wooded Hill Road. At the end of the road is a gate with a parking area and outhouse. Walk past the gate on the road roughly half a mile. Take a dirt fork to the right (still a road). After about a quarter mile there is another fork to the right. Take that and that dirt road will end at the pump house."

On my eBird app, that second right is approximately .14 mi from the first right turn (More like a veering to the right than a sharp 90 degree right turn.).

Barbara Carlson
San Diego



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Clark's Pair

Roger Uzun
 

I went up to Mt Laguna chasing the Clark's Nutcracker.  There are 2 of them up there, I saw them both at the same time.  They were moving more or less together through the tall trees near the pumphouse.  Did not get any photos, I think I will try again tomorrow morning now that I know what they look like in flight.  I didn't realize that in flight they had the white markings under the wings, and did not realize they were so large.  I had been seeing them on and off all morning between about 8AM and 10AM but only realized they were the clark's closer to 10 AM....Also present pygmy and white-breasted nuthatch, Ca Scrub Jays, Steller's Jays, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and tons of Acorn Woodpeckers.  Mountain Chickadee's, Spotted Towhee, Western Bluebirds, some violet - green swallows I believe, not 100% sure on that but appeared to be.

-Roger Uzun

Re: Clark's Nutcracker continues at Agua Dulce, 20 Sep

Larry Edwards
 

As an FYI, there is shorter, more direct path to pump house. Take the trail on the east side of the parking lot, just north of the bathrooms. Keep left at the trail forks, pass through the open meadow-like area, and you will see the pump house through the trees as you proceed.

The "creek" (currently dry) is just beyond and below the pump house.

Larry Edwards
San Diego


On 9/20/2018 1:34 PM, Barbara via Groups.Io wrote:
A Clark's Nutcracker was seen and photographed this morning near the pump house at Agua Dulce. I first saw it in flight and later, perched atop a tall tree.

I did not see a second bird that was reported by another couple.

I also found a lost birder who neglected to take the second right as per Nancy's instructions:

"The trailhead is on Wooded Hill Road. At the end of the road is a gate with a parking area and outhouse. Walk past the gate on the road roughly half a mile. Take a dirt fork to the right (still a road). After about a quarter mile there is another fork to the right. Take that and that dirt road will end at the pump house."

On my eBird app, that second right is approximately .14 mi from the first right turn (More like a veering to the right than a sharp 90 degree right turn.).

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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

Susan Smith
 

Hi Kelly, thank you for checking about the Rangland Road water project.  Are you saying the two ponds on the plant property have not been affected?  And is the irrigation project to enhance grazing land for the dairy cattle or for some other purpose? This is not clear.  Yes I will contact Ricardo and glad he seemed helpful.  

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 




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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] What's the water use project is on Rangeland Road, Ramona, (Tricolored Blackbird breeding Ponds now dry)?

Susan
Sounds like there was a effluent piping project from plant to spray irrigate as a treatment. Rangeland road construction is completed but there is more to happen but happy to know no ongoing construction. Call Ricardo at Ramona if you have any more questions. He was finally super helpful and I encouraged him to work with birders.

Kelly Sarber
(760) 613-5994

On Sep 13, 2018, at 6:52 PM, Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus@...> wrote:

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

Kelly Sarber
 

Susan
Sounds like there was a effluent piping project from plant to spray irrigate as a treatment. Rangeland road construction is completed but there is more to happen but happy to know no ongoing construction. Call Ricardo at Ramona if you have any more questions. He was finally super helpful and I encouraged him to work with birders.

Kelly Sarber
(760) 613-5994

On Sep 13, 2018, at 6:52 PM, Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus@...> wrote:

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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El Camino Memorial Park - Blackpoll Warbler, Sep 20, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Mike Nelson sent over an eBird report with photographs of a BLACKPOLL WARBLER he discovered today Sep 20, 2018 in El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley.  The park is just east of 805 highway on Carroll Canyon Road.

More details, photos, and a map link, can be found in Mike’s eBird checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48641606

The photographs appear to show golden-yellow feet but some closer photos might be desirable if the bird is relocated.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

El Camino Memorial Park - Blackpoll Warbler, Sep 21, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Mike Nelson reports continuing presence BLACKPOLL WARBLER at El Camino Memorial Park this morning Sep 21, 2018. See earlier post for location notes.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.

[eBird Alert] San Diego County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

Brennan Mulrooney
 

For those that don’t get eBird alerts:

I don’t have any additional details. 


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- Ruddy Ground-Dove (1 report)
- American Redstart (1 report)

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Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2018 13:45 by John Kvarnback
- Tijuana River Valley Regional Park--Bird & Butterfly Garden, San Diego, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.5542929,-117.0857942&ll=32.5542929,-117.0857942
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48647892
- Comments: "One ad male flying around with the Common ground-doves. Shyer than the Common ground-doves thus no photo."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2018 13:45 by John Kvarnback
- Tijuana River Valley Regional Park--Bird & Butterfly Garden, San Diego, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.5542929,-117.0857942&ll=32.5542929,-117.0857942
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48647892
- Comments: "Imm/female"

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Blackpoll Warbler at Presidio Park 9/21

James Pawlicki
 

Around 1000 this morning (Friday 9/21) there was a Blackpoll Warbler foraging amongst several other species in a tall (lerpy) Euc at Presidio Park. The tree is located south of the old presidio and north of the Cosoy Way loop, approximately here 32.757942,-117.193319.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Agua Dulce - Clark's Nutcrackers

Nancy Christensen
 

This morning (Friday Sept 21) a group of at least 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers was seen near the pumphouse on Agua Dulce at 7:20am. The flock followed the streambed downstream, turned and flew upstream. A few moments later 2 CLNUs flew out of a tree, could have been part of the 5 or an additional 2. The flock did NOT perch or come down for water, it was only a quick fly-by. Apparently 2 CLNU made an appearance at around 10;10am in the pumphouse area.

It is my opinion that these birds are foraging south (upstream) of the pumphouse location, possibly in the same region the flock frequented in April 2016. Possibly they are flying to the Agua Dulce area for water, or even for some fruit, but they are certainly not feeding on cones in this area. No vocalizations.

The Townsend’s Solitaire was heard to vocalize a couple of times, and was seen briefly by John Bruin and myself. Chris Smith had (presumably) the same bird downstream from the pumphouse near the place the dirt road crosses the streambed.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Waterthrush, GTTO

Christopher Adler
 

This morning at the stick pond at Dairy Mart Ponds, the Northern Waterthrush
made an appearance very close to the shore. I called Ed Henry over 
to see it, and while we were looking, it spent more time in the bushes 
above our heads than down in the mud! Pix in the ebird report. While present,
the waterthrush was calling constantly. 


Also present in the stick pond was a Sora and a brownish empid with rufousy
wing bars and a short primary extension that dropped in just for a second.
Fortunately I chose to shoot photos rather than study it first since it flew
off and did not return. I reported it as a Willow Flycatcher but re-evaluation 
of the pix in the ebird report is welcome. 

The Green-tailed Towhee ranged from the bushes at the edge of the stick pond
to about 100m west along the paved path....farther than I would have guessed,
but I watched it fly from one spot to the other so it's the same bird. 

Afterwards at the Bird & Butterfly Garden, before the ground-dove-seeking crowds 
appeared, there were a few migrants: Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, White-crowned
Sparrow, YRWA, Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens



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Tricolored Heron Continues in Oceanside

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed the juvenile Tricolored Heron, originally reported on September 11, at the now closed-off mouth of the San Luis Rey
River between 8:25 and 8:45 today.  The bird was very active, both in feeding and in flying back and forth across the "lagoon."
eBird report with photos can be accessed at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48656093.

Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
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More on Clark's Madness @ Mt Laguna

Roger Uzun
 

Went up to Mt Laguna along with several other birders this morning (Friday Sept 21) to try and get some Clark's photos.  Several Clark's Nutcrackers were present, got some photos but nothing really good.  Did get some good feeding video though.  The birds that showed up just after 10AM were feeding on the pine cones @ the trees near the pumphouse for a while.

Also present were Willow Flycatchers, Mountain Chickadees, Spotted Towhee, Steller's Jays, Scrub Jays, Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Western Wood Pewee's, Dark Eyed Junco, Lazuli Buntings and a Sharp-Shinned Hawk that kept a lot of birds away for a good half hour.

The White-Crowned Sparrows have begun to arrive in force now @ my house in Poway.  I imagine they have been here a while but this is the first day I noticed them.  



-Roger Uzun
Poway CA