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Selected photos from yesterday's pelagic (9-23-18)

Isaac Sanchez
 


It was a another great birding day  on the southern coast of CA. 


Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX

Mission Trails and Santee lakes 9-24-18

Eric Kallen
 

At the lake at the campground in MTRP I found a Solitary Sandpiper this morning.  Also a pair of Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Wilson's Warbler.
The sandpiper had distinctive white spectacles. 

At Santee Lakes I was unable to find the chestnut-sided Warbler reported yesterday, but I did come up with a  Red-breasted Sapsucker in the eucs  east and across from the road, up the hillside a bit, near the north end of Lake 6, well outside the park.

Eric Kallen
San Diego 

Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Just found Eastern Kingbird also, second Chestnut-sided by Mel Senac, seems to be movement occurring here lots of migrants.

All in northeast section of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Gary.


On Sep 24, 2018, at 10:37 AM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:

Gary just found a black and white and I found a blackburnian in Northern most trees on cemetery. More birds to be found. 



John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Sep 24, 2018, at 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling.  Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.



Green Tail Towhee - Descanso (3500 feet).

Cynthia Burnham
 

Just saw a Green-tailed Towhee outside my window, in Descanso, CA.  This is a first ever - I had to look it up to be sure.  Two bad pics from my phone (pulled out fast) that I think are identifiable are on flickr.  Rusty crest, clear stripes on face, white chin - size of a very small California Towhee.

Fall migration, I assume.


Cindy Burnham

2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts

peter thomas
 

San Diego Birders, and aspiring birders,

Here is the schedule for the 2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts. There are 6 Circles within the County. You may volunteer for 1 circle, or all 6 if you have the interest and stamina. Please contact the compiler, or co-compiler, for each of the Circles if you wish to volunteer. Be part of this more than 100 year tradition. Volunteer, join us, be part of birding history.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS - 2018

 

Volunteers of all levels of experience are encouraged to assist in this citizen science project. To sign up, or for more details, contact the compilers for each Circle. 

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

CBC – San Diego Circle

Justyn Stahl     justyn.stahl@...

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

CBC – Anza-Borrego Circle

Robert Theriault    rtheriau@...

 

Monday, December 17, 2018

CBC  - Lake Henshaw Circle

Gretchen Cummings    Gretchen.bc@...

 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

CBC – Rancho Santa Fe Circle

Robert Patton     rpatton@...

 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

CBC – Oceanside Circle

Jane Mygatt     janemygatt@...

 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CBC – Escondido Circle

Ken Weaver    gnatcatcher@...

Cherish Nature,

Peter Thomas
SDAS

 

 

Re: Tricolored Heron Continues in Oceanside

Thomas Myers
 

Sorry for the late post, I saw the continuing Tricolored Heron at the SLR River mouth lagoon yesterday September 23 from 5:30-6 pm. It was foraging along the marsh edge just on the east side of the bridge. There were also two Green Herons in the lagoon as well. Then went over to the beach and saw a weird looking gull in the middle of the last 2 jetties. It was roosting in with the main flock of gulls. Half of its feathers were tan, in some sort of molt I’m guessing ? It was about Ring-billed size. Reminded me of the tan variety of Rock Doves. I failed to get any photos of it, so if anyone sees it, I’m curious as to what species it is ....
Thomas Myers
Oceanside

Re: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

I arrived at FRNC around 12:20 pm this afternoon and stayed until almost 5:00. It was still pretty birdy in the northeast corner.

Saw the EASTERN KINGBIRD twice (1:09 pm and 2:27pm), on headstones in front of the wall where the ashes urns are kept. This is where the
black chain link fence stops and the wall starts. It stuck around for a few minutes both times.Numbers I remember on the wall were 30 and 60.

Thanks to Mel, I also saw one of the BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS in the northmost ficus tree near the fence in the northeast section.

Later in the afternoon I saw and photographed what I believe was a CASSIN'S VIREO in a scraggly looking pine tree between the committal shelter and the road.

The same group of 2 BLACK-AND_WHITE WARBLERS, 2 or 3 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 WILSON's WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS (one was very, very pale), and at least one TOWNSEND's WARLBER seemed to follow each other around the Chinese Elms near the northeast section the entire time
I was there. We kept finding them together in different trees. There were also a few WESTERN TANAGERS around, at least one BLACK-HEADED GROSBREAK, and one or two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS.

I was unable to locate any of the Clay-colored Sparrows. My current nemesis bird.

Lists, will post photos to them later:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724185
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724987

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 9/24/2018 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling. Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.


--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Re: Famosa Slough kingbird

Arlene Arnold
 

The Reddish Egret was present at Famosa Slough tonight (9/24) around 6:15pm, in the same spot on the south side, near West Point Loma Blvd. I did not see the Tropical/Couch's Kingbird.

Arlene Arnold
San Diego


On Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:55 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:


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: FRNC - lots interesting birds, Sep 24, 2018

Lisa Ruby
 

Hi,

Sorry for the extra e-mails. Just discovered I did NOT see a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, I saw a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, which is what I had put in my eBird report. A few people contacted me to ask if I had meant to put Bay-Breasted in my eBird report. The eBird report was correct, and my information in my original post was incorrect. Have a couple of crappy photos that are good enough for the ID of Chestnut-sided.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 9/24/2018 7:19 PM, Lisa Ruby wrote:
Hi,

I arrived at FRNC around 12:20 pm this afternoon and stayed until almost 5:00. It was still pretty birdy in the northeast corner.

Saw the EASTERN KINGBIRD twice (1:09 pm and 2:27pm), on headstones in front of the wall where the ashes urns are kept. This is where the
black chain link fence stops and the wall starts. It stuck around for a few minutes both times.Numbers I remember on the wall were 30 and 60.

Thanks to Mel, I also saw one of the BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS in the northmost ficus tree near the fence in the northeast section.

Later in the afternoon I saw and photographed what I believe was a CASSIN'S VIREO in a scraggly looking pine tree between the committal shelter and the road.

The same group of 2 BLACK-AND_WHITE WARBLERS, 2 or 3 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 WILSON's WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS (one was very, very pale), and at least one TOWNSEND's WARLBER seemed to follow each other around the Chinese Elms near the northeast section the entire time
I was there. We kept finding them together in different trees. There were also a few WESTERN TANAGERS around, at least one BLACK-HEADED GROSBREAK, and one or two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS.

I was unable to locate any of the Clay-colored Sparrows. My current nemesis bird.

Lists, will post photos to them later:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724185
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48724987

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs



On 9/24/2018 10:19 AM, Gary Nunn wrote:
At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning and a good show of rarer migrants.

American Redstart, imm male, and Tennessee Warbler, both found by Jim Pawlicki.

Chestnut-sided Warbler and two Clay-colored Sparrows found by John Sterling.  Also a bright a Cassin’s Vireo and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Northeast section seems most lively with migrant warblers.

White-winged Dove at the point, Cabrillo National Monument, also by Jim Pawlicki.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.


--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

FRNC – Pectoral Sandpiper, Sep 25, 2018

Gary Nunn
 

Just heard from Dave Povey and this morning Sep 25, 2018 he found a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.  It is on the west side between last two entrances.  The location is close to the west side fence line.  In the same place where the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was recently seen.

--
Gary Nunn
you can find me on twitter,
@garybnunn

Yellow-green Vireo, FRNC, 25 Sep

Justyn Stahl
 

Jeff Spaulding reports a Yellow-green Vireo in the NW corner of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Gjon Hazard says many of the same rarities from yesterday are still present.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

Interesting Yard Bird - Mountain Chickadee in La Mesa

Anthony Fife
 

For the last four hours I have been watching a Mountain Chickadee eat at my feeders! Ebird does not mark it as rare, but it’s one of the first times I’ve seen one this low in elevation.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca (Near Grossmont High)

Re: Yellow-green Vireo, FRNC, 25 Sep

Ryan Andrews
 

There was also Ovenbird on the west side, north of the dip, along the fence line. Not sure who originally found it. 

Ryan Amdrews
Valley center

Cabrillo Virginia’s Warbler, Purple Martin 9/25

James Pawlicki
 

A Virginia’s Warbler was present this morning (Tues 9/25) at Cabrillo NM around the old drip area and SW side of the main parking lots. A female-type Purple Martin later flew over the lighthouse going N and then NW out over the ocean around 1100.

A cooperative and occasionally calling Dusky Flycatcher was present just outside the N fenceline in the NW corner of Fort Rosecrans from 1000-1030. A Yellow-breasted Chat also put in a brief appearance in the NW corner while attempting views of the Yellow-green Vireo found by Jeff Spaulding.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Brown Booby swarm

Ryan Andrews
 

currently watching a large number of Brown boobies off Seacoast, halfway to the river mouth. Just did one pan and had 50 birds. Had one interesting non-Brown that I will ID later, hopefully. By far most number of boobies I’ve had in the county.

Ryan andrews
valley center

Possible Bank Swallow- Dairy Mary Ponds

Anthony Fife
 
Edited

While in search of the Green Tailed Towhee (not located) and Northern waterthrush (not located) a large group of about 50 swallows flew overhead. I got binoculars on a Swallow with white chin, clearly visible brown breast band, and white breast. I was unable to relocate as the swarm moved over the main pond (still there currently) and I was in the brush of the south pond watching the sora and a Marsh Wren.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa

Re: Brown Booby swarm

Ryan Andrews
 

Hello all,

The non-Brown Booby was an immature Blue-footed Booby, which was what I suspected in the field. It came in close to shore for a few minutes before disappearing into the distant Brown Booby swarm. I'm not sure what caused all the boobies to show up -- I did an afternoon hike down to the river mouth twice in August and had no Brown Boobies at all. Pictures of the Blue-footed and pictures of some of the larger Brown groups will be up on eBird asap.

Ryan Andrews
Valley Center

Oven bird FRNC

C K Staurovsky
 

0707 west fence line section X160

CKSmith

Least Flycatcher at El Camino Memorial

Barbara
 

Found yesterday by Millie and Peter Thomas, a Least Flycatcher was confirmed and still present at El Camino Memorial in Sorrento Valley today, 26 September.

Shortly after entering the memorial, on the right hand side, are some buildings and water features. Between the two ponds is a waterfall and an artificial stream. The flycatcher was flitting around behind that stream and a white railing.

The Least Flycatcher was well photographed this morning by Nancy Christensen, Mel Senac, and Eric Kallen. eBird checklist to follow this afternoon. 

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego  

FRNC on 26 Sep

Barbara
 

Various rarities continued this morning, 26 Sep, at FRNC:

In the northwest section were the YELLOW-GREEN VIREO in the same ficus trees as reported yesterday and the OVENBIRD under the eucalyptus trees just outside the northern fence line, possibly the same Ovenbird seen and reported earlier this morning by the dip. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was along the road near the dip with a Chipping Sparrow companion.

In the northeast section were at least one of the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS in the ficus and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE along the northern fence line.

Mostly just the reporter,

Barbara Carlson
San Diego