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Ryan just reported over 200 Pinyon Jay's

Mark Stratton
 

Ryan Andrews just reported over 200 Pinyon Jays.  All he said was that it was right by the road on the bend so I'm assuming the same general area as yesterday.
 
Mark Stratton
North Park

Re: Spotted Dove

John Sterling
 

They have colonized as far north as Fresno and Bakersfield, so their dispersal capabilities are well documented.

But as Gary noted, how does one tell an escapee from a wandering bird from a feral breeding population?



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On Oct 3, 2018, at 6:25 PM, Gary Nunn <garybnunn@...> wrote:

The San Diego Bird Atlas describes reports of two Spotted Doves that "represented wandering individuals rather than resident populations", i.e. found away from their previously recognized centers of population (in Encanto and Spring Valley).

Winter: We noted the Spotted Dove at Rainbow in winter as well as in spring with three on 28 January 1999 (D. C. Seals) and one on 18 February 2000 (K. L. Weaver). Our
two other sightings in fall and winter, of one at Imperial Beach  (V10)  2  November  1998  (P.  Unitt)  and  one  at O’Neill  Lake  (E6)  18  December  1998  (P.  A.  Ginsburg),
represented  wandering  individuals  rather  than  resident populations.

Looking through eBird one can find reports over the years from more remote desert and mountain locations for this species away from their population centers in California.

It appears some degree of regional dispersal is possible.  I am not sure how you would tell this hypothesis from an escapee hypothesis.  But the idea this species is wholly sedentary seems to have some holes in it.

There is also some evidence for small populations in both Tijuana and Ensenada although not sure of current status there.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 8:42 AM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For what it's worth, this is almost certainly an escapee. Due to the sedentary nature of this species, it seems rather unlikely to have drifted from the dwindling population near Huntington Civic Park in Los Angeles, or from the slightly larger (10-20 individuals?) population on Catalina Island. This species did once breed in San Diego County, but winked out near the turn of the century.  More info in the bird atlas: http://sdplantatlas.org/ge_files/pdf/Spotted%20Dove.pdf

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 8:23 AM Eric Kallen <eric@...> wrote:
Spotted Dove at the bird &butterfly garden. Pics

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Re: Ryan just reported over 200 Pinyon Jay's

Ryan Andrews
 

Hey all,

Sorry for the delayed listserv post. I had enough service to send out a text but couldn't get the listserv to work in the field. The Pinyon Jays continued this morning at the Sunset Trailhead/mile 19 pullout. I estimate there was around 300-400 birds, but to be conservative, I'm sticking with 300. They were always north of Sunrise Highway, but moved around A LOT. They were originally right by the highway, north of the pullout, pretty much at the apex of the curve -- by the gate that leads to the range house. After watching them for a couple minutes, they all flushed down into the valley/meadow area (I suspect to begin feeding). Unfortunately this was right before most birders arrived. I refound the flock right around 32.868264, -116.459755 but they quickly worked their way south to about 32.866215, -116.463452 where they foraged until I left. This is about .4 miles north along the trail that leads to the two lakes in the meadow. They were in the field/hillside west of the trail. A

These birds are going to be moving around a lot but fortunately are very raucous and loud so they are not difficult to track down. I was able to hear them from most of the way across the meadow. Photos and recordings to be added to ebird, including some photos with 120+ birds in one shot.

Ryan Andrews
Valley Center

Balboa Park Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Kevin Clark
 

Birders,
At about 11:45 AM today I heard the high pitched "peak" call of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker near the entrance to the SD Zoo.  I scanned the palms I was standing by and saw a woodpecker with a narrow black vertical line down the neck and much white in the cheeks and nape. I didn't have binos, and only the saw the back and head, but the vocalizations and what I saw of the plumage were consistent with Ladder-backed.The location was about halfway between the miniature railroad ticket booth and the zoo property fence, in a clump of very tall palms. It would be great to get some photographic confirmation if anyone has the opportunity. 
Kevin Clark
San Diego

Tricolored Heron, San Diego River at Robb Field late Thursday morning

Jeremiah Stock
 

About 11:30 AM on 10/4/18, west of the entrance road and main parking area at Robb Field, near the big culvert that enters the salt marsh.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Villa La Jolla

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

Couldn’t make it to Laguna today (10/4/18), opted for Villa La Jolla.

Spent 3 hours, 10:30 until 1:30, with all the action in the northwest corner.

At 11, the continuing adult male SUMMER TANAGER showed up and foraged off and on for an hour.

At 11:45, the two good birds from yesterday seemed to come out of the large Ficus on the northern edge of the park.

The CASSIN’S VIREO and the BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER foraged in the Tipuana trees for some time.

They seemed to be loosely associated, appearing at the same times rather close to each other, even chasing each other.

At 12:30, two MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES foraged in the pine in the very northwest corner along the sidewalk/street.

 

                                                       Jim Roberts

                                                       University City

Tennessee Warbler at La Costa Canyon Park

Eve Martin
 

Hiya! 

Patti K. and I thought we had a TENNESSEE WARBLER this afternoon/Thursday at La Costa Canyon Park.  It was in the largest cottonwood-type tree at the fence line on the canyon side of the park.  La Costa Canyon is a tiny but interesting North County park with lerpy trees on the edge of a decent-sized canyon and a trail (which we didn't take) into the adjacent scrubby habitat open space.  It's not currently an eBird Hotspot but it seemed a likely candidate so we submitted a suggestion.

The full description of the bird and map to the park is in our eBird report here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48933961

~Eve

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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California

Pinyon Jays

Roger Uzun
 

I headed up to Mt Laguna near Mile Marker 19 Wednesday Morning around 7:30 AM and found the Pinyon Jays on the road just north of the porta potties, on the opposite side of the street.  Flock is pretty large well over a hundred birds as reported.  I think they probably hang around the area all morning and perhaps most of the day.

Some foggy, drizzly video here - https://vimeo.com/293512347


-Roger Uzun

Inland finds @ Harry Griffin Regional Park (La Mesa)

Eitan Altman
 

A nice reminder to check your local patches as you never know what will turn up in a clump of lerpy eucs if you're willing so sift through the Yellow-rumps!  Harry Griffin Regional Park in La Mesa has been quite birdy recently, with lots of songbirds foraging in the eucs and nearby trees along the road.  Best spots have been around the ampitheater and playground near the entrance, and then in the SE corner where the road makes a 90 degree turn left towards the dog park.

Last weekend I had a dull fall BLACKPOLL WARBLER in the latter spot with a mixed group of warblers that included multiple Wilson's, Townsend's, Orange-crowned, Yellow, and a Black-throated Gray.

This morning I spotted a nice CASSIN'S VIREO near the playground, and the warbler crew included the same list as above with a Hermit Warbler added in (and Black-throated Gray taken away).

Definitely worth a check in the morning for anyone who lives in the area.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

Tossoro Grove Apartments- Not a Blue-headed Vireo

Anthony Fife
 

Thank you to Tom FH who helped me re-locate and photo the CASSIN’S Vireo. Sorry for the false alarm.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa

Tricolored heron continues at Robb Field Friday

Sally M. Gall
 



This morning (10/4/18), between 9:15 and 10:15, the Tricolored heron was hunting a few hundred feet west of the Robb Field Culvert. It sure is well camouflaged, but it was hanging out with a snowy egret part of the time, which made it much easier to find. 

Sally M. Gall
La Jolla
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Misc. County Birding/Rarities from today

Drew Beamer
 

Hello!
I guided a young birder from Chicago around today and had quite good luck. We started off early up in the mountains where we had a few Pinyon Jays (it seems as if we missed the larger flock by a bit). We then went down to Seacoast Drive and walked to the river mouth, having a quite high count of Snowy Plovers (110! We have photos of the group), picking up the Pacific Golden-Plover right by the mouth, a few jaegers (presumably parasitic) ~100 feet from shore, and two Brown Boobies. We also swung by San Diego River to pick up the (returning?) Tricolored Heron there.
Good Birding
Drew
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Carmel Valley

Re: Pinyon Jays?

Moro Rogers
 

Hi, I was going hiking with the fam up in the Lagunas tomorrow (saturday) and was wondering if and where the Pinyon Jays were last seen. :)

-Moro Rogers
Dana Point

Re: Pinyon Jays?

Nancy Christensen
 

The jays are still in the area of the Mile 19 pullout on Sunrise Highway. Please note you need to display an Adventure Pass to park. Today the jays were visible from the portapots for quite some time. However, they are ranging widely and may be out of sight and hearing for extended periods of time. They seemed to head to the edge of Laguna Meadow. There is a posted trail map there, look for Trail 1 and trail 7.
For others who are looking - I saw a dozen in the area near Burnt Rancheria Campground.


On Oct 5, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Moro Rogers <mororogers@...> wrote:

Hi, I was going hiking with the fam up in the Lagunas tomorrow (saturday) and was wondering if and where the Pinyon Jays were last seen. :)

-Moro Rogers
Dana Point

Encinitas Grace's Warbler (private residence), and Palm Warbler, San Diego Botanic Garden, Oct 5

Susan Smith
 

Manolo Turner texted me this afternoon to say that he  found a GRACE’S WARBLER  at a private residence in Encinitas across from the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) yesterday (Oct 4) in large Torrey pines and Pepper trees, and that it continued today. Though this bird is not chase-able, birders who regularly cover the Botanic Garden should keep an eye out in pines in the Botanic Garden  in case it shows up there, since it is nearby.
   After Manolo’s text, I went to check the Botanic Garden pines  late in the day today about 2:30-3:30, primarily in the Native Garden (the southeast corner of the SDBG) , and as I passed the Native Garden Pond (where the Scaly-breasted Munias hang out), I saw a Western PALM WARBLER emerge from yellow-flowering plants across the path from the pond, not ten feet away from me. It gave a few distinctive shark ‘chiks’ and flew east down the path where  I lost it, but hope it sticks around and is seen by others.  

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 



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Re: Pinyon Jays?

Geoffrey L. Rogers
 

For everyone’s information, Burnt Rancheria is about 3.8 miles east of mile marker 19.

 

Geoff Rogers

San Diego

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Nancy Christensen
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2018 5:29 PM
To: Moro Rogers
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Pinyon Jays?

 

The jays are still in the area of the Mile 19 pullout on Sunrise Highway. Please note you need to display an Adventure Pass to park. Today the jays were visible from the portapots for quite some time. However, they are ranging widely and may be out of sight and hearing for extended periods of time. They seemed to head to the edge of Laguna Meadow. There is a posted trail map there, look for Trail 1 and trail 7.

For others who are looking - I saw a dozen in the area near Burnt Rancheria Campground.


On Oct 5, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Moro Rogers <mororogers@...> wrote:

Hi, I was going hiking with the fam up in the Lagunas tomorrow (saturday) and was wondering if and where the Pinyon Jays were last seen. :)

 

-Moro Rogers

Dana Point

Re: Pinyon Jays?

Moro Rogers
 

Cool, thanks! We've got our Adventure Pass.:) 
-Moro 
Dana Point

White Wagtail, Fiesta Island, 6 Oct

David Holway
 

Hi all,

It’s in the open scrape south of the eucalyptus with horned larks. Photographed at 1015. I will try to stay with the bird.

David Holway
University City

Villa La Jolla Park 10-6-18

Eric Kallen
 

Trent Stanley and I birded Villa La Jolla Park this morning.

Plumbeous vireo 2
Black-and-White Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Bullock’s Oriole f
Townsend’s Warbler 2
Red-breasted nuthatch

All seen in the elms and eucs adjacent to the playground.

Eric Kallen

Re: White Wagtail, Fiesta Island, 6 Oct

Kenny Kimbrough
 

Have there been any updates on this bird? I’m at the fiesta island dog run south of the eucalyptus trees and there are no birders or wagtail....

Thanks,

Kenny Kimbrough
El Cajon

On Oct 6, 2018, at 10:33 AM, David Holway <dholway@...> wrote:

Hi all,

It’s in the open scrape south of the eucalyptus with horned larks. Photographed at 1015. I will try to stay with the bird.

David Holway
University City