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Mountain Bluebirds Fiesta Island

Nathan French
 

3 Mountain Bluebirds continuing on north end of Fiesta Island Dog Park. Seen foraging and avoiding dogs between the main parking lot fence and the start of the low shrubs.

exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming (probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so, from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park (Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher). Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th), and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ... (looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Edward Henry
 

Hi All,

I would add Harry Griffen Park to Paul’s list of La Mesa parks. Recently seen there have been, among other species, the Red-breasted Sapsucker, American Pipit, Lark sparrow, and Townsend’s and Black-throated Gray Warblers.

Ed Henry

On Nov 26, 2018, at 1:03 PM, lehman.paul@... wrote:

First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming (probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so, from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park (Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher). Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th), and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city: Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.: W. Tanager, munia heaven, ... (looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove: Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa: Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman, San Diego




Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Justyn Stahl
 
Edited

For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 
 
As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Memorial Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...
 
Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego





Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Justyn Stahl
 

That should be *Memorial Park Club* (32.700479, -117.130690) not Morgan Park in Logan Heights.

Justyn Stahl
North Park


On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:07 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 

As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Morgan Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...

Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego





Pacific Wren - Palomar State Park

Nancy Christensen
 

The Pacific Wren was seen again today (Nov 26) near Post 10 along the Doane Nature Trail in Palomar State Park. Once again found first by ear, then seen quite closely as it foraged through the debris left by a fallen tree. Overall the mountains were far less birdy than a week ago. There has been some rain and there is more water available for the wildlife, so perhaps there was no concentration of life near the few puddles that were there during my last visit.

Briefly scoped Lake Hensahw, but had trouble with windy conditions moving the scopes. There was a large flock of Canada Geese, a flock of about 40 Greater White-fronted Geese, and at least 4 large white geese. Based on their size, Mel and I assume they were Snow Geese. There were numerous ducks present, but as I said, viewing was difficult and we didn’t even submit a checklist.

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Jimmy McMorran
 

Great Topic, Paul and others. 
I appreciate this motivation, and what timing. 
I was at a small park yesterday (11/25) in Encinitas with my daughter. It is Scott Valley Park, 1/2 mile, or so, east of the intersection of El Camino Real and Leucadia Blvd. A Black-and-white Warbler was in one of the many surrounding pepper trees. Also, in one of the sycamores was a “Northern Oriole”. When it flew away, it went straight to a very nice couple of flowering red eucalyptus trees that I hadn’t noticed until then.  Birding wasn’t my priority but it goes to show some decent birds can definitely be at these under-birded community parks. 




On Nov 26, 2018, at 2:30 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:

That should be *Memorial Park Club* (32.700479, -117.130690) not Morgan Park in Logan Heights.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:07 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 

As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Morgan Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...

Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego






--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Jimmy McMorran
 

Forgot to sign off. 
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, Ca


On Nov 26, 2018, at 4:58 PM, Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53@...> wrote:

Great Topic, Paul and others. 
I appreciate this motivation, and what timing. 
I was at a small park yesterday (11/25) in Encinitas with my daughter. It is Scott Valley Park, 1/2 mile, or so, east of the intersection of El Camino Real and Leucadia Blvd. A Black-and-white Warbler was in one of the many surrounding pepper trees. Also, in one of the sycamores was a “Northern Oriole”. When it flew away, it went straight to a very nice couple of flowering red eucalyptus trees that I hadn’t noticed until then.  Birding wasn’t my priority but it goes to show some decent birds can definitely be at these under-birded community parks. 




On Nov 26, 2018, at 2:30 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:

That should be *Memorial Park Club* (32.700479, -117.130690) not Morgan Park in Logan Heights.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:07 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 

As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Morgan Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...

Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego






--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

Calzada del Bosque, San Dieguito County Park

Jim Roberts GMAIL
 

This morning (11/26/18) at 10 AM, a WILSON’S SNIPE was in the field south of Calzada del Bosque, east of Via de la Valle.

A little later in the morning at San Dieguito County Park, I dipped on Gretchen’s Purple finch but west of picnic area #7 were some good birds.

Along the western edge of the lawn was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and a FOX SPARROW.

About 150 meters west of the lower ponds was a Western-type flycatcher.  It was undoubtedly a Pacific slope but did not vocalize.

It had an almond shaped eye-ring, olive back and head, biggish bill with all yellow lower mandible.

 

                             Jim Roberts

                             University City

 

San Diego River-River Walk 11-26-18

Eric Kallen
 

I visited River Walk going west along the south side of the river from Mission Center Road (near Mimi's restaurant). I birded the area both yesterday and this morning.

The park-like area, with the small dog run, where the parula was seen last November was the best on both days. The tall cottonwoods were active.

B-T Gray Warbler 4 on both days
Townsend's Warbler 5 or 6 both days
Wilson's Warbler 3 today
Yellow Warbler both days
Munia about 12 both days
Myrtle Warbler both days

Eric Kallen


Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
I completely understand and respect 911 Video News’ response. It’s an unfortunate reality and certainly can be a concern, however previous posts on this thread allow you to make your own decisions on where to bird. All in all, use all of these posts to make your best decisions on birding community parks, or anywhere in general. It’s not all that bad, and more so will most always be a very pleasant birding experience. But unfortunately there’s always a risk, like walking into your front yard. Lastly,
If your not comfortable don’t do it. Safety in numbers is always a good option. 
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia


On Nov 26, 2018, at 6:18 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:


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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: 911 VIDEO NEWS <dwaguillard@...>
Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks
To: Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53@...>
CC: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...>, SanDiegoRegionBirding <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io>


To all,

While attempting to motivate birders to go in search the places not normally traveled by birders, Other birders may be risking injury or worse to the average birder.

Certain parks and area are extremely dangerous on a weekly basis. While you are searching the tree tops for rairities with your expensive binoculars and cameras, others with ill will are watching you.

Case in point, Colina Del Sol park is not a safe place. I cover breaking news for the local to national media outlets. I am around death and destruction every single day of the week I’m at these parks and out at these places and see the worst of humankind.

My recommendation is to go in large groups or not go into some of these areas at all.

Just saying,

Doug Aguillard

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:58 PM Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53@...> wrote:
Great Topic, Paul and others. 
I appreciate this motivation, and what timing. 
I was at a small park yesterday (11/25) in Encinitas with my daughter. It is Scott Valley Park, 1/2 mile, or so, east of the intersection of El Camino Real and Leucadia Blvd. A Black-and-white Warbler was in one of the many surrounding pepper trees. Also, in one of the sycamores was a “Northern Oriole”. When it flew away, it went straight to a very nice couple of flowering red eucalyptus trees that I hadn’t noticed until then.  Birding wasn’t my priority but it goes to show some decent birds can definitely be at these under-birded community parks. 




On Nov 26, 2018, at 2:30 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:

That should be *Memorial Park Club* (32.700479, -117.130690) not Morgan Park in Logan Heights.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:07 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 

As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Morgan Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...

Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego






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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

Re: exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

Doug Aguillard
 

To all,

While attempting to motivate birders to go in search the places not normally traveled by birders, Other birders may be risking injury or worse to the average birder.

Certain parks and area are extremely dangerous on a weekly basis. While you are searching the tree tops for rairities with your expensive binoculars and cameras, others with ill will are watching you.

Case in point, Colina Del Sol park is not a safe place. I cover breaking news for the local to national media outlets. I am around death and destruction every single day of the week I’m at these parks and out at these places and see the worst of humankind.

My recommendation is to go in large groups or not go into some of these areas at all.

Just saying,

Doug Aguillard

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:58 PM Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53@...> wrote:
Great Topic, Paul and others. 
I appreciate this motivation, and what timing. 
I was at a small park yesterday (11/25) in Encinitas with my daughter. It is Scott Valley Park, 1/2 mile, or so, east of the intersection of El Camino Real and Leucadia Blvd. A Black-and-white Warbler was in one of the many surrounding pepper trees. Also, in one of the sycamores was a “Northern Oriole”. When it flew away, it went straight to a very nice couple of flowering red eucalyptus trees that I hadn’t noticed until then.  Birding wasn’t my priority but it goes to show some decent birds can definitely be at these under-birded community parks. 




On Nov 26, 2018, at 2:30 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:

That should be *Memorial Park Club* (32.700479, -117.130690) not Morgan Park in Logan Heights.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:07 PM Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:
For eBird savvy folks, one trick Kimball Garrett suggests for this same idea is to pull up the map for a common species and look for gaps. If you don't feel comfortable just walking through a neighborhood, look for the green space on satellite imagery. While you may not always find rare birds, you'll at least fill in gaps in coverage for common species. 

As an example, for House Finch and Northern Mockingbird there's just one record of each from the area bounded by the 5, 15 and 94 (an area the size of residential Coronado!), yet two parks (Morgan Park Club in Logan Heights, and Grant Hill Neighborhood Park in Grant Hill) look to have at least some potential, with a mix of fields and trees. Maybe San Diego's first Field Sparrow (#3 on the Next 10 List) is in a flock of Chipping Sparrows at one of those two locations...

Justyn
 

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM lehman.paul@... <lehman.paul@...> wrote:
First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of
Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged
Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off
Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a
Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green
spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by
birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming
(probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is
easy to spot them-- parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so,
from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.--not to mention
within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North
County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But
remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited
previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park
(Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher).
Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit
of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th),
and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of
these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of
them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming
eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden
peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with
multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones
often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff
at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning--where
upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what
interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and
winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"--were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El
Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, ...
(looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon
Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray
Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego






--
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

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Cabrillo National Monument & tidepools

Jeff Spaulding
 

I did some scouting around CNM this morning from 09:30 to noon. 
Pine Siskin: one flushed from a Monterey Cypress at the old Myoporum grove and flew east, returned a minute later, then headed north. It was quite agitated and called constantly.
Glaucous-winged Gull: 1st winter flew south past the first tidepool parking lot.
Black Oystercatcher: 6 birds together below the second tidepool parking lot. 
--
Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA

half-day pelagic to 9-Mile Bank

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Tuesday morning the 27th, several of us ventured offshore for a half-day trip to the outer edge of the 9-Mile Bank.  Except for Black-vented Shearwaters and Cassin's Auklets, it was fairly quiet. True highlights were hard to come by, and probably would include Common Murre, Pink-footed Shearwater (getting late), and Brown Booby. Offshore totals included:

Pomarine Jaeger:  3

Red Phalarope:  3

Common Murre:  1  (11 miles off Point Loma)

Cassin's Auklet:  300

Bonaparte's Gull:  50

Pacific Loon:  15

Pink-footed Shearwater:  1

Black-vented Shearwater:  800

Brown Booby:  1 or 2

Western Grebe:  1 swimming ca. 10 miles offshore

American Coot:  1 at a kelp patty ca. 5 miles offshore

Fin Whale:  1+

Humpback Whale:  2+

Also, 3 Surfbirds on the Mission Bay north jetty

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Anza Borrego Christmas Bird Count Potluck Invite

W Terry Hunefeld
 

Greetings

 

Are you participating in this year’s Borrego Springs Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 16?  

 

If your answer is YES, (and we CERTAINLY hope it is) you (and a significant other or birding companion) are cordially invited to join other CBC participants Saturday evening, December 15, for the ANNUAL ANZA BORREGO CBC POTLUCK FIESTA at the home of Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham in Borrego Springs from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  

 

Borrego residents are asked to bring a hot dish or salad.  If you're coming from "the other side of the mountains" bring something tasty that will travel... cheese & crackers, hummus, tortilla chips, dip, wine, cookies. You name it, this bunch of birders will eat or drink it -- the theme is FIESTA!

 

Important: RSVP for the Potluck Fiesta no later than December 7.  Upon receipt I'll send you the address, driving directions and parking tips.  

 

We’ll supply china and cutlery along with Terry's Famous Vegetarian Beef Stew, Ann’s secret-recipe holiday champagne punch, sparkling & filtered water, tea and coffee.   Feel free to bring your own "other" beverages and keep them cold in the big fridge in the garage.

 

Come when you can.  Many of you are driving from the coast after the San Diego CBC and may arrive after 5:30... don't worry, we'll leave the lights on for you. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham   thunefeld@... 


 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, late report

Justyn Stahl
 

All,

I just came across this report (with two photos) of an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, apparently photographed on the beach in Coronado, on 26 November.


If plotted correctly, it was off the south end of G Ave.

I'll relay more details should they surface.

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

Tesoro Grove 11-28-18

Eric Kallen
 

Summer Tanager -adult male and female
Bullock's Oriole -ditto
Hooded Oriole - female
B-T Gray warbler
Townsend's Warbler 2
Hutton's Vireo

Hepatic Tanager, Villa La Jolla Park

Alex Abela
 

A HEPATIC TANAGER was present this morning (November 28) moving high up between the eucalyptus that run through the north side of Villa La Jolla Park.  Presumably this is the returning tanager that was found late last winter in the park, and I think there was some discussion about its sex and age. Most of my views (and a few mediocre photos) were from below and distant, but the tanager present this morning had an orangeish wash to the head and especially throat, but it seemed to quickly fade to a drabber yellow/grayish tones on the body.  

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

White-throated Sparrow at El Monte County Park Wednesday

Jeremiah Stock
 

Birded El Monte County Park late morning Wednesday, November 28, 2018.  The best bird was an adult White-throated Sparrow in the far eastern corner of the park.  Bird was initially seen under a scraggly elm tree, but was also seen under an oak at the edge of a steep slope.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...

Black-and-white Warbler at Morley Field, 11/28

James Pawlicki
 

An apparently returning Black-and-white Warbler was present around noon today (Wed, 28 Nov) north of the Morley Field disc golf range in North Park. The bird was present in a small stand of “cypress” trees located just south of the intersection of Jacaranda Drive and Jacaranda Place.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA