Re: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers

Eitan Altman

Was able to refind the PALM WARBER and TENNESSEE WARBLER this morning with a quick stop at Lake Murray in the cottonwoods by the boat ramp, and there was also a bright NASHVILLE WARBLER with the warbler flock. The PAWA foraged low in the trees and on the ground around the picnic tables, calling frequently, and the TEWA and NAWA were very active foraging at the mid and upper levels along with a few OCWA and of course many Yellow rumps. 

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

On Dec 9, 2018, at 12:29 PM, Jeremiah Stock <jstock@...> wrote:

Went to Lake Murray late Sunday morning December 9 looking for previous reported ducks.  Was able to find 1 female Common Goldeneye and 1 female Canvasback; but did not see White-winged Scoter.  The large cottonwood trees immediately east of the boat launch facility had a host of warblers, including a Palm Warbler, which was reported on ebird recently.  There was also a Nashville Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler: small, short-tailed, mostly green warbler with white belly and undertail coverts.  Eyeline pattern similar to Orange-crowned; but more distinct.  Orange-crowned was in same tree allowing direct comparison.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA

Rusty Blackbird manqué

Stan Walens

I’ve spent about 4-5 hours over the last few days chasing blackbird flocks around the Sports Arena area.
No success finding the bird I briefly saw in the rain last weekend that stuck out from the others.

On a lighter note, if you’re looking to see a gimme male Costa’s hummingbird, there’s one hanging out in the sage section at Walter Andersen’s Nursery off of Pacific Highway.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 11, 2018; 9:53 am

Balboa Park & Chula Vista minor miscellanea

On Monday the 10th, checks of a number of spots along the west and north sides of Balboa Park were generally disappointing, with the few birds of low-level interest being a total of 3 Western Tanagers and a White-breasted Nuthatch in the sw. corner of the park, continuing Summer Tanager near the lawn bowling and another, female Summer Tanager in the blooming eucs in the canyon just south of Vermont X Cypress along the north edge of park property, and another Western Tanager at Florida X Upas.

On Tuesday the 11th, a check of multiple parks in Chula Vista was also fairly slow, with 2 Western Tanagers, 1 Bullock's Oriole, and a nearby Black-thr Gray Warbler at Hilltop Park; and 2 Yellow Warblers and a Black-thr Gray Warbler near the Sweetwater River.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Lake Miramar Goldeneye

Gary Grantham

I had two male Common Goldeneye at Lake Miramar this morning (12/11/18) in the East end of the lake.  A boat caused them to flush and they flew to the west end near the dam.  Associating with the multitude of Lesser Scaup, were a hand full of Redheads and Ruddy Ducks and two Western Grebes.  Also spotted were the locally rare Peter and Millie Thomas in basic birder plumage.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch

El Cajon: Hermit Warbler - 12/10/18

Steve Ritt

An adult, female Hermit Warbler was in the pine trees by the closed, southeastern bathroom next to the dog run in Wells Park yesterday afternoon. (I accidentally sent this post to the old group yesterday.) A more thorough search could be more fruitful.

While many in this park could use our help (remember the food service ban), it’s important to remember that there are certainly much more dangerous people on this listserv. Be careful on here, and bird on.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA

Common Goldeneye

Mike Wittmer

Sorry about the late notification but there was a female Common Goldeneye at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside yesterday afternoon.  The bird was directly west of the bridge along the western shore of the river.  If you walk along the western shore the bird was feeding in the shallows.

Black-and-White Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Manzano & El Arbor, Carlsbad, Dec. 12, 2018

Today, Dec. 12, 2018, while scouting for the Oceanside CBC with Kathy Aldern, a Black-and-White Warbler and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher were seen in the Manzano & El Arbor riparian area in Carlsbad.

Gretchen Nell
Leucadia, CA

Common Goldeneye

Mike Wittmer

the bird is still at the San Luis Rey Estuary.   

Mike Wittmer

Thick-billed Kingbird Information

will anderson

Hi all,

I have looked at eBird and on this listserv and I have noticed a lack of postings about the Thick-billed Kingbird that winters at Poggi Creek every year.  I am coming down to San Diego in about 2 weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of the kingbird, and if I should include looking for the Kingbird in my itinerary.  Also, if anyone knows about the Ramona Harris's Hawk, I would appreciate information on that as well.

Thank you all,

Will Anderson

Re: Common Goldeneye

buck fairbanks

Not really a late report as this bird was first reported this season at this location by Ken Weaver days ago and seen by myself on Dec 7 thanks to Ken’s help.

Michael Martin
Oceanside, Ca

BTGreen continuing at Greenwood

Gjon Hazard

Late report: 

I happened upon the continuing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Greenwood Memorial Park this morning (12/12). It initially was in the Elks Rest area, but it quickly moved east past the building. 

Minor but perhaps worth mentioning... 


Also, with the upcoming count in mind...

The fruiting magnolias near the western chainlink fence harbored numerous Cedar Waxings and Western Bluebirds, and a few kingbirds. 

And there were pink-flowering eucalyptus along that same western fence (the trees technically are in Mt Hope) that had a number of Selasphorus hummingbirds. While I presume most were Allen's, there was an adult male that I couldn't see any green on the back, but the angle was such that it could have easily eluded observation. It might be worth a second look, however. 

Little Stints and higher water, geese, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler glut

On Tuesday afternoon the 11th, there were a healthy 6 Yellow Warblers in the Liberty Station area, plus a male Bullock's Oriole nearby. Then on Weds AM, the 12th, an additional 5 Yellow Warblers were in residential Imperial Beach and Nestor. The adult Little Stint was present for a short time on the now-reduced favorite island off the end of 10th just after dawn, "reduced" by last week's rains, so the birds have nowhere to forage along the edge of the island so have gone elsewhere for much of the time. And today, the 13th, a Palm Warbler continues in the ag fields along Calzada del Bosque in RSF, where also 2 Western Tanagers along North Lane; and the flock of 200+ Canada Geese at the Fairbanks Ranch horse pastures now has 6 Cackling Geese and 5 Gr. White-fronted Geese with them, but I did not see any white geese.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

returning Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tierrasanta

This  morning, Friday, the wintering male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Tierrasanta has officially returned for its second winter. Same exact favorite tree as last winter: enter West Shepherd Canyon from Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and walk a short distance to the usual favorite area of the Painted Redstart. There is a line of largeish eucalyptus trees on the slope to your left, behind homes up on top of the little hill, some with white flowers and some with pink flowers. The bird likes the top part of the tallest euc with lots of white flowers. It is often sneaky--quietly moving about the branches and flower clusters, much like a wintering tanager or oriole would do. Last winter, it was fairly reliable right after the post-dawn sun started shining directly on the top part of the trees--around 7:00-7:30+ AM. Today, I actually had it at around 10AM, so clearly it will show up sporadically later in the morning as well. Also, for the third time in a row I have MISSED the returning Painted Redstart, so either it has modified its routine or it has succumbed...

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego

Tesoro Grove 12-14-18

Eric Kallen

Summer Tanager adult male
Western Tanager 2
Bullock's Oriole 3 
Orchard Oriole
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
BT-Gray Warbler 2
Townsend's Warbler 2
Audubon's Warbler 15
OC Warbler 3
RC Kinglet 2
Allen's Hummer  more than several
Anna's Hummer ditto
House Finch
House Wren

Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 & Otay Lakes Rd.

David Povey

There has been a pale immature Ferruginous Hawk in the cow pasture west of Hwy 94 and north of Otay Lakes rd. since

mid Nov. My apologies for not getting this out, as I transit this area to and from town, and I 'd forgotten to post it after each

sighting. Today I had the bird on both inbound and return to Dulzura, so made a point to get it posted.

This is at fairly low elevation ( <700 ft. )and somewhat close to the coast. ( give or take  20 miles).

A few years back we had an adult dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 and Jamul ( about were the casino is now ) that

return for multiple winters. So maybe with luck this bird will not only stick around but return for other winters.

Look for the bird from Hwy 94, looking west between the two riparian tree lines ( Hollenbeck cr. &  Dulzura cr. ) . Most often

seen on the ground or on the rocks near the cattle grazing there.

Dave Povey


San Diego CBC: 216 species

Justyn Stahl

The 2018 San Diego Christmas Bird Count was today, 15 December. Approximately 150 participants “braved” a partly cloudy morning and an overnight low of 52 degrees, clearing to blue skies with a daytime high of 68 degrees. This year’s tentative total is 216, with several notable highlights including two firsts for the count: Little Stint (2) and Buller’s Shearwater*. Other good birds included continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-throated Green Warbler, Thick-billed Kingbird, and 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Discovered on the count was a dull Pine Warbler in Coronado.

Two continuing Little Stints (1 adult, 1 juvenile) were relocated inside the Salt Works. Providing the 2nd and 3rd records for San Diego County, these birds were the 1st for the San Diego CBC, likely a 1st for a U.S. CBC, and certainly a high count for any U.S. CBC. 

*The Buller’s Shearwater was found from Dave Povey’s boat, west of Silver Strand State Beach and provides a first living record for the San Diego CBC. The previous record was one found dead. Rare in San Diego, particularly from shore, this one was actually visible from the north parking lot at Silver Strand SB.


Snow Goose - 3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Greater White-fronted Goose - 25 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Cackling Goose - 2 (golf course south of Rohr Park)

Eurasian Wigeon - 1 (Sweetwater River)

Canvasback - 14 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

White-winged Scoter - 1 (Povey boat)

Black Scoter - 1 (seawatch from Seacoast Dr.)

Hooded Merganser - 2 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

LITTLE STINT - 2 (Salt Works)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1 (Hotel Del Coronado, 2nd SD CBC record)

BULLER’S SHEARWATER - 1 (Povey boat)

Brown Booby - 5 (seawatch from Seacoast Drive, Povey boat)

Reddish Egret - 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Bald Eagle - 1 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Gray Flycatcher - 1 (Rohr Park)

Tropical Kingbird - 2 (Balboa Park—west side, Dairy Mart main pond)

Thick-billed Kingbird -1 (Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Western Kingbird - 1-2 (Sunset Ave. ball fields, Dairy Mart sod farm)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 2 (Nestor Park and Sunset Ave ball fields, Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Plumbeous Vireo - 1 (Hilltop Park)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow -  3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Vesper Sparrow - 1 (Sunset Ave ball fields)

Orchard Oriole - 2 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park, Kimball Park)

Hooded Oriole - 2 (Sunnyslope Park, Marston Canyon)

Baltimore Oriole - 2 (Rohr Park, Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Black-and-white Warbler - 1 (Balboa Park—28th St. Park)

Nashville Warbler - 3 (Sweetwater River, Spruce Canyon, Kimball Park)

American Redstart - 1 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Pine Warbler - 1 (Coronado - Margarita @ 6th)

Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 (Greenwood Cemetery) 

(Several Summer and Western Tanagers, many Bullock’s Oriole, and several Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported - totals to follow upon data compilation.)

Notable non-countable exotics:

American Flamingo - 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Black-throated Magpie-Jay - 4 (west of Hollister, declining?)

Northern Cardinal - 1 (Tijuana River Valley)

Pin-tailed Whydah - 3 (Rohr Park, on the rise?)

Despite the overall good total of species, numbers of birds were low. No Palm Warblers were found in the count circle, despite the glut of this species along the coast this fall. 

We missed Great Horned Owl, and only a single Ridgway’s Rail was reported.

Special thanks to San Diego Audubon for a wonderful lunch each year.

Justyn Stahl, compiler

currently in Borrego Springs

Pine Warbler

Guy McCaskie

This morning (16 Dec) I was easily able to find the female Pine Warbler found yesterday by Elizabeth Copper at the intersection of 6th and Margarita in Coronado. It was with a small flock containing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Townsend’s Warbler.


Guy McCaskie

Sand Lake at Kit Karson Park, Escondido

Catherine Zinsky

Stopped briefly to locate the continuing juvenile Snow Goose on my way to an event in Valley Center.  Was pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of Hooded Merganser, one male and one female.  Always a treat!  

A very healthy, unafraid coyote came within 20 feet of me and my husband, was obviously accustomed to having duck breakfast.  The Snow Goose actually moved closer to us in order to avoid the coyote's passing.

Live in beauty....


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:

OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM  ('Devon'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , BN  ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 - 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)

Possible Calliope Batiquitos Lagoon?

Roger Uzun

Did anyone else see the ebird report of a possible Calliope Hummingbird at Batiquitos Lagoon from Saturday Morning at 8:30 AM?  Does this seem possible?  I would like to go out and look for it on Monday morning if anyone thinks it's not an Anna's or Costa's.  It was near the parking lot there.  If anyone would like to meet up tomorrow AM Please email me.

-Roger Uzun

Nashville Warbler; Carlsbad, 16DEC2018

Tito Gonzalez

I observed a NASHVILLE WARBLER this morning (16DEC 2018) in Carlsbad near the intersection of Faraday and Rutherford. It was foraging in Tipu trees on the north side of Faraday about 50 yards east of Rutherford (33.134599, -117.283442). It moved between the 3rd and 4th Tipu trees counting from intersection between 9 and 10 AM. This is the exact same location where the same species was observed in January 2018, so it is likely the same returning winter bird. While perhaps of marginal chase interest,  this species is rare in winter and is a good bird for upcoming Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC. A couple of photos are in the following ebird checklist.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA