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Vaux's Swifts Balboa Park

Gjon Hazard
 

This evening (1/24), right at sunset (5:10 PM), there was a unseasonable flock of chattering Chaetura swifts circling over the El Prado bridge over Hwy 163 in Balboa Park. I assume Vaux's; 2 or 3 dozen. They seemed to be gathering to roost nearby. They headed off to the south-southeast.

-Gjon

Harris's Hawk in Ramona

Roger Uzun
 

Does anyone know what the verdict is on the Harris's Hawk(s) that live around downtown Ramona?  Are they in fact escaped falconry birds?

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

Reddish Egret continues in Oceanside

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed the continuing Reddish Egret at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River today about
1100.  The bird has been erratically present since November 8.  This is the fourth individual of 
this species that I have observed at this spot since 2012, but the only one that has continued
into the winter months.


Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
gnatcatcher@...

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey - Next Sunday, February 3rd.

Jayne Lesley
 

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The February 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday  - February 3rd. We are off to a good start for our tenth year of collecting data bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)



Grace's Warbler - 1282 Crest Drive, Encinitas

Larry Edwards
 

I and two other birders/photographers got excellent looks at the Grace's Warbler this morning, between 8:45 and 9 pm. It hopped around the pine tree closest to the road on the 1282 side, then flew into the small pine across the road, where we got the best looks and photos. At one point, it flew into the low hedge by the roadside -- too close to photograph with our big lens. Yes, we considered ourselves quite fortunate. Photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52101795

We looked for the Hermit Warbler reported last week but no luck there.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Clay-colored Sparrow & Ferruginous Hawk

Jay Desgrosellier
 

Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2019

A single CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was associating with a flock of white-crowns today in the far northeast corner of Torrey Hills Park. They were feeding in the grass around the infield dirt. Look for the pale lores and strongly marked throat, as well as the buffy wash to the face, breast and sides. It was the only other sparrow with the white-crowned flock. I didn't see any chippies on my visit, but there could be some around.

Also today, while hiking Los Penasquitos Canyon from the west parking lot, I found an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK. These birds are fairly rare this close to the coast, though more common in the winter farther inland. Bright rufous back, white head and chest, and mostly white-tail with dusky terminal band were all noted. The bird was found roughly half-way between Wagon Wheel Crossing and Sycamore Crossing. I first found it perched in the riparian and then again in flight about a half-hour later.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA


Red-naped Sapsucker at Santee Lakes

Jeremiah Stock
 

Monday morning there was a Red-naped Sapsucker just east of the playground at the south end of Santee Lake #4.  Solid black upper breast below the red throat; otherwise lots of red including a large red patch on nape and a hint of red crossing the white strip behind the eye.  No photos.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@...

Pomarine Jaeger -Shelter Island - 28 Jan 2019

Paul Chad
 

A six-hour search at Shelter Island earlier today for the wintering Red-necked Grebe was unsuccessful, but a real nice surprise was a Pomarine Jaeger (light-morph, sub-adult or possibly 'plain' adult) right at, right ON, the boat launch. Was there for several hours, apparently left around 11:00. A fly-by Little Blue Heron was also a bit surprising.

Paul Chad
University City

Two Pacific Slope Flycatchers wintering at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 29 January 2019

Susan Smith
 

While doing a bird count this morning at the SD Botanic Garden in Encinitas, I discovered that there are two (not one) overwintering Pacific Slope Flycatchers in the Garden.  The one reported previously, which tends to hang out along the eastern edge of the Australia Garden,  was in its usual place there, while I noted another bird, only 35 minutes previously, flycatching in the Tropical Fruit Garden, on the western side of the Garden.   The Australia Garden bird was first discovered on November 19, 2018.  

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@...

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

First time visitor to San Diego

Steven Weiss
 

My family and I will be making our first visit to San Diego in mid March.  I would like to make a couple of excursions in between family day trips to view birds and find western birds that I do not get to see at home in NJ.  There are some specific birds I’d like to see while in the area.  I think mid March might give me an overlap of late winter departure and early spring arrivals, as well as year round residents.  Any advice on any reliable spots to try (I can give specific target birds) and best times of day would be greatly appreciated.  Also, since this is our first visit, any advice on which area of town would be best to make our “home base” for the week? 
 
Thanks,
 
Steve Weiss
Ocean County, NJ

Snow Geese near Sweetwater Reservoir

Tuck Russell
 

This afternoon, my wife and I hiked the Sweetwater Riding and Hiking Trail that goes along the south shore of the reservoir.  It really doesn't get very close to the reservoir (hence no gulls or small waterfowl in my list; they were too far away to ID even with my scope)), and traverses the grassy scrub through the Wildlife Preserve.  Lots of singing meadowlarks.  

But the highlight was a large flock of Canada Geese accompanied by three adult Snow Geese.  These were all in a fenced off field about half a mile from the trailhead at Sweetwater Summit Park, by the first wooden horse bridge.  When we returned, the Canadas all seemed to be there, but the Snow Geese had left.

Photos in this checklist:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52190259

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Reddish Egret at J St. 1/30/2019

dan jehl
 

This afternoon at 2:30 there was an adult Reddish Egret on the mudflat at J St in Chula Vista, along with Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. A single Dunlin was with the peep near the riprap.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

Re: Reddish Egret at J St. 1/30/2019

Doug Aguillard
 

There has been an adult Reddish Egret in the northern section of the Sweetwater Marsh NWR since October of 2018. I have seen it hunting in a pool next to the southbound I-5 on the National City side. It was there again 2 days ago and I’m willing to bet it’s the same bird.

Doug

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 3:57 PM dan jehl <jehlyfish@...> wrote:
This afternoon at 2:30 there was an adult Reddish Egret on the mudflat at J St in Chula Vista, along with Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. A single Dunlin was with the peep near the riprap.

Dan Jehl
San Diego



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continuing Pacific golden-plover TijuanaEstuary 1-30-19

Robert Patton
 

This morning around 8:45, one of the continuing Pacific golden-plovers was seen among black-bellied plovers just NE of the mouth of the Tijuana River, south from Seacoast Dr.  It then shifted over to a sandbar island in the channel.
Also of interest in the area were 25 white pelicans, one Caspian tern, and 5 canvasbacks.  (And yes, the river still smells...)

Farther north, Maryanne Bache reported a reddish egret returning to San Eljio Lagoon on the east side of Hwy 101 just NE of the South Cardiff State Beach/Seaside parking lot.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Miscellania

Nancy Christensen
 

Yesterday (Tuesday Jan 29) I visited some Chula Vista spots. The drake Eurasian Wigeon continues in the Sweetwater River at the north end of 2nd Ave. The Thick-billed Kingbird continued at the Poggi Creek greenbelt, and was in close proximity to a Scissortailed Flycatcher. Comments I received on Facebook seem to indicate this may be a new place for this species this year, although last year the two birds were often seen together. I noticed that Brennan also saw the STFC, and remarked that it was a surprise.
Today Sue Smith led a few of us up into the mountains where we saw the continuing Lewis’s Woodpecker at the north end of Black Canyon Rd. This bird was not inclined to sit around and would have been very easy to miss if Sue had not known where to see it.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Guy McCaskie
 

When I stopped at “J” Street in Chula Vista early this afternoon there was a second-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull standing with California Gulls on the parking area waiting for “hand-outs”.  Last seen flying west over the bay towards the Silver Strand.

 

Good luck,

 

Guy McCaskie

Re: Miscellania

Guy McCaskie
 

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Poggi Creek Greenbelt in Chula Vista was first reported on 15 November 2018 by Jim Pawlicki, and is likely the same individual present here last winter. The fact that this bird was present was published in the latest two issues of The Skimmer – Vol 45 – December 2018 and Vol 46 – January 2019. As such the Poggi Greenbelt is not a new place for this species, and should not have been a surprise to anyone reading The Skimmer or monitoring eBird.

Guy McCaskie

-----Original Message-----
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Christensen
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:11 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Miscellania

Yesterday (Tuesday Jan 29) I visited some Chula Vista spots. The drake Eurasian Wigeon continues in the Sweetwater River at the north end of 2nd Ave. The Thick-billed Kingbird continued at the Poggi Creek greenbelt, and was in close proximity to a Scissortailed Flycatcher. Comments I received on Facebook seem to indicate this may be a new place for this species this year, although last year the two birds were often seen together. I noticed that Brennan also saw the STFC, and remarked that it was a surprise.
Today Sue Smith led a few of us up into the mountains where we saw the continuing Lewis’s Woodpecker at the north end of Black Canyon Rd. This bird was not inclined to sit around and would have been very easy to miss if Sue had not known where to see it.

Re: Miscellania

Brennan Mulrooney
 

Apparently the person who is keeping the eBird lists on my tour used the word surprise in the description of the bird. “A surprise visitor” is what he wrote. An accurate statement by the way. He shared the list with me and so that description is on “my list” as well. He did not say I was surprised we saw it because I did not know there was a scissor-tailed flycatcher at that location. I did know. I was a bit surprised that we saw it, having never seen that individual myself previously. It seems that its presence is much less predictable than the kingbird. I’m sure Paul can appreciate that the theatrical flair a tour leader imparts to the discovery of new birds on a tour greatly affects the enjoyment of the participants on the tour.

Hopefully that clears things up.

Brennan

On Jan 31, 2019, at 5:54 AM, Guy McCaskie <guymcc@...> wrote:

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Poggi Creek Greenbelt in Chula Vista was first reported on 15 November 2018 by Jim Pawlicki, and is likely the same individual present here last winter. The fact that this bird was present was published in the latest two issues of The Skimmer – Vol 45 – December 2018 and Vol 46 – January 2019. As such the Poggi Greenbelt is not a new place for this species, and should not have been a surprise to anyone reading The Skimmer or monitoring eBird.

Guy McCaskie

-----Original Message-----
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Christensen
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:11 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Miscellania

Yesterday (Tuesday Jan 29) I visited some Chula Vista spots. The drake Eurasian Wigeon continues in the Sweetwater River at the north end of 2nd Ave. The Thick-billed Kingbird continued at the Poggi Creek greenbelt, and was in close proximity to a Scissortailed Flycatcher. Comments I received on Facebook seem to indicate this may be a new place for this species this year, although last year the two birds were often seen together. I noticed that Brennan also saw the STFC, and remarked that it was a surprise.
Today Sue Smith led a few of us up into the mountains where we saw the continuing Lewis’s Woodpecker at the north end of Black Canyon Rd. This bird was not inclined to sit around and would have been very easy to miss if Sue had not known where to see it.





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Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Correction: Ross' not Snow Geese at Sweetwater Reservoir

Tuck Russell
 

I can't claim a lot of experience with either species.  Apparently these were previously seen on the CBC, so chances are they hang out for a while longer.

Here's the corrected checklist and photos:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S52190259

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Clay-colored Sparrow continues at Torrey Hills Park

Eve Martin
 

The little CLAY-COLORED SPARROW found by Jay D at Torrey Hills Park in Carmel Valley has been somewhat reliable mid-mornings back in the far northeast corner of the park by the baseball diamond.  He's hanging out with a small flock of mostly White-crowned Sparrows so he's pretty easy to pick out as the smallest of the flock by far!

This park could be busy on weekends; it's fairly popular even during the week.  More details and the map to the Hotspot can be found on today's (Friday's) eBird list here!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52270408

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California