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Hybrid Eurasian X American Green-winged Teal

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Wednesday morning there is a hybrid male Eurasian X American Green-winged Teal toward the west end of the stick pond near Dairy Mart pond in the TRV. The bird has a horizontal white stripe but it also has a faint vertical white stripe, and typical of Eurasian the buffy frames to the eyepatch are clearly bolder than on an American Green-winged.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Surfbirds in Coronado

Nancy Christensen
 

Wednesday April 10, the huge flock of Surfbirds previously reported by Paul L snd Barbara C continues. My estimate is over 300 surfbirds in alternate plumage! Though not “rare”, this flock is an amazing spectacle and may be the largest flock recorded here.

The birds seem to be feeding at the low point of the waves, meaning low tide is when they will be most active. Dan Jehl got photos showing they may be feeding on bean clams. I gave no idea if they are present at high tide, nor how long the flock will remain. They are relatively tolerant, but do scatter when approached by joggers.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

White-winged Scoter

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

There is a female-type White-winged Scoter on Wednesday morning in the very large flock of Surf Scoters on the north side of the imperial Beach Pier.

In the imperial Beach Sports Park, there are at least three active Yellow-crowned Night-heron nests in the trees next to the bathrooms. Unfortunately, they recently totally cut down the two pine trees in front of the first adjoining apartment building where most of the Yellow-crowneds spent all winter every year....

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Black storm-petrels and miscellania

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Thursday morning the 11th, an early- morning seawatch at La Jolla produced a single-scan total of 42 black storm-petrels looking north toward the edge of La Jolla Canyon, which is their usual hotspot there. This seems a bit early for such a count. Otherwise just one Brown booby and one Sooty and 75 Black-vented shearwaters and a couple parasitic Jaegers. Farther north at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar there was a Reddish egret near the mouth, the first time I've seen one in this area in about three months, as well as a spring arrival singing Blue Grosbeak.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs

Hal Cohen
 

Today over 300 Swainson's Hawks kettled up and migrated from Borrego Springs. The past week has seen more than 5,000 SW's migrating. Although the official count ended March 31, the number of hawks entering the valley since April 4th has continued. We cannot guarantee that the phenomena is a daily event. Each morning for the past 8 days a visit to Henderson Canyon Rd. has revealed the presence of a number of hawks. There are still caterpillars in the valley and many hawks are aerial feeding most likely on Painted Lady Butterflies. We have not observed hawks entering the valley in the evening. So ALERTS have not been sent to our list of almost 400 folks. The phenomena could end abruptly. Tomorrow we will be stationed on Henderson Rd around 2 miles east of Borrego Valley Rd. The hawks have been active from 8am to 9:45am. Below is today's youtube:
Hal Cohen
Borrego Springs

Myrtle Warbler at Santee Lakes Thursday evening

Jeremiah Stock
 

At about 6 PM on April 11, there was a male Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler in a pine tree immediately north of the Mast Boulevard bridge on the east side of Santee Lake #2.  I see from ebird that one has also been reported in the neighborhood of the park recently, so it might be the same bird.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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New orchard oriole, continuing white-winged scoter and hybrid teal

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Friday morning there is a new immature male Orchard oriole, this one in two hidden blooming bottlebrush along Monument Road in the TRV. The birds up at botanic garden in Encinitas would be a safer bet to look for. The female or immature, with a fully dark head, White-winged scoter continues in the Surf Scoter flock just to the north of the Imperial Beach Pier and the hybrid Eurasian X American Green-winged teal continues at the stick pond near Dairy Mart. Also continuing is the off and on Reddish egret at the J Street / Marina Parkway mudflats.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Crissal Thrashers at Yaqui Well

Tuck Russell
 

eBirders May have noted a report of Crissal Thrashers at Yaqui Well from this morning.  I have just seen and heard at least two myself.  They are hanging out at the verdant area of the well, near the stone and mortar bathrooms.  I have audio and photos, none good.  They were quite vocal and fairly easy to find.  Hopefully, they’ll be that way tomorrow morning, so I and others can find them. I certainly hope to get better pictures. 

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest ( currently resident at Yaqui Well )

Crissal Thrashers at Yaqui Well - Probably not

Tuck Russell
 

Apologies if anyone acted on this. The eBirder who first reported these and I are likely both wrong. These are likely California Thrashers.  Take any of my future postings here with a grain of salt unless I supply solid photographic or audio evidence. 

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Red-necked Grebe still at Shelter Island April 13

Sara Baase Mayers
 

     Keith and I found the Red-necked Grebe at 7:40AM toward the southwest end of Shelter Island (April 13) and followed it as it dove repeatedly and swam underwater toward and past the pier.  After it passed the pier, it came within about 40' of the shore.

     We also saw two Eared Grebes near the pier, one still in winter plumage and one with the golden ear tufts of breeding plumage.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Male Calliope Hummingbird - TJRV Bird and Butterfly Garden

Jordan Carelli
 

Brief views in the cape honeysuckle near the road. Got a good photo that I’ll post when I get home. 


-Jordan
La Jolla

Help with filming roadrunners at nests

Steve Perry
 

Hi all, 
Last week I was contacted by a Japanese film crew who are in SoCal filming roadrunners for a nature documentary. They are currently in Palm Desert filming and will be heading to San Diego to continue in the next few days. 
If anyone knows the exact location of an accessible nest please contact me off list so I can share the info with the crew. Please also let me know if you are interested in helping them in person and I’ll pass your contact details on to them
Thanks for your help

Steve Perry
Solana Beach





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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA

Re: Help with filming roadrunners at nests

Strathdee, Steffanie
 

A few of us were at the trailhead for the Border Field State Park last weekend and saw a roadrunner take down a lizard right before we reached the parking lot.  We have a video we took from an iphone but it is 13 MB.  Happy to share if someone would like. 

 

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences,

Harold Simon Professor, UCSD Department of Medicine

Co-Director, Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics https://ipath.ucsd.edu

Author:  https://theperfectpredator.com/

Tel: 858-822-1952

Twitter: @chngin_the_world

TEDx: https://goo.gl/mAHGvR

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io <SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Steve Perry
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:21 PM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Help with filming roadrunners at nests

 

Hi all, 

Last week I was contacted by a Japanese film crew who are in SoCal filming roadrunners for a nature documentary. They are currently in Palm Desert filming and will be heading to San Diego to continue in the next few days. 

If anyone knows the exact location of an accessible nest please contact me off list so I can share the info with the crew. Please also let me know if you are interested in helping them in person and I’ll pass your contact details on to them

Thanks for your help

 

Steve Perry

Solana Beach

 




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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA

Baltimore Oriole, University City, 14 Apr 2019

Paul Chad
 

A nice adult male Baltimore Oriole was perched near the top of a sweet-gum tree looking around, then flew east, from the eastern edge of my apartment complex, off Governor Dr near I-805 at 10:00 today.

Paul Chad
University City

May 12th. Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelaigic

David Povey
 
Edited

Just a quick reminder that the BVAS/Grande Pelagic is about a month away. This is a 12 hr. trip and likely will visit the Nine and Thirty Mile Banks.
The 2018 May trip produced a nice list of seabirds including Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, Least and Elegant Terns, and even a few land migrants, not uncommon on spring trips offshore. (see details at www.sandiegopelagics.com ). 
Who knows what we will find this year? Come join we us and find out.
The trips regular price is $135, and the Early Bird saving price of $125 ends Monday the April 15th.
The trip departs at 7 a.m. and returns by 7 p.m. Please check in at the H & M Landing Office, on San Diego Bay, by 6 a.m.
Reservations can be made on the H & M Landing website www.hmlanding.com  or call 619 222-1144.
I hope to see you out there,
Dave Povey
Dulzura

Red-necked Grebe NOT seen at Shelter Island.

Larry Edwards
 

Janis and I did NOT see the Red-necked Grebe this morning. We arrived at 9:45 and stayed until 11:20. We looked from the boat launch ramp to the extreme west end. We saw Mark and Camille Stratton there, but they had not seen the grebe either. In fact, we did not see any grebes. Nor ospreys ( Mostly Western Gulls. One Common Loon and one fully Spotted Sandpiper -- sadly, the latter being the best bird of the day.
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Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

SDFO meeting is WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL, at 6 pm

Barbara
 

Our meeting is NOT our usual Tuesday night this month. 

Please come join us on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m., in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego Foundation Building, 2508
Historic Decatur Rd. (Directions: Head south on Rosecrans St. in the Midway area of town, turn left on Roosevelt Rd. into Liberty Station and proceed a couple of blocks to Decatur. Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent parking lots.)

This month's program features Matthew Binns discussing “Birding The Gambia.” His talk will describe a recent visit in Nov/Dec 2018, the highlights of which included a great variety of birds of prey and the stunningly colorful bee-eaters, rollers, kingfishers and estrildids.

Matthew Binns is an English molecular biologist specializing in thoroughbred racehorse performance. He's made Southern California his home for the past ten years. He began birding at a very young age, identifying birds from his father’s boat as they trawled for fish off the Yorkshire coast, then progressed through membership of the Young Ornithologists Club to the Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds. He is a keen photographer and has traveled extensively to photograph more than 1600 bird species worldwide.

Next month’s meeting is back to its usual day: Tuesday, May 21. In that program, John Martin will talk about the San Diego National Wildlife Refuges.

Unpaid dues are still welcome. Please bring a check (payable to SDFO) or cash. Single memberships are $25; family are $35.

Barbara Carlson
SDFO Membership 






Shelter Is. Red-necked Grebe

David Povey
 

The Red-necked Grebe was present just east (north?, left when facing the pier) of the fishing pier between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. this morning 4-14-19 
Then not seen when I returned a little before noon.
Also present early and in the same general area were an Eared Grebe, and Red-br. Merganser.
All three absent later.
Dave Povey
Dulzura

FOS Western Wood Pewee for me at Fort Rosecrans, Sun 4/14

Susan Smith
 

I came late and could only do part of the east side of the cemetery (NE loop to Committal center on east side), and it had already gotten a bit breezy.  It was generally quiet and I did not refind any Hammond's Flycatchers reported earlier here.  But Ash-throated flycatchers have begun to arrive, and some other regular migrants, including Rufous Hummers (No Calliopes, tho I looked), and for me, a  FOS  WESTERN WOOD PEWEE  (near the Eucalyptus Grove)--plus others.  According to the Bird Atlas (Unitt 2004) Western Wood Pewee's usual arrival date is around April 20, but April 10 is the earliest date.  


Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Calliope, nesting Vermilions

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Sunday morning, there was a male Calliope Hummingbird feeding in blooming bottlebrush near the east end of Dudley, east of Silver Gate, in residential Point Loma. There are now good numbers of blooming bottlebrush which should be good for hummingbirds around residential Point Loma and bordering the edge of Point Loma Nazarene University. Then again, there don't seem to be all that many hummingbirds around this spring, probably due to the widespread food available.

And on Monday morning, the pair of Vermilion Flycatchers in the southwest corner of the Mission Bay golf course are now feeding 3 just-out-of-the-nest fledglings, near the 12th green and the 11th tee.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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