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Re: [birdingSanDiego] Quick update

Tony Provenzano
 

There is a Summer Tanager at Mesa College everyday. If anyone wants to get a photo or recording.
You can see it or hear it at the nursery landscape Technology area . In the slope when there is people around and comes down to the lower garden when no one is around. 
The area is fenced and sometimes the gates are locked but can still enter through the Animal Health side, corner of Marlesta and Genesee
I'm home sick and can't be there today.

My photo is from april 5th and later.

Tony Provenzano
El Cajon 





On Monday, April 29, 2019, 6:08:12 AM PDT, Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003@...> wrote:


Hi all,

Quick notes:

Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!

We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.

Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 

Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?

I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?

Thanks! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Flycatcher ID

Andrew N
 

Hello everyone,

We saw a small gray flycatcher down in Marston Canyon yesterday and I'm trying to get a positive ID from more knowledgeable eyes.  Thinking it's either a Hammond's or a Gray.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23903544

Thank you!

Updated needs list?

Anthony Fife
 

I am getting ready to head out since it’s still cool out. Is there anything specific we need? If not, awesome.

Anthony TooFly
La Mesa, Ca

Re: Quick update

Robert Theriault
 

Cactus Wren and Black-throated Sparrow have been found at VC today (and probably elsewhere). I did have a "solitary vireo" which displayed a very gray looking head, but that is all I saw and it quickly disappeared. There was a big wave of migrants coming through! Bob Theriault / Borrego Springs.

On Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:12:26 AM EDT, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun@...> wrote:


If anyone is going to the visitor's center at Anza Borrego there are almost always cactus wrens near that small pool of water with the big palm tree.  In that area around there within a few hundred feet you can usually always see Cactus Wrens

On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 6:08 AM Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

Quick notes:

Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!

We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.

Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 

Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?

I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?

Thanks! 

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Re: Updated needs list?

Barbara
 

I’m not at home. Has anybody gotten Ridgeways Rail or a different photo of Pacific Loon. Please check the website as I won’t be home until much later this afternoon. 

Thanks, 
Barbara


On Apr 29, 2019, at 11:17 AM, Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly@...> wrote:

I am getting ready to head out since it’s still cool out. Is there anything specific we need? If not, awesome.

Anthony TooFly
La Mesa, Ca

Re: Updated needs list?

Lisa Ruby
 

I just checked. Don't see Ridgeway's Rail posted yet. At least not that I can find by searching Ridgeway's Rail or just Rail. The only Pacific Loon postings are one with two distant photos that has a date of 4/27, and another of an unfortunate dead bird.

Also, the only Sora posting has no documentation.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

On 4/29/2019 12:24 PM, Barbara via Groups.Io wrote:
I’m not at home. Has anybody gotten Ridgeways Rail or a different photo of Pacific Loon. Please check the website as I won’t be home until much later this afternoon. 

Thanks, 
Barbara


On Apr 29, 2019, at 11:17 AM, Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly@...> wrote:

I am getting ready to head out since it’s still cool out. Is there anything specific we need? If not, awesome.

Anthony TooFly
La Mesa, Ca


--
Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Re: Updated needs list?

Anthony Fife
 

No luck on pintail or shovler at Santee Lakes, however the Least Bittern continues (04/30/19@1500 hours) lake five north east reads, just north of island and south of bathroom.

Anthony TooFly 
La Mesa

Re: Updated needs list?

dan jehl
 

I picked up the Northern Shoveler and the American Widgeon at the Dairy Mart Ponds. 

Dan Jehl 
San Diego 


On Apr 29, 2019, at 3:13 PM, Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly@...> wrote:

No luck on pintail or shovler at Santee Lakes, however the Least Bittern continues (04/30/19@1500 hours) lake five north east reads, just north of island and south of bathroom.

Anthony TooFly 
La Mesa

iNaturalist update 29 Apr, Monday

Barbara
 

Lots of birds were added today! In spite of the rain!

And we can keep adding them for a few days more. Maybe make Thursday your goal to have all your observations submitted? Just remember the entries have to had been seen by midnight tonight. Not the best weather for this evening, but we still need Common Poorwill (the submitted one's photo is too dark) and Western Screech-Owl. 

Here's what I have to date (with notes/pleas):

                                            iNaturalist Needed Birds of San Diego County 2019

 

 

Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl

Ross’s Goose D

Cackling Goose D

Tundra Swan B

Eurasian Wigeon D

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Greater Scaup

White-winged Scoter C

Black Scoter C

Long-tailed Duck C

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

 

New World Quail

Mountain Quail

Gambel’s Quail

 

Grebes

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe B

 

Pigeons & Doves

Band-tailed Pigeon

Inca Dove A

 

Cuckoos

Yellow-billed Cuckoo B

 

Nightjars & Allies

Lesser Nighthawk

 

Swifts

Black Swift C

 

Hummingbirds

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird* B

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

Sora - - needs photo

 

Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher D

 

Plovers & Lapwings

American Golden-Plover B

Pacific Golden-Plover D

Mountain Plover A

 

Sandpipers & Allies

Ruddy Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Ruff B

Stilt Sandpiper B

Dunlin

Baird’s Sandpiper - - photos need to be entered

Little Stint* A+

Least Sandpiper - - need this one from eBird  

Pectoral Sandpiper D

Semipalmated Sandpiper C

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Solitary Sandpiper D

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

 

Skuas & Jaegers

South Polar Skua C

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

 

Auks, Murres & Puffins

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot B

Scripps’s Murrelet - - trying to confirm photo

Craveri’s Murrelet B

Ancient Murrelet C

Cassin’s Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

 

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers

Black-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull

Laughing Gull C

Franklin’s Gull B

Mew Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull A

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull C

Black Tern C

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

 

Loons

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon - - confirming photo

 

Petrels & Shearwaters

Northern Fulmar

Buller’s Shearwater C

Short-tailed Shearwater D

Sooty Shearwater - - needs photos

Pink-footed Shearwater - - needs photos

Black-vented Shearwater

 

Storm-Petrels

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel B

Leach’s Storm-Petrel D

Ashy Storm-Petrel

Black Storm-Petrel

Least Storm-Petrel

 

Boobies

Masked Booby* A

Nazca Booby* A+

Blue-footed Booby* A

Brown Booby C

Red-footed Booby* A

 

Cormorants & Shags

Neotropic Cormorant A+

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns

American Bittern

Tricolored Heron* B

 

Hawks Eagles & Kites

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk B

Swainson’s Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk C

Ferruginous Hawk

Golden Eagle - -  hoping for this one today

 

Owls

Flammulated Owl C

Western Screech-Owl

Burrowing Owl

Spotted Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl C

Northern Saw-whet Owl

 

Woodpeckers

­­Williamson’s Sapsucker C

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker C

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

 

Falcons & Caracaras

Merlin

Prairie Falcon

 

Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher B

Gray Flycatcher - - this was seen at Cabrillo NM on eBird. Needs photos/recording if confirmed

Eastern Phoebe C

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird-D

Thick-billed Kingbird* A

Eastern Kingbird-B

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher B

 

Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, Erpornis

White-eyed Vireo* A

Yellow-throated Vireo B

Plumbeous Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo* B

Red-eyed Vireo B

Yellow-green Vireo* B

 

Crows, Jays & Magpies

Pinyon Jay B

Clark’s Nutcracker B

 

Swallows

Purple Martin D

Bank Swallow C

 

Nuthatches

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

Treecreepers

Brown Creeper

 

Wrens

Canyon Wren

Pacific Wren C

Marsh Wren

 

Dippers

American Dipper

 

Kinglets

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

Thrushes & Allies

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire

Swainson’s Thrush

Varied Thrush D

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers

Gray Catbird B

Le Conte’s Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher - - photos need to be entered

Sage Thrasher

 

Wagtails & Pipits

American Pipit

 

New Wood Warblers

Ovenbird-B

Worm-eating Warbler* B

Northern Waterthrush C

Black-and-white Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler B

Tennessee Warbler C

Lucy’s Warbler

Virginia’s Warbler B

Hooded Warbler C

American Redstart

Magnolia Warbler C

Blackburnian Warbler C

Chestnut-sided Warbler C

Blackpoll Warbler C

Black-throated Blue Warbler C

Pine Warbler* B

Yellow-throated Warbler B

Prairie Warbler B

Grace’s Warbler* B

Black-throated Green Warbler B

Canada Warbler B

Painted Redstart B

 

New World Buntings & Sparrows

Green-tailed Towhee

Clay-colored Sparrow D

Brewer’s Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Sagebrush Sparrow

Lark Bunting B

Nelson’s Sparrow B

Fox Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

 

Cardinals & Allies

Hepatic Tanager B

Summer Tanager - - dipped on this one today

Scarlet Tanager C

Rose-breasted Grosbeak D

 

Troupials & Allies

Tricolored Blackbird - - anybody?

Orchard Oriole C

Baltimore Oriole C

 

Finches, Euphonias & Allies

Cassin’s Finch D

Red Crossbill C

Pine Siskin

Here's the link to the latest update:


We dropped in the number of observers. Otherwise we're in fourth place. I know observations will continue to be added, so stay tuned!

Thanks everyone! And thanks for your patience in entering even tho', for many, it was FRUSTRATING. If anyone is having continuing issues, please contact me offline.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Northern Parula: Final chapter

Philip Unitt
 

Dear friends,

 

Cici Sayer and Cristin Kelly brought the Northern Parula found on CiCi’s boat to the museum this morning, and Lea Squires prepared it beautifully: first specimen of the Northern Parula for San Diego County. The boat was 8.7 miles off Ocean Beach when the Parula came aboard yesterday 28 April. The specimen is now catalog number 56266 in the ornithological collection of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Thanks to CiCi, Cristin, and Sula Vanderplank for ensuring that this valuable specimen did not go to waste.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 7:20 AM
To: 'SanDiegoRegionBirding' <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Dear friends,

 

The story on the Northern Parula is that it landed on a boat and the boater notified Cristin Kelly, captain of the Privateer and owner of San Diego Whale Watch. Cristin sent the pictures to Sula Vanderplank who sent them to me. Apparently the bird died and will be delivered to the museum today—let’s hope it’s in condition good enough to be prepared as a specimen.

 

Sula, Scott Tremor, and I were on the Privateer with Cristin yesterday. Not too many birds, but about 10 to 12 pairs of Scripps’s Murrelets, plus at least one Sooty Shearwater and 4 Pink-footed Shearwaters (a few more distant unidentified shearwaters). Good views of one fin whale (part of a pod of possibly as many as 4). Tood bad I didn’t get onto a possible minke whale seen briefly, but then we were distracted by the fin whales.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Barbara via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 6:08 AM
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>; Birding San Diego <birdingsandiego@groups.io>
Cc: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Hi all,

 

Quick notes:

 

Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!

 

We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.

 

Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 

 

Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?

 

I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?

 

Thanks! 

 

Barbara Carlson

San Diego

 

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Extremely late Nelson's Sparrow

Brennan Mulrooney
 

This morning (4/30/2019) while conducting Belding's Savannah Sparrow surveys in San Elijo Lagoon I detected a singing Nelson's Sparrow. Unfortunately the bird is hanging out in a section of the lagoon that is closed due to the ongoing construction/restoration. There was at least one report of a Nelson's Sparrow from this location over the winter, so it's possible that this is a continuing bird, but wintering birds usually leave our area by early March. I will try to check back in the coming days and weeks (in the course of my work in the lagoon) to see if the bird hangs on into summer.

My photos are on my eBird list:

Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA



--
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

Lake Miramar

Gary Grantham
 

I led a birding and wildflower walk at Lake Miramar this morning (5/1/19) for group called the Scripps Ranch Wild Bird Enthusiasts.  The only unusual sightings for that location were a juvenile Common Loon, a Clark's Grebe and a single Bonaparte's Gull.  The loon and grebe were at various locations in the middle of the lake and easy to find.  The gull was on the white boom near the dam.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch

Callope pair at Flintkote Ave.

Roger Uzun
 

I headed over to Flintkote Ave this afternoon and saw the male and female Callope Hummingbirds.  The male was constantly courting the female with dive bomb displays.
 
 
Went over to Agua Caliente County park where there were a lot of Phainopeplas, Verdin, Warbling Vireos, Wilson's and Yellow warblers, Costa's Hummingbirds, and several orioles including one Scott's and several Western Tanagers.
 
 
 
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

County bird photos

Isaac Sanchez
 


My wife and I spent last weekend in San Diego and saw some great birds that included LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH, HERMIT WARBLER, TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD, and BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW.  

Photos of the aforementioned birds as well as others can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/albums/72157691229039973/with/33844801068/  All photos are geotagged so the exact location where the photo was taken can be determined.  

Looking forward to at least one pelagic out of SD later this summer.

Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX

Calliope Hummer and ticks

Nancy Christensen
 

The pair of Calliope hummers continued on Flintkote this afternoon.
Everyone who was there should be aware that ticks were plentiful there today.... I have found 7 so far and my sister has several as well!

New Lewis's Woodpecker along Mesa Grande Road, Santa Ysabel, May 2

Susan Smith
 

If you are gimpy like me and can't walk far, I recommend car birding with stops along Mesa Grande Rd in Santa Ysabel--and even if you're NOT gimpy!!). I had over 40 species and nice looks at a new Lewis's Woodpecker that may have been overlooked this past winter (or I guess could be migrating through too).  It was at around mile 3.5 where the little bridge and riparian is--the coordinates are given on the checklist.  This spot also held close-in Lazuli Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks and others,  tho these were also in various places along Mesa Grande.  A pair of photographable (even for me) Tri-colored Blackbirds were about a half a mile beyond.  These birds are nesting in a large pond south of Mesa Grande between the 3.5 to 4 milepost areas. (Unfortunately it looks like the Ramona Grasslands breeding colony has aborted their nesting on Water District property along Rangeland Rd :::sigh:: That pond was pumped and bulrushes cut last summer or thereabouts). 
     Checklist with pics and Lazuli Bunting song file are at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55690658



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

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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA

Calliopes

Andrew N
 

For those looking for the Calliope, I camped out at the spot and only saw him in flybys for over an hour before he finally landed nearby.  However, I also ventured past the orange cone, through the overgrown trail (watch for ticks!) and found him perched again, so don't be afraid to wander a little further if you haven't seen him in the usual spot for a bit. He was being pretty heavily harassed by an Anna's too.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55698330

The third photo on my list is from further up the trail. Happy birding!

2019 iNaturalist update

Barbara
 

Greetings all!

The website shows we have 237 species entered for birds! Nice work! However, I have fewer on the list below because some of the photos were not of a quality where viewers could confirm. Nice try however. 

If you have one of the "not-on-the-list" birds, please follow up ASAP.

Here goes:

                                            iNaturalist 2019 Birds of San Diego (Got ‘em list)

 

 

Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Brant

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

 

New World Quail

California Quail

 

Pheasants, Grouse & Allies

Wild Turkey

 

Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

 

Pigeons & Doves

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Cuckoos

Greater Roadrunner


Nightjars & Allies

 

Swifts

Vaux’s Swift

White-throated Swift

 

Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

Virginia Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

 

Cranes

 

Stilts & Avocets

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

 

Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher

 

Plovers & Lapwings

Black-bellied Plover

Snowy Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

 

Sandpipers & Allies

Whimbrel

Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Red Knot

Surfbird

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

 

Skuas & Jaegers

 

Auks, Murres & Puffins

Common Murre

Scripps’s Murrelet/Cassin’s Auklet - - no consensus

 

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers

Bonaparte’s Gull

Little Gull* A

Heermann’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Elegant Tern

Black Skimmer

 

Tropicbirds

 

Loons

Red-throated Loon/ Pacific Loon - - no consensus

Common Loon

 

Albatrosses

 

Petrels & Shearwaters

No photos of any

 

Storm-Petrels

 

Storks

 

Frigatebirds

 

Boobies

 

Cormorants & Shags

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

 

Darters

 

Pelicans

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  

                            

Ibises & Spoonbills

White-faced Ibis

 

New World Vultures

Turkey Vulture

 

Ospreys

Osprey

 

Hawks Eagles & Kites

White-tailed Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

 

Barn Owls

Barn Owl

 

Owls

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl

 

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher

 

Woodpeckers

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

 

Falcons & Caracaras

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

 

New World & African Parrots

Red-crowned Parrot

 

Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

 

Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike

 

Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, Erpornis

Bell’s Vireo

Gray Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

 

Crows, Jays & Magpies

Steller’s Jay

California Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

 

Larks

Horned Lark

 

Swallows

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow           

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

 

Tits, Chickadees & Titmice

Mountain Chickadee

Oak Titmouse

 

Penduline-Tits

Verdin

 

Long-tailed Tits

Bushtit

 

Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

 

Treecreepers

 

Wrens

Rock Wren

House Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Cactus Wren

 

Gnatcatchers

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

 

Dippers

 

Kinglets

 

Parrotbills, Wrentit & Allies

Wrentit

 

Thrushes & Allies

Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers

California Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

 

Starlings

European Starling

 

Wagtails & Pipits

 

Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

 

Silky-Flycatchers

Phainopepla

 

Longspurs & Snow Buntings

 

New Wood Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula - - RIP

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

 

New World Buntings & Sparrows

Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

California Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Bell’s Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-breasted Chat

 

Cardinals & Allies

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

 

Troupials & Allies

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Scott’s Oriole

 

Finches, Euphonias & Allies

House Finch

Purple Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow

 

Waxbills and Allies

Scaly-breasted Munia

 

Exotics in No Particular Order

Greylag Goose

Greylag x Swan Goose

Swan Goose

Muscovy Duck

Helmeted Guineafowl

White-headed Lapwing

Military Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Red-masked Parakeet

Blue-crowned Parakeet

Green-cheeked Parakeet


Many thanks,
Barbara Carlson

Mystery bird -help appreciated

phil Pryde
 

      I birded the trail around Kumeyaay Lake this morning, and there were a few Vaux’s Swifts mixed in with the bug-snarfing swallow flock.  Only warblers were Yellow, Wilson’s, OC, and a gazillion calling Yellowthroats. 

      However, I had a very quick look at an interesting water bird that flew crossed the path (just north of the partially submerged footbridge) about 20 feet in front of me.  For “very quick", read “1/2 second at best”.  However, the two things that I could clearly see as it zoomed past was a mostly darkish back and two very long, orange legs extending well beyond the tail. The quick look made it hard to estimate size, but I’d call it “medium small” to “medium” in size, meaning somewhere in the 9-12 inch range (not counting the protruding legs). 
      Based on the quick look, I guessed maybe either Least Bittern or a rail.  I went through the main field guides, and the depiction on page 152 in Sibley (2nd ed.) of a Virginia Rail in flight, with very orange legs extending well behind it, looked exactly like what I saw. I also checked rails and LEBI in both Nat. Geog. and Kaufmam, but neither showed a VIRA in flight.  Nat. Geog. showed a LEBI in flight, but the legs are shown as yellow, not orange, and don’t extend nearly as far back as on the subject bird.  Kaufman, on the other hand, shows very orange legs on a LEBI, but doesn’t show it in flight. Sky was overcast, so no sun effect on the bird’s color. 
      Another source of uncertainty is the Bird Atlas, which indicates that during the 5-year data gathering period, no VIRA’s were found in the Kumeyaay Lake area in any month. 
      So, can anyone comment on:  
            Are a Least Bittern’s legs orange-ish, or yellow?  Or does the color change seasonally? 
            Any other bird that might meet my description, with very orange legs (which subject bird definitely had)?  
            Have any VIRA’s been reported from Kumeyaay Lake, or other nearby inland water bodies, since 2004? 
      Thanks for any help you can provide to ID this bird. 



Re: Mystery bird -help appreciated

Craig Chaddock
 

Virginia Rails have been observed at Kumeyaay Lake on iNaturalist, as recently as last September.


++ Craig Chaddock / San Diego, CA


On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:01:44 PM PDT, phil Pryde <PhilPinSD@...> wrote:


      I birded the trail around Kumeyaay Lake this morning, and there were a few Vaux’s Swifts mixed in with the bug-snarfing swallow flock.  Only warblers were Yellow, Wilson’s, OC, and a gazillion calling Yellowthroats. 

      However, I had a very quick look at an interesting water bird that flew crossed the path (just north of the partially submerged footbridge) about 20 feet in front of me.  For “very quick", read “1/2 second at best”.  However, the two things that I could clearly see as it zoomed past was a mostly darkish back and two very long, orange legs extending well beyond the tail. The quick look made it hard to estimate size, but I’d call it “medium small” to “medium” in size, meaning somewhere in the 9-12 inch range (not counting the protruding legs). 
      Based on the quick look, I guessed maybe either Least Bittern or a rail.  I went through the main field guides, and the depiction on page 152 in Sibley (2nd ed.) of a Virginia Rail in flight, with very orange legs extending well behind it, looked exactly like what I saw. I also checked rails and LEBI in both Nat. Geog. and Kaufmam, but neither showed a VIRA in flight.  Nat. Geog. showed a LEBI in flight, but the legs are shown as yellow, not orange, and don’t extend nearly as far back as on the subject bird.  Kaufman, on the other hand, shows very orange legs on a LEBI, but doesn’t show it in flight. Sky was overcast, so no sun effect on the bird’s color. 
      Another source of uncertainty is the Bird Atlas, which indicates that during the 5-year data gathering period, no VIRA’s were found in the Kumeyaay Lake area in any month. 
      So, can anyone comment on:  
            Are a Least Bittern’s legs orange-ish, or yellow?  Or does the color change seasonally? 
            Any other bird that might meet my description, with very orange legs (which subject bird definitely had)?  
            Have any VIRA’s been reported from Kumeyaay Lake, or other nearby inland water bodies, since 2004? 
      Thanks for any help you can provide to ID this bird.