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La Jolla Cove, May 7, 2019: 2 white-winged scoters, other late migrants

Stan Walens
 

I spent a short day at the Cove today, only 2-1/2 hours in the morning and another 2 hours in the afternoon.
Brown boobies have been regular all day long in the extensive feeding flocks offshore.
The only tubenose I’ve seen in 3 days is 1 sooty shearwater today.

Small numbers of loons are still migrating north, especially in the afternoons, but not in the numbers of last week.
Today about 170 Pacific loons, 5 commons and 3 red-throateds.

2 1st-cycle herring gulls and 1 1st-cycle glaucous-winged gulls were a nice sight.

Best birds of the day were a pair of adult male white-winged scoters migrating north.
I think, off the top of my head, that this may be by a matter of 3 or 4 weeks the latest sighting in the county of white-winged scoters migrating in spring.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 7, 2019; 9:00 pm

Eastern Kingbird Continues at FRNC.

Kerry Ross
 

Good Morning,
  The EAKI continues in the NE area of the cemetery.

Keers

Kerry Ross
Bay Park

La Jolla Cove May 8 Black Storm-Petrels

Stan Walens
 

I am at the Cove at the moment.
There are somewhere between 300-400 black storm-petrels feeding in the kelp bed.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 8, 2019; 8:25 am

Not 400; over 1000

Stan Walens
 

I just did a single scan from south of my bench into the Cove and counted 1050 or so. And they are still pouring in from the north. This is the largest flock of black storm petrels I’ve ever seen from shore.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 8, 2019; 8:35 am

La Jolla Cove,addendum

Stan Walens
 

As the morning progresses the storm patrols moved much for the rough sure further offshore. There are still about 100 scattered around just beyond the kelp bed but the vast majority of them have moved to the north to the edge of La Jolla Canyon. From my bench scope towards the Carlsbad power plant and look for the edge between the calm and rough water.
Other notable birds today include seven brown boobies including an adult male and a late winter-plumaged or juvenile Bonapartes gull.
Stan Walens, San Diego
May 8, 2019; 9:45 am

Indigo Bunting - Paso Picacho Campground

Nancy Christensen
 

The Indigo Bunting reported by Eric Kallen on April 27 continued today (May 8) at the Paso Picacho campground in the Cuyamaca mountains. Specifically, the bird is on territory, singing almost non-stop, near the restroom at the group campsite (this is NOT the group picnic area – refer to a map when you get to Paso Picacho). As previously noted, this is the returning bird from last year with a patch of white coloration on the lower belly.

 

It felt like early spring up there – ceanothus blooming, oaks just starting to leaf out. Yellow warblers were numerous, with smaller numbers of other warblers as well. None of these birds were singing, so I assume they are headed north. Very few flycatchers seen/heard, although in two spots I heard a “Whit” call that made me think there might be Willow FC in the area (I was unable to find the birds however).

 

Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56006873

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 may

Robert Patton
 

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 May.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

Thanks,
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

La Mesa, Ca

Anthony Fife
 

Last night 05/09/19 around 5:40 pm I had a small fallout of warblers in my yard. Had more than 20 moving through in less than 10 minutes. There were Hermit Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Wilson’s Warblers, Orange Crowned Warblers, Black-Throted Grays, and Townsend’s. I also had a bird I thought was a Yellow Warbler but now is looking like something else. Some are leaning towards a Orchard Oriole...but the verdict is still out.

 

 

The lighting was poor and the birds were moving fast, so I could not ID them all. I am sharing because I am at work this morning and can’t check again until tonight (around 4 pm). If anyone is in the Grossmont Area, it may be worth a look. There are a lot of Blooming Silk Oak I didn’t get a chance to check. Just head north on BRIER RD from MURRAY DR. An address for your GPS is 9284 BRIER Rd. Great for birding by car and don’t forget to check BRAMBLE RD.

Ebird:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56025077

Neotropic Cormorant, Lake Cuyamaca, 8 May 2019

Paul Chad
 

Yesterday afternoon, I saw the bird that was almost certainly the one photographed about a month ago and has been identified as an immature Neotropic Cormorant, i.e. a bird about 2/3 the size of the Double-cresteds it was with, tail at least as proportionately long as the DCs but not much distinctively longer, very pale in face and throat (viewed from a behind-angle).

I did not turn up Nancy's Indigo at Paso Picacho, did hear and see two Lazuli's. Also had a MacGillivray's Warbler and Dusky Flycatcher (all-grayish empid with bold eye ring, 'dee-ich' call note) at Stonewall Mine.

Paul Chad
University City

Tundra or Trumpeter Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon Again

Denise Riddle
 

At the monthly bird count this morning we again saw the swan in the east end of the lagoon off Chollas Point. Got better photos this time. See e-bird for photos. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56087355

Denise Riddle/iPad
Oceanside

[birdingSanDiego] Tundra or Trumpeter Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon Again

Nancy Christensen
 



Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Denise Riddle" <driddle1855@...>
Date: May 10, 2019 at 2:29:37 PM PDT
To: SD Region Birding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>, birdingSanDiego@groups.io
Subject: [birdingSanDiego] Tundra or Trumpeter Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon Again
Reply-To: birdingSanDiego@groups.io,driddle1855@...

At the monthly bird count this morning we again saw the swan in the east end of the lagoon off Chollas Point. Got better photos this time. See e-bird for photos. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56087355

Denise Riddle/iPad
Oceanside

Tundra swan

Nancy Christensen
 

The swan reported by Denise Riddle is currently in sight from Chollas Pt st Batiquitos Lagoon. This spot is at the corner of Arsenal Rd and Columbine Drive. Distant scope views.
Friday 3:57pm

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Re: Tundra swan

C K Staurovsky
 

Arenal Rd

On May 10, 2019, at 15:57, Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:

The swan reported by Denise Riddle is currently in sight from Chollas Pt st Batiquitos Lagoon. This spot is at the corner of Arsenal Rd and Columbine Drive. Distant scope views.
Friday 3:57pm

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Re: Tundra swan

Nancy Christensen
 

I moved my car and walked to what I hoped was s closer View and cannot now reigns the bird. 4:25

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On May 10, 2019, at 3:57 PM, Nancy Christensen via Groups.Io <nancy.r.christensen=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

The swan reported by Denise Riddle is currently in sight from Chollas Pt st Batiquitos Lagoon. This spot is at the corner of Arsenal Rd and Columbine Drive. Distant scope views.
Friday 3:57pm

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Re: Tundra or Trumpeter Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon Again

Justyn Stahl
 

To me, and a few others, this bird appears to be a TRUMPETER Swan. Unfortunately, given the presence of a pair of pet Trumpeter Swans at Lake San Marcos (just 5 miles east of Batiquitos, where there are also Black Swans, etc. on display), and an apparently successful breeding attempt by that pair in 2016 that produced 5 young, one could (should?) surmise that this one, and the one seen a few months ago are of that ilk and not of truly natural origin. This of course muddies the situation for any future reports of Trumpeter Swan anywhere in the county, and also increases the need for good photographs of Tundra Swans that do occur occasionally in the county in *winter* (12 November - 18 March, per the atlas). 

Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, where no swans, black or white, have been reported





On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 2:31 PM Denise Riddle <driddle1855@...> wrote:
At the monthly bird count this morning we again saw the swan in the east end of the lagoon off Chollas Point. Got better photos this time. See e-bird for photos. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56087355

Denise Riddle/iPad
Oceanside

Re: Tundra or Trumpeter Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon Again

Nancy Christensen
 

Thanks Justyn! 

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

On May 10, 2019, at 5:03 PM, Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...> wrote:

To me, and a few others, this bird appears to be a TRUMPETER Swan. Unfortunately, given the presence of a pair of pet Trumpeter Swans at Lake San Marcos (just 5 miles east of Batiquitos, where there are also Black Swans, etc. on display), and an apparently successful breeding attempt by that pair in 2016 that produced 5 young, one could (should?) surmise that this one, and the one seen a few months ago are of that ilk and not of truly natural origin. This of course muddies the situation for any future reports of Trumpeter Swan anywhere in the county, and also increases the need for good photographs of Tundra Swans that do occur occasionally in the county in *winter* (12 November - 18 March, per the atlas). 

Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island, where no swans, black or white, have been reported





On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 2:31 PM Denise Riddle <driddle1855@...> wrote:
At the monthly bird count this morning we again saw the swan in the east end of the lagoon off Chollas Point. Got better photos this time. See e-bird for photos. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56087355

Denise Riddle/iPad
Oceanside

Chestnut-sided Warbler in Borrego

Robert Theriault
 

This afternoon Paulette Ache found a stunning male Chestnut-sided Warbler at de Anza Country Club, quite rare out here in far east San Diego County! 

Chestnut-sided Warbler in Borrego

Robert Theriault
 

Re the CSWA... I sign off as Bob Theriault / Borrego Springs...

Gray Catbird at FRNC 5/11

James Pawlicki
 

Along east fenceline south of Euc Grove about here: 32.6857181, -117.2427474 this morning around 8 am. In shrubs behind fence, perching on fence, and also in adjacent ficus trees.

Also a female Purple Martin overhead at Cabrillo NM this AM.


Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa

Paso Picacho / Stonewall Mine - Indigo and Bald Eagle

Andrew N
 
Edited

Hey everybody,

I went camping at Paso Picacho Friday through this afternoon and am happy to report I found the Indigo Bunting exactly where Nancy reported it, on the slope past the bathroom of the group campsite. It was singing VERY loudly (drowning out the other birds really) and changing bushes often. That was Friday afternoon, on Saturday morning I could hear it again but it was much further up the hill out of view from the trail and I was unable to find it.  I also had the happy surprise of seeing Lake Cuyamaca's Bald Eagle while hiking the Stonewall Mine trail. He was sitting in a very good spot where the trail comes close to the lake itself.
If anyone would like to see photos they are on my checklists below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56096191 - Indigo Bunting
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56102184 - Bald Eagle

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest