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Reminder: Birding Ruette le Parc condo complex in Del Mar is still off limits

Susan Smith
 

Just a friendly reminder that the HOA and Board of the  Ruette le Parc condo complex (Hooded Warbler spot, winter 2017-18) still frowns on non-owners birding the Ruette le Parc circle.  It has been brought to my attention that there were three birders,  with cameras and large lenses, birding the complex last week. ( I did not see them, and dont know who they are--perhaps out of towners).  But just the same, wanted to send out a reminder to all about this unfortunate birding ban.  As far as I know, birding along the adjacent  Portofino Drive and other places nearby are still open to birding(public thoroughfare), but the circle, I am told, is private property.    To add insult to injury, I recently  learned that the HOA has decided to cut down ALL the mature tall trees in the complex next fall!!  They were going to do it this spring but were convinced this wasn't a good idea because of the nesting season.   

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Re: Reminder: Birding Ruette le Parc condo complex in Del Mar is still off limits

AlineandCurtis@...
 

Well, cutting down the trees should make the complex a lot less appealing place to live!

This does illustrate the potential problems with having even old reports of rarities from the site included in eBird.  Some people really do mine old eBird reports for places to go birding...

Curtis


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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Reminder: Birding Ruette le Parc condo complex in Del Mar is still off limits

Just a friendly reminder that the HOA and Board of the  Ruette le Parc condo complex (Hooded Warbler spot, winter 2017-18) still frowns on non-owners birding the Ruette le Parc circle.  It has been brought to my attention that there were three birders,  with cameras and large lenses, birding the complex last week. ( I did not see them, and dont know who they are--perhaps out of towners).  But just the same, wanted to send out a reminder to all about this unfortunate birding ban.  As far as I know, birding along the adjacent  Portofino Drive and other places nearby are still open to birding(public thoroughfare), but the circle, I am told, is private property.    To add insult to injury, I recently  learned that the HOA has decided to cut down ALL the mature tall trees in the complex next fall!!  They were going to do it this spring but were convinced this wasn't a good idea because of the nesting season.   

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

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in TRV

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Although perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as the adult male seen by many in Balboa Park a few days ago, there is a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the blooming silk oak trees along Monument Road near the headquarters for the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, Tuesday.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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SDFO Meeting tonight

Nancy Christensen
 

Just a heads up, the previously scheduled program was cancelled. Instead we will enjoy some birds from Columbia presented by John Bruin.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

Franklin’s Gull

Nancy Christensen
 

The previously reported adult Franklin’s Gull just circled Pond 23 twice, then headed east in direction of Pond 20. Pond 23 is at the north end of 10th in Imperial Beach. Pond 20 is east of the end of the north end of 13th in IB (along the bike path).

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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

La Jolla seawatch: 1800 storm-petrels, and miscellanea

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

It can be said that we all said that we'd never seen anything like it from shore. Early on Weds morning at La Jolla, an assemblage of Black Storm-Petrels feeding VERY, VERY close to shore in a concentrated mass on what must have been a temperature-break or current-break for the entire time we were there, and a scene which looked like the very large assemblages of tight-flying storm-petrels one sees the first second one flushes a large roosting flock off the water when on a fall pelagic trip well offshore. Anyway, our best one-scan total was 1800+ birds. Also seen during the morning were 4 Brown Boobies, a good total of 5000 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Black-vented Shearwaters, 2 alternate-plumaged Red Phalaropes, and 7 Pacific and 2 Common Loons--of which the Pacifics were in their expected basic plumage on this late date, but one of the north-bound Common Loons was, surprisingly for the date, in full alternate plumage. Otherwise, ca. 18 Red-necked Phalaropes, a Surf Scoter, and a dozen one-year-old Heermann's Gulls (which is actually a "large" count recently).

--P. Lehman, D. Povey, J. Desgrosellier, P. Ginsburg, San Diego

Northern Parula at Point Loma Nazarene

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Thursday morning there is a Northern Parula along the east edge of Point Loma Nazarene University on Point Loma. It was frequenting a very dark green broad-leafed tree on the west side of the path about 100 to 150 ft south of the south end of the parking structure. Unfortunately, the bird was being somewhat harassed by a family group of orange-crowneds, so unknown if it will be able to stay in that tree, which has some small little flower structures growing on it and which seemed attractive to the warblers. The Parula was the one and only migrant landbird I saw in my walk around campus...

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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PLNU lively with migrants, young birds, etc this morning

Sara Baase Mayers
 

Keith and I birded with Eric Kallen at Point Loma Nazarene University (the path along the east edge of the campus) this morning (May 24, roughly 7:40-9:40AM).  We saw Warbling Vireos (5-6 in one tree; Eric saw a larger flock go by), Western Wood-Pewees (3, I think), Townsend's Warblers (2 males), Yellow Warblers (3), a Swainson's Thrush, an Olive-sided Flycatcher, and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.  There were several juvenile juncos, bushtits, and Black Phoebes.  (No parula.)

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Jacumba: Baltimore Oriole, Acorn Wood., and misc migrants

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

A very early morning drive on Friday over to Jacumba was first highlighted by my 5AM passing of the Kitchen Creek Road exit, where my car thermometer read 32 degrees on May 24th. Jacumba was 42 degrees at dawn. The best bird there was an adult male Baltimore Oriole. A slightly wayward Acorn Woodpecker was seen, as was a perhaps slightly late Northern Flicker, continuing good numbers (14+) of Lawrence's Goldfinches, but only a very few remaining (4) Tricolored Blackbirds. Other migrants and miscellaneous species for late spring included:

White-winged Dove: 2

Lesser Nighthawk: 1

Nuttall's Woodpecker: 4 (active nest)

Oak Titmouse: 1

W. Wood-Pewee: 5

Willow Flycatcher: 2

Pacific-slope Flycatcher: 2

Warbling Vireo: 2

Swainson's Thrush: 11

Cedar Waxwing: 12

Scott's Oriole: 1 (singing male)

Yellow Warbler: 12

Wilson's Warbler: 2

Western Tanager: 18

Black-headed Grosbeak: 5

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

HY Vermilion Flycatcher at Morley Field

Nicole Desnoyers
 

This morning (5/24) I found a hatch year Vermilion Flycatcher outside the north-west corner of the baseball fields at the Morely Field Sports Complex in Balboa Park. Exact coordinates are 32.738047, -117.140418. I wonder if it could be a dispersing juvenile from the nest in Mission Bay that Paul Lehman noted had recently fledged on April 15th, or from a nearby undocumented nest.

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park

La Jolla Cove, May 24: black storm-petrels down to only 2 dozen

Stan Walens
 

It’s been a wonderful week at the Cove, with a once-in-a-lifetime show of sooty shearwaters and black storm-petrels.
I’ve spent nearly the entire day every day there staring through my scope. My eyes no longer focus anywhere except on the horizon…
But I’m posting to let people know that the spectacle is over.

Paul L. and other have posted maximum numbers.
I differ on only one of those: my count of sooty shearwaters on Friday May 17 was greater than the 20,000 several others have reported, but even 20K is by far the largest number ever seen in a day in San Diego County.

Numbers of black storm-petrels grew rapidly from the time they were first reported 10 days or so ago. They were very difficult to count most days because they were moving so constantly and were spread out across the ocean as far as one could see. I could count only those within maybe 1 or 1.5 miles, but still see swarms of them feeding over the depths of the canyon, 2 or more miles away.
Numbers built up to a peak of probably somewhere just shy of 2000 on May 22.

Whatever they were feeding on—and I think it was pelagic red crab eggs—attracted numerous other birds, including for several days between 75-90+ least terns.

However, yesterday, when I spent only a measly 6 hours seawatching beginning at 10:30 [so I missed the crucial first 4 hours of daylight], I began seeing the storm-petrels leaving the Cove and moving south in large numbers.
Over the 6 hours, with a lunch break in the middle, I counted around 1400 doing that. Maybe 250 or so were left in the Cove when I gave up at 6:00 pm.
I saw no least terns, and very few other birds feeding inshore.
Whatever food they were eating must be gone.

Today I got to the Cove mid-afternoon.
I counted about 30–40 black-storm petrels. As the afternoon progressed, they began moving south.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find none or only a handful in the Cove Saturday morning.

Sooty shearwaters are still moving past in small numbers, about 100/hour, but mostly far offshore except for the first hour or so after dawn.
A handful of black-vented shearwaters are still around.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 24, 2019; 11:00 pm

American Redstart - PLNU

Alex Abela
 

There was a female-type AMERICAN REDSTART at Point Loma Nazarene University this morning around 8 am. The bird was along the eastern edge of the campus, about 200 feet south of the Garden Street gate (near the south end of the concrete culvert).

Alex Abela
San Diego

Re: American Redstart - PLNU

Alex Abela
 

Correction - 200 ft north of the Garden St gate.

On May 25, 2019, at 9:32 AM, Alex Abela via Groups.Io <thebuzz90=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

There was a female-type AMERICAN REDSTART at Point Loma Nazarene University this morning around 8 am. The bird was along the eastern edge of the campus, about 200 feet south of the Garden Street gate (near the south end of the concrete culvert).

Alex Abela
San Diego


Another Point Loma American Redstart

Alex Abela
 

In female-type plumage, singing in front 3640 Pio Pico in the Silvergate Neighborhood at 9:45 am.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

La Jolla Cove, May 25: 1500+ black storm-petrels

Stan Walens
 

After watching the number of storm-petrels dwindle to almost none yesterday evening, I was surprised to see that this morning the black-storm petrels had returned to the Cove.
Widely scattered with many, many over the rough water of the canyon to the north.
But about 1500 or so between shore and the canyon.

Sooty shearwaters only far out. A few black-vented shearwaters.
No boobies.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 25, 2019; 10:00 am3

Black Storm-petrel hoards also off Del Mar, May 25

Susan Smith
 

Just a note to add to Stan's report, and those of others who reported high numbers  of Black Storm-petrels earlier off La Jolla. They continue indeed to the north of La Jolla.  Today, May 25, a little after noon, I noted 1010 Black Storm-petrels off Torrey Pines State Beach in Del Mar, scoping from the Penasquitos River mouth, and calculating in tens doing a  single horizon sweep from south to north. Most birds were distant near the horizon, but behavior and shape discernable through my scope. No doubt this was an undercount, since I was only counting birds on the eastern edge of the flock.  
  Happy storm-petreling, 

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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After watching the number of storm-petrels dwindle to almost none yesterday evening, I was surprised to see that this morning the black-storm petrels had returned to the Cove.
Widely scattered with many, many over the rough water of the canyon to the north.
But about 1500 or so between shore and the canyon.

Sooty shearwaters only far out. A few black-vented shearwaters.
No boobies.

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 25, 2019; 10:00 am3




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Del Mar, CA

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey - Next Sunday, June 2nd.

Jayne Lesley
 


This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The June 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday - next Sunday, June 2nd. We are now in our tenth year of collecting 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)

Off-topic: Mountain Lion in Penasquitos Canyon Park

Stan Walens
 

Just a cautionary word of warning:
For the past few weeks, there have been multiple sightings of a fairly aggressive mountain lion in the vicinity of the falls in Penasquitos Canyon.
[Obviously it can be anywhere in the canyon]

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 25, 2019; 5:30 pm

Re: Another Point Loma American Redstart

Barbara
 

The American Redstart continues this morning at 3640 Pio Pico. Seen with Sara and Keith M. in the rain.

Barbara Carlson
San Diego

On May 25, 2019, at 9:49 AM, Alex Abela via Groups.Io <thebuzz90=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

In female-type plumage, singing in front 3640 Pio Pico in the Silvergate Neighborhood at 9:45 am.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA


Who is now the official leader of our pelagic trips???

Mark Stratton
 

Please reply to me off list.

Mark Stratton
North Park