Date: 1/8/18 8:52 am From: 'David Povey' <dpovey...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Western Grebe chicks, Green-tailed Towhees L. Otay Gulls, 1-07-17
I stopped by Lower Otay Lake on the way home yesterday afternoon. Proof that Western Grebes breed here most of the year were two adult Western Grebes with rather large- ish downy chicks. I'd guess they are likely a couple of weeks old, but still one was able to ride the back of an adults. The other chick swimming along side. I did see a pair Western Grebes "dancing " in another part of the lake back in late November, 2017.
Not a lot of gulls yesterday, maybe 600-700. On Saturday there had to be easily 10 times that number, but too far out on the lake to be of much use even with a scope.
Yesterday the floating dock separated from the rental boat dock had 17 Herring Gulls, a first cycle Iceland (Thayer's)Gull, and a first cycle Glaucous-winged Gull. The rest of the gulls were about 3/4 California, 1/3 Western Gull.
In the morning I stopped at some spots around the Tijuana River Valley, and saw the two previous and often reported Green-tailed Towhees at the northeast corner of the "New" Stick Pond,. These guys are very confiding even being out in the more or less open even with a menacing Cooper's Hawk staring down at them from one of the few remaining live willows.
The long term male Vermillion Flycatcher at Sunset ball fields.
Missed the Red-throated Pipit (seen twice previously), and Dusky-capped Flycatcher ( now missed on all four attempts) near Berry Park.