Date: 9/15/20 1:11 pm From: <lehman.paul...> via groups.io <lehman.paul...> Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Pine Valley mega hummer feeders
I am sorry to inform you that we have all been missing out on a GREAT opportunity to study hummingbirds, and likely find rare species, for many, many years now at Pine Valley. A nice house with very friendly owners has a bank of ca. 10 feeders all clustered together on their outside deck, clearly visible from the main road. Exit 1-8 at the Pine Valley exit and drive north to the village at the stop sign at Old Highway 80. Turn left (west) and go less than 2/10 of a mile, and on your right is the obvious SD Co. Sheriff's Substation. Directly across the road, on your left, is the nice house with the very nice yard (nice plantings, lush green lawn, gazebos). Park along the main road there, where you can easily see the feeders, although if you stay there along the roadside (plenty of room) you will absolutely need to use a scope to be able to ID many of the birds! However, if the homeowners see you standing there, they will very likely invite you into the yard, or try flagging them down to get permission. Obviously do not stand in the yard unless you get permission. I was there today in the late morning, on my way home from Jacumba, and there were easily 80 hummers coming and going, and the homeowner told me, "You should have been here all during August until a week ago, as we had over 200 birds swarming the feeders." Yes, we should have been regularly visiting this site during at least May-October for many years now. (The homeowner told me, however, that San Diego Audubon Society periodically has had groups visit over the years...) Anyway, we can all dream about the Calliopes, Broad-tailed(s), or maybe some southeast Arizona canyon rarity that have been there over the years.... Most of the birds today were Anna's, 2-3 Rufous/Allen's, and there were still 10+ Black-chinneds including one surprising, late ADULT MALE. I would assume the Black-chinned count was through the roof back in August. And diagonally across the road from there is Pine Valley County Park, which is an excellent place at this time of year to see numbers of Lawrence's Goldfinches (a few were in their yard as well).
Highlights at Jacumba in the early morning today (15 Sep) included a Clay-colored Sparrow (in town), Green-tailed Towhee, Cassin's Kingbird (east edge of range), still 20+ Black-chinned Hummingbirds at feeders, a few Lawrence's Goldfinches, just a few Tricolored Blackbirds flying by, and a so-so number of various landbird migrants scattered about.
--Paul Lehman, San Diego
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