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8/21/18 11:29 am peterginsburg <pagins...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sabine's Gull at Lake O'Neill
8/21/18 10:11 am Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Townsend's Warbler in Point Loma, Aug. 21
8/21/18 9:05 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Borrego cormorant identification
8/21/18 6:27 am Isaac Sanchez <sanchez...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Some photos from SD pelagic
8/20/18 9:58 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby
8/20/18 7:42 pm Mark Stratton <zostropz...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] A few pics from a terrific Pelagic yesterday.
8/20/18 7:34 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red footed booby present now
8/20/18 6:15 pm <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday pelagic addendum (Least S-P) and Borrego cormorant access
8/20/18 4:21 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red footed Booby on liberty
8/20/18 1:16 pm Dennis <dparker6...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
8/20/18 12:32 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant -Borrego Springs
8/20/18 12:27 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
8/20/18 12:08 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
8/20/18 12:03 pm Denise Riddle <driddle1855...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting at Community Gardens
8/20/18 11:03 am Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Yet another coastal White-winged Dove, Aug. 20, Point Loma
8/20/18 10:52 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Buntings and Reddish Egret
8/20/18 7:32 am Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] SDFO meeting - Tuesday Aug 21
8/20/18 5:37 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross
8/19/18 8:15 pm James Pawlicki <jmpawli10...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Point Loma Red-footed Booby
8/19/18 5:40 pm Mel Senac <msenac...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby Point Loma
8/18/18 8:13 pm Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Shorebirding
8/18/18 12:10 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting and more at Community Gardens
8/18/18 8:43 am Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003=<yahoo.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Both buntings continue at the Community Gardens in the TRV, 18 Aug
8/17/18 8:49 pm Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
8/17/18 8:39 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
8/17/18 8:21 pm Eric Kallen <eric...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
8/17/18 7:20 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
8/17/18 3:53 pm Paul Lehman <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds
8/17/18 2:52 pm Catherine Zinsky <Catherine.Zinsky...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Cuyamaca State Park
8/17/18 2:47 pm Catherine Zinsky <Catherine.Zinsky...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Cuyamaca State Park
8/17/18 11:11 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting at Community Gardens TRV
8/16/18 8:23 pm Robert Patton <rpatton...> Re: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
8/16/18 4:54 pm Andy Brumbaugh <andybbirder1...> Re: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
8/16/18 4:51 pm Andy Brumbaugh <andybbirder1...> ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
8/16/18 8:06 am Robert Patton <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] continuing shorebird rarities south san diego bay
8/16/18 7:48 am Robert Patton <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
8/16/18 5:26 am Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] two semi-unusual bird sightings Robb Field SD River tidal mudflats, Wedn 15 Aug
8/15/18 10:10 pm Janet & Steve Shields <sjshields1...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Buena Vista Audubon/ Grande Pelagic 9-19-18 important notice
8/15/18 7:17 pm Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] two semi-unusual bird sightings Robb Field SD River tidal mudflats, Wedn 15 Aug
8/15/18 5:00 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove, Aug 15
8/15/18 2:32 pm Larry Edwards <larry...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpipers (two) at pond in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve - West
8/15/18 2:15 pm Larry Edwards <larry...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpipers (two) at pond in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve - West
8/15/18 9:47 am Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red Breasted Nuthatch in La Jolla
8/14/18 3:29 pm dan jehl <jehlyfish...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Reddish Egret at South Bay Biological Study Area
8/14/18 11:27 am Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird’s Sandpiper 13th st
8/13/18 1:38 pm David Povey <dpovey...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Buena Vista Audubon/ Grande Pelagic 9-19-18 important notice
8/12/18 2:20 pm Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Calavera Lake - Solitary Sand
8/12/18 1:29 pm Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday August 12 Robb Field and Dog Beach (no Booby)
8/12/18 8:27 am Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove August 12
8/12/18 8:17 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird's and Semi and Solitary Sandpipers
8/11/18 11:11 pm Tito Gonzalez <txsandpiper...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper : Carlsbad, Calavera Lake 11AUG 2018
8/11/18 12:55 pm Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Agua Dulce 8-11-18
8/11/18 12:21 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Some suggestions on finding the Mission Bay jetty red-footed booby
8/11/18 12:08 pm Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Rd. horse pastures & La Jolla Cove
8/11/18 11:54 am David Povey <dpovey...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Incidental pelagic bird sightings off northern Baja California
8/11/18 11:39 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] "vagrant" Little Blue Heron, Common Tern glut
8/11/18 6:36 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper
8/10/18 9:38 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Two out of season coastal birds today
8/10/18 1:09 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
8/10/18 9:49 am Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Bell's Vireo (most likely) in Point Loma, Aug. 10
8/10/18 6:50 am Robert Patton <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] continuing Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-9-18
8/10/18 6:43 am Robert Patton <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 august
8/9/18 8:28 pm Edward Henry <ehenry...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
8/9/18 8:26 pm Edward Henry <ehenry...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
8/9/18 6:35 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
8/9/18 5:35 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
8/9/18 3:38 pm Guy McCaskie <guymcc...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby still present
8/9/18 2:22 pm Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io <ornithomedic=<yahoo.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby
8/9/18 9:59 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV Community Gardens 8-9-18
8/8/18 8:37 pm Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Rd Horse Pastures has open fresh water pond and shorebirds, August 8
8/8/18 4:53 pm <kaygen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Visiting Birdr
8/7/18 9:14 pm Tito Gonzalez <txsandpiper...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 7AUG 2018
8/7/18 3:36 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Whale watching pelagic
8/6/18 8:54 pm Tuck Russell <tuckrus...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Olive Sided Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing
8/6/18 3:42 pm Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Tijuana Bird & Butterly and Ball Fields
8/5/18 11:51 am Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] LJ Cove feeding frenzy right now
8/5/18 8:48 am Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove Aug 5
8/4/18 10:49 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Agua Dulce
8/4/18 8:46 am Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White-winged Dove in Point Loma, 8/4
8/3/18 9:14 pm Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Whale Watch/Pelagic from Mission Bay (8/3/2018)
8/3/18 8:13 am Robert Patton <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-2-18
8/2/18 10:27 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Community Gradens correction.
8/2/18 8:52 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher at TRV 8-2-18
8/2/18 8:47 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 8-2-18 Community Gardens
8/2/18 7:08 am Guy McCaskie <guymcc...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] NAB - Summer 2018
8/2/18 6:46 am Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly=<yahoo.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saltworks/bike path
8/1/18 4:46 pm Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Reddish Egret at Penasquitos Lagoon
7/30/18 6:19 am David Povey <dpovey...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday July 29, 2018 pelagic scouting
7/29/18 7:25 pm Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird's Sandpiper Ramona Pond
7/29/18 12:38 pm Jeremiah Stock <jstock...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Black Tern at Big Laguna
7/28/18 12:33 pm Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...> Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 7-28-18 - seedeater taxonomy
7/28/18 12:04 pm Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 7-28-18
7/28/18 10:35 am Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Batiquitos - not much
7/28/18 9:19 am Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove, July 28
7/27/18 1:43 pm Jayne Lesley <jaynelesley...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, August 5th!
7/27/18 9:59 am Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Encinitas White-winged Dove (7/27/18)
7/23/18 9:18 am Eric Kallen <eric...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Community Gardens at TRV
 
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Date: 8/21/18 11:29 am
From: peterginsburg <pagins...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sabine's Gull at Lake O'Neill
Juvenile located among the throngs of Western Sandpipers and Red-necked Phalaropes at north end of lake. Also numerous passerines mostly located near the Tipu tree opposite the heads on Lakeside Drive where there's an obvious leak.

Peter

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Date: 8/21/18 10:11 am
From: Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Townsend's Warbler in Point Loma, Aug. 21
A Townsend's Warbler was in our backyard on Point Loma this morning,
Aug. 21. Other than a few reported on eBird from the mountains in the
past few days, this is the first I'm aware of this fall.


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Date: 8/21/18 9:05 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Borrego cormorant identification
There appears to be some question as to the identification of the Borrego cormorant. Nancy included a couple good photos of the panting bird with her eBird report from yesterday, and several of us believe the bird may be a young double-crested cormorant. Certainly these two species have generated lots of debate in the past, and the fact the bill is open might affect the shape of the gular patch. However, that said, several of us still lean toward double-crested, while others are agnostic. But so far no solid votes for Neotropic. As such it might be best to hold off driving all the way to Borrego to look for it until the ID is further resolved.

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Date: 8/21/18 6:27 am
From: Isaac Sanchez <sanchez...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Some photos from SD pelagic

Although the Red-footed Booby was my only lifer, the Laysan Albatross was quite unexpected and a first for me in the lower 48. San Diego pelagics never seem to disappoint. Many thanks to Paul Lehman and the other leaders on this memorable trip.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/albums/72157697234969172

Isaac Sanchez
Austin, TX

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Date: 8/20/18 9:58 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby
As mentioned by others the Red-Footed Booby was aboard the Liberty which
arrived around 7:30PM. The crew were very kind and let us get aboard to
take photos/video. It was very dark but they turned the deck lights on to
help us out.

The boat is headed out tomorrow at 5AM or so and will return between 6PM
and 730PM. They have been feeding the bird baitfish throughout the day.

Some dark photos here -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157698829556151

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA
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Date: 8/20/18 7:42 pm
From: Mark Stratton <zostropz...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] A few pics from a terrific Pelagic yesterday.
Good evening,
 
Just wanted to throw a link out there with the best birds of the day on the incredible Pelagic trip yesterday.  There is a shot of both Red-footed Boobies, both the Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, and the Masked Booby.  I did have to lighten up the Masked quite a bit as I had it in terrible light.  Forgive the file name but for a South/west coast Pelagic, it doesn't get much better than this.  I have to wonder too, has a "lower 48" pelagic ever had 2 different types of Albatross and 3 different types of Booby's on the same trip?  Thanks again to all the leaders and to the crew of the Grande for a very memorable trip.
 
https://zostropzphoto.smugmug.com/Birds/082018-Pelagic-of-a-lifetime/
 
Mark Stratton
North Park

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Date: 8/20/18 7:34 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red footed booby present now
The red footed booby is setting on the bow of the liberty which is just about to dock at point Loma sportfishing at 7:30 PM
Stan Walens, San Diego
August 20, 2018 7:30 PM
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Date: 8/20/18 6:15 pm
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday pelagic addendum (Least S-P) and Borrego cormorant access
Sunday's San Diego pelagic trip did indeed record at least 1 Least
Storm-Petrel, a bird out at the 30-Mile Bank in a group of Black
Storm-Petrels photographed by Suzanne Detwiler at 12:26 PM--in case
anyone else on the boat took photos at that moment! There could be an
additional bird or two during the day; but so far, photos can confirm
only this one individual.

As stated by Nancy C. in her post earlier today concerning the Borrego
Springs Neotropic Cormorant, access at De Anza Club is problematic. In
fact, it is somewhat worse than problematic.  For many years we were
allowed to walk the roads and the edge of the golf course for the annual
Borrego CBC, but that changed starting 2 or 3 years ago, and the
management now doesn't want us there at all. So, the best course of
action would be to say that if you have already seen Neotropic Cormorant
in San Diego County and don't absolutely, positively "need" to see this
bird, it would be best to give it a "pass." Best not to stir the pot and
potentially cause any renewed problems, even if one is standing on a
road--albeit a private road, I believe.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego



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Date: 8/20/18 4:21 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red footed Booby on liberty
I'm at fisherman's landing now. The Liberty is due back at 730 PM. They
spoke to the Capt. an hour or so ago and the bird was still roosting on the
boat at sea.

Roger Uzun

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Date: 8/20/18 1:16 pm
From: Dennis <dparker6...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
Please let us all know. Might be my only chance as well.
Dennis Parker

> On Aug 20, 2018, at 12:21 PM, Stan Walens <stan.walens...> wrote:
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> According to the web site for the boat, it is out to sea all day and returning to the dock sometime after 5:00 pm.
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> Stan Walens, San Diego
> Aug 20, 2018,12:20 pm
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Date: 8/20/18 12:32 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant -Borrego Springs
A gentleman from Belgium showed some of us a photo of a Neotropic Cormorant. He had taken it in Borrego Springs but was unable to give very good directions. I came out today to try to track it down.
It is at the DeAnza Country Club on the pond visible from Lazy S Drive shortly after you enter the property. The cormorant was visible from your car on the left side of the road.
I have never really birded this area- I think it may not be a birder friendly property. That being said, I would caution all visitors to NOT step on the grass. Best bet would be to park outside on Painted Rock and walk 50 yards up the road until you can see the bird. Please do not give birders a black eye by not observing common courtesies!

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Ramona


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Date: 8/20/18 12:27 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
According to the web site for the boat, it is out to sea all day and returning to the dock sometime after 5:00 pm.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Aug 20, 2018,12:20 pm

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Date: 8/20/18 12:08 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma
If anyone knows the status of the Red-Footed Booby aboard the fishing boat
in Fisherman's Landing at this time could you please let me know.

I was busy all morning and will be out of town tomorrow, today might be my
only chance at a good look.

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA
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Date: 8/20/18 12:03 pm
From: Denise Riddle <driddle1855...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting at Community Gardens
I had a quick view of the brightly colored male Painted Bunting this morning (Monday, Aug. 20). A life bird for me. The female was also visible for much longer in a different plot. Thanks to Eric K and Paul Lehman for pointing it out. It was nice to finally meet both of them.

Denise Riddle
Oceanside

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Date: 8/20/18 11:03 am
From: Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Yet another coastal White-winged Dove, Aug. 20, Point Loma
A White-winged Dove walked around in my backyard this morning (Aug.
20) around 10AM, coming close enough to the window for detailed study
(red eye, bluish orbital ring, longer bill than Mourning Doves, some
black visible below the slightly askew feathers of the white line along
the edge of the folded wing).


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Date: 8/20/18 10:52 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Buntings and Reddish Egret
The two Painted Buntings present since Friday are still present Monday morning in the community gardens in the TRV. As before, hanging out in the southern half of the gardens. And as before, they hide a lot. Also still present, and presumably the same long-staying individual since about May, the Reddish Egret continues at the San Diego River mouth.

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Date: 8/20/18 7:32 am
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] SDFO meeting - Tuesday Aug 21
Next SDFO meeting:

Tuesday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego
Foundation Building, 2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Going south on Rosecrans St.
in the Midway area of town, turn left on Roosevelt Rd. into Liberty Station
and proceed a couple of blocks to Decatur. Parking is available on the
street or in the adjacent parking lots.



Program: Meghan Flaherty will discuss "Restoring a lost piece of
California's wild coastline: ReWild Mission Bay."







Nancy Christensen

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Date: 8/20/18 5:37 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross
The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far
as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon
Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego
waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only
10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before
that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm
WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close
fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank.
(Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in
the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day,
we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another
fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed
following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES
seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated
passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a
distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA.  And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty
CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore.  A BLACK TERN was
seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the
early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted
by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:

LAYSAN ALBATROSS:  1

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS:  1

Pink-footed Shearwater:  90

Sooty Shearwater:  2

Black-vented Shearwater:  300

Black Storm-Petrel:  350

Ashy Storm-Petrel:  4

Leach's Storm-Petrel:  15  (high)

Least Storm-Petrel:  0  (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well
enough or photo'd)

MASKED BOOBY:  1

Brown Booby:  3

RED-FOOTED BOOBY:  2

Red-necked Phalarope:  50

Red Phalarope:  200

Pomarine Jaeger:  5

Parasitic Jaeger:  2

Long-tailed Jaeger:  1

CRAVERI'S MURRELET:  12

Cassin's Auklet:  6

Sabine's Gull:  10

BLACK TERN:  1

WHITE-WINGED DOVE:  1

Blue Whale:  1


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Date: 8/19/18 8:15 pm
From: James Pawlicki <jmpawli10...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Point Loma Red-footed Booby
The immature Red-footed Booby sitting on the bow of the Liberty fishing
boat at Fisherman’s Landing in Point Loma is still present and visible
under the boat lights at 8:00 pm (8/19).


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Date: 8/19/18 5:40 pm
From: Mel Senac <msenac...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby Point Loma
We are out on the Buena Vista San Diego Pelagic . We just got radioed that a Red Footed Booby is hitching a ride on the boat Liberty. This boat is due in at 7:00 PM at Fisherman’s Landing. Passing along this info via Paul L.

Mel Senac
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Date: 8/18/18 8:13 pm
From: Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Shorebirding
I spent pretty much the whole day (Saturday 8/18/18) going to various locations, looking for shorebirds. I started off at 13th St in Imperial Beach. This was mostly to check the pond just north and east of 13th St, which had a ton of mudflats with thousands of shorebirds a few days ago. It was completely full, though, so I didn't really have anything of interest here. I went to 7th St next where I finally got on some peeps, but didn't find anything of note. In the pond where the flamingo was there was quite a few Red-necked Phalaropes, peeps, etc. There was three yellowlegs, one Greater, one Lesser and one that was sleeping. Next, I walked from Seacoast Dr. to the Tijuana River Mouth. Shorebird activity was low the whole way, but at the rivermouth there was over 400 Willet with some Marbled Godwits, dowitchers, curlews, etc. A Reddish Egret was running around as well. I also had a Common Tern flyby, and a jaeger offshore. Briefly checked the beach at Camp Surf after this, but there was essentially nothing. After that, I went up to the San Diego River and birded the estuary and the tidal mudflats. Two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the estuary were nice but there wasn't too much in the way of shorebirds. I didn't see anything of note at the mudflats either, but there was definitely more here than last week.

So, main birds of interest:
*Lesser Yellowlegs:* 7th St, pond west of 7th, south of the bike path (where flamingo was)
*Common Tern * and *Reddish Egret: * Tijuana River mouth
*Yellow-crowned Night-Herons: * San Diego River Estuary

Overall a nice morning but a bit frustrating to not get on any massive peep numbers. 

Ryan Andrews
Valley Center

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Date: 8/18/18 12:10 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting and more at Community Gardens
Headed out to the Community Gardens off Holister St along with a ton of
other birders this AM. We did see the male and female Painted Buntings (is
the female type for sure a Painted?).

There was very little activity both in the way of birds and Butterflies
compared to the same area yesterday afternoon. Maybe on humid overcast
mornings the birds get a later start.

Also present was a Northern Cardinal, several Blue Grosbeaks, Song
Sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Western Kingbirds, Lesser Goldfinch, Says
Phoebes, Black Phoebes, House Finches, Allens and Anna's Hummingbirds.

There was a small group of 4 Helmeted Guineafowl on Hollister St just north
of Sunset and south of Atherton.

Some photos from today here -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157694526998120

Some photos from yesterday at the same location here -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157699978773594

-Roger Uzun
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Date: 8/18/18 8:43 am
From: Barbara via Groups.Io <barbarac2003=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Both buntings continue at the Community Gardens in the TRV, 18 Aug
A large number of birders were able to see and photograph both the male
and immature/female Painted Buntings in the southern part of the
Community Gardens. However, both birds can quickly disappear for long
periods of time and can be easily missed.
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Date: 8/17/18 8:49 pm
From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
The Painted Bunting record has not yet been confirmed by a *volunteer*
eBird reviewer, so it does not currently appear on the map.

If you subscribe to the rarity or needs alerts (hourly or daily) you will
get all reports submitted in the last 7 days (some good, some bad) with or
without acceptance by a reviewer. This listserv hopefully will also
continue to serve as a method for sharing rare bird information in a timely
manner.

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On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:39 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:

> I can see the Painted Bunting List on ebird via your link, but I cannot
> find it searching for Painted Bunting...is there some reason a San Diego
> Painted Bunting sighting would be hidden on ebird?
>
>
>
> On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:21 PM Eric Kallen <Eric...> wrote:
>
>> The community gardens has been birded numerous times by capable birders
>> this summer and painted buntings have not been seen/reported until today.
>> I would give zero weight to the statements of the gardeners - who are
>> universally nice people, but not birders. But words can be put in their
>> mouths. It would be great if one of the gardeners was a birder who posted
>> his/her sightings, but they aren't and they don't.
>>
>> Three painted buntings were seen last August/September at the gardens.
>> The gardens are a well-known spot to find this bird, and this is the time
>> of year that we have a chance to see them. There is no better way to stay
>> current on rare birds than to simply pay attention.
>>
>> Eric Kallen
>>
>>
>> On Aug 17, 2018, at 7:20 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:
>>
>> I headed over to the Community gardens off of Hollister this afternoon to
>> look for the Painted Bunting. Is this a new bird? It’s not listed on
>> eBird and I don’t recall anyone reporting it before today, but the
>> gardeners here claim it’s been around for a couple of months. Is there
>> some better way to stay current on rare birds?
>>
>> I did see the bird briefly as it flew between yards a couple of times,
>> this was the male. It was in stall 82 for a bit but under cover. When I
>> did see it, it was between stalls 67 and 97 as reported earlier.
>>
>> There was a Northern Cardinal that made several appearances in the area
>> as well.
>>
>> At sunset ball fields the male Vermilion was active in the yellow
>> flowering trees and eastern most fields as well.
>>
>> Roger Uzun
>> Poway Ca
>> <rogeruzun...>
>>
>>
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Date: 8/17/18 8:39 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
I can see the Painted Bunting List on ebird via your link, but I cannot
find it searching for Painted Bunting...is there some reason a San Diego
Painted Bunting sighting would be hidden on ebird?



On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:21 PM Eric Kallen <Eric...> wrote:

> The community gardens has been birded numerous times by capable birders
> this summer and painted buntings have not been seen/reported until today.
> I would give zero weight to the statements of the gardeners - who are
> universally nice people, but not birders. But words can be put in their
> mouths. It would be great if one of the gardeners was a birder who posted
> his/her sightings, but they aren't and they don't.
>
> Three painted buntings were seen last August/September at the gardens. The
> gardens are a well-known spot to find this bird, and this is the time of
> year that we have a chance to see them. There is no better way to stay
> current on rare birds than to simply pay attention.
>
> Eric Kallen
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Aug 17, 2018, at 7:20 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...> wrote:
>
> I headed over to the Community gardens off of Hollister this afternoon to
> look for the Painted Bunting. Is this a new bird? It’s not listed on
> eBird and I don’t recall anyone reporting it before today, but the
> gardeners here claim it’s been around for a couple of months. Is there
> some better way to stay current on rare birds?
>
> I did see the bird briefly as it flew between yards a couple of times,
> this was the male. It was in stall 82 for a bit but under cover. When I
> did see it, it was between stalls 67 and 97 as reported earlier.
>
> There was a Northern Cardinal that made several appearances in the area as
> well.
>
> At sunset ball fields the male Vermilion was active in the yellow
> flowering trees and eastern most fields as well.
>
> Roger Uzun
> Poway Ca
> <rogeruzun...>
>
>
>

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Date: 8/17/18 8:21 pm
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
The community gardens has been birded numerous times by capable birders this summer and painted buntings have not been seen/reported until today. I would give zero weight to the statements of the gardeners - who are universally nice people, but not birders. But words can be put in their mouths. It would be great if one of the gardeners was a birder who posted his/her sightings, but they aren't and they don't.

Three painted buntings were seen last August/September at the gardens. The gardens are a well-known spot to find this bird, and this is the time of year that we have a chance to see them. There is no better way to stay current on rare birds than to simply pay attention.

Eric Kallen
On Aug 17, 2018, at 7:20 PM, Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...><mailto:<rogeruzun...>> wrote:

I headed over to the Community gardens off of Hollister this afternoon to look for the Painted Bunting. Is this a new bird? It’s not listed on eBird and I don’t recall anyone reporting it before today, but the gardeners here claim it’s been around for a couple of months. Is there some better way to stay current on rare birds?

I did see the bird briefly as it flew between yards a couple of times, this was the male. It was in stall 82 for a bit but under cover. When I did see it, it was between stalls 67 and 97 as reported earlier.

There was a Northern Cardinal that made several appearances in the area as well.

At sunset ball fields the male Vermilion was active in the yellow flowering trees and eastern most fields as well.

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Date: 8/17/18 7:20 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting community gardens
I headed over to the Community gardens off of Hollister this afternoon to
look for the Painted Bunting. Is this a new bird? It’s not listed on
eBird and I don’t recall anyone reporting it before today, but the
gardeners here claim it’s been around for a couple of months. Is there
some better way to stay current on rare birds?

I did see the bird briefly as it flew between yards a couple of times, this
was the male. It was in stall 82 for a bit but under cover. When I did
see it, it was between stalls 67 and 97 as reported earlier.

There was a Northern Cardinal that made several appearances in the area as
well.

At sunset ball fields the male Vermilion was active in the yellow flowering
trees and eastern most fields as well.

Roger Uzun
Poway Ca
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Date: 8/17/18 3:53 pm
From: Paul Lehman <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds
Several of us headed offshore on Friday the 17th from San Diego for 7+
hours out to the 30-Mile Bank and return. Some good birds found, some
late-summer specialties, and some dead zones. Totals offshore included:

RED-FOOTED BOOBY:  a dark-morph bird flew right by the boat 25.9 nm W of
La Jolla. Photos.  This bird looks very much like the bird(s) seen a
week or so ago both at the end of the Mission Bay Jetty and offshore
from a whalewatch boat (but which was much closer to shore than our bird).

MASKED BOOBY:  a near-adult was sitting on the water also near the
30-Mile Bank, some 23.1 nm W of Point Loma.  Photos.  It seems as
though, as of late, that Masked has become rarer than Nazca off CA....

Least Storm-Petrel:  total of 8, all at or near the 30-Mile Bank. None
closer to shore.

Craveri's Murrelet:  total of 6 (plus 2 murrelet sp.), all pairs at or
near the 30-Mile Bank

Long-tailed Jaeger:  2 juveniles, one only 6.6 nm W of La Jolla, and the
other out at the 30-Mile Bank where more typical

Other species seen:

Pink-footed Shearwater:  25

Sooty Shearwater:  1

Black-vented Shearwater:  50

Ashy Storm-Petrel:  total of ca. 30 birds is quite high for this late in
the season off San Diego;  peak numbers often in late May and June

Black Storm-Petrel:  total of 1800 included 1600 in several rafts on
30-Mile Bank

Cassin's Auklet:  3

Pomarine Jaeger:  3

Parasitic Jaeger:  1

Red Phalarope:  100+

Red-necked Phalarope:  40

Sabine's Gull:  3  (incl. 1 juv.)

Western Gull:  50

Elegant Tern:  25


The next scheduled pelagic trip off San Diego is this coming Sunday, but
it is sold out. The next trip after that is in latter September and
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Date: 8/17/18 2:52 pm
From: Catherine Zinsky <Catherine.Zinsky...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Cuyamaca State Park
Oops, almost forgot:
also saw a Purple Finch.
I also picked up four ticks while birding this morning, so do check
yourself carefully should you decide to bird there this weekend.

On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 2:47 PM Catherine Zinsky <Catherine.Zinsky...>
wrote:

> Numerous species this morning. There seemed to be an inordinate number of
> Phainopepla in and around Stonewall mine. I would see 5-7 on a shrub at
> one time. Too, there were 19 Turkey Vultures roosting on a dead tree
> sunning themselves. On the other side of that coin, I only saw one Mt.
> Chickadee.
>
> Highlights were:
> California Quail
> Wilson Warbler (3)
> Black-throated Gray Warbler (10
> Western Tanager (1)
> Black-headed Grosbeak
> Band-tailed Pigeon
> White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
> Lark Sparrow (5)
> California Thrasher
>
> Some photos at:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/122472313@N07/
>
> --
> Live in beauty....
>
> Catherine
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/122472313@N07/
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> Ch Borderfame Soul Train UDX, OM ('Kellan the Felon' a.k.a. 'Sir Barkalot')
> OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the
> Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
> GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM ('Devon' as in 'Devon
> the Usurper' aka "Monkey")
> Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM (2002 - 2015)
> Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider ("Echo")
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Date: 8/17/18 2:47 pm
From: Catherine Zinsky <Catherine.Zinsky...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Cuyamaca State Park
Numerous species this morning. There seemed to be an inordinate number of
Phainopepla in and around Stonewall mine. I would see 5-7 on a shrub at
one time. Too, there were 19 Turkey Vultures roosting on a dead tree
sunning themselves. On the other side of that coin, I only saw one Mt.
Chickadee.

Highlights were:
California Quail
Wilson Warbler (3)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (10
Western Tanager (1)
Black-headed Grosbeak
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Lark Sparrow (5)
California Thrasher

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/122472313@N07/

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GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM ('Devon' as in 'Devon the
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Date: 8/17/18 11:11 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Painted Bunting at Community Gardens TRV
This morning, 8-17-18, I found an adult male and an apparent juvenile *Painted Bunting* at the TRV community gardens at about 7:40.  I saw the bright male first in space 67 ( near the south end of the gardens) and then it flew over to space 97 and immediate vicinity, where it stayed until I lost it.  The vegetation it seemed to prefer were grape vines and vine-like squash.  As I watched it another bunting appeared which I identified as a juvenile Painted Bunting.  It had just a tiny amount of green on the neck and at the base of the tail, other than that it was all gray.  The idea struck me that it might be a Varied Bunting, but that would be too good to be true.  

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Date: 8/16/18 8:23 pm
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: Re: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
Thanks Andy,

Royal tern was included, but yes, we surprisingly missed any godwits…





From: Andy Brim sigh <andybbirder1...>
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Subject: Re: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count



I meant the spit

Andy
On Aug 16, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Andy Brim sigh <andybbirder1...> <mailto:<andybbirder1...> > wrote:

Two species I didn’t see listed I saw from the split this am: Royal tern and Marbled godwit

Andy Brumbaugh

Carlsbad
On Aug 16, 2018, at 7:48 AM, Robert Patton <rpatton...> <mailto:<rpatton...> > wrote:

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 13 August 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Emma Havstad, Sara Sheldon (Pole Rd); Maryanne Bache, Kasey Cinciarelli, Don Johnson, Erica Mills (CBS= Rios to freeway); Jayne Lesley, Jeff Clingan, Owen Daulton, Linda Jones (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (beach/offshore, West Basin, EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill, nature center site).



Species of interest included a willow flycatcher reported west of the El Camino Real trailhead, a red-necked phalarope in the southwest pond east of the dune restoration area, common poorwill calling off Sta Helena pre-dawn (thanks Jayne!), Hutton’s vireo in the willows at the nature center site, and phainopepla in myoporum on north side of Manchester west of Cardiff Cove.

87 species were recorded: brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, mallard, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, elegant tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, willow flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, phainopepla, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 September. 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).

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Date: 8/16/18 4:54 pm
From: Andy Brumbaugh <andybbirder1...>
Subject: Re: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
I meant the spit
Andy
> On Aug 16, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Andy Brim sigh <andybbirder1...> wrote:
>
> Two species I didn’t see listed I saw from the split this am: Royal tern and Marbled godwit
> Andy Brumbaugh
> Carlsbad
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Aug 16, 2018, at 7:48 AM, Robert Patton <rpatton...> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 13 August 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Emma Havstad, Sara Sheldon (Pole Rd); Maryanne Bache, Kasey Cinciarelli, Don Johnson, Erica Mills (CBS= Rios to freeway); Jayne Lesley, Jeff Clingan, Owen Daulton, Linda Jones (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (beach/offshore, West Basin, EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill, nature center site).
>>
>> Species of interest included a willow flycatcher reported west of the El Camino Real trailhead, a red-necked phalarope in the southwest pond east of the dune restoration area, common poorwill calling off Sta Helena pre-dawn (thanks Jayne!), Hutton’s vireo in the willows at the nature center site, and phainopepla in myoporum on north side of Manchester west of Cardiff Cove.
>>
>> 87 species were recorded: brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, mallard, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, elegant tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, willow flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, phainopepla, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.
>>
>> The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 September. 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).
>>
>> R. Patton
>> San Diego, CA
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Date: 8/16/18 4:51 pm
From: Andy Brumbaugh <andybbirder1...>
Subject: ERe: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
Two species I didn’t see listed I saw from the split this am: Royal tern and Marbled godwit
Andy Brumbaugh
Carlsbad
> On Aug 16, 2018, at 7:48 AM, Robert Patton <rpatton...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 13 August 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Emma Havstad, Sara Sheldon (Pole Rd); Maryanne Bache, Kasey Cinciarelli, Don Johnson, Erica Mills (CBS= Rios to freeway); Jayne Lesley, Jeff Clingan, Owen Daulton, Linda Jones (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (beach/offshore, West Basin, EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill, nature center site).
>
> Species of interest included a willow flycatcher reported west of the El Camino Real trailhead, a red-necked phalarope in the southwest pond east of the dune restoration area, common poorwill calling off Sta Helena pre-dawn (thanks Jayne!), Hutton’s vireo in the willows at the nature center site, and phainopepla in myoporum on north side of Manchester west of Cardiff Cove.
>
> 87 species were recorded: brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, mallard, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, elegant tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, willow flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, phainopepla, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.
>
> The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 September. 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).
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> R. Patton
> San Diego, CA
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Date: 8/16/18 8:06 am
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] continuing shorebird rarities south san diego bay
Although seen in closed portions of the South San Diego Bay saltworks during snowy plover monitoring (yes, there are still active nests with eggs, as well as chicks of full range of sizes in roads there), thought it worthwhile sharing since they may move to other viewable areas in the vicinity or at times be seen from Bayshore Bikeway.
Yesterday (8/15), a juv *solitary sandpiper* was in SE pond 22 (north of the bike path just west of the 2nd bridge east of 13th St) then in SW pond 20 (north of just east of the 2nd bridge east of 13th St) at least from 9:23 to 9:37.  Note that the water level in pond 20 was being rapidly raised so shorebird habitat will likely be minimal there for the next few days, making use of pond 22 more likely.
A juv *semipalmated sandpiper* was seen in the NE central portion of the saltworks and appeared to me to be in much crisper plumage than the one seen previously in the south saltworks.  Neither the semipalm nor Baird's were seen in pond 20 yesterday, but one of each were seen by Thomas Myers & me in SW pond 20 the previous day (8/14), and on 8/12 I observed the semipalm & 2 juv *Baird's sandpipers* in SW pond 20. 
Elegant tern numbers are still relatively high but much reduced from what they had been earlier in the season as most have begun dispersing.  The last gull-billed tern chick of the season to fly was seen following its parent out of the saltworks.  Caspians still have a few non-flying chicks present & skimmers are still on eggs as well as having a full range in size of chicks still present. 
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Date: 8/16/18 7:48 am
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count
Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 13 August 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Emma Havstad, Sara Sheldon (Pole Rd); Maryanne Bache, Kasey Cinciarelli, Don Johnson, Erica Mills (CBS= Rios to freeway); Jayne Lesley, Jeff Clingan, Owen Daulton, Linda Jones (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (beach/offshore, West Basin, EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill, nature center site).

 

Species of interest included a willow flycatcher reported west of the El Camino Real trailhead, a red-necked phalarope in the southwest pond east of the dune restoration area, common poorwill calling off Sta Helena pre-dawn (thanks Jayne!), Hutton’s vireo in the willows at the nature center site, and phainopepla in myoporum on north side of Manchester west of Cardiff Cove.

87 species were recorded: brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, mallard, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, elegant tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, willow flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, phainopepla, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 September.  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).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

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Date: 8/16/18 5:26 am
From: Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] two semi-unusual bird sightings Robb Field SD River tidal mudflats, Wedn 15 Aug
Correction.. the teal on the sandbar were a pair Cinnamon Teal in eclipse, not Blue-winged. I was thrown off by the strong eye line and steep head shape, but color and bill shape indicate Cinnamon. And I think Cinnamon have been seen further river this summer.


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA






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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] two semi-unusual bird sightings Robb Field SD River tidal mudflats, Wedn 15 Aug



Hi Susan,


I suspect those two teals are Cinnamon rather than Blue-winged. First, 'eclipse plumage' is a term normally reserved for adult males to describe their newly-molted, female-like appearance in mid-summer. As for these two birds, the warm cinnamon tones of the underparts, relatively large spatulate bills, and muted pale eye crescents look better for Cinnamon. Just my opinion.


regards, Jim



On Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 7:16 PM, Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...> wrote:

Today I was surprised to see, some time around or after 10:30 am, a Barn Swallow gathering nesting material (mud for its nest) on the mudflats today, Wednes Aug 15, so late in the nesting season. Was also surprised to see two lone Blue-winged Teal together on the mudflats, which appeared to be in eclipse plumage, and perhaps early migrants. The Common Terns were not to be seen today among the tern flock, which itself has diminished in size. A Red-necked Phalarope was seen in the river further upstream off Sea World Drive.

Robb field checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47862995



Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
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Date: 8/15/18 10:10 pm
From: Janet & Steve Shields <sjshields1...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Buena Vista Audubon/ Grande Pelagic 9-19-18 important notice
Regarding Sunday's Pelagic, I had to cancel this morning. H & M said they
would go through the waiting list and see if they could sell the ticket, but
I notice this evening that the site still indicates 1 available. If you've
been wanting to go, you might consider checking with H & M. 619 222-1144.


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Date: 8/15/18 7:17 pm
From: Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] two semi-unusual bird sightings Robb Field SD River tidal mudflats, Wedn 15 Aug
Today I was surprised to see, some time around or after 10:30 am, a Barn Swallow gathering nesting material (mud for its nest) on the mudflats today, Wednes Aug 15, so late in the nesting season. Was also surprised to see two lone Blue-winged Teal together on the mudflats, which appeared to be in eclipse plumage, and perhaps early migrants. The Common Terns were not to be seen today among the tern flock, which itself has diminished in size. A Red-necked Phalarope was seen in the river further upstream off Sea World Drive.

Robb field checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47862995



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Date: 8/15/18 5:00 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove, Aug 15
Spent 90 minutes at the Cove this afternoon.

Several hundred black-venteds.
A constant flow of phalaropes.
At least 60 storm-petrels, including 2 least storm-petrels.
1 adult Sabine’s gull; a female.

Stan Walens. San Diego
Aug 15, 2018; 4:30 pm
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Date: 8/15/18 2:32 pm
From: Larry Edwards <larry...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpipers (two) at pond in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve - West
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Correction: ... saw sparrows farther east (not west) ...

I saw two Solitary Sandpipers at Restoration Pond this morning. They flew in just after 9 a.m. I watched them for about 20 minutes before heading farther up the canyon. When I returned about noon, they were gone. Robert Turner and his son, Manolo, reported seeing one on Monday. Coincidentally, Manolo arrived at the pond a few minutes after the sandpipers flew in, and he later showed me where he and his father had seen a Grasshopper Sparrow and Rufus-crowned Sparrow farther east along the trail on the south side of the creek. I will post photos later on eBird.

The Grasshopper Sparrow was about 1/3 mile east of the Wagon Wheel Bridge, just beyond where the trail straightens out. It seems to have a favorite coyote bush. We didn't see it there, but I saw it on the return on the other side of the trail in some scrub. I also saw one ESE of the pond in the scrub near the trail.

We saw the Rufous-crowned Sparrow (and possibly an immature) where the trail slopes down toward the "sycamore oasis." Also saw Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Kingbirds, and a Wilson's Warbler, in addition to many of the usual suspects.

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Date: 8/15/18 2:15 pm
From: Larry Edwards <larry...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpipers (two) at pond in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve - West
I saw two Solitary Sandpipers at Restoration Pond this morning. They flew in just after 9 a.m. I watched them for about 20 minutes before heading farther up the canyon. When I returned about noon, they were gone. Robert Turner and his son, Manolo, reported seeing one on Monday. Coincidentally, Manolo arrived at the pond a few minutes after the sandpipers flew in, and he later showed me where he and his father had seen a Grasshopper Sparrow and Rufus-crowned Sparrow farther west along the trail on the south side of the creek. I will post photos later on eBird.

The Grasshopper Sparrow was about 1/3 mile east of the Wagon Wheel Bridge, just beyond where the trail straightens out. It seems to have a favorite coyote bush. We didn't see it there, but I saw it on the return on the other side of the trail in some scrub. I also saw one ESE of the pond in the scrub near the trail.

We saw the Rufous-crowned Sparrow (and possibly an immature) where the trail slopes down toward the "sycamore oasis." Also saw Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Kingbirds, and a Wilson's Warbler, in addition to many of the usual suspects.

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Date: 8/15/18 9:47 am
From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red Breasted Nuthatch in La Jolla
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Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatch in La Jolla



Hi
I have seen/heard a red breasted nuthatch about half way down the S side of
Mt. Soledad in La Jolla several times this summer. This is the only ebird
report of RBNU in San Diego County this summer after early June.

In the past, this species has bred at Pt Loma Nazarene University but has
not been reported there for the last decade in the summer, per e-bird. The
species also breeds in the mountains but has not been noted this summer,
and only one report last summer.


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La Jolla

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Date: 8/14/18 3:29 pm
From: dan jehl <jehlyfish...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Reddish Egret at South Bay Biological Study Area
Today at 2:30, a Reddish Egret was lingering in the grass just north of the jetty at the SBBSA. Only the head, neck, and upper chest area was visible but it looked good for an adult. Tide was very high but a good number of black skimmers were feeding in the area and a small flock (9) of Western/Clark’s Grebes were off the end of the jetty, the first I have seen there this fall.

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San Diego

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Date: 8/14/18 11:27 am
From: Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird’s Sandpiper 13th st
Just had a Baird’s Sandpiper in the pond east of 13th street in South Bay. It is in small pool towards the west end of the “pond” (mostly dry), close to the fence. While typing this though, all the peeps took off from it. Photos will be on eBird later.

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Date: 8/13/18 1:38 pm
From: David Povey <dpovey...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Buena Vista Audubon/ Grande Pelagic 9-19-18 important notice
Hello all,

I just received word that Scott St. (the road in front of H & M Landing)
will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

If you are booked for the Aug. 19th. pelagic Plan on being at the landing at
least 45 mins. ahead of the 7 a.m. departure time and you should be Ok.
Allow extra time for parking.

This trip is booked completely full and has a waiting list!

Parking at the landing and surround area is limited and I expect will be
very full. Two weekends ago there was over flow parking between the Best
Western and Holiday Inn along North Harbor.

That is about three or four blocks from the landings. Requires a credit card
for machine payment.

Again expect SCOTT ST. to be closed at 6:30 a. m. Sunday the 19th.



Dave Povey

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Date: 8/12/18 2:20 pm
From: Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Calavera Lake - Solitary Sand
Today (8/12) there was a Solitary Sandpiper at upper end of Lake Calavera in Carlsbad.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47809302

On a side note, has anyone seen any Mojava yucca with seedpods in coastal north county? I haven't seen one in years, save perhaps at the Manchester Preserve. I've seen flowers in the spring, but almost none go to seed.

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Date: 8/12/18 1:29 pm
From: Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday August 12 Robb Field and Dog Beach (no Booby)

I scoped the tidal flats at low and incoming tide (Robb Field) and there were two COMMON TERNs in with over 1000 mid and large-sized terns (most Elegants, some Royals and a dozen or so Caspians. One Common Tern looked like it was still in complete breeding plumage, the other was still mostly in breeding plumage but the red bill was darker and it had the beginnings of a carpal bar forming. At about 10 am, after the huge tern flocks had exploded up, swirled and resettled quite a few times with the incoming tide, I could no longer find either COTE again (perhaps they went fishing). Yesterday, I noted 9 Common Terns at the J St Marina in Chula Vista at about 3 pm. So as Paul L says, this is a good time to check them out.

I then went to the Dog Beach parking lot around 10:15 or so (entrance to lot near corner of W. Point Loma Blvd and Voltaire), and like the day before, though the place was busy, I almost immediately found parking in the paved dog beach lot not far from Lifeguard tower #5 (there is a big turnover, and dog people and their dogs leaving all the time). The three cars ahead of me also quickly found spaces, as people were backing up to leave. After parking, you just head toward the nearby white lifeguard tower #5 and the mini jetty just beyond it, to scope the Mission bay entrance jetties. This is not a slog-- and you don't have to walk through heavy sand to get there--the spot is less than 200ft feet west from where I parked. That said, no RF Booby seen between about 10:20 and 10:30 today. But then there were fisherman on the jetty, and one right next to the boobies perch next to the ladder and slab of the jetty light at the end.

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Date: 8/12/18 8:27 am
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove August 12
Over 100 storm-petrels!!!
Thousands of foraging terns.

Stan Walens
Aug 12, 2018; 7:50 am

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Date: 8/12/18 8:17 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird's and Semi and Solitary Sandpipers
On Sunday morning the 12th, the juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper continues in the drawn-down saltworks pond a third of a mile east of the end of 13th Street. Today it seems to favor more the southeast quadrant of the pond. And a juvenal Baird's Sandpiper is present as well, currently in the very southwest corner of the pond. Also three juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. As expected, the pond is rapidly drying up and will probably be good only for one more day.

Barbara Carlson reports the continuing Solitary Sandpiper this morning in the north county, which had been found yesterday by Tito G.

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Date: 8/11/18 11:11 pm
From: Tito Gonzalez <txsandpiper...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper : Carlsbad, Calavera Lake 11AUG 2018
I observed a SOLITARY SANDPIPER at 7:10 PM today, 11AUG 2018, on the NE
shore of Calavera Lake in Carlsbad. This is a new ebird location for SOSA.
While there were only a handful of shorebirds, this freshwater location also
produced a LEYE earlier this year at the end of June. Photos are in the
following ebird report.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47795825



Tito Gonzalez

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Date: 8/11/18 12:55 pm
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Agua Dulce 8-11-18
Trent Stanley & I birded Agua Dulce Creek this morning, 8-11-18. The most interesting development is the number of Wilson's Warblers seen.  Numerous groups of 2-3 birds feeding in the sycamores, cedars and pines.  We saw isolated groups everywhere from the parking area, out to the pump house crossing and back.  Perhaps 25 birds.  No telling how many we saw more than once.

Mountain Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches and Pac-slope Flys were in larger than expected numbers at the creek, where there was a bit of flowing water just upstream of the crossing. 

Also seen were:
Cassin's Vireo
American Robin 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Nuttal's Woopecker
Flicker
Acorn Woodpecker, as expected numbers
Purple Finch 4
Brown Creeper
OC Warbler 5
Western-wood Pewee 5
Western Bluebird 6
House Wren 3
Junco 15
Pygmy Nuthatch 5
White-throated Swift
Turkey Vulture
Rufus/Allen's Hummers 2
Bush tit 3

Eric Kallen
San Diego

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Date: 8/11/18 12:21 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Some suggestions on finding the Mission Bay jetty red-footed booby
I went out yesterday afternoon with some friends to find the RFBO that has been at the end of the south jetty in Mission Bay.
Our experience was that sometimes it sat in the water in the channel, sometimes it flew out to sea a little [especially as fishing boats came back into the channel], sometimes it sat on the north side of the jetty in the shade, and mostly it sat on or near the concrete slab at the end of the jetty. When it was on the slab, it moved around, and frequently was out of sight.

I was able to see the bird distantly in the channel and on the north side of the jetty from Hospitality Point, and it probably would have been visible from the north side of the channel, but at a great distance.
Getting around from one vantage point to another in that area requires a lot of driving.
My suggestion is that you just go to the end of Dog Beach, walk as far out on the sand to the NW as you can, and patiently wait for it to come back to the slab area.
I think when it follows boats in towards Quivira Basin, it soon returns to the tip of the jetty.
Needless to say, a scope is necessary.

Heat haze was terrible yesterday from 2:00-4:30. And it was pretty darn hot out in the sun.

Do note that Dog Beach is filthy, replete with human and canine ordure. I saw dozens of dogs—and even one human—defecating on the sand whose owners did not clean up after them, and anywhere in the public, paved, areas the stench of urine is overwhelming.
Wear a HAZMAT suit if possible.

It might be possible to get a better, although brief, look from the Privateer [San Diego Whale Watch]. You might ask the captain and naturalist to actively look for it, maybe slow down as you reach the end of the jetty.
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Stan Walens, San Diego
August 11, 2018; 11:15 a.m.
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Date: 8/11/18 12:08 pm
From: Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Rd. horse pastures & La Jolla Cove
Mid-morning Saturday (8/11), an early Wilson's Snipe was at the wetlands in the Fairbanks Ranch horse pasture, as were a smattering of other, more expected shorebirds.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47783825

Also, at dawn, it was a slow but not entirely unproductive morning at La Jolla cove. Bruce Ridout was there as well, but I think I was the only one who saw a Least Storm-Petrel among the goodly numbers of Blacks. No boobies.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47783629

Happy trails.
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Date: 8/11/18 11:54 am
From: David Povey <dpovey...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Incidental pelagic bird sightings off northern Baja California
These are pelagic bird sighting off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.
The trip was a fishing trip so all sights were incidental to that.



Cook's Petrel 6 - morning of Aug. 10, 2018 about 30 nautical miles
west of Colonet, and some 110 n.miles south of San Diego

Black-footed Albatross- 1- Aug. 5th. approaching Guadalupe Is. 2-
Aug. 9th. south Geronimo Is., 15+ on Aug. 10th. 30 n.miles west of
Colonet.

Pink-footed Shearwater - scattered birds seen on all days except the morning
of Aug. 9th. when a concentration of 500 plus were just west of Sacramento
Reef.

Black-vented Shearwater large numbers, perhaps a thousand around the
outside of Todos Santos Bay, a few even inside the bay. Perhaps another
hundred around Sacramento reef.

Leach's Storm-Petrel - scattered but most common bird well offshore to
within 10 n.m. of Guadalupe Is.

Townsend's, Storm-Petrel- perhaps 5 or more offshore Guadalupe Is. I am a
little loath to call all smallish, dark bright white rumped birds Townsend's
without photographs. Though flight style is certainly different, and they're
close to their breeding rocks.

Ashy Storm- Petrel 1 well seen 30 n.m. west of Colonet. I have seen
this species off this area on previous trips. This maybe approaching
southern limit of summering Ashies

Black Storm -Petrel relatively few perhaps 50-60 for the trip.

Least Storm-Petrel NONE!

Magnificent Frigatebird 1 imm. near the Sacramento Reef. Not expected
north of Point Eugene (half way down the Baja Peninsula) Maybe push by
Hurricane Javier?

Masked/Nazca Booby 1 imm. near Sacramento Reef

Brown Booby 1 at Guadalupe Is. ( the only species seen there other than a
very few Western Gulls ). 1 off Sacramento Reef.

Red-footed Booby 5 !!! One 20 n.m. out of Guadalupe Is. Four near
Geronimo Is. and the Sacramento Reef. All immature.

phalaropes- Large groups and scattered individuals around, and in Todos
Santos Bay. Appeared to be mostly or all Red-necked Phalaropes. Offshore I
saw a few Red Phalaropes mostly in groups of five or less.

One unidentified jaeger (sp) south of Todos Santos

No Alcid of any sort !

Saw a few hatch year Heermann's Gulls offshore. Many more (dozens) in the
Ensenada Harbor.

Elegant Terns were in epic numbers north bound along the coast. More in
Todos Santos Bay, and Ensenada Harbor, and Geronimo Is. !



Good numbers of Sea Turtles, and new for me a Whale Shark at Guadalupe Is.
Yes there were plenty of White Sharks also present and we had a few National
Geographic moments with them. Usually at the expense of some ones large
hooked tuna.

Dave Povey

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Date: 8/11/18 11:39 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] "vagrant" Little Blue Heron, Common Tern glut
On Saturday the 11th, an adult Little Blue Heron "inland" at the upper
(eastern) end of Lower Otay Lake was a real surprise, as this might be
the most inland record ever for the county (?). It is also possible that
this bird wandered up from Mexico rather than being one of the local,
coastal resident breeders. Lower Otay Lake, as does Sweetwater
Reservoir, has somewhat lowered water levels currently, so there is
mudflat and short-grass habitat in several shoreline areas, especially
at the upper/east end along Otay Lakes Road. Also on the 11th, there was
a healthy onshore total (in recent decades, that is, when decreasing in
numbers) of 53 Common Terns on south San Diego Bay, about half each
adults and one-year-olds, with 36 birds on the drawn-down saltworks pond
where the Semipalmated Sandpiper is, 8 at the J St. mudflats, and 9 at
Emory Cove. The flock of 43 summering Surf Scoters continues off Camp Surf.

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego



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Date: 8/11/18 6:36 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper
Early Saturday morning, the 11th, there is a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper on the lowered saltworks pond that is a third to half a mile east of the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. At least 8 Common Terns, both one-year-olds and adults, are mixed in with the Elegants and Royals at the J Street / Marina Parkway mudflats.

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Date: 8/10/18 9:38 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Two out of season coastal birds today
This morning, a yellow-rumped warbler briefly visited my yard in University City.
This afternoon, while walking out to Dog Beach from the dirt parking lot, I saw an American pipit in the dry area close to the walkway. I can’t recall offhand that there are any records of American pipit in San Diego in August.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 10, 2018; 4;45 p.m.
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Date: 8/10/18 1:09 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
Just pulled into Quivera Basin aboard the Privateer. A booby lifted out of the group of pelicans on the end of the south jetty - same area the RF Booby was seen yesterday. My photos are not great, but show a bird with a fawn colored head and tail that is paler than the back. The booby flew up the channel towards the boat basin and I lost sight of it as it dropped in. It was not on the bait barge and I did not find it elsewhere as the boat docked.

Otherwise at sea it was relatively quiet (we encountered a Minke whale pretty close to shore and we didn’t get too far offshore). A Nazca Booby joined the boat and it was in sight off and on for 20 minutes. A small jaeger also stayed near the boat for several minutes - possibly long-tailed. An all dark Pom Jaeger was near the entrance to the channel.

10 Aug 2018

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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Date: 8/10/18 9:49 am
From: Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Bell's Vireo (most likely) in Point Loma, Aug. 10
A gray vireo, most likely Bell's, was in our backyard around 9AM for
a few minutes. I'm not 100% certain because it appeared to have a white
eye ring, and Sibley shows more like a white line through the eye.
Here's what I saw:

Vireo, all gray, underside light to whitish gray, one light wing bar,
big black eye, white around the eye; it did not have "spectacles."
Fluttered tail and back end of wings a lot (didn't lift the whole wing);
moved quite quickly in the birdbath and nearby bushes where it seemed to
be picking off bugs. Clearly smaller than house finch in the birdbath at
the same time (but it didn't seem as tiny as I'd expect).

The only other bird that looks very much like what I saw is Gray
Vireo. I note Phil Unitt says in the Atlas that the few reports of Gray
Vireo during migration may be misidentified Bell's. We had a Bell's in
our yard Aug. 15, 2010. Alex Abela photographed a Gray Vireo at Point
Loma Nazarene University in May 2016.


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Date: 8/10/18 6:50 am
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] continuing Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-9-18
Presumably the same individual Pacific golden-plover observed last week off Seacoast Dr was observed yesterday (8/9) at Border Field State Park.  It was on the fringes of a large roosting flock of black-bellies and snowies on the beach about 200 yds north of the horse trail at least from 8:30 to 9:40 am, seen by me & Lea Squires.  It showed relatively bright yellowish wash to face, bright spangling on the back & upper wings, & a few remnant black spots/speckling on the breast & belly, smaller size & finer bill than adjacent BBPLs.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

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Date: 8/10/18 6:43 am
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 august
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 August.  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

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Date: 8/9/18 8:28 pm
From: Edward Henry <ehenry...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
This morning about 7:30 a.m. at Mission Dam I walked to the edge of the pond (which is usually flowing over the dam but has greatly receded), turned to the right and spied a Solitary Sandpiper. Links to the Flickr photos are below.

Ed Henry

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Date: 8/9/18 8:26 pm
From: Edward Henry <ehenry...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
This morning about 7:30 a.m. at Mission Dam I walked to the edge of the pond (which is usually flowing over the dam but has greatly receded), turned to the right and spied a Solitary Sandpiper. Links to the Flickr photos are below.
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Date: 8/9/18 6:35 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
We checked Quivera Basin, the bait barge, and drove over to the north jetty to look for the booby. No luck. Multiple fishing boats have been pulling in with clouds of gulls and such. My guess is that this bird accompanied some attractive boat into the harbor and is simply out of sight. Of course that is only a guess...

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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On Aug 9, 2018, at 5:35 PM, Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...> wrote:

> At 5:30 the bird is NOT in sight.
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> Nancy Christensen
> Ramona
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> A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
> Chinese Proverb
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Date: 8/9/18 5:35 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] RF Booby
At 5:30 the bird is NOT in sight.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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Date: 8/9/18 3:38 pm
From: Guy McCaskie <guymcc...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby still present
Red-footed Booby still present toward the end of the Mission Bay south
jetty, at base of tower, viewed from Dog Beach at 3:25pm.



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Date: 8/9/18 2:22 pm
From: Jeff Spaulding via Groups.Io <ornithomedic=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-footed Booby
Following Brennan Mulrooney's alert on WhatsApp, I found the Red-footed Booby sitting toward the end of the Mission Bay south jetty. I viewed it from Dog Beach. From my view, it was sitting in front of the ladder of whatever the structure is on the end of the jetty. It sat facing away from me and preening for the 20 minutes or so I watched it. Side note, there is alot of available parking West of Rob Field in the dirt lot. Access is an alley north off West Point Loma Ave. past Bacon St. The lot at Dog Beach was quite full.

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Date: 8/9/18 9:59 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV Community Gardens 8-9-18
I visited the community gardens this morning before it got too warm.  Nothing new to report.

Northern Cardinal - favors the giant sunflower seed heads in the Garden
Western Tanager 2 males
Blue Grosbeak, female attending a begging fledgling.  5
Hooded Oriole 3
Black-headed Grosbeak f
Yellow Warbler 2
Common Yellow-throat 6
OC Warbler 2
YB Chat
Red-shouldered Hawk 2

I later stopped by Nestor Park and Tesoro Grove - nothing worthwhile.

Eric Kallen

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Date: 8/8/18 8:37 pm
From: Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Rd Horse Pastures has open fresh water pond and shorebirds, August 8

While helping Jayne Lesley and Joanne Kellogg do a make-up bird count for Area 2 in the monthly San Dieguito Lagoon count today, noticed that there is a nice pasture pond developing again at the 'Horse Pastures' viewable from the more eastern end of the pullout area along San Dieguito Rd just east of the Fairbanks Ranch golf course. Today, even during the heat of the day at about 10 am, it had Black-necked stilts, dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope and Least Sandpipers there. While you definitely need a scope, and can't easy view all parts of the pond because of vegetation and the blockage of the fence railing, it is a good place to check out. Also, Tri-colored Blackbirds have joined Red-wings and Brewers Blackbirds and Cowbirds at the Horse Park (to the west, at corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, Del Mar) since they have set up the stables and there are lots of manure and feed around. Bell's Vireos are still singing there and we noticed a lot of shot hole borer damage of willows along San Dieguito Creek.


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Date: 8/8/18 4:53 pm
From: <kaygen...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Visiting Birdr
Hope you all don't mind the posting here. I received a call from a gentleman who will be visiting from St. Paul, MN. He and his son are planning to bird the Salton Sea. They are particularly interested in know where to find Yellow-footed Gull and Ridgeway's Rail. Apparently until the split they had managed to see all known species of rails in North America so they are on a mission. SS is way out of my birding expertise so if any one can help Steve his email is <csrockclimb...>

Thanks so much


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Date: 8/7/18 9:14 pm
From: Tito Gonzalez <txsandpiper...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 7AUG 2018
I observed a male SUMMER TANAGER this afternoon, 7AUG2018, at Villa La Jolla
Park feeding on insects in the central northern section of the park. Given
the coastal location, this is presumably an early arriving eastern
subspecies fall migrant. According to SD Bird Atlas the arrival dates for
these birds are in September. So it appears that this bird is at least 3
weeks early. Photos are in following ebriid report.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47718729





Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA


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Date: 8/7/18 3:36 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Whale watching pelagic
Today, Aug 7th, Mel and I ventured offshore aboard the Privateer hoping to
escape the heat. The captain headed west northwest on a beeline to go see
some offshore bottlenose dolphins, where we reached a point 12 miles
offshore. The birdiest section of the trip was within 5 miles of shore. In
the first hour we had a strong stream of Black-vented Shearwaters going
past. We were happy to have good looks at several Red Phalaropes and two
Sabine's Gulls. The REPH were single widely separated birds, several of
which were behaving like storm-petrels. They flew, jerked into direction
changes, and dropped suddenly to the surface, taking off again immediately.
We tried to photograph each to make certain they really were not fork-tailed
storm-petrels, but they were indeed phalaropes. This was just a behavior I
had not witnessed before. Heading back towards shore, at about 4 miles off
of La Jolla (according to the captain) we encountered a large dispersed
feeding group of dolphins, terns, and a couple of thousand shearwaters. Many
of the shearwaters had eaten so heavily they were unable to fly, and dove
beneath the surface to avoid the ship.

We are about 2 weeks from the next pelagic trip, and that ship is sold out.
Should you decide to go out whale watching to look at birds, I thought I
would point out that San Diego Whalewatch has reduced prices on Tuesday and
Thursday ($35 each). For the other days you can always find a Groupon that
allows you to book on any day for $26 each. If you pay full price you are
not doing your homework!



Checklists with some photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713384

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713426



Nancy Christensen

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Date: 8/6/18 8:54 pm
From: Tuck Russell <tuckrus...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Olive Sided Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing
Yesterday morning I tried for the Brown Crested Flycatcher seen at Scissors Crossing.  I dipped on that bird, but I found a local vagrant Olive-Sided Flycatcher instead. eBird justifiably flagged it as rare, and indeed, the SD Bird Atlas contains no reports for there, either.  The nearest known location for them is the Volcan Mountain area, several miles back up Banner Grade.  Perhaps a migrating bird that started slightly off course.  I'd be surprised if it stayed.  Definitive photos were obtained, one showing the distinctive dorsal white patch, and are in my checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47700946

Fleeing the heat, I went to look for Dusky Flycatcher and previously reported Indigo Bunting along the California Riding and Hiking trail east of Paso Picacho CG.  Dipped on those birds, too.  I actually parked at Trout Pond trailhead, and the first thing I saw was a White Tailed Kite foraging across the road, basing operations in the lone large snag there.  I have photos if documentation is needed.  It surprised me to see one this high up, but per the SD Bird Atlas, this is the one area in the county where they do occur at that altitude.  Indeed, a search of eBird showed that Terry Hurst reported one about four months ago at Lake Cuyamaca.

Tuck Russell
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Date: 8/6/18 3:42 pm
From: Roger Uzun <rogeruzun...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Tijuana Bird & Butterly and Ball Fields
Went down to the Nestor area and birded the Ball Fields off Sunset and the
Bird & Butterfly garden. White-Tailed Kite seen hawking in the field
across from the ballpark. Lots of swallows feeding there as well.
Vermilion Flycatcher male is in the middle area with the yellow flowered
trees blooming. I didn't get there until 9:30 and it was not active,
staying in the trees not really hawking on the fenceline. Many Say's
Phoebes, Black Phoebes and a few bluebirds were hawking in the area.

In the bird & butterfly garden there was a male cardinal checking out the
sprinkler heads in the middle area just west of the house. Sort of the
middle amphitheater area. Lots of warblers, only ones I could positively
ID were Yellow Warblers. Some Hooded orioles as well. Both sites had a lot
more Allen's Hummingbirds than Anna's. A bit reverse of the norm although
both are common there most years. This year its like 75% Allen's. Usually
its the reverse.

With hot days you should plan on arriving there before 7:30 AM I think, it
was pretty birdy but I feel it was much more active before I arrived.

Some photos here -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46506981@N03/albums/72157699916795715

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Poway CA
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Date: 8/5/18 11:51 am
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] LJ Cove feeding frenzy right now
At least 10000 birds
2-3k elegant terns
6k+ black vents
82 storm petrels, a high count for me from shore
No boobies

Stan walens
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Date: 8/5/18 8:48 am
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove Aug 5
Thousands of black-vented shearwaters

Hundreds of red-necked phalaropes

Dozens of storm-petrels.

One all brown booby too distant to identify

Two parking spaces

Stan Walens, The Bench
Aug 5, 2018; 7:45 am

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Date: 8/4/18 10:49 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Agua Dulce
Trent Stanley & I birded Agua Dulce this morning, 8-4-18.

MacGillivray’s warbler ! Pics
Hermit Warbler 3. Pics
Wilson’s Warbler 2 pics
Western Tanager 2
BH Grosbeak 3
OC Warbler 5
Olive-sided fly
Plus all the usual birds

Possible Evening Grosbeak 2 at parking area. Sounded correct and short looks were good, but not diagnostic. No pics.

Birds were at the crossing near the pump house. Small amount of water drawing in lots of birds. No mosquitos. Not too warm early.

Ill file pics later on ebird.

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Date: 8/4/18 8:46 am
From: Sara Baase Mayers <sarabirding...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] White-winged Dove in Point Loma, 8/4
A White-winged Dove perched on the wires along Silvergate Ave.
(south of Warner) this morning, Aug. 4 around 8:25AM.


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Date: 8/3/18 9:14 pm
From: Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Whale Watch/Pelagic from Mission Bay (8/3/2018)
Hi Birders,

On Friday, August 3, I took the a.m. whale watching boat out of Mission Bay
aboard the Privateer and we ventured out approximately 11 miles west of
Mission Bay. There were plenty of birds to look through the entire 3-hour
trip, with most pelagic diversity being between 6 and 11 miles out.

Minimum counts of notable species below:

Northern Fulmar (1) perhaps the same bedraggled individual seen by Povey et
al.
Pink-footed Shearwater (25+) individuals and several groups of 5-8 observed
Black-vented Shearwater (15)
Black Storm-Petrel (120)
*Very White-Rumped* Storm-Petrel (seen flying directly away 11 miles
offshore, gleaming white rump. Attempted photos but participants moved in
front of me and I lost it. That one hurt).
Red-necked Phalarope (125)
Sabine's Gull (8)

Minke Whale (2)
Common Dolphin (Lots)

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Date: 8/3/18 8:13 am
From: Robert Patton <rpatton...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-2-18
I apologize for delayed posting, but fighting computer problems...
Yesterday (8-2-18), Lea Squires, Janne Torres, & I observed a Pacific golden-plover foraging along the wrackline about midway south along the beach from Seacoast Dr. to the south end of the barrier dune.  It was initially seen at 1:36 pm just as it flushed and its distinctive high-pitched "twee-weep" call was heard.  As it flew south past us, a few dark spots were visible on underparts but axillaries were clear & gold spangling clearly visible on back & upper wings. It landed on the beach to the west of the south end of the barrier dune and was feeding among a couple of willets.
If searching for this bird, please bear in mind that non-flying snowy plover chicks are still in the area and are frequently on the beach outside of the protected fenced nesting area, so if you notice an alert or displaying adult, please back off along the waterline.
Also in the area were a reddish egret and at least one of the over-summering red-breasted mergansers. Gull-billed tern with fledglings were foraging along the beach as well.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

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Date: 8/2/18 10:27 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Community Gradens correction.
error...... should have been posted as yellow-breasted chat,  not "northern chat."

Eric Kallen

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Date: 8/2/18 8:52 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher at TRV 8-2-18
I posted earlier today, at 6:47a.m., that the male Vermilion Flycatcher had returned to his usual haunts at teh TRV ballfields.  My post somehow got lost in the cybersphere so I am reposting.  

Some pics will be posted at:  egk.smugumg.com/photography.

thx

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Date: 8/2/18 8:47 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 8-2-18 Community Gardens
At the community gardens this morning there was an ugly juvenile male northern cardinal along with blue grosbeaks, northern chats, a family group of 4 hooded orioles, American goldfinch and 3 yellow warblers.

Eric Kallen

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Date: 8/2/18 7:08 am
From: Guy McCaskie <guymcc...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] NAB - Summer 2018
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Summer Season (1 June through 31 July 2018) is ended, and we solicit
reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN
BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order
followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American
Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th
edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the current report).
Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC)
review list

http://www.californiabirds.org

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs,
etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) - John P. Doe in
lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie by 22 August 2018. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS cannot
exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
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Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
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Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
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Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)
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Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)
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Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)

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Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
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Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
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Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
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Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County)
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We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.

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Date: 8/2/18 6:46 am
From: Anthony Fife via Groups.Io <imtooflytofly=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Saltworks/bike path
I made the same mistake Dan made the other day and stopped by the bike path at the dead end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. There were thousands of birds!!! But all I had were binoculars. There were 100’s if not a thousand terns, a gaggle of shore birds, and I’m pretty sure I got good looks at the Dunlin...but it’s my first so I have to check a guide book since I also did not have my camera. It was walking the little stream south of the pond just north west of the ped bridge on 13th.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/154417493@N04/42900223055/in/datetaken/

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La Mesa, Ca
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Date: 8/1/18 4:46 pm
From: Susan Smith via Groups.Io <seiurus=<aol.com...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Reddish Egret at Penasquitos Lagoon
A Reddish Egret (looking like an adult) has been dancing around Penasquitos Lagoon mouth recently and was there again today. It has been a while since I have seen this species here, maybe 3 or 4 years. Maybe others have seen it, but it has not been reported to ebird other than my reports in recent days. There was also a surprising Surf Scoter loafing on the sandbar with the gulls and terns (probably sick?), and may be one of the two Surf Scoters that I have been seeing consistently in the ocean off the river mouth this summer. I looked for the summering Red-breasted Merganser and did not find.
I also did not see a single sandpiper or plover in this area. The disturbances caused by intermittent fresh vs brackish/saltwater flows in the lagoon, the scouring out and disappearance of any viable mudflats that remained, and the continual bulldozing of the river mouth to keep the lagoon drained, has left this lagoon pretty barren of shorebird life in recent years. But there are good numbers of egrets, and loafing terns and gulls, and occasionally nice surprises like the Reddish Egret. The pair of Yellow-crowned Night Herons have not been seen since the floats around the RR bridge construction were removed last year. It was a favorite spot for them.


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Date: 7/30/18 6:19 am
From: David Povey <dpovey...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sunday July 29, 2018 pelagic scouting
Three of us did a small boat run west out of Mission Bay Sunday morning. Our
target area the Thirty Mile Bank west of La Jolla.

Notable finds were two Black-footed Albatross both on the Thirty Mile Bank.

A rather bedraggled Northern Fulmar 5 miles off Mission Bay on the return.

Three Townsend's Storm-Petrels. I've not seen that number locally in whole
seasons much less one day.

One Townsend's was about 15 miles west of La Jolla, One over the San Diego
Trough approaching the Thirty Mile Bank, and the

last on the Bank at the southern end of our run. All photo I D.

Two separate Red Phalaropes were found today. Mostly in basic plumage with a
few remaining red feathers sides, face

and rump. Seems somewhat early for this species

Ten Craveri's Murrelets were seen all in pairs. None closer than the middle
of the San Diego Trough.

One brief flyby Guadalupe Murrelet was also photographed, over the San Diego
Trough.

We did find several smaller storm-petrel rafts on and near the Thirty Mile
Bank in the same general area as those seen on July 1st.

One raft did have about 400 Black Storm-Petrels and was a mile in to L.A.
Co.

Calm seas, good visibility, sea surface temperatures 72-76F.

see Gary Nunn's eBird post for photos and other details.

Complete list at sea;

Black-footed Albatross 2

Northern Fulmar 1

Pink-footed Shearwater 26

Sooty Shearwater 9

Black-vented Shearwater 85

Leach's Storm-Petrel chapmani 4

Townsend's Storm-Petrel 3

Ashy Storm-Petrel 75

Black Storm-Petrel 750

Brandt's Cormorant 1 Thirty Mile Bank.

Brown Pelican 12

Whimbrel 7 a single south bound flight

Red -necked Phalarope 45

Red Phalarope 2

Pomarine Jaeger 1

Guadalupe Murrelet 1

Craveri's Murrelet 10

small alcid sp. 1

Heermann's Gull 1

Western Gull 1 ( not a joke , Just one )

Elegant Tern 35



Black Turnstone 1 North Mission Bay Jetty



Mammals;

Minke Whale 1

Bottle-nosed Dolphin (offshore type ) 50+

Common Dolphin 125-150



The Aug. 19th. BVAS/Grande pelagic is full and has a waiting list. The Sept.
23rd trip has plenty of spaces right now but I expect

it to fill. I would suggest you not wait long, if you wish to go.

Call 619 222- 1144 or book on line at www. hmlanding.com.



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Date: 7/29/18 7:25 pm
From: Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Baird's Sandpiper Ramona Pond
I checked the Ramona Pond this evening (on Hwy 78 near Magnolia). Only one
shorebird present (two killdeer flew in while I was there). The sandpiper
was on the far shore, which makes it tough for photography - I was unable to
even see the bird through the lens. Distant scope views. Sandpiper with
hooded appearance - face, neck and upper breast were buffy/tan. The face and
neck were slightly paler than the breast, giving a banded appearance. Black
legs - the bird was initially in some muck and I wasn't sure about leg
color, but it bathed and then stood on the shore and the legs were
definitely black. The back was nearly uniform in color, though slightly
scaled. What I mean to say is, no braces, no rusty coloration on the back.
The first feature that struck me was the very elongated look to this bird -
a lot of extension behind the legs. My first thought was Baird's because of
that elongated appearance, and I spent 30 minutes trying to find some reason
it wasn't something else.



Tis the season to be looking for shorebirds. I've been checking Ramona Pond
every 2 or 3 days, as well as Sand Lake at Kit Carson Park, and every other
puddle in the back country. Checked Safari Park this week as well. Ramona
Pond is not being filled and may be completely dry in another 2 weeks. Sand
Lake looks like it could have some nice mud soon - might be good for
Pectoral SP.



Nancy Christensen

Ramona




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Date: 7/29/18 12:38 pm
From: Jeremiah Stock <jstock...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Black Tern at Big Laguna
Sunday morning, I hiked from Laguna Campground to Big Laguna and then a quick visit to Water of the Woods in the Laguna Mountains.  An adult breeding-plumaged Black Tern was seen at Big Laguna at about 0900.  The tern had a uniform black body with white under the tail and gray wings.  The bird was flying low over the lake and at one point caught a flying insect of some type.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Date: 7/28/18 12:33 pm
From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 7-28-18 - seedeater taxonomy
White-collared Seedeater was recently split into two species. The West
Mexican form that occurs in San Diego as an escapee from the pet trade is
now *Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater*. (As far as I know, all "White-collared
Seedeaters" in San Diego refer to this taxon.) The more widespread form
that occurs from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas south to Panama is now
*Morelet's
Seedeater*.

The eBird taxonomic update will begin in the second or third week in
August, but in the meantime, if recording this bird in eBird, use
White-collared Seedeater (Cinnamon-rumped).

Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island

On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 12:04 PM, Eric Kallen <eric...> wrote:

> Trent Stanley and I birded several spots in the TRV this morning, 7-28-18.
>
> In the river channel adjacent to the old sod farm there was a barn owl
> foraging (7a.m.).
>
> At the stick pond and immediate vicinity there was female-type
> white-collared seed eater as well as several blue grosbeaks and American
> goldfinches. The pond had three green herons and two common gallinules.
>
> The Community Garden area had more blue grosbeaks, many American
> goldfinches, the resident northern cardinal, two hooded orioles, at least
> one chat and an early male *western tanager.*
>
> the Saturn ponds are so overgrown that it is difficult to view the water.
> Someone needs to take a pair of garden shears and clear an observation port
> into the shrubbery along Saturn. There were pair of common ground doves in
> the trees.
>
> Eric Kallen
> San Diego
>
>
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Date: 7/28/18 12:04 pm
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] TRV 7-28-18
Trent Stanley and I birded several spots in the TRV this morning, 7-28-18.

In the river channel adjacent to the old sod farm there was a barn owl foraging (7a.m.).

At the stick pond and immediate vicinity there was female-type  white-collared seed eater as well as several blue grosbeaks and American goldfinches.  The pond had three green herons and two common gallinules.

The Community Garden area had more blue grosbeaks, many American goldfinches, the resident northern cardinal, two hooded orioles, at least one chat and an early male *western tanager.*

the Saturn ponds are so overgrown that it is difficult to view the water.  Someone needs to take a pair of garden shears and clear an observation port into the shrubbery along Saturn. There were pair of common ground doves in the trees.

Eric Kallen
San Diego

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Date: 7/28/18 10:35 am
From: Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Batiquitos - not much
Despite a goodly amount of exposed mudflats during this morning's low tide, there were only a few shorebirds at Batiquitos Lagoon.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47493867

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47495352

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47493867

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Date: 7/28/18 9:19 am
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove, July 28
Massive northbound movement of black-vented shearwaters. About 7500/hour.
Nothing else of interest. Absolutely flat ocean. Absolutely no parking.

Stan Walens, SD
July 28, 2018; 9:00 am

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Date: 7/27/18 1:43 pm
From: Jayne Lesley <jaynelesley...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, August 5th!
This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The August bird count is on the first Sunday in August - next Sunday, August 5th.
Everyone is welcome - interested, beginners, experienced.

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)

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Date: 7/27/18 9:59 am
From: Jimmy McMorran <Bigshell53...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Encinitas White-winged Dove (7/27/18)
Hi Birders,

A White-winged Dove was feeding with Mourning Doves in my backyard early
this morning.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

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Date: 7/23/18 9:18 am
From: Eric Kallen <eric...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Community Gardens at TRV
I visited the Gardens this morning, 7-23-18. In a quick tour of the Gardens proper I found nothing particularily interesting, while the trail around the greater area had some birds worth looking at.

Several, apparently fledgling, chats.
Family group of Blue Grosbeaks
Family group of Hooded Orioles
Yellow Warbler (2)
Fledgling Common Yellowthroat being attended by an adult male
American Goldfinch(2)

The Gardens are perhaps the best spot in the county to find Painted Buntings, beginning in the middle of August.  Last year there were three seen there.

I later took a look at the TJ river adjacent to the old sod farms. This area is promising, but I saw nothing worthwhile.   By this time it was uncomfortably warm so I did not venture into the channel.  

The brush has been removed from most of the old sod farm.   No new agricultureal operations are apparent yet, but a new well is being drilled.  So it is likely that the area will be planted.  Hopefully, we will retain access.

Eric Kallen
San Diego

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