Monthly Archives: July 2018

Solitary Sandpiper continues at Los Penasquitos..west

Saw a report of a Solitary SP from Ty Allen on his e-bird report from Sunday 7/15/2018. Went and checked it out this afternoon, Monday 7/16 since only a few minutes from my house. Indeed, only shorebird on drying up pond. Feeding, active and quite vocal. Present at 4:10 PM when I departed. Photos.
Mel Senac
San Diego
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Rufous Hummingbird continues

Has been seen everyday for the last four days. I’m not sure if this is the same bird, as the first RUFOUS appeared to have a very small amount of green on it’s back, whereas this one has none. Also many new Allen/Rufous females in the area. Back at my feeders are also Scaly Breasted Munia who seamed to disappear this winter.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa
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Scissor's Crossing birding

I'd like to check out Scissor's Crossing for the Summer Tanager(s) people are seeing there, but I've never been there before.  Can someone let me know how to bird the area best?  Do I just follow the trail east off 78?  So I would be walking the dirt trail just north of S2 and parallel to S2?

-Roger Uzun
Poway CA USA

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La Jolla Cove, Bastille Day, 2018

Very flat water.

Only change from yesterday is there are now 25-35 black storm-petrels working offshore.

1 alcid: a Cassin’s auklet only 20’ offshore. Rarer this season from shore than murres or guillemots.

FOS for me black turnstone.

About 250 brown pelicans heading north.

Stan Walens, The Bench
July 14, 2018; 5:00 pm
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J Street and Robb Field

The Gull-billed Tern was very active this morning at J Street.  Also 1 Brant and a few Black Skimmers.
The Reddish Egret came and landed at Robb Field just as I arrived.  Nice.  One Little Blue Heron, small flock of Dowitchers, a few Caspian Terns and Black Skimmers,  and about 5 Black-bellied Plover.  
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Live in beauty….


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:
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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Lake Henshaw report

Russ and I did an inland pelagic at Lake Henshaw this morning, hoping for migrating shorebirds. We rented a boat and circumnavigated the perimeter as well as we could. The water level is very low, and in some places we could get no closer than a couple hundred yards from shore. Although I had seen a flock of dowitchers and other peeps on the shore earlier this week, we found nothing along the shore except killdeer, a dozen BN Stilts and three Spotted Sandpipers. The Bald Eagles apparently fledged two young this year, as they were goofing around along the shore. The grebes do not appear to have nested there – we saw no chicks and no nests. A few pairs were performing ballet and we saw a couple episodes of rushing, but nothing like you can see at Hodges.


Nancy Christensen



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Re: hybrid bunting female

Unusual indeed. My impression is that it is also a House Finch. Definitely an abnormal one though!
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

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La Jolla Cove, July 13, 2018: black storm-petrels

Got to the Cove at the embarrassingly late hour of 6:30, stayed for 2 hours
Conditions are right for boobies and frigatebirds, but none of either today.

A small number of black-vented and sooty shearwaters; lots of birds on the horizon.
No alcids.

Had 3 or 4 black storm-petrels.
These are the first storm-petrels I’ve seen from shore all spring and summer.

Stan Walens, San D'o
July 13, 2018; 1:20 p.m.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports