Monthly Archives: October 2018

Re: Thick- billed Kingbird

Poggi Creek bird is back for it's 9th winter. South end of sycamores in the middle of the greenbelt. Rich Norgaard, Spring Valley, Ca.
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Varied Trush and compadres

The Fort Rosecrans Varied Thrush put in 2-3 brief appearances between roughly 9:30 and 10:15 on Sunday morning, obligingly in the same place as previously reported, namely to the left of the by-itself pine tree along the west fence line in the NE portion of the cemetery. The now famous pine tree in question is approximately due west of the south end if the “loop road”.  The thrush would pop out of the base of the bushes along the highway feeding for a minute at the most, and then disappear back into the shrubbery.  Patience may be needed.  The Solitaire was not seen. 

The only other noteworthy avifauna were at least two Palm Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, and a possible Swainson’s Thrush that popped out of the bushes at the same location as the VATH.  The PAWA and NAWA were always in with the huge flock of butterbutts that like to hang out near the start of the hereinbefore mentioned “loop road”. 

And, good luck to all the ground feeding warblers, juncos, finches, etc., as there were numerous signs up in that area saying “Danger, pesticide spraying 10-19 to 10-26”.  The pesticide being used was apparently named “Drive”.  Does that ring a bell with anyone?  Anybody know what its toxicity to songbirds is?  

Phil Pryde, San Carlos

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Black-and-white Warbler in Hillcrest

 I just had aBlack-and-white Warbler in Hillcrest in the blooming   Melaleuca tree at the corner of Crestwood Place and Cyprus. Try to get pictures, but he was too fast for my phone camera. 

Caron Andregg
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Pinyon jays continuing on Mt Laguna

Hello birders, this morning at 11:10a I saw the huge flock of pinyon jays at the small ranch area just past the 19 mile pull out, I didn't see a water tank but assumed this was the last place they were seen as well.  If you drive about half mile past the 19 mile pull out, you see a rusty gate on left side of road as you head up the mountain. Theres a small pullout near the gate to park and a trail that passes right by the ranch area. Its private property so I didn't go further than the Keep Out sign but I was lucky enough to hear, then see, a 200+ size flock move through the pines. 

Kat Wendel
in La Mesa
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Ovenbird at Bird & Butterfly Garden

Given 2 on Pt. Loma this year I didn't send out a WhatsApp, but just watched an Ovenbird (11:45) at the Bird and Butterfly Garden bird bath in the Tijuana River Valley. Summer Tanager also seen here behind the ranger office. 

Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA
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Townsend's Solitaire, Varied Thrush, Palm Warbler at Fort Rosecrans, Oct. 20

Not sure if the Townsend's Solitaire is the same one last reported on
eBird 10/15. This one was in the NE-most section about 9:15AM, perched
on headstones close to the cemetery road, close enough for excellent
view of eye ring and small rusty patch on the wing.

The Varied Thrush continues in the NE area, mostly in the grass near
the west fence line but sometimes perching in pine trees. And I saw one
of the Palm Warblers in a flock of Yellow-rumps on my way out.

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Sunday's Pelagic Trip

There are still slots open.  For those worried about seasickness the waters appear to be quite benign. I just received a report from a birder on a fishing boat today who spotted both Red-footed Booby and Red-billed Tropicbird south of the border and a Nazca Booby in our local waters. Come out and enjoy!  

Call 619 222-1144 or for a reservation. Late sign up is $150.

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