Monthly Archives: October 2018

Tessoro Grove (southside)

5:20 Pm 10/19/18

the PINE WARBLER just showed up in a large group of yellow rumps and bluebirds. Just as I raised my camera to take a photo it was flushed from the fence by a car in the apartment driveway. The group flushed west into the large tree just west of the apartments.

also of note, there was an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and VERMILLION FLYCATCHER (female I believe).

Happy Birding,

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa
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miscellanea Oct 17 & 18

On October 17, a rather late Olive-sided Flycatcher was along Dupont Street in residential Point Loma.  At San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar, a returning hybrid Eurasian X American Wigeon is back for its third or fourth winter, and there was a getting-late Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

On October 18, there were still LOTS of shorebirds at high tide in the saltworks pond right off the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach, including a good count of 170 Red Knots. At the Sunset ball fields in the TRV, there were THREE Vermilion Flycatchers–the continuing, well-known adult male, the continuing female that is just pale yellow on the belly, and also an immature male -type bird with a much pinkier-orangey wash to the belly.  Also a single Lawrence's Goldfinch.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Varied Thrush at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Varied thrush observed at about 9:30 a.m.
Robin-sized bird, bold orange-yellow eyebrow, black eye stripe, orange chin, orange breast with black breast band, orange wing bars, and back rufous to gray.

It flew into a pine tree about 9:30 a.m., while the lawnmower brigade was on a break, but as soon as the lawnmower fired up again, it flew northward. Last seen in NE sector, west side in large pine tree just beyond the fence, uphill from the northern-most section of the loop road.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
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Banded Laysan Albatross information

For those who might be interested, I recently received the information on the banded Laysan Albatross we had on our August 19 pelagic trip. The bird was banded by the Island Conservation group in Mexico ( It hatched in January 2018 on Guadalupe Island and fledged in June of this year. The project leader reported that they had over 1,200 breeding pairs on the Island this year.

Thanks to Justyn Stahl and Bill Everett for providing the contact information for the project leaders.

Bruce Rideout
La Mesa
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Murray Ridge Park, Serra Mesa 10-18-18

Murray Ridge Community Park, aka Celestine Park
The warblers and vireo were in the lerpy eucs next to the small parking area in the west side of the park.
Balck-throated Gray Warbler 4
Warbling vireo 
Yellow Warbler
Scaly-breasted Munia 20. Mostly juveniles
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Eric Kallen
San Diego

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Pine Warbler continues at Nestor Park Oct 18

The Pine Warbler was seen around 8am this morning (Oct 18) and again around 9:30 in the previously reported area just south of the playground.  Initially it was flitting around in the ratty-looking trees (maybe Chinese Elms that aren't looking well) and then later it was seen in the Western fence line near the play area by Allen and Susan.  The park was very active with birds this morning.  Some of the more interesting birds included a Cassin's Vireo (both seen and calling), Warbling Vireo,  Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanagers, at least 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers and a possible Rose-ringed Parkeet.  Most of these other birds were seen on the North side (Tesoro Grove side of park.)
Marcie Mason

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BVAS / Grande Pelagic trip Sunday 10-21-18

Hello Birders,

I hope your fall migration is going well. We certainly have had some interesting sightings lately. Pelagic trips have been no

exception. Two Red-footed Boobies on our August pelagic as an example. Ventura's pelagic recently had five species of

 boobies. Unheard of,  congratulations Dave Pereksta and crew.

Locally we have had a decent fall  for Least Storm-Petrel,  Brown, Masked and Nazca Boobies, Craveri's Murrelets,

Long-tailed Jaeger, among others. The August trip had a Laysan Albatross, the Sept. trip a Red-billed Tropicbird.

We now expect some of the later fall seabirds, and with recent strong hurricanes to our south….who knows what could

show up!

Sunday Oct. 21st is our last scheduled pelagic for 2018 out of San Diego. The trip is going and the passenger load is light.

Right now the NOAA marine weather and seas forecast is excellent. We depart H & M Landing in San Diego Bay to sail to

the Thirty Mile Bank, and other local waters around San Diego co. and we may briefly bird some of L.A. county.

The trip departs promptly at 7 a.m. Check in starts at 6:15 a.m. We will return before 7 p.m.

I hope you'll join us. Call 619 222-1144 or for a reservation. Late sign up is $150.

Dave Povey



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Tamarisk Grove Closure

Hello / FYI, Tamarisk Grove Campground at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will be experiencing tree trimming starting Tuesday, October 23rd, and continuing at least through the week – so no access. The work is required to ensure public safety since there are many heavy fallen branches, and many more waiting to fall. Thanks, Bob Theriault / Borrego Springs. 

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