Monthly Archives: February 2019

Lindo Lake Sapsucker 2-26-19

I found the Sapsucker reported by  Terry Hurst several days ago in the same location -the SE corner of the easterly pond.  The Sapsucker appears to be an adult male yellow-bellied, but I would not bet the farm on it.  Some pics that might help posted at:

Also, there is a very large stand of fiddleneck on the east side of Los Coches Rd just a bit down the hill from Old Highway 90.  I poked around a bit but only found lessers.

Eric Kallen 
San Diego 
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common poorwill tierrasanta 2-25-19

Given the relatively cool weather recently, I was surprised to hear a common poorwill persistently calling around 6 pm this evening from the open space canyon to the southwest of the ridge trail off the southeast edge of the cul-de-sac at the south end of La Cuenta Dr in Tierrasanta.  First I've heard this year…
R. Patton
San Diego, CA
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Laguna and Cuyamaca Mts–snow

This is more of an access report than bird report. Hank Ingersoll and I scouted trip for our bird festival trip Friday and found high snow levels in all areas. Access to the area around Mile Marker 19 on Sunrise Hwy is limited by snow pushed up along the sides of the road. My snow estimate is 10 inches in nearly all areas above 4500 feet, certainly in shaded areas, and roadside snow was piled up much higher. We did not go in very far from Sunrise Hwy as walking was difficult on ice and hard packed snow and thus are eliminating it from the trip itinerary. Pretty much the same story for Morris Ranch and Wooded Hill roads. Bus access would be impossible for both of the latter roads. We did manage to set up and fill 3 feeders in Mount Laguna at the Visitor Center. If anyone goes by there, please report what you see. Access to the center is tricky with ice and hard pack in the parking lot.


Sunrise Hwy was gated at the 27.5 mile marker and just off Hwy 79. County DPW reports that this should be open by late today.


Paso Picacho Campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has deep snow in the day use area (had to sit on tables to eat lunch) and only partially clear roads (chains required) in the camping area. Oaks with clumps of mistletoe around the state park work area had small numbers of common birds.


Stonewall Mine Road was closed today and looked to be under a lot of snow. So no access to Williamson’s Sapsucker for now.


I don’t expect a lot of snow melt as temperatures are not expected to increase much in the near term.


I will need to make another run up to visitors center to check feeders Wed or Thurs and report again if there are big changes.



Geoffrey L. Rogers


San Diego, CA




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La Jolla Cove, Feb 25; and a Birdfest questions

I’ve been at the Cove for 3-4 hours every day for the past week, checking it out for my Bird Festival walks. Mostly trying to keep tabs on rocky shorebirds.
There have been plenty of birds feeding out 1-1/2 miles from shore, over the edge of the canyon as it heads south.

Today, the birds were much closer in. Still large numbers of gulls, terns, cormorants and pelicans.
But today there was a huge swarm of black-vented shearwaters feeding over the canyon edge. I estimated 5000.
Then at about 9:00, another 3-4 thousand came in from the south, inshore just over the kelp bed, making something like 8-9 thousand total.

At 7:45, a lone shearwater flying north inshore over the kelp bed was darker black than the black-venteds, with white saddles, almost pure white underwings and completely white body and undertail.
I find that Manx shearwaters at the Cove are usually separate from the flocks of black-venteds, though the only ones I count are those so close in that I can see all their field marks, so maybe there are some out there further away from shore.

At 8:10, a large flight of pelicans came out of the Cove only 50 yards offshore. In with them was a subadult red-footed booby. All dark underwings, pale body, some brown still on the head and neck, pink and blue bill.

Other birds included 3 parasitic and 2 pomarine jaegers, all 3 loon species.

Now, every year I ask if anyone has seen surfbirds in the past week before Birdfest.
I found 2 on the south jetty at Mission Beach, but they are way out on the jetty and don’t provide close enough looks for what I want to show the participants on my walk.
Has anyone been seeing them at other haunts: Oceanside jetty, beaches in Coronado, etc.?
Please respond off-list.

Stan Walens, San Diego
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La Jolla Cove 2/15

Massive feeding frenzy right now, 8:00
5000+ black-venteds
1 Manx
Subadult red-footed booby; brown boobies
More details later

Stan Walens, San Diego
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Green-tailed Towhee at Hilltop Park, J Street Bald Eagle

This morning I decided to poke around a couple parks and at my first stop, Hilltop Park in Chula Vista, I found a Green-tailed Towhee. It was hanging out in the north side of the park, where it juts north a bit. There's a bunch of shrubbery along the border of the park and it was in there. I also had a surprise White-breasted Nuthatch working the sycamores in the center of the park. 

I checked Bayfront Park (J st mudflats) which would have been an uneventful stop, but right as I was getting ready to leave, every single bird — all the gulls, shorebirds, ducks, etc. flushed. I looked up expecting a Peregrine or something, but much to my surprise it was an adult Bald Eagle. I've never seen one directly on the coast before but I imagine with the increasing Channel Islands population we'll see more coastal eagles. Pictures will be on ebird.

Also, as a side note, Fiesta Island is incredibly lush right now with all the rain. I couldn't find anything of interest in the interior (they just mowed down a lot of the dog run), but as the grasses/fiddlenecks/daisies seed it is probably worth checking.

Ryan Andrews
Valley Center
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Continuing Summer Tanager on Portofino Dr.

Hi all!

Today, Sunday, at noon, the SUMMER TANAGER first reported by Tito G. on Feb. 6 continues in the same corner of Portofino Dr. and Portofino Cir. (the NE intersection of these two streets!) in Del Mar.  It's pretty vocal as we were driving by, hoping to find it, and could hear it calling from the car and it then continued calling off and on while we watched it in the largest ficus tree (behind the big Torrey Pine on that corner). 

The eBird report gives the exact location and a few more details:

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
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