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TRV 2-6-19

I did a tour of the Valley this morning. Spending most of my time on the Stilt Sandpiper.

The Stilt Sandpiper was in the same area that it's been seen in recently but it spent most of its time behind the "lettuce" that grows in the well-fertilized flood plain.  Also seen was at least one Lesser Yellowlegs among the large number of Greaters, the Palm Warbler that Dan posted yesterday, and a bright Myrtle Warbler.  

Along Hollister I saw one Black-throated Magpie Jay, and heard at least one more.  

At the ballfields the Vermilion Flycatcher was out as was a very dull Yellow Warbler.  

Some pics posted at:
egk.smugmug.com/photography

Eric Kallen
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Continuing Stilt Sandpiper and a Palm Warbler

The Stilt Sandpiper was still at the model airplane field this afternoon at 2:40, but had moved into the next puddle to the south. As I was struggling to make my camera unfreeze a Palm Warbler popped up in the bushes along the dirt road towards the water treatment plant. It has most recently been reported from this location on 22 January by Matt Sadowski.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Stilt Sandpiper

The Stilt Sandpiper continued this morning, Tuesday Feb 5, st the Tijuana River south of the sod farm. Seen near the entrance to the radio controlled airplane area. By the time I left the area, the water level had risen and flooded all of the exposed mud. The bird was still present, but in thick vegetation, making it much harder to spot.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lesser Yellowlegs /Stilt Sanpiper

After Speaking with Dan and Gary, it looks like it’s a possibility my Lesser was actually a Stilt sandpiper. So please forgive me if it turns out I was wrong. Still waiting for 100% confirmation as I believe Dan and I were able to re-find the Lesser and the same time the Stilt was in a separate spot (both within about 25 yards), but both are lifers for me so…. 😳

here is the eBird list from yesterday…

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52331222

Anthony “TooFly”
La Mesa
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Stilt peep

Dan’s stilt sandpiper is quite easy to find among a large group of yellow legs. St the turnout just over the TJRiver bridge

Eric Kallen
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Stilt Sandpiper at Tijuana River at Dairy Mart Road

I went to try and confirm the Lesser Yellowlegs that was reported yesterday from the muddy area just north of the Tijuana River model airplane field in San Ysidro. I caught a decent glimpse yesterday but wanted to be sure. I didn’t find it today but there is a Stilt Sandpiper associating with the numerous Greater Yellowlegs there. About half the size of a Greater Yellowlegs, with slightly green tinged legs and a downward curving bill, it was close to the pullout by the bridge.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Masked Booby – La Jolla

Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2019

While doing a sea watch from Point La Jolla this morning I observed an adult MASKED BOOBY flying low over the waves about 200 yards off the point headed south around 8 am. I noted a large bird with long stiff paddle-like wings, rarely flapping. Unmistakable striking black and white plumage. Clean white on the head, neck, back and underparts. Jet black primaries and secondaries, so the whole trailing edge of the wing was black, as seen from above and below. Black mask on the face bordering an unremarkable dull yellow bill, separating it from Nazca.

Good Birding!
Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Possible Lesser YellowLegs

02/03/19 @0804 am. I’m looking at what appears to be a lesser yellowlegs. Seen from “Chula Vista Radio Club sign on Dairy Mart Rd. Sign has yellow “caution” tape. Bird is approximate 50-75 yards south of the road in the mudflats. Is piping with about 6 greater yellowlegs. Much smaller and does not have upturn in bill, bright yellow legs, white under, and grey-brown back.

Anthony “TooFly”
La Mesa, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Grace's Warbler : Villa La Jolla Park, 1FEB 2019

I observed a GRACE’S WARBLER this afternoon, 1FEB2019, at Villa La Jolla Park around 4pm. I first located it in the pine tree next to the road in the northwest part of park. It then moved to eucalyptus directly east joining a group  of YRWAs. I eventually lost track of it as it continued to move east. Gary N. reported a GRACE’s WARBLER in the park on 14OCT 2018, it might be the same individual but if so it has gone undetected for the last 3.5 months. There is a lot of good territory around the park and it is possible that it only occasionally visits the park. Nonetheless, there are at least two wintering GRACE’S WARBLERS currently in the county. Photos are in ebird report:

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52286730

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Clay-colored Sparrow continues at Torrey Hills Park

The little CLAY-COLORED SPARROW found by Jay D at Torrey Hills Park in Carmel Valley has been somewhat reliable mid-mornings back in the far northeast corner of the park by the baseball diamond.  He's hanging out with a small flock of mostly White-crowned Sparrows so he's pretty easy to pick out as the smallest of the flock by far!

This park could be busy on weekends; it's fairly popular even during the week.  More details and the map to the Hotspot can be found on today's (Friday's) eBird list here!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52270408

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports