Monthly Archives: September 2019

Blackpoll Warbler FRNC

There was a Blackpoll Warbler near the Committal Shelter at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning 28 September. I likely saw it yesterday as well, but only got poor looks as it hid in the pines along the road in the SE corner. It looked very similar to the bird that was observed 9/21-9/25 in the same area.

Nicole Desnoyers
North Park

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Purple Martin at Rangeland Road, Ramona and lots of swifts

I birded a few locations in East County Saturday morning September 28, 2019 and had one juvenile/female-type Purple Martin at Rangeland Road in Ramona.  The bird was first seen being chased by a Barn Swallow near ground level.  It quickly gained altitude and soon disappeared from sight.  All dark above and pale below, with forked tail.  Much largely than nearby Barn Swallow, but had similar swallow-style flight.

Also noted multiple Vaux's Swifts at Rangeland Road and Ramona Community Park, and a flock of approximately 150 at Lake Sutherland.  Maybe the cloudy/rainy weather kept them close to the ground.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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American restart in Tecolote canyon

This morning on the Audubon walk along Tecolote canyon,  an American Redstart was seen in the willow and cotton wood thicket near the electric substation about a mile down the trail from the visitor center. 

Kat Wendel
in La Mesa
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Black and white warbler – Balboa Park and 28th

Black and white warbler at the 28th and Balboa Park eBird. Near intersection of 28th and Beech St. Moving with a group of orange crowned and Wilson’s warblers. 
Will post photos in eBird when we get home. 
Lindsay Willrick
Golden Hill, CA 

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FRNC today – 9/27 – Tropical Kingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, and Red-breasted Nuthatches

Spent 4.5 hours birding FRNC this morning with Ter Hurst and others on and off. Seemed somewhat quiet, but patience and perseverance got us plenty of birds. Dealt with some light rain for a while.

Around noon or so we had a Tropical Kingbird in the northeast corner. It sat on headstones on the east side in front of the wall between sections 200 and 260 and also flew to the west side of the road a few times landing in both a large Chinese Elm (closer to Cabrillo Memorial Drive, not the trees by the inside road), and  a pine on the west side of the inside road. Eventually disappeared over the wall and into the open space. I may have seen it dive over the wall when we first got to that area. At least two other birders saw it.

Just after 11:00 we had a Green-tailed Towhee sitting on the barbed wire outside the low concrete wall on the east side, south of the caretaker's residence. It was about halfway down the steep hill. It bolted as we got closer and flew down the hill, away from the cemetery.

There were two Red-breasted Nuthatches on the west side. I hope I'm remembering this correctly, I think they were partway up the hill going north out of the dip. Vocal for a short time.

Also had what I believe was a Swainson's Thrush just outside the chain link fence on the east portion of the southeast section. Have a poor photo.

List with some photos:

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
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