Monthly Archives: October 2020

Presidio redstart

This morning (10/28/20) I chased the Tennessee warbler reported by Paul at the Persidio Hills Golf Course (pitch and putt).  In the Tipu tree next to the club house, I found no birds at 9 AM.  Returning at 10 AM, there was a female type AMERICAN REDSTART foraging in the tree (no Tennessee).
                         Jim Roberts
                         University CIty

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Thick-billed Kingbird

Hi, as of 1:00, Dan Jehl’s Thick-billed Kingbird is exactly where he found it yesterday on some dead branches of the eucalyptus trees south of the cattails at Poggi Creek Greenbelt. Mostly sleeping.
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Lake Hodges Green-tailed Towhee

This morning I went to the Lake Hodges Bernardo Bay Trail to see if the Green-tailed Towhee has returned (presumably) for a third (at least) season. I went to the spot I saw him last year and quickly heard the mewing call. He didn't cooperate for photos but popped out of the bushes a couple times long enough to see the bright rufous crown, white throat, gray breast and green tail. Take the trailhead that starts at West Bernardo Drive southwest of the pedestrian bridge. Look for the large dead stump on the right side of the trail (not far down the trail) and then the nearby Endangered Species Habitat sign on the left side of the trail. I saw him in the shrubs near the sign.
Jan Nordenberg
San Diego

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Re: Lindo Lakes construction project.

Thanks, Terry, I didn't know!  There is such a problem with blue-green algae there, I wonder if this project is being set up to address that?  I know they found cyanotoxin in the water, but that never affected our activities there.  But if they want to turn it into a fishing lake, they would have to get rid of it first.  I love the winter ducks there and hope we don't lose them.


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Lindo Lakes construction project.

Hi everyone,

My apologies in advanced if everyone is already aware of this but the entire East Basin at Lindo Lakes which includes the seasonal lake as well as the grassing areas are now off limits. Sign says phase one to be completed in spring of 2021. I talked with one gentleman although he was not a park ranger that they were digging to make it deeper, pour cement in the bottom and make it into a fishing lake.
It will be interesting to see how this impacts the winter ducks since they seem to favor this lake when it does have water. I did find one American Wigeon this morning.

Terry Hurst
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Pt. Loma booby

The red-footed booby on the Pt.Loma bait barges was kind enough to fly in at 5:10 this afternoon, in time for me to get home to watch the World Series. Go Rays.

Dennis Parker
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Thick-billed Kingbird at Poggi Creek for another year!

Today, October 26th, 2020, at 2:30, the ThicK-billed Kingbird has returned to its favorite haunts in the Poggi Creek Greenbelt. Sitting in the dead branches of a big eucalyptus in the middle of the greenbelt, south of the small patch of remaining cattails.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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new Tnnessee & Chestnut-collared, how many boobies?, continuing and miscellanea

On Tuesday the 27th, a new Tennessee Warbler was at Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa, frequenting the northeast corner tipus (and possibly peppers and lerpy eucs)–same area where a Magnolia Warbler wintered back in 2016-2017. Five Cattle Egrets, now very rare along the coast in fall, were at the salt works. A Red-breasted Sapsucker and "Sooty" Fox Sparrow were at the Bird & Butterfly Garden. Aaron Gyllenhaal found a new Chestnut-collared Longspur on the high school ball fields immediately south of Nestor Park. Very flighty and moving around a bunch; sometimes with pipits and sometimes by itself.

Continuing rarities today include the Villa La Jolla Park Scarlet Tanager, Grace's Warbler, and Plumbeous Vireo and a new Palm Warbler and "Gray-headed" Junco; the Robb Field Buff-breasted Sandpiper continues; and the Red-footed Booby continues on the San Diego Bay bait barge (fide Curtis Marantz & Chris Dean).

And speaking of Red-footed Boobies…In addition to the bait barge bird since before the 23rd, a Red-footed Booby was photo'd on a fishing boat moored at the G Street commercial fishing harbor on the 20th (iNaturalist). Still working out whether it is the same individual or not from the photos. One bird looks paler than the other, but it might be the lighting.

Paul Lehman, San Diego
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