Monthly Archives: December 2020

Route #5 highlights – Anza-Borrego CBC

Covered several areas on the valley floor including the date farm on Borrego Valley Drive. Notables included:

Gray Flycatcher – 1 (in a residence along Borrego Springs Rd; back after several years of absence)
Scott's Oriole –  2 (male and female in date farm)
Peregrine Falcon – 1 (soaring above the date farm)
Red-naped Sapsucker – 1 (using ornamental pines in the nursery adjacent to the date farm.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1 (in the nursery; my first for this location)
Good Birding!
Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

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Swamp sparrow

Seen this morning at the 19th Street Slough in National City. We parked near corner of Wilson and W 22nd and walked the bike path about 50-75 yards to the area the bird is being seen. Very vocal about 7am, but only brief views. Finally had a chance for photos about 8:15. Male vermillion flycatcher works the area this morning. Did not detect the reported waterthrush.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Anza-Borrego CBC

Hello / It is impossible to give a highlight summary of the desert count, because with Covid-19 rules, the results will trickle in. Luckily some individuals are posting their "good" finds on this site. I was able to report a Crissal Thrasher from the Mesquite Bosque, and at both this location and the WTP Settling Ponds, Brewer's Sparrows were plentiful, and both locations had "Sage" Sparrows – I documented two as Sagebrush. 
Herb Stone and Mark Jorgensen found a Burrowing Owl at the metal sculptures south of town, to go along with the Long-eared/Great Horned/Barn Owls also reported.
I am sure Paul Lehman agrees with me that no CBC is complete with a House Sparrow!
Bob Theriault / Borrego Springs.

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Borrego Springs Summer Tanager and misc.

On today's (20 Dec) Borrego Springs CBC, we had an adult male Summer Tanager at "The Springs" golf course bordering Roadrunner Club. Specifically near the eastern-most pond. Also a male Scott's Oriole there. Ponds just west of there had locally scarce 4 Canvasbacks and 1 Redhead, plus now-regular 5 Hooded Mergansers. At Roadrunner Club, there was a female, pure-looking "Yellow-shafted" Flicker, and 2 Mountain Bluebirds in with hundreds of Westerns. Two American Crows at De Anza Club are presumably continuing long-staying birds, east of their normal range. And Bob Theriault was thrilled that we potentially saved the day with our find of 4 House Sparrows!!

–Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego
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Baltimore Oriole, Balboa Park

Justyn just confirmed that one of the female orioles we had in the Zoo parking lot yesterday during the CBC in Balboa is in fact a Baltimore. She was interningled with a roving flock of 6 Bullock's Orioles and 6 Western Tanagers.
The flock emerged from deep within the zoo around 7:50am and started off in the furthest north coral tree on the west side of the zoo parking lot. The flock slowly worked it's way south, alternating between the coral trees in the parking lot and the tall eucalyptus just inside the zoo fence. The flock eventually disappeared back into the zoo when it got to the Warner Administration Center.

–Aedyn and Trysten Loefke
Valley Center
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Balboa Park Yellow-bellied, Red-breasted and "something" Sapsuckers and Dusky-capped Flycatcher

When I arrived at 7:30 I heard the Dusky-capped Flycatcher west of the dog park but didn’t see it.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was still present just east of the dog park on the trail just south of the road. It worked around the same three trees at this location at 8:15. GPS: 32.731338,-117.155971

Just north of this location, across the road in the grassy area, a Red-breasted Sapsucker and another “something” Sapsucker were inseparable. Moving around the same four trees and providing great looks. There was a photographer there also taking pictures of the two Sapsuckers. They were very often on the same branch, chattering to each other. The mystery sapsucker was a juvenile, had only red on the chin and faintly on the cap, but no red nape, no red on breast. Top of breast was smudged gray but rest of breast and belly white. At 9:15 still there at this GPS: 32.731565,-117.158269

NOTE: There is a Golden-crowned Sparrow at this location as well.

David Trissel
San Diego, CA
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