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Cardiff Palm Warbler

Hello.  At 2:30 this afternoon there was a drab PALM WARBLER at the NW corner of Dean and Lahoud.  It was present for at least 20 minutes bobbing it's tail incessantly as it fed on the lawn.

Good Birding,

Rich Trissel
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CBRC Documentation

Since Little Stint, Tricolored Heron, Thick-billed Kingbird and Grace’s Warbler are California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species, I ask that all those seeing/photographing the Little Stint and Tricolored Heron on south San Diego Bay, the Thick-billed Kingbird in Chula Vista, the Grace’s Warblers at two locations in La Jolla and the third in Encinitas this fall/early winter consider sending documentation to Thomas A, Benson, Secretary for the CBRC at  tbenson@…. To learn about the CBRC go to

Thank you,

Guy McCaskie



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

results of mon 11 nov san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 15 participants for conducting the 11 November 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Kathy Knight, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson, Dealah Abdullah, Jaylin Evancik, Jake Linscheid (S central basin Rios to I-5); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Dave Carey, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Thomas Myers, Steve Perry (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

105 species were reported.  Notable sightings included a female hooded merganser NW of Rios Ave, a late-lingering barn swallow north of Sta Inez and rough-winged swallow over the eastern mesa.

Species included:  red-throated loon, Pacific loon, common loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, gadwall, American wigeon, lesser scaup, surf scoter, bufflehead, hooded merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl,  Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 December.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: New fort Rosecrans rule

Hi Brian,

Out of curiosity, I checked the cemetery schedule for 11/4.  There was a burial at 10:30, which I assume is the reason for the groundskeeper's request.  I could be totally wrong, of course, so I agree we should follow the rule.  Ft. Rosecrans is a very special place for birding, walking, or reflection.  
I carry a small Lumix point & shoot camera when I bird, which I use to take photos of birds I cannot identify.  I use the photos to figure out the identification at home.  I had a groundskeeper ask me why I was in the cemetery, and what I planned to photograph.  When I explained the binocs & the camera are for birding, he told me I could photograph the birds, but photographing the soldiers' name & information on the headstones is not allowed unless the deceased is a family member.  On a later visit, I had a groundskeeper approach me and tell me that photographs are strictly forbidden in the cemetery, and I could leave or put the camera in my car and continue birding. 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Plumbeous Vireo – Stagecoach Park

This afternoon (11/9) there was a PLUMBEOUS VIREO at Stagecoach Community Park, moving between the pine and eucalyptus trees near the restrooms.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA
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Lucy's Warbler, 11/09

The Lucy's Warbler continues at Southcrest Community Park (Rec Center) in the eucalyptus tree nearest the gate this morning around 0700. It was spotted by Trent Stanley, and true to this bird's M.O., gave only a quick look.
Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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Grace's Warbler : Encinitas, Crest Drive ; 9 NOV2019

I observed  a GRACE’S WARBLER this morning (9 NOV2019)  in the pines in front of 1282 Crest Drive Dr. in Encinitas. This is almost certainly the same individual that wintered at this location last winter. So it looks like both of last year’s wintering GRWAs have returned. Photos in ebird report.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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probable "Siberian" American Pipit Fiesta Island

I went to Fiesta Island this morning to search for the Mountain Plover with no luck. I did come across a  "SIBERIAN" AMERICAN PIPIT (A. r. japonicas). This bird had dark contrasting streaks (darker than other AMPI in the area) on the belly and flanks with dark malar stripe that widened to a dark triangle shape. A light eye ring was noticeable. It had bold wing bars on dark wings. The legs were very pink in color and stood out strongly in the morning sun. I was unable to get photos as the dog park was in heavy use with many dogs actively chasing birds at the owners request.
Keers (as the MAMU says)
Kerry Ross
Bay Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Female Black-headed Grosbeak in Vallecito backyard, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A lone Black-headed Grosbeak visited our backyard drip in Vallecito on November 3rd. I had never seen one this late in the year, and was shocked by how battered she appeared with what would turn out to be a deformed bill, worn feathers and even some dried jam on her face. Thanks to the benevolence of more experienced birders, I was finally able to ID her as a female Black-headed as opposed to a Rose-breasted.

3 photos at:

Britta Lee Shain
Vallecito in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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