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Least Bittern at Santee Lakes

Tuesday morning, March 19, at about 0745, I got a brief look at a Least Bittern flying between patches of reeds on the east side of Santee Lake #5.  Also in the area were two singing Bullock's Orioles.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Garden Rd Lawrence's

Headed over to Garden Rd in Poway to look for Lawrence's Goldfinches.  There were several in the circular corral area on the east side of Sycamore canyon rd, right near the corner with Garden Rd.  I didn't see anything else that was rare or unusual for the area.

More or less here on google maps –

Ebird list here w/ photos –
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

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Hawks in Borrego Springs

Today 118 Swainson's Hawks migrated from Borrego Springs. Tonight a large kettle of over 100 birds descended into the Elis farm on Borrego Valley Rd. Tomorrow with light winds we expect the hawks to first go out to feed before kettling up between 8 and 9:30am. A large number of caterpillars are now in several locations throughout the valley. We do not know where the hawks will feed. I suggest you go to the day count site 2.6 miles north of Palm Canyon Rd on DiGiorgio Rd to find the best location to view the hawks in the air. 

Hal Cohen
Borrego Springs

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Lawrence's Goldfinch at Sycamore Canyon Rd at Garden Rd. in Poway

This afternoon March 18, Marcie Mason and Char Glacy observed 5 Lawrence's Goldfinch across from the horse corrals on the fence and in the large Sycamore Tree. Nice to know they are back at that location. For map and the other species we saw there, here is the ebird link:

Charlene Glacy
San Diego
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Hermit Warbler at Presidio Park

A male Hermit Warbler was in Presidio Park this morning, March 18, near the Cosoy Way entrance.  Given that spring migrant Hermit Warblers usually begin appearing in April, this may the same one that Nathan French photographed on March 5, likely wintering.


Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Lawrence's Goldfinches Anza-Borrego

More than a dozen Lawrence's Goldfinches on a slow drive through the Roadrunner Club in Borrego Springs this morning. Equal number of Lesser Goldfinches. 

A pair of Lawrence's continued yesterday at the Borrego waste treatment ponds. Heard yesterday about others at Yaqui Wells.
I noted fiddlehead flowers growing in several places throughout Anza Borrego desert this weekend. 
Greg Gillson 

Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
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Vermilion Flycatcher, North Mission Bay

This morning (Monday 18 March) at 07:25, a male Vermilion Flycatcher was seen at the southwest corner of the Mission Bay Golf Course, perched on the chain-link fence separating the bike path from the fairway.  The VEFL flew to the nearest group of trees on the east side of the fairway.

Carl Ebeling
South Mission Hills
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Green-tailed Towhee near Loveland Reservoir

There was a Green-tailed Towhee in the chaparral at the start of the trail from the fishing access parking lot down to Loveland Reservoir mid-morning Sunday March 17.  The parking lot is off of Japatul Road, south of Alpine.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Laguna Mts Bird Call ID help (and Clark's Nutcrackers)

I was hiking around the Big Laguna Lake today (and it IS nice and big after the rain!) when I heard a call that seemed very distinctive, but I haven't been able to figure it out. It was in a large pine on the bank, about halfway up, and the song had five distinct, clear notes. So, not a corvid. I looked up the calls of a bunch of the mountain birds I knew to be in the area and didn't find it. It may be that this one is incredibly obvious but I'm still kind of a noob when it comes to sounds.

Also saw three nice Clark's Nutcrackers, and one pair of Buffleheads out in the middle of the lake.
-Moro Rogers
Dana Point

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