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Male American Redstart in La Playa (Point Loma)

A bright orange and black American Redstart flew across the path right in front of us

this morning on our walk on the bay trail in La Playa (8:35AM, Feb. 14).  The bird flitted

all along the vegetation at the chain-link fence of the second house from the south end of

the dirt path.  Google calls it Bessemer Path, though I've not heard anyone use that name.

     A little farther north on the path, the two big Torrey Pines had at least five great Blue

Herons on nests.

     You can access the 1/2 mile path from the south via Rosecrans, Owen, and San Antonio,

or from the north at the bottom of Talbot St.  It's pretty clear on Google maps.

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Em Goose?

…and now I know.  It is a white-headed/white-necked Brant.  
Ross Christie
Pacific Beach

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Emperor Goose?

This is a white-headed/white-necked Brant.

It was over in the nearby San Diego river channel a couple of months ago and photographed by many birders.
Stan Walens, San Diego
Feb 13, 2020; 1:09 pm

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Fw: Emperor Goose?

Mariners Basin (the bayside of Belmont Park) 
Goose associating with Brants.  
This is either a white-necked/headed Brant (if there even is such a thing) or possibly an Emperor Goose? 
I don't know.
Ross Christie 
Pacific Beach
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Gray Flycatcher

For those that might have missed the Gray Flycatcher it's still at the East end of Lindo Lake.  Very cooperative.  You're able to get really close.

Mike Wittmer
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DIckcissel – Montezuma Grade

This morning I stopped off at the Big Spring pullout on the Montezuma Grade. There was a mixed flock of birds feeding right at the edge of the pull-out and to my surprise, one of the birds was a Dickcissel!


Checklist with photos here:


I don’t use the Big Spring hotspot because I never actually wander as far as the spring. I always bird within sight of my car ( an agreement I have with my husband for desert birding alone). This spot usually gets good numbers of Sage Thrashers starting the end of February. None there so far. However, this area and the Culp Valley area are very lush with vegetation and will be worth checking again over the next couple of weeks.


Nancy Christensen



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Jacumba Lark bunting female continuing at ag field edge

The previously described continuing bird remains with the large sparrow flock East end of Brawley St. Also of apparent note was a well seen single Cassin’s kingbird occasionally on the nearby utility wires (previously unrecorded here this date in eBird…!?)
CK Staurovsky
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results of san elijo monthly bird count 10 feb 2020

Thanks to 10 participants for conducting the 10 February 2020 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Susie Hedrick, Izzy Santarsieri, Kevin Shaw (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); John Hardin, Patti Koger (S central basin Rios to I-5); Maryanne Bache, Jayne Lesley (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Kathy Aldern (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

 113 species were reported.  Notable species included the continuing male Eurasian wigeon ENE of Rios Ave/SE of Manchester Ave and Ocean Cove, at least 2 continuing greater scaup SSW of Mira Costa College, and 4 violet-green swallows over the eastern mesa.  (A black-and-white warbler reported at the nature center site on 2/7 was not re-found).

 Species included:  Pacific loon, red-throated loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, American white pelican, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, canvasback, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, greater scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, 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, Virginia rail, sora, American coot, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, western gull, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, violet-green 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, cedar waxwing, 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, golden-crowned 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 March 2020.  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).


San Diego, CA
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Re: Neotropic Cormorant at Kiowa Dr

on a closer look, it was a double crested cormorant… sorry guys,  the perspective was off… it wasn't perched on thr dock afterall but on a buoy about 60ft away,  looked much smaller than the DCCOs until I moved to other side of dock, so false alarm.. my mistake! I got excited

Kat Wendel
in La Mesa
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