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Re: Neotropic is back

Thanks for the directions Paul but a slight adjustment is needed. Texas Avenue (Street) is Qualcomm Way.

 

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

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Neotropic is back

At 10:30 a.m. the Neotropic Cormorant along with part of the flock of double-cresteds totaling maybe a dozen or 15 birds is back on the San Diego River just slightly farther east than before in the section between Mission Center Road and Camino del Este. Best to look for the birds by simply walking on the paved walkway that runs on both sides of the river between these two crossings, and which also continues farther east to the Texas avenue crossing.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Tijuana Sod Farms

Matt Sadowski and I have found a few good birds around the sod farms in the Tijuana River Valley in the last hour. North of the river in the sod farms themselves was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with a few hundred other gulls in the flooded area. South of the river we have a young Bald Eagle and a young Swainson’s Hawk, both sitting down during the rain. Lots of yellowlegs south of the river as well, but no Lesser that we could find.

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA
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Cormorants have flown East

The flock of about 20 double-crested cormorants and the one adult neotropic Cormorant have flown East upriver to points unknown. However, Trent Stanley tells me that he saw probably the same flock coming down river from near the San Diego Mission earlier this morning but didn't study them closely. He also says that probably the same flock roosts on wires over or next to the river in the general area where Friars Road becomes Mission Gorge Road, not far from the Admiral Baker golf course. So clearly this would be a place to check very early or very late in the day.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Neotropic Cormorant in Mission Valley

There is currently an adult Neotropic Cormorant in a moderate-sized flock of double-cresteds swimming in the San Diego River immediately upriver, or east, of the Mission Center Road crossing in Mission valley. 9 a.m. Saturday morning. One can park either on the south side of the crossing at Best Buy or Mimi's Cafe or on the north side of the crossing on Hazard Center drive. Otherwise I had a female summer tanager in old trolley Barn Park in North Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Santee Lakes Northern Parula and Hybrid Sapsucker

Hi,

After visiting with the Rusty Blackbird at Robb Field (thanks Justyn!) I joined Ter Hurst at Santee Lakes in hopes of seeing the Northern Parula. Got only a fast look at it at the very top of a tree near the picnic tables next to Lake 2, after which it flew west towards the creek, looking like it wasn't planning to stop for a bit. Wandered around for a long time and couldn't refind it.

While watching for the Parula I spotted what I believe is a Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker in the same picnic table area by Lake 2 where the Parula has been reported. First saw it land in one of the pines after which it moved west from tree to tree. Seems likely it would be the same bird reported by Dan Jehl in November, but our photos were taken in different light and at different angles, so I'm finding it hard to compare them. Photos of that bird in this list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62095006

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
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Greater Pewee

The Greater Pewee was seen again On the Wet side of Balboa Park this morning from about 10:35 until 10:45.
It was seen at the Northeast corner of the Lawn Bowling area, east of the lawn bowling sheds and south of redwood circle in a tall bald tree.  Sparrow-sized gray brown flycatcher with no eye ring or noticeable wing bars. Belly lighter with no light streak down center of breast. Upper bill dark, lower bill orange.

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returning Orchard Oriole, roosting Scissor-tailed, Rusty Bbird behavior

Friday morning, Dec 6, at first light, the roost of Cassin's Kingbirds (20+) in the large sycamore trees near the bottom of Nestor Park contained the returning SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that most folks have been seeing recently later in the morning over near the Sunset ball fields. The bird roosted at this site for part of last winter as well. Today it was in view quietly sitting amongst mid-height branches at around 6:45 AM. A few minutes later, between 6:55-7:05AM, at the north end of the park when the fist sunlight hits the pink-flowered eucalyptus trees, first the continuing 2-3 Western Tanagers and then a female ORCHARD ORIOLE appeared. This is undoubtedly the same female that has been there the past two winters. Especially small, and same behavior. Just like the oriole's m.o. the past two winters, this morning it was very sneaky, working quietly around the branches and flowers, magically disappearing behind clumps, and then flying down and vanishing into the willows at the north end of the euc line. Also continuing immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER on the fences at the bottom end of the park, and continuing B-t Gray Warbler.  In the nearby TRV, there were 2 Western Tanagers along Monument Road.

Today's Rusty Blackbird show was almost totally different from yesterday's. As most of you probably know, yesterday morning it was re-found at Robb Field, but fairly quickly (by mid-morning) what was assumed to be the same bird (with its entourage of 20-40 Brewer's and some cowbirds) had relocated a LOOOONG ways away to the Petco/Ralph's/Dick's Sporting Goods shopping center parking lot on Sports Arena Drive, where it remained for quite some time. Today, it was found soon after dawn back at Robb Field, but where it and much of the flock stayed all morning, and it was still there at 11:30AM when I departed. (Some folks have put some seed and oatmeal out for the birds there, which might have encouraged them to linger longer today.) But to double-check the situation, I then went straight to Petco/Dick's and there were only 6 Brewer's there. So, so far the "One-Bird-Theory" is alive and well!

–Paul Lehman
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Hermit Warbler at Torrey Hills Park

 Afternoon!

There was a HERMIT WARBLER at Torrey Hills Park south of Del Mar around 11:30am today/Friday. It was in the tipu tree in between the restrooms and the first swing set. Last seen flying into the pine trees just south of the playground.

Eve 
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
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Balboa Park HOOR, SUTA

Thanks to Justyn for getting the word out early about the Rusty Blackbird this morning!

After seeing that, I went to the west side of Balboa Park to see what I could find. 
Around the chess club was a female-type Summer Tanager and one immature male
Hooded Oriole. By the dog park was a second immature male Hooded Oriole; photos 
are distant but the orioles look like two different individuals. 
Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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