Monthly Archives: May 2018

Ani was not re-found this afternoon

Good afternoon,

I had texted out earlier that we had an Ani, most likely Groove-billed although I didn't quite wee it well long enough to try to see the finer details of it's bill.  The bird was seen actually in our neighborhood on two occasions around 1pm today.  After going to the ends of a couple of streets near where we last saw it, we spotted it again on the 805 freeway slope from the end of Dwight St. by Nile St in North Park.  After looking for about another 30 minutes or so, the home owner let us in the back yard but we were not able to re-find it.  There are a lot of low bushes in that immediate area and some water too.  Eric Kallen, Nancy and Russ, Barbara and Paul, came down and help me try to re-find it and at one point, Nancy and then a few minutes later, myself, though we heard it respond back to playback, but hard to be sure with all the freeway noise.  I will look after work the next couple days and will report of seen again.
Mark Stratton
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rose-breasted and Reddish

Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. there's a singing male rose-breasted grosbeak on Dupont about three houses west of Silver Gate. A sprinkling of Western migrants scattered both in the residential and at the Nazarene campus. But no sign of the Tennessee Warbler of yesterday. The young Reddish Egret continues this morning in the San Diego River channel near Robb Field, where also a lingering Brant.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Green-tailed Towhee and Dusky Flycatcher near Cuyamaca Peak.

Hello all,

Today, 5/27/2018, I spent the day hiking and birding from Paso Picacho Campground to the Azalea Glen trail and Lookout Fire Road to Cuyamaca Peak. Along Lookout Road I saw a flycatcher that I couldn't identify, but heard two-note call, along with a "whit" call that I thought might be a Dusky Flycatcher. I recorded the call on the way back down, and played back sounds from the Sibley app, and the sound I heard sounded just like the recording of a Dusky Flycatcher male calling. I don't have the exact location, but I think it was about 1.5 miles down the road from the peak.

Also seen about 0.5 miles down from the peak was a Green-tailed Towhee, a bit past the intersection with the Conejos Trail.

I also saw a Fox Sparrow, quite a few Purple Martins, lots of Violet-green Swallows and Black-chinned Sparrows, plus several other expected species.

Here is the eBird list that has the Dusky Flycatcher and Green-tailed Towhee. I will add some recordings of the flycatcher to my eBird list when I am able:

Aaron Polichar
San Diego, CA
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PLNU – Tennessee Warbler, May 27, 2018

This morning about 10am I found a TENNESSEE WARBLER singing at Point Loma Nazarene University. It was favoring an area just inside the main entrance on the right (parking area covered by solar panels). There is a gardeners potting shed near the east fence line, under a Ficus tree, and the Tennessee Warbler was singing from the canopy of the large pine tree just a few meters east of the potting shed. It also could be found in the tall cedar trees south side of the pine. Always a bit high in the canopy although I did manage to coax it down one time for a mugshot.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach
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coastal Bald Eagle, miscellanea

On Sunday, May 27, an imm BALD EAGLE is at Sweetwater Reservoir. Very rare along the coastal slope, and even much more so on this late-spring date. A lingering Am. White Pelican and 4 Eared Grebes as well. Two continuing breeding-plumaged DUNLIN are quite late at the saltworks pond at the end of 13th St. in Imperial Beach. Also 2 Ruddy Turnstones and the usual collection of basic-plumaged Marbled Godwits, Willets, and Short-billed Dowitchers that will summer locally. The Western Sandpiper count is down to 8 birds. Passerine migrants in the TRV today were the expected for the late-May date:  small numbers of W. Wood-Pewees, Warbling Vireos, and Yellow, Townsend's, and Wilson's Warblers. For the past two weeks there have been several Swainson's Thrushes singing away at several sites in the TRV between Dairy Mart ponds and the Bird-and-Butterfly Garden, so presumably all on territory–at the southern limit of the species' breeding range. Two or three Lawrence's Goldfinches continue in the B&B Garden as well.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Flintkote 5-26-18

Trent Stanley & I birded Flintkote this morning.  Lots of common birds- nothing particularily interesting except the continuing Golden-Crowned Sparrow at the ranger's house.

Black-headed Grosbeak 5
Hooded Oriole m
California Gnatcatcher 2
California Thrasher 2 
Wilson's Warbler 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Chat 3 singing
WT Swift many
Ash-throated Fly 3
Western-wood Peewee
Pac Slope Fly

Eric Kallen

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Point Loma silk oak, May 26

This morning, May 26, roughly 9:40-10AM, the silk oak in the
Warner/Dupont alley on Point Loma had a Hermit Warbler, several
Townsend's, and an Orange-crowned.

Nearby, a Cooper's Hawk flew out of a yard with four hummingbirds in
close pursuit.

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count – next Sunday, June 3rd.

This is a reminder that the next San Dieguito monthly bird count is on the first Sunday in June – next Sunday, June 3rd.   Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, experienced. 

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Possible first year male Summer Tanager at Stonewall mine Friday 05/25/2018

Hello all,
Today I spotted what I believe was a Summer Tanager on the west side of the road that leads up to the mine from highway 79. GPS coordinates: Google Maps
 It was found about midway from the highway up to where the road forks leading to the mine parking lot and the gate which leads into the horse group camp. Photo in this eBird list.
Was unable to get a good shot of the bird, because of the distance but I believe I took a shot good enough for a definitive ID. The bird had a large beak, no detectable wing bars that I could see,  red on the head and some red coming in other areas of the vent and breast which would eliminate the Western Tanager. I don't know what else this bird could possible be.
Terry Hurst

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