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Pt. La Jolla – distant black-and-white booby, June 14, 2018

I made a seawatch this morning from Pt. La Jolla just near the usual Bridge Club location.
A large number of Black-vented Shearwater there with several rafts of sitting birds and a large congregation over Common Dolphin about 1/2 mile north of the point.  I would estimate 3000 Black-vented Shearwater in total with solid line of movement north to south.  Also a handful of Sooty Shearwater investigating the dolphins.
About 8:15am I spotted a very distant white bodied booby flying south to north low over the water.  It banked a few times giving dorsal views and clearly white with black wing tips and trailing edge to wing.  I could not detect the tail color, or the extent of the black trailing edge on the inner wing, or really if it looked dark masked because of the distance.  I am assuming Masked/Nazca Booby given recent reports but honestly so distant I could not discount adult white morph Red-footed Booby.  It got close to some northbound Black-vented Shearwaters and did not seem as large as I expected but again these were very distant viewing conditions.
Anyways, something to continue looking out for locally!

Gary Nunn
you can find me on twitter, @garybnunn

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Re: Mountain chickadees in lowlands?

All,

 

Post-breeding dispersal of young. Sometimes they overshoot typical habitat. Happens in all species.

 

Chickadee breeding was confirmed in atlas square G-8, more toward San Marcos than Escondido. A dispersant from there wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

 

Geoff Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Joseph Parvin via Groups.Io
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Mountain chickadees in lowlands?

 

Recently I have noticed some mountain chickadees in some Japanese Black Pines near my home in Escondido. I’ve heard of chickadees coming down to the lowlands during winter, but never during the summer. Any thoughts?

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Mountain chickadees in lowlands?

Recently I have noticed some mountain chickadees in some Japanese Black Pines near my home in Escondido. I’ve heard of chickadees coming down to the lowlands during winter, but never during the summer. Any thoughts?

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Photos from yesterday’s SD pelagic trip? A personal request

All,
I assume that sooner or later photographers who were on the trip on June 10 will be posting their photos to eBird, etc.

But I am extremely eager to see photos of the distant shearwater that David said was concluded to be a pink-footed shearwater. If you have photos of that bird, could you please email them to me, or let me know when they’ve been uploaded to eBird or whatever?

TIA

Stan Walens, San Diego
June 11, 2018; 12:35 pm
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FRNC – "Western" Palm Warbler, June 11, 2018

I made a quick circuit of a few favorite spots at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning.
I found a spring migrant "Western" Palm Warbler feeding along the east fence line south of "The Wall" and eucalyptus trees.  Checking through eBird reports I could find only one other report of this species in California for May-June 2018 from Hi Sahara Oasis in San Bernadino County.
Some photos in my eBird checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46479593

Gary Nunn
you can find me on twitter, @garybnunn

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Sunday June 10, 2018 pelagic

The Sunday  June 10th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic had a two white bodied Boobies. An adult Nazca Booby was well seen

close in on the water and in the air off Coronado/Silver strand. This bird had a bright orangey bill. Photos of this bird showed

the that the bird was banded and we could read a partial number. ( Oregon rescue bird ? ).

A sub/near adult Masked Booby few over the boat mid San Diego Trough ( south end ). This bird had a little dark shading to

the head and some scattered dark feathers in the upper wing coverts. Otherwise adult plumage. The bill color on this bird a

dull yellowish .

A Townsend's Storm-Petrel was seen and photo'd with a small group of "Chapman's" Leach's Storm-Petrels mid San Diego

Trough ( north end ). Based on smaller size, stubbier wings and bright white upper rump patch.

We also had a very distant mystery shearwater on the Thirty Mile Bank. Once we looked at photos on a bigger screen, and

no longer bouncing around the ocean We now believe that bird was  a Pink-footed Shearwater.

A partial species list with estimated numbers of birds at sea:

Northern Fulmar   1

Pink-footed Shearwater  10

Sooty Shearwater    500

Black-vented Shearwater  150

Leach's Storm-Petrel   15

Townsend's Storm-Petrel  1

Ashy Storm-Petrel    5

Black Strom-Petrel   60

Masked Booby   1

Nazca Booby   1

Brandt's Cormorant   4

Double-crested Cormorant  3

Brown Pelican  20

Black Oystercatcher   1   (about  mile off Point Loma )

Scripps's Murrelet   2

murrelet sp.   2

Cassin's Auklet   5

Heermann's Gull    2

Western Gull    300

California Gull   1

Least Tern  12

Caspian Tern    1   ( first mile off Point Loma )

Royal Tern   3

Elegant Tern    500

 

Mammals;

Fin Whale   1

Long and Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Guadalupe Fur Seal   1 ( photos )

California Sea Lion

 

Fish

Mola mola  ( Ocean sunfish )

 

Dave Povey

Dulzura

 

 

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Indigo Bunting found Sunday AM Paso Picacho

I was able to find the Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho Campground near Lake Cuyamaca.  The bird was never visible from the bathroom/shower area.  You could only see it from the footbridge as it was in a pine tree just past the footbridge that was obscured from the bathroom area.  The bird never came close to where we were, I only got fairly distant looks.

I arrived around 8 AM and did not see the bird until around 9 or 9:30.  Another Birder found it in the bushes under the Pine tree and it went from the bushes up to a mostly dead pine tree.  The pine tree it went up in was dead in the bottom/middle but had some green needles at about the top 10% of the tree.  If you are on the footbridge and looking at the bathrooms the pine tree is to your left.
I did get about 10 secs of video of the bird singing if that helps anyone.
Did not see anything else unusual.  ebird list here – https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46459965
Here are some photos of the birds at Paso Picacho and some around the house before I left.  I had a Phainopepla pair at my home near Iron Mountain in Poway, first time I've seen those here.
I went to SE Arizona in early May and made a short video of the birds I saw there, including Elegant Trogon and Flame-Colored Tanager.  You can see it here – https://vimeo.com/270927884
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

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Re: FRNC Kentucky warbler

Keith and I were there for about a half hour (beginning roughly 9:45AM)
this morning (June 10). We did not hear or see the Kentucky Warbler or
the Ovenbird.
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FRNC Kentucky warbler

Did anyone check for the bird this morning (6/10)?

I have a chance to try late this afternoon if it appears likely to see.

 

                        Jim Roberts

                         University City

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