Monthly Archives: June 2018

Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho

Terry Hurst and I were successful in locating the Indigo Bunting reported this morning by Eve Martin. As reported, the bird is on territory, singing, near the bathrooms in the group campsite at Paso Picacho Campground. There is a clump of Pines right there where the bird perched and sings. Occasionally moves to a nearby tree clump that has several dead trees. Eve reported that this bird might have been present since May 10, indicating it may be attempting to nest. We found it with a female Lazuli Bunting, with which it appeared to be paired. They were foraging together, and moving from spot to spot. The bird atlas mentions s couple of mixed species pairings like this in the past.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Possible INDIGO BUNTING at Paso Picacho?

Good morning!  I'd been told that an INDIGO BUNTING was singing at the Group Campground at Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca State Park on May 10 by the birder working on the Cuyamaca reforestation project (I think I have that right!).  I didn't find it on my subsequent visits.  But this Wednesday, June 6, I was recording what was a new song to me (well, most are!) when a slender blue bird flew out of the pines and into a distant shrub.

I put my recording with notes on the checklist below under Lazuli/Indigo Bunting.  Any help is appreciated!

The Group Campground is easily reached from the Paso Picacho campground by walking the road (there's signage) from the main parking lot. You might be able to drive it but the Group Campground is closed and I can't remember if that parking lot is gated!

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
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Silky Oak Indigo Bunting, 06 June, Wednesday

While birding the Pt. Loma residential neighborhood, I espied a conical bill and a bluish feathered body in the shadows of a Silky Oak. With further efforts by the whole group (but no photos), we determined the bird exhibited wings that were slightly darker blue than its body, and a fairly narrow tail, notched at the end, which it occasionally flicked from side-to-side. Sue noted the raising of its head crest and its slightly curved culmen. 
It fed in the mid-level of the Silky Oak until it was chased out by another bird. It did not vocalize nor did it return to the same tree. It spent its time in the shadows, never coming to the edge of the tree, so we did not get stellar looks.
Please see the eBird report for further details:

Barbara Carlson  
San Diego

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Pigeon guillemots at seawatch

I spent the morning in La Jolla doing a seawatch. Very quiet morning with most birds way off shore. At about 9:30 I saw 3 alcids approaching the kelp beds at a diagonal from the north. I assumed they were Cassins Auklets, but as they became more broadside to my position I could see the white patches on the upper surface of the wings . They stayed on the far side of the kelp beds as they passed – too far for photos, and I did not pick up any red on the feet. The general look was of all dark birds with flashing white on wings.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

NAB – Spring 2018

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Spring Season (1 March through 31 May 2018) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the current report). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) – John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)


Adam Searcy (Ventura County)

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County) 

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

South McCoy Indigo Buntings

This morning at TRNERR South McCoy I saw 1 full adult male, and one immature male, with blue plumage only coming in on its head (that I could see). Both were immediately south of the 5th & Iris trailhead, within the first 200 yards south. No pics.

Marc Arndt
San Diego, CA

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Community Gardens TRV 6-4-18

The feeders at space 63 were full this morning early.  I brought along a chair and observed for 1 hour.

Tricolored Blackbird – two males, perhaps a third.  Several possible female tricoloreds also.
Black-headed Grosbeak – one visiting the feeders while a second bird sang off in the distance
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – reported previously by Nancy & Mark
Lawrence's Goldfinch- 2 males and several juvenile/females.  The juveniles were not observed begging from the males and appear to have figured out how to find their own chow.
American Goldfinch-  many at the feeders and throughout the Gardens.  50+?
Lesser Goldfinch (only included here as it completes the trifecta)
Northern Cardinal (male)

Later, I walked the edge of the tree line and found:
Lazuli Bunting – a worn female
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Bell's Vireo – singing

pics at:

Eric Kallen
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Red-billed Tropicbird

Capt. Cristin Kelly of the San Diego Whale Watch posted a photo of an adult  Red-billed Tropicbird on her facebook page.

The bird was seen on the Saturday morning, June 2, 2018 on a trip out of Mission Bay.

Dave Povey


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Dos Picos ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (June 2-3, 2018)

Camped with some friends and family at Dos Picos Park in Ramona this weekend.

Top bird was a singing male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, which surprised me yesterday (Sat June 2) by popping into a tree in our campsite just as I was showing some of the kiddos how to use binoculars to spot birds. When I realized that sweet grosbeak tune was coming from a black and white bird with a rose red blotch on the breast I snatched those bins back from the rugrats right quick.

The bird paid another visit to our campsite this morning (Sun June 3) and on both days i heard it singing from various trees along the main road which goes through the campground from the entrance station as we went about our camping.

Next best bird was an adult BALD EAGLE which soared over the campground today (Sun) heading east-ish in the late morning. I assume one of the pair from the nest off Rangeland Rd nearby.

Other than that the most unusual sighting (per eBird making me provide documentation) was a few Violet-Green Swallows foraging over the pond. Lots of breeding activity (singing, nest activity, juveniles) among the local residents.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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