Monthly Archives: June 2018

Magnolia Warbler continues 03 June

Spotted by Dave Povey this morning, the Magnolia Warbler continues in the oak tree on the north side of Warner St. just west of Silver Gate Ave. 

Barbara Carlson 
San Diego 

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Feb to April Sightings of our Peripatetic Pied Crow–exotic from sub-Saharan Africa

Hi San Diego birders, As many of you know, there has been an African Pied Crow (looks like a black and white raven) that has been roaming around San Diego County, at least since February.  (At least I think it is just one bird, tho not sure)

 To recap:  

–On February 25,26 and 27 2018, it visited the backyard of Elizabeth Castle on Chauncy Rd, nr Oak Riparian Park in Oceanside. 
–On March 5 one was seen flying over the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. 
–That same week on March 9, it was seen to the south in the Point Loma neighborhood by Chad King and others. 
–On March 28 and again on April 6, it was seen back north, hanging out in the area near the intersection of Hwy 76 and South Mission Road by Travis Nelson in Bonsall.  
If this is the same bird, it has been traveling around the county quite a bit.  They are generally sedentary birds within their large range in Africa. Birds introduced to South America (Brazil) are thought to have been ship assisted.  They are not a common caged bird, since they require a great deal of room-sized space.  They're resourceful omnivores and eat numerous invertebrates like insects, spiders and mollusks, as well as small vertebrates including rodents, birds and birds’ eggs, lizards, frogs and fish. Small birds and bats may be caught in flight. These birds also scavenge at rubbish dumps and patrol for roadside kill. They also eat plant material such as seeds, roots, fruits, dates, nuts, rice and potatoes.

If anyone sees further sightings of this or these birds, please either post,  or let me know off-list, since I am keeping track of their sightings.  Thanks! 

Susan Smith

Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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Re: Point Loma – Magnolia Warbler, June 02, 2018

The Magnolia Warbler has been in a large oak tree at the intersection of Warner and Silvergate (the yard in the SW corner of the intersection) for the past 30 minutes. Its only been seen twice so far, extremely briefly both times. Its been singing quietly off and on.

–Ryan Andrews
Valley Center
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rose-breasted grosbeak in Encinitas

A male rose-breasted grosbeak just visited the bird feeder outside my window in Encinitas today (Saturday).  It had briefly appeared at my bird bath yesterday morning, looked wistfully at my empty seed feeders and then departed.   After he left yesterday, I refilled the feeders, and this morning it paid off.  
An ash-throated flycatcher also made it into the yard yesterday, making it a two yard bird day. 
Warbling vireos have been seen daily in the yard for the last two weeks or so.  They, along with at least five other bird species, have shown interest in a couple of prolifically fruiting carrotwood trees.  The birds are attracted to the bright orange, fleshy pith that lines the open seed pods and makes a sheath that covers the bean-like seeds.  
–Andy Mauro

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Rancho Cuyamaca SP Dusky Flycatchers and more

Today I walked up Cuyamaca Peak starting about 8:00 this morning. There were two Dusky Flycatchers calling, one just down from Cuyamaca Peak and another about 200 yards north of Lookout Road along Conejo Trail. The lower part of this trail is pretty rough, I’d recommend birding the first quarter mile or so and turning back to the Lookout Road after the pines thin out. Also seem today were Olive-sided, Ash-throated, Western Wood Pewees, and a probable Willow Flycatcher along the riparian part of the Azalea Glen Loop Trail.

A tanager that looked very orange and sounded like a Summer Tanager flew over the pines of the Conejo Trail. This is about two miles from where Terry Hurst saw one last week, possibly the same bird is still around.

A nice day today, but warming up soon.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelagic June 10t.

Hello San Diego Birders.

This is a reminder that the BVAS/Grande pelagic is just about a week away, on Sunday, June 10th.

This trip is out of H & M Landing on San Diego Bay.  Price is $135 for about 12 hrs. We depart at 7 a.m. sharp,

please plan on being at the landing 45 mins. before departure. We plan do the Nine and Thirty Mile Banks.

The price goes Monday by $10 for a late sign up.

News from offshore has been interesting. A whale watching boat out of Newport  had a Masked Booby and

Red-billed Tropicbird. Local fishing and whale watching boats have had a few good sightings as well.  I hope

you'll join  us, call 619 222-1144 or make your reservation on line at

Dave Povey



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