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Reddish Egret; Batiquitos W. Basin 7JUL18

All,

I observed an immature REDDISH EGRET this morning at the Western Basin of Batiquitos Lagoon (west of the 5). It was foraging around the sand bar east of railroad bridge. One or two individuals were seen last year at the general Lagoon location (February and September). This species is seen less frequently in North county. Photo is included in the following ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47047528

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad

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La Jolla Cove, July 7: alcids, distant W&B booby

Got to the Cove at the layabout late hour of 6:12.
On my first scan, i picked up a pair of pigeon guillemots sitting on the water on the north edge of the kelp bed in the Cove.
Did a couple of scans looking for shearwaters, etc. and when I looked back for the guillemots they were gone.

Lots of pelicans, gulls, terns and shearwaters way out, maybe >1.5 miles.
By 7:00 they had all moved too far offshore to be easily visible.

At 6:48 had a common murre flying south, and another at 7:31.

At 8:10 I saw a booby at a distance flying south.
Probably not the same bird as last week’s black-and-white booby; this one was white-and-black.
Too far away to identify for sure, but based on the way it flew, it looked more like a masked/Nazca type than a red-footed type.

By 8:25 the heat had gotten too oppressive, even in the shade, and the heat shimmer too distorting, to make staying worthwhile.

Stan Walens, S.D.
Jul 11, 2018; 8:50 a.m.
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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Saturday morning's highlight at the drawn-down Salt Works pond half a mile east of the end of 13th Street was an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper, very rare or casual here in July. There are approximately 2000 Western Sandpipers present this morning, so trying to re-find this one bird will be a major undertaking. Also present was one continuing Lesser Yellowlegs, but there was no sign of yesterday's Stilt Sandpiper. The count of Wilson's Phalaropes was up to about 110 birds, with also about 75 Red-necked Phalaropes. This pond will likely already be too dry by Monday.

Yesterday at Emory Cove, there was an immature Reddish Egret exactly where we had an adult the previous weekend, as well as one one-year-old Common Tern.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Re: Stilt Sandpiper and phalaropes

I arrived this morning, hoping for some people with scopes but there was only one couple I didn't recognize.  I believe they said the were from South Carolina.  Anyhow, they got me on 5 Red-necked and 1 Wilson's Phalarope.  After about 20 minutes, they found the Stilt Sandpiper in the eastern part of the same pond described by Paul.  After a few minutes, it flushed with all the peeps and a couple of the other shorebirds and although I thought I saw where it landed, we did not re-find it.  I believe it landed just a bit west from where we found it.

Mark Stratton
North Park

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next san elijo monthly bird count monday 9 july

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 July.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
Thanks,
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

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Red-footed booby offshore

Five of us ventured offshore aboard the Privateer to escape the heat. It was very slow birding, with only one BV Shearwater and one Black storm-Petrel seen. No alcids at all. After spending some time watching some Blue Whales, we headed back to shore. Suddenly a tan/brown booby popped up from behind the swell. It was in sight a few seconds before disappearing behind the wheel house. We got ready to photograph it as it crossed to the other side of the boat, only it never appeared. It must have turned and flown down our wake, never to be seen again. No photos. Peter Ginsburg immediately called this as a red-footed booby based on the tan color of the head, with somewhat darker wings. None of us observed any white on the booby, so assume this is a juvenile.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Stilt Sandpiper and phalaropes

On Friday morning, the salt works pond that is one-third to one-half mile east along the bike trail from the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach has been drawn down and has 2500 shorebirds on it, including a breeding plumaged Stilt Sandpiper, as well as some 80 Wilson's Phalaropes and a hundred red-necked phalaropes. I am still scanning through all the Western Sandpipers trying to find something better….

Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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shorebirds, Common Tern

On July 4th, a one-year-old Common Tern on sw. San Diego Bay is a right-on-time summer arrival. The first good-sized wave of arriving Western Sandpipers (500+) and additional alternate-plumaged Short-billed Dowitchers are now also in residence, but the following species there, in contrast, are probably mostly locally over-summering birds (given their largely basic or only partly alternate plumage):  1 Black Turnstone, 12 Ruddy Turnstones, 25 Red Knots.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Re: Red-eyed Vireo, Summer Tanagers and Brown-crested Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing, 03 July

Here is a link to the Ebird checklist with photos of the Red-eyed Vireo: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46965361

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Red-eyed Vireo, Summer Tanagers and Brown-crested Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing, 03 July

 

This morning, 03 July, Nancy Christensen and I birded Scissors Crossing.  I spotted, and Nancy photographed, a Red-eyed Vireo. The bird was silent and soon lost in the dense growth. If it remains silent, re-finding it will be a "needle-in-a-haystack" type of search.

 

While we were NOT able to find a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, we did see a male and female Summer Tanager, and heard a Brown-crested Flycatcher's "whip" call.

 

A link to Nancy's eBird checklist posted photo will be provided shortly.

 

Barbara Carlson

San Diego

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Red-eyed Vireo, Summer Tanagers and Brown-crested Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing, 03 July

This morning, 03 July, Nancy Christensen and I birded Scissors Crossing.  I spotted, and Nancy photographed, a Red-eyed Vireo. The bird was silent and soon lost in the dense growth. If it remains silent, re-finding it will be a "needle-in-a-haystack" type of search.
While we were NOT able to find a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, we did see a male and female Summer Tanager, and heard a Brown-crested Flycatcher's "whip" call.
A link to Nancy's eBird checklist posted photo will be provided shortly.
Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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