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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Re: Miscellania

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Poggi Creek Greenbelt in Chula Vista was first reported on 15 November 2018 by Jim Pawlicki, and is likely the same individual present here last winter. The fact that this bird was present was published in the latest two issues of The Skimmer – Vol 45 – December 2018 and Vol 46 – January 2019. As such the Poggi Greenbelt is not a new place for this species, and should not have been a surprise to anyone reading The Skimmer or monitoring eBird.

Guy McCaskie
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Lesser Black-backed Gull

When I stopped at “J” Street in Chula Vista early this afternoon there was a second-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull standing with California Gulls on the parking area waiting for “hand-outs”.  Last seen flying west over the bay towards the Silver Strand.

 

Good luck,

 

Guy McCaskie

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Miscellania

Yesterday (Tuesday Jan 29) I visited some Chula Vista spots. The drake Eurasian Wigeon continues in the Sweetwater River at the north end of 2nd Ave. The Thick-billed Kingbird continued at the Poggi Creek greenbelt, and was in close proximity to a Scissortailed Flycatcher. Comments I received on Facebook seem to indicate this may be a new place for this species this year, although last year the two birds were often seen together. I noticed that Brennan also saw the STFC, and remarked that it was a surprise.
Today Sue Smith led a few of us up into the mountains where we saw the continuing Lewis’s Woodpecker at the north end of Black Canyon Rd. This bird was not inclined to sit around and would have been very easy to miss if Sue had not known where to see it.
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continuing Pacific golden-plover TijuanaEstuary 1-30-19

This morning around 8:45, one of the continuing Pacific golden-plovers was seen among black-bellied plovers just NE of the mouth of the Tijuana River, south from Seacoast Dr.  It then shifted over to a sandbar island in the channel.
Also of interest in the area were 25 white pelicans, one Caspian tern, and 5 canvasbacks.  (And yes, the river still smells…)

Farther north, Maryanne Bache reported a reddish egret returning to San Eljio Lagoon on the east side of Hwy 101 just NE of the South Cardiff State Beach/Seaside parking lot.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA
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Re: Reddish Egret at J St. 1/30/2019

There has been an adult Reddish Egret in the northern section of the Sweetwater Marsh NWR since October of 2018. I have seen it hunting in a pool next to the southbound I-5 on the National City side. It was there again 2 days ago and I’m willing to bet it’s the same bird.
Doug

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 3:57 PM dan jehl <jehlyfish@…> wrote:

This afternoon at 2:30 there was an adult Reddish Egret on the mudflat at J St in Chula Vista, along with Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. A single Dunlin was with the peep near the riprap.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

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Reddish Egret at J St. 1/30/2019

This afternoon at 2:30 there was an adult Reddish Egret on the mudflat at J St in Chula Vista, along with Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. A single Dunlin was with the peep near the riprap.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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Snow Geese near Sweetwater Reservoir

This afternoon, my wife and I hiked the Sweetwater Riding and Hiking Trail that goes along the south shore of the reservoir.  It really doesn't get very close to the reservoir (hence no gulls or small waterfowl in my list; they were too far away to ID even with my scope)), and traverses the grassy scrub through the Wildlife Preserve.  Lots of singing meadowlarks.  

But the highlight was a large flock of Canada Geese accompanied by three adult Snow Geese.  These were all in a fenced off field about half a mile from the trailhead at Sweetwater Summit Park, by the first wooden horse bridge.  When we returned, the Canadas all seemed to be there, but the Snow Geese had left.

Photos in this checklist:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52190259

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest
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First time visitor to San Diego

My family and I will be making our first visit to San Diego in mid March.  I would like to make a couple of excursions in between family day trips to view birds and find western birds that I do not get to see at home in NJ.  There are some specific birds I’d like to see while in the area.  I think mid March might give me an overlap of late winter departure and early spring arrivals, as well as year round residents.  Any advice on any reliable spots to try (I can give specific target birds) and best times of day would be greatly appreciated.  Also, since this is our first visit, any advice on which area of town would be best to make our “home base” for the week? 

 
Thanks,
 
Steve Weiss
Ocean County, NJ

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Two Pacific Slope Flycatchers wintering at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 29 January 2019

While doing a bird count this morning at the SD Botanic Garden in Encinitas, I discovered that there are two (not one) overwintering Pacific Slope Flycatchers in the Garden.  The one reported previously, which tends to hang out along the eastern edge of the Australia Garden,  was in its usual place there, while I noted another bird, only 35 minutes previously, flycatching in the Tropical Fruit Garden, on the western side of the Garden.   The Australia Garden bird was first discovered on November 19, 2018.  

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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