Monthly Archives: January 2019

Pomarine Jaeger -Shelter Island – 28 Jan 2019

A six-hour search at Shelter Island earlier today for the wintering Red-necked Grebe was unsuccessful, but a real nice surprise was a Pomarine Jaeger (light-morph, sub-adult or possibly 'plain' adult) right at, right ON, the boat launch. Was there for several hours, apparently left around 11:00. A fly-by Little Blue Heron was also a bit surprising.

Paul Chad
University City
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Red-naped Sapsucker at Santee Lakes

Monday morning there was a Red-naped Sapsucker just east of the playground at the south end of Santee Lake #4.  Solid black upper breast below the red throat; otherwise lots of red including a large red patch on nape and a hint of red crossing the white strip behind the eye.  No photos.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Clay-colored Sparrow & Ferruginous Hawk

Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2019

A single CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was associating with a flock of white-crowns today in the far northeast corner of Torrey Hills Park. They were feeding in the grass around the infield dirt. Look for the pale lores and strongly marked throat, as well as the buffy wash to the face, breast and sides. It was the only other sparrow with the white-crowned flock. I didn't see any chippies on my visit, but there could be some around.
Also today, while hiking Los Penasquitos Canyon from the west parking lot, I found an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK. These birds are fairly rare this close to the coast, though more common in the winter farther inland. Bright rufous back, white head and chest, and mostly white-tail with dusky terminal band were all noted. The bird was found roughly half-way between Wagon Wheel Crossing and Sycamore Crossing. I first found it perched in the riparian and then again in flight about a half-hour later.
Good Birding!
Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

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Grace's Warbler – 1282 Crest Drive, Encinitas

I and two other birders/photographers got excellent looks at the Grace's Warbler this morning, between 8:45 and 9 pm. It hopped around the pine tree closest to the road on the 1282 side, then flew into the small pine across the road, where we got the best looks and photos. At one point, it flew into the low hedge by the roadside — too close to photograph with our big lens. Yes, we considered ourselves quite fortunate. Photos on eBird:

We looked for the Hermit Warbler reported last week but no luck there.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey – Next Sunday, February 3rd.

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The February 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday  – February 3rd. We are off to a good start for our tenth year of collecting data bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Reddish Egret continues in Oceanside

I observed the continuing Reddish Egret at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River today about
1100.  The bird has been erratically present since November 8.  This is the fourth individual of 
this species that I have observed at this spot since 2012, but the only one that has continued
into the winter months.
Ken Weaver

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Vaux's Swifts Balboa Park

This evening (1/24), right at sunset (5:10 PM), there was a unseasonable flock of chattering Chaetura swifts circling over the El Prado bridge over Hwy 163 in Balboa Park. I assume Vaux's; 2 or 3 dozen. They seemed to be gathering to roost nearby. They headed off to the south-southeast.

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Glaucous-winged gull at Lake Murray

     At approx. 11 a.m. today (1-24) a less-than-adult Glaucous-winged gull was well seen at Lake Murray. The location was Alvarado Bay (the first small bay on the left as you enter the park via Kiowa St.). There’s a small man-made spit that extends southwestward Into Alvarado Bay, and the gull was sitting at the end of it. Its pale gray and white wing tips were easily seen, as was its almost entirely blackish bill color except near the base. Based on the latter as well as faint bits of pale tan feathers on the wings, I concluded it was a second winter bird (its appearance was virtually identical to that shown for a 2nd winter GWGU on p. 221 of Sibley, 1st ed. (and indeed like Tony’s photo on p. 245 of the Bird Atlas). I returned to the spit about 5 minutes later, but the wildlife there was fisherman = 1, GWGU = 0.  I couldn’t find it again. 
    The Bird Atlas notes that GWGUs are now rare inland; I’ve never seen one at Lake Murray before.  
Phil Pryde 
San Marcos 

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