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Grace's Warbler 1-24-19 Encinitas

The Grace's Warbler showed up at about 9am this morning at 1282 Crest Drive.  It spent most of its time in the pines and in a small palm along the north boundary of the property, and in the small Pine adjacent.  The Hermit Warbler was not seen.

A few pics posted @ egk.smugmug.com/photography.

some pics of Marcie's Painted Bunting also.

ebird report S51998531

Eric Kallen
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Hooded Mergansers

Male and female Hooded Merganser present in little pond at Raymond Av and Ramona Street in Ramona.

Iris Kilpatrick 
Ramona

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Grace's Warbler on Crest Drive, Encinitas, continues Wedn Jan 23.

Thanks to Gretchen Nell for refinding this bird on Jan 20. It was first spotted Dec 7 in the exact same spot, but dang it all, disappeared during the RSF CBC I think because of a huge multi -truck earth moving project  the week before CBC day.  But now, this bird is back, in its same spot in pines in yards  near 1282 Crest Drive. This morning, it was found by others before 8:30 am, and for us  started calling I think about 9 am or so and thereafter, intermittently,and was still calling from the tall pines near this address at noon.  We also refound at least one Mountain Chickadee nearby , and the wintering Hermit Warbler male  in pines a little south of this GRWA location continues too.

    As Gretchen pointed out, please be aware that this is a private residential community, and our continued access to birding this productive area is hugely dependent on the good will of the residents there. Years ago when a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher showed, there were many birders and photographers  who converged on the area. There was a day care center on one of the side roads where the bird was most consistently seen, and we did not realize until later, that parents and managers of the center were very upset by the photographers in the area with big lenses.  Thankfully, I think, we were able to assure the harmlessness of our birders, but since then, some of those side streets have new no trespass  signs up.  So just a heads up, though I know you all know the drill.   
    On the up side, we talked to many today who were thrilled about the bird, and some got out of there cars, took a look through our bins and said wow.  But just a reminder to  be on our best birding behavior.   Sue 

   

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Grace`s Warbler Encinitas continues 1/22 0945

Great photos of the bird Steve!  Sue
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Grace`s Warbler Encinitas continues 1/22 0945

seen at 945 Am
. Gretchen said she et al have seen the bird mid morning    Bird was silent.    Bird was seen seen from street at 1282 Crest Drive Encinitas   Photos seen in my ebird report

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51937933?msgKey=singleLocMergeSuccess

good birding your way
steve brad
leucadia


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

La Jolla Sea Watch January 21

This morning starting around 7:00 I spent about three hours sea watching at La Jolla Cove. The wind brought large numbers of gulls (Western, California, Heerman’s, Ring-billed, Boneparte’s, and a single Glaucous-winged) a few Surf Scoters and loons. A light-phase Northern Fulmar flew by early, but the Black-vented Shearwaters didn’t come closer in until about 8:30, up to 500 were visible at one time. The wind is forecast to continue through the day, maybe the Skua or the Magnificent Frigate Bird seen north of us yesterday will show up this afternoon.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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Nelson’s Sparrow at Kendal Frost Reserve

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, a Nelson’s Sparrow (perhaps two) was seen along the fence of the Kendal Frost reserve at the peak of high tide (just before 8:00 a.m. The orange on the face was clearly visible as the sparrow moved through the vegetation. I got a couple of poor photos, others present got much better. The sparrow was seen by Eric Kallen and Ross Christie before I arrived, Bruce Aird and Steve Sosensky were there as well. The tide tomorrow (Monday, January 21st) should be high enough for the Nelson’s to be visible again.

Dan Jehl
San Diego

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Grace's Warbler, Crest Drive, Encinitas, Jan. 20, 2019

There was a Grace’s Warbler in the tall pines near 1282 Crest Drive this morning, Jan. 20, 2019.  Likely a continuing bird, first found by RSF CBC scouting group led by Susan Smith on Dec. 7, 2018 & posted to eBird at that time, with photos.  In trees on private property in a residential neighborhood, but possibly can be viewed from the street.
Please see below for both eBird reports.
Gretchen Nell
Leucadia, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Laguna Loop 1-19-19

Trent Stanley & I birded several spots along the Laguna Loop this morning.  Early, it was cold and windy.

We stopped at the water tanks near the Sunset Trailhead off of Sunrise Highway.  We had what appeared to be a fly-over of 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers.

At the Pioneer Mail Campground, where the Lewis’ Woodpeckers wintered last year, we found only Fox Sparrows and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The gates to the park and the road across the highway were chained, so our investigation here was limited.

At Stonewall Mine the male Williamson’s Sapsucker was easily found from the parking lot.

in Descanso we saw 5 Tricolored Blackbirds in a flock containing Brewer’s Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds, near the intersection of Viejas Blvd. and Mitzpah Lane.

At the Viejas Reservation there was a bright Ferruginous Hawk soaring. 

Eric Kallen
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Cassin's Vireo in Hillcrest

Dear friends,

I just had the most delightful surprise in the paloverde tree in my front yard at 1076 Hayes Ave.: a Cassin's Vireo. I got to watch it at distances as close as 6 feet for a full 10 minutes as it foraged in company with a female Townsend's Warbler. Then it flew off across the street. I don't recall hearing of any reported on any of the San Diego County Christmas bird counts this winter, and I don't see any recent reports via eBird for San Diego County in the past month.

Good birding,

Philip Unitt
San Diego
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