Monthly Archives: January 2019

Vesper Sparrow at Town Center Community Park (Santee – Jan 5, 2018)

In the spirit of checking underbirded parks in my 5MR circle, I found a nice VESPER SPARROW this morning foraging on a grassy field with a mixed flock of Lark Sparrows and American Pipits. This spot is easily accessed from the parking lot at the east end of a Town Center Community Park in Santee, in a big grassy field just E of the soccer fields.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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Orchard Oriole Tessoro Grove

For all the year listers I just had the Tessoro Grove Orchard Oriole working the Eucalyptus Trees along the northwest wall. The male Summer Tanager was also in the same area.

Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA
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Probable Slaty-backed Gull on January 1st pelagic

Well, I’ve done it now.


I’ve convinced myself that a 2nd cycle gull I photographed offshore on the pelagic trip from San Diego is a Slaty-backed Gull. Or, perhaps it is a Slaty-backed x Herring, but how would one tell?


Perhaps others have photos of it too. I was trying to show a 1st cycle Herring Gull to other passengers, but this odd bird kept getting in my way….


9 photos and descriptions are added to the eBird trip list as “Larus (sp.)” which is true even if I botched the more specific ID.



Greg Gillson



Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
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Eurasian Wigeon, Mission Bay GC, 3 Jan 2019

A (adult male) Eurasian Wigeon was mixed in with Americans, at the Mission Bay Golf Course today. Some Vermilion Flycatchers, presumably from the family group of last summer, are also still present.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Tesoro Grove Summer Tanager

The adult male Summer Tanager continued this afternoon in the willows and the eucalyptus above the willows at the western side of the creek at the entrance to the Tesoro Grove apartments in Nestor. Also seen was a single Western Tanager and a female Bullock’s Oriole in the same trees.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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Dos Picos Morning

In celebration of the 5 mile concept, I went birding this morning (Weds Jan 2) at Dos Picos Park in Ramona.  I didn't realize Virginia Rails were common there, it is listed as a common bird on the ebird list for that site.  I got some good shots of it as it worked on a fish that was left by some fisherman earlier.  Lots of other probably common, but uncommon to me, birds out and about including Gold-Crowned Sparrows and a Male purple finch at the water spigot.

I also birded around the house and down in Nestor/Hollister yesterday morning, Tuesday Jan 1st.  I did see the Vermilions, the Scarlet Tanager at Tesoro, but whiffed on the Scissor-Tailed, Thick-Billed or any of the Tropical Flycatchers down there.
Some photos from yesterday and today here – 
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

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Black-backed Lesser Goldfinch???

First of all, Happy New Years to everyone.  At our feeders, we have a Lesser Goldfinch that looks really similar to the pics I can find of a Black-backed form.  I don't think this is much of a big deal but thought I'd post it just in case.
Mark and Camille Stratton
North Park

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