Monthly Archives: March 2019

Old Mission Dam MTRP 3-27-19

I hiked out to the “falls” along the Oak Trail this morning.

Bell’s Vireo- several singing along the trail, mostly by the big rocks past the footbridge.

Black-throated Gray Warbler -5. At least 4 in an oak overhanging the northerly small footbridge.  Another in a feeding party of Audubon’s near the big rocks.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow 3

Eric Kallen
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Varied Thrush -Palomar

I made an early morning visit to Palomar today. A Varied Thrush was perched and singing at Observatory Campground, in a pine behind Space 42.
Fry Creek Campground still closed for winter.
At Palomar State Park, I checked along the Nature Trail for the PAC Wren. I may have heard it near post 10 (three repetitions of double chip), however, there was a lot of bird activity in the area. I spent quite a bit of time at that spot, but never saw it.
I spoke to the ranger there. She tells me a Dipper was reported last year near the pond. The stream is flowing well and this could be a year when one appears. I watched carefully but found no rocks with droppings. However, there are multiple down trees, and the Weir Trail is quite blocked, so I did not go as far downstream as I would have liked.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Long tailed duck – South end Vacation Isle NOW

First IDed by Joel Gilb last night, continuing with flock of surf scooters between bridges. Southwest end of Vacation Isle. I’m here now and will post to eBird. Approximately here: (32.7689310, -117.2418686)


Lindsay Willrick
(619) 971-7801
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First San Diego trip summary

I just returned home this weekend after my first trip to San Diego (and California in general).  I want to thank everybody who offered me advice and tips on finding new birds while I vacationed with my family, especially Alison Hiers who provided us with passes to the Botanic Garden, and Eitan Altman who took me out on Saturday and Sunday and put a good dent in my target list.  Also, Too Fly and I were at La Jolla Cove on the same day and probably unknowingly crossed paths.  By getting out a few times before attending to family activities, I was able to spot over 130 birds and 40 of them were new for me.  I am sure I would have found more if I was able to dedicate more time specifically to birding and visit a few spots I couldn’t get to, such as Tijuana River Regional Bird Park, Ramona Grasslands and Anza Borega Desert.  I’ll list my new birds below.  Some big misses were California Quail, White-throated Swift, Black Oystercatcher, Black-throated Magpie-jay, the Plumbeous Vireo and by one day – Black-vented Shearwater.  However, I did find a Greater Roadrunner which was number one on my list, and just before leaving for the airport I was able to find and photograph the Vermilion Flycatcher at Mission Bay Golf Course.  I have posted pictures on Flickr at:

If anyone ever makes it out East, I would be happy to other advice and bird guiding.  NJ is a good birding location.  Early spring migration has begun and soon the anticipated warbler influx will be here.  Again, thank you all.
New birds found:  Snowy plover, Long-billed curlew, Heerman’s gull, California gull, western gull, elegant turn, Brandt’s cormorant, red-crowned parrot, lilac-crowned parrot, acorn woodpecker, Nuttall’s woodpecker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, California scrub-jay, California gnatcatcher, Bewick’s wren, wrentit, California thrasher, California towhee, scaly-breasted munia, white-tailed kite, rufous-crowned sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, Oregon dark-eyed towhee, tri-colored blackbird, Brewer’s blackbird, bad-tailed pigeon, canyon wren, Say’s phoebe, red-masked parakeet, black turnstone, surfbird, wandering tattler, pelagic cormorant, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, eared grebe, oak titmouse, Hutton’s vireo, Vermilion flycatcher and greater roadrunner.
Steve Weiss
Toms River, NJ

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early Hammond's

I photographed an early Hammond's Flycatcher at Oriflamme Canyon in Anza-Borrego Park this morning. 

Jim Pike
Huntington Beach

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first of season gull-billed terns

Yesterday morning, Kate Goodenough, Dalia Ruiz, I and others observed two gull-billed terns over the South San Diego Bay NWR saltworks.  Although this species is common from late March to early August around San Diego Bay tidal flats and adjacent scrub, and along beaches and adjacent open habitats from the Mexican border to the mouth of San Diego Bay, it is rare elsewhere in San Diego County, so please post any sightings on the coastal slope away from the above locations.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
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cont. Orchard O., miscellanea., birder exploration

The female Orchard Oriole at North Clairemont Community Park (Rec Park), along Genessee Ave., first found by Jay D. earlier in the winter, was still present today, Saturday the 23rd. I had it in blooming eucs. next to the tennis court, but I gather it has moved up and down the lengthy growth of blooming eucs along the edge of the little canyon and thus could be difficult to find given the large amount of attractive habitat. I would bet that this park produces an interesting oriole, tanager, and/or rare warbler every winter. And see below.

Also on Saturday, a calling Ridgway's Rail along the San Diego River at the Riverview Golf Course in Mission Valley is my first for Mission Valley, although the fresh-water habitat here is similar to a number of other spots on the "inland" coastal plain where this species occurs in the county.  On Friday, the 22nd, the Plumbeous Vireo, male Hermit Warbler, and male Summer Tanager all continued at the top end of Presidio Park.

Back to North Clairemont Community Park….  I am not sure if Jay "discovered" this site a month or two ago via simple random wandering/searching or whether perhaps it was a positive outcome of his possibly taking up the "5-mile- radius challenge" for 2019, which Justyn posted about at the beginning of the year. But it is yet another good example of the joys, contributions, and challenges of spending time exploring, away from the crowds (in contrast to spending 90 percent of one's birding time chasing pre-found stakeouts–not that seeing rare birds isn't lots of fun).

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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