Monthly Archives: March 2019

Lawrence's Goldfinch at Sycamore Canyon Rd at Garden Rd. in Poway

This afternoon March 18, Marcie Mason and Char Glacy observed 5 Lawrence's Goldfinch across from the horse corrals on the fence and in the large Sycamore Tree. Nice to know they are back at that location. For map and the other species we saw there, here is the ebird link:

Charlene Glacy
San Diego
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Hermit Warbler at Presidio Park

A male Hermit Warbler was in Presidio Park this morning, March 18, near the Cosoy Way entrance.  Given that spring migrant Hermit Warblers usually begin appearing in April, this may the same one that Nathan French photographed on March 5, likely wintering.


Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Lawrence's Goldfinches Anza-Borrego

More than a dozen Lawrence's Goldfinches on a slow drive through the Roadrunner Club in Borrego Springs this morning. Equal number of Lesser Goldfinches. 

A pair of Lawrence's continued yesterday at the Borrego waste treatment ponds. Heard yesterday about others at Yaqui Wells.
I noted fiddlehead flowers growing in several places throughout Anza Borrego desert this weekend. 
Greg Gillson 

Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Vermilion Flycatcher, North Mission Bay

This morning (Monday 18 March) at 07:25, a male Vermilion Flycatcher was seen at the southwest corner of the Mission Bay Golf Course, perched on the chain-link fence separating the bike path from the fairway.  The VEFL flew to the nearest group of trees on the east side of the fairway.

Carl Ebeling
South Mission Hills
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Green-tailed Towhee near Loveland Reservoir

There was a Green-tailed Towhee in the chaparral at the start of the trail from the fishing access parking lot down to Loveland Reservoir mid-morning Sunday March 17.  The parking lot is off of Japatul Road, south of Alpine.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Laguna Mts Bird Call ID help (and Clark's Nutcrackers)

I was hiking around the Big Laguna Lake today (and it IS nice and big after the rain!) when I heard a call that seemed very distinctive, but I haven't been able to figure it out. It was in a large pine on the bank, about halfway up, and the song had five distinct, clear notes. So, not a corvid. I looked up the calls of a bunch of the mountain birds I knew to be in the area and didn't find it. It may be that this one is incredibly obvious but I'm still kind of a noob when it comes to sounds.

Also saw three nice Clark's Nutcrackers, and one pair of Buffleheads out in the middle of the lake.
-Moro Rogers
Dana Point

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

south san diego bay misc

Yesterday (3/16/19), a female common goldeneye continued in closed portions of the South San Diego Bay NWR saltworks.  Also in the northern part of the saltworks, the juv glaucous gull reported earlier in the month at J St. continued & was seen roosting with other gulls around 1:45 pm.  (The bald eagle reported earlier in the month was not refound yesterday).
The first elegant terns of the season that I'm aware of were reported by Lea Squires off Tijuana Estuary on 3/14.  On both 3/15 and 3/16, she, Janne Torres, and I had regular flyovers of elegant terns at the south end of Silver Strand State Beach/Emory Cove between offshore foraging areas and San Diego Bay.  Yesterday afternoon, there were roosting & courting flocks of over 100 on the mudflats of Emory Cove and 36 on the small island in the southwest corner of saltworks visible from the bikepath NE of 8th St in Imperial Beach.
Also on the 15th, we had periodic pulses and at times large streams of black-vented shearwaters just beyond the surf at SSSB.  Numbers didn't approach those reported earlier off La Jolla Cove, but still had one group well over 1500, and others in the 100s.  Yesterday, numbers were lower, sightings less regular, and they were a bit farther offshore, but still in the 100s and easily viewable with binoculars.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
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Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs-125+

Late this evening we had a drop in of around 125 Swainson's Hawks. The settled into the date farm 1.6 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive on Borrego Valley Rd. With a light wind they probably will kettle up between 7:15 and 9am. I believe the best location may be on Borrego Valley Rd or perhaps DiGiorgio Rd 1.6 miles north again from Palm Canyon Drive. I will be at the Borrego Valley site early as the last big group left on a light wind early. 
Because of a super flower bloom, the roads in and out of Borrego Springs will be very busy. Early travel is best. 
Hal Cohen
Borrego Springs

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

A dozen White-fronted Geese at San Dieguito Rd., Horse Pastures, Scripps Ranch

Midday today there were at least 12 Greater White-fronted Geese at this location, up from the previous count of 8 seen by Dan King on Feb 9, but far less than the large number  (59) of these geese spotted at Lake Henshaw by Tito Gonzales last fall on Sept 29.  I hope this bodes well for the population.  They were in flooded fields just east of the main buildings of the Gates' horse farm, just east of the overlook. 


Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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