Monthly Archives: March 2019

Orchard Oriole & misc.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

While exploring a few new parks today, I found a female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the North Clairemont Recreation Center. It was in the most southern part of the park, where it mainly stayed low in the bushes along the edge of the canyon in the eastern section of the walk-way. It was bright yellow and green overall with darker wings and two obvious white wing-bars. Dark, thin pointy bill was slightly decurved. Smaller in size with a shorter tail and bill compared to hooded. 
Other highlights at this spot included adult male and female BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, a SLATE-COLORED JUNCO and a GRAY-HEADED JUNCO.
I checked-out South Clairemont Recreation Center earlier in the morning and was surprised to find a LARK SPARROW in the western part of the park. At least one WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH also continues here in the trees along the SE edge.
Good Birding!
Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

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SD Bird Festival Pelagic Trips X3 totals

The San Diego Bird Festival hosted 7-hour pelagic trips on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 1-3, aboard the "New Seaforth." Unpleasant weather and sea conditions on Saturday forced the trip to be cut short two hours. Here is a listing of the totals of offshore species only, with a couple jetty exceptions, and leaving out some common species such as most gulls, cormorants, pelicans, etc.

Pink-footed Shearwater:  1, 3, 0

Black-vented Shearwater:  4550, 1250, 10,000

Brown Booby:  10, 9, 3

Red Phalarope:  0, 0 , 2

Pomarine Jaeger:  3, 1, 6

Parasitic Jaeger:  2, 3, 2

jaeger sp.:  0, 0, 3

Scripps's Murrelet:  20, 19, 35

Cassin's Auklet:  0, 16, 2

Rhinoceros Auklet:  46, 19, 37

TUFTED PUFFIN:  1 (9.71 nm W of s. La Jolla), 0, 0

Forster's Tern:  0, 0 , 1 (10 nm W of La Jolla farther offshore than normal)

Royal Tern:  10, 3, 5

Bonaparte's Gull:  20, 33, 36

Glaucous-winged Gull:  1, 0, 0

Red-throated Loon:  0, 0, 2

Pacific Loon:  3, 0, 1

Common Loon:  3, 3, 4


Surfbird:  7, 2, 3

Black Turnstone:  1, 0, 1

–Paul Lehman and pelagic leaders, San Diego
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Hi All,
  This morning Rachel Smith and I walked up Tecolote Canyon from the Visitors Center and were surprised to find two recently fledge CALIFORNIA THRASHER foraging on the ground. Shortly after spotting them an adult came into feed them. This is a very early date for fledging CATH (SDC Bird Atlas, Unitt). A link to some photos is below.
Keers (as the MAMU says)
Kerry Ross
Bay Park

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Pt. La Jolla, 3/2

This afternoon there was a minimum of 10,000 BVSH swirling, feeding, and rafting very close to shore stretching from Scripps Pier down to the harbor seal haul-out. It was a bit overwhelming. I'm sure a Manx or two could have been picked out with more eyes present. There were also at least 2,000 gulls gorging on pelagic red crabs. Unfortunately, despite the biomass, the only lowlights were BRBO, GWGU, and POJA. Tomorrow morning might be interesting.

Matt Sadowski

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Lindo Lake Sapsuckers – TWO YBSA

Today (Sat Mar 2, 2019) on my San Diego Bird Festival “big day” tour, we just stopped at Lindo Lake after lunch and found the previously reported adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the SE corner in the big sapsucker pepper tree.

Afterwards we checked the grassy area near the playground S of the west basin and found the continuing Red-breasted Sapsucker as well as what I believe is a SECOND Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, this one a juvenile (female I presume). This second bird has a completely white throat and zero red on the crown or nape, and is retaining a good amount of the blurry juvenile plumage look on the nape and upper back.

Both the RBSA and the second YBSA were in the same tree near the fence line just W of the playground around 1:30pm (20 min ago as I type this).

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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Tufted Puffin off La Jolla

The San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip on Friday had an adult tufted puffin swimming around the boat only 9.7 nautical miles west of southern la Jolla. The wings were likely in molt and it is doubtful the bird can fly so it can't get too far. We will obviously try again for the bird on the Saturday and Sunday boats but the weather on Saturday is looking pretty iffy.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Townsend's Solitaire in Point Loma neighborhood

At about 9:00 this morning (March 1), I found a Townsend's Solitaire perched on a wire across the east end of Dudley St. (in Point Loma), just before the dirt path starts down the hill. Seems an odd time of year for one in this location.  The light was poor, but here's what I saw and heard: The bird was the right size, slim, dull brownish gray with a thin white eye ring and small dark bill.  It had a small, faintly rusty patch on the wing (thus closest to Sibley's "drab-winged adult").  It sang a melodious song very quietly.  Unfortunately, it flew while I was trying to check the song on my phone, so I didn't see where it went.

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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eBird checklists and the Bird Festival

With the San Diego Bird Festival occurring this weekend, the eBird review team for San Diego County will be busy. To make our lives easier, we ask that you, as a participant or especially as a field trips leaders, do three things:
1) Break the day up into multiple lists by location. If you travel to
Dairy Mart, and then Bird and Butterfly Garden, and then Sunset Ball
Fields, that should be three lists, not just one. Worse yet, we often
have people plot their entire day's list (or weekend's!) at the
conference center.

2) For each checklist, please designate a list keeper for each stop, be it a leader, or a eBird savvy participant. The group should all share a single list for each stop, and users can then add or delete species from that master list. Birders in groups are not birding independently of one another, but working together to spot birds.
3) USE HOTSPOTS when appropriate. The overhwhelming majority (95%?) of birding done in San Diego is at established areas where people frequently bird. When using the eBird app, after selecting Start New Checklist,
please select *Choose a Nearby Hotspot* if you're birding at a place
that people frequent (typically the case if you are following directions
to a recent rare bird). If you don't use hotspots, you get cumbersome maps that look like this where each blue pin is a checklist submitted away from the hotspot.

Thanks on behalf of the eBird reviewers here in San Diego,
Justyn Stahl

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