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Extremely late Nelson's Sparrow

This morning (4/30/2019) while conducting Belding's Savannah Sparrow surveys in San Elijo Lagoon I detected a singing Nelson's Sparrow. Unfortunately the bird is hanging out in a section of the lagoon that is closed due to the ongoing construction/restoration.
There was at least one report of a Nelson's Sparrow from this location over the winter, so it's possible that this is a continuing bird, but wintering birds usually leave our area by early March. I will try to check back in the coming days and weeks (in the
course of my work in the lagoon) to see if the bird hangs on into summer.
My photos are on my eBird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55604262
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA


Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Northern Parula: Final chapter

Dear friends,

 

Cici Sayer and Cristin Kelly brought the Northern Parula found on CiCi’s boat to the museum this morning, and Lea Squires prepared it beautifully: first specimen of the Northern Parula for San Diego County. The boat was 8.7 miles off Ocean Beach when the Parula came aboard yesterday 28 April. The specimen is now catalog number 56266 in the ornithological collection of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Thanks to CiCi, Cristin, and Sula Vanderplank for ensuring that this valuable specimen did not go to waste.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

From: SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io [mailto:SanDiegoRegionBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Philip Unitt
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 7:20 AM
To: 'SanDiegoRegionBirding' <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Dear friends,

 

The story on the Northern Parula is that it landed on a boat and the boater notified Cristin Kelly, captain of the Privateer and owner of San Diego Whale Watch. Cristin sent the pictures to Sula Vanderplank who sent them to me. Apparently the bird died and will be delivered to the museum today—let’s hope it’s in condition good enough to be prepared as a specimen.

 

Sula, Scott Tremor, and I were on the Privateer with Cristin yesterday. Not too many birds, but about 10 to 12 pairs of Scripps’s Murrelets, plus at least one Sooty Shearwater and 4 Pink-footed Shearwaters (a few more distant unidentified shearwaters). Good views of one fin whale (part of a pod of possibly as many as 4). Tood bad I didn’t get onto a possible minke whale seen briefly, but then we were distracted by the fin whales.

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego

 

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Quick update

 

Hi all,

 

Quick notes:

 

Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!

 

We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.

 

Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 

 

Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?

 

I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?

 

Thanks! 

 

Barbara Carlson

San Diego

 

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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

iNaturalist update 29 Apr, Monday

Lots of birds were added today! In spite of the rain!
And we can keep adding them for a few days more. Maybe make Thursday your goal to have all your observations submitted? Just remember the entries have to had been seen by midnight tonight. Not the best weather for this evening, but we still need Common Poorwill (the submitted one's photo is too dark) and Western Screech-Owl. 
Here's what I have to date (with notes/pleas):

                                            iNaturalist Needed Birds of San Diego County 2019

 

 

Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl

Ross’s Goose D

Cackling Goose D

Tundra Swan B

Eurasian Wigeon D

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Greater Scaup

White-winged Scoter C

Black Scoter C

Long-tailed Duck C

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

 

New World Quail

Mountain Quail

Gambel’s Quail

 

Grebes

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe B

 

Pigeons & Doves

Band-tailed Pigeon

Inca Dove A

 

Cuckoos

Yellow-billed Cuckoo B

 

Nightjars & Allies

Lesser Nighthawk

 

Swifts

Black Swift C

 

Hummingbirds

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird* B

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots

Sora – – needs photo

 

Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher D

 

Plovers & Lapwings

American Golden-Plover B

Pacific Golden-Plover D

Mountain Plover A

 

Sandpipers & Allies

Ruddy Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Ruff B

Stilt Sandpiper B

Dunlin

Baird’s Sandpiper – – photos
need to be entered

Little Stint* A+

Least Sandpiper – – need this
one from eBird  

Pectoral Sandpiper D

Semipalmated Sandpiper C

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Solitary Sandpiper D

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

 

Skuas & Jaegers

South Polar Skua C

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

 

Auks, Murres & Puffins

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot B

Scripps’s Murrelet – – trying to
confirm photo

Craveri’s Murrelet B

Ancient Murrelet C

Cassin’s Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

 

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers

Black-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull

Laughing Gull C

Franklin’s Gull B

Mew Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull A

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull C

Black Tern C

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

 

Loons

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon – – confirming
photo

 

Petrels & Shearwaters

Northern Fulmar

Buller’s Shearwater C

Short-tailed Shearwater D

Sooty Shearwater – – needs
photos

Pink-footed Shearwater – –
needs photos

Black-vented Shearwater

 

Storm-Petrels

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel B

Leach’s Storm-Petrel D

Ashy Storm-Petrel

Black Storm-Petrel

Least Storm-Petrel

 

Boobies

Masked Booby* A

Nazca Booby* A+

Blue-footed Booby* A

Brown Booby C

Red-footed Booby* A

 

Cormorants & Shags

Neotropic Cormorant A+

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns

American Bittern

Tricolored Heron* B

 

Hawks Eagles & Kites

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk B

Swainson’s Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk C

Ferruginous Hawk

Golden Eagle – –  hoping for this one today

 

Owls

Flammulated Owl C

Western Screech-Owl

Burrowing Owl

Spotted Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl C

Northern Saw-whet Owl

 

Woodpeckers

­­Williamson’s Sapsucker C

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker C

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

 

Falcons & Caracaras

Merlin

Prairie Falcon

 

Tyrant Flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher B

Gray Flycatcher – – this was
seen at Cabrillo NM on eBird. Needs photos/recording if confirmed

Eastern Phoebe C

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird-D

Thick-billed Kingbird* A

Eastern Kingbird-B

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher B

 

Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, Erpornis

White-eyed Vireo* A

Yellow-throated Vireo B

Plumbeous Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo* B

Red-eyed Vireo B

Yellow-green Vireo* B

 

Crows, Jays & Magpies

Pinyon Jay B

Clark’s Nutcracker B

 

Swallows

Purple Martin D

Bank Swallow C

 

Nuthatches

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

Treecreepers

Brown Creeper

 

Wrens

Canyon Wren

Pacific Wren C

Marsh Wren

 

Dippers

American Dipper

 

Kinglets

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

Thrushes & Allies

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire

Swainson’s Thrush

Varied Thrush D

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers

Gray Catbird B

Le Conte’s Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher – – photos need
to be entered

Sage Thrasher

 

Wagtails & Pipits

American Pipit

 

New Wood Warblers

Ovenbird-B

Worm-eating Warbler* B

Northern Waterthrush C

Black-and-white Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler B

Tennessee Warbler C

Lucy’s Warbler

Virginia’s Warbler B

Hooded Warbler C

American Redstart

Magnolia Warbler C

Blackburnian Warbler C

Chestnut-sided Warbler C

Blackpoll Warbler C

Black-throated Blue Warbler C

Pine Warbler* B

Yellow-throated Warbler B

Prairie Warbler B

Grace’s Warbler* B

Black-throated Green Warbler B

Canada Warbler B

Painted Redstart B

 

New World Buntings & Sparrows

Green-tailed Towhee

Clay-colored Sparrow D

Brewer’s Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Sagebrush Sparrow

Lark Bunting B

Nelson’s Sparrow B

Fox Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

 

Cardinals & Allies

Hepatic Tanager B

Summer Tanager – – dipped on
this one today

Scarlet Tanager C

Rose-breasted Grosbeak D

 

Troupials & Allies

Tricolored Blackbird – – anybody?

Orchard Oriole C

Baltimore Oriole C

 

Finches, Euphonias & Allies

Cassin’s Finch D

Red Crossbill C

Pine Siskin

Here's the link to the latest update:

We dropped in the number of observers. Otherwise we're in fourth place. I know observations will continue to be added, so stay tuned!
Thanks everyone! And thanks for your patience in entering even tho', for many, it was FRUSTRATING. If anyone is having continuing issues, please contact me offline.
Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Updated needs list?

I’m not at home. Has anybody gotten Ridgeways Rail or a different photo of Pacific Loon. Please check the website as I won’t be home until much later this afternoon. 

Thanks, 
Barbara

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Updated needs list?

I am getting ready to head out since it’s still cool out. Is there anything specific we need? If not, awesome.

Anthony TooFly
La Mesa, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: [birdingSanDiego] Quick update

There is a Summer Tanager at Mesa College everyday. If anyone wants to get a photo or recording.
You can see it or hear it at the nursery landscape Technology area . In the slope when there is people around and comes down to the lower garden when no one is around. 
The area is fenced and sometimes the gates are locked but can still enter through the Animal Health side, corner of Marlesta and Genesee
I'm home sick and can't be there today.
My photo is from april 5th and later.
Tony Provenzano
El Cajon 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Baltimore Oriole adult male at San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, April 27 and 28

I am passing along info on a sighting by Manolo Turner, Encinitas, who for spotted an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE  in the area of the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) recently.  It was first spotted Saturday April 27  on private property along Mays Hollow Lane, east of SDBG, and was last seen at around 4:30 PM yesterday afternoon April 28,   in a large eucalyptus immediately north of the entrance driveway to the SDBG just after the gate, before it flew into the interior of the Garden. So far, no pictures.  I think this bird is still needed for the INat challenge.  

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@…



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

Re: Quick update

If anyone is going to the visitor's center at Anza Borrego there are almost always cactus wrens near that small pool of water with the big palm tree.  In that area around there within a few hundred feet you can usually always see Cactus Wrens

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Quick update

Hi all,
Quick notes:
Someone got a Northern Parula on a boat!  Awesome get!
We need a photo of Sora or a recording. Likewise, Ridgeway's Rail. Also Red-throated Loon or Pacific Loon.
Any Tricolored Blackbirds anyone? 
Some eBirder had a Summer Tanager at Scissor's Crossing. Got photos? Likewise with Plumbeous Vireo? Any left in the county?  Barn Swallow?
I couldn't get a photo of Ladder-backed Woodpecker yesterday. Need one of those. How about Cactus Wren?
Thanks! 
Barbara Carlson
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports