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Hudsonian godwit MIA

Currently at 11:15 or so, multiple birders are NOT seeing the hudsonian godwit on the mud flats at Robb field that was reported earlier this morning only on eBird.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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June 9th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic

The Buena Vista Audubon pelagic trip Sunday June 9th. is a short two weeks away

This is a 12 hr. trip and plans to visit the Nine and Thirty Mile Banks, mostly in San Diego waters but may lap into Los Angeles co. The trip is onboard the 85ft. Grande out of H & M Landing on San Diego Bay.  See trip details and previous years reports at www.sandiegopelagics.com .
The trip's late sign up price is $145 and spaces are available. Call H & M Landing 619 222-1144 and ask for the Grande's Birding trip for June, or make your reservation online at www.hmlanding.com under "Our Fleet", punch in Grande and scroll down to June 9th.
Good birding,
Dave Povey
Dulzura

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

La Jolla Cove May 27: black-vents

I arrived at the Cove at 6:30. Turbulent waters make it hard to see the storm petrels. Most amazing is a swarm of black vented shearwaters, possibly 600 to 800 with more coming up from the south. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many in late May.
Stan Walens, San Diego
May 27, 2019 6:40 AM
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Purple Martins, Empids, Borrego Springs WTP

Strong winds arrived at dawn. Blowing 25-35 mph. Two Purple Martins flying over the desert calling with buzzy chirps. Female types, with pale collars. 

Flycatchers dropped in over night. About 9 Pac-slope, 7 Willow, 2 Pewees hiding near the ground on the lee side of mesquite trees. All singing and calling. I should have many good photos to work with when I get home after the long weekend. 
8:30 am, and seems birding is done for the day in the desert. At least I found some warm and not rainy weather. 
Greg Gillson 


Greg Gillson
Escondido, California 
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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Another Rose-breasted Grosbeak

On Sunday, in addition to the continuing female-type  American Redstart that Alex A. found yesterday and still present today on Pio Pico, there is an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak along Albion between Dudley and DuPont. Otherwise only a precious few handful of migrants in the area.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Off-topic: Mountain Lion in Penasquitos Canyon Park

Just a cautionary word of warning:
For the past few weeks, there have been multiple sightings of a fairly aggressive mountain lion in the vicinity of the falls in Penasquitos Canyon.
[Obviously it can be anywhere in the canyon]

Stan Walens, San Diego
May 25, 2019; 5:30 pm
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey – Next Sunday, June 2nd.

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The June 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday – next Sunday, June 2nd. We are now in our tenth year of collecting bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.


Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Black Storm-petrel hoards also off Del Mar, May 25

Just a note to add to Stan's report, and those of others who reported high numbers  of Black Storm-petrels earlier off La Jolla. They continue indeed to the north of La Jolla.  Today, May 25, a little after noon, I noted 1010 Black Storm-petrels off Torrey Pines State Beach in Del Mar, scoping from the Penasquitos River mouth, and calculating in tens doing a  single horizon sweep from south to north. Most birds were distant near the horizon, but behavior and shape discernable through my scope. No doubt this was an undercount, since I was only counting birds on the eastern edge of the flock.  
  Happy storm-petreling, 

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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From: Stan Walens <stan.walens@…>
To: sandiegoregionbirding <sandiegoregionbirding@groups.io>
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] La Jolla Cove, May 25: 1500+ black storm-petrels

After watching the number of storm-petrels dwindle to almost none yesterday evening, I was surprised to see that this morning the black-storm petrels had returned to the Cove.
Widely scattered with many, many over the rough water of the canyon to the north.
But about 1500 or so between shore and the canyon.
Sooty shearwaters only far out. A few black-vented shearwaters.
No boobies.
Stan Walens, San Diego
May 25, 2019; 10:00 am3


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