Monthly Archives: June 2019

Heron Big Day!

As a Father's Day gift to myself, I got up predawn and headed to San Elijo Lagoon. I'll post to ebird later, but got lovely views of an American Bittern AMBI stalking prey in the pools between Stonebridge and Sta Helena. Also present were Great Blue Heron, GBHE, Great Egret GREG, and Snowy Egret SNEG, and a flyover Black-crowned Nightheron BCNH. As I was at 5 herons by 7.30 am, I dashed to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the pair of Yellow-crowned Nightherons YCNH on the nest by the fire station, and a green heron GRHE on the San Dieguito River, taking me to 7 Ardeidae for the morning. As I still have plenty of daylight left, can I make it more? San Diego River for Little Blue Heron LBHE and possibly Reddish Egret REEG…. tempting!

Happy Father's Day birding, everyone!

Steve Perry

Solana Beach

Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak Tecolote Canyon

Singing near BHGRs on main trail at 8:45 but was chased off by pair of NOMOs (32.7749535, -117.1944740)

Nathan French

Nathan French Photography
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Reminder for Tuesday's SDFO meeting! Please come join us!

This month's SDFO meeting will be on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:00 PM, in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego 
Foundation Building. 
We are pleased this month to welcome our featured speaker, Rustom Jamadar, to present “Birds of India.”
Rustom Jamadar is a San Diego resident who has traveled to India annually for the past three years 
to bird different regions there. Rustom grew up in India and first birded there in 1982. He was introduced to 
birding when he was in college in Texas and cut his birding teeth in the Rio Grande Valley. Over the last seven 
years Rustom has been birding regularly in the San Diego area as well as in other parts of the U.S., in Central 
and South America, and in India. Rustom has been a Life Member of the Bombay Natural History Society and 
a member of the National Audubon Society for over 30 years. In recent years he has joined local Audubon chapters, 
and can be spotted on their field trips.
Next month’s program: Tuesday, July 16, same time, same place. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee John 
Martin will give a talk on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and its role in bird conservation.
It's not too late to pay your annual dues. Please see me at the meeting or contact me off line.
Barbara Carlson 
SDFO Membership
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Northern Parula Palomar Mountain

Singing adult male at post 8 on the Doane Valley Nature Trail off the parking lot for Doane Pond at Palomar State Park. This is where the Pacific Wren was in December (I think that was the month). Singing at noon in the deciduous trees in the creek bed but moved up mid story into the Incense Cedars. No service on Palomar, stopped at Santa Ysabel to post.

Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Greater Scaup & Horned Grebe

Saturday, June 15th, a female GREATER SCAUP was off the parking lot at J St./Marina Parkway in Chula Vista. There are no summer records for the county listed in the SD Atlas, but perhaps there have been a couple such reports since it was published (?). Wouldn't be surprised given how many Greaters winter on the Bay. Also today, the casual-in-summer HORNED GREBE I first saw from J St. on the June 3rd was now farther west, visible from the Biological Study Area parking lot at the bottom of the Silver Strand, looking east. At the saltworks, uncommon-ish summering shorebirds included 18 Red Knots (1 in full alternate) and 3 Ruddy Turnstones. A basic-plumaged COMMON LOON was "inland" at the lower end of Sweetwater Reservoir, and a female Cinnamon Teal with 8 ducklings was at the upper end of the reservoir.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

storm-petrel glut, Ring-necked Duck

On Thursday the 13th, there was a record-count from shore of 2500 Black Storm-Petrels at La Jolla, soon after dawn. A large percent of the birds were to the NNW over the canyon. Numbers dropped off a little over the ensuing two hours, but there were still 1500+ when I departed. Otherwise, 80 Black-vented Shearwaters, but not much else.

On Friday the 14th, there is a summering, female Ring-necked Duck at Santee Lakes (Lake #3). Also the continuing couple Acorn Woodpeckers that have been there for ca. 5 years since the coastal-slope incursion back then. Nearby, at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course, the new colony of Double-crested Cormorants has five active nests.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: R-e Vireo property access


Thank you for finding a bird considered a nemesis for many local birders. Also, thank you for working to preserve access to sites like this for when something special little the Red-eyed Vireo pops up. As we all saw with the Hooded Warbler in Del Mar last year access can be blocked to these privately owned areas. I appreciate the reminder.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

R-e Vireo property access

The property on which the Tierrasanta Red-eyed Vireo currently resides is a private HOA park, and is so signed (clearly). So far, so good, as the local residents have been curious as to what's going on. But this will last only so long, especially if "management" gets involved. So, please, if the bird remains past today, please consider how important it is for you to see it, if you go then please see the bird and then promptly depart, and please do not return to this site for general birding in the future. If we find something very good there again in the future, we will endeavor to post news and have just limited (i.e., short-term) access, such as today.


–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports