Monthly Archives: July 2019

Masked Booby at La Jolla 07272109

At 7:40 this morning and adult masked booby was seen from the La Jolla Cove Seawatch spot. Clean white and black, no brown spotting seen Bill was yellowish green not orange. Flying about half a mile off shore seen for about 10 minutes by myself,Stan Walens, and David Gardner. Also, one Common Murre and a few groups of Red-necked Phalaropes.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey – Next Sunday, August 4th!

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The August 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday – next Sunday, August 4th. 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

Lake Henshaw – breeding Spotted Sandpiper, SW Willow Fly July 26, 2019

Dan Jehl and I took a dawn patrol hike to the back of Lake Henshaw today July 26, 2019, 5:15 AM–10:15 AM.  Humidity was up, temperatures in the 65–85F range.  Bit of a slog walking back to the highway after 9 AM.
Last week I had encountered an adult Spotted Sandpiper acting as if it had a nest or nestlings hidden nearby, circling low over grass and short herbs, landing on small trees and then a post calling, as I walked by.  Then leading me away calling on the ground.  I had made a cursory look around but no signs of nesting.  Today we encountered the same adult and after a short search out popped a small and still flightless youngster! Beautifully marked brown and black barring on the back, black loral and eye stripe and dark crown stripe extending to the nape and with two black dots on the back if its head.
We listened for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo I had seen and heard on July 20 but did not detect it.
Shorebirds were very scant – half a dozen Western Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpiper and a Greater Yellowlegs were all we could find in the south end shallow margins.  There was a large "midge" hatch on and plenty of insect life around.  Just not many migrant birds out there.  One California Gull eating the flies.
We made a note of "Southwestern" Willow Flycatchers detecting at least four singing individuals and possibly as many as six.  These were in the same separated discrete areas I had detected them on July 20.  In one spot possibly two birds singing next to each other.  There were other individuals "whitting" around also so the total number may be higher.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Sabine's Gulls, Common Murre, and others

I took the family offshore today for an outing. Not sailors, some survived some didn't.

Notable were four Sabine's Gulls in a single group on the water five n.miles west of Mission Bay. Then a south bound Common Murre off the Point of La Jolla.

Other species seen were;  a Pink-ft. Shearwater,  20- Sooty Shearwater, 150 Black-v. Shearwater,
25- Black Storm-Petrel, 10 – Red-n. Phalarope, 60 Elegant Tern, 1- Least Tern, 1 Caspian Tern.
B. Pelicans, Brandt's Cormorants, Western, and Heermann's Gulls.
One whale sp. off La Jolla, Two pods of Common Dolphin.
Dave Povey
p.s. last I saw there was a single spot open for the Aug. 18th. BVAS pelagic. Call H & M at 
619 222- 1144. They will take a short waiting list to cover possible cancellations.

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Scott's Orioles again

This morning I observed TWO adult female Scott’s Orioles in my yard. The female from the other day had a brownish head with a dark blotch on her breast, and was seen feeding a fledgling. The new female today has an almost entirely black head and breast, shading to dark brown on the back of the head, where it becomes mottled on the back. This female was seen repeatedly feeding a fledgling today, bringing it both bugs and suet. That young bird also visited oranges where it fed itself. I assume there were two separate SCOOR nests in my neighborhood, unless these birds are traveling to the area with young birds in tow. Only one male has been seen, however it is very flighty and pulls a disappearing act at the slightest movement. Will one male have two mates?


I also had a fledgling mockingbird in the yard this morning. Mockers visit my yard when berries are ripe (as they are now), but do not nest or sing while here. There are nearby areas where they seem to be resident. I assume this baby mocker has come from a nearby nest.


Here are the checklists from today and Tuesday with photos of the two Scott’s females:


Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

yellow crowned nght heron batiquitos lagoon july 25 730 am

I spotted an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron this morning about 75 yards west of the Nature center  and then across the lagoon near the freeway just south of the 5 freeway bridge.   Reviewing sdrb I see that sue smith et al had one July 7 at san dieguito lagoon along with a juvi     On the far side of the lagoon  there was another bird that was a candidate to be  juvi based mostly on size   my photo of that bird barely reveals it as a bird but perhaps the same two birds that Sue saw    I did get some photos of the adult before it flew to the far side and have them in my ebird report     good birding your way

steve brad
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Common Murres, early juv R-n Phal, misc. waterbirds

Today, the 23rd, there were 4 one-year-old Common Terns on the J St./Marina Pkwy. mudflats, along with a good total of 230 Royal Terns (with slightly larger numbers of Elegants). A seawatch from the south end of Seacoast Drive produced 6+ Brown Boobies. A flock of 17 summering Surf Scoters off Camp Surf. Yesterday, the 22nd, an AM seawatch at La Jolla produced continuing small numbers of southbound Common Murres, with 3 birds in 90 minutes, as well as good numbers of southbound Red-necked Phalaropes, 60+ Black-vented Shearwaters, and 40+ Black Storm-Petrels. A JUVENILE Red-necked Phalarope at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar ties my personal early arrival date for this age in the county, in 2017. Also 9 Redheads and 3 W-f Ibis there.

–Paul Lehman
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Hornblower trip, July 22

An interesting trip. For much of the time as we headed out to the 9-Mile Bank, the ocean was devoid of any birds at all.
And of cetaceans.
The swell was small, but wind chop made the surface a mess. No alcids seen.

About 5 miles due west of the tip of Pt. Loma we came to our first tubenoses: a flock of 22-24 black-vented shearwaters, with 2 sooty shearwaters and 3 black storm-petrels in with them.
A couple more black storm-petrels as we headed west from that area.
Then nothing, nothing, nothing until we got out to the 9-Mile Bank.
It was still pretty birdless, but we picked up 26 pink-footed shearwaters, 8 more sooty shearwaters, and a small flock of 7-8 Leach’s storm-petrels, all but one of which were dark-rumped.

On the way back in, we found a raft of 22 pink-footed shearwaters sitting in the water about 8 miles offshore; 2 more sooties; 4 black storm-petrels, and 9 black-vented shearwaters.

This lack of birds was surprising, because a large number of shearwaters and a small number of storm-petrels, as well as hordes of common dolphins, are off of La Jolla Cove again.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 22, 2019; 4:15 pm
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Scott’s Orioles

A male Scott’s Oriole has been hanging around my neighborhood on Mussey Grade in Ramona for about 2 weeks. I had assumed it was a post-breeding bird that had left the desert. Today I was surprised to have a female Scott’s visit the feeders. Then a second female-type shows up. The breast markings are different on the two birds. Finally a fledgling came in and the the female with a black blotch on her breast fed it repeatedly. This young bird doesn’t’t fly well and does not seem to be able to self-feed. I have to assume the Scott’s have nested nearby. A pair nested here several years ago as well.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Offshore San Diego

Just getting back from a day at sea. Pleasure cruise on 40 foot Reel Science from Shelter Island. 

Went out to 182 Spot.
4 Craveri's Murrelets plus 1  Murrelet flying and 1 dead that were probably the same. 
2 Ashy SP, 6 or so Chapman's. 
Nothing else of note except blue sky and blue seas. 
Greg Gillson 

Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports