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La Jolla Cove: July 9. Murres

I’ve been at the Cove for less than 15 minutes and have already had 11 common murres. Thousands of black vents far off shore
Stan Walens San Diego
7:35 AM, July 9, 2019
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

results of mon 8 july 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 6 participants for conducting the 8 July 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Linden Amundsen; Jayne Lesley, Trish Hovey; Patti Koger; Robert Patton.

 87 species were reported.  Species of interest included American bittern off Sta Helena then later off the eastern mesa, pre-dawn common poorwill off Sta Helena, & returning migrant shorebirds.  (Not included in the count were carcasses of black storm-petrel on the beach, and barn owl along Escondido Cr).

 Species included:  western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, American bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, American coot, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, Heermann’s gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl, common poorwill, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, brown-headed cowbird, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 12 August.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton

San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

YC Night Herons, Alternate Common Loon, etc. southwestern San Dieguito Lagoon and mouth, July 7, 2019

       Today, for the San Dieguito Lagoon July Monthly Bird Count,  Joni Ciarletta and I covered the SW  section of lagoon, from the lagoon mouth east to the east end of the boardwalk (the area west of I-5 but not including the Crest Canyon area). 

      First,  an update on the pair of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS who last month had been last seen tending a nest in a eucalyptus tree  at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds along Jimmy Durante Blvd.  At that time, one bird looked to be in definitive alternate plumage, while the other bird still appeared to be in immature plumage, with some adult color patterning developing on the head.   We checked that nest first and found it to be unoccupied. Then,  as we walked westward toward the ocean along the slough,  we saw the full adult-plumaged bird perched on the railing of the Railroad bridge.  An approaching railroad train then flushed it,  at which time the second YCNH (the one with more immature-plumage) appeared from below the bridge,  and they both flew east together a short distance, not toward their nest on the north shore of the slough on the fairgrounds, but rather to a row of pines along the south side of the slough, by the nature trail and Del Mar Public Works. (this is a spot where BCNHs typically have perched in the past). So it appears that these birds may have abandoned their nesting effort this year, but we hope they will try again next year.

     
   Walking back from the ocean we saw an adult alternate-plumaged COMMON LOON in the slough heading west, and along the boardwalk that leads out into the  tideland reclamation area east of Jimmy Durante Blvd, we saw some adult shorebirds recently returned from the breeding grounds, including Least Sandpipers.   
eBird Checklist and some photos are at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58005611

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@…


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

Indigo Buntings TRV

Birded the Bird and Butterfly Garden with Andrew N. And Rodney G. late this morning and found a singing male and a chipping female Indigo Bunting. Photographed, and recorded near horse staging area west of Bird and Butterfly Garden. (32.5537439, -117.0882575)

Nathan French
Hillcrest
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Point La Jolla seawatch July 5

An semi-slow morning at La Jolla. I was there from before 6:30 until 9:00 with three others. Over 1,000 Black-vented Shearwaters milling/rafting about 3/4 mile offshore but only about 20 Black Storm-petrels. Two Common Murres ( one at 7:10 and one at 7:55) flew south outside the kelp beds, both adults in breeding plumage, perhaps all these Murres seen in Southern California means that breeding failures are widespread this year. No other alcids, tubenoses, or boobies seen.

No dolphins seen at all this morning.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

next san elijo monthly bird count monday 8 july

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 8 July.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

Thanks!

R. Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Possible "Fuertes" Red-tailed Hawk, Marian Bear Canyon, July 1

Driving through Marian Bear Canyon at 7:15 yesterday evening, I saw an unusual RTHA sitting on a pole near the junction of Rte. 52 and Genesee Ave.
So unusual that I pulled off the road and snapped 3 cellphone photos from 100 yards away. They are terrible, but I think they are diagnostic.
I can send them to whomsoever wants to see them; write to me off-list.
Bird flew off to the east, towards Miramar landfill, Marine base, etc.
I have not looked for it today

Most notable feature of the bird was how white the breast and belly were. No belly band. At most a very faint suffusion of pale rusty marks.
There was a narrow vertical strip of fine reddish marking on the sides of the breast, but very faint and restricted to the sides.
The wings seem a bit longer relative to the tail than I expect in calurus.
Head was dark with a small, pale, buffy supercilium.
Could not see any epaulettes on the scapulars and wing coverts, so perhaps they had darker, less contrasting, edges than on calurus?

Totally out of range and out of season for fuertes, of which there are only a handful of San Diego records. But it didn't look like calurus to me, or like some kind of off-color individual.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 2, 2019; 10:45 am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Yesterday I photographed this Woodpecker from my living room window. Looking in Sibley's and images on line the red crown looks more like Ladder-backed, the rest of the bird looks like Nuttall's and I am nowhere near Ladder-backed habitat. Looking for some input from other birders.       

     
   Thank you
    Butch Carter
    Santa Ysabel, California

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male at San Diego Botanic Garden, 1 July 2019

   This morning ~ 8:10 am, at the beginning of the monthly SD Botanic Garden bird walk led by Rita Campbell,  a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK  was found in the row eucalyptus along the west border of the main parking lot, first spotted by Eve Martin.  It was associated with what looked to be an adult female Black-headed Grosbeak with a young grosbeak closely following the female (we were not able to get a close look at the young bird, but perhaps photos will tell us more0.  The three grosbeaks then moved south to eucs behind the admin building, during which time some photos and a recording were made of the singing male RBGR.  The three then flew west in the direction of of the adjacent residential area.   

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@…


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

La Jolla Cove July 1

I know that things at the Cove can change day by day and even moment by moment. Last week when I watched thousands of shearwaters fly past I did not see any storm petrels. Got to the cove 10 minutes ago, there are about 600-700 storm petrels and easily 3000+ shearwaters sitting on the water and flying around. 1 common murre so far.
Stan Walens, San Diego
July 1, 2019, 7:10am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports