Monthly Archives: August 2019

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Batiquitos

A number of us have observed for a couple of weeks now 1  Adult Yellow-crowned Night-heron and up to 3 Juvi`s.  Today Friday I observed 2 adults and one juvi. I took some bad photos of the 2 adults…..  so there may be up to 5 birds
If you happen to go there i may have observed a Solitary Sandpiper, my looks were bad and photos worse and its MORE  likely a spotted sandpiper thats been there for awhile…..but i might not be…

good birding  your way
steve brad
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Solitary Sandpiper Robb Field Mudflats

Sorry for the hasty update earlier. SOSA was at Mudflats hotspot near Robb Field OB approximately here (32.7554593, -117.2423973) at 8:30 but I was unable to relocate it after it flushed. A pair of Cooper’s Hawks and lots of loose dogs kept everything moving around.

Nathan French
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bird & butterfly garden drip

If you've visited the bird and butterfly garden lately you'll notice the drip has been shut off.  The Ranger in charge says that it is only temporary, that there is a leak and they are waiting for a plumber.

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La Jolla Cove, Aug 20, 2019: storm-petrels

After days without any storm-petrels in the Cove, today I watched as a dozen or so Ashy Storm-petrels flew in from the south.
They were working the near patch of smooth water directly north from my bench [so in line with the 2-mile buoy off of Del Mar].
A very few Black Storm-petrels were much further out in the canyon.
I got a brief glimpse of a smaller storm-petrel, possibly a Least, but not seen well enough to identify for sure.

I also wanted to note that, if the Masked Booby reported on a whale-watching trip turns out to be that species, in a 24-hour period on August 17–18, all 5 species of booby were seen in San Diego County.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 20, 2019; 9:45 am
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Laguna Mtns.–Agua Dulce Creek

I saw two immature MacGillivray's Warblers this morning, previously reported by Nancy Christianson; uncooperative in terms of photos, being low in the bushes along the creek and in deep shade. Also a couple of immature Western Wood-Pewees. The creek is still running, but quite low.

Pleasant early morning — about 60 degrees when I arrived at 7 a.m. — but got quite warm by 10.

Anyone going to the area, be advised — after 7 a.m. construction crews have sections of Sunrise Hwy down to one lane between the freeway exit and the village, so expect delays; weekends probably not affected.

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
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RFI Ridgway’s Rail

Hi Everyone

I’ll be in San Diego next week with 3 days free for birding. I’ve got a couple of whale trips lined up but would like to try to see Ridgway’s Rail. Ebird suggests Tijuana Slough NWR is a place to see this and the general birding also seems good there. Looks like the trails around the visitor centre are favoured, but can anyone please recommend a particular area or any tips for connecting with the rail? Replies off list if you prefer. 
Good birding,
Andrew Culshaw,
Norfolk, UK

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Sunday Aug. 18, 2019 Buena Vista Audubon pelagic

We had a good day offshore with some surprises, and an unplanned adventure.

First off a Red-footed Booby came into the boat twice for as close a look as anyone could hope. This bird about 22 n.miles west of the tip of Point Loma. 
Next was an adult Nazca Booby again came into the boat at about 26 n.miles from the Point. This bird right on the Mexican border and could be counted in both countries if one wished.
Last was a photographed Townsend's Storm-Petrel.
Other birds seen were Pink-footed, Sooty and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, Leach's chapmani, Storm-Petrels. Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Parasitic Jaeger, Craveri's Murrelets, Cassin's Auklet, Sabine's Gulls, Common, Least, Elegant, Royal and Caspian Terns.
Also seen Elephant seal, California Sea Lion, Common and inshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin.
and last a Mako Shark.
Then the adventure. As we turned to move up the Thirty Mile Bank the starboard propeller shaft snapped, the prop slipped back into the rudder and we were dead in the water !! Now only able to turn circles on one engine. 
This required a crew member to go over the side and to tie off the prop shaft to pull the prop and shaft off the rudder. The first try broke the rope! The second try with a number of crew, passengers and leaders pulling succeeded.   We now had steering back but running on one engine. We worked and birded our way back to San Diego Bay.
Tough pill to take as the Thirty Mile Bank seemed to have a fair amount of life and further  exploration certainly would have been ideal. Still nice to know skill and knowledge of the crew got us home safely. Sad that we cut the trip some what short and that owner / Captain James will lose some of his prime fishing season to put the boat in the yard for repairs.
We will be back and ready to go for the next trip Sept. 22nd
Dave Povey

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La Jolla Cove August 18, 2019: 2 black terns

Went to the Cove while all the good birders in town are out on the pelagic trip. A gazillion dolphins, maybe 1500 black-vented shearwaters, hundreds of migrating phalaropes.
A pair of black terns was the highlight of the morning.

Then went to look for the common tern reported yesterday at Robb Field. No success there.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 18, 2019; 12:20 pm
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