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Re: Grace's Warbler – Villa La Jolla Park

At around 9:40 AM, I found Alex’s GRWA high up in a eucalyptus tree near the top
of the hill on the north side of the park, it flew further north over the
houses and I was unable to find it again.
Jeff Miner
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Grace's Warbler – Villa La Jolla Park

A little after 8 this morning (9/27) I had a GRACE'S WARBLER at Villa La Jolla Park.  I first got on the bird near the top of a Torrey Pine along the north edge of the park, before it moved into the neighboring eucalyptus trees.  It eventually flew off into the south side of the park.  It called occasionally, but stayed very high up.  There was a Grace's Warbler seen in the park sporadically last winter, so I assume this is likely a returning bird.
Alex Abela
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Belted Kingfisher male flying past Cabrillo Tide Pools

I photographed a male Belted Kingfisher flying south along the Cabrillo National Monument coast near the main tide pools parking area.
It doesn't get reported often in Point Loma. Was it likely just taking an odd route south, or was this just a rarely noticed transition from the river channel area to the South Bay? It was pretty quick, so if I hadn't photographed it I would have not been confident of the sighting.
++ Craig Chaddock / San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Clay-colored Sparrow Coronado

This morning along with my first white-crowned sparrows in our yard was an adult clay-colored sparrow. They have all left the yard but hoping the ccsparrow will hang around.
Elizabeth Copper
Coronado
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: eBird review process, an exercise in patience

Well said, and many thanks to those of you who volunteer your time and efforts for Ebird. All of us should strive to make the reviewers job as easy as possible.

Once again, thank-you

Nancy Christensen

Ramona
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

eBird review process, an exercise in patience

Hello,
For those of you who are frustrated enough to make comments in your observations about "why hasn't this been confirmed?" or who email an eBird reviewer asking the same question, please be patient. eBird reviewers, like you observers, are all volunteers, but unlike many observers we have full time jobs and young children. We also have a desire to go see birds in the flesh, not just live vicariously through your photos and descriptions. Further, due to frequent reports of rarities – not only multiple birds, but a dozen or more reports of the same individual by many observers – the list of records to review grows larger every day, especially in fall (currently 1558 records await review). That review list is sorted chronologically, with the most recent observations first, and with 25 records visible per page. If 50 reports come in on 25 September, your report from 21 September is going to be buried for a while. If you'd like to speed up the review process you can:
1) Write concise but definitive descriptions of birds when flagged, either due to rarity, or due to a high count. How did you reach that count? (Estimate, 1×1 count, estimated by 10s?) How did you identify the bird? What did it look like, what was it doing, what did it sound like, how were similar species eliminates? *Please* do not just write "in a tree" or "identified by leader" or "continuing NOT RARE" or write a paragraph describing ever circumstance *except* what the bird looked like. Most birds can be described in a single sentence or two. Please read over your descriptions before submitting, correct typos, etc. For more information on this, read: https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973980-reporting-rarities–elements-of-a-bird-description
2) When prompted for more details by a reviewer, add the requested details to the eBird checklist itself, and let the reviewer know you've done so. Providing the details in the email to the reviewer without editing the checklist leaves the record incomplete, and another reviewer is unable to assess the record in the future. By letting a reviewer know that you've added more details or a photo, you are providing them with the link to the checklist and streamlining their ability to confirm the record.
3) Provide photos if available. Photos aren't always necessary, but certainly help confirm the ID. If you mention that you have a photo, the record may not be confirmed until that photo is uploaded. Otherwise, there's a chance we confirm a record in error when the photo is either misidentified or simply dropped in the wrong species (this happens frequently).
4) Submit your checklists in a timely manner. Don't rush your descriptions, but if you wait a week or more to submit your list, it's going to fall deep into the queue and may take time to be confirmed.
5) Finally, don't worry! No slight is intended if your record is not confirmed immediately. I hope observers aren't perceiving it that way. I certainly don't lose sleep or self-esteem when my reports go out on the RBA without "confirmed" stamped on them. If the record is good, it will eventually be confirmed. If it's not obvious, we'll ask for more details.
Unfortunately, this email only reaches those local eBird users subscribed to this listserv, but doesn't get to visiting birders, or those who use eBird but are not subscribed here.
Thanks and happy fall birding,
Justyn Stahl and local eBird review team
San Clemente Island

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Black-throated Green Warbler

We believe we found the Black-throated Green Warbler yesterday around 1:30 previously reported at Agua Dulce by Manolo Turner. It was in some pines about 100 feet or so before the pump house on the left as you are headed to the creek. We saw it again in some oaks close to the pump house. I posted pictures on eBird – https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60054852. Got an interesting photo as it dropped through the air right before it tucked and dove.

Alison Hiers
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Yellow-green Vireo

Bird refound in trees on NE corner of loop road in SE section of cemetery.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports