Monthly Archives: November 2019

Summer tanagers, guajome park.

Along with the male reported a few days ago, I discovered a female actively foraging with the male in the eucalyptuses near the dumpster just off of guajome lake road. Hopefully these birds stick around for a few more weeks for the Christmas bird count!!! 

Brian(BJ) Dooley
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Male Baltimore Oriole in San Ysidro

Tuesday morning at dawn there was an adult male Baltimore Oriole in the heavily flowering reddish flowered duo of eucalyptus trees along the west edge of the San Ysidro Athletic Park in San Ysidro, which is right next to the Las Americas Mall. There was a roosting flock of 20 kingbirds in the mall parking lot but they quickly hurdled away so I couldn't look at them closely, although I did not see a Scissor-tailed flycatcher amongst them.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Aleutian Cackling Goose and Tropical Kingbird at Santa Clara Point

I was at Mission Bay this morning in the area from Santa Clara Point to El Carmel Point.  The Aleutian Cackling Goose was present on the grassy area south of the Rec Center, and there was a Tropical Kingbird behind the lifeguard office near between the Tennis Courts and Mission Bay. Description of the Tropical Kingbird is in the ebird checklist below.

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Nelson's, Plumbeous world-record Orange-crowneds

This morning, 25 Nov, a single Nelson's Sparrow put on a pretty good show for Lehman, Carlson, and Bruin, just as the high tide started to recede (8:30-8:45AM today) at Crown Point, north Mission Bay. As in the previous sighting of presumably the same bird at the very high tide a few weeks ago, the bird was to the north of the observation platform, close to the fence, where a large patch of iceplant sticks out a ways into the marsh. There are additional very high tides in the morning tomorrow and Weds, although the weather on Weds looks iffy. As is often (but not always) the case, the bird(s) are most cooperative just as the tide starts to go out, about an hour after peak high tide. Also present was just a single "Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow and 25+ Belding's.

Also in the north Mission Bay area today was a Plumbeous Vireo.

Yesterday, at Seaport Village, while pishing, I accumulated EIGHT Orange-crowned Warblers at once in a single blooming bottlebrush. This is not a species normally found in more than 2's or 3's, and it may be a record. So unless I hear contrary from anyone else, I will be laying claim to the Guinness Book of World Records high count for this species in a single tree.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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weekend highlights (continuing birds)

On Saturday the 23rd, a male Bullock's Oriole and a Yellow Warbler were on North Island. No sign of the Inca Dove or any longspurs. A quick check of the Coronado Cays produced no Black Scoters, unfortunately. 

On Sunday the 24th, Nicole and I joined visiting birders Ryan Terrill and Jessica Oswald, and their dog Ani, to work on Ani's San Diego County list.  As previously mentioned, the rains in the Laguna Mountains seem to have shaken up the predictability of the rare finches at the water trough, although the RED CROSSBILLS were readily detectable, not so much for the EVENING GROSBEAKS (knowing their calls certainly increased your chances of catching them flying over) and we had no Cassin's Finches. Lots of ducks on Big Laguna Lake, but nothing of interest. The PINYON JAY we definitively heard on our hike in, was possibly distantly heard again on our way out, but further south. We didn't check the ranch house area, however… 
Back to the coast, at low tide the Hotel Del LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was easily found on the jetty. The male EURASIAN WIGEON was between the bridges along the San Diego River (along with a neat looking leucistic Brant), accessed from Robb Field. The CACKLING GOOSE was on the lawn just east of the Santa Clara Rec Center in west Mission Bay, and the two young SNOW GEESE were in the southeast corner of De Anza Cove in east Mission Bay. 
Justyn Stahl
North Park

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Mssion Trails

We did a short walk on Sunday morning from the parking lot/restrooms to the bridge below the dam. Seemingly hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers, but we also saw a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Merlin posed nicely for us about halfway between the dam and the bridge.

Good birding,
Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
Mission Valley
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Pelagic birds

I had a chance to hop aboard a small faster private boat today for a trip out San Diego bay. 

We went up the Nine Mile Bank then over to La Jolla canyon and Torrey Pines. 
Then back over to Point La Jolla and about 3 miles offshore back to Point Loma and San Diego bay. 

29 Cassins Auklet mostly Nine Mile Bank
45 Pacific Loons (including flock of 20 high over beach Scripps pier)
118 Black vented Shearwaters
2 Brown Booby (both appeared to be adult females, south end Nine Mile Bank, and within 2-3 miles of point la Jolla) 
4 Northern Fulmar outer edge Nine Mile Bank
1 Pomarine Jaeger Nine Mile Bank
1 Parasitic Jaeger Nearshore point loma
35 Bonaparte Gull (la Jolla) 
Hundreds of western grebes along shore (2 Clark's) 
500 Brandt's cormorants each at bait tanks and la Jolla cove. 
1 Murrelet (Scrippss/Craveris/Guadalupe) not Marbled or Ancient.  Couldn't get look at under wing or face. Only about 2 miles past whistle buoy or 4 miles from point loma.
No whales or porpoises. 
No murres.
A beautiful day on the ocean. 
Greg Gillson 

Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
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