Monthly Archives: November 2019

San Diego Cactus Wrens, Yellow Warbler, 23 Nov 2019

Dear friends,


I spent a delightful day yesterday birding with friends Randy McCarthy and Tom Allen visiting from North Carolina.

Along Market St. just east of Malcolm X Library, we saw 4 Cactus Wrens very easily, covering only a fraction of the habitat—the best showing of the Cactus Wren I have seen at this site in years—since I covered it for the bird atlas. A very encouraging sign that there are birds from which the population can grow as the cactus restored at this site matures. We found a pair of California Gnatcatchers within one minute of starting our search.


In Mission Valley, along the north side of the San Diego River west of Mission Center Road, we saw one Yellow Warbler, presumably wintering, in the cottonwoods planted as part of the FSDRIP restoration/landscaping done in 1988. Some of the many Scaly-breasted Munias/Nutmeg Mannikins there were feeding young—no wonder the species is proliferating so rapidly, breeding straight through the fall.


Good birding,


Philip Unitt

San DIego



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lagunas Pinyon Jay

In addition to uncooperative Evening Grosbeaks only really heard and briefly seen flying over and Red Crossbills briefly at the trough but mostly high up and circling… a PINYON JAY was heard around 745 about 0.5 mile in from the road.
Justyn Stahl

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Painted Redstart in the Allen Canyon (Mission Hills) refound

HI, all.  It took over an hour in the area of the cactus patch where Nathan French found this bird yesterday, but I finally came up with it shortly before noon today.  The patch is prickly pear (I think), and is towards the northern end of the trail on the western slope.  You'll know when you're there.  Poor ID photos obtained and viewable in this checklist:

Allen Road Nature Trail eBird List

Cheers,  Tuck Russell
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San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count – next Sunday, December 1st!

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The December 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday – next Sunday,December 1st. That is the last day of Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 
We Be finishing our tenth year of collecting bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon. A milestone!

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

Re: Mountain report, including Lawrence's goldfinches

Hello all,

Just a quick note on the impact of the storm on the birds. No activity at the water trough today. May have been because it was very windy in that area. Crossbills, Grosbeaks still in the general area on the trail that leads to the water trough. Not as windy in the wooded trail.  Please see previous postings for directions.
Sunday looks to be the best day to head up there, sunny, light winds and warmer. Perhaps the birds will visit the water trough. I intend to check it out.
Terry Hurst

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Painted Redstart Allen Canyon

Painted Redstart calling and foraging near the large cactus patch (32.7566004, -117.1828982). If you chase it be sure to park on Fort Stockton (not on Allen Rd) and walk down the hill as there is only room for the residents to park. You can also park at the bottom (guest parking behind Hampton Inn) of the hill and hike up.

Nathan French
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Tijuana River Valley

Just a reminder/warning for anyone who hasn't seen the news but the beach is closed along the Tijuana River Slough from Seacoast to the border because the rains have yet again brought a large amount of raw sewage and toxic waste into the slough and beaches.  Evidently the ocean is literally brown and the waves are aerosolizing the waste.  Be careful birding down there for awhile.

Alison Hiers

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rain- Tijuana River Valley South of Sod Farm

Today (11/20/19) around 4:10 PM I stopped by to check the rains effect on the river south of the Sod Farms. There were a good amount of birds, need a scope for positive ids. Just brining it up in case anyone is in the area over the next few days. Today there were dowitchers, Yellowlegs, plovers, mallards, egrets, Osprey, curlews, godwits and swallows.

EBird list:

Also, a lot of warblers and king birds at a small pond/puddle forming in the parking lot of the Las Americas outlet center, next to entrance from Sipes Lane.

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports