Monthly Archives: November 2019

Borrego Springs CBC Potluck Fiesta



Are you participating in this year's Borrego Springs Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Sunday, December 15?


If your answer is YES – and we certainly hope it is – you (and a significant other or birding companion) are cordially invited to join other CBC participants Saturday evening, December 14, for the ANNUAL ANZA BORREGO CBC POTLUCK FIESTA at the home of Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham in Borrego Springs from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. 


If you're not yet registered for the count, contact co-compiler Mark Jorgensen Mark Jorgensen at mjorgensen1951@… to join us in this incredibly fun and exciting event… the 37th annual Borrego CBC! 


POTLUCK FIESTA DETAILS:  Borrego residents are asked to bring a hot dish or salad.  If you're coming from "the other side of the mountains" bring something tasty that will travel… cheese & crackers, hummus, tortilla chips, dip, wine, cookies, salsa. You name it, this bunch of birders will eat or drink it — the theme is FIESTA!  After all, who doesn't like chips and bean dip and salsa?  That's what life is all about 🙂


Important! RSVP for the Potluck Fiesta no later than, Sunday, December 8.  Upon receipt I'll send you our address, driving directions and parking tips. 


We'll supply china and cutlery, Ann's Famous Seafood Chowder, home-made bread and her ultra-secret-recipe holiday champagne punch.  We’ll also provide sparkling water, filtered still water, tea and coffee.   Feel free to bring your own "other" beverages and keep them cold in the fridge or ice buckets we'll provide. 


Many participants will be driving from the coast following the San Diego CBC and may arrive after 5:30. Don't worry about arriving fashionably late… at 6 or even 7pm… we'll leave the lights on for you.




Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham

Terry Hunefeld
Anza Borrego Desert
Borrego Springs, California

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

request for boat support – San Diego CBC, December 14th

Do you or a friend/family member have a boat, and are you/they willing to assist with the San Diego Christmas Bird Count on December 14th (approximately 7a-noon)? If so, please reply off-line.

In past years we've used two boats for the CBC. Dave Povey and his boat and crew have covered the offshore waters (and will do so this year), and either Tierra Data Inc. or Marine Taxonomic Services have kindly provided a boat and driver to assist with coverage of the San Diego Bay. This year we are seeking a boat (and driver) to assist with the bay portion of the CBC, as TDI and MTS are in need of their boats elsewhere that day.
Justyn Stahl, SD CBC compiler

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

'sea-watch' birds, La Jolla Cove, 20 Nov 2019

…nobody has yet web-posted on this…? Well, here is one:

I joined Stan Walens and Gary Nunn and others this AM at La Jolla Cove. Good-to-great bird species found included Fulmar, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Murre, Red Phalarope, all three scoter species and Long-tailed Duck, Black-vented Shearwater, and all three loon species. Numbers of some species were very high, mostly moving south into the wind.

On a personal note: I heartily thank Stan and Gary and the other experienced sea-birders there – had it been just myself, I figure I would have picked out, seen and correctly identified, perhaps one-third of the good birds? perhaps less? Thanks also to Stan who, based on weather forecast, ‘called' this outcome yesterday and today a week ago!

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Scissor-tail Flycatcher-Las Americas Mall

Today (11/19/2019) at 4:38 pm I witnessed a large amount of flycatchers fluttering from tree to tree between the park and the trees that line the south/western most entry to the mall. The closest intersection is Sipes Ln / Camino De La Plaza.

Amongst the large amount of flycatchers was a bird that was slightly smaller, but had a tail that was 2-3 times as long. It appeared to have a light breast and dark wings to the naked eye. Lighting is not the best due to storm conditions. Very windy. I am highly confident this bird is a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher.

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

La Jolla Cove, Nov 19: total lunacy

I spent a meager 3.5 hours at the Cove today, before and during the rainstorm..
Had to give up around 2:00 because the rain was torrential; it was raining so hard that visibility was about 100 yards
Flooding on the seawalk and the streets of La Jolla was so bad it was like being on a waterslide.
I could have surfed back to my car.

The morning was calm and overcast.
About 2–3K black-vented shearwaters.
200+ surf scoters
350 loons, mostly Pacific
1 brown booby

In the stronger winds in the early afternoon, the number of loons increased dramatically.
About 2400 Pacific loons; 41 common loons; 3 red-throated loons
800 black-vented shearwaters
600 or so surf scoters and 1 black scoter
5 parasitic and 4 pomarine jaegers

WSW winds tomorrow will be slightly stronger, but the rain is supposed to be constant from before dawn,
with thunderstorms starting late morning and continuing for the rest of the day

Stan Walens, San Diego
Nov 19, 2019; 4:45 pm
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Cackling Goose – Mission Bay

Cackling Goose found by Ross Christie yesterday is still here foraging in the lawn at Santa Clara Point at 11:08 am. (32.7816805, -117.2486190)

Nathan French
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Mountain report, including Lawrence's goldfinches

Tuesday morning, Barbara Carlson and I did the pilgrimage to sunrise highway Mile 19 to see the show at the water trough and had 25 evening grosbeaks and 30 red Crossbills and four cassins and one purple finch and pine siskin and gray headed junco. It will be interesting to see if the forecast rain event tonight and tomorrow changes the dynamics of the whole situation there or not. On our way home we stopped in Pine Valley and had a flock of 40 pine siskins, which is certainly the largest flock I've ever seen in San Diego County, and in Pine Valley County Park there are at least 15 Lawrence's Goldfinches hanging around.

Paul Lehman, San Diego (and a true vagrant to the mountains)

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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Tennessee Warbler

There was a Tennessee Warbler yesterday, the 17th, in residential University City (UTC). Also a returning, wintering male B-t Gray Warbler for at least its third winter which lives in just the same one tipu tree every year. Up in Encinitas, there was a presumably wintering Yellow Warbler at Cottonwood Creek Park behind the tennis courts.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports