Monthly Archives: January 2020

Griffen Park PLVI, BUOR, BWWA

This morning Jan. 21 at Harry Griffen park in La Mesa, I had the good fortune of seeing a pair of Bullock's orioles,  the wintering Black-and-white warbler and a Plumbeous Vireo, all of them in the trees south of dog park area. also of note,  a red- breasted sapsucker is wintering here although I didn't see it this morning.

Kat Wendel
in La Mesa
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“Eurasian” Green-winged (Common) Teal at J St, 1/20

Dean DiTommaso located the male “Common Teal” amongst a large flock of GWTE this afternoon (Monday, 1/20) at J St Marina in Chula Vista. The bird was still present (but occasionally out of view) on the low tide mudflats at 1350.
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa

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Late report of P Golden-plover 1/14

Hi all, apologies for the late post. On January 14th I observed a 1st cy Pacific Golden-plover on the bayside of the Imperial Beach inlet (Tijuana River mouth) at sun down. It was tightly associating with a group of about 14 Black-bellied Plovers. 
I just got around to putting the photos on ebird tonight. This was the location of the bird (32.5543719, -117.1272498)

New to the list here, Tom Baxter from Cape May, NJ

Tom Baxter

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Re: Vesper Sparrows

I visited the Barnett Ranch Preserve at 1:30 PM today (1/18/20) and found only 2 sparrows in the area described by Iris.  Fortunately, they were both VESPER SPARROWS (outer white tail feathers and white eye-rings).


Earlier in the day the HARRIS’S HAWK was seen and heard along Montecito Way, north of Montecito Road (Ramona).


                                         Jim Roberts

                                      University City


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SDFO Meeting Tuesday Jan 21

SDFO Event – January 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm is the next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.


TUESDAY, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. NEW MEETING LOCATION!

SDFO can no longer meet at the San Diego Foundation Building in Liberty Station. For January and February we will be meeting at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Library Community Room, 4275 Cass St., San Diego.

Directions: From I-5 south or north, take the Balboa/Garnet exit. Follow Garnet until it turns into Grand Ave. Turn left on Dawes St., then right onto Thomas Ave. From I-8 west, take the W. Mission Bay Dr. offramp. Continue north onto Ingraham St. Turn left on Reed Ave. Parking is either on Thomas Ave. or Reed Ave.


Program: “The Decline of North American Avifauna,” by Hank Ingersoll.


Everyone is welcome! Please come join us!


Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Santee Lakes Neotropic Cormorant

The Neotropic Cormorant was seen at 1:30 this afternoon in the southwest corner of Lake 1 swimming with 80+ Double-crested Cormorants. It was easily identified by it's smaller size, darker body and white tufts on the sides of its head.
Jan Nordenberg
San Diego

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Greater Pewee continues on the west side of Balboa Park

The Greater Pewee made an appearance at 9:20 AM this morning, Saturday 1/18/20. I was ready to give up when it suddenly appeared in a Euc along the canyon edge near the restrooms. This is south of the Magnolia grove along the sidewalk. It then flew to the large Euc in the middle of the grass near the tall Star Pines . It was not present in this location for the first hour. In looking at previous checklists this bird appears to make an appearance in this location between 9:00 AM and 1:00PM.
In other news, the Neotropic Cormorant was at the roost on the power lines over the SD River off Friars Rd. I arrived at 7:05 AM- scanned the flock ( scope recommended) and found the Cormorant at 7:10 AM. At 7:17 AM the roosting flock all departed. Perhaps headed to Santee Lakes?
Mel Senac
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Wedge-tailed shearwater, La Jolla Cove, Jan 18

At about 8:30 a.m. today, I watched an unseasonal dark-morph wedge-tailed shearwater flying south along the outside of the kelp line, coming out of the Cove and heading southwards.
Bigger than sooty/short-tailed. Lackadaisical flight on long, bent pointed wings, long tail, dark brown on top and uniform gingery-brown on underwings in the bright sunlight.
Did not see it again before I left at 9:15.

Would not report it except that my previous experience with wedge-tailed shearwaters at the Cove is that they may make large circuits around the Cove, head south, and then come back, and repeat the circuit, so worth watching for today and maybe tomorrow, both in the Cove itself and along the outside of the kelp line.

Thousands of birds in a feeding frenzy several miles offshore, so there’s obviously food out there to attract birds.

Stan Walens, San Diego
January 18, 2020; 9:55 am
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Red-breasted Nuthatch, Buddy Todd Park, Oceanside

Yesterday morning I arrived the park to find two birders (Elisabeth & Andy Gause) looking at an unknown bird, which turned out to be a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.  Spending a little more time on my own, I found three Mountain Chickadee's in the pine trees just west of the main parking lot.
Best regards, 
Dave Batzler
Carlsbad, CA
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