Monthly Archives: January 2020

North Claremont Community Park BUOR

An early morning walk around NCCP by Sue Smith, Gretchen Nell and I gleaned a full adult male BULLOCK’S ORIOLE moving about in eucalyptus tree tops near the tennis courts along with the continuing HEPATIC TANAGER. The BUOR was very vocal: intermittent chattering and calling, and one brief partial song. The continuing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was foraging with WCSP on the ground east of the tennis courts, canyonward from the sewer manhole cover.

Patti Koger
Cardiff by the Sea
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GC Kinglets, Pine Siskins

I spent the morning today at Palomar State Park. The area around the entrance was the birdiest part of the park today. The Golden-crowned Kinglets seen last fall continued in the same large oak tree near the entrance (where you pay the fee), foraging in the clumps of mistletoe. A huge flock of Pine Siskins was in the area, 60 birds at least. When I arrived they were perched in a bush, and several groups of 10-15 flew off, and still left dozens behind. The group regathered on the ground right at the ranger’s building before I left the area, and it really was an impressive group of birds. I looked in vain for any other finches in the flock.

The pond and nature trail had fewer birds. A few scatted siskins, robins, chickadees, etc. I was NOT able to find the Pacific Wren along the nature trail. I heard just one crossbill fly over.


The nature trail is passable, although there is a fallen tree near the beginning. The water level is low enough to cross the stream, but rocks may be icy. The trail has sections where snow has melted and refrozen and is extremely slippery. In the campground there was a Tom Turkey that was very aggressive, repeatedly attacking me when my back was turned. I walked backward for almost 1/3 mile before he got bored with me.


Nancy Christensen



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Harry on Thursday

    I spent the morning at Harry Griffen Park looking for the previously reported PLVI, BUOR, BWWA, and RBSA.  0 for 4.  (Major league baseball players go 0 for 4 and get paid $30,000,000.  Something’s wrong here.)  However there were at least 2 Vesper Sparrows, a Townsends Warbler, and lots of Chippy Sparrows.  
    For parrot lovers, a flock of about 15 to 20 noisy psittacines flew over at a distance, and I went to the natural vegetation part of the park to see if I could locate them. Thanks to a schoolgirl on a field trip (kudos to her teacher) who was staring at a tree, there was a group of 4 Mitred Parakeets just over my head ecstatically plucking some kind of small black berries off a 15-foot high tree right in front of us. They stayed in that tree snarfing berries not more than 10 feet away from us the whole time I was there.  I didn’t attempt to locate the rest of the flock, so I don’t know if the entire flock was Mitred or not. If it was, it was certainly the most of that species I’ve seen inland in one flock.  
Phil Pryde

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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



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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
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