Monthly Archives: January 2020

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
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

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
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Santee Lakes, mergansers but no Neotropic Cormorant

I birded around Santee Lakes 1 and 2 early Thursday morning, January 16, 2020.  There was a male and female Hooded Merganser in the southwest corner of Lake 1, seen from the south bank of the lake.  They flew off after a few minutes, headed south, likely towards the river and/or the golf course.  Later on, I saw the continuing female Common Merganser, in the southwest corner of Lake 1, near the boat ramp inside the maintenance yard.

Did not see the Neotropic Cormorant reported on ebird; but the cormorant roosting trees on the island and the east shore of Lake 1 were mostly empty during the time I was there and there were no large groups swimming in Lakes 1 or 2.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ramona

This afternoon, we found a very large flock of assorted blackbird species between homes and vacant lots on Pine Street at the intersection of an un-named road (very short), which comes just after Heritage Ranch Road.  The flock (roughly 1000) included at least 10 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.  The flock also a large number of TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS (400-500) with smaller numbers of BREWERS, RED-WINGS, STARLINGS & BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.  The first Yellow-headed was spotted by Jim Zimmer.  The flock tends to move around a great deal, especially when vehicles pass by.

Also today in Ramona, we saw the continuing: two adult BALD EAGLES, on Rangeland Rd; a HARRIS HAWK, in the large Eucalyptus trees just east of the airport; a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS at the Hwy 78 pond (nearest cross street Magnolia); Also, at the Ramona Grasslands: 5-6 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, 1 PRAIRE FALCON & 1 PEREGRINE FALCON.
Observers included Ken Weaver, Ed Hall, Clark Mahrdt & Dave Batzler.  Ken Weaver will be submitting an eBird report later this week.
Best regards,
Dave Batzler
Carlsbad, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Possible Eurasian Green-winged Teal at J St 01/14/2020

I stopped by J St. today at about 2:20 as the tide was dropping and scoped through the flocks of gulls and waterfowl. In the shallow water next to the reeds was a flock of feeding Green-winged Teal. One of the males was entirely missing the vertical white bar in front of the folded wing but a white scapular bar was visible. The lines of the facial pattern were bolder and brighter than those on the other male GWTE and the body patterning seemed coarser. This suggests either an American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal or a pure Eurasian. I didn’t get any pictures of the head so perhaps someone else will refind this bird and get some.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Downy Woodpecker

A Downy Woodpecker was along the Western edge of Santee Lakes, Lake # 5, about 2 hours ago.  Will be on eBird Report with photo
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Tuesday at Lindo Lake

This morning I did the hike around Lindo Lake.  The Gray Flycatcher was still hanging out around the eastern end of the seasonal pond, just north of where the stream channel comes into the east basin in the small leafless trees immediately east of the footpath that's closest to the lake. The previously reported Sapsucker was not located. The starling-blackbird flock was right by the parking lot on the north side of the lake, and had easily thirty or more Trikes in it. Nice to see the threatened species seems to be doing well there. Also Allen’s hummers in two different places atop trees along the north side of the main pond.  And TEN species of ducks in the east basin, including a large number of Canvasbacks. The 2 White-fronted Geese were snoozing on the grass between the north parking lot and the lake. 
Phil Pryde

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

results of san elijo monthly bird count 13 jan 2020

Thanks to 12 participants for conducting the 9 December 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Kevin Shaw, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Dave Carey, Gail DeLalla, Anita Hayworth, Jayne Lesley, David Walker (S central basin Rios to I-5); Maryanne Bache, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Kathy Aldern (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

 110 species were reported.  Notable species included the continuing male Eurasian wigeon ENE of Rios Ave, then later SW of Manchester Ave and Ocean Cove; and 10 barn swallows off Sta Carina.

 Species included:  loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, American white pelican, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, canvasback, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, cedar waxwing, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 February 2020.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Just an update. I was incorrect about the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Once I got home and put the photo on the “big screen” I also lightened up the shadows. The bird is a Red-breast Sapsucker. A nice bird but not a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I’m sorry for any undue excitement.

Mike Wittmer
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports