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Yellow-breast Sapsuckers

A Yellow-breasted Sapsucker seen 20 minutes ago near Gray Flycatcher area of Lindo Lake.  Gray flycatcher seems 10 minutes ago at East end of lake
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Looking for Wandering Tattler

Dear All,
I am a bird watcher from the Netherlands and am visiting a conference (not birds-related) in San Diego until Wednesmorning. Following the conference I have four days for bird-watching San Diego County, Salton Sea area and Joshua Tree.
In San Diego one of my prime targets is Wandering Tattler. On eBird the most recent sightings are from December. Do you know of any sightings that might not be in eBird? Is it still worthwhile to visit the locations of the December sightings?
I am already really benefitting from other sightings that you post here: thank you for those!
With best regards,
Joop

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Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon

Hi Folks,

There is a swan at Batiquitos Lagoon on the very east side of the lagoon as of 1238 pm today. I can only see through a spotting scope from a distance and it looks like a Trumpeter Swan with an all black bill. Per conversation on this list serve in May of 2019, it may be a local Trumpeter Swan. Here is Justyn Stahl’s email from May,
 To me, and a few others, this bird appears to be a TRUMPETER Swan. Unfortunately, given the presence of a pair of pet Trumpeter Swans at Lake San Marcos (just 5 miles east of Batiquitos, where there are also Black Swans, etc. on display), and an apparently successful breeding attempt by that pair in 2016 that produced 5 young, one could (should?) surmise that this one, and the one seen a few months ago are of that ilk and not of truly natural origin. This of course muddies the situation for any future reports of Trumpeter Swan anywhere in the county, and also increases the need for good photographs of Tundra Swans that do occur occasionally in the county in *winter* (12 November – 18 March, per the atlas). ”
So since it is winter, I would encourage others to try and get a closer look and photographs to help confirm. Inline image

Best,
Lesley Handa

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Common Merganser continues at Santee Lakes

The female Common Merganser originally reported by Brennan at Santee Lakes is still present this morning, Sunday, Jan 12.  Char Glacy and I observed her continually diving on Lake 1 between 8 am and 9 am.
Marcie Mason
Clairemont

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Neotropic Cormorant back at Mission Gorge roost

Sunday morning between 7:05 am and 7:35 am Char Glacy and I observed the Neotropic Cormorant back with the Double-crested Cormorants roosting on the wires over the San Diego River at Vandever Ave in the Mission Gorge area.  When we left at 7:35 am a few Cormorants had taken off but most were still on the wires including the Neotropic.
Marcie Mason
Clairemont

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Re: Dave Bittner

I was sorry to hear about Dave. I’d met him in 2006 at the hawk watch and over the past years have loved his enthusiasm for protecting the Golden Eagles. He will be missed.

Sincerely,

Denise Riddle
Oceanside


Denise Riddle
Oceanside
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Solitary American Flamingo at the bay NWR

Yesterday morning, around 8.30a I visited the north side of Imperial Beach to view and photograph the bay during king tide. A single American flamingo, hot pink neck and plumage and black tipped bill, was almost upto its belly in water and conspicuous among hundreds of Brant geese. It stayed sedentary for the twenty minutes or so that I was present. Later, I searched online and found news articles from Feb 2018 that mention an AF sighted in the same area (links are NatGeo, LAtimes). I didn't know this at the time, but this bird had been sighted in Nov and Dec last year by many and shows up in the rare bird alert listings. Some nice photos taken and will post them on ebird today.
-Sandeep

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Re: Greater Pewee

Hello again, I just refound the Greater Pewee once more at 1pm in a Magnolia tree at 32.731600,-117.156244, near the bridge.

It was silent both times I found it.

Andrew Newmark
El Cajon
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Dave Bittner

Friends,

 

The birding community has lost a prominent figure in the person of Dave Bittner. He was killed Thursday in a rappelling accident in Bandy Canyon https://tinyurl.com/qsyul8s

 

Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

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Opinion: Bird Populations Are Threatened, But Restoring Mission Bay Can Help

Op/ed piece in Times of San Diego

Opinion: Bird Populations Are Threatened, But Restoring Mission Bay Can Help.
San Diego Audubon’s ReWild Mission Bay study demonstrates the potential for local habitat restoration; ReWild Coalition working on alternative that restores wetland habitat.  https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2020/01/09/bird-populations-are-under-threat-but-restoring-mission-bay-can-help/

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
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