Monthly Archives: January 2020

Common Goldeneyes at L. Murray

Male and female Common Goldeneyes at L. Murray  2:10 PM today. Male just west of Cowles Point. Female just south.  Photos with e-bird later.

Millie and Peter Thomas
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Zone-tailed Hawk – south shore of Lake Hodges

I saw a Zone-tailed Hawk on my walk around Lake Hodges today.  It was flying over the South Shore of Lake Hodges around 11:50 a.m., about 1 mile west of the walking bridge.  I was able to get a decent picture.
Link to photo

Bruce Rosendahl
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 
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Zone-tailed Hawk

There was a single Zone-tail Hawk flying over the area of the playgrounds and trees along the Southern boundary of Lindo Lake about 12:30 today.  Sorry for the late notification but had problems with my phone.  Photos will be posted in my eBird Report.
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Re: sort-of Big Days

Hello Paul, 
What a wonderful Big Day by Bike – nice job. I bet you could top 100 species with a short trip up to a local canyon to pick up chaparral/coastal sage scrub species. Maybe add a stop at Tecolote Canyon? Are you keeping your challenge to the coastal area only?
Bike only? I know a good snipe/sora/rail spot if you need one, the snipe sightings are reliable. 
Blasting this out to the group as input and experience on local Big Days isn't prevalent online. I found evidence of a few local bird
bloggers writing about their efforts. Wondering if anyone has input or interest in the topic. 
Myself and Mandy Mathews did a San Diego County Big Day on January first this year, an annual tradition of mine although a first in this county. We went from 4am to 8pm – 19 locations by car from the coast to the mountains. We saw/heard 136 species January
1, 2020. We hope to try this route again during breeding season to track changes and pick up new species. I bet we'd miss most of the ducks in spring, but other species will be present. Looking at other's big day efforts from January 1st there were easily
20 "low hanging fruit" species we missed. I'm looking forward to refining this route over the years and hitting lesser birded areas. Looking back on my route I'll plan a spot within oak woodland habitat, as this was missed on our big day effort. I have my
route and time table planned out if anyone has interest.
Looking for input or team members for the next Big Day, it's always fun to share the experience with others. 
Good birding,
Lindsay Willrick
(619) 971-7801

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Rusty blackbird

Present at Koby Swapmeet on Friday Jan 10. Flock of blackbirds responded to birdseed being tossed out, but the rusty seems to prefer Cheerios or muffins.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Female hepatic tanager continues @ N. Clairemont Rec Center

As of 9.45a, the continuing female HETA was seen briefly at the top branches of these euc trees (32.832394, -117.196173), softly calling out for a few minutes and then flying off southwards. At a leaf litter patch close to this location, a crew of white crowned sparrows was foraging, but I did not see the white throated sparrow among them.

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sort-of Big Days

San Diego area birders, if not interested in ‘day listing', you may not be interested in this:

But for any who may be interested: in Jan last year, I went and did a local sort-of Big Day – from 7:00 to 5:00, I went by bicycle around Mission Bay Park and looked for birds. I thought 90 species was a reasonable goal, and was slightly annoyed at getting 89. I went out again yesterday for another try, and was pleased to find 94 species.

Just thought I'd throw this out there as a sort of ‘friendly challenge’ (especially to you birders out there younger than my 58 years): is my 94 beatable? Probably. How about reaching the century-mark? I think that might be VERY difficult, but, with a good-fortune day, just maybe…? My challenge is mainly for the month of January, would make for good ‘apples-to-apples' comparison and friendly competition. But perhaps other winter months are fair game, also.

I invite emails back, for anyone interested and who may have questions regarding any details, thanks for your attention, folks, and as always,

Good Birding :-)

Paul Chad
University City
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next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 january

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 January 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).

Thanks & happy new year!
R. Patton
San Diego, CA
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Penasquitos Eastern phoebe

At noon, today (1/8/20), the wintering EASTERN PHOEBE was seen foraging in its usual meadow in Penasquitos Canyon.

There are now two OAK TITMICE in the canyon.  There were found at the intersection of the main trail and the

Camino Ruiz trail.


                                           Jim Roberts

                                            University CIty



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