Monthly Archives: January 2020

Rusty Blackbird Continues 3JAN2020 ; Sports Arena Blvd.

After several failed attempts, I finally tracked down the RUSTY BLACKBIRD today around 2 pm on Sports Arena Blvd east of Rosecrans near (~500 ft) where Ryan A. reported it on 27DEC2019 (thanks Ryan). The specific location is pinned in the following eBird report, along with photo. I had it between the Big Lot Store and Goodwill.  If you chase the bird in this area, be vigilant as there seemed to be inordinate number of people just hanging around, although I did not have any negative interactions. Two people did ask what about the subject of my picture taking.


Learning, tips, and effects:


  1. This bird spends a lot of time AWAY from Robb Field
  2. Look for flocks of blackbirds and hope for the best
  3. I now have Brewer’s blackbirds burned into my brain


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Safety Alert*** TJRV


Mexico was unable to release the water. But it’s working on it. There will be Millions of gallons of sewage pouring across Smugglers Gulch located around 2000 Monument Road.

If you are west of this (such as the grasslands on monument road or the beach at the end) you will be unable to cross.

here is a video of what is about to be released into the TJRV. If you want friends to see the video you have to share the link…the video is “unlisted”

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Broad-winged Hawk Balboa Park

At about 12:20 today while I was on the northwest side of the Prado Street bridge (32.7316626, -117.1557704) I had a Broad-winged Hawk flyover me towards the west. I first noticed it soaring in circles above the archery range on the northeast side of the bridge (32.7319396, -117.1536635) when it stooped towards me I I lost it as I scrambled through the trees trying to stay on it.

Nathan French
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

American Redstart, Green-tailed Towhee, Wilson's Snipe Lake Hodges

Just found the returning American Redstart on the Bernardo Bay Trail at Lake Hodges. Coordinates below. This is it's 3rd year here. Not a cooperative bird. If it is like previous years it will move around a lot along this section of trail.
Also saw the Green-tailed Towhee at 8 am, where previously reported. A little ways 
from the trailhead that is just before the pedestrian bridge. Same section of trail as Redstart.
There were 3 Wilson's Snipe on the north shore (hope it's north, the Escondido side) along same section of trail. 
Redstart location. 
Latitude: 33.05617
Longitude: -117.07756
Altitude: 348 ft
Accuracy: 13 ft,-117.07756

Lisa Ruby 
Sabre Springs 

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Black-headed Gull

For all those adventurous travelers, I just verified with Justyn that I did see a Black-headed Gull today at the Salton Sea SRA headquarters north shore. It was on a strip of sand divided from the beach north of the lagoon inlet with several Bonaparte’s Gulls. It flew about 300 yards out into the sea and swam around. I posted on eBird with screenshot pictures. I probably looked at close to 1000 Bonaparte’s before finding it so patience is a virtue.

Alison Hiers
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Brief Notes on the Escondido CBC

The Escondido CBC, sponsored by the Palomar Audubon Society, was
conducted on December 28.  Approximately eighty observers in twenty-five
teams recorded (a preliminary)155 species.  The top five rarities, based on
the number of previous records were:  Nashville Warbler, one at Kit Carson
Park in Escondido (2nd record); Harris’s Hawk, one near the Ramona
Airport (3rd CBC in a row); White-winged Dove, two near the Ramona
Airport and ten near Black Canyon Road (3rd CBC in a row); Barn Swallow
at Rangeland Road in Ramona (3rd record); and Summer Tanager, two at
the Safari Park (3rd record).

I noted at least eighteen species on the Escondido count that were not
recorded on the San Diego CBC in 2018.  Observers noted seventeen
species of raptors including Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Zone-tailed
Hawk, and Prairie Falcon.  Songbirds oserved that are not frequent in
winter on the coastal counts included Mountain Bluebird, Lawrence’s
Goldfinch, Bell’s Sparrow, Scott’s Oriole, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.  
Over-wintering birds more typical of the immediate coast than inland
included Plumbeous Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler,
Wilson’s Warbler, and Western Tanager.

Some interesting observations included over 50 Selasphorus
hummingbirds including many adult male Allen’s, twenty-four Scaly-
breasted Mannikins spotted by six teams, more than two hundred Eurasian
Collared-Doves, and a Black-throated Magpie-Jay present at Kit Carson
Park.  On an encouraging note, many of our coastal sage scrub birds
(California Quail, Wrentit, Cactus Wren, California Thrasher) are finally
showing increasing numbers following the disastrous fires of 2003 and
2007 which hit this CBC circle especially hard.

Ken Weaver

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Brant in Oceanside

I observed a single Brant, rare on the North County coast, at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River today at 1:00 p.m.
The bird was still present when I passed back through the area at 3:15.
Ken Weaver

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Safety Alert*** TJRV

I just got word that Mexico will be opening up the floodgates. If you are birding currently in the area of the Tijuana river valley, you may be subject to flash flooding use caution! Specifically at smugglers gorge on Monument Road.

01/02/20 @3:16 pm

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Buller’s shearwater, La Jolla Cove, Jan 2, 2020

Very worn individual. Immaculate white underneath, fairly evenly dark on dorsal surface.

By 8:30 all the feeding had moved far offshore. Best time is dawn till 8:00 or so.

No idea how many black-venteds because they began circling in and out of the Cove. I’d say 4-5K minimum. Huge clouds of Bonaparte’s gulls. Maybe 200 royal terns. Hundreds of other gulls and pelicans. Didn’t bother counting scoters and loons because I was concentrating on more distant birds. Paid no attention to looking for unusual gulls. Hundreds of dolphins of 3 species. No boobies but by the time they would have arrived the frenzy was pretty far offshore.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Jan. 2, 2020; 10:45 am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports