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Laguna scouting

I visited several spots in the Lagunas this morning – Pioneer Mail, Burnt Rancheria, Morris Ranch Rd and Kitchen Creek rd, upper.
Red Crossbills found at two locations, Mtn Quail at all location, Black-chinned Sparrows at three of the four spots. I found singing male Yellow-rumpled Warblers at Burnt Rancheria and Morris Ranch Rd. I also saw a female YRWA with the male at Morris Ranch. A possible Wilson’s Warbler was singing at Burnt Rancheria, but I was unable to get eyes on it and hesitate to state that for sure. Warbler songs can be a challenge.
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Summer Tanager, Surf Scoters, Brown Booby

Yesterday morning, 25 May, there was a blotchy red and yellow SUMMER TANAGER calling on the Naval Air Station North Island golf course. Jimmy McMorran messaged me to let me know it was still present this morning. 

On the 24th, ~750 Western Gulls were piled up on the beach south of Zuniga Jetty amongst a feeding flock of terns and pelicans, and ~50 Surf Scoters were apparently summering there and away from their usual haunts off IB or in south San Diego Bay. A check of the NASNI golf course on that day yielded a Western Wood-pewee and two Ash-throated Flycatchers (a species that may even be breeding in Coronado?).
On the 23rd, Nicole and I walked about 2 miles north on the beach from Camp Surf but a BROWN BOOBY offshore and a Black Turnstone onshore were the only birds of note. The adult Reddish Egret at J St. was present as is often the case.
Justyn Stahl
North Park (but back to SCI tomorrow!)

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Black and white warbler

Early Tuesday morning there was a male Black-and- white Warbler at Point Loma Nazarene University in the first patch of trees along the path just north of the main entrance. The only migrant I had on campus. I did not hear the hooded warbler.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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San Diego Offshore May 24, 2020

I did a solo trip offshore Sunday May 24th., in a reverse circle (counter clockwise) from the May 7th. trip. This one out of Mission Bay. Talk about social distancing, not a boat insight for about three of the nine hours I spent offshore.

The major change was lack of the Red Tide. The water now a dirty green color out to about 7 n. miles. Then clearing slowly to a clean green on the Thirty Mile Bank.
Sea surface temps, have dropped. Today mostly 66 degrees F.  That maybe slightly above normal for May. Last trip sst's  mostly 69-71 degrees (summer temps). Gale force winds north of us last week likely the cause.
Life offshore has increased slightly with a couple of small feeding congregations southwest of La Jolla ( 9..5- 10 n. miles) These made up of mostly Sooty and Black-vented Shearwaters, Brown Pelicans and Elegant Terns, and over a pods of Common Dolphin. 
The Nine and Thirty Mile Banks, and San Diego Trough were exceedingly quiet. In fact I saw more Black Storm-Petrels inside the Nine Mile Bank all the way in to the edge of Point Loma kelp and up to within a mile on the Mission Bay Jetties.
The big numbers of Ashy Storm-Petrels we'd seen in 2017 and 2018 (one hundred plus), and 2019 (close to 50) seem to have faded to a very few scattered individuals so far this year.  Three today, down from the 7 on seen May 7th.. All near the Thirty Mile Bank.
Not a single phalarope today. I had over three hundred on the May 7th. trip
No sign of Scripps's Murrelets, Perhaps they've abandoned nesting locally this year due to red tide, lack of food or ? They normally move out to the northwest post breeding. Perhaps they do the same if breeding fails.
No alcids or jaegers to report
One Least Tern was seen over the outside of the Nine Mile Bank, not that unusual a location except that there are very few other birds out there. Another Least Tern was along the middle part Point Loma kelp, and a dozen plus were in the s.w. portion on Mission Bay.
I did see Elegant Terns at all distance. Those well offshore traveling west at speed. Perhaps a food source out there somewhere? Those along the beach moving generally north. Many in Mission Bay (75).
An Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was on the rip rap at Mission Point west of Quivara Basin, Mission Bay.
So total species and numbers for offshore (still rather small overall);
Pacific Loon   1
Pink-footed Shearwater   13
Sooty Shearwater   315
Black-vented Shearwater   140 ( a few showing start of wing flight feather molt )
Ashy Storm-Petrel   3
Black Storm-Petrel   60
Brown Booby    1
Brandt's Cormorant   5
Doubled-cr. Cormorant   1
Brown Pelican    57
Heermann's Gull    2
California Gull     3
Western Gull     30
Least Tern   2
Elegant Tern   290
Royal Tern   2
Dave Povey
Today I remember Mac, Smitty, Jack and all the others others.

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Tricolored Blackbirds Breeding again at Rangeland Road, Water District Pond, 24 May 2020

    Went out to Ramona to check on the Tricolored Blackbird colony  I had noted there  on 22 March 2020 (checklist   They have apparently bred and nested  in the Water District South Pond,  where bulrushes have now grown back.   Around this pond, and carrying food from the pasture east of the road,  there were predominantly adult females and recently fledged young (many with yellow-orange gapes), so I wondered where all the males were.  As I drove north along the road a bit, closer to the large, northern pond where cattle were grazing, I saw a few flocks of males streaming further west shuttling to and from the south pond area, that had been out of view from my previous vantage point.  Final estimate, tho an undercount, is 180 females, 50 fledglings, 100 males=330. Today's checklist . Most activity occured earlier in the morning.  

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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June 13th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic

Sorry to say the June 13 th. trip has been cancelled. 

Dang it all. I had hoped we'd get an Ok, but not this time. Not sure if boat trips are in phase 4, 5, or???

You can still book trips for Aug., Sept. and Oct. see details at
Crossed fingers that those trips can go, and salvage 2020's pelagics.
Dave Povey

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Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 23 May

The Violet-crowned Hummingbird at the DeAnza Springs Resort was seen today by two small, organized groups, coordinated/permitted by the property owner and the resort management. The owner is now leaving town for a few days and will keep me posted as to the bird's status upon her return. I will relay this info when I get it.

Under NO circumstances should anyone attempt to access the resort on their own. Future trips, bird and homeowner willing, may be made available at a later date. 
Justyn Stahl
North Park

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Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 20-22 May 2020 (viewing details)

Today, 22 May, a small group, with coordination through the homeowner and resort management did a brief exploratory trip today, saw the bird, and discussed future access possibilities as access was not granted indefinitely. Pre-arranged, group permission (see below) was granted for a small number of people tomorrow (Saturday), but no solo at-will visitation is allowed. Additionally, you must comply with the following rules and guidance below. Keep in mind this is a "clothing optional" resort, and, although our interactions were extremely limited, residents are likely uncomfortable with large numbers of clothed people carrying optics. 

Group meeting time and location will be 15 minutes before entry time at the I-8 Jacumba exit, in the dirt lot across from the Shell/Chevron stations. The group will then consolidate vehicles and be led in by a leader. There was ZERO cell reception in the resort, so if you are even two minutes late, you will not be able to contact the group or get in.


1. Absolutely NO CAMERAS or SCOPES are allowed. Repeat, NO CAMERAS.

2. Group size is limited to 10, with 5 cars, so carpooling in is necessary – if you feel you can do this safely (perhaps sit diagonally with the windows down?).

3. Masks must be worn.

4. Check in will be necessary at the office by the leader.

5. Do not enter the yard, but bird from outside the fence.

6. Do not exceed 5 mph while in the resort.

7. The bird seems to appear every 20-23 minutes, so after two bouts of feeding, please leave.

8. Bird discreetly at the yard where the bird is ONLY, then leave, do not bird elsewhere in the resort.

9. If you miss your meeting time/location, you're out of luck as entry without an assigned group leader (with permission letter) is not possible.

If these restrictions work for you, let me know if you are interested in going tomorrow, Saturday, at 0900 or 1100, and which time your prefer, but no guarantees. Priority will be given to San Diego birders.

Visits beyond Saturday are uncertain, but may be possible in the future if the bird stays, the homeowner approves, and there are no problems tomorrow. Previous records (nine before this one) of Violet-crowned Hummingbirds in California have stayed for as little as one day to as long as several months. A comparable record from Los Angeles stayed for just five days in late May 1987. 

Let me know if and when you'd like to go tomorrow.


Justyn Stahl

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Re: Hooded Warbler – PLNU

The hooded warbler continues as of 9:30 a.m. today. Short bursts of song and very difficult views as it flits through dark underbrush and vanishes entirely for long periods.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA
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