White-eyed Vireo, El Camino Cemetery, 3 Aug 2020

At noon, there was/is a much-singing but very-briefly-seen White-eyed Vireo, at El Camino Memorial Gardens, south Mira Mesa vicinity. The bird was where "Garden of Love" appears on the curb, on your right as you go uphill toward the highest ground, the bird was in the thick vegetation on the small strip of hillside on the right side of road, opposite the G-of-L curb.

This is a cemetery, I mentioned this report to the management – please be respectful of course, thanks,

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City
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American Bittern at Dust Devil pond (Del Mar area)

This morning (Aug. 3), Keith spotted an American Bittern in the reeds near the southwest corner of the southmost part of the pond complex.

     We missed the other unusual shorebirds reported in the past few days but saw one Red-necked Phalarope, thanks to Jim Roberts.

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Neotropic & Semipalmated

Monday morning there is a Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the boom near the dam at Sweetwater Reservoir with 30 Double-cresteds. Interestingly, it looks like an adult, as best I can tell given the distance, whereas the two birds nearby recently at Morrison Pond were both immatures, right? I did stop there as well this morning and only had an immature double-crested.

The Sweetwater Reservoir fishing access area at the southeast corner of the lake finally opened up again this weekend for the first time since March. Open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

Yesterday, I had a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper with over 3000 Western sandpipers at the salt works. The pond they were on should be too dry today. Also yesterday were the first juvenile semipalmated plovers of the season, and on Saturday we had the first juvenile Short billed dowitcher of the season.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Re: !!! Just saw a leucastic or albino hummingbird!

Hi Cindy,
I was lucky to have a Leucistic Costas Hummingbird nest in my Yard in El Cajon Last Year
First seen in November 2018 and stayed around in the yard until July 2019. I was hoping to see it return. 
Wondering if its possible that it may be the same one.
Two offsprings  were not Leucistic
Below are a few photos and videos.
Tony Provenzano
El Cajon

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Pelagic to 9 Mile Bank — Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet, 02 August 2020

Four of us, Nancy Christensen, Mel Senac, Peter Ginsberg, and myself, ventured offshore today Sunday 02 August 2020 to explore waters around the 9 Mile Bank and south to the MX border. Most bird life seemed to be encountered around the "top" of the 9 Mile Bank, i.e. the north part. Here we found some mixed groups of (Offshore) Bottlenose Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin with good number of storm-petrels in this area either loosely tailing the dolphins or widely scattered about in singles.

The top highlight was an early morning well behaved TOWNSEND'S STORM-PETREL over deep water inside the 9 Mile Bank which allowed some close photographs. This bird came feeding close to the boat performing repeated sudden stop, vertical tower, and near vertical drops to the water surface like a shuttlecock to investigate food items.  Later in the morning a single CRAVERI'S MURRELET also photographed further south on the bank.
Complete bird list, including species seen on exit from Mission Bay:
48 Red-necked Phalarope
1 Pomarine Jaeger
3 Cassin's Auklet
2 Heermann's Gull
16 Western Gull
4 Least Tern
1 Caspian Tern
46 Elegant Tern
5 Leach's Storm-Petrel (all presumed form chapmani)
21 Ashy Storm-Petrel
30 Black Storm-Petrel
11 storm-petrel sp.
1 Pink-footed Shearwater
4 Sooty Shearwater
21 Black-vented Shearwater
1 Double-crested Cormorant
8 Brown Pelican
6 Great Blue Heron
1 Snowy Egret
1 American Crow
2 Barn Swallow

Cetacean sightings included (Inshore) Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay, (Offshore) Bottlenose Dolphins out on the 9 Mile Bank, many Risso's Dolphins there too, Common Dolphins and a small dark whale, without visible blow and with a small narrow vertical dorsal, which we thought looked to be a Minke Whale.
PLEASE NOTE: The next San Diego Pelagic charter trip is going out Sunday August 16, 2020.  Reservations phone number is at this link


Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

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SDRP monthly bird survey: Dust devil trails birds


This morning Dan King, Paul Jeffs, Jayne Lesley and I saw the continuing 2 juvenile gull-billed terns, 1 solitary sandpiper, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 1 Wilson’s phalarope & 2 red-necked phalaropes. All were in the pools at end of the western loop. Also present: redheads that bred successfully, and a juvenile common gallinule. I’m not aware of them breeding here before. 
Jayne also had a family of Bells vireos in the field across the river from horse park 
Steve Perry
Solana Beach

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Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA
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Re: Double clutching Northern rough-winged swallows


  What is known is that Northern Rough-winged Swallows only nest once in a season. I assume most of the studies on the species have been conducted farther north where the breeding season is shorter. Nevertheless, unless proven otherwise, with single nesting as the known pattern it seems that your late nesting may be just that late nesting. However, I was unaware that Barn Swallows will often nest twice in a season, I have always thought of swallows as single clutch type birds. But in Barn Swallows, which are much easier to study and are much more well studied than Roughies, second nestings are known. A local pair here in Half Moon Bay is doing just that, has nestlings in the nest at this late date!

  Take care,



Alvaro Jaramillo



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Double clutching Northern rough-winged swallows

There is a small colony of nesting Northern rough-winged swallows along Rose Creek in drain holes created by the new northern trolley extension when the infrastructure was improved.  This is right at the western terminus of Highway 52, underneath the overpasses. Some swallows show up here as early as March 9th, as they did this year, but I'm not sure those are just migrating through or there to nest.  By June 8th there were fledglings out of the nests, able to fly, and being fed by the parents.  I figured that was probably the end of the nesting until this week.  On July 27th I noticed a pair of swallows calling and flying in the habitat, and watched one enter a drain hole and fly back out with a fecal sac.  On July 31st there were 7 fledglings now able to fly but still being fed by adults.
The question then is, did a pair nest a second time this year or was it an extremely late nesting pair?   Any ideas?
                                 Jim Roberts
                                  University CIty

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Wilson's Phalaropes at Lake Morena

I spent several hour at Lake Morena Saturday morning August 1, 2020.  Two Wilson's Phalaropes were present at the water's edge in the northern, shallow part of the lake.  The most interesting birding was along the shallow edge of the northern part of the lake, which requires a long walk across the grasslands starting near the campground; and along the dirt road that wraps around the mostly dry southeast arm of the lake.  Quite a warm day, reaching the mid to upper 90's when I left at 10:30 AM.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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