Grace's Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch, San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar
San Diego Region Birdsters,
Today (31 October) between about 10:45 am and 11:30 am I observed a male GRACE'S WARBLER in the pine trees on San Dieguito Drive about 40 m north of its intersection with Oribia Road in Del Mar (GPS coordinates Lat 32.9612 N, Lon -117.2563 E). This is presumably the same bird overwintering here the past several years.
During that 45-minute period, the GRWA was seen twice for a total time of probably less than a minute. During both visits it was very active, foraging in the outer clumps of needles high in the pines, sometimes hovering. It vocalized often, with its rich tschip call heard clearly both times before the bird was spotted.
The GRWA ended its first visit to the pines by flying into the backyard of the house on the east side of the road.
A male RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen preening and quietly foraging amongst the same pine trees.
Hillcrest/S. Mission Hills
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports