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27 Mar: @ 08:54:51 
Horned Lark in Carlsbad [kevin@kevinnuber.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
26 Mar: @ 22:49:51 
Swainson's Hawks Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
26 Mar: @ 19:53:05 
FOS Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday, 3/25/17 [Mark Stratton zostropz@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
26 Mar: @ 13:30:58 
Re: Long-eared Owl [Mark Stratton zostropz@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
26 Mar: @ 08:09:39 
Re: Long-eared Owl [Michael Beeve pileatedwoodpecker@sbcglobal.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
25 Mar: @ 20:40:45 
Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
25 Mar: @ 16:03:15 
Long-eared Owl [mikewittmer0582@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
25 Mar: @ 11:39:04 
continuing Blackburnian Warbler and Painted Redstart [Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
25 Mar: @ 07:44:56 
San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, April 2nd [Jayne Lesley jaynelesley@earthlink.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
24 Mar: @ 20:58:55 
Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
24 Mar: @ 18:16:31 
Long-eared Owl [phil Pryde PhilPinSD@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
24 Mar: @ 16:42:17 
Borrego and Tamarisk Grove [Catherine Zinsky Catherine.Zinsky@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
24 Mar: @ 12:02:03 
La Jolla: Ancient Murrelets & Black Scoter [Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
23 Mar: @ 22:52:28 
Again More Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
23 Mar: @ 21:35:25 
Where to find Yellow-Headed Blackbirds [Roger Uzun rogeruzun@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
23 Mar: @ 17:47:41 
RE: Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove ['Nancy Christensen' nancy.r.christensen@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
23 Mar: @ 15:41:18 
Black and White Warbler and Tropical Kingbird continue at Famosa Slough [afsifo@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 23:23:43 
Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove [Sara Mayers sarabirding@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 22:40:15 
Swainson's Hwks Migration Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 22:26:02 
Costa Rica birds [vic_warren@hotmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 19:54:36 
Pigeon Guillemot [thomas meixner tlmeixner@att.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 19:39:20 
late report - Wed 3/15/17 - heard Canyon Wren in canyon immediately s of Glider Port [Charley Herzfeld charley.herzfeld@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
22 Mar: @ 17:51:36 
Re: Pipit confusion (answered) [Jack Daynes jackdaynes@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
21 Mar: @ 22:17:06 
More Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
21 Mar: @ 22:09:44 
Pipit confusion [Jack Daynes jackdaynes@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
21 Mar: @ 17:11:12 
Swainson's Hawks Again in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
21 Mar: @ 12:24:28 
WEDNESDAY SDFO Meeting! ['David Povey' dpovey@nethere.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
21 Mar: @ 09:21:03 
SDFO Meeting: 2016 Cape to Cape - Crossing the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic, Tom Blackman [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 23:59:05 
Baltimore Oriole in La Jolla ['Phil Unitt' unitt@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 22:31:00 
100-150 Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 21:41:53 
Black & White Warbler at Fomosa Slough 3-20-17 [eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 21:29:04 
"Birding in the Age of Dinosaurs" ['Phil Unitt' unitt@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 20:58:01 
Re: Plumbeous vireo still at Famosa Slough [Eric Kallen eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 13:08:06 
Blackburnian warbler [Nancy Christensen nancy.r.christensen@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
20 Mar: @ 00:43:08 
Revillagigedos- Retrospective [Jack Daynes jackdaynes@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 21:50:50 
Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 21:07:22 
Pelagic Cormorants.... [Sam Marsh sammarsh@pacbell.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 21:03:23 
Plumbeous vireo still at Famosa Slough [afsifo@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 19:53:18 
Re: Huge changes at Cuyamaca [Terry Hurst thurstycat53@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 19:41:52 
Huge changes at Cuyamaca [vic_warren@hotmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 16:09:36 
Inca Dove in Santee [Brennan Mulrooney frozentoze@hotmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 15:05:52 
COMMON GROUND-DOVE [tburr@san.rr.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 13:39:15 
Re: Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration. [Lisa Gonzales lmjgonzales@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 11:43:25 
SD River, Robb Field - Laughing Gull, 18 Mar 2017 [Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 07:37:32 
East County on Saturday [jstock@kleinfelder.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 00:58:08 
Re: White-collared Seedeater — Somewhat belated [John Walters johnfwalters5552@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Mar: @ 00:46:49 
Mergansers [phil Pryde PhilPinSD@cox.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
18 Mar: @ 23:03:57 
Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs [Hal Cohen raptorhal3@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
18 Mar: @ 20:04:48 
Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration. [Mark Stratton zostropz@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
18 Mar: @ 17:51:40 
Epic day in Borrego Springs [Mark Stratton zostropz@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]





Subject: Horned Lark in Carlsbad
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 8:54 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Howdy,

I saw a horned lark today which I've never seen before. It was spotted on the east side of Avenida Encinas, just north of the Hoehn Porsche dealer. There is a large field full of flowers and also full of birds. I drove by yesterday by chance and saw a bunch of birds that I couldn't identify by eye so I came back today with my camera. I'm pretty sure those birds were American Pipits, dozens of them, then a horned lark jump out of the bushes and landed on the fence for a great photo opportunity. I just bought a new zoom lens so it worked out real well.


Here are a couple photos of the horned lark.


https://goo.gl/photos/FyhQuT87... https://goo.gl/photos/FyhQuT87...



https://goo.gl/photos/5a46QtsL... https://goo.gl/photos/5a46QtsL...



What I'm guessing is an American Piipt


https://goo.gl/photos/aCzhLFMm... https://goo.gl/photos/aCzhLFMm...





Thanks,

Kevin



Subject: Swainson's Hawks Borrego Springs
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 22:49 pm
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Today 738 Swainson's Hawks migrated out of town. They finally gave photographers a chance to get close looks. This evening around 150 SW;s dropped into the traditional feeding area. Wind tomorrow could be a factor influencing migration. If it is very windy early the hawks will depart before 7am. If we are lucky the wind will be lower and departure will take place between 8 and 9am. Check in with the counters on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. to find out where to observe the hawks. See https://youtu.be/7k-d1_dA8tEfo... a view of today's hawks.
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Subject: FOS Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday, 3/25/17
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 19:53 pm
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Just in case anyone is keeping track, I don't recall an FOS yet, but we had a Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday on that grade that goes out from Julian, through Banner Grade and down to S2. Possibly the 79?
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Subject: Long-eared Owl
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 13:30 pm
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After Sonja and Michael left, a family literally walked directly through the trees, right under the Owl and he made himself really skinny and raised his head on alert, but stayed where he was. He seems really acclimated. 
Mark and Camille StrattonNorth Park
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Went looking for the owl. Was joined by Justyn Stahl and another several other birders looking for the owl in the previously mentioned location. No luck. Justyn found the bird along the northern edge of campsite # 8 facing the roadway about 25 feet up. (adjacent to my car-go figure) Regardless, owl found and seemed content to stay in one spot.









































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Subject: Re: Long-eared Owl
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 8:09 am
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Sonja and I also had the long-eared at campsite 8 overlooking the road at 11:00.  Thank you for informing the ranger as we had been there off and on for almost 4 hours by then.  Other highlights incl:FOS Black-throated gray & Wilson's warblers, Warbling vireo, Ash-throated flycatcher, Bulloch's and Scott's oriole.  We also had American robin.  Good birding,Michael Michael Beeve Vista, CA 92081 pileatedwoodpecker@sbcglobal.net



Subject: Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 20:40 pm
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Today 1,248 Swainson's Hawks migrated from Borrego Springs. They were gone by 8am. This evening over 500 SW's are in town. They are located a few miles from watch points. Tomorrow if the wind dies down they will leave between 8 and 9:30am. If it is windy like today they will take off around 7am. The forecast is for diminishing wind in the morning (we hope). You might want to first go to the watch site on Di Giorgio Rd just south of Henderson Canyon Rd. This is the alternate watch site. From there you can decide where to position yourself for better views. The wind speed and direction will determine the direction of flight. Our season total is now 10,503 Swainson's Hawks. Our previous high season was 8,917 in 2016. There still are caterpillars and flowers in the valley. This means lots of folks here so there will be traffic coming into town as the day progresses.
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Subject: Long-eared Owl
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 16:03 pm
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Went looking for the owl.  Was joined by Justyn Stahl and another several other birders looking for the owl in the previously mentioned location.  No luck.  Justyn found the bird along the northern edge of campsite # 8 facing the roadway about 25 feet up.  (adjacent to my car-go figure)  Regardless, owl found and seemed content to stay in one spot.



Subject: continuing Blackburnian Warbler and Painted Redstart
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 11:39 am
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On Saturday morning, the 25th, in the Mission Bay area both the Vacation
Isle dull female BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and the long-staying Crown Point
PAINTED REDSTART continue. The redstart will probably depart for the
season soon, whereas the Blackburnian is still rather worn and will
likely need to complete its early-spring molt before it migrates. The
latter bird was a royal pain to see well today, moving about quickly and
staying mostly hidden for a good percent of the time. Directions given
in previous posts.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count - next Sunday, April 2nd
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 7:44 am
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This is a reminder that the April 2017 San Dieguito Lagoon monthly bird count is next Sunday, April 2nd.  Everyone is welcome. 

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres Dr. (Turn right/south off of Via de la Valle when heading east from Hwy 5. San Andres dead ends at the lagoon). We divide into groups to count 5 areas, and coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for restricted areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables. (Turn west off of Jimmy Durante Rd. just south of the Fairgrounds and bridge crossing the San Dieguito River.) Bring water and a snack or lunch.

Hope to see you next Sunday at the count!

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568) (e-mail: jaynelesley@earthlink.net)

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Subject: Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 20:58 pm
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If anyone is coming down for the weekend be aware, flower folks will be here in droves. Alternate routes into town include 78 and S2 both lead to S3 at Tamarisk Grove and into town. S22 could be backed up the Montezuma Grade.
Today (Friday March 24) we had 162 migrant Swainson's Hawks. This evening we had well over 300 SW's drop into town. They are roosting in the same area to the east of Borrego Valley Rd. Today folks got great looks of kettles from Henderson Canyon Rd. You might want to check into the watch site on Di Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. Hopefully the predicted wind for tomorrow (Saturday March 25) 10+ in the morning will not develop. If so, the hawks will fly early. If we have light wind the hawks will leave anywhere from 8-9am.
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Subject: Long-eared Owl
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 18:16 pm
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Update for all Long-eared Owl hunters. Another birder from Orange County and I looked for him (her?) in the area around cabin 18 at Tamarisk Grove today also without success. So in desperation (as you know, men only ask for directions when desperate) I asked the ranger on duty if the owl had ever been reported from any perch other than around cabin 18. He made a suggestion, and bingo, there it was!  So if you cant locate it in the area from cabin 18 to cabin 21, try in the tamarisk tree(s) behind the chain link enclosure that protects a large gas cylinder thats located behind (south of) the restroom building. And dont get warbler neck looking for him - he wasnt more than maybe 12 feet above the ground.Cute little dude (unless youre a field mouse).  Bonus: while looking for the owl near cabin 18 I saw my FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher.  P.S.: Dont even think of going into the town of Borrego Springs the next two days! 

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Subject: Borrego and Tamarisk Grove
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 16:42 pm
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Went to view the wild flowers today and stopped at Tamarisk Grove to hopefully see the Long-eared Owl. It wasn't meant to be:-( Even stopped to try again on our way back from Borrego Springs, but no luck. THere were quite a few disappointed birders milling around beside myself. Thank heavens the flowers compensated!
Some highlights were:
Costa HummingbirdLincoln SparrowScott's OrioleWhite-winged DoveBlack-throated Gray WarblerBlack-tailed GnatcatcherVerdinFOS Warbling Vireo
Some photos on my flicker below.
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Subject: La Jolla: Ancient Murrelets & Black Scoter
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 12:02 pm
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A Friday early-morning seawatch at La Jolla produced a group of 3
ANCIENT MURRELETS flying north out at the limit of identifiability. This
continues the small offshore influx of this species that began back in
about late February. The other highlight was a drake BLACK SCOTER. A
total of ca. 400 Black-vented Shearwaters is good for late March, but it
hopefully is not a sign that current breeding conditions to the south
are mediocre.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: Again More Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 22:52 pm
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Today (Thursday 3/23/17) 192 Swainson's Hawks migrated. This time directly over the watch site. High but good views. This evening 75+ SW's dropped into town. Tomorrow (Friday 2/24/17) we should see lighter wind so migration out of town should take place between 8 and 9:30am. We reached a landmark today as totals for the season hit 9,081 Swainson's Hawks. This number shatters the best season's total (2016) of 8,917 SW's. With 23 days left for the season, it conceivable that we could reach 10,000 Swainson's Hawks. Check with the watch site tomorrow morning to find the best place to view the hawks. The alternate site is located just south of Henderson Canyon Rd. on Di Giorgio Rd.
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Subject: Where to find Yellow-Headed Blackbirds
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 21:35 pm
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I headed out to Borrego Springs Mon/Tues of this week hoping to see the Yellow-Headed Blackbird that had been reported at the holding ponds south of town, no luck..
Does anyone know of a good spot in the county where I could reliably find a male yellow-headed blackbird to get photos/video? If not in San Diego County perhaps somewhere reliable in Imperial County?
I did manage to see some Swainson's Hawks kettling and feeding in the fields, and the wildflowers are really vibrant this year out there.

-Roger Uzun
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Subject: Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 17:47 pm
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This checklists has photos of the owl from both Mel and myself: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... 



Taken while there with Sara and Keith. We spoke to the ranger and he said the owl had been there are least 2 weeks (so throughout the flower frenzy when the campground was full). Someone else has told me that it has been posted on the sightings board since the bird festival, so closer to a month. I guess that teaches us all to read that sightings board each and every time!



Nancy Christensen

Ramona



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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove





After an absence of several years (as well as I know), there is now
a Long-eared Owl in the Tamarisk Grove Campground in Anza Borrego State
Park. Our group (alerted by a notice on the whiteboard at the ranger
booth) saw this slim, elegant bird, with its long tufts blowing in the
heavy wind, at midday today. It was in a tamarisk just behind the
picnic table at Cabin 18. A camper told us it had been in the same
tree for a few days.

Several bighorn sheep were on the hillside across the road from the
campground.

Early in the morning we had looked for Lucy's Warblers in the
mesquite bosque but did not see or hear any.

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Point Loma (San Diego)
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Subject: Black and White Warbler and Tropical Kingbird continue at Famosa Slough
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 15:41 pm
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The wintering Black & White Warbler was back foraging in the pine tree at the foot of Mentone this morning. The Tropical Kingbird was on the telephone wires just north of the pine tree. No sign of the Plumbeous Vireo.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



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Point Loma



Subject: Long-eared Owl at Tamarisk Grove
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 23:23 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
After an absence of several years (as well as I know), there is now
a Long-eared Owl in the Tamarisk Grove Campground in Anza Borrego State
Park. Our group (alerted by a notice on the whiteboard at the ranger
booth) saw this slim, elegant bird, with its long tufts blowing in the
heavy wind, at midday today. It was in a tamarisk just behind the
picnic table at Cabin 18. A camper told us it had been in the same
tree for a few days.

Several bighorn sheep were on the hillside across the road from the
campground.

Early in the morning we had looked for Lucy's Warblers in the
mesquite bosque but did not see or hear any.

====================Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
sarabirding@cox.net
======================



Subject: Swainson's Hwks Migration Borrego Springs
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 22:40 pm
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Today Wednesday March 22 only 45 SW's migrated. However this evening (3/22) we counted 135 SW's that stayed over for a second day and another arriving 75 for around 200 now in town (March 22). Unfortunately it is hard to predict when they may take off tomorrow with windy conditions predicted. With a lull in the wind tomorrow they may wait until 9 or 10am to depart. Also, we don't know what direction they may take. If you are in town you can go to the alternate count site for directions. This site is 200 yards south of Henderson Canyon Rd on Di Giorgio Rd.Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs






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Subject: Costa Rica birds
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 22:26 pm
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This is off track, but Laurel and I spent a week in Costa Rica in early March. Incredible birding! The country, only about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined, has more than 900 birds. In a week with guides, we spotted 127 species, 89 of them life birds. If you're interested in looking at more info, go to my website at vicwarren.com and look for the post, Pura Vida for the birds. Hope you enjoy it.


Good birding,
Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
Mission Valley



Subject: Pigeon Guillemot
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 19:54 pm
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blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Went to La Jolla cove this afternoon (3/22) between 1:30 and 3:00pm and the only bird of note was a breeding plumaged Pigeon Guillomt just outside the kelp beds. I finally saw my nemesis bird and 443rd county species. There were only 5 black-vents seen. I also had one each of Wandering Tattler, Black Turnstone and Surfbird. All were in alternate plumage.
Tom MeixnerMira Mesa


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Subject: late report - Wed 3/15/17 - heard Canyon Wren in canyon immediately s of Glider Port
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 19:39 pm
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Sorry for the lateness, but I heard a Canyon Wren call repeatedly around sunset in the canyon immediately south of the Glider Port at Torrey Pines City Park. This is an unusual location for this bird.Charley HerzfeldUniversity City






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Subject: Pipit confusion (answered)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 17:51 pm
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Greetings, and thanks for the responses I got. There was no confident
conclusion, so I called Phil Unitt just now. I'd hoped to stay out of
his hair, as I know he and the team are up to their necks in Mammal
Atlas doings, but Phil (generous as usual) believes:

My bird is molting out of winter plumage and into breeding plumage. This
conclusion seems most likely, as the head seems to have elements of
both. We don't often see the breeding (alternate) plumage in these birds
in San Diego. Phil also explained the subspecies nomenclature to me.
Sibley's "Darker" adults would be /*Anthus rubescens rubescens*/, and
the "Paler" adults /*Anthus rubescens alticola*/.

So much to learn, so little time!

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Subject: More Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 22:17 pm
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Around 125 Swainson's Hawks are now in Borrego Springs. Tomorrow barring rain and wind the hawks will probably depart between 9 and 10am. Best viewing has been on Henderson Canyon Rd. to the east just after the flower fields. We could possible reach the 9,000 mark for hawks tomorrow.Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs






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Subject: Pipit confusion
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 22:09 pm
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Greetings,
I photographed a Killdeer and an American Pipit at Poway Community Park
Tuesday morning. After reviewing the images I was confused by the pipit.
The bird I photographed matched nothing I saw in Sibleys Guide (p. 421
of the big book). There the guide shows two variants for Asia and Two
for North America. A non-breeding and a breeding plumage is shown for
each of the North American subjects, yet my bird matches neither of
these. The bird most closely seems to match the Darker variant, yet
the illustration calls for bold or heavy streaking on the breast.
Yet my bird showed scant spotting, barely suggesting streaks. Is this an
age thing? A seasonal thing? Or?
In the gallery linked below, excepting the bird on the landscape bark,
is the same individual.
http://shadetreeimaging.com/20...
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Subject: Swainson's Hawks Again in Borrego Springs
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 17:11 pm
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Today we had a total of 737 Swainson's migrate. For the season we have
counted 8,844 migrant Swainson's Hawks. Last season we totaled 8,917. It's
nice to see the migrant numbers going up. If we have a large incoming group
again this evening I'll send another post. The evening watch meets at 4pm
on Borrego Valley Rd, 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Rd. We only do an
estimate in the evening as the hawks come in even after dark. The official
count is made during the morning watch as the hawks depart the valley.

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Subject: WEDNESDAY SDFO Meeting!
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 12:24 pm
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If you one of the last two people not to hear that the San Diego Field
Ornithologist monthly meeting has been switch to Wednesday night,

March 22nd this is your last and final warning. Tonight's meeting in the
Deborah Hoffman Room will not be nearly as interesting as Tom Blackman's

"2016 Cape to Cape" held tomorrow night. 6 p.m. see you there!

Dave Povey

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Subject: SDFO Meeting: 2016 Cape to Cape - Crossing the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic, Tom Blackman
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 9:21 am
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SDFO Event  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pmis our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists. Please note that this date is NOT our normally scheduled meeting date.Program: 2016 Cape to Cape  Crossing the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic, by Tom Blackman.Tom spent 29 days crossing the Southern Oceans from Ushuaia, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa photographing albatrosses, petrels, storm-petrels and other seabirds. Of special interest was collecting images of the Great Albatrosses: Wandering and Tristan. These birds have seven and four plumage phases respectively, which will be shown. The islands visited produced endemics as well as marine mammals. One stop was Tristan da Cunha, the most remote island in the world. Some pre-trip images of Argentina and post-trip African images will also be presented.Click here forMeeting Details and Map.http://www.sandiegofieldornith... Stahl







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Subject: Baltimore Oriole in La Jolla
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 23:59 pm
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Dear friends,Among the bird specimens I received at the San Diego Natural History Museum last Thursday from Project Wildlife was a female Baltimore Oriole found in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla on 15 March 2017. I prepared the specimen today (SDNHM 55000) and found on dissection that it was an immature (no discrete ova visible in its ovary even with a hand lens). The back was boldly dappled with black, each feather having a black center and a broad orangish edge. This pattern transitioned into fine black speckling on the nape and head.A perhaps still more notable specimen received in the previous batch was a Fox Sparrow of the very dark subspecies townsendi found in the recently developed urban sprawl between Sorrento Valley and Carmel Mountain on 10 October 2016 (SDNHM 54998). This subspecies breeds in the rain-forest zone of the Alaska panhandle and does not normally migrate as far south as southern California. It is one of the sooty Fox Sparrows but is conspicuously darker above and more heavily and darkly spotted below than the usual medium brown subspecies of this flavor we have wintering around San Diego. Its the color of 100% cacaono milk in this chocolate. Only one specimen of Passerella iliaca townsendi has been collected in San Diego County previously (near Descanso in 1924), and no specimens have been reported from Baja California. I found on the Internet this map (https://commons.wikimedia.org/... the leapfrog migration of some of the sooty Fox Sparrows, first described by Harry Swarth in 1920in his landmark paper on the Fox Sparrow. The details of the ranges depicted arent too accurate, but you can see the concept.Thanks very much to Linda King for her continuing help as liaison between Project Wildlife and me. As you can see, even if the good folks at Project Wildlife are unable to save a sick or injured bird, the specimens can contribute notably to our scientific record.Good birding,Philip UnittSan Diego





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Subject: 100-150 Swainson's Hawks in Borrego Springs
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 22:31 pm
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Today around 700 Swainson's Hawks migrated along Coyote Mtn. This evening (3/20/17) over 100 hawks have descended into an area east of Borrego Valley Rd. Best viewing tomorrow probably from Henderson Canyon Rd near the east end where it bends south. Without wind the hawks will probably depart between 9 and 10am. If windy they will depart early.Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs






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Subject: Black & White Warbler at Fomosa Slough 3-20-17
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 21:41 pm
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I found the B&W warbler this morning, 3-20-17,  reported yesterday  by Andy Rathbone at Famosa.  Also seen were the  plumbeous vireo and a bright Townsend's warbler - all in the tall cottonwoods just north of the parking area.

Additionally, there were were several Lincoln's sparrows, OC warblers, and numerous Audubon's warblers ( including some festive looking males.)


Eric Kallen

San Diego



Subject: "Birding in the Age of Dinosaurs"
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 21:29 pm
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Dear friends,Since SDFO is meeting on Wednesday night this month, here is another option for your Tuesday evening.Tomorrow 21 March one of the worlds leading bird paleontologists, Luis Chiappe from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, will be talking about Birding in the Age of Dinosaurs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Discoveries in the last few years have revolutionized our understanding of early birds and their relationship to the dinosaurs. The talk starts at 7:00 PM. You can get tickets, $9 for museum members and $12 for nonmembers, at http://www.sdnhm.org/calendar/... or at the door any time between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Sure to be fascinating!Good birding,Philip UnittSan Diego





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Subject: Plumbeous vireo still at Famosa Slough
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 20:58 pm
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I found the B&W warbler this morning, 3-20-17,  reported yesterday  by Andy Rathbone at Famosa.  Also seen were the  plumbeous vireo and a bright Townsend's warbler - all in the tall cottonwoods just north of the parking area.

Additionally, there were were several Lincoln's sparrows, OC warblers, and numerous Audubon's warblers ( including some festive looking males.)

Eric Kallen
San Diego
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The Plumbeous Vireo continued at Famosa Slough this afternoon, in the area just north of the dirt parking lot:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

That area has two small trails that each loop around a reed-filled marsh. The bird spent most of its time in the scrub where the sides of those two trails meet.

I thought I saw the Black and White warbler in the same area, too, but couldn't be sure. It's worth keeping an eye out if you're passing through.

No sign of the Tropical Kingbird either there or in the slough's north channel.

Andy Rathbone
San Diego



Subject: Blackburnian warbler
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 13:08 pm
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Michael Hilchey found a female Blackburnian Warbler at Vacation Village. Difficult little bird, moving around a great deals. At the corner of Hibiscus Lane and the frontage road. Frontage Rd headed towards the model yacht basin. 

Nancy Christensen
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Subject: Revillagigedos- Retrospective
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 0:43 am
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Greeting SD Birders,


Apologies in advance, as this is not about San Diego Birds (though the
expedition's origins WERE in San Diego), but since I posted an
invitation to join the expedition here earlier this year, I thought I'd
take a chance and post this report. It took me three weeks to recall all
my memories and sift through all my images from this exciting voyage. I
first heard about this trip through my friend Sula Vanderplank when she
asked me to help get the word out and find enough passengers to allow
the trip to proceed. You may recall the link I posted to a page on my
website, on this listserv. As I thought about it, I began to see that if
I did not pursue this opportunity, I would forever regret it, so I
signed on and counted the days until we launched.

I learned, as the voyage unfolded, that I was in the company not just of
respected scientists, but of people of good humor, people eager to
support each other. We had botanists, herpetologists, geologists,
ecologists, entomologists, and ornithologists; all well known in their
fields.

is to a page listing all 15 of the entries in my narrative
and images, listing in reverse order (most recent first), beginning with
a "Best Birds" gallery.

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Subject: Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 21:50 pm
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580 Swainson's Hawks migrated today 3/19/17. This evening (3/19) 400 plus hawks dropped into the valley. Tomorrow we might have a breeze that will get them migrating a bit earlier than usual. Expect take-off anywhere from 7-9am unless the wind dies down. Best viewing from Borrego Valley Rd. about 1.8 miles north of Palm Canyon Drive. This season 7,396 Swainson's Hawks have migrated through Borrego Springs. The flowers are still in profusion as are caterpillars. The hawks are attracted to the White-lined Sphinx Moth caterpillars a favorite food item.Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs






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Subject: Pelagic Cormorants....
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 21:07 pm
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Had two pelagic cormorants flying out from rocks near the caves at the shell shop in la Jolla today around noon. Only seen flying out...have pictures of BIF if anyone is interested.
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Subject: Plumbeous vireo still at Famosa Slough
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 21:03 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Plumbeous Vireo continued at Famosa Slough this afternoon, in the area just north of the dirt parking lot:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

That area has two small trails that each loop around a reed-filled marsh. The bird spent most of its time in the scrub where the sides of those two trails meet.

I thought I saw the Black and White warbler in the same area, too, but couldn't be sure. It's worth keeping an eye out if you're passing through.

No sign of the Tropical Kingbird either there or in the slough's north channel.

Andy Rathbone
San Diego



Subject: Huge changes at Cuyamaca
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 19:53 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I visited Lake Cuyamaca and Stonewall Mine today. There were approximately 30 Violet-green Swallows at the Stonewall Mine area. That was about it for spring migrating birds. A lot of bright Yellow-rumped Warblers. All the waterfowl with the exception of Canada Geese, American Coots and a few Mallard have moved on.

Terry Hurst
Santee


Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 19, 2017, at 5:01 PM, vic_warren@hotmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>
> We went up to Cuyamaca this morning and couldn't believe the way the rain has increased the size of the lake. I've attached a photo showing the changes. Very dramatic.
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> D Must be too early for many birds other than the usual suspects,. but we did see two Bald Eagles, flying about tree height. They crossed the neck of the lake at the bridge, then up toward Stonewall Mine.y Hurst
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> Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
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Subject: Huge changes at Cuyamaca
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 19:41 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
We went up to Cuyamaca this morning and couldn't believe the way the rain has increased the size of the lake. I've attached a photo showing the changes. Very dramatic.


http://www.vicwarren.com/lake-... http://www.vicwarren.com/lake-...



Must be too early for many birds other than the usual suspects, but we did see two Bald Eagles, flying about tree height. They crossed the neck of the lake at the bridge, then up toward Stonewall Mine.


Good birding,


Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
Mission Valley



Subject: Inca Dove in Santee
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 16:09 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While out in my back yard this morning, I was shocked to see an Inca Dove fly into my pepper tree. After I got my spotting scope so I could try to digiscope it, I whistled its song and it immediately flew out onto my roof, then up into my olive tree where I was able to get a couple of shots before it flew into a denser portion of the tree and sang quietly.


I have filled my feeders and there are plenty of birds in the yard, but I haven't seen or heard it again since 12:30.


If it becomes chaseable, I will post again. For now I would imagine it could be anywhere around Santee Lakes or in someone else's yard in the neighborhood (east of the south end of Santee Lakes).


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...


Brennan Mulrooney

Santee, CA



Subject: COMMON GROUND-DOVE
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 15:05 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
While coming in from my patio today, 19 March 2017, about 1215, I heard a call, which at first sounded like the low moaning call of a Roadrunner, but I quickly realized it was not a roadrunner but a dove!  I then saw a very short-tailed, smallish dove fly into my tree.  However, the branches were obscuring it.  I ducked into my home, ran to get my spare binocs, came back and it had moved, but I could still hear the call.  I carefully went out with my camera to get a photo but it was blocked by branches again and this time I saw a second dove.  As I crept forward they both flew before I could get a photo, unfortunately.  I then listened to the Cornell Master List of BNA recordings of the Common Ground-Dove and they were a perfect match for what I and my son Andrew heard.

Tim Burr
Poway, CA



Subject: Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 13:39 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Mark, you stated my sentiments exactly: "This is what I've been waiting so long to see!" Never could I have imagined when my wife and I made reservations 2 months ago for a weekend stay in Borrego, that this was going to be a record-breaking migration for Swainsons. Yesterday we drove from our hotel to meet up with Hal and others at the new Di Giorgio viewing mound from 8:15-10am when the three large kettles were forming to the east of Borrego Valley Rd. At that pt., Hal suggested folks drive over to the evening viewing site on Borrego Valley Rd. to get a closer look, which we did, and then OMG! we were treated to one of the most incredible sights I've ever experienced as thousands upon thousands of hawks kettled only a few hundred feet directly overhead.
As the kettle moved north, we jumped in our car and drove a little further north on Borrego Valley Rd., but still south of Henderson Canyon Rd., where the kettle just seemed to settle there for about half an hour, with the bottom of the kettle only about 100 feet above us. I even had to dodge a few droppings to prevent white-washed bino's! After the kettle broke up and headednorthwesterly toward Coyote Canyon, we continued to be treated to a seemingly endless stream of hawks flying toward Coyote Canyon, again only a few hundred feet directly above us.
Car loads of flower-seekers stopped along the sides of the road to ask what we were looking at, and when we explained they all temporarily suspended their flower searches and got out of their vehicles to similarly take in the majesty of the migration. My heart was gladdened as I overheard parents sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with their children. There were also several foreign tourists who asked us the same question in broken English, and then also got out of their cars to join in the fun!
A final note. I really want to recognize and promote and thank Hal Cohen! While waiting on the viewing mound in the hot sun before the kettles formed, Hal was so entertaining and knowledgeable and gracious and humble, as he diverted any discomforts about the heat and instead focused us on the Swainson's life cycle with his beautiful photo board. It is so qbvious that Hal was a teacher for many years b





From: "Mark Stratton zostropz@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]"
To: SanDiegoRegionBirding@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:04 PM
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.

First of all, I apologize for a lame post earlier. Between bad cell area's and looking at my phone in the sun, I made a terrible report. As you have seen by now, we had an incredible day with the Swainson's Hawk. Lift off was somewhere around 9:15 with what we were estimating to be about 800 birds in 3 kettles, all real close to each other, it was awesome. When the birds went streaming off, we followed and had them right over our heads. We went to the end of DiGorgio Rd. (spelling), and as our birds flew out through the canyon, others appeared from the east bring our total to as many as maybe 1000 to 1200. When we thought the show was over, we headed back and as we passed the old morning count site, we saw that Hal and others were there. Up over the mountings, there were hundreds more. Everytime a kettle streamed away, another appeared. Incredible day. At the end of it all, I believe the count was 3713 total. This is what I've been waiting so long to see.
Before the hawks lifted off, we went to the Sewage ponds and were unable to find the Yellow-headed Blackbird. There was nothing unusual there. A few Sora's were the best birds there but I did hear a Thrasher singing in the distance, but could not see it.
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Subject: SD River, Robb Field - Laughing Gull, 18 Mar 2017
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 11:43 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saturday 18 Mar 2017 at 2:15pm there was a first cycle LAUGHING GULL on the sandbar in San Diego River channel, opposite the Tennis Club, Robb Field, Ocean Beach.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

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Subject: East County on Saturday
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 7:37 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birded several spots in East County on Saturday and saw the following: 2 female-type Hooded Mergansers on the pond at Dos Picos County Park near Ramona.  2 adult Bald Eagles were seen on the ground on the eastern shore of Lake Cuyamaca.  The northeastern arm of Lake Cuyamaca has filled recently and the eagles were observed from Sunrise Highway (S-1) at Milepost 37.  1 singing male Black-chinned Sparrow was seen at close range along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Laguna Mountains. The sparrow was approximately 1/4 mile north of the Pioneer Mail Trailhead/Picnic Area.


Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
jscls@cox.net



Subject: White-collared Seedeater — Somewhat belated
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 0:58 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On 3/18/2017 10:51 AM, John Top jjtop@fastmail.us
[SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
> I took my daily constitutional yesterday at Lake Miramar and carried
> my binoculars. I stopped and scanned the habitat at the 1 mile marker
> and there was quite a bit of activity but the birds remained hidden in
> the thick cover. I finally got a good clear look at a female.
>
> I saw nothing at the 3.5 mile marker.
>
> FWIW ? The Seedeaters appear to be establishing themselves here and
> moving inland. I haven?t really been looking for them recently, but
> the only other one I have seen was a single bird at Dairy Mart and
> that was several years ago.
>
> They seem to be doing better here than in Texas. I have looked for
> them along the river in the Rio Grande Valley, and although I have
> seen them there, I have seen far more drug runners than Seedeaters ? a
> less than pleasant added dimension to a birding outing.
>
Note that the White-collared Seedeaters found locally are a different
subspecies than the ones occurring in south Texas. Our race is from
central Mexico and is more colorful than the Texas birds.

John Walters
Bonita, CA
johnfwalters5552@gmail.com



Subject: Mergansers
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 0:46 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
At around 2:45 this afternoon the yellow-eyed imm. male Hooded Merganser was in the SW corner of Pond 1 at Santee Lakes, as described in yesterday’s posting by J.Stock.  The other HOME and the female Common Merganser that were mentioned were not seen, although they could easily have been in locations other than those described yesterday.

Phil Pryde,
San Diego

philpinsd@cox.net
sandiegoregionbook.com



Subject: Swainson's Hawks Continue in Borrego Springs
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 23:03 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This evening (Sat. March 18) Over 200 Swainson's Hawks descended into the
valley. Tomorrow will be another good day for viewing. Best viewing from
the evening site on Borrego Valley rd. or check in with the counters on Di
Giorgio Rd south of Henderson Canyon Rd. Take off probably between 9 and
10am.

Hal Cohen-Borrego Springs



Subject: Great day in Borrego today, record Swainson's migration.
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 20:04 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
First of all, I apologize for a lame post earlier. Between bad cell area's and looking at my phone in the sun, I made a terrible report. As you have seen by now, we had an incredible day with the Swainson's Hawk. Lift off was somewhere around 9:15 with what we were estimating to be about 800 birds in 3 kettles, all real close to each other, it was awesome. When the birds went streaming off, we followed and had them right over our heads. We went to the end of DiGorgio Rd. (spelling), and as our birds flew out through the canyon, others appeared from the east bring our total to as many as maybe 1000 to 1200. When we thought the show was over, we headed back and as we passed the old morning count site, we saw that Hal and others were there. Up over the mountings, there were hundreds more. Everytime a kettle streamed away, another appeared. Incredible day. At the end of it all, I believe the count was 3713 total. This is what I've been waiting so long to see.Before the hawks lifted off, we went to the Sewage ponds and were unable to find the Yellow-headed Blackbird. There was nothing unusual there. A few Sora's were the best birds there but I did hear a Thrasher singing in the distance, but could not see it.Mark and Camille StrattonNorth Park






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Subject: Epic day in Borrego Springs
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 17:51 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Camille and I had an incredible day out in Borrego today with the hawk
migration. I will let how report the total number tonight but it is a
record-breaker what a fun day. return Mark and Camille Stratton North Park



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