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06 Jul: @ 15:22:45 
singing Indigo Bunting [Sonja]
06 Jul: @ 14:29:49 
San Diego pelagic results, July 5th [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
04 Jul: @ 09:32:04 
Little Stint has returned [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
03 Jul: @ 11:07:15 
miscellanea, and true Ring-billed Gull status in summer [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
02 Jul: @ 15:17:06 
questionable reports (eBird) of Common Ground Doves and California Gnatcatchers [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
02 Jul: @ 14:39:37 
birding and listed species [Gjon Hazard]
01 Jul: @ 19:37:24 
Cook's Petrel Chase [David Povey]
01 Jul: @ 16:22:53 
Common Ground Dove and eBird [Justyn Stahl]
30 Jun: @ 15:02:42 
Monday miscellanea [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
29 Jun: @ 14:39:50 
Willet @ Lake Murray (6/29/20) [Eitan Altman]
28 Jun: @ 20:00:09 
Possible Cook's Petrel chase [David Povey]
28 Jun: @ 11:07:20 
Cook's Petrel chase [David Povey]
27 Jun: @ 16:59:27 
32 COOK'S PETRELS and 2 Craveri's in San Diego & L. A. County waters; possible future chase trip? [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
27 Jun: @ 12:31:50 
Glossy Ibis update [Aedyn Loefke via groups.io]
27 Jun: @ 12:19:57 
Shared eBird checklist from Konyn Dairy Saturday morning [thomasf_h]
27 Jun: @ 09:44:50 
Re: Glossy Ibis EBird reports [Justyn Stahl]
27 Jun: @ 09:27:54 
Glossy Ibis EBird reports [John Bruin]
26 Jun: @ 16:53:53 
Re: Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27 [Mike Gonzales via groups.io]
26 Jun: @ 16:18:49 
Laguna - Baby vireo and Yellow-rump warblers! [Nancy Christensen]
26 Jun: @ 10:43:12 
weekly miscellanea [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
25 Jun: @ 13:56:08 
Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27-- repost [Aedyn Loefke via groups.io]
25 Jun: @ 10:23:52 
Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27 [Aedyn Loefke via groups.io]
24 Jun: @ 12:28:39 
Glossy Ibis update [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
23 Jun: @ 23:47:33 
Glossy Ibis access tomorrow,June 24 [Aedyn Loefke via groups.io]
23 Jun: @ 17:23:52 
Glossy Ibis situation [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
23 Jun: @ 16:27:10 
Re: Glossy Ibis [Nancy Christensen]
23 Jun: @ 16:19:55 
N. Rough-winged Swallow big flock [Christopher Adler]
23 Jun: @ 09:49:25 
Glossy Ibis [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
22 Jun: @ 17:41:24 
2019 ibis photo [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
22 Jun: @ 16:29:54 
Re: Glossy Ibis--No but Yes! [Nancy Christensen]
22 Jun: @ 16:22:43 
Re: Glossy Ibis--No but Yes! [terry hurst via groups.io]
22 Jun: @ 16:14:28 
Glossy Ibis--No but Yes! [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
22 Jun: @ 16:14:18 
Glossy Ibis [Mike McClintock]
22 Jun: @ 15:22:33 
Glossy Ibis [Mike McClintock]
22 Jun: @ 13:58:44 
Glossy Ibis [Mike McClintock]
21 Jun: @ 17:47:36 
Vermilion Flycatcher by Lake Murray [Eitan Altman]
21 Jun: @ 11:35:10 
San Diego Bay area, Sunday [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
20 Jun: @ 12:48:52 
some Fri/Sat miscellanea, and breeding birds [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
20 Jun: @ 12:07:02 
Pigeon Guillemot off Point Loma 6-19-2020 [David Povey]
19 Jun: @ 20:06:00 
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Borrego Settling Ponds [Dave Batzler via groups.io]
19 Jun: @ 13:57:45 
No Glaucous at Trestles... [Moro Rogers]
17 Jun: @ 12:21:07 
La Jolla Cove: Leach's storm-petrel; cormorant cliff [Stan Walens]
16 Jun: @ 22:32:26 
Afternoon Whale Watching Boat (6/16/20) [Jimmy McMorran]
16 Jun: @ 19:17:07 
long-tailed duck Sweetwater River 6-16-20 [Robert Patton]
16 Jun: @ 16:56:49 
Glaucous Gull at Trestles [Moro Rogers]
15 Jun: @ 14:47:02 
recent miscellanea [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
12 Jun: @ 10:18:13 
Re: multiple Pigeon Guillemots [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
12 Jun: @ 09:53:33 
Re: Pigeon Guillemot [Stan Walens]
12 Jun: @ 08:55:41 
Pigeon Guillemot [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]
11 Jun: @ 16:09:02 
San Diego offshore: 4 Craveri's, Sabine's, Reds, Ashies [lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io]





Subject: singing Indigo Bunting
Date: Mon Jul 6 2020 15:22 pm
From: lunaskye13 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Michael & I found a singing Indigo Bunting at the horse staging area of the Bird & Butterfly Garden at 9:14 this morning. He was right by the kiosk first then moved back into the brush. I have photos attached to the ebird listing...
https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Sonja Beev (Luna Nightwynd))O( https://get.google.com/albumar...



Subject: San Diego pelagic results, July 5th
Date: Mon Jul 6 2020 14:29 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
On 5 July, 35 hopeful birders, with visions of Cook's Petrels dancing in
their heads, departed San Diego Bay aboard "Grande" headed for the
extreme southwest corner of San Diego County waters (actually known as
"the Corner" for the abrupt change in direction of the international
border there), which is about 30+ miles offshore. Seas were light. Winds
were low. Temps were warm. And unfortunately we did not find any Cook's
Petrels in either San Diego or Los Angeles County waters. Eight days
earlier, when several of us were fortunate enough to tally over 30
Cook's, there were also tuna feeding in the area, but fisherman report
that the tuna just a few days earlier moved another ca. 18nm to the SW
to the "Butterfly Bank," which is much too far for us to reach in a
one-day trip. But we plan on visiting "the Corner" on upcoming trips as
well, as it seems to be a good area for rafting storm-petrels, and we
hope the Cook's indeed appear there from time to time and can be found
again in the not-to-distant future sometime between May-August. Bird
numbers and diversity continue relatively low offshore off southern San
Diego County. Total's for yesterday (offshore only, beyond 2 miles out) are:

Red-necked Phalarope: 9

Scripps's Murrelet: 3 (one adult with TWO almost fully grown young;
getting late)

Cassin's Auklet: 16

small alcid sp.: 6

Heermann's Gull: 6

Western Gull: 84

Royal Tern: 1

Elegant Tern: 265

Least Tern: 3 (including one well offshore--over 30 miles out--in L. A. Co.)

Ashy Storm-Petrel: 14

Black Storm-Petrel: 185

storm-petrel sp. 4: (all smaller than Blacks, with POSSIBLE up to 3
Leach's and 1 Least, but all too distant and/or seen too briefly, and no
photos are definitive)

Pink-footed Shearwater: 7

Sooty Shearwater: 10

Black-vented Shearwater: 33

Brown Booby: 11 (8 San Diego Co., 3 Los Angeles Co.)

Double-crested Cormorant: 1 (over 30+ mi offshore in L. A. Co.)

Great Blue Heron: 1 (landed on boat, 3 miles out)

ALSO

Black Oystercatcher: 1 (flying south, just south of Point Loma)


--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, and 33 additional pelagic souls, San Diego




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Subject: Little Stint has returned
Date: Sat Jul 4 2020 9:32 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Presumably the same Little Stint is back for another season at the salt works, on Saturday morning, it is currently sleeping with lots of Westerns at the southeast corner of the pond that's at the end of 13th Street. Given the number of peep and the distances involved it basically is dumb luck to get on the bird if you don't know where it is, even though it's in breeding plumage. And needless to say when it goes to sleep it is much much harder to pick out. An excellent scope is essential. A breeding plumaged black turnstone here may well be an early fall arrival rather than a summering bird.

Earlier in the morning at Emory Cove on the Silver Strand there was the continuing reddish egret and probably the same one-year-old common tern I saw at J Street a few days ago. Emory is also where the dumb flamingo hangs out.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Subject: miscellanea, and true Ring-billed Gull status in summer
Date: Fri Jul 3 2020 11:07 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
On July 1st, there was a high single-scan count of 7 Ashy Storm-Petrels
at La Jolla--continuing the unprecedented numbers being seen close to
shore this year since late May. Also a high-tying 4 Black
Oystercatchers, all together. Today, 3 July, at La Jolla there was only
1 Ashy, and another southbound Common Murre. But few birds overall. On 2
July, a full-alternate Black-bellied Plover with the over-summering
basic-plumaged birds on south San Diego Bay was probably a returning
arrival and perhaps is the earliest ever locally in "fall"? Small
numbers of both Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes have arrived. Small
numbers of Brown Boobies continued recently in the early morning off the
Tijuana River mouth area--a scope is necessary.

On 2 July, Sue Smith had an alternate-adult Ring-billed Gull in Del Mar.
Given the plumage, it could well be an unusually early "fall" arrival.
Normally, arriving adult and juvenile Ring-billeds (as well as
California Gulls) do not start arriving until mid- (third week of) July.
But this brings up the subject of the true summer status of Ring-billeds
in San Diego County and along pretty much all of coastal California. The
species in the past has been reported regularly between mid-May and
mid-July, and there are even some published reports along beaches,
mudflats, and rocky coasts of moderate numbers during this period. But,
Ring-billed is actually quite rare in late spring and early summer, and
such reports of most such birds along the immediate coast--particularly
anything over just one or several birds--almost certainly involves young
California Gulls (showing strongly bicolored bills), which are fairly
numerous, although somewhat localized in numbers, through the summer.
There formerly was a small number of Ringers almost every summer at
Oceanside harbor, but even that annual occurrence seems to have waned as
of late. Perhaps the best place to look for over-summering Ring-billeds
is at lakes and park ponds inland from the coast, but even here they are
rare. In 2020, I have yet to see a single Ring-billed Gull where I have
birded on or near the coast since May.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


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Subject: questionable reports (eBird) of Common Ground Doves and California Gnatcatchers
Date: Thu Jul 2 2020 15:17 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Justyn Stahl wrote yesterday about the need to set the Common Ground
Dove county filters, except in the desert, in eBird to 0 so that all
such sightings get reviewed. This species is now very uncommon and very,
very, very local in these regions, and it is reliably seen mostly in the
Tijuana River Valley, where numbers seem recently down as well. But
without a filter set at 0, records of 1 or 2 birds from elsewhere in the
coastal-slope lowlands sail right through, with no checking unless the
reviewer is willing to check literally every bird on every list. And
sure enough, the county eBird reviewers have started to send out queries
to observers about their ground dove sightings away from expected areas.
And so far the responses have mostly been along the lines of "Oops, I
meant Mourning Dove!"

Another species with similar issues, but which one cannot set the filter
to 0 without unleashing a torrent records to review, is California
Gnatcatcher. While local in distribution, it is obviously far more
numerous and widespread here than are the ground doves. But if one looks
at the species map in eBird for Cal Gnat, there are pins dropped all
over the place where the species does not occur. Some problems are
certainly misidentified Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, but another regular
issue are mis-plotted lists. One good example is the gnatcatcher
situation in the Tijuana River Valley. California Gnatatchers are
regular residents in the scrub on the hillside and canyons running up to
the border fence along the southern edge of the Valley. They are NOT out
in riparian and exotic habitat on the valley floor, except perhaps as a
very rare wanderer from appropriate habitat. Also, in contrast,
Blue-gray Gnatctachers ARE regular and fairly numerous in these areas. A
number of lists from places like "Dairy Mart ponds" or the "Bird &
Butterfly Garden" have California Gnatcatcher on them, but with no
details. Personally, I've never seen the species at either site. Yes,
one bird MIGHT wander there a relatively short ways from the hillside to
the south, where they are found, but such an event would be quite rare
and should be properly documented AT THE TIME OF THE SIGHTING. Often the
problem is a visiting birder lists their eBird site as the "Dairy Mary
ponds" but then they actually visit multiple sites in the TRV, including
a place several miles away like Goat Canyon where they actually record
the CAGN.

This all results in faulty data for declining, threatened, or endangered
species for which one desires accurate distribution information. (And of
course such errors can also involves ALL species.)

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



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Subject: birding and listed species
Date: Thu Jul 2 2020 14:39 pm
From: gjon_hazard AT hotmail.com
 
There are good sides and bad sides to the combination.




On the good side...




Birders are a great source of data for listed or sensitive species. Thanks to eBird (in particular) and other citizen science platforms, recording your observations has become easy. Similarly, it is
easy for agencies and researchers to retrieve those data and put it to good use.




May I also suggest that adding comments is helpful when recording any sensitive species. This is a good thing to do anytime, even in areas where the species is expected (such as California Gnatcatchers
in typical habitat in coastal San Diego County). But may I also suggest that adding comments is a "must" for detections that are at all out of the ordinary -- even if it isn't "flagged" by eBird's filters. The comment field is not only for you to provide info
to confirm your identification but also an opportunity to add other specific information that might add greater meaning to your observation -- beyond a point on a map or a cog in a modeler's wheel. I want you to know that your observations are put to use,
and comments and other info -- such as breeding codes -- add to the utility of your data.




And if you have concerns about reporting sensitive species in eBird, see the platform's recommendation on how to address such species here:https://ebird.org/news/sensiti...





On the bad side...




Birding can put stress on these vulnerable species. Using audio playbacks is pretty much always problematic
for these species, and it couldpossibly landyou
into legal trouble. Some photographers push the envelope to get the good shot. And so on... you've heard the lecture before -- and yet somehow it seems to need regular reiteration.





One should always practice good birding ethics, but it is particularly important when dealing with listed
and sensitive species.




May I suggest reviewing ABA's Code of Birding Ethics (and you needn't be an ABA member to follow the code). I reproduced several entries that are apropos to the current topic.

https://www.aba.org/aba-code-o...





1(b) Avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger. Be particularly cautious around active nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display sites, and feeding sites. Limit the use of recordings
and other audio methods of attracting birds, particularly in heavily birded areas, for species that are rare in the area, and for species that are threatened or endangered. Always exercise caution and restraint when photographing, recording, or otherwise approaching
birds.



1(c) Always minimize habitat disturbance. Consider the benefits of staying on trails, preserving snags, and similar practices.






3(b) Familiarize yourself with and follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing activities at your birding location. In particular, be aware of regulations related to birds, such as disturbance
of protected nesting areas or sensitive habitats, and the use of audio or food lures.








Here are some of the listed and sensitive bird species in the region:

California Condor

Swainson's Hawk

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Black Rail

Ridgway's Rail

Snowy Plover (coastal populations)

Least Tern

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Elf Owl

Spotted Owl

Gilded Flicker

Willow Flycatcher (nesting)

Loggerhead Shrike (coastal)
BellS Vireo

California Gnatcatcher

Belding's Savannah Sparrow

Tricolored Blackbird







For more info, see:

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHan...



And here's a list of sensitive species:


https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHan...






Thanksfor being part of the solution and not part of the problem.





Sincerely,
-Gjon


Encinitas, CA



Subject: Cook's Petrel Chase
Date: Wed Jul 1 2020 19:37 pm
From: poveydw747 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,If you signed up for the Cook's Petrel Chase, and received and answered my questionnaireYES . This is to let you know we are a go, and I will get an information blast out to you in the next 24 hrs.If you originally asked to be put on the "I'm interested" list and not heard back from me, you're on the waiting list, You are welcome to contact me to see where you place on that list.If you answered no to my Go / No Go questionnaire, I moved to the next person on thelist, and you've been drop from that list.Dave PoveyDulzura

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Subject: Common Ground Dove and eBird
Date: Wed Jul 1 2020 16:22 pm
From: justyn.stahl AT gmail.com
 
Birders,
Due to the frequent mis-identification and erroneous entry of Common Ground Dove in San Diego away from known sites like Borrego and the Tijuana River Valley, I've set the filter for this species on the coastal slope and the foothills to zero (it was already zero in the mountains and less concern in the desert). Simply having it as an available entry without being flagged allows for people to mistakenly tap it when they aim to enter Mourning Dove. What this means is that Common Ground Dove will now appear on the Rare Bird Alert and observations will need to be vetted, *especially away from known locations.* Those records from people's backyards or from odd locations will need to be documented as normal. Scrutiny of entries from the Bird and Butterfly Garden, for example, however, will not be as rigorous but it is still good practice to document, even briefly, records flagged by eBird.
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Subject: Monday miscellanea
Date: Tue Jun 30 2020 15:02 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
On Monday morning the 30th, the first Common Tern (one-year-old) of the
season appeared--at the J Street mudflats, one of their favored summer
locales. Also long-staying continuing Reddish Egret and Glaucous-winged
Gull. I hear that Nancy C. had a Surfbird there later in the morning,
which might be one of the two birds I had seen way back on June 1st at
the saltworks but hadn't been able to re-find since, so I assumed those
were very late spring migrants...but maybe not. Plumages are reasonably
similar (mostly but not quite fully alternate). Over-summering Surfbirds
are very rare, but most records indeed come from the mudflats on south
San Diego Bay.

In the Tijuana River Valley there was a high total of 55 American
Goldfinches at the community gardens--made up of a mix of adults and
plenty of youngsters.

The other summering Reddish Egret in town, at the San Diego River mouth,
continues today as well. And in the upper section near Friars Road, John
Bruin's over-summering pet Redhead continues as well.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



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Subject: Willet @ Lake Murray (6/29/20)
Date: Mon Jun 29 2020 14:39 pm
From: eitanaltman AT gmail.com
 
Of local interest, a post-rain check of Lake Murray turned up a worn adult (presumably early southbound migrant) Willet. 

I first spotted it ~11:15am flying around the buoys by the dam while scanning across the lake from the opposite side, thank goodness it™s the easiest shorebird to identify in flight from over a half mile away with handheld 10x binos! It flew into Alvarado Bay at which point I lost it, but I was able to refind it loafing on the shore 20-25 minutes later after walking back to my car and circling around to the Kiowa entrance.

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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Subject: Possible Cook's Petrel chase
Date: Sun Jun 28 2020 20:00 pm
From: poveydw747 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,At this point I have enough folks signed on to fill a boat.I do not have a date certain orboat chartered on at this time.Once that occursI will notifythe list names in the order I received them to confirm who wants to goSome express that certain dates would not work for them.
Price was also stated as an issue, so that may play into the final decisionto go or no go for some.Remember this is fishing/tourist season. We compete with them.Last I did have one or two that were concerned with the group size and that may also affect some final decision.So we are on hold for the time being. I hope to have more information soon.Dave PoveyDulzura



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Subject: Cook's Petrel chase
Date: Sun Jun 28 2020 11:07 am
From: poveydw747 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,So far, I have a thirteen folks on the list for a possible Cook's Petrel chase, with three more requesting a weekends only.I am currently talking to three boat owners, and would like to get this underway as soon as possible, but need a little additional interest.I understand that chasing birds at sea is an iffy proposition, but feel this is a once in a (several) Blue Moon opportunity.No guarantees, but achance.I also understandthe concern about the Covid virus. I see that as well founded. No one can blame you for that. Staying home is about the only sure way to avoid the bug. No one ill, or testing positive, or in one of the health imparied catogories should go. Mask will be required.That said and understood. Let me know as soon as possible if you're interested?Dave PoveyDulzura


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Subject: 32 COOK'S PETRELS and 2 Craveri's in San Diego & L. A. County waters; possible future chase trip?
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 16:59 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Today, Saturday the 27th, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, and I went
offshore, the main purpose being to visit the waters in the extreme
southwest corner of the county, about 25-29 nautical miles from the tip
of Point Loma and immediately bordering both Los Angeles County and
Mexican waters. The waters offshore between the mainland and the inside
edge of the 30-Mile Bank are currently amazingly dead, with very, very
small numbers and an incredibly low diversity of birds. Once up on the
30-Mile Bank, just north of the international border, we starting
finding a number of small- to medium-sized rafts of Black Storm-Petrels,
Then, in the deeper water (2200-2400 feet; 67.7 F) beyond the shallowest
section of the bank--right near where the international boundary makes
an obvious 90-degree jog to the south, we starting seeing COOK'S
PETRELS, many feeding with storm-petrels or just sitting in small groups
on the water. We totaled at least 24 Cook's in San Diego County waters
and at least 16 in L. A. County and 5 in Baja waters, with a bit of
duplication as birds moved across the boundaries (as calculated by us!).
Despite our working cameras only including a single super-zoom and a
couple cell-phones, reasonable photos were obtained. We also had a pair
of CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, an unseasonal Sabine's Gull, a one-year-old
Common Tern, and 4 well-offshore Least Terns, all just inside L. A.
County waters. There are only several previous sightings of Cook's
Petrels inside San Diego County waters, and these involved just single
birds.

Before I list the day's totals, if there is enough interest in
chartering a fishing/whalewatching boat for a "chase-trip" at some point
sooner rather than later (the next regularly scheduled San Diego pelagic
trip is not until mid-August), then Dave Povey is willing to inquire of
the local boat landings to see if any boat is available. The cost would
depend on what the charter costs divided by the number of people going.
Let Dave know if you are potentially interested and whether any day of
the week will work for you or if only weekends are do-able. Conditions
can change rapidly offshore, so there is certainly no guarantee of
success! This is now the beginning of the very busy fishing season, and
whale sightings have just recently increased, so this all may be a moot
point--but it's worth a try if there is enough interest out there.
Dave's e-mail address is

Today's list:

Cook's Petrel: 32+

Pink-footed Shearwater: 6

Sooty Shearwater: 20

Black-vented Shearwater: 4

Ashy Storm-Petrel: 18

Black Storm-Petrel: ca. 700

Craveri's Murrelet: 2

Cassin's Auklet: 4

Sabine's Gull: 1

Heermann's Gull: 1

Western Gull: 8

Least Tern: 6

Common Tern: 1

Elegant Tern: 80

Brown Pelican: 25


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Subject: Glossy Ibis update
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 12:31 pm
From: streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Under special permission a second group of some 52 birders entered the Konyn Dairy this morning, June 27, and were just as successful as Wednesday's group. We once again found the Glossy Ibis feeding among the cows in areas that are normally not visible to any public access. Good views and photographs were had by all in attendance. 

Per the agreement with the dairy owner that allowed this second group to enter the property, the possibility of a third visit will only be considered if it is offered to us by the dairy management.
As of this point it does not appear as though this will happen, but if it does I will post an update.

That being said, it has been reported that occasionally the bird can still be spotted from the public road at the eastern end of the dairy on the hillside above the soil/gravel facility. So you could try your luck there, providing that you are extremely cautious of the traffic.

Under no circumstances may any individual enter the dairy property. These two organized groups were all that has been permitted by the dairy owner and trespassing protocol is strictly enforced.

Happy Birding,
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Subject: Shared eBird checklist from Konyn Dairy Saturday morning
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 12:19 pm
From: thomas.fordhut AT gmail.com
 
Here is a shared EBird Checklist from this morning™s Konyn Dairy Glossy Ibis run. You can view the list here with the included photos:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Only click the link below if you want to add the checklist to your eBird account:

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Subject: Glossy Ibis EBird reports
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 9:44 am
From: justyn.stahl AT gmail.com
 
Thanks, John: organized trips like this should utilize a single list like any other field trip or pelagic.
Justyn Stahl
On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 7:27 AM John Bruin <johnrbruin@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi for those who were there this morning Saturday, since no one appears to have organized a common list if you email me your EBird email I will share my list and then you can edit and add photos. Hopefully this will reduce the number of submitted reports. I will try to get the link out later today


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Subject: Glossy Ibis EBird reports
Date: Sat Jun 27 2020 9:27 am
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Hi for those who were there this morning Saturday, since no one appears to have organized a common list if you email me your EBird email I will share my list and then you can edit and add photos. Hopefully this will reduce the number of submitted reports. I will try to get the link out later today

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Subject: Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 16:53 pm
From: lmjgonzales=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Hello - for those of us whom still wish to attempt to view this bird within the Safari Park grounds, can someone please give me some tips?
Thanks so much,Mike G.


On Jun 25, 2020, at 8:23 AM, Aedyn Loefke via groups.io <streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

After a bit of discussion and due to the merits of today's fine group of birders, I was able to obtain permission for a SECOND group to enter the Konyn Dairy to search for the Glossy Ibison SATURDAY, JUNE 27.This is a date that was set forth by the dairy owner.
The group will once again meet at the dairy entrance and be escorted into the property by the owner at 6:00a.mon Saturday morning(June 27). Again, please try to arrive on time.
There is a square shaped gravel pullout and a relatively small blue sign that reads "Frank Konyn Dairy"; this is where we will meet.The gate will be open in the field directly opposite of the dairy entrance in order to allow for additional safe parking.*Please note that this entrance is at the WEST end of the dairy, not the east by the soils facility.The address is15777 Old Milky Way.
**The owner would like to STRESS that while he has given permission for this second group to enter the property, individuals should NOT at any time enter the property on their own. Entrance to the property is strictly controlled and is ONLY available through this organized group.
Any repeat visitors who were able to see the bird in this morning's group are welcome to attend Saturday's group if they want to try to see this bird a second time.
Please note that this is a working dairy and we must not disrupt anything.The dairy owner was very impressed with this morning's group and it is only because of today's success that this second group has been permitted.
For anyone wishing to search for the birdbefore Saturdayyour only chances are from the public road or inside the Safari Park as outlined in Paul's update.
You may email or text (442-217-7206) with any questions.
--Trysten LoefkeValley Center



Subject: Laguna - Baby vireo and Yellow-rump warblers!
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 16:18 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
Dan Jehl, Russ and I made a trip to Desert View Road today. It was a very different day than last week when there were singing birds everywhere. Today was quieter, and while it was birdy, there was less action. In particular, the vireos were far quieter than usual. There were two vireo spots noted today, both of which were spots I had photographed Plumbeous Vireos in the past weeks.
At Spot 1 (3251'17" N 11625'14" W) we found 2 vireos, one singing, one occasionally joining in. Separation of the two birds was 3 or 4 yards at most, so presumably a pair. Both of these birds appear to be Plumbeous. In this location I believed there was an active nest last week, but we saw no sign of young here.
At Spot2 (which is some distance away) (3251'6" N 11625'13" W) we found an adult Plumbeous which fed a fledgling. Soooo this confirms nesting of this species in San Diego County. My photos of the adult are pretty bad, but enough to show no yellow on the bird. We did NOT see a second adult, so it is possible it is a mixed pair. No singing at this location. The birds were first located by a short scold call made by the adult. I recognized it (having recorded it last week), found the bird, and then Dan spotted the baby just in time for us to see the feeding. Baby and adult moved off into deeper brush and we could not follow for more looks.
We did not find any Dusky Flycatchers today. We did not find ANY Cassin™s vireos today, but had at least 3 spots where we heard vireos briefly, but did not see them. I speculate that as the babies leave the nest, the adults become quieter to avoid attracting attention to the area.
Then we went to Morris Ranch Road. In the parking area we found a singing male Yellow-rumped Warbler. There was also a female feeding fledglings. This is the first nesting of this species in the county that I have seen. A small group of Red Crossbills was present.
Checklists with some photos:
Desert View Road https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
Morris Ranch Road https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
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Subject: weekly miscellanea
Date: Fri Jun 26 2020 10:43 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Recent miscellanea include today's (26 June) apparent first-of-season
southbound-migrant returning Western Sandpipers, with a flock of 15
alternate-plumaged birds at the saltworks. The long-staying (since at
least mid-May) imm. Glaucous-winged Gull continues at the J Street
mudflats. Yesterday, one of the immature Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
continued in Del Mar, behind the Public Works. Still Black Oystercatcher
and Ashy Storm-Petrel at La Jolla, but otherwise the overall numbers and
diversity of seabirds offshore are relatively poor. On 23 June, a
Peregrine Falcon near the Konyn Dairy near Escondido was rare inland in
summer, and a Greater Yellowlegs that day at Safari Park was presumably
a "fall" arrival.

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Subject: Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27-- repost
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 13:56 pm
From: streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I have been asked to re-post this message, due to a potential glitch in the system and with one update.
After a bit of discussion and due to the merits of today's fine group of birders, I was able to obtain permission for a SECOND group to enter the Konyn Dairy to search for the Glossy Ibison SATURDAY, JUNE 27.This is a date that was set forth by the dairy owner.
UPDATE: Due to concerns about the potential size of Saturday's group, repeat visitors from Wednesday's group are currently NOT being encouraged to attend in Saturday's group, just to keep things running smoothly.
The group will once again meet at the dairy entrance and be escorted into the property by the owner at 6:00a.mon Saturday morning(June 27). Again, please try to arrive on time.
There is a square shaped gravel pullout and a relatively small blue sign that reads "Frank Konyn Dairy"; this is where we will meet.The gate will be open in the field directly opposite of the dairy entrance in order to allow for additional safe parking.*Please note that this entrance is at the WEST end of the dairy, not the east by the soils facility.The address is15777 Old Milky Way.
**The owner would like to STRESS that while he has given permission for this second group to enter the property, individuals should NOT at any time enter the property on their own. Entrance to the property is strictly controlled and is ONLY available through this organized group.
Please note that this is a working dairy and we must not disrupt anything.The dairy owner was very impressed with this morning's group and it is only because of today's success that this second group has been permitted.
For anyone wishing to search for the birdbefore Saturdayyour only chances are from the public road or inside the Safari Park as outlined in Paul's update.
You may email or text (442-217-7206) with any questions.
--Trysten LoefkeValley Center



Subject: Glossy Ibis access for SATURDAY, June 27
Date: Thu Jun 25 2020 10:23 am
From: streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
After a bit of discussion and due to the merits of today's fine group of birders, I was able to obtain permission for a SECOND group to enter the Konyn Dairy to search for the Glossy Ibison SATURDAY, JUNE 27.This is a date that was set forth by the dairy owner.
The group will once again meet at the dairy entrance and be escorted into the property by the owner at 6:00a.mon Saturday morning(June 27). Again, please try to arrive on time.
There is a square shaped gravel pullout and a relatively small blue sign that reads "Frank Konyn Dairy"; this is where we will meet.The gate will be open in the field directly opposite of the dairy entrance in order to allow for additional safe parking.*Please note that this entrance is at the WEST end of the dairy, not the east by the soils facility.The address is15777 Old Milky Way.
**The owner would like to STRESS that while he has given permission for this second group to enter the property, individuals should NOT at any time enter the property on their own. Entrance to the property is strictly controlled and is ONLY available through this organized group.
Any repeat visitors who were able to see the bird in this morning's group are welcome to attend Saturday's group if they want to try to see this bird a second time.
Please note that this is a working dairy and we must not disrupt anything.The dairy owner was very impressed with this morning's group and it is only because of today's success that this second group has been permitted.
For anyone wishing to search for the birdbefore Saturdayyour only chances are from the public road or inside the Safari Park as outlined in Paul's update.
You may email or text (442-217-7206) with any questions.
--Trysten LoefkeValley Center



Subject: Glossy Ibis update
Date: Wed Jun 24 2020 12:28 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
As some may or may not know, last-minute permission was granted late
last night to visit the Konyn Dairy early this morning, Weds., to check
on the ibis, and such an endeavor was very successful, as the 20+
birders assembled very quickly found the Glossy Ibis and had very close
views and photos. So, a HUGE thank-you to both the Konyn staff and to
Trysten and Aedyn Loefke, who have family connections with dairy staff,
for arranging the visit. This visit was "one time only," but given that
it went very well, the Loefkes will inquire of the dairy if ONE more
visit is possible. Please do not bother them with requests, as they will
post the news, one way or another, and certainly do not attempt entering
the dairy on your own.

The bird would NOT have been visible at any time this morning from the
site we saw it at yesterday morning from the public road edge, or from
anywhere with public access. Nowhere close. That one area was cleaned
out somewhat from when the bird had been there earlier in the day
yesterday so would not have been as appealing today. Clearly the favored
ibis-foraging sections of the dairy will change over the days as the
cows are moved around and certain sections are cleaned while others
become more "biologically active" again. We saw a total of about 60 ibis
at the dairy today.

If access cannot be arranged for another inside visit, then the best
chances will be to view from the road in the AM once that first area
becomes better feeding again--see my post from yesterday--or go inside
the Safari Park with a scope and spend a potentially LONG time studying
the ibis at the colony and at the large pond where they drink and bathe,
next to the flamingos in the African Loop section.

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Subject: Glossy Ibis access tomorrow,June 24
Date: Tue Jun 23 2020 23:47 pm
From: streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I know that it is incredibly late notice, but I have just now received word from the owners of the Konyn dairy where the Glossy Ibis has been seen. They are allowing a ONE TIME ONLY access to the dairy tomorrow (Wednesday June 24th) morning for a group to search for the bird. 
The group will meet at the dairy entrance at 15777 Old Milky Way, in San Pasqual Valley at 6am. Only one group is being allowed, so please arrive promptly!
If you are interested in entering the dairy to look for this bird this will be your only chance!
Please reply to this email to get your name on the list if you are interested or text me at 442-217-7206.
Again, this is a one time only offer and the group will enter the property promptly at 6:00 am.
Again, I apologize for the late notice but the permission has only now been acquired.

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Subject: Glossy Ibis situation
Date: Tue Jun 23 2020 17:23 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
I would like to echo the concerns re: searching for the Glossy Ibis at
the Konyn Dairy along Old Milky Way near the Safari Park. I arrived
there around 5:40 AM this morning and fairly quickly realized that birds
feeding in the area were better viewed from the east side of the
dairy--next to the entrance to the San Pasqual Valley soils/mulch
facility immediately to the east--rather than from near the main dairy
entrance farther to the west. Parking is limited here to a few cars
right along the north side of the road's shoulder. There is LOTS of
fast-moving traffic here on weekday mornings, both cars and lots of
trucks. Under no circumstances can you enter either property. The owner
of the mulch facility asked me to move from near their entrance, as he
was rightfully worried about all the truck traffic entering and leaving.
Two different owners/managers of the dairy approached me, even though I
was outside their fence, along the road, expressing concern, as they
thought I might be an animal rights activist scoping the cows. This
would all be much simpler if the ibis was reliable at the Safari Park
(opens at 9AM), but given that we then spent a bit over two hours there
later in the morning and missed it, clearly it is not. The Safari Park
costs something like $52 to enter, although parking is currently free.
The heronry is in the Africa Loop section, where the flamingo colony is,
which is a pretty long walk. In addition to the nesting birds scattered
about in dense vegetation, there is a major pond there with a muddy dirt
spit where groups of ibis come and go to drink, bathe, and preen, and
that would be a good place to check for the Glossy. But it is at the
absolute limit of ID'ing adults there with one's binoculars--if that--so
one would want to have a scope to check it reliably. And, again, it's a
long walk from the entrance. Hopefully, if one spent a slug of hours
during the day there, with a scope, the Glossy would show up at some
point--although who really knows. There was also a summering male
Ring-necked Duck and 3 Am. White Pelicans on that pond today.

By the way, the Glossy is a breeding-plumaged adult bird, with lots of
chestnut to the body plumage and it has the two light cobalt-blue
facial-stripes, a dark (not reddish) eye, grayish legs with pinkish
'knees,' and grayish facial skin. I am not positive whether or not this
is the same bird that Nancy got some photos of yesterday inside the
Safari Park, flying into the colony, or which Ann Baldwin photo'd there
in March 2019. Some folks in looking at the photos thought yesterday's
bird MIGHT be transitioning out of full breeding plumage, whereas
today's bird showed no such transitioning. But, at this point, this is
all just guesswork.

I fist saw the Glossy Ibis briefly at around 6:45, and then, with Nancy,
for at least 20-30 minutes starting around 7:20. When the bird departed,
it flew off in the direction of the Safari Park. As many as a total of
40 W-f Ibis were feeding at the dairy this morning, in various little
groups, and they come and go, but a large majority of them are OUT OF
VIEW at all times, blocked by hillsides, equipment, cows, etc. and there
is no way to see them until they fly. Most of the birds that one CAN see
on the ground are in the rich dirt amongst the cows on the slope you can
easily see in front of the covered hay storage "shed" on top of the
slope. But only a limited number of people can set their scopes up along
the roadside here to scope that area--as the many cars and trucks go
wizzing by next to you. With the early-morning overcast, the lighting
was good this morning until several of us departed for the Safari Park
at 8:45AM, but it deteriorated not too long thereafter with the heat
distortion, and studying the finer points of ibis ID then became very
difficult to impossible. So, probably only the first and last few hours
of the day there will work.

To repeat what Nancy wrote: BE CAREFUL!

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Subject: Glossy Ibis
Date: Tue Jun 23 2020 16:27 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
We were unsuccessful looking for the Glossy Ibis inside Safari Park today. The scattered nesting situation makes it tough. And the majority of the birds were staging in an area too distant to view with confidence of ID. The ibis at the east end of the dairy on Old Milky Way (near the soils company that has piles of composted muck) was in scope view for about 20 minutes from 7:15ish to 7:40ish, when it flew off to Safari Park. It and several other ibis were foraging among the cows on the slope near the road. 
There are major concerns looking for this bird at the dairy because of a narrow shoulder on the road, combined with heavy, fast traffic. VERY limited parking in the area. PLEASE take care!
Nancy Christensen
Ramona
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There is what appears to be a pure glossy Ibis currently off of old milky way near the wild animal park on Tuesday morning. But there are issues here with land ownership and safety along the road. So probably a better idea to look for the bird inside the wild animal park. But did want to get the news out that there is a bird that looks like a perfectly fine glossy Ibis in the area.
Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: N. Rough-winged Swallow big flock
Date: Tue Jun 23 2020 16:19 pm
From: christopheradlerdotcom AT gmail.com
 
A minor curiosityat the MIssion Trails Dam early this morning was an unusuallylarge group of 55 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, mostly perched in a singletree and foraging over the dam. There were just a few Tree Swallows mixed in. Later,most of the flockwas foraging together over the grasslands.
According to Birds of the World (Cornell), NRWS'ssometimes nests in groups ofup to 25 pairs.
Just out of curiosityI looked at some local hotspotson eBird. I see recently up to 30being seen at Bird & Butterfly, but otherwisecounts above 20 are unusual, at least inJune/July. (I see some reports of hundreds at Lake Murray in mid-March.)
Photos of most of the flock in the eBird report.https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

Also, a photo of Bell's Vireo that justfed a cowbird chick.
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Subject: Glossy Ibis
Date: Tue Jun 23 2020 9:49 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
There is what appears to be a pure glossy Ibis currently off of old milky way near the wild animal park on Tuesday morning. But there are issues here with land ownership and safety along the road. So probably a better idea to look for the bird inside the wild animal park. But did want to get the news out that there is a bird that looks like a perfectly fine glossy Ibis in the area.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Subject: 2019 ibis photo
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 17:41 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
The link to the eBird checklist with the photo of the 2019
Glossy-looking Ibis (the first ibis photo) is:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S5...


On my computer screen, the bird looks fine for Glossy except that
perhaps the facial stripes look just off-whitish and lack the light
cobalt-blue tinge typical of breeding Glossy. However, I've
photographed/video'd Glossy Ibis is CA and AZ which looked bluish in the
field but then some of my video/photos washed out the blue and it looked
whitish.

Andrew Newmark did some further fiddling with this one photo and came up
with some possible colors that might suggest the bird is a hybrid. See
below (I hope the photo is still appended here). So, in any case, we
have asked the photographer if she still has any addiotional photos of
the bird.

As Andrew states in his message, if anyone out there has ibis photos
from the Safari Park in 2019, please look through them!











I zoomed in and lightened the shadows on the first photo from that March
checklist and although there?s an obvious loss of quality that eye has a
pretty pink shine to it along with a reddish hue on the face. Am I
missing out on some field marks or is this coloration within range for a
Glossy? I?ve only seen Glossy once in Florida so I?m not super familiar
with them and I?m curious because I have well over 100 photos of these
guys from the Safari Park from the last 5 years I think I?ll start
looking through.

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Subject: Glossy Ibis--No but Yes!
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 16:29 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
Replying to Paul - Safari Park is now open. I spent the morning there looking over the ibis hoping for a glossy. Most are done nesting, but some remain. I saw at least two birds still incubating, several nests with scrambling young, and a few fully fledged young. As far as where the ibis forage - they fly out of the park and towards the dairy on Old Milky Way. There is really no access to see them on the ground at all. It is possible the dairy has a pond out of view (the Ramona dairy does) which is used to recycle the water used to bathe the cows prior to milking. After nesting, many ibis disperse to other locations - Lake Hodges, possibly Ramona, and other areas as well.

The rookery at Safari Park is getting close to finished for the year. The nests were less concentrated than usual, possibly because there were no visitors in areas that may seem attractive to the birds. The large hedges of Cape Honeysuckle that line the trail below the cheetahs had many nests - ibis, cattle egret, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons - while trees that usually have nests were empty.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

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I just was shown two photos of the ibis which I am told are of yesterday's bird in question, and it is definitely a WHITE-FACED Ibis.
It has a red eye and pinkish facial skin.

However, Thomas Ford-Hutchinson sent me a link to an eBird checklist
S53603920 from the Safari Park near Esondido on 7 March 2019 which includes several photos of "White-faced Ibis" but one (the first) of which is clearly of a nice GLOSSY IBIS!! The overdue first county record. A few of us actually went to the Safari Park in early summer a couple different years about 10 years ago, looking for this species at the ibis colony. In case the bird came back this year, I assume the Safari Park is still closed currently (??), but I also wonder where the ibis that nest there primarily forage....so worth exploring the valley in that area. (Although most Glossy Ibis in the state are NOT seen multiple years in a row at a particular site.)

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Subject: Glossy Ibis--No but Yes!
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 16:22 pm
From: thurstycat61=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
According to the website both the zoo and safari park are open with limited hours and occupancy.
https://www.sdzsafaripark.org/
Terry HurstSantee


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I just was shown two photos of the ibis which I am told are of yesterday's bird in question, and it is definitely a WHITE-FACED Ibis. It has a red eye and pinkish facial skin.

However, Thomas Ford-Hutchinson sent me a link to an eBird checklist S53603920 from the Safari Park near Esondido on 7 March 2019 which includes several photos of "White-faced Ibis" but one (the first) of which is clearly of a nice GLOSSY IBIS!! The overdue first county record. A few of us actually went to the Safari Park in early summer a couple different years about 10 years ago, looking for this species at the ibis colony. In case the bird came back this year, I assume the Safari Park is still closed currently (??), but I also wonder where the ibis that nest there primarily forage....so worth exploring the valley in that area. (Although most Glossy Ibis in the state are NOT seen multiple years in a row at a particular site.)

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: Glossy Ibis--No but Yes!
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 16:14 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
I just was shown two photos of the ibis which I am told are of
yesterday's bird in question, and it is definitely a WHITE-FACED Ibis.
It has a red eye and pinkish facial skin.

However, Thomas Ford-Hutchinson sent me a link to an eBird checklist
S53603920 from the Safari Park near Esondido on 7 March 2019 which
includes several photos of "White-faced Ibis" but one (the first) of
which is clearly of a nice GLOSSY IBIS!! The overdue first county
record. A few of us actually went to the Safari Park in early summer a
couple different years about 10 years ago, looking for this species at
the ibis colony. In case the bird came back this year, I assume the
Safari Park is still closed currently (??), but I also wonder where the
ibis that nest there primarily forage....so worth exploring the valley
in that area. (Although most Glossy Ibis in the state are NOT seen
multiple years in a row at a particular site.)

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


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Subject: Glossy Ibis
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 16:14 pm
From: mmccli AT earthlink.net
 
It has been determined the posting and photos I saw of a Glossy Ibis are photos of a White-faced Ibis. Apologies for the false alarm.
Mike McClintock
Mission Valley



Subject: Glossy Ibis
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 15:22 pm
From: mmccli AT earthlink.net
 
Paul Lehman is checking out the photos, as it may be an immature White-faced Ibis. Sorry for the false alarm if so, but wanted to get the word out before I left home. The post is on a San Diego Facebook page that I follow so you would have to be a member to see it.
Mike McClintock
Mission Valley



Subject: Glossy Ibis
Date: Mon Jun 22 2020 13:58 pm
From: mmccli AT earthlink.net
 
In case anyone is interested, I noticed on my Facebook page someone posted a photo of a Glossy Ibis seen yesterday in the San Dieguito River park (east of Lake Hodges).
Mike McClintock
Mission Valley



Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher by Lake Murray
Date: Sun Jun 21 2020 17:47 pm
From: eitanaltman AT gmail.com
 
Following up on the ebird alert, I was able to refind the male Vermilion Flycatcher on the golf course, flycatching from low branches in eucs at basically the exact coordinates Steven Muoz has for the ebird pin (32.79233, -117.04200).
Ebird link for reference:https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...
If you drew a line between the playground at the community park and the Osprey nest along the bike path, the VEFL spot is basically smack in the middle of that line.
Note the obvious fact that this is an active golf course so do not go traipsing through the grass. I was able to view the bird by accessing a small dirt trail which cuts through a fence towards the W edge of the golf course. I was able to pick out the bird easily scanning at a distance with binoculars without stepping into the course (thankfully male VEFL are hard to miss!)
Eitan AltmanSan Carlos



Subject: San Diego Bay area, Sunday
Date: Sun Jun 21 2020 11:35 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Sunday morning, the 21st, I drove around San Diego Bay from J Street
around the bottom and up the Silver Strand to Coronado. Not many
highlights. A full alternate Short-billed Dowitcher near the Biological
Study Area on the Silver Strand I am guessing is an early fall arrival,
as all the many (75+) SBDOs I've had over-summering since mid-May have
been in full or almost full basic plumage, and I've had nothing until
now that was anywhere close to looking like this bird. Also 3
basic-plumaged Black Turnstones and 5 Ruddy Turnstones--certainly all
summering.

Reddish Egret continues at J Street/Marina Pkwy. Flock of 44 Surf
Scoters and 2 Common Loons in the ocean off North Island. The only other
scoters I've had this summer are 3 Surfs at La Jolla.

But I can't find a single Brant this summer, and some spots that are
normally very birdy at this season--such as Emory Cove and Delta
Beach--are pretty dead so far on repeated visits. J Street seems best
this summer of the tidal sites for numbers of birds.

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Subject: some Fri/Sat miscellanea, and breeding birds
Date: Sat Jun 20 2020 12:48 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
On Saturday the 20th, a southbound adult Lesser Yellowlegs is at the
pond along the Dust Devil Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar--the
second-earliest "fall" arrival in the county during the past 20 years.
Also 3 Wilson's Phalaropes and 3 broods of Redheads. An earlier seawatch
in the monring at La Jolla netted a southbound Common Murre, and the
usual storm-petrels, but little else.

On Friday the 19th, still a young Glaucous-winged Gull and 40 Red Knots
at the J Street mudflats in Chula Vista. And the main DairMart pond has
two broods of Cinnamon Teal and....are you sitting down?--a high summer
count of 110 non-tame Mallards! Yeah, yeah, we can find the simplest of
avian pleasures and excitement during the second half of June!! Eight
Black Skimmers were at the "Hollister Pond" along the Otay River. This
species might feed fairly regularly at night (?) at such small
freshwater ponds just inland from the coast.

And speaking of June.....this month seems to be a "baby bird bonanza" in
a fair number or areas. Just seems like a good crop of fledglings,
including very good numbers of young swallows.

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Subject: Pigeon Guillemot off Point Loma 6-19-2020
Date: Sat Jun 20 2020 12:07 pm
From: poveydw747 AT gmail.com
 
I had a south bound Pigeon Guillemot along the outeredge of the kelp beds west of the tip of Point Loma, at 7 a.m. Friday morning.I have seen PigeonGuillemot regularly at the Coronado Islands in the spring, so wonder if this guy is feeding along the coast at night then returning to the islands at daylight? The flight was not a direct line to the islands so I may be wrong. This bird's flight line would have put it closer to. ImperialBeach, or the Mexican Coast.A side note, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels have been numbers unusually close to Point Loma this spring. Some of those storm-petrels have been as close as 1-1.5 n.miles.Today I saw none in that area in 10+ hrs. to 3 n.miles, and along the full length of the Point..Dave PoveyDulzura



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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Borrego Settling Ponds
Date: Fri Jun 19 2020 20:06 pm
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Yesterday morning, there was a juvenile YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Borrego settling ponds. The bird frequented the mesquite bushes and the lower pond area, which was in the process of being filled. There was also a WILLOW FLYCATCHER possibly the same reported by Nancy Christensen. When not in a mesquite bush, the bird was twice seen going back to the green plants in the upper pond.

See eBird report with photos:https://ebird.org/checklist/S7...

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Subject: No Glaucous at Trestles...
Date: Fri Jun 19 2020 13:57 pm
From: mororogers AT gmail.com
 
Didn't see any large white gulls at the San Onofre Creek mouth yesterday. Oh well. Sorry for the false alarm.I heard several Yellow-breasted Chats along the bike path to the beach, there's also been a pair of ospreys flying around.
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Subject: La Jolla Cove: Leach's storm-petrel; cormorant cliff
Date: Wed Jun 17 2020 12:21 pm
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
I spent 3.5 hours at the Cove this morning.
It was deadly dull. Did not see a single shearwater in all that time, and no frigatebirds either.

Paul L. was there from before 6:00 until 8:30, and Jim Roberts joined me from 7:30“9:30, hoping to get better looks at ashy storm-petrels.
There were 2 of those, but the storm-petrels were fewer and further out than previously.
At a little before 9:00 however, the wind shifted suddenly to be from the NW. It got cold, and the storm-petrels came closer to shore.
The swells, substantial all morning, got significantly more substantial.

At 9:20 we caught sight of a large storm-petrel, slightly smaller than the black storm-petrels, that stood out because of its unique flight style.
I was able to see the white rump, but Jim couldn™t.
The bird ping-ponged away to the south.
I reported a white-rumped storm-petrel in the storm-petrel flock in the Cove 2 weeks ago. No idea whether or not this is the same bird.

On another matter, Jim pointed out to me that the cliff face that the Brandt™s cormorants nest on, the one right next to the sidewalk, seems to have been sandblasted or power-washed.
There are no nests left on it and no cormorants roosting on it.
I don™t know what has happened there.

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Subject: Afternoon Whale Watching Boat (6/16/20)
Date: Tue Jun 16 2020 22:32 pm
From: Bigshell53 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Birders,I made a last minute decision to geton the afternoon whale watching boat "Privateer" out of Mission Bay, today (6/16/20). It was a little bumpy and breezy out there,but very nice tobe on theocean again.
Given the circumstances we all are in withCOVID-19, the crew did an amazingjob keeping folks at safe distances from others when possible, ensured masks were worn by all, and sanitizedhigh-touch areas (railings, etc.) multiple times throughout the trip.
During the 3 hours at sea, species of interest were:
Least Tern - 8
Elegant Tern - (Numerous)Ashy Storm-Petrel - 3Black Storm-Petrel - 20NorthernFulmar - 1 (dark brown or gray individual; lighting and distance were an issue for this unseasonal observation)Pink-footed Shearwater - 1
Sooty Shearwater - 2Black-vented Shearwater - 70Common Dolphin - 30-ish
Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA


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Subject: long-tailed duck Sweetwater River 6-16-20
Date: Tue Jun 16 2020 19:17 pm
From: rpatton AT san.rr.com
 
A long-tailed duck in exceedingly worn plumage was seen this afternoon (6-16-20) along the south shore of the Sweetwater River channel approx 350 yds SW of Pepper Park and the Pepper Park fishing pier (approx GPS location 32.646988 -117.114443) by myself, Lea Squires, Thomas Myers, and Jennifer Jackson from 12:20 off and on through 2:20 pm. The closest land is closed to the public as the D St Fill Calif least tern nesting site managed by the Port of San Diego and Sweetwater Marsh NWR, but at least at times, it appeared that the bird should be visible from Pepper Park or the pier. As it moved eastward foraging along a marsh channel that forks off the main river channel, it likely moved out of view from the park behind saltmarsh vegetation. Landmarks near the where the bird was & likely visible when scoping from the pier include a large burl of driftwood at the waterline, a clump of Mexican spiny rush on the adjacent slope (from a distance appearing like a large dark green inverted cone), and an area closed/endangered species sign a bit higher & to the SW on the slope.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

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Subject: Glaucous Gull at Trestles
Date: Tue Jun 16 2020 16:56 pm
From: mororogers AT gmail.com
 
There's a large white gull at the San Onofre creek mouth at Trestles with a black bill tip. I'm guessing Glaucous. (I can't get a great look as I'm mostly here to let my son off leash.)Moro RogersDana Point

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Subject: recent miscellanea
Date: Mon Jun 15 2020 14:47 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Today, 15 June, a Surfbird at La Jolla was very rare to casual for June.
Still a fine storm-petrel show there early in the day, with 600+ Blacks
and 5+ Ashies, the continuing 3 Black Oystercatchers, and this summer's
southbound, morning Common Murres have started a bit earlier in the
month than usual, with 1 or 2 most mornings since 12 June. On 14 June,
an unseasonal alternate-plumaged Common Loon flew by. Shearwater numbers
have been quite low recently.

The summering, flightless Greater Scaup continues as of today at Lake #4
at Santee Lakes. There are only a handful of summer records for the
county, and an inland lake is not the expected sort of place to find one.

On 13 June, a Reddish Egret and Glaucous-winged Gull both continued on
the J Street mudflats, where also a this-summer-high 70 Western
Sandpipers, 82 Semipalmated Plovers, and 77 Short-billed Dowitchers. A
female Cinnamon Teal with 4 ducklings was at the hidden pond on Saturn
Ave. in the TRV--I average perhaps two broods per summer in coastal San
Diego County.

Brown Boobies can be seen in small numbers on a daily basis in the early
morning off the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach.

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Subject: multiple Pigeon Guillemots
Date: Fri Jun 12 2020 10:18 am
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
Well, Paul beat me to it. At 7:15, I found a pigeon guillemot sitting in the water in the Cove, which flew south a few minutes later. Possibly Paul™s bird or another individual. Lots of storm-petrels and a few BV shearwaters. However the reason I™m posting is to let people know that the seawalk at the Cove is now open, as is E.S. Browning Park. I am at my bench, home once more. The bench has been refurbished during the interim. New wood, fresh paint. BTW , lots of people, and I am pretty much the only person wearing a mask. Stan Walens, San DiegoJune 13, 2020; 7:45 am



Subject: Pigeon Guillemot
Date: Fri Jun 12 2020 9:53 am
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
Well, Paul beat me to it. At 7:15, I found a pigeon guillemot sitting in the water in the Cove, which flew south a few minutes later. Possibly Paul™s bird or another individual. 
Lots of storm-petrels and a few BV shearwaters.
However the reason I™m posting is to let people know that the seawalk at the Cove is now open, as is E.S. Browning Park. I am at my bench, home once more. The bench has been refurbished during the interim. New wood, fresh paint.
BTW , lots of people, and I am pretty much the only person wearing a mask.

Stan Walens, San Diego
June 13, 2020; 7:45 am

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Subject: Pigeon Guillemot
Date: Fri Jun 12 2020 8:55 am
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On Friday morning the 12th, Dan King and I are sea watching from the mouth of Los Penasquitos Creek and Lagoon in the Torrey Pines area, and at around 6:35 or 6:40 had a southbound Pigeon Guillemot, which then landed in the water just south of us. Also a southbound Common Murre. And we're staring at large numbers of distant black storm petrels and have had several Ashies from shore here. But I'd still recommend La Jolla as the better spot to be closer to most of these birds.

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Subject: San Diego offshore: 4 Craveri's, Sabine's, Reds, Ashies
Date: Thu Jun 11 2020 16:09 pm
From: lehman.paul=verizon.net AT groups.io
 
On 11 June, Dave Povey and I ventured offshore for a half day, from
Mission Bay, crossing the 9-Mile Bank and out for a quick check of the
30-Mile Bank. The largest numbers of birds were between the mainland and
the inside of the 9-Mile. Four (2 pairs) Craveri's Murrelets were seen
well, now seemingly regular by mid-June, but they would have seemed
unthinkably early only five or so years ago. Ten of the 20 Ashy
Storm-Petrels were only 1.5-2.4 nm off Mission Bay & Point Loma, in the
same general "zone" as the daily several birds have been off La Jolla
the past three weeks, strongly suggesting there are a bunch of Ashies
this year up and down the south coast unusually very close to shore.
Unseasonal for the second week of June was a Sabine's Gull and 3
basic-plumaged Red Phalaropes. Out of place for June was a Surf Scoter
swimming in the ocean 5-1/2 miles out. Totals were:

Surf Scoter: 1

Red Phalarope: 3 (between 14.3 nm W Mission Bay and 20.1 nm W of Ocean
Beach)

Sabine's Gull: 1 (23.7 nm W of Sunset Cliffs)

Western Gull: 10

Least Tern: 9 (all the way out to the 30-Mile Bank, as is typical)

Elegant Tern: 60

Craveri's Murrelet: 4 (2 were 11.2 nm W Mission Bay, and 2 were 20.1 nm
W Ocean Beach)

murrelet sp.: 2

Cassin's Auklet: 80

Ashy Storm-Petrel: 20

Black Storm-Petrel: 85

Pink-footed Shearwater: 1 (low)

Sooty Shearwater: 280

Black-vented Shearwater: 50

Brown Booby: 1

Brown Pelican: 45

Brandt's Cormorant: 4

whales: 0

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