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14 Dec: @ 16:51:03 
Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 & Otay Lakes Rd. [David Povey]
14 Dec: @ 14:51:03 
Tesoro Grove 12-14-18 [Eric Kallen]
14 Dec: @ 13:07:16 
returning Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tierrasanta [[email protected]]
13 Dec: @ 13:16:50 
Little Stints and higher water, geese, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler glut [[email protected]]
12 Dec: @ 21:44:38 
BTGreen continuing at Greenwood [Gjon Hazard]
12 Dec: @ 19:43:36 
Re: Common Goldeneye [buck fairbanks via Groups.Io]
12 Dec: @ 19:24:09 
Thick-billed Kingbird Information [will anderson via Groups.Io]
12 Dec: @ 15:47:55 
Common Goldeneye [Mike Wittmer]
12 Dec: @ 14:42:03 
Black-and-White Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Manzano & El Arbor, Carlsbad, Dec. 12, 2018 [[email protected]]
12 Dec: @ 14:20:08 
Common Goldeneye [Mike Wittmer]
11 Dec: @ 23:02:43 
El Cajon: Hermit Warbler - 12/10/18 [Steve Ritt]
11 Dec: @ 15:17:27 
Lake Miramar Goldeneye [Gary Grantham]
11 Dec: @ 15:02:32 
Balboa Park & Chula Vista minor miscellanea [[email protected]]
11 Dec: @ 11:54:18 
Rusty Blackbird manqué [Stan Walens]
11 Dec: @ 10:55:30 
Re: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers [Eitan Altman]
10 Dec: @ 22:30:55 
results of 10 Dec 2018 San Elijo monthly bird count [Robert Patton]
10 Dec: @ 20:34:59 
Snow Goose - White Juvenile [Mike Wittmer]
10 Dec: @ 17:19:17 
Dairy Mart South and Stick Ponds [dan jehl]
10 Dec: @ 16:01:32 
Lesser Black-backed Gull present today [Stan Walens]
10 Dec: @ 12:50:07 
Re: Safety of birding locations? [Jessica Pollock]
10 Dec: @ 10:54:55 
Safety of birding locations? [Jessica Pollock]
09 Dec: @ 21:55:08 
Black-and-White Warbler: Carlsbad, Seascape Dr.; 9DEC2018 [Tito Gonzalez]
09 Dec: @ 19:58:22 
Sunday 12-09-2018 half day pelagic [David Povey]
09 Dec: @ 18:07:17 
next san elijo monthly bird count monday 10 december, rancho santa fe cbc saturday 22 dec [Robert Patton]
09 Dec: @ 14:29:48 
Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers [Jeremiah Stock]
08 Dec: @ 18:44:03 
Re: Oceanside Observations [John Bardwell]
08 Dec: @ 18:18:49 
possible Hermit Warbler [Christopher Adler]
08 Dec: @ 16:14:26 
Robb Field [phil Pryde]
08 Dec: @ 14:18:40 
Orchard, Baltimore, Summer, T.K. and Scissor-tld evening roost [[email protected]]
08 Dec: @ 11:47:03 
Lesser Black-Backed here now. [Jeff Bray]
08 Dec: @ 10:15:56 
Re: Little Stints present 8 Dec 0633 [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
08 Dec: @ 08:45:00 
Little Stints present 8 Dec 0633 [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
07 Dec: @ 15:48:37 
Oceanside Observations [Kenneth Weaver]
07 Dec: @ 15:05:48 
"Storm" Wigeon [Lesley Handa via Groups.Io]
07 Dec: @ 13:52:27 
Little Stints, 7 Dec. 2018 [Matt Sadowski]
07 Dec: @ 11:59:17 
Tennessee, Baltimore, 2 Hoodeds, Summer, dark-lored White-crowned [[email protected]]
07 Dec: @ 11:45:50 
Lesser Black-back Gull [Mike Wittmer]
07 Dec: @ 11:25:54 
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Coronado Del hotel still as of 12/7 8:30 to 9:15 am. [terry hurst via Groups.Io]
07 Dec: @ 10:22:27 
Morley Field 12-7-18 [Eric Kallen]
05 Dec: @ 16:36:39 
[Possible/likely] rusty blackbird, Sports Arena Blvd. [Stan Walens]
05 Dec: @ 15:53:49 
Balboa Park West side [Nathan French]
05 Dec: @ 08:38:17 
NAB - Fall 2018 [Guy McCaskie]
04 Dec: @ 17:46:34 
Borrego Springs to Jacumba, Tuesday [[email protected]]
04 Dec: @ 17:43:11 
Hooded Mergansers, Tri colored Heron [David Povey]
04 Dec: @ 16:09:49 
Re: Visiting Birder [Sonja]
04 Dec: @ 16:03:44 
Lesser Black-backed Gull continues 12-4-18 [Elizabeth Copper]
04 Dec: @ 15:29:59 
Visiting Birder [Jessica Pollock]
04 Dec: @ 09:38:09 
Lost camera lens found [Aedyn Loefke via Groups.Io]
03 Dec: @ 21:45:11 
Gr W-F Goose, Lake Cuyamaca, 3 Dec 2018 [Paul Chad via Groups.Io]
03 Dec: @ 20:25:23 
Lesser Black Backed gull at Hotel Del Coronado [Stephen Ellis via Groups.Io]





Subject: Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 & Otay Lakes Rd.
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 16:51 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
There has been a pale immature Ferruginous Hawk in the cow pasture west of Hwy 94 and north of Otay Lakes rd. since 
mid Nov. My apologies for not getting this out, as I transit this area to and from town, and I 'd forgotten to post it after each
sighting. Today I had the bird on both inbound and return to Dulzura, so made a point to get it posted.
This is at fairly low elevation ( <700 ft. )and somewhat close to the coast. ( give or take 20 miles).
A few years back we had an adult dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 and Jamul ( about were the casino is now ) that
return for multiple winters. So maybe with luck this bird will not only stick around but return for other winters.
Look for the bird from Hwy 94, looking west between the two riparian tree lines ( Hollenbeck cr. & Dulzura cr. ) . Most often
seen on the ground or on the rocks near the cattle grazing there.
Dave Povey
Dulzura



Subject: Tesoro Grove 12-14-18
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 14:51 pm
From: eric AT trs-sandiego.com
 
Summer Tanager adult male
Western Tanager 2
Bullock's Oriole 3
Orchard Oriole
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
BT-Gray Warbler 2
Townsend's Warbler 2
Audubon's Warbler 15
OC Warbler 3
RC Kinglet 2
Allen's Hummer more than several
Anna's Hummer ditto
House Finch
House Wren

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Subject: returning Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tierrasanta
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 13:07 pm
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
This morning, Friday, the wintering male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in
Tierrasanta has officially returned for its second winter. Same exact
favorite tree as last winter: enter West Shepherd Canyon from Clairemont
Mesa Blvd. and walk a short distance to the usual favorite area of the
Painted Redstart. There is a line of largeish eucalyptus trees on the
slope to your left, behind homes up on top of the little hill, some with
white flowers and some with pink flowers. The bird likes the top part of
the tallest euc with lots of white flowers. It is often sneaky--quietly
moving about the branches and flower clusters, much like a wintering
tanager or oriole would do. Last winter, it was fairly reliable right
after the post-dawn sun started shining directly on the top part of the
trees--around 7:00-7:30+ AM. Today, I actually had it at around 10AM, so
clearly it will show up sporadically later in the morning as well. Also,
for the third time in a row I have MISSED the returning Painted
Redstart, so either it has modified its routine or it has succumbed...

--Paul Lehman, San Diego


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Subject: Little Stints and higher water, geese, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler glut
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 13:16 pm
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
On Tuesday afternoon the 11th, there were a healthy 6 Yellow Warblers in
the Liberty Station area, plus a male Bullock's Oriole nearby. Then on
Weds AM, the 12th, an additional 5 Yellow Warblers were in residential
Imperial Beach and Nestor. The adult Little Stint was present for a
short time on the now-reduced favorite island off the end of 10th just
after dawn, "reduced" by last week's rains, so the birds have nowhere to
forage along the edge of the island so have gone elsewhere for much of
the time. And today, the 13th, a Palm Warbler continues in the ag fields
along Calzada del Bosque in RSF, where also 2 Western Tanagers along
North Lane; and the flock of 200+ Canada Geese at the Fairbanks Ranch
horse pastures now has 6 Cackling Geese and 5 Gr. White-fronted Geese
with them, but I did not see any white geese.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



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Subject: BTGreen continuing at Greenwood
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 21:44 pm
From: gjon_hazard AT hotmail.com
 
Late report:

I happened upon the continuing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Greenwood Memorial Park this morning (12/12). It initially was in the Elks Rest area, but it quickly moved east past the building.

Minor but perhaps worth mentioning...

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (2), and a LARK SPARROW.

Also, with the upcoming count in mind...

The fruiting magnolias near the western chainlink fence harbored numerous Cedar Waxings and Western Bluebirds, and a few kingbirds.

And there were pink-flowering eucalyptus along that same western fence (the trees technically are in Mt Hope) that had a number of Selasphorus hummingbirds. While I presume most were Allen's, there was an adult male that I couldn't see any green on the back, but the angle was such that it could have easily eluded observation. It might be worth a second look, however.

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Subject: Common Goldeneye
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 19:43 pm
From: buckfairbanks=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Not really a late report as this bird was first reported this season at this location by Ken Weaver days ago and seen by myself on Dec 7 thanks to Ken™s help.


Michael Martin
Oceanside, Ca

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Subject: Thick-billed Kingbird Information
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 19:24 pm
From: Willanderson990=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Hi all,

I have looked at eBird and on this listserv and I have noticed a lack of postings about the Thick-billed Kingbird that winters at Poggi Creek every year. I am coming down to San Diego in about 2 weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of the kingbird, and if I should include looking for the Kingbird in my itinerary. Also, if anyone knows about the Ramona Harris's Hawk, I would appreciate information on that as well.

Thank you all,

Will Anderson

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Subject: Common Goldeneye
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 15:47 pm
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
the bird is still at the San Luis Rey Estuary. 


Mike Wittmer

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Subject: Black-and-White Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Manzano & El Arbor, Carlsbad, Dec. 12, 2018
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 14:42 pm
From: pnell AT sbcglobal.net
 
Today, Dec. 12, 2018, while scouting for the Oceanside CBC with Kathy Aldern,  a Black-and-White Warbler and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher were seen in the Manzano & El Arbor riparian area in Carlsbad.   

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Subject: Common Goldeneye
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 14:20 pm
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
Sorry about the late notification but there was a female Common Goldeneye at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside yesterday afternoon. The bird was directly west of the bridge along the western shore of the river. If you walk along the western shore the bird was feeding in the shallows.

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Subject: El Cajon: Hermit Warbler - 12/10/18
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 23:02 pm
From: stevenmritt AT gmail.com
 
An adult, female Hermit Warbler was in the pine trees by the closed, southeastern bathroom next to the dog run in Wells Park yesterday afternoon. (I accidentally sent this post to the old group yesterday.) A more thorough search could be more fruitful.

While many in this park could use our help (remember the food service ban), it™s important to remember that there are certainly much more dangerous people on this listserv. Be careful on here, and bird on.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA



Subject: Lake Miramar Goldeneye
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 15:17 pm
From: ggrantham AT san.rr.com
 
I had two male Common Goldeneye at Lake Miramar this morning (12/11/18) in the East end of the lake. A boat caused them to flush and they flew to the west end near the dam. Associating with the multitude of Lesser Scaup, were a hand full of Redheads and Ruddy Ducks and two Western Grebes. Also spotted were the locally rare Peter and Millie Thomas in basic birder plumage.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch

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Subject: Balboa Park & Chula Vista minor miscellanea
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 15:02 pm
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
On Monday the 10th, checks of a number of spots along the west and north
sides of Balboa Park were generally disappointing, with the few birds of
low-level interest being a total of 3 Western Tanagers and a
White-breasted Nuthatch in the sw. corner of the park, continuing Summer
Tanager near the lawn bowling and another, female Summer Tanager in the
blooming eucs in the canyon just south of Vermont X Cypress along the
north edge of park property, and another Western Tanager at Florida X Upas.

On Tuesday the 11th, a check of multiple parks in Chula Vista was also
fairly slow, with 2 Western Tanagers, 1 Bullock's Oriole, and a nearby
Black-thr Gray Warbler at Hilltop Park; and 2 Yellow Warblers and a
Black-thr Gray Warbler near the Sweetwater River.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



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Subject: Rusty Blackbird manqué
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 11:54 am
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
I™ve spent about 4-5 hours over the last few days chasing blackbird flocks around the Sports Arena area.
No success finding the bird I briefly saw in the rain last weekend that stuck out from the others.

On a lighter note, if you™re looking to see a gimme male Costa™s hummingbird, there™s one hanging out in the sage section at Walter Andersen™s Nursery off of Pacific Highway.

Stan Walens, San Diego
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Subject: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers
Date: Tue Dec 11 2018 10:55 am
From: eitanaltman AT gmail.com
 
Was able to refind the PALM WARBER and TENNESSEE WARBLER this morning with a quick stop at Lake Murray in the cottonwoods by the boat ramp, and there was also a bright NASHVILLE WARBLER with the warbler flock. The PAWA foraged low in the trees and on the ground around the picnic tables, calling frequently, and the TEWA and NAWA were very active foraging at the mid and upper levels along with a few OCWA and of course many Yellow rumps.
Eitan AltmanSan Carlos



On Dec 9, 2018, at 12:29 PM, Jeremiah Stock <[email protected]> wrote:

Went to Lake Murray late Sunday morning December 9 looking for previous reported ducks. Was able to find 1 female Common Goldeneye and 1 female Canvasback; but did not see White-winged Scoter. The large cottonwood trees immediately east of the boat launch facility had a host of warblers, including a Palm Warbler, which was reported on ebird recently. There was also a Nashville Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler:small, short-tailed,mostly green warbler with white belly and undertail coverts. Eyeline pattern similar to Orange-crowned; but more distinct. Orange-crowned was in same tree allowing direct comparison.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Subject: results of 10 Dec 2018 San Elijo monthly bird count
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 22:30 pm
From: rpatton AT san.rr.com
 
Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 10 December 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Maryanne Bache (beach), Steve Brad (West Basin, nature center site); Elizabeth Venrick, Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Jayne Lesley, Gail DeLalla, Dave Carey, Don Johnson (CBS= Rios to freeway); Kathy Aldern, Jeff Clingan (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry, Tom Walker(EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton(EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill).

103 species were reported. Species of interest included continuing reddish egret, initially between the RR tracks & highway 101, then later to the east of the RR tracks; a male Eurasian wigeon, initially to the SW of the nature center, then later just west of I-5 (too distant to discern if the same or different individuals, or if pure or hybrid); and uncommon at this site, a loggerhead shrike to the NW of the overlook NW of Santa Carina, and a rufous-crowned sparrow photographed along the trail east of Rios Ave.

Species included:
Pacific loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, black-crowned night-heron, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper™s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway™s rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, ruddy turnstone, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., Heermann™s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna™s hummingbird, Allen™s hummingbird, Allen™s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall™s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say™s phoebe, Cassin™s kingbird, tree swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick™s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, cedar waxwing, loggerhead shrike, European starling, Hutton™s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, Belding™s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln™s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.


The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 7 January. Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine. Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required). Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas. A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA


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Subject: Snow Goose - White Juvenile
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 20:34 pm
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
While birding the pond near the roller hockey rink in Kit Carson Park a goose flew in. It was a Snow Goose - White Juvenile. Photos upon request.

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Subject: Dairy Mart South and Stick Ponds
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 17:19 pm
From: jehlyfish AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon, December 10, after 2 o™clock the northern waterthrush was calling from the south end of the Southpond and the green tailed Towhee was seen scratching in the underbrush along the side of the stick pond. 

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San Diego

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull present today
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 16:01 pm
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
Perched on top of jetty and then down on the beach as of 1:45 PM Monday, December 10

Stan Walens, San Diego
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Subject: Safety of birding locations?
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 12:50 pm
From: Jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu
 
All,
Seems the image does not work, so here's a list.
Tijuana River estuary, river, all around hereDairy Mart PondsBird and Butterfly GardenRobb field (nearby Ocean Beach unsafe?)Bayshore Bikeway (7th and 13th)Famosa Slough (possibly unsafe at times?)Kendall-Frost MarshCrown PointTecolote CanyonCabrillo National MonumentNestor Park (possibly unsafe at times?)
Any other regions in the general areas I've listed to avoid?
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Thanks to those who have suggested birding locations for me (I will be visiting San Diego next month). Since I will be alone, in an unfamiliar city, are any of these locations (see picture below) particularly dangerous, or would you feel comfortable birding there alone? My main concerns are the Tijuana area - and I like to get away from people, so I am usually off the beaten path.
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Subject: Safety of birding locations?
Date: Mon Dec 10 2018 10:54 am
From: Jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu
 
All,
Thanks to those who have suggested birding locations for me (I will be visiting San Diego next month). Since I will be alone, in an unfamiliar city, are any of these locations (see picture below) particularly dangerous, or would you feel comfortable birding there alone? My main concerns are the Tijuana area - and I like to get away from people, so I am usually off the beaten path.
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Subject: Black-and-White Warbler: Carlsbad, Seascape Dr.; 9DEC2018
Date: Sun Dec 9 2018 21:55 pm
From: txsandpiper AT sbcglobal.net
 
I observed a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER this morning, 9DEC2018, on Seascape Dr. in Carlsbad. It was located about 130 yards south of Camino de Las Ondas on the western side in various trees right next to sidewalk. The large pine at top of slope is a good location marker. This could be a convenient and accessible bird for Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC later this month. Photo in following ebird report. 
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I also had a western tanager in red-flowering euc. on eastern edge of apartments.
Tito Gonzalez
Carlsbad, CA



Subject: Sunday 12-09-2018 half day pelagic
Date: Sun Dec 9 2018 19:58 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
Four of us ventured out of Mission Bay this morning. Overall bird numbers were low. One or two well seen and photographed Sooty Shearwaters were out of season. I believe there were two. Photos should prove one way or the other.
Both appeared to be in high plumage and healthy.
Bonaparte's Gull numbers were up from the Nov. 27 th. trip to the same area. Black-vented Shearwater, and Cassin's Auklet numbers were both down from that trip.
Most everthing well offshore, as in beyond 5 or six miles or more. That doesn't bode well for San Diego's count circle.
The North Mission Bay Jetty had a single Black Turnstone, and five Surfbirds. The return trip past the South Jetty had three Surfbirds.
A partial list from ocean;
Brant 30
American Wigeon 1
Surf Scoter 10
Pacific Loon 115 (most in two large flight groups)
Western Grebe 1
Sooty Shearwater 1 or 2
Black-vented Shearwater 450
Brown Booby 6
Brandt's Cormorant 8
Brown Pelican 16
Red Phalarope 16
Pomarine Jaeger 4
Cassin's Auklet 60
Bonaparte's Gull 535
Heermann's Gull 6
Western Gull 150
Herring Gull 1
California Gull 125
Royal Tern 1
We had a good size pod of offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin west of Pacific Beach, and a very distance breeching whale on the Nine MIle Bank.
Dave Povey
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Subject: next san elijo monthly bird count monday 10 december, rancho santa fe cbc saturday 22 dec
Date: Sun Dec 9 2018 18:07 pm
From: rpatton AT san.rr.com
 
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 December. Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine. Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required). Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas. A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).
The Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday 22 December. Coverage areas are assigned ahead of time so please contact me if you™d like to participate. There have been several cancellations so I encourage experienced birders willing to tackle a subarea on your own or willing to be joined by others to consider joining us this year. Lunch is provided at the compilation at the San Elijo Nature Center that afternoon.
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Subject: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers
Date: Sun Dec 9 2018 14:29 pm
From: jstock AT kleinfelder.com
 
Went to Lake Murray late Sunday morning December 9 looking for previous reported ducks. Was able to find 1 female Common Goldeneye and 1 female Canvasback; but did not see White-winged Scoter. The large cottonwood trees immediately east of the boat launch facility had a host of warblers, including a Palm Warbler, which was reported on ebird recently. There was also a Nashville Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler:small, short-tailed,mostly green warbler with white belly and undertail coverts. Eyeline pattern similar to Orange-crowned; but more distinct. Orange-crowned was in same tree allowing direct comparison.

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Subject: Oceanside Observations
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 18:44 pm
From: john_bardwell AT msn.com
 
Reddish Egret, Bonaparte™s Gull and Common Goldeneye still present as of 4pm this afternoon. No sign of the Loon.

The San Luis Rey river flows once again to the sea.

John Bardwell
Oceanside
On Dec 7, 2018, at 1:48 PM, Kenneth Weaver > wrote:

I noted the following somewhat scarce birds for North County at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River this morning/early afternoon:
the continuing Reddish Egret, one Common Goldeneye, one Bonaparte's Gull, and one Red-throated Loon. Hopefully, at least some
of these birds will hang around until the Oceanside CBC. A fellow birder whose name I should have gotten also observed most if not
all of these species. The river is still not flowing into the ocean, but may soon with the recent rainfall in the mountains.


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Subject: possible Hermit Warbler
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 18:18 pm
From: christopheradlerdotcom AT gmail.com
 
This morning I explored some of the canyons of Banker's Hill and Hillcrest, specificallythe Self-Realization Fellowship on 1st Ave., Maple Canyon, Spruce Canyon, andMarston Canyon. Of note were:
Self-Realization Fellowship: Red-breasted Sapsucker (stopped briefly on a palm treeso I'm not sure where it is likely to be found)
Spruce Canyon: Summer Tanager (it could have been seen from the suspension bridgealthough I was below in the canyon)
N. Arroyo Dr. (by which one accesses Spruce Cyn.): possible Hermit Warbler, see below
Marston Canyon: Sharp-shinned Hawk
Just beyond the N. Arroyo Dr. private drive sign (a nicely painted wooden sign), I hearda high thin chip which I traced to an extremely-hard-to-see warbler. I could never get a clearlook but what I could see what consistent with a female Hermit (clean white underparts, whiteundertail coverts, white undertail with dark outer retrices, yellow wash on face, dark marksaround eye but I could never see the face side-on). It also sat completely still for many minutes.This could be a tough bird to re-locate, since observing can only be done from the roadand there are quite a few large trees all around. The location is about halfway betweenthe signed entrance for the private drive and W. Palm. St. (email me if you want more details).
Here's a photo of the Summer Tanager and of the possible Hermit Warbler, frombelow while it was sitting motionless for a while.https://flic.kr/p/2ckLqVb

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Subject: Robb Field
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 16:14 pm
From: PhilPinSD AT cox.net
 
At Robb Field today at low tide around 1 p.m. there was nothing new (that I saw), but the Tricolored Heron was near the east end of the sand bar island, and a Lesser Yellowlegs was spotted in the multi-species shorebird flock on the sand bar.
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Subject: Orchard, Baltimore, Summer, T.K. and Scissor-tld evening roost
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 14:18 pm
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
First off, a needed corrigendum: Yesterday, I posted that my
auto-correct changed by dark-lored White-crowned Sparrow to a Dark Lord
White-crowned Sparrow, so I named the bird Darth Vader. But I was
severely reprimanded by a friend: "Dude ... the DARK LORD is Voldemort
in Harry Potter! Get your fiction trivia straight!!!!"

On Saturday morning, Dec 8th, I started at Nestor Park at first light
and checked the kingbird roost in the southernmost, large sycamore tree
in the park. The first Cassin's starting stirring at 6:23AM, and at 6:24
the TROPICAL KINGBIRD appeared. Four minutes later the SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER (same bird that spends the day over at the Sunset ballfields
area) also came out of hiding. But both birds were visible for less than
30 seconds and then magically disappeared and were not seen again. I
would guess that a late-afternoon visit here (4PM+) would provide for
more leisurely views. A returning male B-t Gray Warbler also likes these
sycamore trees in the early AM. I was soon thereafter was joined by Guy
M., and from 6:55-7:15AM we were treated to a fine showing of birds in
the northern half of the row of pink-flowered eucalyptus at the north
end of the park. Female ORCHARD ORIOLE, certainly the same dullish
female that was here last winter. Very dull, washed-out female BALTIMORE
ORIOLE (identified by its very plain facial pattern and the brightest
color (which isn't saying too much) is on the breast rather than on the
lower cheek or malar as in Bullock's; it traveled with a female
Bullock's, which often chased the Baltimore). There were a total of 4
BULLOCK'S present--1 adult male, 1 young male, and 2 females. And we had
the continuing, returning adult male SUMMER TANAGER. We missed the
female Summer Tanager, the Western Tanagers, and the Wilson's Warbler
and American Redstart. But then I heard that Trent S. and Eric K.
arrived later and did find the redstart, which has gotten harder to find
lately, and they also had a MYIARCHUS SP. FLYCATCHER, which is almost
certainly the same bird that was seen here on just several occasions
last winter but never truly pinned down as to what species it was. Eric
got photos today, which we will study later on. Also in the morning, Guy
had the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and 2 Vesper Sparrows, as usual, over
at the Sunset ballfields. I added only a single lowly Yellow Warbler off
Main Street near the I-5.

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Subject: Lesser Black-Backed here now.
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 11:47 am
From: jbray4913 AT gmail.com
 
Showed up at 9:35 am. Still Sitting on the beach between lifeguard station 2C and 3C as of 9:45a.
Jeff BrayIrvine, CA



Subject: Little Stints present 8 Dec 0633
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 10:15 am
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I actually only saw the easy one... sorry for the plurality...
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> Little Stints present until 0642 when spooked by Northern Harrier.
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Subject: Little Stints present 8 Dec 0633
Date: Sat Dec 8 2018 8:45 am
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Little Stints present until 0642 when spooked by Northern Harrier.
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Subject: Oceanside Observations
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 15:48 pm
From: gnatcatcher AT sbcglobal.net
 
I noted the following somewhat scarce birds for North County at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River this morning/early afternoon:the continuing Reddish Egret, one Common Goldeneye, one Bonaparte's Gull, and one Red-throated Loon. Hopefully, at least someof these birds will hang around until the Oceanside CBC. A fellow birder whose name I should have gotten also observed most if notall of these species. The river is still not flowing into the ocean, but may soon with the recent rainfall in the mountains.

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Subject: "Storm" Wigeon
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 15:05 pm
From: lesley.handa=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hi Folks,
I spotted a "Storm" Wigeon at noon today at the Sweetwater River.
It was seen alone. Photo attached.
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Subject: Little Stints, 7 Dec. 2018
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 13:52 pm
From: mattsadowski321 AT gmail.com
 
Both continue on pond 23 island off the end of 10th St.
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Subject: Tennessee, Baltimore, 2 Hoodeds, Summer, dark-lored White-crowned
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 11:59 am
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
On Friday morning the 7th, I birded a number of spots in UTC in eastern La Jolla and had several reasonable birds. The best was a Tennessee Warbler that is in heavily blooming pink-flowered eucalyptus trees over the chain-link fence that forms the southeast boundary of Doyle Community Park, near the fenced-in dog run. The yellow-rumped warblers here are merciless in their chasing everything out of the trees so I would guess the Tennessee is going to have to be very sneaky to survive there. At the very western edge of Doyle Park in a flock of White-crowneds there is an adult dark-lored white-crowned sparrow, very rare along the coast. Presumably of the subspecies oriantha. By the way, my auto-spell-correct just changed dark-lored to Dark Lord, so I guess we can refer to this bird as Darth Vader....

Also this morning in UTC there is a full adult male Baltimore Oriole in the pink flowered eucalyptus tree at the corner of Camino Raposa and Camino Calma, which is off of Arriba Street a short block from the nice little Genesee Highlands HOA park. And there was a young male Summer Tanager in the park at the corner of Towne Center Drive and Renaissance Avenue.

Yesterday afternoon I finally saw the Lesser black-backed gull in Coronado, and as has been the case recently it was on the jetty in front of the hotel close to low tide.

On Wednesday the 5th, within a half-mile or so of the San Diego Mission I had a flock of four orioles which contained two Hooded Orioles, one of which was an adult male and one was a female, and two Bullock's; as well as a black-throated gray warbler which has returned to the same trees for at least five or six winters now, and a Red-naped Sapsucker.

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Subject: Lesser Black-back Gull
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 11:45 am
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
still present south of life guard tower

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Coronado Del hotel still as of 12/7 8:30 to 9:15 am.
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 11:25 am
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The Gull is still in area. Was hanging out and feeding at shore line between life station 2c and 3c.
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Subject: Morley Field 12-7-18
Date: Fri Dec 7 2018 10:22 am
From: eric AT trs-sandiego.com
 
I looked around the ballfields at Morely Field this morning. They are prepping for a national championship cross-country even this weekend, so access will be limited.

Wilson's Snipe - one bird associating with killdeer in the middle of the large fenced ballfield ( not the college field)
American Pipit
Lark Sparrow - one bird with the small mixed flock of western BBs, yellow-rumps and song sparrows.

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Subject: rusty blackbird, Sports Arena Blvd.
Date: Wed Dec 5 2018 16:36 pm
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
I was driving in the parking lot in front of the Target on Sports Arena Blvd this morning at about 11:30 when I spotted an ochre-colored blackbird in the midst of a small group of Brewer™s blackbirds on the side of the road in one of the little grassy areas.
My immediate sense was that it was a female rusty blackbird. All I could see of it in the few seconds I drove past it, besides the reddish coloration, was a pale eye, pale throat and pale supercilium.
But by the time I found a parking place and went back to look for the bird, the flock had moved to another part of the parking lot.

I did not have binoculars with me, but walked the parking lot for 30 minutes or so in the rain trying to re-find the bird.
The flock of somewhere between 60-90 blackbirds was very active.
A lot of the time they roosted on the roof of the Ross department store, but they flew all over the parking lot in that general area.
Traffic in the parking lot was heavy, and by a little after 12:00 the rain was coming down hard enough to make visibility terrible.

My suggestion, if you go to look for this bird, is to go early, before the stores open and the parking lot overflows with SUVs.

As you know, sometimes [rarely?] Brewer™s blackbirds can have a rusty plumage, and I did not have enough of a look at the bird to be sure it was not one of these unusual-plumaged Brewer™s blackbirds.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 5, 2018; 2:25 pm
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Subject: Balboa Park West side
Date: Wed Dec 5 2018 15:53 pm
From: nathanfrenchphotography AT gmail.com
 
I birded Balboa Park this morning for a couple hours before the rain came. Highlights included a continuing Taiga Merlin and a Summer Tanager near the Lawn Bowling area, and a Tropical Kingbird near the Chess Club. Also near the Chess Club was an angry man yelling homophobic slurs at me, and threatening to crack my skull, so be safe if you go looking for these birds. Here™s a link to the checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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Subject: NAB - Fall 2018
Date: Wed Dec 5 2018 8:38 am
From: guymcc AT pacbell.net
 
County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 2018) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the current report). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list
http://www.californiabirds.org
must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) “ John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie by 30 December 2018. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.
David Compton (Santa Barbara County)
[email protected]

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)
[email protected]

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)
[email protected]

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)
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Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)
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Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)

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Adam Searcy (Ventura County)
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Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)
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Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)
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Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County)
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We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.
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Subject: Borrego Springs to Jacumba, Tuesday
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 17:46 pm
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
On Tuesday the 4th, Barbara Carlson and I did a loop out to Borrego
Springs, Agua Caliente County Park, and Jacumba. Highlights at Borrego
included a PLUMBEOUS VIREO, White-breasted Nuthatch, COMMON GOLDENEYE
(very rare in the Anza-Borrego area), 2 Hooded Mergansers, Canvasback,
Redhead, Snowy Egret, and a stakeout Greater White-fronted Goose. Also
good numbers of robins and waxwings, and a very good total of 30 N.
Flickers. At Agua Caliente we had an immature WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
with the White-crowneds, And at Jacumba, there was a "PINK-SIDED" Junco,
"Slate-colored" Junco, and Mountain Chickadee.

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Subject: Hooded Mergansers, Tri colored Heron
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 17:43 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
I had two or possible three female type Hooded Mergansers in the San Diego River Flood Control Channel about 11:30 this morning. 
The birds were east of West Mission Bay Dr. Bridge, in a narrow portion of the channel west of the turn in off Sea World Dr.
Also had the continuing Tricolored Heron at Famosa Slough at the north east corner of the main basin south of W. Point Loma Blvd. That at about 12:30.
Dave Povey
Dulzura



Subject: Visiting Birder
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 16:09 pm
From: lunaskye13 AT sbcglobal.net
 
I would suggest going to Dairy Mart Pond on Dairy Mart Rd & the Bird & Butterfly Garden on Hollister




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On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 1:30:00 PM PST, Jessica Pollock <[email protected]> wrote:





Hi all,
If you were "forced" to recommend the top 2-3 places to bird around San Diego (I will be staying in Mission Bay, but will have a car), where would you suggest? I only have 1.5 days, so can you suggest your favorite areas?
I will be visiting from Idaho, so a warm winter with birds is very foreign. ha ha.
Thank you!Jessica PollockBellevue, Idaho



Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull continues 12-4-18
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 16:03 pm
From: ecopper AT san.rr.com
 
Following the suggestion that the bird™s appearance might be tide-related I was pleased to see it pop up on the jetty around 11:15. It then moved around a bit landing briefly on the tidal flats in front of the lifeguard tower and eventually returned to the jetty. Still present around 12:20. Seen by multiple observers. 

Elizabeth Copper
Coronado

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Subject: Visiting Birder
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 15:29 pm
From: Jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu
 
Hi all,
If you were "forced" to recommend the top 2-3 places to bird around San Diego (I will be staying in Mission Bay, but will have a car), where would you suggest? I only have 1.5 days, so can you suggest your favorite areas?
I will be visiting from Idaho, so a warm winter with birds is very foreign. ha ha.
Thank you!Jessica PollockBellevue, Idaho

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Subject: Lost camera lens found
Date: Tue Dec 4 2018 9:38 am
From: streptopeliamaster=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Hi all.Acamera lens was found by the little stint viewing spot in Imperial Beach. Ifanyone knows anything about it orlost a lens while birding,please email us back with a description of the lens.
Thank you.
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Subject: Gr W-F Goose, Lake Cuyamaca, 3 Dec 2018
Date: Mon Dec 3 2018 21:45 pm
From: paulchad4=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Not much in numbers or variety of waterfowl today at the lake, but a Greater White-fronted Goose was there, just after lunchtime.

Did other spots in Cuyamaca Park, also brief visits to W Heise Park, Santa Ysabel Mission, and Highland Valley Rd area - nothing else of note.

Paul Chad
University City

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Subject: Lesser Black Backed gull at Hotel Del Coronado
Date: Mon Dec 3 2018 20:25 pm
From: hikerstevepellis=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Monday December 3

I got there at 8 am and spent 3 hours looking for it with no luck, 3 other birders left and after walking around
the hotel, I decided to check the beach one more time, I was walking toward the jetty when I saw another
birder scoping the ocean and while going towards her (I forget her name already) I glanced at the jetty
and there it was. After calling her attention to it we were able to get very close to it for great views. It sat
on top of the jetty for about 15 minutes then flew down to lower mussel clam covered rocks in the splash
zone where it picked/fed on something till noon them flew back up to the red roofed building at the south
end of the hotel.

I think the key to finding this bird is to get to the jetty as the tide is going out maybe a couple of
hours before low tide. It was occasionally hard to see when it hopped down into the the rocks near the
water on the south west end of the jetty. It was feeding there almost an hour before several western
gulls came over and started competing with it for the best rocks.

I was able to call over several other birders who were walking around the beach nearby and some of
them were able to get great pictures.

Steve Ellis
Ramona

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