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19 Jul: @ 17:20:24 
Re: submitting eBird SUBspecies data [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
19 Jul: @ 12:38:39 
submitting eBird SUBspecies data [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
18 Jul: @ 09:55:28 
Reminder: SDFO Meeting, 18 July, Costa Rica Tropical Bird Camp Experience [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
16 Jul: @ 13:27:07 
Sandwich X Elegant Tern, new White-fronted Goose [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
16 Jul: @ 13:00:37 
La Jolla seawatch - RN Phalarope, Black Turnstone July 16, 2017 [garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 17:33:50 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 7-14-17 [eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 17:33:40 
first year Heerman`s gulls [stevanbrad@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 15:48:11 
Yb cuckoo still being seen Famosa Slough [seiurus seiurus@aol.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 14:50:26 
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo [Jeffrey Spaulding ornithomedic@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 12:45:01 
more summering waterfowl, miscellanea [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
14 Jul: @ 09:13:57 
SDFO Meeting, 18 July, Costa Rica Tropical Bird Camp Experience [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
13 Jul: @ 21:00:49 
yellow-billed cuckoo [mikewittmer0582@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
13 Jul: @ 13:41:03 
Yellow-billed cuckoo.....Famosa Slough [Jim Roberts jroberts@scripps.edu [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
11 Jul: @ 18:27:42 
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS [Jim Roberts jroberts@scripps.edu [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
11 Jul: @ 12:46:35 
minor miscellanea [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
11 Jul: @ 09:49:45 
Magnificent Frigatebird near San Mateo Pt, July 9 [Thomasabenson@aol.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
11 Jul: @ 00:01:56 
results of 10 july 2017 san elijo monthly bird count [rpatton@san.rr.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
10 Jul: @ 16:35:41 
re munia sexing ['akamauro .' akamauro1@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
10 Jul: @ 11:01:53 
10JUL 0600 Yellow-billed cuckoo continues @ Scissor's Crossing [johnny_galt1@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
10 Jul: @ 10:47:03 
scaly-breasted munia nesting in my Encinitas yard ['akamauro .' akamauro1@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
09 Jul: @ 19:32:49 
Saturday July 8, 2017 offshore ['David Povey' dpovey@nethere.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
09 Jul: @ 16:44:40 
Large-billed Savannah Sparrow? [Aaron Polichar beldingsparrow@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
09 Jul: @ 14:32:05 
Orange Bishop 7-9-17 [eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
09 Jul: @ 13:34:35 
RE: San Diego NWR pond 11, South Bay - Semipalmated Sandpiper, July 09, 2017 ['Geoffrey Rogers' rogersgl1952@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
09 Jul: @ 13:06:20 
San Diego NWR pond 11, South Bay - Semipalmated Sandpiper, July 09, 2017 [garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
08 Jul: @ 20:12:11 
Re: AOS and San Diego County checklist changes [Susan Smith seiurus@aol.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
08 Jul: @ 16:35:48 
Re: AOS and San Diego County checklist changes [Joseph Morlan jmorlan@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
08 Jul: @ 13:05:58 
AOS and San Diego County checklist changes [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
07 Jul: @ 20:35:32 
Night Hawks and Poorwill [ggrantham@san.rr.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
07 Jul: @ 16:40:22 
Re: Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego State Park – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, July 07, 2017 [Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
07 Jul: @ 16:16:33 
Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego State Park – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, July 07, 2017 [Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
05 Jul: @ 23:30:30 
next san elijo monthly bird count monday 10 july [rpatton@san.rr.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
05 Jul: @ 19:52:40 
Least Bittern [eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
04 Jul: @ 12:19:24 
Brown Boobies, nesting Yellow-cr. Night-Herons [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
04 Jul: @ 12:03:18 
Re: R-E Vireo? Thayer's Gull : ((( [Annie S itshas@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
04 Jul: @ 11:52:45 
R-E Vireo? Thayer's Gull : ((( [Stan Walens stan.walens@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
03 Jul: @ 13:16:18 
Sorrento Valley Road pump station pond [eric@trs-sandiego.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
03 Jul: @ 13:00:35 
no Red-eyed, miscellanea, La Jolla [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
03 Jul: @ 06:20:10 
Re: Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17) [Terry Hurst thurstycat53@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
03 Jul: @ 06:08:45 
Re: Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17) [Terry Hurst thurstycat53@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
03 Jul: @ 01:03:03 
Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17) [Jimmy McMorran bigshell53@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
02 Jul: @ 20:59:26 
Re: Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017 [Charles Jackson socalbirder8@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
02 Jul: @ 19:02:43 
Re: Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017 [Charles Jackson socalbirder8@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
02 Jul: @ 17:08:42 
Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017 [Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
01 Jul: @ 14:18:29 
La Jolla seawatch - alcids, shorebirds, juv Heermann's Gull, July 01, 2017 [Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
01 Jul: @ 13:06:18 
nesting Eared Grebe, new Reddish Egret [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
30 Jun: @ 18:09:53 
San Diego County Mammal Atlas Goes To Press [Jack Daynes jackdaynes@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
30 Jun: @ 17:44:29 
Hornblower tour, June 30 [Stan Walens stan.walens@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
28 Jun: @ 17:14:37 
offshore San Diego: 19 Craveri's, 21 Ashies, 5 Leach's [Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]
26 Jun: @ 15:05:12 
La Jolla Cove June 26: Holy Mother of God!!!! [Stan Walens stan.walens@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding]]





Subject: submitting eBird SUBspecies data
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 17:20 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Birders,

As the majority of eBird checklists now come in through the app, it's important to reset the filter on your phone to incorporate the changes. This will be done automatically, but it may take several days. The easiest way to do this is by using either "Choose a Nearby Hotspot" or "Choose a Nearby Personal Location" rather than using "Choose a Recent Location." The eBird filters are stored on your phone and aren't updated more than once a week or so, I believe, so by selecting a new location, even if you've recently birded there, you'll be able to get the updated filter. [You may recall the same thing happening last year after Western Scrub-Jay was split - the filter on your phone likely did not offer California Scrub-Jay immediately.]

And just to add to Paul's message, this discussion is in reference (mostly) to subspecies/groups that are (generally) not identifiable in the field. Things like Fox Sparrows (e.g., Thick-billed vs. Sooty), Dark-eyed Juncos (e.g., Oregon vs. Slate-colored), and the two Yellow-rumped Warblers should still appear as options.

The RBA containing expected subspecies should quiet down once the filter is disseminated to all users.

Thanks,
Justyn Stahl

On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 10:38 AM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul@verizon.net [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

























For those submitting eBird data, please AVOID adding in SUBspecies

entries for those that were truly not identified as such in the field.

Making such a determination should be based on what was seen, rather

than solely on the basis of geography. For example, were Red-shouldered

Hawks actually identified as the subspecies elegans or was that simply

entered as such because we are in California? Ditto submitting Brown

Pelicans as "California" Brown Pelicans. Or coastal San Diego County

Ridgway's Rails as Light-footed Ridgway's Rails.


The bottom line is, simply entering the species at the species level and

not trying to go to the subspecies level for these groups is just as

accurate and isn't making any "assumptions." We have tried to discourage

making such assumptions for such subspecies--those which most birders

cannot safely identify to the level of subspecies in the field under

most field conditions--by removing them from the county filters. But by

doing this, coupled with some folks still submitting such subspecies

using older App software, we are now seeing many such submissions appear

on the county eBird alerts, which is unfortunate.


I think that part of the issue here can by summed up by the following:


Don't enter data at a more detailed level than they were collected at!


Thanks.


--Paul Lehman and fellow county eBird reviewers, San Diego





























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Subject: submitting eBird SUBspecies data
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 12:38 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
For those submitting eBird data, please AVOID adding in SUBspecies
entries for those that were truly not identified as such in the field.
Making such a determination should be based on what was seen, rather
than solely on the basis of geography. For example, were Red-shouldered
Hawks actually identified as the subspecies elegans or was that simply
entered as such because we are in California? Ditto submitting Brown
Pelicans as "California" Brown Pelicans. Or coastal San Diego County
Ridgway's Rails as Light-footed Ridgway's Rails.

The bottom line is, simply entering the species at the species level and
not trying to go to the subspecies level for these groups is just as
accurate and isn't making any "assumptions." We have tried to discourage
making such assumptions for such subspecies--those which most birders
cannot safely identify to the level of subspecies in the field under
most field conditions--by removing them from the county filters. But by
doing this, coupled with some folks still submitting such subspecies
using older App software, we are now seeing many such submissions appear
on the county eBird alerts, which is unfortunate.

I think that part of the issue here can by summed up by the following:

Don't enter data at a more detailed level than they were collected at!

Thanks.

--Paul Lehman and fellow county eBird reviewers, San Diego



Subject: Reminder: SDFO Meeting, 18 July, Costa Rica Tropical Bird Camp Experience
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 9:55 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
SDFO Event  tonight, July 18, at 6:00 pmis our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.




Program: Ryan Andrews
will recount his trip to Costa Rica. In December 2016, the National Audubon
Society held its first Hog Island Tropical Teen Week Camp in Costa Rica. Ryan
attended the camp through a scholarship provided by Palomar Audubon Society.
The camp took place in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, the most biologically diverse region of the country, with more than 500 species of birds
possible. Based at Selva Verde Lodge, Ryan saw over 200 species of birds,
ranging from secretive tinamous to gaudy toucans. In addition to almost nonstop
birding, the trip included presentations on birding in the tropics,
conservation efforts, a rafting trip, and even a reforestation project one
afternoon. Teens also learned about the importance of protecting biological
corridors on neotropical migrants wintering grounds. There were countless
fantastic sightings and moments on this trip, from the birds to the
butterflies. Ryan Andrews is a 17 year old birder who be- came interested in birds
at a very young age, thanks to the family bird feeder. His interests in birds
grew immensely as he attended Audubon walks, and in 2014 Palomar Audubon
Society sent him to the ABAs Camp Colorado. In 2015, he was one of six
scholarship recipients who attended the Western Field Ornithologists Conference
in Billings, Montana. In 2016, he again received a scholarship from Palomar Audubon
Society to attend Audubons Hog Island Tropical Teen Week in Costa Rica. Ryan
currently resides in Valley Center in northern San Diego County, where he loves
to look for birds when hes not doing school work.



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If you were a member
of SDFO in 2016 your 2017 membership must be renewed. Click here forSDFO membership instructions.

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Subject: Sandwich X Elegant Tern, new White-fronted Goose
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 13:27 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Sunday morning, the 16th, there was a SANDWICH X ELEGANT TERN in a
mid-sized flock of Elegants at Emory Cove along the lower Silver Strand.
The bird has a blackish bill with a nice, sharp yellow tip, but there
are clearly some small, dull yellow-orange blotches at the base of the
bill and along the base of the cutting edge. It is in basic plumage and
has a very shaggy (black) rear crown. Also one Common Tern at Emory
Cove. There was a flock of 11 Surf Scoters off Camp Surf.

At the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course along Bonita Road in Bonita,
there's a 'new' GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in town, this one at the
little pond along the road and immediately east of the clubhouse. No
idea how long the bird has been there. Also the usual domestic, barnyard
geese in residence nearby.

On Saturday the 15th, a seawatch at La Jolla produced yet 2 more
southbound COMMON MURRES and the same, continuing 2 BLACK
OYSTERCATCHERS; but otherwise it was fairly ho-hum. At Famosa Slough,
there was a post-breeding, migrant-type Belted Kingfisher arrival--right
about on time.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: La Jolla seawatch - RN Phalarope, Black Turnstone July 16, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 13:00 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I put in a three hour stint seawatching this morning at La Jolla.  Not too much to report but did get into triple digits Red-necked Phalarope (112), moving south in small groups, and my first Black Turnstone (2).

Zero alcids.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo 7-14-17
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 17:33 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Seeing this bird at Famosa certainly is a lot more comfortable than trecking out to the desert in July!


The bird is a bit on the shy side, spooking easily and flying around in a wide arc, but seeming to favor the willows and large cottonwood at the south end of the slough.


A few pics posted at:
egk.smugmug.com/photography


If this bird sticks around this weekend I'll get some better shots. The posted pics are only average or below.




Eric Kallen
Normal Heights



Subject: first year Heerman`s gulls
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 17:33 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had not seen a  first year Heerman`s  gull in a couple years but today I et al saw 2   One on the bait dock Mission Bay and another flying off shore Mission Bay about a half mile or so   The bird on the dock was a `freshiie` as it still had some white scalping on the back   I photographed both birds but currently have no way to get my photos up but will add them later to my ebird report
Captain Kristen of the Privateer (Sandiegowhalewatch} told me she had been seeing a couple young birds on the jetty lately
She took us out to the 9 mile bank nothing unusual seen by me
for those that do not know the Heerman`s gulls have been doing horrible last few years nesting down in the sea of Cortez on Rasa island


good birding your way


steve brad
leuiadia



Subject: Yb cuckoo still being seen Famosa Slough
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 15:48 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
1:45 pm seen from trail at southeast corner of Famosa Slough area in willows, just flew north. Sue smith, del mar




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Subject: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 14:50 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
My initial message appears not to have gone through. At approximately 11:00 on 07/14/17, Mike Wittmer refound the Cuckoo as it flew into the Cottonwoods at the south parking lot. It flew in from the south and promptly disappeared. It was refound approximately a half hour later as it flew from the willows east of the Cottonwoods into the Cottonwoods. It had vanished again & was not refound when I left at 12:15.
Jeffrey SpauldingSan Diego, CA

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Subject: more summering waterfowl, miscellanea
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 12:45 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Friday the 14th, a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL (male is in eclipse) and a
single GREEN-WINGED TEAL are at the upper end of Bataquitos Lagoon, and
there's a "BLACK" BRANT at the west end of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Single
pairs of Western and Clark's Grebes with young at Buena Vista Lagoon may
or may not be the first nesting record of Clark's at that site.

On the 12th, the off-and-on, long-staying adult REDDISH EGRET was on
again to the west of the J Street mudflats in Chula Vista.

Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: SDFO Meeting, 18 July, Costa Rica Tropical Bird Camp Experience
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 9:13 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
SDFO Event  July 18,
2017 at 6:00 pmis our next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists.



Program: Ryan Andrews
will recount his trip to Costa Rica. In December 2016, the National Audubon
Society held its first Hog Island Tropical Teen Week Camp in Costa Rica. Ryan
attended the camp through a scholarship provided by Palomar Audubon Society.
The camp took place in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, the most biologically diverse region of the country, with more than 500 species of birds
possible. Based at Selva Verde Lodge, Ryan saw over 200 species of birds,
ranging from secretive tinamous to gaudy toucans. In addition to almost nonstop
birding, the trip included presentations on birding in the tropics,
conservation efforts, a rafting trip, and even a reforestation project one
afternoon. Teens also learned about the importance of protecting biological
corridors on neotropical migrants wintering grounds. There were countless
fantastic sightings and moments on this trip, from the birds to the
butterflies. Ryan Andrews is a 17 year old birder who be- came interested in birds
at a very young age, thanks to the family bird feeder. His interests in birds
grew immensely as he attended Audubon walks, and in 2014 Palomar Audubon
Society sent him to the ABAs Camp Colorado. In 2015, he was one of six
scholarship recipients who attended the Western Field Ornithologists Conference
in Billings, Montana. In 2016, he again received a scholarship from Palomar Audubon
Society to attend Audubons Hog Island Tropical Teen Week in Costa Rica. Ryan
currently resides in Valley Center in northern San Diego County, where he loves
to look for birds when hes not doing school.



Click here forMeeting Details and Map.

If you were a member
of SDFO in 2016 your 2017 membership must be renewed. Click here forSDFO membership instructions.

Justyn Stahl
San Diego Field
Ornithologists
Vice President/Program Chair







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Subject: yellow-billed cuckoo
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 21:00 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
As a result of the previously reported sighting I went to the Famosa Slough today (7-13-17) at around 2:30 PM.    After several hours I had a brief fly-by of the bird on the west side of the portion of the slough south of Pt Loma Blvd around 4:20 PM.  I saw near the bench that is next to a 502 marker in the shaded outlook area.  The bird's coloration, (uppers and breast area) flight patterns, size, tail size and markings helped identify the bird as a yellow-billed cuckoo.  Once I saw and heard the bird I checked the recording on iBird and the call was the same.



Subject: Yellow-billed cuckoo.....Famosa Slough
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 13:41 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning (7/13/17), a little before 11AM, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO popped up in a willow at Famosa Slough.

This is the largest willow close to the chain-link fence on the north side of W Point Loma Blvd, on the west side of

the canal. It stayed there a minute or so and flew south across the street to a bush along the east side of Famosa Blvd.

I ran after it and it was still in the bush when I arrived but couldn't see it. It shortly flew out, back across W Pt Loma into

a euc on the east side of the slough at the south west corner of the apartment building right along the street.

That was the last I saw of it. I (unbelievably) have some decent photos which I won't be able to share immediately but

they will be forthcoming.


Jim Roberts

University City



Subject: NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 18:27 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I am losing my old email address.


My new address is:


jroberts@meruvas.com



Subject: minor miscellanea
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 12:46 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Tuesday the 11th, a seawatch at La Jolla Cove continued the somewhat
slow showing there as of late, but with 2 more southbound COMMON MURRES,
a continuing BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, and finally my first JUVENILE
Heermann's Gull in 4 years! Also 1300 Black-vented Shearwaters and a
few Sooties. On Sunday the 9th, the summering GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE and female CANVASBACK continued at Lake Cuyamaca (fide B.
Carlson), and 5 one-year-old COMMON TERNS continued at the J Street
mudflats in Chula Vista. And on Saturday the 8th, there was a summering
AMERICAN WIGEON at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar, along with continuing
NORTHERN SHOVELER and bunch of REDHEADS.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird near San Mateo Pt, July 9
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 9:49 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good morning birders,


Two evenings ago (July 9), Janice Krause photographed a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird off the northern San Diego County coast. The bird apparently followed the fishing boat she was on for about an hour. According to the metadata in her photos, she was approximately 11 km southeast of San Mateo Point and 1 km from shore.


Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA



Subject: results of 10 july 2017 san elijo monthly bird count
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 0:01 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks to 9 participants for conducting the 10 July 2017 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, West Basin, Nature Center); Elizabeth Venrick, Jeff Clingan (Pole Rd); Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson (CBS= Rios to freeway); Gretchen Nell, Joan Comito (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Robert Patton (EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa).  (I apologize for any mis-spellings or anyone I missed).



Species of note included a common loon and breeding plumage common murre offshore, a least bittern and Bells vireo off the eastern mesa, horned larks in the west basin and in closed portions of the construction area.



83 species were recorded: common loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, black-vented shearwater, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, least bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, cinnamon teal, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, Coopers hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgways rail, snowy plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, western sandpiper, Heermanns gull, western gull, royal tern, elegant tern, least tern, common murre, rock pigeon, mourning dove, white-throated swift, Annas hummingbird, Allens hummingbird, Allens/rufous hummingbird sp., Nuttalls woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Says phoebe, Cassins kingbird, horned lark, rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewicks wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, Bells vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Beldings savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.



The next monthly bird count will be 14 August.
R. Patton
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Subject: re munia sexing
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 16:35 pm
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I've just been kindly informed that adult male and female scaly-breasted munias are identical in plumage--it's the juveniles that are different. Therefore, with respect to my earlier post, the cooperativenest-building activity going on in my yard is mostlikely the efforts of a heterosexual partnership.I'm a bit disappointed. Iwas thinking my munias had decided to team up to builda man-cave.
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Subject: 10JUL 0600 Yellow-billed cuckoo continues @ Scissor's Crossing
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 11:01 am
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I heard three separate calls this morning by the cuckoo between 0555 - 0615, 1 mile north of scissors crossing facing the creek.  Not seen, only heard and recorded.  Audio analysis by G. Nunn confirmed cuckoo.



Subject: scaly-breasted munia nesting in my Encinitas yard
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 10:47 am
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Today I discovered a scaly-breasted munia nest being built about 20' high up in a Melaluca tree in my yard in Encinitas. The nest appearsmostly comprised of loosely woven grasses, withstrips of perhaps palm frond fibers,melaluca bark, and other plant material. It'spresently about the size and shape of an elongatedsoccer ball,hanging under a 4" diameter branch and woven into some thin melaluca twigs.Entrance hole is near the top. Interestingly, at least 2 adult males seem to be actively working on the nest, with another maleclose at hand and checking out the action. I haven't seen a female yet, although I see some twitching going on inside the nest, which could the female at work. Anyone interested is welcome to come check it out. 
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Subject: Saturday July 8, 2017 offshore
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 19:32 pm
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Tom Blackman, Gary Nunn, Bruce Rideout and I did a check offshore Saturday
from Mission Bay. We did a large circle out to the west then south to the
border and back up to the Mission Bay.

Most of the shearwaters seen were on line some six nautical miles west of
Mission Bay to 7-7.5 n.miles west of La Jolla.

Sooty Shearwater were the most abundant with something just less than a
thousand here. Black-vented Shearwater were nearly as numerous with 700-750
or so. Pink-footed Shearwater were relatively few at less than a dozen.

All these shearwaters were feeding in the area mainly around a large pod of
Common Dolphin west of La Jolla with straggling shearwaters in groups on the
water for some miles to the south. The dolphin pod moving north..

I would guess the pod of Common Dolphin to be 400-500 animals with one well
seen breaching "different " species, I believe was a Stripped Dolphin
Stenella coeruleolba.

Interestingly both Sooty and Black-vented Shearwaters should be elsewhere at
this time of the summer. Sooties much further north, and Black-vents around
their breeding islands some 230-250 n.m. miles to the south.

West of this area we found several Black Storm-Petrels and further on Ashy
Storm-Petrels, and well into the San Diego Trough, Chapman's Leach's
Storm-Petrels. All rump patterns seen.

Our only murrelets were seen briefly jumping off the water ahead of the
boat, with three groups all well offshore. A solo bird, and pair and a
foursome. The last group I'd. by photographs as Craveri's Murrelets. I
suspect the others to be the same but Scripps's murrelets can't be
discounted until after mid July.

A long line of a dozen Whimbrel were seen flying south on the Thirty Mile
Bank, and a small group of "peeps" were flying mid S.D.Trough. A lone
Red-necked Phalarope was also out over the Trough.

A scattered few adult Heermann's Gulls were seen flying north, with many
more on the Mission Bay Jetty rocks. Only a few dozen Elegant Terns were
seen offshore and one Least Tern was off Mission Beach at 6 n.m. or so.

Two Blue Whales were seen one on the "182" (Thirty Mile Bank), and one over
the Trough near the Mexican Border.

species list from sea;

Pink-footed Shearwater 13

Sooty Shearwater 900

Black-vented Shearwater 750

Ashy Storm-Petrel 17

leach's Storm-Petrel 10

Black Storm-Petrel 35

Brown pelican 2

Whimbrel 12

peep sp. 10

Red-necked Phalarope 1

Craveri's Murrelet 4

murrelet sp. 3

Cassin's Auklet 15

Heermann's Gull 3

Western Gull 2

Least tern 1

Elegant Tern 55



Dave Povey

Dulzura



Subject: Large-billed Savannah Sparrow?
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 16:44 pm
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Hello all,Today at around 12:30 PM, I believe I saw a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow along the Bayshore Bikeway, northeast of the north end of 13th Street, past the bridge. I believe this was near pond 20. Unfortunately, I didnt get a photograph. It had a large, long, mostly light-colored bill, and distinct, separated reddish marks on the pale breast.Aaron PolicharScripps Ranch, San DiegoSent from Mail for Windows 10





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Subject: Orange Bishop 7-9-17
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 14:32 pm
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With some help from another birder who's name eludes me, a pair of orange bishops were seen along the San Diego River
along Friar's Road where the old road that runs along the flood control channel intersects. The male was very ragged in his molting feathers.


Some pics of male and female at:


egk.smugmug.com/photography


Eric Kallen
Normal Heights



Subject: San Diego NWR pond 11, South Bay - Semipalmated Sandpiper, July 09, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 13:34 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The wetland here (south of Emery Cove) is generally referred to as the South
Bay Marine Biological Study Area. There is an oddly-shaped, pale blue sign
indicating this along the bike path south of the parking area.



Geoff Rogers

San Diego, CA



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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] San Diego NWR pond 11, South Bay -
Semipalmated Sandpiper, July 09, 2017





This morning about 7:00am there was a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER in pond 11 of
San Diego NWR, South Bay, viewed from the parking pull off on the 75 south
of Emory Cove. You can actually walk down a ways from the parking pull off
going east and a bit south. It was in the company of adult Western
Sandpipers and easy to pick out by very white appearance underparts and
about the face, some dusky about the chest sides, darker gray upperparts
with no rufous tones, shorter straighter bill. The Western Sandpipers were
pursuing it relentlessly driving it away from the edge of the feeding flock
until it ended up alone out on the mudflat. The rising tide pushed most of
the shorebirds away about 7:30am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.

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Subject: San Diego NWR pond 11, South Bay - Semipalmated Sandpiper, July 09, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 13:06 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning about 7:00am there was a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER in pond 11 of San Diego NWR, South Bay, viewed from the parking pull off on the 75 south of Emory Cove.  You can actually walk down a ways from the parking pull off going east and a bit south.  It was in the company of adult Western Sandpipers and easy to pick out by very white appearance underparts and about the face, some dusky about the chest sides, darker gray upperparts with no rufous tones, shorter straighter bill.  The Western Sandpipers were pursuing it relentlessly driving it away from the edge of the feeding flock until it ended up alone out on the mudflat.  The rising tide pushed most of the shorebirds away about 7:30am.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach.

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Subject: AOS and San Diego County checklist changes
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 20:12 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
thanks to Joe and Justyn on this. This changes our checklists quite a bit--and NA wood warblers shift to near the end, and YB chat is finally put with things like our tanagers and grosbeaks.  Thanks also to the work that was done by those that prompted these changes. While I know the changes are  a pain in the neck for most birders (who have to now search in different places for their birds), it also educates us and keeps us up to date on the new understanding of how birds evolved, and which birds are closely related to others, based on the latest data.  s


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA






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Subject: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] AOS and San Diego County checklist changes






The Official California State List has been updated to conform with the new
58th supplement. It is available at:

http://www.californiabirds.org...

There is also a link to a plain text version available for easy importing
into a spreadsheet.

On Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:05:33 -0700, "Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com
[SanDiegoRegionBirding]"
wrote:

>The entire supplement is available here:
>
>
>www.americanornithologypubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-17-72.1
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA



Subject: AOS and San Diego County checklist changes
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 16:35 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Official California State List has been updated to conform with the new
58th supplement. It is available at:

http://www.californiabirds.org...

There is also a link to a plain text version available for easy importing
into a spreadsheet.


On Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:05:33 -0700, "Justyn Stahl justyn.stahl@gmail.com
[SanDiegoRegionBirding]"
wrote:

>The entire supplement is available here:
>
>
>www.americanornithologypubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-17-72.1
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA



Subject: AOS and San Diego County checklist changes
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 13:05 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
San Diego Birders,


Every July, birders look forward to the latest update to the
American Ornithological Societys (formerly American Ornithologists Union)
Check-list of North American Birds. This supplement (the 58th)
compiles the splits, lumps, and taxonomic reorganization resulting from a years
worth of proposals submitted to the AOSs Committee on Classification and
Nomenclature.



The entire supplement is available here:

www.americanornithologypubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-17-72.1


Michael Retters summary at the ABA blog is here:

http://blog.aba.org/2017/07/20...



These changes will eventually be reflected in the San Diego checklist
maintained by SDFO here. The eBird taxonomic update will also likely occur in the next month or so.





Those changes most relevant to San Diego County, including the removal of Thayer's Gull, are as
follows, in taxonomic order:


Snow Goose and Rosss Goose are moved into the genus Anser.


Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler are
moved to the new genus Spatula.


Gadwall, American Wigeon, and Eurasian Wigeon are moved to
the new genus Mareca.


Magnificent Hummingbird is split into Rivolis Hummingbird (ranging
from the U.S. to Nicaragua) and Talamanca Hummingbird (Costa Rica and Panama). The
single record from San Diego (a female at Kate Sessions Park 11 October29 Nov
2003, the first for California) refers to Rivolis Hummingbird.


A reorganization of the shorebirds occurred.


In perhaps the most discussed move by the AOS, Thayers Gull is lumped
back into Iceland Gull. Thayers Gull
is, therefore, removed from the San Diego County list (now down to 521).
Prior to this lump, San Diegos single Iceland Gull was a first-winter bird
at the Otay dump 17-25 January 1986. For what its worth, the bird present at Otay Lake 18 Jan-25 Feb 2016 was not accepted as an Iceland Gull by the CBRC. [As a side note, the Otay Lake Slaty-backed Gull record from January 2017 (a potential first for San Diego) has not yet been reviewed by the CBRC.]


The common name Le Contes Thrasher is changed to LeContes
Thrasher. The space was removed, as John
Lawrence LeConte, for whom this species (and the sparrow) was named, wrote his name without a
space.


A reorganization of the fringillid finches occurred.


New World sparrows and towhees are moved into the new family
Passerellidae (now distinct from the Old World buntings in Emberizidae).


Like the thrasher, the common name Le Contes Sparrow is
changed to LeContes Sparrow.


Yellow-breasted Chat is now in its own family Icteriidae,
not to be confused with Icteridae (the New World blackbirds).




Notable proposals not accepted, which would have affected San
Diego included:


A proposed Bells Vireo split was not accepted. Eastern Bells
Vireo has occurred in San Diego. This may be a valid split, but more work is
needed.


A proposed Yellow-rumped Warbler split did not occur. Both
Myrtle and Audubons are regular in San Diego.


Fortunately, the proposal to rename Ring-necked Duck to
Ring-billed Duck was not accepted.



Many more changes occurred outside of the San Diego area (a new crossbill species!),
and I have glossed over the larger scale reshuffling, so I would encourage you
to read the full supplement or summary linked above.




Cheers,

Justyn Stahl

San Clemente Island/San Diego






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Subject: Night Hawks and Poorwill
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 20:35 pm
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We had the grandchildren over for a sleepover in South Scripps Ranch last night and we had a "night bird" show at dusk with two Lesser Nighthawks and a persistently calling Common Poorwill.  Two new life birds for my granddaughter.  As an afterthought on Gary Nunn's Yellow-billed Cuckoo sighting at Scissor's Crossing, my record YB Cuckoo for the county was at the same spot on July 12th six years ago.


Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch



Subject: Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego State Park – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, July 07, 2017
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 16:40 pm
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For anyone chasing Yellow-billed Cuckoo reports, I would like to point out
that Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos are federally endangered and
dramatically declining in California. As such, use of playback for this
species is illegal without a permit.

Justyn Stahl



Subject: Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego State Park – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, July 07, 2017
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 16:16 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I decided to make my annual pilgrimage to Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego State Park this morning July 07, 2017 in search of Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I lost count of the number of times I have looked and listened along this section of San Felipe Creek for cuckoo! With the general warning about high heat out there I decided to set off from my house in Pacific Beach at 3:15am and was parked along highway S2/San Felipe Rd, just a little northwest of Scissors Crossing, by 4:55am. Greeted by a Great Horned Owl flying low overhead down the middle of the road!

At about 7am I detected the typical contact call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a vigorous series of "kuk" notes followed by a few deep "kyowp" notes, coming from among willows and cottonwood trees in the creek bed. I waited around patiently, looking down towards the line of trees, and managed to obtain a few audio recordings of the infrequent vocalizations. I was lucky enough to catch sight of the cuckoo moving around in the lower branches of a cottonwood tree which allowed some distant documentation worthy photographs.

I left at 8am, the heat and bugs were already unbearable.

Some photos and sound recordings in my eBird report here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
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Subject: next san elijo monthly bird count monday 10 july
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 23:30 pm
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Please spread the word 

San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count

Monday July 10th (& 2nd Monday of each month, rain or shine)

Meet at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach at 7:30 am

(from I-5, exit Lomas Santa Fe Dr & head west, turn north on Rios Ave which is just east of Highway 101 & the railroad tracks)

Bring a lunch or pick up one nearby & well meet to compile at noon at the nature center (SE of intersection of Manchester Ave & San Elijo Ave)

Thanks!
R. Patton
San Diego, CA



Subject: Least Bittern
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 19:52 pm
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I found a least bittern in the puddle north of the Sorrento Valley Rd. pump station
this morning (7-5-17). Also seen: green heron, kildeer, snowy egret.



Eric Kallen
Normal Heights



Subject: Brown Boobies, nesting Yellow-cr. Night-Herons
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 12:19 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
A July 4th morning visit to Imperial Beach produced a total of 5 BROWN
BOOBIES (4 adults, 1 imm.) off the end of Seacoast Drive during a
90-minute seawatch--none close to shore. Lots of feeding activity
offshore, with about 5000 Elegant Terns. Also 1 SURF SCOTER and 1
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. At the I.B. Sorts Park, 2 pairs of
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS have young: a nest with 3 young juvs still
standing on it or next to it is in the thick broadleaf tree over the
bathrooms, and 2 somewhat older juvs are in the pine tree at the bottom
end of the park. Several scattered adults. The summering Bonaparte's
Gull continues at the end of 10th St.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: R-E Vireo? Thayer's Gull : (((
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 12:03 pm
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Holiday picnickers yes, R-E Vireo not for me.
Annie
University City

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Did anyone brave the holiday picnickers and try for the red-eyed vireo today?
Also, FYI, AOU report comes out in a few days, but ABA blog reports Thayers gull being lumped into Iceland gull.
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Subject: R-E Vireo? Thayer's Gull : (((
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 11:52 am
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Did anyone brave the holiday picnickers and try for the red-eyed vireo today?


Also, FYI, AOU report comes out in a few days, but ABA blog reports Thayers gull being lumped into Iceland gull.


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Subject: Sorrento Valley Road pump station pond
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 13:16 pm
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I have not seen any posts regarding the pond near the Sorrento Valley pump station in a while.


I stopped there yesterday and again this morning and found that there is a puddle about 1/4 mile-or-so north of the pump station. If the water remains it should produce some decent peeps has it has in the past. This morning there was a Ridgeway's rail along with killdeer and snowies.


Eric Kallen
Normal Heights



Subject: no Red-eyed, miscellanea, La Jolla
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 13:00 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've heard from others that the Encinitas Red-eyed Vireo was NOT seen
this morning (Monday the 3rd). The Twin Trails Neighborhood Park
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER and 1 apparent HYBRID fledgling do continue
today, however. So does 1 summering BRANT at Crown Point on Mission
Bay. Yesterday, the 2nd, the female REDHEAD w/ 8 ducklings continue at
San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar.

Also on Sunday the 2nd, a morning seawatch at La Jolla produced 7
Pink-footed, 17 Sooty, and a large count of 3000 Black-vented
Shearwaters, 5 Black Storm-Petrels, 2 southbound COMMON MURRES, and 5
small alcid sp. (probably Cassin's Auklets).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17)
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 6:20 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry about that everyone. Didn't mean to send the last email from me to the whole group.

Terry Hurst
Santee

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> On Jul 3, 2017, at 4:08 AM, Terry Hurst thurstycat53@yahoo.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>
> Hi,
> If this bird is report today I plan on heading out this afternoon after I get some stuff done. Shall I text you when I have a better idea when I will be heading out?
> Ter-
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jul 2, 2017, at 10:56 PM, Jimmy McMorran bigshell53@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi Birders,
>>
>> While playing with my daughter at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas, I heard an all too familiar song of a vireo that I first suspected was Red-eyed, but could not rule out Yellow-green. I had no binoculars or any other gear at the time. I sent my phone audio recording to Justyn Stahl, Brennan Mulrooney, Paul Lehman, Gary Nunn and Robert McMorran. Much appreciation to Gary Nunn for being able to get up to Encinitas and confirm this bird as a RED-EYED VIREO! I was later able to return, again with my kid and actually see the bird! My daughter actually saw this bird well and is acquiring one heck of a County list!!! Anyway, a big thanks to Gary Nunn for putting in the time to confirm this bird.
>> One image at link below, but there must be better ones to come from others-
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>>
>> Good Birding,
>> Jimmy McMorran
>> Leucadia, CA
>>
>>
>
>



Subject: Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17)
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 6:08 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi,
If this bird is report today I plan on heading out this afternoon after I get some stuff done. Shall I text you when I have a better idea when I will be heading out?
Ter-

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 2, 2017, at 10:56 PM, Jimmy McMorran bigshell53@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>
> Hi Birders,
>
> While playing with my daughter at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas, I heard an all too familiar song of a vireo that I first suspected was Red-eyed, but could not rule out Yellow-green. I had no binoculars or any other gear at the time. I sent my phone audio recording to Justyn Stahl, Brennan Mulrooney, Paul Lehman, Gary Nunn and Robert McMorran. Much appreciation to Gary Nunn for being able to get up to Encinitas and confirm this bird as a RED-EYED VIREO! I was later able to return, again with my kid and actually see the bird! My daughter actually saw this bird well and is acquiring one heck of a County list!!! Anyway, a big thanks to Gary Nunn for putting in the time to confirm this bird.
> One image at link below, but there must be better ones to come from others-
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Good Birding,
> Jimmy McMorran
> Leucadia, CA
>
>
>



Subject: Red-eyed Vireo - Encinitas (7/2/17)
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 1:03 am
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders,
While playing with my daughter at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas, I heard an all too familiar song of a vireo that I first suspected was Red-eyed, but could not rule out Yellow-green. I had no binoculars or any other gear at the time. I sent my phone audio recording to Justyn Stahl, Brennan Mulrooney, Paul Lehman, Gary Nunn and Robert McMorran. Much appreciation to Gary Nunn for being able to get up to Encinitas and confirm this bird as a RED-EYED VIREO! I was later able to return, again with my kid and actually see the bird! My daughter actually saw this bird well and is acquiring one heck of a County list!!! Anyway, a big thanks to Gary Nunn for putting in the time to confirm this bird.
One image at link below, but there must be better ones to come from others-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA








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Subject: Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 2 2017 20:59 pm
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Sorry, driving. That's "birders on it."

C

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> On Jul 2, 2017, at 15:01, Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>
> Tipped off around lunchtime July 02, 2017 by Jimmy McMorran, while he was on a family activity without gear, that he heard a good sounding song for RED-EYED VIREO in Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas singing in a sycamore tree near the tennis court.
>
> I decided to go take a search and after some trolling around found it in the original sycamore where Jimmy heard it. The moderate size sycamore is on north side of children's playground, west of tennis court. It is also singing from trees on the north perimeter of the tennis court at 2:55pm. It is in the section of park northeast of junction Encinitas Blvd & N Vulcan Ave. Singing loudly for last 10 minutes.
>
> Gary Nunn,
> Pacific Beach
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 2 2017 19:02 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
The bird is still there, singing continuously. Several burgers are on it. The time is 5 o'clock on July 2.

Charles

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> On Jul 2, 2017, at 15:01, Gary Nunn garybnunn@gmail.com [SanDiegoRegionBirding] wrote:
>
> Tipped off around lunchtime July 02, 2017 by Jimmy McMorran, while he was on a family activity without gear, that he heard a good sounding song for RED-EYED VIREO in Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas singing in a sycamore tree near the tennis court.
>
> I decided to go take a search and after some trolling around found it in the original sycamore where Jimmy heard it. The moderate size sycamore is on north side of children's playground, west of tennis court. It is also singing from trees on the north perimeter of the tennis court at 2:55pm. It is in the section of park northeast of junction Encinitas Blvd & N Vulcan Ave. Singing loudly for last 10 minutes.
>
> Gary Nunn,
> Pacific Beach
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>



Subject: Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas - Red-eyed Vireo, July 02, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 2 2017 17:08 pm
From: SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Tipped off around lunchtime July 02, 2017 by Jimmy McMorran, while he was on a family activity without gear, that he heard a good sounding song for RED-EYED VIREO in Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas singing in a sycamore tree near the tennis court.

I decided to go take a search and after some trolling around found it in the original sycamore where Jimmy heard it. The moderate size sycamore is on north side of children's playground, west of tennis court. It is also singing from trees on the north perimeter of the tennis court at 2:55pm. It is in the section of park northeast of junction Encinitas Blvd & N Vulcan Ave. Singing loudly for last 10 minutes.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

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Subject: La Jolla seawatch - alcids, shorebirds, juv Heermann's Gull, July 01, 2017
Date: Sat Jul 1 2017 14:18 pm
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Made a four hour seawatch at La Jolla this morning from 7-11am. Much of the time accompanied also by Dean DiTommaso.

Alcids were a highlight with frequent sightings throughout the four hours including four COMMON MURRE, adults in alternate plumage, two well seen CRAVERI'S MURRELET, four other unidentified Synthliborhampus murrelets which I feel almost certain also this species, and some Cassin's Auklets plus handful small alcids too distant to identify. All heading south. A field scope is required to observe these birds in any detail.

Shorebirds are appearing heading southward including single group of 24 Whimbrel, odd ten-packs of small peep not identified at distance. I've been seeing summering Marbled Godwit and odd things over past few weeks pass around the point but not these kinds of small flocks.
Pleased to see a fresh looking juvenile Heermann's Gull come close around the point, dark brown plumaged with lovely pale scalloped edges across the upperparts. I think it may be five years since I last saw one here!
--
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Subject: nesting Eared Grebe, new Reddish Egret
Date: Sat Jul 1 2017 13:06 pm
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On Saturday, July 1, at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir there was
an adult EARED GREBE with an almost fully grown young bird following it.
I'd been seeing up to two adults there the previous two visits. There
are only a fairly small number of nesting records for the county, where
such events are irregular and ephemeral. Most are from similar types of
larger, "inland" lakes. Lots of family groups of Western Grebes and a
few Clark's Grebes as well. Also today, there is presumably a "new,"
immature REDDISH EGRET on San Diego Bay--at Delta Beach along the Silver
Strand. The previously known bird at the south end of the Bay was an
adult. Two one-year-old COMMON TERNS were at the J St. mudflats, and a
healthy count of 17 fledged juvenile Gull-billed Terns were at the
southwest corner of the Bay. A total of 34 White-faced Ibis in the TRV
is a pretty good count there for mid-summer. Summering scoter/loon
numbers this year seem quite poor, as I continue to see a whopping 4
Surf Scoters at SD Bay and Coronado, and zero loons.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: San Diego County Mammal Atlas Goes To Press
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Subject: Hornblower tour, June 30
Date: Fri Jun 30 2017 17:44 pm
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Went out on the first blue whale tour of the season today. Was the only birder on a crowded boat.


Nothing really great but two unusual birds:

1. a third-winter Heermanns gull was near the bait dock in the harbor. This is the first subadult Heermanns gull Ive seen in at least 3 years. No other nonadult Heermanns gulls yet this season.

2. a large flock of sooty shearwaters [see below] also contained a first-summer parasitic jaeger.


Okay, the other birds

We headed straight west from the tip of Pt. Loma 6-7 miles. Maybe 8 miles out we happened upon a substantial number of blue whales.

8-12 total; 1 humpback whale; plus 200 common and 25 offshore bottlenose dolphins


On the way out, between 36 miles off shore, we had a concentration of about 375 sooty shearwater, 80 black-venteds and 7 pink-footed shearwaters swarming around the common dolphins.

Also 2 black storm-petrels.


Otherwise, we had another 60 sooty shearwaters and 25 black-venteds scattered around the area where the whales were.


On the way back in, we did not encounter the large feeding flocks we had seen earlier, even though the dolphins were still around.


The ocean surface was perfect for seeing alcids, but we did not see any.


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Subject: offshore San Diego: 19 Craveri's, 21 Ashies, 5 Leach's
Date: Wed Jun 28 2017 17:14 pm
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Four folks ventured offshore on Weds the 28th to the waters around the
9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks in San Diego County. Most birdlife was BEYOND
the 9-Mile. The highlight was the healthy count of NINETEEN Craveri's
Murrelets. Totals offshore (beyond 2+ miles) were:

Pink-footed Shearwater: 50

Sooty Shearwater: 220

Black-vented Shearwater: 3

LEACH'S STORM-PETREL: 5 (variety of rump colors)

ASHY STORM-PETREL: 21 (a very good total)

Black Storm-Petrel: 400+

Brandt's Cormorant: 1 (at 30-Mile Bank, where scarce)

Red-necked Phalarope: 2 (probably 'fall' arrivals)

CRAVERI'S MURRELET: 19 (well scattered between 8.7 nm W of Mission Bay
to 23 nm W of Sunset Cliffs to 19 nm W of Pt Loma)

Cassin's Auklet: 55

Heermann's Gull: 3

Western Gull: 12

Least Tern: 4 (out at 30-Mile Bank)

Elegant Tern: 18


Blue Whale: 1 or 2


The next scheduled San Diego pelagic trip is on Sunday, August 20, out
of Pt. Loma Sportfishing. Very good time of year of sought-after species
such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, and Craveri's
Murrelet, as well as other fall specialties and migrants. See
sandiegopelagics.com for more information.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego



Subject: La Jolla Cove June 26: Holy Mother of God!!!!
Date: Mon Jun 26 2017 15:05 pm
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Have a big writing project due Wednesday, so ever since Justyn spotted his unidentified booby last week [Sula indeterminata; possibly a Nazked booby], I have avoided doing it and have spent 36 hours each day at the Cove, a total of just over 25 hours.

It has been dismal. Other than on the 21st, when Nancy and I saw 1 black-vented shearwater and 1 pink-footed shearwater, in the last 5 days I have not seen a single seabird of any kind.

I was envious of Jimmy McMorrans Carlsbad sightings: have yet to see a storm petrel of any kind in the Cove this summer.


Sooo, I was really excited when a single black-vented shearwater flew past this morning.

And then, a pair of adult brown boobies, one male and one female.

First boobies Ive seen in maybe, wild guess, 6-8 weeks.


At just before 10:00, a huge fog bank blocked out all visibility more than 250 yards offshore.

Then suddenly, flying low over the ocean just inside the fog bank were 3, yes THREE, adult white-morph RED-FOOTED BOOBIES!!!!!!!


They were headed south.

I had to go to a 10:30 appointment, and when I left that appointment, the fog was lifting and some fishing boats were coming in to the Cove area.


Stan Walens

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