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21 Jun: @ 00:55:33 
Re: Encinitas Black-vented Shearwater Show! (6/20/18) [Jimmy McMorran]
21 Jun: @ 00:51:34 
Encinitas Black-vented Shearwater Show! (6/20/18) [Jimmy McMorran]
20 Jun: @ 22:07:52 
Additional INDIGO Bunting at Paso Picacho 19 June 2018 [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
19 Jun: @ 19:22:55 
Re: fall Pelagic trip [David Povey]
18 Jun: @ 00:47:29 
Bank Swallow ID--not [Catherine Zinsky]
17 Jun: @ 23:36:20 
Re: Kumeyaay Lake [Stan Walens]
17 Jun: @ 22:59:22 
Kumeyaay Lake [Catherine Zinsky]
14 Jun: @ 22:39:34 
Summer Tanager Fort Rosecrans Cemetery [Kathy via Groups.Io]
14 Jun: @ 18:31:18 
Pt. La Jolla – distant black-and-white booby, June 14, 2018 [Gary Nunn]
12 Jun: @ 13:28:47 
pics of the Masked and Nazca Booby from Sunday's Pelagic [Mark Stratton]
11 Jun: @ 21:14:15 
FRNC – "Western" Palm Warbler, June 11, 2018 [Gary Nunn]
11 Jun: @ 13:51:55 
Sunday June 10, 2018 pelagic [David Povey]
11 Jun: @ 02:33:51 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [James Pike]
11 Jun: @ 01:17:47 
Indigo Bunting found Sunday AM Paso Picacho [Roger Uzun]
10 Jun: @ 21:26:35 
Re: FRNC Kentucky warbler [Carl Ebeling]
10 Jun: @ 20:58:57 
Re: FRNC Kentucky warbler [Sara Baase Mayers]
10 Jun: @ 20:14:54 
FRNC Kentucky warbler [Jim Roberts GMAIL]
10 Jun: @ 13:00:36 
FRNC-Kentucky Warbler-Sat afternoon 6/9 [condor262001 via Groups.Io]
10 Jun: @ 05:26:44 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [Lisa Ruby]
10 Jun: @ 04:20:20 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
10 Jun: @ 02:18:28 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [James Pike]
10 Jun: @ 02:07:47 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [Mark Stratton]
10 Jun: @ 01:56:41 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [James Pike]
10 Jun: @ 01:00:10 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
10 Jun: @ 00:46:25 
Re: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [C K Smith via Groups.Io]
09 Jun: @ 21:29:20 
Re: A note about finding the Indigo Bunting in Cuyamaca [Eric Kallen]
09 Jun: @ 20:56:21 
Indigo Bunting [Eric Kallen]
09 Jun: @ 19:40:45 
A note about finding the Indigo Bunting in Cuyamaca [Mark Stratton]
09 Jun: @ 17:01:54 
Pt La Jolla - Masked Booby (probable) still here, & Pigeon Guillemot 9:50am, June 09, 2018 [Gary Nunn]
09 Jun: @ 15:41:49 
MASKED BOOBY (probable), La Jolla 9 June [Justyn Stahl]
09 Jun: @ 04:20:26 
next san elijo monthly bird count monday 11 june [Robert Patton]
08 Jun: @ 19:35:08 
Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho [Nancy Christensen]
08 Jun: @ 13:16:08 
Possible INDIGO BUNTING at Paso Picacho? [Eve Martin]
07 Jun: @ 00:34:20 
Silky Oak Indigo Bunting, 06 June, Wednesday [Barbara via Groups.Io]
06 Jun: @ 17:06:08 
Pigeon guillemots at seawatch [Nancy Christensen]
04 Jun: @ 15:42:23 
Re: South McCoy Indigo Buntings [Marc Arndt]
04 Jun: @ 14:47:51 
South McCoy Indigo Buntings [Marc Arndt]
04 Jun: @ 14:15:33 
Community Gardens TRV 6-4-18 [Eric Kallen]
04 Jun: @ 11:02:52 
Red-billed Tropicbird [David Povey]
03 Jun: @ 22:44:04 
Dos Picos ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (June 2-3, 2018) [Eitan Altman]
03 Jun: @ 09:38:03 
Magnolia Warbler continues 03 June [Barbara via Groups.Io]
02 Jun: @ 18:15:25 
Feb to April Sightings of our Peripatetic Pied Crow--exotic from sub-Saharan Africa [Susan Smith via Groups.Io]
01 Jun: @ 13:32:18 
Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelagic June 10t. [David Povey]
31 May: @ 11:26:28 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Nancy Christensen]
31 May: @ 10:49:36 
minor miscellanea [[email protected]]
31 May: @ 08:40:10 
Migrants [Gjon Hazard]
30 May: @ 21:44:42 
Tierrasanta swifts [Dennis]
30 May: @ 18:59:34 
Laguna birding [Nancy Christensen]
30 May: @ 02:38:01 
Fishing/Pelagic: Offshore South San Diego County and Northern Mexican Waters (5/28/18) [Jimmy McMorran]
29 May: @ 18:44:03 
Indigo Bunting at Zoo [kimmyroth via Groups.Io]





Subject: Encinitas Black-vented Shearwater Show! (6/20/18)
Date: Thu Jun 21 2018 0:55 am
From: Bigshell53 AT gmail.com
 
I forgot to add that I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't 5000-8000+ Black-vented Shearwaters today. probably more? Hard too estimate numbers in these types of situations. Regardless, it was a big day for this species.Thanks again,Jimmy McMorran,Leucadia, CA
On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 5:51 PM, Jimmy McMorran <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi Birders,
I was simply amazed for this time of year to witness the numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters that were present off the coast of Encinitas this morning and into the early afternoon.Several rafts of many hundreds, one raft contained 1000+ birds, while many, many, many more were flying. This was all from Cardiff State Beach and Fletcher Cove, in Solana Beach. Later, I headed up to the bluffs of Leucadia, and witnessed thousands flying north. More than likely many of the flocks I had seen earlier in the day in Cardiff, but a non-stop stream no matter where you looked.
I did four 10-minute/one-minute counts during my seawatch at this location in Leucadia. The lowest per-minute was 93, with the highest being 204 in one minute. I do not believe these birds were circling, but a massive movement.
Just wanted to share, and curious if anybody seawatched from La Jolla and saw any numbers of Black-vents there? I feel like they were all up off the coast of Encinitas!
Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA



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Subject: Encinitas Black-vented Shearwater Show! (6/20/18)
Date: Thu Jun 21 2018 0:51 am
From: Bigshell53 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Birders,
I was simply amazed for this time of year to witness the numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters that were present off the coast of Encinitas this morning and into the early afternoon.Several rafts of many hundreds, one raft contained 1000+ birds, while many, many, many more were flying. This was all from Cardiff State Beach and Fletcher Cove, in Solana Beach. Later, I headed up to the bluffs of Leucadia, and witnessed thousands flying north. More than likely many of the flocks I had seen earlier in the day in Cardiff, but a non-stop stream no matter where you looked.
I did four 10-minute/one-minute counts during my seawatch at this location in Leucadia. The lowest per-minute was 93, with the highest being 204 in one minute. I do not believe these birds were circling, but a massive movement.
Just wanted to share, and curious if anybody seawatched from La Jolla and saw any numbers of Black-vents there? I feel like they were all up off the coast of Encinitas!
Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA

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Subject: Additional INDIGO Bunting at Paso Picacho 19 June 2018
Date: Wed Jun 20 2018 22:07 pm
From: stlbirdman64=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
An additional INDIGO BUNTING male, singing on a different territory from the original bird found by Eve Martin (it remains and actively singing as previously posted) was discovered 19 June 2018. Territory is roughly 1/2 mile NW as the bird flies from original bird in heavier brush, steeper terrain of the lower Azelea Glen trail and the CA Riding and Hiking trail junction.
Photos here:
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

and more photos of original bird here:
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Cheers,
Chris Smith
San Diego County

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Subject: fall Pelagic trip
Date: Tue Jun 19 2018 19:22 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
Hello all.
Last night at the San Diego Field Ornithologist meeting I stated that there were only 8 spots left on the Sept. 23rd BVAS /Grande pelagic.
Obviously the H & M Landing computer has a kafuffle of some sort, as this morning the number of spaces left had increased to 12.
The corrected number of spots is now over 40. Hopefully H & M can get this all cleaned up. Thank you to those who let me know .
My apologies for sounding the alarm. I do expect this trip to fill but as of now plenty of spaces are now available.
Sorry, I hope this caused no one any problems.
Dave Povey
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Subject: Bank Swallow ID--not
Date: Mon Jun 18 2018 0:47 am
From: Catherine.Zinsky AT gmail.com
 
Thanks to all of you who responded and let me know that this bird is, after all, an immature Tree Swallow. It's a learning process, and I greatly appreciate everyone's insights and help.
Thanks again,Catherine
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Subject: Kumeyaay Lake
Date: Sun Jun 17 2018 23:36 pm
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
Hi Catherine,

This is a juvenile tree swallow, some of which can show a blurry breast-band.
Overall color as well as shape and size of the breast-band are wrong for bank swallow..
Also, note the white patches in the sides of the rump, a mark for tree swallow.

Terrific photos.

Stan Walens, San Diego
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Subject: Kumeyaay Lake
Date: Sun Jun 17 2018 22:59 pm
From: Catherine.Zinsky AT gmail.com
 
Sat on a stool on the edge of Kumeyaay Lake in Mission Trails. Lots of Swallows, mostly Northern Rough-winged; however, I did get some photos of what I believe to be a Bank Swallow: white throat wraps around cheek, dark breast-band. Please help me firm up the identity of this swallow:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...



Highlight was a Least Bittern that startled and flew across the lake and a very accommodating Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe.

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Subject: Summer Tanager Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Date: Thu Jun 14 2018 22:39 pm
From: ScottA1124=aol.com AT groups.io
 
A male SUMMER TANAGER made a brief appearance this morning at Fort Rosecrans at fence line about 100 feet south of the dip on east side. It was not fully red yet but had some yellow on belly. Also seen by Jane Mygatt but too briefly for a picture.

Kathy Aldern
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Subject: Pt. La Jolla – distant black-and-white booby, June 14, 2018
Date: Thu Jun 14 2018 18:31 pm
From: garybnunn AT gmail.com
 
I made a seawatch this morning from Pt. La Jolla just near the usual Bridge Club location.
A large number of Black-vented Shearwater there with several rafts of sitting birds and a large congregation over Common Dolphin about 1/2 mile north of the point. I would estimate 3000 Black-vented Shearwater in total with solid line of movement north to south. Also a handful of Sooty Shearwater investigating the dolphins.
About 8:15am I spotted a very distant white bodied booby flying south to north low over the water. It banked a few times giving dorsal views and clearly white with black wing tips and trailing edge to wing. I could not detect the tail color, or the extent of the black trailing edge on the inner wing, or really if it looked dark masked because of the distance. I am assuming Masked/Nazca Booby given recent reports but honestly so distant I could not discount adult white morph Red-footed Booby. It got close to some northbound Black-vented Shearwaters and did not seem as large as I expected but again these were very distant viewing conditions.
Anyways, something to continue looking out for locally!

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Subject: pics of the Masked and Nazca Booby from Sunday's Pelagic
Date: Tue Jun 12 2018 13:28 pm
From: zostropz AT gmail.com
 
Good morning,

A couple pics from Sunday's pelagic trip:

Nazca Booby
https://zostropzphoto.smugmug....

Masked Booby
https://zostropzphoto.smugmug....

Mark Stratton
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Subject: FRNC – "Western" Palm Warbler, June 11, 2018
Date: Mon Jun 11 2018 21:14 pm
From: garybnunn AT gmail.com
 
I made a quick circuit of a few favorite spots at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery this morning.
I found a spring migrant "Western" Palm Warbler feeding along the east fence line south of "The Wall" and eucalyptus trees. Checking through eBird reports I could find only one other report of this species in California for May-June 2018 from Hi Sahara Oasis in San Bernadino County.

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Subject: Sunday June 10, 2018 pelagic
Date: Mon Jun 11 2018 13:51 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
The Sunday June 10th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic had a two white bodied Boobies. An adult Nazca Booby was well seen 
close in on the water and in the air off Coronado/Silver strand. This bird had a bright orangey bill. Photos of this bird showed
the that the bird was banded and we could read a partial number. ( Oregon rescue bird ? ).
A sub/near adult Masked Booby few over the boat mid San Diego Trough ( south end ). This bird had a little dark shading to
the head and some scattered dark feathers in the upper wing coverts. Otherwise adult plumage. The bill color on this bird a
dull yellowish .
A Townsend's Storm-Petrel was seen and photo'd with a small group of "Chapman's" Leach's Storm-Petrels mid San Diego
Trough ( north end ). Based on smaller size, stubbier wings and bright white upper rump patch.
We also had a very distant mystery shearwater on the Thirty Mile Bank. Once we looked at photos on a bigger screen, and
no longer bouncing around the ocean We now believe that bird was a Pink-footed Shearwater.
A partial species list with estimated numbers of birds at sea:
Northern Fulmar 1
Pink-footed Shearwater 10
Sooty Shearwater 500
Black-vented Shearwater 150Leach's Storm-Petrel 15
Townsend's Storm-Petrel 1Ashy Storm-Petrel 5
Black Strom-Petrel 60
Masked Booby 1Nazca Booby 1
Brandt's Cormorant 4
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Brown Pelican 20
Black Oystercatcher 1 (about mile off Point Loma )
Scripps's Murrelet 2
murrelet sp. 2
Cassin's Auklet 5
Heermann's Gull 2
Western Gull 300
California Gull 1
Least Tern 12
Caspian Tern 1 ( first mile off Point Loma )
Royal Tern 3
Elegant Tern 500
Mammals;
Fin Whale 1
Long and Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Guadalupe Fur Seal 1 ( photos )
California Sea Lion
Fish
Mola mola ( Ocean sunfish )
Dave Povey
Dulzura



Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Mon Jun 11 2018 2:33 am
From: jimpike444 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Chris,
Thanks for the tip about reading page 26 regarding hybrids in Pyle (1997). He does warn about the possibility of "pure individuals showing.......anomalous plumage coloration, which may coincidentally cause them to resemble a suspected hybrid with another species." I don't believe anyone is suggesting that might not be the case with this interesting individual, nor is anyone bandying about terms such as"incontrovertible proof" in regard to its provenance. I still believe it is a hybrid, and my impression is that you disagree. Cool. Spirited exchanges can be fun and edifying, right up until the point when that no longer is the case. I think we've reached that point. As for the photos I looked through online, I concluded that the vast majority of those male Indigos that look similar to this bird are immatures, which this bird is not. Thus, what is the likeliest explanation for the aberrant appearance of this bird: that it is a hybrid, or that it is an oddball? In my opinion, the odds favor it being a hybrid, but it is possible that I'm wrong.
regards, JimHB
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Pyle's 1-3/4 quarter pages covering Indigo Bunting for 1997 certainly doesn't benefit from the data gleaned out of the the last 21 years ( He mentions the need of more study of the species in that brief). While you have your Pyle out, consult page 26 regarding Hybrids. As for the presence of a white (or white-ish) on the vent tract area designating the bird as a Hybrid, what is your basis for that "...incontrovertible proof" ?? Specimens, photographs (any one of the "hundreds" stand out for you?), sonograms to reference would be nice. I'd rather see reference to photos of a confirmed hybrid that remotely resembles this bird IN THE FIELD than an obscure commentary about a Blue-winged warbler rejected by the CRBC. Anything other than speculation would be more relevant to this discussion rather than commentary about why the birds is not a first breeding season/Summer/ AHY bird. It would seem the burden of proof in this case falls on why IS it a hybrid? And that extends beyond a white vent patch, "extensive" or otherwise.
"So for me, the presence of such extensive a white belly on the Paso Picacho bird is incontrovertible proof of Lazuli Bunting ancestry and puts pure Indigo Buntinghors de combat." That doesn't really cut it. For me.

Xeno-Canto offers many variations of Indigo bunting songs to consult.
At the very least, let's discuss why with references rather than anecdotes.

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Subject: Indigo Bunting found Sunday AM Paso Picacho
Date: Mon Jun 11 2018 1:17 am
From: rogeruzun AT gmail.com
 
I was able to find the Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho Campground near Lake Cuyamaca. The bird was never visible from the bathroom/shower area. You could only see it from the footbridge as it was in a pine tree just past the footbridge that was obscured from the bathroom area. The bird never came close to where we were, I only got fairly distant looks.
I arrived around 8 AM and did not see the bird until around 9 or 9:30. Another Birder found it in the bushes under the Pine tree and it went from the bushes up to a mostly dead pine tree. The pine tree it went up in was dead in the bottom/middle but had some green needles at about the top 10% of the tree. If you are on the footbridge and looking at the bathrooms the pine tree is to your left.
I did get about 10 secs of video of the bird singing if that helps anyone.
Did not see anything else unusual. ebird list here -https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Here are some photos of the birds at Paso Picacho and some around the house before I left. I had a Phainopepla pair at my home near Iron Mountain in Poway, first time I've seen those here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

I went to SE Arizona in early May and made a short video of the birds I saw there, including Elegant Trogon and Flame-Colored Tanager. You can see it here -https://vimeo.com/270927884
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Subject: FRNC Kentucky warbler
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 21:26 pm
From: Carl.Ebeling AT gmail.com
 
I was there for about an hour starting about 7:15 am, and did not see or hear the Kentucky Warbler (the handful of birders already there when I arrived had not seen or heard it, either.).  I went off to check a few other nearby potential locations (also without luck), and afterwards (about 45 minutes later) went back to see if the KEWA had surfaced in the meantime. It had not.
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Did anyone check for the bird this morning (6/10)?I have a chance to try late this afternoon if it appears likely to see. Jim Roberts University City








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Subject: FRNC Kentucky warbler
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 20:58 pm
From: sarabirding AT cox.net
 
Keith and I were there for about a half hour (beginning roughly 9:45AM)
this morning (June 10). We did not hear or see the Kentucky Warbler or
the Ovenbird.

On 6/10/2018 1:14 PM, Jim Roberts GMAIL wrote:
> Did anyone check for the bird this morning (6/10)?
>
> I have a chance to try late this afternoon if it appears likely to see.
>
> Jim Roberts
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> University City
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Subject: FRNC Kentucky warbler
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 20:14 pm
From: jroberts32281947 AT gmail.com
 
Did anyone check for the bird this morning (6/10)?
I have a chance to try late this afternoon if it appears likely to see.
Jim Roberts
University City



Subject: FRNC-Kentucky Warbler-Sat afternoon 6/9
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 13:00 pm
From: condor262001=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I arrived at FRNC shortly after 1PM. One set of eyes was not enough as the bird did not call
and as found out later in the afternoon it moved around quite a bit.
After two other birders arrived around 4 PM it was relocated in thePride of Madeira bush (off the roadupslope from the wall), with good brief views.
Despite a great effort photographs could not be obtained as the bird stayed fairly hidden close to the ground.
After about 430 it flew over the wall into the underbrush where it was not seen. About 20 minutes later it flew back into
the same bush and gave again brief views (no photos) to the now five birders present.
After another 15 minutes it flew back over the wall. Between 530 and 630 there were two very brief views in the area near the sharp wall corner.

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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 5:26 am
From: lruby1 AT san.rr.com
 
My photos aren't as good as Terence's for seeing plumage details, but
here are a couple from northeastern Iowa in late June 2013, and late
June 2015. The first one was singing in a field. I believe the second
one was an adult male. If I recall correctly it was feeding fledged young.

https://tinyurl.com/y89gj3j9

https://tinyurl.com/y9galbc4

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On 6/9/2018 8:05 PM, Terence Brashear via Groups.Io wrote:
> Some pictures of Indigo Bunting from Renville county, MN that I took a
> few years back:
>
> http://www.naturepixels.com/in...
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> http://www.naturepixels.com/in...
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> http://www.naturepixels.com/in...
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> Just adding some pics of pure Indigo Bunting for comparison.
>
> Terry Brashear
> San Diego County, CA
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>
> On Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:52:20 PM PDT, Stan Walens
> wrote:
>
>
> All,
>
> I have serious reservations about the identification of this
> individual as a pure Indigo Bunting. We now have several excellent
> series of photographs showing the extent of white in the lower belly
> and the blue, white and gray undertail coverts. We can see that the
> belly patch is not an under-layer of feathers exposed as a new outer
> layer comes in, but is itself the outer layer.
>
> Indigo Buntings start out as dun-colored birds, and as they molt their
> dun-colored feathers are replaced by indigo-colored feathers. It?s a
> patchwork process and they can look quite motley. But they are motley
> brown and indigo, not white and indigo. Additionally, I don?t know why
> people are suggesting that the white belly patch on this bird
> indicates it might be a first-spring individual. First-spring male
> Indigo Buntings are brown and blue with occasional flecks of white
> where a feather has been molted but the new feather has not emerged
> yet. Sometimes in the lower belly, feathers have molted out and we see
> the white under-layer, but in my experience, it is at most very
> limited in extent.
> So for me, the presence of such extensive a white belly on the Paso
> Picacho bird is incontrovertible proof of Lazuli Bunting ancestry and
> puts pure Indigo Bunting /hors de combat/.
>
> Next, the blue and white undertail coverts do not match the pattern on
> Indigo Buntings. But this pattern is frequent in Indigo-Lazuli hybrids.
>
> Finally, Eve made some sonograms of the bird singing. To my ears,
> there is not a single element of that song that is Indigo. The pitch,
> the timbre and the phrases are spot on for Lazuli.
>
> So, in my opinion, this is a hybrid Indigo-Lazuli bunting. Indeed, if
> you google images of such hybrids, you?ll find a number of images that
> match this bird in numerous ways. And so far as I can tell, no images
> of Indigo Bunting that show such extensive white.
>
> Stan Walens, San Diego
> June 9, 2018; 4:30 p.m.
>
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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 4:20 am
From: stlbirdman64=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Pyle's 1-3/4 quarter pages covering Indigo Bunting for 1997 certainly doesn't benefit from the data gleaned out of the the last 21 years ( He mentions the need of more study of the species in that brief). While you have your Pyle out, consult page 26 regarding Hybrids. As for the presence of a white (or white-ish) on the vent tract area designating the bird as a Hybrid, what is your basis for that "...incontrovertible proof" ?? Specimens, photographs (any one of the "hundreds" stand out for you?), sonograms to reference would be nice. I'd rather see reference to photos of a confirmed hybrid that remotely resembles this bird IN THE FIELD than an obscure commentary about a Blue-winged warbler rejected by the CRBC. Anything other than speculation would be more relevant to this discussion rather than commentary about why the birds is not a first breeding season/Summer/ AHY bird. It would seem the burden of proof in this case falls on why IS it a hybrid? And that extends beyond a white vent patch, "extensive" or otherwise.
"So for me, the presence of such extensive a white belly on the Paso Picacho bird is incontrovertible proof of Lazuli Bunting ancestry and puts pure Indigo Buntinghors de combat." That doesn't really cut it. For me.

Xeno-Canto offers many variations of Indigo bunting songs to consult.
At the very least, let's discuss why with references rather than anecdotes.

Cheers,
Chris Smith
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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 2:18 am
From: jimpike444 AT gmail.com
 
Mark,
That's a worthwhile observation, and photos of similar birds can readily be found on the internet from throughout the US. But the vast majority of these photos are of immature birds, and this one is an adult. I couldn't find any photos of an adult male with a pure white belly that matched this one, but maybe someone else can. Or maybe someone on the east coast that sees many (especially a bander) could chime in on this curious bird, and also offer an opinion on the song recording. (Does Paul still live in San Diego, or has he finally moved to Alaska?).
JimHB
On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Mark Stratton <[email protected]> wrote:
Don't know much about hybrids but I will say that I have had Indigo's in Florida, (the Dry Tortuga's) and in Wisconsin that had just as much white on it's underside as this bird. That's about it, I really can't add any further details to this except that the song we heard today sounded like an Indigo, not the Lazuli we had heard singing earlier. By the say, we did not have any female Lazuli's today, only a singing male.
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"One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds."


Chris,
I've taken your admonition to heart. I did what I always do under these circumstances, which is to look through hundreds of photos of Indigo Buntings on the internet. I learned that not all immature male Indigos look brown and blue, and some do look more whitish on the underparts. In fact, nearly all of the birds that looked at all similar to the Paso Picacho bird were immature males, where one can usually easily see contrasting brown feathers among the greater and primary coverts. Among the remaining semi-lookalikes, one was a hybrid with some white-tipped wing coverts, and the other was likely a pure Indigo with white being narrowly limited to the undertail coverts and vent. The BNA account you cited discusses *whitish* (not white) "often' being present on the belly, which I found odd, given that plumage feature isn't mentioned at all by Pyle (1997). However, I see that while Peter has contributed to numerous updated accounts within the BNA, he hasn't evidently gotten around to this one. Whether this citation regarding the 'frequent' presence of whitish feathers on the underparts will still be considered valid if and when that revision occurs remains to be seen. As for applying general plumage characteristics to all birds, you seem to be doing just that in your expectations of what a male Indigo x Lazuli hybrid should look like. I've seen hybrids where I work and in migration, and sometimes their appearance is intermediate and sometimes it isn't. The CBRC rejected a male Blue-winged Warbler solely on the basis of an overly long eyeline with a hook on the end. It doesn't take much to be considered a hybrid. As for my impression of the song recording that Trent posted, I couldn't have identified that as being from an Indigo. Both species summer where I work, with the latter species being obviously scarce. I sometimes wonder if an especially lazy song by a Lazuli might be an Indigo, and that never proves to be the case. By contrast, whenever I actually hear the somnolent song (that was for you, Winnie) of an Indigo, I *know* it right away. I would have walked right by the singing of the bird in Trent's recording. So, my vote is still with a hybrid.
Jim PikeHB
On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 5:46 PM, C K Smith via Groups.Io <[email protected]> wrote:
I beg to differ:
One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds. From BNA:
(emphasis mine)


Definitive Basic Plumage
Males: similar to Basic I plumage, except that greater primary coverts are all bluish edged, variably bluish on other tracts, occasionally with blue areas of underparts "streaked or scaly blue" the blue more extensive than brown, often with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, belly, or under tail coverts, including brownish-edged feathers with blue base, often with whitish on belly and under tail coverts. Contour feathers often buffy brown on 2-3 mm of the edge and tip, and blue below the buff edge, the blue concealed by overlapping tips, and the body plumage becoming more blue through the wear of the tips. Primaries and secondaries edged bluish. Lores blackish. Female plumage is all brown or less often brown variously tinged with blue on greater primary coverts, shoulder, rectrices, rump or rarely on other tracts. Wing, tail as described above.
Definitive Prealternate Molt
Males and females molt body plumage on the wintering grounds beginning in Feb, more often in Mar, and completed in late Mar to Apr before leaving in migration (Johnston and Downer 1968,Wetmore et al. 1984, FMNH, MCZ, UMMZ).
Definitive Alternate Plumage
Males: blue with blackish lores, greater primary coverst and greater secondary coverts black with blue edges. Adults occasionally with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, or under tail coverts, or buff wing bars or whitish on belly, or a combination of such tracts. Primaries and secondaries typically dark and edged in blue. A few males in later years (second through eighth) partly brown, occasionally more brown than blue; resemble males in Alternate I plumage except for blue greater primary coverts (banding returns, RBP, UMMZ). Males that are partly brown in breeding plumage in one year often return in all-ble plumage in the next year, and some adult males blue in one year return with brown and white patches in the next year (RBP).
Furthermore, the bird sang a pure Indigo Bunting song numerous times the afternoon of 8 June.

Cheers,
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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 2:07 am
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Don't know much about hybrids but I will say that I have had Indigo's in Florida, (the Dry Tortuga's) and in Wisconsin that had just as much white on it's underside as this bird. That's about it, I really can't add any further details to this except that the song we heard today sounded like an Indigo, not the Lazuli we had heard singing earlier. By the say, we did not have any female Lazuli's today, only a singing male.
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On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 6:56 PM, James Pike <[email protected]> wrote:


"One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds."


Chris,
I've taken your admonition to heart. I did what I always do under these circumstances, which is to look through hundreds of photos of Indigo Buntings on the internet. I learned that not all immature male Indigos look brown and blue, and some do look more whitish on the underparts. In fact, nearly all of the birds that looked at all similar to the Paso Picacho bird were immature males, where one can usually easily see contrasting brown feathers among the greater and primary coverts. Among the remaining semi-lookalikes, one was a hybrid with some white-tipped wing coverts, and the other was likely a pure Indigo with white being narrowly limited to the undertail coverts and vent. The BNA account you cited discusses *whitish* (not white) "often' being present on the belly, which I found odd, given that plumage feature isn't mentioned at all by Pyle (1997). However, I see that while Peter has contributed to numerous updated accounts within the BNA, he hasn't evidently gotten around to this one. Whether this citation regarding the 'frequent' presence of whitish feathers on the underparts will still be considered valid if and when that revision occurs remains to be seen. As for applying general plumage characteristics to all birds, you seem to be doing just that in your expectations of what a male Indigo x Lazuli hybrid should look like. I've seen hybrids where I work and in migration, and sometimes their appearance is intermediate and sometimes it isn't. The CBRC rejected a male Blue-winged Warbler solely on the basis of an overly long eyeline with a hook on the end. It doesn't take much to be considered a hybrid. As for my impression of the song recording that Trent posted, I couldn't have identified that as being from an Indigo. Both species summer where I work, with the latter species being obviously scarce. I sometimes wonder if an especially lazy song by a Lazuli might be an Indigo, and that never proves to be the case. By contrast, whenever I actually hear the somnolent song (that was for you, Winnie) of an Indigo, I *know* it right away. I would have walked right by the singing of the bird in Trent's recording. So, my vote is still with a hybrid.
Jim PikeHB
On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 5:46 PM, C K Smith via Groups.Io <[email protected]> wrote:
I beg to differ:
One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds. From BNA:
(emphasis mine)


Definitive Basic Plumage
Males: similar to Basic I plumage, except that greater primary coverts are all bluish edged, variably bluish on other tracts, occasionally with blue areas of underparts "streaked or scaly blue" the blue more extensive than brown, often with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, belly, or under tail coverts, including brownish-edged feathers with blue base, often with whitish on belly and under tail coverts. Contour feathers often buffy brown on 2-3 mm of the edge and tip, and blue below the buff edge, the blue concealed by overlapping tips, and the body plumage becoming more blue through the wear of the tips. Primaries and secondaries edged bluish. Lores blackish. Female plumage is all brown or less often brown variously tinged with blue on greater primary coverts, shoulder, rectrices, rump or rarely on other tracts. Wing, tail as described above.
Definitive Prealternate Molt
Males and females molt body plumage on the wintering grounds beginning in Feb, more often in Mar, and completed in late Mar to Apr before leaving in migration (Johnston and Downer 1968,Wetmore et al. 1984, FMNH, MCZ, UMMZ).
Definitive Alternate Plumage
Males: blue with blackish lores, greater primary coverst and greater secondary coverts black with blue edges. Adults occasionally with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, or under tail coverts, or buff wing bars or whitish on belly, or a combination of such tracts. Primaries and secondaries typically dark and edged in blue. A few males in later years (second through eighth) partly brown, occasionally more brown than blue; resemble males in Alternate I plumage except for blue greater primary coverts (banding returns, RBP, UMMZ). Males that are partly brown in breeding plumage in one year often return in all-ble plumage in the next year, and some adult males blue in one year return with brown and white patches in the next year (RBP).
Furthermore, the bird sang a pure Indigo Bunting song numerous times the afternoon of 8 June.

Cheers,
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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 1:56 am
From: jimpike444 AT gmail.com
 
"One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds."


Chris,
I've taken your admonition to heart. I did what I always do under these circumstances, which is to look through hundreds of photos of Indigo Buntings on the internet. I learned that not all immature male Indigos look brown and blue, and some do look more whitish on the underparts. In fact, nearly all of the birds that looked at all similar to the Paso Picacho bird were immature males, where one can usually easily see contrasting brown feathers among the greater and primary coverts. Among the remaining semi-lookalikes, one was a hybrid with some white-tipped wing coverts, and the other was likely a pure Indigo with white being narrowly limited to the undertail coverts and vent. The BNA account you cited discusses *whitish* (not white) "often' being present on the belly, which I found odd, given that plumage feature isn't mentioned at all by Pyle (1997). However, I see that while Peter has contributed to numerous updated accounts within the BNA, he hasn't evidently gotten around to this one. Whether this citation regarding the 'frequent' presence of whitish feathers on the underparts will still be considered valid if and when that revision occurs remains to be seen. As for applying general plumage characteristics to all birds, you seem to be doing just that in your expectations of what a male Indigo x Lazuli hybrid should look like. I've seen hybrids where I work and in migration, and sometimes their appearance is intermediate and sometimes it isn't. The CBRC rejected a male Blue-winged Warbler solely on the basis of an overly long eyeline with a hook on the end. It doesn't take much to be considered a hybrid. As for my impression of the song recording that Trent posted, I couldn't have identified that as being from an Indigo. Both species summer where I work, with the latter species being obviously scarce. I sometimes wonder if an especially lazy song by a Lazuli might be an Indigo, and that never proves to be the case. By contrast, whenever I actually hear the somnolent song (that was for you, Winnie) of an Indigo, I *know* it right away. I would have walked right by the singing of the bird in Trent's recording. So, my vote is still with a hybrid.
Jim PikeHB
On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 5:46 PM, C K Smith via Groups.Io <[email protected]> wrote:
I beg to differ:
One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds. From BNA:
(emphasis mine)


Definitive Basic Plumage
Males: similar to Basic I plumage, except that greater primary coverts are all bluish edged, variably bluish on other tracts, occasionally with blue areas of underparts "streaked or scaly blue" the blue more extensive than brown, often with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, belly, or under tail coverts, including brownish-edged feathers with blue base, often with whitish on belly and under tail coverts. Contour feathers often buffy brown on 2-3 mm of the edge and tip, and blue below the buff edge, the blue concealed by overlapping tips, and the body plumage becoming more blue through the wear of the tips. Primaries and secondaries edged bluish. Lores blackish. Female plumage is all brown or less often brown variously tinged with blue on greater primary coverts, shoulder, rectrices, rump or rarely on other tracts. Wing, tail as described above.
Definitive Prealternate Molt
Males and females molt body plumage on the wintering grounds beginning in Feb, more often in Mar, and completed in late Mar to Apr before leaving in migration (Johnston and Downer 1968,Wetmore et al. 1984, FMNH, MCZ, UMMZ).
Definitive Alternate Plumage
Males: blue with blackish lores, greater primary coverst and greater secondary coverts black with blue edges. Adults occasionally with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, or under tail coverts, or buff wing bars or whitish on belly, or a combination of such tracts. Primaries and secondaries typically dark and edged in blue. A few males in later years (second through eighth) partly brown, occasionally more brown than blue; resemble males in Alternate I plumage except for blue greater primary coverts (banding returns, RBP, UMMZ). Males that are partly brown in breeding plumage in one year often return in all-ble plumage in the next year, and some adult males blue in one year return with brown and white patches in the next year (RBP).
Furthermore, the bird sang a pure Indigo Bunting song numerous times the afternoon of 8 June.

Cheers,
Chris Smith
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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 1:00 am
From: stlbirdman64=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Ad nauseam

Hybrid Indigo x Lazuli photos extant show a significantly greater mix of both adult birds plumage. Including wing bars and a great deal more white on the underparts.

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Subject: The putative Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Sun Jun 10 2018 0:46 am
From: stlbirdman64=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I beg to differ:
One should never apply general plumage characteristics to all birds. From BNA:
(emphasis mine)


Definitive Basic Plumage
Males: similar to Basic I plumage, except that greater primary coverts are all bluish edged, variably bluish on other tracts, occasionally with blue areas of underparts "streaked or scaly blue" the blue more extensive than brown, often with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, belly, or under tail coverts, including brownish-edged feathers with blue base, often with whitish on belly and under tail coverts. Contour feathers often buffy brown on 2-3 mm of the edge and tip, and blue below the buff edge, the blue concealed by overlapping tips, and the body plumage becoming more blue through the wear of the tips. Primaries and secondaries edged bluish. Lores blackish. Female plumage is all brown or less often brown variously tinged with blue on greater primary coverts, shoulder, rectrices, rump or rarely on other tracts. Wing, tail as described above.
Definitive Prealternate Molt
Males and females molt body plumage on the wintering grounds beginning in Feb, more often in Mar, and completed in late Mar to Apr before leaving in migration (Johnston and Downer 1968,Wetmore et al. 1984, FMNH, MCZ, UMMZ).
Definitive Alternate Plumage
Males: blue with blackish lores, greater primary coverst and greater secondary coverts black with blue edges. Adults occasionally with brownish or buff marks on upper parts, wing, breast, or under tail coverts, or buff wing bars or whitish on belly, or a combination of such tracts. Primaries and secondaries typically dark and edged in blue. A few males in later years (second through eighth) partly brown, occasionally more brown than blue; resemble males in Alternate I plumage except for blue greater primary coverts (banding returns, RBP, UMMZ). Males that are partly brown in breeding plumage in one year often return in all-ble plumage in the next year, and some adult males blue in one year return with brown and white patches in the next year (RBP).
Furthermore, the bird sang a pure Indigo Bunting song numerous times the afternoon of 8 June.

Cheers,
Chris Smith
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Subject: A note about finding the Indigo Bunting in Cuyamaca
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 21:29 pm
From: eric AT trs-sandiego.com
 
The road you go down to get to the group camping area is chained-off, not gated.  From the main parking lot go north.  There are two narrow paved roads going north.  Take the westerly -
the first one you get to . Follow the narrow paved road till you get to the chained-off driveway to the left. This driveway takes you downhill about 1000' to the group camping area. You will see large shade structure with lots of tables.
Eric
On Jun 9, 2018, at 12:40 PM, Mark Stratton > wrote:

Good afternoon,

We spent the morning at Paso Picacho Campground, but in the wrong spot. A total of 5 of us had been in this wrong spot, watching for the bird and just as we found out where we were supposed to be, 2 other birds show up at this incorrect location. As you enter the gate, go to the right into the big parking area and just a little way's down, there is a road to the left with a sign that says "Group Campground". As you go down this road, there is a road to the left with a gate. You are supposed to go through that gate and all the way down the hill, If you don't go down that road, you will very soon see a restroom that looks like the area that Nancy was describing which is where all 7 of us ended up. Anyhow, as mentioned above, go through that gate, all the way down the hill and the Indigo was back behind the restrooms. If you look, you will see a little wooden footbridge and we had great views from this location.

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Subject: Indigo Bunting
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 20:56 pm
From: eric AT trs-sandiego.com
 
After we were directed to the correct spot the bunting was found pretty quickly. See Mark's report, above.

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

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Subject: A note about finding the Indigo Bunting in Cuyamaca
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 19:40 pm
From: zostropz AT gmail.com
 
Good afternoon,
We spent the morning at Paso Picacho Campground, but in the wrong spot. A total of 5 of us had been in this wrong spot, watching for the bird and just as we found out where we were supposed to be, 2 other birds show up at this incorrect location. As you enter the gate, go to the right into the big parking area and just a little way's down, there is a road to the left with a sign that says "Group Campground". As you go down this road, there is a road to the left with a gate. You are supposed to go through that gate and all the way down the hill, If you don't go down that road, you will very soon see a restroom that looks like the area that Nancy was describing which is where all 7 of us ended up. Anyhow, as mentioned above, go through that gate, all the way down the hill and the Indigo was back behind the restrooms. If you look, you will see a little wooden footbridge and we had great views from this location.
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Subject: Pt La Jolla - Masked Booby (probable) still here, & Pigeon Guillemot 9:50am, June 09, 2018
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 17:01 pm
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Masked Booby (probable) still here at Pt La Jolla 9:55am, very distant but sitting on water. Although distant the bill color does appear cold pale with yellow or greenish tone viewing by scope.

Also just saw a PIGEON GUILLEMOT pass south!

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Subject: MASKED BOOBY (probable), La Jolla 9 June
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 15:41 pm
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A few minutes ago Nicole Desnoyers saw a probable near-adult MASKED BOOBY at La Jolla ("molting into adult plumage with yellow bill").
More details to follow.

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Subject: next san elijo monthly bird count monday 11 june
Date: Sat Jun 9 2018 4:20 am
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The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 11 June. 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).
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Subject: Indigo Bunting at Paso Picacho
Date: Fri Jun 8 2018 19:35 pm
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Terry Hurst and I were successful in locating the Indigo Bunting reported this morning by Eve Martin. As reported, the bird is on territory, singing, near the bathrooms in the group campsite at Paso Picacho Campground. There is a clump of Pines right there where the bird perched and sings. Occasionally moves to a nearby tree clump that has several dead trees. Eve reported that this bird might have been present since May 10, indicating it may be attempting to nest. We found it with a female Lazuli Bunting, with which it appeared to be paired. They were foraging together, and moving from spot to spot. The bird atlas mentions s couple of mixed species pairings like this in the past.

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Subject: Possible INDIGO BUNTING at Paso Picacho?
Date: Fri Jun 8 2018 13:16 pm
From: eve AT acousticpie.com
 
Good morning! I'd been told that an INDIGO BUNTING was singing at the Group Campground at Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca State Park on May 10 by the birder working on the Cuyamaca reforestation project (I think I have that right!). I didn't find it on my subsequent visits. But this Wednesday, June 6, I was recording what was a new song to me (well, most are!) when a slender blue bird flew out of the pines and into a distant shrub. 

I put my recording with notes on the checklist below under Lazuli/Indigo Bunting. Any help is appreciated!

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

The Group Campground is easily reached from the Paso Picacho campground by walking the road (there's signage) from the main parking lot. You might be able to drive it but the Group Campground is closed and I can't remember if that parking lot is gated!

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Subject: Silky Oak Indigo Bunting, 06 June, Wednesday
Date: Thu Jun 7 2018 0:34 am
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While birding the Pt. Loma residential neighborhood, I espied a conical bill and a bluish feathered body in the shadows of a Silky Oak. With further efforts by the whole group (but no photos), we determined the bird exhibited wings that were slightly darker blue than its body, and a fairly narrow tail, notched at the end, which it occasionallyflicked from side-to-side. Sue noted the raising of its head crest and its slightly curved culmen.
It fed in the mid-level of the Silky Oak until it was chased out by another bird. It did not vocalize nor did it return to the same tree. It spent its time in the shadows, never coming to the edge of the tree, so we did not get stellar looks.
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Subject: Pigeon guillemots at seawatch
Date: Wed Jun 6 2018 17:06 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
I spent the morning in La Jolla doing a seawatch. Very quiet morning with most birds way off shore. At about 9:30 I saw 3 alcids approaching the kelp beds at a diagonal from the north. I assumed they were Cassins Auklets, but as they became more broadside to my position I could see the white patches on the upper surface of the wings . They stayed on the far side of the kelp beds as they passed - too far for photos, and I did not pick up any red on the feet. The general look was of all dark birds with flashing white on wings.

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Subject: South McCoy Indigo Buntings
Date: Mon Jun 4 2018 15:42 pm
From: marc.arndt AT cox.net
 
I'm sorry! My bad. Blue Grosbeaks. NOT Indigo Buntings. I apologize.
On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Marc Arndt <[email protected]> wrote:
This morning at TRNERR South McCoy I saw 1 full adult male, and one immature male, with blue plumage only coming in on its head (that I could see). Both were immediately south of the 5th & Iris trailhead, within the first 200 yards south. No pics.
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Subject: South McCoy Indigo Buntings
Date: Mon Jun 4 2018 14:47 pm
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This morning at TRNERR South McCoy I saw 1 full adult male, and one immature male, with blue plumage only coming in on its head (that I could see). Both were immediately south of the 5th & Iris trailhead, within the first 200 yards south. No pics.
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Subject: Community Gardens TRV 6-4-18
Date: Mon Jun 4 2018 14:15 pm
From: eric AT trs-sandiego.com
 
The feeders at space 63 were full this morning early. I brought along a chair and observed for 1 hour.

Tricolored Blackbird - two males, perhaps a third. Several possible female tricoloreds also.
Black-headed Grosbeak - one visiting the feeders while a second bird sang off in the distance
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - reported previously by Nancy & Mark
Lawrence's Goldfinch- 2 males and several juvenile/females. The juveniles were not observed begging from the males and appear to have figured out how to find their own chow.
American Goldfinch- many at the feeders and throughout the Gardens. 50+?
Lesser Goldfinch (only included here as it completes the trifecta)
Northern Cardinal (male)

Later, I walked the edge of the tree line and found:
Lazuli Bunting - a worn female
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Bell's Vireo - singing

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Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird
Date: Mon Jun 4 2018 11:02 am
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
Capt. Cristin Kelly of the San Diego Whale Watch posted a photo of an adult Red-billed Tropicbird on her facebook page.
The bird was seen on the Saturday morning, June 2, 2018 on a trip out of Mission Bay.
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Subject: Dos Picos ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (June 2-3, 2018)
Date: Sun Jun 3 2018 22:44 pm
From: eitanaltman AT gmail.com
 
Camped with some friends and family at Dos Picos Park in Ramona this weekend. 

Top bird was a singing male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, which surprised me yesterday (Sat June 2) by popping into a tree in our campsite just as I was showing some of the kiddos how to use binoculars to spot birds. When I realized that sweet grosbeak tune was coming from a black and white bird with a rose red blotch on the breast I snatched those bins back from the rugrats right quick.

The bird paid another visit to our campsite this morning (Sun June 3) and on both days i heard it singing from various trees along the main road which goes through the campground from the entrance station as we went about our camping.

Next best bird was an adult BALD EAGLE which soared over the campground today (Sun) heading east-ish in the late morning. I assume one of the pair from the nest off Rangeland Rd nearby.

Other than that the most unusual sighting (per eBird making me provide documentation) was a few Violet-Green Swallows foraging over the pond. Lots of breeding activity (singing, nest activity, juveniles) among the local residents.

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Subject: Magnolia Warbler continues 03 June
Date: Sun Jun 3 2018 9:38 am
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Spotted by Dave Povey this morning, the Magnolia Warbler continues in the oak tree on the north side of Warner St. just west of Silver Gate Ave.
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Subject: Feb to April Sightings of our Peripatetic Pied Crow--exotic from sub-Saharan Africa
Date: Sat Jun 2 2018 18:15 pm
From: seiurus=aol.com AT groups.io
 
Hi San Diego birders, As many of you know, there has been an African Pied Crow (looks like a black and white raven) that has been roaming around San Diego County, at least since February. (At least I think it is just one bird, tho not sure)



To recap:
--On February 25,26 and 27 2018, it visited the backyard of Elizabeth Castle on Chauncy Rd, nr Oak Riparian Park in Oceanside.

--On March 5 one was seen flying over the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

--That same week on March 9, it was seen to the south in the Point Loma neighborhood by Chad King and others.

--On March 28 and again on April 6, it was seen back north, hanging out in the area near the intersection of Hwy 76 and South Mission Road by Travis Nelson in Bonsall.




If this is the same bird, it has been traveling around the county quite a bit. They are generally sedentary birds within their large range in Africa. Birds introduced to South America (Brazil) are thought to have been ship assisted. They are not a common caged bird, since they require a great deal of room-sized space. They're resourceful omnivoresand eat numerous invertebrates like insects, spiders and mollusks, as well as small vertebrates including rodents, birds and birds™ eggs, lizards, frogs and fish. Small birds and bats may be caught in flight. These birds also scavenge at rubbish dumps and patrol for roadside kill. They alsoeat plant material such as seeds, roots, fruits, dates, nuts, rice and potatoes.




If anyone sees further sightings of this or these birds, please either post, or let me know off-list, since I am keeping track of their sightings. Thanks!

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Subject: Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelagic June 10t.
Date: Fri Jun 1 2018 13:32 pm
From: dpovey AT nethere.com
 
Hello San Diego Birders. 
This is a reminder that the BVAS/Grande pelagic is just about a week away, on Sunday, June 10th.
This trip is out of H & M Landing on San Diego Bay. Price is $135 for about 12 hrs. We depart at 7 a.m. sharp,
please plan on being at the landing 45 mins. before departure. We plan do the Nine and Thirty Mile Banks.
The price goes Monday by $10 for a late sign up.
News from offshore has been interesting. A whale watching boat out of Newport had a Masked Booby and
Red-billed Tropicbird. Local fishing and whale watching boats have had a few good sightings as well. I hope
you'll join us, call 619 222-1144 or make your reservation on line at www.hmlanding.com.
Dave Povey
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Date: Thu May 31 2018 11:26 am
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
Thursday morning May 31, there is a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visiting feeders at the Community Gardens in the TRV. Space 63 has multiple feeders up. Also present are several Lawrence™s Goldfinches, including several young being fed by a male. About a dozen American Goldfinches also present, some almost completely molted into breeding plumage.

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Subject: minor miscellanea
Date: Thu May 31 2018 10:49 am
From: lehman.paul AT verizon.net
 
On May 29th, there was still 1 late-lingering breeding-plumaged Dunlin
at the saltworks. On May 30th, there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher along
with just small numbers of typical late-season passerine migrants in
residential Pt. Loma / PLNU. And on May 31st, a 90-minute early-morning
seawatch at La Jolla was fairly slow, with the "highlights" being ca.
250 Black-vented Shearwaters, 6 Red-necked Phalaropes, and a
getting-late or summering Parasitic Jaeger.

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Subject: Migrants
Date: Thu May 31 2018 8:40 am
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While nothing like it was at the start of the month, I've had a decent morning for migrants (especially for May 31st) in my Encinitas yard. 

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Subject: Tierrasanta swifts
Date: Wed May 30 2018 21:44 pm
From: dparker6 AT san.rr.com
 
Following Mark™s message this afternoon, I drove down to Clairemont MesaBlvd. and 15, where I saw 3 or 4 swifts flying in the distance. The flight pattern ” slow, shallow wingbeats ” was good for black swifts, but they were too far to be sure. They soon disappeared, and I gave up. But as I drove off, a large, dark, bulky swift flew close by at eye level. Unfortunately, it disappeared before I could get binoculars on it. Renewing my search, I saw a few swifts across the freeway over the Kaiser hospital. Fighting rush hour traffic, I drove over only to discover that those swifts were white throated. So, maybe I saw black swifts, maybe I didn™t. Darn birds.

Dennis Parker
Tierrasanta



Subject: Laguna birding
Date: Wed May 30 2018 18:59 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
A group of us visited the Desert View Rd area (Thing Valley Rd is marked on Sunrise Hwy) this morning, Wednesday May 30, the same spot I visited on Monday. In comparison, the level of bird song was less (I arrived mid-morning on Monday), but a definite increase in Dusky Flycatcher activity. Several were perched and singing/calling today, moving around in fairly restricted areas. As we walked, we attempted to measure the distance between the singers. I believe we had at least 3 Dusky FC territories along the road, though we actually saw 4 individual birds. The spacing between singing individuals was about a quarter mile between 1 and 2, and a tenth of a mile between 2 and 3. Cassin™s Vireos were also singing, but ranged much more erratically. We were not certain if there were two pairs or only one. We also had the Black-throated Gray Warbler singing. We only saw male(s) “ possibly 2, about  mile apart. The Olive-sided FC made an early appearance, but was never heard or seen after the first five minutes. Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli... 
We also stopped at the Fire Info Pullout at milepost 28.5 of the Sunrise Highway. We were treated to several Purple Martins flying about. A pair of Loggerhead Shrikes and a juvenile were seen there, as well as singing Black-chinned Sparrows. Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Nancy Christensen
Ramona



Subject: Fishing/Pelagic: Offshore South San Diego County and Northern Mexican Waters (5/28/18)
Date: Wed May 30 2018 2:38 am
From: Bigshell53 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Birders,I was fortunate to get on a friends boat for some fishing on May 28, 2018. We departed from Mission Bay and were on the open ocean by 4:15 a.m, headed straight out to the 30-mile Bank. We arrived there at first light, before dawn. Later we also visited and spent most of the day at various seamounts/banks while flying a kite and fishing for tuna etc. We were 30-50 miles offshore for the most part in SD County and in Mexico Waters It was no less than a bumpy day with a mixed swell and wind waves. A tough day to be out there even though the NOAA forecast was to be one of the better days out----We returned to the harbor at about 3:00 pm.Taking pictures on this day was not realistic opportunity for the most part. If a true goody came by i 'm sure I would have managed though.But nothing to report of high-end caliber.
Birds of Note:* US Waters** US/MEX Waters*** MEX Waters Only
*Pomarine Jaeger (1)
**Scirpp's Murrelet (13) No chicks




**Sabine's Gull (23) Most in SD




*Common/Arctic Tern (3/4)*ARCTIC TERN (1) --At least one of these terns appeared to be ARCTIC with dainty appearance, shorter necked and smaller head and a tiny bill vs.Common Tern

**Black-footed Albatross (2)** Brown Booby (2)
*MASKED/NAZCA (1)--SUB-ADULT Unable to get photo. Was NOT an imm Blue-footed Booby or Red-footed. Dark tail, no indication of white in the tail or upper rump- *** Western Tanager--Female that did not want to land on boat and kept flying
Other Species in all waters--Black Storm-PetrelSooty ShearwaterPink-footed Shearwater
Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA




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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA

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Subject: Indigo Bunting at Zoo
Date: Tue May 29 2018 18:44 pm
From: kimmyroth=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
A zoo visitor namedMarcia Siggins Jonastook a picture of a mature Indigo Bunting on top of the Hummingbird Aviary at the Zoo yesterday morning (28 May 18). She posted the picture on the "Focusing on the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park" Facebook page (I have her permission to post this here). After seeing her post, I visited the aviary for about 15 minutes during my lunch break around 11 am. I was not able to relocate the bird then and had to take off after work. I will attempt to find it again tomorrow morning if I have time. Please keep an eye out for it if you're in the area. I'm sure there's many other fun vagrants passing thru as well.

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