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23 Jan: @ 14:02:26 
Harry on Thursday [phil Pryde]
21 Jan: @ 12:05:47 
Griffen Park PLVI, BUOR, BWWA [Kat Wendel]
20 Jan: @ 16:11:40 
“Eurasian” Green-winged (Common) Teal at J St, 1/20 [James Pawlicki]
19 Jan: @ 07:21:38 
Late report of P Golden-plover 1/14 [Tom Baxter]
18 Jan: @ 23:15:20 
Re: Vesper Sparrows [Jim Roberts GMAIL]
18 Jan: @ 18:01:54 
SDFO Meeting Tuesday Jan 21 [Nancy Christensen]
18 Jan: @ 16:41:31 
Santee Lakes Neotropic Cormorant [Janice Nordenberg]
18 Jan: @ 15:19:30 
Lark Bunting in Jacumba [Nancy Christensen]
18 Jan: @ 14:06:33 
Greater Pewee continues on the west side of Balboa Park [Mel Senac]
18 Jan: @ 12:15:52 
Wedge-tailed shearwater, La Jolla Cove, Jan 18 [Stan Walens]
18 Jan: @ 11:23:35 
[OrangeCountyBirding] WATA [Pete Gordon]
18 Jan: @ 11:20:24 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Buddy Todd Park, Oceanside [Dave Batzler via Groups.Io]
16 Jan: @ 20:30:43 
Neotropic Cormorant [David Povey]
16 Jan: @ 12:12:26 
Eastern phoebe [Nancy Christensen]
16 Jan: @ 11:04:28 
Santee Lakes, mergansers but no Neotropic Cormorant [Jeremiah Stock]
14 Jan: @ 23:49:02 
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ramona [Dave Batzler via Groups.Io]
14 Jan: @ 19:54:31 
Possible Eurasian Green-winged Teal at J St 01/14/2020 [dan jehl]
14 Jan: @ 15:37:24 
Downy Woodpecker [Mike Wittmer]
14 Jan: @ 15:22:19 
Downy Woodpecker [Mike Wittmer]
14 Jan: @ 14:15:13 
Tuesday at Lindo Lake [phil Pryde]
14 Jan: @ 10:48:13 
results of san elijo monthly bird count 13 jan 2020 [Robert Patton]
13 Jan: @ 16:33:11 
Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers [Mike Wittmer]
13 Jan: @ 14:25:51 
Greater Pewee [Stan Walens]
13 Jan: @ 13:38:43 
Yellow-breast Sapsuckers [Mike Wittmer]
13 Jan: @ 12:34:29 
Greater Pewee Balboa Park [Nathan French]
13 Jan: @ 12:11:31 
Looking for Wandering Tattler [Joop vanHelvoort]
12 Jan: @ 15:20:25 
Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon [Lesley Handa via Groups.Io]
12 Jan: @ 14:50:58 
Gray Flycatcher at Lindo Lake [Brandon Leonard]
12 Jan: @ 12:23:43 
Common Merganser continues at Santee Lakes [Marcie Mason via Groups.Io]
12 Jan: @ 12:18:16 
Neotropic Cormorant back at Mission Gorge roost [Marcie Mason via Groups.Io]
12 Jan: @ 12:13:59 
Re: Dave Bittner [Denise Riddle]
12 Jan: @ 11:41:20 
Solitary American Flamingo at the bay NWR [S Dhar]
11 Jan: @ 15:02:30 
Re: Greater Pewee [Andrew N]
11 Jan: @ 14:05:06 
Greater Pewee [Andrew N]
11 Jan: @ 11:12:06 
Dave Bittner [Geoffrey L. Rogers]
11 Jan: @ 10:27:39 
Opinion: Bird Populations Are Threatened, But Restoring Mission Bay Can Help [Larry Edwards]
10 Jan: @ 20:17:27 
Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - south shore of Lake Hodges [Bruce R]
10 Jan: @ 18:29:03 
Common Goldeneyes at L. Murray [peter thomas via Groups.Io]
10 Jan: @ 18:10:59 
Zone-tailed Hawk - south shore of Lake Hodges [Bruce R]
10 Jan: @ 15:52:10 
Zone-tailed Hawk [Mike Wittmer]
10 Jan: @ 14:26:38 
Re: sort-of Big Days [Justyn Stahl]
10 Jan: @ 14:05:14 
Re: sort-of Big Days [lindsay willrick]
10 Jan: @ 13:13:46 
Rusty blackbird [Nancy Christensen]
10 Jan: @ 13:00:25 
Female hepatic tanager continues @ N. Clairemont Rec Center [S Dhar]
09 Jan: @ 18:46:51 
sort-of Big Days [Paul Chad via Groups.Io]
09 Jan: @ 09:18:19 
next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 january [Robert Patton]
08 Jan: @ 20:21:32 
Penasquitos Eastern phoebe [Jim Roberts GMAIL]
08 Jan: @ 14:02:03 
Hooded Merganser Pair in Poway [Kemer Thomson]
07 Jan: @ 19:22:50 
Leucadia Hooded Oriole (1/7/20) [Jimmy McMorran]
06 Jan: @ 18:04:39 
Common Mergansers at Lake Murray [Nathan French]





Subject: Harry on Thursday
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 14:02 pm
From: PhilPinSD AT cox.net
 
I spent the morning at Harry Griffen Park looking for the previously reportedPLVI, BUOR, BWWA, and RBSA. 0for4. (Major leaguebaseball players go 0 for 4 and get paid $30,000,000. Somethings wrong here.) However there were atleast2 Vesper Sparrows, a Townsends Warbler, and lots of Chippy Sparrows.   For parrot lovers, a flock of about 15 to 20 noisy psittacines flew over at adistance, and I went to the natural vegetation part of the park to see if I could locate them. Thanks to aschoolgirl on afield trip (kudos to her teacher) who was staring at a tree, there was a group of 4 Mitred Parakeets just over my head ecstatically plucking some kind of small blackberries off a 15-foot high tree right in front of us.They stayed in that tree snarfingberries not more than 10 feet away from us the wholetime I wasthere. I didnt attempt tolocatethe rest of the flock, so Idont know if the entire flock was Mitred or not. If it was, it was certainly the most of that species Ive seen inland in one flock. Phil Pryde



Subject: Griffen Park PLVI, BUOR, BWWA
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 12:05 pm
From: katwend82 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Jan. 21 at Harry Griffen park in La Mesa, I had the good fortune of seeing a pair of Bullock's orioles, the wintering Black-and-white warbler and a Plumbeous Vireo, all of them in the trees south of dog park area. also of note, a red- breasted sapsucker is wintering here although I didn't see it this morning.
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Subject: “Eurasian” Green-winged (Common) Teal at J St, 1/20
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 16:11 pm
From: jmpawli10 AT gmail.com
 
Dean DiTommaso located the male Common Teal amongst a large flock of GWTE this afternoon (Monday, 1/20) at J St Marina in Chula Vista. The bird was still present (but occasionally out of view) on the low tide mudflats at 1350.

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Subject: Late report of P Golden-plover 1/14
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 7:21 am
From: Bomtaxter AT gmail.com
 
Hi all, apologies for the late post. On January 14th I observed a 1st cy Pacific Golden-plover on the bayside of the Imperial Beach inlet (Tijuana River mouth) at sun down. It was tightly associating with a group of about 14 Black-bellied Plovers.
I just got around to putting the photos on ebird tonight. This was the location of the bird (32.5543719, -117.1272498)
New to the list here, Tom Baxter from Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Vesper Sparrows
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 23:15 pm
From: jroberts32281947 AT gmail.com
 
I visited the Barnett Ranch Preserve at 1:30 PM today (1/18/20) and found only 2 sparrows in the area described by Iris. Fortunately, they were both VESPER SPARROWS (outer white tail feathers and white eye-rings).
Earlier in the day the HARRISS HAWK was seen and heard along Montecito Way, north of Montecito Road (Ramona).
Jim Roberts
University City
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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Vesper Sparrows
Today I spent several hours at Barnett Ranch Preserve (located in Ramona off San Vicente Road) attempting to count the largest flock of Vesper Sparrows Ive ever seen! They are mixed in with large flocks of Savannah and Lark Sparrows. They are easy to pick out but hard to photograph in groups because of the vegetation they creep in and out of. I spotted a group of three on my right and another group of three on my left at the same time so I saw six at one time but Im sure the count is higher than that. I can usually count birds from taking photographs in succession but this was not possible due to the habitat. I did not make an eBird report because its a record number at that location for this time of year and I want the count to be verified and accurate. So Im putting this shout out to the group.
After parking your car in the parking lot at Barnett Ranch, walk up Deviney Lane (the paved road) 0.2 miles to where it insects the Valley View Trail, a very wide dirt trail. Do not hike any further! At that intersection there is a closed pasture gate and a large rock pile in the pasture. The pasture is not part of the preserve. The sparrows forage along Deviney Lane and often land on the barbed wire fencing, the fence posts or on the rock pile where they are easy to photograph. I got great photos. Counting them is another matter entirely.
Later I walked the entire loop (the Rattlesnake trail) looking for the male and female Harrier that hunt in the meadows there and found both of them. A few days ago I came upon a small group of California Quail drinking at the pond.
Iris Kilpatrick
Ramona, CA



Subject: SDFO Meeting Tuesday Jan 21
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 18:01 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
SDFO Event  January 21, 2020 at 6:00 pmis the next meeting of San Diego Field Ornithologists. 
TUESDAY, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. NEW MEETING LOCATION!SDFO can no longer meet at the San Diego Foundation Building in Liberty Station. For January and February we will be meeting at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Library Community Room, 4275 Cass St., San Diego.
Directions: From I-5 south or north, take the Balboa/Garnet exit. Follow Garnet until it turns into Grand Ave. Turn left on Dawes St., then right onto Thomas Ave. From I-8 west, take the W. Mission Bay Dr. offramp. Continue north onto Ingraham St. Turn left on Reed Ave. Parking is either on Thomas Ave. or Reed Ave.
Program: The Decline of North American Avifauna, by Hank Ingersoll.
Everyone is welcome! Please come join us!
Nancy Christensen
Ramona



Subject: Santee Lakes Neotropic Cormorant
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 16:41 pm
From: jnordenb AT gmail.com
 
The Neotropic Cormorant was seen at 1:30 this afternoon in the southwest corner of Lake 1 swimming with 80+ Double-crested Cormorants. It was easily identified by it's smaller size, darker body and white tufts on the sides of its head.
Jan NordenbergSan Diego


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Subject: Lark Bunting in Jacumba
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 15:19 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
Russ and I took a drive out to Jacumba today (Sat Jan 18th). We found the continuing Lark Bunting in the empty lots at the very east end of Brawley Ave. This is about 20 yards north of where it was being seen in December. You can reached these unfenced lots from town or by walking up the dirt road that edges the old agricultural fields.

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Subject: Greater Pewee continues on the west side of Balboa Park
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 14:06 pm
From: msenac AT san.rr.com
 
The Greater Pewee made an appearance at 9:20 AM this morning, Saturday 1/18/20. I was ready to give up when it suddenly appeared in a Euc along the canyon edge near the restrooms. This is south of the Magnolia grove along the sidewalk. It then flew to the large Euc in the middle of the grass near the tall Star Pines . It was not present in this location for the first hour. In looking at previous checklists this bird appears to make an appearance in this location between 9:00 AM and 1:00PM. 
In other news, the Neotropic Cormorant was at the roost on the power lines over the SD River off Friars Rd. I arrived at 7:05 AM- scanned the flock ( scope recommended) and found the Cormorant at 7:10 AM. At 7:17 AM the roosting flock all departed. Perhaps headed to Santee Lakes?
Mel Senac
San Diego

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Subject: Wedge-tailed shearwater, La Jolla Cove, Jan 18
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 12:15 pm
From: stan.walens AT gmail.com
 
At about 8:30 a.m. today, I watched an unseasonal dark-morph wedge-tailed shearwater flying south along the outside of the kelp line, coming out of the Cove and heading southwards.
Bigger than sooty/short-tailed. Lackadaisical flight on long, bent pointed wings, long tail, dark brown on top and uniform gingery-brown on underwings in the bright sunlight.
Did not see it again before I left at 9:15.

Would not report it except that my previous experience with wedge-tailed shearwaters at the Cove is that they may make large circuits around the Cove, head south, and then come back, and repeat the circuit, so worth watching for today and maybe tomorrow, both in the Cove itself and along the outside of the kelp line.

Thousands of birds in a feeding frenzy several miles offshore, so theres obviously food out there to attract birds.

Stan Walens, San Diego
January 18, 2020; 9:55 am
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Subject: WATA
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 11:23 am
From: peterandmiko AT msn.com
 
Joop




You asked about a Wandering Tattler last week. Thid one is in Corona del Mar.




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The wandering tattler is present on the jetty at Corona del Mar


State Beach. It is working along the rocks by the cement wall walkway.

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Buddy Todd Park, Oceanside
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 11:20 am
From: dave.batzler=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Yesterday morning I arrived the park to find two birders (Elisabeth & Andy Gause) looking at an unknown bird, which turned out to be a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Spending a little more time on my own, I found three Mountain Chickadee's in the pine trees just west of the main parking lot.
Best regards,
Dave Batzler
Carlsbad, CA

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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant
Date: Thu Jan 16 2020 20:30 pm
From: poveydw747 AT gmail.com
 
The Neotropic Cormorant was on it's roosting wires over the San Diego River at the west end of Vandever Ave at 4:50 this evening. Yes, there is enough light to see it at that time of the evening. A scope helps. This bird must be well traveled if seen near Mission Valley Center, Lake Murray, and Santee Lakes.Nice to know it comes back to roost at this spot, so could be counted on there very early, and late in the day.Dave PoveyDulzura

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Subject: Eastern phoebe
Date: Thu Jan 16 2020 12:12 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
The Eastern Phoebe continued this morning in Penasquitos Canyon Preserve east. I parked in Penasquitos Creek Park and walked east along trail that parallels Park Village Dr. At closest approach to the homes that border the area, the Phoebe dropped down onto the trail very close to me. I am under the impression it came from the yards of the houses. My camera immediately died (cold battery) and by the time I got done thrashing it, the Phoebe had disappeared, although I could hear it chipping up near the houses. After I poked around for awhile I saw it hawking for insects over the vernal pool which is right there. Truly if I hadnt known the bird was there I would not have been able to ID it as the views were very brief and it perched out of view. There were several golden-crowned Sparrows in the area as well.

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Subject: Santee Lakes, mergansers but no Neotropic Cormorant
Date: Thu Jan 16 2020 11:04 am
From: jstock AT kleinfelder.com
 
I birded around Santee Lakes 1 and 2 early Thursday morning, January 16, 2020. There was a male and female Hooded Merganser in the southwest corner of Lake 1, seen from the south bank of the lake. They flew off after a few minutes, headed south, likely towards the river and/or the golf course. Later on, Isaw the continuing female Common Merganser,in the southwest corner of Lake 1, near the boat ramp inside the maintenance yard.

Did not see the Neotropic Cormorant reported on ebird; but the cormorant roosting trees on the island and the east shore of Lake 1 were mostly empty during the time I was there and there were no large groups swimming in Lakes 1 or 2.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ramona
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 23:49 pm
From: dave.batzler=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
This afternoon, we found a very large flock of assorted blackbird species between homes and vacant lots on Pine Street at the intersection of an un-named road (very short), which comes just after Heritage Ranch Road. The flock (roughly 1000) included at least 10 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. The flock also a large number of TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS (400-500) with smaller numbers of BREWERS, RED-WINGS, STARLINGS & BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. The first Yellow-headed was spotted by Jim Zimmer. The flock tends to move around a great deal, especially when vehicles pass by.

Also today in Ramona, we saw the continuing: two adult BALD EAGLES, on Rangeland Rd; a HARRIS HAWK, in the large Eucalyptus trees just east of the airport; a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS at the Hwy 78 pond (nearest cross street Magnolia); Also, at the Ramona Grasslands: 5-6 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, 1 PRAIRE FALCON & 1 PEREGRINE FALCON.
Observers included Ken Weaver, Ed Hall, Clark Mahrdt & Dave Batzler. Ken Weaver will be submitting an eBird report later this week.
Best regards,
Dave Batzler
Carlsbad, CA


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Subject: Possible Eurasian Green-winged Teal at J St 01/14/2020
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 19:54 pm
From: jehlyfish AT gmail.com
 
I stopped by J St. today at about 2:20 as the tide was dropping and scoped through the flocks of gulls and waterfowl. In the shallow water next to the reeds was a flock of feeding Green-winged Teal. One of the males was entirely missing the vertical white bar in front of the folded wing but a white scapular bar was visible. The lines of the facial pattern were bolder and brighter than those on the other male GWTE and the body patterning seemed coarser. This suggests either an American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal or a pure Eurasian. I didnt get any pictures of the head so perhaps someone else will refind this bird and get some. 

Dan Jehl
San Diego

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Subject: Downy Woodpecker
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 15:37 pm
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
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A Downy Woodpecker was along the Western edge of Santee Lakes, Lake # 5, about 2 hours ago. Will be on eBird Report with photo.

Observation from Mike Wittmer
Escondido, Ca

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Subject: Downy Woodpecker
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 15:22 pm
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A Downy Woodpecker was along the Western edge of Santee Lakes, Lake # 5, about 2 hours ago. Will be on eBird Report with photo

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Subject: Tuesday at Lindo Lake
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 14:15 pm
From: PhilPinSD AT cox.net
 
This morning I did the hike around Lindo Lake. The Gray Flycatcher was still hanging out around the eastern end of the seasonal pond, just north of where the stream channel comes into the east basin in the small leafless trees immediately east of the footpath that's closest to the lake. The previously reported Sapsucker was not located. The starling-blackbird flock was right by the parking lot on the north side of the lake, and had easily thirty or more Trikes in it. Nice to see the threatened species seems to be doing well there. Also Allens hummers in two different places atop trees along the north side of the main pond. And TEN species of ducks in the east basin, including a large number of Canvasbacks. The 2 White-fronted Geese were snoozing on the grass between the north parking lot and the lake.
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Subject: results of san elijo monthly bird count 13 jan 2020
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 10:48 am
From: rpatton AT san.rr.com
 
Thanks to 12 participants for conducting the 9 December 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Kevin Shaw, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Dave Carey, Gail DeLalla, Anita Hayworth, Jayne Lesley, David Walker (S central basin Rios to I-5); Maryanne Bache, Patti Koger(S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez);Kathy Aldern (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).
110 species were reported. Notable species included the continuing male Eurasian wigeon ENE of Rios Ave, then later SW of Manchester Ave and Ocean Cove; and 10 barn swallows off Sta Carina.
Species included: loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, American white pelican, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandts cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, canvasback, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Coopers hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Heermanns gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl, Annas hummingbird, Allens hummingbird, rufous/Allens hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttalls woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Says phoebe, Cassins kingbird, tree swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewicks wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, cedar waxwing, European starling, Huttons vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsends warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Beldings savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 February 2020. 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: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 16:33 pm
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Just an update.  I was incorrect about the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Once I got home and put the photo on the big screen I also lightened up the shadows.  The bird is a Red-breast Sapsucker.  A nice bird but not a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Im sorry for any undue excitement.


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Subject: Greater Pewee
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 14:25 pm
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I was at the dog park in Balboa Park looking for Brotogeris parakeets (no luck) while Nathan was across the canyon seeing the greater pewee. Soon after he reported that it had left its usual area near the bathroom, it appeared in the dog park. It has been in the trees at the south end of the dog park for the last almost 2 hours.

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Subject: Yellow-breast Sapsuckers
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 13:38 pm
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A Yellow-breasted Sapsucker seen 20 minutes ago near Gray Flycatcher area of Lindo Lake. Gray flycatcher seems 10 minutes ago at East end of lake

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Subject: Greater Pewee Balboa Park
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 12:34 pm
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10:30 AM Greater Pewee continuing in its old spot high in the eucs in the canyon near the restrooms on Juniper (32.7293922, -117.1567618)

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Subject: Looking for Wandering Tattler
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 12:11 pm
From: joopvanhelvoort AT gmail.com
 
Dear All,
I am a bird watcher from the Netherlands andamvisiting a conference (not birds-related) in San Diego until Wednesmorning.Following the conference I have four days for bird-watching San Diego County, Salton Sea area and Joshua Tree. In San Diego one of my prime targets is Wandering Tattler. On eBird the most recent sightings are from December. Do you know of any sightings that might not be in eBird? Is it still worthwhile to visit the locations of the December sightings?
I am already really benefitting from other sightings that you post here: thank you for those!
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Subject: Swan at Batiquitos Lagoon
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 15:20 pm
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Hi Folks,
There is a swan at Batiquitos Lagoon on the veryeast side of the lagoonas of 1238 pm today.I can only see through a spotting scope from adistance andit looks like a Trumpeter Swan with an all black bill.Per conversation on this list serve in May of 2019,it may be a local Trumpeter Swan. Here isJustyn Stahls email from May,
To me, and a few others, this bird appears to be a TRUMPETER Swan. Unfortunately, given the presence of a pair of pet Trumpeter Swans at Lake San Marcos (just 5 miles east of Batiquitos, where there are also Black Swans, etc. on display), and an apparently successful breeding attempt by that pair in 2016 that produced 5 young, one could (should?) surmise that this one, and the one seen a few months ago are of that ilk and not of truly natural origin. This of course muddies the situation for any future reports of Trumpeter Swan anywhere in the county, and also increases the need for good photographs of Tundra Swans that do occur occasionally in the county in *winter* (12 November - 18 March, per the atlas).
So since it iswinter,I would encourage others to try and get a closer look and photographs to helpconfirm.

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Subject: Gray Flycatcher at Lindo Lake
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 14:50 pm
From: hyperiodic AT gmail.com
 
The Gray flycatcher is still present at Lindo Lake. The bird is at the most eastern end near Petite Ln. it was observed flying between trees in the open grass areas.

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Subject: Common Merganser continues at Santee Lakes
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 12:23 pm
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The female Common Merganser originally reported by Brennan at Santee Lakes is still present this morning, Sunday, Jan 12. Char Glacy and I observed her continually diving on Lake 1 between 8 am and 9 am.
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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant back at Mission Gorge roost
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 12:18 pm
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Sunday morning between 7:05 am and 7:35 am Char Glacy and I observed the Neotropic Cormorant back with the Double-crested Cormorants roosting on the wires over the San Diego River at Vandever Ave in the Mission Gorge area. When we left at 7:35 am a few Cormorants had taken off but most were still on the wires including the Neotropic.
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Subject: Dave Bittner
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 12:13 pm
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I was sorry to hear about Dave. Id met him in 2006 at the hawk watch and over the past years have loved his enthusiasm for protecting the Golden Eagles. He will be missed.

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Subject: Solitary American Flamingo at the bay NWR
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 11:41 am
From: sandeep.dhar AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday morning, around 8.30a I visited the north side of Imperial Beach to view and photograph the bay during king tide. A single American flamingo, hot pink neck and plumage and black tipped bill, was almost upto its belly in water and conspicuousamong hundreds of Brant geese. It stayed sedentary for the twenty minutes or so that I was present. Later, I searched online and found news articles from Feb 2018 that mention an AF sighted in the same area (links are NatGeo, LAtimes). I didn't know this at the time, but this bird had been sighted in Nov and Dec last year by many and shows up in the rare bird alert listings. Some nice photos taken and will postthem on ebird today.
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Subject: Greater Pewee
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 15:02 pm
From: dingomaster AT hotmail.com
 
Hello again, I just refound the Greater Pewee once more at 1pm in a Magnolia tree at 32.731600,-117.156244, near the bridge.

It was silent both times I found it.

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Subject: Greater Pewee
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 14:05 pm
From: dingomaster AT hotmail.com
 
I found the Balboa Park Greater Pewee this morning at 11:45am in its usual spot in the dead snags in the back of the bridle trail. However, after a few minutes I watched it fly across the freeway and into the top of a distant tree on zoo property, so that might explain where it's been hiding out.

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Subject: Dave Bittner
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 11:12 am
From: rogersgl1952 AT gmail.com
 
Friends,
The birding community has lost a prominent figure in the person of Dave Bittner. He was killed Thursday in a rappelling accident in Bandy Canyon https://tinyurl.com/qsyul8s
Geoffrey Rogers
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Subject: Opinion: Bird Populations Are Threatened, But Restoring Mission Bay Can Help
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 10:27 am
From: larry AT larryedwards.com
 
Op/ed piece in Times of San Diego

Opinion: Bird Populations Are Threatened, But Restoring Mission Bay Can Help.
San Diego Audubons ReWild Mission Bay study demonstrates the potential for local habitat restoration; ReWild Coalition working on alternative that restores wetland habitat. https://timesofsandiego.com/op...
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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk - south shore of Lake Hodges
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 20:17 pm
From: bruce.rosendahl AT gmail.com
 
I need to make a correction. After further examination I believe this to be a dark phase Red-tailed hawk and not a Zone-tailed hawk.My apologies!
Bruce RosendahlRancho Santa Fe
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I saw a Zone-tailed Hawk on my walk around Lake Hodges today. It was flying over the South Shore of Lake Hodges around 11:50 a.m., about 1 mile west of the walking bridge. I was able to get a decent picture.
Link to photohttps://photos.app.goo.gl/B6P7...

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Subject: Common Goldeneyes at L. Murray
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 18:29 pm
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Male and female Common Goldeneyes at L. Murray 2:10 PM today. Male just west of Cowles Point. Female just south. Photos with e-bird later.

Millie and Peter Thomas
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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk - south shore of Lake Hodges
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 18:10 pm
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I saw a Zone-tailed Hawk on my walk around Lake Hodges today. It was flying over the South Shore of Lake Hodges around 11:50 a.m., about 1 mile west of the walking bridge. I was able to get a decent picture.
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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 15:52 pm
From: bumper1369 AT cox.net
 
There was a single Zone-tail Hawk flying over the area of the playgrounds and trees along the Southern boundary of Lindo Lake about 12:30 today. Sorry for the late notification but had problems with my phone. Photos will be posted in my eBird Report.

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Subject: sort-of Big Days
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 14:26 pm
From: justyn.stahl AT gmail.com
 
According to Joe Morlan's county birding statistics web page (very much in need of an update), the Big Day record for San Diego is
217, set on 1 May 2005 by Todd & David Easterla, Steve Glover, Gjon Hazard, and John Sterling. I don't know of anyone recently attempting one of that magnitude, but spring migrants are certainly key.


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Hello Paul,




What a wonderful Big Day by Bike - nice job. I bet you could top 100 species with a short trip up to a local canyon to pick up chaparral/coastal sage scrub species. Maybe add a stop at Tecolote Canyon? Are you keeping your challenge to the coastal area only?
Bike only? I know a good snipe/sora/rail spot if you need one, the snipe sightings are reliable.




Blasting this out to the group as input and experience on local Big Days isn't prevalent online. I found evidence of a few local bird
bloggers writing about their efforts. Wondering if anyone has input or interest in the topic.





Myself and Mandy Mathews did a San Diego County Big Day on January first this year, an annual tradition of mine although a first in this county. We went from 4am to 8pm - 19 locations by car from the coast to the mountains. We saw/heard 136 species January
1, 2020. We hope to try this route again during breeding season to track changes and pick up new species. I bet we'd miss most of the ducks in spring, but other species will be present. Looking at other's big day efforts from January 1st there were easily
20 "low hanging fruit" species we missed. I'm looking forward to refining this route over the years and hitting lesser birded areas. Looking back on my route I'll plan a spot within oak woodland habitat, as this was missed on our big day effort. I have my
route and time table planned out if anyone has interest.




Looking for input or team members for the next Big Day, it's always fun to share the experience with others.




Good birding,





Lindsay Willrick

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] sort-of Big Days



San Diego area birders, if not interested in day listing', you may not be interested in this:


But for any who may be interested: in Jan last year, I went and did a local sort-of Big Day from 7:00 to 5:00, I went by bicycle around Mission Bay Park and looked for birds. I thought 90 species was a reasonable goal, and was slightly annoyed at getting
89. I went out again yesterday for another try, and was pleased to find 94 species.


Just thought I'd throw this out there as a sort of friendly challenge (especially to you birders out there younger than my 58 years): is my 94 beatable? Probably. How about reaching the century-mark? I think that might be VERY difficult, but, with a good-fortune
day, just maybe? My challenge is mainly for the month of January, would make for good apples-to-apples' comparison and friendly competition. But perhaps other winter months are fair game, also.


I invite emails back, for anyone interested and who may have questions regarding any details, thanks for your attention, folks, and as always,


Good Birding :-)


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Subject: sort-of Big Days
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 14:05 pm
From: Lwillrick AT hotmail.com
 
Hello Paul,




What a wonderful Big Day by Bike - nice job. I bet you could top 100 species with a short trip up to a local canyon to pick up chaparral/coastal sage scrub species. Maybe add a stop at Tecolote Canyon? Are you keeping your challenge to the coastal area only?
Bike only? I know a good snipe/sora/rail spot if you need one, the snipe sightings are reliable.




Blasting this out to the group as input and experience on local Big Days isn't prevalent online. I found evidence of a few local bird
bloggers writing about their efforts. Wondering if anyone has input or interest in the topic.





Myself and Mandy Mathews did a San Diego County Big Day on January first this year, an annual tradition of mine although a first in this county. We went from 4am to 8pm - 19 locations by car from the coast to the mountains. We saw/heard 136 species January
1, 2020. We hope to try this route again during breeding season to track changes and pick up new species. I bet we'd miss most of the ducks in spring, but other species will be present. Looking at other's big day efforts from January 1st there were easily
20 "low hanging fruit" species we missed. I'm looking forward to refining this route over the years and hitting lesser birded areas. Looking back on my route I'll plan a spot within oak woodland habitat, as this was missed on our big day effort. I have my
route and time table planned out if anyone has interest.




Looking for input or team members for the next Big Day, it's always fun to share the experience with others.




Good birding,





Lindsay Willrick

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] sort-of Big Days



San Diego area birders, if not interested in day listing', you may not be interested in this:


But for any who may be interested: in Jan last year, I went and did a local sort-of Big Day from 7:00 to 5:00, I went by bicycle around Mission Bay Park and looked for birds. I thought 90 species was a reasonable goal, and was slightly annoyed at getting
89. I went out again yesterday for another try, and was pleased to find 94 species.


Just thought I'd throw this out there as a sort of friendly challenge (especially to you birders out there younger than my 58 years): is my 94 beatable? Probably. How about reaching the century-mark? I think that might be VERY difficult, but, with a good-fortune
day, just maybe? My challenge is mainly for the month of January, would make for good apples-to-apples' comparison and friendly competition. But perhaps other winter months are fair game, also.


I invite emails back, for anyone interested and who may have questions regarding any details, thanks for your attention, folks, and as always,


Good Birding :-)


Paul Chad

University City



Subject: Rusty blackbird
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 13:13 pm
From: nancy.r.christensen AT gmail.com
 
Present at Koby Swapmeet on Friday Jan 10. Flock of blackbirds responded to birdseed being tossed out, but the rusty seems to prefer Cheerios or muffins.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


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Subject: Female hepatic tanager continues @ N. Clairemont Rec Center
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 13:00 pm
From: sandeep.dhar AT gmail.com
 
As of 9.45a, the continuing female HETA was seen briefly at the top branches of these euc trees (32.832394, -117.196173), softly calling out for a few minutes and then flying off southwards. At a leaf litter patch close to this location, a crew of white crowned sparrows was foraging, but I did not see the white throated sparrow among them.
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Subject: sort-of Big Days
Date: Thu Jan 9 2020 18:46 pm
From: paulchad4=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
San Diego area birders, if not interested in day listing', you may not be interested in this:

But for any who may be interested: in Jan last year, I went and did a local sort-of Big Day from 7:00 to 5:00, I went by bicycle around Mission Bay Park and looked for birds. I thought 90 species was a reasonable goal, and was slightly annoyed at getting 89. I went out again yesterday for another try, and was pleased to find 94 species.

Just thought I'd throw this out there as a sort of friendly challenge (especially to you birders out there younger than my 58 years): is my 94 beatable? Probably. How about reaching the century-mark? I think that might be VERY difficult, but, with a good-fortune day, just maybe? My challenge is mainly for the month of January, would make for good apples-to-apples' comparison and friendly competition. But perhaps other winter months are fair game, also.

I invite emails back, for anyone interested and who may have questions regarding any details, thanks for your attention, folks, and as always,

Good Birding :-)

Paul Chad
University City

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Subject: next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 january
Date: Thu Jan 9 2020 9:18 am
From: rpatton AT san.rr.com
 
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 January 2020. 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).
Thanks & happy new year!
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

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Subject: Penasquitos Eastern phoebe
Date: Wed Jan 8 2020 20:21 pm
From: jroberts32281947 AT gmail.com
 
At noon, today (1/8/20), the wintering EASTERN PHOEBE was seen foraging in its usual meadow in Penasquitos Canyon.
There are now two OAK TITMICE in the canyon. There were found at the intersection of the main trail and the
Camino Ruiz trail.
Jim Roberts
University CIty



Subject: Hooded Merganser Pair in Poway
Date: Wed Jan 8 2020 14:02 pm
From: kemer.thomson AT gmail.com
 
A male and female Hooded Merganser have been hanging out for at least several days at the confluence of Poway and Rattlesnake Creeks, 32.950468, -117.050963. Park on Soule Street near Rio Real Drive. I took a couple of photos today (shot at 800mm handheld, so these aren't as sharp as I would have liked):


Female:https://www.dropbox.com/s/cxs7...
Male:https://www.dropbox.com/s/xild...

I wasn't going to post, but in checking both of Phil's books, it would appear that they are relatively rare. They are both quite active,diving for food,flashing their hoods, and mingling with the plentiful Mallards and Coots.


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Subject: Leucadia Hooded Oriole (1/7/20)
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 19:22 pm
From: Bigshell53 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Birders,Nothing worth chasing, but on my walk to pick up daughter from school, the chatter of a Hooded Oriole was in a neighborhood on the way. A brief visual was also what helped me confirm the ID. Nothing exceptional, but another one for this Winter season's tally.Good Birding,Jimmy McMorranLeucadia, CA

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Subject: Common Mergansers at Lake Murray
Date: Mon Jan 6 2020 18:04 pm
From: nathanfrenchphotography AT gmail.com
 
At least 5 Common Mergansers right now at Lake Murray at close range on San Carlos Point at Murray Park Dr hotspot (32.7879899, -117.0445844)

Nathan French
Hillcrest
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