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Monthly Archives: August 2018

"vagrant" Little Blue Heron, Common Tern glut

On Saturday the 11th, an adult Little Blue Heron "inland" at the upper (eastern) end of Lower Otay Lake was a real surprise, as this might be the most inland record ever for the county (?). It is also possible that this bird wandered up from Mexico rather than being one of the local, coastal resident breeders. Lower Otay Lake, as does Sweetwater Reservoir, has somewhat lowered water levels currently, so there is mudflat and short-grass habitat in several shoreline areas, especially at the upper/east end along Otay Lakes Road. Also on the 11th, there was a healthy onshore total (in recent decades, that is, when decreasing in numbers) of 53 Common Terns on south San Diego Bay, about half each adults and one-year-olds, with 36 birds on the drawn-down saltworks pond where the Semipalmated Sandpiper is, 8 at the J St. mudflats, and 9 at Emory Cove. The flock of 43 summering Surf Scoters continues off Camp Surf.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Two out of season coastal birds today

This morning, a yellow-rumped warbler briefly visited my yard in University City.
This afternoon, while walking out to Dog Beach from the dirt parking lot, I saw an American pipit in the dry area close to the walkway. I can’t recall offhand that there are any records of American pipit in San Diego in August.

Stan Walens, San Diego
August 10, 2018; 4;45 p.m.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Bell's Vireo (most likely) in Point Loma, Aug. 10

A gray vireo, most likely Bell's, was in our backyard around 9AM for
a few minutes. I'm not 100% certain because it appeared to have a white
eye ring, and Sibley shows more like a white line through the eye.
Here's what I saw:

Vireo, all gray, underside light to whitish gray, one light wing bar,
big black eye, white around the eye; it did not have "spectacles."
Fluttered tail and back end of wings a lot (didn't lift the whole wing);
moved quite quickly in the birdbath and nearby bushes where it seemed to
be picking off bugs. Clearly smaller than house finch in the birdbath at
the same time (but it didn't seem as tiny as I'd expect).

The only other bird that looks very much like what I saw is Gray
Vireo. I note Phil Unitt says in the Atlas that the few reports of Gray
Vireo during migration may be misidentified Bell's. We had a Bell's in
our yard Aug. 15, 2010. Alex Abela photographed a Gray Vireo at Point
Loma Nazarene University in May 2016.


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Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

continuing Pacific golden-plover Tijuana Estuary 8-9-18

Presumably the same individual Pacific golden-plover observed last week off Seacoast Dr was observed yesterday (8/9) at Border Field State Park.  It was on the fringes of a large roosting flock of black-bellies and snowies on the beach about 200 yds north of the horse trail at least from 8:30 to 9:40 am, seen by me & Lea Squires.  It showed relatively bright yellowish wash to face, bright spangling on the back & upper wings, & a few remnant black spots/speckling on the breast & belly, smaller size & finer bill than adjacent BBPLs.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

next san elijo monthly bird count monday 13 august

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 August.  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!

R. Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: RF Booby

We checked Quivera Basin, the bait barge, and drove over to the north jetty to look for the booby. No luck. Multiple fishing boats have been pulling in with clouds of gulls and such. My guess is that this bird accompanied some attractive boat into the harbor and is simply out of sight. Of course that is only a guess…

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

RF Booby

At 5:30 the bird is NOT in sight.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Red-footed Booby still present

Red-footed Booby still present toward the end of the Mission Bay south jetty, at base of tower, viewed from Dog Beach at 3:25pm.

 

Guy McCaskie

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Red-footed Booby

Following Brennan Mulrooney's alert on WhatsApp, I found the Red-footed Booby sitting toward the end of the Mission Bay south jetty. I viewed it from Dog Beach. From my view, it was sitting in front of the ladder of whatever the structure is on the end of the jetty. It sat facing away from me and preening for the 20 minutes or so I watched it. Side note, there is alot of available parking West of Rob Field in the dirt lot. Access is an alley north off West Point Loma Ave. past Bacon St. The lot at Dog Beach was quite full.


Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports