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TRV Community Gardens 8-9-18

I visited the community gardens this morning before it got too warm.  Nothing new to report.

Northern Cardinal – favors the giant sunflower seed heads in the Garden
Western Tanager 2 males
Blue Grosbeak, female attending a begging fledgling.  5
Hooded Oriole 3
Black-headed Grosbeak f
Yellow Warbler 2
Common Yellow-throat 6
OC Warbler 2
YB Chat
Red-shouldered Hawk 2

I later stopped by Nestor Park and Tesoro Grove – nothing worthwhile.

Eric Kallen
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San Dieguito Rd Horse Pastures has open fresh water pond and shorebirds, August 8

While helping Jayne Lesley and Joanne Kellogg do a make-up bird count for Area 2 in the monthly San Dieguito Lagoon count today, noticed that there is a nice pasture pond developing again at the 'Horse Pastures'  viewable from the more eastern end of the  pullout area along San Dieguito Rd  just east of the Fairbanks Ranch golf course.  Today, even during the heat of the day at about 10 am,  it had Black-necked stilts, dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope and Least Sandpipers there.  While you definitely need a scope, and can't easy view all parts of the pond because of vegetation and the blockage of the fence railing, it is a good place to check out. Also,  Tri-colored Blackbirds have joined Red-wings and Brewers Blackbirds and Cowbirds at the Horse Park (to the west, at corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, Del Mar) since they have set up the stables and there are lots of manure and feed around.  Bell's Vireos are still singing there and we noticed a lot of shot hole borer damage of willows along San Dieguito Creek. 

Susan Smith

Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 7AUG 2018

I observed a male SUMMER TANAGER this afternoon, 7AUG2018, at Villa La Jolla Park feeding on insects in the central northern section of the park. Given the coastal location, this is presumably an early arriving eastern subspecies fall migrant. According to SD Bird Atlas the arrival dates for these birds are in September. So it appears that this bird is at least 3 weeks early. Photos are in following ebriid report.



Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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Whale watching pelagic

Today, Aug 7th, Mel and I ventured offshore aboard the Privateer hoping to escape the heat. The captain headed west northwest on a beeline to go see some offshore bottlenose dolphins, where we reached a point 12 miles offshore. The birdiest section of the trip was within 5 miles of shore. In the first hour we had a strong stream of Black-vented Shearwaters going past. We were happy to have good looks at several Red Phalaropes and two Sabine’s Gulls. The REPH were single widely separated birds, several of which were behaving like storm-petrels. They flew, jerked into direction changes, and dropped suddenly to the surface, taking off again immediately. We tried to photograph each to make certain they really were not fork-tailed storm-petrels, but they were indeed phalaropes. This was just a behavior I had not witnessed before. Heading back towards shore, at about 4 miles off of La Jolla (according to the captain) we encountered a large dispersed feeding group of dolphins, terns, and a couple of thousand shearwaters. Many of the shearwaters had eaten so heavily they were unable to fly, and dove beneath the surface to avoid the ship.

We are about 2 weeks from the next pelagic trip, and that ship is sold out. Should you decide to go out whale watching to look at birds, I thought I would point out that San Diego Whalewatch has reduced prices on Tuesday and Thursday ($35 each). For the other days you can always find a Groupon that allows you to book on any day for $26 each. If you pay full price you are not doing your homework!


Checklists with some photos:


Nancy Christensen



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Olive Sided Flycatcher at Scissors Crossing

Yesterday morning I tried for the Brown Crested Flycatcher seen at Scissors Crossing.  I dipped on that bird, but I found a local vagrant Olive-Sided Flycatcher instead. eBird justifiably flagged it as rare, and indeed, the SD Bird Atlas contains no reports for there, either.  The nearest known location for them is the Volcan Mountain area, several miles back up Banner Grade.  Perhaps a migrating bird that started slightly off course.  I'd be surprised if it stayed.  Definitive photos were obtained, one showing the distinctive dorsal white patch, and are in my checklist:

Fleeing the heat, I went to look for Dusky Flycatcher and previously reported Indigo Bunting along the California Riding and Hiking trail east of Paso Picacho CG.  Dipped on those birds, too.  I actually parked at Trout Pond trailhead, and the first thing I saw was a White Tailed Kite foraging across the road, basing operations in the lone large snag there.  I have photos if documentation is needed.  It surprised me to see one this high up, but per the SD Bird Atlas, this is the one area in the county where they do occur at that altitude.  Indeed, a search of eBird showed that Terry Hurst reported one about four months ago at Lake Cuyamaca.

Tuck Russell
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Tijuana Bird & Butterly and Ball Fields

Went down to the Nestor area and birded the Ball Fields off Sunset and the Bird & Butterfly garden.  White-Tailed Kite seen hawking in the field across from the ballpark.  Lots of swallows feeding there as well.  Vermilion Flycatcher male is in the middle area with the yellow flowered trees blooming.  I didn't get there until 9:30 and it was not active, staying in the trees not really hawking on the fenceline.  Many Say's Phoebes, Black Phoebes and a few bluebirds were hawking in the area.  

In the bird & butterfly garden there was a male cardinal checking out the sprinkler heads in the middle area just west of the house.  Sort of the middle amphitheater area.  Lots of warblers, only ones I could positively ID were Yellow Warblers.  Some Hooded orioles as well. Both sites had a lot more Allen's Hummingbirds than Anna's.  A bit reverse of the norm although both are common there most years.  This year its like 75% Allen's.  Usually its the reverse.
With hot days you should plan on arriving there before 7:30 AM I think, it was pretty birdy but I feel it was much more active before I arrived.
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

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La Jolla Cove Aug 5

Thousands of black-vented shearwaters

Hundreds of red-necked phalaropes

Dozens of storm-petrels.

One all brown booby too distant to identify

Two parking spaces

Stan Walens, The Bench
Aug 5, 2018; 7:45 am
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Agua Dulce

Trent Stanley & I birded Agua Dulce this morning, 8-4-18.

MacGillivray’s warbler ! Pics
Hermit Warbler 3. Pics
Wilson’s Warbler 2 pics
Western Tanager 2
BH Grosbeak 3
OC Warbler 5
Olive-sided fly
Plus all the usual birds

Possible Evening Grosbeak 2 at parking area. Sounded correct and short looks were good, but not diagnostic. No pics.

Birds were at the crossing near the pump house. Small amount of water drawing in lots of birds. No mosquitos. Not too warm early.

Ill file pics later on ebird.

Eric Kallen
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

White-winged Dove in Point Loma, 8/4

A White-winged Dove perched on the wires along Silvergate Ave. (south of Warner) this morning, Aug. 4 around 8:25AM.

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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