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Red-ft. Booby, Black Tern and jaegers

No, these were not seen from a boat.

A immature Red-footed Booby was seen from the end of Sea Coast in Imperial beach this morning.

The bird was tan ( coffee with cream )color  much as the bird seen on the bow of the Liberty last week. Also present were three Brown Boobies all adults.

A Pomarine Jaeger ( big tail spoons ) also flew by just outside the surf line. Two Parasitic Jaegers were seen tag teaming terns further out.

A Black Tern was seen at the far east end of Lower Otay Lakes. The mud flat still looks promising but only Red-necked Phalaropes (5), Western and Least Sandpipers were seen there today.

A check of north end  of 13th. and 7th. st. in I.B. was in the mist of the San Diego-Coronado bike ride. Quick scans found one hundred or more Red-necked Phalaropes, and a good number of Black Skimmer chicks and fledglings.

I did not try to walk east at 13th.

Dave Povey


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Least Bitterns at Santee Lakes

Saw 3 least bitterns this morning beginning at 8:30, northeast side of pond five, roughly where Ed Henry reported seeing them yesterday. I left about 9:15 and two birds were in the reeds about midway between the teen center/entrance gate and the pump house at the NE corner of the lake.

Two green herons seen as well, with the usual suspects. Wood ducks are molting and look pretty ragged.

Larry Edwards
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Solitary Sandpiper at SDR estuary

After missing all the previous individuals, the Solitary Sandpipers continue at San Diego River, two with a Spotted Sandpiper as described yesterday by Larry and possibly a third associating with three Greater Yellowlegs under the I-5 I-8 interchange. I saw the two just west of the light on SeaWorld Drive, they called when flushed trying (and failing) to get a usable digiscope image. I saw the third about 20 minutes later so it could have been one of the first two. 

Dan Jehl
San Diego 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

TRV 8-25-18

Trent Stanley & I birded several spots in the TRV this morning, 8-25-18.

Community Gardens:
Painted Bunting, juvenile.  Shy 
Common Ground Dove 2
OC Warbler 3
Common Yellow-throat 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Bird & Butterfly Garden:
Cooper's Hawk

TJ River at the old sod farm: 
Barn Owl
Turkey Vulture 10
White-tailed Kite 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Kestrel 2

Ball Fields:
Vermilion Fly 3, one adult male, two juveniles
Bell's Vireo
Hooded Oriole f

Tesoro Grove:
Yellow Warbler
Hutton's Vireo

Eric Kallen
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Friday pelagic to 30 Mile Bank 8-24-18

Four of us weathered the bumpy ride to the 30 Mile Bank Friday. The n.w. winds the previous two days stirred up the ocean surface and although winds were mostly light today there was a lot of left over energy in the waves.

Overall a much different day than Sunday's BVAS/Grande Pelagic. Many fewer birds, particularly phalaropes, and terns. No boobies, no Sabine's Gulls, no storm-petrel raft(s).

We picked up more of the offshore types.  Black-footed Albatross, N. Fulmar, Leach's and Townsend's Storm-Petrels, Long-tailed Jaeger.

Due to slow travel to the Thirty Mile Bank only about a third of the bank was covered today.

Very smoky/smoggy air all day.  Left over from recent fires up north?


partial list;

Black-footed Albatross     2-3  photos may separate

Northern Fulmar    2     a dark brown morph, and pale gray morph,  both healthy looking birds.

Pink-footed Shearwater   50

Sooty Shearwater    1

Black-vented Shearwater     240

Leach's Storm-Petrel     10

Townsend's Storm-Petrel    4    San Diego Trough and Thirty Mile Bank

Ashy Storm-Petrel    6

Black Storm-Petrel    115

Least Storm-Petrel    2      One on Thirty Mile Bank, one outside top of Nine Mile Bank

Black Turnstone   1   south Mission Bay Jetty

Surfbird    1    north Mission Bay Jetty

Red-necked Phalarope  15

Red Phalarope   90

Pomarine Jaeger   2

Parasitic Jaeger   1

Long-tailed Jaeger   3     one as close as 8.5 n.m.

Craveri's Murrelet   4     two pairs  both at Thirty Mile Bank

Cassin's Auklet    6


Loggerhead Turtle   1


Dave Povey


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Solitary Sandpiper at SDR estuary

Late this evening, about sundown, I saw a Solitary Sandpiper at the San Diego River estuary, approximately midway between the Ingraham Street bridge and the I-5 overpass; observed from the frontage road opposite SeaWorld. I will post a (crappy) photo on eBird. Also saw a Sora (twice or two different birds), and possibly a Lesser Yellowlegs, but I need confirmation on that. And a Green Heron flew in as I was about to leave, so I got nice snaps in the dying light as it supped on minnows (or whatever it was that it snapped up at the water's edge).

Larry Edwards
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count – next Sunday, September 2nd!

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The September bird count is on the first Sunday  – next Sunday, September 2nd.  
Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, experienced. 

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Brown Pelican at Lake Murray

Of local interest there was an adult Brown Pelican at Lake Murray in La Mesa yesterday evening (8/23) hanging out with gulls on the damn structures at the south end of the lake.
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports