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Re: A NON-Report for Painted Bunting

A correction to Eve’s report. Today, August 21,  I briefly had the Juvenile Painted Bunting at Space 118 prior to her arrival. It is the same drab bird that Eric Kallen photographed on 8/17. It was perched on a stake among the squash vines. I tried to notify Nancy C.( we split up in our search) but the bird was quite skittish and flew towards space 67. Sadly we could not re-locate it. And we never saw the male.


Mel Senac

San Diego


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A NON-Report for Painted Bunting

There were 6 or 7 of us wandering around the Community Gardens in the Tijuana River Valley Park this morning/TUESDAY but no one had spotted the PAINTED BUNTING by the time we left around 10:40am.  And if seen by others it hasn't yet been reported on eBird for today.  Here's a link to the 7-Day eBird Alerts page for any non-eBirders who might find it useful!  Both confirmed and non-confirmed rarities are included on the Alerts page:

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
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Re: Neotropic Cormorant -Borrego Springs

Nancy is correct about the lack of welcome at DeAnza CC; our Christmas bird counters were banned from entering the property last time around. I should add that there are some residents that are unhappy with the decision to ban made by the "board".

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Pelagic photos

Here is a link to my album of photos from Sunday, Aug 19th:

A great trip, one that goes into the record books! Many thanks to the folks who make this all happen!


Nancy Christensen



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Sabine's Gull at Lake O'Neill

Juvenile located among the throngs of Western Sandpipers and Red-necked Phalaropes at north end of lake. Also numerous passerines mostly located near the Tipu tree opposite the heads on Lakeside Drive where there's an obvious leak.

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Townsend's Warbler in Point Loma, Aug. 21

A Townsend's Warbler was in our backyard on Point Loma this morning,
Aug. 21. Other than a few reported on eBird from the mountains in the
past few days, this is the first I'm aware of this fall.

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Borrego cormorant identification

There appears to be some question as to the identification of the Borrego cormorant. Nancy included a couple good photos of the panting bird with her eBird report from yesterday, and several of us believe the bird may be a young double-crested cormorant. Certainly these two species have generated lots of debate in the past, and the fact the bill is open might affect the shape of the gular patch. However, that said, several of us still lean toward double-crested, while others are agnostic. But so far no solid votes for Neotropic. As such it might be best to hold off driving all the way to Borrego to look for it until the ID is further resolved.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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A few pics from a terrific Pelagic yesterday.

Good evening,

Just wanted to throw a link out there with the best birds of the day on the incredible Pelagic trip yesterday.  There is a shot of both Red-footed Boobies, both the Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, and the Masked Booby.  I did have to lighten up the Masked quite a bit as I had it in terrible light.  Forgive the file name but for a South/west coast Pelagic, it doesn't get much better than this.  I have to wonder too, has a "lower 48" pelagic ever had 2 different types of Albatross and 3 different types of Booby's on the same trip?  Thanks again to all the leaders and to the crew of the Grande for a very memorable trip.

Mark Stratton
North Park

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Red footed booby present now

The red footed booby is setting on the bow of the liberty which is just about to dock at point Loma sportfishing at 7:30 PM
Stan Walens, San Diego
August 20, 2018 7:30 PM
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