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Sunday pelagic addendum (Least S-P) and Borrego cormorant access

Sunday's San Diego pelagic trip did indeed record at least 1 Least Storm-Petrel, a bird out at the 30-Mile Bank in a group of Black Storm-Petrels photographed by Suzanne Detwiler at 12:26 PM–in case anyone else on the boat took photos at that moment! There could be an additional bird or two during the day; but so far, photos can confirm only this one individual.

As stated by Nancy C. in her post earlier today concerning the Borrego Springs Neotropic Cormorant, access at De Anza Club is problematic. In fact, it is somewhat worse than problematic.  For many years we were allowed to walk the roads and the edge of the golf course for the annual Borrego CBC, but that changed starting 2 or 3 years ago, and the management now doesn't want us there at all. So, the best course of action would be to say that if you have already seen Neotropic Cormorant in San Diego County and don't absolutely, positively "need" to see this bird, it would be best to give it a "pass." Best not to stir the pot and potentially cause any renewed problems, even if one is standing on a road–albeit a private road, I believe.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Red footed Booby on liberty

I'm at fisherman's landing now.  The Liberty is due back at 730 PM.  They spoke to the Capt. an hour or so ago and the bird was still roosting on the boat at sea.

Roger Uzun

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Neotropic Cormorant -Borrego Springs

A gentleman from Belgium showed some of us a photo of a Neotropic Cormorant. He had taken it in Borrego Springs but was unable to give very good directions. I came out today to try to track it down.
It is at the DeAnza Country Club on the pond visible from Lazy S Drive shortly after you enter the property. The cormorant was visible from your car on the left side of the road.
I have never really birded this area- I think it may not be a birder friendly property. That being said, I would caution all visitors to NOT step on the grass. Best bet would be to park outside on Painted Rock and walk 50 yards up the road until you can see the bird. Please do not give birders a black eye by not observing common courtesies!

Nancy Christensen

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

Re: Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma

According to the web site for the boat, it is out to sea all day and returning to the dock sometime after 5:00 pm.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Aug 20, 2018,12:20 pm
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Red-Footed Booby Pt Loma

If anyone knows the status of the Red-Footed Booby aboard the fishing boat in Fisherman's Landing at this time could you please let me know.  

I was busy all morning and will be out of town tomorrow, today might be my only chance at a good look.
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Painted Bunting at Community Gardens

I had a quick view of the brightly colored male Painted Bunting this morning (Monday, Aug. 20). A life bird for me. The female was also visible for much longer in a different plot. Thanks to Eric K and Paul Lehman for pointing it out. It was nice to finally meet both of them.

Denise Riddle
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Yet another coastal White-winged Dove, Aug. 20, Point Loma

A White-winged Dove walked around in my backyard this morning (Aug.
20) around 10AM, coming close enough to the window for detailed study
(red eye, bluish orbital ring, longer bill than Mourning Doves, some
black visible below the slightly askew feathers of the white line along
the edge of the folded wing).

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

Painted Buntings and Reddish Egret

The two Painted Buntings present since Friday are still present Monday morning in the community gardens in the TRV. As before, hanging out in the southern half of the gardens. And as before, they hide a lot. Also still present, and presumably the same long-staying individual since about May, the Reddish Egret continues at the San Diego River mouth.

Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

SDFO meeting – Tuesday Aug 21

Next SDFO meeting:

Tuesday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., in the Hoffman Room of the San Diego Foundation Building, 2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Going south on Rosecrans St. in the Midway area of town, turn left on Roosevelt Rd. into Liberty Station and proceed a couple of blocks to Decatur. Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent parking lots.


Program: Meghan Flaherty will discuss “Restoring a lost piece of California’s wild coastline: ReWild Mission Bay.”




Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross

The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only 10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank. (Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day, we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA.  And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore.  A BLACK TERN was seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:



Pink-footed Shearwater:  90

Sooty Shearwater:  2

Black-vented Shearwater:  300

Black Storm-Petrel:  350

Ashy Storm-Petrel:  4

Leach's Storm-Petrel:  15  (high)

Least Storm-Petrel:  0  (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well enough or photo'd)


Brown Booby:  3


Red-necked Phalarope:  50

Red Phalarope:  200

Pomarine Jaeger:  5

Parasitic Jaeger:  2

Long-tailed Jaeger:  1


Cassin's Auklet:  6

Sabine's Gull:  10



Blue Whale:  1

–Paul Lehman and leader contingent, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports