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Red-footed Booby Point Loma

We are out on the Buena Vista San Diego Pelagic . We just got radioed that a Red Footed Booby is hitching a ride on the boat Liberty. This boat is due in at 7:00 PM at Fisherman’s Landing. Passing along this info via Paul L.

Mel Senac
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports


I spent pretty much the whole day (Saturday 8/18/18) going to various locations, looking for shorebirds. I started off at 13th St in Imperial Beach. This was mostly to check the pond just north and east of 13th St, which had a ton of mudflats with thousands of shorebirds a few days ago. It was completely full, though, so I didn't really have anything of interest here. I went to 7th St next where I finally got on some peeps, but didn't find anything of note. In the pond where the flamingo was there was quite a few Red-necked Phalaropes, peeps, etc. There was three yellowlegs, one Greater, one Lesser and one that was sleeping. Next, I walked from Seacoast Dr. to the Tijuana River Mouth. Shorebird activity was low the whole way, but at the rivermouth there was over 400 Willet with some Marbled Godwits, dowitchers, curlews, etc. A Reddish Egret was running around as well. I also had a Common Tern flyby, and a jaeger offshore. Briefly checked the beach at Camp Surf after this, but there was essentially nothing. After that, I went up to the San Diego River and birded the estuary and the tidal mudflats. Two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the estuary were nice but there wasn't too much in the way of shorebirds. I didn't see anything of note at the mudflats either, but there was definitely more here than last week.

So, main birds of interest:
Lesser Yellowlegs: 7th St, pond west of 7th, south of the bike path (where flamingo was)
Common Tern and Reddish Egret: Tijuana River mouth
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons: San Diego River Estuary

Overall a nice morning but a bit frustrating to not get on any massive peep numbers. 

Ryan Andrews
Valley Center
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Painted Bunting and more at Community Gardens

Headed out to the Community Gardens off Holister St along with a ton of other birders this AM.  We did see the male and female Painted Buntings (is the female type for sure a Painted?).

There was very little activity both in the way of birds and Butterflies compared to the same area yesterday afternoon.  Maybe on humid overcast mornings the birds get a later start.
Also present was a Northern Cardinal, several Blue Grosbeaks, Song Sparrows, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Western Kingbirds, Lesser Goldfinch, Says Phoebes, Black Phoebes, House Finches, Allens and Anna's Hummingbirds.
There was a small group of 4 Helmeted Guineafowl on Hollister St just north of Sunset and south of Atherton.
Some photos from yesterday at the same location here –
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Painted Bunting community gardens

The community gardens has been birded numerous times by capable birders this summer and  painted buntings have not been seen/reported until today.  I would give zero weight to the statements of the gardeners – who are universally nice people, but not birders.
But words can be put in their mouths. It would be great if one of the gardeners was a birder who posted his/her sightings, but they aren't and they don't. 
Three painted buntings were seen last August/September at the gardens. The gardens are a well-known spot to find this bird, and this is the time of year that we have a chance to see them.   There is no better way to stay current
on rare birds than to simply pay attention.  
Eric Kallen

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Painted Bunting community gardens

I headed over to the Community gardens off of Hollister this afternoon to look for the Painted Bunting.  Is this a new bird?  It’s not listed on eBird and I don’t recall anyone reporting it before today, but the gardeners here claim it’s been around for a couple of months.  Is there some better way to stay current on rare birds?

I did see the bird briefly as it flew between yards a couple of times, this was the male.  It was in stall 82 for a bit but under cover.  When I did see it, it was between stalls 67 and 97 as reported earlier.  
There was a Northern Cardinal that made several appearances in the area as well.  
At sunset ball fields the male Vermilion was active in the yellow flowering trees and eastern most fields as well.
Roger Uzun
Poway Ca

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Cuyamaca State Park

Oops, almost forgot:
also saw a Purple Finch.  
I also picked up four ticks while birding this morning, so do check yourself carefully should you decide to bird there this weekend.  

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Cuyamaca State Park

Numerous species this morning.  There seemed to be an inordinate number of Phainopepla in and around Stonewall mine.  I would see 5-7 on a shrub at one time. Too, there were 19 Turkey Vultures roosting on a dead tree sunning themselves.  On the other side of that coin, I only saw one Mt. Chickadee.
Highlights were:
California Quail
Wilson Warbler (3)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (10
Western Tanager (1)
Black-headed Grosbeak
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Lark Sparrow (5)
California Thrasher
Some photos at:

Live in beauty….


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:
Ch Borderfame Soul Train UDX, OM ('Kellan the Felon' a.k.a. 'Sir Barkalot')
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 – 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Painted Bunting at Community Gardens TRV

  This morning, 8-17-18, I found an adult male and an apparent juvenile Painted Bunting at the TRV community gardens at about 7:40.  I saw the bright male first in space 67 ( near the south end of the gardens) and then it flew over to space 97 and immediate vicinity, where it stayed until I lost it.  The vegetation it seemed to prefer were grape vines and vine-like squash.  As I watched it another bunting appeared which I identified as a juvenile Painted Bunting.  It had just a tiny amount of green on the neck and at the base of the tail, other than that it was all gray.  The idea struck me that it might be a Varied Bunting, but that would be too good to be true.  

Ebird link:

Eric Kallen
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports