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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Possible Bank Swallow- Dairy Mary Ponds

While in search of the Green Tailed Towhee (not located) and Northern waterthrush (not located) a large group of about 50 swallows flew overhead. I got binoculars on a Swallow with white chin, clearly visible brown breast band, and white breast. I was unable to relocate as the swarm moved over the main pond (still there currently) and I was in the brush of the south pond watching the sora and a Marsh Wren.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa
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Brown Booby swarm

currently watching a large number of Brown boobies off Seacoast, halfway to the river mouth. Just did one pan and had 50 birds. Had one interesting non-Brown that I will ID later, hopefully. By far most number of boobies I’ve had in the county.

Ryan andrews
valley center
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Cabrillo Virginia’s Warbler, Purple Martin 9/25

A Virginia’s Warbler was present this morning (Tues 9/25) at Cabrillo NM around the old drip area and SW side of the main parking lots. A female-type Purple Martin later flew over the lighthouse going N and then NW out over the ocean around 1100.
A cooperative and occasionally calling Dusky Flycatcher was present just outside the N fenceline in the NW corner of Fort Rosecrans from 1000-1030. A Yellow-breasted Chat also put in a brief appearance in the NW corner while attempting views of the Yellow-green Vireo found by Jeff Spaulding.
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

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Interesting Yard Bird – Mountain Chickadee in La Mesa

For the last four hours I have been watching a Mountain Chickadee eat at my feeders! Ebird does not mark it as rare, but it’s one of the first times I’ve seen one this low in elevation.

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca (Near Grossmont High)
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Yellow-green Vireo, FRNC, 25 Sep

Jeff Spaulding reports a Yellow-green Vireo in the NW corner of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Gjon Hazard says many of the same rarities from yesterday are still present.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

FRNC – Pectoral Sandpiper, Sep 25, 2018

Just heard from Dave Povey and this morning Sep 25, 2018 he found a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.  It is on the west side between last two entrances.  The location is close to the west side fence line.  In the same place where the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was recently seen.

Gary Nunn
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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Tricolored Heron Continues in Oceanside

Sorry for the late post, I saw the continuing Tricolored Heron at the SLR River mouth lagoon yesterday September 23 from 5:30-6 pm. It was foraging along the marsh edge just on the east side of the bridge. There were also two Green Herons in the lagoon as well. Then went over to the beach and saw a weird looking gull in the middle of the last 2 jetties. It was roosting in with the main flock of gulls. Half of its feathers were tan, in some sort of molt I’m guessing ? It was about Ring-billed size. Reminded me of the tan variety of Rock Doves. I failed to get any photos of it, so if anyone sees it, I’m curious as to what species it is ….

Thomas Myers
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts

San Diego Birders, and aspiring birders,
Here is the schedule for the 2018 San Diego County Christmas Bird Counts. There are 6 Circles within the County. You may volunteer for 1 circle, or all 6 if you have the interest and stamina. Please contact the compiler, or co-compiler, for each of the Circles if you wish to volunteer. Be part of this more than 100 year tradition. Volunteer, join us, be part of birding history.



Volunteers of all levels of experience are encouraged to assist in this citizen science project. To sign up, or for more details, contact the compilers for each Circle. 


Saturday, December 15, 2018

CBC – San Diego Circle

Justyn Stahl     justyn.stahl@…


Sunday, December 16, 2018

CBC – Anza-Borrego Circle

Robert Theriault    rtheriau@…


Monday, December 17, 2018

CBC  – Lake Henshaw Circle

Gretchen Cummings    Gretchen.bc@…


Saturday, December 22, 2018

CBC – Rancho Santa Fe Circle

Robert Patton     rpatton@…


Saturday, December 29, 2018

CBC – Oceanside Circle

Jane Mygatt     janemygatt@…


Saturday, January 5, 2019

CBC – Escondido Circle

Ken Weaver    gnatcatcher@…
Cherish Nature,
Peter Thomas



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Green Tail Towhee – Descanso (3500 feet).

Just saw a Green-tailed Towhee outside my window, in Descanso, CA.  This is a first ever – I had to look it up to be sure.  Two bad pics from my phone (pulled out fast) that I think are identifiable are on flickr.  Rusty crest, clear stripes on face, white chin – size of a very small California Towhee.
Fall migration, I assume.
Cindy Burnham

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports