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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Tricolored Heron Continues in Oceanside

I observed the juvenile Tricolored Heron, originally reported on September 11, at the now closed-off mouth of the San Luis Rey
River between 8:25 and 8:45 today.  The bird was very active, both in feeding and in flying back and forth across the "lagoon."
eBird report with photos can be accessed at
Ken Weaver

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Waterthrush, GTTO

This morning at the stick pond at Dairy Mart Ponds, the Northern Waterthrush

made an appearance very close to the shore. I called Ed Henry over 
to see it, and while we were looking, it spent more time in the bushes 
above our heads than down in the mud! Pix in the ebird report. While present,
the waterthrush was calling constantly. 
Also present in the stick pond was a Sora and a brownish empid with rufousy
wing bars and a short primary extension that dropped in just for a second.
Fortunately I chose to shoot photos rather than study it first since it flew
off and did not return. I reported it as a Willow Flycatcher but re-evaluation 
of the pix in the ebird report is welcome. 
The Green-tailed Towhee ranged from the bushes at the edge of the stick pond
to about 100m west along the paved path….farther than I would have guessed,
but I watched it fly from one spot to the other so it's the same bird. 
Afterwards at the Bird & Butterfly Garden, before the ground-dove-seeking crowds 
appeared, there were a few migrants: Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, White-crowned
Sparrow, YRWA, Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

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Agua Dulce – Clark's Nutcrackers

This morning (Friday Sept 21) a group of at least 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers was seen near the pumphouse on Agua Dulce at 7:20am. The flock followed the streambed downstream, turned and flew upstream. A few moments later 2 CLNUs flew out of a tree, could have been part of the 5 or an additional 2. The flock did NOT perch or come down for water, it was only a quick fly-by. Apparently 2 CLNU made an appearance at around 10;10am in the pumphouse area.

It is my opinion that these birds are foraging south (upstream) of the pumphouse location, possibly in the same region the flock frequented in April 2016. Possibly they are flying to the Agua Dulce area for water, or even for some fruit, but they are certainly not feeding on cones in this area. No vocalizations.

The Townsend’s Solitaire was heard to vocalize a couple of times, and was seen briefly by John Bruin and myself. Chris Smith had (presumably) the same bird downstream from the pumphouse near the place the dirt road crosses the streambed.


Nancy Christensen



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Eastern Bluebird???

I was trying to get confirmation before posting…but my source is not responding at this time… ? I have been looking at this bluebird which has not moved from perch in last 10 minutes…if you’re in the area,

The Dana Point Resort, North side of grass lawn 09/21/18 @ 1:08 pm

Anthony “Too Fly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca
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Blackpoll Warbler at Presidio Park 9/21

Around 1000 this morning (Friday 9/21) there was a Blackpoll Warbler foraging amongst several other species in a tall (lerpy) Euc at Presidio Park. The tree is located south of the old presidio and north of the Cosoy Way loop, approximately here 32.757942,-117.193319.
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

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[eBird Alert] San Diego County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

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*** Species Summary:

– Ruddy Ground-Dove (1 report)
– American Redstart (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (1)
– Reported Sep 20, 2018 13:45 by John Kvarnback
– Tijuana River Valley Regional Park–Bird & Butterfly Garden, San Diego, California
– Map:,-117.0857942&ll=32.5542929,-117.0857942

– Checklist:
– Comments: "One ad male flying around with the Common ground-doves. Shyer than the Common ground-doves thus no photo."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
– Reported Sep 20, 2018 13:45 by John Kvarnback
– Tijuana River Valley Regional Park–Bird & Butterfly Garden, San Diego, California
– Map:,-117.0857942&ll=32.5542929,-117.0857942

– Checklist:
– Comments: "Imm/female"


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Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA
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El Camino Memorial Park – Blackpoll Warbler, Sep 20, 2018

Mike Nelson sent over an eBird report with photographs of a BLACKPOLL WARBLER he discovered today Sep 20, 2018 in El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley.  The park is just east of 805 highway on Carroll Canyon Road.

More details, photos, and a map link, can be found in Mike’s eBird checklist here
The photographs appear to show golden-yellow feet but some closer photos might be desirable if the bird is relocated.
Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach

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Re: What's the water use project is on Rangeland Road, Ramona, (Tricolored Blackbird breeding Ponds now dry)?

Hi Kelly, thank you for checking about the Rangland Road water project.  Are you saying the two ponds on the plant property have not been affected?  And is the irrigation project to enhance grazing land for the dairy cattle or for some other purpose? This is not clear.  Yes I will contact Ricardo and glad he seemed helpful.  

Susan Smith

Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 

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Clark's Pair

I went up to Mt Laguna chasing the Clark's Nutcracker.  There are 2 of them up there, I saw them both at the same time.  They were moving more or less together through the tall trees near the pumphouse.  Did not get any photos, I think I will try again tomorrow morning now that I know what they look like in flight.  I didn't realize that in flight they had the white markings under the wings, and did not realize they were so large.  I had been seeing them on and off all morning between about 8AM and 10AM but only realized they were the clark's closer to 10 AM….Also present pygmy and white-breasted nuthatch, Ca Scrub Jays, Steller's Jays, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and tons of Acorn Woodpeckers.  Mountain Chickadee's, Spotted Towhee, Western Bluebirds, some violet – green swallows I believe, not 100% sure on that but appeared to be.

-Roger Uzun

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