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Ovenbird continues at Bird & Butterfly Garden

Afternoon!  An OVENBIRD continued at the Bird & Butterfly Garden in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park this morning/Tuesday.  We first watched it foraging in the shade of various shrubs near the main drip from around 9:40am – 10:30am.  Then we went back and re-found it around 11:50am (still slowly foraging beneath the shrubbery) and watched it for another 15 minutes.  More details in the eBird report here:

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
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Various spots

Yesterday, 10-21-18, I poked around several spots.

Upper La Jolla.  
Hermit Thrush 3
Townsend's Warbler 2

Fiesta Island dog run
Horned Lark 30
American Pipit 2
Western Meadowlark 3

Ward Canyon Park
Western Tanager

Fiesta Island dog run
Horned Lark 30
American Pipit 3
Western Meadowlark 25

Nestor Park & Tessoro Grove
Black-throated Gray Warbler 
Townsend's Warbler 2

Bird & Butterfly Garden
American Goldfinch
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Thrush 3

Eric Kallen
Normal Heights
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BVAS / Grande Pelagic trip Sunday Oct. 21, 2018

The Buena Vista Audubon and Grande pelagic, Sunday Oct. 21, 2019 had few highlights, but overall fair numbers of birds.

We experience exceptionally nice ocean conditions, some dense fog early, but clearing for most of the day.

The Nine Mile Bank held most of the life with balls of Northern Anchovy , being devoured by tuna species, and Black-vented Shearwaters.

Black-vented Shearwater was the most  abundance bird species of the day ,  and we had surprisingly good numbers of Cassin's Auklets scattered in all areas.

The San Diego Trough and Thirty Mile Banks held very little today.

I saw maybe six storm-petrels. All very distance, and near our greatest distance from shore. One clearly had a white rump patch and flight style of Leach's Storm-Petrel. The rest may best be left as storm-petrels sp., though I felt none were Black Storm Petrels, and if I had to guess maybe 3-4 more dark rumped Leach's, and one possible Ashy.

We had three Black Oystercatchers on Ballast Point.  A lone Sabine's Gull was reported (getting late) . Several Bonaparte's Gulls were seen, as were a few Common Loons. Elegant Tern were absent offshore.

A small flock of dowitchers was seen offshore. A single small group of Surf Scoters was southbound.

 A Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle by photo) was over the boat at the Thirty Mile Bank.

Tough day bird species wise, we have been spoiled of late.

partial list (unedited);

Surf Scoter  6

duck sp.  5

Common Loon  2

loon sp. 3

Northern Fulmar    3

Pink-footed Shearwater   9

Black-vented Shearwater   1360

Leach's Storm-Petrel    1

storm-petrel sp.    5

Brown Booby    4

Brandt' Cormorant   200+  ( several seen beyond the Nine Mile Bank )

Brown Pelican    26

Black Oystercatcher   3   (S.D. Bay )

Whimbrel   2   ( S.D. Bay )

Willet  1   ( S.D. Bay )

Greater Yellowlegs     5

dowitcher  sp.    7

Red Phalarope    7

Red-necked Phalarope   10

Parasitic Jaeger     1

Cassin's Auklet   130

Sabine's Gull   1

Bonaparte's Gull    5

Heermann's Gull    6

Western Gull    350

California Gull     30

Elegant Tern    5  ( S.D. Bay  )

Royal Tern     7   ( S.D. Bay )


Dave Povey



p.s. San Diego Audubon's Bird Festival is Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 3, 2019. Three pelagics are offered see San Diego Audubon's website for details.







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Palm Warbler at Lake Cuyamaca 10/21/2018

Hello all

Spotted at west side of the lake in reeds. Flew to the west and landed in the grass. Couldn’t find it again. The tail wagging is what got my attention when I first spotted the bird. Link to eBird report with photos. Was only able to get the back, but you can see a faint eye line, yellow vent and a overall drab olive upper parts.
Other seasonal new arrivals, a Wilson’s Snipe, two Northern Harriers and two Western Grebes. Also two early male Canvasbacks. 

Terry Hurst

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FRNC – "Red" Fox Sparrow, Pacific/Winter Wren, Hammond's&Dusky Flycatcher, October 20-21, 2018

Saturday October 20, 2018 visiting out-of-town birder Jon Isacoff found a PACIFIC/WINTER WREN and a "RED" FOX SPARROW at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery close to "the wall" eucalytpus grove area on the east side of the cemetery.  Jon's photos can be found in his eBird checklist here
We don't have a voice recording of the wren so is hard to be certain on identity. Looks like it could be Pacific Wren on photo but confirmation by voice would be desirable.
I went down there today October 21, 2018, actually twice, finding no signs of either bird during the morning visit.  Later in the afternoon I went back and finally relocated the same "RED" FOX SPARROW now down in the southwest section of the cemetery just near the concrete drain culvert where the pools of water can be found by the fence.  I only saw it briefly outside the fence, scuffing around in the leaf litter, before it disappeared away into the bushes.  I put some of my photos in an eBird checklist here
On my morning trip to the cemetery I also found two Hammond's Flycatcher, these also reported by Jon Isacoff and other observers, and was surprised to find also a Dusky Flycatcher on the west side just north of the dip area along the fence line.  This is a rather late date for this species, so unexpected, but it checked out on voice, behavior, dusky edgings to wing feathers, primary projection – tail flicking up only, "whit" calls, short primary projection, longer tail look to it.  Also a strong bill.  I will post the photos on a follow up eBird checklist for the morning visit.

Gary Nunn
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FRNC Varied Thrush

This afternoon (10/21/18) at 5 PM the VARIED THRUSH was out in the open for at least 45 minutes.

It is still in the NE quadrant of the cemetery, western edge of the lawn directly west of the beginning of the loop road.

A continuing PALM WARBLER and FOX SPARROW were nearby.

Two WHITE-WINGED DOVES flying north were a bonus.


                                   Jim Roberts

                                   University City





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Varied Thrush and warblers

Went this morning (Sunday around 8:30AM) to Fort Rosecrans to look for the Varied Thrush.  It did show up a couple of times, spent bulk of its time when present near and in the bushes at the very start of the Northern Most Loop in the road, east side of Cabrillo Monument Drive.  When you are at the start of the northern loop and look west you will see some bushes just east of the western fence.  It spent time on the ground in and in front of those bushes when it was present.

Also saw a couple of Accipiter hawks fly by, the Nashville and Palm Warbler(s) were pretty prominent all morning foraging in the grass in front of the headstones in that same area, west of the loop and east of the bushes.  Also seen were tons of Say's Phoebes, Black Phoebe's, Yellow Rumped Warblers, a couple of Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Common Raven, American Kestrel, Western Bluebird, Red-Tailed Hawk and lesser goldinch.
Spent saturday afternoon @ El Monte Park in Lakeside looking to get decent sunny photos of Lark Sparrows.  I never really got them outside of the shade.  Present there were numerous Nuttall's Woodpeckers, Lark Sparrows, Dark Eyed Junco, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, White-Crowned Sparrows, Hermit Thrush, and Western Bluebirds.
-Roger Uzun
Poway CA

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Re: Varied Trush and compadres

According to the Manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet Drive XLR8 is an herbicide for controlling weeds in lawns. Not sure how toxic it will be to the insect or seed feeding birds on the grass at FRNC. 

Dan Jehl 
San Diego 

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