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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Tesoro Grove 11-28-18

Summer Tanager -adult male and female
Bullock's Oriole -ditto
Hooded Oriole – female
B-T Gray warbler
Townsend's Warbler 2
Hutton's Vireo
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Anza Borrego Christmas Bird Count Potluck Invite



Are you participating in this year’s Borrego Springs Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 16?  


If your answer is YES, (and we CERTAINLY hope it is) you (and a significant other or birding companion) are cordially invited to join other CBC participants Saturday evening, December 15, for the ANNUAL ANZA BORREGO CBC POTLUCK FIESTA at the home of Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham in Borrego Springs from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.  


Borrego residents are asked to bring a hot dish or salad.  If you're coming from "the other side of the mountains" bring something tasty that will travel… cheese & crackers, hummus, tortilla chips, dip, wine, cookies. You name it, this bunch of birders will eat or drink it — the theme is FIESTA!


Important: RSVP for the Potluck Fiesta no later than December 7.  Upon receipt I'll send you the address, driving directions and parking tips.  


We’ll supply china and cutlery along with Terry's Famous Vegetarian Beef Stew, Ann’s secret-recipe holiday champagne punch, sparkling & filtered water, tea and coffee.   Feel free to bring your own "other" beverages and keep them cold in the big fridge in the garage.


Come when you can.  Many of you are driving from the coast after the San Diego CBC and may arrive after 5:30… don't worry, we'll leave the lights on for you. 




Terry Hunefeld & Ann Dunham   thunefeld@… 


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

half-day pelagic to 9-Mile Bank

On Tuesday morning the 27th, several of us ventured offshore for a half-day trip to the outer edge of the 9-Mile Bank.  Except for Black-vented Shearwaters and Cassin's Auklets, it was fairly quiet. True highlights were hard to come by, and probably would include Common Murre, Pink-footed Shearwater (getting late), and Brown Booby. Offshore totals included:

Pomarine Jaeger:  3

Red Phalarope:  3

Common Murre:  1  (11 miles off Point Loma)

Cassin's Auklet:  300

Bonaparte's Gull:  50

Pacific Loon:  15

Pink-footed Shearwater:  1

Black-vented Shearwater:  800

Brown Booby:  1 or 2

Western Grebe:  1 swimming ca. 10 miles offshore

American Coot:  1 at a kelp patty ca. 5 miles offshore

Fin Whale:  1+

Humpback Whale:  2+

Also, 3 Surfbirds on the Mission Bay north jetty

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Cabrillo National Monument & tidepools

I did some scouting around CNM this morning from 09:30 to noon. 
Pine Siskin: one flushed from a Monterey Cypress at the old Myoporum grove and flew east, returned a minute later, then headed north. It was quite agitated and called constantly.
Glaucous-winged Gull: 1st winter flew south past the first tidepool parking lot.
Black Oystercatcher: 6 birds together below the second tidepool parking lot. 

Jeff Spaulding
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Diego River-River Walk 11-26-18

I visited River Walk going west along the south side of the river from Mission Center Road (near Mimi's restaurant). I birded the area both yesterday and this morning.

The park-like area, with the small dog run, where the parula was seen last November was the best on both days. The tall cottonwoods were active.

B-T Gray Warbler 4 on both days
Townsend's Warbler 5 or 6 both days
Wilson's Warbler 3 today
Yellow Warbler both days
Munia about 12 both days
Myrtle Warbler both days

Eric Kallen

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Calzada del Bosque, San Dieguito County Park

This morning (11/26/18) at 10 AM, a WILSON’S SNIPE was in the field south of Calzada del Bosque, east of Via de la Valle.

A little later in the morning at San Dieguito County Park, I dipped on Gretchen’s Purple finch but west of picnic area #7 were some good birds.

Along the western edge of the lawn was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and a FOX SPARROW.

About 150 meters west of the lower ponds was a Western-type flycatcher.  It was undoubtedly a Pacific slope but did not vocalize.

It had an almond shaped eye-ring, olive back and head, biggish bill with all yellow lower mandible.


                             Jim Roberts

                             University City


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Pacific Wren – Palomar State Park

The Pacific Wren was seen again today (Nov 26) near Post 10 along the Doane Nature Trail in Palomar State Park. Once again found first by ear, then seen quite closely as it foraged through the debris left by a fallen tree. Overall the mountains were far less birdy than a week ago. There has been some rain and there is more water available for the wildlife, so perhaps there was no concentration of life near the few puddles that were there during my last visit.

Briefly scoped Lake Hensahw, but had trouble with windy conditions moving the scopes. There was a large flock of Canada Geese, a flock of about 40 Greater White-fronted Geese, and at least 4 large white geese. Based on their size, Mel and I assume they were Snow Geese. There were numerous ducks present, but as I said, viewing was difficult and we didn’t even submit a checklist.


Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

exploring/discovering little-known San Diego area urban parks

First off, on Sunday the 25th, an early-AM seawatch off the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach produced a northbound White-winged Scoter (quite possibly the same bird that then is also off Coronado/North Island), a getting-late southbound Elegant Tern, a Pomarine Jaeger, and just 2 Brown Boobies.

Needless to say, there are lots and lots of little parks and other green spaces in urban and suburban San Diego County that never get checked by birders, or only very rarely get visited and reports are not forthcoming (probably because nothing rare was found!). If one looks at a map, it is easy to spot them– parks where avian reports are nil, or almost so, from large chunks of eastern San Diego city, from La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, eastern Chula Vista, etc.–not to mention within a host of communities a little distance inland in the North County (e.g., Rancho Santa Fe, inland Encinitas, inland Carlsbad). But remember just last winter when some intrepid birders visited previously-ignored Hollywood Park (Clay-colored Sparrow), Montclair Park (Gray Flycatcher), and Hickman Field sports park (Gray Flycatcher). Anyway, to see what we are all possibly missing, plus to satisfy a bit of curiosity, I started checking some such locations today (Nov 26th), and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. Clearly, some of these parks have mostly ballfields, too few trees, etc., but some of them turn out to be quite attractive, with good numbers of blooming eucalyptus and bottlebrush, tipus, sycamores, pines, berry-laden peppers, etc., and a pretty good number and selection of birds, with multiple Townsend's Warblers and Chipping Sparrows at the better ones often being a "clue" that these places might well turn up 'better' stuff at some point. The more interesting parks I visited this morning–where upon entering I immediately thought to myself, "Gee, I wonder what interesting birds have been HERE over the past 10+ years (migration and winter) but probably nobody has ever checked"–were:

San Diego city:  Colina del Sol Community Park & Golf Course, between El Cajon Blvd X University Ave X 54th St.:  W. Tanager, munia heaven, … (looks quite good!)

Lemon Grove:  Berry Street Park (B-t Gray & Yellow Warblers), Lemon Grove Park, and Dan Kunkel Park (lots of tipus)

La Mesa:  Highwood Park ("PINK-SIDED" Junco), Jackson Park (B-t Gray Warbler), and perhaps Aztec Park

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports