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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Mountain Bluebirds Fiesta Island

3 Mountain Bluebirds continuing on north end of Fiesta Island Dog Park. Seen foraging and avoiding dogs between the main parking lot fence and the start of the low shrubs.
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Plumbeous Vireo at Tijuana River Valley Ball Fields

This morning (November 26) there was a Plumbeous Vireo in the trees on the eastern edge of the TJ River Park ball fields. The male Vermillion Flycatcher was glowing red in the early morning light but I missed the Tropical Kingbird and the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. A young Red-tailed Hawk flew in carrying an American Coot, and was promptly harassed by a pair of ravens.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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Warning of possible Mountain Lion at Stonewall Mine today

Good evening,

Camille and I headed to Stonewall Mine today for the Williamson's Sapsucker and while walking up the hill towards the restrooms, there was a loud growl coming from the bushes just uphill from the restrooms.  There was a second Growl and Camille afterwards, heard a Chuff type of sound.  We never saw the animal and obviously, it wan't very aggressive so this was probably more of a warning growl but after coming back home and listening to recordings, we are pretty certain that this was a mountain Lion.  Please be cautious if you go up there and probably best not to go alone.
Mark Stratton
North Park

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Returning November yard birds NE El Cajon

Four late November uncommon species yard birds seen today, 25 November 2018 in NE El Cajon included the continuing White-winged dove, apparently it's second year of "wintering" in this locale, along with an adult male Hooded oriole making "winter" feeder appearances here for a third consecutive year as well as a Plumbeous vireo, a species that now passes through the yard yearly in November. Also, a adult White-throated sparrow was skulking about in the shrubs trading loud, metallic "chink" (brief cell phone recording made) calls with the White-crowned flock's lighter weight "tsink" calls, possibly a return visit of the first year bird photographed in the yard last November… Sadly, I didn't get up from my coffee and easy chair to get a camera until the Plumbeous showed up. Slacker.
Chris Smith
Chris Smith

San Diego County

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White-winged and Black Scoters -Coronado

Some of the scoters found by the Baileys continue this morning at the Coronado Dog Beach with one female White-winged Scoter directly offshore from the coned off sea lion and a flock of five female Black Scoters just to the north if you look towards FRNC.

The Little Stint also continues at the north end of 10th in Imperial Beach.

Tom Ford-Hutchinson
San Diego, CA
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returning Baltimore Oriole, goose selection

Saturday morning, the 24th, the female BALTIMORE ORIOLE has returned for its SIXTH winter to Rohr Park in Bonita. (By the way, also the 6th winter for the Black-thr Green Warbler at Greenwood Cemetery.) As in previous years, the oriole is pretty faithful to the bottlebrush trees alongside the basketball courts for a while starting around 30-45 minutes after dawn (so, for example, today it flew in at 7:12). In the western section of the park there was an adult male VERMILION FLYCATCHER and a White-breasted Nuthatch. At the adjoining Bonita golf course, next to the clubhouse along Bonita Road, the multi-year, tame, adult Greater White-fronted Goose continues to hang out with the "funny ducks."  At Sweetwater Reservoir there were 26 "real" GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 2 CACKLING GEESE, and 75 Canada Geese, as well as 1000 Western Grebes, 500 N. Shovelers, 25 Am. White Pelicans, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, and a Loggerhead Shrike, plus pretty good numbers of some shorebirds for this time of year at an "inland" lake: 10 Dunlin, 200 Western Sandpipers, 140 Long-billed Dowitchers.  Sixty Herring Gulls at Lower Otay Lake, but no gull species there of interest.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Batiquitos Lagoon

Just a warning to those birding at the lagoon.  We parked in the middle parking lot about 9:00 today and birded for about two hours.  We went to the access to Aviara and back.  While we were gone the back side window of our truck was smashed and someone made off with our camera bag and some equipment.  There were other cars around, people coming and going and our truck alarm was not triggered although it was set.  The bag was covered but according to cops they watch you leave and look for coats that something will be under and then smash, grab and take off.  Don't take anything with you that you aren't carrying in this neighborhood.
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Batiquitos today (Saturday)

Chestnut-sided W. seen again today about 30 yds. west of 17 post.  Also a Wilson's W. in the eastern euc grove (site of heronry) and another of same species at intersection of Batiquitos Dr. and Kingfisher.

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