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Robb Field

Took a short walk along the channel before the holiday festivities.  Very high tide.  Next to the dog beach saw 1 Tricolored Heron and 1 Reddish Egret, both resting on the same snag.  The Tricolored ultimately took off and went up the channel (inland), stopping in the pickleweed.  Nice views.  Photos at:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Live in beauty….


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX5, OGM  ('Devon' as in 'Devon the Usurper'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 – 2015)
Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider  ("Echo")

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Little Stint, 22 Nov

Bird continues through brief patches of light rain at 0645. Same MO: on the small island generally near one of the two tumbleweeds, from the north end of 10th St. Scope necessary.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Justyn Stahl

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Liberty Station Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

I was going to post more info on the Liberty Station Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, but unfortunately a couple birders tried for it before I could do so. "Unfortunate" because I guess I needed to be more obvious in yesterday's post that this site is an EVENING ROOST for Cassin's Kingbirds (about 20 of them), and many of these birds disperse widely away to unknown areas for the entire day until they come back during about the last half-hour of light. I first saw the STFL flying into the general area yesterday at 4:12 PM, for example, and it was consistently about the Bunya-Bunyas from about 4:20 until dusk. The birds are roosting in a group of large Bunya-Bunya or Star Pine type trees, as well as in some smaller trees adjacent, near the east end of Liberty Station, south of the little golf course and right next to the "Corvette Diner" and a practice putting green. The Scissor-tailed is a somewhat shortish-tailed individual and is often chased by the various Cassin's Kingbirds.  As long as the bird remains in the area, it should be reliable here late in the day, and perhaps at dawn (but they MIGHT leave the roost-site pretty quickly then), but NOT the rest of the day.

This morning (Weds) at Santee Lakes, there was a Least Bittern, "Sooty" Fox Sparrow, and an adult Golden-crowned Sparrow (I have seen precious few full adult Golden-crowneds over the years in southern coastal San Diego County).

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Williamson’s Sapsucker

I spent the morning checking a few spots in the Cuyamaca Mountains . The only bird of note was a male Williamson’s Sapsucker at Stonewall Mine. I saw it three times in the short visit I made, all between the restroom (closed) and the cabin.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Re: new Scissor-tailed Flycatcher–Liberty Station

I went looking for the scissor-tailed fly this morning (11-21-18) at Liberty Station per Paul's instructions.  No luck. A few kingbirds and a bright male  Bullock's oriole.  Ran into John Bruin who had similar luck – no scissor-tailed.
Eric Kallen

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Sunset ball fields, Verdin; but no Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

I was at Sunset ball fields Wednesday morning looking unsuccessfully for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; but did see an adult Verdin on the eastern edge of the easternmost gravel parking lot at the ball field complex.  Tiny, light gray songbird with yellow head and chestnut shoulder patch. Seen well at close range and also heard the rapid, monotone, chipping call.  Was also able to see the Little Stint at the usual spot later in the morning (about 0945).

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Zone-tailed Hawk Escondido

While running work errands in commercial section of downtown Escondido just now an adult zone tailed hawk circled over only 60 feet high! I was stopped at a red light fortunately for good looks. Yellow legs feet bill.  Broad black tail band, broad white subterminal band. 


Greg Gillson
Escondido, California
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new Scissor-tailed Flycatcher–Liberty Station

There is a new scissor-tailed flycatcher in town in the late afternoon on Tuesday, this one at Liberty Station. It started out at the end of Woodworth way and then in trees out on the pitch and putt golf course and has now gone to the bunch of large star pines or bunya bunyas that are south of the golf course in liberty station proper, roosting with Cassins Kingbirds.

Yesterday, Monday, there were TWO Vesper sparrows together at the ballfields on Sunset in the TRV, and the total of yellow crowned night herons in the Tijuana estuary has increased to at least 12 birds: 8 adults, 2 subadults, and two juveniles.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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