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Green Heron, Oceanside CBC

After today’s Oceanside CBC compilation, I went over to Buccaneer Park, and found another (2nd) ? Green Heron about 100 feet west of South Coast Highway in Loma Alta creek. Then went to the SLR River mouth not finding anything but seeing the lagoon now draining to the ocean for the first time in a while …. 

Thomas Myers
Oceanside, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Mexican Duck x Mallard at Lower Otay Lake, 12/29

A male hybrid Mexican Duck x Mallard was present with the Mallard flock at Lower Otay Lake this evening (Saturday, 12/29) just north of the boat launch. The bird was mated with/guarding a typical female (Northern) Mallard, and other than some barely discernible green iridescence on the crown and partial tail curls, the bird appeared like a Mexican Duck.
A back-of-camera photo is in the ebird checklist below: 
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Oceanside CBC highlights

The Oceanside CBC took place today, 29 Dec, and the preliminary (early afternoon) results had a total in the low 180s, which is close to average. Some of the highlights included (my apologies for forgetting a few?):

Cackling Goose  1  (flying offshore!)

Brown Booby  2  (offshore boat)

Reddish Egret  1  (Santa Margarita River mouth)

Bald Eagle  1  (imm over Mission; blue patagial tags = banded on northern Channel Islands)

Burrowing Owl  1

Costa's Hummingbird  2

Prairie Falcon  1  (Camp Pendleton)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher  (stakeout s. of Cannon Road, Carlsbad)

Vermilion Flycatcher  2  (Whelan Lake)

Barn Swallow  several

Mountain Chickadee  6+

Nashville  Warbler  2  (both Carlsbad)

Yellow Warbler  3  (1 s. Carlsbad, 2 Oceanside)

Chestnut-sided Warbler  1  (stakeout along north shore of Bataquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad)

Black-thr. Gray Warbler  1   (s. Carlsbad)

Hermit Warbler  1  (stakeout in s. Carlsbad)

Palm Warbler  1  (on lawns w/ YRWAs at extreme east end of Arenal Rd. bordering Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad)

Black-and-white Warbler  2  (both Carlsbad; 1 stakeout, 1 new in Holiday Park)

Wilson's Warbler  2  (both Bataquitos area, Carlsbad)

Summer Tanager  3  (incl. 2 females together along Sonja Ct. in s. Oceanside, just east of El Camino Real)

Western Tanager  4-5  (2 Carlsbad, 2-3 Buddy Todd Park)

Bullock's Oriole  1  (s. Carlsbad)

Purple Finch  1  (Vista?)

A BIG thanks to all the participants and ESPECIALLY to the three compilers (not me!)–Jane Mygatt, Kirsten Winter, and Tim Burr.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

prairie falcon camp pendleton 29 dec 2018

Thought posting location for those with military access may be worthwhile:  This afternoon around 1:30, Wendy Prestera and I observed an adult male prairie falcon initially perched on a utility pole on the small hill just NE of the dog park along the NW edge of the Barnett Circle housing area, then soaring/circling over the canyon just NE of there & SE of the stables area.
Earlier in the day, we had at least 5 barn swallows over the NE dry bed of Windmill Lake.
Happy birding,
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count – next Sunday, January 6th, 2019!

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The January 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday  – January 6th. This is the beginning of the tenth year of the San Dieguito surveys!

Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.

Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Foothills birding Dec 27, Lewis' Woodpeckers, Golden Eagle

Yesterday on a Lewis's Woodpecker Hunt with Mona Baumgartel and John DeBeer,  we were able to refind the Lewis's Woodpecker at the same rock outcropping along the road near 25739 Black Canyon Road, Santa Ysabel (first seen Dec 12), and also one of those recently  found my Bob Theriault and Mark Jorgensen along Grapevine Canyon Rd,  3/4 miles south of the intersection with hwy 22.  Nothing like a pink and green bird as beautiful as Lewis's WP around the holidays.  There was also an immature Golden Eagle perched in a tree along Mesa Grande  Road.  

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Singing Hills Golf Course 12/27/18

On Thursday 12/27/18 I went golfing (birding) with a couple friends at Singing Hills Golf Course in east county. Although my golf game wasn't up to par, I did see a few birdies. 
Highlights included:

  • Adult male Vermilion Flycatcher at hole 10 of the Oak Glen course 
  • Male and female pair of Hooded Mergansers on the lake at hole 1 of the Oak Glen course
If you want to see the terrible pics I got of these birds on my iPhone, here is the link to my ebird checklist:
Kenny Kimbrough
El Cajon

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Some Escondido & Ramona region highlights

Thursday 12/27
Snow Goose — 1 continuing on Sand Lake, Kit Carson park; 3 in with the honkers in San Pasqual Valley sod farms. 
Cackling Goose — at least 2 with honkers on RMWD reservoir on Rangeland Rd. 
Eurasian Wigeon — 1 male (and possibly a female) in with the wigeon on Rangeland Rd. 
Details in eBird. 


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Coronado Pine Warbler, Oceanside CBC scouting

The dull, female PINE WARBLER found in Coronado on the SD CBC on the 15th continued on Christmas Day, in the usual spot in the pines along Margarita Ave very close to 6th.

Scouting in the Oceanside CBC count circle on Weds and Thurs AM produced only a number of low-end rarities. On the 26th, there was a HERMIT WARBLER, Yellow Warbler, Mountain Chickadee, 2 Western Tanagers, and a Bullock's Oriole in southern Carlsbad.  And on the 27th, there was a Yellow Warbler and Black-thr Gray Warbler in southern Oceanside and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in northern Carlsbad.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

La Jolla Cove, Dec 25: short-tailed shearwater; black-footed albatross; loons and California gulls galore

I could hardly sleep last night after reading weather reports that forecast winds of 30-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
My tripod was placed by the chimney with care, in hopes a Swarovski soon would be there.
But Santa says I’ve been too naughty this year…

Got to the Cove at 6:20 a.m., and even in the faint light could see thousands of gulls milling about and heading south.
They were almost all gone by a little before 7:00.
The winds were maybe a little over 20mph.
Paul and Barbara were present from around 7:00-8:30; by the end of that time there was a lull in loon numbers.
I’m sure they will make their own report, but the highlight was about 3000 or so Pacific loons and hundreds of California gulls.
Remarkably almost no tubenoses; eventually we saw 3 or maybe 4 black-vented shearwaters.
A few jaegers.
No alcids, but the sea was so turbulent they could have been flying past in the troughs.
[I doubt it. Alcids have gone extinct. {More on this year’s dearth of seabirds anon.}]

I birded by myself from 8:30-9:15 or so.
I was excited to see a short-tailed shearwater moving rapidly to the south.
I see an eBird report from this morning of another birder, whom I did not see, reporting an all-dark shearwater.
I saw the bird well enough to identify it.

Then at 9:10 I was elated to see a black-footed albatross parsing over the kelp line to the northwest.
I had been hoping for a Laysan, or maybe a short-tailed, shy or Salvin's, but Santa says I’ve been too naughty this year…

Then from 9:30-12:30, loon numbers picked up again. I’d say another 3000-3500 Pacific loons, and a smattering of red-throated and common loons.
And California gulls came streaming past in almost uncountable numbers.
On average, maybe 25/minute [okay, I suppose you could say that the numbers weren’t really uncountable].
That pace kept up from 9:00 until almost 12:00, when it slacked off.
So my estimate somewhere around 5000-6000 California gulls for the morning.

Almost no other gulls were mixed in.
A few dozen ring-billeds, plus one Iceland/Thayer’s and one glaucous-winged.
10-11 parasitic jaegers; 7 pomarine jaegers.
3-4 red phalaropes.
1 black oystercatcher huddled on the rock below my bench.
16 gazillion Holiday revelers in red and green sweaters and elf caps.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec. 25, 2018; 1:40 pm
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports