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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Mission Bay Nelson's Sparrow

At 9:45 AM this morning (12/22/18) a NELSON’S SPARROW (probably the previously reported bird) popped up in a bush along the chain-link fence north of the viewing platform

At Kendall Frost Marsh for a couple minutes.


                            Jim Roberts

                                University City

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Clark's Nutcracker — Big Laguna Lake

I birded at Big Laguna Lake and the surrounding area this morning and early afternoon. I hiked in from the end of Los Huecos Road, adjacent to the Laguna Campground. Not real birdy, but the highlight turned out to be four (possibly five) Clark's Nutcrackers foraging low in the pines and on the ground along the trail on the east side of the lake. The lake was practically deserted, with only a handful of buffleheads, which out numbered the coots. Los Rasalies Pond was equally deserted, with only three species (4 birds) present, and Little Laguna Lake lay completely dry. Plenty of Acorn Woodpeckers, Ravens, and blackbirds — Red-winged and Brewer's. Also heard a coyote's mournful call north of the big lake. Not a single Yellow-rumped Warbler or White-crowned Sparrow to be found, although I saw Golden-crowned Sparrows above the north end big lake, beyond where I saw the nutcrackers.
Photos of the Clark's Nutcrackers on eBird (The Nutcracker Suite):

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Chestnut-sided Warbler @ Batiquitos Continues 21DEC2018

I observed the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER found by Nancy C. at Batiquitos Lagoon on 23NOV2018 this afternoon, 21DEC2018, at the same location. It was observed high in the Eucs (not the easiest viewing) next to golf course about 20-30 yards west of marker #17. The bird appears to be wintering and would a good bird for upcoming Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC. ID photo is in the following ebird report.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

American Redstart at Lake Hodges

There is an adult male American Redstart off the Bernardo Bay trail at Lake Hodges. Same area as last year. Not far from West Bernardo Drive. Bouncing crazily through willows and oaks on both sides of the trail. 

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
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Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird Count Saturday 22 December

This may be a bit off topic, but if you've been waiting for a response regarding the RSF CBC, please check your spam or junk email folders (thank you Paul C. for being the first to point out the problem).
We can still use experienced birders if you're at a loss as to how to spend Saturday morning…
In count week run up to the CBC, up to 4 barn swallows, a Caspian tern, & parasitic jaeger were observed at Cardiff State Beach yesterday & today.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

SDFO New Year's Day Pelagic 2019

Holiday greetings!

Just a reminder that the San Diego Field Ornithologist New Year's Day Pelagic is Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019. This is a six hour trip, sailing at 8 AM and returning around 2 PM.

The trip departs from H&M Landing in San Diego Bay. It's recommended you arrive about 7:15 AM. Cost for members and their guest is currently $45.00 and you may also pay your 2019 dues at that time ($25 per person and $35 for a family).

Please send me your check. If you don't have my mailing address, please contact me offline by replying to this email.  I will take reservations in the order they come in to me. 
Please do not call the landing.
Cheers and good birding!

Barbara Carlson

Membership SDFO

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Bald eagle at Lower Otay Lake 12-19-18

There was an adult Bald Eagle at the north end of Lower Otay Lake about 1 p.m. today.

Not many gulls on the lake, maybe 60-70 or so. None close to the launch ramp docks area.

Saw pair of Western Grebes dancing.

Dave Povey


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Anza-Borrego CBC 12-16-2018

Here are the bare-bones close to what the final results will be report.
Bird Species reported: 118
Counters in the field: 90
Weather: pleasant
Unexpected species (not on the checklist):
Greater White-fronted Goose
Plumbeous Vireo
Lazuli Bunting
Summer Tanager
Bullock's Oriole
Unusual subspecies:
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Slate-colored Junco
Difficult to Identify:
Sagebrush Sparrow
Bell's Sparrow (subspecies canescens)
Very difficult to find residents:
Crissal Thrasher
LeConte's Thrasher
Thanks, Bob Theriault – Borrego Springs

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

La Jolla Cove Tuesday morning 12/18

Two wandering tattlers were a pleasant surprise. The surf was in such a pother that even the sea lions weren't surfing. The Brandt's cormorants have their white nuptial feathers and blue throats and are guarding nest sites. Brown Pelicans are getting their breeding plumage, and the numbers seem low, so many may have already left for the Coronados? Usual turnstones, snowy egrets, black phoebes, gulls of all ages – Western juveniles especially noisily begging – double-crested cormorants, etc. Didn't see our resident osprey, and also no peregrines, thus pigeons all over the place.

Stan, were there good birds yesterday coming in with the wind and waves?
Sally M. Gall
La Jolla
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports