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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Sunset ball fields and Nestor

Quick check at each location before going to work.  No Vesper Sparrow or Vermillion Flycatcher at Sunset, but did see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Plumbeous Vireo, as well as the continuing Ground Dove.
At Nestor had a brief glimpse of the American Redstart.  No Orioles, but did have nice views of the Summer Tanager.  

Live in beauty….

Catherine

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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'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , BN  ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 – 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)
 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Costa Rica recommendations

I'm interested in recommendations for birding guide(s) or tours in northwestern Costa Rica, specifically around Monteverde and Santa Elena, and at Parque Nacional Palo Verde. 

Respond (off list, please) to Carl.Ebeling[at]gmail.com.  Thanks in advance!
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Re: Gull ID help needed

California Gull. I find that leg color (deathly gray/green) on immature Cal Gulls is the easiest field mark to use for a quick ID. And with immature gulls, a quick ID is all I am interested in. 

Brennan Mulrooney 
Santee, CA

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Lesser Black-backed Gull at Coronado jetty

On Sunday, Dec. 16, birding with Janis Cadwallader (my wife), we observed the Lesser Black-backed Gull on the jetty opposite the Hotel del Coronado, from 11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., at low tide. Yellow legs, yellow bill with oval red spot near the tip, red gape and red eye ring visible at times, depending on head movement and angle of the sun, brown streaking on head and neck, with greater intensity around the eye; dark-gray back.

We did not see the bird when we first arrived at the jetty, just after 10 a.m., so we continued northward on the beach toward the main tower, where a group of gulls and terns were resting on the sand. We did not see the Lesser Black-backed Gull among them. We then returned to the jetty, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull had flown in and was standing on one of the tallest rocks, about mid-jetty. It was still there when we left, seemingly unconcerned about the homo sapiens climbing on the rocks of the jetty. One other birder (Richard) joined us while we there.

Photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50747036

Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
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Nashville Warbler; Carlsbad, 16DEC2018

I observed a NASHVILLE WARBLER this morning (16DEC 2018) in Carlsbad near the intersection of Faraday and Rutherford. It was foraging in Tipu trees on the north side of Faraday about 50 yards east of Rutherford (33.134599, -117.283442). It moved between the 3rd and 4th Tipu trees counting from intersection between 9 and 10 AM. This is the exact same location where the same species was observed in January 2018, so it is likely the same returning winter bird. While perhaps of marginal chase interest,  this species is rare in winter and is a good bird for upcoming Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC. A couple of photos are in the following ebird checklist.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50736365

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

 

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Possible Calliope Batiquitos Lagoon?

Did anyone else see the ebird report of a possible Calliope Hummingbird at Batiquitos Lagoon from Saturday Morning at 8:30 AM?  Does this seem possible?  I would like to go out and look for it on Monday morning if anyone thinks it's not an Anna's or Costa's.  It was near the parking lot there.  If anyone would like to meet up tomorrow AM Please email me.

-Roger Uzun

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Sand Lake at Kit Karson Park, Escondido

Stopped briefly to locate the continuing juvenile Snow Goose on my way to an event in Valley Center.  Was pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of Hooded Merganser, one male and one female.  Always a treat!  
A very healthy, unafraid coyote came within 20 feet of me and my husband, was obviously accustomed to having duck breakfast.  The Snow Goose actually moved closer to us in order to avoid the coyote's passing.

Live in beauty….

Catherine

Competitive Obedience Toolbox: www.gettoready.net
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'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , BN  ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 – 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)
 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Diego CBC: 216 species

The 2018 San Diego Christmas Bird Count was today, 15 December. Approximately 150 participants “braved” a partly cloudy morning and an overnight low of 52 degrees, clearing to blue skies with a daytime high of 68 degrees. This year’s tentative total is 216, with several notable highlights including two firsts for the count: Little Stint (2) and Buller’s Shearwater*. Other good birds included continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-throated Green Warbler, Thick-billed Kingbird, and 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Discovered on the count was a dull Pine Warbler in Coronado.

Two continuing Little Stints (1 adult, 1 juvenile) were relocated inside the Salt Works. Providing the 2nd and 3rd records for San Diego County, these birds were the 1st for the San Diego CBC, likely a 1st for a U.S. CBC, and certainly a high count for any U.S. CBC. 

*The Buller’s Shearwater was found from Dave Povey’s boat, west of Silver Strand State Beach and provides a first living record for the San Diego CBC. The previous record was one found dead. Rare in San Diego, particularly from shore, this one was actually visible from the north parking lot at Silver Strand SB.

Highlights:

Snow Goose – 3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Greater White-fronted Goose – 25 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Cackling Goose – 2 (golf course south of Rohr Park)

Eurasian Wigeon – 1 (Sweetwater River)

Canvasback – 14 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

White-winged Scoter – 1 (Povey boat)

Black Scoter – 1 (seawatch from Seacoast Dr.)

Hooded Merganser – 2 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

LITTLE STINT – 2 (Salt Works)

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 1 (Hotel Del Coronado, 2nd SD CBC record)

BULLER’S SHEARWATER – 1 (Povey boat)

Brown Booby – 5 (seawatch from Seacoast Drive, Povey boat)

Reddish Egret – 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Bald Eagle – 1 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Gray Flycatcher – 1 (Rohr Park)

Tropical Kingbird – 2 (Balboa Park—west side, Dairy Mart main pond)

Thick-billed Kingbird -1 (Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Western Kingbird – 1-2 (Sunset Ave. ball fields, Dairy Mart sod farm)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2 (Nestor Park and Sunset Ave ball fields, Poggi Creek greenbelt)

Plumbeous Vireo – 1 (Hilltop Park)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow –  3 (Sweetwater Reservoir)

Vesper Sparrow – 1 (Sunset Ave ball fields)

Orchard Oriole – 2 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park, Kimball Park)

Hooded Oriole – 2 (Sunnyslope Park, Marston Canyon)

Baltimore Oriole – 2 (Rohr Park, Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Black-and-white Warbler – 1 (Balboa Park—28th St. Park)

Nashville Warbler – 3 (Sweetwater River, Spruce Canyon, Kimball Park)

American Redstart – 1 (Tesoro Grove/Nestor Park)

Pine Warbler – 1 (Coronado – Margarita @ 6th)

Black-throated Green Warbler – 1 (Greenwood Cemetery) 

(Several Summer and Western Tanagers, many Bullock’s Oriole, and several Black-throated Gray Warblers were reported – totals to follow upon data compilation.)

Notable non-countable exotics:

American Flamingo – 1 (South San Diego Bay)

Black-throated Magpie-Jay – 4 (west of Hollister, declining?)

Northern Cardinal – 1 (Tijuana River Valley)

Pin-tailed Whydah – 3 (Rohr Park, on the rise?)

Despite the overall good total of species, numbers of birds were low. No Palm Warblers were found in the count circle, despite the glut of this species along the coast this fall. 

We missed Great Horned Owl, and only a single Ridgway’s Rail was reported.

Special thanks to San Diego Audubon for a wonderful lunch each year.

Justyn Stahl, compiler

currently in Borrego Springs

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