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Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 & Otay Lakes Rd.

There has been a pale immature Ferruginous Hawk in the cow pasture west of Hwy 94 and north of Otay Lakes rd. since

mid Nov. My apologies for not getting this out, as I transit this area to and from town, and I 'd forgotten to post it after each

sighting. Today I had the bird on both inbound and return to Dulzura, so made a point to get it posted.

This is at fairly low elevation ( <700 ft. )and somewhat close to the coast. ( give or take  20 miles).

A few years back we had an adult dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at Hwy 94 and Jamul ( about were the casino is now ) that

return for multiple winters. So maybe with luck this bird will not only stick around but return for other winters.

Look for the bird from Hwy 94, looking west between the two riparian tree lines ( Hollenbeck cr. &  Dulzura cr. ) . Most often

seen on the ground or on the rocks near the cattle grazing there.

Dave Povey


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Tesoro Grove 12-14-18

Summer Tanager adult male
Western Tanager 2
Bullock's Oriole 3 
Orchard Oriole
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
BT-Gray Warbler 2
Townsend's Warbler 2
Audubon's Warbler 15
OC Warbler 3
RC Kinglet 2
Allen's Hummer  more than several
Anna's Hummer ditto
House Finch
House Wren
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returning Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Tierrasanta

This  morning, Friday, the wintering male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Tierrasanta has officially returned for its second winter. Same exact favorite tree as last winter: enter West Shepherd Canyon from Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and walk a short distance to the usual favorite area of the Painted Redstart. There is a line of largeish eucalyptus trees on the slope to your left, behind homes up on top of the little hill, some with white flowers and some with pink flowers. The bird likes the top part of the tallest euc with lots of white flowers. It is often sneaky–quietly moving about the branches and flower clusters, much like a wintering tanager or oriole would do. Last winter, it was fairly reliable right after the post-dawn sun started shining directly on the top part of the trees–around 7:00-7:30+ AM. Today, I actually had it at around 10AM, so clearly it will show up sporadically later in the morning as well. Also, for the third time in a row I have MISSED the returning Painted Redstart, so either it has modified its routine or it has succumbed…

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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Little Stints and higher water, geese, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler glut

On Tuesday afternoon the 11th, there were a healthy 6 Yellow Warblers in the Liberty Station area, plus a male Bullock's Oriole nearby. Then on Weds AM, the 12th, an additional 5 Yellow Warblers were in residential Imperial Beach and Nestor. The adult Little Stint was present for a short time on the now-reduced favorite island off the end of 10th just after dawn, "reduced" by last week's rains, so the birds have nowhere to forage along the edge of the island so have gone elsewhere for much of the time. And today, the 13th, a Palm Warbler continues in the ag fields along Calzada del Bosque in RSF, where also 2 Western Tanagers along North Lane; and the flock of 200+ Canada Geese at the Fairbanks Ranch horse pastures now has 6 Cackling Geese and 5 Gr. White-fronted Geese with them, but I did not see any white geese.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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BTGreen continuing at Greenwood

Late report: 
I happened upon the continuing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Greenwood Memorial Park this morning (12/12). It initially was in the Elks Rest area, but it quickly moved east past the building. 
Minor but perhaps worth mentioning… 
Also, with the upcoming count in mind…

The fruiting magnolias near the western chainlink fence harbored numerous Cedar Waxings and Western Bluebirds, and a few kingbirds. 
And there were pink-flowering eucalyptus along that same western fence (the trees technically are in Mt Hope) that had a number of Selasphorus hummingbirds. While I presume most were Allen's, there was an adult male that I couldn't see any green on the
back, but the angle was such that it could have easily eluded observation. It might be worth a second look, however. 

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Re: Common Goldeneye

Not really a late report as this bird was first reported this season at this location by Ken Weaver days ago and seen by myself on Dec 7 thanks to Ken’s help.

Michael Martin
Oceanside, Ca
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Thick-billed Kingbird Information

Hi all,

I have looked at eBird and on this listserv and I have noticed a lack of postings about the Thick-billed Kingbird that winters at Poggi Creek every year.  I am coming down to San Diego in about 2 weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of the kingbird, and if I should include looking for the Kingbird in my itinerary.  Also, if anyone knows about the Ramona Harris's Hawk, I would appreciate information on that as well.

Thank you all,

Will Anderson
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Common Goldeneye

Sorry about the late notification but there was a female Common Goldeneye at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside yesterday afternoon.  The bird was directly west of the bridge along the western shore of the river.  If you walk along the western shore the bird was feeding in the shallows.
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El Cajon: Hermit Warbler – 12/10/18

An adult, female Hermit Warbler was in the pine trees by the closed, southeastern bathroom next to the dog run in Wells Park yesterday afternoon. (I accidentally sent this post to the old group yesterday.) A more thorough search could be more fruitful.

While many in this park could use our help (remember the food service ban), it’s important to remember that there are certainly much more dangerous people on this listserv. Be careful on here, and bird on.

Steve Ritt
San Diego, CA

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