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Lake Miramar Goldeneye

I had two male Common Goldeneye at Lake Miramar this morning (12/11/18) in the East end of the lake.  A boat caused them to flush and they flew to the west end near the dam.  Associating with the multitude of Lesser Scaup, were a hand full of Redheads and Ruddy Ducks and two Western Grebes.  Also spotted were the locally rare Peter and Millie Thomas in basic birder plumage.

Gary Grantham
Scripps Ranch
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Balboa Park & Chula Vista minor miscellanea

On Monday the 10th, checks of a number of spots along the west and north sides of Balboa Park were generally disappointing, with the few birds of low-level interest being a total of 3 Western Tanagers and a White-breasted Nuthatch in the sw. corner of the park, continuing Summer Tanager near the lawn bowling and another, female Summer Tanager in the blooming eucs in the canyon just south of Vermont X Cypress along the north edge of park property, and another Western Tanager at Florida X Upas.

On Tuesday the 11th, a check of multiple parks in Chula Vista was also fairly slow, with 2 Western Tanagers, 1 Bullock's Oriole, and a nearby Black-thr Gray Warbler at Hilltop Park; and 2 Yellow Warblers and a Black-thr Gray Warbler near the Sweetwater River.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rusty Blackbird manqué

I’ve spent about 4-5 hours over the last few days chasing blackbird flocks around the Sports Arena area.
No success finding the bird I briefly saw in the rain last weekend that stuck out from the others.

On a lighter note, if you’re looking to see a gimme male Costa’s hummingbird, there’s one hanging out in the sage section at Walter Andersen’s Nursery off of Pacific Highway.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 11, 2018; 9:53 am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers

Was able to refind the PALM WARBER and TENNESSEE WARBLER this morning with a quick stop at Lake Murray in the cottonwoods by the boat ramp, and there was also a bright NASHVILLE WARBLER with the warbler flock. The PAWA foraged low in the trees and on the ground around the picnic tables, calling frequently, and the TEWA and NAWA were very active foraging at the mid and upper levels along with a few OCWA and of course many Yellow rumps. 

Eitan Altman
San Carlos

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

results of 10 Dec 2018 San Elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 10 December 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Maryanne Bache (beach), Steve Brad (West Basin, nature center site); Elizabeth Venrick, Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Jayne Lesley, Gail DeLalla, Dave Carey, Don Johnson (CBS= Rios to freeway); Kathy Aldern, Jeff Clingan (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry, Tom Walker (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill).


103 species were reported.  Species of interest included continuing reddish egret, initially between the RR tracks & highway 101, then later to the east of the RR tracks; a male Eurasian wigeon, initially to the SW of the nature center, then later just west of I-5 (too distant to discern if the same or different individuals, or if “pure” or hybrid); and uncommon at this site, a loggerhead shrike to the NW of the overlook NW of Santa Carina, and a rufous-crowned sparrow photographed along the trail east of Rios Ave.


Species included:

Pacific loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, reddish egret, black-crowned night-heron, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, ruddy turnstone, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, cedar waxwing, loggerhead shrike, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow,  Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 7 January.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Snow Goose – White Juvenile

While birding the pond near the roller hockey rink in Kit Carson Park a goose flew in.  It was a Snow Goose – White Juvenile.  Photos upon request.
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Dairy Mart South and Stick Ponds

This afternoon, December 10, after 2 o’clock the northern waterthrush was calling from the south end of the Southpond and the green tailed Towhee was seen scratching in the underbrush along the side of the stick pond.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Safety of birding locations?


Seems the image does not work, so here's a list.
Tijuana River estuary, river, all around here
Dairy Mart Ponds
Bird and Butterfly Garden
Robb field (nearby Ocean Beach unsafe?)
Bayshore Bikeway (7th and 13th)
Famosa Slough (possibly unsafe at times?)
Kendall-Frost Marsh
Crown Point
Tecolote Canyon
Cabrillo National Monument
Nestor Park (possibly unsafe at times?)
Any other regions in the general areas I've listed to avoid?

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Safety of birding locations?


Thanks to those who have suggested birding locations for me (I will be visiting San Diego next month). Since I will be alone, in an unfamiliar city, are any of these locations (see picture below) particularly dangerous, or would you feel comfortable birding there alone? My main concerns are the Tijuana area – and I like to get away from people, so I am usually off the beaten path.
Thanks for any input,

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports