Join/Renew (2024 Dues)

Monthly Archives: December 2018

Black-and-White Warbler: Carlsbad, Seascape Dr.; 9DEC2018

I observed a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER this morning, 9DEC2018, on Seascape Dr. in Carlsbad. It was located about 130 yards south of Camino de Las Ondas on the western side in various trees right next to sidewalk. The large pine at top of slope is a good location marker. This could be a convenient and accessible bird for Oceanside/Carlsbad CBC later this month. Photo in following ebird report.


I also had a western tanager in red-flowering euc. on eastern edge of apartments.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Sunday 12-09-2018 half day pelagic

Four of us ventured out of Mission Bay this morning. Overall bird numbers were low. One or two well seen and photographed Sooty Shearwaters were out of season. I believe there were two. Photos should prove one way or the other.

Both appeared to be in high plumage and healthy.

Bonaparte's Gull numbers were up from the Nov. 27 th. trip to the same area. Black-vented Shearwater, and Cassin's Auklet numbers were both down from that trip.

Most everthing well offshore, as in beyond 5 or six miles or more. That doesn't bode well for San Diego's count circle.

The North Mission Bay Jetty had a single Black Turnstone, and five Surfbirds. The return trip past the South Jetty had three Surfbirds.

A partial list from ocean;

Brant   30

American Wigeon   1

Surf Scoter    10

Pacific Loon    115  (most in two large flight groups)

Western Grebe   1

Sooty Shearwater   1 or 2

Black-vented Shearwater   450

Brown Booby    6

Brandt's Cormorant   8

Brown Pelican  16

Red Phalarope    16

Pomarine Jaeger    4

Cassin's Auklet   60

Bonaparte's Gull    535

Heermann's Gull    6

Western Gull    150

Herring Gull   1

California Gull   125

Royal Tern   1


We had a good size pod of offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin west of Pacific Beach, and a very distance breeching whale on the Nine MIle Bank.


Dave Povey




Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

next san elijo monthly bird count monday 10 december, rancho santa fe cbc saturday 22 dec

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 December.  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).

The Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday 22 December.  Coverage areas are assigned ahead of time so please contact me if you’d like to participate.  There have been several cancellations so I encourage experienced birders willing to tackle a subarea on your own or willing to be joined by others to consider joining us this year.  Lunch is provided at the compilation at the San Elijo Nature Center that afternoon.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lake Murray continuing Palm Warbler, also Nashville and Tennessee Warblers

Went to Lake Murray late Sunday morning December 9 looking for previous reported ducks.  Was able to find 1 female Common Goldeneye and 1 female Canvasback; but did not see White-winged Scoter.  The large cottonwood trees immediately east of the boat launch facility had a host of warblers, including a Palm Warbler, which was reported on ebird recently.  There was also a Nashville Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler: small, short-tailed, mostly green warbler with white belly and undertail coverts.  Eyeline pattern similar to Orange-crowned; but more distinct.  Orange-crowned was in same tree allowing direct comparison.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Oceanside Observations

Reddish Egret, Bonaparte’s Gull and Common Goldeneye still present as of 4pm this afternoon. No sign of the Loon.

The San Luis Rey river flows once again to the sea. 
John Bardwell

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

possible Hermit Warbler

This morning I explored some of the canyons of Banker's Hill and Hillcrest, specifically

the Self-Realization Fellowship on 1st Ave., Maple Canyon, Spruce Canyon, and 
Marston Canyon. Of note were:
Self-Realization Fellowship: Red-breasted Sapsucker (stopped briefly on a palm tree
so I'm not sure where it is likely to be found)
Spruce Canyon: Summer Tanager (it could have been seen from the suspension bridge
although I was below in the canyon) 
N. Arroyo Dr. (by which one accesses Spruce Cyn.): possible Hermit Warbler, see below
Marston Canyon: Sharp-shinned Hawk
Just beyond the N. Arroyo Dr. private drive sign (a nicely painted wooden sign), I heard
a high thin chip which I traced to an extremely-hard-to-see warbler. I could never get a clear
look but what I could see what consistent with a female Hermit (clean white underparts, white
undertail coverts, white undertail with dark outer retrices, yellow wash on face, dark marks
around eye but I could never see the face side-on). It also sat completely still for many minutes.
This could be a tough bird to re-locate, since observing can only be done from the road
and there are quite a few large trees all around. The location is about halfway between 
the signed entrance for the private drive and W. Palm. St. (email me if you want more details).
Here's a photo of the Summer Tanager and of the possible Hermit Warbler, from 
below while it was sitting motionless for a while.
Christopher Adler
Allied Gardens

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
….. ….. ….. ….. christopher adler
….. ….. composer / performer / improviser
….. ….. professor / U of san diego
….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
….. ….. …..
….. ….. ….. mailto:c@…
….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Orchard, Baltimore, Summer, T.K. and Scissor-tld evening roost

First off, a needed corrigendum:  Yesterday, I posted that my auto-correct changed by dark-lored White-crowned Sparrow to a Dark Lord White-crowned Sparrow, so I named the bird Darth Vader.  But I was severely reprimanded by a friend:  "Dude … the DARK LORD is Voldemort in Harry Potter! Get your fiction trivia straight!!!!"

On Saturday morning, Dec 8th, I started at Nestor Park at first light and checked the kingbird roost in the southernmost, large sycamore tree in the park. The first Cassin's starting stirring at 6:23AM, and at 6:24 the TROPICAL KINGBIRD appeared. Four minutes later the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (same bird that spends the day over at the Sunset ballfields area) also came out of hiding. But both birds were visible for less than 30 seconds and then magically disappeared and were not seen again. I would guess that a late-afternoon visit here (4PM+) would provide for more leisurely views. A returning male B-t Gray Warbler also likes these sycamore trees in the early AM. I was soon thereafter was joined by Guy M., and from 6:55-7:15AM we were treated to a fine showing of birds in the northern half of the row of pink-flowered eucalyptus at the north end of the park. Female ORCHARD ORIOLE, certainly the same dullish female that was here last winter. Very dull, washed-out female BALTIMORE ORIOLE (identified by its very plain facial pattern and the brightest color (which isn't saying too much) is on the breast rather than on the lower cheek or malar as in Bullock's; it traveled with a female Bullock's, which often chased the Baltimore). There were a total of 4 BULLOCK'S present–1 adult male, 1 young male, and 2 females. And we had the continuing, returning adult male SUMMER TANAGER. We missed the female Summer Tanager, the Western Tanagers, and the Wilson's Warbler and American Redstart. But then I heard that Trent S. and Eric K. arrived later and did find the redstart, which has gotten harder to find lately, and they also had a MYIARCHUS SP. FLYCATCHER, which is almost certainly the same bird that was seen here on just several occasions last winter but never truly pinned down as to what species it was. Eric got photos today, which we will study later on. Also in the morning, Guy had the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and 2 Vesper Sparrows, as usual, over at the Sunset ballfields. I added only a single lowly Yellow Warbler off Main Street near the I-5.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports