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Oceanside Observations

I noted the following somewhat scarce birds for North County at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River this morning/early afternoon:
the continuing Reddish Egret, one Common Goldeneye, one Bonaparte's Gull, and one Red-throated Loon.  Hopefully, at least some
of these birds will hang around until the Oceanside CBC.  A fellow birder whose name I should have gotten also observed most if not
all of these species.  The river is still not flowing into the ocean, but may soon with the recent rainfall in the mountains.
Ken Weaver

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"Storm" Wigeon

Hi Folks,
I spotted a "Storm" Wigeon at noon today at the Sweetwater River. 
It was seen alone. Photo attached.
Lesley Handa

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Tennessee, Baltimore, 2 Hoodeds, Summer, dark-lored White-crowned

On Friday morning the 7th, I birded a number of spots in UTC in eastern La Jolla and had several reasonable birds. The best was a Tennessee Warbler that is in heavily blooming pink-flowered eucalyptus trees over the chain-link fence that forms the southeast boundary of Doyle Community Park, near the fenced-in dog run. The yellow-rumped warblers here are merciless in their chasing everything out of the trees so I would guess the Tennessee is going to have to be very sneaky to survive there. At the very western edge of Doyle Park in a flock of White-crowneds there is an adult dark-lored white-crowned sparrow, very rare along the coast. Presumably of the subspecies oriantha. By the way, my auto-spell-correct just changed dark-lored to Dark Lord, so I guess we can refer to this bird as Darth Vader….

Also this morning in UTC there is a full adult male Baltimore Oriole in the pink flowered eucalyptus tree at the corner of Camino Raposa and Camino Calma, which is off of Arriba Street a short block from the nice little Genesee Highlands HOA park. And there was a young male Summer Tanager in the park at the corner of Towne Center Drive and Renaissance Avenue.

Yesterday afternoon I finally saw the Lesser black-backed gull in Coronado, and as has been the case recently it was on the jetty in front of the hotel close to low tide.

On Wednesday the 5th, within a half-mile or so of the San Diego Mission I had a flock of four orioles which contained two Hooded Orioles, one of which was an adult male and one was a female, and two Bullock's; as well as a black-throated gray warbler which has returned to the same trees for at least five or six winters now, and a Red-naped Sapsucker.

— Paul Lehman,. San Diego

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Lesser Black-backed Gull at Coronado Del hotel still as of 12/7 8:30 to 9:15 am.

The Gull is still in area. Was hanging out and feeding at shore line between life station 2c and 3c.

Terry Hurst


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Morley Field 12-7-18

I looked around the ballfields at Morely Field this morning.  They are prepping for a national championship cross-country even this weekend, so access will be limited.

Wilson's Snipe – one bird associating with killdeer in the middle of the large fenced ballfield ( not the college field)
American Pipit
Lark Sparrow – one bird with the small mixed flock of western BBs, yellow-rumps and song sparrows.

Eric Kallen
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[Possible/likely] rusty blackbird, Sports Arena Blvd.

I was driving in the parking lot in front of the Target on Sports Arena Blvd this morning at about 11:30 when I spotted an ochre-colored blackbird in the midst of a small group of Brewer’s blackbirds on the side of the road in one of the little grassy areas.
My immediate sense was that it was a female rusty blackbird. All I could see of it in the few seconds I drove past it, besides the reddish coloration, was a pale eye, pale throat and pale supercilium.
But by the time I found a parking place and went back to look for the bird, the flock had moved to another part of the parking lot.

I did not have binoculars with me, but walked the parking lot for 30 minutes or so in the rain trying to re-find the bird.
The flock of somewhere between 60-90 blackbirds was very active.
A lot of the time they roosted on the roof of the Ross department store, but they flew all over the parking lot in that general area.
Traffic in the parking lot was heavy, and by a little after 12:00 the rain was coming down hard enough to make visibility terrible.

My suggestion, if you go to look for this bird, is to go early, before the stores open and the parking lot overflows with SUVs.

As you know, sometimes [rarely?] Brewer’s blackbirds can have a rusty plumage, and I did not have enough of a look at the bird to be sure it was not one of these unusual-plumaged Brewer’s blackbirds.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Dec 5, 2018; 2:25 pm
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Balboa Park West side

I birded Balboa Park this morning for a couple hours before the rain came. Highlights included a continuing Taiga Merlin and a Summer Tanager near the Lawn Bowling area, and a Tropical Kingbird near the Chess Club. Also near the Chess Club was an angry man yelling homophobic slurs at me, and threatening to crack my skull, so be safe if you go looking for these birds. Here’s a link to the checklist:

Nathan French
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NAB – Fall 2018

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Season (1 August through 30 November 2018) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the current report). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports (this reduces the potential for different observers having the same
initials, and makes it simpler to acknowledge contributors) – John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie by 30 December 2018. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS can not exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)

Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)

Chet McGaugh (Riverside County)

Kelli K. Heindel (Kern County)

Tom and Jo Heindel (Inyo County)


Adam Searcy (Ventura County)

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County) 

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.


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