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San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey – Next Sunday, May 5th.

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The May 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday  – May 5th. We are now in our tenth year of collecting bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

Everyone is welcome – interested, beginners, visitors, experienced birders.

We will meet at the usual time and place: 7:30 AM at the south end of San Andres. (Turn right/south off of Via De La Valle, on the east side of I5. San Andres dead ends at the San Dieguito Lagoon.) We coordinate with park rangers to provide vests and access for the restricted areas. We'll divide into five groups to count the different areas.

We gather to tally our results at noon at the Del Mar Public Works parking lot/picnic tables off Jimmy Durante Rd.


Hope to see you next Sunday for another great day of birding.

Jayne Lesley (cell phone: 858-663-6568)


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Dusky Flycatcher – Laguna

This noon, Friday April 26, we encountered a singing Dusky Flycatcher along Desert View Rd in Mt Laguna. The bird was in exactly the same tree we found it in last year, and of course we eventually had three pairs along that piece of road last year. There was also a pair of Cassin’s Vireos that seemed to be on territory.
To reach this spot we parked st the Red Tail Roost parking area (you need to display the Adventure Pass). Walk across the street to the sign marked Thing Valley and wander down the road. Birds were 1/3 to 1/2 mile down the road.
No rush to see these birds since they will be nesting and numbers should increase.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Forward:: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Least Bittern

On Apr 25, 2019, at 7:08 PM, Mike Wittmer <bumper1369@…> wrote:


There were 3 Least Bitterns at Lake # 5 along the East shoreline in the reeds in Santee Lakes this morning.  One was very young because it had "fuzz" on the top of the head.  The other two were adults.  In addition two Bullock's Orioles, One adult male and one female/immature bird.  

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Plumbeous Vireo continues at Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park

Same bird as I mentioned in a previous post, in which I described the location correctly, but named it incorrectly as "West Canyon Neighborhood Park."  Ward Canyon is an established hotspot.  I've changed my lists accordingly.  

The vireo was not as cooperative today, foraging high in a tree near the apartments on the southern border of the park.  With the adjoining school in session, the the small, conifer-edged ball field where I believe the bird spends most of its time, was locked.  It seems to be open on non-school days.

I get the impression we are between migrant waves again.  I saw no warblers there, save a single Orange-Crowned, and such birds seem to have moved on from my Hillcrest residence, too.

Tuck Russell
Hillcrest
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Least Bittern

There were 3 Least Bitterns at Lake # 5 along the East shoreline in the reeds in Santee Lakes this morning.  One was very young because it had "fuzz" on the top of the head.  The other two were adults.  In addition two Bullock's Orioles, One adult male and one female/immature bird.  
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Ridgway’s Rail Family

This morning (April 24) around 10:40 am I was leading a group of fifth graders along the trail at Buena Vista Lagoon when near the SE corner I heard the unmistakable call of a Ridgway’s Rail. Out popped an adult, followed by 7 black chicks and another adult! Wow what an awesome sight to share with the kids. I hadn’t seen or heard a rail here for over 2 years. Most of the trail is flooded out.

Denise Riddle
Oceanside

Denise Riddle/iPad
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Least Bittern at Poway Pond

I've been to Poway Pond for the last three days, and have heard a Least Bittern singing its cooing song from the reeds at the public pond on all three visits. I heard it between 6:00 and 6:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and again at about 7:50 and 8:30 this morning. I managed to get a marginal recording yesterday evening. This morning I got about a 2 second glimpse of it as it flew across one of the few openings in the reeds and then buried itself again.

List from Tuesday evening with recording. Crank the sound way up if you listen to it. The bird isn't very loud and my only recording equipment is my cell phone.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55324545

There is also a family of Green Herons on the public pond. I found three youngsters standing either in or near their nest yesterday, along with both adults. Saw the young birds again this morning, but not the adults.

The resident male Wood Duck is also still on the private pond.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

South Bay salt ponds numbered

Anyone looking for maps of all the salt ponds and their numbers can find them at Point Blue Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey <http://data.prbo.org/apps/pfss/index.php?page=resources> specifically  <http://data.prbo.org/apps/pfss/uploads/San%20Diego/SaltworksWest2013.pdf> <http://data.prbo.org/apps/pfss/uploads/San%20Diego/SaltworksSouth2013.pdf> and <http://data.prbo.org/apps/pfss/uploads/San%20Diego/SaltworksNorth2013.pdf>.    

 

 

Geoffrey L. Rogers

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San Diego, CA

 

 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Mountain Plover at Saltworks Pond 20

Is there any online source that shows the salt works ponds with their
respective numbers? I have a couple of aerial photos from old salt works
construction documents (retrieved online) that number some ponds but not
others. I know where ponds 10, 10A, 11, and 12 are but not 13 let alone 20.
I assume 13 is south of 12 and adjacent to the Otay River channel? A
graphic at <https://tinyurl.com/y9c3e8u3> labels pond 15 but no others. I
would guess since much of the refuge is currently closed to public access,
USFWS doesn't see a need to disseminate this info. Thanks.

Geoffrey Rogers
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports