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Godwit updates

San Diego birders,

Thank you to those who have been posting updates to the listserv regarding the Hudsonian Godwit. An update on the godwit's presence tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 1) will likewise be greatly appreciated.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

HUGO remains at Mission Beach

The lovely male Hudsonian Godwit remains between towers 19 and 20 at Mission Beach at 0830 on Friday, May 31, 2019. He is feeding on small sand crabs in the surf line off Redondo Ct.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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I need to sell my August Pelagic ticket due to surgery

Hi everyone,
I am having a Hip replacement surgery on 8/6/19 so I can not longer go on this trip.  I'm hoping someone can help me out here.  This is a $135 trip and since I will be out of work, I hope to get $100 for this ticket.  We can go down to the landing together to take care of this or I can do it myself, whichever you prefer.
Thank you,
Mark Stratton
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

HUGO still at stakeout 0950a

Still continuing between towers 19 & 20 on mission beach…. Thanks everyone for finding and posting and keeping us all updated on this bird.

Kat Wendel
in La Mesa
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports


Posting for Patti Koger. Her e-mail was time-stamped at 4:29 pm.

HUGO at Robb Field now, out from tennis courts.
Don’t know how to post on SDRB. Patti Koger

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

HUGO still at Mission Beach

Have been watching HUGO between lifeguard towers 19 and 20 for the past hour. Bird is flying solo for lunch today and doesn’t seem bothered by passerby. Currently at the west end (ocean side) of Portsmouth Court. 
Good birding, 
Lindsay Willrick

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

miscellanea, and Jacumba

Some miscellanea from the past few days:

There's been a singing Western Tanager in the same grove of trees along Monument Road in the Tijuana River Valley now for at least 10 days (still present 29 May), acting as if it is on territory; but of course this species nests nowhere near the TRV!

Continuing Reddish Egret at various sites on south San Diego Bay is the only individual in town I've seen the past 6+ weeks. Still 3 active Yellow-cr. Night-Heron nests (plus 2 Black-cr. nests) next to the bathrooms in the I.B. Sports Park.

Late Spotted Sandpiper along Tijuana River in TRV on 27 May.

Lingering, non-breeding-type waterfowl this year seem to be in exceedingly short supply compared to the usual in late May. The only candidate I've seen the past couple weeks is a single continuing Red-breasted Merganser on south SD Bay. About 15 Eared Grebes continue at the saltworks.

Singing, territorial Swainson's Thrushes at the southern limit of the breeding range are near the Bird & Butterfly Garden in the TRV and at the refuge riparian re-veg site at the west end of Main Street in Chula Vista.

On 28 May, Barbara Carlson and I made a morning visit to Jacumba. Still good numbers of Lawrence's Goldfinches all about town, and we had an active N. Flicker nest and 2 pairs of Cassin's Kingbirds–both species at or just beyond their normal breeding range. The selection of late-May migrants included:

Western Wood-Pewee: 4

Pacific-slope Flycatcher: 1

Swainson's Thrush: 6

Cedar Waxwing: 8

Yellow Warbler: 2

Wilson's Warbler: 1

Western Tanager: 12

Black-headed Grosbeak: 6

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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