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Black Swifts at Mount Soledad

Since 1 p.m. there has been a total of 64 Black Swifts in a total of 5 flocks going by Mount Soledad near La Jolla, most courtesy of Jay D. and Trent S., although Barbara and I have arrived in time to see the most recent flock of 6 birds flying by. Now that the clouds have largely disappeared they may dry up as well pretty quickly. However, more rain is possible tonight into early tomorrow morning, so perhaps tomorrow morning might work as well.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Black Swift's – Mt Soledad now!

Sunday, May 19th, 1:40 pm

Just had a group of at least 6 Black Swift's fly by on Mt Soledad near the saddle at almost eye level. Currently shrouded in fog, but it lifts a little occasionally. Birds are not in sight at this time.

Good Birding!

Jay Desgrosellier
San Diego, CA

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Franklin's Gull at saltworks

Just after 8 a.m. on Sunday morning there was a breeding plumaged Franklin's Gull walking around in the dried-up saltworks pond that is a third of a mile east of the end of 13th Street. But in just a moment when we looked away, the bird has vanished, and we're not sure how far it has moved…….

Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson, San Diego

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Four Black Oystercatchers continuing at Cabrillo NM; nest building (??) Pelagic Cormorant

Three Black Oystercatchers were together on the cliff just north of the second parking lot ("tidepool overlook") at Cabrillo National Monument this morning (May 18); I saw the other from the first (southmost) parking lot.

     Plenty of juveniles: A Brown Pelican with several adults on the cliffs, six Heermann's Gulls (no adults), a Brandt's Cormorant, and Cal Towhee.

     One of three Pelagic Cormorants on the cliff had some loose vegetation in its bill – the sort of stuff that might be used for a nest.  At the time the SD Bird Atlas was published (now about 15 years ago) it appears there was indication Pelagic Cormorants might breed along the cliffs in La Jolla or Point Loma but not definitive evidence.  Now eBird shows some Pelagic Corms in May-July, so I don't know if this additional non-definitive evidence is interesting.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Rose breasted grosbeak Morley Field

While trying to relocate the Northern Parula around 4:45pm, I found a Rose breasted grosbeak and the eucalyptus near the tennis courts off of Morley Field Drive in same area Parula was (32.7389564, -117.1419204). Have to run an errand but will return shortly…

Nathan French 
Hillcrest 

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Northern Parula near Morley Field Dog Park

After searching for a few hours I finally relocated the Northern Parula found this morning by Adam W in the foraging with YEWA and TOWA in the eucalyptus behind the tennis courts near Morley Field Drive (32.7389564, -117.1419204)

Nathan French
Hillcrest
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Point Loma Chestnut sided and Olive-sided

Tuesday morning the 14th, there is a very dull, female type Chestnut-sided Warbler periodically coming to the large blooming silk oak tree behind 649 Albion in residential Point Loma. And there is an Olive-sided Flycatcher bordering the parking lot for the church building to the left of the main entrance to Point Loma Nazarene University. Overall migrant numbers are only so-so so far, as was the case yesterday in the TRV as well, with Western Tanager being the dominant migrant species present.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 13 MAY 2019

I observed a SUMMER TANAGER today, 13 May 2019, at Villa La Jolla Park around 2 pm. It was feeding in the Carrotwood Tree on the northeastern boundary of the park where the sidewalk enters the townhouse complex to the north. This particular Carrotwood Tree is very productive this time of year and western tanagers and warbling vireos feast in this tree each spring. Despite being rare but regular in the fall, this is the first SUTA spring report at this location in Ebird. This location pattern of being more rare in the spring is consistent with known vagrancy patterns for this species according to SD Bird Atlas.  Almost certainly this is a recently arriving spring vagrant, as this location is regularly birded and SUTA has not been reported here since last October, and that one was a fully red mature male. Photos are in following  ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56257877

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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results of mon 13 may 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 10 participants for conducting the 13 May 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach, West Basin, nature center site); Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Don Johnson, Diana Hector (CBS= Rios to freeway); Patti Koger, Jayne Lesley (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (EBNW = area of old dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill).

100 species were reported.  Species of interest included American bittern & blue-winged teal off the eastern mesa, a breeding plumage red knot in the west basin (& likely the same individual later in the east basin), black skimmers along the beach & in the west basin, pre-dawn great horned owls & common poorwills off Sta Carina, a late male rufous hummingbird NW of Rios, an acorn woodpecker & Bell’s vireo at the El Camino Real trailhead, and the continuing Nelson’s sparrow in closed construction area NW of Rios.

Species included:

pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, American bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, Virginia rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, spotted sandpiper, willet, red knot, sanderling, western/least sandpiper sp., long-billed dowitcher, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, elegant tern, Forster’s tern, black skimmer, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, (barn owl carcass), great horned owl, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, rufous hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, acorn woodpecker, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, Bell’s vireo, Hutton’s vireo, warbling vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, Wilson’s warbler, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Nelson’s sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, brown-headed cowbird, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

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