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Sea Watch La Jolla and Del Mar (Penasquitos Lagoon mouth) July 31, 2019

Only birds of note this morning at La Jolla Point were 2 boobies (too far out to ID, probably Brown Boobies), 2 Common Murres, about 15 Black Storm-petrels, scads of  Black-vented Shearwaters and Brandt's Cormorants,  and at nearby Harbor Seal Haulout, two adult Wandering Tattlers close-in and in breeding plumage.  I think I saw the whale-watch boat far west in the mist near the horizon, but saw no LAAL.   Off  Penasquitos Lagoon mouth there were three basic-plumaged Common Loons, feeding pretty close in around the river mouth.  Complete eBird lists  and numbers at   Childrens Beach/Harbor sea haulout  Penasquitos Lagoon mouth

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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Laysan Albatross

San Diego Whale Watch reports (on Facebook) they had a Laysan Albatross seen and photographed on their morning boat today, July 31. No details about location given, but they say it circled around in a group of several hundred other birds and two Minke whales.
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Wildlife Center in Carlsbad Closed

Many of you may be aware that a new rehab facility owned by Rancho Coastal Humane Society recently opened in Carlsbad to take in injured and orphaned wildlife. I am very sad to report that the new facility has closed down. If you find a wild bird or animal in need of help, there are alternate locations available:

Project Wildlife Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center 5433 Gaines St. San Diego, CA 92110 619-225-WILD(9453) Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day) Drop-off area is open 24/7


San Diego Humane Society – Escondido Campus 3500 Burnet Drive Escondido, CA 92027 Escondido, CA 92027 619-299-7012, ext. 2737

San Diego Humane Society – Oceanside Campus 572 Airport Road Oceanside, CA 92058 619-299-7012, ext.2000 or ext.2050

Mission Animal Bird Hospital 655 Benet Road Oceanside, CA 92058 760-433-3763

All Pets Animal Hospital Mammals Only 149 S. El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 760-634-2022

Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort 655 W. Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA 92025 760-745-8115

Hope this is helpful,

Joni Ciarletta
Carlsbad, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

La Jolla Cove, July 30: 2 boobies, 0 bathrooms

Was at the Cove from 7:00-9:30. Much like yesterday but birds even further offshore.

Several closer-in feeding groups contained a total of 3 different brown boobies during that time. At 8:20 a masked-type booby was heading north 2 miles offshore. Too distant for species identification. I waited until 9:30 in case it circled in closer, but it did not.

The bathrooms at the Cove are being torn down as of yesterday. Estimate is 3 years to be replaced. Only real facilities now are at Children’s Pool. Otherwise it’s 8 porta potties to handle the Cove’s approximately 2500+ daily visitors.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 30, 2019; 10:50 am
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La Jolla Cove, July 29, 2019—ho-hum

Terrible viewing conditions. Overcast, gray skies; haze. No wind. Lots of birds, but swarming 2 miles out.

500-700 black-vented shearwaters
2 black storm-petrels
1 female or subadult brown booby
1 juvenile Heermann’s gull [on the rocks below my bench; first seen 2 days ago; my FOS]0 alcids

A visiting couple from Pennsylvania saw a FOS black turnstone.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 29, 2019; 10:30 am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Northern Parula, Balboa Park (west side) 7/28

There was a male Northern Parula with a small mixed flock in the trees on the west side of Balboa Park between Juniper and El Prado this morning around 9 am. The bird briefly sang and called several times (YEWA-like “chip”) over the course of 5+ minutes.
Jim Pawlicki
La Mesa

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Nazca Booby off La Jolla

A full adult Nazca Booby flew by La Jolla heading south, fairly close to shore, at 7:10 am Sunday morning. Otherwise there's just been several hundred black-vented shearwaters, a few black storm-petrels, and a single one-year-old Parasitic Jaeger.

Paul Lehman et. al., San Diego

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Possible Semipalmated Sandpiper at Mudflats

The sandpipers at the mudflats mid-morning were pretty close to shore (at least right up until someone let their dog run right out there to scare every bird off). I took several shots of the flock for further review and came up with this possibility. I've left a Western in the frame for comparison.  Sadly no bill photo, but the right bird does have a slightly smaller stature and is lacking in red tones, despite appearing to have some breeding plumage left, possibly ruling out just a young bird.  Hopefully someone with better knowledge of these guys can chime in.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, CA
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