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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Re: Blue-headed Vireo 9/30 (no)

Sept. 30th from 0730-1030 unable to locate Blue-Headed Vireo at FRNC. Multiple birders in area. Least Flycatcher continues, unable to locate Dusky Flycatcher (they were mowing in that area this morning) most warblers absent this morning.

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: European Starlings

     I watched such a show for several minutes, spellbound,
perhaps 10 years ago near La Mesa.  The birds formed huge blobs
that kept changing shape, merging, splitting, and moving around. 
I was not close enough to count the birds, but I guessed there
were 500-600.

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
On 9/29/2019 6:54 PM, ross christie via
Groups.Io wrote:

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

European Starlings

While riding my bike mid-day today in Pacific Beach, near the intersection of Bayard & Diamond Streets, I observed a very small sized murmuration of European Starlings.  The estimated size was 240 birds (counting by 10’s) and the flight time was only about 90 seconds before the entire flock landed in a dozen or so separate palm trees nearby.  I’m unsure just how many birds are required to constitute a true murmuration but I have seen videos of thousands of Starlings flying in flocks of ever changing shapes.   I believe that all of these videos were filmed in Europe.  The flock that I observed today covered the distance of approximately 5 city blocks, rapidly changing altitude, direction and flock shape. It was quite interesting to watch and was essentially similar to the videos I’ve seen but lacking the quantity of birds  required for a truly jaw-dropping event.  After they settled in the palm trees I waited awhile for the show to begin again but the Starlings stayed put and so I moved on.


So it got me wondering if large sized murmurations ever occur in San Diego County?

Ross Christie
Pacific Beach

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TJRV Plumbeous Vireo continues, now 3 Yellow-headed blackbirds

The Plumbeous Vireo found on the 28th. continues at the Bird & Butterfly Garden, this morning.

Three female or juvenile type Yellow-headed Blackbirds were in the N.W. corner Community Gardens next to Sunset Rd. these with the many Red-winged Blackbirds there.
Dave Povey

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Blue-headed Vireo

The presumed BHVI continues at 3:00 Sunday. At Fort Rosecrans national cemetery, NE section. It was moving rapidly from Chinese Elm to Elm, working the entire circle. Eight birders present.

Nancy Christensen

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

FRNC — likely Blue-headed Vireo, 28–29 Sep 2019

Found yesterday 28 Sep 2019 by Aaron Gyllenhaal in northeast section of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The vireo continues this morning 29 Sep 2019 and favors Chinese elms in the northeast section loop road, especially the grove of trees on east side.

This seems to be a good candidate for Blue-headed Vireo, crisp edged white throat, colorful plumage. Perhaps not the strongest coloring we have seen on examples here but the throat looks very good for Blue-headed I think.

Also seen this morning by Barbara Carlson in same area.

Gary Nunn,
Pacific Beach
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Plumbeous Vireo

The Plumbeous Vireo found by Norka Saldana yesterday at the Bird and Butterfly Garden was confirmed by Guy McCaskie. It was in the tree behind the drip that is located way in the back when first spotted then flew to the row of trees near the main drip. Same location as Red-breasted Nuthatch.  ID photos uploaded to eBird.

Iris Kilpatrick 

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Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Survey – Next Sunday, October 6th.

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The October 2019 bird count is on the first Sunday – next Sunday, October 6th. 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