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Green-tailed Towhee at Mission Trails Regional Park in the day parking lot right from the kiosk checkin to the Lake Kumeyaay campgrounds. 11/30/2019

Hi all,
Found just past the entrance gates the just to the left to the day parking lot where there are orange cones. There was a puddle where the Towhee was taking a bath. It moved to just the other side of the road where there are two garbage bins, on the first pile of dead branches.
Link to eBird report with photo.
Terry Hurst

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Little Stint search 'warning', new Am. Redstart, Nashville

Although a couple of us did indeed see the Little Stint at the usual saltworks site off the end of 10th Street at around 9AM on 28 Nov, soon thereafter it rained almost two inches and there is now almost no stint/peep habitat remaining there. The next morning, there were no peep present at all. Thus, if you are contemplating a trip to see this bird and are coming from a long ways away, I would recommend waiting to see if the water levels go down any time soon (they did NOT do so last winter once they went up in December, due largely to our wet winter last year) and see if the bird gets reported again. Last year, after the water levels went up, it (they) could not be re-found until April…..

Today, 30 Nov, Trent Stanley and Barbara Carlson found a young male American Redstart at Santee Lakes, between Lakes 3 & 4, near the bathrooms. And I had a Nashville Warbler in coastal La Jolla, where I also had a concentration of 8 Spotted Towhees, the most I've ever seen at one spot around San Diego.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Balboa Park

This morning while hunting for the Greater Pewee in it's old stomping grounds, the canyon just south of the dog park, I discovered a female RBGR instead.
It was a distant and short view but photos revealed a pale bill and light colored chest with some heavy looking streaking. The bird was sitting silently in the snags of a dead tree before dropping out of sight into a lemonade berry bush, roughly around 32.7298534, -117.1574045. We waited around for a while but it never re-emerged.  Side note: the two hooded orioles previously spotted were also found at roughly those same coordinates today, as well as a calling WETA in a tall Euc.

See checklist for photo:

Happy birding, everyone!

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Grace's Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches in Del Mar & Encinitas


The GRACE'S WARBLER reported by Dan King last week continues on San Dieguito Dr. in Del Mar (the road that parallels Crest Canyon). We tracked it for over an hour in the pine trees at 1445 San Dieguito Rd (the mailbox says 1445 Oribia Rd).  Presumably the same bird that was here February – early March 2018.  It was almost always in the same pine trees as the two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, something I also noticed in February 2018.  The warbler hardly chipped at all but the nuthatches kept up a sporadic mumbling sort of chatter. 

Sue and Gretchen report that the Crest Dr. GRACE'S WARBER up in Encinitas also continues today and also was found hanging out with a pair of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.

The eBird report is here (no photos but gosh did I ever try…):


Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports


Verdin foraging in the dead looking bushes beside the rope-railed trails north of the apartments with turquoise railings west of Robb Field.
Charlotte Morris
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Paseo del Lago

We dropped by the pond off of Palomar Airport Rd, and, for those of you who are checking, the Hooded Mergansers are back for another winter. There was a pair of them on the pond, along with two pairs of Mallards, a Great Egret and a Snowy Egret. More may be coming in soon. We've seen as many as seven or eight pairs of mergansers on this little pond.

Good birding,
Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
Mission Valley
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Juvenile snow goose in Solana Beach

Hi all,
Bird seen very well on the ball field behind the Solana Beach School District office on Cliff Street. Appears to be the same bird seen at San Dieguito River Park, based on lump on head above left eye, and patterning on shoulder and wing.

Steve Perry
Solana Beach

Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lapland Longspur

My sister and I found a Lapland Longspur Friday afternoon, Nov 29. Feeding along the bike path at Robb Field just west of the westernmost parking space. With mixed flock of pipits and Horned Larks.

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