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26! chaetura swifts

While walking across the el Prado st bridge in Balboa Park I had a single flock of 26 chaetura swifts flying overhead at around 4:45pm.  Unfortunately I was heading to the food truck festival so I only had my binos.  I heard the display calls, but I’m not sure if these are different between the two.  This seems unprecedented, but I’ll check Vaux’s winter records later.  There were also white-throated swifts under the bridge.
Tom Ford-Hutchinson 
San Diego, CA

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Hairy Woodpecker at Lake Wohlford

I birded the south side of Lake Wohlford late morning Sunday, December 29, 2019.  Best bird was a male Hairy Woodpecker near the east end of the lake.  Bird was well seen and heard calling repeatedly in large oaks along the old dirt road on south side of lake.  Location is lower than (about 1500' above seal level) and outside of normal mountain habitat.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Clay-colored Sparrow near Cesar Chavez Recreation Center


This morning/Sunday, Charlotte Morris and I saw a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW along the eastern fence at the very end of Boston Avenue (the eastern border of the Cesar Chavez Rec Center fields) which then flushed to the nearby grass in the NE corner of the adjacent field.

More details and some photos in the eBird list here!


Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

TRV gulls, Escondido

On Sunday the 29th, what is certainly the same adult Lesser Black-backed Gull first seen back on Dec 7th by Aaron G. and Matt S. in the flooded sections of the TRV continues; and there is also a first-cycle Mew and 5+ Bonaparte's continuing as well. At the nearby Las Americas Mall in San Ysidro there's a new, female Vermilion Flycatcher–this morning in the parking-lot tipus next to the Tommy Hilfiger store. And at Sweetwater Reservoir, the 3 Snow Geese continue, present since early Dec.

Yesterday on the Escondido CBC, in the upper Kit Carson Park area, and surrounding streets, there was a Nashville Warbler, Plumbeous Vireo, 3 Western Tanagers, a Black-thr Gray Warbler, and…..a Black-thr Magpie-Jay that's been in the area for several years now.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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FYI Los Angeles Bird

For any of you not on the Los Angeles rare bird alert we went up yesterday to the Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds and saw continuing Trumpeter Swans. An adult and an immature have been there a couple of days now along with tons of other geese and ducks. Coordinates: 33.998286, -118.095089

Alison Hiers
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, Painted Redstart

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Thick-billed Kingbird were seen this morning (Sat Dec 28) at 8:00 AM at the Poggi Creek Greenbelt location (32.5939737,-117.0419776). Seen with large group of Cassin's Kingbirds. At one point, these two rarities were on top of adjacent trees.

The Painted Redstart was seen at 11:00 AM at the Tierrasanta location (32.816774,-117.089098). Flitted constantly. Called frequently. Moved in a circuit through 4 trees on both sides of Tierrasanta Blvd, including the small pine in the median. It repeated this circuit three times in 20 minutes.

David Trissel
San Diego, CA
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Lindo Lake Gray Flycatcher Continues

The, presumably wintering at this point, Gray Flycatcher continues at Lindo Lake today.  I had it just south of the original sighting bench at roughly 32.857478,-116.913273.  The water level has overtaken the trees that lined the shore in this spot and the flycatcher was swooping down into the shallow muddy water to feed from the backsides of the trees along the trail.  It flew out into what were previously the shoreline trees and hunted from there as well.

Also of interest, I counted 18 Canvasback here today, a nice mix of males and females.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Long-Tailed Duck, Black Scoter and Eurasian Wigeon

This morning, Dec 27, Dan Jehl and I did a seawatch, with Stan, Richard and 2 other birders from out of state. We saw one Mew Gull, one Long-Tailed Duck and one Black Scoter (well, Dan saw the Scoter, I was talking and missed it).

Later at Kendall Frost on Mission Bay, while watching for the Nelson’s Sparrow, a drake Eurasian Wigeon swam along in the same general area we see the sparrow. Dan does not think it looks like the same drake as the one on the SD River. The sparrow put in a brief appearance.
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returning hybrid wigeon, new Baltimore Oriole

On Friday morning, the 27th, there's a new, bright female Baltimore Oriole in town–this one in Solana Baeach, though unfortunately on private property. Also a Western Tanager nearby. The hybrid drake Eurasian X American Wigeon has returned yet again, now for some 5+ years, to the Del Mar area. Usually, its with the wigeon flock at San Dieguito Lagoon, but currently the horse pastures near Fairbanks Ranch are partially flooded, with a good number of ducks in residence, and the bird was there this AM.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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Rusty Blackbird on Sports Arena Blvd

The Rusty Blackbird continues along Sports Arena Blvd just east of Goodwill… not sure the address so coordinates are below.There’s a person feeding blackbirds from a car and there’s a mix of about 80 cowbirds and Brewers. After waiting for 15 minutes, the Rusty randomly came walking up to our car from a fenced lot. 

Coordinates: 32.7497383, -117.2021390 

Ryan Andrews 
Valley Center

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports