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White-headed Woodpecker at Hot Springs Mountain

Yesterday, 12/22/19, Andrew Newmark and I went to Hot Springs Mountain with hopes of getting looks at a White-headed Woodpecker in SD County. Andrew drove, we paid $10/each at the Tribal Police station (doesn’t open until 8AM so bring exact cash, an envelope, and a pen) at the entrance, parked by the campground and hiked up the mountain trail. It is accessible by 4WD but we chose to take the scenic route and hike it which took us about 8hrs and just under 12 miles round trip. A couple of those miles were likely us searching the area where it was last reported extensively with no luck. The bird was quiet for the most part (though we did hear it eventually) but we got lucky and found it associating with a chatty Hairy Woodpecker a bit further up the trail (33.3132093, -116.5783471) than the previous reports. It was a pretty tough bird to get on and stay on as it was switching trees frequently so we only had a few brief looks before we lost track of it. There was some snow in the shady areas off trail but I’m sure there will be plenty more accumulating this week so it will likely not be as “easily” accessible in the foreseeable future. 

Checklist with photos:
Happy holidays!

Nathan French

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Rusty Blackbird – Sports Arena

After spending fruitless hours at Robb Field, I had success with the subject bird at and near 32.756592, -117.213287 at ~12:30 (12/22/2019), amidst the considerable hubbub of the swap meet parking lot. It then flew into selling
area of the swap meet, not too far from the corn dog stand (banners). 

Parking is free, but it costs a couple bucks to go into the selling area. 


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Gjon Hazard 
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Definitely not Garganey


I sent the duck photos to Justyn and Gary and the consensus is Mallard x Barnyard Duck – with very nice markings.

Alison Hiers
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Not Garganey, but what?

This is the duck at Lake Morena.  We cropped the photo down and it looks like the legs may be orange and the bill doesn't look quite right in shape or color so we're thinking it is not a Garganey.  The face markings are right though.  Some kind of Mallard type mix?  What does everyone think?

Alison Hiers

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After stopping in Jacumba to see the Lark Bunting- which was still there around 11:30 – we stopped at Lake Morena and there was a female Garganey at the deep water boat launch about 3:30. I’ll post pictures on eBird tonight.

Alison Hiers
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2 Palm Warblers, new Gray Fly, low Bullock's

The past two days, Friday and Saturday, I've had a couple new Palm warblers in the Carlsbad area. One is a returning bird back for its second year that is on private property near the Omni La Costa resort. But the other bird is publicly accessible in a aesthetic hotspot of a parking lot for a bunch of corporate office buildings next to Legoland right off Palomar Airport Road. The streets that run through this corporate park are Armada and Fleet, and you're looking for the Jenny Craig headquarters buildings and the bird was in the tipu trees at the east edge of the parking lot east of the Jenny Craig buildings. Farther east you leave the parking lot and you would see then the entrance road to Legoland just east of that. Probably best to visit this area either very early in the morning or on weekends when not busy with workers. Also today on Saturday I had a Gray Flycatcher along the northeast side of Bataquitos Lagoon along Hummingbird Road between Egret Street and Rock Dove Street!! There is a large horse pasture and paddock area easily visible from the road here and the flycatcher was frequenting the fenceline with the thick wooden posts that's right close to the road. The bird was working up and down the fence line at about 9:45 this morning. Also I've had a Nashville and a black throated grey and a Bullock's Oriole and 4 yellow warblers. Speaking of Bullock's Orioles, I've only seen a grand total of 3 individuals all of December, in the county which is a decidedly low total, and nobody else seems to be finding very many this winter either, with only two or three other birds in the county that I am aware of. interesting that the Western tanagers are doing well but the Bullock's Orioles are not.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Jacumba & stuff

A trip out to Jacumba today produced the continuing cooperative LARK BUNTING found by Paul Lehman.  For the previously uninitiated Jacumba visitor like myself, the best place to park and not distrub local residents is right off Hwy 80.  At least 2 VESPER SPARROWS were also around the dirt lots on the East side of town.  A trip to the pond and defunct old boathouse produced a SCOTT'S ORIOLE, two RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS, and a roosting Great-horned Owl.  I then continued across the pond and north to the railway tracks were I found at least a half dozen BREWER'S SPARROWS, a pair of Verdin, and Black-throated Sparrow.  I noticed regular double digits counts of Brewer's here on ebird so I guess they are quite common.

I had the continuing PINE WARBLER in Coronado yesterday morning in the pines along Margarita Ave near 6th.  It was quite cooperative and allowed for some good photos:

All the best,
Tom Ford-Hutchinson

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