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Williamson's Sapsucker continues at Stonewall Mine

Afternoon!  We saw the female WILLIAMSON's SAPSUCKER at Stonewall Mine in the Cuyamacas this morning, continuing in the pines around the parking lot.  Today we saw it about 9:30am in the sapsucker-drilled pines behind the restroom.  It was last reported and photographed by the talented Ms. Zinsky on Jan. 25 in the pines over by the little museum hut.  At least one LEWIS's WOODPECKER also continues in the pines to the southeast of the restroom.

A few details and a (pretty bad) ID photo on this eBird list.  But Ter showed up later, so… for real photos, seek out her list!


Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lark Bunting/Red-breasted Sapsucker/Great Horned Owl

I birded Jacumba today with Alison Davies.  We found the previously reported Lark Bunting at the East end of Brawley St with the White-crown Sparrows.  We found a Red-breasted Sapsucker at the South end of the wetlands adjacent to the decaying building in the huge tree between the highway and the building.  A great horned owl was nearby in a dormant tree.  Great day of birding eBird Reports with photos have been filed.

Mike Wittmer
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

hybrid goose, old news…

Sorry, folks, old news I guess…

Thanks to Terry Hurst's photo emailed to me. Yes, this past-years bird at Cuyamaca looks like the one I saw,

I had never seen it before.

—– Forwarded Message —–

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

hybrid goose, Lake Cuyamaca, 30 Jan 2020

An apparent Canada/Snow goose was with a lone Canada Goose at the Lake today. Body like 'lesser' Canada, mostly white neck with black speckling and black back of neck, red bill (not much grin patch), and black on back of neck rising into head, giving head/face a white-circular appearance.

Good Birding,

Paul Chad
University City
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count – February 2nd 2020

This is a reminder about the next San Dieguito monthly bird count. The February 2020 bird count is on the first Sunday – next Sunday, February 2nd.  
We are already off to a good start in 2020, with 115 species last month. We have finished ten years of collecting bird data at the San Dieguito Lagoon since the competition of the Restoration project.  A milestone!

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

Good birding on the San Diego Whale Watcher today

It was a good crowd onboard the 12:00 noon trip this afternoon out of Mission Bay, but the birding was pretty enjoyable. In addition to good numbers of Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Common Dolphin and 4 Gray Whales, there were close views of many seabirds.
2 SOOTY SHEARWATER (so long as they were not Short-tailed…….. I'm fine with going with Sooty but I wouldn't know any better)
1 BROWN BOOBY seen briefly but well (this was my personal highlight although I sadly missed my photo op)
1 very distant Booby sp. of the 'all brown' variety. The good birds always have to be the hard ones I guess.
50 or so PACIFIC LOON & 1 possible Immature RED-THROATED LOON
Good birding,
Tom Baxter
Cape May, NJ

Tom Baxter

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Orchard Oriole at Robb Field 01/25/2020

This morning, Saturday, January 25, the orchard oriole was seen again at Robb Field. this immature male was first reported by Martin and Kroger on January 7. A hummingbird feeder has been hung in the small pine tree at the north end of the west Robb Field parking Lot, this is where the bird has be frequenting. It moves around between most of the small trees in the area. This is near the grass where the Rusty Blackbird was seen in December.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports


At least 50 Canvasbacks on the East Lindo Lake today.  (01.24.2020)


Thomas A. Blackman




Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports