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Summer Tanager & Black-headed Grossbeak

I was birding the green space in my neighborhood in Vista and found a Summer Tanager and a Black-headed grosbeak both first of season and with that I also had Bullocks and Hooded Orioles! Good birding for this morning.?
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San Diego Bird Festival


My friend, Marion Hill and I recently attended the San Diego Bird Festival. Congratulations to the organizers for a terrific festival.
We were pleased to go on three field trips {and were scheduled to go on the pelagic trip that was unfortunately cancelled}, all led by great folks and excellent birders. Thanks to all the leaders, volunteers, Jennifer,  and SD Audubon. Though we are generally not listers, we keep track of species seen when on a trip. For our week in San Diego County, we identified 141 species, including 12 life birds. Please follow the links below to view images of some of these birds. If we got any identifications wrong, please inform.

My Flickr album from our week in San Diego …

My personal website ….

Marion’s Flickr page ….

cheers, Douglas Brown, Marion Hill
Bellingham, Wa.
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Summer Tanager, Point Loma

We found a 1st-spring male Summer Tanager (red head and breast,
lots of yellow mixed with red on the body) this morning in the tall,
partly dead pine tree at the corner of Dudley and Silvergate in Point
Loma. (The tree had lots of other birds, including a Red-breasted

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Western Kingbirds migrating through Bonita

Was out for our afternoon walk up Corral Canyon Dr. when I noticed a couple of Cassin's Kingbirds in a tree overhead. On second glance, they turned out to be Western Kingbirds and were immediately joined by about 10 more. First Western Kingbirds I recall  seeing in the neighborhood, although the open hillsides above our housing development are good WEKI habitat. This group was almost certainly Just Passing Through. Not a particularly exotic sighting, but I'll  take what I can get these days.

John Walters

Bonita, CA
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Spring arrivals at Sorrento Valley this past week

Today covering my local patch I had 2 Pacific Slope Flycatchers, 3 Yellow Warblers, and 2 Wilson's Warblers at the Flintkote trail which starts at the intersection of Flintkote Ave and Estuary Way and heads west.  I had heard Yellow Warblers there before last week, but Wilson's Warblers and Pac Slopes were new this season for me at Flintkote.  Unitt's SD Bird Atlas has 11 to 20 March for Wilson's arrival, so this is well within their expected spring arrival date, and also the  Yellow Warbler and Pacific Slope Flycatcher seem to be on schedule.  

Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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A busy Coronado beach

Lots of birds enjoying the quiet central Coronado Beach this morning. Two big groups of ~90 surfbirds each, feeding at the waterline, accompanied by a good handful of red knots, a few willets; about 25 godwits keeping to themselves. Two groups of ~15 royal terns, with a few elegant terns causing trouble at the edges of the group. ~200 sanderlings strewn all along the surfline. A group of 15 scoters off the (shuttered) Hotel Del rocks, and a couple of rafts of bright white dots way out at sea. No fulmars. A 'rare' day with about 300x the usual avian population.

Lisa Heinz
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Dairy Mart Green-tailed Towhee

The green-tailed towhee was at the usual location, near the kiosk next to the South pond.  While the trails are closed birding is still good along the road with merlin, cal gnatcatcher and sora calling.

Richard Cuthbertson

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dead Fulmars Cardiff beach

Hi all there were 5 dead Fulmars on Cardiff beach today Thursday…..also one dead sea lion
that`s the most I`ve seen since the big fulmar die off about 15 years ago  
Cardiff beach is open if you can find a parking place on the street     parking lots are closed    parking on street will be non existent if the surf is good………or even fair

stay safe 
steve brad
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Re: Vaux’s Swift?

It has been suggested that this bird is a female Violet-green swallow, which can be quite dusky. That makes more sense for this time of year!

Nancy Christensen
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