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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Twin Trails Park

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that has been coming to Twin Trails Park in Penasquitos since at least 2016 was seen again yesterday/Wednesday at the park.  She successfully fledged three hybrid Western Kingbird offspring in 2016, two offspring were reported in 2017, and although seen occupying nests in 2018 and 2019 there were never any offspring seen.

Eve Martin
Del Mar, California
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Indigo Bunting continues at Marston Canyon

Just after 3:30pm I had another couple looks at the male INBU. It dove into a neighboring yard roughly here (32.7435526, -117.1549302) but as I type this I can still hear it making its buzzy flight call.

Nathan French
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Nighthawk in Leucaida

Just had a Nighthawk, presumably a Lesser, flying north between the 101 and Neptune, just south of Leucadia Blvd, in Leucadia. Only the second one I've seen flying in the middle of the day.

Matthew Binns
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Beaches reopen in limited capacity

Update on re-opening of San Diego beaches

Phase 1, which allows limited coastal activities, takes effect Monday, April 27, 2020 at sunrise:

  • Beaches and shorelines: Only walking and running allowed. No stopping, sitting or lying down.
  • Oceans: Swimming, surfing, kayaking and single-person paddling allowed.
  • Bays: Not open for swimming or recreational boating. Kayaking and single-person paddling allowed.
  • Closed: Boardwalks, piers, parking lots and Fiesta Island
  • Not allowed anywhere: Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities
Thanks to Tuck Russell for the above info.
Phase 2 (to include Fiesta Island, piers, and parking lots) – To be determined
Physical distancing and facial coverings still advised, limited parking available in some locations.
I'd interpret "no stopping" as "not for longer than required to ID a bird"…
Justyn Stahl
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Green-tailed Towhee in Hillcrest

Dear friends,


When you’ve lived in the same house for a quarter century it’s especially nice to see a new bird for your yard. I had that excitement just a few minutes ago: a Green-tailed Towhee foraging in and around my chuparosa bush. For a while it was hanging out with the family of California Towhees—the young fledged just today. So just this month my yard list of towhees has gone from 1 species to 3.


Good birding—from your home and neighborhood.


Philip Unitt

San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Birded near home here in Crest at the Ecological Preserve off of Suncrest along the stream.  Note: encountered one Diamondback Rattlesnake and came home with a few ticks.  (Am still itchy! LOL)
It was fairly birdy.  Of note was a Chestnut-sided Warbler that was bathing in the stream.  Also seen were: Townsend's Warbler, Wilson Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler,  California Quail, Wrentit, Canyon Wren, Western Tanager, Hooded Oriole, and many Scaly-breasted Munia.
Also believe I had a Hammond's Flycatcher.  Photos at:

Live in beauty….


Competitive Obedience Toolbox:
OTCH Sporting Fields Summer Solstice, UDX 9, OGM ("Dax", as in "Dax of the Long Tongue" aka 'Sir Lickalot'))
GCH OTCH6 Sporting Field's Quantum Leap UDX 8, OGM  ('Devon'  aka "Monkey")   
Ch. Shorewind Spellbound's Dragon Rider , CDX ("Echo", aka  "Speed Bump")
Sporting Field's Royal Prerogative ("Liam"–aka, "Spanky" of Our Gang)
Ch. OTCH Trumagik Step Aside, UDX 20, OGM   (2002 – 2015)
Ch Borderfame Soul Train, UDX, OM 3  (2006-2018)

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: San Diego pelagic birding 2020

Hello all,

In the last few days, I've received a number of inquires about the 2020 pelagic birding locally.
Currently only the May 17th. trip as been cancelled. The June 13th. trip is still on the books, as is the Aug. Sept, and Oct. trips. No reservations are been taken at this time. All the landings offices are closed, and all sportfishing, whale watching, and other pleasure boat operations are shut down. 
I can not even launch my boat to go out, on the bay or ocean even if I were all alone.
How long all this will last is the question? Even if  operations are allowed by the county health dept. how many people will be allowed to gather onboard?. All I can suggest is standby. We will post something as soon as we know (either way).
Thanks for your patience, and stay well,
Dave Povey

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Nazca Booby died

Dear friends,


I just heard from Kim Peterson at Sea World that the latest Nazca Booby from Coronado—the subadult with a nevertheless bright orange bill—died suddenly today. The sternum and coracoid were badly broken. The specimen has been saved, so we will prepare it for preservation in the museum’s research collection. I may set up my garage as a remote lab….


Good birding—from your home and neighborhood,


Philip Unitt

San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports