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Huge morning flight

a huge morning flight at Mount soledad this morning starting at 6:15 and it's still going on almost at 9 am. Well over a thousand Birds. Highlights include a northern parula and a gray flycatcher and two pine siskins, and silly counts like over 200 lazuli buntings and over 200 warbling Vireos and 200 Townsend's warblers and nearing a hundred hermit warblers and 12 cassin's Vireos and a dozen hammonds and the list goes on. Will post a full report later today.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Possible Olive-sided Flycatcher – comments welcome

On our morning walk (in the wooded area of Point Loma), Keith and I saw what we think was an Olive-sided Flycatcher. It would be early and the light & distance weren't good, so I welcome offline comments. Here's what I saw: Large flycatcher perched upright at the top of a tall tree; large head and bill, with a peak at the back of the head; light throat contrasting with darker face. I had mostly a back view so could not see vest or whether it was white up the center of the front. There seemed to be a small white area that could have been the spot sometimes seen on the flank or rump, but given the distance, I wasn't sure, and the Sibley field guide seems to say that would be seen on juveniles later in the year. Not much movement except for turning its head (no tail flicking) – until it dropped down out of sight. We couldn't wait long, so don't know if it returned to the perch.

Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Cattle Egrets at Sunset Ave. ball fields

Sunset Ave. Ball Fields officially known as Tijuana River Valley Sports Complex allows for "passive recreation" and parking is close along Sunset.  Go early and easily socially distance.  Also very birdy in the horse trails behind the fields and in the flooded plain east of the end of Sunset.  Cattle Egrets seen foraging on the freshly mowed baseball diamonds. 

Richard Cuthbertson

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coastal Scott's Oriole, overall migrants

I've been doing my loner birding in nicely social-distancing locations and have been seeing a pleasing number of passerine migrants the past several days, as have multiple other observers here in San Diego County and in a good number of other locations in coastal and desert-slope California. Some recent early-morning counts in the mountains and desert-slope in s. CA have been very high. Each day is somewhat different as to what few species are the clear dominant ones. Last Weds it was B-t Grays. Yesterday and today it's been Nashvilles. Also today was a notable up-tick in Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and both orioles. Today's (Sunday) rarity was a casual-on-the-coast Scott's Oriole (adult male) in residential Point Loma. Also things like Olive-sided Flycatcher, a couple Cassin's Vireos, still a few Hammond's, etc.

On 17 April, there were single FOS Swainson's Thrush and Blue Grosbeak singing in the Tijuana River Valley. Also a Lesser Yellowlegs and Calliope Hummingbird. The late Eurasian Wigeon at the San Diego River mouth stayed through 16 April, but appears gone today.

Starting around this coming Weds there is supposed to be a multi-day E or NE wind and much warmer temperatures. May be good for early-morning flights…or not.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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Warbler update

I got clarification from eBird that a Tennessee Warbler would not be expected here until the end of May.  It is likely the bird is a vireo instead that I am seeing.

Alison Hiers
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Nature in La Jolla

I was safe  social-distancing birding in my front yard this mid-morning when I surprised to hear a great horned owl.  It was roosting in a nearby dense Canary Island Pine.  Several crows and a Cooper's Hawk were harassing it which went on for about 15 minutes.  Then the crows left and did not seem to bother the owl any longer.  When I returned to the same location several hours later , the owl was not visible.  An owl has been calling in the neighborhood since February and I assume is breeding in the area.  There have been at least  2 great horned owls reported in the Mt. Soledad area this year.
Around the same time a mallard drake landed in my swim pool. :))

for photo of the owl:                 

Safe birding
Hank Ingersoll
La Jolla
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Osprey in a strange area, North Park

Good morning all,
When leaving the house this moring, I was getting in the car and notice a raptor that didn't quite look right for the norm around here.  I caught up with it while driving Northbound on Park Blvd, and ready to head west on Robinson in Hillcrest and it was an Osprey.  It was soaring around pretty low and on two occasions gave an almost half hearted chase on the pigeons, but didn't look like it was really trying to catch them.  Not sure what was going on that there was one in this location but it seemed very very odd.
Mark Stratton
North Park

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for SDFO membership purposes

Betsy Rudee:
Please contact me offline. Or if one of you have Betsy's email address, please let me know.
Many thanks!
Barbara Carlson
SDFO Membership

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