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Social Distancing Being Enforced

Just as an FYI to birders . . .

Citations Issued Throughout San Diego County to Social-Distancing Violators.

Dozens of San Diego-area residents and some local businesses received citations over the weekend.

In the city of San Diego, police handed out 16 tickets to individual scofflaws on Saturday and Sunday — five in Balboa Park and 11 in the Ocean Beach area, including Sunset Cliffs and Robb Field park.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, for its part, issued 25 tickets.

Citations Issued Throughout San Diego County to Social-Distancing Violators


Larry Edwards
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

American Bittern at San Elijo Lagoon

I heard an American Bittern giving it's gulping display call regularly around 6pm at San Elijo Lagoon. It was in the marsh north of the La Orilla Trail as it climbs the hill west of the Santa Helena Trail. It was near the location where a break in the lemonade berry bushes gives a clear view of the marsh.
Jim Determan

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Rainy day quarantine activity

The Macaulay Library invites you to join us for a few recording challenges to keep us engaged in bird song. Rate audio recordings while filling your home with birdsong, or record bird vocalizations near your home, or archive recordings from your personal archive—dust them off and share them with the world.


Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Busy yard day in North Park

I don't post much anymore about the yard and not for common birds but we just had a great little flurry in out very small back yard.  A few of you have been here before to know just how small our yard is but we've really tried hard to make it a bird yard.  This morning, we had an adult male Bullock's and a female Black-headed, but just now, the flurry happened.  We had a younger Bullocks Oriole, along with what might be all 3 of our young Hooded Orioles that were with us well into the fall last year, and adult looking female Hooded and an adult male Hooded, all in our tiny yard at the same time.  The yard has been busy with Jay's, Bewick's Wrens and Mockingbirds grabbing mealworms for their young.  We've even had as many as 3 Bullock's, with Wilson's Warblers and a Townsends.  I won't post beyond this, just wanted to add some cheer to our quarantine days.
Mark Stratton
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Migration in Solana Beach

Hi all,
making the most of home-based birding, 5 hooded orioles have returned to my neighborhood checking out the palm trees, and today 3 Bullock's orioles were in my neighbor's silk oak tree. Jayne Lesley birded the areas of San Elijo Lagoon still open to the public: 10+ black-headed grosbeaks singing along the eastern trails.
Stay safe,
Steve Perry
Solana Beach

Steve Perry
Solana Beach, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Spring arrivals file, Western Kingbird push on 31 March, yard birding


I hope you are all well, staying healthy and sane, and birding your yards harder than ever! Appropriately, the April eBird challenge is based on yard birding.
Thanks to Matt Sadowski, a summary excerpt of spring arrival dates for selected species from the San Diego County Bird Atlas is now available as a file on our site:
Speaking of migrants, Western Kingbirds made a big push yesterday it seems. I had none from my yard during scattered, short, stationary counts, but I must've been inside during their occasional flights. A few birders nearby (between the 805 and 15) had 100-200+ fly over their yards:
Justyn Stahl
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Least Bittern in Ramona

I took a walk this morning at Dos Picos County Park (which is open). I was surprised to hear a Least Bittern chuckling away in the reeds, and then was surprised again to find a second one! I was finally able to see the second bird through the screen of reeds, but not well enough to photograph. The bird was laying prone, and I believe it was on a nest. I could see the head moving around, and the eye was always on the same level as the back, which was horizontal. It continued to sing non-stop, giving its chuckling call every few seconds. According to the Bird Atlas, egg dates may range from Aril 1st, although the nests I have found in past years have been much later in the season. I do not know if the first bird I found was the mate of this one (do both sexes sing?), or if there are two territories here.  I checked the Atlas and the Ebird records, but I see no previous reports of Least Bitterns in Ramona.


Also at the park I had a Cassins Vireo, a Nashville Warbler and a couple of Black-throated Gray warblers. The amount of bird sound was amazing, and I sent quite a bit of time trying to fibure things out. The YR warblers are singing, as are the RC Kinglets.



I tried to get a recording of the bittern, but you have to listen carefully to hear it with all of the other bird song going on!


Nancy Christensen



Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports