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Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Bird & Butterfly Garden

Wed morning there was an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Bird and Butterfly Garden.  It was first seen in the row of Tamarisks just west of the parking lot, along the road that leads to the horse trailer parking area.  Later it was seen from inside the garden in the tall Tamarisks that border the southeastern edge of the garden. 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Black Swifts

Two Black Swifts just came by Mount Soledad at around 8:45 a.m., the first of the morning.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: eBird media processing times

Just to provide a little extra info, there were 10s of thousands of media uploads associated with the recent Global Big Day two weekends ago, so that is a big reason for the slow processing times lately. Also, the team at Cornell has let us know that you do not need to leave your browser open, computer on, etc. once your file(s) is uploaded. Once the status turns to "processing," you're good and you can shut down or leave your computer if you want.

Ryan Winkleman (OC reviewer)
Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Summer Tanager, Rose-breast, Reddish Egret

Yesterday morning, while birding at both Point Loma AND the Tijuana R. valley, I saw a grand total of ONE landbird migrant (a W. Tanager). Today, the 18th, I doubled that total at Point Loma, with a single W. Tanager and a first-spring male SUMMER Tanager that was greeny-yellow with a sharply contrasting fully red hood. The latter bird was in the area around the alumni building (and adjoining neighborhood) at the north end of the campus, where Alex Abela saw a very similar-looking Summer way back on May 1st. Same bird? Yesterday, there was an adult Reddish Egret at the Tijuana R. mouth. And on the 16th, there was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the Jacumba area.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

eBird media processing times


As some or many of you may have noticed, eBird's processing times of
media have been longer than normal lately, sometimes significantly
longer than normal. Particularly audio files. I had a couple take
somewhere between 12 and 24 hours to get processed recently. I sent
a query to eBird three or four days ago asking about it, and today I
received this response. Thought I'd share it in case anyone else was
wondering what is going on:

The Macaulay Library wildlife media archive, which stores all
eBird photos and recordings, is experiencing unusually high server
traffic. As a result, media processing may take much longer than

Once your media files are processing no further action is
needed; files are processed in the order they are received.
Please do not try to delete and re-upload your files, as this
can increase your wait time even more.

Our team is currently looking into solutions to improve media
processing times. We appreciate your patience during this period
of above-average server loads.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Blue-footed Booby flyby – Torrey Pines SB

Had a juv./1st cycle Blue-footed Booby flying steadily northward just past the surf line at Torrey Pines SB/Penasquitos Creek inlet around 7:00 a.m. this morning (May 17th).  Not moving fast, but it certainly did not dilly-dally, so if it is proceeding at the same rate, it's somewhere in Orange County or beyond by now.  Ebird checklist with description here:

Dan King
San Diego 
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Black Storm-Petrels, etc. from Torrey Pines SB

At least 300 Black Storm-Petrels this morning (May 16) off Torrey Pines SB, most feeding well south of the Penasquitos Creek inlet.  There were a couple Black-vented Shearwaters mixed in, along with a Sooty Shearwater passing by quite close to shore. 

Dan King
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Anna's Hummingbird Hatchling

Hello all,
Not a rare announcement to say the least but I just recently moved into a new apartment in Hillcrest and was happy to discover an Anna's Hummingbird had built a nest in a small tree in the courtyard directly outside and below my front door, giving me a fantastic top down view of it.  After just over two weeks of watching and waiting, the first egg hatched today!

I got a quick glimpse at the hatchling when the mother left to remove some eggshells and bring back some water from our courtyard fountain.  I've added photos to an incidental checklist on eBird if you'd like to see the teeny tiny newborn:

Please note this was taken from above with a 500mm lens and then further cropped in post so I am no where near the nest; the stars really aligned with her placement. I've also made sure no other residents have been around when I photograph her so they will not bother her. It's been a real treat watching her comings and goings and I'm very eager to watch her raise her young these next couple weeks!

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Wood Stork apparently leaves San Diego Zoo Safari park

At approximately 9:20AM, myself and 3 other birders observed the Wood Stork fly out of the Safari park, circle and gain elevation, then fly out to the northwest, eventually out of view. I have included my eBird list that shows a flight shot (photo of photo for now) of the bird as it was circling. As well as some images from out initial observation when it was on the ground at about 6:45

Derek Hameister
Seal Beach, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Wood Stork continues, 14 May 2020

Hi Birders,

Four of us (Trysten and Aedyn L. and Derek H)observed the continuing Wood Stork this morning beginning around 6:45-6:53. It was not where it was photo’d last night by Gary Nunn. It was on the shoreline foraging along the waters edge. From the lookout it was In the far pond directly below the white trailer on the hill. 
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports