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Jacumba on Saturday

Went out east to Jacumba early this morning (Saturday) for a migrant check. Not many migrants there today (13 or 14 individuals, Swainson's Thrushes being best but they are very regular there). Highlights were a cooperative, perched LONG-EARED OWL,  an early WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. Long-eareds are not known to summer in the Jacumba area–although it certainly seems like a reasonable place–and the Willow Flycatcher is early by a number of days for a through-migrant (only two earlier spring county records of migrants in early May). The breeding Tricolored Blackbirds there this year number about 100 birds and include a slug of already fledged juveniles, flying around town but still being fed by the adults. Also 7 White-winged Doves and 5 Lawrence's Goldfinches. Scarce breeders in that corner of the county included a Cassin's Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Oak Titmouse carrying food, and a pair of Northern Harriers.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Sabine's Gull – Kendall Frost Marsh

Saturday, May 9, 2020

7:28 am
Currently watching a Sabine's Gull resting on the exposed mudflats of Kendall Frost Marsh. Observed nearly due west from the observation deck.
Good Birding!
Jay Jdesgrosellier
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

SDFO meeting (19 May at 6 pm) will be Zoomed!

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting, using the Zoom app, which you can download beforehand. MEMBERS will receive an email invitation with directions to click on a link, which will open a window in the Zoom app, and you can join the meeting. We are planning a practice session on May 14th to work out any bugs in the procedure.
The May program features John Bruin who will show some photos from his recent trip to Uganda and Kenya. Time allowing, Nancy Christensen will show photos from her trip to Argentina in 2019. 
It is NOT too late to join! Please put your check in the mail and you will be immediately added to our member list. Further directions and mailing address can be found here:
Looking forward to sharing with you!
Barbara Carlson
SDFO Membership

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: black legged kittiwake carlsbad

Kittiwake flew in and is now sitting on the beach at 12pm. It's being cautious of the surrounding humans but mostly is tolerating their presence. I definitely agree with the assessment that it's sick, as it doesn't look well.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

black legged kittiwake carlsbad

the blki is present this early morning Friday  5/8 at the south end of Bay hore Drive Carlsbad   on the sandy beach    Ithis morning it was west of the boat ramp  40 yards or so standing on the beach    
it may be sick?   stay safe

steve brad
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

San Diego offshore May 7, 2020

The good news is your not missing by not being able to get out on the water right now !

Bad news is the extensive Red Tide has pushed sea birds, marine mammals and fishes out of our area .
I've seen some pretty extensive red tides over the years. This one may cover more area than others by quite a bit. I found the waters mostly red from inside San Diego Bay to the middle of the Nine Mile Bank, then in bands of brown or red clear to the Thirty Mile Bank. At times, I felt like I was sailing in a bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup.
Red Tides are caused by a bloom microscopic phytoplankton, The can be toxic up the food chain, block out sunlight needed by some marine life, and starve the water of oxygen as they die and decay. Likely the bloom was caused by the late season runoff from recent storms, and warmer than normal sea surface temps. (today's sst were mostly 68-71 F)
Long story, shorten a bit, birds were sparse with one exception, phalaropes. I found both Red and Red-necked Phalaropes in good numbers often right a long the scum lines of the dense red tide lines. 
The Red-necked Phalaropes are mostly in full breeding plumage. The majority of Red Phalaropes were mid moult, a few in complete breeding plumage, and at least two that were still in basic winter plumage.
Little else moving, almost nothing feeding (exception was an adult female Brown Booby plunge diving over the S.D. Trough).
I covered about 90 n. miles, clear into waters. Large areas, with no life of an sort. Particularly concerning was the total absence of Scripps's Murrelets. They should be relatively abundant this time of year. I show from my notes, May 12, 2019, 90 Scripps's ,  May 20, 2018, 120 Scripps's. Today, no alcid of any species was seen.
Very foggy early, visibility 4 n.miles and stout south wind afternoon.
Complete list and numbers from the ocean;
Pacific Loon  7
Common Loon   2
Pink-footed Shearwater  5
Sooty Shearwater   32
Black-vented Shearwater   7
Ashy Storm-Petrel    7
Black Storm-Petrel    60
Brown Booby    2
Brown Pelican    19
Brandt's Cormorant    3
lg. shorebird sp.   2    (whimbrel, curlew, ?)
Red-necked Phalarope   175
Red Phalarope     80
phalarope sp.  60
Heermann's Gull     1
California Gull     2
Western Gull   8
Least Tern    1
Elegant Tern    30
Royal Tern   1
Dave Povey

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Noble Canyon whip-poor-will


The original observer heard it at 9pm on 4 May. The next night on 5 May, it was heard singing again at 9pm, but very distantly, and found to be down in the canyon. Last night, it was heard singing at 809pm, but those observers were down in the canyon on the trail at that time. So it appears it begins singing "on time" (not long after sunset) down in the better habitat, and only audible barely or later from the road or driveway. But to reiterate, the trail isn't easy in the dark and cell coverage is weak to non-existent.

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Noble Canyon whip-poor-will

Can someone clarify when the bird begins singing? I see eBird posts of approx. 19:40 (7:40 PM) and references to singing starting at later times. Thanks.


Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports