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Common Tern report correction

A closer look at the birds revealed that perhaps one was a Common Tern today, unlike last week’s true Common Terns. A look at the juvenile confirms that most, if not all, of the seven similarly sized terns were Forster’s.

Apologies for the missed ID.

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Yellow-headed Blackbird at SD River Flood Control Channel

On July 17,2020, just about 8:30, a first-year or female type Yellow-headed Blackbird was frequenting the tallest grasses on the sandbar/island just north of the Robb Field tennis courts. For some reason the peep feeding on the mudflat were particularly sensitive to the blackbird, flushing every time the blackbird repositioned.

Also present are 4 adult Common Terns.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

mid-week miscellanea

On 14-15 July, a juvenile Willet on south San Di8ego Bay was perhaps a few days early for that age class, although Willet is almost always the first juvenile species of shorebird I see every year. Accurate arrival dates for both adults and juveniles of a number of species of shorebirds in San Diego County are somewhat spotty. Also on the 14th, there were two summering Pacific Loons and a continuing Common Loon off Coronado/North Island, where also a continuing 28-44 summering Surf Scoters. An adult Reddish Egret at Delta Beach on the Silver Strand is presumably (?) a different bird from the one farther south at J Street & Emory Cove; and another adult Reddish was at the Tijuana Estuary on the 15th. Also on the 15th, the summering Surfbird, Glaucous-winged Gull, and up to 4 Common Terns continued at J Street, with the terns also off the Biological Study Area parking lot on the lower Silver Strand. Eleven Black Storm-Petrels from shore off Imperial Beach on the 15th are more unusual there than up at La Jolla, and they follow similar numbers there back in late May. Also a couple of Brown Boobies. And on 16 July, still a few Ashy Storm-Petrels off La Jolla with the small numbers of Blacks.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

continuing miscellanea, continued

Today, the 13th, a full alternate Ruddy Turnstone at the J Street/Marina Parkway mudflats was a "fall" arrival, either on-time or perhaps slightly early. Glaucous-winged Gull and Reddish Egret continued there. Also in the "slightly early" category was an adult Ring-billed Gull on south San Diego Bay on 11 July. Four one-year-old Common Terns on the 11th were at J Street (3) and Emory Cove (1). Reddish Egret also continues at the San Diego River mouth. And continuing the "continuing" theme were 3 Ashy Storm-Petrels (with only 20+ Blacks) at La Jolla on the 12th, where also a basic-plumaged Common Loon was probably one of the continuing birds seen earlier in the month just to the north off Los Penasquitos. Oh, and the rare-in-summer Blue-winged Teal also 'continued" yesterday at San Dieguito Lagoon. Maybe there will be more 'new' birds later this month…

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Backyard Big Year

Has anyone in San Diego County done a backyard big year?  If so, would you mind sharing how many birds you got and where in the county do you live?  I'm just trying to get a general idea of what people have been able to accomplish.

Alison Hiers
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Buena Vista Audubon and Legacy Birding pelagic trips

The first of three fall BVAS Pelagic Birding Trips departs Sunday Aug. 16th. aboard the Legacy out of Mission Bay. This is a 12hr.trip. We will target the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego Trough and the Thirty Mile Bank. Coverage of those areas has been light this year, and overall have been somewhat meager for bird life. Our recent trips have improved, and we now have some more productive areas to explore. The Legacy is a little bit quicker boat than most of the sportfishing fleet, That will allow us more coverage if needed.

The "Early Bird" price ends Monday July 13th.. The regular price starts on Tuesday at $155
Trip details, expected and possible birds, and historic trip reports can be viewed at 
Reservations can be made online at call Seaforth Sportfishing Landing at 619 224-3383
Dave Povey


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Virginia Rail at Water of the Woods

Mid-day Saturday July 11 there was a Virginia Rail in the reeds at the south end of Water of the Woods in the Laguna Mountains.  Small rail with rich reddish-brown plumage, gray face, and long slightly curved bill.  The small pond also had 8 juvenile American Coots.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Glossy Ibis report– July 11th

After about an hour or so of searching, 41 birders were finally successful in finding the continuing Glossy Ibis in this mornings group at the Konyn Dairy.
Today's views were not as flattering as on the previous trips, as the bird maintained a fair distance and the lighting was poor. The bird was viewed only in the far back of the property today, near the riparian wash where there is also Bell's Vireo and Yellow-breasted Chat.
An eBird checklist will be shared with those who were in attendance.
The Dairy remains closed to public access and individuals are not allowed onto the property.
Happy Birding,
  –Trysten Loefke
  –Aedyn Loefke
Valley Center 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lindo Lake shorebird update/retraction

After looking at distant photos I had taken of the Lindo Lake dowitcher, and receiving an additional, better photo taken by Terry Hurst, I started getting nervous. So I returned to Lindo Lake….and the bird is, in fact, a Long-billed Dowitcher. A couple important characters I thought I'd originally seen at a distance were actually different (e.g., "spotting" on the upper breast sides turned in to short bars), and after the bird had flushed a couple times but remained silent during my first visit (a character favoring Short-billed), upon my return, Brennan M. and I flushed it twice again and it finally gave Long-billed calls.

The yellowlegs there, alluded to by Andrew Newmark, is a Greater.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Interesting Yellowlegs at Lindo Lake

Hi everyone, I swung by Lindo Lake on my lunch break and I check out the Dowitcher when a Yellowlegs flew in and foraged with it. I don't have my equipment unfortunately but what caught my attention is that it's small, comparable in size to the Short-billed Dowitcher and only had a two-note flight call.

Just in case anyone is nearby and wants to get a better look at it than I can!

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