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Eastern Warblers, misc – Sep 27 Sun, 28 Mon

Two days, 21 hours birding total, mostly coastal migration hot-spots.  Today at Fort Rosecrans Nat Cmty, a Dusky Flycatcher (and nothing else) was along the west fence-line (looked as if it just got done bathing, but- dull/dark gray-ish Empidonax with eye-ring, very short wings and very long tail appearance on sitting bird, fairly long thin bill).  Acitvity picked up on a 'lerpy' Euc tree along Catalina near south end. Included was a (very drab female/immature) Blackburnian Warbler.  Activity spilled into near-by areas, including a fem/imm American Redstart at south fence-line just east of Catalina.  First seen at 9:00, both birds were still there at noon.  A (male /bold pattern) MacGillivray's Warbler was at PL Naz college east fence-line.  White-winged Dove continues in Point Loma (Dupont St).  A Swainson's Thrush was at Kate Sessions Park, across from the rest-rooms.  A fem/imm Black-and- White Warbler was along the alley, near 1780 La Jolla Rancho Dr, Muirlands area of La Jolla.

Yesterday was a bit less interesting, but was pleased to finally add Bank Swallow to my County life-list, #377 (TRV, Hollister and Sunset roads, at least one Bank Sw).  There were over 100 Barn Sw, and at times, dozens of Tree Sw.  A fem/imm Vermillion Flycatcher continues at Sunset Rd ball-fields.  A (faint-pattern fem/imm) MacGillivray's Warbler was along Hollister Rd just south of the small River cause-way south of the Bird-and-Butterfly Garden.

Good Birding   :-)

Paul Chad
University City
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Blackpoll, Palm, Tropical, migrant Bell's, Bank

Dictating this again from the field so it'll be full of typos. Clearly a slug of new migrants arrived today as I am seeing Western migrants at virtually every stop with a clear major increase in numbers of yellow rumps and white crowns, and also my first Ruby crowned kinglets and American pipits of the season. I am currently staring at a tropical Kingbird with a couple cassins and bluebirds on the fence surrounding the southernmost ball field at Kimball Park in national City. Earlier in the morning I had a blackpoll warbler in the northeast corner of Montgomery Waller Park which is in Otay Mesa or nestor where there is a patch of a number of large lerpy eucalyptus trees that also had a fair number of other migrants including Nashville and a bunch of tanagers and a black-headed grosbeak. Also smaller numbers of lerpy trees and smaller number of migrants in the northwest corner and around the first ball field there. I am finding that Bird activity in these large lerpy eucalyptus definitely drops off midday especially if it gets breezy like today, so suggest those areas be covered as best as can be done early and late in the day. Very rare was a migrant type Bells vireo feeding in cherry tomatoes at the community gardens on Hollister avenue in the TRV. Looked like a very fresh plumaged local pusillus race. I also had a palm warbler along the bike path at the south end of San Diego Bay near the end of 13th, where also the bank swallow continues to the east now for about its fourth day or so early in the morning on the salt works wires with good numbers of barns and trees. A lesser yellowlegs continues at the salt works as well.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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San Diego offshore report — Least SP, Craveri's Murrelet, 27 Sep 2020

On Sunday 27 September, 2020 four of us, Peter Ginsberg, Jim Pawlicki, Matt Sadowski, and myself, visited offshore waters of San Diego County.  We ran directly out to The Corner then traveled northeast across the 30 Mile Bank stopping at the 182.  From there we probed about another 5 miles northwest following the dropoff contours toward the 181 but came across almost no birds and turned east cutting across the San Diego Trough to the 9 Mile Bank. Then down the bank to just north of the Mexico border and home. 90 NM traveled.

Overall bird numbers were low and some periods traveled with zero to few sightings.
The main highlight was a good number of LEAST STORM-PETREL seen scattered about as singles on the 30 Mile Bank and then also concentrated over an oil slick at the 9 Mile Bank about 2.5NM north of the Mexico border.  Close views and photographs were had at the oil slick in particular with about 10 individuals mixed in with 70-80 Black Storm-Petrels.  Also one Sabine's Gull at the slick.
One fast away CRAVERI'S MURRELET photographed.
Cetacean sightings included Common Dolphin and Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin.  Pinniped sightings included close looks at a young Guadalupe Fur-Seal "jug-handling" and one Northern Elephant Seal.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

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Migrant Trees

In response to Paul's post on Migrant trees:  As I was walking to San Elijo Lagoon on Rios I checked the Melaleucas on the east side of the road right before the trail entrance (in front of the gated community at Gibson) and they were chock full of warblers.  I was only there for a scant 10 minutes before the landscapers arrived and I had to leave but in that time I saw two Nashville's, three Wilson's what seemed like a dozen Orange-crowned, and a possible American Redstart – pale gray warbler, light eye ring, no stripes or wing bars and a faint wash of yellow on the side.  I did not see the tail.  Also of note is that Annie's Canyon is closed so the trails were blissfully quiet.  For 1.5 hours it was just me, two dog walkers and the birds.

Alison Hiers
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Re: Canada Warbler

A Lucy Warbler has now been seen in the same grove. The Canada is hyper active, moving rapidly from tree to tree, then disappearing for ten minutes or so.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb
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Re: Sunday Buena Vista Audubon Pelagic

Hello all.

This Sunday, Oct. 4th. is the last Buena Vista Audubon pelagic of the year, and likely the last pelagic trip out of San Diego for 2020.
As of last night we had sixteen people signed up for the trip. That covers less than half the breakeven for the trip. Tomorrow we will make the call about whether the trip will go. 
I do not wish to cancel this or any trip. We accept that there is no chance of covering the total cost of this trip, but as with any business dealing, we and the owners/operators of the boat Legacy are trying to figure out what is an acceptable loss and still make the trip go !
If you are on the fence waiting until the last moment, or just thinking you might go, fair warning. I need to show an increase in passenger reservations of an additional 6 today.. Please call Seaforth at 619 224-3383 or go to Trip details can be found at
Thanks to all of you who supported us during this nuttso year. I know it hasn't been easy, with all the uncertainty, and bad news. I hope we got you a few good birds, and kept you safe. 
To those of you who wished they could go, but didn't. I understand. I hope we are all back together in better times.
I will update you on our final decision, 
Dave Povey

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lerpy eucalyptus follow-up

A bit of a follow-up to my earlier post today about trees, particularly lerpy eucalyptus. Tito Gonzalez reports that the line of eucs along the north fence at Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside are lerpy and hosting a reasonable number of western migrants. I have now found two sites with lerpy eucs off Antigua Blvd. here in Tierrasanta and had more migrants there late today, even being a bit inland (ditto Harry Griffen Park!), than I did close to the coast this morning around Point Loma and Mission Valley. The trees here in Tierrasanta had, for example, 1 female-type Summer Tanager, 6 W. Tanagers, Bullock's Oriole, Bl-hd. Grosbeak, 3 Pacific-slope Flys, Warbling Vireo, 12 Yellow Warblers, 1 B-t Gray, 4 Townsend's, 6 Wilson's, and reasonable numbers of Orange-crowneds and Yellow-rumpeds. Numbers of western migrants = good chance for vagrants as well.

There are likely good sites of lerp-heaven waiting to be found that are closer to the coast in places like Coronado (adjoining the Coronado golf course?), Balboa Park, and La Jolla, as well as in National City and Chula Vista. Not to mention who-knows-where-else in North County.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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