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Lucy’s Warbler near UCSD

In Tipu trees behind LDS center at 9527 La Jolla Farms Rd, visible from footpath connecting La Jolla Farms and Torrey Pines Rd.

Alex Abela
San Diego, CA
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Encinitas Community Park R-t Pipit & Vermilion Flycatchers (10/29/20)

I had not been to this park birding in over week. I was there this afternoon with kid about 2:15-3:00 so she could get out of house and I did not have my bins or camera. The pipit flock has apparently grown from approximately 6-10 birds to roughly 25 or so today. While I never definitively layed eyes on the bird to ID it, there is clearly a vocalizing RTPI with one of the groups of AMPI when they fly. I was unable to track it down. Going back with gear in a few minutes to see if I can refind and document.

Two VEFL are newly arrived, one nearing adult male and another imm/female. Both I was able to get ID shots with my phone.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Lake Hodges Green-tailed Towhee

Jan Nordenberg's Green Tailed Towhee continues. Lovely bird and a lifer. Thanks Jan. Also a road runner and a rufous crown sparrow at Piedra's Pintadas Trailhead parking lot.  RR was on street side of parking lot near the pines. Sparrow was on trail on other side of parking lot. 

Geoff Veith
Solana Beach. 

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Presidio redstart

This morning (10/28/20) I chased the Tennessee warbler reported by Paul at the Persidio Hills Golf Course (pitch and putt).  In the Tipu tree next to the club house, I found no birds at 9 AM.  Returning at 10 AM, there was a female type AMERICAN REDSTART foraging in the tree (no Tennessee).
                         Jim Roberts
                         University CIty

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Thick-billed Kingbird

Hi, as of 1:00, Dan Jehl’s Thick-billed Kingbird is exactly where he found it yesterday on some dead branches of the eucalyptus trees south of the cattails at Poggi Creek Greenbelt. Mostly sleeping.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Lake Hodges Green-tailed Towhee

This morning I went to the Lake Hodges Bernardo Bay Trail to see if the Green-tailed Towhee has returned (presumably) for a third (at least) season. I went to the spot I saw him last year and quickly heard the mewing call. He didn't cooperate for photos but popped out of the bushes a couple times long enough to see the bright rufous crown, white throat, gray breast and green tail. Take the trailhead that starts at West Bernardo Drive southwest of the pedestrian bridge. Look for the large dead stump on the right side of the trail (not far down the trail) and then the nearby Endangered Species Habitat sign on the left side of the trail. I saw him in the shrubs near the sign.
Jan Nordenberg
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Lindo Lakes construction project.

Thanks, Terry, I didn't know!  There is such a problem with blue-green algae there, I wonder if this project is being set up to address that?  I know they found cyanotoxin in the water, but that never affected our activities there.  But if they want to turn it into a fishing lake, they would have to get rid of it first.  I love the winter ducks there and hope we don't lose them.


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Lindo Lakes construction project.

Hi everyone,

My apologies in advanced if everyone is already aware of this but the entire East Basin at Lindo Lakes which includes the seasonal lake as well as the grassing areas are now off limits. Sign says phase one to be completed in spring of 2021. I talked with one gentleman although he was not a park ranger that they were digging to make it deeper, pour cement in the bottom and make it into a fishing lake.
It will be interesting to see how this impacts the winter ducks since they seem to favor this lake when it does have water. I did find one American Wigeon this morning.

Terry Hurst
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