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Yellow-breasted Sapsucker – North Clairemont Rec Center

This morning about 9:30 I saw and photographed (poorly due to bad light) a Yellow-breasted Sapsucker near the North Clairemont Recreation Center at 4421 Bannock Avenue. I've confirmed my ID with Paul and Justyn. This is likely the same bird that wintered there last year. Last year it was seen mostly in the two very dense trees immediately south of the playground that's next to the rec center building. Today I saw it in one of the small not so leafy trees immediately to the right/east of those trees by the fence. There's also a Red-breasted Sapsucker in the same area that I photographed.
Jan Nordenberg
San Diego

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Re: UTC Painted Redstart continues in Tipu trees at Standley Middle School along west side of Ratcliffe.

Painted Redstart continues in the tipus on the northeast side of the middle school. It’s calling on and off (very distinctive), which is the best way to locate it. It disappeared from about 8:15 to 8:45, so there might be another location where it feeds sometimes. 

Also present was a giant flock of waxwings, and a mixed flock of Chipping Sparrows and American Pipits that didnt seem to have anything more interesting mixed in. There was a Western Tanager in the tipus as well. 

– Tim Swain

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University CIty Painted Redstart

David Holway's PAINTED REDSTART continues this morning (9AM, 11/23/20) in the Tipu trees at Stanley Middle School.  This is along the sidewalk on the west side of Radcliffe just south of Governor Drive.  It ranges around the area. It flew to a tree north of the Tipus and across Radcliffe and behind the Lutheran Church.
Alllison Hiers also saw and photographed the bird.
                           Thanks David'
                         Jim Roberts
                            University CIty

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Western Tanager

Hi again,

I forgot to mention that I also heard a Western Tanager calling in the same area this morning.

Barbara Wise
San Diego

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White-throated Sparrow

Hi everyone,

Last weekend an out-of-town birder found and photographed a White-throated Sparrow in residential Point Loma, and it reappeared there again this morning around 6:30 A.M.  It was with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows that were flying across both the east and west sides of Silver Gate Avenue between Warner and Dupont St.   It was on the ground, in the trees and visiting backyards and a backyard feeders. The flock was constantly on the move, the bird favored heavy cover and it was dark and cloudy this morning, so unfortunately photo opportunities were extremely limited. But I did get an i.d. shot!

Barbara Wise
San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Painted Redstart, private property Univ. City

Hi all,

This weekend I found and photographed a Painted Redstart in the southern part of of University City on private property. If you are really interested in seeing this bird, please email me off list and I can provide additional information.

David Holway
University City
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

weekend miscellanea

Yesterday, the 21st, the Balboa Park GREATER PEWEE was well to the east of its usual area, calling quite a bit at 8AM next to the Organ Pavilion and Palm Canyon in the main central part of the park. Assume it is the same bird! A young male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in the southwest section of the park (full red throat and complete black frame, but still lots of tan-brown mottling to the head and back). A female HOODED ORIOLE is presumably the same bird back for its second winter to the area near the miniature railroad and Art Studios (just south of the main Zoo entrance). A HERMIT WARBLER was north of Marston House, at the north end of the road (7th), overlooking the canyon. Also 1 Bullock's Oriole and total of 5 Western Tanagers scattered in the northern/western park.

Today, Sunday, the continuing Dairy Mart TROPICAL KINGBIRD was present just after dawn at the tops of the larger dead/leafless trees around the "wooded" pond" on the east side of Dairy Mart Road, across the road from the main pond–the third time I've seen it there early in the morning, so it might be roosting there at night. Also a CATTLE EGRET and the usual Least Bittern at the main pond. The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER continues with the Killdeer flock on the east side of the sod farm. A female VERMILION FLYCATCHER is at the sports park in San Ysidro. Western Tanager at Nestor Park, another Western and a Bullock's Oriole at Sunnyslope Park, Black-thr Gray Warbler at Harborside Park, and an adult male SUMMER TANAGER at Kimball Park in National City, mostly in the eastern 2/3 of the park (check especially the several scattered pink-flowered eucalyptus). Also today, Barbara Carlson photo'd a first-cycle Glaucous-winged Gull at Lake Murray.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego

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