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Harris's Sparrow, Red Crossbills

On Jan 8th, the good news is that there is an immature Harris's Sparrow in the Jacumba area. The bad news is it is near a "touchy" part of town, where a couple homeowners were "nervous" about me walking their street with binoculars and asked me to "go somewhere else." So, I think it best if we do not turn a slug of (camera-wielding) birders loose on the area. Also, the entire Jacumba area is full of White-crowned Sparrow flocks, totaling some 400 birds today. So it would be a needle in a haystack to go try to find it without further info, and it would likely cause angst amongst a certain, suspicious percent of the town's population to have birders just wander around. Therefore, I'd like to attempt to restrict the number of folks potentially going by asking those to contact me privately ONLY if they need HASP as a county/state/life bird (NOT just a year bird), and who are truly interested in searching for a bird that might be difficult to re-find if the particular White-crowned flock it was in moves around a bunch and mixes up with the many other sparrow flocks in the area! I did not have anything else rare there today. Photos of the Harris's are posted in my eBird report.

Also today, there were 3 Red Crossbills in residential Pine Valley. Hanging out in large Jeffrey Pines with a good number of cones near the intersection of Pine Boulevard and Rocky Pass. If they aren't there, then drive around town looking for similar cone-laden pines. Most of the pines around town currently have few or no cones.

A disappointing check of western Balboa Park yesterday morning yielded just 2 continuing Western Tanagers. I MIGHT well have heard the Dusky-capped Flycatcher found there on the CBC call just once along the west edge of the dog run, just south of the Prado bridge–but I waited to hear it just one more time… no avail.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Common Goldeneye continue at Lake Miramar

Saw the Common Goldeneye again today by the dam at Lake Miramar, between
11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Today there were four: two female, two male.
Checked the hotspot on eBird and saw that four have been reported on
three other lists since the beginning of the year. In December the max
reported was three.

FWIW – also found one Herring Gull sitting on the barrier that goes
across the lake not far from the dam. Needed a scope to ID it.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

south san diego bay misc 1-8-21

Sightings of species of interest this morning in closed portions of South San Diego Bay – posted since likely viewable from other areas:
Black scoter, female – off WSW end of Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve – likely to show up off J St or Coronado Cays.
Common goldeneye, 1 male, 7 female – in W pond 20 – viewable from bikepath between Main St & 13th.
American flamingo, escapee – in Emory Cove.
Lesser yellowlegs – with 4 greater yellowlegs in SE pond 20 (west of dirt pile) – viewable from bikepath between Main St & 13th.
(Little stint NOT seen – tide was dropping & most peeps were shifting to bayshore; only birds on SW pond 23 island NE of 8th St were 5 ring-billed gulls).
Caspian tern – on N shore of saltworks – likely to show up off J St, IB, or Strand.
Glaucous-winged gull, 1st winter – along N shore of saltworks – likely to show up off J St.
Large-billed savannah sparrow, at least 3 – at Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

White-fronted goose at San Dieguito Rd horse pastures

Seen at midday today among Canada Geese. Distinguished by smaller size, bright orange legs, white base to pinkish bill (although hard to judge bill color accurately in haze at distance), white side stripe. Surprisingly hard to refind after initial look, being at times hidden by fence slates.

Didn’t see recently reported Snow goose but may easily have missed it.

Sean Buchanan
Solana Beach
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Warbling Vireo in Hillcrest

Hi, All,

After the fog lifted this morning, I went out and birded my yard. The catch of the day was a Warbling Vireo shortly after 10.  A fairly common visitor in spring both here and county-wide, a record now is pretty unusual according the the SD Bird Atlas, which had only two records at slightly later dates.  I see Eitan saw one near La Mesa several weeks ago, but that is a bit more typical, according to the Atlas.  A search of eBird shows no more sightings at this time of year in the county; in fact, Eitan's is the only one listed for December through February for all years since 1900 (apparently the historical records noted in the Atlas haven't made it into eBird).  So this would apparently be only the fourth record in that timeframe, and only the third beyond December.

The bird appeared to be foraging, and moved fairly quickly to yards to the north, as if it wasn't finding much of interest.  It was gone in a couple of minutes, but posed cooperatively several times on its way through, and I got excellent photos, which are included in the list below.

Cheers,  Tuck Russell
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Chase Field American Redstart and hotspots

Thanks to Ryan Andrews for suggesting Chase Field as an eBird hotspot. If you've created a personal location for the American Redstart there (or any other birds) please consider merging your personal location with this hotspot. As I've said previously, anyone is capable of suggesting hotspots (details in link below), and we encourage their use whenever feasible. In general, if you're at any park that's not a hotspot, please suggest it as one. If you're away from a park that likely won't get much coverage, a personal location is fine. However, in some cases rarities are found in an otherwise "no-man's-land" and these should be suggested as a hotspot, with a suggested name beginning with "stakeout <name of rarity>." I, or another hotspot reviewer, will confirm the final name/location after checking to make sure an appropriate hotspot does not already exist. 
Many new hotspots were suggested/approved recently during Christmas Bird Counts (especially by Eve Martin!), so keep exploring and finding *new* birds and places to bird in San Diego County and beyond!
More details here:
Justyn Stahl

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Escondido CBC

The Escondido CBC held on January 2 was the last of the six counts held

in San Diego County.  Participants recorded 155 species with several

additional species still under review.  A number of observers have

previously reported details of rarities that they observed, so at this time

I’ll just list locations of some of the highlights.  These include Common

Loon (Dixon Lake), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (east Ramona), Gray

Flycatcher (one in Pamo Valley, one in the San Pasqual Valley), Pacific-

slope Flycatcher (2 at Kit Carson Park), Green-tailed Towhee (Cloverdale 

Road), Clay-colored Sparrow (east Ramona), Brewer’s Sparrow (east

Ramona),  Yellow-headed Blackbird (30 on Rangeland Road), Bullock’s

Oriole (near the Safari Park), and American Redstart (Kit Carson Park).

We also recorded White-winged Dove for the fifth year in a row with five

noted near the Ramona Airport.

Other birds reported that are typical of this CBC but are generally rare at

coastal sites include Cattle Egret, White-faced Ibis, Zone-tailed and

Ferruginous hawks, Western Screech-Owl, Mountain Bluebird, Bell’s and

Vesper sparrows, Scott’s Oriole, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch.

Ken Weaver

Fallbrook, CA


Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports