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3 Lapland Longspurs, Crown Point

3 Lapland Longspurs, Crown Point
By – 3:04 pm
Today, Tuesday, I received a photo taken by visiting birder Eddie Monson, via Ethan Monk, of 3 Lapland Longspurs together in the Crown Point area on Mission Bay: “on the lawn east of the southernmost parking lot.” This, of course, sounds close to the lawn that hosted a Lapland last year, as well as other longspurs, Dickcissel, Clay-colored, etc., over the years. Eddie also reported Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers at Kate O. Sessions Park.–Paul Lehman, San Diego

More on La Jolla Cove this morning: Manx Shearwaters, Red-footed booby

More on La Jolla Cove this morning: Manx Shearwaters, Red-footed booby
By – 12:57 pm
Got to the Cove at 7:00, a little late. Gorgeous clear light.There were Black-vented Shearwaters everywhere, many only 100-150 yards offshore.My estimate is somewhere above 15,000.By 7:30-8:00, they had moved much further offshore, but there were still several thousand around all morning.Also saw 2 different Manx Shearwaters at around 7:10 and 7:20. One had more white in the face than the second, which was in the more textbook plumage.Both were flying alone along the inside edge of the BVSHs. As I’ve written before, I think the Manxes at the Cove are using a slightly different wind pattern than the BVSHs, and tend to fly along the outside edge of the BVSH flock; besides, the only time they are really close enough to pick out is when they are along the inside edge of the shearwater stream and only just offshore.At around 9:40 I got a 15-second look at a booby flying around one of the sport-fishing boats. Mocha-colored plumage with a paler head and neck, so my i.d. was adult or subadult Red-footed Booby.Otherwise it was relatively windless and quiet. A total of maybe 100 surf scoters, and a trickle of loons.The wind was shifting to be from the NW when I had to leave just before 10:00, and the number of scoters and loons started to increase.The weather pattern of weak winds from the east in the morning followed by weak winds from the west in the afternoon is likely to continue for at least the next 10 days.Not ideal for seawatching.Stan Walens, San DiegoNov. 23, 2021; 12:55 pm

Am. Redstart, T.K. duo, white-winged gulls, V-g Swallow

Am. Redstart, T.K. duo, white-winged gulls, V-g Swallow
By – 12:10 pm
Today, Nov 23, a female American Redstart was in Coronado. The TWO Tropical Kingbirds at DairyMart were seen simultaneously. A count of 40 Black-crowned Night-Herons there was reasonable. Yesterday, there was a hybrid Eurasian X American Wigeon at Eastlake in eastern Chula Vista. A visit to Lower Otay Lake produced 4 “Thayer’s” Iceland Gulls, 7 Glaucous-wingeds, and a couple Glaucous-winged X Herring hybrids–all first-cycle birds. This is encouraging to have these numbers now, as last winter was a poor season for white-winged gulls in the county. Also at Lower Otay was a single Violet-green Swallow with about 30 Trees and 2 Barns; this species is very rare at this time of year.–Paul Lehman, San Diego

White-headed Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker
By – 1:48 pm
I visited Palomar State Park this morning hoping to see the WH woodpecker reported there this weekend. I have been looking for that species there for several years following a tip from the ranger – finally got it! It was an easy bird to find as it was calling as I arrived at the GPS location given by Sadowski/Jehl/Lehman et all, in their checklist. It was moving around the trees at the meadow edge. Mostly it was out of sight and would be easy to miss if it wasn’t calling. Watching it for a bit, I realized it was returning to the same tree which had a set of sapwells. I waited and watched at that tree and was able to get some photos. The bird never moved more than 30 yards in any direction, but was usually out of sight. Here is my write-up from my checklist: Continuing female. Seen 1.16 miles from parking lot. Nature trail to Weir trail – go past Baptist trail. Bird is actually on Weir Trail. GPS provided by the first group is perfect – first heard and saw the bird right there: 33°20’44” N 116°54’34” W. Elevation about 4600 ft.Vocalized frequently double/triple peek calls, especially when moving from tree to tree. Seen in trees bordering the meadow NE of trail. Observed bark flicking. She also visited a set of sap wells more than once. The wells do not look fresh but there are a few places with sap leaking out – maybe looking for bugs in the holes? Pine tree with sapwells here: 33°20’47” N 116°54’36” W ( just a few yards beyond the original location) She hitched down the tree trunks tail first, unlike the sapsuckers that move up the trunk. Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S97941325  Nancy ChristensenRamona 

Palm Warbler and G-T Towhee at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, No Scarlet Tanager

Palm Warbler and G-T Towhee at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, No Scarlet Tanager
By – 12:23 pm
This morning Char and I birded the parking lots at Carlsbad Premium Outlets from 7:20 to 9:45 looking for the Scarlet Tanager, but did not find him.  There were still a couple of birders there looking when we left.  I found a Palm Warbler in the Tipu tree immediately adjacent to Under Armour.  It also moved around on the nearby Bird of Paradise plants, the little wall, and the roof of this building.  We saw the Green-tailed Towhee 3 times, always in the shrubs along Car Country Drive.  We saw him twice from inside the parking lot, and once when we were out on the sidewalk before we entered the parking lot.  (We parked on Car Country Drive.)Marcie Mason

Red-footed Booby – La Jolla seawatch on 11/21/21

Red-footed Booby – La Jolla seawatch on 11/21/21
By – 7:02 pm
A brown morph Red-footed Booby was spotted heading south at ~9:00 a.m. It circled around a fishing boat several times before disappearing from view. Also observed were 5 Common Murres, several jaegers, and at least 2 Northern Fulmars.Dean DiTommasoLa Mesa

Possible Golden Eagle Spotted Oct 2 on Purer Road, Lake Hodges, Escondido

Possible Golden Eagle Spotted Oct 2 on Purer Road, Lake Hodges, Escondido
By – 12:08 pm
Spotted by neighbor and birder, Stella. On the steepest part of Purer Road near Lake Hodges in Escondido, CA. Sitting in a tall Eucalyptus tree overlooking the large Italian-villa-style house. Falconer, Dan Milner, provided identification as Golden Eagle. from looking at Stella’s photograph. Sighing on October 2nd – photograph provided to me yesterday. Stella’s picture is posted on this eBird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S97891908 Sorry for the late posting, but I know there are some folks tracking Golden Eagles in San Diego County and wanted to make this possible sighting known to them. — Tracy Henchbargerthench@…Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA 92029

continuing Ea. Phoebe, Tropical Kingbird, Plumbeous; Myrtle glut

continuing Ea. Phoebe, Tropical Kingbird, Plumbeous; Myrtle glut
By – 11:47 am
On Sunday the 21st, the Eastern Phoebe first found by Joe A. several days ago continues at the northeast end of Liberty Station Park. Also at Liberty Station, the Tropical Kingbird continues with Cassin’s along Woodworth Way or on the golf course at the end of that road. Present since early Oct, it is likely a returning wintering bird at this site and makes for approx. 5 Tropical Kingbirds in the county this late November: this bird, 2 at Dairy Mart, National City, and Coronado/NASNI. Also continuing today is the returning, wintering Plumbeous Vireo in Wing Street Canyon.”Myrtle” Yellow-rumped Warblers are regular visitors in small numbers, and I typically see a couple every day I go birding between October and April or May in a variety of habitats if I stare at a large enough number of “Audubon’s.” [If one goes birding in riparian habitat with poison oak understory, then the number of Myrtles can be much higher.] But for the past month, I’ve been seeing clearly more Myrtles than I normally do in this county. Probably more like 6+ per day, without really looking specifically for them.–Paul Lehman, San Diego

White-tailed Kite at Lake Hodges

White-tailed Kite at Lake Hodges
By – 11:27 am
Once a common resident at Lake Hodges, I haven’t seen a Kite here for years – until today.  Head toward the Lake on the path at the base of the Rancho Bernardo side of the Ribbon Bridge. Less that 1/4 mile in, on a tall snag in the dry lake – before lake water is visible.  Pictures on my eBird list.  https://ebird.org/checklist/S97885300 — Tracy Henchbargerthench@…Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA 92029