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Rose-br. Grosbeak and overall migrants, “stakeout” Harris’s Hawk near Mission Valley

Rose-br. Grosbeak and overall migrants, “stakeout” Harris’s Hawk near Mission Valley

By – 10:44 am

Early this morning, 21 May, there was a singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak in residential Point Loma near the intersection of Dupont X Albion, although it was moving around and then once it shut up it went MIA. Other migrants seen today at multiple sites around Point Loma included 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 5 W. Wood-Pewees, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Yellow & 1 Townsend’s Warblers, 8 Western Tanagers, and 1 Black-headed Grosbeak. This is an actual improvement over the past two days in the number of landbird migrants where I have birded (e.g., TRV, Jacumba).

Very limited lingering waterfowl include Green-winged Teal at the J Street mudflats and 2 American Wigeon in the San Diego River channel.

Not sure what the sales pitch is with this one to encourage gambling, but a new billboard along northbound Highway 163 just north of I-8 for Harrah’s Casino features a Harris’s Hawk! Please do not eBird it.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego

Buena Vista Audubon sponsored pelagic birding trip, June 12, 2022

Buena Vista Audubon sponsored pelagic birding trip, June 12, 2022
By – 9:26 am
This is the third and last spring pelagic trip out of San Diego for 2022.The Sunday June 12th. trip is an 10 to12 hr. birding adventure aboard the 80 ft. Legacy out of Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, in Mission Bay. The trip is limited to 55 passengers, and priced at $155We will explore the areas west of San Diego including the Nine MIle Bank, San Diego Trough, and the Thirty Mile Bank.  These are in the far western portion of San Diego county. and we might venture briefly into Los Angeles county waters. Some of these areas are rarely visited, and  have turned up some interesting sightings in recent years.Spring trips give us a better chance of a local albatross. I would usually say Black-footed Albatross only, but recent years have seen a slight uptick in Laysan Albatross sightings (including one on  6-6-2021). Most exciting for us are Cook’s Petrels, a species with very few previous records in San Diego county waters until June of 2020 ( 30 plus in and around “The Corner” seen on 6-27-2020 ). “The Corner” is just west of the Thirty Mile Bank, and shows on marine charts as a bend in the U.S. Mexican border, which also intersects with the San Diego and L.A. county line. The bottom topography here is on a slope to very deep water to the south. This area is so rarely visited, no guarantees, but the chance exists. Although we believe this trip is a little on the early side for Cook’s. I had seen Cook’s Petrel below the border, as early as late May.  We are still learning about their distribution and timing there.Other expected species. Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters. Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, possibly an early Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger. June has been good for the rare South Polar Skua. Scripps’s Murrelets and a possible early Craveri’s Murrelet . Perhaps the only trip of the year to see and compare these two very similar species. Cassin’s Auklets are also expected,as are Elegant, and Least Terns .Spring can be an interesting time for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.To see trip’s and future trip’s details, go to www.sandiegopelagics.com. You can book directly at www.sdwhale.com., tap on “BOOK NOW” then scroll down to the date June 12, 2022, book there, or call Seaforth Landing at 619 224-3383 during regular business hours  7 a.m.-5 p.m. PST. If you have questions contact us at San Diego Pelagics, or you can contact me directly.I hope you’ll join us,Dave Povey

Oak Titmouse in Encinitas

Oak Titmouse in Encinitas
By – 3:38 pm
Yesterday morning, 5/16, I observed an Oak Titmouse in the riparian/eucalyptus stand near the northern terminus of Lone Jack Road, south of the intersection with Lone Hill Lane. I also checked the hill near the One Oak development (north of Rancho Summit Drive) for migrants after seeing 6 Wilson’s warblers and a warbling vireo coming up a draw in the hillside during a mid-morning hike on Friday. Nothing of interest early on Sunday so adding this to the list to check during spring 2023.Betsy Miller VixieOlivenhain

Black Swift, Encinitas, 17 May

Black Swift, Encinitas, 17 May
By – 2:42 pm
To add to Paul’s migrant list, this morning (17 May) Patti Koger and had a Black Swift aerial  feeding near a White-throated Swift and swallows just  east of Coastal Roots Farm along Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, just after the coastal  marine layer cleared and the sun came out (about 11:15 am).  These aerial feeders  soon moved  further away from us to the east  over the Quail Garden Lane ridge, in the direction of the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course area.   

Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological  Consulting 

Del Mar, CA 

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migrant landbird status, lingering waterfowl

migrant landbird status, lingering waterfowl
By – 10:22 am
The last good push of migrants was last Thursday and Friday, with mostly residual hangers-on since then, in ever-decreasing numbers. The most numerous species, in decreasing abundance, seemed to be Wilson’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Western Tanager, Townsend’s Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, and Hermit Warbler, with a sprinkling of Western Wood-Pewees, Willow, Pacific-slope, & Hammond’s Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Lazuli Buntings. One Olive-sided Flycatcher today on Point Loma. Larger numbers of western migrants seemed to pass through the county last year this late in May (and even into the beginning of June), but that seemed unusually late.Lingering non-breeding waterfowl seem to be especially scarce this year. Be aware that the female scaup that is sometimes associated with the long-staying male Greater at Lake 4 at Santee Lakes has yet to be identified with certainty, so best to report it as Greater/Lesser until such time–if ever–that it’s ID is more certain!–Paul Lehman, San Diego

Re: Yellow-throated Vireo; Carlsbad 15MAY2022

Re: Yellow-throated Vireo; Carlsbad 15MAY2022
By – 2:55 pm
A couple of birders have tried to re-find the bird without success (to my knowledge). If anyone wants more specific location information please contact me offline. The location is at the intersection of Aston (not Ashton) and Rutherford (east side) in Carlsbad. It was seen in tipus and jacaranca trees in parking lot.Photos of the bird are in the follow ebird report.https://ebird.org/checklist/S110268056Tito GonzalezCarlsbad, CA

Palm Warbler – Point Loma

Palm Warbler – Point Loma
By – 8:49 am
This morning during a break in the fog there was a PALM WARBLER in a silk oak along the alley between DuPont and Warner in the Silvergate neighborhood of Point Loma. Alex AbelaSan Diego

San Diego pelagic trip results, May 14th

San Diego pelagic trip results, May 14th
By – 5:19 am
The San Diego pelagic trip on 14 May aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under beautiful sea conditions. We explored out to the western edge of San Diego County waters. The light seas provided for fine looks at virtually all species and for excellent photographic opportunities. The biggest surprise was the loose group of 3 breeding-plumaged Black Terns at the inside of San Diego Trough. eBird lists with lots of photos will be posted in the next couple days. Offshore totals for the day were as follows:Brant 16 (northbound)Red-necked Phalarope 170Red Phalarope 18 (incl. in full breeding plumage)Pomarine Jaeger 2Cassin’s Auklet 29Scripps’s Murrelet 68 (excellent total, and incl. large chicks)Sabine’s Gull 2Heermann’s Gull 5Western Gull 180California Gull 15Herring Gull 1 (getting late; first-cycle)BLACK TERN 3 (breeding plumage; 17.8 mi off Point Loma)Least Tern 25 (good number well offshore)Royal Tern 2Elegant Tern 350Pacific Loon 31 (northbound flocks)Northern Fulmar 8 (starting to look worn and tattered)Pink-footed Shearwater 38Sooty Shearwater 48Black-vented Shearwater 3Ashy Storm-Petrel 4 (good comparisons with Blacks)Black Storm-Petrel 300Brandt’s Cormorant 1Brown Pelican 180Great Blue Heron 1passerine sp. 1The next scheduled pelagic trip is Sunday, 12 June. Please come join us!–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, Pete Ginsburg, Matt Sadowski, et al.

South San Diego Bay nesting update 5-14-22

South San Diego Bay nesting update 5-14-22
By – 8:58 am
I received a couple questions this week so thought it may be worthwhile posting an update on waterbird nesting status in South San Diego Bay. At least at the sites I’m involved at, snowy plover numbers appear average to slightly below average, with success so far limited at least in part to predation. Stilt and avocet nest numbers appear below average.  Although numbers appear to have picked up at some sites yesterday, conferring with other monitors, least tern numbers remain low at all sites around San Diego and Mission Bays, nest initiations delayed, nest numbers low, and colony attendance low, suggesting issues with local prey fish availability. Forster’s tern numbers appear low and they are just beginning to initiate nests.Elegant tern numbers fluctuated widely early in the season, nest initiation was delayed, but over the past couple weeks adult numbers established above average and over 17220 nests were documented this week in South SD Bay.Royal terns appear possibly heading toward another record-breaking year with over 500 nests already established.Caspian tern numbers are notably low and nesting has been delayed and is just beginning with only 2 nests as of this past week.Gull-billed terns were also delayed in initiating nests, but are up to 30 nests this week in South SD Bay, and at least 1 to 2 pairs continue to be seen regularly in the Mission Bay/Robb Field area.Double-crested cormorant nest numbers in South SD Bay are well below average at only 29, but some are still under construction.For at least the 4th year now, a Canada goose pair is also nesting in South Bay.  At least 15 osprey nests have been established in the east and south bay, with most in the National City Marine Terminal area, most currently with chicks on the verge of fledging, but the earliest nests have already fledged young and the latest nests still have small to medium chicks.Robert PattonSan Diego, CA