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FW: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant – Del Mar

FW: Re: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Neotropic Cormorant – Del Mar
By – 9:06 am
Mucho apologies to all, my reply to Mel was meant for another group! But it might be helpful for  people to know that the Neotropical Corm and the other corms come in to roost there in late afternoon and evening before sunset. Sue Smith, Del MarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

Neotropic Cormorant – Del Mar

Neotropic Cormorant – Del Mar
By – 7:05 pm
For those who have not yet had enough of Neotropic  Cormorants this year, there was a bird this evening (June 27) perched on the wires along the Jimmy Durante Boulevard bridge over the San Dieguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds.Dan KingSan Diego

Pelagic trip off San Diego, 26 June 2022 – Nazca B, Flesh-footed S, other birds

Pelagic trip off San Diego, 26 June 2022 – Nazca B, Flesh-footed S, other birds
By – 11:58 am
Sunday 26 June 2022 six of us made a trip offshore in search of seabirds.  From Point Loma we motored about due west to The Corner where we stopped and ran out a fish oil and snacking slick.  Not too much appeared in this area so after a while we headed north to the “ridge” of 30 Mile Bank.  Not finding much there either, we headed back towards shore and stopped on the Upper Nine Mile Bank where we ran out another fish oil slick and various chopped tuna and other “chumsicle” concoctions.  This proved to be a popular attraction and we soon had many Black Storm-Petrels and a few other species dancing on the water in front of us.  From here we returned to San Diego Bay.  77 NM traveled.Morning highlight, as we came up the east side of the Nine Mile Bank, was the sudden appearance of two (!) near adult NAZCA BOOBY which made a very close pass by us, flying wingtip-to-wingtip. coming from the north.  They continued on their way south and out of sight, but naked eye views a few feet from the boat showed off the pink bills and white upper to central tail feathers nicely.We did see two CRAVERI’S MURRELET while crossing the San Diego Trough to the Thirty Mile Bank.  The west wind and muddled short swell interval made alcid spotting challenging all day so I think we were lucky to spot this pair.We did not see too many birds on our slick at The Corner, a second calendar year COMMON TERN was the best find there.Back at the Nine Mile Bank after lunch we put out another slick which began attracting lots of Black Storm-Petrels.  A short while into this drift a large all dark shearwater with buoyant flight made a single pass, FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER!Not too many cetaceans were seen, three Blue Whales and a zero on dolphins.  Also a couple of airborne jumping Mako Shark.– Gary NunnPacific BeachComplete day trip totals below2 Craveri’s Murrelet1 Cassin’s Auklet7 Heermann’s Gull69 Western Gull4 Least Tern1 Caspian Tern1 Common Tern2 Royal Tern520 Elegant Tern1 Black Skimmer2 Ashy Storm-Petrel72 Black Storm-Petrel2 storm-petrel sp.2 Northern Fulmar1 Pink-footed Shearwater1 Flesh-footed Shearwater29 Sooty Shearwater5 Black-vented Shearwater2 Nazca Booby2 Brown Booby3 Brandt’s Cormorant1 Double-crested Cormorant92 Brown Pelican4 Great Blue Heron2 Snowy Egret1 Black-crowned Night-Heron1 Osprey2 Amazona sp.5 Barn Swallow2 Brewer’s Blackbird

Cape May – no

Cape May – no
By – 8:57 am
Monday morning several birders have tried and failed to relocate the cape May warbler reported yesterday. However, it wasn’t found until mid-morning, so there may still be hope!Nancy ChristensenRamonaA bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.Chinese Proverb

Cape may in Solana Beach NOW

Cape may in Solana Beach NOW
By – 10:53 am
 heard it singing, got views of its rufous auriculars, black streaks on yellow throat and chest, white wing patch. Recorded it singing and it responded to playback. (32.9976542, -117.2735185)  Tipu trees (not sure of species) on east side of 101 right opposite Roberto’s Taco shop and car wash. Flew across railroad a few mins ago. Steve PerrySolana BeachSent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPhone
— Steve PerrySolana Beach, CA

Border Field Yellow-throated Vireo continuing 6/25

Border Field Yellow-throated Vireo continuing 6/25
By – 1:17 pm
Found earlier by Matt S. and Jim P. Currently (1:15pm) singing in willows and giving poor views just off road a bit west of entrance booth, approximately here: (32.5432150, -117.1112011) Slow moving bird and moderate wind make it very difficult to locate while it’s silent. Nathan FrenchHillcrest

Laughing Gull at Children’s pool in La Jolla

Laughing Gull at Children’s pool in La Jolla
By – 11:41 am
Laughing Gull in breeding plumage just flew into the beach at children’s Pool in La Jolla at 11:27 AM. Stayed 2 to 3 minutes and then the Gulls were flushed by kids chasing them. It went north towards Seawatch. So if you’re down this way you might look for it. I am looking for a Frigatebird to no avail. Mel SenacSan Diego

summering shorebirds

summering shorebirds
By – 11:05 am

Early this morning, 21 June, there was 1 Pink-footed, 20 Sooty, and 300+ Black-vented Shearwaters off La Jolla, but 0 alcids. Also 2 (continuing) adult Reddish Egrets together at Emory Cove on South San Diego Bay.

Given that the very first of the returning, southbound shorebirds are now appearing, here are my numbers of what were all presumed over-summering, non-breeding shorebirds on San Diego Bay during this month. Seems as though numbers and variety were below average this year.

43 Semipalmated Plover

40 Black-bellied Plover (1 full alternate)

5 Whimbrel

6 Long-billed Curlew

180 Marbled Godwit

3 Ruddy Turnstone

25 Red Knot

11 Western Sandpiper

58 Short-billed Dowitcher

8 Greater Yellowlegs

XX Willet

–Paul Lehman, San Diego