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Nazca Booby, and miscellanea

Nazca Booby, and miscellanea
By – 9:27 am

On Thursday morning, 9 June, a full adult Nazca Booby flew south past the La Jolla seawatch at 7:19AM. Not too far out–just beyond the outer edge of the kelp. Could easily see bill color.

Yesterday, 8 June, birding along the San Diego River in the Mission Valley area produced a singing Swainson’s Thrush near the San Diego Mission, where the species is found almost annually in early summer, and which represents the southern-most semi-regular breeding site in the species’ range. (Some years a bird or two is on territory in the Tijuana River Valley, but not so the past several years that I have noted.) Also a Least Bittern and a flock of W-f Ibis.

On 7 June, three American Wigeon continue in the very upper Sea World section of the San Diego River. A singing first-year male Western Tanager continued along Rosecroft in residential Point Loma. Present for about a week, it MIGHT actually be on territory, which would be very unusual along the coast, or maybe it is just a tardy migrant lingerer who feels like singing a bunch. I’ve noted the same a couple other years in late spring down in the TRV.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego

Upcoming Buena Vista Audubon sponsored San Diego Pelagic Birding trip, June 12, 2022

Upcoming Buena Vista Audubon sponsored San Diego Pelagic Birding trip, June 12, 2022
By – 10:13 am
Hello all.We are one week out from the last of the three spring 2022 San Diego pelagic birding trips.Those of you that have reservations, a reminder that this is a Sunday trip, out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay.Please be at the landing and checked in between 6-6:30 a.m. Go to  the office first, then see us on the patio area, for manifest, eBird and Orientation. We will board the 80ft. Legacy by 6:45 , and depart at 7 a.m. sharp.Parking is free, and will be tight as fishing is quite good right now. Several boats will be returning that morning so that should open up some spaces. Be sure you are parked in the lot marked off in front of the landing, or on the street. those in “Permit Parking Only” spots could be towed !Those of you who would like to join us, call 619 224-3383, or to book online go to www.sdwhale.com. Hit the red  “Book Now” button and scroll down to the Legacy Birding trip June 12th. The phone and computer site have very minimal trip details. For that go to www,sandiegopelagics.com. You may also wish to review my comments in a post to San Diego Regional Birding@groups io.  titled “Buena Vista Audubon sponsored Pelagic Birding Trip, June 12,2022”. Dated May 21st of this year. I think it gives a fair assessment of the trip’s possibilities.Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you out there,Dave Povey San Diego Pelagics

Summer Tanager in TRV

Summer Tanager in TRV
By – 7:30 am
Early Friday morning, there was a singing male Summer Tanager in the Tijuana River Valley on the east side of Hollister Avenue across from the Bird and Butterfly Garden and southern end of the community gardens.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

Clark’s Nutcracker – Kitchen Creek

Clark’s Nutcracker – Kitchen Creek

By – 4:21 pm
On Thursday, June 2, just after 11am, Lisa Ruby and I had brief and distant looks at a Clark’s Nutcracker at Kitchen Creek, perched on a snag north of the gated end of Kitchen Creek Rd. The tree was approximately at 32.7897, -116.4513 The bird flew out of sight after we snapped a few distant photos, and we hustledup to the spot, which was right along the trail, and waited around for a while but did not see the bird again, nor did we ever hear it vocalize. Bad photos on the eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S111984825Christopher AdlerAllied Gardens– ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ………. ….. christopher adler….. ….. composer / performer / improviser….. ….. professor of music / director of asian studies….. ….. university of san diego….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ………. ….. www.christopheradler.com….. ….. christopheradler.bandcamp.com….. ….. christopheradlerdotcom@…….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ………. ….. sign up for my concerts&events monthly email….. ….. http://eepurl.com/gCaYpz….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..

escaped Painted Bunting

escaped Painted Bunting
By – 9:59 am

On May 31st, I had a singing first-year male Painted Bunting at the community gardens in the TRV. Same plumage as a female/immature. Although I actually use the term “plumage” with a grain of salt, as the bird is missing a slug of back and nape feathers and also has still-attached feathering elsewhere that is partly tattered. Clear signs of prior captivity. The bird was still singing away today, June 2nd, in the riparian between the community gardens and the B&B (fide Joe A,). Just a “warning” that it is in the area. And interesting that it is frequenting the exact same area by presumed wild Painted Buntings in the early fall during past years. So, a bit of a sticky situation.

The community gardens continue to be the local hotspot for nesting American Goldfinches. And today’s highlight at a La Jolla seawatch was actually spotting a wayward migrant Western Wood-Pewee well offshore, working its way back to shore. Still northbound Eared Grebe moving.

Paul Lehman, San Diego