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Re: Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lake Murray, 9/26

Re: Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lake Murray, 9/26
By – 3:40 pm
The Rose Breasted Grosbeak continues as of about 12:30pmFound in the Eucs along the dirt path above the bike pathabout midway between the culvert/dip and the golf courseat the end to the north.Also had a Brewers Sparrow at the 1st reported locationof the Grosbeak.Steve EllisRamona

Saturday pelagic trip parking issues

Saturday pelagic trip parking issues
By – 12:06 pm
Tomorrow, Saturday, is the scheduled pelagic trip from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. out of Mission Bay. Unfortunately there is also a marathon being run tomorrow morning in the Mission Bay area, and they have closed off tomorrow morning already starting at 3:00 a.m. all of the diagonal parking slots out on the street that us birders often heavily use. This means the only parking will be either in the landing parking lot, which in a check today was totally full, or one takes the parallel parking slots on the same side of the road as the landing, but those will very quickly be full. So check out such slots before you get to the landing or go beyond the landing and just beyond the conference center where the bird festival takes place and look for spots beyond that. You should strongly consider carpooling and then dropping the people and supplies off at the landing and then the one driver goes off to try to find parking and which might require a moderate walk back to the dock. Please plan accordingly and arrive a little extra early.Paul Lehman & Dave Povey, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

Red-footed booby partly continues

Red-footed booby partly continues
By – 9:54 am
We returned to the base of the Imperial Beach Pier at 9:40 a.m. and the red-footed booby was still sitting on its favorite lamppost which is the post you can just see the top of sticking up above the left corner of the restaurant roof at the end of the pier. We could even scope it from just standing on the edge of Seacoast Drive. But within 2 minutes, while we were turned away looking elsewhere, the bird departed the lamp post and now we don’t know where it is.Paul Lehman & Gary Rosenberg, San Diego Sent from the all new AOL app for Android

Hillcrest Tennessee Warbler continuing

Hillcrest Tennessee Warbler continuing
By – 8:53 am
As with the Painted Bunting a month ago, found the prior day by neighbor Mike Evans in his oak tree, which is visible from my deck.  An elusive bird, it showed up for 20 seconds so far this morning. Folks interested in trying for it may contact me off list.  I’ll be here all day. Cheers,  Tuck RussellHillcrest 

Red-footed booby continues at Imperial Beach Pier

Red-footed booby continues at Imperial Beach Pier
By – 6:50 am
The red-footed booby reported yesterday by John Martin sitting on the Imperial Beach Pier continues at dawn on Friday morning. It is currently perched on top of a lamp post at the very end of the pier next to the closed, fenced-off restaurant building. John talked about how it looks unhealthy, although right now it doesn’t seem too bad, other than it’s mostly sleeping. Maybe when it gets hungry it will come to the main part of the pier and start begging from fishermen….Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

Clay-Colored Sparrow at Torrey Hills Park 9/29

Clay-Colored Sparrow at Torrey Hills Park 9/29
By – 9:17 pm
I went over to Torrey Hills Park this afternoon to look for the odd Brewer’s Sparrow well documented by Sean Buchanan, which was continuing. It was in the company of another sparrow that I thought had yellow in front of the eye; I dismissed it as probably a Savannah, and the birds were flushed shortly after. I did a lap and came back to the spot to find one cool-looking sparrow back out, I figured it was the Brewer’s, got some shots and had to run. Lo and behold, the solo bird was a Clay-Colored Sparrow, who actually was the “Savannah” hanging out with the Brewer’s. That “yellow” tinge was actually buffy in the right light, the lack of streaking on the breast, and the facial pattern are all good. 
I’m very much hoping it will continue tomorrow so people can go see it, and sorry for the late post. Not good to bird in a hurry :(Seen today near the basketball court here: (32.9180435, -117.2231904)– Nick ThorpeUniversity Heights

INLAND Red-footed Booby, miscellanea

INLAND Red-footed Booby, miscellanea
By – 2:06 pm

Just in case anyone missed the extra significance, the Red-footed Booby photo’d earlier today, 29 Sep, by Patti Langen was flying over Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in eastern Carlsbad, some 4-1/2 MILES INLAND. There is only one previous truly inland record for CA, photo’d earlier this month in inland Sonoma County, plus a couple records from inside San Francisco Bay which may or may not have rode ships into port. Elsewhere in the USA, there are single records for well inland in both Florida and Louisiana, NOT hurricane related. There was dense fog along the coast here this morning, and it is possible that the bird became disoriented and ended up inland. Or it simply wandered. When last seen it was heading west toward Batiquitos.

In other, much more mundane news, I had a Tropical Kingbird this morning in Presidio Park on the grassy slope with the magnolia trees. One Reddish Egret continues at the San Diego River mouth. Yesterday, a Yellow-headed Blackbird continued in the TRV near the Dairy Mart Road bridge. On the 27th, 5 Harris’s Hawks (all together) continued at Jacumba, and a very late adult male Black-chinned Hummingbird was at feeders in Tierrasanta.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Magnolia Warbler at FRNC

Magnolia Warbler at FRNC
By – 8:06 am
This morning, Thursday, Dean Budd found a magnolia warbler along the extreme southern fence line in the southeast corner of Fort Rosecrans cemetery. It is now 8:00 a.m. and we need to vacate the cemetery until 5:00 p.m. Not many migrants overall, although birding here this morning was plagued by dense fog.Paul Lehman, San Diego Sent from the all new AOL app for Android