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Townsend’s solitaire etc Pt Loma 10-31-22

Townsend’s solitaire etc Pt Loma 10-31-22

By – 4:43 pm
Elizabeth Copper and I birded several spots in Pt Loma this morning (10/31/22), but it was relatively quiet with most of the rarities of the previous weeks appearing to have moved on.  Highlights included a Townsend’s solitaire moving tree to tree on the NW side of the intersection of Dudley & Silvergate around 10:15, a western tanager near the south end of Ft Rosecrans earlier, and a bright male Bullock’s oriole at Pt Loma Nazarene University south of the SE corner of the parking structure.  We were unable to refind the Fiesta Island longspurs, raising the question if they’re moving back & forth to Crown Pt…(I also had 2 western tanagers last week in Tierrasanta: 1 in the Portofino area & 1 in eucs along the south edge of Farb Middle School sports fields/north edge of Roadrunner Park).R. PattonSan Diego, CA

Jacumba on Monday

Jacumba on Monday
By – 12:33 pm

A morning visit to Jacumba on Monday the 31st produced 4 continuing Harris’s Hawks, a rare, eastward-dispersing American Crow, a record-late by 10 days Cassin’s Kingbird (the species does not winter there), a rare Townsend’s Solitaire, a Red-naped Sapsucker, Scott’s Oriole, and 2 continuing eastward White-breasted Nuthatches. Great-tailed Grackle is a species not normally thought of as migratory in most of San Diego County, but the occasional disperser/migrant is found in areas where not of normal occurrence, and today a flock of 6 birds flew from east to west HIGH over Jacumba (where not present since August) and certainly seemed to be on the move.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego

Chestnut -sided Warbler at Santa Ysabel Gallery

Chestnut -sided Warbler at Santa Ysabel Gallery
By – 1:57 pm
Seen between about 1:10 pm and 1:20 pm in lawn in front of Santa Ysabel gallery just east of Santa Ysabel Junction. Very tame. Lost it when it flew up into pepper tree. If you come to see it, stop in the gallery and take a look at Joe Garcia’s wonderful bird paintings,Sue SmithDel Mar, CASent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone– Susan SmithSeiurus Biological ConsultingDel Mar, CA

Another Townsend’s Solitaire

Another Townsend’s Solitaire

By – 6:32 pm
This one in Rancho Mission Canyon this afternoon at 4:45pm. This is a canyon trailsystem beginning on a small park along Margerum Ave., in the San Carlos area. The bird was in the canyon on the west side of Margerum. Hiking from the trailhead,after about 0.3-mi, the trail forks and the right fork crosses a stream. The bird was in the treesin the riparian area, just SE from the trail fork. Location: 32.803436, -117.070171Photos in eBirdhttps://ebird.org/checklist/S121538194Note: there is no access to the trail system from Fontaine St. Entering from Conestogamay require crossing the muddy stream. Christopher 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….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..

Re: Red-necked Grebe, West Agua Hedionda, 10/28

Re: Red-necked Grebe, West Agua Hedionda, 10/28
By – 11:04 am
Seen from this location (33.1399154, -117.3396590). Far side of the oyster buoys. Dives often so easy to miss.Nancy ChristensenRamonaA bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.Chinese Proverb

Negative Swallow-tailed Gull search

Negative Swallow-tailed Gull search
By – 9:15 am
As of 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, no luck refinding the Swallow-tailed Gull photographed late on the 25th in southern Oceanside, San Diego County. The bird was a breeding plumaged adult, and it was just on a random beach which doesn’t seem like the best spot for one to hang out or return to, in any case. We’ve tried the closest spots that make better sense which are Oceanside Harbor and the west end of Agua Hedionda lagoon, as they at least have jetties and piping and piers and docks and buoys and those type features which would seem to be a better place to find a roosting Swallow-tailed, And they have more goals in general. As mentioned by others, the Washington bird moved up and down a 20-mile stretch of coast over the week or so that it was present, so this bird could be virtually anywhere….. Certainly worth checking these spots again over the next several days in case it does simply move up and down a long stretch of coast like the Washington bird did.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

Photos of adult Swallow-tailed Gull

Photos of adult Swallow-tailed Gull
By – 8:47 pm
A series of photos have been submitted to the California Bird Records Committee today, Oct 27, of an adult Swallow-tailed Gull on the beach at Saint Malo Beach in southern Oceanside, but unfortunately now two days ago, very late in the day on the 25th. Clearly worth searching up and down the coast in that area for the next few days. And needless to say, if anyone finds it, a very prompt alert would be warranted!!Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

Nelson’s Sparrow – Kendall Frost

Nelson’s Sparrow – Kendall Frost
By – 11:32 am
At about 10:10 this morning I saw a Nelson’s Sparrow foraging in the pickle weed from about this location (32.7929344, -117.2313054). High tide was a 6.9 peaking at 10:20. It’s a bit unusual that I saw the bird before the peak, I usually plan to be there about a half hour after the peak, when the sparrows are more likely to come out on the chain link fence.This is the usual spot we see Nelson’s sparrows at very high tide, along Crown Point Drive on Mission Bay. The next set of really high tides will begin Nov 23.