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Tropical Kingbird, Hooded Merganser, and Swamp Sparrow at Famosa Slough

Tropical Kingbird, Hooded Merganser, and Swamp Sparrow at Famosa Slough
By {authorlink} – 1:17 pm

The Tropical Kingbird and Swamp Sparrow are continuing at Famosa Slough. The Tropical Kingbird is at Rialto and Famosa St, and a female Hooded Merganser is in the inlet where the path goes down to the water just North of Rialto Street. The kingbird is hanging out on one of the posts.

Happy birding,
Mike and Tera 

El Cajon parrot roost report

El Cajon parrot roost report
By {authorlink} – 12:05 pm

My husband and I scouted the El Cajon parrot roost this past Wednesday, February 1. Sunset was 5:21. The birds started arriving in a tall deciduous tree on the east side of Ballantyne, near Main Street, at about 5:10. Almost all arrived in pairs, which was a significant change from January 19th, when they came in groups ranging from a few individuals to a couple dozen. By about 5:20 the tree was full of loudly vocalizing parrots, and at 5:21 the flock burst from the tree. After circling once, they settled in a stand of tall pines on Hall, just east of the courthouse building, near the intersection of Hall and Ballantyne. We thought they were going to roost there, but at 5:29 they took off and headed north out of sight. We drove toward the sound of the flock and found them in a nearby stand of tall pines on Park behind the courthouse, directly across from Indiana Avenue. By 5:40 they had quieted down for the night.  

The parrots are beginning to disperse to nesting sites, so from this point on the numbers at the roost will steadily decrease until after breeding season.

Happy birding!
Emily Routman

Re: Yellow-billed Loon reports, true or false

Re: Yellow-billed Loon reports, true or false
By {authorlink} – 11:00 am

Hi all, 
I’m coming down from Orange County today to look for the Long-tailed Duck, Yellow-billed Loon, Greater Pewee, and Little Stint. If anyone sees any of these birds today, posts to the group would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you!!


Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush
By {authorlink} – 9:49 am

There’s a new (I think) N. Waterthrush along the trail bordering the east-most surf Soccer fields off Via de la Valle in the Del Mar area. 9:30-9:45 am this morning (Sat Feb 4). I heard it’s distinct loud and repeating metallic ‘chink’ call and then finally saw it here: 32.9847311, -117.2124089. 

See eBird report for recordings: 

Sean Buchanan
Solana Beach 

Sean G. Buchanan
+1-858-945-0595

White-winged Dove in Allied Gardens

White-winged Dove in Allied Gardens
By {authorlink} – 9:33 am

Friday morning there’s a White-winged Dove at Allied Gardens Community Park, bopping around various parts of the park with from one to three collared-doves. But I’ve lost it flying to the west end of the park where the big school playing fields are and I’m not sure if it stopped or not.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Yellow-billed Magpie report; Nestor area rarities

Yellow-billed Magpie report; Nestor area rarities
By {authorlink} – 6:22 am

On Thursday the 2nd, the Thick-billed Kingbird arrived in the Nestor Park sycamore trees at exactly 3:30PM and then stayed for a long period of time. It moved around a number of the southern-most trees, sometimes chasing crows, and often staying motionless for appreciable periods of time amongst the branches–so could easily escape detection for lengthy periods of time. Called only a very few times, when in flight. Be aware that there is one photo’d sighting of this bird in the morning around the corner in front of the Nestor School and Nestor Language Academy Charter School buildings along Hollister Avenue. At 3:10PM we had the casual-in-winter continuing Western Kingbird at that site along Hollister, with a number of Cassin’s. Given these are active schools, checking them out probably is best done on weekends for multiple reasons! Also in the Nestor area, the long-staying (since mid-Dec) Townsend’s Solitaire continues, off Saturn south of Palm, at the intersection of Cerrissa Street and Cerrissa Court, typically immediately over the little bridge in the fruit-bearing trees on Cerrissa Court. The female Vermilion Flycatcher continues bordering the TRV Community Gardens.
As a number of you have undoubtedly seen, there was an eBird report yesterday of a Yellow-billed Magpie in the Valley Center area. As dug up by Matt S., this is now at least the third report (no photos, but reasonable written details) of Yellow-billed Magpie from either Valley Center or Lake Wohlford, with the first way back in 2014. (Some other “magpie” reports in the county likely refer to magpie-jay sightings by beginners.) That 2014 Valley Center report had the bird perched over a parking lot of a vet office. This resident species is essentially unknown more than just a handful of miles outside its normal (and somewhat contracting) range, with the very few records from farther afield being met with origin questions. Magpies make good pets, although most such birds are Black-billeds. The fact that the Valley Center bird being at a vet’s office could be coincidence, or it could be the bird was found possibly injured inside its normal range by a San Diego County motorist and brought here. Or…..? But the bottom line is that almost all such reports well outside the species’ resident range are highly origin suspect. The same would be true of any Black-billed Magpie in the county.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego

Coronado and SD Zoo

Coronado and SD Zoo
By {authorlink} – 10:27 am

Thursday morning in Coronado/NASNI, the returning Tropical kingbird present since September is still present in its favored place at its favored time which is starting around 7:00 a.m. or whenever the first of the direct sun shines on the trees and hedgerows around the high netting area bordering the Nasni golf course along Coronado Avenue near the intersection of Acacia. Usually stays there for about a half hour before dispersing elsewhere. Usually with one or two Cassins in the area as well. A new, female Summer tanager is along the edge of the Coronado golf course at the corner of Glorietta and 6th, and a continuing female Summer present since November is still in the line of pink-flowered eucalyptus next to the Marriott Hotel. Also miscellaneous Bullocks Oriole and Black-throated gray warbler. A total of 45 Robins is actually a high count for Coronado.

Yesterday, the 1st, just after dawn the female Baltimore and Hooded Orioles and two Western tanagers continued near the San Diego Zoo entrance in the coral trees and one blooming white flowered eucalyptus. And between first light and dawn some 1,100 Robins flew out of the zoo property dispersing around the park. I actually got there a few minutes late and should have gotten there 10 minutes earlier and probably missed an unknown additional number of Robins before I got there.
Paul Lehman, San Diego