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Re: American robins and cedar waxwings

Re: American robins and cedar waxwings
By {authorlink} – 10:15 am

     Although we have seen many flocks of robins in the past few
months, today we also had a mixed flock of robins and waxwings at
our yard in Point Loma (first time I’ve noticed them together).

Sara Baase Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
On 2/2/2023 10:04 AM, Lisa Marun wrote:

American robins and cedar waxwings

American robins and cedar waxwings
By {authorlink} – 10:04 am

I have at least a dozen American robins and twice as many cedar waxwings (a conservative count) feasting on pepper tree fruit in my back yard now, and for at least the past 45 minutes or so. I’m not sure who is more excited based on the commotion—them, me, or my ‘regulars’ who seem to be as interested in the visitors as I am!

Location: near La Costa Avenue x Cadencia Street, about 100 feet in from the NW corner of the intersection

Lisa Marun

Breeding Bird Survey Route vacancy

Breeding Bird Survey Route vacancy
By {authorlink} – 9:45 am

     The BBS is a long-term, large-scale, international avian monitoring program initiated in 1966 to track the status and trends of North American bird populations. The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Canadian Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Research Center jointly coordinate the BBS program.

      I have been a participant since 2004, doing 2 routes in eastern San Diego County and am now retiring from this worthwhile endeavor due to declining hearing acuity. One of these routes is now available, listed on the BBS website, route 14-321, Cleveland National Forest #2. The route begins at Upper Green Valley Road off of Sunrise Highway, goes over Mt. Laguna, and ends in Pine Valley . The route is 24.5 miles long, with stops and 3 minute point counts every ½ mile, for 50 stops. The route takes about 5 hours to complete, starting ½ hour before sunrise, done once between May 15 and July 7.

On the BBS web page:

“This route requires an observer who has the demonstrated ability to identify all birds by sound, and also by sight, that breed in the Coastal California region of California. “

     I am happy to discuss this route further for anyone who may be interested, or alternatively, you may contact directly the County Coordinator:


Peter Beck (Southern California)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
CARLSBAD,  CA  92008
760-431-9440 x213 (Phone)

Hank Ingersoll

La Jolla

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo
By {authorlink} – 9:21 am

Across from the market in a group of ficus and carrot wood trees, app here:

(32.7957926, -117.2245415)
 will put photos  Ebird later. 

Michelle  Haglund

“there is still good in this world and it’s worth fighting forSam Gamgee