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Weekend feeder frenzy at the Sub Base

7:41 pm

During an absolutely crazy weekend for our family — a dozen people staying at the house, my daughter’s college graduation, and my toddler granddaughter running around, we have had correspondingly crazy birds.

Thursday, we had one of the many Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, as well as a Baltimore Oriole, and an Inca Dove.
Friday the Rose Breasted Grosbeak continued, then Saturday the Inca Dove returned. 
And today, the Inca Dove returned briefly, and tonight we had a Scarlet Tanager. 
Unfortunately, none of the birds have been particularly predictable nor easily findable when not sitting on/around the feeders, although the Inca Dove has been the closest, swinging by the feeder between 11am and 2pm on the days it returned. It’s likely hanging around the base somewhere else when not snacking at our feeder.  
Not sure what to expect tomorrow, since we have one more day of weekend coming!
Happy Birding,
Mike and Tera

Re: Mexican Whip-poor-will returns to the Lagunas

12:17 pm

Hi everyone, 

Has anyone tried for the Mexican whip-poor-will in the last couple days? I know it wasn’t expected to stay long, last reported in eBird 5 days ago. 
Erin Whitaker 
Bay Park 

Erin Whitaker, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

Re: White-eyed Lake Murray

7:13 pm

I briefly found the White-eyed Video north of Lake Murray at 7pm about here (32.796836,-117.037289). Heard it singing and briefly saw it on a bush before it disappeared.

Aaron Polichar
Scripps Ranch, San Diego

White-eyed Vireo #2 !!

4:42 pm

Just in case anyone was passing over this report thinking it was the same bird as at Lake Murray: midday. Lesley Handa reported a singing White-eyed Vireo in the Chollas Creek open space, which is a fair ways south of San Diego State University. Neighborhood perhaps known as “mid-City.” See her post from a few hours ago for access and exact lat long. Barbara Wise and I are here at 4:15 to 4: 45 p.m. and the bird is singing away just slightly east of her coordinates, now at 32.73893, -117.08653.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

White-eyed Vireo at Chollas Creek seen at 11:30am, May 27, 2023

2:05 pm

Hi Everyone, 

I sighted a White-eyed Vireo at Chollas Creek at around 11:30 am this morning. I managed to get two photos where you can see the distinctive eye, with the better photo attached. The bird was close to the path around this location. 

32.73879 N, 117.08651 W

If you are not familiar with the area, entry to the path can be on the west side from Euclid Avenue or from the east from Chollas Parkway by Salta Place. Gentle reminder to please be mindful of the habitat and stay on the path at Chollas Open Space. Thank you! 

Good birding, 

Lesley Handa
Handa Ornithology Lab
& San Diego Audubon Society