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Summer Tanager, Mast Park Santee, Saturday morning

9:32 am

About 0730 this morning, Saturday 9/30/23, there was a male Summer Tanager at Mast Park in Santee. Seen in the top of a cottonwood just north of the river and west of the dog areas.  Seen briefly before it was scared off by an Acorn Woodepecker.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA

Good Assortment of Birds at Carlsbad State Beach

4:16 pm

I walked CSB south from Carlsbad Village Dr. to the jetty.  Unfortunately, I was with a group of exercise folks and didn’t have my binos.  The ocean was super choppy with large, foamy waves.  Sky was overcast, windy with 12 mph gusts.  We were on the beach from noon until 1:30.

I saw 2 large rafts of birds about 30 yards from shore, surprisingly close.  One raft contained mostly dark grey birds, the other a mix of lighter birds and the dark grey.  Many shore birds (Willets, one Whimbrel, a few unidentified sandpipers?, and several peeps – think they were Sanderlings), and two groups (50-ish birds/group) of assorted Terns.  The upper beach near the cliff was full of Seagulls.  At 12:45 pm, a single Booby flew north just beyond the breakers, but again, no binos, heavy low clouds, so couldn’t ID.
There were only a handful of people on the beach.  Many more birds than people, which is very unusual for this beach.  I’m not sure what it will be like people-wise tomorrow, being Saturday.  The above-average tide and cool, cloudy conditions will continue.  I plan to revisit with binos and camera tomorrow.  I’ll check the tide charts before I figure out a time.  I’ll take my phone and post if the beach is still super birdy.
Susie Gardner, Oceanside

Saturday Sept. 30th. San Diego Pelagic trip conditions update.

9:59 am

Hello all,

Currently the Buena VIsta Audubon sponsored pelagic trip is a go.
The trip is booked full.
We appear to have a change in the weather and seas forecast. Right now conditions are good, but changes are forecast to start this afternoon. Winds will increase and there is a chance of rain Saturday.
Of course as always we will stay on top of those changes. Conditions may dictate our course of travel, and where and how we bird. Safety as always our first concern.
I would come prepared for wet conditions. Bring a rain jacket, and something to protect your optic.
As always come prepared for motion.
We will have updates at Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay in the morning.
On a side note : Interstate 5 northbound is scheduled  to be closed this weekend in the downtown area. If you are coming in from the south bay plan accordingly.
You need to be parked and checked in to the Seaforth Office between 6-6:15 a.m. 
Dave Povey

Sweetwater Reservoir bank swallows and pectoral and neotropic

7:59 am

Friday morning at the bottom end of Sweetwater Reservoir along the fisherman’s access road first cove there’s a concentration of about 40 Barn swallows that contains as many as three Bank swallows, plus several Trees. At the top end of the reservoir off Jamacha X Maya there is a Pectoral sandpiper along with various other common shorebirds, plus one continuing adult Neotropic cormorant and several Blue winged teal.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Claude Edwards

6:18 pm

Dear friends,


Just received word that Claude is in hospice care for terminal brain cancer. The news came from Paul Chad who got it from Mike Klein. I have no further information at this time.


Geoffrey Rogers

San Diego, CA