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Least Tern vegetation removal dates

4:31 pm

Hello Birders!

I have three dates coming up for the Least Tern
vegetation removal in December!


WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th

December 9th

   Wednesday, December 13th


San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar meeting at 7:45 AM in the back of the parking
lot at Jenson Grocery store 2707 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014  approximately here


HOW LONG: Starts at 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM


WHAT TO BRING: Hat, sunscreen, water, gloves, favorite
gardening tool for weeding, and a positive attitude       


WHY: Want to help out with conservation for the Least
Tern, just like killing weeds, or gardening.                                                                                                                   

I hope you will come out and join us in clearing the weeds
for the Least Terns.


IF these dates don’t work for you here are some NEW

Saturday, January 20th

Saturday, February 24th 


Sign up for all or any through the link below.



Happy Birding,


Nicole Koeltzow USA birder

Chestnut-sided Warbler along San Diego River

10:56 am

Thursday morning there is a Chestnut-sided Warbler along the San Diego River in Mission Valley  about 200 to 250 yds east of the Mission Center Drive crossing, and along the north side of the river. This is approximately 8/10 of a mile from where a Chestnut-sided was found late last winter and seen by many. The bird last winter had zero chestnut on the sides and flanks, and today’s bird is similarly barren of any chestnut anywhere. So the question becomes could this be the same bird and can a bird that’s at least in its second year still lack any chestnut whatsoever at this time of year?

Elsewhere up and down the river, I had a Nashville Warbler, only the second one I’ve seen this entire season!, as well as a couple Black throated Grays.
Paul Lehman, San Diego

American Redstart: Seaport Village

7:56 am

I encountered a male American Redstart at the entrance to Seaport Village on Kettner Street yesterday and returned for photos this AM.  He moves a bit among the ficus trees, but his favorite spot seems to be the small tree on the island in the middle of the driveway (32.709129, -117.169474).  He occasionally displays nicely and is easily located by his chip call.

Rick Grove

Ageing Returning Winter Rarities, and minor stuff

3:10 pm

First some minor miscellanea: A Black-and-white Warbler was in residential Point Loma along Charles immediately west of Silvergate. A Summer and a Western Tanager were along Rose Creek immediately downstream from the Mission Bay Drive bridge.
A few folks have asked about how many years is it Rare Species X has now been returning to winter locally. There are several rarities that are back for their second or third years, and there are several rarities for which calculating that number is very difficult given that multiple individuals are involved, including Zone-tailed Hawks, Tropical Kingbirds, and Northern Waterthrushes. But several birds that are returning now for at least their fourth year include:
Little Stint (Salt Works):  6 years
Wood Stork (Safari Park):  4 years
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Poggi Creek):  8 years (missed last year, but counted anyway)
Eastern Phoebe (City Heights):  4 years
Grace’s Warbler (Crest Drive):  6 years
Painted Redstart (Tierrasanta):  5 years
–Paul Lehman, San Diego

TWO – Broad-billed Hummingbirds – Golden Hill Cottage

11:53 am

Hello Friends, 
Exciting news, a MALE broad-billed hummingbird [Day 2] was reported to me by Cynthia Case this morning, she posted her photos on eBird yesterday. The juv male is showing today, absolutely gorgeous and molting into his blue. The female who has been seen for
[52 days] now, continues as well. For approximatley the first 40 days she was present I am certain it was the same individual, as I was able to obtain photos and note her molt pattern (pin feather location). Since she is completely molted at this point, so
it’s only an assumption it’s the same individual.
Again, the general location is 25th St and B Street in Golden Hill, San Diego, CA. PLEASE text/call my cell if you are visiting, I am working with the reviewers to only have sightings of this rare bird under my personal yard list. No public hotspot
will be created here since it’s private and a courtesy to my many neighbors who are allowing permission. Send me your eBird username OR eBird email and I’ll add you to my daily list, you are welcome to add/delete sightings and add photos from there. 
Thank you all, 
Lindsay Willrick
(619) 971-7801

Lake Henshaw Snow goose

11:21 am

Wednesday 29 Nov. Under mostly cloudy windy chilly conditions at the SE corner of Lake Henshaw, there was a single Snow goose (white adult) amongst 75ish CANG. Otherwise expected species. FYI Waterfowl Hunting season opens there tomorrow and will be Thursdays and weekends into the new year. Water level is at a much higher mark for late Fall/winter than (probably) the last decade.


San Diego’s CK Staurovsky – Avocational ornithologist, itinerant, scribe, connoisseur, erstwhile casual hero …

southern La Jolla Orchard Oriole and Summer Tanager

9:34 am

Tuesday morning, soon after dawn, in southern La Jolla at Via del Norte Park there was a female-type Orchard Oriole with a young male Bullocks Oriole as well as a young male Summer Tanager. All three birds were in the pink flowered eucalyptus trees in this small park, which is immediately north of the La Jolla United Methodist Church. It has produced multiple tanagers over the past several winters. Also numbers of Swinhoes White-eyes in these trees, which is a good opportunity to mention that white-eyes really, really like pink-flowered eucalyptus trees at this time of year.

Walking a couple nicer La Jolla neighborhoods also this morning was disturbingly birdless.

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

North American Birds – 2023 Fall Migration Season

8:51 am

County Coordinators/Contributors:

The Fall Migration Season (1 August through 30 November 2023) is ended, and we solicit reports for inclusion in the Southern California Region of NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Reports should be arranged with species in the taxonomic order followed by the American Ornithologists Union (Check-List of North American Birds 1998 and all Supplements) and the American Birding Association (7th edition of the ABA Checklist, 2009 revised through the 28th Report). Reports of species included on the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review list

must be accompanied by documentation (written description, photographs, etc.).
Similar documentation should also accompany reports of species unusual for
the location or season. Full names, with all initials, should be used in the
reports – John P. Doe in lieu of John Doe.

Reports should be sent to the appropriate County Coordinators (listed below)
or directly to Guy McCaskie, on or before 22 December 2023. NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS cannot exist without your input.

David Compton (Santa Barbara County)

Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo County)

Sammy Cowell (Ventura County)


Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles County)

David Rankin (Riverside County)


Kelli Heindel-Levinson (Kern County)

Chris and Rosie Howard (Inyo County)

Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino County)

Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial County)

Ryan S. Winkleman (Orange County)

We thank you in advance for your time and effort.

Guy McCaskie and Kimball L. Garrett.


Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker @ San Diego Botanic Garden, 27 Nov 2023

12:59 pm

A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found this morning in an oak  at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, in the Californiascapes Garden. It was in juvenile plumage.  
The location is :  33.053915,-117.279131 
The eBird list with photos is at: 
Susan Smith 
Seiurus Biological Consulting

Del Mar, CA 

Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA