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Ancient Murrelet Absent 11AM 12/31

2:10 pm

No success finding the ancient murrelet in Oceanside Harbor this morning (12/31) from 11 AM – 12:15 PM. Luckily there are still a few more days to try again before work starts up.

Also no luck with the chestnut-sided warbler at Hosp Grove Park in Oceanside.

As a bit of a consolation prize, the gray flycatcher that has wintered on our property was re-sighted today after I was away for the last week. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.

Betsy Miller Vixie

Plumbeous Vireo at John F. Kennedy Park El Cajon

11:32 am

Plumbeous Vireo seen briefly in the ornamental trees in the parking lot in the northwest corner of John F. Kennedy Park in eastern El Cajon.  Time was about 0800.  Also seen were a Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-breasted Nuthatch and a large number of finches that included about 25 Pine Siskins.

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA

Franklin’s update

7:50 am

As of 7:45 a.m. the immature Franklin’s Gull continues at the top end of Sweetwater Reservoir. See previous post. The bird continues to play hide and seek, as it flies swims, or walks out of view behind cattails or a knoll and then reappears on the mud flats or mud islands after varying lengths of time. Again, the bird has a black semi hood, Unlike the several bonapartes. One has to scope from a LONG way away, so be prepared. The snow goose and five cackling geese and eight white fronted geese continue there as well.

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

Oceanside Christmas Bird Count 29 December 2023

3:03 pm

Hello Birding Friends,

Oceanside’s CBC on December 29th was a success, thanks to the nearly 100 participants who generously gave their time, skills, and effort. Currently, we have 194 species reported! Notable species for the day include a Rusty Blackbird, seen by John Martin (Discovery Lake, San Marcos); a Bald Eagle seen by Max Liebowitz (Agua Hedionda Creek) and later by Steve Lima (Batiquitos Lagoon); Chestnut-sided Warbler seen by Patti Koger and Kris McMillan, who joined Blanche Ramswick in seeing the Clay-colored Sparrow (north Carlsbad); and Red Crossbills, reported by Eve Martin, Rob Farber, and Charlotte Morris (south Carlsbad). Our pelagic team was not able to go out due to ocean conditions, but became a seawatch team instead, with highlights including an Ancient Murrelet, a continuing Long-tailed Duck, and a Sooty Shearwater. Final results are in the works, and will be posted soon. 

Special thanks to Paul Lehman for being the MC at the compilation, to Annette Schneider and team for the delicious chili luncheon, and to Jane Mygatt for her continued advice. 

Patti Langen


Hepatic Tanager and Gray Flycatcher

12:29 pm

Barbara Wise reports the continuing female-type Hepatic Tanager in Harry Griffen Park as of 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. As before when seen a couple or more weeks ago, it’s in the late morning or midday in the very northeast corner of the park and loosely associated with a sizable mixed flock of birds including a Bullocks Oriole, in pines and eucalyptus. After about 5 minutes of observation, the tanager and many of the other birds disappeared.

I am spending the morning helping on the Escondido CBC where my highlight is the returning Gray Flycatcher for its third year to Kit Carson Park. Same area as previous years, a little north of Eagle Scout Lake, along the edge of the disc golf course and in an adjoining small grove of short little citrus trees. Several continuing Western Tanagers in nearby neighborhood as well.
Paul Lehman, San Diego