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Golden-crowned Kinglet continues on Foxhall Drive in San Marcos

6:07 pm

Alison Hiers and I saw the continuing Golden-crowned Kinglet along
Foxhall Drive outside Discovery Lake in San Marcos today. Took a
concerted effort of looking. It was not vocalizing. We saw it in pine
trees in the tiny public grassy area on the west side of Foxhall.

The Tipu trees on Foxhall must be heavily infested with insects. They
were crawling with Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, at
least five Townsend’s Warblers and a few Orange-crowneds. May be a good
spot to check regularly during migration. I think we spent as much time
birding along a single block of the road between Poppy and Discovery
Lake park as we did birding around the lake.  List from our first pass
of the road area with a few crappy photos of the Golden-crowned Kinglet:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S163279359

As has been the case for some time there was no sign of the Rusty
Blackbird at the lake.

Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs


Lisa Ruby
Sabre Springs

Re: Jacumba update

2:39 pm

The thrasher and bunting continue on Thursday Feb 29 at the GPS coordinates reported by Nicole. The thrasher was very easy – we went out into the field twice (access from north end of Camp St) and the bird was singing. We just had to scan around to spot it. That darn bunting was very difficult and took almost 3 hours to find today. 

Tierrasanta Hepatic and other miscellanea

8:46 am

The returning male Hepatic Tanager continues sporadically in Tierrasanta but I have yet to be able to find where it is roosting, thus no public viewing session has yet to be arranged. But I’ll keep trying. The two Greater White-fronted Geese continue on the northeast pond on nearby Admiral Baker Golf Course. A splotchy male Summer Tanager continues at Via del Norte Park in southern La Jolla. An adult dark-lored White-crowned Sparrow was in central Balboa park yesterday between the Fleet Science Center and the Pepper Grove Picnic Area, with a total of 6 Western Tanagers elsewhere nearby. And Patton and Copper report the continuing Chestnut-sided Warbler yesterday around the small catchment basin at the Las Americas Mall parking lot in San Ysidro.
Paul Lehman, San Diego

Northern ParulaS and Sandhill Crane

6:42 am

Previous email sent out prematurely, sorry.

I believe there are two different ones in the two different areas that people have seen them and I do not think they are the same birds. The first one that was seen over by the chicken coop is lighter gray overall. Has a lighter chestnut breast patch and no rust smudge near the shoulder. Has no white extending from eyering to bill but instead very dark feathers from eyering to bill. Also appears to have more of a green crown. Whereas the other darker gray bird that is seen further down by the green foot bridge, has a deeper darker chestnut breast patch with a smudge of chestnut on the left side of the breast. It also has white extending from the eyering to the bill. And the crown looks gray. 

If you go looking for them, please specify which one you are reporting for the reviewers and where you found it. 

Sandhill Crane>the bird moves around in the field and is EASILY overlooked. Blends in and crouches low in the weeds. 

Sally Veach-O’side


Northern ParulaS and Sandhill Crane in Oside

6:31 am





Details

 I believe there are two different ones in the two different areas that people have seen them and I do not think they are the same birds. The first one that was seen over by the chicken coop is lighter gray overall. Has a lighter chestnut breast patch and no rust smudge near the shoulder. Has no white extending from eyering to bill but instead very dark feathers from eyering to bill. Also appears to have more of a green crown. Whereas the other darker gray bird that is seen further down by the green foot bridge, has a deeper darker chestnut breast patch with a smudge of chestnut on the left side of the breast. It also has white extending from the eyering to the bill. And the crown looks gray.

Details I believe there are two different ones in the two different areas that people have seen them and I do not think they are the same birds. The first one that was seen over by the chicken coop is lighter gray overall. Has a lighter chestnut breast patch and no rust smudge near the shoulder. Has no white extending from eyering to bill but instead very dark feathers from eyering to bill. Also appears to have more of a green crown. Whereas the other darker gray bird that is seen further down by the green foot bridge, has a deeper darker chestnut breast patch with a smudge of chestnut on the left side of the breast. It also has white extending from the eyering to the bill. And the crown looks gray.

Sandhill Crane. The bird moves around, blends in, sits low sometimes and can be easily overlooked.

DetailsI believe there are two different ones in the two different areas that people have seen them and I do not think they are the same birds. The first one that was seen over by the chicken coop is lighter gray overall. Has a lighter chestnut breast patch and no rust smudge near the shoulder. Has no white extending from eyering to bill but instead very dark feathers from eyering to bill. Also appears to have more of a green crown. Whereas the other darker gray bird that is seen further down by the green foot bridge, has a deeper darker chestnut breast patch with a smudge of chestnut on the left side of the breast. It also has white extending from the eyering to the bill. And the crown looks gray. 

A suggested method of finding Scott’s Orioles at this time of year.

6:40 pm

Hi, All,

I was hiking and birding in Anza Borrego yesterday, and at Mountain Palm Springs the native fan palms were fruiting abundantly.  In both the large groves at this site, I found a male Scott’s Oriole apparently feeding on the fruit.  I’m not sure they actually were, as none of my photos seem to capture either one (couldn’t get shots of the 2nd bird) with a berry in the bill.  Perhaps they were interested in a bug that was interested in the fruit, but again, can’t tell.  Anyhow, it seems a good moment to look for them in stands of Washingtonia filifera.  You might hear them first, as I did, singing more cleanly and melodically than our other orioles.  Below is my check list with photos.  One is a fairly sharp photo of the oriole standing on the fruit, and the other, slightly less sharp ones, are of the oriole not quite actually eating the fruit.

Mountain Palm Springs checklist

Cheers,  Tuck Russell
Hillcrest

Glaucous gull

11:58 am

Currently in leftmost channel from the viewing platform west of 10th street at Bayshore Bikeway

Stan Walens, San Diego
February 26, 2024; 11:50 am