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Mcgillivray’s push and another Orchard

9:02 am

Given that McGillivrays Warbler is a very uncommon coastal migrant, the fact I’ve heard about three already this morning, Sunday, before 9:00 a.m. suggests there’s a reasonable flight of them today. I had one at Pantoja Park this morning with the Chestnut sided that continues, Barbara W. had one at Chollas Reservoir, and Bridget had one at Doyle Park, where she also had a singing Orchard Oriole. Seem to be a reasonable number of Orange crowns and Yellow rumps around today. The private property Hepatic Tanager continues early this morning in Tierrasanta, just about the latest I’ve ever had it stay.

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

Minor South Bay stuff

9:58 am

Saturday morning, there’s a male Wood Duck on the flooded sod farm pond in the TRV, behaving shy, so it’s probably a legitimate rare spring migrant rather than a wanderer from one of the feral populations locally. First of season arrival group of four Wilsons and one Red-necked Phalaropes at the salt works off 13th Street. A few Chats have arrived in the Tijuana River Valley. The typical spring concentration of gulls on the J Street mud flats for the middle of April, with about 800 ugly immature California gulls and only 10 or so remaining Ring billed Gulls. Sweetwater Reservoir has continuing adult Bald Eagle. 

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

new Orchard Oriole & Pine Siskin masses

8:37 am

Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. a first-year male Orchard Oriole was feeding in the blooming coral trees along the edge of the San Diego Zoo parking lot, specifically in the trees at the end of the parking line with the hornbill sign, along with three of the wintering dull looking Western Tanagers that are still here. Got chased off after a while by a young male Hooded Oriole, at which time the size difference was stunning. Even before then, it was obvious that the Orchard was quite small, as it fed with a Western Tanager. An adult male Orchard was known to winter here and inside the zoo this year, but this is the first report I’m aware of of a young male here this year.

Yesterday, I reported that we tried to count the Pine Siskin masses at the seed feeders in Pine Valley across from the sheriff substation and came up with about 110 birds. But I asked Sally and Patti who were stopping there a little later to also count them and they found additional birds at a second feeder farther back in the yard and they estimated almost 200 siskins. If anybody is stopping there in the next number of days as they come back from Kitchen Creek Road or similar places, it would be worth trying to do as accurate a count as possible, as this is one of the all-time high single-site counts ever in the county.
Paul Lehman, San Diego 

Kitchen Creek Road

9:47 am

Several birders visited Kitchen Creek Road Thursday morning. And while all the hoped-for species were gotten, numbers were not overwhelming. A pair of Gray Vireos were in the swale on the right side of the road at about mile 2-1/4, which is about a quarter mile before you get to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing. Out the trail to the west of the road there were two more vireos. Several Scotts Orioles scattered, but only a couple black chinned sparrows, and several Mountain quail at the 2 and 1/4 mile spot. At Cibbet’s Flat Campground, there was a late Gray-headed type Junco with a couple Oregon type Juncos and White crowneds near the bathrooms. Very few migrants. 

At the bird feeders in Pine Valley, there are slightly over 100 Pine Siskins.

Paul Lehman et al., San Diego 

Re: Wilson’s Plover refound Emory cove

7:23 pm

At about 7:10 PM with only 4 of us remaining at Emory Cove, including Nathan French, and with the sun setting and the tide rising, the Wilson’s Plover flew west along the bay, across RT 75 and into the dunes area (Naval Property) adjacent to the ocean.

My guess is that it will overnight in the dunes.

Geoff Veith

Solana Beach

Wilson’s Plover refound Emory cove

6:08 pm

At 6:00 p.m. The Wilson’s plover was refound by Nathan French et al. at Emory Cove, on the bayshore north of the biological study area parking lot. Park at Biological study area parking lot and then trot north on the bike trail a quarter mile to Emory Cove. Currently the bird is tucked in on the upper edges of the mud flat. It is currently past low tide and so the bird was foraging here and actually it was seen to catch a crab here on the upper mud flat, and then at high tide the bird may well simply cross straight over the Silver Strand and end up exactly where it was this morning out in front of the new Navy Seals facility.

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

Wilson’s Plover

2:49 pm

A Wilson’s Plover was photographed this morning by a Snowy plover researcher on the beach on Navy property just north of Imperial Beach, about halfway between camp surf and silver strand State Beach. Though it is Navy property, lots of people walk the beach there as long as one stays down near the tideline. Thus, do not go on the upper beach for that reason and because of nesting plover potential. A bunch of folks will try for the bird now in the later afternoon and we will post an update. But be aware that a fair number of Wilson’s plovers in California have been one day wonders.

Paul Lehman, San Diego 

Pantoja Chestnut-sided looking good

7:47 am

The wintering Chestnut-sided Warbler downtown at Pantoja Park continues Sunday morning and has just about completed a full molt and now is looking pretty nice. Formerly without a shred of chestnut anywhere, it now has a bold face pattern and quite a lot of deep chestnut on the sides. Still pretty easy to find in its favorite trees in the northeast corner of the park plaza. It could depart tomorrow or stay until late April….

Paul Lehman, San Diego