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Scarlet Tanager – Balboa Park south of Natural History Building – Thursday Oct 14

Sorry for the delay. On Thursday morning at 8:50 I had a Tanager high up in a fig tree that appeared to lack wing bars, at the NE corner of Zoro Garden, which is immediately south of the Natural History Museum Building. There were also a couple of Western Tanagers in the same tree, which made it confusing and the branches and leaves made it difficult to get photos. At one point it appeared that one of the Western Tanagers drove off the Scarlet. Took photos of all and when I first reviewed my photos I missed the ones of the Tanager without wing bars so I thought they were all westerns. Later I found the other photos which Paul and Guy have reviewed. Guy indicates first year male. Paul also mentioned that the garden has large fig trees that are attractive to tanagers every fall and winter so that the bird might actually hang out there for a while, at least coming and going. Photos with my ebird report.

John Bruin
Bay Park
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Lewis's Woodpecker bonanza

This morning (10/16) at Lake Wohlford we had two Lewis's Woodpeckers pass by high overhead, heading roughly west. This makes SIX total Lewis's Woodpeckers that I have seen in the Valley Center area just in the past week. So far, all of these Valley Center birds have been passing by fairly high overhead, and I have not seen any linger in the area.  
Two more birds perched on fence posts near Lake Henshaw makes a total of eight separate Lewis's we've had just this week. Presumably this is an omen that it will be a good year for them, so keep your eyes peeled!
–Aedyn Loefke
Valley Center

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Jacumba and Miscellanea (incl. Little Stint)

On 14 Oct, the Little Stint continued on "Stint Island." On 15 Oct, there was a lingering Western Kingbird on Point Loma.

On 16 Oct, an early-morning trip to Jacumba produced ZERO Harris's Hawks. Highlights were a continuing very late Willow Flycatcher, 3 continuing getting-late W. Wood-Pewees, a continuing getting-late Cassin's Kingbird, continuing male Vermilion Flycatcher, continuing getting-late 4 Western Tanagers, and continuing adult Red-shouldered Hawk (rare but regular).

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Greater White-fronted Geese just flew

As of 10 AM this morning (10/16/21), the two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  continued at Mission Bay.
Now they are 200 yards north of the resort, sitting on the lawn.
                           Jim Roberts
                           University City

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (DEAD) – University Heights

Dear Justyn,


Sorry I haven’t heard yet from the finder of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I will try logging into Nextdoor myself (something I rarely check) to see if I can find the message and the finder’s contact info.


Yes, the rate of casualties of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo has increased remarkably these past few years.


Thanks much,


Philip Unitt

San Diego


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Yellow-billed Cuckoo (DEAD) – University Heights

Nathan French forwarded me a photo taken in University Heights of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo posted on the Nextdoor app yesterday (14 October 2021). It appears to have been another window strike, and again, rather late. Nathan left Phil's contact info for the user, so hopefully the specimen can be salvaged. Curiously, this falls within 4 days of the record below by David Trissel, below for context, from 2020.
Justyn Stahl

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports

Villa La Jolla Plumbeous

This morning (1/12/21) at 9AM the wintering PLUMBEOUS VIREO was seen at Villa La Jolla Park.  Just east of the park along Villa Marin the wintering Red-breasted nuthatch was also seen.
                            Jim Roberts
                           University City

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports