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Broad-billed Hummingbird visit; Rohr & Sweetwater: Baltimore O., NESTING Bald Eagles

Broad-billed Hummingbird visit; Rohr & Sweetwater: Baltimore O., NESTING Bald Eagles

By {authorlink} – 12:24 pm

The male Broad-billed Hummingbird continues today (Friday) at feeders in Carmel Valley. We have tentatively arranged for a second visit to the property to see the bird at dawn on Sunday, as long as the bird is still present Saturday. If it’s a “go,” then I will post the details Saturday afternoon. but it is likely to be meeting at a nearby shopping center at around 6:10 AM. Rain or shine–it won’t really matter for viewing the hummer. Your guide will likely be Dan King. You do NOT need to check in with Dan or myself beforehand.
This morning at dawn, the bright female-type Baltimore Oriole and female Summer Tanager continue (since mid-Nov) at Rohr Park in Bonita. As usual, first thing in the early AM they prefer the large blooming blue gum eucalyptus (white flowers) on the immediate east side of the (former) residence house (“Provence House”) in the middle section of the park. (This is NOT the boarded up, fenced-off former house that is farther to the east.) The Summer T. typically flies into the top of the favored tree around 6:25-6:30 and the Baltimore does so around 6:40-6:45, and the latter can then be quite sneaky. There is also a Western Tanager present. Late in the morning today the Baltimore was seen again by Lisa R. in a blooming eucalyptus bordering the golf course, a bit to the southeast (just southwest of the bathrooms).
Also today, at Sweetwater Reservoir, the long-present two adult Bald Eagles were observed standing together on a large NEST in a eucalyptus tree along the northeast side of the lake. This would constitute the FIRST nesting record for the immediate coastal slope of the county. There is rumor that a pair may have bred recently at Lake Jennings. Also at Sweetwater today were the continuing geese: a high 130 Gr. White-fronted, 1 Snow, a high 12 Cackling, 130 Canada; also a good South County count of 40 Canvasbacks, plus 20 Barn Swallows in with 130 Tree Swallows and 100 White-throated Swifts.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego