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SD Bird Festival Friday Pelagic Trip

4:58 pm

The Friday San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip out to the 9-Mile Bank aboard “New Seaforth” took place under very pleasant sea conditions. A good day for alcids. Totals for the trip, once about a mile or so offshore were:
Surf Scoter  3
Pomarine Jaeger  3
Parasitic Jaeger  3
jaeger sp.  1
Common Murre  17  (good count)
Scripps’s Murrelet  11
Rhinoceros Auklet  85  (good count)
Cassin’s Auklet  12
Bonaparte’s Gull  450
Heermann’s Gull  18
Western Gull  80
California Gull  45
Herring Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  1
Royal Tern  1
Pacific Loon  3
Black-vented Shearwater  420
Brown Booby  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Brandt’s Cormorant  40
Also:  22 Surfbirds, 3 Black Turnstones, 3 Gray Whales
–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, Tom Blackman, Dan Jehl, San Diego

Glaucous Gull, Lower Otay, 2/23

12:52 pm

If anybody still needs the GLGU, the first-cycle just flew in to Lower Otay Lake, the S arm off the boat ramp. A bit whiter than the two 1st-cycle GWGU present, and of course a sharply bicolored bill with an outer 1/3 black tip.

Matt Sadowski

Crested Caracara National City

12:14 pm

Robi Owsiacki and I were just driving down I-5 in north National City and had a juvenile/immature Crested Caracara circling over the freeway. Obviously we have no idea of what direction it was going on.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Feb 23, 2024. 11:35 am

Re: Drip at burn butterfly garden

7:39 am

We’d been told by staff last week that the drips at the Bird & Butterfly Garden had been temporarily turned off due to damage from flooding and uprooted trees to the irrigation lines that feed the drips.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Red-necked grebe, La Jolla

7:15 am

A basic-plumaged beginning to molt into alternate red-necked grebe is mixed in with a group of Western grebes 100 yards offshore from my bench at La Jolla Cove. Some red is visible on sides of throat.

Stan Walens, San Diego
Feb 23, 2024, 7:13 am

Jacumba: Bendires Thrasher and Lark Bunting

9:19 am

On Thursday morning both the Bendires Thrasher and Lark Bunting continue at Jacumba. The Bendires Thrasher has moved several hundred yards west of where it was yesterday afternoon and it’s now in the area of a couple dead cottonwood trees, where singing as of 9:00 a.m.. North of town and west of the Northeast corner. One would need to park at the Northeast corner of town, walk north into the scrub and then west just south of the railroad track to the cottonwoods. The bird then flew out of the cottonwood trees, Landed actually on the railroad track due north, and then crossed the track to the north side, so this is a fair distance from where it was yesterday afternoon, probably on the order of 300 yards. The lark bunting continues in the white-crowned sparrow flock where it’s been the last several days at the Northeast corner of town, along with at least one of the dark-lored White crowns.

Approx coordinates for the Bendires Thrasher today are:
32.622189, -116.185568
Paul Lehman and group, San Diego