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Mexican Whip-poor-will, 4 May 2020, and instructions for searching

***If you intend to go look/listen for the bird tonight or in the future, you must absolutely adhere to the following directions***
1. First and foremost, please wear a facial covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from one another. 
2. Adventure Pass necessary for parking. Do not park on the side of the paved road or block the driveway (parking directions below).
3. Do not approach the house beyond directions below or tomorrow until additional permission is granted. 
4. Do not go rogue and use playback, this will be discussed on-site. Also consider, like photographers, some folks may be recordists, so be mindful of chit-chat and foot shuffling.
5. Realize that a) this bird may be gone, and b) if audible may not be visible or possible to photograph! 
As many of you may have received an alert from eBird (or a word-of-mouth message), a MEXICAN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard and recorded singing its distinctive "purple-whip" song last night on private property in the Laguna Mountains near the Noble Canyon trail, about 1.9 miles southwest of Sunrise Highway on Pine Creek Road. I spoke with the observer today to get access permission and details. The observer heard it from his house and believes it was sitting in his driveway within private property. Access to the house from Pine Creek Road is via an unpaved forest service that runs south off the paved road and becomes a driveway and private property. A locked gate is at the Pine Creek Road end of this driveway. Pedestrian traffic is permissible on this service road but DO NOT APPROACH THE HOUSE beyond the property line, where the address is marked on a tree at a sharp left (east) turn up a steep hill, about 0.25 mi up the driveway from the paved road. This is roughly where the bird was believed to be last night but it could be anywhere. If you reach a water tank you've walked too far.
Parking: do not park on the side of Pine Creek Road or block his gate/driveway, which is at 1.9 miles (32.898575, -116.480281) from Sunrise Highway.
 There are two parking pullouts for multiple cars on Pine Creek Road west of his driveway/gate:

the closest is at 32.896, -116.483, 0.2 mi west of the forest service road gate 

another is at 32.897, -116.485,  an additional 0.1 mi west of the first parking spot  
In short, it may require about a 1 mile roundtrip walk.
Sunset is at 730pm and the bird may begin calling at 745pm or 8pm or…?, the observer first noticed it at 9pm in his driveway. Tape-playing will be discussed on site, after a period of quiet listening. We will assemble, faces covered, socially distanced, at 730pm, on Pine Creek Road at the gate marking the service road/driveway and first listen from there. We may then go up the driveway, judicially use playback to lure the bird in for a look, and try to spotlight it. This will be played by ear as the evening develops. 
Following tonight's concerted attempt, an update will be posted on success and future and/or modified logistical/access issues. If the driveway is no longer available (understandably), Noble Canyon Trail also allows close approach to where the bird was. 
Again, please act safely and consider others! Absolutely do not go beyond the sharp (90degree) left turn in the driveway that approaches the house.
Out of curiosity as to a possible head count, if you wouldn't mind, shoot me a note if you plan on coming tonight. Ditto if any of the above is unclear.

Justyn Stahl
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports