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San Diego Christmas bird count: Final results

9:54 am

Dear friends,

 

Here are the final results for the San Diego Christmas bird count: 223 species, surpassing the previous record high of 222 in 1969. Congratulations to all participants for making this outstanding result possible. Studying the numbers make it clear that our success was due to diligent work and not to help from the birds themselves. I calculated a long-term average over the previous 60 years of the count, selecting that interval because the count circle has been in its current position since then and the level of participation was reasonably similar. But our participation has ratcheted up in recent years, so that the number of party-hours this year was 1.45× greater than the average over the 60-year interval. So I multiplied the long-term average by 1.45 to make it more comparable to this year’s results. This year, numbers of 92 species were 20% or more over that adjusted long-term average, 33 were within 20% of it, and 98 were below it. Besides the 2 species new to the count (Sandhill Crane and McCown’s Longspur), the species setting a new all-time high were the Allen’s Hummingbird, Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Brown Pelican, Masked Booby, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cactus Wren, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Swinhoe’s White-eye. Dave Povey extolled the fabulous abundance of dolphins and fish on the ocean on count day, clearly the attractant for the pelicans as well as the 3 species of boobies. When Dave Povey says a day was exceptional, you know it’s the real deal. The encouraging result for the Cactus Wren could reflect the success of the restoration of cactus at Malcolm X Library spilling over to other sites such as Chollas Canyon, where Lindsay Willrick found it for the first time. Other species such as the Cooper’s Hawk, Cassin’s Kingbird, Western Bluebird, and Orange-crowned and Townsend’s Warblers that have been surging in recent years seem to have leveled off. The single irruptive species reaching us this winter is the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Every other such species was lacking entirely or in numbers far below average—check out the figures for the Cedar Waxwing and Hermit Thrush, for example. The toyons are groaning under their excess load of uneaten berries. Among waterbirds, numbers of scaups and dowitchers were particularly low. We were fortunate, however, in that none of the species on the decline, such as the Loggerhead Shrike or Tricolored Blackbird, winked out this year.

 

In any case, please take a close look at how the Christmas bird count pulls back the curtain. Thanks again to everyone, especially those who arranged special access to the many restricted areas in the circle and above all to the other members of the organizing committee, Jen Hajj and Lesley Handa.

 

Snow Goose

6

1 at Sweetwater Res., 1 at Bayfront Park, Chula Vista, 4 in Tijuana estuary. 130% of long-term average.

Greater White-fronted Goose

10

8 at Sweetwater Res., 2 at Hollister pond in Otay Valley. 134% of long-term average.

Brant

2817

242% of long-term average, annual only since 1978

Canada Goose

376

353 at Sweetwater Res., 13 in Bonita. 99% of long-term average.

Cackling Goose

5

4 minima and 1 leucopareia (Aleutian), all at Sweetwater Res. First recorded 1979, on 12 of 17 counts since 2007.

Blue-winged Teal

17

14 at Paradise Creek Educational Park, National City, 2 along Chula Vista bayfront, 1 in Tijuana estuary. Annual only since 2001, 103% of long-term average.

Cinnamon Teal

8

4 lower Sweetwater R., 3 Chula Vista bayfront, 1 Dairy Mart pond. 12% of long-term average.

Northern Shoveler

1817

Includes 1520 at Sweetwater Res. 193% of long-term average.

Gadwall

121

103% of long-term average, annual only since 1981.

Eurasian Wigeon

1

Pond 10A, salt works, in morning; probably same bird seen again off Otay R. mouth in afternoon. 90% of long-term average, annual since 2010.

American Wigeon

2130

142% of long-term average

Mallard

794

136% of long-term average

Northern Pintail

286

26% of long-term average

Green-winged Teal

266

88% of long-term average

Redhead

207

150% of long-term average

Ring-necked Duck

2

Greenwood Cemetery, the only somewhat consistent site in circle; 6% of long-term average

Greater Scaup

3

Chula Vista bayfront (also 360 scaup sp.). Annual since 2003, peaked in 2014.

Lesser Scaup

1124

27% of long-term average

Surf Scoter

8319

74% of long-term average

Black Scoter

2

1 at Camp Surf jetty, 1 about a half mile north. Recorded on 34 of previous 70 counts.

Bufflehead

603

70% of long-term average

Common Goldeneye

4

2 in salt works, 2 in Tijuana estuary. 21% of long-term average.

Red-breasted Merganser

33

25% of long-term average

Ruddy Duck

110

20% of long-term average

California Quail

38

33 at Sweetwater Res., 5 at Border Field. 20% of long-term average.

Pied-billed Grebe

20

Lowest count since 1965, 25% of long-term average

Horned Grebe

36

48% of long-term average

Red-necked Grebe

1

Point Loma navy sub base. Recorded on 8 of 70 previous counts.

Eared Grebe

1015

57% of long-term average

Western Grebe

4296

109% of long-term average

Clark’s Grebe

219

216 at Sweetwater Res., 1 along Silver Strand, 2 in salt works. 126% of long-term average (since first recorded separately from W. Grebe in 1983).

Rock Pigeon (Feral)

1029

36% of long-term average

Eurasian Collared-Dove

112

annual since 2006, peaked in 2014, 67% of 2006-22 average

Common Ground Dove

4

Tijuana River valley community garden in afternoon; 45% of long-term average

Mourning Dove

547

30% of long-term average

Greater Roadrunner

7

2 at Sweetwater Res., 2 in east Bonita, 3 in Tijuana R. valley/Border Field; 132% of long-term average

Vaux’s Swift

21

10th and E St., downtown San Diego, at dusk. Recorded on 6 of 70 previous counts; only previous higher number was 60 in 2002.

White-throated Swift

134

137% of long-term average

Anna’s Hummingbird

753

82% of long-term average

Costa’s Hummingbird

2

1 at Lindsay Willrick’s home in Golden Hill, 1 in Paradise Canyon Open Space. 13% of long-term average; no count since 2003 has exceeded 10.

Allen’s Hummingbird

365

All-time high, exceeding 356 in 2021; annual only since 2005

Broad-billed Hummingbird

2

1 at Lindsay Willrick’s home in Golden Hill, 1 in Nestor (get precise locality from Paul Lehman). Recorded on 5 of 70 previous counts; first count with more than a single individual.

Ridgway’s Rail

14

1 in pond 10A, salt works, 2 at Bayfront Park, Chula Vista, 11 in Tijuana estuary. 77% of long-term average.

Virginia Rail

2

Discovery Park, Chula Vista. 33% of long-term average.

Sora

7

1 at Sweetwater Res., 2 at Discovery Park, Chula Vista, 1 at Hollister Pond, Otay Valley, 2 at Dairy Mart ponds, Tijuana R. valley, 1 at Border Field. 55% of long-term average.

Common Gallinule

4

2 at Morrison Pond, Bonita, 2 at /Dairy Mart pond, Tijuana R. valley. 25% of long-term average.

American Coot

1063

58% of long-term average

Sandhill Crane

1

Sod farm east of Dairy Mart Rd., Tijuana R. valley. Present since 11 Nov. First in history of San Diego CBC.

Black-necked Stilt

111

28% of long-term average

American Avocet

44

11% of long-term average

Black Oystercatcher

2

Cabrillo National Monument. Recorded on 19 of 70 previous counts, first in 1978, on 15 of 20 since 2004.

Black-bellied Plover

1223

113% of long-term average

Pacific Golden Plover

5

3 in salt works, 1 at Tijuana R. mouth, 1 in Ream Field. Recorded on 28 of 70 previous counts, maximum 8 in 1966.

Killdeer

401

77% of long-term average

Semipalmated Plover

573

263% of long-term avergae

Snowy Plover

180

121% of long-term average

Whimbrel

8

24% of long-term average

Long-billed Curlew

83

70% of long-term average

Marbled Godwit

1204

50% of long-term average

Ruddy Turnstone

20

19% of long-term average

Black Turnstone

30

31% of long-term average

Red Knot

544

186% of long-term average

Sanderling

1405

196% of long-term average

Dunlin

850

114% of long-term average

Little Stint

1

Island in pond 23, salt works, in afternoon. Returning since 2018, now recorded on 6 counts.

Least Sandpiper

680

119% of long-term average

Western Sandpiper

5051

102% of long-term average

Short-billed Dowitcher

77

7% of long-term average. Even plus 139 dowitcher sp. it was a bad year for dowitchers.

Long-billed Dowitcher

18

10% of long-term average

Spotted Sandpiper

19

58% of long-term average

Wandering Tattler

1

Cabrillo National Monument. 15% of long-term average.

Lesser Yellowlegs

1

Salt works. Recorded on 46 of 70 previous counts, long-term average 1.5.

Willet

1825

94% of long-term average

Greater Yellowlegs

71

132% of long-term average

Red Phalarope

1

Salt works. Highly irregular, recorded on 38 of 70 previous counts, max 2032 in 1963.

Parasitic Jaeger

10

3 on ocean, 1 from Cabrillo National Monument, 1 on shore at Delta Beach, Silver Strand, 1 over San Diego Bay at Sweetwater Marsh, 1 from shore at Camp Surf, 3 from Imperial Beach Pier. Recorded on 47 of 70 previous counts, max 13 in 2005.

Cassin’s Auklet

1

On ocean. Recorded on 9 of 70 previous counts, max 22 in 1987.

Bonaparte’s Gull

19

2 at Sweetwater Res., 15 at south end of Silver Strand (both ocean and bay), 2 from Imperial Beach pier. 3% of long-term average, continuing a shift out of the count circle.

Heermann’s Gull

256

45% of long-term average but highest since 2017, suggesting some recovery after 4 years of reproductive failure.

Short-billed Gull

1

Emory Cove or pond 11, south San Diego Bay. 2.5% of long-term average and only one since 2019. Winter range has retracted north.

Ring-billed Gull

448

16% of long-term average

Western Gull

3105

95% of long-term average

California Gull

2312

76% of long-term average

Herring Gull

97

13% of long-term average

Iceland Gull (Thayer’s)

6

2 at Emory Cove or pond 11, south San Diego Bay, 2 in salt works in afternoon (same?), 1 at Otay landfill, 1 at Tijuana estuary. 73% of average since first recorded consistently in 1973.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

3

2 adults at Otay landfill, 1 first-year in salt works in afternoon. First year with more than a single individual. First recorded 2017 but annually since.

Glaucous-winged Gull

9

36% of long-term average

Caspian Tern

2

1 banded bird in salt works in afternoon, 1 from Imperial Beach pier in early morning. 9% of long-term average; only 1 or 2 annually since 2017.

Forster’s Tern

99

27% of long-term average, but this year’s total is highest since 2017

Royal Tern

284

203% of long-term average

Red-throated Loon

56

151% of long-term average

Pacific Loon

104

34% of long-term average

Common Loon

37

97% of long-term average

Black-vented Shearwater

45

43 on ocean, 2 from Imperial Beach pier. 26% of long-term average.

Masked Booby

2

Adults together on ocean at 32.5663, -117.2055. Recorded on 1 previous count, 1 in 2019.

Brown Booby

7

On ocean. First recorded 1991, annual since 2013.

Red-footed Booby

1

On ocean at 32.67204, -117.2120, east of Zuñiga Jetty. Recorded on 2 previous counts, 1 each in 2020 and 2022.

Brandt’s Cormorant

3011

196% of long-term average

Pelagic Cormorant

26

75% of long-term average

Double-crested Cormorant

676

87% of long-term average

American White Pelican

73

276% of long-term average, annual since 2013.

Brown Pelican

2798

Over twice previous highest count, 446% of long-term average

Great Blue Heron

78

63% of long-term average

Great Egret

148

126% of long-term average

Snowy Egret

102

45% of long-term average

Little Blue Heron

3

1 in Broadway Slough, Chula Vista, 1 at Bayfront Park, Chula Vista, 1 in Tijuana estuary. First recorded 1977, annual since 2004.

Reddish Egret

4

1 at Pepper Park/D St., fill, San Diego Bay, 1 at Sweetwater Marsh (same?), 1 at Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve, 1 in pond 10A, salt works. 262% of long-term average, annual since 2010.

Cattle Egret

1

Pond 10A, salt works, flew east in Imperial Beach. First recorded 1966, peaked 1985, recorded only 3 years (1 individual only) since 2008.

Green Heron

2

1 at Sweetwater Res., 1 in Broadway Slough, Chula Vista. 23% of long-term average.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

88

139% of long-term average

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

16

1 on Zuñiga Jetty, 1 at Point Loma sub base, 9 in Tijuana estuary (north and northeast), 5 at Border Field. Ties previous high set 2021. First recorded 1990, annual since 2005.

Turkey Vulture

45

297% of long-term average. Annual only since 2004.

Osprey

55

238% of long-term average. Annual only since 1983.

White-tailed Kite

10

37% of long-term average

Northern Harrier

28

70% of long-term average

Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

1 in Florida Canyon, Balboa Park, 1 in Paradise Canyon Open Space, 1 at Dairy Mart pond, Tijuana R. valley. 24% of long-term average.

Cooper’s Hawk

45

135% of long-term average

Red-shouldered Hawk

57

180% of long-term average

Red-tailed Hawk

101

80% of long-term average

Barn Owl

1

In Jim Wilson’s nest box overlooking Marston Canyon. Recorded on 62 of 70 previous counts, long-term average 3.9.

Great Horned Owl

9

Recorded on 62 of 70 previous counts, long-term average 4.8.

Burrowing Owl

1

In dry pond 20, salt works, in afternoon. 14% of long-term average.

Belted Kingfisher

26

102% of long-term average

Red-naped Sapsucker

1

Spreckels Park, Coronado. 33% of average since recorded consistently separate from Red-breasted in 1966

Downy Woodpecker

5

57% of average since it colonized the circle and became annual on the count in 1986

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

90

216% of long-term average; annual on the count only since 1982

Northern Flicker

19

29% of long-term average

Crested Caracara

1

Flying over Rohr Park, Bonita. Recorded on 1 previous count, 1 in 2006.

American Kestrel

47

46% of long-term average

Merlin

13

200% of long-term average

Peregrine Falcon

14

173% of long-term average.

Red-crowned Parrot

23

Flying over San Diego Zoo. Recorded on 8 of 20 previous counts since first recorded in 2001.

Lilac-crowned Parrot

14

2 in Golden Hill, 2 on Harbor Island, 9 in Coronado, 1 in Imperial Beach. Recorded on 2 of 7 previous counts since first recorded in 2016.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

1

along Conduit Road near Sweetwater Regional Park. Recorded on 17 of 70 previous counts, max 2 in 1986, 1987, and 2003.

Tropical Kingbird

1

Dairy Mart pond, Tijuana R. valley. Recorded on 19 of 70 previous counts, max 3 in 2014, 2015, and 2020.

Cassin’s Kingbird

277

257% of long-term average

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

1

Poggi Creek greenbelt, Otay Valley. Recorded on 5 previous counts, 2017-2021, max 2 in 2017, 2019, and 2021.

Gray Flycatcher

1

SE corner Balboa Park. Recorded on 17 of 70 previous counts, max 2 per year.

Western Flycatcher

1

Dairy Mart pond, Tijuana R. valley. Recorded on 24 of 70 previous counts, max 4 in 2009 and 2020.

Black Phoebe

506

164% of long-term average

Say’s Phoebe

158

131% of long-term average

Vermilion Flycatcher

5

1 in 32nd St. naval base, 2 at Rohr Park, Bonita, 1 at Imperial Beach sports park, 1 in Tijuana R. valley. 215% of long-term average; annual only since 2007.

Hutton’s Vireo

16

195% of long-term average, annual only since 1996

Plumbeous Vireo

2

1 at Market Creek Plaza/Jacobs Center, SE San Diego, 1 at Rohr Park, Bonita. Recorded on 35 of 70 previous counts, max 5 in 2007.

Loggerhead Shrike

1

Border Field. 1.7% of long-term average. First missed in 2021.

California Scrub-Jay

71

47% of long-term average

American Crow

6802

247% of long-term average annual only since 1990.

Common Raven

193

135% of long-term average

Horned Lark

166

55% of long-term average

Tree Swallow

61

24% of long-term average

Bushtit

1060

90% of long-term average

Wrentit

116

95% of long-term average

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

106

51% of long-term average

Cedar Waxwing

43

8% of long-term average

Phainopepla

4

1 in Chollas Canyon, 1 in SW Tijuana R. valley, 2 in SE Tijuana R. valley. 154% of long-term average; recorded on 36 of 70 previous counts

Red-breasted Nuthatch

58

All-time high, exceeding 41 in 2012

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

55

97% of long-term average

California Gnatcatcher

51

123% of long-term average

Rock Wren

3

2 at Cabrillo National Monument, 1 at Sweetwater Res. 77% of long-term average; recorded on 58 of 70 previous counts, max 14 in 1968.

Cactus Wren

22

1 in Chollas Canyon between Fairmount and Euclid (new for this area), 2 at Chollas Res., 4 in Emerald Hills Open Space, 10 at Malcolm X Library, 2 along Aviation Dr., Encanto, 2 at Sweetwater Res., 2 near Twin Hills Little League field, National City, 1 at Tijuana estuary. 252% of long-term average.

Bewick’s Wren

102

118% of long-term average

House Wren

54

132% of long-term average

Marsh Wren

23

39% of long-term average

California Thrasher

54

68% of long-term average

Sage Thrasher

1

Cabrillo National Monument. Recorded on 7 of 70 previous counts, no more than 1 per count.

Northern Mockingbird

133

47% of long-term average

European Starling

332

11% of long-term average. First recorded 1963.

Western Bluebird

198

215% of long-term average. Annual only since 1996.

Mountain Bluebird

4

Along Saturn Blvd., Tijuana R. valley. 35% of long-term average. Was annual 1967-1979, became irregular after development of Otay Ranch.

Hermit Thrush

32

28% of long-term average

American Robin

20

W Balboa Park (resident population) only. 9% of long-term average. No echo of last year’s irruption.

Scaly-breasted Munia

228

All time high, exceeding 153 in 2020. First recorded 2012, annual since 2015.

House Sparrow

617

55% of long-term average

American Pipit

685

82% of long-term average

House Finch

1314

35% of long-term average

Red Crossbill

2

Flying over Paradise Creek Open Space, calling. Recorded on 3 previous counts, max 6 in 1969.

Lesser Goldfinch

424

125% of long-term average

American Goldfinch

8

9% of long-term average

McCown’s Longspur

1

Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve. First in history of San Diego CBC.

Lark Sparrow

1

North Island Naval Air Station. 6% of long-term average.

Chipping Sparrow

61

119% of long-term average.

Clay-colored Sparrow

1

North Island Naval Air Station. Recorded on 8 of 70 previous counts, max 2 in 2010.

Fox Sparrow

1

Terra Nova Park, Bonita. 8% of long-term average.

Dark-eyed Junco

131

Possibly all represent resident population; no migratory subspecies reported. 75% of long-term average.

White-crowned Sparrow

1499

37% of long-term average

Golden-crowned Sparrow

4

3 Cabrillo National Monument, 1 Goat Canyon, Tijuana R. valley. 2.6% of long-term average.

White-throated Sparrow

2

Point Loma navy sub base. Recorded on 20 of 70 previous counts, max 2 in 2013 and 2022.

Savannah Sparrow

445

Includes 5 Large-billed (salt works), at least 75 Belding’s, and at least 267 northern migrants. 34% of long-term average.

Song Sparrow

496

97% of long-term average

Lincoln’s Sparrow

36

53% of long-term average

California Towhee

462

79% of long-term average

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

3

1 at Sweetwater Res., 2 at Goat Canyon, Tijuana R. valley. 62% of long-term average.

Green-tailed Towhee

1

Sunnyslope Park. Recorded on 46 of 70 previous counts, max 9 in 1968.

Spotted Towhee

49

110% of long-term average

Yellow-headed Blackbird

1

Otay landfill. Recorded on 23 of 70 previous counts, max 21 in 1963.

Western Meadowlark

399

58% of long-term average

Orchard Oriole

3

Male in San Diego Zoo, 1 in North Island Naval Air Station, female at west edge of Coronado. Recorded on 15 of 70 previous counts, max 5 in 2008.

Hooded Oriole

3

1 female in W Balboa Park, 1 heavily molting female or first-year male at Educational Cultural Complex, SE San Diego, 1 female at San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista. Recorded on 29 of 70 previous counts, max 5 in 2009 and 2016.

Bullock’s Oriole

13

2 in W Balboa Park, 2 in San Diego Zoo, 1 at North Island Naval Air Station, 1 at  Educational Cultural Complex, SE San Diego, 2 at Kimball Park, National City, 1 at San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista, 1 at Berry Park, Nestor, 1 at Sunnyslope Park, 1 at Montgomery-Waller Park. 184% of long-term average.

Baltimore Oriole

2

1 female at San Diego Zoo, 1 female at Rohr Park, Bonita. Recorded on 28 of 70 previous counts, max 7 in 1982.

Red-winged Blackbird

405

38% of long-term average

Tricolored Blackbird

150

Otay landfill. 27% of long-term average.

Brown-headed Cowbird

10

3 Heritage Park, Chula Vista, 1 Otay landfill, 6 E Tijuana R. valley. 2% of long-term average.

Brewer’s Blackbird

236

19% of long-term average

Great-tailed Grackle

110

30 at Chollas Res., 6 at Sweetwater Res., 20 at community garden, Tijuana R. valley, 54 at Dairy Mart pond, Tijuana R. valley. 197% of long-term average since first recorded 1983.

Northern Waterthrush

1

Riparian woodland E side of Dairy Mart Rd., Tijuana R. valley. Recorded on 32 of 70 previous counts, max 6 in 1990.

Black-and-white Warbler

1

Kimball Park, National City. Recorded on 30 of 70 previous counts, max 4 in 2014 and 2017. Annual since 2010.

Orange-crowned Warbler

331

180% of long-term average

Nashville Warbler

1

Kimball Park, National City. Recorded on 39 of 70 previous counts, max 3 per year. Annual since 2010.

Common Yellowthroat

200

101% of long-term average

American Redstart

2

1 male at Seaport Village, downtown San Diego, 1 male at Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument, Naval Amphibious Base. Recorded on 29 of 70 previous counts, max 3 in 2001, 2013, and 2014.

Blackburnian Warbler

1

Female in SE corner Balboa Park at 32.7210, -117.1344. Recorded on 1 previous count, 1 in 2003.

Yellow Warbler

11

2 at at Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument, Naval Amphibious Base, 2 at Kimball Park, National City, 1 along 5th Ave. between I and J streets, Chula Vista, 1 at Bayview Campus, Paradise Valley Hospital, Chula Vista,  1 at Heritage Park, Chula Vista, 1 at Berry Park, Nestor, 3 along Servando Ave., Tijuana R. valley. 168% of average; annual since 1996.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

1

Pantoja Park, downtown San Diego. Recorded on 7 of 70 previous counts, max 2 in 2012.

Palm Warbler

2

1 at North Island Naval Air Station, 1 in community garden Tijuana R. valley. Recorded on 28 of 70 previous counts, max 9 in 1979.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

2959

Includes 2 Myrtle Warblers, 1 in Coronado, 1 in National City. 86 of long-term average.

Grace’s Warbler

1

Las Palmas Park, National City. Recorded on 3 previous counts, 1 in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Black-throated Gray Warbler

2

1 at Hilltop Park, Chula Vista, 1 at Lauderbach Park, Chula Vista. 40% of long-term average, lowest since 2004; annual since 2001.

Townsend’s Warbler

74

124% of long-term average but lowest since 2017

Black-throated Green Warbler

1

male in NE Tijuana R. valley at 32.5560, -117.0710. Recorded on 11 previous counts, max 2 in 1999, 2001, and 2015.

Wilson’s Warbler

3

1 at North Island Naval Air Station, 1 at San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista, 1 at Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana R. valley. 60% of long-term average.

Summer Tanager

10

1 at Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island, 1 in Maple Canyon, 1 in SW Balboa Park, 2 at San Diego Zoo, 1 at North Island Naval Air Station, 2 at W edge of Coronado, 1 in Greenwood Cemetery, 1 at Hilltop Park, Chula Vista. 247% of long-term average. Annual since 1999.

Western Tanager

21

5 in W Balboa Park, 10 in San Diego Zoo, 1 at Educational Cultural Complex, SE San Diego, 1 at 32nd St. naval base, 2 at Hilltop Park, Chula Vista, 1 at Sunnyslope Park, 1 in the E Tijuana R. valley. 200% of long-term average; annual since 2006.

 

Exotics not (yet) considered established

American Flamingo

2

Salt works

Budgerigar

1

with sandpipers in salt works!

Burrowing Parrot

43

2 in NE Balboa Park, 4 in SE San Diego, 20 in National City, 16 along lower Sweetwater R., 1 at San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista

Monk Parakeet

3

Imperial Beach (2 at Reama Park, 1 near salt works)

Red-lored Parrot

1

Reama Park, Imperial Beach

White-fronted Parrot

1

Reama Park, Imperial Beach

Yellow-headed Parrot

2

Reama Park, Imperial Beach

Amazona sp.

13

Black-throated Magpie-Jay

2

NW Tijuana R. valley. Reciorded on 23 of 26 counts since 1998, max 17 in 2012.

Swinhoe’s White-eye

50

10 areas. All-time high; recorded annually since 2021.

Pin-tailed Whydah

1

Rohr Park, Bonita. Recorded on 3 of 6 counts since 2018.

Northern Cardinal

1

Border Field. Recorded on 14 of 70 previous counts, including 12 of 22 since 2001, max 4.

 

Hybrids

Western × Glaucous-winged Gull

1

Pond at S end of Silver Strand

Hermit × Townsend’s Warbler

1

Coronado

 

Good birding,

 

Philip Unitt

San Diego