Daily Archives: August 4, 2014

Black Vulture – Second County Record

Black Vulture 8-3-14.  This is only the second record for this species in the county.

Black Vulture 8-3-14. This is only the second record for this species in the county.

Sunday afternoon, after the monsoon had blown out of town, I noticed an odd looking vulture  overhead. I grabbed my binoculars and then my camera and got some crappy photos. But they were enough for me to ID a very rare (in San Diego County) black vulture.  This species is a close relative of the common turkey vulture, the red-headed brown bird that is often seen sunning itself on utility poles in the early morning.

 

The main difference between turkey vultures (TVs) and Black vultures (BVs), are that TVs have red heads and a two-toned underwing pattern.  BVs have black heads and lack the two-toned appearance.  Also, the “fingers” at the ends of the wings on BVs are white or silver.

 

Alas, the black vulture flew off to the northwest, unlikely to be seen again.  But who knows?

Watch the sky.

Black Vulture 8-3-14

Black Vulture 8-3-14

Also seen recently……

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 8-4-14

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 8-4-14

An early migrant flycatcher at the swamp.

Lazuli Bunting 8-4-14

Lazuli Bunting 8-4-14

An adult male Lazuli Bunting seen in the “sunflower lot” on the  north side of Seely Ave.  Another early migrant.

Ash-throated Flycatcher 8-4-14

Ash-throated Flycatcher 8-4-14

The ash-throated fly is a common summer resident and breeding species.

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

A common fall migrant at the swamp, usually seen in pairs or small flocks.