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Laguna Williamson's sapsucker


At noon today (11/26/20) I found a male WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER along the trail from the 19 mile marker trailhead (Sunrise Highway).  It was along the most direct trail to the "Evening grosbeak" concrete water trough, about 150 yards before the gate with the metal ramp (cattle discourager).  I heard it tapping halfway up a large pine on the south side of the trail.
                 Jim Roberts
                  University City

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Eurasian Wigeons, SD River, 11/26

There are two female-type EUWI between the bridges east of Robb Field. Warm brown heads. Closer one lacking the thin black border at base of bill. The farther one is bright and could be an immature male. Photos in eBird later tonight. Two Elegant Terns still lingering with the Royal flock.

Matt Sadowski

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Turkey Day miscellanea

On Thanksgiving Day, a visit to North Clairemont Park/Rec Center produced a flock of 4 Bullock's Orioles (3 imm. males, 1 female) and a W. Tanager, nut I missed the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Summer Tanager. Farther north, in UTC, the Painted Redstart was easy to find, and in addition to calling it was actually in full song quite a bit. In a private residential area off Governor Drive there was a dark-lored adult White-crowned Sparrow (very rare in the county). And at the Hickman Field ball fields in northern Clairemont Mesa, an adult male Vermilion Flycatcher continues. At Mission Trails Regional Park, the Vesper Sparrow reported recently by Dan J. continues today, along the edge of the grasslands, left of the kiosk, past Gate 9 (fide B. Carlson).

–Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Continuing Green-tailed Towhee, Famosa Slough

Early afternoon Wednesday November 25, 2020, there was a Green-tailed Towhee at Famosa Slough.  Bird was seen along the nature trail immediately south of West Point Loma Boulevard.  Assumed to be the same bird reported on ebird at this location on November 7. 

Jeremiah Stock
Santee, CA
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Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – North Clairemont Rec Center

The North Clairemont Recreational Area also has a female/young male type Summer Tanager, a Western Tanager, and a continuing young male Bullock's Oriole. The oriole was first recorded on 11/11 by Jay Desgrosellier. Neither sapsucker was seen this morning as far as I know.
Barbara Carlson
San Diego

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Eurasian Wigeon, Black Scoter

Wednesday late morning, there is a male Eurasian wigeon feeding with several hundred American Wigeon along the shore of Gunpowder point and the Chula Vista nature center. However, the bird is visible with a good scope from the north end of Bayside Park near the end of G Street and near the boat works, in Chula Vista. Scan north from the park to the next embayment. Again, a scope is required. The past few days I've been looking at lots of wigeon around town, including 700 wigepn at J Street, and 150 wigeon up the Sweetwater River, and approximately 1,500 wigeon in the San Diego River flood control channel in the SeaWorld section. And this is finally the first Eurasian I've seen.

Also visible this morning from Bayside Park, looking due west toward the end of Grand Caribe in Coronado Cays, was one male Black Scoter in the usual part of the bay where they winter. One would have been closer, although the light would not have been as good, from Coronado Cays.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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palm warbler near Ruocco Park

Seen soon after 9 am approx here: 32.710204, -117.171472, in a tall euc & 2 adjacent carrotwood trees by the wall that separates the parking lot just south of Ruocco Park from the Chesapeake Fish Co. It was still in the same trees when I left at 9:40. Continuously chipping.

Charlotte Morris
San Diego
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Black-headed Grosbeak and Summer Tanager ; Buddy Toddy Park 24 Nov2020

I observed a late migrating or wintering Black-headed Grosbeak and a female-type Summer Tanager this morning at Buddy Toddy park in Oceanside. Interestingly, according to SD Atlas and e-bird, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK is more rare than ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at this time of year.  Photo in e-bird report.


Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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