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2023 San Diego Big Year Article; jaeger i.d.

4:44 pm

There is a lovely article in the Del Mar Times on David Trissel’s and Sally Veach’s successful quest for the San Diego Big Year record last year.

For anyone who was on the Sunday February 25 Birdfest pelagic, the eBird photo of a jaeger that was impossible to identify in the field is, IMO, easily identifiable in the photo as a parasitic jaeger. Bill shape and color, crown markings, nape color, barring on the lower flanks, restricted black in the undertail coverts, and incoming pointed central rectrices, as well as several other traits, point to that identification.
Stan Walens, San Diego
March 3, 2024; 4:45 pm 

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