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a few continuing rarities, new Neotropic, B&B tamarisk trees

10:45 am

On Weds the 20th., a new, immature male White-winged Scoter was near the mouth of San Diego Bay, between the bait docks and the Navy fueling pier, in with a slug of Surf Scoters. Probably visible only by boat, or perhaps with a good scope from up on the edge of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On Thursday the 21st, the wintering Northern Parula continued in UTC and the wintering Blackburnian Warbler continued at Torrey Hills. On Friday the 22nd, a new Neotropic Cormorant was perched in the large willow trees at the top end of Sweetwater Reservoir at dawn with ca. 100 Double-cresteds. Whether or not there is any back-and-forth of NECOs between here and Lake Murray is uncertain. Also an adult and immature continuing Bald Eagle. At Pond 20 at the Salt Works, the Long-tailed Duck continues, along with a couple lingering Common Goldeneyes and a Lesser Yellowlegs.
At the Bird & Butterfly Garden, the county parks staff are spending their time and money totally removing the tamarisk trees along the left side of the parking lot–trees that for many decades often have had plenty of bird use. Too bad they can’t spend their efforts actually PLANTING trees.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego