a few continuing rarities
On Tuesday the 19th, the wintering PALM WARBLER continued at the extreme southwest end of Fiesta Island, near the bathrooms, with a small group of Yellow-rumpeds. On Thursday the 21st, the continuing, returning male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was in its favorite early-morning (7:00-7:15AM) tree in West Shepherd Canyon in Tierrasanta. Also back on the 19th, the long-staying sub-adult REDDISH EGRET continued at the San Diego River mouth and was joined, side-by-side by a SECOND individual, which looks identical in plumage and darkish bill color except that one of the birds has gray wings (concolorous with rest of body plumage) whereas the other has noticeably warmer brownish wings. And then separately that day, John Bruin photo'd THREE Reddish Egrets all together, and all looking basically the same, so not sure how one can specifically ID Bird #3 as distinct from the other two.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports