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A flurry of Townsend’s Solitaire sightings

A flurry of Townsend’s Solitaire sightings

By {authorlink} – 9:53 am

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen multiple Townsend’s Solitaires together, multiple times, in Lyons Valley, in the eastern portion of Jamul.  This morning I had four for sure, and perhaps as many as five.  They’re making foraging flights to the ground from a barbed wire fence that flanks Skyline Spur: a little dirt road that connects Lyons Valley Road with Skyline Truck Trail.  Coordinates approximately 32° 42′ 59″, 116° 45′ 21″.  When you see a big wooden sculpture of a wizard holding a bowling ball, you know you’re in the right place.  Private property flanks Skyline Spur on both sides, but you can likely see everthing you need to see from the road.  I have also seen TOSO in a couple of other locations in Lyons Valley in the last couple of weeks, presumably different birds, 600-1000 m from the place where I’ve repeatedly seen several at once.

John Martin
Jamul