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A word about Burrowing Parrots, and a boat trip around San Diego Bay

A word about Burrowing Parrots, and a boat trip around San Diego Bay
By – 12:07 pm
Today, March 1st, several of us did a circumnavigation of San Diego Bay via boat, from the Coronado bridge area southward to the south end. Highlights were a total of three Black Scoters in their usual area off Coronado Cays and Chula Vista, a total of 1100 Greater Scaup, 80% of which were in one single flock, and a very good count of 88 Ruddy Turnstones in the Coronado/Silver Strand section.With the recent surge in reports of the Burrowing Parrots in the Chula Vista area, I thought I would just mention that the birds have been in that area for at least a year and have been observed going in and out of palm trunk cavities, but they have yet to be confirmed to actually be nesting anywhere locally, although they may well be. Just so it’s clear, these birds are escaped exotics, with rumor that they are from the zoo originally. No matter, they certainly are cool looking birds, but they are certainly far far from being established in the area. In the last few months there have been several sightings of a flock of as many as 20 birds or so, which is more than people thought were around the area as of just a few months ago. And sightings of this species has extended beyond Chula Vista to places like the TRV.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android