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a word about “rec centers,” pugetensis White-crowned, singing Summer

a word about “rec centers,” pugetensis White-crowned, singing Summer

By – 9:36 am
On Saturday, 12 March, a very rare pugetensis White-crowned Sparrow continues near Montgomery Field (since Dec), and a continuing, returning adult male Summer Tanager is at Linda Vista Community Park (eucs at corner of Genesee X Osler) and which was actually in full song. Yesterday, the 11th, I had my first-of-season Western Kingbird, in Tierrasanta.A word about the use of “rec center” as locations for eBird and other reports: the term “rec center” has been used by a many folks as locations of a number of rarities and general lists (e.g., North Clairemont Rec Center, Allied Gardens Rec Center), but that term actually refers only to the physical building housing the basketball courts, gym, swimming pool, etc., NOT the actual park in which the birds reside. They are typically community parks, such as Allied Gardens Community Park, North Clairemont Community Park, etc. Now, this is not the end of the world to have used the rec center misnomer, as then the location is at least reasonably correct. But, it would seemingly be preferable to use the name of the park rather than that of just a building.–Paul Lehman, San Diego