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Baird's Sandpiper, etc.

Monday morning the 20th, there was a Baird's Sandpiper along the east side of the salt works impoundment at the end of 13th Street, but it then flew farther north with some Westerns to a lowered pond that is far too distant to see. Given the distance and lighting, I am not 100% positive of the bird's age, but it did seem fairly buffy, suggesting it was a juvenile. There is only one earlier fall record in the county (?), of an adult about a week earlier than this back in the 1980s. So, if an adult, it's rare, and if a juvenile then it's record early here (ties the early arrival date for a juvenile up in Santa Barbara County, for example). There have been a number of early-arriving juvenile shorebirds this year along the Pacific Coast, with juv. Semipalmated Sandpipers appearing already on 12 July in southeast Alaska and around Vancouver BC, and then good numbers at the latter site on the 17th, when also turning up early in WA, OR, and Sonoma Co. CA.

Also today was the first juvenile California Gull of the season locally, also at the slat works, and the Surfbird continues at J Street. Yesterday, yet another southbound Common Murre flew past La Jolla.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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