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BLACK-CHINNED Hummingbird, minima Cacklings, Black-and-white, The Dark Lord

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Late yesterday, 3 November, at my favorite set of Tierrasanta hummingbird feeders, there was an exceptionally late Black-chinned Hummingbird. The bird has a healing wound on its lower breast, which might be the reason it has lingered so late. In just the past few years there have been several October records in San Diego County, but none for November. There are also several published winter records, some of which are certainly good, but a few of which may well not be. This species was notoriously mis-reported in winter decades ago, and a few still are to this day–but very, very few are properly documented. Photos of yesterday’s bird at:
Today, Saturday, the 4 very rare minima race of Cackling Goose continue at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir, with 5 continuing Greater White-fronteds. Also a continuing, sporadic adult Bald Eagle. A female Black-and-white Warbler at Ward Canyon Park in Normal Heights is probably the same individual present there now for over a month. An immature dark-lored (my spellcheck always changes it to Dark Lord) White-crowned Sparrow was in Kimball Park in National City.
–Paul Lehman, San diego