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buntings, murre, & miscellanea

On Tues the 6th, at least one Indigo Bunting (the pale-bellied male) continues at the horse staging area parking lot just west of the B&B Garden in the TRV. It is in fairly heavy molt so is doubtfully going anywhere soon. A fall migrant arrival Lazuli Bunting was in the Tijuana River channel. At least one Burrowing Owl continues well ESE of the end of 13th Street.

There's been further expansion of the garden plots at the Community Gardens along Hollister Ave. in the TRV so that the acreage is now about triple what it used to be (both good and bad!). The habitat looks good now all the way to the westernmost plots.

On Monday the 5th, an early-morning seawatch at La Jolla produced 1 Common Murre, 2 Brown Boobies, 2 Cassin's Auklets, 1 Parasitic Jaeger, 800 Black-vented Shearwaters, and 25 Black Storm-Petrels. During the past several years, the rather unusual but recently annual July push of southbound murres has typically dried up during circa. the first half of August.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports