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Calliope Hummingbird andisc.

Please pardon the typos but I am verbally dictating this from the field. There is a female type calliope hummingbird coming to a hummingbird feeder at the community gardens in the TRV, this being the first ever fall record for coastal San Diego County. The feeder is at the very West end of the community gardens next to the RV that is often parked there. The owner is Lisa and she is very nice. pictures of the birds are fine but no pictures of her, please. The bird is a typical female looking calliope being small and plump with a light peachy buff wash underneath and the throat is heavily but very evenly stippled with little spots. The face pattern is distinctive in front of the eye. There are also two or three Rufous or Allens coming to the feeder, as well as still about 10 black chinned hummingbirds including a continuing late adult male. The huge red wing blackbird flock nearby has at least four yellow-headed blackbirds with them, and I also had a flyover solitary Sandpiper here this morning. yesterday here in the gardens there were two Brewers sparrows and an immature dark lored White crown Sparrow which is very rare on the coast. this morning at the salt works they were continuing summering surfbird and about a dozen common terns.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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