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Hi all!

I joined Jay Desgrosellier today on his annual CBC big day in Chula Vista, and we wound up with some great birds. Here are the highlights:

Memorial Park:

A Golden-crowned Kinglet was seen and heard on the north side of the park, where there is a path going between two apartment buildings.

Friendship Park:

A Black-and-white Warbler was hanging out in the NE corner of the park, climbing on pine tree trunks as they do.

Sweetwater NWR:

We came here twice, once at high tide and once at low tide. The highlights of our high tide visit were a male Eurasian Wigeon in with a group of Americans at the north end of the refuge and four Black Scoters (2 male and 2 female) out on the bay in the Surf Scoter flock. Our low tide visit was highlighted by the continuing Tricolored Heron, which was feeding on the mudflats on the south side of the refuge and a Short-eared Owl, which was seen flying over the north side of the refuge at 4:15 p.m.

J Street:

Our last stop of the day seemed fairly unproductive, until a Ross’s Goose flew into roost with three Canada Geese on the mudflats.

Other highlights throughout the day included great numbers of Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots and Sanderlings, a Glaucous-winged Gull, two Virginia Rails, two Reddish Egrets (one at Sweetwater and one at J Street), Loggerhead Shrike, and Yellow and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

We ended up with a total of 109 species, with some baffling misses like Red-tailed Hawk and Red-breasted Merganser. Still, quite an impressive day!

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports