continuing Little Stint & Ash-thr. Flycatcher, new Pacific Golden-Plover
On Friday the 18th, the Little Stint was "easy" on its usual island off the end of 10th Street from 9:45-10:15AM, the entire length of my visit. Also there, a high-tide roost of 400-500 Black-bellied Plovers on that same saltworks pond contained one Pacific Golden-Plover, presumably a new bird (unless it is one of the birds from the TRV sod farm last month…). Also a Caspian Tern, and the 2 long-staying Snow Geese continue on the nearby school playing field. Either on that same saltworks pond or on the adjoining pond off the end of 13th, part of the same group of Black-bellieds, plus knots, both turnstones, and dowitchers, contains the continuing Surfbird, present over the summer since last June, but unusual to be wintering on south San Diego Bay.
Also today, the very rare winter Ash-throated Flycatcher continues at dawn in little Rose Teeple Park at Florida X Calla in Imperial Beach. And there was a new Western Tanager in Howard Lane Park along Dairy Mart Road.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports