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continuing north county rarities 1-22-23

continuing north county rarities 1-22-23
By {authorlink} – 2:07 pm

Elizabeth Copper and I birded a few spots in North County San Diego this morning with some hits and misses on previously reported rarities:
– At Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall, the vast majority of warbler activity was not in the tipus of the Anderson Nursery parking lot as previously reported, but rather in the carrotwood and whitish-flowering eucalyptus immediately south of the east driveway entrance to Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel on the west side of Paseo del Norte, WSW of Starbucks and the SW Outlets parking lot entrance.   After much searching, around 8:15 the continuing Lucy’s warbler made a brief appearance in the first oak on the south side of the SW Outlets parking lot entrance, then disappeared across the street to the west.  The continuing Nashville warbler made several passes back and forth across Paseo del Norte between the eucalyptus on the west and the 3 oaks just south of the SW Outlets entrance on the east.  Just to make it more challenging, white-eyes were also in the same oaks.  A female black-throated gray warbler was in the ficus and carrotwood south of the east Hotel driveway.  We were unable to re-find the Tennessee warbler.  (Thanks to Paul Mulholland for also ebirding some of this – nice to have met you).
– At Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad, we were unable to re-find the Blackburnian warbler despite much time spent searching (also joined by a 4th birder – sorry I missed your name)(there were 2 Townsend’s warblers working a full circuit of the pines from SW of the dog park to along the east then SE side of the ballfields).  A very cooperative white-winged dove was perched in the pines just south of the dog park, flew NW across the basketball courts to a sycamore for a while, returned to the pines for an extended period, then was last seen flying to the NE of the dog park.
– At 1282 Crest Dr in Encinitas, the continuing Grace’s warbler eventually put in a rather cooperative appearance, moving through the large pine in the front yard.  A vocal western tanager was across the street just to the SE.
– We had no luck re-finding the northern parula at Melba Rd and Wotan Dr in Encinitas, but had a very vocal mountain chickadee there.
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA