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early Sora, continuing Bald Eagle & hybrid oystercatcher

early Sora, continuing Bald Eagle & hybrid oystercatcher

By – 10:16 am

On Sunday, 17 July, a young Sora prancing around the upper (northeast) end of Upper Otay Lake is presumably a very early migrant arrival, in fact one of the earliest arrival dates on record. Also there was a continuing summer American Wigeon and good mid-July tallies of 15 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Common Gallinules, and 139 American Coots! Also on 17 July, one of the sub-adult Bald Eagles continues at upper Sweetwater Reservoir, where also my first fall-arrival Long-billed Dowitcher of the season, as well as migrant flock of 37 Avocets and a Semi Plover.

The hybrid oystercatcher at La Jolla since at least 10 July (or much earlier) also continues, and apparently it is NOT the same bird as has been seen recently farther to the south around Point Loma and Zuniga Jetty.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego