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Hammond’s #4, Cleator tanagers and orioles, record White-crowned flock

Hammond’s #4, Cleator tanagers and orioles, record White-crowned flock

By – 11:38 am
On Monday, 10 Jan, Hammond’s Flycatcher #4 of this winter is a bird back along the beginning of Woodworth Way in Liberty Station, where also a Western Tanager. This Hammond’s has returned for its second winter and was first seen this season on 23 Nov by Marcie Mason. The other Hammond’s currently in the county are a returning bird in UTC and new birds at Kate O. Sessions Park and in Escondido. This is about three more than the usual winter total (!) and currently puts it in a tie with the number of Pacific-slope Flycatchers seen recently. Elsewhere in Liberty Station, a check of the various tipu parking lots turned up 3 Yellow Warblers, a species found there every winter in very small numbers. There was a good oriole and tanager show around 9:00-9:15 this morning in the line of pink-flowered eucalyptus on the north side of Cleator Park in Ocean Beach/Point Loma–behind the YMCA and Seventh-Day Adventist Church. This has been a good spot over the years for wintering tanagers and orioles. Both the adult male and splotchy young male Summer Tanager first found by Michelle H. continue, as does the adult male Hooded Oriole first found by Michael Schulte just yesterday, as well as two female-type Bullock’s Orioles, a Western Tanager, a male Black-throated Gray Warbler, and–given we are talking pink-flowered eucalyptus–yet more Swinhoe’s White-eyes! Some of these birds also feed in the eucs and sycamores immediately to the west along Nimitz Boulevard, and some may occasionally also cross Nimitz to the Collier Park area. Next to Collier, in the Ocean Beach Community Gardens (vegetable plots) a flock of White-crowned Sparrows contained a record THREE subspecies, with single-each adult dark-lored (presumed oriantha) and pugetensis individuals. Continuing Reddish Egret at Famosa Slough.–Paul Lehman, San Diego