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hints on finding the Little Stint, Thick-billed Kingbird, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

If anyone is having trouble finding the following birds, these bits of info may or may not help. All three birds were still present today, Nov 16.

LITTLE STINT: this year the bird has seemingly preferred the "elbow" area of the L-shaped island it frequents, when it's there…. Both the outside and the inside of the elbow, and sometimes just "beyond" (southwest of) the elbow. Which means that it is half way down the island of farther from where we public can stand, rather than at the front end of the island, which was used last year. Means that one needs a good scope and should avoid the mid-day hours when heat distortion is at its worst. It really is at the limit of diagnosability where it is frequenting this year! And while it does fairly often chase a nearby Western or Least Sandpiper around, there are certainly plenty of other Western X Western chases going on as well. One character that this bird shows that differs somewhat from most Westerns is a partial dusky breast band (clear in the middle). And of course the bill shape and sometimes the bird's overall size (slightly smaller than most, but not all, Westerns). The split supercilium is somewhat difficult to see given the distances involved. And as for the lack of toe webbing…

THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD: in past years, it seemed as though the favorite spots for this bird were, first, the couple sycamores on the greenbelt lawn between the swimming pool and Main Street, second was the alders directly across on the east side of the greenbelt from there, third was the sycamores inside the apt. complex just west of the pool, and fourth were various trees farther south in the greenbelt. And there was always the distinct possibility that it was AWOL, to parts unknown, for hours on end. Also, the warmer parts of the day tended to be better than the cooler ones. Well, so far this year it appears to prefer site #3, the sycamores inside the apt. complex–most notably the third or so tallest sycamore out of the four or so present inside the complex (the one that has some thin dead twigs at the top)–although it has also been seen at its other favored sites as well.

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: this individual is back now for its third winter and has very good color on the flanks and a fairly long tail. It is usually seen early and late in the day, and is often much more difficult to find at other times. Roosts with the Cassin's Kingbirds. Today, it was sunning itself for an extended period of time around 3PM at the dead twiggy top of a mid-sized eucalyptus tree along the east edge of the greenbelt, a little bit south of the swimming pool.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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