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Hooded Merganser in ornamental fountain!, B-t Green Warbler, miscellanea

Hooded Merganser in ornamental fountain!, B-t Green Warbler, miscellanea
By – 10:16 am
On Thurs morning, March 3rd, a visit to the San Diego Mission produced both the continuing Black-throated Green Warbler and a Hooded Merganser that flew in to and swam around in a small ornamental fountain in the central courtyard and parking lot! It arrived with a female Mallard girlfriend, and they swam around in the fountain for a while, then perched up on the rim for quite a while, and after about 15 minutes in all he then flew back toward the nearby San Diego River, from whence he had flown. I have previously seen on repeated occasions Hooded Mergansers on extremely small ponds in parks and even in just large puddles in creek channels up in the Santa Barbara area, but this is the first time I’ve seen such a crazy event here in San Diego. Photos of this fountain-loving merganser are at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S104093637The Black-throated Green Warbler, present since early December, was along the back driveway behind the Mission in the curve area, on both sides of the driveway in eucalyptus and pepper trees. A wintering Black-and-white Warbler continued in Serra Mesa. And an adult male Vermilion Flycatcher off the main parking lot at Admiral Baker Golf Course is about as late as strictly wintering males typically linger, so it bears watching if this turns out to be a new summering locale.Yesterday, the 2nd, a good number (60+) of Elegant Terns had returned to the salt works, and where one of the Red Knots had already started to attain a bit of alternate plumage, which seems early to do that in that species. A white-morph Northern Fulmar which flew by the end of the Imperial Beach pier was closer inshore than usual, and may portend future fulmars coming in to piers etc. this spring if they end up in bad shape–although this bird appeared perfectly healthy.–Paul Lehman, San Diego