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Hooded Mergansers Poway Creek, and spring migrants

Hooded Mergansers Poway Creek, and spring migrants
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Went birding along Poway Creek through very late morning and into theafternoon. It was very birdy, despite the time of day. Found a couple offemale Hooded Mergansers in the creek. They were just west of the bridgethat goes between Soule Street and Poway Community Park. I never wouldhave seen them if one of them hadn’t swum out from against the reedsjust as I happened to look down there. She quickly went back by thesouth side reeds, and while I was taking a few photos of her I saw thesecond one. There was a pair of Cinnamon Teal in the same spot.Also had what I assume was a migrating Wilson’s Warbler down near PowayCity Hall. I haven’t seen any Wilson’s anywhere around Sabre Springs orPoway all winter, hence my possibly incorrect assumption that it wasn’taround all winter. Finally found a couple of Tipus among the manypristine ones in that area that seem to have some lerps. The Wilson’sflew out of one of those trees and I had an Orange-crowned, twoTownsend’s, and two Yellow-rumped’s in that same tree. The trees arepretty close to the creek and are up against the east side of a smallbuilding that is just east of the larger Poway City Hall building.Had my FOS Pacific-slope Flycatcher by the creek in Sabre Springs thispast Wednesday. Hooded Orioles are later than they used to be coming tothis area. They were last year too. None in the yard yet, but had one bythe creek and one by Creekside Elementary School on Wednesday, and oneflying through the residential area on the north side of Poway Creektoday. I know others have been seeing them around the county for thelast few weeks.Lisa RubySabre Springs– Lisa RubySabre Springs