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inland waterbirds; overall nesting success

11:42 am

Rare inland, a Willet was at Lake Hodges yesterday (6/25), a typical date for a southbound migrant; and today there’s an Elegant Tern at Sweetwater Reservoir.
A number of folks have commented that it appears to be a successful breeding season for many species, and I certainly concur. Presumably one major factor has been the wet winter followed by a “cool” and overcast spring and early summer, meaning there should be plenty of plant and insect food still available. One example from today (6/26) was the large summer concentration of 90 Northern Rough-winged Swallows–mostly juveniles–along Sunset Road in the Tijuana River Valley.
Paul Lehman, San Diego