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Jacumba on Saturday

Went out east to Jacumba early this morning (Saturday) for a migrant check. Not many migrants there today (13 or 14 individuals, Swainson's Thrushes being best but they are very regular there). Highlights were a cooperative, perched LONG-EARED OWL,  an early WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. Long-eareds are not known to summer in the Jacumba area–although it certainly seems like a reasonable place–and the Willow Flycatcher is early by a number of days for a through-migrant (only two earlier spring county records of migrants in early May). The breeding Tricolored Blackbirds there this year number about 100 birds and include a slug of already fledged juveniles, flying around town but still being fed by the adults. Also 7 White-winged Doves and 5 Lawrence's Goldfinches. Scarce breeders in that corner of the county included a Cassin's Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Oak Titmouse carrying food, and a pair of Northern Harriers.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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