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Liberty Station Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

I was going to post more info on the Liberty Station Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, but unfortunately a couple birders tried for it before I could do so. "Unfortunate" because I guess I needed to be more obvious in yesterday's post that this site is an EVENING ROOST for Cassin's Kingbirds (about 20 of them), and many of these birds disperse widely away to unknown areas for the entire day until they come back during about the last half-hour of light. I first saw the STFL flying into the general area yesterday at 4:12 PM, for example, and it was consistently about the Bunya-Bunyas from about 4:20 until dusk. The birds are roosting in a group of large Bunya-Bunya or Star Pine type trees, as well as in some smaller trees adjacent, near the east end of Liberty Station, south of the little golf course and right next to the "Corvette Diner" and a practice putting green. The Scissor-tailed is a somewhat shortish-tailed individual and is often chased by the various Cassin's Kingbirds.  As long as the bird remains in the area, it should be reliable here late in the day, and perhaps at dawn (but they MIGHT leave the roost-site pretty quickly then), but NOT the rest of the day.

This morning (Weds) at Santee Lakes, there was a Least Bittern, "Sooty" Fox Sparrow, and an adult Golden-crowned Sparrow (I have seen precious few full adult Golden-crowneds over the years in southern coastal San Diego County).

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports