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Little Stint and other continuing and new miscellanea

On Friday morning, the Little Stint was putting on a nice show on its favorite island at the end of 10th starting at 8:05 a.m. It was seen a couple days ago between 10:00 and 11:00. So it seems like between 8:00 and 11:00 is the favored time currently, but obviously as the time goes on in the morning the atmospheric conditions deteriorate for distant scoping. In the past two years when the bird has wintered there it has disappeared beginning sometime between late November and mid-December and has basically gone AWOL for the rest of the winter until being seen once or twice annually in breeding plumage in April at other ponds at the saltworks. Sometimes this is due to higher water levels on the island impoundment so there's not good edge to the island, but this year with the lack of rain currently that habitat may well stay good for quite a while longer.

In other news, one Pacific Golden-Plover continues today at the sod farm in the TRV with the big flock of Killdeer. A new White-throated Sparrow has been present the last several days on private property in Tierrasanta. Also a Western Tanager. And yesterday in the general area of the San Diego Mission there was a Pacific-slope Flycatcher and a Wilson's warbler and two Western tanagers.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports