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Little Stint, unseasonal Common Tern, the dark lord

Little Stint, unseasonal Common Tern, the dark lord
By – 9:20 am
On Tuesday morning the Little Stint continues on “Stint Island” at the end of 10th Street at the salt works, and it has attained most of its alternate plumage, but it still only has obvious orangey-rust to the auriculars and nowhere else, although the spotting on the sides of the breast is now obvious and the split supercilium has become bolder. Still probably easiest to tell from the Westerns by the mottled, dark-centered upperpart feathering, as well as the bill. Today it was present already between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m., whereas last Friday it didn’t show up until 10:45. Also present on the same impoundment, at the northeast corner with Elegant Terns, was a decidedly unseasonal one-year-old classic Common Tern. This would be slightly early for a spring arrival adult Common and is especially early for a young bird, so perhaps it wintered somewhere not too far away? Also this morning, there was a dark-lored, oriantha-type White-crowned sparrow at the southeast corner of the community gardens and the TRV, with a couple regular gambel’s White-crowneds.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android