McCown's thank-you, Chestnut-collared total, Pewee wanderings, winter miscellanea
First off, a "thanks" to Alison Hiers for finding the McCown's/Thick-billed Longspur, which she first did back on 31 Oct at Fiesta Island, and then she re-found at Robb Field yesterday. (BTW, it is a nice jesture to, from time to time, thank the finders of many of the rare birds so many of us birders and photographers spend lots and lots and lots of time chasing–either privately or "publicly"). Looking at photos of today's Chestnut-collared Longspurs at Robb Field, it appears that there are in fact three individuals present: one is clearly a male with a grayish-black belly and bolder head pattern, and then two "female-types" which look quite similar except that one appears to have a dull pinkish lower mandible, whereas the other has an entirely pale gray bill. Also today, Trent Stanley photo'd a/the Greater Pewee at the west end of zoo property, east of Highway 163, though perhaps "only" about 400 yards, as the pewee flies, east of Redwood Circle. So it would appear that the bird regularly crosses the highway and forages in off-limits areas–probably not too much of a surprise. And lastly, a Hermit Warbler continues today at Friendship Park in Chula Vista, originally found earlier this fall by Sadowski/Pawlicki, and which is probably a returning wintering bird from a couple previous winters, but which is difficult to pin down. Also perhaps wintering, were single female Hooded and Bullock's Orioles today at Kimball Park in National City.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports