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On 14-15 July, a juvenile Willet on south San Di8ego Bay was perhaps a few days early for that age class, although Willet is almost always the first juvenile species of shorebird I see every year. Accurate arrival dates for both adults and juveniles of a number of species of shorebirds in San Diego County are somewhat spotty. Also on the 14th, there were two summering Pacific Loons and a continuing Common Loon off Coronado/North Island, where also a continuing 28-44 summering Surf Scoters. An adult Reddish Egret at Delta Beach on the Silver Strand is presumably (?) a different bird from the one farther south at J Street & Emory Cove; and another adult Reddish was at the Tijuana Estuary on the 15th. Also on the 15th, the summering Surfbird, Glaucous-winged Gull, and up to 4 Common Terns continued at J Street, with the terns also off the Biological Study Area parking lot on the lower Silver Strand. Eleven Black Storm-Petrels from shore off Imperial Beach on the 15th are more unusual there than up at La Jolla, and they follow similar numbers there back in late May. Also a couple of Brown Boobies. And on 16 July, still a few Ashy Storm-Petrels off La Jolla with the small numbers of Blacks.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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