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miscellanea (including dead Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel)

miscellanea (including dead Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel)
By {authorlink} – 2:14 pm

A freshly dead Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel was found at La Jolla Shores today (17 Feb) by visitor Joachim Bertrands. He’ll get the specimen to me for depositing at SDNHM. The American or American X Black Oystercatcher continued today at the Cabrillo National Monument tidepools (northern parking lot) at mid-tide. The usual ca. 5 Common Goldeneyes continue at Miramar Lake. A few days ago along the west edge of Balboa Park there were single continuing White-breasted Nuthatch (rare visitor to the park), Bullock’s Oriole, and Western Tanager, as well as a Nashville Warbler along the north edge.
Shelter Island (south half) on San Diego Bay is a good spot for Lilac-crowned Parrots, perhaps as well as Red-crowned; and today there were at least a couple disturbingly intermediate birds there as well. As there are at a fair number of sites. In Balboa Park a few days ago I saw what looked like a closely mated pair comprising one of each species.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego