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By – 10:28 am
On Sunday, the record-high flock of 150 Greater White-fronted Geese (exact count) continues at Sweetwater Reservoir, containing just a single Cackling Goose. The latter bird has a very dark purpley brown breast and no white neck ring, like the subspecies minima, but it simply doesn’t look quite small enough for that subspecies. A single Black-bellied Plover at the upper end of the reservoir is quite rare “inland.” At nearby Rohr Park there’s a continuing adult male Hooded Oriole which may well winter locally, and it is actually the first oriole of any species I’ve seen in over 5 weeks.Yesterday, Saturday, at Jacumba, at least two Harris’s Hawks continue, there was a Plumbeous Vireo, two continuing Cassins Kingbirds are record late for that part of the County given that it’s at 3,000 ft elevation so gets too cold in the winter for them to remain, a rare wayward easterly American Crow continues, as do two easterly White-breasted Nuthatches, and the usual resident Scotts Oriole. Sparrow numbers are low.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android