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more on tufted duck, and miscellanea

more on tufted duck, and miscellanea
By – 11:53 am
For those looking for the Miramar Lake Tufted Duck found by J. Pawlicki this AM, the bird–and the 6-8 scaup–spend a bunch of time sleeping, and this AM they were staying in the area immediately west (left) of the docks and boat launch. Given that while it sleeps you can’t see much of the head pattern or bill, a good way to know which bird it is is that its back is darker than a female scaup’s–so almost a blackish-brown rather than a tan-brown. And as others have written, the bird is suffering from a serious case of tuft envy, and has nothing more than a few short little feathers that barely lay higher up than the rest of the feathering on the rear crown/upper nape. Given the late date and the fact that very scaup remain on the lake, the bird could depart any day.In other news, this morning (Tuesday) at La Jolla there were about 40 Northern Fulmars, a couple transitional Red Phalaropes, and the first 7+ Red-necked Phalaropes of the season. Yesterday, the Tierrasanta Hepatic Tanager and the Serra Mesa Black-and-white Warbler both continued. And on Sunday-Monday, there was an early Olive-sided Flycatcher in Point Loma residential, bordering PLNU.And lastly, when I posted about the late-lingering Pine Warbler at Friendship Park over the weekend, I wondered if there were much of any previous April records in California. Well, it turns out there are about TEN previous April records (!), the latest staying through 18 April, and including a couple coming from San Diego County.–Paul Lehman, San Diego