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morning flights in San Diego

morning flights in San Diego
By – 9:38 am
As has been mentioned recently, morning-flights in spring have been documented now for 6+ years at Mount Soledad in La Jolla, but there are certainly other hilltops, ridge-tops,upper canyons, and saddles that probably work as well. And one other potentially good spot locally is Mount Helix on the border between La Mesa and El Cajon. Can drive to the park at the top. And over the past few days, Eitan et al. has documented the presence of two or three heavily lerped eucalyptus there that have been a riot of feeding warblers throughout a bunch of the day. Two excellent such trees are right near the summit, where there is a narrow parking area on the right next to a wall that holds about 8+ cars. Just a little before that parking starts is one such tree, and the other is at the far end of the parking where right over several seed and hummingbird feeders and the park stone building–close to the amphitheater. See the eBird reports from Altman and Wise and others for recent numbers there.This morning, Monday, was another good day on Mount Soledad from 6:15-8AM. APPROXIMATE pooled observer totals were:20 Vaux’s Swift1 Common Loon4 Hammond’s Flycatcher2 empid sp.3 Western Kingbird1 Cassin’s Vireo25 Warbling Vireo10 Cliff Swallow2 Phainopepla45 Cedar Waxwing1 American Pipit4 Golden-crowned Sparrow1 Lincoln’s Sparrow3 Hooded Oriole4 Bullock’s Oriole20 Orange-crowned Warbler7 Nashville Warbler1 MacGillivray’s Warbler20 Yellow Warbler10 Yellow-rumped Warbler (2 Myrtle)35 Black-throated Gray Warbler70 Townsend’s Warbler25 Hermit Warbler60 Wilson’s Warbler7 Western Tanager6 Black-headed Grosbeak1 Blue Grosbeak100 Lazuli Bunting–Paul Lehman, San Diego