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murres & miscellanea

9:22 am

Weds early morning the 26th, a three-hour seawatch at La Jolla produced four separate southbound adult Common Murres. Right about on time and perhaps the beginning of the near-annual small flight of morning southbound murres through July. Also a continuing Pacific Loon. In other, minor news, over the past few days I’ve had a Red-breasted Merganser on Mission Bay, 3 continuing Bonaparte’s Gulls at the Salt Works (also are sometimes at J Street), a reasonable inland count of 9 Brown Pelicans at Sweetwater Reservoir continues, total of 3 Reddish Egrets (2 on S San Diego Bay, 1 at SD River mouth), and a Cattle Egret in the TRV west of Hollister. Six breeding-plumaged Eared Grebes have been hanging out on the main Dairy Mart pond since spring, so folks should keep an eye out for possible breeding evidence there the rest of the summer.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego