Nelson's, Plumbeous world-record Orange-crowneds
This morning, 25 Nov, a single Nelson's Sparrow put on a pretty good show for Lehman, Carlson, and Bruin, just as the high tide started to recede (8:30-8:45AM today) at Crown Point, north Mission Bay. As in the previous sighting of presumably the same bird at the very high tide a few weeks ago, the bird was to the north of the observation platform, close to the fence, where a large patch of iceplant sticks out a ways into the marsh. There are additional very high tides in the morning tomorrow and Weds, although the weather on Weds looks iffy. As is often (but not always) the case, the bird(s) are most cooperative just as the tide starts to go out, about an hour after peak high tide. Also present was just a single "Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow and 25+ Belding's.
Also in the north Mission Bay area today was a Plumbeous Vireo.
Yesterday, at Seaport Village, while pishing, I accumulated EIGHT Orange-crowned Warblers at once in a single blooming bottlebrush. This is not a species normally found in more than 2's or 3's, and it may be a record. So unless I hear contrary from anyone else, I will be laying claim to the Guinness Book of World Records high count for this species in a single tree.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports