new Hepatic Tanager (#4 total)
Thursday morning the 25th, there’s a new, female-type Hepatic Tanager in town, but unfortunately it’s in a semi-private area not too far from the San Diego Mission. That makes as many as FOUR Hepatics in the county this winter. Another bird that is returning for its fifth year is in a semi-private area in Del Mar. On public property, there is the tough-to-find bird at Harry Griffen Park, and any day now the returning bird at San Dieguito County Park should re-appear following its annual two-or-three-month mid-winter hiatus! It has been a very good winter for Hepatic Tanagers in Southern California as a whole, with several additional birds in other counties.
Also today, a Wilson’s Warbler (below average this winter) was at the Mission, plus 2 B-t Gray Warblers (record high count this winter) farther downriver, and a Western Tanager in Tierrasanta.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego