new Tnnessee & Chestnut-collared, how many boobies?, continuing and miscellanea
On Tuesday the 27th, a new Tennessee Warbler was at Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa, frequenting the northeast corner tipus (and possibly peppers and lerpy eucs)–same area where a Magnolia Warbler wintered back in 2016-2017. Five Cattle Egrets, now very rare along the coast in fall, were at the salt works. A Red-breasted Sapsucker and "Sooty" Fox Sparrow were at the Bird & Butterfly Garden. Aaron Gyllenhaal found a new Chestnut-collared Longspur on the high school ball fields immediately south of Nestor Park. Very flighty and moving around a bunch; sometimes with pipits and sometimes by itself.
Continuing rarities today include the Villa La Jolla Park Scarlet Tanager, Grace's Warbler, and Plumbeous Vireo and a new Palm Warbler and "Gray-headed" Junco; the Robb Field Buff-breasted Sandpiper continues; and the Red-footed Booby continues on the San Diego Bay bait barge (fide Curtis Marantz & Chris Dean).
And speaking of Red-footed Boobies…In addition to the bait barge bird since before the 23rd, a Red-footed Booby was photo'd on a fishing boat moored at the G Street commercial fishing harbor on the 20th (iNaturalist). Still working out whether it is the same individual or not from the photos. One bird looks paler than the other, but it might be the lighting.
Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports