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‘new’ Tropical Kingbird and miscellanea

‘new’ Tropical Kingbird and miscellanea

By – 9:48 am
On Monday the 28th, there’s a Tropical Kingbird in the southern and central sections of Kimball Park in National City, using some of the same perches a bird used there way back on 19 November, so presumably the same individual. Today at 8AM  it especially liked utilizing the tall light standards around a couple of the playing fields, as well as the trees next to the pedestrian foot bridge over the drainage channel. Also today, 1 of the 2 Mountain Bluebirds that wintered near Hilltop Park in Chula Vista continued. Yesterday, the 27th, the returning, wintering Hammond’s Flycatcher continued in Liberty Station. And on 26 Feb, a wandering around the oh-so-aesthetic wharehousing streets and plethora of trucks near the border truck crossing on Otay Mesa produced ca. 10 Wilson’s Snipe at the Siempre Viva X La Media pond, and the nearby streets of Kerns and Melksee are lined with lots and lots of alder trees and also has a weedy storm-water retention basin, both of which look like they could have reasonable potential during migration and early winter, and on this day produced a “Sooty” Fox Sparrow and Western Tanager. Over at Sunnyslope Park there were 3 Bullock’s Orioles and a Western Tanager, continuing.–Paul Lehman, San Diego