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north county misc 12/13/21

north county misc 12/13/21
By – 6:18 am
Sorry for the late posting.  Yesterday (12/13/21) around noon, I had the continuing magnolia warbler foraging in liquid amber and tipu trees just east of the signed “tot-lot” at upper San Dieguito Park, and the Nashville warbler in eucalyptus just to the south of there.  No luck re-finding tanagers or white-throated sparrow.That morning at San Elijo Lagoon, Maryanne Bache and Patti Koger had a late yellow-breasted chat near the nature center parking lot off Manchester Ave; Kathy Aldern and Jane Mygatt had the continuing male Eurasian wigeon near I-5 to the east of Rios Ave and a Swinhoe’s white-eye south of the Rios Ave trailhead.  Off South Cardiff State Beach, Steve Brad reported a “National Geographic moment” with thousands of shearwaters close inshore, one Caspian tern offshore, and a possible late elegant tern.  When I arrived at 10:30, most of the shearwaters had shifted farther offshore, but there were still occasional small groups coming in as close as the surf breaks and one raft of at least 120 just beyond the surf.  Over the next 45 minutes, at least 5000 were estimated streaming by offshore.  Also, to the SW of the Seaside parking lot and just beyond the surf was a raft of at least 940 Brandt’s cormorants and 230 brown pelicans, with good numbers of gulls and the occasional dolphin.  I also had a tern that appeared to be an elegant (slightly smaller than adjacent royals, thinner decurved appearing beak, longer & thinner wings relative to body).  Also had a lone brant flying by south to north (not very common in North County) and an alcid well offshore heading north to south that appeared to be a Cassin’s auklet (little dark butterball!).Robert PattonSan Diego, CA