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North County Report Updates

North County Report Updates
By – 5:22 pm
After being laid up post-medical procedure for most of January and February, I happily got out to check the early and recent 2022 North County coastal reports this weekend:- Mark, Ian, Patti, and a birder whose name I didn’t get had 17 Wilson’s Snipe at the east end of the horse pastures north of San Dieguito Road and west of the Helen Woodward animal center on Saturday morning around 7:15 AM. These were first reported to this group by Paul Lehman on Friday. Interestingly, my notes show that my first snipe in San Diego County was observed on the east side of Cowles Mountain in Mission Trail Regional Park on January 17, 2012, after becoming familiar with the species in Walla Walla, Washington, during my college years.- The previously reported Northern Parula and Bay-breasted Warbler at the Scripps Medical Complex (477 El Camino Real) in Encinitas did not disappoint, although it took me Saturday and Sunday mornings to get great looks at both. The Townsend’s and Black-throated Gray warblers also put on quite a show!- I checked on the Carlsbad Outlet reports after getting satisfactory views at the Medical Complex. I did NOT find the previously reported Green-tailed Towhee, Tennessee Warbler, or Palm Warbler, and – at least at the time we crossed paths – they had not been seen by Olivia, Kris, Francisco, or Peter. The sounds of scratching around under a shrub turned up a Fox Sparrow. It appears that the tipu trees have been significantly pruned since the previous positive reports. I will check again in the next week or so when I drop off my car for maintenance.- The jetty at South Carlsbad State Beach was pretty quiet, providing time to work on my shaky gull identification. I was excited to see a new-county-list Pelagic Cormorant – and decided I may need to carve out some time to join the La Jolla Seawatch!  As always, it was a joy to cross paths with so many of you. There isn’t much out there that beats watching – or searching for – great birds with great people!Betsy Miller VixieOlivenhain