odd shorebird plumages, and misc.
Monday the 16th, an adult dark-lored White-crowned Sparrow–rare to very rare along the coast–was in the TRV community gardens, a group of 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds were at the nearby animal corrals along Sunset, a continuing Pacific Golden-Plover was on “Stint Island” at the Salt Works, and the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir had 27 continuing Gr. White-fronted Geese, 2 Wilson’s Snipe, and 4 Soras parading around in the open (although too far for photos).
Some interesting shorebird plumages recently include a Dunlin in full alternate plumage on South San Diego Bay (perhaps returning from a couple recent winters in similar mixed-up timing); a Red Knot in alternate plumage today on “Stint Island” which was noted there almost exactly a year ago as well; and a ‘very’ leucistic Killdeer floating around TRV fields off Saturn Blvd. (today) or near the Tijuana River mouth a few days ago. A photo of this strange-looking bird from today: https://ebird.org/checklist/S152422789
–Paul Lehman, San Diego