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Pectoral Sandpiper et al.– 17th Aug

Today (Aug 17th) a small group of us found a Pectoral Sandpiper near the end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach. The bird was foraging along the bank of the estuary channel, loosely associated with a group of foraging dowitchers. After about five minutes the bird flew south towards the river mouth.

Of minor note at the same location, a Reddish Egret in it's semi-usual spot at the river mouth; and two Brown Boobies were seen well very close inshore. One adult flying north, and one juvenile foraging among a pod of bottlenose dolphins and then sitting on the water just near the surf before disappearing southward toward the Coronados.
High numbers of Bottlenose Dolphins were close in all along the surf today.

A quick check of the bird and butterfly gardens produced one of the continuing Indigo Buntings singing in the riparian area north of it's usual spot at the west end of the gardens, and that male Seedeater was singing up a storm just near the main building.

The Dairy Mart ponds did not produce the Solitary Sandpiper reported there yesterday, however one Tringa type wader was seen flying far in the distance heading towards the back of the sod farm.

Numbers of moulting Surfbirds are increasing on Coronado near the Hotel Del.

And finally the White-eyed Vireo continued this afternoon at El Camino Memorial Park, singing from deep within the shrubbery a few yards down the hill from where it is being seen most frequently, accompanied by a few hatch year juvenile Chats.

Happy Birding!
–Aedyn Loefke
Valley Center
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