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Re: Varied Thrush continues – Aqua Dulce 12/21

Expanding on what Rodney posted, the Varied Thrush materialized on the big clump of boulders right next to the pump house where it stayed out in the open for several minutes, flew up high into the surrounding pines for a bit, then dove back down into the creek where it started following it North moving from bush to bush. At one point it dove down into the creek bed and we didn't see it again so I can only assume it continued moving Northbound.  I hope that is helpful if anyone else is looking for it. The female Williamson's Sapsucker showed up in some pines just southeast of the pump house right next to the barbed wire fence post, but disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared.

Also present was the persistent population of Cassin's Finches, the Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker Hybrid that had been reported back in October by Lisa Ruby and Terry Hurst, as well as another Gray-headed Junco.
Purple Finches and Band-tailed Pigeons were in high numbers and when I first pulled into the parking lot a large group of birds flushed from the little center pine section, including what looked a lot like a Townsend's Solitaire to me, but I didn't get a clear enough view to confirm it.

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego CA
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