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Rose-breasted Grosbeak #11, new Vermilion nest site

11:20 am

Although it’s been a sub-par spring for eastern vagrants in the county, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are doing just fine, with now ELEVEN this month in all: 8 coastal and 3 inland. Today’s (Tuesday) addition was a male on outer Point Loma. The errant California Quail continues in residential Point Loma. Late-season western migrants continue in mediocre numbers, with just two each of pewees, Warbling Vireos, and Black-headed Grosbeaks (where they don’t breed). Yet another new coastal nesting site for Vermilion Flycatchers today: family group at the east end of Riverwalk Golf course in Mission Valley.
Still wondering when someone will find nesting Reddish Egret in San Diego (and California), as yesterday there were three breeding-condition adults together at the J Street mudflats, and today an uncertain number of adults continue in the San Diego River mouth (Robb Field) area. Still a few Bonaparte’s Gulls around South San Diego Bay. Low shorebird diversity.
May 26th at Jacumba had the continuing Harri’s Hawks and Least Bittern, a getting-late flock of 15 Cedar Waxwings heading east to west well overhead, and an east-of-normal wandering juvenile White-tailed Kite. Other landbird migrants were all the expected species for the date: W. Wood Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-hd. Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting (typical last date).
Paul Lehman, San Diego