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San Diego Botanic Garden–Hooded Orioles still feeding young, FOS Western Tanager, 25 August

Dear San Diego Birders, 
     This morning I completed our August bird count at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.  Though I found no rarities,  I was surprised to see an adult female Hooded Oriole feeding 3 newly fledged young, which-according to the Atlas and the Lehman update, is about a month late for  fledging the last of this year's young.  Also, there was our first fall Western Tanager (imm. or female), which was right on time, and the fall arrival of wintering Common Yellowthroats.  This species has bred in the Garden, but not every year (and not this year), but quite a few occur here in winter. It appears that our breeding Pacific-slope Flycatchers have departed for the season  (there is usually a short hiatus after our 'local' Pac Slopes leave and the migrant Pac-slopes pass through).  
     
  The Garden was closed to the public today, so only a few staff around–thus it was quiet,  and good for listening for bird sound.  
 
   For those of you have have not heard, the San Diego Botanic Garden is now open to the public, but only from 10 am to 5 pm (not great for birders I know), and only from Wednesdays through Sundays (no walk-up entry), and through a time-slot reservation and online ticketing system.   However, the Garden will be open to the public  on Labor Day,  Monday Sept 7.  There are some closed areas, per the County's orders, mainly the Hamilton's Children's Garden and the Seeds of Wonder Garden, and now many areas have one-way routes for social distancing.  The old main gate is closed and now all public entry is off Ecke Ranch Rd, near the intersection of Ecke Ranch Rd and Quail Gardens Drive.  For more info on the Garden's current Covid-19 era guidelines, go to https://www.sdbgarden.org/visitor-guidelines.htm . 
 My Ebird checklist for today is at   https://ebird.org/checklist/email?subID=S72808364
Take care and best birding,  Sue
 
Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
seiurus@…


Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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