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San Diego Co. rarity surge June 5-9: TWO Eastern Wood-Pewees, TWO Bay-breasted, Black-throated Blue, Magnolia, Parula, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, etc.

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It was a relatively slow May for landbird rarities in San Diego County, with the highlights being 14 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and 5 Tennessee Warblers, plus one Ovenbird and three Northern Parulas. But that changed between June 5-9, with a major surge of high-quality landbirds the past five days, producing a county-first TWO Eastern Wood-Pewees (FRNC), singing Bay-breasted Warblers at both the San Diego Zoo and FRNC (very brief), a casual-in-spring Black-throated Blue Warbler (FRNC), singing Magnolia Warbler in residential Point Loma, Yellow-billed Cuckoo along the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside, Northern Parula in Tierrasanta, a brief Indigo Bunting (FRNC), and yet another Summer Tanager (FRNC) and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (La Costa–#17 for the spring).
At this same time, there have been multiple good-quality landbird rarities in Orange and Los Angeles Counties as well.
Also today, the off-and-on adult Neotropic Cormorant reappeared at the San Diego River mudflats off Robb Field.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego