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San Diego County, Saturday

San Diego County, Saturday
By – 9:03 am
Hi All,After a quick trip down to the Salton Sea, I decided to quickly visit San Diego to see some of the continuing rarities around the area. Started the morning in the town of Jacumba, where there was a Ruddy Duck and four Surf Scoters on the small pond on the west side of town. The Surf Scoters were particularity exiting as I don’t think I’ve ever had any at that high of an elevation before. I then quickly dropped down to San Diego proper to escape the high winds up in the mountains. The continuing Pine Warbler made a brief appearance at Friendship Park, though never showed itself for long as the park was pretty busy yesterday. We then moved over to the lower San Diego bay to try to find the continuing Little Stint. It made an appearance around 11:00 on the small island, where it stayed for awhile. I then moved south to Tijuana River Valley, which was pretty quiet, but the three Common Ground Dove were a nice surprise. The winds started to increase, so I went to point La Jolla for a quick seawatch. During my quick seawatch many Fulmars (around 20) flew by, more then I would expect for a location this far south. Additionally, there was a single dark shearwater that flew by pretty close to the horizon line. While flight pattern seemed to suggest Short-tailed, I do not feel confident calling it one with the brief and distant views I had where I couldn’t see the underwing. After that, the winds picked up and the birding slowed down. I had no luck at the Grace’s Warbler or the Bay-breasted, though I assume that was due to the very high winds. The last stop I made for the day was at San Dieguito County Park, in the hopes of turning up the continuing Hepatic Tanager. Unsurprisingly, I had no luck as the winds were still blowing very hard making it almost impossible to hear anything, but I managed to locate the continuing Magnolia Warbler feeding with a small mixed warbler flock around the restroom area in the Southwest corner of the park. As I was driving back up north along highway 5, the last interesting bird of the day was a Swainson’s Hawk on the side of the highway. I had a good number in the imperial valley earlier this morning, and a few were reported from Los Angeles on eBird, so I assume the birds starting to move north in some numbers.Connor Cochrane