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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and minor miscellanea

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and minor miscellanea
By – 7:32 am
Early Saturday morning, the Scissor tailed Flycatcher is back for another winter roosting around the Pogi Greenbelt off Main Street in Chula Vista. I arrived at early dawn and for the first almost half hour there was only four or five cassins Kingbirds present, but at 7:05 the Scissor tailed flew in to the alder trees at the apartments on the east side of the greenbelt sat there a few minutes and then went up and is sitting in the top of the tallest sycamore tree close to Main Street in the greenbelt, one of the former favorite trees of the former Thick-billed Kingbird (RIP), sunning itself in the early-morning chill and is still there at 7:25. Presumably as in past years, it will soon disappear to parts unknown for much of the rest of the day but then presumably return late in the day to roost again. My sense is that the birds are roosting somewhere around the apartments on the east side of the greenbelt off Melrose. There are far far fewer kingbirds than in previous years, in part due to the fact that many of their trees are now gone, and due to the general decline it seems in Cassin’s roosting numbers around town.Yesterday, in South San Diego there were two Black-throated gray warblers and a Yellow warbler and a Bullock’s Oriole around the educational cultural complex building south of Greenwood Cemetery, there was another black-throated gray in Lauderbach Park in Chula Vista, and a returning Wilson’s warbler is along the north edge of the San Diego country club also in Chula Vista.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android