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some Fri/Sat miscellanea, and breeding birds

On Saturday the 20th, a southbound adult Lesser Yellowlegs is at the pond along the Dust Devil Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar–the second-earliest "fall" arrival in the county during the past 20 years. Also 3 Wilson's Phalaropes and 3 broods of Redheads. An earlier seawatch in the monring at La Jolla netted a southbound Common Murre, and the usual storm-petrels, but little else.

On Friday the 19th, still a young Glaucous-winged Gull and 40 Red Knots at the J Street mudflats in Chula Vista. And the main DairMart pond has two broods of Cinnamon Teal and….are you sitting down?–a high summer count of 110 non-tame Mallards! Yeah, yeah, we can find the simplest of avian pleasures and excitement during the second half of June!! Eight Black Skimmers were at the "Hollister Pond" along the Otay River. This species might feed fairly regularly at night (?) at such small freshwater ponds just inland from the coast.

And speaking of June…..this month seems to be a "baby bird bonanza" in a fair number or areas. Just seems like a good crop of fledglings, including very good numbers of young swallows.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports