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some rarity stakeout updates, minor newbies

some rarity stakeout updates, minor newbies
By – 2:06 pm
First, some relatively minor new birds: A Nashville Warbler was in a University City tipu parking lot on 15 Jan. A Western Tanager was in North Park on 16 Jan. And a Black-thr Gray Warbler was in Solana Beach on 17 Jan. Robert Patton found a new Pacific-slope Flycatcher today, the 17th, in the northeast corner of Lemon Grove Park.Some hopefully helpful tidbits on several of the better continuing rarities:Little Stint: on the 16th we starting looking for it a little before 9AM and it did not appear until 10:20 AM on the island, near/at “the elbow.” Only three peep present on the island: the stint, 1 Western, 1 Least. Several Glaucous-winged Gulls in the area.Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: this morning, the 17th, the Fairbanks Ranch/Del Mar/RSF bird appeared at the fence around the square pond at 7AM. Cassin’s Kingbirds started filtering in at 6:45AM from their nearby roost site in eucalyptus trees, but the STFL took a bit longer to show, but was then around for about 45 minutes, mostly on the fence, but also a bit in nearby eucs and power lines. A total of about 10+ Cassin’s are also present. When the STFL departed it flew well to the WEST with a couple Cassin’s, toward the main soccer fields. Don’t know how much this early AM routine might have been affected by today’s overcast and borderline damp conditions, versus if it were sunny. But clearly, this bird is gettable early in the day, as well as late. And if the gate is locked at the entrance to the Surf Sports Fields (it was opened today at 6:45), then one could park outside and climb through the wooded fencing there just so you would walk in literally 30 feet so you could see the entire pond area. Would hope that that level of transgression is permissable, but no guarantees.Greater Pewee: yesterday morning the Balboa Park bird appeared shortly after 8AM in the tall eucalyptus bordering the parking lot on the south side of the Organ Pavillion, but fairly quickly it flew over the International Cottages into sweet gums and eucalyptus bordering the Palm Canyon side of the Cottages.Black-throated Green Warbler: yesterday at Allied Gardens Comm. Park it still frequents the several tipu trees at the west end of the park, but it will be elsewhere in ficus etc., where difficult to find, for appreciable lengths of time as well. So patience is the name of the game and just wait by the tipus!–Paul Lehman, San Diego