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Stint hints, palm, vesper, green tailed

For those contemplating a look for the little stint in the ensuing weeks, in addition to the difference in bill size and shape, although beware short billed Westerns, the stint is the size of the smallest Western, it is very subtly a slightly darker gray than the pale gray of most Westerns, including the dark patches on the side of the upper breast, although you need direct comparison and good light, and the bird shows faint but somewhat noticeable pale edging to a number of coverts and tertials on the wing whereas the Westerns are mostly just a flat pale gray. The split supercillium is split only at the base of the supercillium so that is only a subtle difference, and the bird was so well behaved this morning that I could actually determine that it appeared to have no webbing between the toes whereas it was fairly easy to see webbing on the Westerns. The bird was calmly feeding along the right edge of the close half of the island with a few Westerns the entire time I was there from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 when I departed, at which time the heat distortion was starting to get a little problematic.

In other Friday news, there is a Palm warbler and a green tailed towhee at the community gardens along Hollister, and a Vesper sparrow with the Savannah sparrows at the Sunset ball fields.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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