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TRV Lapland Longspur & Buff-breasted, and misc.

On Saturday morning, a Lapland longspur was discovered by visiting birders Chris Lindsey and Roger Woodruff in the dirt fields along Saturn Ave. south of Leon. The bird spends most of its time with pipits rather than Horned Larks although there are a few larks in the pipit flock as well, and that preference could of course change at any time. It is a well marked lapland, probably a male, though of course in basic plumage. The flocks have been seen on the east side of the road both north and south of the bisecting line of eucalyptus trees. A Red-throated pipit continues as well in the same flock, looking like the original bird from a number of days ago. Also in the TRV today, the very long staying Buff breasted Sandpiper continues at the sod farm, which should actually be called now the dirt farm given that the entire north patch of sod is gone but the bird is still roosting in the dirt just west of where the sod used to be with the flock of about 20 or 30 killdeer. A Golden crowned Sparrow is at the bird and butterfly garden. Still a couple Yellow headed blackbirds near Sunset and Hollister. A Vesper Sparrow has been at Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa, and as of yesterday the 20-day Lucy's warbler continues in Lincoln Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

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