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White-eye explosion, miscellanea (Magnolia, pugetensis, etc.)

White-eye explosion, miscellanea (Magnolia, pugetensis, etc.)
By – 11:48 am
For the past ten days I’ve been poking around residential areas and parks in coastal neighborhoods between Del Mar and Oceanside, mostly scouting for CBCs, and have noticed a very substantial increase in the numbers of (Swinhoe’s) White-eyes. I am seeing multiple flocks every day, everywhere I go. The birds seem especially partial to pink-flowered eucalyptus trees, with blooming bottle brush being a distant second. Flocks range in size from 2 to 8 individuals, and virtually every flock also contains one or a few Orange-crowned Warblers in close association.In other news, the Magnolia Warbler near the tot lot at San Dieguito County Park continued on 25 Dec, but given that its favored sweetgum trees are now largely leafless, it has been frequenting the tipus immediately to the north. There have now been three different pugetensis White-crowned Sparrows seen in just the past few days–normally rare in the county. I’ve had singles behind the Del Mar Public Works on 25 Dec and in southern Del Mar residential on 27 Dec. A female Summer Tanager continues in a very birdy drainage in western Solana Beach, where also 2 Bullock’s Orioles nearby. A Vermilion Flycatcher continues at the very southeast corner of the former Fairbanks Ranch horse pasture area, with 4 Lawrence’s Goldfinches nearby. Oceanside/Carlsbad highlights include 4 continuing Yellow-crowned Night-Herons  (2 ads, 2 imms) with a couple Black-crowneds along the San Luis Rey River near Oceanside harbor, between the I-5 and railroad bridges, and low-hanging fruit in that general area included Nashville, Yellow, and 2 Wilson’s Warblers and Western Tanager. An additional 3 Yellow-cr. Night-Herons (2 ads, 1 imm) continue at the mouth of San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar.–Paul Lehman, San Diego