Date: 12/6/17 7:15 pm From: 'Mel Senac ' <msenac...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> Subject: RE: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Nelson's Sparrows and Thick-billed Sparrows continue at Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center - McCoy Trail - CORRECTION
I inadvertently called the Large-billed Savannah Sparrows "Thick-billed". I really don't know what I was thinking. Maybe a certain Kingbird at Poggi Greenbelt was on my mind. Who knows. At least I labeled my photos correctly. I am sorry, we DO NOT have a new subspecies of Savannah Sparrows in San Diego. Special thanks to Thomas Myers for pointing out my blunder.
From: <SanDiegoRegionBirding...> [mailto:<SanDiegoRegionBirding...>] On Behalf Of 'Mel Senac ' <msenac...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 1:29 PM To: <SanDiegoRegionBirding...> Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] Nelson's Sparrows and Thick-billed Sparrows continue at Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center - McCoy Trail
This morning 12/04 at 9:15 AM Nelson's Sparrows were seen in the Saltbushes along McCoy trail. Two were seen together. A third one flew in some minutes later. Nancy Christensen reported them yesterday and emphasized being present just as the tide is falling after a giant high tide. High tide was at 8:48 AM. No sparrows were present at 8:40 AM when I arrived nor had any been spotted by Eric Kallen or Shirley Reynolds who arrived before I did. They were at the far end of McCoy trail where Nancy had 1 or 2 Nelson's yesterday. I decided to go back to the reliable 3 Saltbushes. For those unfamiliar with these bushes they are just off the trail on your right side perhaps 250 yards or so past the bridge.
No Sparrow activity in these bushes until 9:15 AM. Almost on que at 9:15 AM Sparrows started to fly into these bushes and stirring up Sparrows that had been silent in the bushes. This included several Thick-billed Savannah's, Belding's and the 3 Nelson's. I will submit photos on my e-bird checklist. FYI- giant high tide tomorrow is at 9:33 AM.