Date: 1/13/18 11:00 am From: Paul Lehman <lehman.paul...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...> Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] miscellaneous recent "other" rarities
In addition to other, well-publicized rarities present in San Diego County during the New Year, the following might be of interest:
CACKLING GOOSE: the continuing bird seen by many at De Anza Cove at northeast Mission Bay has the real potential of being a minima, which are very rare to casual in the county--extra small overall, with small head and bill, black throat stripe, and rather dark breast. Grazes on the lawns there with coots and wigeon.
REDDISH EGRET: the only regular bird in the county presently is an adult at the Tijuana River mouth; it is there much, but not all, of the time--avoid high tide.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: up to 6 adults continue at the usual roost site in the pines on the northeast side of the apartments immediately east of the Tijuana Estuary Refuge Visitor Center.
BELL'S VIREO: casual in winter, a dull, pusillus-type was recently along the south side of the San Diego River immediately west of Mimi's Cafe at Mission Center Road.
PURPLE FINCH: 1 in Tierrasanta was of note, as this species is very rare in the coastal lowlands.
SUMMER TANAGER: in addition to the well-watched birds at Nestor Park and along the west side Balboa Park, there are also continuing birds at the upper end of Sunnyslope Park in Nestor (1), at Kimball Park in National City (1), and at Old Trolley Barn Park and surrounding neighborhood in University Heights (2)--among others!
BALTIMORE ORIOLE: another spiffy adult male is present in town, this one (with a young male Bullock's) in the De Anza Cove area at northeast Mission Bay.
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: just a comment here on sexing birds in the fall and winter--ALL Black-and-whites at these seasons have whitish (or mostly whitish) throats, so that does not make them necessarily females. For example, the returning bird along 28th at the southeast corner of Balboa Park, where also the Palm Warbler and very sporadic Plumbeous Vireo reside, is a male (blackish auriculars, heavy black streaking to sides, flanks, and undertail coverts). Several reports of "female" birds in the county and elsewhere at this time of year over the past few years were apparently based solely on the birds having white throats.
NASHVILLE WARBLER: 1 continues at Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa and 2 more were on the north side of Mission Bay.
Small numbers of Barn Swallows, Western Tanagers, Bullock's Orioles, and Black-throated Gray, Yellow, and Wilson's Warblers at many scattered localities.
Of just very local interest, a Short-billed Dowitcher is wintering at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar, which is actually very rare away from the larger tidal mudflat areas such as south San Diego Bay and Mission Bay/San Diego River mouth.