Over the past three days there has still been a trickle of typical early-June landbird migrants passing through, including a few W. Wood-Pewees, Willow Flycatchers, Swainson's Thrushes, and Western Tanagers. Singing Swainson's Thrushes at Sorrento Valley, along the SD River near the SD Mission, and along the SD River west of Mast Park (2) are all presumably on territory. A Phainopepla at Pt. Loma Nazarene Univ. on 4 June was probably an early post-breeding disperser from somewhere else. Seems as though there's been a noticeable influx in Marbled Godwit numbers already starting around the 3rd or so, which if not just a shuffling of unknown over-summering birds would suggest that a lot of failed breeders have come back already over 2-3 weeks early this year. A Brant and 1 or 2 Reddish Egrets continue on south San Diego Bay, and there are 9 Ruddy Turnstones and 2 Western Sandpipers at the saltworks. Finally, at least 7 adult and 2 family-groups of 11 duckling Redheads are at San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar, the only quasi-consistent breeding locality in the county.
--Paul Lehman, San Diego
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