Local Interest

David Assmann

Started the day at Fort Mason, meeting up with Juan Garcia.  No new migrants today.  Unfortunately someone vandalized the tree in front of the tennis courts, tearing off the limb that contained the active Nuttall's Woodpecker nest, presumably dooming the young. Moving on to El Polin Spring, the news was better.  The continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER has found a mate! The male was no longer singing, and was making courtship calls as the two flew around the trees above the parking lot. A few migrants were found as well, including a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN TANAGER, and a LAZULI BUNTING.  Final stop was Crissy Lagoon to look for a Red-Necked Phalarope, which wasn't there, but the surprise bird was a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL south-east of the bridge.