An adult green-tailed towhee has been foraging in our backyard today. Stayed around until I went to get a camera to photograph it.
The Cove has been alternately interesting and boring for the past 2 weeks. Sometimes there are 3000+ black-vented shearwaters and sometimes 200. Jaegers most days. With Santa Ana conditions the birds are usually pretty far offshore. Duck and loon migration is slowly ramping up. No alcids.
On October 18 I spent 4 hours at the Cove with Jane Mygatt. Highlights were 2 masked-type boobies heading north and a Manx shearwater. Jane was able to get very poor photos of the shearwater at a distance but if you blow them up on the computer screen, squint, and click your heels together 3 times you can see that the entire undersides are white and that there’s only a small rim of black tail.
Stan Walens, San Diego
October 26, 2019; 12:30 pm