Summer Tanager, Common Murre

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Today, Thursday the 22nd, an unseasonal, female SUMMER TANAGER was at the B&B Garden in the TRV. The saltworks impoundment at the end of 13th St. has again been lowered somewhat, as it was in May when the Am. Golden-Plovers were present, and near high tide this morning there were 4 Wilson's Phalaropes, 40 Red Knots, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 15 Short-billed Dowitchers, 3 Western Sandpipers, 70 Willets, 40 Black-bellied Plovers, 5 Marbled Godwits, etc. Scope required. And nearby at the end of 10th St. was a summering Bonaparte's Gull.

At the upper end of Sweewater Reservoir, 2 rare 'inland' (adult) LEAST TERNS were present. This area has quite a bit of shallow water and exposed mudflat and bears watching the next couple months. Visible from next to intersection of Jamacha Blvd. and Maya St. Scope required.

Yesterday, the 21st, a four-hour seawatch at La Jolla from 6-10 AM was made somewhat difficult by three hours of moderate fog. Highlights were a southbound, alternate-plumaged COMMON MURRE and 4 COMMON TERNS which were with a bunch of other terns and gulls attracted to bait-fish being flung out behind the "New Seaforth."

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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