White-eye ID, and some other bird news


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Also, FWIW, some Chestnut-flanked White-eyes have very faint chestnut/buff flanks. Telling Oriental (now Indian) from Japanese/Chinese (now Swinhoe's) White-eyes requires good, careful looks, and probably many birders did not do so in the past. The yellow vent stripe present in Oriental/Indian but lacking in Japanese/Chinese/Swinhoe's is often a character that is difficult to assess in the field without very good views.

In other news, there was a Lesser Yellowlegs this morning, Aug 9th, at the saltworks, but it was last seen flying off well to the south. Yesterday morning, there was a Belted Kingfisher I first picked up a half mile offshore, but which flew straight to shore, at La Jolla. Presumably a migrant.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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