Orchard O., Little Stint, "Yellow" Palm, Ash-throat, Clay-colored record glut


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Today, the 30th, I finally saw for the first time this winter--despite numerous visits--the returning (for third year) female Orchard Oriole at Nestor Park. It was at 7:30AM in the second to last pink-flowered eucalyptus in the row, and the bird was 2/3 of the way up the tree, being quite sneaky, and in view well for only about 10 seconds. as in previous years, the yellows on this bird are at the 'dull end' for Orchard, but it is quite small, the bill is shortish and straight, and the small head is round and "cute." At dawn, between 6:50-7:00AM, the Ash-throated Flycatcher continued in the carrotwood trees in Rose Teeple Park in Imperial Beach. At around 8:45AM the "Yellow" Palm Warbler continued in the TRV community gardens. And at 9:15 AM the Little Stint was on its favorite, east side of the island off 10th Street at the salt works. A "new," male Vermilion Flycatcher was at Larsen Field in San Ysidro (where a female present earlier in month), and continuing Vermilions were at Montgomery Waller Park in Otay Mesa and near 22nd St. in National City.

Yesterday, the 29th, there was a new Clay-colored Sparrow, on private property in Tierrasanta, where also a group of 3 Western Tanagers. This brings the December 2020 total of Clay-coloreds in the county to a rather staggering 11 individuals!! The previous winter record was 8 birds during the entire winter season 2011-2012.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego