another Hepatic Tanager, Plumbeous, Nashvilles, Lark Sparrow glut

On Weds the 19th, an adult male Hepatic Tanager has returned for at least its fourth winter to private property in Tierrasanta. I see it each year only quite sporadically. Photo'd. At nearby Serra Mesa, a returning Plumbeous Vireo and yet another Nashville Warbler are in a tipu neighborhood. This is the third new Nashville I've seen in just the past week scattered around the county, all in tipus. And bordering Montgomery Field there is a flock of 24 Lark Sparrows, certainly the largest flock I've ever seen near the coast, although I gather there is also a similar-sized concentration this winter in Santee and possibly at Allied Gardens. A continuing male Vermilion Flycatcher and 3 Barn Swallows at Admiral Baker Golf Course. Yesterday, a new Black-thr Gray Warbler in sw. La Mesa.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego