Camp Surf sparrow hat-trick, and miscellanea

Monday morning, the 22nd, between 7:15-7:30 AM, all continuing at Camp Surf (border between Imperial Beach and s. Coronado) were the bright White-throated Sparrow, the Clay-colored Sparrow, and the adult dark-lored White-crowned Sparrow. Today, they were all in the bushes along the little berm on the east side of the caretaker's house. The White-crowned has been present since early December, the White-throated and Clay-colored since late January/early February. Also in the TRV/Imperial Beach area today were ca. 50 Western Kingbirds and 14 Lawrence's Goldfinches. At the Imperial Beach Sports Park, 2 pairs of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are showing early signs of nest-prospecting, and a wintering female Vermilion Flycatcher there is probably a typical "late" date for a winter bird not known to breed locally. A total of 4 Black Scoters (2 males, 2 females) continue on south San Diego Bay, between Bayside Park in Chula Vista and Coronado Cays.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego