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Mostly negative updates on the common grackle and Cape May and Prairie warblers, plus news of orchard oriole


lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

Monday morning, a bunch of birders tried for the Common Grackle near the Del Mar public works building and did see an appropriate size flock of cowbirds and red wingeds for much of the early and mid-morning but no sign of the common grackle with them. As has been posted by others, the Cape May Warbler was present again today in its favorite eucalyptus tree at Lake Murray, from at least around 8:30 to 9:30 AM, but then it disappeared when a slug of grackles landed in the tree and as of 11:30 it has not been seen again. And the Prairie Warbler park in Coronado today has a chain across it strongly suggesting one is not supposed to enter. Perhaps they're doing some sort of construction down along the edge of the water, so it may be open only very late in the day or even just only on weekends and holidays.

In more positive news, Bridget Spencer and group had brief looks and photos on Saturday afternoon of a yellow oriole at Nestor Park which almost certainly is the female Orchard Oriole back for its third winter, but which can be a real pain to get good looks at.

Paul Lehman, San Diego