Orchard Oriole, very early Pine Siskin, Tricolored H., Baird's & Pecs


On Weds the 15th, there was a female-type Orchard Oriole in the TRV community gardens, starting out in weeds with House Finches. Be aware that there are also still 3 Hooded Orioles present in the gardens, two of which are juvenile birds with clean yellow underparts and a smallish bill. Also in the gardens today was an extremely early Pine Siskin. The earliest lowland arrival date for the county involve two records from 9 Sep from over 25 years ago. Also a female/imm Yellow-headed Blackbird at both the community gardens and at the Sunset ball fields. A Baird's Sandpiper was along the east edge of salt works Pond 22, off the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach.

Also today, Dave Povey reports the continuing Tricolored Heron and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers at the upper end of Lower Otay Lake.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego