Scissor-tld. searching, 2 Hooded Orioles, Purple Finch


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For those looking for the Dairy Mart Ponds Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, be aware that in addition to liking the trees around the main (north) pond, it also frequents the many low dead branches that edge the middle pond, and which are not easy to view except from a few choice vantage points. Today (Saturday) the bird was there around 9AM, along with the very-rare-in-winter Western Kingbird (and a few Cassin's). [Also, be aware that a couple Cassin's Kingbirds in the area are missing a central tail feather or two, resulting in their looking to have a well-notched tail, and as a result have been mis-identifed as Tropical Kingbird on more than one occasion over the past several months.]

Early this morning, a stop at Sunnyslope Park produced a flock of 6 birds in one blooming tree comprised of 2 Hooded Orioles (new adult male and a young male first seen by Eitan A. on the CBC), 2 Bullock's Orioles (incl. one adult male), and 2 Western Tanagers. And there was yet another wayward Purple Finch, this one in riparian at Fenton Pond in the Otay River Valley.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego