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The returning Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at poggi canyon, Chula Vista


lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

The returning Scissor-tailed Flycatcher for its third or fourth winter to the Poggi Canyon area in Chula Vista, and previously reported as just a flyby several days ago, was seen early this morning, Sunday, coming out of its roost. In past years, this has been the most reliable way to see the bird, either very early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the kingbirds leave and come into their nighttime roost bordering the greenbelt. Unfortunately, as anyone knows who has been here in the last month, they cut down a couple of the largest eucalyptus trees right to the ground which were a favored perch for the kingbirds and the scissor-tail. This morning a few kingbirds started calling at 6:20 and I spotted the scissor tail flying over the green belt and the apartments immediately to the east at 6:40. The scissor-tail landed in a leafless, rather tall deciduous tree along Rancho Road about 150 yards east of the greenbelt. The Thick-billed Kingbird was sitting in a tree also at 6:40 right where the greenbelt crosses Rancho Road, as reported by others on previous days. The Scissor-tail was still sitting in the same tree at 6:50 when it flew back west and joined the thick-billed and several Cassins in the tree in the greenbelt next to Rancho Road. The birds were all together still in that tree at 7:00 a.m. By the way there were far fewer Cassins around this morning than in past years.

Paul Lehman, San Diego