White throated sparrow, pink-sided & gray- headed and slate-colored juncos, Wilson's warbler glut


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Sunday morning the White-throated sparrow continues since early November in residential Point Loma and likes to hang out with the white crowned sparrows that like the section along Silvergate between Warner and DuPont. This flock can be fairly sneaky and remain in cover for a large part of the time, so earlier in the morning is probably better than later in the day to look for it. It's a fairly good looking bird. Also in the neighborhood there was a Wilson's warbler at DuPont X Albion and a Slate- colored Junco at Albion X Charles and a Gray- headed junco along Charles between Silvergate and Catalina. This winter has already set by far a record for the number of Wilson's Warblers in the county, and I think the total is well into the upper 20s.

Yesterday in the central-southern part of Balboa Park there were three Western tanagers and an adult male Bullock's Oriole on the south side of the former Hall of Champions Sports Museum, in the blooming eucalyptus, and along the north edge of that same building there was a Pink-sided Junco as well as a cismontanus-type Slate colored X Oregon integrade. It has certainly been an excellent fall and early winter for all the scarce subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco in the county. Also one more Western Tanager at the international cottages.

Paul Lehman, San Diego