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Point Loma 9-1-18

Trent Stanley & I birded several,spots along PL this morning , 9-1-18.
birds worth mentioning
FRNC: 
A pair of white-breasted nuthatches in the area of the admin building.
yellow warbler
hermit warbler
Pac slope fly
warbling vireo
western wood-pewee
California thrasher
spotted towhee 6
chipping sparrow 

PLNU:
red-breasted nuthatch heard
hooded oriole family group (3)
western tanager

Tide Pools: (first parking area)
black oystercatcher 2
wandering tattler
(second parking area)
black turnstone 6
spotted peep 2

Upper Residential:
western tanager 3
hooded oriole 3

Eric Kallen
San Diego
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bank swallow & continuing Baird's sandpipers South San Diego Bay 1 Sept 2018

This morning from 8:37 through 8:45, I observed a juv bank swallow among a flock of approx. 40 barn, 20 cliff, 2 rough-winged, & at least 1 tree swallow as they roosted on levees and foraged over saltponds in the south central saltworks.  On returning at 10:30, they had dispersed & we were unable to re-find it (and the wind was much stronger & had shifted from SSW to W). The swallow flocks frequently concentrate along the Otay channel off 13th St so checking again there may prove worthwhile.
Lea Squires & I also observed 6-7 Baird's sandpipers in the southern saltponds, at least 2 and up to 5 of which would've been visible scoping from the bike path east of 13th St.  However, the eastern of those 2 saltponds was being filled so habitat will become limited in the next day or so.  A large-billed savannah sparrow continued there as well, and a late-lingering gull-billed tern fledgling was seen to the NW of there.  A flock of 10 white-faced ibis flying low across the ponds was a bit unusual for that location, and a juv and adult peregrine falcon put on quite a show challenging each other over hunting rights over the southern ponds. 
Robert Patton
San Diego, CA
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Re: Possible Hybrid hummingbird

According to Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World by Eugene M. McCarthy Costa’s has bred with Allen’s. This bird has an interesting mix of buff and green in some feathers and a Costa’s–like purple gorget—or at least the beginnings of one. If it’s singing like a Costa’s it might be a hybrid. My 2 cents.

 

Geoff Rogers

San Diego, CA

 

 

 

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