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coastal Bald Eagle, miscellanea

On Sunday, May 27, an imm BALD EAGLE is at Sweetwater Reservoir. Very rare along the coastal slope, and even much more so on this late-spring date. A lingering Am. White Pelican and 4 Eared Grebes as well. Two continuing breeding-plumaged DUNLIN are quite late at the saltworks pond at the end of 13th St. in Imperial Beach. Also 2 Ruddy Turnstones and the usual collection of basic-plumaged Marbled Godwits, Willets, and Short-billed Dowitchers that will summer locally. The Western Sandpiper count is down to 8 birds. Passerine migrants in the TRV today were the expected for the late-May date:  small numbers of W. Wood-Pewees, Warbling Vireos, and Yellow, Townsend's, and Wilson's Warblers. For the past two weeks there have been several Swainson's Thrushes singing away at several sites in the TRV between Dairy Mart ponds and the Bird-and-Butterfly Garden, so presumably all on territory–at the southern limit of the species' breeding range. Two or three Lawrence's Goldfinches continue in the B&B Garden as well.

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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