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Tijuana River valley highlights 17 Nov 2018

Today Hank Ingersoll and I scouted the Bird and Butterfly Garden and areas south and west for the San Diego Christmas Bird Count. In the garden we found the Ovenbird foraging under the pomegranate tree (a plaque there is labeled thusly; it’s the largest tree in a row of shrub-like trees near the rail fence). We did not find the Townsend’s Solitaire or hybrid sapsucker. A Green-tailed Towhee among the old farm buildings south of the old channel and west of Hollister (32.550562, -117.093822) has returned for at least its ninth year. Also in the general area but to the northwest and seen from the trail through the willows was a Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker (approx. 32.551543, -117.095584). The flicker had deep yellow in the underside of wings and tail, buff face with black mustachial streak, and grayish hind neck with red crescent.  

 

 

Geoffrey L. Rogers

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San Diego, CA

 

 

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