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Laguna Loop 1-19-19

Trent Stanley & I birded several spots along the Laguna Loop this morning.  Early, it was cold and windy.

We stopped at the water tanks near the Sunset Trailhead off of Sunrise Highway.  We had what appeared to be a fly-over of 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers.

At the Pioneer Mail Campground, where the Lewis’ Woodpeckers wintered last year, we found only Fox Sparrows and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The gates to the park and the road across the highway were chained, so our investigation here was limited.

At Stonewall Mine the male Williamson’s Sapsucker was easily found from the parking lot.

in Descanso we saw 5 Tricolored Blackbirds in a flock containing Brewer’s Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds, near the intersection of Viejas Blvd. and Mitzpah Lane.

At the Viejas Reservation there was a bright Ferruginous Hawk soaring. 

Eric Kallen
San Diego
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