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New Lewis's Woodpecker along Mesa Grande Road, Santa Ysabel, May 2

If you are gimpy like me and can't walk far, I recommend car birding with stops along Mesa Grande Rd in Santa Ysabel–and even if you're NOT gimpy!!). I had over 40 species and nice looks at a new Lewis's Woodpecker that may have been overlooked this past winter (or I guess could be migrating through too).  It was at around mile 3.5 where the little bridge and riparian is–the coordinates are given on the checklist.  This spot also held close-in Lazuli Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks and others,  tho these were also in various places along Mesa Grande.  A pair of photographable (even for me) Tri-colored Blackbirds were about a half a mile beyond.  These birds are nesting in a large pond south of Mesa Grande between the 3.5 to 4 milepost areas. (Unfortunately it looks like the Ramona Grasslands breeding colony has aborted their nesting on Water District property along Rangeland Rd :::sigh:: That pond was pumped and bulrushes cut last summer or thereabouts). 

     Checklist with pics and Lazuli Bunting song file are at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55690658
Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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