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Agua Dulce Creek trail, Lagunas – Red Crossbills etc., 02 September 2019

Took a really nice walk along Agua Dulce Creek in the Lagunas this morning 7:30–11:00 AM seeing many birds particularly at the visible water sources.  Almost a continuous parade of resident and migrant species with lots of close looks at warblers.  Highly recommended!
Immediately encountered two RED CROSSBILL at the upper end of the creek, above or uphill from the little pump station, and then later on down the creek at the "regular" spot saw another 4-6 exit the water source as we approached, then 30 minutes later 7-8 come down to the same area, noted by other birders with downed logs over the creek.  At this spot had 7 together in view at one time many sitting in the open on dead twigs over the creek bed.  This was at 9:30 AM.  Nice photography opportunities.  Recorded some calls too, so far they all sound the same, to my ear, as pair I recorded last weekend, "type 2" or Ponderosa Pine type.  Sonogram confirmed the calls here at home later.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

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