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NASNI Purple Finch, Clay-colored Sparrow, Cackling Goose, no dove

Nicole and I spent several hours this morning (20 October) checking Naval Air Station North Island, and then Coronado Ave south of 8th St., and had no luck relocating the Ruddy Ground Dove. I gather a few others have checked and failed recently as well. We did, however, have a few notable birds there: a female-type PURPLE FINCH (giving its "pik pik" and "puwayo" calls) was flying south on Coronado Ave, Nicole spotted a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in the little pocket park there (oddly we saw it from within the base, but it was not there upon our exit), and a CACKLING GOOSE was on the NASNI golf course. I briefly heard what was likely a Lapland Longspur with a flock of Horned Larks on the base as well, but never saw it.

Cheers,
Justyn Stahl
North Park

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