Yellow Grosbeak, San Diego
- A non-birding friend of mine who lives in San Diego sent me her iPhone photo around 8:30AM. I believe the bird is a Yellow Grosbeak. She told me birds like the one in the photo have shown up in numbers at their yard in the past. Their back yard borders a large San Diego Canyon. You can do a Google Maps search of 'Rebecca Ave, San Diego' and see the canyon is west of Mission Valley Drive (north of Qualcomm Stadium) and is situated between Rebecca & Overton Avenues.
Anyway, I'm up in Sacramento and would love more info on the presence of Yellow Grosbeaks in San Diego. Has the species been reported there before? Are most/all such grosbeaks escaped cage birds from Tijuanna or can this really be vagrant Mexican birds venturing into San Diego?
I put the iPhone photo that was sent to me in Cal Birds Photos in directory: San Diego Grosbeak. If my friend forwards better photos to me I will post them there.
It is a yellow grosbeak, but most certainly it is an escapee from the bird markets in nearby Tijuana.
I believe that the only record of Yellow Grosbeak for California was a bird in 2006 in Inyo County.
Not accepted by the CBRC because of uncertain origin.
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