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CBC 'rankings'; misc. minor rarities

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  • Paul Lehman
    In case folks are interested in how various CBCs fared in their overall species totals (a somewhat silly statistic, but fun to try to maximize one s count by
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2014
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      In case folks are interested in how various CBCs fared in their overall
      species totals (a somewhat silly statistic, but fun to try to maximize
      one's count by finding lots of rarities!!) here in California, this past
      Saturday's Santa Barbara count (excellent weather on count day,
      sandwiched in between many days of warm, dry, breezy, birdless sunshine)
      was tops with an excellent and unexpected ca. 222 species, followed by
      San Diego back on 12/14 with ca. 215 species. The highest count in the
      nation was the perennial favorite--Mad Island Marsh, Texas--at ca. 228.
      The next highest coastal TX counts were at 212 and below. I think the
      next highest CA count was Morro Bay at ca. 202, but I could easily be
      wrong on that and am forgetting a northern CA count somewhere.....

      In minor local San Diego birding news, yesterday the 6th, there were a
      continuing female SUMMER TANAGER and 3 WESTERN TANAGERS, as well as a
      RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, along Antigua Boulevard in Tierrasanta. And today,
      the 7th, a WESTERN TANAGER continues in Old Trolley Barn Park in
      University Heights, and along the San Diego River in the Hotel Circle
      North area there were 2 separate YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 separate
      BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, and a single WILSON'S WARBLER.

      In case folks are still looking for the Arden Lane, Encinitas, male
      Orchard Oriole, it appears that the 9:00-9:15AM period is still its
      magic appearance time, whereas the Sun Valley Road Black-throated Green
      Warbler appears off and on all early and mid-morning, and the University
      City Bay-breasted Warbler seems to remain in the same tipu tree all day
      long....

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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