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more C. Redpoll news, 3 Clay-col Sparrows in San Diego

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  • Barbara Carlson
    As posted earlier, the COMMON REDPOLL in Julian was found this morning (Saturday) by Mike Goldhammer and crew a little before 10AM at the feeders of The
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 4, 2012
      As posted earlier, the COMMON REDPOLL in Julian was found this morning

      (Saturday) by Mike Goldhammer and crew a little before 10AM at the feeders
      of "The Birdwatcher" wild-bird supply store at 4th and B in Julian. They
      watched and photo'd the bird for a little under a half hour and left it
      still coming to the feeders or perched in the nearby leafless tree with ca.
      50 Lesser Goldfinches and ca. 6 Pine Siskins. A bunch of us started
      arriving around 11:40AM. No redpoll, despite all the goldfinches and
      siskins continuing. Finally at 2:45PM the redpoll appeared, and it remained
      in the trees and at the (tube) feeders until 4:10PM. It did not return
      after that.

      Given that the bird was still present at the end of the day, hopefully it
      will be back early tomorrow morning. But be aware: many redpolls are
      DIURNAL migrants, and there are multiple instances of vagrant redpolls at
      feeders flying off in the mid-morning, never to be seen again. So, do not
      necessarily wait for a positive early-morning report before potentially
      chasing it later in the day. You never know...

      In other news, also early this morning, several of us saw the continuing
      THREE CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at Heritage Park in Chula Vista. They were in a
      good-sized flock of Chippings, Savannahs, and Lark Sparrows near the edge
      of the park bordering the basketball courts. We saw the continuing
      NASHVILLE WARBLER behind the Pep Boy's off Broadway in Chula Vista, but
      missed the Swainson's Thrush there. And one male EURASIAN WIGEON continues
      in the Sweetwater River between I-5 and I-805.

      The Ramona Tundra Swan was last seen on 31 January and has been missed
      since, and the Stonewall Mine PINYON JAYS (ca. 10 birds) were seen on 3 Feb
      by visiting birder Jim Lomax, but were missed today by Mike Goldhammer et
      al.--which perhaps resulted in Mike's group going to Julian to drown their
      sorrows and thus their finding the redpoll!!! Thank you, Pinyon Jays!!

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego
      Forwarded for Paul by Barbara Carlson, San Diego




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    • Vic Murayama
      Common Redpoll images can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/7sq3bhg Vic Murayama Chula Vista http://vtm.smugmug.com From: Barbara Carlson Sent: Saturday, February
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 4, 2012
        Common Redpoll images can be seen at:
        http://tinyurl.com/7sq3bhg


        Vic Murayama
        Chula Vista
        http://vtm.smugmug.com



        From: Barbara Carlson
        Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 6:35 PM
        To: CALBIRDS
        Subject: [CALBIRDS] more C. Redpoll news

        As posted earlier, the COMMON REDPOLL in Julian was found this morning

        (Saturday) by Mike Goldhammer and crew a little before 10AM at the feeders
        of "The Birdwatcher" wild-bird supply store at 4th and B in Julian. They
        watched and photo'd the bird for a little under a half hour and left it
        still coming to the feeders or perched in the nearby leafless tree with ca.
        50 Lesser Goldfinches and ca. 6 Pine Siskins. A bunch of us started
        arriving around 11:40AM. No redpoll, despite all the goldfinches and
        siskins continuing. Finally at 2:45PM the redpoll appeared, and it remained
        in the trees and at the (tube) feeders until 4:10PM. It did not return
        after that.

        Given that the bird was still present at the end of the day, hopefully it
        will be back early tomorrow morning. But be aware: many redpolls are
        DIURNAL migrants, and there are multiple instances of vagrant redpolls at
        feeders flying off in the mid-morning, never to be seen again. So, do not
        necessarily wait for a positive early-morning report before potentially
        chasing it later in the day. You never know...

        --Paul Lehman, San Diego
        Forwarded for Paul by Barbara Carlson, San Diego


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