Magnolia Warbler 8-21-14

 

Magnolia Warbler 8-23-14

Magnolia Warbler 8-23-14 at the swamp

Magnolia Warbler 8-23-14

Magnolia Warbler 8-23-14

Magnolia Warbler at the Swamp 8-21-14

Magnolia Warbler at the Swamp 8-21-14

This morning (8-21-14) I stumbled across a rare and very early Fall migrant –  a Magnolia Warbler.  The previous earliest date for this bird in San Diego is September 5. This is an eastern warbler which is considered a vagrant in Southern California.

Blue Grosbeak female with grasshopper ready to be fed to begging juvenile

Blue Grosbeak female with grasshopper ready to be fed to begging juvenile

Western Tanager female

Western Tanager female-looking.  Could be a male.  Note a slight amount of red around the beak.

Chipping Sparrow 8-16-14

Chipping Sparrow 8-16-14

A fall migrant chipping sparrow showed up at my feeders on 8-16-14. The first migrant sparrow of the Fall.

Other recent sightings follow.

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

This species, and other Empidonax flycatchers are difficult to distinguish.  This might be a more-common Western-wood Pewee, but the color and primary projection look more like a Willow fly.

Blue Grosbeak - female type

Blue Grosbeak – female type

Anna's Hummingbird - adult male

Anna’s Hummingbird – adult male

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