I wouldn’t usually post such a crappy photograph in this blog. But this is a special occasion! Townsend’s Solitaire is a bird of high montane forests, not Jacumba. I can only suggest that it was driven to lower elevation by the drought, or perhaps, like last week’s band-tailed pigeon, it stopped by in transit from our mountains to the forests of Baja, which are not too far to the south.
Last Sunday, on a Western Field Ornithologists field trip the same species was noted in flight directly overhead (I didn’t see it). So this morning I was amazed to see this bird feeding on berries in my pyracantha. This might be the same bird as seen on Sunday.
This morning I found a Chestnut-sided warbler at the eastern edge of town adjacent to the old ag fields. This is a first-year female. Another really good bird, an eastern warbler.
Lastly, a flycatcher photographed at the swamp on 10-13-14. It looks to me to be a Willow Fly, but the primary extension looks to be too short, and there are no bold wing-bars.