Just in time for Halloween a Brown Thrasher appeared at the community park. The thrasher was found foraging through the leaf letter near the fence line at Old US 80. This is a pretty rare bird in Southern California. The last one I saw was at the now-defunct drip at the Cabrillo Monument in 2007.
The Brown Thrasher breeds in the southeast and winters in Texas and south. To see one in San Diego County is quite unusual.
Also seen today were three very aggressive Pine Siskins. They were seen often in the winter of 2012-2013 but I do not recall any county reports for last winter (2013-2014). The first-of-season siskin showed up on the 26th.