Second, I am putting together the San Diego plan now as well. If you or anyone you know would put me up for a night or two, please let me know. I will probably spend 5-7 days in the area, so having a number of different lodging options would be great. I have heard from a few people, but I really need as many as possible. La Jolla, Point Loma, Mission Bay, Imperial Beach, everywhere. I want to hear from you - firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, now on with today......
A Yellow-green vireo was reported from the Laguna Tams in Ventura/Oxnard on Thursday, October 9. I got all excited when I heard about it. However, I was in Taft, nearly 100 miles away, at the time. Yesterday (the 10th) I rode these 100 miles hoping that the bird would stay put until I would have the chance to search for it this morning (the 11th). Multiple observers were unable to relocate the bird yesterday, so it was with low hopes that I headed out to the spot today to search for the bird. There was no sign of the vireo today, but I was able to locate a number of other migrants in a few hours of birding. This was not an expensive miss since I was coming this way anyway. The day ended up being a nice, relaxing day of casual birding, and there was even a special appearance by an American redstart who should be east of California!
28 mapped + 1 unmapped for 29 total
We did find one bird that has us baffled. It really stuck to the tops of the backlit Tamarisks, but I managed a few poor shots of it. I figure I may as well post them so that folks can chime in if they have any ideas. The most prominent features were the full eye ring and the slightly darker lores/forehead. Otherwise it was a generic, nondescript shade of pale yellow. The undertail coverts were a slightly darker yellow. The face may have been grayer than the rest of the body, but it was difficult to say for sure given the looks and the lighting. Legs were bright pink/orange.
I am going to kick around here for another day in hopes that something rare turns up during the back half of the weekend. I will likely ride into LA on Monday where I will spent a few days with Sonia's family. From there I will probably drop down to Huntington Beach to pick up a few more birds before heading to San Diego. There are a lot of good birds in SD right now (YG vireo!), so I do not want to delay getting there too long. I might bypass the Palos Verde area to save some time. La Jolla cove has been going strong on the seawatching front of late (Cassin's auklet, Craveri's murrelet, Black storm-petrel), so I can take another shot at some additional ocean birds from that point. There were 30(!) Brown boobies reported today around SD! I hope at least 1 of them stays put for another week.
My brain is not working at full capacity right now. This doesn't feel like the best prose I've produced this year, so I'm going to shut it down for the night.