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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yoo-hoo! Found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at SD river!

Met Mike, another birder(originally from Magic Mountain, deuce hot place! He has lived in SD for 3 decades by now though) and he found a Ridgway's Rail, I couldn't. He is like me a relative newbie, and his daughter rows, so he has multiple uses for his bino lol. Was carrying an expensive looking high-end fast-speed camera! Had little time to scope the mudflats thanks to chatting with

His SD list is about 215; moi, 174. Showed me a pic of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher he took a few weeks? ago at north San Diego. I probably spotted that around the same area like 2 years ago, with the help of other veteran birders. Of course was numerous at Oklahoma. Bragged to him about finding alternate plumage Cape May Warbler male at Famosa in June lol.

 So missed a Dowitcher as well, but probably near the Rail spot(which Mike mentioned to me), found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope! It was quite small, and was actually swimming in the small pool, so suspected and took pics. Just confirmed it, not a bad find, at all.  Also both Mike and I simultaneously spotted a sub-adult and juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Not bad.

 SD specialty, Little Blue Heron
 SD dog owners have no respect for law and wildlife -_- Leash-less dogs rampant; they'll scare away the birds for sure, ugh.
 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

 Red-necked Phalarope!

So, total about 40 species, not bad considering limited area and time spent on birding this time. Probably will come back during SW Regional, but we'll see.

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