Bird #389 — Lazuli Bunting

passerina (sparrowlike) amoena (delightful, dressy)

Sunday, May 6, 2001 — 1:59 pm

San Diego, California — Point Loma — Cabrillo National Monument

This was a lively few minutes. First I spotted my lifer Black-headed Grosbeak in a bush along the trail. As I was watching it, I saw my lifer California Thrasher run through the nearby scrub. Meanwhile, White-throated Swifts flew overhead. I hadn’t seen them since my trip to Arizona in 1984. The grosbeak flew to another bush up the slope, and moments later a smaller bird landed in the exact spot the grosbeak had just vacated. At first it was facing away from me, but after a minute it turned around, giving me great views of both sides. After a few more minutes, it flew off and disappeared. It was unmistakable, a Lazuli Bunting.

I saw another one the next day at Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and a third on Tuesday at Mission Trail Regional Park.

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