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Townsend's Solitaire #2 for LSP !!


On December 16, 2013, I discovered the 1st Townsend's Solitaire at LSP in grape-covered jack pines southwest of the park toll booth. Today, a decade later, our 2nd TOSO was discovered just after 10:00 a.m. by Benjamin Wilson along the trail system southwest of the dam. It was often seen between trail posts 23 and 26, as well as further from the trail. This site is approximately one mile east of the first site. There appear to be more juniper fruits than grape fruits around today's TOSO than the previous bird which was last seen March 14, 2014. Let's hope today's TOSO hangs around for a few months as well. The two attached photos were taken by Dr. Cooney, who also photographed a male American Wigeon, Snow Buntings, and a Peregrine Falcon in action elsewhere in the park.

Congratulations to Benjamin for a fantastic record by exploring an area having good potential for this western vagrant ! 


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