Another Occurrence of the Gray-Headed Junco in San Diego County
Another Occurrence of the Gray-headed Junco in San Diego County
While assisting Frank Stephens in collecting birds for the Natural History Museum, San Diego, I took, on December 18, 1924, a specimen of Junco caniceps in the San Diego River gorge, about three-quarters of a mile south of the old Padre Dam. It is a male, no. 2899, collection of the San Diego Society of Natural History. The bird was taken out of a large flock of juncos, principally thurberi. A single Junco hyemalis was also secured from this flock. This record supports a theory that the autumn dispersal of caniceps from its nesting grounds in the Rocky Mountain region is, in California, in a southwesterly direction. Of the five records for the state now published (including this one), all are from southern California, three being from San Diego County.
Paul F. Covel
San Diego Society of Natural History, San Diego, California, April 20, 1925