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Oceanside CBC Final Results

9:47 pm

Hello Birding Friends,

The final results for the December 29, 2023 Oceanside Christmas Bird Count have been compiled. Many thanks to the 110 participants who gave their time, skill, and effort in recording a total of 193 species! This was above this circle’s 20 year average of 184 species, but below the record of 198 species documented in 2011. 

Rarities that were documented for this year’s count day include Greater White-fronted Goose (Omni La Costa Resort), White-winged Dove (Cannon Rd. Pond), Solitary Sandpiper (Whelan Lake), Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Batiquitos Lagoon), Western Flycatcher (Whelan Lake), Cassin’s Vireo (Cannon Rd. Pond), Plumbeous Vireo (Whelan Lake, Walnut Grove Park), Purple Finch and Red Crossbill in South Carlsbad residential, Clay-colored Sparrow (North Carlsbad residential), Vesper Sparrow (Calavera Reserve Trails), Hooded Oriole (Omni La Costa Resort), Bullock’s Oriole (Mira Costa Community College), Black-and-white Warbler (Batiquitos Lagoon), Tennessee Warbler (Faraday business park area, Carlsbad), Nashville Warbler (Georgina Cole Library), Yellow Warbler (Faraday business park area, Carlsbad), Chestnut-sided Warbler (Hosp Grove), Hermit Warbler (Carlsbad Residential), Wilson’s Warbler (Aviara Golf Resort, Whelan Lake, Hosp Grove), Summer Tanager (south Carlsbad residential; Xana Way), Western Tanager (Guajome Regional Park, south Oceanside residential), and Black-headed Grosbeak (south Carlsbad residential). Our Seawatch team saw Ancient Murrelet, Long-tailed Duck, and Sooty Shearwater. With extra effort, 2 Loggerhead Shrikes were seen on Camp Pendleton in addition to a Cactus Wren. 

Count week rarities included Laughing Gull, Zone-tailed Hawk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-winged Scoter, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Lucy’s Warbler, Horned Lark, and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

A huge thank you to Buena Vista Audubon Society for hosting the compilation and providing lunch! Sincere thanks also to Paul Lehman for conducting the compilation meeting. 

Patti Langen                                                                                                                         Carlsbad

2023 CAOV Species List:

Species

Count

Snow Goose

0

Ross’s Goose

0

Greater White-fronted Goose

1

Brant

1

Cackling Goose

0

Canada Goose

28

Wood Duck

8

Blue-winged Teal

15

Cinnamon Teal

38

Northern Shoveler

632

Teal sp.

1

Gadwall

201

Eurasian Wigeon

0

American Wigeon

716

Mallard

778

Northern Pintail

82

Green-winged Teal

48

Canvasback

71

Redhead

12

Ring-necked Duck

67

Greater Scaup

0

Lesser Scaup

169

Greater/Lesser Scaup

0

Surf Scoter

347

Bufflehead

170

Common Goldeneye

0

Hooded Merganser

18

Red-Breasted Merganser

15

Ruddy Duck

884

Duck sp.

1

California Quail

78

Pied-billed Grebe

86

Horned Grebe

0

Eared Grebe

35

Western Grebe

578

Clark’s Grebe

10

Rock Pigeon

257

Band-tailed Pigeon

0

Eurasian Collared Dove

81

Common Ground Dove

0

Mourning Dove

806

Greater Roadrunner

2

White-throated Swift

71

Anna’s Hummingbird

599

Rufous/Allen sp.

86

Costa’s Hummingbird

0

Allen’s Hummingbird

305

Hummingbird sp.

49

Ridgway’s Rail

5

Virginia Rail

13

Sora

21

Common Gallinule

23

American Coot

1407

Black-necked Stilt

0

American Avocet

20

Black Oystercatcher

0

Black-bellied Plover

89

Snowy Plover

0

Semipalmated Plover

23

Killdeer

38

Whimbrel

25

Long-billed Curlew

13

Marbled Godwit

71

Ruddy Turnstone

0

Black Turnstone

0

Surfbird

0

Sanderling

58

Dunlin

28

Least Sandpiper

118

Western Sandpiper

151

Short-billed Dowitcher

0

Long-billed Dowitcher

8

Dowitcher sp.

35

Wilson’s Snipe

1

Red Phalarope

0

Spotted Sandpiper

16

Wandering Tattler

0

Greater Yellowlegs

6

Willet

171

Lesser Yellowlegs

0

Pomarine Jaeger

4

Parasitic Jaeger

9

Jaeger sp.

0

Common Murre

0

Cassin’s Auklet

0

Rhinoceros Auklet

0

Bonaparte’s Gull

24

Heermann’s Gull

188

Short-billed Gull (Mew)

0

Ring-billed Gull

583

Western Gull

629

California Gull

582

Herring Gull

1

Iceland Gull (Thayer’s)

0

Glaucous-winged Gull

4

Gull sp.

58

Caspian Tern

1

Forster’s Tern

1

Royal Tern

175

Black Skimmer

0

Red-throated Loon

15

Pacific Loon

40

Common Loon

11

Loon sp.

0

Northern Fulmar

0

Black-vented Shearwater

18,470

Brown Booby

0

Brandt’s Cormorant

371

Pelagic Cormorant

5

Double-crested Cormorant

234

American White Pelican

13

Brown Pelican

1163

Least Bittern

1

Great Blue Heron

40

Great Egret

28

Snowy Egret

66

Reddish Egret

0

Green Heron

18

Black-crowned Night-Heron

31

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

1

White-faced Ibis

6

Turkey Vulture

31

Osprey

14

White-tailed Kite

9

Northern Harrier

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

9

Cooper’s Hawk

31

Red-shouldered Hawk

83

Red-tailed Hawk

116

Raptor sp.

1

Barn Owl

3

Western Screech Owl

1

Great Horned Owl

12

Belted Kingfisher

18

Red-naped Sapsucker

1

Red-breasted Sapsucker

2

Acorn Woodpecker

149

Downy Woodpecker

18

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

213

Woodpecker sp.

0

Northern Flicker

80

American Kestrel

53

Merlin

8

Peregrine Falcon

4

Red-crowned Parrot

9

Lilac-crowned Parrot

11

Gray Flycatcher

0

Western (Pacific-slope) Flycatcher

1

Black Phoebe

417

Say’s Phoebe

113

Vermilion Flycatcher

16

Cassin’s Kingbird

320

Hutton’s Vireo

38

Plumbeous Vireo

2

Loggerhead Shrike

2

California Scrub-jay

237

American Crow

2175

Common Raven

124

Mountain Chickadee

35

Oak Titmouse

35

Horned Lark

0

N. Rough-winged Swallow

0

Tree Swallow

12

Violet-green Swallow

0

Barn Swallow

7

Swallow sp.

1

Bushtit

1140

Wrentit

284

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

202

Red-breasted Nuthatch

57

White-breasted Nuthatch

30

Brown Creeper

0

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

68

California Gnatcatcher

24

Gnatcatcher sp.

1

Rock Wren

1

Canyon Wren

2

House Wren

98

Marsh Wren

10

Bewick’s Wren

150

Cactus Wren

1

Wren sp.

1

European Starling

571

California Thrasher

146

Northern Mockingbird

187

Western Bluebird

223

Mountain Bluebird

0

Hermit Thrush

38

American Robin

9

Cedar Waxwing

341

Phainopepla

29

Scaly-breasted Munia

273

House Sparrow

155

American Pipit

223

House Finch

2012

Purple Finch

1

Pine Siskin

0

Lesser Goldfinch

520

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

0

American Goldfinch

17

Chipping Sparrow

17

Lark Sparrow

22

Fox Sparrow

2

Dark-eyed Junco

31

White-crowned Sparrow

1019

Golden-crowned Sparrow

3

Savannah Sparrow (total)

51

Savannah

51

Belding’s

0

Song Sparrow

772

Lincoln’s Sparrow

41

California Towhee

461

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

4

Spotted Towhee

166

Western Meadowlark

81

Hooded Oriole

1

Bullock’s Oriole

1

Red-winged Blackbird

359

Brown-headed Cowbird

27

Brewer’s Blackbird

24

Great-tailed Grackle

128

Black-and-white Warbler

2

Orange-crowned Warbler

247

Nashville Warbler

2

Common Yellowthroat

311

Yellow Warbler

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (total)

2325

Audubon’s

2325

Myrtle

0

Black-throated Gray Warbler

3

Townsend’s Warbler

55

Wilson’s Warbler

3

Summer Tanager

2

Western Tanager

3

• Write-in SPECIES •

Hermit Warbler

1

Long-tailed Duck

1

Chestnut-sided Warbler

1

Red Crossbill

11

Solitary Sandpiper

1

Bald Eagle

1

Ancient Murrelet

4

White-winged Dove

2

Cassin’s Vireo

1

Tennessee Warbler

1

Clay-colored Sparrow

1

Rusty Blackbird

1

Vesper Sparrow

1

Sooty Shearwater

1