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results of 13 Aug San Elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 13 August 2018 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Emma Havstad, Sara Sheldon (Pole Rd); Maryanne Bache, Kasey Cinciarelli, Don Johnson, Erica Mills (CBS= Rios to freeway); Jayne Lesley, Jeff Clingan, Owen Daulton, Linda Jones (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (beach/offshore, West Basin, EBNW = dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill, nature center site).


Species of interest included a willow flycatcher reported west of the El Camino Real trailhead, a red-necked phalarope in the southwest pond east of the dune restoration area, common poorwill calling off Sta Helena pre-dawn (thanks Jayne!), Hutton’s vireo in the willows at the nature center site, and phainopepla in myoporum on north side of Manchester west of Cardiff Cove.

87 species were recorded: brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, mallard, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, elegant tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, willow flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, phainopepla, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 September.  Counts are conducted by volunteers on the second Monday of each month, rain or shine.  Please spread the word or join us if you can (no RSVP required).  Meet at 7:30 am at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach (north from Lomas Santa Fe Dr, west of I-5) to divide into groups to cover different subareas.  A compilation generally follows around noon at the nature center on Manchester Ave (bring your own lunch).

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports