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results of mon 8 july 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 6 participants for conducting the 8 July 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Elizabeth Venrick, Linden Amundsen; Jayne Lesley, Trish Hovey; Patti Koger; Robert Patton.

 87 species were reported.  Species of interest included American bittern off Sta Helena then later off the eastern mesa, pre-dawn common poorwill off Sta Helena, & returning migrant shorebirds.  (Not included in the count were carcasses of black storm-petrel on the beach, and barn owl along Escondido Cr).

 Species included:  western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, American bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, American coot, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, Heermann’s gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl, common poorwill, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, western kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, brown-headed cowbird, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 12 August.  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