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San Diego Christmas Bird Count: 217 preliminary count


Thanks so much to all ~110 locals who managed to safely pull-off a near-record total for the San Diego CBC despite the challenges of the COVID-19 protocol. If not for the closure of the San Diego Zoo and the Otay Landfill, and warm, breezy conditions, I think we would have had a real shot at breaking the 1969 record of 222, if my files are correct.
We tallied, as of 4pm, 217 species, third all-time!!!. Many thanks to all for putting in the extra effort of a longer day, and enduring numerous text messages and phone calls, and requests to check again for missed stake-outs (and there weren't many misses, but Alex A. and Eitan A. combined for 5+ checks to finally secure Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!). Big shout-out to Paul Lehman for lots of scouting in pretty much everyone's area in the weeks leading up to the count.
I'll get out a full summary in the next day or two, but for now, the highlights (write-ins) are as follows, new birds found on count day with location:
Cackling Goose
White-winged Scoter – San Diego Bay(?)
Red-necked Grebe
Pacific Golden-Plover (2)
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Red-footed Booby (A first for our (any?) count, all 5 boobies known to occur in San Diego have now been recorded on our CBC.)
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Dusky-capped Flycatcher – Balboa Park
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird (3)
Thick-billed Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Mountain Bluebird (2) – Naval Air Station North Island
Lawrence's Goldfinch – San Diego Country Club
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow – National City
Orchard Oriole
Palm Warbler (Yellow) – presumably a first count record for this subspecies
Pine Warbler – San Diego Country Club
Hermit Warbler (3)
Black-headed Grosbeak – Emerald Hills Park (amazingly *not* at a feeder)
I'll leave area leaders to give more details for now, but I'll send out a more comprehensive survey in a day or two, with a final species count.
Stay safe and happy holidays/new year.
And yes, we got Great Horned Owl.
Justyn Stahl
North Park

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports