The Escondido CBC was held on January 5. We recorded 150 species, a little
below the previous ten-year average of 154. Only four species were noted that
were recorded on fewer than ten previous counts.
Our sole new species was a Sagebrush Sparrow observed in Ramona by Jay
Desgrosellier and Courtny Achenbach. Jay has previously commented on this
sighting. This brings our total number of species recorded in this count circle to
Other species with fewer than ten previous records include:
Clark’s Grebe, six on Lake Wohlford, actually being regularly reported in recent
Harris’s Hawk near the Ramona Airport, also noted on last year’s CBC and
White-winged Dove, a total of twenty-five noted by three teams covering
northeast Ramona, the Ramona Airport, and the east end of the San Pasqual
Valley. This is our third straight year of recording this species which appears to
be expanding its range.
Cedar Waxwings, Western Bluebirds, Hermit Thrushes, and American Robins
occurred in above average numbers, but many songbirds were in notably low
numbers. Thirty Hooded Mergansers constituted a new high count.
I also note the following species that were recorded on this year’s Escondido
CBC that were not listed on the 2017 San Diego CBC: Ross’s Goose, Wood
Duck, Common Mergasner, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle (I know of one on this
year’s SD count), Ferruginous Hawk, Western Screech-Owl, White-throated
Swift, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Mountain Chickadee, Canyon Wren, Mountain
Bluebird, Bell’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Scott’s Oriole, and Purple Finch.