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San Dieguito Rd Horse Pastures has open fresh water pond and shorebirds, August 8

While helping Jayne Lesley and Joanne Kellogg do a make-up bird count for Area 2 in the monthly San Dieguito Lagoon count today, noticed that there is a nice pasture pond developing again at the 'Horse Pastures'  viewable from the more eastern end of the  pullout area along San Dieguito Rd  just east of the Fairbanks Ranch golf course.  Today, even during the heat of the day at about 10 am,  it had Black-necked stilts, dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope and Least Sandpipers there.  While you definitely need a scope, and can't easy view all parts of the pond because of vegetation and the blockage of the fence railing, it is a good place to check out. Also,  Tri-colored Blackbirds have joined Red-wings and Brewers Blackbirds and Cowbirds at the Horse Park (to the west, at corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, Del Mar) since they have set up the stables and there are lots of manure and feed around.  Bell's Vireos are still singing there and we noticed a lot of shot hole borer damage of willows along San Dieguito Creek. 

Susan Smith

Seiurus Biological  Consulting
Del Mar, CA 



Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA
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