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results of 11 Mar 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 7 participants for conducting the 11 March 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Maryanne Bache (beach, West Basin); Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Jayne Lesley (CBS= Rios to freeway); Patti Koger, Elizabeth Venrick (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (EBNW = area of old dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, nature center site, I-5 fill).

 114 species were reported.  Species of interest included the continuing male Eurasian wigeon NNW of Santa Inez, three ring-necked ducks near the El Camino Real trailhead, a loggerhead shrike to the NW of the overlook NW off Santa Carina, a leucistic bushtit below Santa Helena, two rufous-crowned sparrows along the trail east of Rios Ave & Holmwood Canyon, and a male hooded oriole near the Sta Carina trailhead.

Species included:

Pacific loon, red-throated loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, American avocet, greater yellowlegs, spotted sandpiper, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, ruddy turnstone, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, rock pigeon, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, Allen’s/rufous hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, swallow sp., California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, American robin, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, loggerhead shrike, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, 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 8 April.  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).

Thanks,
R. Patton
San Diego, CA

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports