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results of mon 9 sept 2019 san elijo monthly bird count

Thanks to 13 participants for conducting the 9 September 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Annie Stockley (beach/offshore, west basin); Bradley Nussbaum, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Gail DeLalla, Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson, George Roland (S central basin Rios to I-5); Patti Koger, Steve Perry, Hans Petermann (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Kathy Aldern (Stonebridge mesa, nature center site); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove, Nature Center site).

89 species were reported.  Species of interest included pre-dawn common poorwill off Sta Carina, returning migrant shorebirds including red-necked and Wilson’s phalaropes, a juvenile Sabine’s gull along the beach, late-lingering cliff swallow, yellow warbler, yellow-breasted chat, & black-headed grosbeak, and dispersing juvenile rock wren in Holmwood Canyon & loggerhead shrike NE of Sta Inez. 

 Species included:  pied-billed grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, gadwall, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, Virginia rail, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dowitcher sp., Wilson’s phalarope, red-necked phalarope, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, Sabine’s 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., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, rock wren, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, loggerhead shrike, 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, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia..

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 14 October.  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

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