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11/22/12
San Diego County Birding
Filed under: California
Posted by: Henry @ 12:58 pm

Greetings Birders!

Spent most of the day in San Diego County, starting at La Jolla, then up San Eligo Lagoon, over to Scripps Ranch, down to the San Diego River flood control channel, east to Pine Valley, on to Jacumba, and ending up just before dark at Fig Lagoon in Imperial County.

At San Elijo were the usual California Gnatcatchers, which I added to my “year list” of photographed birds.  (Up to 362 so far this year.)  Perhaps the most noteworthy bird was a Fox Sparrow perched up on a bush.


Fox Sparrow

Pine Valley had a nice mix of mountain birds, but even better, between Pine Valley and the Golden Acorn Casino, maybe 5 miles west of Boulevard, a pair of Pinyon Jays flew across the road in front of my SUV. 

While in Jacumba I scanned for the California Thrasher I “always” find on the west side of town.  Nothing.  So I played a snippet of his song on my iPod.  Still nothing.  So I looked behind me and there was a big California Thrasher running accross the path not ten feet behind me.  Another classic moment in birding!


California Thrasher

Good birding!
Henry  

San Diego & Imperial Counties, 20 Nov 12 (123 species)
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Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Black-vented Shearwater
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Cackling Goose
Brant
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
California Quail
Sora
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Turkey Vulture
Heerman’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Royal Tern
Forster’s Tern
Common Murre
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub Jay
Pinyon Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Wrentit
Oak Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Phainopepla
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Abert’s Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow        

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