results of mon 11 nov san elijo monthly bird count

Robert Patton

Thanks to 15 participants for conducting the 11 November 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Kathy Knight, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Jayne Lesley, Don Johnson, Dealah Abdullah, Jaylin Evancik, Jake Linscheid (S central basin Rios to I-5); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Dave Carey, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Thomas Myers, Steve Perry (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).

105 species were reported.  Notable sightings included a female hooded merganser NW of Rios Ave, a late-lingering barn swallow north of Sta Inez and rough-winged swallow over the eastern mesa.

Species included:  red-throated loon, Pacific loon, common loon, pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, gadwall, American wigeon, lesser scaup, surf scoter, bufflehead, hooded merganser, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, California quail, Ridgway’s rail, sora, American coot, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, great horned owl,  Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s 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, barn swallow, 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, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 9 December.  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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