Thanks to 10 participants for conducting the 13 May 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad (beach, West Basin, nature center site); Alys Arenas (Pole Rd); Kathy Aldern, Maryanne Bache, Don Johnson, Diana Hector (CBS= Rios to freeway); Patti Koger, Jayne Lesley (EBS = La Orilla to Sta Inez); Steve Perry (EBE = Stonebridge Mesa); Robert Patton (EBNW = area of old dike; EBNE = Escondido Cr; Cardiff Cove, I-5 fill).
100 species were reported. Species of interest included American bittern & blue-winged teal off the eastern mesa, a breeding plumage red knot in the west basin (& likely the same individual later in the east basin), black skimmers along the beach & in the west basin, pre-dawn great horned owls & common poorwills off Sta Carina, a late male rufous hummingbird NW of Rios, an acorn woodpecker & Bell’s vireo at the El Camino Real trailhead, and the continuing Nelson’s sparrow in closed construction area NW of Rios.
pied-billed grebe, western grebe, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, Brandt’s cormorant, American bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, mallard, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, 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, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, spotted sandpiper, willet, red knot, sanderling, western/least sandpiper sp., long-billed dowitcher, California gull, western gull, Caspian tern, elegant tern, Forster’s tern, black skimmer, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, (barn owl carcass), great horned owl, common poorwill, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, rufous hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, acorn woodpecker, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, Pacific-slope flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, ash-throated flycatcher, Cassin’s kingbird, tree swallow, northern rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, Bell’s vireo, Hutton’s vireo, warbling vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, Wilson’s warbler, yellow-breasted chat, black-headed grosbeak, spotted towhee, California towhee, Nelson’s sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, great-tailed grackle, brown-headed cowbird, hooded oriole, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 10 June. 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