Thanks to 10 participants for conducting the 9 December 2019 San Elijo Lagoon monthly bird count: Steve Brad, Annie Stockley (beach/offshore, west basin, Nature Center site); Bradley Nussbaum, Elizabeth Venrick (W central basin pole rd/NW of Rios); Kathy Aldern, Cody Lane (S central basin Rios to I-5); Jayne Lesley, Patti Koger (S east basin El Camino to Sta Inez); Maryanne Bache (Stonebridge mesa); Robert Patton (N east basin, Escondido Cr, Cardiff Cove).
111 species were reported. Notable sightings included a male Eurasian wigeon ENE of Rios Ave, 12 Canada geese over the eastern mesa (no longer common at this location), 2 canvasback N of Sta Carina, 1 ring-necked duck off El Camino Real, 1 female surf scoter E of I-5 (inland for this location), 1 white pelican E of I-5, 5 short-billed dowitchers in the west basin, and at least 1 pine siskin amid a large flock of finches and goldfinches on the SE edge of the eastern mesa. Seen, but out of the count area, was the continuing juvenile snow goose on the school ballfield SE of Cliff & Cedros.
Species included: Pacific loon, common loon, loon sp., pied-billed grebe, western grebe, Clark’s grebe, American white pelican, brown pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, Canada goose, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, canvasback, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, surf scoter, bufflehead, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, 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, greater yellowlegs, willet, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, short-billed dowitcher, long-billed dowitcher, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, western gull, royal tern, Forster’s tern, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, Anna’s hummingbird, Allen’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., belted kingfisher, Nuttall’s woodpecker, northern flicker, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, Cassin’s kingbird, 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, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, American pipit, European starling, Hutton’s vireo, orange-crowned warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, spotted towhee, California towhee, Belding’s savannah sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird, western meadowlark, great-tailed grackle, house finch, pine siskin, lesser goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.
The next San Elijo monthly bird count will be Monday 13 January 2020. 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,