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Saturday, February 20, 2016

What can we expect at San Elijo lagoon Nature Center loop

Oh goodie goodie!  Should also bird the Rios. entrance portion(West of this loop), but I'm too lazy, and birds there aren't very interesting anyway.

Cassin's Vireo should be my target species, of course. Haven't seen one yet.

San Elijo Lagoon--Nature Center Loop, San Diego County, California, US ( Map )

Date and Effort
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:25 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
3 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
0.7 mile(s)
Observers:
Matt Sadowski
Comments:
spent a lot of time here trying to get a look at the Cassin's/Plumbeous Vireo(s) and waiting for the tide to go out so I could do a plover survey at Torrey Pines
Species
56 species (+3 other taxa) total
8
American Wigeon
7
Mallard
1
Northern Shoveler
6
Green-winged Teal
1
Eared Grebe
11
Double-crested Cormorant
2
Great Blue Heron
2
Great Egret
2
Snowy Egret
1
Osprey
1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Ridgway's Rail
4
Sora
2
Semipalmated Plover
1
Spotted Sandpiper
4
Willet
7
Whimbrel
1
Long-billed Curlew
3
Dunlin
1
Western Sandpiper
40
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
4
Mourning Dove
12
Anna's Hummingbird
2
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird
1
Belted Kingfisher
2
Nuttall's Woodpecker
2
Downy Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker
heard only
2
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
1
Cassin's Vireo
© Matt Sadowski
showing poor contrast between face and throat; pale yellow on flanks and secondary edges
© Matt Sadowski
showing green below head just above shoulder
© Matt Sadowski
showing poor face/throat contrast
© Matt Sadowski
showing yellow wing linings
© Matt Sadowski
this perpendicular view brings out the colors in the wing/tail and back feathers
4
Hutton's Vireo
including a m/f pair nest building
Breeding Code
CN Confirmed--Carrying Nesting Material
7
American Crow
8
Bushtit
4
Bewick's Wren
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2
Wrentit
4
Hermit Thrush
2
European Starling
3
American Pipit
1
Black-and-white Warbler
continuing; possibly 2 birds (1 along N side of loop, 1 along SE side of loop); striped backs, checkered undertail coverts, decurved bills. crawling along trunks
8
Orange-crowned Warbler
9
Common Yellowthroat
10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
5
White-crowned Sparrow
4
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
2
Savannah Sparrow (Belding's)
12
Song Sparrow
3
Lincoln's Sparrow
2
California Towhee
2
Spotted Towhee
5
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Great-tailed Grackle
3
Brown-headed Cowbird
6
House Finch
5
Lesser Goldfinch
3
Lawrence's Goldfinch
continuing, at least 1 male (singing) and 2 females, soft tinkling notes heard as they fed with LEGOs
2
American Goldfinch
2
Scaly-breasted Munia

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