American White Pelican - Santee Lakes 


San Diego Bird Festival
"Hometown 100"

Feb. 09, 2002 
Guide -
Bob Miller

A whirlwind tour of San Diego County with 24 adventurous birders looking for at least 100 species! 

106 species (list follows at end of page)

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Swamp Sparrow

At 0630 we were on our way! Our first stop was Lindo Lakes where the highlights were Vermilion Flycatcher, American White Pelican, this Swamp Sparrow and a Peregrine Falcon. Off and running we headed up El Monte Canyon.

The Santa Anna winds were really kicking up and keeping the birds down. We missed on a few our our hoped for birds here but did get Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Bluebird and Western Scrub-Jay.

El Monte County Park

El Monte County Park

Wrentit were heard up the hillside but with the wind whipping every leaf we did not get an eye on them. We had our only American Robin here too. No time to dawdle we hit the road! 

The top end of El Monte Canyon was very windy but it did not keep this American Kestrel from the hunt. Hermit Thrush and White-throated Swift were nowhere to be seen.
American Kestrel
Back down the hill we hit Santee Lakes for some good birding. It was hard to keep up the pace and move on while looking at great birds like these Wood Ducks and this Hooded Merganser.

Wood Duck

After a fine picnic lunch and a few more stops down the back side of Santee Lakes we were on our way to the San Diego River flood control channel across from Sea World.


Female Hooded Merganser

San Diego River at Sea World

Lots of waterfowl and shorebirds here, we were getting very close to our 100 mark! Feeling a little mischievous, I sprang a little surprise on the group. I announced that we would walk down a little way and see the Burrowing Owl.

Blue-winged Teal, at our feet, in the channel were just the diversion I needed! After about five minutes, I asked if anyone had seen the Burrowing Owl yet. No? Well here, let me turn the scope around and.......there it stood, not 30 feet away and could care less about us!!

What Burrowing Owl?


With time running out, we headed to Quivira Basin where we hit our 100 and then some! Cattle Egret, Snowy and Semi-palmated Plover and Sanderling. We pulled into the festival headquarters at three on the dot!! A final going over of the list and we had 106 for the "Hometown 100"!
San Diego Bird Festival "Hometown 100", Feb. 09, 2002
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. American White Pelican

  5. Brown Pelican

  6. Double-crested Cormorant

  7. Brandt's Cormorant

  8. Great Blue Heron

  9. Great Egret

  10. Reddish Egret

  11. Snowy Egret

  12. Cattle Egret

  13. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  14. Wood Duck

  15. American Wigeon

  16. Gadwall

  17. Mallard

  18. Northern Pintail

  19. Blue-winged Teal

  20. Cinnamon Teal

  21. Northern Shoveler

  22. Redhead

  23. Ring-necked Duck

  24. Lesser Scaup

  25. Bufflehead

  26. Hooded Merganser

  27. Red-breasted Merganser

  28. Ruddy Duck

  29. Turkey Vulture

  30. Osprey

  31. Northern Harrier

  32. Cooper's Hawk

  33. Red-shouldered Hawk

  34. Red-tailed Hawk

  35. American Kestrel

  36. Peregrine Falcon

  37. American Coot

  38. Black-necked Stilt

  39. American Avocet

  40. Black-bellied Plover

  41. Semipalmated Plover

  42. Killdeer

  43. Snowy Plover

  44. Short-billed Dowitcher

  45. Long-billed Dowitcher

  46. Marbled Godwit

  47. Whimbrel

  48. Long-billed Curlew

  49. Greater Yellowlegs

  50. Spotted Sandpiper

  51. Willet

  52. Ruddy Turnstone

  53. Sanderling


  1. Western Sandpiper

  2. Least Sandpiper

  3. Dunlin

  4. Heermann's Gull

  5. Ring-billed Gull

  6. California Gull

  7. Western Gull

  8. Herring Gull

  9. Bonaparte's Gull

  10. Caspian Tern

  11. Forster's Tern

  12. Rock Dove

  13. Mourning Dove

  14. Burrowing Owl

  15. Anna's Hummingbird

  16. Belted Kingfisher

  17. Acorn Woodpecker

  18. Nuttall's Woodpecker

  19. Northern Flicker

  20. Black Phoebe

  21. Say's Phoebe

  22. Vermilion Flycatcher

  23. Tree Swallow

  24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  25. Cedar Waxwing

  26. Marsh Wren

  27. Northern Mockingbird

  28. Western Bluebird

  29. American Robin

  30. Wrentit

  31. Bushtit

  32. Oak Titmouse

  33. White-breasted Nuthatch

  34. Western Scrub-Jay

  35. American Crow

  36. Common Raven

  37. European Starling

  38. Orange-crowned Warbler

  39. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  40. Common Yellowthroat

  41. Spotted Towhee

  42. California Towhee

  43. Song Sparrow

  44. Lincoln's Sparrow

  45. Swamp Sparrow

  46. White-crowned Sparrow

  47. Dark-eyed Junco

  48. Tricolored Blackbird

  49. Brewer's Blackbird

  50. Great-tailed Grackle

  51. House Finch

  52. Lesser Goldfinch

  53. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller