Laguna Mtns, Cuyumaca SP and San Diego Coast.
Jul. 15, 2002 
Guide -
Bob Miller
Page one.
For page two click HERE 

A day of birding with Beth from Pennsylvania. A morning from Ramona to the mountain peaks and down along the coast for the afternoon.  

79 species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

Lark Sparrow

Before the sun was upon us we were gaining altitude from Ramona CA.  Near Wynola we stopped at an open area where we had our first Western Bluebirds and plenty of Lark Sparrows.

We were able to compare Raven vs. Crow here too! A quick stop for coffee in Julian and on to Kathie's where the birding was so fast our coffee got cold before we could get to it!  A small group of Wild Turkey strutting through the 

Band-tailed Pigeon

Wild Turkey

yard was our first clue that it would be nice. Band-tailed Pigeons were at the drinker. This hen Turkey with only one chick and Mountain Quail with over a dozen young were not afraid of us and came right in. Selasphorus Hummingbirds chased everything that approached "their" feeders!

Mountain Quail with young
Western Meadowlark and Red-tailed Hawk awaited us in Cuyumaca meadow. Cuyumaca Lake was extremely low and I had heard that it was expected to be dry within 30 days due to the drought. This Osprey had 

Osprey at Cuyumaca Lake

Western Meadowlark
no intention of letting those fish go to waste! Double-crested Cormorant, a few Brown Pelicans, Great Egret and a Caspian Tern were here too! 
Red-shouldered Hawks were calling everywhere but we never were able to get one in our sights for more than a second.

Double-crested Cormorant

White-tailed Kite
This White-tailed Kite enjoyed a tasty looking morsel as a lone Common  Raven waited patiently a few limbs below for leftovers. I don't think it got much!
A few more stops going down the hill and then we were headed  for the PacificOcean! Our adventure along the coast is on page TWO.

Beth and I in Cuyumaca State Park

  Laguna Mtns and San Diego Coast, July 15, 2002
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Brown Pelican

  4. Double-crested Cormorant

  5. Brandt's Cormorant

  6. Great Blue Heron

  7. Great Egret

  8. Little Blue Heron

  9. Snowy Egret

  10. Wood Duck

  11. Mallard

  12. Ruddy Duck

  13. Turkey Vulture

  14. Osprey

  15. White-tailed Kite

  16. Cooper's Hawk

  17. Red-shouldered Hawk

  18. Red-tailed Hawk

  19. American Kestrel

  20. Wild Turkey

  21. Mountain Quail

  22. American Coot

  23. Black-bellied Plover

  24. Short-billed Dowitcher

  25. Marbled Godwit

  26. Whimbrel

  27. Long-billed Curlew

  28. Willet

  29. Ruddy Turnstone

  30. Western Sandpiper

  31. Heermann's Gull

  32. Ring-billed Gull

  33. Western Gull

  34. Caspian Tern

  35. Elegant Tern

  36. Forster's Tern

  37. Least Tern

  38. Black Skimmer

  39. Rock Dove

  1. Band-tailed Pigeon

  2. Mourning Dove

  3. Black-chinned Hummingbird

  4. Anna's Hummingbird

  5. Selasphorus spp. hummingbird

  6. Acorn Woodpecker

  7. Nuttall's Woodpecker

  8. Northern Flicker

  9. Black Phoebe

  10. Ash-throated Flycatcher

  11. Western Kingbird

  12. Violet-green Swallow

  13. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  14. Cliff Swallow

  15. Barn Swallow

  16. Phainopepla

  17. Northern Mockingbird

  18. Western Bluebird

  19. Bushtit

  20. Mountain Chickadee

  21. Oak Titmouse

  22. White-breasted Nuthatch

  23. Steller's Jay

  24. Western Scrub-Jay

  25. American Crow

  26. Common Raven

  27. Spotted Towhee

  28. California Towhee

  29. Chipping Sparrow

  30. Lark Sparrow

  31. Song Sparrow

  32. Dark-eyed Junco

  33. Black-headed Grosbeak

  34. Red-winged Blackbird

  35. Western Meadowlark

  36. Brewer's Blackbird

  37. Purple Finch

  38. House Finch

  39. Lesser Goldfinch

  40. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller