Black Phoebe 


San Diego Area
Jul. 29, 2002 
Guide -
Bob Miller

A sunup to sundown day of birding and exploration with Cleveland Ohio birders Bill & Mary Lou.  

82 species (list follows at end of page)

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Song Sparrow

Our day began right on the beach behind the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Black Skimmers were a treat. Our next destination was up as we headed for El Monte Canyon. We had California Thrasher and Towhees on the way up. El Monte County Park gave us Western Bluebirds, Oak Titmouse and Western Scrub-Jays. 

We had nice looks at Wrentit, Bushtit and this Song Sparrow in between grand views of El Cajon Mountain across the canyon and the stream beneath us.

El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon Mountain

Black Phoebe

Lindo Lakes held our attention with many new birds and sounds. Nuttall's Woodpecker taunted us for the longest time before we sighted it. This Black Phoebe stayed busy at our feet and Snowy Egret perched in the tree tops.

Rufous\Allen's Hummingbird

Snowy Egret

This young Sharp-shinned Hawk snacked on a June Bug just above our heads and a Red-shouldered Hawk buzzed over us a few minutes later.  

Sharp-shinned Hawk

California Ground Squirrel
At Santee Lakes we had Wood Ducks in the first lake and comical Ground Squirrels along the shores and on the islands. Ruddy Ducks still in breeding plumage and Pied-billed Grebes here too.
Down to the sea shore, the cliffs actually. La Jolla Cove held lots of Double-crested and Brandt's Cormorants and Brown Pelicans at close focus! A few Black & Ruddy Turnstones were neat. 

Black & Ruddy Turnstones

Down the coast we stopped for lunch at one of my favorite cafes. JR's was boarded up and gone! Subway was great though and the ice cream desert hit the spot. We caught the San Diego River as the tide was going out and the birds were just becoming active. As the sand bars became exposed they came to life with birds. Least, Elegant, Caspian and Forster's Terns came in good numbers along with three more plovers to go with our Killdeer! The hoped for Little Blue Heron was a no show. Heading south again, Dairy Mart was a real disappointment as I did not realize that it was DRY! We stopped into Border Field SP, the most SW point of mainland USA. The Bull Ring and lighthouse in the background are in Mexico. Below the block wall (to our left) is the beach and the border fence disappearing into the Pacific Ocean.

Bill & Mary Lou

At Border Field State Park

We had a Northern Harrier on our way out. At the Tijuana Slough we had great looks at this Clapper Rail in the fading light. Coming up the Silver Strand we had our last bird of the day. An Osprey sitting atop a mast in the harbor across from the Hotel Del as we said Adios.

Clapper Rail

  San Diego, July 29, 2002
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. American White Pelican

  3. Brown Pelican

  4. Double-crested Cormorant

  5. Brandt's Cormorant

  6. Great Blue Heron

  7. Great Egret

  8. Snowy Egret

  9. Green Heron

  10. Wood Duck

  11. Mallard

  12. Ruddy Duck

  13. Turkey Vulture

  14. Osprey

  15. Northern Harrier

  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  17. Red-shouldered Hawk

  18. Red-tailed Hawk

  19. American Kestrel

  20. Clapper Rail

  21. American Coot

  22. Black-necked Stilt

  23. Black-bellied Plover

  24. Semipalmated Plover

  25. Killdeer

  26. Snowy Plover

  27. Short-billed Dowitcher

  28. Marbled Godwit

  29. Whimbrel

  30. Long-billed Curlew

  31. Greater Yellowlegs

  32. Lesser Yellowlegs

  33. Willet

  34. Ruddy Turnstone

  35. Black Turnstone

  36. Sanderling

  37. Western Sandpiper

  38. Least Sandpiper

  39. Heermann's Gull

  40. Western Gull

  41. Caspian Tern

  1. Elegant Tern

  2. Forster's Tern

  3. Least Tern

  4. Black Skimmer

  5. Rock Dove

  6. Mourning Dove

  7. Belted Kingfisher

  8. Acorn Woodpecker

  9. Nuttall's Woodpecker

  10. Black Phoebe

  11. Ash-throated Flycatcher

  12. Cassin's Kingbird

  13. Western Kingbird

  14. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  15. Cliff Swallow

  16. Barn Swallow

  17. Phainopepla

  18. Bewick's Wren

  19. Northern Mockingbird

  20. California Thrasher

  21. Western Bluebird

  22. Wrentit

  23. Bushtit

  24. Oak Titmouse

  25. Western Scrub-Jay

  26. American Crow

  27. Common Raven

  28. European Starling

  29. Common Yellowthroat

  30. California Towhee

  31. Lark Sparrow

  32. Song Sparrow

  33. Black-headed Grosbeak

  34. Brewer's Blackbird

  35. Great-tailed Grackle

  36. Brown-headed Cowbird

  37. Hooded Oriole

  38. House Finch

  39. Lesser Goldfinch

  40. American Goldfinch

  41. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller