Trip List

Southern California - November 2003

The following are the species seen by Jim Rose over a total of five days birding.

Pacific Diver

San Diego

3

Pied-billed Grebe

Tijuana Slough, Finney Lake,
Salton Sea, Cuyamaca lake

Up to 4 at each site.

Slavonian Grebe

San Diego Harbour

1

Black-necked Grebe

Salton Sea, East side

c50 with 10+ in San Diego Harbour

Clark's Grebe Finney Lake 1+

Western Grebe

San Diego

c200 on the sea with c20 on Finney lake

Brandt's Cormorant

Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma,
San Diego

Up to 10 roosting on tall rock island just offshore.

Double-crested Cormorant

 

Common on the coast and the Salton Sea

Pelagic Cormorant

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

Up to 10 roosting on tall rock island just offshore.

American White Pelican

Salton Sea, Finney Lake

Flocks of up to 75 at both sites

Brown Pelican

San Diego area

Common on the coast with several hundred seen. A few on the Salton Sea

Little Blue Heron

San Diego River

2

Snowy Egret

Tijuana Slough, Salton Sea
and San Diego

Not uncommon.

Great Blue Heron

 

Seen daily at all sites.

Great White Egret

Salton Sea

c6 seen daily

Cattle Egret

Salton Sea area.

Large numbers seen daily. Probably in excess of 5,000 seen over 2-3 days!

Black-crowned Night-heron

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

c6. Also 3 at Cuyamaca Lake

White-faced Ibis

Salton Sea area.

Large numbers seen daily. Probably in excess of 3,000 seen over 2-3 days! A single also at Tijuana Slough.

Ruddy Duck

Salton Sea

Up to 200 seen with another 100 on the salt marsh lagoons at San Diego and 20 at Cuyamaca Lake

Snow Goose

Salton Sea

Several thousand birds seen at both NWR reserves on the S and E shores of the sea. With Ross's Geese.

Ross's Goose

Salton Sea

Several thousand birds seen at both NWR reserves on the S and E shores of the sea. With Ross's Geese.

Canada Goose

Tijuana Slough

5 with 2 at Cuyamaca lake

Black Brant

San Diego area

Up to 100 seen.

American Wigeon

San Diego area

2 flocks of 100+ seen.

Gadwall

Salton Sea

Up to 30 birds seen.

Green-winged Teal

Cuyamaca Lake

c6

Mallard

San Diego and Salton Sea

Not uncommon in small numbers.

Pintail

Salton Sea, Tijuana Slough,
Cuyamaca Lake

Common everywhere with over 1500 seen.

Shoveler

Salton Sea, South end

Common with over 700 seen and about 20 on Cuyamaca Lake.

Canvasback

Cuyamaca Lake

c6

Ring-necked Duck

Cuyamaca Lake

c4

Lesser Scaup

Coronado area, San Diego

c20 seen plus 2 on Cuyamaca Lake.

Surf Scoter

Tijuana Slough

c200 in several flocks

Bufflehead

San Diego

Small numbers in several locations, plus c20 on Cuyamaca Lake

Hooded Merganser

Cuyamaca Lake

c6

Red-breasted Merganser

San Diego area

3

Turkey Vulture

Salton Sea, East side

3 over farmland.

Northern Harrier

Tijuana Slough

Very common over coastal marshes and around the Saton Sea. Probbaly over 50 seen during the period.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

1

Red-shouldered Hawk

Laguna Mountains area.

A juvenile of race "elegans".

Red-tailed Hawk

San Diego and Salton Sea

Not uncommon. Seen daily.

Osprey

San Diego and Salton Sea

Singles seen.

American Kestrel

Salton Sea, East side

Very common in the farmland surrounding the Salton Sea. Probably over 100 seen.

Peregrine Falcon

Point Loma, San Diego
and Salton Sea

Several sightings.

California Quail

Point Loma, San Diego

2

Gambel's Quail

Brawley and Salton Sea

2 seprate sightings

Clapper Rail

Tijuana Slough

Up to ten seen during a very high tide. A high proportion of the world population of 200 Light-footed sub-species.

Moorhen

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

3

American Coot

Salton Sea and elsewhere

Very common with several thousand seen.

Sandhill Crane

Salton Sea

3 In flight over NWR reserve.

Black-necked Stilt

Salton Sea

Very common with over 1000 seen.

American Avocet

Salton Sea

Very common with over 500 seen.

Grey Plover

Tijuana Slough

c20. Also a few inland.

Semipalmated Plover

Tijuana Slough and San Diego river

c10

Snowy Plover

Tijuana Slough

1 coloured ringed bird on the beach.

Killdeer

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

c100. Also a few at Tijuana Slough and Salton Sea

Mountain Plover

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

In one flock inopen farmland

Snipe

Tijuana Slough

2

Marbled Godwit

Tijuana Slough, San Diego river
and Salton Sea

100+ seen overall.

Whimbrel

Tijuana Slough

c10

Long-billed Curlew

Salton Sea, Tijuana Slough

Over 200 total seen.

Greater Yellowlegs

Salton Sea

5

Lesser Yellowlegs

Salton Sea

c20

Spotted Sandpiper

Finney Lake; Nr Brawley

c6. A few also seen elsewhere.

Wandering Tattler

La Jolla

2 on the cliffs.

Willet

Tijuana Slough, Salton Sea,
San Diego river

150+ seen total

Turnstone

La Jolla

2

Black Turnstone

La Jolla

1

Long-billed Dowitcher

Salton Sea, East side

Over 1000 seen during the trip.

Sanderling

Tijuana Slough

c20 seen plus c10 on the San Diego river.

Western Sandpiper

Salton Sea, East side

2000+ seen, plus c300 at Tijuana Slough.

Least Sandpiper

Salton Sea, East side

Perhaps up to 1000 seen.

Dunlin

Salton Sea, San Diego

4

Heermann's Gull

Tijuana Slough, San Diego

Common.

Ring-billed Gull

Salton Sea, San Diego area

Very common on the Salton Sea. Probably over 10,000 seen during the week.

California Gull

Salton Sea

 

Western Gull

Tijuana Slough, San Diego area

 

American Herring Gull

Tijuana Slough, Salton sea

 

Bonaparte's Gull

Salton Sea

One flock of c1000 seen on one occasion.

Laughing Gull

Salton Sea

1

Caspian Tern

Salton Sea

2

Royal Tern

San Diego River/Harbour

Several distant sightings thought to be of this species.

Forster's Tern

San Diego River/Harbour,
Salton Sea

c20 on the coast. A few inland.

Mourning Dove

Salton Sea, San Diego

Common inland. A few on the coast.

Inca Dove

Brawley

5 at Las Flores Drive, Brawley. A known site.

Greater Roadrunner

Salton Sea

2

Burrowing Owl

Salton Sea, near NWR reserve

About 4 seen with one by an artificial burrow.

Anna's Hummingbird

Point Loma, San Diego,
Tijuana Slough

Singles at 3 sites.

Belted Kingfisher

Salton Sea

Several sightings.

Lewis' Woodpecker

Brawley

1 at Las Flores Drive, Brawley.

Acorn Woodpecker

Laguna Mountains

1

Gila Woodpecker

Brawley

At Las Flores Drive and Cattle Call Park, Brawley. Known sites.

Red-shafted Flicker

Brawley

1 at Las Flores Drive, Brawley.

Say's Phoebe

San Diego area, Salton Sea

Widespread

Black Phoebe

San Diego area, Salton Sea

Widespread

American Pipit

Salton Sea, Tijuana Slough

Several small flocks of up to 50 seen.

Phainopepla

Yaqui Well, Anzo Borrego

c20

Cedar Waxwing

Salton Sea, East side

1 at the NWR information centre.

Cactus Wren

Salton Sea, Brawley.

2 including 1 at the NWR information centre.

Rock Wren

Yaqui Well, Anzo Borrego

1

Marsh Wren

Tijuana Slough

Only 1 seen although probably many unseen.

Northern Mockingbird

San Diego area, Salton Sea,
Anzo Borrego Desert

Widespread

Hermit Thrush

Tijuana Slough, Point Loma

Singles.

American Robin

Salton Sea

3 at the NWR information centre.

Wrentit

Point Loma, San Diego

1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Laguna Mountains, Salton Sea

Singles.

Verdin

Brawley, Salton Sea

2-3 total.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Yaqui Well, Anzo Borrego Desert.

c6 seen. Responded well to "pishing".

Mountain Chickadee

Laguna Mountains

1

Loggerhead Shrike

Salton Sea

2 singles

Scrub Jay

Point Loma, Laguna Mountains

2 singles

American Crow

Brawley

Fairly common

Raven

San Diego area, Salton Sea

Fairly common

Starling

San Diego area, Salton Sea

Common and widespread.

House Sparrow

Tijuana Slough, Salton Sea

A few sen.

Lesser Goldfinch

Laguna Mountains, Salton Sea

c10 total.

House Finch

San Diego area, Salton Sea,
Laguna Mountains

c30 seen total.

Orange-crowned Warbler

Point Loma, San Diego

2

Yellow-rumped Warbler

San Diego area, Salton Sea,

very common everywhere.

Townsend's Warbler

San Diego

3

Fox Sparrow

Point Loma, San Diego

1

Lincoln's Sparrow

Salton Sea, East side

A few seen. Perhaps many more unseen in reedbeds.

White-crowned Sparrow

San Diego area, Salton Sea

Most common sparrow.

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Point Loma, San Diego

1

Savannah Sparrow

Tijuana Slough

Several seen.

Black-throated Sparrow

Yaqui Well, Anzo Borrego

1

Spotted Towhee

Laguna Mountains

1

Abert's Towhee

Brawley

c6 at two locations.

California Towhee

Point Loma, San Diego

Common around the information centre.

Red-winged Blackbird

Brawley

c2000 at a cow farm near Brawley were the only ones seen.

Western Meadowlark

Tijuana Slough

  

Western Meadowlark

Salton Sea

c30 seen with a few at Tijuana Slough.

Great-tailed Grackle

Brawley, salton Sea

Fairly common.

Brewer's Blackbird

San Diego, Brawley

c10 total.

Total - 134

   

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