Author Archives: Palomar

Batiquitos Lagoon, Trip Report

Hi, Birders, What was a quiet (bird-wise) and cool day turned exciting with an unexpected sighting of an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron hanging near a couple of Black-crowned Night Herons and some long-legged waders. The tide was in so no … Continue reading

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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday morning September 9, nineteen birders enjoyed a slow-paced walk around Oak Hill Memorial Park. The weather was perfect with a cool breeze and the shade of the mature trees. A great location for easy summer birding. … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – September 2017

ENDANGERED SPECIES AND PUBLIC LANDS  Feral Cats Caught on Camera Killing Endangered Hawaiian Gallinules  Hawaiian Common Gallinule are the latest victims of feral cat predation of an endangered species on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The attacks were captured on remote … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #103

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on September 1, 2017 The Asian Openbill uses their unusual bill to open molluscs. Photo by Palash Thakkar   The Black-headed Jay is known to occasionally scavenge scraps from humans. Photo by … Continue reading

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East Penasquitos Canyon Trip Report

Eight birders took part in the walk on the greatest statewide heat wave ever recorded in California.  It was 101 degrees at the end of the walk.  We did manage to see 31 species, including a close sighting of the elusive Wrentit. California … Continue reading

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KIT CARSON PARK FIELD TRIP RESULTS

Hi Friends, On Saturday August 26, twenty-one birders walked around Kit Carson Park and we found 41 bird species. The morning was overcast which made for a very comfortable hike. However, at the end the sun was out and it … Continue reading

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Dairy Mart Pond/Bird & Butterfly Gardens Trip Report

A heavy overcast, cool morning was enjoyed by 17 birders who tallied 53 species. Highlights incl 7 raptor species with the White tailed kite, Yellow-breasted chat, Ash-throated flycatcher and Hutton’s vireo. Thanks to Steve, Jack and Richard for many good … Continue reading

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Santee Lakes Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, We had a very enjoyable field trip today at Santee Lakes. Overcast most of the morning with a cool breeze. Fifteen birders found 45 bird species. I think there was a Great-tailed Grackle convention today — they were … Continue reading

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San Elijo Lagoon Trip Report 8/4/17

Approximately 20 birders searched vainly for avian life at San Elijo and Orilla Trail. At one point it was suggested that the leader should not be asked back due to lack of action. Here is the list of 36 species … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – August 3, 2017

State of the Birds Report Finds Farm Bill Benefits Landowners and Birds  Thirty-seven million. That’s the increase in the number of waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region over the past quarter-century, thanks to the Farm Bill. The State of the Birds … Continue reading

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Robb Field / Famosa Slough Trip Report

A pleasant overcast day greeted 28 birders, including one form Arizona. The low tide enabled closer looks at the shorebirds. Many Black-bellied Plovers were still in breeding plumage other birds were still in transition to their basic plumage. Between Robb … Continue reading

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Trip Report, Tecolote Canyon

Fifteen stalwart birders hiked Tecolote Canyon on a warm day last Saturday. Our bird tally was surprisingly robust for this time of year. eBird Report – Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Jul 22, 2017 Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, San Diego, California, … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #96

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on July 14, 2017 These young Burrowing Owls live underground in burrows dug out by other creatures like prairie dogs. These were photographed in southern California, USA by Leslie Reagan   Wire-tailed swallow. There are two sub … Continue reading

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Guajome County Park Bird Walk

The day progressed into being one of those hot sticky days, so congratulations to the fourteen troopers who came out today. When the count was finalized, they were rewarded with 47 species. While the count was similar to other years, a surprising … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #95

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on July 7, 2017 A Shikra homing in on an invertebrate prey. Photo by Suvadip Mondal‎. The Red winged laughing thrush is found only in China and Veitnam. Photo Jay Shah, China. Sometimes you just need … Continue reading

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Trip Report: Tijuana Slough and Tijuana River Mouth

Below is our report for the Palomar Audubon Tijuana Slough Walk on July 8. Despite this being the slowest time of year in our parts for birding, there were a surprising number of shorebirds seen. Highlights of our walk were … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #94

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 30, 2017 Malabar parakeets are endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India. Photo by Nagaraj Chindanur‎. The Kori Bustard can weigh up to 18kg and is Africa’s largest flying bird. Photo by Edwin … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – July 2017

Alerts: Bird Conservation Legislation Heating Up in 115th Congress Bills to protect birds from collisions with federal buildings and poisoning by neonicotinoid pesticides have been introduced in the House of Representatives, and several others to conserve migratory birds and Albatrosses and … Continue reading

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