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Salton Sea Trip – January 26 – 28

Come join Palomar Audubon Society as we bird the Salton Sea and areas around the Sea and Imperial Valley January 26th-28th, 2018. Our trip two years ago was very successful and we are looking forward to another “birdie weekend”. Our trip will … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #108

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions This beautiful female Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark was photographed in Pune, India by Sushil Khekare. These sparrow-larks live in open, dry habitats where they feed on seeds and grasses.   Here we have a white morph of … Continue reading

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Salt Works Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, This morning, Saturday November 18, twenty-eight birders met up at the Salt Works and enjoyed a really fun field trip.  The weather was perfect, good friends, and we found 67 bird species. As usual, lots of Eared Grebes, Sandpipers, … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #107

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions Ashy Prinias build woven nests, usually close to a water source. Their nests are heavily predated by snakes, lizards and other predators. Photograph by Gaurav Budhiraja   The Black and orange Flycatcher has a fairly … Continue reading

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Lake Hodge (Bernardo Side) Trip Report

Had 27 birders join the walk, including about 9 veterans.  The sky was clear with temperatures in high 70’s.  It was one of our best days for seeing gnatcatchers and Rock Wrens.  For those that took photos, please send some to palomaraudubon@gmail.com that we can … Continue reading

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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30th 2017

Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other Western Hemisphere countries. This year will mark the 118th year … Continue reading

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Cornell Bird Cams

This Blue Jay tosses back one of many peanuts during a visit to the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam. November 8: FeederWatch Staff Answers Your Feeder Questions In Live Q&A As many of the birds on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam begin to … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #106

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bar-headed Goose is particularly distinctive with the black bands on the back of the head. This goose is native to the highland wetlands of China and Mongolia but spends its winter in the comparatively … Continue reading

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Golden Eagle Lecture & Field Class on November 10-11

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Inside Bird Conservation – November 2017

Tools to Protect Birds: Cats Indoors Brochures and Petition Drive Keeping cats indoors is better for cats and saves the lives of birds and other wildlife that might otherwise fall victim to needless predation. You can help spread this life-saving message by distributing Cats … Continue reading

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Daley Ranch Field Trip Results

Hi Everyone, This morning, Saturday November 4, ten birders hiked around Daley Ranch in the hills above Escondido. We had a very enjoyable walk with excellent weather and a really fun group of birders. We found 40 bird species. Besides … Continue reading

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Songbird Saver: Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers

An estimated seven million birds die each year in North America by colliding with broadcast and cell towers.These birds – primarily night-flying songbirds on migration, such as Yellow-billed Cuckoos – are either attracted to or disoriented by the lighting systems, … Continue reading

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Identification Tip for Least & Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper is on the left & Western Sandpiper on right.  First tip, color of the legs.  Least is yellow (greenish) and Western is black.  Often is hard to tell in poor light, distance, or mud on Least’s legs.  Least … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #105

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions In South Africa the Xhosa people call the Spotted Eagle Owl isihulu-hulu. Photo by Melissa Stuckenberg   The Black Bulbul also occurs as a white headed morph. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha   This Black-headed Bunting … Continue reading

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San Diego River Trip Report

The day started out overcast and was sunny and warm later in the morning. 23 birders joined us for this walk. The highlight of the walk was outstanding view of a rare Tri-colored Heron actively feeding. It hunts with its … Continue reading

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Birds in Art 2017

The source of limitless creative inspiration, birds connect us to the rhythms of life. Their migrations mark the shifting seasons, their music heralds each dawn, and their shoreline searches highlight the ebb and flow of the tide. Avian art resonates … Continue reading

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Whelan Lake Birding Report

Saturday was a great day for birding. Our final tally was 72 species. Six more species than our 2014 record. It was clear all morning, starting off cool and ending up hot. We were blessed with about 20 white pelicans that made … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #104

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bay-backed Shrike is widely distributed across India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo by Pratik Humnabadkar   The Black-capped Chickadee is native to North America, it is the state bird of Massachusetts and Maine. Photo by … Continue reading

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