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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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Lake Murray Field Trip Report

Hi Everyone, The Saturday July 1 field trip at Lake Murray was attended by thirteen birders. We had great weather, overcast and cool. We found 37 species. Best birds were close-up looks at a couple of California Thrashers, several California … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #93

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 23, 2017 Whitebreasted Cormorants rely heavily on freshwater ecosystems. Photo by Owen Deutsch Photography Spotted Owlets have adapted to human landscape and are often found in cities … Continue reading

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Palomar Mountain SP Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, On Saturday June 24, fourteen birders walked the Doane Pond Nature Trail at Palomar Mountain State Park. The weather was pretty warm, there were lots of annoying flies, and the trail was challenging due to felled trees and … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #92

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 16, 2017 Slaty-headed parakeets exhibit altitudinal migration; they move down to the warmer valleys of the Himalayas for the chilly winter. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh. Although … Continue reading

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Rancho Cuyamaca Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday June 17, twelve birders walked the Azalea Springs Trail at Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The weather was very warm, but a cool breeze and an energetic fun group gave us a productive field trip. We found … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #91

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 9, 2017 The Coppersmith Barbet gets its name from its metronomic call that sounds like a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. Photo by Sanjoy Adak. Black-Tailed … Continue reading

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Laguna Mtns.–Agua Dulce Creek, Jun 10, 2017 Trip Report

Birders, It was a beautiful sunny, breezy and cool day, a welcome change from prior years. For many of us the Lawrence’s Goldfinches were the highlight of the day. My impression was that we didn’t see a lot of birds, … Continue reading

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