Kit Carson Park Field Trip Report
Lindo Lake Field Trip Report
Hi Good Friends,
On Saturday May 13, eighteen birders walked around Lindo Lake. The
weather was excellent and we found 52 different bird species.
Lots of Cedar Waxwings, European Starlings, Mallards, & House Sparrows.
I think the best birds found were the White-breasted Nuthatches and the
colorful male Costa’s Hummingbird.
Many thanks go out to Mary Jo Hayes for keeping track of the birds found
and submitting the eBird report. Also, thanks go out to our wonderful
photographers. Checkout Mary Jo’s report here:
JIM BECKMAN trip leader
Tijuana River Valley Trip Report for May 6
About 20 of us visited Dairy Mart Ponds, the ranger station on Monument Road and the bird and butterfly garden. Yellow-breasted Chats put on a great show, as the pictures will verify. Nice group of birds, highlighted by the late-arriving Indigo Bunting at the garden. Sorry about the late post, as I didn’t get the list until today.Hal Benham
https://ebird.org/checklist/S136370515 Dairy Mart Ponds
https://ebird.org/checklist/S136371151 Tijuana River Valley–ranger station
https://ebird.org/checklist/S136374589 Tijuana River Valley–Bird & Butterfly Garden
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Daley Ranch Trip Report
Below is the link to the eBird checklist from Saturday’s walk at Daley Ranch.
On Saturday, April 29th, 16 birders enjoyed a misty morning that warmed up quickly. There was lots of water in the ponds and we even had to ford a stream!
The highlight of the day was wonderful views of a migrating Hermit Warbler, which was spotted by Mary Jo Hayes.
eBird Checklist – 29 Apr 2023 – Daley Ranch – 52 species
Big Morongo Trip Report for April 22nd Walk
It was a hot and windy day, which probably accounted for seeing fewer birds than expected. About 20 birders made the long drive made worst by heavy traffic due to the Coachella Festival. Dan Bowmen, a former member of PAS who lives nearby, joined us. He led the walk and shared his local knowledge of the birds, wildlife, and best birding areas. A rarity for us was the Olive-sided Flycatcher and Summer Tanager. In total we saw 45 species and 95 individuals. See the eBird report for details and many nice photos of birds seen.
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Wilderness Gardens Preserve Field Trip Report
On Saturday, April 15, eighteen birders gathered at the Wilderness
Gardens Preserve, near Pala, and took part in a wonderful field trip.
The County Preserve was celebrating their 50th anniversary with
speakers, booths, and programs. After our walk, several of our birders
attended some of their festivities.
As usual at this location, our walk started out on the cool side, but
warmed-up as the morning progressed.
We found 59 different bird species. Lots of White-throated Swifts and
Acorn Woodpeckers. The best bird of the day has to be the Great Horned Owl.
To see our bird species list, please checkout Mary Jo Hayes eBird
Many thanks to Mary Jo and our great photographers who contributed to
JIM BECKMAN trip leader
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Mission Trails Field Trip Report
On Saturday morning April 8, twenty-five birders met up at Mission
Trails Regional Park and we walked the Dam to the Grasslands Trail. The
weather was perfect.
We found 55 bird species. Lots of Tree Swallows, Bushtits, and House
Wrens. It’s always neat to hear the call, and then see the elusive
This year, with all of the heavy rain, the San Diego River was moving
fast, and the trail was tricky to walk, due to the many exposed rocks we
had to navigate.
To see our species list and some nice photos, checkout the eBird report
from Mary Jo Hayes https://ebird.org/checklist/S1
Many thanks to Mary Jo and our wonderful photographers.
JIM BECKMAN trip leader
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San Pasqual Field Trip Results
Hi Good Friends,
On Saturday April 1, twenty-eight birders met up in San Pasqual Valley
at the Bandy Canyon/Santa Ysabel Creek location.
The weather was perfect for birding and we found 58 different bird species.
Lot’s of Cliff Swallows, Common Ravens, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Take a look at Steve Ellis’s eBird report for our species list and some
really nice photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S1
After the walk, a small group us drove over to the San Diego
Archeological Center for a picnic lunch. We found another 22 species at
At the Center we found a really cool-looking Rufous Hummingbird, an
uncommon SD County species. Checkout our species list and great photos
Many thanks to everyone for this wonderful field trip!
JIM BECKMAN trip leader
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Whelan Lake Field Trip, March 25, 2023
WHELAN LAKE, what a special place! For those of you who have never been there, you are invited to call Greg, the caretaker, at 760/722-4887 to arrange a time for you to visit. There are signs suggesting no one is welcome, but those are for others, not those who have set up a time to spend some leisurely quiet hours wandering the grounds or simply sitting at the picnic tables, taking in the lake and the many species to be seen right there.
The fact that 32 birders showed up for this walk is evidence alone that it one of San Diego County’s treasures. Our group members had different ideas, goals and objectives during this morning. Some wanted to make it all around the lake. Some wanted to relax in a lounge chair near the picnic tables. Some wanted to find an owl, and they did. Some wanted to hike down to the lower ponds (and other did not, because it meant they had to hike back up). Those who went to the lower ponds were rewarded with many good pond birds (surprise) including a pair of black-crowned night herons, many marsh wrens and a sora. Some wanted to head SW to see the very visible pair of white-tailed kites that hang out there but are not always seen. I think everyone was satisfied with the route they took and the birds they were rewarded with.
The blue-sky day, with billowing white clouds, helped to round out the experience: not too hot; not too cold, but just right (said Goldilocks). We knew spring had arrived by sightings of the Bullocks and Hooded Orioles. It was exciting to see a few American Goldfinches.
Our complete list of sixty-nine species can be found with the following eBird link: https://ebird.org/checklist/S131804908. Our special thanks to Steve Ellis for recording them and our almost pro photographers who captured their images.
Until next time, flyin’ high,
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Batiquitos Lagoon Field Trip Report
On Saturday morning March 18, twenty-four friendly birders met up at
Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad. We had a very enjoyable walk with the
nice warm weather.
We found 76 bird species!! Lots of Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeons,
American Coots, & Double-crested Cormorants.
Take a look at Steve Ellis’s eBird species checklist, which also
includes many wonderful photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S1
JIM BECKMAN trip leader
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San Jacinto Wildlife Area Trip Report
The weather Gods cooperated today giving us mild temperatures and no wind or rain. It was, however, overcast with muddy roads from prior rains–one slip, but no falls. The autotour road was chained off so we walked–first the loop around the first ponds and then down to the corner, where there used bo be a porta-potty. They really should put it back. All in all, about four and a half miles round trip. We old folks got slower and slower as we headed back to the picnic tables and lunch, bad knees, mending hips, sore backs, hungry bellies. Where was uber? Or a friendly preserve ranger?
Many highlights– a bald eagle greeted us from a large rock while we waited to start the hike. At the end of the trail and after a good bit of debate, we finally decided a large dark bird perched a good distance away was indeed a golden eagle. So a two eagle day. Many raptors, too. Peregrine came by a couple of times.
Mountain bluebirds and snipe in good numbers, 28 American white pelicans flying in various formations probably gaining height to move on to Lake Perris. Always an exciting sighting.
While we missed a few species and views of the snow covered mountains, there is always another day.
Thank you Steve Ellis for keeping the list and all of you for finding the birds and helping to make this a fun time.
Trip Leader: Sally Sanderson
San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, California, US
Mar 11, 2023 7:48 AM – 12:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling 2.24 mile(s)
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) 30
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 100
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 30
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 4
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 40
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 5
Redhead (Aythya americana) 3
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 10
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 200
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 1
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 7
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 8
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 28
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 4
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 3
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 2
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) 2
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 8
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 40
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 14
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 5
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 4
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/
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Santee Lakes Field Trip Report
Hi Good Friends,
On Saturday March 4, twenty-four birders walked around several of the
The weather was overcast and the air was quite cold. Most of us wore
gloves, but at least it wasn’t raining.
We found 64 bird species. Lots of Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers,
Ring-necked Ducks, and American Coots.
Several rarities for this location were also found: Common Merganser,
Lewis’s Woodpecker, and a Red-lored Parrot.
Please checkout the eBird report with some great photos that was
submitted by Steve Ellis: https://ebird.org/checklist/S1
Many thanks to Steve, our photographers, and our trip leader Tom Trowbridge.
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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip Results
Hi Good Friends,https://ebird.org/checklist/S128773786Many thanks to our list compiler, Steve Ellis, and to our excellent photographers. JIM BECKMAN trip leaderOn Saturday February 18, thirty-five really friendly birders walked around Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido. The weather was excellent and we found 43 bird species. Lots of American Wigeons, European Starlings, and Cedar Waxwings. I think the best bird we found was the Great Horned Owl. A pretty reliable bird to find at this location in the past, but has moved to roost in a different palm tree. See our complete bird species list with photos here:
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Guajome Regional Park Bird Walk Report February 11, 2023
A very successful bird walk we had on Saturday when 26 birders scoured Guajome to discover 54 species. What was amazing is our growing number of bird photographers who were actually able to capture 43 of them! This provides a clear indication of the direction Birdwatching is going. Turn back the clock a decade or two and there were no cameras around. Now you have to duck to avoid being hit by the long lenses these ladies are hauling around. And, interestingly enough, it was only the ladies that were doing the photography. Thank you, ladies, for your excellent photos. Thank you too, eBird, for providing a site where we can all enjoy these photos.
Of interest was the American Robin count of 60. An eruption, they say. At the lake, the story was told again with masses of Norther Shovelers! It was fun to again see the resident roadrunner. Our group gets quite strung out so we, at the front, were curious as to what those, at the back, were observing. We see Common Gallinules so often there, that we no longer get excited in seeing them. At the same time those candy corn bills are fascinating.
All in all it was a delightful morning with, it seemed to me, growing enthusiasm within our ranks. Our thanks to Steve Ellis for posting our findings on eBird. Here is the eBird List of our findings: https://ebird.org/checklist/S128262294
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Salton Sea Bird Trip Report, February 3 to 5, 2023
SALTON SEA !!
Such a misnomer. Salton Sea is certainly the most birdy place within several hours’ drive of San Diego. Most common people (unlike Birders who are uncommon) know where Salton Sea is, so this is the unjustified moniker used to identify the tremendous birding location in and around Brawley’s ponds, lakes and farmers’ fields.
A limit of 30 birders was advertised for the trip. This red-hot location was quickly filled with 31 eager participants. Now imagine 16 vehicles driving almost bumper to bumper driving the backroads like a lost funeral procession. “How to make this work safely and in some sort of semi-relaxed fashion”, Dianne Benham, being the chief organizer for the trip, said to herself? Dianne had envisioned a limit no more than 20! For starters then, let’s cram at least three birders per car. That cuts the procession down to 10 cars. Nope, still too many. Then let’s create two lead cars and divide the group in two. Ah, that’s better, with only 5 cars for each lead car to manage. Phew!
We raced from spot to spot! Quickly the binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras tumbled out of the cars with extremely enthusiastic owners behind them. Many of our group were newbies. As such, there were lots and lots of lifers to be found. Consequently, there were lots and lots of excited and happy faces. To me this was as gratifying as the birds we saw.
So, what did we see of particular interest? We saw two, not just one, Great-horned Owls in the rock crevices of Red Hill located just before Red Hill Marina. By the way, Salton Sea has receded half a mile from the marina, so you have to be particularly good in backing up your boat trailer. We also saw the cousins to the Great-horned. In fact, most saw over half-a-dozen Burrowing Owls mainly poking their heads out the burrows. On day-two our first stop was Alamo Lake and as we approached it looked like the trees around it was covered with snow, but no, a couple hundred snowy egrets endowed their branches. Our second stop was sort of a throw-in since it was an unnatural worn-out county park where only fishers put in their boats: Weist Lake. Low and behold there was several Vermillion Flycatchers, a White-breasted Sparrows, a lost Yellow Warbler… and I could go on. But, so what, most importantly it was a bathroom stop! In the reservoir, the flock of sixty or so White-fronted Geese was fun. I could go on about these exciting finds, but look at the list with professional syle photos instead.
In closing, I should mention at our final stop before lunch and goodbyes, we went looking for the infamous Jailbird. While we did not see any of these peeking through their narrow ten-foot-high slotted windows that each were provided in Calipatria State (Park) Prison, we did see other species in the pond below such as the Red-breasted Merganser and Canvasback Duck.
If you want to see our complete list of 116 SPECIES, meticulously documented and recorded by Steve Ellis, then click here: Palomar Audubon Bird Salton Sea Birding trip – eBird Trip Report
Until next time…
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New Palomar Audubon Society Discussion Group
Recently, Palomar Audubon Society has formed a new birding discussion group. This group will be used to publish our bird walk reports and other notifications for the Palomar Audubon Society. All of our old PAS discussion groups are discontinued.
PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW GROUP!
Just go to our new PAS Discussion Group website, https://groups.io/g/PASBirding and select “subscribe”. As a member, you will be able to send and receive our Palomar Audubon Society emails.
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Kit Carson Park Trip Report
Thank you to those who provided loaner binoculars for our Burn Institute guests, They have written to me that they enjoyed our company, learned an appreciation for birding and may join us again when the weather gets warmer.
Thirty birders set out at 8AM on Saturday morning, frost covered the grass and the sun was slow to warm us up.
Sand Lake greeted us with a host of water fowl and gulls. Robins were in abundance as were cedar waxwings. Nothing uncommon was to be found but we did amass an impressive list. Look at all the pictures!
Thank you Steve for compiling our eBird list and to the ladies that adorned our report with their photography.
I have attached below our checklist. I will see you on the next local birding encounter…til then.
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