Agua Dulce Creek trip Report, Jun 9, 2018


It was a beautiful day in the Lagunas, cool in the morning warming up later. I felt the numbers of species and counts were down. Flowers and bugs were were sparse , too. There was water in the creek.

 We skipped the trip to Deset View picnic area as nobody wanted to go.

For me, the highlights of the walk were hearing and/or seeing the Cassin’s Finch and observing the nesting activities of the Pygmy Nuthatch and the Western Wood Peewee.

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Sally Sanderson

Laguna Mtns..–Agua Dulce Creek, San Diego, California, US
Jun 9, 2018 8:00 AM – 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     This was  a Palomar Audubon sponsored bird walk. Numbers of species and birds were down.. Almost no Violet-green swallows were seen during the walk. Pleasant temperature, not buggy.
27 speciesRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  14
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)  3
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  4
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  6
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  6
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)  8
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  12
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)  6
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  6
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Cassin’s Finch  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  6

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