Dairy Mart Pond & Nearby Areas – Field Trip Report

Dear Friends,

Here’s our field trip report for last Saturday’s (August 18) field trip to the Tijuana River Valley.
The weather was warm but a cool breeze made for a comfortable walk. We had fifteen birders.
We found 49 species at Dairy Mart Pond, 11 species at the Bird & Butterfly Garden, and 11 species
at the Community Gardens. Here is a list of the birds we found:

Dairy Mart Rd.–main pond, San Diego, California, US
Aug 18, 2018 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon sponsored walk. We included
species observed in south pond and along trails and Dairy Mart Road.
49 species
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 2
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 1 Perched on wire along Dairy
Mart Road. White edge of wing very visible.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 10
Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 10
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 12
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 2
Cassin’s Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) 10
Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 10
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 12
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 1
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) X

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Bird and Butterfly Garden, San Diego,
California, US
Aug 18, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon sponsored walk.
11 species
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 4
Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) 1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Cassin’s Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) 1
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park–Community Gardens, San Diego,
California, US
Aug 18, 2018 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon sponsored walk.
11 species
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) X
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Sally Sanderson, trip leader

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