Field Trip Results — Sweetwater River Gorge

Hi Friends,

On Saturday May 26, fourteen birders walked the Sweetwater River Gorge trail at Rancho San Diego.
We found 34 bird species. The weather was very comfortable, cool and overcast. A fun walk for everybody!
We saw five warbler species, three different flycatchers, and two vireo species. While hearing the constant call
of the Yellow-breasted Chat, we were determined to actually find the bird, and eventually we located several individuals.

Here is our bird species list:

California Quail
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hummingbird sp.
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Bell’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
House Wren
Western Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Scaly-breasted Munia

JIM BECKMAN, trip leader

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