Lake Hodges East Field Trip Report

A large group of over 50 birders enjoyed perfect weather and a good variety of
species. The water level was the lowest we have seen in years. The group was
divided into 3 groups with Jim Beckman and Doug Nail assisting me. Jim’s group
found a rare Zone-tailed Hawk. It was first seen overhead and then pounced on a
lizard which it ate on a not-to-far away dead tree. It was a great day for Road
Runners and dancing Grebes. This was Doug & Mickey’s last bird walk with
Palomar Audubon before their move to Arizona. We wish them all the best on
their new adventure.

Between the 3 groups we had 70 species.

American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
White-throated Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Hutton’s Vireo
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
House Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Towhee
Lark Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Leader; Jeff Ebright

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