March 16, 2024 Palomar Audubon Society Field Trip to Batiquitos Lagoon

Hello Birding Friends,

The Palomar Audubon Society had a successful field trip to Batiquitos Lagoon today.  We had 27 birders in the group and a beautiful sunny and cool morning on the trail.  The walk started with a Hooded Oriole which was a first-of-season for many of us and we took it as a good omen.  We were also lucky to be there while the tide was out allowing us to see quite a few shorebirds in good morning light, allowing us to study our field marks on dowitchers, whimbrels, godwits, curlews, and willets.  A few Semi-palmated Plovers also made the list.  Wintering ducks were still present which helped create an admirable list of 86 species despite the warbler migration still wanting.  One highlight was a beautiful fly-over of White Pelicans followed a short time later by a flock of White-faced Ibis.

If you would like to properly admire our eBird list, you can find it here:  ebird.org/checklist/S165074230.

As always, many thanks to Steve Ellis for keeping the list.

Beth Pearson

First-time Trip facilitator

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