Pala Indian Reservation

Note:  Palomar Audubon is assisting the biologist working for the Pala Tribe in doing bird surveys.  Of special interest is the threaten Willow Flycatcher.  PAS may also add this location to our field trips.   – Jeff


This morning, May 12, five PAS birders conducted a field trip on private Pala Indian Reservation land accompanied by the Tribal Wildlife Biologist, Kurt Broz. The trail followed the San Luis Rey River bed in an area behind and west of the casino. This is a fantastic birding spot and we all had a great time. We found 53 bird species, including the seldom seen Willow Flycatcher. Thanks to TomTrowbridge, the highlight of the morning had to be finding the high-up and distant nest along with the two Golden Eagles perched on nearby rocks.

Here’s our list:

Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin’s Kingbird
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Oak Titmouse
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Western Bluebird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

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