Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Trip Report

We had 32 birders join us on the walk, including a few visiting from out of town. We changed the route of the walk slightly, and we were lucky with overcast skies on the most exposed portion of the trail. Many backyard feeders along the trail attracted a good variety of birds. The best sighting was a covey of California Quail. A Red-breasted Nuthatch, which is a first for this location, was spotted by three birders, but hid before the rest of the group made it to the spot to see the bird.

We saw 40 species, which is very good for this location in the summer.

California Quail 18
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 22
Greater Roadrunner 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 5
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird 3
hummingbird sp. 5
white egret sp. 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Acorn Woodpecker 10
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 3
Black Phoebe 1
Cassin’s Kingbird 2
Western Kingbird 1
yellow-bellied kingbird sp. 1
California Scrub-Jay 5
American Crow 5
Common Raven 2
Bushtit 15
Wrentit 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 0
House Wren 3
Bewick’s Wren 4
European Starling 2
California Thrasher 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
Western Bluebird 3
Scaly-breasted Munia 10
House Sparrow 1
House Finch 20
Lesser Goldfinch 12
Song Sparrow 3
California Towhee 9
Spotted Towhee 6
Hooded Oriole 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 1

Leader: Jeff Ebright

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