Trip Report for Kit Carson Park

Hi Friends,

This morning, Saturday, August 30,  twenty-four birders walked around Kit Carson Park. The weather was cool for most of the morning and warmed-up later. The surprise bird of the day was a nice ZONE-TAILED HAWK which made brief flyover as we were winding down the field trip. Unfortunately, about half of the birders had left early and missed this one. For those who completed the hike, we all got a great look at this rare San Diego County bird which was a lifer for several birders. We found 40 bird species and here’s our list:

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Western Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Scaly-breasted Munia

JIM BECKMAN, trip leader
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