I will get to the most important stuff first . . . the birds! What a trip — to be honest, I did not see as many birds as I have on other trips. I should have — the campground we stayed in was right on the water and there was a wildlife preserve near by. I think a large part of the problem was the busy schedule we kept on this trip. (See my FMC blog report for a quick and dirty version!)
I have to break my bird report into two parts — domestic and exotic. Because we went to the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and SeaWorld, I saw a fair number of exotic birds. They were wonderful and I loved seeing them but they aren’t “countable!”
So, domestic birds. Here are some pictures . . .
House Finch fluffed up on a chilly morning
House Sparrow who joined us in the open air restaurant
Crows at the campground — adaptive critters, aren’t they?
Flock of Black Skimmers.
- Brant (Branta bernicla) LIFER!!!
- Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
- Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
- Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) LIFER!!!
- Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) LIFER!!!
- Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
- American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
- European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
- Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) LIFER!!!
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens) LIFER!!!
- House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
- House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
- Great Egret (Ardea alba)
- Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
- Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
- Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
- Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
- Common Raven (Corvus corax)
- Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
- Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli)
- Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
- American Wigeon (Anas americana) LIFER!!!