Spring Break Report — The Birds!

31 Mar

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 . . .

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Great Heron at the Rookery at San Diego Wild Animal Park.

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The Rookery at San Diego Wild Animal Park

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Little Blue Heron, San Diego Bay

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San Diego Bay

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San Diego Bay

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San Diego Bay

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Raven, San Diego Wild Animal Park

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Peahen, San Diego Zoo (Hey, it’s in my Sibley book! 🙂 )

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Flamingo, also exotic but also in my Sibley book!

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Vieing with the sealions and seagulls for fish!

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House Finch fluffed up on a chilly morning

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House Sparrow who joined us in the open air restaurant

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Crows at the campground — adaptive critters, aren’t they?

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Flock of Black Skimmers.

The List:

  • 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!!!
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3 Responses to “Spring Break Report — The Birds!”

  1. jayne 31 March, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    Good list there Liza!! We absolutely loved the San Diego Wild Animal Park when we went there. Such a cool place.

  2. robin andrea 31 March, 2008 at 11:19 am #

    Love seeing all those birds at San Diego Bay. Shorebirds are some of my favorites.

  3. mon@rch 31 March, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    Wonderful list of birds that you captured here! Thanks for sharing and great photos!

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