Date: 12/29/17 9:34 am
From: <rpatton...> [SanDiegoRegionBirding] <SanDiegoRegionBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] preliminary results of Rancho Santa Fe area CBC 12-28-17

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s Rancho Santa Fe area Christmas Bird count. Not all groups have reported in yet, but the preliminary number of species was 190 (plus 2 subspecies and 3 additional species during count week). Over the 36 years of this count, the average has been 174 species & range 145 to 202. Thanks to County Parks staff for hosting the compilation at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.

Notable species included snow goose & cackling goose in San Dieguito River Valley, wood duck in Poway, Eurasian wigeon at San Elijo Lagoon, hybrid Eurasian/American wigeon at San Dieguito Lagoon, hooded merganser in San Dieguito River Valley & at SE Lake Hodges, common goldeneye at Miramar Lake, horned grebe at San Dieguito wetlands, brown booby off Torrey Pines, American bittern in 4S Ranch (count week), least bittern at San Dieguito Reservoir, San Elijo, and San Dieguito River Valley, zone-tailed hawk at Lake Hodges (count week), Pacific golden-plover in Penasquitos Lagoon, red phalarope, Thayer’s & glaucous-winged gulls, pomarine & parasitic jaegers off Torrey Pines, Caspian tern, red-naped sapsucker in Carmel Valley, gray flycatcher at Felicita Park, tropical kingbird in Del Mar (count week), Cassin’s vireo at SE Penasquitos Lagoon, violet-green swallow at San Elijo, barn swallow at San Dieguito Reservoir & San Elijo, red-breasted nuthatch in Olivenhain & Sun Valley area, canyon wren at Del Dios Highlands Open Space, yellow warbler in San Dieguito River Valley, black-throated gray warbler in Solana Beach & Olivenhain, hooded warbler in Del Mar, Nashville warbler at Felicita Park, Wilson's warbler in San Dieguito River Valley & Olivenhain, summer tanager in Del Mar & Harmony Grove, western tanager in Sun Valley area & San Diego Botanic Garden, Brewer’s sparrow at Felicita Park, Bell's sparrow at Elfin Forest Reserve, Del Dios Highlands, & Lake Miramar, orchard oriole in Sun Valley area, hooded oriole at San Diego Botanic Garden, Bullock's oriole in Sun Valley area & San Diego Botanic Garden, purple finch in Felicita Park, pine siskin in Rancho Bernardo & Del Mar.

Species observed: Snow goose, Canada goose, cackling goose, wood duck, gadwall, Eurasian wigeon, wigeon hybrid, American wigeon, mallard, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, northern shoveler, northern pintail, green-winged teal, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, surf scoter, common goldeneye, bufflehead, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, ruddy duck, California quail, red-throated loon, Pacific loon, common loon, pied-billed grebe, horned grebe, eared grebe, western grebe, Clark's grebe, black-vented shearwater, brown booby, American white pelican, brown pelican, Brandt’s cormorant, double-crested cormorant, pelagic cormorant, American bittern (cw), least bittern, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, green heron, black-crowned night-heron, white-faced ibis, turkey vulture, osprey, white-tailed kite, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk, zone-tailed hawk (cw), red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon, Ridgway’s rail, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule, American coot, Pacific golden-plover, black-bellied plover, snowy plover, semipalmated plover, killdeer, black-necked stilt, American avocet, spotted sandpiper, greater yellowlegs, willet, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, marbled godwit, black turnstone, sanderling, western sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, dowitcher sp., long-billed dowitcher, Wilson’s snipe, red phalarope, Bonaparte’s gull, Heermann’s gull, ring-billed gull, California gull, herring gull, Thayer’s gull, western gull, glaucous-winged gull, Caspian tern, royal tern, Forster's tern, pomarine jaeger, parasitic jaeger, rock pigeon, Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, greater roadrunner, barn owl, great horned owl, white-throated swift, Anna’s hummingbird, rufous/Allen’s hummingbird sp., Allen’s hummingbird, belted kingfisher, acorn woodpecker, red-naped sapsucker, Nuttall’s woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, gray flycatcher, black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, tropical kingbird (cw), Cassin’s kingbird, loggerhead shrike, Cassin’s vireo, Hutton's vireo, California scrub jay, American crow, common raven, horned lark, tree swallow, violet-green swallow, barn swallow, oak titmouse, bushtit, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, rock wren, canyon wren, Bewick’s wren, house wren, marsh wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, California gnatcatcher, western bluebird, hermit thrush, American robin, wrentit, northern mockingbird, California thrasher, European starling, American pipit, cedar waxwing, phainopepla, orange-crowned warbler, Nashville warbler, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped (Audubon's) warbler, yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler, black-throated gray warbler, Townsend’s warbler, common yellowthroat, hooded warbler, Wilson's warbler, summer tanager, western tanager, spotted towhee, California towhee, rufous-crowned sparrow, chipping sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, lark sparrow, Bell’s sparrow, Belding’s savannah sparrow, migrant savannah sparrow, fox sparrow, song sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, golden-crowned sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, dark-eyed (Oregon) junco, red-winged blackbird, tricolored blackbird, western meadowlark, Brewer’s blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, great-tailed grackle, orchard oriole, hooded oriole, Bullock’s oriole, purple finch, house finch, lesser goldfinch, American goldfinch, house sparrow, scaly-breasted munia.

R. Patton
San Diego, CA

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