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Monthly Birding Hotspot


May, 2021: San Diego River

Participate in the San Diego River Park Foundation's River Days event and go bird along the San Diego River! From the mudflats at the mouth of the river, to the tidal channels to the east, there are tons of birds to see here, and you will help us gather information about how shore and seabirds interact with dogs and people.

Bird Together, While Apart

Each month, we will highlight a birding location in San Diego County, and ask our supporters to get out there (safely, while following social distancing protocols) and record as many species as they can using eBird. Many of these locations are in areas where we are actively carrying out restoration work or have other conservation concerns that we are tracking. By recording bird sightings in these areas, you are helping us gather more information about the species that frequent these areas. Students in the San Diego City College Audubon Campus Chapter will also use these data points in their research projects.

Getting Started with eBird

  1. You will need an active eBird account - sign up here.
  2. There are two ways to record birds in the field - eBird Mobile or via the website.
  3. Create a personal list in the hotspot location using the instructions above, and then share to "SDASBirdingHotspot."

See below for step-by-step instructions:

Need more help? Take the eBird Essentials course for free here, and check out this short video with a step-by-step guide on how to report your bird sightings on eBird, in English and Spanish.

Spread the word!

Submit your photos to our staff at, and use the hashtags #SDAudubon and #BirdingHotspot on your social media posts. You can also tag our Instagram page.

Past Birding Hotspots

  • February, 2021: Northeast corner of Mission Bay
    • In celebration of Love Your Wetlands, supporters birded nearby the Kendall-Frost Marsh and the northeast portion of the Bay. A total of 13 checklists were submitted by volunteers, with 89 species reported. This included Black Skimmer, White-tailed Kite, Chestnut-Collared Longspur, Cinnamon Teal and Peregrine Falcon.
  • March, 2021: Otay Valley Regional Park
    •  We are working to restore habitat and support monarch butterflies, birds and other pollinators in this regional park. A total of 9 checklists were submitted by volunteers, with 42 species reported. This included Bufflehead, Hermit Thrush, California Towhee and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
  • April, 2021: Lake Hodges
    • Lake Hodges is an important nesting area for Clark's and Western Grebes, who often rush over the water. We are working to advocate for these nesting birds, who have been impacted by shifting water levels. A total of 6 checklists were submitted by volunteers, with 68 species reported. This includes Bald Eagle, American Avocet, Cactus Wren and White-faced Ibis.



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