August, 2021: Tijuana River Mouth
Check out the variety of sea and shorebirds at the Tijuana River Mouth, where the Tijuana River lets out into the sea. The area is adjacent to numerous wildlife refuges, and you might spot some migratory CA Least Terns, or resident Western Snowy Plovers. Both are endangered species that nest on our coastal dunes, and that San Diego Audubon has been working to protect throughout the county. Watch your step though - the sand colored chicks blend in perfectly!
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
- You will need an active eBird account - sign up here.
- There are two ways to record birds in the field - eBird Mobile or via the website.
- Create a personal list in the hotspot location using the instructions above, and then share to "SDASBirdingHotspot."
See below for step-by-step instructions:
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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.
- May, 2021: San Diego River
- Volunteers participated in the San Diego River Park Foundation's River Days event and helped to collect information about how shore and seabirds interact with dogs and people along the river channel. A total of six lists were submitted, with 53 species seen including Black Skimmers, Marbled Godwits, and Red-Necked Phalaropes. Each of these species relies on the river to feed and rest, and many have migrated thousands of miles in between their nesting and wintering grounds.
- June, 2021: Ramona Grasslands
- Several birders checked out the Wildflower Loop in the Ramona Grasslands, an important area for a number of predatory birds including the declining Golden Eagle. Twenty-two birds were seen, including the American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and both the Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk, but alas, no Golden Eagles.
- July, 2021: Swiss Park