19 january 2012 — san diego river

San Diego River–Southern Wildlife Preserve, San Diego, US-CA
Jan 19, 2012 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Visited the south side of the San Diego River and walked the bike path from Robb field to Friar’s Rd.  Was hoping to find the Reddish Egret that has been reported on the local listserve — no luck there but plenty of birds none the less!
65 species (+4 other taxa)

Brant  2
Gadwall  25
Eurasian Wigeon  1
American Wigeon  250
Mallard  4
Blue-winged Teal  35
Cinnamon Teal  15
Northern Shoveler  50
Northern Pintail  125
Green-winged Teal  50
Redhead  6
Ring-necked Duck  1     Single female.
Greater Scaup  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Greater/Lesser Scaup  75     Both present with Lessers be more numerous.
Bufflehead  75
Common Merganser  1     Single female.  I’m not sure of their distribution down here but back in Oregon these are rather rare on the coast becoming more common inland.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883927@N08/6728465719/” title=”20120119_Common_

Merganser_001 by greg haworth, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6728465719_0ea13b17b6.jpg” alt=”20120119_Common_Merganser_001″></a>
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Ruddy Duck  100
Pied-billed Grebe  25
Horned Grebe  7
Eared Grebe  6
Western Grebe  8
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  10
Great Egret  30
Snowy Egret  40
Little Blue Heron  7
Osprey  1
American Kestrel  1
American Coot  75
Black-bellied Plover  150
Snowy Plover  30
Semipalmated Plover  25
Killdeer  12
American Avocet  25
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  15
Willet  X     Just too abundant to keep track — well over 100.
Whimbrel  3
Long-billed Curlew  4
Marbled Godwit  X     Just too abundant to keep track — well over 100.
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Western Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Dunlin  50 and one that had me going for the Stilt Sandpiper below — sheesh!
Stilt Sandpiper  1     Instantly recognized as being different after scanning over 1000 shorebirds today.  Picture is worth a thousand words.  I have a number of photos but all have to be heavily cropped as the bird was about 30 yards away.  I am visiting from Portland Oregon so i am unfamiliar with the area.  I walked east from Robb Field, just short of the second bridge is where i found this bird.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883927@N08/6728465857/” title=”20120119_Stilt_Sandpiper_001 by greg haworth, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7035/6728465857_20535452f9.jpg” alt=”20120119_Stilt_Sandpiper_001″></a> 
peep sp.  1000     Mixed flocks of LESA and WESA with the counted species.  Today it seemed the WESA out numbered the LESA significantly by about 50:1.  There were a few smaller flocks of pure LESA but not as many as the WESA.
Short-billed Dowitcher  X
Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  150     Probably more.  Assuming both are present from different feeding and flight vocalizations.
Ring-billed Gull  X     Didn’t sort through the gulls for counts — just to see who was around.
Western Gull  X
California Gull  X
Herring Gull  2
gull sp.  750
Forster’s Tern  2
Royal Tern  18
Rock Pigeon  50
Anna’s Hummingbird  7
Belted Kingfisher  2
Black Phoebe  1
American Crow  12
European Starling  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
House Finch  1This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)