[Tweeters] Southern California Trip Birds Seen

Doug Schurman doug at bodyresults.com
Tue Apr 29 14:44:53 PDT 2014

A few weeks ago I requested to suggestions for birding in the Southern Cal
area. I was amazed at all the wonderful responses I received. I tried to
thank everyone but I might have missed a couple so if you didn't hear from
me please take this as a thank you.

I returned last week from a 9 day trip that where most of the time was spent
between Anaheim and Carlsbad. The Primary purpose was theme parks. Seven
theme parks in 7 days. During the trip I did manage to visit a few specific
birding areas ; San Elijo Lagoon, Bolsa Chica and Huntington Beach State
Park. In addition I also had some nice wild bird sightings at the Sand Diego
Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park.

No rarities seen but did get 11 ABA Life Birds. ebird had me down for 85
total species.

I posted some bird photos in this group:


I also posted some Zoo mammal photos here. My favorite was the sprinting
Cheetah going over 60 mph.

And finally for those that like lists, here's the full bird list:

Canada Goose


American Wigeon


Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup


Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Eared Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture


Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Common Gallinule

American Coot

American Avocet

Semipalmated Plover




Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone


Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Elegant Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Anna's Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Black Phoebe

Cassin's Kingbird

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Horned Lark

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow


House Wren

Bewick's Wren


Western Bluebird

American Robin

California Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

California Towhee

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Bullock's Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Doug Schurman

NE Seattle

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