April 12, 2020

A falcon at San Elijo Lagoon

Took another swing though San Elijo Lagoon and saw this falcon stalking prey mid-flight. 

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Anna's Hummingbird (male)

April 4, 2020

Birds in the time of Covid: Lagoons of North County, San Diego, April 2020

In times like these, one finds themselves socially distanced and alone with the smaller things on this planet.

Which begs the question, Is birding important during a pandemic?

With resounding confidence I assert, 'NOW, MORE THAN EVER.'

San Dieguito and San Elijo lagoon of North County, San Diego still remain open to hikers as long as they convince the ranger they will not be congregating with others.

Ok, plowing foward...

For this post, we have a special cameo appearance from a celebrity landscape painter from central California.

Ryan 'two T's' Petterson is well known throughout the geological features/water-color painting community, however, he is considerably less well known among the birding community of San Diego.

But, please let's give this rock-jock a chance. He has requested a chance to pre-ID the birds on this post. No one has ever asked for such a challenge on the Captain's Log before, so what could I do??
I had to oblige.

Ryan, I wish you all the best. The microphone is yours. If you see fit, please list the common names for each bird, top to bottom in a comment below. And I will remind, you....the world is watching.

I included multiple shots for some birds, to show off different behavior or colors.

Common Yellowthroat (adult male Southwest)

Common Yellowthroat (adult male Southwest)

American Avocet (breeding male)

American Avocet (breeding male)

Marbled Godwit (non-breeding)

American Widgeon (breeding pair)


Mourning Dove

California Towhee

California Towhee

Green Heron (1st year)

Anna's X Costa's Hummingbird hybrid (yeah, I know....I'm getting a bit ambitious with this ID)

Anna's X Costa's Hummingbird hybrid (yeah, I know....I'm getting a bit ambitious with this ID)

Juvenile Spotted Sandpiper (maybe)

House Finch

Spotted Towhee


Yellow-rumped Warbler

March 28, 2020

Birds at Famosa Slough in March 2020

Famosa Slough is one of the last remaining sections of coastal wetland in Point Loma. 

American Coot

I am calling this an Anna's Hummingbird. If anyone knows better, please let me know. 

Anna's Hummingbird?

Black Phoebe

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Blue winged Teal

Great Blue Heron

Large billed Dowitcher (?)

Large billed Dowitcher (?)

House Sparrow (ID thanks to my rock jock friend Ryan P.)

Snowy Egret


House Sparrow (ID attributed to Ryan 'deep quarantine' Petterson 

Willet (adult non-breeding)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

March 22, 2020

Birds in Anza Borrego State Park, Winter 2020

Red Shouldered Hawk and blackbird seen outside of Julian on drive home

Red Shouldered Hawk

Brewer's Blackbird

Birds below spotted out near Oriflamme Canyon, along a dry river bed in Anza Borrego State Park

Western Scrub Jay

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Albert's Towhee
(credit due to Brock 'drop n roll' Roberts)

Cactus Wren
(credit for ID from Brock 'stop, drop and roll' Roberts)

Cassin's Finch

House Finch

March 5, 2020

Waterfowl spotted in Dog Beach estuary in March 2020

These dabbling ducks and shorebirds were seen in the mudflats near the outflow of the San Diego River. This is a tidal mud flat area that spills into Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, CA.

Many of these birds are only here for the winter.

American widgeon

Blue-winged teal (male and female)

Blue-winged teal (male)

Lesser yellow-legs

Royal Tern