Sunday, February 15, 2009
San Diego Coast Birding
I finally got to get out and do some birding yesterday. I have not been able to bird for three weeks, that's along time for me. I went to the LaJolla Coast and brought by scope to look for sea birds. I have always wanted to visit Stan's Bench a fellow birder who has worn the paint off of where he sits. He is remarkable how he can tell what those far away birds are that I could barely see even with a scope. There was a dead whale probably a blue they thought that was out aways making its way towards shore. The visibility was excellent and we saw a Jaeger probably a Pomarine variety. Also a Glacous Winged Gull, and the usual sea birds.
I also visited the San Diego River Channel called Robb Field and saw a Mew Gull and a Laughing Gull which we see maybe one of a year in San Diego. First time for me seeing these two gulls. I also saw lots of Blue Winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals, Green-Winged Teal, Gadwall,Western Grebes,Eared Grebes,Red-Breasted Merganser,White Pelicans, Little Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpipers, Dunlin,Marbled Godwits, Dowitchers. My list could go on we saw a total of 70 different species. I have a total now of 239 species seen in San Diego working towards my 400 species total for the 400 Club. I am climbing up there.
The picture is of a Blue-Winged Teal with some females nearby. The Blue-Winged Teal is identified by the White Crescent on his head you can't miss it. The picture was taken with a Canon IS 3 Powershot with Converter Lens.