Birding San Diego and chasing some lifers

I’ve been in San Diego on business since last Saturday and my husb, Steve decided to tag along so he could do some birding.  Before our trip Steve ordered Brad Schram’s A Birder’s Guide to Southern California, which he poured over for a whole week. So while I was in meetings at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, working on PowerPoints and making sure our meeting went without a hitch, Steve was traveling all over Southern California chasing his list of birds.  It’s just as well that I didn’t see much of him, since I was working from 6:30 a.m. until past midnight every night. But his trips all over Southern Cali proved fruitful for him, though I was sorry that I couldn’t let him have the Nikon for all his birding–I needed it for my meetings. His lifers he found included the following:

  • Nuttail’s Woodpecker (which he found just outside our suite at the Rancho Bernardo Inn)
  • Wrentit (saw a group of them also outside our suite)
  • Lawrence’s Goldfinch (about 20 of them at San Pasqual Nat’l Historic Park)
  • Mountain Plovers (flock seen in the fields near Salton Sea)
  • LeConte’s Thrasher (near San Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
  • Tri-colored Blackbird (seen at Kern National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Oak Titmouse (East of San Luis Obispo)
  • Yellow-billed Magpie (Los Alamos State Park)
  • Black-shouldered Kite (Flying over the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Yesterday (Friday) my work was done at Rancho Bernardo and so I was able to relax for the weekend in the San Diego area before we were to head back to Utah on Sunday. So during the weekend Steve and I visited the San Diego Safari Park and spent today at Torrey Pines State Park and hung out in LaJolla where I was able to add a few lifers myself. Here’s my list:

  • Black-shouldered Kite (Flying over the San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
  • Brandt’s Cormorant (La Jolla)
  • Western Gull (La Jolla)
  • Heermann’s Gull (La Jolla)

I also got a good shot of a Great Blue Heron, some Turkey Vultures and some Brown Pelicans. Here are the highlights:

Western Gull

Brown Pelicans and a Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Cormorants with prime LaJolla real estate

Heermann's Gulls

Coming in for a landing (I'm always trying to perfect these shots.)

Heermann's Gull

Brandt's Cormorant

Brandt's Cormorant