Birds of the San Dieguito River Valley

                    

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NEW: California Gnatcatcher.  06/18/14.  Photo © Leonard Sander.

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NEW: Cliff Swallow.  06/18/14.  Photo © Leonard Sander.

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NEW: Horned Lark.  06/18/14.  Photo © Leonard Sander.

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NEW: Horned Lark.  06/18/14.  Photo © Leonard Sander.

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Cactus Wren. Photo © Steve Brad.

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Cliff Swallow Nests. on the underside of I-15 at the east end of Lake Hodges.  Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Cliff Swallows collecting mud for nests across from the Grand Ave. Bridge.  Photo © Paul Haydu.    

Cliff Swallows have returned!   Cliff Swallows have returned to the San Dieguito Lagoon after spending the winter in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. They may be seen at the Grand Avenue Bridge gathering mud along the shore. Look for groups of birds standing on the mudflat picking up mud as they flutter their up-stretched wings. Their domed nests are constructed under the bridge, one dollop at a time, from mud carried back in their bills. As the number of nests increases they may become closely packed forming a “condominium complex.” Remember to be quiet and don't disturb the birds. 

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Cassin's Kingbird. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Cassin's Kingbird. 11/16/10. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Mockingbird. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Black Phoebe eating a Dragonfly. 11/16/10. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Black Phoebe. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Say's Phoebe. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Hooded Oriole. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Hooded Oriole. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Immature male Summer Tanager. Photo © Susan Smith.

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Immature male Summer Tanager.  Photo © Susan Smith.

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Western Tanager. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Common Yellowthroat Pair, male (brightly colored) and a female.  Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Belding's Savannah Sparrow Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Belding's Savannah Sparrow Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Lesser Goldfinch. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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House Finch. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Red-winged Blackbird. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Nuttall's Woodpecker. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Nuttall's Woodpecker. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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Nutall's Woodpecker. 11/16/10. Photo © Paul Haydu.

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California Thrasher. Photo © Paul Haydu.

 

 

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