The River Valley is is a popular spot for birders. All of these bird photographs were taken in the San Dieguito River Park by local photographers. We have grouped the birds by type, specie and/or preferred environment.
Most of the species are resident and regularly seen in the park, while some, such as the Summer Tanager, are rare visitors to Southern California. Others are seasonal tourists who stay for a while, or transient guests who use the valley and lagoon as a stopping-off point on their long migratory journeys. All are both a welcome and popular addition to the community.
Here are links to the latest monthly bird count, and the running tally of bird counts since 2010
FSDRV Lagoon Birds Brochure
Stalking the Spotted Sandpiper by Ed Mirsky, courtesy of the
Del Mar Sandpiper, June 2010
San Diego Audubon Society
Local Birding Sites recommended by the Audubon Society
Buena Vista Audubon Society
Birding Hotspots with emphasis on areas north of the San Dieguito river valley
Steve Brad has a photograph collection of SDRV birds