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98 bird species were identified in November’s bird survey, with no new species, keeping the cumulative species total at 227.
Bird survey leader Jayne Lesley reports these species of special interest: Pacific Golden Plover, Red-breasted Nuthatch again in Crest Canyon, and Dark-eyed Juncos. She says there are still few ducks and shorebirds, but other winter arrivals, like Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Lincoln’s sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and American Pipits, were widely seen.
The photo above of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was taken by Ginni Kitchen at the San Dieguito Lagoon last winter. Unlike its endangered cousin, the California Gnatcatcher, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is common throughout most of the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds website.
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