MONTHLY BIRD COUNTS


American Coot (courtesy Chris Mayne)

Volunteering to verify our winged residents and visitors. 
 
Approximately 40% of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. This magnificent wetland also hosts our migrating visitors each winter as birds fly from as far as Canada and Chile along the Pacific flyway.
 
Our coastal sand dunes host some of California’s threatened avian species: California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover. Ridgway Rails were reintroduced in the East Basin and are thriving. Other endangered species in the reserve include: California Gnatcatcher, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and Least Bell’s Vireo
 
 
MONTHLY BIRD COUNT DATA
 
 
Monthly bird counts by volunteers were originally started and carried out in 1973-1983. They were restarted in 2002 and have been ongoing since. What originally started with five geographic zones has been expanded to nine zones. (shown above)
 
The 25+ years of bird count data provides valuable insight and trends into birds within the lagoon and informs management decisions of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Below are links to the comparative data and some statistics by bird species and bird groups. Any questions about the data or requests for the raw data can be sent to bradley [at] sanelijo [dot] org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Birders (Photo: J. Walker)

MONTHLY BIRD COUNTS

  • 2nd Monday of each month (rain or shine)
  • 7:30 am - 12 pm
  • Meet at Rios Trailhead
2018 SPECIES LISTS
 
View previous years species lists.
 
CONTACT
Robert Patton
birds [at] sanelijo [dot] org
 
Avian biologist Robert Patton began the bird counts in 1986 as the county's Supervising Park Ranger at San Elijo Lagoon. After leaving his post, he continued as a volunteer, coordinating expansion of the survey to lagoon-wide monthly bird counts with the assistance of conservancy volunteers and staff.

AVIAN RESOURCES

Lagoon Animal Guide
Avifauna Checklist
eBird.org
All About Birds