Birding at Lake Hodges

Last week, local birders reported seeing an adult Bald Eagle and two juveniles near the east end of Lake Hodges. So my wife and I traveled north on Interstate 15 Sunday to see if we could find them. We exited at the Pomerado Road/West Bernardo Drive exit, crossed the bridge, and parked at its west end. Lake Hodges is a little spooky due to all the dead trees rising up from the lake bed. The trees grew during a drought and died when the water later rose and drowned them.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

 We didn’t catch sight of the eagles, but were rewarded with a magnificent view of the lake presided over by a regal Osprey attended by two Double-crested Cormorants. 

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

Of course, there were numerous other birds: a Red-tailed Hawk, Great and Snowy Egrets, Black Phoebes, American Coots, and Western Grebes.

An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.
An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.

All in all, worth the trip.

 

2 Comments so far

  1. juliewright on February 26th, 2009 @ 7:01 am

    I’m from Vancouver Canada originally and the bald eagles literally fill up the trees around area rivers when the salmon are spawning. They’re plentiful there. And it’s because of the fish! If you ever want to see an amazing sight, go to ‘Squamish, BC’ which is less than an hour from the city of Vancouver and participate in the eagle ‘count’ which often numbers in the hundreds during the spawning season.


  2. tendrel on March 23rd, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    My husband is senior ranger for SDRP, and he just told me there are 4 bald eagles in residence, a pair of adults and two juveniles. they have a nest an everything. I think the South shore is best to see them from, near the boating area maybe? =)



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