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Birders Flocking to the 2009 San Diego Bird Festival

sdbf This week the San Diego Audubon Society hosts the 13th Annual San Diego Bird Festival at the Marina Village Conference Center. Highlight include keynote speaker David Sibley, author of Sibley Guide to Birds, and Sharon Stiteler, author of the Birdchick blog. There will be plenty of workshop with subjects like Blogging: The New Nature Journal and eBird: Keeping Bird Records Online. There’s even one on Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Headaches. Vendors such as Leica, Zeiss, and Eagle Optics will have their wares on display from 11 am to 5 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

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.

 

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