Birder's Guide

OCT 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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31 October 2014 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy San Diego, California Barbara L. Carlson waters. (San Clemente Island sits off north- ern San Diego County. Unfortunately, it be- longs to Los Angeles County. Going by the nearest point of land, Los Angeles County includes waters to our west and even wa- ters west of Mexico—much of it formerly considered part of San Diego County.) 2 • The total number of species recorded in the county as of the end of 2013 was 514, more than that of many states and provinces. 3 • The habitats are diverse. The county en- compasses rocky and sandy shorelines, cit- ies with pockets of coastal scrub and chap- arral, as well as exotic plantings. The urban sprawl contains neighborhoods, creeks, and parks with watered fowering trees and gardens that are attractive to spring and fall vagrants and wintering rarities. Although major tidal mudfats are present, other shorebird habitat is scarce; for example, there are no viable sewage ponds or mud- Top left: Prairie Warbler: one of the wintering eastern vagrants. Photo © Gary Nunn Bottom left: Red-billed Tropicbird was ticked off on a pelagic trip. Photo © Gary Nunn Right: This Lesser Sand-Plover was a San Diego County frst. Photo © Gary Nunn

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