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Southern California Birding 2013-4, Day 1

November 08, 2013. Birding Tecalote Canyon, San Diego. We were heading to San Diego again for yet another pelagic birding trip that offered the last chance, end of migration season, to look for rare offshore species this year. We needed to be there early in the morning, so we needed to drive down a day early. Not wanting to waste a chance, we left early in the morning in order to spend the entire day birding. We drove south to Tecalote Nature Center to look for Nutmeg Mannikins. We walked a few minutes into Tecalote Canyon, and sure enough, there they were. We spent a few hours birding the canyon, then got a room near the boat docks, and went to Anthony's Seafood Restaurant (Liz's favorite with childhood memories). After an early dinner, we settled in at the nearby San Diego River for evening birding. We were tickled to see about 70 Black Brants (we didn't know they migrated this far south) and a rare Eurasian Wigeon.

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Tecalote Canyon Nature Center
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Adult and juvenile Nutmeg Mannikins
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Nutmeg Mannikins on seed feeder
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Wrentit!!
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Heermann's Gull begging at lunch
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Evening birding along the San Diego River
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View through spotting scope
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Image shot through spotting scope: Gulls and Black Brants

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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