Welcome to Bird Friends Of San Diego County. This site has evolved dramatically over the last eight years. It started with just a few birds photographed at Lake Murray and now consists of over 300 species that can be found throughout San Diego county, as well as some additional species found elsewhere in the United States.

Each bird page below contains a brief description of the bird, where the bird has been seen, and one or more photos. Some pages also contain a sound clip of the bird. Please note that some photographs may indicate that they were taken at another location outside the county. These photos are only used if I have seen the bird within the county, but wasn't able to get a photo of it at the time. San Diego has hundreds of different birds that visit/live here and this site is updated as often as possible. If you would like to be notified when new birds are added, then please join the mailing list.

Please sign my guestbook with any comments you may have. You may also view the guestbook. If you have any questions, suggestions, find mistakes, or have recently seen a bird around the county that is not listed below, please feel free to send me e-mail.     -Scott Streit


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Birding Locations

Lake Murray
Mission Trails Regional Park
Santee Lakes
San Elijo Lagoon
Sweetwater Marsh
Bataquitos Lagoon
Cuyamaca State Park
Torrey Pines & Los Peuitos Lagoon
Lindo Lake
Tijuana River Estuary
Border Field State Park
Flood Control Channel
Famosa Slough

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Duck Like Birds
American Coot
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
Black Swan
Blue-Winged Teal
Brown Chinese Goose
Brown Pelican
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Clark's Grebe
Common Goldeneye
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Moorhen
Domestic Muscovy
Eared Grebe
Eurasian Wigeon
Greater White-Fronted Goose
Green-Winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Lesser Scaup
Long-Tailed Duck
Mandarin Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Pied-Billed Grebe
Red-Breasted Merganser
Red-Throated Loon
Ring-Necked Duck
Ross's Goose
Ruddy Duck
Surf Scoter
Western Grebe
White Chinese Goose
White-Winged Scoter
Wood Duck

Gull Like Birds
Black-Legged Kittiwake
Black-Vented Shearwater
Black Skimmer
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Caspian Tern
Elegant Tern
Forster's Tern
Franklin's Gull
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Gull-Billed Tern
Heermanns Gull
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Least Tern
Mew Gull
Northern Fulmar
Ring-Billed Gull
Royal Tern
Western Gull

Hawk Like Birds
American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Crested Caracara
Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Harris's Hawk
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
White-Tailed Kite
Zone-Tailed Hawk

Long Legged Waders
Black-Crowned Night-Heron
Cattle Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Little Blue Heron
Reddish Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
White-Faced Ibis
Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

Upright Perching Water Birds
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Rhinoceros Auklet
Xantus's MurreletUPDATED

Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Broad-Billed Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

Pigeon Like Birds
Band-Tailed Pigeon
Common Ground-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
White-Winged Dove

Sandpiper Like Birds
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Baird's Sandpiper
Bar-Tailed Godwit
Black-Bellied Plover
Black-Necked Stilt
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Long-Billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Pacific Golden-Plover
Red Knot
Red-Necked Phalarope
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Plover
Short-Billed Dowitcher
Snowy Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Wandering Tattler
Western Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope

Swallow Like Birds
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Vaux's Swift
Violet-Green Swallow

Tree Clinging Birds
Acorn Woodpecker
Brown Creeper
Downy Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
Lewis's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Nutall's Woodpecker
Pygmy Nuthatch
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Red-Breasted Sapsucker
Red-Naped Sapsucker
White-Breasted Nuthatch
White-Headed Woodpecker
Williamson's Sapsucker
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Upland Ground Birds
California Quail
Gambel's Quail
Greater Roadrunnder
Lesser Nighthawk
Mountain Quail
Wild Turkey

Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Long-Eared Owl
Great Horned Owl
Spotted Owl

Lilac-Crowned Parrot
Red-Crowned Parrot
Red-Lored Parrot

Chicken Like Marsh Birds
Clapper Rail

Perching Birds
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Pipit
American Redstart
American Robin
Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Baltimore Oriole
Bell's Vireo (Least)
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick's Wren
Black-Headed Grosbeak
Black Phoebe
Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-Throated Blue Warbler
Black-Throated Gray Warbler
Black-Throated Sparrow
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Blue Grosbeak
Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer's Sparrow
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Brown Thrasher
Bullock's Oriole
Cactus Wren
California Gnatcatcher
California Thrasher
California Towhee
Canyon Wren
Cape May Warbler
Cassin's Finch
Cassin's Kingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-Sided Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-Colored Sparrow
Common Grackle
Common Raven
Common Yellowthroat
Dark-Eyed Junco
Dusky-Capped Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Grace's Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Gray Flycatcher
Great-Tailed Grackle
Greater Pewee
Green-Tailed Towhee
Hammond's Flycatcher
Hepatic Tanager
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Warbler
Hooded Oriole
Horned Lark
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Hutton's Vireo
Lark Sparrow
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lazuli Bunting
Lesser Goldfinch
Loggerhead Shrike
Lucy's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Marsh Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Chickadee
Nashville Warbler
Northern Mockingbird
Oak Titmouse
Olive-Sided Flycatcher
Orange-Crowned Warbler
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Painted Redstart
Palm Warbler
Pine Siskin
Pine Warbler
Plumbeous Vireo
Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Finch
Red-Winged Blackbird
Rock Wren
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Rufous-Crowned Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Sage Sparrow
Sage Thrasher
Says Phoebe
Savannah Sparrow
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Scott's Oriole
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Steller's Jay
Summer Tanager
Thick-Billed Kingbird
Townsend's Warbler
Tricolored Blackbird
Vermilion Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Western Bluebird
Western Kingbird
Western Meadowlark
Western Scrub Jay
Western Tanager
Western Wood-Pewee
White-Crowned Sparrow
Willow Flycatcher
Wilson's Warbler
Winter Wren
Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-Breasted Chat
Yellow-Headed Blackbird
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Yellow-Throated Warbler
Yellow Warbler (Mangrove)
Yellow Warbler


The following is a list of additional birds not found in San Diego.

Perching Birds
Abert's Towhee
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black Rosy-Finch
Brown-Capped Rosy-Finch
Canyon Towhee
Common Myna
Common Waxbill
Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch
Japanese White-Eye
Java Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Nutmeg Mannikin
Red-Billed Leiothrix
Red-Crested Cardinal
Red-Whiskered Bulbul
Red-Vented BulBul
White-Rumped Shama
Yellow-Fronted Canary

Gull Like Birds
Great Frigatebird
Red-Footed Booby
Red-Tailed Tropicbird
Wedge-Tailed Shearwater
White-Tailed Tropicbird
White Tern

Pigeon Like Birds
Inca Dove
Spotted Dove
Zebra Dove

Duck Like Birds

Upland Ground Birds
Blue Grouse
Red Junglefowl
Scaled Quail