About 185 species of birds have been seen at Batiquitos Lagoon at different times of the year.
A comprehensive list of these birds is available here.
Birds commonly seen at the lagoon are listed below:
Shorebirds have long-pointed wings, long legs, and relatively narrow-pointed bills. Most are migratory. They feed along the shoreline.
Black-necked Stilt and chick
Snowy Plover (endangered)
Clapper Rail (endangered)
Wading Birds have long necks and legs and long pointed bills, which they use to spear fish or other food. They feed along the shoreline.
Waterfowl have webbed feet, long necks, short legs and flattened bills with tooth-like edges. They feed by dabbling in shallow water or by diving. Most are migratory.
Flying/diving birds catch fish by flying low over the water to locate their food and diving to capture it.
Juvenile Least Tern
Least Tern (endangered)
Raptors have sharp, hooked bills and strong, curved talons. Most are all-year residents of the lagoon.
Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
Some land birds use the wetland habitat around the lagoon.
Belding’s Savannah Sparrow (endangered)