Birds

Birds

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

Black-necked Stilt and chick

    American Avocet

    Black-necked Stilt

    Willet

    Marbled Godwit

    Long-billed Curlew

    Whimbrel

    Short-billed Dowitcher

    Long-billed Dowitcher

    Western and Least Sandpiper

    Killdeer

    Snowy Plover (endangered)

    Black-bellied Plover

    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.

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

     

     

     

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Snowy Egret

    Green Heron

    Black-crowned Night-Heron

    White-faced Ibis

     

     

 

 

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.

American Coot

American Coot

    Mallard

    Northern Pintail

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Wigeon

    Green-winged Teal

    Cinnamon Teal

    Bufflehead

    American Coot

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Western Grebe

     

 

Flying/diving birds catch fish by flying low over the water to locate their food and diving to capture it.

 

Juvenile Least Tern

Juvenile Least Tern

    Brown Pelican

    American White Pelican

    Western Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Caspian Tern

    Forster’s Tern

    Least Tern (endangered)

    Black Skimmer

    Belted Kingfisher

    Double-crested Cormorant

     

 

 

Raptors have sharp, hooked bills and strong, curved talons. Most are all-year residents of the lagoon.

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

    American Kestrel

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Red-shouldered Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    White-tailed Kite

    Northern Harrier

    Osprey

    Peregrine Falcon

     

 

 

 

 

 

Some land birds use the wetland habitat around the lagoon.

 

Common Yellowthroat

Yellowthroat

    Black Phoebe

    Say’s Phoebe

    Song Sparrow

    Common Yellowthroat

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Belding’s Savannah Sparrow (endangered)

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Marsh Wren