The bird I was most interested in seeing was the scaly-breasted munia--previously known as the nutmeg mannekin. It's a introduced species that recently was designated as "countable" by the powers-that-be in the birding world. Which means that it's official recognized as a North American bird. It's unclear how the bird arrived here, but it is believed to be cage birds that were either released or escaped. It's also known as a spice finch in the pet market.
Here's a link for more info:
We did see some munias, but they are very active little birds that jump around a lot, so no pics. But I did get some nice pictures of other birds using my iPhone and scope! You can tap on the picture to see them larger.
We saw a lot of California Thrashers. Here's a shot of a California Thrasher having lunch:
Osprey having lunch:
When we got back from the trip, we drove the short distance over to the San Diego River to check out the white pelicans. Most were asleep.
And one last stop to check out the roosting great blue heron at the exit to the marina.
Complete bird list from the day:
California Quail (San Diego Bird Festival Lake Murray)
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
It was a great day--small group, good birds and great weather.
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