|A view northward toward Manchester Avenue at San Elijo Lagoon East, Solana Beach, California. October 4, 2015.|
Well, there have been only 37 checklists submitted to La Orilla Trail Hotspot. I looked in past sightings and didn't see any real rarities either. My guess it was created by a local birder. The San Elijo Lagoon--East Hotspot, however, had 199 checklists (including my recent checklist of 17 species on October 4) and 171 species. There have been 10 birders submit eBird checklists there of 71 species since September 1st. I did see an Osprey and a White-tailed Kite not reported by 9 birders since. So it does get birded regularly. Perhaps there is more to it than I found?
Okay, I know where it is in case someone reports something rare there in the future. But it doesn't seem like a place to go to regularly, at least for me. I'm going to stick to the main lagoon off Rios Avenue and the nature center across on the north side.
The only birds I photographed here were a flock of Bushtits.
|Bushtit. San Elijo Lagoon, California. October 4, 2015. Greg Gillson.|
So I left this area and made a quick visit nearby to the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center. There wasn't much here, either, but I did manage a photo of this Willet.
Then I found this Say's Phoebe singing in between forays of bug chasing.
And I found this migrant Pacific-slope Flycatcher hiding behind a stick, just like one a week earlier in this blog post.
Anyway, I visited a spot I hadn't been to before. For whatever that's worth.