But it was also an excuse to visit another location near where I go frequently, that I hadn't visited before.
It was not far "up river" from the excellent birding in the main lower San Elijo Lagoon of which I've written before ("Site Guide to San Elijo Lagoon"). I had also birded another access point quite nearby ("Some birds at San Elijo Lagoon (East)").
Getting there: I-5 to Solana Beach, exit on Loma Santa Fe Dr. If coming from the north go east under I-5 and take the first left; if coming from the south the exit ramp becomes Santa Helena after crossing Loma Santa Fe Dr. Santa Helena winds around and dead ends. There is free street parking here at the trailhead.
Here's what I saw when I arrived...
|Stonebridge Trail trailhead|
I did find a couple of migrant Nashville Warblers right away. My photos just barely captured enough field marks to identify it, but it will win no prizes.
|Almost headless Nashville Warbler. Solana Beach, California. April 19, 2016. Greg Gillson.|
|Photo Quiz. Six birds. Can you find them all? Can you name the 4 species?|
I assume the target shorebird was in the shallows and mudflats of that farther pond with a group of dowitchers there. I spent about 20 minutes scanning, but the Solitary didn't come out of hiding in the pickleweed, I guess.
A rather distant photo of a Lesser Goldfinch is all I have to leave you with...
I lied. I'm also leaving you with a link to my eBird checklist for the walk.