Bird Counts

Did you know that threatened and endangered bird species call the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve home?

The list includes the California Least Tern, Western Snowy Plover Ridgway Rail, California Gnatcatcher, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and Least Bell’s Vireo. Besides resident avian friends, the lagoon hosts birds passing through, as they follow their migratory patterns.

Enjoy San Diego bird sightings as you trek local trails!


of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.


years of bird count data are available for the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and lands beyond.

1973–1982 + 2002+

are the years our bird count has gone on . . . so there’s lots of data to compare + contrast!

Our Bird Data

Comparative Monthly Data
Table of ‘73-‘83 and ‘02-’17

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Species Statistical Comparison

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Group Statistical Comparison

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Explore Monthly Bird Counts

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and help restore the natural balance of our unique saltwater wetlands.

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