2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Birding Resources

Resources for both new and experienced birders!

Birding Basics

One of the best ways to start birding is to join a bird walk; the experienced birders will help you learn.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds: Building Skills: The 4 Keys to Bird Identification" is helpful for approaches to beginning birding.

Also try  "Finding Your Wings-A Workbook for Beginning Bird Watchers," by Burton Guttman, or Sibley's "Birding Basics."

Do I want 8 x 42 or 10 x 42 binoculars?

This website has excellent information on how to choose the right pair of binoculars: "Audubon: How To Choose Your Binoculars" Birding Oside Beach 2

Bird Identification Resources

Stop by our gift shop to peruse through our birding books and guides; these are all recommended by our birding experts.  We carry books by Sibley, Peterson, Kaufman, and National Geographic. We also have a laminated pocket guide to San Diego County birds.

A great website for bird identification is the Cornell University website; here, you can search for a particular bird;  Sibley Guide to Birds 2nd edition

Bird Lists, Checklists, & BVAS Monthly Bird Count Lists

The San Diego Museum of Natural History's San Diego Bird Atlas is based on the work of over 400 volunteer observers. It is also available through Google Earth.San Diego County Bird Atlas image

The Birds of San Diego County from the San Diego County Bird Atlas
by Phil Unitt contains a list of the birds observed in San Diego County, with descriptions for each. The Nat image

San Diego County Bird Checklist contains most of the birds you are likely to see in this area.

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BVAS Monthly Bird Count Results: See the lists for our monthly bird counts at Buena Vista Lagoon.  To participate in these surveys, see Bird Walks & Field Trips. frontheader-beach-birding

The Buena Vista Lagoon Bird Survey Sheet contains most of the birds you are likely to see in our lagoon, along with the time of year they are likely to be observed.

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Want to learn more? Join a birding discussion group!

San Diego Field Ornithologists is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of birding through educational programs, publication of information, and the encouragement of record keeping.

San Diego Region Birding is the official Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and birding discussion group for the San Diego region run by San Diego Field Ornithologists.

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