2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Local Birding Areas

San Diego has Some of the Top Birding in the US!

Why does San Diego have so many birds?

San Diego County is known as a "biological hotspot" and this is due primarily to a combination of diverse climates, topography, soils, its position on the coast, and being part of a migration  corridor. These factors result in a fantastically diverse biota.  San Diego County has a Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by warm-to-hot and dry summers, and mild-to-cool, wet winters. As far as geography, it's a mix of coastal areas bordered by the Pacific Ocean, foothills, mountains, and desert. This results in many different habitats.  For more information on this, see this article, "San Diego County as Habitat for Birds"

San Diego County has birding for all seasons; for a brief description of what birds you may encounter each month, please see Birding by Season

Birding Hotspots

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North County, with all its lagoons, beaches, and varied coastal and inland habitats, has a lot to offer for birdwatching. Our "Birding Hotspots" brochure describes over a dozen locations for birding in North County

Some of our favorite North County birding locations are described below

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Buena Vista Lagoon

Whelan Lake birding

Whelan Lake

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San Elijo Lagoon

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Agua Hedionda Lagoon

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Batiquitos Lagoon

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Guajome County Park

To explore other areas besides North County, see San Diego Audubon's Map of birding locations: http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/birding/cal-birding-sites 

Want to Visit a Site with a Group?

We have lots of birding field trips around San Diego County! Please check out our Bird Walks & Field Trips page and Events Calendar page for more details.

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Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049-0480

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2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

760-439-BIRD (760-439-2473)


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