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

NOTE: Please call the caretaker, Greg Kackstetter, to arrange times to visit Whelan Lake: (760) 722-4887

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San Elijo Lagoon

Agua Hedionda lagoon

Agua Hedionda Lagoon

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Batiquitos Lagoon

Guajome Park photo

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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Your donation will help us further our mission of providing nature-based education to local children, offering birding classes and other programs, protecting and restoring North County wildlife habitats, and more!

Our Mission

To protect and preserve our region's birds, biodiversity, and threatened habitats, and to promote conservation of our natural resources through advocacy, education, and both habitat restoration and management.

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

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2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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