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"
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
Buena Vista Lagoon
NOTE: Please call the caretaker, Greg Kackstetter, to arrange times to visit Whelan Lake: (760) 722-4887
San Elijo Lagoon
Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Guajome County Park
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
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