Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Participants in the annual Christmas bird count found new species to the San Diego area along with record breaking populations.
A record number of bird species were identified by watchers in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista this week as local birders took part in the annual Christmastime bird count by the national Audubon Society.
An estimated 30,000 birds were counted among the 198 species found in North County. More than 216 species were seen in the city of San Diego.
Philip Unitt, an ornithologist with the San Diego National History Museum said species were spotted here this year that have never been recorded. Namely, grace's warbler found in the Greenwood cemetery.
Other rare species include several other warblers, geese and sparrows.
These annual counts are conducted in 15 mile sectors around the country. The Escondido bird count will take place on Saturday.