San Diego and the Imperial Valley *FULL*
The subtropical Mediterranean climate of Southern California matched with local specialties, and diverse habitats makes San Diego a must-visit winter birding destination. On this six-day trip we’ll visit a variety of locales, from the Pacific Ocean through the Laguna Mountains to the Colorado Desert, that make this region a favorite for birders.
We’ll start in the City of San Diego itself, visiting the Tijuana River National Wildlife Refuge and nearby hotspots, searching for birds like Ridgway’s Rail, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, California Thrasher, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch. A trip to the coast north of San Diego will bring opportunities for California Gnatcatcher, Costa’s Hummingbird, and Nuttall’s Woodpecker.
We’ll also head over the mountains to the Imperial Valley in order to visit the famed Salton Sea, looking for Gambel’s Quail, Abert’s Towhee, and Yellow-footed Gull, with a stunning backdrop of waterfowl and shorebirds.
Our last bioregion to visit will be Anza Borrego, where we will visit desert canyons and bajadas in search of unique flora while keeping an eye out for LeConte’s and Crissal Thrasher, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Greater Roadrunner.