Visitors and bird enthusiasts in the Tijuana National Estuarine Research Reserve reported the following unique bird sightings to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center this month:
May 2, Male Cardinal at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
May 20, Burrowing Owls on the Tijuana River Mouth Trail
May 27, California Quail at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
May 27, Clapper Rail family with six chicks spotted near bench at bridge at North McCoy Trail
May 28, Female Cardinal at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Cardinals are most often found in the Midwest or eastern United States, and although it is the California state bird, quails aren't typically spotted in IB either, said Park Aide Ruth Temerer said.
To report bird sightings or see some of the latest sightings, call 619-575-3613 or visit the .
"We depend on that a lot," Temerer said. "That's one of the only ways we really get to know what's out there, the people that go out on the trails to see those things because usually everybody here is busy with something."