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Peregrine Falcon and Other Recent Bird Sightings in Imperial Beach

More than 125 bird species have been spotted in the area in the past week, according to eBird.org.

Updated 5:12 p.m.

A Peregrine falcon was spotted Dec. 27 near the mouth of the Tijuana River, the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center said this week. Sightings in San Diego County are relatively rare, according to a ranger blog.

The Peregrine is known as the fastest animal on the planet, at times exceeding 250 mph, and one of the largest falcons in North America, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Daniel Hess, son of estuary bird docent Winand Hess, spotted the big, speedy bird.

Hess gives a bird walk

Share and see new notable bird and animal sightings on display at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

Notable bird sightings reported by the estuary in the past month or so:

Click the link to see a profile of each bird or hear their distinctive voice or call.

Plants and Flower sightings:

Among other bird sighting resources, eBird.org is a partnership between some of the best known names in birding, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.

According to eBird's BirdTrax, 128 species of birds were spotted in Imperial Beach in the past week.

A map of bird sightings can also be found on eBird.org.

The San Diego County Birding Yahoo! Group is also a good resource to follow recent bird sightings.

More than 370 native and migratory birds can be found in the estuary, according to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Near 500 native and migratory birds can be found across San Diego, according to the San Diego National History Museum's San Diego County Bird Atlas, compiled in 2002.

The atlas can be found in book form or downloaded to view on Google Earth.

Correction: The original version of this article stated that bird walks at the estuary take place every Sunday. Bird walks are held the first, third and fifth Sunday every month.

Mark January 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
My cat enjoys the smaller birds. He chases them around, and occasionally brings one home.
Dick Pilgrim January 04, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Don't get upset if your cat doesn't return home one of these days - an occasional coyote or bobcat comes around and they do like nice tame house cats.
Andy Arciga January 05, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Some years ago while on a jog,I saw a Golden Eagle flying around the estuary.
Pat P January 05, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I live near the Estuary, and one day a couple of years ago, I saw a Peregrine falcon sitting on my fence. I had just let out my dogs and he did have his eye on them. Luckily, they were too big for him to take off with. He was a very pretty bird.

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