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The beginning of migration season with walks this weekend in San Diego nature

Perhaps you'll see a brown pelican while out counting shorebirds
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

September is an exciting time for nature watching in San Diego. While it’s often the hottest month of the year in this area, it’s also the beginning of fall migration. Already, some early arriving birds have been spotted. The weather is usually clear and there’s little rain expected in the month (this weekend there’s a very slight possibility of rain/tropical moisture, but not likely). That said, here are some events that are happening this weekend, September 5-8, 2014. All events are free.

First, if you haven’t done so, make a note that this Friday, September 5th, is the official World Shorebirds Day. People around the world will be celebrating shorebirds. Some will be counting them on the 6th or 7th. If you haven’t registered your local counting site on the official World Shorebirds Day website, please do so. If you don’t want to register, you can still honor the day by counting birds at your favorite spot and entering them into eBird or another official counting site.

You can also count and learn more about shorebirds on a San Diego Audubon bird walk Saturday, September 6th at the San Diego River Estuary from Robb Field. Jim Pea, Heidi Marc-Aurele and Annie Stockley, all experienced birders, will show off the shorebirds in the estuary. Meet at Robb Field near the bike path just off of Beacon Street in Ocean Beach. The walk starts at 8 a.m. and will last about three hours. For more information and directions, call 619-291-6612.

Join trail guide Mike Gibbs at Mission Trails Regional Park on Saturday, September 6th for a wildlife tracking walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. and lasting two hours.. Learn about how to identify the tracks of local wildlife and about their habits. Be sure to wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Meet in front of the visitor’s center. Call 619-668-3281 for more information.

On September 7th, there will be a bird walk at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve beginning at 3 p.m. Hopefully, the rare California Ridgeway rail will be spotted from the main trails. Expect, also, to see northern harriers, herons, and maybe a shorebird or two. Meet at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach. Call 619-575-3613 for more information.

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