The Pahne Trail / San Mateo Creek in south San Clemente, CA – March 15, 2015

A visit to the southern most edge of San Clemente (Christianitos exit) leads you to a trail known as the “Pahne Trail”.  This trail then becomes the “Beach Trail” as shown on Google Maps which dead ends at the infamous surf haven, “The Trestles”.  Though technically it is at the outer most edge of San Diego County, you can literally have one foot in San Diego County and one in Orange County.  It’s roughly a 3 mile round trip hike that has presented excellent birding opportunities.  As you walk the dirt path to the beach be sure and taken any narrow trails into the creek area to explore all possible opportunities.  A wide variety of plant and tree life exists here (watch out for the Poison Oak  and remember: if leaves of 3, let it be) as well as wild radish.  Side tip:  some still refer to this area as the ‘San Clemente Estuary”.

A total of 49 species were counted today – a complete checklist is here

A variety of photos taken are shown below.  There are additional photos of the Sora and Wilson’s Snipe in the photo Gallery.  Comments welcome.

Sora bird at San Mateo Creek, south San Clemente
Sora bird at San Mateo Creek, south San Clemente
Wilson's Snipe taken at the end of the Pahne Trail / San Mateo Creek south San Clemente
Wilson’s Snipe taken at the end of the Pahne Trail / San Mateo Creek south San Clemente
Ruddy Turnstone taken at the end of the Pahne Trail / San Mateo Creek south San Clemente
Ruddy Turnstone taken at the end of the Pahne Trail / San Mateo Creek south San Clemente
Orange-crowned Warbler (male) south San Clemente
Orange-crowned Warbler (male) south San Clemente
Elegant Tern at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
Elegant Tern at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
An adult Royal Tern at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
An adult Royal Tern at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
Brandt's Cormorant at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
Brandt’s Cormorant at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
Black-bellied Plover at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente
Black-bellied Plover at San Mateo Creek / South San Clemente

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