Visit to Oceanside, CA in San Diego County – July 2, 2014

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After speaking with an Audubon Society member in Oceanside, CA a recommendation was Guajome Lake which is off the 76 highway in north San Diego County.  The brief visit turned-up two Least Terns in flight.  Easily identifiable with the whitish forehead, primaries and tail were same length and the bill more of a solid yellow in comparison to the bill of a Forster’s Tern (1 reasonably good photo below).  Upon scouting around the lake, a Black-crowned Night Heron flew in with its prey, a meaty catfish which initially seemed too large for the hunter himself.  There’s a photo below taken from about 30 yards away.

Photo taken at Guajome Lake, Oceanside, CA on July 2, 2014
Photo taken at Guajome Lake, Oceanside, CA on July 2, 2014

Least Tern in flight

Photo taken at Guajome Lake, Oceanside, CA on July 2, 2014
Photo taken at Guajome Lake, Oceanside, CA on July 2, 2014

Black-crowned Night Heron with a meaty catfish

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