San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon in San Diego, California

Cost: Free

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San Elijo Lagoon is one of few remaining coastal wetlands of San Diego County’s and home to many animals and plants. Saturday morning there were several runners on the trails, a few dogs walkers and birders enjoying the day. The reserve has 8 trails and most of the trails take 1.5 hours. The smaller hikes can become longer hikes if you combine them. Kevin & I chose our trail hoping to see some new birds (see below). We identified 3 new species for our bird life list. We hiked the Santa Helena Trail & the Lagoon Loop. The Santa Helena Trail was a moderate to easy hike. The Lagoon hike is easy. It’s also wheelchair accessible. Near the Lagoon hike is the nature center with an helpful employee. She patiently went over bird sounds and walked with us on the lagoon trail. On some Saturday morning nature walks are available at 10am meeting at the Nature Center.

Bird Spotting:
Yellow-Breasted Chat-New*
Northern Mockingbird-New*
California Gnatchater-New*
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Black-Necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black Phoebe

Santa Helena Trail-Janet

Santa Helena Trail-Janet

Janet on the Lagoon Trail
Janet on the Lagoon Trail

Happy Trails &

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