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Local Hotspots for Birdwatching in San Diego

Birdwatching in San Diego is an excellent way to appreciate the beauty of our state’s natural ecosystem. Nestled on the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds, San Diego’s skies welcome over 500 species. While the winter months bring the biggest flock of birds to this southern California coast, any time of year is fabulous for discovering some new feathery friends. Here are a few of the best birdwatching destinations near our Mission Valley apartments:

Otay Valley Regional Park

The Otay Valley Regional Park offers over eight miles of trails, so they’re perfect for birdwatching fun. The path runs from the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge to a ranger station on Beyer Boulevard. As you explore, keep an eye out for an array of local bird species. Watch for California towhees, buffleheads, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and much more.

Cabrillo National Monument

Spend a day at the Cabrillo National Monument park for some of the best birdwatching in San Diego. Open from 9 a.m until 5 p.m, this nature reserve offers a safe haven to many of its airborne residents. Some of the birds fly through the park during migration, while others call the land home. The birds you may spot include California quails, northern mockingbirds, and white-crowned sparrows.

Ramona Grasslands Preserve

Spanning over 3,500 acres, the Ramona Grasslands Preserve features habitats ranging from wetlands to oak woodlands. The Wildflower Loop draws watchers who come to see predatory birds. The small climb into a chaparral habitat reaches about 200 feet of elevation. Birds to watch for include American kestrels, turkey vultures, and red-shouldered hawks. 

After a day of birdwatching in San Diego, stop by a local restaurant for the best burgers in town. When you’re ready to find your new home in Mission Valley, please contact us. We will show you firsthand all that West Park has to offer.

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