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"Ramona Pond"

Directions: Take I-8 east to El Cajon and take highway 67 north to Ramona.  Go through town, and shortly after the speed returns to 55 the road straightens out, and the pond will be on the left.  If you reach Magnolia you've gone too far.

For a frumpy little farm pond, this spot can be surprisingly productive: in winter any number of waterfowl can show up here (one year it hosted a pair of Hooded Mergansers), and at any time there are often Tricolored Blackbirds hanging out in the reeds (along with Red-winged Blackbirds and Great-tailed Grackles).  This can be a great shorebird spot, with both Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets, Least and Spotted Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, and Killdeer as regulars (one April a small flock of Wilson's Phalaropes showed up, which is exceedingly rare inland in spring).  American Coots are present year-round, but check for the occasional Common Moorhen.  Herons and on rare occasion White-faced Ibis sometimes feed along the shore or in the fields (Cattle Egrets can sometimes show up in numbers here).  Scan the skies and trees for raptors and other rural birds.

Personal Checklist  ●=small numbers  █ = large numbers (10+) 

Species in red denote out of place, vagrant, or irruptive species and should not be expected. 

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Eared Grebe                      
Pied-billed Grebe                      
Western Grebe                      
American White Pelican                      
Double-crested Cormorant                      
Great Blue Heron  ●                    
Great Egret                  
Snowy Egret                    
Cattle Egret                
Green Heron                      
Black-crowned Night Heron                      
White-faced Ibis                      
Canada Goose                      
Gadwall  ●                    
Northern Pintail                      
Cinnamon Teal                
Green-winged Teal                    
American Wigeon                      
Northern Shoveler          
Ring-necked Duck                    
Lesser Scaup                    
Hooded Merganser                      
Ruddy Duck            
Turkey Vulture          
Red-shouldered Hawk                      
Red-tailed Hawk                  
American Kestrel                      
Common Moorhen                      
American Coot            
Semipalmated Plover                      
American Avocet                
Black-necked Stilt          
Greater Yellowlegs                      
Spotted Sandpiper                  
Western Sandpiper                      
Least Sandpiper                
Long-billed Dowitcher                    
Wilson's Phalarope                      
Mourning Dove                    
Rock Pigeon                    
Northern Flicker                      
Nuttall's Woodpecker                      
Black Phoebe            
Cassin's Kingbird                  
Western Kingbird                      
American Crow      
Common Raven                    
Western Scrub Jay                      
Northern Rough-winged Swallow          ●            
Cliff Swallow                      
Marsh Wren                    
Northern Mockingbird                
European Starling                
American Pipit                      
Yellow-rumped Warbler                    
Common Yellowthroat                    
Blue Grosbeak                      
Lazuli Bunting                      
California Towhee                      
White-crowned Sparrow                      
Song Sparrow                    
Western Meadowlark                    
Tricolored Blackbird                
Red-winged Blackbird                
Great-tailed Grackle                    
Bullock's Oriole                      
Lesser Goldfinch        ●            
House Finch            
House Sparrow                  

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