Photo Blogs » Birding Destinations » San Diego Locations » Mission Trails Regional Park

Memories of Mission Trails Regional Park

Grasshopper Sparrow - Ammodramus savannarumI’ve only visited Mission Trails Regional Park a few times, but enjoyed each one of my stays. My introduction was in the spring of 2009, when the San Diego Natural History Museum organized a BioBlitz at the park. It was only the second time the museum put a BioBlitz together. In 2008, the first BioBlitz was at Balboa Park. My birding partner for these events was Phil Unitt; pretty good company I have to say. The day ended with me exhausted from hoisting my heavy camera gear and trying to keep up with Phil, and word filtering to the team about a Snow Bunting at Robb Field, which was the 500th documented species for the county. I was too pooped to take the run to Robb Field with the rest of the team that day, but I managed a visit a couple of days later.

The park encompasses 7,220 acres and provides a variety of habitats within its boundaries. Coastal sage-chaparral, open grassland, and riparian woods dominate most of the park. The San Diego River drains the valley and hard-rock geology forces the water to the surface, providing streams and pools to quench the thirsts of wildlife.

The images below are all from the May 2009 BioBlitz.

Click map markers to reveal further information