Kumeyaay Lake was originally used during a sand and gravel mining operation until the 1970's, where it was then turned into a camping and fishing facility. Through rehabilitation, the area began growing willows along the shore, attracting the federally endangered Bell's vireo.
You can spot dozens of bird and insect species out here so keep your eyes peeled! Some of the birds include the California blue-gray gnatcatcher, the common raven, the
wrentit, California quail, the great blue heron, the great egret,
mallard, American coot, great horned owl, Anna’s hummingbird, western
scrub jay, red-winged black bird, black phoebe, California towhee, acorn
woodpeckers, and the least Bell’s vireo. Also watch for birds of prey,
including the osprey, white-tailed kite, American kestrel,
red-shouldered hawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, and the
Plants include the yellow Hooker’s evening primrose, the pink California wild rose, whitish-pink California buckwheat, a golden prickly pear, the white blooming yerba mansa, yellow dandelions and mustard, and pink thistles. Also look for curly dock, white-blooming ceanothus and jimsonweed, horehound, and tree tobacco.
Personal Experience: This is a small adventure, but pretty packed with animal life if you keep your eyes peeled and tread quietly. We spotted many different bird and insect species. This would be a great area to picnic and I did read signs that fishing is allowed by land. If you're into bird-watching or photography, head out here!
Fennel! This is great in culinary dishes, especially fish! You'll know it's fennel by its smell. It smells like licorice.
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