Main Home or ESL Home San Diego Creek Trail DIRECTIONS: Use the list to help you identify the animals and plants. You may use some words more than once. The number of underlined spaces matches the number of letters in the correct word. Put your cursor over the photograph for the answer.
  • rabbit
  • lizard
  • hummingbird
  • mistletoe
  • swallows
  • mallard
  • egret
  • hawk
  • snail
  • vulture
  • tumbleweed
  • seagull
  • coot
great egret

great   __ __ __ __ __

1.   This heron has a YELLOW bill, black legs, and BLACK feet.

snowy egret

snowy   __ __ __ __ __

2.   This heron has a BLACK bill, black legs, and YELLOW feet.

mallard ducks

__ __ __ __ __ __ __   ducks

3.   The female duck is brown. The male duck has a green head and a yellow bill.

black-chinned hummingbird

black-chinned

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4.   People hang feeders with nectar (water mixed with sugar) for these birds.

cliff swallows

mud nests of cliff

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5.   They arrive in March from Argentina where they spend the winters. A famous song about them says,

When the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
come back to Capistrano,
that's the day I pray that
you'll come back to me.


hawk

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6.   It will eat small animals and birds.

turkey vulture

turkey   __ __ __ __ __ __ __

7.   It is also called a buzzard. You see them in old westerns (cowboy movies) circling for dead bodies. They are ugly birds but graceful fliers.

seagull

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8.   It will eat almost anything it finds at the beach. It can drink seawater, too.

American coot

American   __ __ __ __

9.   This bird is also called a "mud hen" or a "marsh hen." It is usually seen in large groups.

brush rabbit

10.   brush   __ __ __ __ __ __

This animal is sometimes difficult to see until it hops away.

brown garden snail

brown garden

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11.

sagebrush lizard

sagebrush

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12.

oak mistletoe

oak

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13.   There is a Christmas tradition of kissing beneath a sprig of this parasitic shrub.

Russian thistle tumbleweed

Russian thistle

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14.   In the fall, this bush dries, breaks loose, and is rolled all over by the wind to spread its seeds.