Lake Murray Reservoir

Lake Murray Reservoir offers shore-fishing, boat-fishing, and duck-feeding fun galore. Visitors can rent boats or kayaks (first come, first served) and purchase fishing permits or bait in the concessions office. A 3.2-mile paved path around the reservoir provides joggers, walkers, and bicyclists a 6.4-mile out-and-back from the path’s start to the dam gate. Or bring picnic goodies and take advantage of the ten barbecues and 64 picnic tables around the lake.

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Lake Birds: Lake Murray is a popular spot for birds and the people who watch and/or photograph them. Lake birds are popular subjects in the pictures displayed in the Reader's La Mesa Photo Gallery: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/photos/galleries/la-mesa. There's even a website devoted to the area avians: "Bird Friends Of Lake Murray & San Diego County." http://www.bird-friends.com. Creator Scott Streit wrote that the site "started with just a few birds photographed at Lake Murray and now consists of over 300 species that can be found throughout San Diego county." I didn't have my camera when I encountered a white chicken walking near the water several years ago. I spotted the free-range bird just past the 0-mile marker, and never saw her again. On a recent walk, I photographed these birds. I don't know what they are. Do you?

I saw those turkey voltures there a few days ago... Nine of them! (total bird-nerd geek out moment) It was a big day for us Lake Murray bird watchers :)

Thanks for identifying the birds. I thought they looked like vultures, and they kind of looked like turkeys… Now I know. I love that phrase "bird-nerd" and will use it proudly. Shannon's beautiful bird photos are in the Reader's La Mesa Photo Gallery.

No matter how you spell it, these birds are different. I haven't seen them at the lake before and am wondering how they get along with the other birds. These birds are in the area usually claimed by the geese.

Some of the images from my big day at the Lake! :D Thanks Liz!

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