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The lagoons are popular areas for walking, cycling, running and photography. There is so little water flow in the rivers of San Diego County; the river mouths are often silted closed. Since mixing of salt water and fresh water is a defining characteristic of an estuary, these bodies of water are called lagoons. Most are designated bird sanctuaries. Another photo of one of these San Diego Lagoons may be seen here

This was taken at the San Diego River Bird Sanctuary. Snowy egret plumes were very popular on hats. The result was that these birds were hunted until they were nearly extinct. Distinguished from the great egret by its smaller size , its black bill, and yellow feet. Their main foods are fish, crabs, amphibians, and insects. Snowy egrets breed once a year, and females lay three to five greenish blue eggs that hatch in three to four weeks. Their platform-like nests are built primarily of twigs and are located in trees. As with other herons, the crudeness of the nest, the elliptical form of the egg, and other signs suggest to some scientists that these birds are one of the lower forms on the scale of bird life, not far removed from the reptiles, when one reckons in eons of time. Source
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