Unique wetland habitats exist where the Pacific Ocean channels into the San Diego River. Smiley Lagoon, on the far east end of Ocean Beach Dog Beach, is one such area that is accessible and fun to explore during low tide. Snowy Egrets, like the one in the video below, are a common year-round visitor here.
Also nearby is the Famosa Slough, a 37-acre wetland restoration area. According to Friends of Famosa Slough there have been over 180 species of migrating and local birds observed at the slough.
Slough (sloo) n.
Birds, native plants, and other wildlife can be viewed along nature paths at both destinations.
- A stagnant swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater
- A place of deep mud or mire
- A shallow lagoon
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