First 2016 Birdathon Event Great Success - More to Come! (THIS PAGE A WORK IN PROGRESS!)
By Pat Avery
Thirty birders gathered at Sepulveda Basin on April 3 for a bird walk lead by Kris Ohlenkamp. They were pleased with the return of the Yellow Warbler, Bell’s Vireo and Black-chinned Hummingbird – three summer resident nesting birds. Also they spotted a Warbling Vireo on its way further north. Among the birds sighted were six recently arrived Bullock’s Orioles, Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds and four Great Horned Owls.
Herons were also well represented – Great Blues, Green and Black-Crowned Night Herons plus Great and Snowy Egrets. A very showy day!
2016 Big Sit – Once Again Proving Birds Come to Those Who Wait!
On a warm April 17, small, dedicated party of 4 birders converged on Sepulveda Basin to sit and watch. Under the leadership of Jeanne Polak-Recht a total of 26 species were identified. We were treated to a Red Tailed Hawk who posed on the railing leading down from the amphitheater, a Green Heron who fished within feet of us and two Canada Geese with three goslings cruising within yards of us. Thank you, Jeanne, for your leadership.
Malibu Creek State Park – A Favorite 2016 Birdathon Event!
Nine birders gathered at Malibu Creek State Park on April 17. It was a warm, breezy day for the bird walk led by Art Langton. In total 45 species were identified including the target species – Lazuli Bunting, Black-Headed Grosbeaks, Blue Grosbeaks, Bullock’s Orioles and Yellow Warblers. Thank you, Art, for your leadership and generously sharing your knowledge of birding!
There are more Birdathon walks to come – check our calendar of events, grab your binoculars and join us at O’Melveny Park, Antelope Valley, Morongo Valley, the Simi Hills, or for the Children’s Birdathon at Sepulveda Basin. To contribute to the 2016 Birdathon, please select the “Local Birding” tab above, then “Annual Birdathon”. Select the Donate button. Thank you!
O’Melveny Park – 2016 Birdathon Hotspot
On Tuesday, April 19th a group of dedicated birders converged on O’Melveny Park under the leadership of Carolyn Oppenheimer. Undeterred by warm temperatures they identified Phainopepla, Black-headed Grossbeak, Western Kingbird, Black-throated Gray Warbler, California Quail, White-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Western Bluebird, White-crowned Sparrow, and Warbling Vireo. And they saw hummers – Anna’s, Allen’s and Black-chinned. An impressive list! In total 31 species were seen. Thank you, Carolyn, for your leadership, dedication and sharing your passion for birding.
There are more Birdathon walks to come – check our calendar of events, grab your binoculars and join us at Morongo Valley, the Simi Hills, or for the Children’s Birdathon at Sepulveda Basin. To contribute to the 2016 Birdathon, please select the “Local Birding” tab above, then “Annual Birdathon”. Select the Donate button. Thank you!
Jim Moore’s Antelope Valley Big Day – A Birdathon Tradition
Twelve dedicated birders met Jim Moore at the crack of dawn on April 20th and kept birding until nightfall. They birded at ten locations that included Piute Ponds, Apollo Park, Butterbredt Spring, Jawbone Canyon and Galileo Hill. In total of 113 species were identified. Of special note were Bell’s Vireo, Long-eared Owl, Roadrunner, Plumbeous Vireo, Tricolored Blackbird and Lesser Nighthawk. Thank you, Jim, for your leadership and contributions to birding.
Morongo Valley 2016 Birdathon Field Trip
On April 23 birders converged on Morongo Valley and then went on to Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.
Led by Richard Barth they identified 61 species. Some of the notables were Vermilion Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, White-winged Dove, Yellow-breasted Chat, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Cactus Wren. A Gray Flycatcher was a good find and brought considerable discussion. Thank you, Richard, for sharing your expertise and all your contributions to birding.