The February Bird Walk at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area fell on a beautiful day and many colorful birds were out to bask in its glory and permit us some great views. Providing great looks were American Robin, Lark Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Allen’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow and Anna’s Hummingbird. The wildlife area lake was host to Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron (including a partially leucistic* adult bird), numerous Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorant, and American Wigeon. Other water birds included Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Gadwall, Mallard and American Coot. Hoping to find a meal nearby were Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Great Egret and the pictured Loggerhead Shrike.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see these and other interesting critters! Check out the website for calendared walks and field trips this month, especially the Family and Beginner’s Walk on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 9 AM. Meet at the amphitheater.
* Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.