Birdathon 2017 by Pat Avery

A big "Thank You" to all our Birdathon leaders! We had a broad range of events this year that included several of the regular monthly bird walks, traveling caravans covering wide geographic areas, and a 2-hour sit-in at a single location.  

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Kris Ohlenkamp's Sepulveda Basin walk attracted twenty-five birders who viewed Yellow Warbler, Bell's Vireo and a Great Horned Owl. In total 57 species were observed. 

Ten birders joined Carolyn Oppenheimer for a walk in O'Melveny Park that resulted in 37 species including White-breasted Nuthatch, Lawrence's Goldfinch and Hutton's Vireo.

Fifteen birders joined Jim Moore's Big Day in the Antelope Valley that tallied 117 species including three vireo species (Cassin's, Plumbeous and Warbling), five flycatcher species (Olive-sided, Willow, Hammond's, Gray, and Dusky) and Lesser Nighthawks. 


Richard Barth's trip to Morongo Valley and Black Rock Campground with 12 birders resulted in 51 species including stunning Vermilion Flycatchers and Summer Tanagers, Yellow-breasted Chat, White-winged Dove and Costa's Hummingbird. 

Three birders joined Pat Bates on a scorching day at Hansen Dam. In total 29 species including several Canyon Wrens and Phainopeplas were seen.  A Belted Kingfisher surprised them by flying by and they had a fabulous look at a Yellow Warbler. 

Four birders joined Mark Osokow for his Big Day in the Santa Susana Mountains and Simi Hills. They tallied 63 species including 10 White-faced Ibis at the Chatsworth Nature Preserve Ecology Pond observed from Chatsworth Oaks Park.  Other special finds were displaying Common Poorwills, an unexpected flight of forty Vaux's Swifts, an active Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hooded Oriole nests, and a Hermit Warbler. 

Five birders joined Heather Medvitz and Pat Avery for the Big Sit at Sepulveda Basin.  In total 30 species were identified including Bullock's Orioles and a female Mallard with fourteen hatchlings.

Andrew and John Willis birded Rancho Palos Verdes for the Lori Willis Foundation and identified 53 species including Blue Grosbeak, Red-whiskered Bulbul, three Cormorant species (Pelagic, Double-crested and Brandt's), and a Peregrine Falcon.

Ten birders joined Art Langton's walk at Malibu Creek State Park that yielded 45 species including Lazuli Bunting, Blue Grosbeak and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Allan and Muriel Kotin identified 88 species during their 24-hour birding marathon during which they visited hot spots in Orange and Los Angles Counties.  They enjoyed seeing Yellow-breasted Chats, Lawrence’s Goldfinches and watching an Osprey devour a fish. To see Muriel's complete report, with wonderful photos, click here.

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