Kern River Preserve & Sequoia NF

An enjoyable (a little warm) and productive trip up to Lake Isabella and the surrounding mountains.  This picture was taken about an hour before we located our target- a magnificent Pileated Woodpecker!  Please click on the links for photos:  http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/sequoia_jun_2016

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Note: Merryl appears to be throwing some sort of hand signal??

 

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Alamitos Bay Boat Tour

A very satisfying way to spend a summer evening!  Gently floating around the bay, watching Least Terns dive for fish and Black Skimmers gracefully sail by.  Thank you to Cindy Crawford for setting this up and leading the tour.  This has the potential to become a regularly occurring event, so keep your eye on our events calendar.

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The Goldfinch Experience

Can you find the 6 future birders quietly hiding behind this sunflower patch? Good!!  Neither can the lesser and American goldfinches who feast on the seeds daily.

I’ve been training some of the kids who stop by the garden before school or during recess to practice standing still and let the “show” come to them.  An antidote for excess video games?? Besides goldfinches, we’ve also been rewarded with close looks at Anna’s and Allen’s hummingbirds.  Just outside our classroom a pair of black phoebes built a nest and successfully raised a brood.  Say’s phoebes nested on an air conditioning unit and a pair of western bluebirds used the downspout of a rain gutter to start their family.  Contact with nature is possible, even in a deeply urban area like Bellflower.

We’re looking to grow the education facet of our Audubon chapter.  If you have any interest in this sort of thing, please send us an email.

 

Here are the same six students out in the open.

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