Merryl Edelstein and Kim Moore are leading a field trip to one of their favorite local hotspots. DeForest Park is located in north Long Beach and is adjacent to the LA River. It has a reputation for attracting lots of interesting avian activity. Late September should be productive, as the fall migration is underway.
From the San Diego/405 Freeway (north), take the Long Beach/710 Freeway north toward Pasadena. Use the right lane to exit 8A (Artesia Blvd). Turn right onto Artesia Blvd. At Atlantic Blvd, the first signal, turn right. After .5 miles, turn right on E. Harding Street. Follow it all the way across DeForest Avenue into the parking lot.
Or, use I-605 north to the Artesia Freeway (91) west, exit at Atlantic. Turn left (south) on Atlantic about .7 miles, and then turn right on Harding Street.
Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 am. Some of us may be there earlier, we will be at the north end of the park, near the office. Don’t venture into the Nature Center (at the south end) on your own.
We’ll be looking for raptors, swifts and shorebirds along the river, and fall migrants including warblers, flycatchers, and vireos.
The picture, by Kim Moore, shows a Townsend’s Warbler. If I’m not mistaken, it was taken at DeForest Park. Many of these warblers spend the winter along the California coast.