Owl Art Exhibit

There is a bird related exhibit at the Fullerton Arboretum Neikki Museum called “ONLY OWLS.”  This is from the Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Every year the Woodson does an entire exhibit of bird art, and the following year, they send some pieces to local museums.  This exhibit opened November 19th, and ends January 8th.

Their hours are 12 to 4 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

http://fullertonarboretum.org/museum_nikkei_current.php

Thanks to Anne Belle Rice for the information.

Field Trip Report

By Carolyn Vance, Trip Leader

We had a great turnout for the JPL trip in Nov. with 11 participants.  Even though we didn’t get our target bird, Phainopepla, there were plenty of other great birds to be seen.  We had several families of Acorn Woodpeckers, flying back & forth and drumming on phone poles: a large Band-tailed Pigeon flock flying so close to us we could hear their wing-beats: a conspiracy of Ravens circling high in the air and calling out to us; CA Scrub-jays flashing blue as they flew back and forth between trees, scolding us for bothering them; bushtits flitting from tree to tree; a small charm of Goldfinches, both American and Lesser feeding in a berry bush; and a secretive Bewick’s wren serenaded us as we started our walk.

But the (unexpected) bird of the day were two Wrentits!  We all know their call- the sound of a ping pong ball dropping, but they didn’t give us that thrill today, but instead came eye-to-eye with Elias, to check him out from within the safety of a tree. He wasn’t sure what they were, having never seen nor heard them before (lifer!), but finally they came out, flew back & forth between a couple of trees, giving us decent looks at them.  But not a peep to be heard out of them.  Many thanks to Kim Moore for her photos.

All in all, a total of 24 species were seen, but no Bobcat (we may have seen scat).  Join us on our next trip to Area III of El Dorado Park on Dec. 5th for our winter migrants search.  (Check the Events Calendar for details).

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Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on 12/17

How many birds do you see?

We could really use your help on 12/17.  See the events calendar for details.

Note: Counting situations won’t be as intense as the picture, so don’t worry.

Cibola NWR (Dec. 27-29, two nights).

Leader:  Jeff Moore

We’re heading out to the Colorado River.  For this trip we’ll be staying in Blythe, California, which is about 5 miles east of the Arizona state line.  Our first site is the Palo Verde Ecological Reserve, 7 or 8 miles north of town.  Our main site is Cibola NWR, 15 miles south of town.  I’d describe it as a serene mosaic of farm fields, cottonwood and willow forests, and mesquite scrubland.  Expect to get close up looks at Sandhill cranes, snow geese, various waterfowl, burrowing owls, roadrunners, shrikes, and an assortment of wetland and desert birds.  Please click on the following link to see pictures from last year’s trip:  http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/cibola_2015

If you might be interested, please email me at j315moore@hotmail.com and I’ll send you a document with more detailed trip info.

Thanks to Kim Moore for the pics!

 

An Interesting Find

On our second Sunday bird walk at the El Dorado Nature Center last month, we spied a first year red-tailed hawk.  Nothing usual until we noticed a band with the number 619 on its right leg.  Erin Kellogg (thank you!) looked into it and forwarded the following information:

The USGS Bird Banding Lab reported back that this hawk (CA 619) was banded by the US Department of Agriculture as part of a project that bands raptors relocated from airports.  The lead researcher has not gotten back to me yet, however…

…our friends at South Bay Wildlife rehabilitation are partners in this project!!  In order to avoid bird strikes, the USDA has permits to trap and relocate raptors that patrol airport fields for the many tasty rodents and rabbits that live there as well.  The birds are transported to SBWR where they are examined and cared for until transport can be arranged to somewhere far, far away, with the hopes that the bird will not return.

I contacted South Bay and sure enough, they knew this bird and gave me specific info on it!  The juvenile, male, Red-tailed Hawk was captured from the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos on September 21st.  South Bay received the bird that day.  it was in good health, but a little bit on the thin side which is not atypical for first-year birds.  he stayed in care, eating well, for 10 days and was then released in Angelus Oaks on October 1st.  Angelus Oaks is in the San Bernardino National Forest, south of Big Bear-over 80 miles away!

Here is the amazing part.  by October 9th, when the bird was spotted at EDNC, it had come back to within 3 miles away from its home territory!  Also, just because it was spotted on the 9th, doesn’t mean it wasn’t in the area even earlier.  Remember, this bird is not even a year old.  This will be important information for the study, so great job guys!  Birds are so cool!!  I will let you know if we hear anything else.

Our next walk is scheduled for this Sunday (11/13) at 8 a.m.

Photo credits to Cindy Crawford.

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The 619 is kind of hard to read, but there!

JPL Trail on 11/8

Check the events calendar for details.

Thank you to long time member and past president Carolyn Vance for volunteering to lead these field trips.  She says, “Please join me to bird some of my favorite local places and some new ones I’ve been wanting to explore! If you have any questions, please call me at 562-594-7589 or email: drabduck@yahoo.com”

These trips will be in the morning and mostly just a couple hours long.  For now I’ll list them and when I get the chance, add detailed information to our events calendar.

 

September 20, Tuesday- South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho Palos Verdes

October 4, Tuesday- Golden Shores Marine Reserve, Long Beach

November 8, Tuesday- JPL Trail, Pasadena

December 5, Monday- El Dorado Park, Area III, Long Beach

January 9, Monday- Rynerson Park, Lakewood

February 7, Tuesday- Wilderness Park, Downey

March 21, Tuesday- L.A. Arboretum, Arcadia

April 4, Tuesday- La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada

May 8, Monday- Dills Park, Paramount

June 5, Monday- River’s End, Seal Beach

 

Lots of good action!!!

 

 

Toyon

Be on the lookout for scenes like this.  Toyon is a native shrub with clusters of bright red berries that ripen in the fall and winter.  It is becoming increasingly common as a landscape plant in SoCal.  Overwintering Cedar Waxwings, Robins, and Hermit Thrushes rely on them as a food source.  This photo, of a Cedar Waxwing, was taken by Merryl Edelstein at Rancho Los Cerritos.