Walk at Rancho Los Cerritos Recap

By Carolyn Vance

 Our very first bird walk at Rancho Los Cerritos in September was a huge success! Fall migration was on, even though it was a beautiful end-of-summer day.  Not only did we see Canada geese and Western gulls flying over, we had two Olive-sided Flycatchers and a Western Wood-peewee.  Of course, we also saw the ever-present Allen’s Hummingbirds, Black Phoebes, Mourning Doves, Bushtits, and Western Bluebirds.   Robins, House Finches and California Towhees were also around, and we heard a Red-shouldered Hawk calling from outside the Rancho.

Many, many thanks to Kim Moore, our big expert; Merryl Edelstein, Rancho Garden Docent; Jerry Millett, member of El Dorado Audubon’s monthly survey here and Rancho Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre for their help with such a large group and answering everyone’s questions!  At the end of the walk, we had seen 21 species of bird, smelled wonderful plants and had big grins on our faces from the marvelous walk.

Join us on February 8, 2018 for our second walk, which will give us our winter birds.

Pictured below birds seen on this walk, female House Finch (left), female Western Bluebird (right), photo credit Kim Moore, including the group photo — Thanks Kim!


Christmas Bird Count

It’s that time once again for all birders, young and old, experienced and newcomers, to help the El Dorado Audubon Society with the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This is a great time of year to gather as a group with one common goal and that is to count birds.

Meet at the South end of the El Dorado Branch Library parking lot, 2900 Studebaker Road, Long Beach at 7:30 a.m. on December 16th if you don’t already have a pre-assigned location. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, field guide and spotting scope if you have one. Also bring water, snacks and appropriate clothing for the weather as we count birds, rain or shine. Count sheets will be provided, and we will train you on how to use them if you don’t know already. All count sheets need to be turned in to Cindy no later than Friday December 22nd or you can turn them in at the dinner on the day of the count.

After the count or at approximately 4:30 p.m., we will meet at Glory Days Beachside Restaurant, 620 Pacific Coast Hwy, Seal Beach for dinner and a recap of the day’s event and collection of any count sheets should you choose to turn in on the day of the event.

Any questions or to sign up for CBC, please call Cindy at 562.331.1163.

Colorado Lagoon Bird Walk

Meet at the Science Center near the bridge on Appian Way: 5119 E. Colorado St.
Contact: Harriet Bennish at 562.621.9734 or email: alinkletter@ for more details.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Zedler Marsh Field Trip

This is a new regular walk!  It is one of two chances to enter the locked gated property.  This small tidal marsh off of the San Gabriel River is a good place to look for herons, egrets, shorebirds, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and more.  This is our third walk into the area; help us document the birds!  Meet at PCH and First Street, border of Seal Beach/LB.  Turn inland, park off asphalt.  Bring binoculars, water, hat and sunscreen.  Closed-toed shoes required.

red-tailed hawk

Gum Grove Park Walk

This long narrow park overlooks the Orange County side of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Enjoy slightly cooler weather and good looks at migratory and resident song birds, Song Sparrow, Common Yellow-throat,  Allen’s and Anna’s Hummingbird, raptors and more!  The park provides good views of the birds and the flowers on the Los Cerritos Wetlands Hellman Lowlands and the park.  From Long Beach take PCH south to Mar Vista, left on Coastline, right on Catalina, left on Avalon Drive which dead-ends into the parking lot.