For the past year, the El Dorado Audubon Society has been conducting a monthly bird survey at the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site. The Rancho’s 85-year old Toyons attract berry-feeders including Cedar Waxwings, Hermit Thrush, Northern Flicker, American Robin, with a nice showing of Purple Finch this past year. The old California Sycamores are popular with neighborhood hawks (including the Red-shouldered pair who successfully mated last year during the survey!) The native landscaping has been attracting hummingbirds, towhees, mourning doves, and sparrows. Surveys are the second Friday of each month, at 8 am. They take 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the activity. If you are interested in participating contact Carolyn Vance at 562-594-7589. Spring is just around the corner, and migrating warblers, flycatchers, and orioles are expected. Join us on the monthly survey or visit during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 pm to 5 pm to discover this Long Beach treasure.
Information provided by rancho volunteer and birder extraordinaire Merryl Edelstein.