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!

Rancho Los Cerritos Bird Survey

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.


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