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.


Bird Walk at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

Cedar Waxwing by Jerry Millett

Cedar Waxwing by Jerry Millet, at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

El Dorado Audubon and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is co-hosting a new public bird walk at the Rancho, led by El Dorado Audubon member Carolyn Vance!

The beautiful event photo is a Cedar Waxwing, taken at the Rancho by photographer Jerry Millet, just one example of the wonderful birds often seen at the Rancho.

September has given us some of our highest species counts at the Rancho over the years. It should be ripe time for our fall migrants to pass through and stop at this wonderful garden, lovingly kept by RLC horticulturalist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre.  Come check out the fabulous birds right in our own Long Beach back yard!

Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. and bring binoculars, a field guide, and water. No advance registration required.