Seal Beach NWR on January 14th

By Jeff Moore

The Seal Beach NWR serves as a significant stopover and wintering area along the Pacific Flyway for shorebirds and waterfowl.  It’s also a great location for viewing raptors and several unusual species including Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow and Ridgway’s Rail.

Sign-up is required.  Limited to 20 people.  To reserve your space, contact me at: or by phone at 562-397-2667.  Provide the following information: full name (first, middle initial, last), phone number, DOB, and zip code.  I’ll confirm your reservation.  If you sign up and cannot attend, please let me know ASAP!

Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station (800 Seal Beach Blvd.) at 7:45.  Thing to bring:  A photo ID, binos, scopes, field guides, water & snacks, and sun protection.  Cameras are allowed, but ONLY for bird photography.  The trip runs from 8:00 to 12:00.  If it looks like it might rain, check back on this website the day before for updated info.

Photo by Kim Moore


Vagrant Watch 2016

By Jeff Moore

I thought it would be interesting to “keep score” of vagrant sightings during the fall migration.  I’m focusing on 4 local parks.  Please keep in mind, this list is not comprehensive and some of these sightings may be of the same bird on different days.  I’ll update through mid-November.  Any input with additional information would be appreciated.  The photo shows a Blackpoll Warbler at DeForest Park.  It was found and photographed by Kim Moore and Merryl Edelstein.

  1. DeForest Park: Palm Warbler, Summer Tanager, Virginia’s Warbler (10/1); Blackpoll Warbler (10/4); Black-and-White Warbler (10/6); Tennessee Warbler (10/8).
  2. Huntington Central Park: Northern Waterthrush (9/4); Black-and-White Warbler (9/30); Painted Redstart (10/1); Bobolink (10/2); Palm Warbler (10/4); Female Summer Tanager (10/5); Dusky Warbler (10/8); Male Summer Tanager (10/9).
  3. El Dorado Park: Palm Warbler (10/4); Tropical Kingbird (10/8); Gray Catbird (10/11).
  4. West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail: Canada Warbler (9/17); Northern Waterthrush (9/24); Bobolink (10/2); Magnolia Warbler (10/22); Palm Warbler (10/22); Dickcissel (10/23); Gray Catbird (11/2).

DeForest Park Field Trip Report

By Kim Moore

Seven El Dorado Audubon members participated in the DeForest Park field trip.  This park is located in north Long Beach adjacent to the LA river and offers great opportunities for migratory warblers in the park and shorebirds in the river.  We saw 30 species including Wilson’s Warbler, Townsend Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Semipalmated Plover, and a Pectoral Sandpiper!  This was only the start of the migration and we hope many of you get back to visit.  There has been some work being done clearing brush in the south end of the park.  With the workmen there and more birders showing up, the park seems safer and the birds are being flushed more north into the park.  Recent sightings have included Summer Tanager, Palm Warbler, Virginia’s Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, and Blackpoll Warbler.

DeForest Park, Long Beach 09/24/2016

DeForest Park, Long Beach 09/24/2016

October Field Trip Report

By Carolyn Vance, Trip Leader

We had another great day of birding at Golden Shore Marine Reserve in Long Beach, increasing our species count from last month to 29.  We also got really great, up close looks at lots of shorebirds, which were our target birds(s), with 6 different species seen.  The shorebirds were a Long-billed Curlew, a Greater Yellowlegs, a Whimbrel (who was standing next to the  curlew so we got really good comparisons), a dozen Marbled Godwits, lots of Willets, and the bird of the day were 2 Spotted Sandpipers in winter plumage (no spots on their breasts).

We also had 4 terns (Royal, Elegant, Caspian & Forster’s), lots of Brown Pelicans soaring just over the water, a Belted Kingfisher on a post, lots of Double-crested Cormorants & Western Grebes and 2 Osprey.  The trees in the parking lot yielded a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned & Yellow-rumped warblers as well (yes, the butter-butts are back).  The last bird of the day, which flew by us as we were leaving, was the ever delightful Black Phoebe.  (Hey, what’s a birding trip without a Black Phoebe?!?!?!)

Many thanks to Anne Belle Rice for the group photo (look above our heads & to the back) and Kim Moore for the other bird photos.  They all can be seen at the eBird website, at  Come out and join us our next birding trip to the JPL Trail on November 8th to help us increase our species and participant count, as well as search for our Target Bird, the Phainopepla.  AND, you never know what else we might see!  Oh, and follow the Chapter on Twitter (@edaudubon) as well.  (Tweet!)