Leader: Carolyn Vance
The first two bird walks at Rancho Los Cerritos have proved to be very popular, especially with novice birders. Welcome to the wonderful world of birds and birdwatching! Our final walk of the fiscal year (Sept – June) is on Thursday, April 12th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Meet in the parking lot of the Rancho – no reservations required, just show up. Don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars, if you have them. If not, the Rancho has some to loan. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended as we will be going up and down some dirt slopes and a couple of staircases.
The winter birds should be all gone by now and the garden in bloom. We may see some nesting birds, possibly Common Raven and/or Red-shouldered Hawk. Hummingbirds should abound, as well as Black Phoebes, and Bushtits. With spring migration on, we should also see several different species of warblers and swallows.
Don’t know your birds? No problem. Here’s some homework to get you ready for our April walk. Go to the Rancho’s website (www.rancholoscerritos.org) and click on “Things to Do” on the top. Click on Bird Watching, then download the bird checklist. Look for the birds with a letter (A, C, U) in the “Sp” column (for Spring). Those are the birds you want to study. You can easily find photos on-line or in a field guide. Look at size, color, and bill shape. That way, you’ll be ahead of the game by knowing what to look for in the bushes or on the ground or in the air. I call it playing hide and seek – the birds like to hide, and I love seeking them out, watching their amazing behaviors!
Since this walk is in spring, when bird’s thoughts turn to love and mating, I’m including drawings of hummingbird displays (click here to view), taken from the Second Edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds, by David Allen Sibley. Enjoy and hope to see you on April 12 at the Rancho!
Photo credit, Bushtit by Jerry Millett