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April Bird Walk at Rancho Los Cerritos Recap

By Carolyn Vance

Our last walk of the season wasn’t as birdy as I expected it to be, but we still saw 20 species! We had up close looks at Bushtits and were able to distinguish male from female.  I learned that, during breeding season, males have black eyes and females have pale yellow eyes.  We also got a fairly good look at a Hermit thrush and a better look at a Pacific-slope flycatcher (shown in the header photo).  A small flock (17) of Cedar waxwings were seen flying over the Rancho.  Other flyovers included nine Mallards, some way-up-high gulls and a couple of Ravens.   We heard several birds that we never could see, including Red-shouldered hawk, House and Lesser goldfinch, Orange-crowned Warbler and a Robin.

This is the last walk put on by El Dorado Audubon, but the Rancho has now started a family-and-beginner-friendly walk the fourth Saturday of every month. It also starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m.  If you couldn’t attend one of our walks, and still want to bird the Rancho, this is your chance.  For more information on their walk, go to their website at: www.rancholoscerritos.org.  Many thanks to Merryl Edelstein and Jerry Millett for helping me out again in April and to Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, the Horticulturist for the Rancho, for having us in and helping.

Post photos ©Jerry Millett

Male Bushtit

Female Bushtit

Events

Yorba Regional Park Field Trip

Join us for a morning walk at Yorba Regional Park. We’ll meet at El Dorado Library parking lot at 7:30am for those who want to carpool or caravan.  Alternatively you may meet us at the park at 8:30am, address is 7600 E. La Palma Anaheim, CA 92807 (meet near P3 parking area shown on this map http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15870

Parking/entrance fee is $5.00, also see the Yorba Regional Park website at http://www.ocparks.com/parks/yorba

Check out the eBird hotspot for the recent bird sightings at Yorba Regional Park https://ebird.org/malaysia/hotspot/L444953?m=&yr=last10

Recommend bringing water, snacks, binoculars, sunscreen and hat.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Tour

Reservations required at least four days in advance: 562.598.1024. Photo ID (adults only) required. All ages welcome.

More info: https://sealbeachnwrfriends.org/home/tours-and-visits

Whittier Narrows Field Trip

Join us for a morning walk at Whittier Narrows. We’ll meet at El Dorado Library parking lot at 7:30am for those who want to carpool or caravan.  Alternatively you may meet us at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center at 8:30am, 1000 Durfee Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733. Parking at the natural area is free.

Below, a description of the birds found at Whittier Narrows, from the Whittier Narrows Nature Center website at http://www.wnnca.org/

“More than 300 bird species have been observed in the park, including the protected White-tailed Kite, the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo, and the California gnatcatcher. Northern Cardinals released nearby in 1923 still thrive in the area and can be spotted regularly on the grounds.”

Also see the Whitter Narrows Nature Center birds webpage at http://www.wnnca.org/birds/

Recommend bringing water, snacks, binoculars, sunscreen and hat.

Bird Walk at Colorado Lagoon

In conjunction with FOCL (Friends of the Colorado Lagoon), http://www.coloradolagoon.org

Contact Harriet Bennish at 562. 621.9734, or email: alinkletter@yahoo.com for more information.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Tour

Reservations required at least four days in advance: 562.598.1024. Photo ID (adults only) required. All ages welcome.

More info: https://sealbeachnwrfriends.org/home/tours-and-visits