Trip report for the
Wild Wings Sepulveda Basin Bird Walk

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Number of participants: 63 + 1 leader
Start time 8:05am
Finish time 11:10am
Distance covered: 2.85 miles
Weather:  66° at the start, warming to 73° and foggy.

The fog was quite thick at the beginning of this walk, creating a beautiful, soft feel to the park.  As always, the group was awesome!  Everyone helped find birds, asked great questions and for such a large group maintained a small footprint.  Highlights included displaying Red-winged Blackbirds, singing California Thrashers and a large group of American White Pelicans.  With a wingspan of over 9', these pelicans are one of North America's largest birds.  As for the breeding "horn" that we saw on their bills, both adult male and female birds acquire it.  Oh, and I almost forgot - a Great Horned Owl nest with three chicks!!  This is the 4th year the pair has nested in Woodley Park and they got a little over ambitious this year by attempting to raise a clutch of five chicks.  Two have since perished (nature can be unkind), but it looks like the three remaining chicks will fledge.
Birds - 67 species + 2 other taxa*

Canada Goose  
Egyptian Goose  
Wood Duck  
American Wigeon  
Mallard (Domestic type)* 
Cinnamon Teal  
Green-winged Teal  
Ruddy Duck  
Pied-billed Grebe  
Double-crested Cormorant  
American White Pelican  
Great Blue Heron  
Great Egret  
Snowy Egret  
Green Heron  
Black-crowned Night-Heron  
Turkey Vulture  
Cooper's Hawk  
Red-tailed Hawk  
American Coot  
Black-necked Stilt  
Least Sandpiper  
Western Gull  
California Gull
Rock Pigeon*
Mourning Dove  
Great Horned Owl  - nest
White-throated Swift  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker  - heard only
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher   - heard only
Black Phoebe - nest
Cassin's Kingbird  
American Crow  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  
Tree Swallow  
Barn Swallow  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Male Red-winged Blackbird
Photo:  LouAnne Brickhouse
Western Bluebird  
American Robin  
California Thrasher  
Northern Mockingbird  - heard only
European Starling  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Common Yellowthroat  
Yellow Warbler  - heard only 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Chipping Sparrow  
White-crowned Sparrow  
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow  
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird  
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole  
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch


California Ground Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Brush Rabbit

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