Trip report for Placerita Canyon -
Walker Ranch Waterfall Trail

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Number of participants: 17 + 2 leaders
Start time 7:30am
Finish time 10:40am
Distance covered: 1.25 mile
Weather:  cool at the start, warming to the low 70s and calm

The canyon was low in overall bird numbers making them a bit of a challenge to find, but that is what makes birding fun - you never know what to expect!  With that said, we still found some great birds.  Mountain Quail serenaded us the entire walk with their two-note whistle while Acorn Woodpeckers were busy everywhere entertaining with their parrot-like antics.  The main push of migrating warblers and hummingbirds seemed to already have passed through the area, but we got some of the stragglers. We did do well in the flycatcher department - finding four species.  And for those of us that enjoy colorful birds, were treated with grosbeaks, orioles, Lazuli Buntings and a glorious male Western Tanager.
50 species

Black-headed Grosbeak, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler and
Western Wood-Pewee.
Photos: Paula Maxwell
Mountain Quail  
California Quail  
Turkey Vulture  
Red-tailed Hawk  
Mourning Dove  
White-throated Swift  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird  
Acorn Woodpecker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker  
Western Wood-Pewee  
Hammond's Flycatcher  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  
Ash-throated Flycatcher  
Hutton's Vireo  
Steller's Jay  
Western Scrub-Jay  
Common Raven  
Oak Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
House Wren  
Bewick's Wren  
Western Bluebird  
California Thrasher  
European Starling  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Nashville Warbler  
MacGillivray's Warbler  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Black-throated Gray Warbler  
Wilson's Warbler  
Spotted Towhee  
Rufous-crowned Sparrow  
California Towhee  
Song Sparrow  
Golden-crowned Sparrow  
Dark-eyed Junco  
Western Tanager  
Black-headed Grosbeak  
Blue Grosbeak  
Lazuli Bunting  
Brown-headed Cowbird  
Hooded Oriole       
Bullock's Oriole  
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch 

California Ground Squirrel
California Gray Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel

Western Fence Lizard

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Pale Swallowtail
Red Admiral
California Sister
Funereal Duskywing
Checkered White
Cabbage White
Western Lady
Mourning Cloak
California Tortoiseshell

Even on a slow day, this really is an amazing place!

4337 Woodman Ave. Sherman Oaks CA 91423     818-995-0022

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