Trip report for the
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Number of participants: 35 + 2 leaders 
Start time 8:00am 
Finish time 10:05am  
Weather:  Sunny and warm

Fall is in full swing - we found many groups of sparrows feeding out in the open and hordes of Yellow-rumped Warblers chipping in the surrounding foliage.  Many trees still have much of their leaves, so warbler viewing was a bit tough.  It was fun watching Red-shafted Flickers forage in the soil - not only are they the largest woodpecker in Southern California, it is the only North American woodpecker that you will find regularly feeding in that manner.   The surprising miss for us was Ruby-crowned Kinglet, as these birds are basically everywhere at the moment. I even had one after I got my pre-walk espresso in the Starbucks parking lot!

Birds:  52 species (+1 other taxa)   
Canada Goose
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  
Ring-necked Duck  
Pied-billed Grebe  
Western 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  
Western Gull  
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove  
White-throated Swift  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Allen's Hummingbird  
Belted Kingfisher  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  - heard only
Downy Woodpecker  - heard only
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  
American Kestrel  - seen by some at end of walk
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet  - fly-over
Black Phoebe  
Say's Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird  - seen by some at beginning of walk
American Crow  
Western Bluebird
California Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird  
Cedar Waxwing  - fly-over
Common Yellowthroat  
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler  - seen by some at beginning of walk
Spotted Towhee  
California Towhee  
Lark Sparrow  
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow  
White-crowned Sparrow  
Golden-crowned Sparrow  
Great-tailed Grackle  
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch  
American Goldfinch

California Ground Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Brush Rabbit

Red-eared slider
Great Egret, Ring-necked Duck and Green Heron.
Photos: Gail Bixby
4337 Woodman Ave. Sherman Oaks CA 91423     818-995-0022

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