Trip report for the
2015 Bird Fest 8:30am Bird Walk


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Number of participants: 29 + 1 leader
Start time 8:30am
Finish time 10:05am
Distance covered: 1 mile
Weather:  56° at the start, warming to 67° with calm conditions.


First of many bird walks held for the Second Annual Bird Fest Event at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.  The park was active today, and lots of birds were seen throughout the walk.  Highlights included a Red Tailed Hawk being harassed by a Red-shouldered Hawk, a huge flock of over 150 Mourning Doves, many Hooded Mergansers in the pond and two Red-breasted Sapsuckers. 

Although not countable, the Northern Goshawk at the event was quite spectacular!

46 species:

American Wigeon  
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck  
Hooded Merganser
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Red-tailed Hawk  
American Coot  
Killdeer  
Western Gull -- fly-over
Band-tailed Pigeon  
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird  
Acorn Woodpecker  
Red-breasted Sapsucker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker -- heard only
American Kestrel -- male
Nanday Parakeet  
Black Phoebe  
Say's Phoebe  
Western Scrub-Jay  
American Crow  
Common Raven  
Oak Titmouse  
Bushtit  
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren -- heard only
Bewick's Wren  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Wrentit -- heard only
Hermit Thrush  
American Robin  
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Lark Sparrow  
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
 
Mammals:
Coyote
Mule Deer
California Ground Squirrel

Male and female Hooded Merganser - photo: David Barton


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