Trip report for the Wild Wings 
Franklin Canyon Bird Walk

Sunday, February 07, 2016 

Number of participants: 27 + 1 leader
Start time 8:00am
Finish time 10:15am
Distance covered: 1.85 mile
Weather:  63° at the start, warming to 72° sunny and calm.

A wonderful group of 27 (humm, should have been 20) participants enjoyed great birds and conversation on this beautiful winter Sunday morning.  As usual, the male Wood Ducks never fail to impress, but even they were upstaged by the presents of a male Mandarin Duck - nature in all of its glory right here in this urban park. The aerial acrobatics performed by a Cooper's Hawk while harassing a Red-tailed Hawk was fun to watch and allowed for a good size comparison between those two raptors.  And with the first Northern Rough-winged Swallows of 2016, woodpeckers drumming their tunes and thrashers singing their complicated songs, spring must surely be on its way.  When you tune into birdlife you really can experience seasons in L.A.!
Birds - 45 species (+2 other taxa*):
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)*
Wood Duck  
Mandarin Duck
American Wigeon  
Mallard (Domestic type)*
Ring-necked Duck  
Hooded Merganser - male and female
California Quail  
Pied-billed Grebe  
Black-crowned Night-Heron  
Cooper's Hawk  
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot  
Mourning Dove  
Anna's Hummingbird - males doing mating displays
Allen's Hummingbird - males doing mating displays
Acorn Woodpecker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker
Western Scrub-Jay  
American Crow  
Common Raven  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  
Oak Titmouse
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush  
American Robin  
California Thrasher  
Northern Mockingbird  
European Starling  
Common Yellowthroat  
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  
Fox Sparrow  
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
White-crowned Sparrow  
Golden-crowned Sparrow  
Song Sparrow  
California Towhee  
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Brush Rabbit 
California Ground Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel 

  Male Mandarin Duck with his Wood Duck girlfriend.  Photo: Scott Logan

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