Tuesday, April 1, 2008


My friend Paula & I are currently participating in the 4-week Beginning Birding Class sponsored by the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Although I know a fair amount about birds and bird watching, I always figure that there’s always something new to learn. And the opportunity to meet other birders is always a pleasure.

We meet at the Nature Center on Saturday morning at 9 AM and it goes until 11 AM. Paula and I have already figured out that by arriving at least 45 minutes early we can get in some birding ahead of time. We have made some great sightings during this time. The first part of the class is spent going over what is to be covered that day. Then we hike into one of the many areas at Placerita and look for birds. And we have never failed to spot interesting birds.

On March 22 we watched a pair of nesting Ravens bringing food to their nest and also saw a nesting pair of Kestrals. It is the first female Kestral I’ve seen. Placerita Canyon is a birding ‘hot spot’—I have seen more species of birds there than anywhere else I’ve been in the past tree months. Here’s a list of the sightings so far:

Sat. March 22:

White-breasted Nuthatch ♂♀
Western Bluebird ♂
House Wren ♂
Kestral ♀
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) ♂
Acorn Woodpecker ♂
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Pacific-slope Flycatcher ♂
Black Phoebe
Oak Titmouse
Anna’s Hummingbird

Sat. March 29:

Western Bluebird ♂
Bullock’s Oriole ♂
Western Kingbird ♂
Yellow-rumped Warbler ♂ & ♀ bathing in the stream)
Oak Titmouse
Kestral ♂ & ♀
Acorn Woodpecker ♂
Scrub Jay
Ruby-crowned Kinglet ♂
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee ♂& ♀
Flicker ♂
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Pacific-slope Flycatcher ♂

(no symbol indicates sex undetermined or sexes alike)

This is class has been a real pleasure to attend and Placerita Canyon has become a real favorite of mine. The habitat is so varied that you are virtually guaranteed to see interesting birds each time you visit.

To find out more about the classes, please contact the Placerita Canyon Nature Center:


[Post composed while listening to Alan Parson's Project / various insturmental tracks]

1 comment:

kaywag said...

Hi Linda. Thanks for the link to my blog on your blog.