Eaton Canyon, LA Birding

Eaton Canyon, LA Birding

When:  May 2017                 Weather:  Cool 10-15C

Nikon P900,  Leica Q

In LA for a meeting and managed to get away for a morning’s birding in Eaton Canyon National Park, just 30min north of downtown LA. The weather was cool and we arrived at the park at 630am…

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entrance to Eaton Canyon

 

black phoebe

Almost immediately, a black Phoebe came to greet us

 

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This Spotted Towhee then appeared….

 

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another view of spotted Towhee

 

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Lesser goldfinch

 

lesser goldfinch

another view of lesser goldfinch

 

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we then headed out towards the main trail…

 

oak titmouse

A pretty nondescript bird with a crest appeared in the bushes

 

oak titmouse (2)

It was an Oak Titmouse….several of them flitted about this nesting hole

 

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walking along the main trail, we saw a flurry of activity near this tree and somebody poked his head out….he flew away only to return a minute later….

 

housewren

holding an insect in his beak and showing it to us triumphantly! A charming little house wren; he then flew back into the tree hole to feed his offspring

 

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house wren…this time with a huge insect for his offspring….

 

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In a flash of blue, this beautiful scrub jay posed for us….

 

scrub jay

another view of scrub jay

 

northern mockingbird

Northern mockingbird

 

immature annasHB

Female Anna’s hummbingbird

 

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Male Anna’s HB

 

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spectacularly coloured Anna’s HB

 

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back view of Anna’s HB

 

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California Thrasher with its curved beak like a spiderhunter in Asia

 

california towhee

California Towhee

 

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California Towhee

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squirrel well camouflaged in the bush

 

american bushtit (2)

American bushtit

 

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ash throated flycatcher

 

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ash throated flycatcher

 

acorn woodpecker

One of the prettiest birds this morning was the Acorn woodpecker…

 

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acorn woodpecker

 

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looking for grubs furiously..look at the holes made by the wp

 

cowbird

last bird of the morning…..the cowbird

 

A most enjoyable morning wandering around Eaton Canyon in downtown LA…. in balmy conditions and a few lifers….life is good!  Many thanks to Bob Kaufman for help in identifying many of the birds.

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