Big Day at Huntington Beach – Bolsa Chica Trip Report

Hi Friends,

Sixteen birders met up this morning, October 4, at Huntington Beach in LA County, where we checked out the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve along the coast, and later we birded inland at the Huntington Central Park. The weather was warm but with a cool breeze and staying in the shade as much as possible, we all enjoyed the morning of birding at these two birding “hotspots”. It really was a “Big Day at Huntington Beach” because between the two locations we found 92 bird species! We had great looks at the Ridgeway’s Rail, Scaly-breasted Munia, and the Pin-tailed Whydah.

Here is our list:

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Reddish Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Ridgeway’s Rail
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Elegant Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird sp.
Allen’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Hutton’s Vireo
American Crow
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager
California Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Scaly-breasted Munia
Pin-tailed Whydah

JIM BECKMAN, trip leader

Hi again everyone,

I received the email below from Trysten Loefke.

Hi Jim,
Here is a list of other animals we saw at the reserve, in case you would like to add it to the trip list.

Also we had a Vesper Sparrow at the reserve later.

1. Grey Smoothhound Shark
2. Bat Ray
3. Round Stingray
4. Shovel-nosed Guitarfish
5. Topsmelt
6. Jacksmelt
7. Striped Mullet
8. Longjaw Mudsucker
9. Yellowfin Goby
10. Slough Anchovy
11. Western Fence Lizard
12. Western Skink
13. Western Side-blotched Lizard

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