Bolsa Chica / Huntington Central Park Trip Report


I am providing two separate lists from Saturday’s walk.

Eight birders managed to make the long drive up north. A perfect day with a convivial group.  One of the highlights of the walk at Bolsa Chica was helping a small group of college students with bird ID and providing them with scope views of the many shorebirds, etc.

Sally Sanderson

Bolsa Chica–full tidal area, Orange, California, US
Oct 1, 2016 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon Society sponsored bird walk.
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant (Branta bernicla) 1
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 20
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 6
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 30
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus) 1 Heard only.
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 8
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 20
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 20
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) X
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus/scolopaceus) X
Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata inornata) 30
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) X
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) 20
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Belding’s) (Passerculus sandwichensis [guttatus Group]) X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1

Huntington Central Park–East, Orange, California, US
Oct 1, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: This was a Palomar Audubon sponsored bird walk.
25 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 25
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X
Great Egret (Ardea alba) X
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) X
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 6
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 6
Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) 2
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
Scaly-breasted Munia (Checkered) (Lonchura punctulata punctulata) 4

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