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Field Trip Report: Los Angeles River with Richard Barth, 2 October, 2010

October 5, 2010

Although stormy weather was predicted for the coastal area on Saturday, we were able to avoid rain except for a 20-minute shower. Clouds kept things comfortable until about 1pm when the sun appeared and turned on the heat. We met Richard Barth of the Los Angeles Audubon chapter, just north of Willow St. where the Los Angeles River runs almost parallel to the 710 freeway. From the very start Richard was eager to share his knowledge of birds and the area’s natural resources. He believes this seven-mile stretch of the LA River deserves far more attention from birders’, especially during the fall shorebird migration season late July through early October. Even though we were past the peak shorebird migration season, all participants were well satisfied with great looks at some infrequently-seen birds and substantial numbers of waders. We made six car-hopping stops along the river from Willow St. in Long Beach to Rosecrans Blvd. in Paramount. The highlight which many participants wanted to revisit was De Forest Park in Long Beach, a half-mile riverside strip with mature trees and river views. Many thanks from all to Richard Barth, one of the most experienced birders in LA County! Next year, we plan to visit the river during peak season in August or September.        Lucien Plauzoles

American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
California Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Nutmeg Mannikin
62 Species

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