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Huntington Central Park – A Little Rain: Oct. 13, 2018 Field Trip

October 18, 2018

A rare rainy day seemed an inauspicious time for a bird walk, but five of us were willing to dampen our shoes and get rain spots on our binoculars. In spite of the concurrent Boy Scout Jamboree, which spread over even more of the park than last year and was very noisy, we saw quite a good number of birds.

White-faced Ibis (Ray Juncosa)

Fortunately, “bird whisperer” Chris Lord was along, and found and identified most of the birds. Much of the water was covered with green algae, which may have kept the ducks away. Most of what was swimming were American Coots, but there were Mallards, plus a few Gadwalls and American Wigeons. Egrets and herons were well represented, including a beautiful Green Heron, and one White-faced Ibis seemed to find a lot to eat. Seven peeps, too far away to identify, were pecking in the shallow water. A Belted Kingfisher swooped around.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Ray Juncosa)

Warblers were mostly of the Yellow-rumped persuasion, but we also found Orange-crowned and Townsend’s Warblers and Common Yellowthroats. Raptors showed up also: a Cooper’s Hawk blended perfectly into a tree; we had also a Kestrel and a Red-shouldered Hawk. A pair of Northern Flickers, whom we heard early on, finally showed up on the ground between some dense trees.

Townsend’s Warbler (Ray Juncosa)

Happily, the Scaly-breasted Munia, beautiful and well adapted immigrants, and a good reason for birding this park, were found early on. The flower garden boasted a few Hummingbirds, including Anna’s and Allen’s.

Hermit Thrust (Ray Juncosa)

A few Hermit Thrushes skulked in the undergrowth. All in all, 42 species was more than we thought we would see!    [Elizabeth Galton]

Adult Red-shouldered Hawk in fine form (Ray Juncosa)

Huntington Central Park Bird List – Oct. 13, 2018
Egyptian Goose Black Phoebe
Gadwall American Crow
American Wigeon Common Raven
Double-crested Cormorant Bushtit
Great Egret House Wren
Snowy Egret Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Great Blue Heron Hermit Thrush
Green Heron American Robin
Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-throated Gray Warbler
White-faced Ibis Orange-crowned Warbler
Cooper’s Hawk Townsend’s Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Kestrel Common Yellowthroat
American Coot California Towhee
Peeps (too far to ID) Song Sparrow
Anna’s Hummingbird White-crowned Sparrow
Allen’s Hummingbird Western Tanager
Belted Kingfisher Brewer’s Blackbird
Downy Woodpecker House Finch
Northern Flicker Lesser Goldfinch
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Scaly-breasted Munia
Compiled by Jean Garrett Total Species – 42
One Comment
  1. Chris Lord permalink
    November 11, 2018 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the generous individual credit, Jean, for what was truly a group contribution. And thanks again for leading – without a leader there is no trip! Another fun, successful day. Chris


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