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MAP OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY BIRDING REGIONS
Blue – Antelope Valley        Green – San Gabriel Mountains
Orange – San Fernando Valley          Violet – Northern Santa Monica Bay
Yellow – Central & Eastern L.A. County     Aqua – South Bay & Palos Verdes Penn.
Airplane – LAX International Airport          Anchor – Harbor for boat to see Island Scrub-Jay

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Region E – Central & Eastern Los Angeles County

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E1.  GRIFFITH PARK
Highlights: Local chaparral and woodland birds, migrants, vagrants.
Habitat: Woodlands, chaparral.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None.
Facilities: Griffith Observatory, city views, paved parking lots, flush toilets, picnic tables, miles of trails.
Parking: Free in lots, but crowded on weekend or summer afternoons.
Disabled Access: Paved nature trails and hard packed dirt trails.  Paved and level at observatory.
General Location: 8 miles NW of downtown LA.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 Fwy east 9.5 miles, #110 Fwy northeast 4.3 miles, #5 Fwy northwest 3.75 miles to Los Felez Blvd, left (west) to any of 3 entrances, then right (north):  a) .3 mile to Griffith Park Dr, right to LA Zoo and northern section of park.  b) 1.3 miles to Hillhurst Ave, right to Greek Theatre, merry-go-round and Observatory/Planetarium.  c) 2.4 miles to Fern Dell.

E2a&b.  DEBS PARK
Highlights:
Riparian and chaparral birds, migrants in season.
Habitat: Trees, brush, chaparral, hills.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: with the Audubon Center at Debs Park, call 323-221-2255 for date/time.
Facilities: Paved road, flush toilets, phones, Audubon Center at Debs Park.
Parking: Free in lot.
Disabled Access: Paved and dirt paths.
General Location: 7 miles NE of downtown LA.
Directions to West Side Audubon Center (E2b): From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 9.5 miles, #110 northeast 7 miles to Avenue 52 exit, left, Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue , Audubon Center entrance at 4700 N. Griffin Avenue, on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields.
Directions to East Side (E2a): From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 9.5 miles, #110 northeast 7 miles to Marisol exit, east ¼ mile to Monterey Rd, right (south) ¾ mile to Eugene V. Debs Park entrance on right.

E3.  EATON CANYON NATURE CENTER
Highlights:
Riparian and chaparral birds.  Woodpeckers.  Migrants in season.
Habitat: Chaparral, oak & riparian woodlands.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, Spring.  Morning and early PM.  Can be hot in summer.
Monthly Birdwalk: 3rd Sunday 8 AM, led by Pasadena Audubon Society.
Facilities: Paved road, flush toilets, picnic tables.
Parking: Free lot with overflow lot.
Disabled Access: Paved roads and sidewalks.  Hard packed dirt trails.
General Location: 16 miles NNE of downtown LA in NE Altadena.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #405 east 9.5 miles, #110 north 4.3 miles, #5 west 2.1 miles, #2 Fwy north 3.6 miles, #134 Fwy east 4.4 miles, #210 Fwy east 3.25 miles to Sierra Madre Rd. exit, take frontage road to Altadena Blvd, left (north) up the hill 1.75 miles, just past New York Dr. turn right on Veranada Ave. into the nature center.


E4.  HUNTINGTON LIBRARY & BOTANIC GARDENS
Highlights:
Red-whiskered Bulbul; lush vegetation & beautiful gardens; migrants in season; wintering orioles, tanagers, warblers, etc.
Habitat: Brush, gardens, trees, ponds.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, Spring.  Morning and early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None.
Facilities: Paved road, flush toilets, extensive gardens, rare books in library.
Parking: Free lot.
Disabled Access: Paved roads and sidewalks.  Hard packed dirt and gravel trails.
General Location: 11 miles NE of downtown LA in SE  Pasadena.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 9.5 miles, #110 northeast 11.5 miles, when Fwy becomes Arroyo Parkway continue ½ mile to California Blvd, right (east) on California 1.3 miles to Allen Ave, right (south) & cross Orlando Rd. into the grounds.

E5.  LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM
Highlights:
Common local birds, ducks, spring migrants, Ground Dove, Red-whiskered Bulbul, parrots.
Habitat: Pond, trees, brush, plantings including over 700 species of eucalypts.
Best Season/time: All year.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None
Facilities: Paved road, interpretive center, flush toilets, phone, gift shop.
Parking: Free parking lot.
Disabled Access: Paved sidewalks, electric tram with drop-off & pickup.
General Location: 20 miles NE of downtown LA in Arcadia, just off #210 Fwy.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #405 east 9.5 miles, #110 north 4.3 miles, #5 west 2.1 miles, #2 Fwy north 3.6 miles, #134 Fwy east 4.4 miles, #210 Fwy east 6.25 miles east to Baldwin exit, right (south) ¼ mile to entrance on right.

E6.  SANTA ANITA CANYON – CHANTRY FLATS
Highlights:
Chaparral, riparian & low mountain birds, Black Swifts by falls at dusk June-July.  Canyon Wren. Amazona parrots in later afternoon fly NNW up-canyon towards Mt. Wilson, where they may nest, and S out of the canyon.
Habitat: Mixed forest & chaparral, creek, coniferous forest.
Best Season/time: Spring & summer.  Morning, dusk.
Monthly Birdwalk: None.
Facilities: Paved road, flush & pit toilets, phone, camping.
Parking: Free lot at pack station.
Disabled Access: Paved roads and sidewalks.  Hard packed dirt trails.
General Location: 25 miles NE of downtown LA, in NE Sierra Madre in the foothills.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 Fwy east 9.5 miles, #110 north 4.3 miles, #5west 2.1 miles, #2 Fwy north 3.6 miles, #134 Fwy east 4.4 miles, #210 Fwy east 7.5 miles to Santa Anita Blvd exit, left (north) about 5 miles to where it becomes Chantry Flats Rd. and continue into park.

E7.  MONROVIA CANYON PARK
Highlights:
Oak woodland and chaparral birds, Dipper, quail, Roadrunner.
Habitat: Oak & riparian woodlands, chaparral.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None.
Facilities: Paved parking lot, interpretive center, flush toilets, picnic tables
Parking:  Fee lot.
Disabled Access: Paved nature trail and hard packed dirt trails.
General Location: 20 miles NE of downtown LA in foothills above Monrovia.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 Fwy east 27.3 miles (becomes San Bernardino Fwy), #605 Fwy north 5.5 miles, #210 Fwy west 2.5 miles to Myrtle Ave exit, right (north) 1.7 miles to Hillcrest Blvd, right (east) ¼ mile to Canyon Blvd, left (north) uphill 1mile to park entrance.

E8.  SANTA FE DAM RECREATION AREA
Highlights:
Winter water birds on lake.  Migrants in Spring & fall.  Canyon Wren, Phainopepla.
Habitat: Large lake, Schabarum Trail north of lake, chaparral area south of lake.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, Spring.  Morning and early PM.  Can be hot in summer.
Monthly Birdwalk: None
Facilities: Paved road, interpretive center, flush toilets, picnic tables, phone, fishing, weekend snack bar.
Parking:  Fee lot.
Disabled Access: Nature trail hard packed dirt, fairly level & even.
General Location: 18 miles ENE of downtown LA in Duarte, SE of intersection #210 & 60 Fwys.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 Fwy east 27.3 miles (continuing onto San Bernardino Fwy), #605 Fwy north 4 miles to Arrow Hwy exit, right (east) 2.2 miles to Azuza Cyn Rd., left (north) and into park.

E9.  BIG DALTON WILDERNESS PARK
Highlights:
Riparian and chaparral birds, migrants in season especially along stream, Hutton’s Vireo, Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
Habitat: Lake, reed beds, flood retention basin, woods, brush, chaparral, creek.
Best Season/time: Fall, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None
Facilities: Paved access road & parking lot, picnic tables.  Open sunrise to sunset.
Parking: Free in lot
Disabled Access: Only on the road.
General Location: 25 miles NE of downtown LA in the foothills.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 Fwy east 27.3 miles (becomes San Bernardino Fwy), #605 Fwy north 5.5 miles, #210 Foothill Fwy east 5 miles to Grand Ave exit, left (north) 1.8 miles, right on Sierra Madre Ave 2 miles, left on Glendora Mountain Rd ½ mile, right on Big Dalton Cyn Rd into park.

E10.  BONELLI REGIONAL PARK
Highlights:
Water birds on reservoir in winter, Clark’s Grebe, Tufted Duck accidental, raptors including Prairie Falcon & White-tailed Kite.
Habitat: Large reservoir, grasslands.
Best Season/time: Late fall through early spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: General nature walk 4th Sunday, 8 am.
Facilities: Paved road, flush toilets, picnic tables, phones, snack bar weekends only.
Parking: $2 lot.  No street parking available.
Disabled Access: Some paved walkways.
General Location: 27 miles E of downtown LA in San Dimas, NE of intersection #10 & 57 Fwys.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 39.5 miles (becomes San Bernardino Fwy) to #57 Fwy, #27 north 1 mile to Via Verde exit, right (east) into park.

E11.  RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDENS
Highlights:
Common local birds, migrants in season, vagrants, hummingbirds spring & summer.
Habitat: Riparian, gardens, chaparral.
Best Season/time: All year.  All day.
Monthly Birdwalk: Beginning birdwalk 1st Sunday, 8 am, by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.
Facilities: Paved road, gift shop, flush toilets, phone.
Parking:  Admission fee, free parking.
Disabled Access: ???
General Location: 33 miles E of downtown LA in NE Claremont.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 45.9 miles (becomes San Bernardino Fwy) to Indian Hill Blvd exit, left (north) 1.75 miles to Foothill Blvd, right ¼ mile to College Ave, left ¼ mile to gardens.

E12.  WHITTIER NARROWS & LEGG LAKE – POMONA VALLEY AS
Highlights:
Riparian and chaparral birds, raptors, migrants in season, water birds, No. Cardinal, Chevron-winged Parakeet in area.  Black-crowned Night-heron, White Pelican & ducks on Legg Lake.
Habitat: Lake, ponds, reed beds, woods, brush, fields.
Best Season/time: Fall, winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month, 8am to 12 noon.
Facilities: Paved parking lot, flush toilets, picnic tables.  Hard packed dirt trails. Legg Lake fishing.
Parking: Free in lots.
Disabled Access: Hard packed dirt trails.  Grass lawns at Legg Lake.
General Location: 10 miles E of downtown LA in South El Monte.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 13 miles, #60 Fwy east 9.4 miles to Santa Anita Ave exit, right (south) ¾ mile (passing one entrance to Legg Lake on the right) to Durfee Ave, left (east) ¼ mile to Whittier Narrows park entrance on right.  Go west on Durfee for more Legg Lake parking lots.

E13.  MURPHY RANCH PARK
Highlights:
Common local birds, nesting raptors, migrants in season, warblers in the willows.
Habitat: Mixed planted woodland.
Best Season/time: Winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None
Facilities: Paved road, no toilets, picnic tables.
Parking: Free lot.
Disabled Access: Fairly level and even hard packed dirt path.
General Location: 18 miles SE of downtown LA in SE Whittier.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 13 miles, #60 Fwy east 11.1 miles, #605 south 3.75 miles to Whittier Blvd exit, left (east) 5.2 miles to La Serna, left (north) .6 mile to Youngwood Dr, turn right and keep to right .7 miles to park on left.

E14.  SAN GABRIEL RIVER & SETTLING BASIN
Highlights:
Wintering birds in the settling basin, Peregrine Falcon along the river.
Habitat: River, mudflats, all encased in concrete.
Best Season/time: Winter.  All day.
Monthly Birdwalk: None.
Facilities: Paved road, no toilets or other facilities.
Parking: Free on street.
Disabled Access: Level paved path.
General Location: 16 miles SSE of downtown LA in west Whittier.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 13 miles, #60 Fwy east 11.1 miles, #605 Fwy south 4.25 miles to Washington Blvd exit.  To settling basin:  turn right (west), cross river, turn right at first street and park.  To river:  From exit turn left (east) ½ mile to Norwalk Blvd, left (north) ¾ mile to Dunlap Crossing Rd, left to end and park, walk through gate to riverside.

E15.  WILDERNESS PARK
Highlights:
Winter waterfowl including (sometimes) Eurasian Widgeon, migrants in season.
Habitat: Lake, grassy lawns.
Best Season/time: Winter, spring.  Morning, early PM.
Monthly Birdwalk: None
Facilities: Paved road, flush toilets, picnic tables, phone.
Parking: $ ?? weekends in lot.
Disabled Access: Level paved paths, grass lawns.
General Location: 14 miles SE of downtown LA in Downey.
Directions: From intersection #10 & 405 Fwys, #10 east 13 miles, #5 Fwy southeast 9.7 miles, take transition onto#605 Fwy but exit at Florence Ave rather than continue onto #605, continue past Florence into the park.
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[Chuck Almdale]

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  1. Frank permalink
    February 5, 2017 2:48 pm

    Of general interest: I live in Atwater Village (90039), close to Griffith Park and the L.A. river. Recently discovered several very large Great Blue Herons nesting in a tall evergreen tree (about 50 ft off the ground) at the southeast corner of Glenhurst and Tyborn streets, not far from the Glendale Blvd exit off the I-5 freeway northbound. It is quite a thrill to see them taking flight, and to know they are nesting so close to me. I’ve seen them about three times in the last week, and with binoculars have observed certain activity going on up there. They are bringing something up to the nest, but unable to tell if it’s food or building material.

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