Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Whittier Narrows Rec. Area in California Again!

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cassin's Kingbird
This time there was some good sightings of birds that we have never seen before, such as, Tropical Kingbird, Black and White Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Parakeets, Nutall's Woodpecker, Northern Parula, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. Well we didn't get all of those but we got a few. We found a bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers just about everywhere in the park. They are very abundant! Next we spotted a pair of Cassin's Kingbird catching bugs in the air and perching in the top of some trees. We walked a little further and found a pair of Great Blue Herons with young; not sure how old the young was but he was half the size of his parents!
Common Yellowthroat

We kept walking around the three lakes they have there and saw many swallows; lots of Tree Swallows and some Barn Swallows. Then we saw some California Towhees and Allen's Hummingbirds. Simon also spotted a Common Yellowthroat in a tree then it flew down into the reeds. It was a breeding male, very colorful!

Great Blue Heron with Young
As we were walking back we came across a couple of birders hanging around this one tree. So that perked our interest, Simon struck up a conversation with the man, while the woman was looking up into the tree, he told us that there had been a Chestnut-sided Warbler spotted at that tree. So we looked for a while and gave up and headed over toward the restrooms and looked around there. Just about to head of the truck when the man whistled and called up back the Chestnut-sided Warbler showed up! We went over there and spotted it and took like a 50 pictures of this one bird! we got a few good pictures of it too!

Those birds bring our total to 210!
Happy Birding!!!

Pied-billed Grebes

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