Bird Walks

Bird Walks with Los Angeles Audubon


Join experienced bird walk leaders who will help you explore the varied habitat in and around the greater Los Angeles Area.  Enjoy woodland nature areas, parklands and lakes, natural coastal scrub habitat and saltwater marshes. Binoculars are provided on many of the walks.

Bird walks are geared for the beginner/intermediate birders looking for an introduction to local birds and/or interested in reducing their carbon footprint by birding relatively close to home. . . . 

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1st Sunday Bird Walk to Topanga State Park


"The Meadows" at Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park Birdwalk

1st Sunday of every month
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Ken Wheeland and Chris Tosdevin

Ken and Chris will lead participants through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area.  This is an ideal trip for a beginning birder or someone new to the area. . .

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2nd Sunday Bird Walk to Franklin Canyon

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk


Photo: Franklin Canyon, A hidden gem near Mulhulland and Coldwater Canyon above Beverly Hills. Part of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy.

2nd Sunday of each month (Sept. 13th & Oct. 11th)

Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Leader: Eleanor Osgood. 

Join us as we take a casual walk around the ponds and trails of this urban oak woodland nature preserve. We are likely to see the resident Wood Ducks and as well chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees and California Thrasher. We will also look for south bound migrants such as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers.

Directions: From the 101 Freeway: follow Coldwater Canyon Blvd. south for several miles to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive (traffic signal). Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. There is NO sign indicating the entrance to the park; the turn at Franklin Canyon Road reads “Road Closed 800 Feet” and “Sunrise to Sunset” — this is the park entrance; do NOT make a U-turn as this will take you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Take Franklin Canyon Dr. down to park entrance, turn at first left into the parking lot.
From Sunset Blvd: go north on N. Beverly Dr. to Coldwater Canyon Dr. to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Dr. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. Meet in the main parking lot for the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills 90210. Binoculars provided.

Drivers wanted: Save the Earth and Carpool!  Call (323) 876-0202 to provide your contact information to be shared with others interested in this birdwalk. 

3rd Saturday Bird Walk at Kenneth Hahn

Sharp-shinned Hawk at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba, 3-23-2010  

Photo: Sharp-shinned Hawk, at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba)

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

(in Baldwin Hills) (4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90056)

3rd Saturday of the month (Except July & August)

Time: 8:00–noon

May Leader: Eleanor Osgood June Leader: Dick Barth. This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. In May and June we are likely to see many of the resident birds such as Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Cassin Kingbirds, California and Spotted Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, and Cooper’s Hawk engaging in nesting activities. Besides looking for spring migrants, we will search for summer visitors that nest in the park such as: Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Barn Swallow, Western Kingbird and Western Bluebird.

Directions: The park entrance is off of La Cienega Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Stocker St. After passing the entrance kiosk ($6.00 parking fee) turn left (leading to the “Olympic Forest”) and park in the first available spaces.
KHSRA, 4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90056 | Binoculars provided.

Carpooling is encouraged!   If you wish to share your name and contact information on a carpool list for any event, call (323) 876-0202.  Leave your complete contact information including the date and destination of the event on the answering machine if there is no answer.

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3rd Sunday Bird Walk, Ballona Wetlands


Snowy Egret, preening under its wing, at Ballona Creek. (Photo by Don Sterba)

Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk

3rd Sunday of the month (with the exception of December)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Bob Shanman and Friends

Join us for a walk through L.A.’s only remaining saltwater marsh and the adjacent rocky jetty.  Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot.  Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile.  Turn right on Pacific Ave.  The lot is on the right.  Lot or street parking is usually not a problem.  Three hour walk.  ‘scopes helpful.
Contact: Bob (310) 326-2473; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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