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 Saturday Bird Walk, Open Wetlands at Ballona, 4 Feb.

Ballona Egret | Photo by Leslie-Davidson

Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson

1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"

Saturday, February 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Los Angeles Audubon Society will host their 1st Saturday of the month “Open Wetlands” event at the Ballona Salt Marsh. Binoculars will be available to borrow, and volunteers will help visitors view aquatic invertebrates through microscopes, learn about the unique ecosystems found at Ballona, and view birds through powerful spotting scopes along Ballona Creek. The buckwheat is in bloom and lots of butterflies to see. Please drop-in!

Enter through the gate located in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s Market, in the 300 block of Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey.

No baby strollers please.

Please contact Cindy Hardin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 301-0050 if you have any questions.

Print and bring your own copy of "Field List of the Birds of Los Angeles County (mainland and off shore waters)"

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.

Upper Franklin Canyon
Sooky Goldman Nature Center
2nd Sunday of the month
November 13 & December 11
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 as chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees and California Thrasher. Winter birds have arrived; we will look for Ring-billed Duck, Hooded Mergansers, Merlin, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Fox Sparrow among others.
Directions: From the101 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 Drive to Coldwater Canyon Dr to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Drive. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. 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
3rd Saturday of the month
(Except for July and August)
November 19 & December 17, 2016
Time: 8:00–noon
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

Leader: Eric and Ann Brooks, Eleanor Osgood This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. We are likely to see many of the resident birds such as Black Phoebes, Cassin Kingbirds, California and Spotted Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk. We will also lookk for wintering birds such as Merlin, Rufous-crowned, White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows, Western Meadowlarks, Ring-billed Ducks and American Wigeons among others.

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. | 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.

Check out the excellent photos from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on our Facebook site