Bird Walks

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk

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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 ((2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210)
2nd Sunday of the month
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 Spotted and California Towhee, Wrentit and California Thrasher.  Wintering ducks have arrived; we will look for Ring-billed Duck, Hooded Mergansers and American Wigeons. We also look for other wintering birds such as  Sharp-shined Hawk (rare), 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.

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 (4100 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90056)
3rd Saturday of the month
(Except for July and August)
Time: 8:00–noon
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

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.

Leaders: Eric & 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 Phoebe and Cassin's  Kingbird, California and Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow,Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk.  We will also look for wintering birds such as Merlin (rare), rufous-crowned, white-crowned, golden-crowned and fox sparrows, Western Meadowlark, Ring-billed Duck 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.

Check out the excellent photos from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon.

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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.

Check out the outstanding photos of the birds of the Ballona Wetlands on our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon

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