As expected, the gardens were worth the visit. It's also a reliable area to find several birds that can't be found anywhere else! In fact, we found both target species within the first 10 minutes of parking our car! So our running joke was, "Found our target birds, time to go." But it was just a joke. When you find your target birds right away, you can enjoy all the other birds at a relaxed pace. The way it should be.
|Downy Woodpecker working on a his nesting hole|
|Western Scrub Jay(the Coastal Subspecies)|
A common winter bird for California is the Allen's Hummingbird. Here, he sips the nectar from one of the many flowering plants at the park.
Our first targeted bird, the Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, is a native to South America. However, here in Los Angeles, the birds seem to be doing quite well.
|Yellow-chevroned Parakeet on a Silk Floss Tree|
They were seen in great numbers around the Silk Floss trees. We had a count of 26 birds in this location. Their numbers seem to be increasing just like our own Rosy-faced Lovebirds(in Phoenix) in these human created urban spaces. Will it be ABA countable for those ABA listers in CA? Only time will tell.
So we continued further into the urban jungle searching for the Red-whiskered Bulbuls. Our other exotic target species.
And to be honest, it was all rather too easy:) We found a healthy population on the garden grounds.
It's a lovely bird and one that I had never seen before. For all of these new birds, all I had to do was listen for a different call. With it being spring, we had no problem locating our birds.
During courtship, the male will lower his head in a bow to the female. The nest is built in the fork of a tree. The adult pair may have 2-3 broods a year. Again this bird is not ABA countable in CA....yet. I think they are countable in Florida. I put the ABA part on now because I have several readers who are actually ABA listers. My purpose in birding is to seek out new bird species(on the official list or not) and learn about them.
And finally, we discovered an adorable nest of Bushtits. They are cute little gray birds that often forage together in groups of 8-12 individuals.
And for you trinket lovers out there, they have a shop with all kinds of knickknacks. They also have a coffee shop and small restaurant for a snack after your walk is done.
Overall, we had a fabulous morning out. I'd like to thank Julia Ray for showing us around this beautiful botanical garden. For more about the birds, click on our ebird checklist here. Until next time....