Archive | December, 2012

Winter Bird Spotting in Southern California

Here are some of our picks of wintering birds to look out for in Southern California

On December 21st, Winter Solstice officially marks the beginning of our chilliest season here in Southern California.   Southern California winters are, however, pleasantly mild by comparison with most other regions.  These mild winters  make for an ideal wintering ground for a multitude of bird species.  Here are a few species to look out for:

Canada Goose 

Often seen in parks and on golf courses, Canada Geese have become more numerous in urban and suburban areas in recent years.  Look for these geese flying in V-shaped formations or in pairs.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). Wintering range encompasses much of the United States.


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Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

Volunteers can help Audubon and other organizations assess the health of  bird populations and guide conservation action

The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013.  Click here to learn more and find out how to participate.

Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)