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Birds of the Season — June 2019

March and April in southern California encompass a great deal of change in the avian world. Passerine migration transforms from a trickle to a flood, wintering birds are leaving on their various schedules and breeding activity is pervasive.

From the first early arriving passerines to the waves of birds encountered in April and May, spring migration is a remarkable event to witness. While the quality and quantity of birds can vary from day to day—often due to factors we’ve yet to understand—this is a fantastic time to take to the field.

Shorebirds can briefly be seen in their breeding colors. Loons and scoters are streaming northward along the coast. The weather is generally pleasant and the landscape is lush. It could well be argued that this time of year offers more for birders than any other.

As usual, given the diversity of habitats in Los Angeles County, the variety of birds present in March and April was substantial. Wintering vagrants gradually began to disappear as spring progressed, and there were a few new discoveries to keep things interesting. Typically for this time of year, reports of new vagrants were comparatively scarce.

Birds of the Season — April 2019

March and April in southern California encompass a great deal of change in the avian world. Passerine migration transforms from a trickle to a flood, wintering birds are leaving on their various schedules and breeding activity is pervasive.

From the first early arriving passerines to the waves of birds encountered in April and May, spring migration is a remarkable event to witness. While the quality and quantity of birds can vary from day to day—often due to factors we’ve yet to understand—this is a fantastic time to take to the field.

Shorebirds can briefly be seen in their breeding colors. Loons and scoters are streaming northward along the coast. The weather is generally pleasant and the landscape is lush. It could well be argued that this time of year offers more for birders than any other.

As usual, given the diversity of habitats in Los Angeles County, the variety of birds present in March and April was substantial. Wintering vagrants gradually began to disappear as spring progressed, and there were a few new discoveries to keep things interesting. Typically for this time of year, reports of new vagrants were comparatively scarce.

Western Tanager, Vol. 81 No. 5 May-Jun 2015

American Wigeon, Photo by Tony Bianchi

American Wigeon, Photo by Tony Bianchi

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

• Birds of the Season — April 2015 | Jon Fisher

• FIELD TRIP REPORT: Anza-Borrego State Park Birds, Wildflowers, Insects, and More, March 2015 | By Kurt Leuschner

• U.S. Dept. of Education honors Dorsey High School with the Green Ribbon School Award | By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education

• The ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest 2015: Protecting our Local Birds | By Dessi Sieburth

• Disney Wildlife Conservation Representative Visits L.A. Audubon | With Stacey Vigallon & Carol Babeli

Western Tanager, Vol. 81 No. 4 Mar-Apr 2015

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, April 1992 | Photo by Larry Sansone

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, April 1992 | Photo by Larry Sansone

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Sometimes the Things You Want for Christmas Come Late | By Louis Tucker

  • Volunteer Habitat Restoration — January 2015 | Written in collaboration by Carol Babeli, LA Audubon Education Directors, Stacey Vigallon and Cindy Hardin and LA Audubon Education chair, Margot Griswold. Photos by Carol Babeli and Stacey Vigallon

  • Volunteer Opportunities Training

  • Audubon Docents Head South | By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education, Photos by Leslie Davidson

  • Birds of the Season — February 2015 | By Jon Fisher

  • Protecting the “Least” Bell’s Vireo in California | By Dessi Sieburth

  • INTERPRETING NATURE — Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program, an update | By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education

Western Tanager, Vol. 81 No. 2, Nov-Dec 2014

California Quail, Lancaster Christmas Bird Count 2008 | Photo by Mary Freeman

California Quail, Lancaster Christmas Bird Count 2008 | Photo by Mary Freeman

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

• Let's Not Forget The Little Things, By Cindy Hardin

• Condors at Hopper Mountain, Report From the Field, By Dessi Sieburth

• Ralph Schreiber Grant 2015

• 115th Christmas Bird Count—Why Do A Count?, By Nick Freeman

• Birds of the Season — October 2014, By Jon Fisher

• INTERPRETING NATURE: Environment for the Americas & Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and Carlos Jauregui, Restoration Coordinator

• How You Are Helping!, By Carol Babeli, Director of Communications and Development

Western Tanager, Vol. 80 No. 4, Mar-Apr 2014

Cover Photo of the Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Western Tanager, Vol. 80 No. 4 Mar-Apr 2014

• Love and Thanks! Spring — Love is in the Air! | By Carol Babeli

• Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area: A park of the future that you should visit now! | By Cindy Hardin, Environmental Education

• The Magical Tejon Ranch Tour | By Louis Tucker, Field Trip Leader

• Vacation Interrupted: A Campus CBC | By Brad Rumble

• INTERPRETING NATURE: Los Angeles Audubon Expands its Snowy Plover Field Trip Program | By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation

• Birds of the Season—February 2014 | By Jon Fisher

SCHEDULES, Bird Walks, Field Trips, Monthly Program Presentations

Western Tanager, Vol. 80 No. 2 Nov-Dec 2013

From Mt. Wilson Observatory looking east to Mt. Baldy | Photo by Mary Freeman

From Mt. Wilson Observatory looking east to Mt. Baldy | Photo by Mary Freeman

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Western Tanager, Vol. 80 No. 2 Nov-Dec 2013

• Marsh Madness at Ballona | By Don Sterba

• INTERPRETING NATURE: Los Angeles Audubon Youth Education Programs: Here’s Why It’s Worth the Effort… | By Stacey Vigallon

• Birds of the Season–October 2013 | By Jon Fisher

• Ralph W. Schreiber Ornithology Research Grants 2014

• CONSERVATION CONVERSATION: A Bird-friendly Los Angeles? | By Garry George

• TRIP REPORT: San Gabriel Mountains and Mount Wilson | By Dessi Sieburth

• Ballona Docents Head North | By Cindy Hardin, Photographs by Leslie Davidson

• 2013 End-of-Year Appeal

SCHEDULES

Bird Walks, Field Trips, Christmas Bird Counts, Monthly Program Presentations