Backyard Birdwatching

Backyard Birdwatching

In the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, we still have birds.

All of these pictures were taken from my backyard.

Just got home from Illinois lock the front door oh boy!
Got to sit down take a rest on the porch.
Imagination sets in pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

Wild Geese:

The Sepulveda Dam Basin is a natural watershed and there are many birds that stop, feed and rest here on their migratory flights north and south. Wild Canadian Geese “The Honkers” are frequently seen flying in their distinctive “V” pattern and their honking can often be heard as they approach and fly over.

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Honkers! – The Wild Geese!

There’s a giant doing cartwheels, a statue wearin’ high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
A dinosaur Victrola list’ning to Buck Owens.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

There are a lot of black crows in the neighborhood.

A Raven: (note the wedged tail, thanks Cynthia!)

Caught this big Raven in flight:

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As the Crow Flies Overhead….. (it’s actually a Raven)

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A Big Raven!

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon?
Doo doo doo.
Wond’rous apparition provided by magician.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon?
Doo doo doo.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

The Owl:

This is the Owl that lives in the giant Eucalyptus tree out hunting during the day. We hear it all the time in the evenings and at night, but it is very rare that we actually see it.

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Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

The Hawks:

Recently there have been a few hawks hunting rodents and squirrels in the neighborhood. They’ve been perching in the trees around the backyard and diving at prey.

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The Hawk in Flight (added 3-31-17)

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The Hawk in the Tree

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Two Hawks in the Tree

We saw two pair of hawks flying together.
They weren’t turkey vultures, they were hawks:

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Four Hawks in the Air Overhead (3 shown)

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There are turkey vultures too. And we also have ducks, jays, mockingbirds, hummingbirds, sparrows, seagulls and many other species that are local or migratory.

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Hummingbird On A Wire

A great place for birdwatching is Lake Balboa Park and the Sepulveda Dam Basin in Encino. See our previous Blogs> SEARCH Lake Balboa in the Box at the top of page^^^^

 

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The Dude: Do you find them much, these, stolen cars?
Younger Cop: Sometimes. Wouldn’t hold out much hope for the tape deck though.
Older Cop: Or the Creedence. 

 

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Four Hawks in the Air Overhead

 

UPDATED Monday April 3, 2017 

Backyard Birdwatching!
It’s just a beautiful day! 
Two hawks in the tree!

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Screenshot from Our YouTube Video “Backyard Birdwatching! Two Hawks in the tree!”

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