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^^^^

 

From “The Big Lebowski” [after reporting the Dude’s car was stolen]
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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27-MAY-13: San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!  We had perfect weather all weekend long: sunny and warm with a nice breeze so it wasn’t too hot.

The view out my front door this evening:

San Fernando Valley Sunset  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday Night – Shabbat Dinner

On The Menu: Steak, Wild Salmon, Crudite’ (celery and cucumber with ranch dressing), Steamed Broccoli and Carrots, Corn on the Cob, Challah, and Haagen-Daaz Ice Cream for dessert.  And I did the cooking!

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Morning – Meeting at the Corner Bakery (you can call it work, because it was)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Great meeting!  Then back home to get ready for the party:

Saturday Evening – Party on the Patio!  It’s National Wine Day!

Saturday Wine Party!  National Wine Day is May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Wine Party! National Wine Day May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Falafel, chicken skewers, chicken and turkey meat for pita sandwiches, pita bread, hummus, tabouli, carrots, cucumber salad, tahini, green salad, olives, etc….

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

OOOOOOHHHH….Cake.  And brownies from Sweet Lady Jane Bakery too.

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chillin’ by the pool on Sunday afternoon.

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside

Poolside. (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday night Breakfast for Dinner:

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Getting some sun and waiting to BBQ. Happy Monday!

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Monday Night BBQ Time!  On the Menu: Chicken, corn, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine.

BBQ

BBQ Time!  Party on the patio again!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ

BBQ Time! Chicken, corn on the cob, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It was a beautiful weekend!

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26-MAY-13: Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!

Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Chilling in the cement pond! - My Backyard (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chilling in the cement pond! – My Backyard, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California  (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Another beautiful day in Los Angeles!  Perfect weather for a backyard BBQ!

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11-MAY-13: Annie’s Cake! Santa Cruz K-Town Crew Reunion Party!

Annie’s Birthday Cake!

Annie's Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Annie’s Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Santa Cruz K-Town Crew Reunion Party in San Jose, California!

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Santa Cruz K-Town Crew Reunion 2013 in San Jose, California

 

UPDATED March 2, 2017
Our good friend Ann O’Reilly (nee Collins) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 22, 2017. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who loved her. We are shocked and saddened by her death and really can’t adequately express our feelings here.

REST IN PEACE ANNIE – May the Four Winds blow her safely home!

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Ann, Tracy, Diane & Ber in Hollywood in May, 2016

 

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31-MAR-13: Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday!
HAPPY EASTER!

Backyard Roses:

White Roses. (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Backyard Roses. (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

 

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UPDATED April 14, 2017:

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