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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10-May-13: Lake Balboa Park

Afternoon in Lake Balboa Park

Lake Balboa Park - Encino, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park – Encino, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91316
Phone: (818)756-9743
Public Information: The Department of Recreation and Parks proudly dedicated a Universally Accessible Playground (UAP) at Anthony C. Beilenson Park on Monday, June 9, 2008. The new UAP is the 10th accessible playground run by the Department.The accessible playground at Beilenson Park has two separate play areas, one section for two to five-year-olds and two sections for five to twelve-year-olds. All of the areas have a “Maritime” theme and feature swings, ladders, a variety of balancing elements, climbers and slides.Special features to the 19,600-square-foot playground is an interactive drum play area and sensory wall. Other elements include spring toys, crawl tunnels, landscaping and drinking fountains. Enjoy the new 19,600-square-foot addition to a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility in the San Fernando Valley – Lake Balboa.The $1.1 million addition can be used and enjoyed by all children, regardless of ability. Lake Balboa is located at Anthony C. Beilenson Park. the only staff on site are the lifeguards at Lake Balboa. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Owners are responsible for removal of defecation. Dogs are not permitted to swim in the lake.

Any Pavillion reservations or questions will be taken by calling the Valley Regional Permit Office line at (818) 756-8187.

Additional Facilities: BALBOA GOLF COURSE (SEPULVEDA BASIN)
16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino, CA 91436
(818) 995-1170

BALBOA SPORTS COMPLEX
17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
(818) 756-9642

BALBOA TENNIS COURTS
5651 Balboa Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
(818) 995-6570

LAKE BALBOA
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 756-9743

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