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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nerdy Birdy: Review of Bolsa Chica Conservatory

This is a wonderful place to see a ton of water birds. Many Egrets, Plovers, Sandpipers, Seagulls, Ducks ect. The birds however can be somewhat far away sometimes so I would defiantly recommend you either bring a zoom camera or a pair of binoculars.

Here is a good map I found of the trials at Bolsa Chica. You cannot help but just look around and see many birds but I found one unofficial trail where I have seen quite a bit of birds not found on the main trails. See the map, there is a path around the “Muted Tidal: to the left of the water. I have found many of the smaller birds on this trail which include the Wrentit, Ladder Backed Woodpecker, Common Yellowthroat, House Wren, Bushtit, Black Phoebe, Cassin’s Sparrow, Western Wood Pewee, California Towhee, Sulphur Bellied Flycatcher and various different Hummingbirds.

Once you hit the back tree line, the green area, you will see a common hangout for the raptors up in the tree tops. I have seen Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Cooper’s Hawk, Merlin, Osprey, and the Turkey Vulture. Also once you hit the trees look at the brambles along the water. Black Crowned Night Herons like to hang out here during the day.

Any of the hikes here are mostly without any type of shade so make sure you wear sunscreen, even in the winter you can get a burn. Also there are no drinking fountains so make sure you bring plenty of water.

Lastly here is a list of the birds you can expect to maybe see here at Bolsa Chica.

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