Archive for the ‘Bird Habitats’ Category

Birds Seen in Centennial Park, Vacaville

American Kestrel

Black Phoebe


California Quail

Lesser Goldfinch

Mourning Dove

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Scrub Jay

Rock Pigeon

Centennial Park
Vacaville, CA

Backyard Birding: Santa Cruz Mountains

American Crow

American Robin

Barn Swallows

psaltriparus minimus

Black Phoebe

California Towhee

California Quail

Dark-eyed Juncos

House Finch

Mountain Chickadee

Mourning Dove

Northern Scrub Jay

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Red-tailed Hawk

Spotted Towhee

Stellar’s Jay

Tree Swallows

Wild Turkeys

… and mama deer with their fawns

and coyotes, oh my!


Birds by West Cliff, Santa Cruz, CA



Pelagic Cormorants, nesting;
California Brown Pelican in flight;
California Gull on a rock

…  and sea lions on an island
and a seal in the water!


Birds of the LA Arboretum!

LA Arboretum #2

Allen’s Hummingbird

American Coot

American Robin

Band-Tailed Pigeon

Black Phoebe


California Towhee

Cedar Waxwing

Common Merganser
(male and female)

Common Yellow-Throat

Dark-Eyed Junco

Great White Egret

Green Heron

House Finch

House Sparrow
(male and female)

Hutton’s Vireo


Lesser Goldfinch

Mallard Duck

Mourning Doves

Northern Mockingbird

Pacific Wren

Wren - Photo by James MaleyPhoto by James Maley

(male and female)

Red-Crowned Parrot

Red-Crowned Parrot

Red-Naped Sapsucker

Red-Naped Sapsucker

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Whiskered Bulbul

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Townsend’s Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Western Scrub-Jay

Wood Duck
(male and female)

Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

LA Arboretum #1

Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet

Today I saw Yellow-Chevroned Parakeets in the Floss Silk / Chorisia Speciosa Tree on my walk into the Huntington Library. Love them! ❤

Christopher Cokinos, _Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds_ (2000)

On Sunday morning, I walked through the Claremont Farmers’ Market, where, at a book stall manned by volunteers, I found Christopher Cokinos’ book, Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds (2000).

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The book is part natural history, part travel narrative, and part elegy for recently extinct avian species, including the Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, and Great Auk.

The title comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson:

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I find the book inspiring in the attention that it brings to the loss of birds from their native habitats due to human exploitation and in the strange but wondrous idea that we might be able to revive currently extinct avian species someday using the science of de-extinction (also called resurrection biology) and cloning.

Rhinoceros Hornbill and Other Birds Seen at the LA Zoo

Rhinoceros Hornbill


Other Birds Seen at the Los Angeles Zoo:

  • Near the Zoo entrance: Greater Flamingos and Chilean Flamingos East side of the Zoo: Great Curassow, Scarlet Macaw, Red-Legged Seriema, Oropendola Crestada, Magpie, Green Aracari Toucan, Andean Condor, Spectacled Owl, King Vulture In the Aviary: Trumpeter Swan, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Spur-Winged Lapwing, Sacred Ibis, African Spoonbill, Golden-Crowned African Crane, Superb Starling, White-Crowned Robin Chat (heard its lovely song!), the pinky Gelah Cockatoo, the yellow Masked Lapwing, the Chestnut Teal Duck and his mate, and two amazing Violacious Turacos The World of Birds Show: Red-Tailed Hawk, Blue-Throated Macaw (rare!), Yellow-Naped African Parrot, Moluccan (Salmon-Crested) Cockatoo, Blue-Throated Macaw (rare Bolivian parrot), Hyacinth Macaw, African Serpent Eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Eurasian Eagle Owl, African Fish Eagle, Harris Hawks, African Cape Griffin Vulture, a California Condor named Hope (one of 500 so far brought back from extinction when the population was down to only twenty-two … !), Military Macaw, and white doves West Side of the Zoo: Ostrich, Bornean Crested Fireback, Wrinkled Hornbill, Stellar’s Sea Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Scarlet Ibis, White-Cheeked Turaco, Double-Wattled Cassowary, Laughing Kookabura, Rhinoceros Hornbill

Birds of the Los Angeles Zoo Aviary

in the Aviary

Greater Flamingo, Yellow-Masked Lapwing, Chestnut Teal Duck,
Violacious Turaco, Trumpeter Swan,
Sacred Ibis, Gelah Cockatoo, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Chilean Flamingo

Bird population of the US down by 29%

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Since 1970, the US has lost 3 billion birds or 29% of its avian population, according to an extensive study conducted by ornithologists at Cornell University.

The losses are most severe among grassland birds, but are sustained across all types of birds. Common birds are not compensating for losses among rarer species. Instead, they are sustaining losses themselves.

Culprits include loss of habitat to agricultural expansion and urban sprawl as well as pesticides (which poison birds), light pollution (which disorients them), and tall buildings (which they crash into). Roaming cats and other predators also account for some of the population decline.

Our ecosystems throughout the nation in crisis. The decline in birds shows it, and will also perpetuate it if the avian population is not restored. European birds are similarly in decline.

Wetland birds and bald eagles are the exception, showing that conservation efforts can work. If we make an effort, we can save more birds — and minimize the negative effects for humans — in the future. For more information, see:

Birds of Light

Moonlight Forest at the Lantern Art Festival
at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden