Ninety years ago, Golden Eagles were widespread throughout the United States.  In 1937, a young boy hunting in Illinois took down this Golden Eagle.  His parents brought it to a priest who preserved and mounted it for $3.  As you can see from the photos, this Golden Eagle needs of a skilled taxidermist to refresh the animal to its former glory.

Cynthia Kelber inherited this Golden Eagle which had been displayed at her father’s home until his recent death.  Many thanks to Cynthia for donating this Golden Eagle to Shipley Nature Center which will be displayed for awe and wildlife learning.


Cynthia Kelber

Cynthia, Denise and Melanie

Shipley Nature Center provides some of the best year-round birding in Southern California. The mix of Oak Woodland, Torrey Pines, meadows, Riparian, Sycamore-Alder Grove and Coastal Sage Scrub habitats make Shipley one of the best places in Orange County to spot a variety of songbirds. There are abundant numbers of California native plants which supply nectar to hummingbirds and wrens. Old groves of Redwood Forest and Coast Live Oak attract foraging raptors. Mature willows around the natural, freshwater pond draw grebes, herons, coots and ducks.

The Great Egret Project by Madeline Austin

Shipley Nature Center Monthly Bird Survey

March 29, 2024

                THE GREAT EGRETS ARE BACK!  Last month we saw one egret in the rookery.  This morning there were 12 to 14 possible nests in use and construction!  Courtship behavior was observed as egrets in high breeding plumage with bright lime-green lores and fancy aigrette plumes strutted their intentions with neck stretching, bows, and preening.  While observing them, a flock of about 15 Great Egrets flew low over the rookery and proceeded in the southwest direction of Bolsa Chica.

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These fine people conduct the monthly bird survey. On average 37 species are observed.

Volunteers do a bird count on the last Friday of the month which is recorded on the bird board. There is also a Field Form for visitors to record sightings of birds. For information on volunteering for the bird surveys, visit our Volunteer page.

For the next generation of bird watchers and surveyors, we have purchased children’s binoculars as loaners during their experiences at Shipley to broaden their focus for bird identification and learning.  That has been made possible by a grant from The Los Angeles Breakfast Club in the amount of $1,500 for environmental education.

Swinhoe’s White-eye

Bell’s Vireo

Pied-billed Grebe

Norther Flicker

Red-shouldered Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Downey Woodpecker

Western Wood-Pewee

White-tailed Kite

Tree Swallow

Song Sparrow

Blue Bird

Wilson’s Warbler


Anna’s Hummingbird Nest

Hutton’s Vireo

Orange-crowned Warbler

Great Egret in breeding plumage

Hermit Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Western Kingbird

Green Heron

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Canada Goose



Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-crowned Night Heron with frog

Bald Eagle atop the Redwood

Bald Eagle atop the Redwood