Blue Heron (with frog)

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 Egrets have fledged the nexts.  The next point of birding interest will be the fall migration species.

Monthly bird survey reports are posted to  under Huntington Central Park–Shipley Nature Center. View the latest checklist:   April 29, 2022

Shipley Nature Center Survey Results

April 29, 2022

Surveyors:  Lena Hayashi, Terry Hill, Jim Kendall, Bette Kanne, Rick Shearer, and Jim Roe.

It was a gloriously beautiful, sunny day at Shipley.  Clear, calm, and warming after a cool start at 60 degrees.  It was so wonderful to have Jim Roe birding with us!  He was a long-time regular surveyor until he moved up to Santa Cruz.  We were honored to have him spend the morning with us!

Allen’s Hummingbirds continue to be everywhere and displaying.  The Great Egrets are back and five were observed on nests.  A returning Pacific-slope Flycatcher is again nesting under the roof of the Nature Center.  Nests of Bushtits and House Wrens were active.  Red-winged Blackbirds were noisy and showing off their red epaulets. Resident California Towhees, Spotted Towhees, Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow Warblers, and House Wrens were singing all morning.  It was a great day for warblers migrating north, a Hermit, Townsend, male and female, and Black-throated Gray.  Also of interest was a Bell’s Vireo singing continuously, a Least Bittern, and two Green Herons.

Monthly Bird Survey expertly led by Lena Hayashi.   41 species / 16 with photos

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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.

Swinhoe’s White-eye

Bell’s Vireo

Pied-billed Grebe

Northern Flicker

Red-shouldered Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Downey Woodpecker

Western Wood-Pewe

Black-headed Grosbeak

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

Blue Heron