Birding

Black-crowned Night 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 Egret Project by Madeline Austin


Monthly bird survey reports are posted to www.eBird.org  under Huntington Central Park–Shipley Nature Center.

Shipley Nature Center Survey Results

October 28, 2022

View the combined checklist on eBird

Surveyors:  Lena Hayashi, Terry Hill, Jim Kendall, Betty Kanne, Dave and Sharon Telford, Susan Schwartz, Pema Zonglo, Joshua Joun, Bruce Aird, Jim Currie, and David Crow.

12 surveyors came out on this beautiful, cool and sunny morning. This month continues with the new format of TWO eBird lists whenever we divide into two groups for the survey.  This is to facilitate photos from photographers from both groups to be easily entered into the Shipley eBird account.

It was wonderful to have David Crow return from England to join us again.  And much thanks to Bruce Aird, an excellent birder, who got everyone in his group to see a Tennessee Warbler and a MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Hermit Thrushes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are back in large numbers.  Hopefully next month we will see Fox Sparrows and other winter residents.

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

Osprey

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