Bird Survey – August 2022


Bird Survey – August 2022

Urban Forest Monthly Survey
August 25, 2022
34 Species, 335 Individuals

On a sunny, humid morning with temperatures in the 70s, Lena Hayashi, Betty Kanne (eBirder), Claire Grozinger, Jim Kendall, Dave and Sharon Telford, and Josh Joun counted all the birds we could hear and see for two hours. 

Early on and throughout the morning, we watched flocks of Red-necked Phalaropes fly across the Urban Forest from Lake Huntington to Bolsa Chica. The birds were mostly quiet except for the House Finches, Swinhoe’s White-eyes, and Lesser Goldfinches.  There was a snippet of a song from a House Wren but the other birds only called occasionally.

While under the cool canopy of the Urban Forest, we also discussed our Team name for the BIRD-A-THON weekend coming up for next month to herald the beginning of fall migration.  We are hoping to come up with a fun and catchy name.  Our survey group will kick off the event on Thursday, September 22, at 8:00 a.m.  Our survey will be one week earlier than our usual last Thursday of the month.  Our goal is to raise money for the Urban Forest and to provide more native habitats, especially with California Sagebrush, Artemisia Californica, to entice the endangered California Gnatcatcher to reside in the Urban Forest.

If you can’t join us, please consider a team of your own.  You can bird anytime and any day from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25, alone, with children, your dog, friends, or family.  Make it a fun event.  Check out the webpage for more information.

We would appreciate a donation of any amount and all donations are tax deductible.  TAX ID: EIN 33-0815267

Thanks so much!  Enjoy the list and photos below.

Checklist S117557459

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  • Observers:  7
  • Duration:  2 hr, 4 min
  • Distance:  2.01 mi


  1. Number observed:  2
    Exotic: Naturalized
  2. Number observed:  1
    Exotic: Naturalized
  3. Number observed:  2
  4. Number observed:  3
  5. Number observed:  7


    Anna's Hummingbird - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  6. Number observed:  23


    Allen's Hummingbird - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  7. Number observed:  120


    Flyover. Multiple waves of 15-25 each RNPH flying from inland ponds & Lake Huntington, over Harriett Wieder Regional Park into BolsaChica area.
  8. Number observed:  1
  9. Number observed:  1
  10. Number observed:  1
  11. Number observed:  1


    Red-shouldered Hawk - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  12. Number observed:  1
  13. woodpecker sp.

    Number observed:  1
  14. Number observed:  2


    American Kestrel - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
    American Kestrel - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  15. Number observed:  2


    Western Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    Western Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    Western Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
    Western Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
    Western Flycatcher (Pacific-slope) - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  16. Number observed:  6
  17. Number observed:  1
  18. Number observed:  11
  19. Number observed:  1
  20. Number observed:  1
  21. Number observed:  4
  22. Number observed:  25
    Exotic: Provisional


    Swinhoe's White-eye - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  23. Number observed:  5
  24. Number observed:  1
  25. Number observed:  2
  26. Number observed:  66


    House Finch - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  27. Number observed:  25


    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  28. Number observed:  1
  29. Number observed:  5


    Song Sparrow - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  30. Number observed:  6


    California Towhee - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  31. Number observed:  1
  32. Number observed:  3
  33. Number observed:  2
  34. Number observed:  1

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Lena Hayashi

Lena Hayashi is a passionate birder and an integral part of the birding community in Huntington Beach, California. For years, she has dedicated herself to tallying bird counts at Shipley Nature Center. In the fall of 2020, Lena expanded her birding endeavors by spearheading monthly bird surveys in the Urban Forest.

Through these surveys, Lena and the other participating birders photograph and document the presence and abundance of bird species in the area. This data is then shared publically via eBird, for researching trends and patterns in bird populations and migration.

Her dedication to bird conservation has earned her respect among fellow birders and conservationists alike. By sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others, Lena inspires individuals of all ages to connect with nature and become stewards of their local ecosystems. Her efforts serve as a reminder of the importance of citizen science and community involvement in preserving the rich biodiversity of Huntington Beach and beyond.

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