Bird Survey – June 2023


Bird Survey – June 2023

Urban Forest Monthly Survey
June 29, 2023
30 Species (+1 other taxa), 267 Individuals

It was a cold, overcast morning at the Urban Forest.  Temperatures never rose past the mid 50’s with the slight chilling breeze.  Surveyors were: Lena Hayashi, Betty Kanne (eBirder), Debra Gala, Dave and Sharon Telford, and Jim Currie. Birds were quiet and few except the House Finches, adults and juveniles, flocking together.

It was a great accomplishment to mow acres of invasive mustard from the fields.  Kudos to the workers!  Hoping fall planting will include some native plants, especially the California sagebrush in some of the areas to provide habitat for the endangered California Gnatcatcher.

Below are the species and their numbers. Scroll through the checklist below to enjoy photos taken by the photographers. You can also click the name of the bird, printed in blue, to open a link to more information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology including what sounds the bird makes and its status and distribution!

Checklist S143176108

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Thu 29 Jun 2023 6:56 AM

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Owner Lena Hayashi

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  • Observers:  6
  • Duration:  2 hr, 30 min
  • Distance:  2.37 mi


  1. Number observed:  2
  2. Number observed:  12
    Exotic: Naturalized
  3. Number observed:  4
  4. Number observed:  8

    Breeding & Behavior Code:

    FY Feeding Young (Confirmed)
  5. Number observed:  12


    Allen's Hummingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    Allen's Hummingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  6. Number observed:  4
  7. Number observed:  1
  8. Number observed:  1
  9. Number observed:  2
  10. Number observed:  1
  11. Number observed:  1
  12. Number observed:  5
  13. Number observed:  1


    Cassin's Kingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  14. Cassin’s/Western Kingbird

    Number observed:  1
  15. Number observed:  20
  16. Number observed:  6
  17. Number observed:  6
  18. Number observed:  3
  19. Number observed:  35
  20. Number observed:  14
    Exotic: Provisional
  21. Number observed:  7

    Breeding & Behavior Code:

    FY Feeding Young (Confirmed)
  22. Number observed:  8


    Western Bluebird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    Western Bluebird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  23. Number observed:  1
  24. Number observed:  77


    House Finch - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    House Finch - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  25. Number observed:  14
  26. Number observed:  3
  27. Number observed:  7
  28. Number observed:  4


    Spotted Towhee - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  29. Number observed:  2


    Hooded Oriole - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  30. Number observed:  3
  31. Number observed:  2

Exotic species

Exotic species flags differentiate locally introduced species from native species.
Naturalized: Exotic population is self-sustaining, breeding in the wild, persisting for many years, and not maintained through ongoing releases (including vagrants from Naturalized populations). These count in official eBird totals and, where applicable, have been accepted by regional bird records committee(s).
Provisional: Either: 1) member of exotic population that is breeding in the wild, self-propagating, and has persisted for multiple years, but not yet Naturalized; 2) rarity of uncertain provenance, with natural vagrancy or captive provenance both considered plausible. When applicable, eBird generally defers to bird records committees for records formally considered to be of “uncertain provenance”. Provisional species count in official eBird totals.
Escapee: Exotic species known or suspected to be escaped or released, including those that have bred but don’t yet fulfill the criteria for Provisional. Escapee exotics do not count in official eBird totals.
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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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