Bird Survey – Feb 2024


Bird Survey – Feb 2024

Urban Forest Monthly Survey
Feb 28, 2024
42 Species, 272 Individuals

On this Leap Year Day, Lena Hayashi, Betty Kanne (eBird), Jim Kendall, Ellen Tipping, and Dave and Sharon Telford counted all the birds they could hear and see in the Urban Forest.

The weather was in the 50s to mid-60s.  Mostly overcast and calm with sunlight in and out at the end of the survey.

The Western Meadowlarks were well hidden in the grassland area for raptor foraging.  Though we were sure there were more, we only counted 21 as they flew out only to disappear again 20 yards further away.  The most vocal of all the species was the House Wren.  They were singing from every direction and scolding sounds were also heard.  Orange-crowned Warblers were trilling their full songs as were the Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroat Warblers.  It was interesting that we saw and heard more American Goldfinches than Lesser Goldfinches.  With the rain we have already received, the sycamore trees should be producing abundant seed pods for the goldfinches this spring and summer.

Whether it was the cold, overcast skies, or the early morning time, we did not see the Northern Parula that was reported later in the day.  We also were disappointed in the small number of Hermit Thrushes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and White-crowned Sparrows.

Below are the species and their numbers.  Click on the name of the bird, printed in blue, to open with more information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, including what sounds the bird makes and its status and distribution.

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  • Observers:  6
  • Duration:  2 hr, 28 min
  • Distance:  1.79 mi


  1. Number observed:  4
  2. Number observed:  2
  3. Number observed:  6
    Exotic: Naturalized
  4. Number observed:  5
    Exotic: Naturalized


    Eurasian Collared-Dove - Lena Hayashi
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    Eurasian Collared-Dove - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  5. Number observed:  2
  6. Number observed:  7


    Anna's Hummingbird - Lena Hayashi
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    Anna's Hummingbird - James Kendall
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  7. Number observed:  15

    Breeding & Behavior Code:

    C Courtship, Display, or Copulation (Probable)


    Allen's Hummingbird - James Kendall
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  8. Number observed:  2
  9. Number observed:  2
  10. Number observed:  1
  11. Number observed:  2


    Cooper's Hawk - Lena Hayashi
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    Cooper's Hawk - James Kendall
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    Cooper's Hawk - James Kendall
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  12. Number observed:  1


    Red-shouldered Hawk - James Kendall
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    Red-shouldered Hawk - James Kendall
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  13. Number observed:  1
  14. Number observed:  1
  15. Number observed:  1
  16. Number observed:  3
  17. Number observed:  2


    Say's Phoebe - James Kendall
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    Say's Phoebe - James Kendall
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  18. Number observed:  2
  19. Number observed:  18
  20. Number observed:  2
  21. Number observed:  1
  22. Number observed:  10
  23. Number observed:  4
    Exotic: Provisional
  24. Number observed:  1
  25. Number observed:  16


    House Wren - Lena Hayashi
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    House Wren - James Kendall
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    House Wren - James Kendall
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  26. Number observed:  9
    Exotic: Naturalized
  27. Number observed:  1
  28. Number observed:  6


    Western Bluebird - James Kendall
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  29. Number observed:  1
  30. Number observed:  42
  31. Number observed:  6
  32. Number observed:  10


    American Goldfinch - James Kendall
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  33. Number observed:  7
  34. Number observed:  12
  35. Number observed:  4


    California Towhee - Lena Hayashi
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    California Towhee - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  36. Number observed:  2
  37. Number observed:  21
  38. Number observed:  8
  39. Number observed:  1
  40. Number observed:  8
  41. Number observed:  5
  42. Number observed:  18


    Yellow-rumped Warbler - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library

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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.
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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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