Birds & Birders in the Urban Forest

 

Hawks and Hummingbirds – birds commonly seen in the Urban Forest.

Since mid-2020 on the last Thursday of the month, birding enthusiasts descend upon the Urban Forest. They use an application called eBird to count all birds they spy during their visit. Here’s what the eBird website says about the impact their efforts have:

eBird plays an increasingly important and diverse role in applied science and conservation. eBird data contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform research worldwide. Applications of eBird data range from research and monitoring to conservation planning, including tangible conservation actions such as site and habitat management, species management, habitat protection, and informing law and policy…we are committed to ensuring that your data will be put to the best use possible for research, conservation, and education.

eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use, and trends. Birders enter when, where, and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing.”

Boundaries of the HB Urban Forest survey are: HB Central Park Dog Park and equestrian stables to the north, Edward’s to the east, Ellis Avenue to the south and Goldenwest Street to the west. Birders are led by Lena Hayashi.

March 25, 2021 Survey Results

“On a brisk morning, in the 50’s with mostly overcast skies, Lena Hayashi, Betty Kanne, Jim Kendall, Dave and Sharon Telford, Sandy Smith, Jim Currie, Mark Johnston and Barbara Wasbin, divided up into two groups to count the birds of the Urban Forest.  One group started in the grasslands along Edwards Street while the other counted in the grasslands along Goldenwest Street, both meeting up to survey the “top” together.  Whenever the sun decided to peek out of the clouds, the birds would respond by singing and perching up on branches.  We saw a number of hummingbirds doing their mating displays.  The Anna’s flies high, straight up into the sky and then dive bombs down and right at the last second, making a “pop” sound with its wings, it completes its “J” shaped display.  Allen’s fly up, but not as high as the Anna’s, and then down, and starts a shallow, back and forth, pendulum-like, rocking display.  A number of California Towhees sat high on branches but none seemed to be inclined to sing in the cold, overcast morning. 
      “Now that Spring has sprung, we will be looking for the birds that actually nest in the Urban Forest.  Today, the Lesser Goldfinch is the first nesting species found in the Urban Forest!   Jim Kendall happened to see a bird flying into a young pine tree and then heard another bird and saw wings flapping and the first bird feeding the second and then fly off.   After a considerable amount of time, we located the nest and watched from a distance.  At first, we thought it was a parent feeding young but with the use of a scope, we realized the bird was sitting on the nest, not in it, and could see its feathers were fully developed.  After a bit of research, it was found that Lesser Goldfinches usually nest from April to July on the west coast.  This one is a little early, maybe due to climate change.   The female usually sits quietly, with its tail cocked up at an angle, which this one did, and will lay 4-6 eggs.  We will be excited to check on them at the April survey and give an update.” – Lena Hayashi
  1. Number observed: 2

    Details: flyovers

  2. Number observed: 16

    Details: mostly flying over in twos

  3. Number observed: 7

    Details: heading to stables

  4. Number observed: 7
  5. Number observed: 13
  6. Number observed: 11

    Details: some displaying for a mate

  7. Number observed: 13

    Details: some displaying for a mate

  8. Number observed: 2

    Details:flyovers

  9. Number observed: 1

    Details: flyover

  10. Number observed: 1

    Details: flyover

  11. Number observed: 1

    Details: on a telephone pole just outside UF on Edwards

  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 8
  14. Number observed: 3

    Details: singing

  15. Number observed: 3
    Cassin's Kingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  16. Number observed: 14
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 10
  19. Number observed: 4
  20. Number observed: 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  21. Number observed: 2
  22. Number observed: 6

    Details: singing

  23. Number observed: 23
  24. Number observed: 4

    Details:two pairs

  25. Number observed: 4

    Details: one within wooden fenced forest

    Hermit Thrush - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  26. Number observed: 16
  27. Number observed: 23

    Details: nest found in young pine tree with female on nest and male feeding her

  28. Number observed: 2
  29. Number observed: 21
  30. Number observed: 8
  31. Number observed: 12

    Details: many on higher branches but not singing

  32. Number observed: 1
  33. Number observed: 26
  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 2
  36. Number observed: 3
  37. Number observed: 6
  38. Number observed: 11

February 25, 2021 Survey Results

Despite an ominous forecast of very high winds, four birders came out for this month’s survey. Fortunately, the winds were not nearly as high as predicted, the temperature ranged from 55 to 70 degrees, and we were able to observe 35 species and 275 birds.

  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 3
  3. duck sp.

    Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 3
  5. Number observed: 3
    Mourning Dove - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  6. Number observed: 11
  7. Number observed: 8
  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 1
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 1

    Red-tailed Hawk - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

  12. Number observed: 1 (female)
    American Kestrel - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  13. Number observed: 7

    Black Phoebe - James Kendall Black Phoebe - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library 
  14. Number observed: 2

    Say's Phoebe - James Kendall

    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  15. Number observed: 2
  16. Number observed: 24
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 18
  19. Number observed: 4
  20. Number observed: 3
  21. Number observed: 4
  22. Number observed: 2
  23. Number observed: 10

    Western Bluebird - Lena Hayashi© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library Western Bluebird - James Kendall© James Kendall Macaulay Library Western Bluebird - James Kendall© James Kendall Macaulay Library
  24. Number observed: 8
  25. Number observed: 12
  26. Number observed: 35
    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall

    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall

    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

    Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall

    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

     

  27. Number observed: 31
    White-crowned Sparrow - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  28. Number observed: 7
  29. Number observed: 4
  30. Number observed: 1
  31. Number observed: 34

    Details: One seen on Goldenwest Street-side, high up on top of dead eucalyptus alone. Others seen on Edward’s side. Singing.

    Western Meadowlark - James Kendall

    © James Kendall Macaulay Library

    Western Meadowlark - James Kendall
  32. Number observed: 4
  33. Number observed: 1
  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 4
  36. Number observed: 18

January 28, 2021 Survey Results

This Thursday was a cool, sunny, clear, calm 50 degrees. Observations of 32 species and 353 individuals were conducted by Lena Hayashi with Ellen Tipping (ebird), Jim Kendall, Betty Kanne, Jim Currie, Dave and Sharon Tellford. The birders were grateful to be able to survey before the big rain began that evening.

  1. Canada Goose

     Number observed: 2

  2.      Number observed: 1
  3.      Number observed: 5
  4.      Number observed: 1
  5.      Number observed: 9
  6.      Number observed: 11
    Allen's Hummingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
    Allen's Hummingbird - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  7.      Number observed: 2
  8.      Number observed: 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  9.      Number observed: 1

    Male woodpecker © James Kendall Macaulay Library

  10.      Number observed: 2
  11.      Number observed: 3
         Two males, one with orange and white band. One female.
  12.      Number observed: 7
  13.      Number observed: 3
  14.      Number observed: 3
    Cassin's Kingbird - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  15.      Number observed: 3
  16.      Number observed: 42
    Bushtit - James Kendall
    © James Kendall Macaulay Library
  17.      Number observed: 5
    Swinhoe's White-eye - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  18.      Number observed: 3
  19.      Number observed: 2
  20.      Number observed: 1
  21.      Number observed: 8
    Hermit Thrush - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  22.      Number observed: 29
  23.      Number observed: 33
    Lesser Goldfinch - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  24.      Number observed: 5
  25.      Number observed: 77
  26.      Number observed: 9
  27.      Number observed: 7
    California Towhee - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  28.      Number observed: 1
  29.      Number observed: 41
    Western Meadowlark - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  30.      Number observed: 3
  31.      Number observed: 6
    Common Yellowthroat - Lena Hayashi
    © Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
  32.      Number observed: 27

 

December 31, 2020 Survey Results:

Among the many birds observed on New Year’s Eve 2020 was this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, photographed by Birder Lena Hayashi.

In 3 hours and 36 minutes on a calm, 48-62 degree New Year’s Eve day, 9 birders observed 36 species and 382 birds. Birders were delighted to meet Jack, an 11-year-old HB Tree Society volunteer who joined them for awhile. One birder loaned him binoculars and all of them took Jack under their wings. Jack learned quickly how to use the face of a clock to direct observers to where he was seeing a bird. He is a natural!

     Number observed: 34
     Number observed: 11
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 7
     Number observed: 10
     Number observed: 9
     Number observed: 15
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 3
     Number observed: 4

Details: 3 female 1 male

     Number observed: 5
     Number observed: 6
     Number observed: 4
     Number observed: 4
     Number observed: 52
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 9
     Number observed: 14
     Number observed: 38
     Number observed: 5
     Number observed: 18

Details: All found in Sycamores feeding on seed pods along creek where it parallels Goldenwest toward the Equestrian Center.

     Number observed: 32
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 6
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 34

Details: In open fields on Edwards side

     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 5
Number observed: 36
     Number observed: 2

Details: In Oaks and Tipu trees on top of the Urban Forest

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November 26, 2020 Survey Results:

Eight birders spent 3 hours and 7 minutes on this month’s survey on a 54-60 degree, sunny, calm, clear day. There were 36 species observed (331 individuals).

     Number observed: 3
     Number observed: 17
     Number observed: 5

 Details: Mating display

     Number observed: 6

 Details: Mating display

Allen's Hummingbird - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 3

 Details: Fly over

     Number observed: 1

 Details: Fly over

American White Pelican - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 1

 Details: Flyover

     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 3

Details: Differentiated 3 hawks: 2 Adult and 1 immature

Red-tailed Hawk - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
Red-tailed Hawk - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
Red-tailed Hawk - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
Red-tailed Hawk - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 1
     Number observed: 3

 Details: 1 male and female in open field on Sycamore and sign posts by Edwards.
Second female down creek path before the crossing up toward Goldenwest.

American Kestrel - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Kestrel - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 7
Black Phoebe - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 4
Say's Phoebe - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
Say's Phoebe - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 6
Cassin's Kingbird - Lena Hayashi
© Lena Hayashi Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 3
     Number observed: 32
Bushtit - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 21

 Details: Varying numbers, several flocks. At least one flock of 15 or so.

     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 8

 Details: Many seen and heard

     Number observed: 3

 Details: Scolding. Two seen together on fence line of equestrian center.

     Number observed: 27
     Number observed: 4

 Details: Male and female seen

     Number observed: 6

 Details: Chucking and vree whistling throughout morning

     Number observed: 50
House Finch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 19
Lesser Goldfinch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 15

 Details: Most seen in Sycamores along the bend of the creek paralleling Goldenwest

American Goldfinch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Goldfinch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Goldfinch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
American Goldfinch - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 28
White-crowned Sparrow - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
White-crowned Sparrow - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 4
     Number observed: 2
     Number observed: 20

 Details: In the field south of Dog Park and Edwards Street

Western Meadowlark - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
Western Meadowlark - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed:2
     Number observed:2
Orange-crowned Warbler - James Kendall
© James Kendall Macaulay Library
     Number observed: 7
     Number observed: 12