Elyria Canyon Park is a small greenspace located in Mt. Washington, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles and where I live. The park is managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. I bird there often, and frequently write about my experiences there on this website.
Raptors in Flight Saturday, June 24, 2017 - In response to a question about hawk identification on nextdoor.com (a neighborhood-based social media site), I posted a long discussion about the status of various raptors in our neighborhood. Someone posted a follow-up question about how to tell hawks from falcons in flight. I thought the easiest way to do that would be to postContinue reading "Raptors in Flight"
After the Rain Monday, October 17, 2016 - [Featured image: a Yellow-rumped Warbler feeds on laurel sumac berries] I had outdoor plans for early this morning, but upon awaking to the first rain of the fall, I decided I’d rather get some work done on the computer and enjoy my coffee. At around 9am or so, the clouds cleared over Mt. Washington andContinue reading "After the Rain"
An Eruption of Hemiptera Friday, October 14, 2016 - I took a short bird walk, as I often do, through Elyria Canyon Park this morning. Unlike yesterday’s fairly active day, today was a little boring with roughly half the species I had yesterday after one pass through the park. I decided not to walk back through and went home instead. There was one occurrenceContinue reading "An Eruption of Hemiptera"
One More to Go Thursday, April 28, 2016 - One of my stated 2016 goals from a birding perspective was to get the Elyria Canyon Park bird list to at least 100 species. As of this morning, the bird list for the park stands at 99. Because of adverse weather conditions in the San Bernardino Mountains this morning, I had to cancel a plannedContinue reading "One More to Go"
Birding Elyria Canyon Park: Anatomy of a 50 Species Morning Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - One of my emphasis points this year as a birder is a heavy focus on covering my home area, or what birders refer to as a “patch”. The most important part of my home patch is Elyria Canyon Park, a 35-acre park right next door to my house that is managed by the Mountains RecreationContinue reading "Birding Elyria Canyon Park: Anatomy of a 50 Species Morning"