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Maybe you have heard of Birdathon? Maybe not. It is our annual fundraiser where we all go out trying to find as many species as possible in a day or for the whole weekend. This year we will kick it up a notch (just like the Food Network) and have some extra activities and prizes! We already have a commitment from Eagle Optics for a pair of binoculars…and we are going to solicit a few local restaurants for gift certificates. We welcome small teams, big teams, individual efforts, and everything in-between. We will be adding a barbecue to celebrate the day and give all participants some swag for just being a part of the day. Mark your calendars for April 28-30. Birdathon is a celebration of birds as we raise dollars for our programs and operating expenses. BIRDATHON is all weekend with the barbecue on the 29th. We need folks to help, so call Deni Sinnott or Kym Buzdygon if you want to get in on this! You don’t want to miss out on the best birding fun of the year!

Several teams will be out and about on Birdathon weekend, April 28 to 30, attempting to find as many species as possible in order to raise funds for Pasadena Audubon's grants and programs.

The Big Sit
The Big Sit ... that sedate activity situated on a lawn at Legg Lakes, is back this year. Team leaders Mark Hunter and Kat Degner will lead participants and encourage folks to rise to their feet and stroll around the lake, rather than just sitting continuously.☺ This is also the site of our picnic, so no reason to stay home this year! To contribute or to join, contact Kym Buzdygon at kimberly.buzdygon@gmail.com.

Team Verdin
Dessi Sieburth, the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year and member of the Pasadena Audubon Society Young Birder’s Club, continues his Big Photo Day for the Pasadena Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon. Dessi and his Team Verdin will be photographing as many species of birds as possible in Los Angeles County during daylight hours. Dessi did his first Big Photo Day in 2014 and this year’s Birdathon will be Dessi’s fourth Big Photo Day. Last year, Dessi and his team set a new team record with 134 species photographed. How many species of birds will Dessi photograph at this year’s Birdathon?

Irritable Owl Syndrome
This team starts just after midnight and drives about 400 miles through the county over the course of a very long day, into the following evening. Team Irritable Owl Syndrome members this year are Mark and Janet Scheel and Darren Dowell. Last year they found 206 ABA species. How many will they find this time?

Team Kernville or Bust!
Christopher Stevenson is going to go for a solo 24 hr. birdathon in Kernville (Butterbredt Spring to Kernville).

If you want to make a contribution to one of the teams:

  • You can donate online:

    Name of Team/Birder

  • Or click here to download the donation form

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    Peck Road Water Conservation Park


    Peck Road Water Conservation Park
    Sunday, April 2nd
    8 AM - 12 PM

    The heavy rains this winter have been great for the drought, but not so great for one of our favorite birding spot at Peck Road Water Conservation Park. A lot of trash has washed down and needs to be removed to make the area safer and healthier for birds and other wildlife. We'll start with a bird walk at 8 AM and finish with a pizza lunch. Gloves and tools provided. Bring a friend! Please email Kym (kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org) to sign up.

    *Note: We are still working on getting approval for volunteers under the age of 18 to join us- let Kym know if you want to be updated on this.*

    (posted for Kym Buzdygon)

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    T-Shirts, Books and Hats


    Pasadena Audubon is happy to announce the winning design from our recent T-Shirt contest. You can purchase the new shirts online, but you will need to pick up your purchase at one of the General Meetings. (3rd Wednesday of each month except June, July, and August)

    If you have any questions please email Kym Buzdygon kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org or Deni Sinnott deni.sinnott@pasadenaaudubon.org for more details.

    See Pasadena Birding Guide for more information about the Birds of Pasadena Book.

    Pick up @ General Meetings

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    Christmas Bird Count 2016


    Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Christmas Bird Count Turns 70

    After a lengthy anticipation, it’s hard to believe that another Christmas Bird Count has come and gone. We’ve now seen the completion of a remarkable seventh decade for the Pasadena CBC. That substantial period of time has generated a great deal of useful data, many good rare birds, and resulted in countless hours in the field. It’s also been a lot of fun for the many participants over the years.

    For an inland count, the Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley does quite well, consistently turning in a species count well into the 160s. This year it was no surprise that we broke the 160 barrier, although not by much (162). Even the Los Angeles CBC, which includes coastal habitats that we lack, doesn’t exceed us by too much.

    The count is traditionally held on the first Saturday of the count period and we’re stuck with whatever weather we get on count day. Even the worst case for the San Gabriel Valley isn’t bad compared to much of the country, but this year we were fortunate. We missed the rain by a day or so and temperatures were pleasantly cool but not cold.

    We know that development and urbanization has had a negative impact on many native species, but in some ways it’s also had a positive one. Ornamental and other non-native plantings have attracted rare wintering flycatchers, warblers and orioles over the years and this count was no exception.

    Irruptive species such Varied Thrushes, Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Lewis’s Woodpeckers were essentially absent on the 2016 count. Numbers of American Robins were also notably low.

    Waterfowl highlights included a Snow Goose at Lincoln Park and a Cackling Goose, a Ross’s Goose and a Greater White-fronted Goose at Legg Lake. Single Common Goldeneyes- rather rare on the count— were at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia and along the San Gabriel River.

    In addition to our usual Ring-billed, California and Western Gulls, both Thayer’s Gulls and Herring Gulls were found along the San Gabriel River on count day. Also of note was a Mew Gull at Legg Lake.

    An early morning start at Legg Lake produced a Least Bittern. This species is regular there, but generally difficult to locate by sight or sound after sunrise.

    Allen’s Hummingbirds were unknown historically on the Pasadena CBC, but in recent decades have expanded inland and are now common in the lowlands throughout the year. As usual, many were recorded on this year’s count.

    During a spell of warm weather just prior to count day, a Common Poorwill was recorded on the Mt. Wilson Toll Road within the count week period.

    Owling efforts tallied a small number of Western Screech-Owls and Great Horned Owls. The real prize however was a Northern Saw- Whet Owl in Big Santa Anita Canyon. They are probably present in the circle every winter, but it requires determination and a bit of luck to find them.

    The release of non-native species both here and elsewhere has resulted in well-established local populations. A variety of parrots and parakeets thrive today in the San Gabriel Valley and environs. Whichever camp you’re in as far as the desirability of these introduced birds, they appear to be here to stay... and of course we count all of them. We recorded five species of parrots and parakeets this year. Red-crowned Parrot, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, White-winged Parakeet, Mitred Parakeet and Blue-crowned Parakeet.

    Fairly common as a spring migrant but rare in winter was a Hammond's Flycatcher at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino.

    Moist foothill canyons with tangled undergrowth are great places to look for Pacific Wrens, yet they are scarce and often missed on the count. This year we were fortunate that one turned up in Monrovia Canyon.

    The continuing Black-and-white Warbler was present at Legg Lake on count day. In a departure from most recent counts, this was the only unusual warbler recorded.

    Sparrows of interest included a Vesper Sparrow at Santa Fe Dam, a White-throated Sparrow at Legg Lake and a rare for us "Red" Fox Sparrow at Hahamongna Watershed Park.

    All too often missed on count day was a Northern Cardinal at Whittier Narrows. One would think the bright red males at least would be hard to overlook, but when not singing they can be difficult to find.

    Wrapping things up was a pair of rare in winter Hooded Orioles and a scarce but more expected Bullock’s Oriole at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino. These birds are generally attracted to the various flowering plants found at the north end of the desert garden.

    It was another rewarding count, though we were a few species below the recent average. Each year we miss a few expected birds, but this year the misses were few. Mountain Quail, Pine Siskin and Wilson’s Warbler were about it.

    For now there’s a great bird year to enjoy before the next count, with spring migration for some species already underway. At our latitude migration is nearly a year round phenomenon. One intriguing aspect of this is that it’s hard to predict what changes we’ll see throughout the year and of course by next December, but that is part of
    the fun of birding and the CBC.

    Thank you to all who participated and helped make it such a success. I hope to see everyone back for the 2017 count as well as a few new faces.

    (Article written by Jon Fisher)

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    Rubio Canyon Surveys


    Volunteers from the Pasadena Audubon Society conducted a series of approximately weekly bird surveys on the Rubio Canyon property acquired by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) from April 7 to June 26, 2016. The purpose of the surveys was to determine species using the property, define breeding birds vs. migrants, determine diversity of species and check for use by any Special Status species. The surveys were coordinated by Lance Benner and Kym Buzdygon (Pasadena Audubon).

    85 different species were found. Common birds like Mourning Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, California Scrub-jay, Common Raven, Wrentit, California Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, California Towhee, and Spotted Towhee were found on all surveys. Unusual species include Swainson's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Mountain Quail, Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Violet-Green Swallow, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Cedar Waxwing.

    Download report here

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    Polystyrene Ban Update-Victory!


    Brders! We did it! May 9, the Pasadena City Council voted unanimously to ban polystyrene takeout containers, cups, and single-use ice chests. Hip hip hooray!

    Got to Conservation for more.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Good birding,

    Posted for Laura Garret

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