Checklist of Birds of Ballona Valley, Los Angeles Co., California

 


Compiled November 2003

Updated April 2005

Daniel S. Cooper

c. 320 spp.

 

Cooper Ecological Monitoring, Inc.

15 So. Raymond Ave., 2nd Floor

Pasadena, CA 91105


 

SEASON

 

P = Perennial (year round)

W = Winter

S = Summer

T = Transient (both spring and fall unless indicated)

V = Vagrant (year seen in parenthesis)

 

ABUNDANCE

 

C = Common (seen daily; maximum #s; Mourning Dove)

FC = Fairly Common (small #s; Northern Flicker)

U = Uncommon (missed as often as seen; Cooper’s Hawk)

O = Occasional (often missed; Hermit Warbler)

R = Rare (recorded every 1-2 years; Wood Duck)

Cs = Casual (few records; Magnificent Frigatebird)


 

Introduced Species are listed in italics

 

Ext. = Extirpated (formerly present, now occurring as a vagrant if at all)

 

* = breeds regularly

 

Thanks to: Chuck Almdale, Richard Barth, David Bell, Jonathon Coffin, Barbara Courtois, Barbara Elliot, Lisa Fimiani, Kimball Garrett, Barbara Johnson, Lillian Johnson, Kevin Larson, Jean Pickus, Bob Shanman, Don Sterba, Russell and Dorothy Stone for providing records!!!

 

WATERFOWL

 


Fulvous Whistling-Duck Ext.

Greater White-fronted Goose W/T:R

Snow Goose W/T:Cs

Ross’s Goose W:R

Cackling Goose V (1981, 2004)

Canada Goose T:O

Brant Ts:O; W/S:Cs

Tundra Swan V (1994, 2004)

Wood Duck P:R

Gadwall W/T:FC

American Wigeon W/Tf:C

*Mallard P:C

Blue-winged Teal T:U

Cinnamon Teal P:FC

Northern Shoveler W/Tf:FC

Northern Pintail W:U; T:O

Green-winged Teal W/Tf:C

Canvasback Ext.

Redhead W/Tf:U

Ring-necked Duck W:O

Greater Scaup W:U

Lesser Scaup W:C

Harlequin Duck V (3 records)

Surf Scoter W:C

White-winged Scoter W:R

Black Scoter W:R

Long-tailed Duck W/Ts:O

Bufflehead W:C

Common Goldeneye W:O

Hooded Merganser W/Tf:O

Common Merganser Ext.

Red-breasted Merganser W/Ts:FC

*Ruddy Duck   P:C

 

QUAIL

 

California Quail Ext.

 

LOONS AND GREBES

 

Red-throated Loon Ts:U

Pacific Loon W/Ts:U

Common Loon W/Ts:FC

*Pied-billed Grebe P:C

Horned Grebe  W:U

Red-necked Grebe W:R

Eared Grebe W/T:FC

Western Grebe W:C

Clark's Grebe W:O

 

TUBENOSES

 

Northern Fulmar P:R

Sooty Shearwater S:U

Black-vented Shearwater W:U

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel V (1915, 1993)

Leach's Storm-Petrel V (1981)

Ashy Storm-Petrel V (1934, 1969)

 

BOOBIES, PELICANS AND CORMORANTS

 

Brown Booby   V (2000)

American White Pelican W/T:R

Brown Pelican P:C

Brandt's Cormorant W:FC

Double-crested Cormorant P:C

Pelagic Cormorant W/T:FC

Magnificent Frigatebird S:Cs

 

HERONS

 

American Bittern Ext.

Least Bittern P:U

*Great Blue Heron P:C

Great Egret P:FC

Snowy Egret P:FC

Little Blue Heron V (3 records)

Tricolored Heron V (1972, 1981)

Reddish Egret   V (1990)

Cattle Egret W/T:R

*Green Heron P:FC

*Black-crowned Night-Heron P:FC

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron V (1951)

White-faced Ibis Tf:U; Ts:R

Roseate Spoonbill V (1973)

 

STORK AND VULTURE

 

Wood Stork V (1925)

Turkey Vulture T:U

 

RAPTORS

 

Osprey Tf:U

White-tailed Kite S/W:FC

Bald Eagle Ext.

Northern Harrier Tf:O

Sharp-shinned Hawk W:U

*Cooper's Hawk P:U

Red-should. Hawk W/T:O

Swainson's Hawk V (1998)

*Red-tailed Hawk P:C

Ferruginous Hawk W:Cs

Rough-l. Hawk V (1978, 1982)

*American Kestrel P:FC

Merlin  W/T:U

Peregrine Falcon W/T:U

Prairie Falcon   V (3 records)

 

RAILS AND CRANE

 

Black Rail Ext.

Clapper Rail Ext.

Virginia Rail T:U; W:R

Sora W/T:FC

Common Moorhen W/T:U

*American Coot P:C

Sandhill Crane  Ext.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Black-bellied Plover W/T:C

Pacific Golden-Plover Ext.

Snowy Plover   W/T:O

Semipalmated Plover T:FC

*Killdeer P:C

Mountain Plover Ext.

*Black Oystercatcher P:U

*Black-necked Stilt P:C

American Avocet T:O

Greater Yellowlegs W/T:FC

Lesser Yellowlegs W/T:R

Solitary Sandpiper T:O

Willet W/T:C

Wandering Tattler W/T:U

Spotted Sandpiper W/T:U

Whimbrel W/T:C

Long-billed Curlew T:O

Bar-tailed Godwit V (1976)

Marbled Godwit W/T:C

Ruddy Turnstone W/T:C

Black Turnstone W/T:C

Surfbird W/Ts:U

Red Knot W/T:O

Sanderling W/T:C

Semipalmated Sandpiper Tf:R

Western Sandpiper W/T:FC

Least Sandpiper W/T:C

Baird's Sandpiper Tf:R

Pectoral Sandpiper Tf:R

Rock Sandpiper V (old records)

Dunlin   W/Ts:U

Stilt Sandpiper V (1959, 1976)

Ruff V (1975, 1993)

Short-billed Dowitcher T:FC

Long-billed Dowitcher W/T:C

Wilson's Snipe  W/T:U

Wilson's Phalarope Tf:U; Ts:R

Red-n. Phalarope T:U

Red Phalarope  W:R

 

JAEGERS, GULLS, TERNS

 

Pomarine Jaeger P:R

Parasitic Jaeger P:O

Laughing Gull V (1973, 2003)

Franklin's Gull   Tf:R; Ts:Cs

Little Gull V (1991)

Bonaparte's Gull Ts/W:C; Tf/S:R

Heermann's Gull S/Tf/W:C

Mew Gull W:U

Ring-billed Gull W/T:C

California Gull W/T:C

Herring Gull W:U

Thayer's Gull W:U

Western Gull P:C

Glaucous-winged Gull W:FC

Glaucous Gull   W:Cs

Sabine's Gull T:Cs

Black-legged Kittiwake W/T:O

Caspian Tern P:FC

Royal Tern W/T:U

Elegant Tern T/S:C

Common Tern Tf:R

Arctic Tern V (1981)

Forster's Tern P:U

*Least Tern S:FC

Black Tern Tf:Cs

Black Skimmer W/Ts:U

 

ALCIDS

 

Common Murre W/Tf:Cs

Pigeon Guillemot Tf:Cs

Marbled Murrelet W:R

Xantus’ Murrelet V (1951)

Craveri's Murrelet V (1978)

Ancient Murrelet V (3 records)

Cassin's Auklet W:R

Rhinoceros Auklet W:R

Tufted Puffin V (1952)

 

DOVES

 

*Rock Pigeon P:C

Spotted Dove P:R

White-winged Dove Tf:R

*Mourning Dove P:C

Eurasian Coll.-Dove V? (2005)

 

PARROTS

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet P:R

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet    P:R

 

CUCKOOS, OWLS, NIGHTJARS

 

Yellow-b. Cuckoo V (1999)

Greater Roadrunner Ext.

Barn Owl P:O

*Great Horned Owl P:U

Burrowing Owl W/T:R

Long-eared Owl V (1929, 1934)

Short-eared Owl Ext.

Lesser Nighthawk T:Cs

Common Poorwill T:Cs

 

SWIFTS AND HUMMINGBIRDS

 

Black Swift T:R

*White-throated Swift P:U

Vaux's Swift T:U

Broad-billed Hummingbird V (1977-78; 1996)

Black-chinned Hummingbird T:R

*Anna's Hummingbird P:C

Costa's Hummingbird    W:R

Rufous Hummingbird    T:R

*Allen's Hummingbird P:FC

 

KINGFISHER

 

Belted Kingfisher W/T:U

 

WOODPECKERS

 

Acorn Woodpecker V (2003)

Red-br. Sapsucker W/T:R

Red-naped Sapsucker  W/T:Cs

Nuttall's Woodpecker   W/Tf:O

Downy Woodpecker P:O

Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker W/T:FC

Northern "Yellow-shafted " Flicker W/T:R

 

FLYCATCHERS

 

Olive-sided Flycatcher T:O

Western Wood-Pewee T:O

Willow Flycatcher T:U

Least Flycatcher T:Cs

Hammond's Flycatcher T:O

Gray Flycatcher T:O; W:Cs

Dusky Flycatcher T:R

Pacific-slope Flycatcher T:FC

*Black Phoebe P:C

Say's Phoebe W/Tf:FC

Vermilion Flycatcher V (2005)

Ash-throated Flycatcher T:FC

Tropical Kingbird V (2003)

*Cassin's Kingbird P:U

*Western Kingbird T:C; S:U

Eastern Kingbird V (1975, 2003)

Scissor-t. Flycatcher V (1949)

 

SHRIKE AND VIREOS

 

Loggerhead Shrike Tf/W:U

Bell's Vireo T:Cs

Cassin's Vireo T:O

Hutton’s Vireo Ext.

Warbling Vireo T:FC

 

CORVIDS

 

*Western Scrub-Jay P:FC

*American Crow P:C

Common Raven P:FC

 

LARK AND SWALLOWS

 

Horned Lark Ext.

Purple Martin T:Cs

*Tree Swallow P:FC

Violet-green Swallow   Ts:R

*Northern Rough-winged Swallow T:C; S:FC

Bank Swallow  T:O

*Cliff Swallow Ts/S:C; Tf:O

*Barn Swallow T/S:C; W:U

 

TITS AND WRENS

 

*Bushtit P:C

Red-breasted Nuthatch Tf:W:R

White-breasted Nuthatch V (2002)

Rock Wren Tf/W:Cs

Bewick's Wren Tf/W:O

House Wren Tf:C; W:FC

Marsh Wren Tf/W:FC

 

KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS, THRUSHES

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet V (2000)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet W:FC

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Tf/W:C

California Gnatcatcher V (1888)

Mountain Bluebird V (1985)

Swainson's Thrush T:O

Hermit Thrush   W:U

American Robin P:O

 

THRASHERS

 

*Northern Mockingbird P:FC

Sage Thrasher  V (2004)

Brown Thrasher V (1968)

California Thrasher Ext.

 

STARLINGS, MISC.

 

*European Starling P:C

Red-throated Pipit V (2003)

American Pipit W:FC

Cedar Waxwing W/T:U

Phainopepla T:Cs

 

WOOD-WARBLERS

 

Tennessee Warbler V (2000)

Orange-cr. Warbler T:C; W:U

Nashville Warbler T:U

Virginia's Warbler Tf:R

Lucy's Warbler V (2003)

Yellow Warbler T:C

Chestnut-sided Warbler Tf:Cs

Magnolia Warbler V (1981)

Yellow-rumped “Audubon’s” Warbler W:C

Yellow-rumped  “Myrtle” Warbler W:U

Black-throated Gray Warbler W/T:U

Townsend's Warbler W/T:U

Hermit Warbler Ts:O

Blackburnian Warbler V (1981)

Prairie Warbler V (1972, 1974)

Palm Warbler   Tf:O; W/Ts:R

Blackpoll Warbler Tf:R

Black-and-white Warbler W/T:Cs

American Redstart T:Cs

Ovenbird V (2002)

Northern Waterthrush T:R

MacGillivray's Warbler T:O

*Common Yellowthroat P:C

Wilson's Warbler T:FC; W:R

Yellow-breasted Chat   T:R

 

TANAGERS

 

Summer Tanager V (1987)

Scarlet Tanager V (2003)

Western Tanager T:FC; W:Cs

 

SPARROWS, ETC.

 

Green-tailed Towhee T:R

Spotted Towhee W/T:O; S:R

*California Towhee P:FC

American Tree Sparrow  V (2003)

Chipping Sparrow T:U

Clay-colored Sparrow  Tf:R

Brewer’s Sparrow Tf:R

Vesper Sparrow Tf:O

Lark Sparrow   T:O

Savannah Sparrow W/T:C

*“Belding's” Savannah Sparrow P:FC

“Large-billed” Savannah Sparrow W:R

Grasshopper Sparrow V (2004)

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow V (1944)

Fox Sparrow W:U

*Song Sparrow P:C

Lincoln's Sparrow W/T:C

Swamp Sparrow W/T:O

White-throated Sparrow W/Tf:Cs

White-crowned Sparrow W:C

Golden-crowned Sparrow W:FC

Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco W:U

Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco V (2001)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak W/T:R

Black-headed Grosbeak T:FC

*Blue Grosbeak T:U

Lazuli Bunting T:U

Indigo Bunting T/S:Cs

 

BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES

 

Bobolink T:R

*Red-winged Blackbird P:C

Tricolored Blackbird T:Cs

*Western Meadowlark P:FC

Yellow-headed Blackbird Ts:FC; Tf:R

*Brewer's Blackbird P:U

*Great-tailed Grackle P:C

*Brown-headed Cowbird S/T:U

*Hooded Oriole Ts/S:FC

*Bullock's Oriole S/Ts:U; W/Tf:R

Scott’s Oriole   V (1975)

 

FINCHES

 

*House Finch   P:C

Pine Siskin W/T:R

*Lesser Goldfinch P:FC

Lawrence's Goldfinch T:Cs

American Goldfinch W/T:U

 

WEAVERS

 

*House Sparrow P:C

*Orange Bishop P:U