Morning at Hahamongna

[Featured image: Subadult Cooper’s Hawk]

I had a little time this morning, so I decided to head over to Hahamongna Watershed Park by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and do a little birding. I parked on the west side of the park, an area that was formerly called “Oak Grove Park”, proceeded southward over Devil’s Gate Dam, then north on the east side (stopping at a small patch of water that was active with birds), and west again near JPL. The total distance walked was about 3.75 miles. I observed 38 species. Unfortunately, the only one of those species that was relatively exciting was a far away flyover: a small flock of American White Pelicans that circled against the San Gabriel Mountains. They were too far away to get a photograph.

The eBird list is located here.

A male Lesser Goldfinch attempts to hide from my camera behind of the leaf on a sunflower.
Song Sparrows display their front and back sides. The similar Lincoln’s Sparrow was also present.
An Anna’s Hummingbird aerial foraging for small insects.

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2 responses to “Morning at Hahamongna”

  1. Nice post and pictures. Are you aware of LA County Flood Control District’s Big Dig plan to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of soil and sediment from that area and permanently destroy 50 acres of prime riparian habitat there. 425 trucks a day for five years. Of course the plan would be devastating to the birds and wildlife in the area.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I am aware of it, and I think it’s unfortunate.

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