In LA I'm staying on the peninsula, a strip of land between Newport Beach and Newport Bay. While this end of the Bay is wall to wall shops, bars and restaurants, the top of the Bay is relatively undeveloped. A coastal wetland with grasslands and sage scrub, the area is one of Orange County's birding hotspots, home to a number of endangered species, and staging post for thousands of migrants.
Trails wander along the water giving good views of the waders, and amble through cactus stands and massed wildflowers where birds forage for insects or feed on the nectar. I'm still trying to identify all of the species I photographed, let alone all that I saw so I'll amend the Bird List as I get IDs.
Coastal Cactus Wren (Pictured above)
Anna's HummingbirdDouble Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
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