An Introduction: Who's Here for the Winter? The Birds!
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and Snowy Egret are also easy to learn – especially if you have some hints like Snowy Egret has yellow feet and black beak; while Great Egret has black feet and yellow beak.
Later, I learned about migrating songbirds that are here in LA and Orange Counties for the winter; birds like Yellow-rumped Warbler and White-crowned Sparrow. Nearly every yard sees these songbirds at some time during the winter, flying through or staying awhile for food or shelter.
The Yellow-rumped Warbler is born in mid-elevation forested lands in Western North America. I learned the White-crowned Sparrow because I was told it was possible this bird was born in Yosemite (other national park or forest lands too, but Yosemite caught my attention).
Marcia Hanscom has been a Sierra Club conservation and political leader for nearly 30 years. She received the Angeles Chapter’s highest conservation honor, the Weldon Heald Award, twice - for advocacy work on Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Ballona Wetlands.