Birding Disneyland

I recently spent a few days at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim California. Nominally I was speaking at the STARWest conference, but as usual it turned into a birding trip.

Disneyland is not as good a birding site as Disneyworld in Florida, but there were a few interesting birds. besides the usual invasives (House Sparrows, European Starlings, Rock Pigeons) ring-billed gulls were fairly common. I saw them flying over the parking lot at the Disneyland Hotel, and in California Adventure. The lagoon in California Adventure was also hosting one somewhat lost American Coot. Early in the morning Canada Geese migrated across the parking lot. And I found a pair of House Finches in the Disneyland Hotel Courtyard one morning while waiting for the coffee shop to open.

However the piece de resistance had to be the Cooper’s Hawk that landed in Downtown Disney while I was drinking my coffee about 8:00 A.M. on the final day of my stay.

One Response to “Birding Disneyland”

  1. Mokka mit Schlag » #447 and #448 at Bonelli Park Says:

    […] The Redstart flew away after about ten minutes, so I walked down to the other end of the parking lot and caught up with the monthly group. They had a tree full of Bushtits and were trying to spot a calling Mountain Chickadee. We found it. I’ve had a lot of Black-capped, Carolina, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees every year since I started birding, but this was my first Mountain Chickadee since my first trip to Orange County back in 2005. […]

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