There are plenty of birds to see in California. I don't want to say that "birding is easier than botanizing", but honestly- even with different plumages and dimorphism of the sexes- it is far less confusing than sorting thousands and thousands of native vs. non-native plants.
|Western Grebes are as common as they are beautiful.
Many Westerns were seen, but the Clark's eluded me. In all fairness, my birding was all-take-it-as-it-comes. Never once did we set out to see a Clark's Grebe, and if we had made more of an effort we would have had more "success".
|Males Surf Scoter in breeding plumage.
|American Coot and Cinnamon Teal (male)
|Surfbirds foraging along the breakwalls.
My daughter took to calling them "Orange-beaked Flotsam Chickens." She is generally better at identifying fish species.
While this is by no means representative of all the birds we saw in and around Los Angeles, it is but an overview of the most memorable water-related birds. I am still trying to "recover" from all that sunshine and glare off the blue waters. Thank goodness I am back in cold, cloudy Ohio!