Pasadena Local Walks – Summer 2017



Birders – Luke Tiller

Black Swifts – With Pasadena Audubon – July 1st , 2017 – Late afternoon/evening

Black Swift, so enigmatic was this species that up until 2012 ornithologists still had no idea where the birds wintered. We will seek out these aerial acrobats at Claremont Wilderness Park, the only reliable spot in LA County, to find this most mysterious of birds. The swifts are best looked for late in the day and so we will spend a couple of pre-dusk hours seeking them out. On our return towards Pasadena we will make a sundown stop in Duarte to look for Lesser Nighthawks.


Great Horned Owl – Luke Tiller

Owls of the San Gabriel Mountains – July 8th, 2017 – dusk until late.

Join me as we look for crepuscular and nocturnal denizens of the San Gabriels including Northern Pygmy Owl, Flammulated Owl, Spotted Owl and more. We will start our trip around dusk and then spend the next three or so hours seeking out owls. Plan for a late night. Numbers limited, so please contact me to confirm interest.


Mountain Quail – Luke Tiller

Eastern San Gabriel Mountains – July 22nd, 2017 – Early morning – Lunchtime.

Spend the morning exploring the Eastern San Gabriel Mountains. We will take in spots like Blue Ridge Campground, Grassy Hollow and more. We will search out species from mid to high elevation including Cassin’s Finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-headed Woodpecker and more. We will also be keeping out eyes peeled for butterflies including the highly range restricted Veined Blue.


Anna’s Hummingbird – Luke Tillerr

Odes and Hummers – with Pasadena Audubon – August 19th, 2017 – 8:00am to Midday

The heat of summer is a great time to look for both migrant and possibly even vagrant hummingbirds, so we will start out our morning checking out a private site where large numbers of these incredible little gems can be found. As the day warms up we will poke around a couple of spots looking for dragonflies, damselflies and whatever other critters we can uncover.


Pink-footed Shearwater – Luke Tiller

Dedicated Pelagic

September 16th, 2017 – 7:00am to 3:00pm – SOLD OUT – Waitlist Only

PAS is excited to announce their first 8 hour dedicated pelagic. We will depart from Dana Point on the Ocean Explorer and spend most our time at sea in Los Angeles County waters. This longer trip will help us connect with species that are harder to see from just your average whale watch and chartering the boat will allow us focus specifically on the birds. PAS will be providing expert pelagic tour leaders for this trip to help pick out interesting species. Birds that might be encountered include a variety of shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, alcids, gulls and terns. One of our main targets will be the rafts of storm-petrels that gather off shore in September which may include both Black and Least. Uncommon and rare species discovered on similarly timed trips have included: Manx and Flesh-footed Shearwater, Arctic Tern, Red-footed and Blue-footed Booby and Craveri’s Murrelet among others.

To attend any of the above trips please email me at and I will send you a return email confirming attendance and a meeting place and time.

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