Results for the 2020 Christmas Bird Count

December 19th was Pasadena Audubon's annual Bird Count (CBC). 2020 marks the 120th year that bird-lovers throughout the world have recorded the birds found in their neighborhoods, making the CBC the longest running citizen science project on earth ( has details about the history of the count, and the data's value to science and conservation).

There was quite a variety of birds found this year, with a total species count of 167! Among the highlight species...

  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (gravel pits off the 605 Freeway)
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl (San Gabriel Mountains)
  • Hammond's Flycatcher (Huntington Gardens)
  • Gray Flycatcher (Peck Road Park)
  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Hahamongna Watershed Park)
  • Pacific Wren (Little Santa Anita Canyon)
  • Cassin's Finch (Mt. Wilson- still off limits to the public)
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (Vina Vieja Park)
  • Vesper Sparrow (2- Santa Fe Dam)
  • Dark-eyed "Gray-headed" Junco (Hahamongna Watershed Park and Mt. Wilson)
  • Dark-eyed "Pink-sided" Junco (residence in Altadena)
  • Green-tailed Towhee (Rio Hondo)
  • Hooded Oriole (Huntington Gardens)
  • Nashville Warbler (Peck Road Park)
  • Palm Warbler (Walnut Creek)