Common Poorwill en 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count @NHMLA! <p>On December 28, everyday people from all over Los Angeles flocked to the Natural History Museum to help count the bird life of L.A.! Some came as beginners ready for an intro to birding from Kimball Garrett, one of the best and most well-known birders in town, who also happens to be the Museum&rsquo;s Ornithology Collections Manager. Others came because they were interested in contributing to this important bird census, but didn&rsquo;t plan to see any surprising or remarkable species in our small urban oasis. &nbsp;Little did they know they were in for some surprises.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Allen's Hummingbird American kestrel black-throated gray warbler Christmas Bird Count Citizen Science Common Poorwill Kimball Garrett Lincoln's sparrow Blog Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:13:21 +0000 Lila Higgins 857 at What's Up Goatsucker? <div>Yes, the first Goatsucker has been&nbsp;found in our new wildlife gardens! No,&nbsp;I&#39;m not talking about&nbsp;a weird new species of goat parasite,&nbsp;I&#39;m actually talking about a&nbsp;type of owl-like bird. Goatsuckers, a.k.a.&nbsp;nightjars, are&nbsp;members of&nbsp;the&nbsp;family Caprimulgidae, which comes from the&nbsp;Latin word <em>Caprimulgus</em>, literally meaning goatsucker.&nbsp;The Latin name came about because of&nbsp;the mistaken belief that these birds would&nbsp;swoop under&nbsp;milking goats to steal milk from the teat!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Common Poorwill Goatsucker gular fluttering hibernating bird nightjar Phalaenoptilus nuttalli Blog Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:38:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 715 at