nest en Museum Makes Room for Nesting Cliff Swallows <p>Cliff swallows have moved onto, rather than into the Museum! Last week, Kimball Garrett, Museum bird expert, reported finding a nest under the eaves of the building directly facing the historic LA Memorial Coliseum. As he got close enough to snap this photograph, Kimball observed a pair of young swallows peering out of their finely crafted mud dwelling.<br /> <img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/cliffswallows.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bird birds cliff swallows House Sparrows nest nesting Passer domesticus Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Blog Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:33:48 +0000 Lila Higgins 873 at Opossums Love Tin Foil! <p>A few weeks ago, Sam Easterson followed a trail of tin foil and discovered the den of a Virginia opossum, <em>Didelphis virginiana</em>, underneath one of the Museum's storage sheds. Since then he set up camera traps around the den to see what was going on. This is what we found...<strong>A night of tin foil escapades.</strong> What on Earth are they doing with all the tin foil? Tin foil hats to ward off alien thought control maybe?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> den mammals nest Opossum Sam Easterson tin foil Virginia opossum Blog Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:41:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 675 at The Birds, the Bees, and the Fecal Sacs <p>I know you've seen a lot of still images from the Black Phoebe, <em>Sayornis nigricans</em>, nest, but I just had to share this footage. Honestly, it is too good not to post.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies bees birds European honey bees insects nest Blog Fri, 27 May 2011 02:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 629 at Eggs Hatch in Black Phoebe Nest <p>Here is a quick nest update for the Black Phoebes, the babies have hatched! Sam was able to catch these images of the action. <div> <a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="178px" src="" width="320px" /></a></div> <div>Mom on the nest</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies birds Black Phoebe eggs nest Blog Wed, 18 May 2011 05:50:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 631 at Black Phoebes Build Nest <div><strong>More Nest Surveillance</strong></div> <div></div> <div>This week we found another active bird nest! This nest belongs to a pair of Black Phoebes, <em>Sayornis nigricans,</em> and is built under the eaves of the Rose Garden maintenance shed. Once again this find is thanks to Kimball Garrett, who noticed the nest Monday morning on one of his regular Expo Park bird surveys. </div> <div></div> <div></div> <div> Footage of the phoebe landing on her nest</div> <div></div> <div><strong>Naughty Neighbors</strong></div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> birds Black Phoebe Eastern Fox Squirrel eggs Kimball Garrett nest squirrels Blog Sat, 07 May 2011 04:15:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 633 at Bushtits Move In <p><strong>New Neighbors</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>A pair of Bushtits, <em>Psaltriparus minimus, </em>just built their nest in the live oak tree behind the Butterfly Pavilion.&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, our resident bird expert, found the nest this Monday and promptly sent me an e-mail detailing the nest&#39;s location. As soon as I got into work on Tuesday morning, I headed out to the Butterfly Pavilion to check it out.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies birds Bushtit Butterfly Pavilion Kimball Garrett nest Oak tree Sam Easterson Trees Blog Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:18:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 634 at New Bird For North Campus List <p><strong>165 and Counting...</strong>Earlier this week, Kimball Garrett, NHM Ornithology Collections Manager, spotted a not-so-common sight, a pair of Rufous Hummingbirds, <em>Selasphorus rufus</em>, in the Rose Garden. This hummingbird species is now number 165 on Kimball's Exposition Park Checklist. Over the last 28 years, Kimball has been keeping track of all the birds he sees in Exposition Park, even those that are just doing a fly-over!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies Bird List birds hummingbirds nest Rufous Hummingbird Blog Sat, 02 Apr 2011 02:09:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 638 at