birds 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 California Towhees in the Nature Gardens <p>Have you ever seen this bird?</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/california_towhee_naturegardens_2014.jpg" /></p> <p>California Towhee visits the Natural History Museum. Image courtesy of Kimball Garrett</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bird nests birds Bushtits Hershey's Kisses Melozone crissalis Nature Garden Psaltriparus minimus Spotted Towhee Urban Wilderness Blog Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:18:46 +0000 Lila Higgins 839 at New Year: New Bird <p>&quot;175,&quot; responds&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, the Museum&#39;s ornithology collections manager and resident bird nerd, when someone asked him&nbsp;how many birds he&#39;s&nbsp;documented&nbsp;around the Museum. In the last few days of 2013 Kimball checked off another bird that had never before been documented in Exposition Park, this brought Kimball&#39;s ever growing list to its current pinnacle.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/KLG%20photo%20June%202010a.JPG" /></p> <p>Kimball behind the scenes in Ornithology</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Exposition Park Golden-crowned Kinglet Hollywood Hills Kimball Garrett King Vulture Regulus satrapa Blog Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:41:50 +0000 Lila Higgins 832 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 First Canada Warbler Spotted in Exposition Park <div><span><span>This week I got another e-mail from one of our scientists. This time it was from Kimball Garrett, our amazing Ornithology Collections Manager. He found another bird for our Exposition Park bird list, and my isn't it cute? Here's Kimball's communique from October 3rd at 1:24pm:</span></span></div> <div><span></span></div> <div><span><span><span>"All, </span></span></span></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Canada warbler Exposition Park Kimball Garrett Wilsonia canadensis Blog Sat, 06 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 717 at What's that Bird of Prey Eating? <div>We've had another visitor at the pond. Since it's a bird, Kimball was kind enough to write this week's post!</div> <div></div> <div><a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="225" src="" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Accipter cooperii bird of prey birds Cooper's Hawk hawks Kimball Garrett National Audubon Society's Blue List Sam Easterson Blog Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:54:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 721 at Another New Bird for Our Bird List <div> <p>170 and Counting...</p> <p>Late last week, Kimball Garrett, NHM&#39;s Ornithology Collections Manager, spotted a new species for our Exposition Park bird list...drum roll please!</p> <p>It was an Indigo Bunting, <em>Passerina cyanea</em>.&nbsp;Although Kimball had his camera with him, he was unfortunatley unable to snap a picture. Here is an image of a male Indigo Bunting, so you can at least get a sense of what they look like.</p> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds eBird Exposition Park Indigo Bunting Kimball Garrett Passerina cyanea Blog Sat, 09 Jun 2012 00:19:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 693 at Who's Visiting the Pond? <p><span>On the tails<span>&nbsp;(</span>mammal and&nbsp;bird&nbsp;tails that is)&nbsp;of last week&#39;s post, I thought I&#39;d continue to focus your attention on our wonderful new pond. Sam Easterson has set up some of his trusty camera traps next to the waterfall to see who might be visiting the pond. Check out the following images to see what he has found so far.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><span>Nighttime is busy at the pond!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Crow birds Black-headed Grosbeak Camera trap cats mammals Mourning Dove Pond Sam Easterson Swainson's Thrush Virginia opossum Warbling Vireo Western gulls Western Kingbird Western Tanager Blog Fri, 11 May 2012 04:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 697 at North Campus DIY <p>This week I've been working with Jared Nielsen, one of the Museum's Exhibit Technicians, who also happens to be a DIY (Do it Yourself) enthusiast. With his help we've managed to build and install two nest boxes and launch our first garden surveillance balloon!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> balloon mapping birds DIY do it yourself European Starlings Grassroots Mapping House Sparrows Jared Nielsen Kimball Garrett nest boxes Sam Easterson Western Bluebirds Blog Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:10:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 703 at American Goldfinches Find Feeders and Get Counted <p>American Goldfinches, <em>Spinus tristis</em>, have found our bird feeders! Flocks of them have been visiting the nyger seed feeders that the Museum's live animal caretakers fill on an almost daily basis.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Goldfinch bird feeders Bird List birds eBird Great Backyard Bird Count Kimball Garrett Lesser Goldfinch nyger seed Blog Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:17:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 669 at Unusual Bird Sighting: Common Yellowthroat <p>Sam Easterson has caught a relatively unusual occurrence on camera. On New Year's day Sam's camera trap discovered a Common Yellowthroat (<em>Geothlypis trichas</em>) skulking behind one of our sheds (I should add that this is the same shed the opossums have a den underneath). It is relatively unusual only because of the season, this is only the third time a Common Yellowthroat has been sighted here in winter! <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Camera trap common yellowthroat Blog Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 672 at The Twelve Days of Christmas <p>On the Twelfth Day of Christmas the North Campus gave to me...</p> <p>Twelve&nbsp;skippers skipping<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> birds butterfly caterpillar crow Flies hummingbirds insects ladybug mammals Twelve days of christmas Blog Sat, 24 Dec 2011 04:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 676 at First Owl Recorded in North Campus <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><span><span><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/P1000975%202.JPG" /></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Burrowing owl Kimball Garrett owl Blog Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:20:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 681 at Dirty Work: Dead Birds, Skulls, and Macerating Flesh <div>Today a small group of volunteers showed up at the Museum to gut, skin, flense, and macerate birds (flensing is the process of stripping an animal of its skin).  It isn't because Halloween is next Monday; they actually do this every week.</div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> birds bones dead birds skulls volunteers Blog Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:16:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 645 at Bird Crashes into Museum Building and Dies For Science <p>Soras, <em>Porzana carolina</em>, seem to be really poor fliers. So much so that last week one flew into the side of the Museum and&nbsp;killed itself. This brings the Exposition Park Bird List, maintained by Kimball Garrett,&nbsp;our Ornithology Collection Manager,&nbsp;up to 167 species. &quot;But wait,&quot; I hear you crying, &quot;what about bird number 166?&quot; In my&nbsp;previous post <a href="/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science">New Bird For North Campus List</a>,&nbsp;it clearly stated that the Rufous Hummingbird was species 165.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Jerome Brown Kimball Garrett Michael Wilson Sora Swainson's Hawk Blog Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 651 at