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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feeding time at Echo Park Lake

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The departure of Maria the Goose (or is it Mario the Gander?) may have left Echo Park Lake bereft of its most famous, feathered resident, but there are still plenty of  other birds left at the park – and they are hungry.  Sandy Driscoll snapped  the above photos of young and hungry herons during a recent visit:

They are young Night Herons (ID confirmed by birder friends in NYC).   The younger ones are brown.  I was helping a rescue lady feed them earthworms to supplement their diet, as she felt they weren’t getting enough to eat.

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  1. Yes, there has been a steadily increasing population of these Night Herons over the past few years. I’m pretty sure they’re breeding and living year round at the lake.

  2. @ mr. rollers Yes, I think they’re breeding there. We definitely saw five young ones, and could see some flying overhead and landing in the trees on the island and also in the tall trees on the south side of the lake. Such beautiful birds!

  3. Whoops! Sorry………..make that the North end of the lake.

  4. Great to see they’re being fed a far more nutritious meal than bread, which I only recently learned is really not a healthy food for our feathered friends.

  5. You have a marvelous gift, Sandy. Your photographs of food always make me hungry. Birds everywhere who see your pictures will be dying to get their beaks on some of those juicy worms at the lake.

  6. No one knows more about Echo Park Lakes birds and their movement than local “Bird expert” Judy Raskin. Join her LA Audubon Bird count this coming June 19 at the lake. See link below:

    http://losangelesaudubon.org/component/content/article/39-bird-walks/771-echo-park-lake-birdwalk

  7. @ Sandy: The herons that nest in the trees are of a different tribe (blue herons, I believe). This guy’s progenitor/progenitress, who I always have called Old Grumpy, hangs out on the northeast corner of the lake on a patch of cement at the water’s edge. I always believed that he/she was a loner, but if there are babies, there obviously has been a second one around.

  8. @ Barbara Thanks for the info! The lady (Angie Byars) who asked me to come help her feed the birds lives in the neighborhood. She’s an interesting person…….goes by the name of the Tinsel Queen of Hollywood or sometimes when she writes poetry, The Mistress of Insanity. She thought the small birds were young Great Blue Herons and in fact, we did see what looked like them flying overhead. I only found out from my NYC birder friends that the smaller ones were Night Herons. So it would be interesting to know the whole story.

    The patch of cement at the lake edge is where we were feeding them, so you have the right spot. I don’t spend that much time at EPL, so I’m happy to see so many of you chiming in with good information! I’d be curious to know why the name ‘Old Grumpy’?

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