Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Lawrence's Goldfinches--what's going on?
- Hi Birders
When Nick and I were first granted a permit by the USFS to survey
owls in the San Gabriel mountains above Los Angeles post-Station Fire
in 2010, every daytime visit we made that spring into summer,
Lawrence's Goldfinches were one of the most commonly encountered
species on the Angeles Crest. We were allowed to survey sites closed
off to the public. Hillsides were covered in a riot of wildflower
display. On some of the slopes that weren't burned into oblivion,
fiddleneck was a common plant species. At those sites, Larry's golds
were omnipresent. We'd encounter small flocks of Larry's flying over
the highway during that summer. But 15 years back, I remember the few
reports of Larry's Golds making news on Bird Box. Now, Lawrence's
Goldfinches are pretty reliable in favorable habitat that yield
patches of fiddleneck.