Backbone Trail Trek
Birds in the Santa Monica Mountains
The Santa Monica Mountains, along with the nearby shoreline, contain diverse habitats that attract a large variety of birds. Many birds make the area their year-round home, while others are migratory. Over 380 species of birds can be seen in the Santa Monica Mountains, with about a third of them being year-round residents.
While you are hiking the Backbone Trail, you may not always see birds, but you can almost always hear them. Thrashers, Wrentits and Spotted Towhees constantly call from the dense brush, and woodpeckers chatter in the treetops. Each morning, the birds serve as a gentle alarm clock as they gradually get louder and louder as the sun comes up.
On the 2009 Trek, we documented the birds seen or heard. Most of the birds were identified through casual observation as we walked down the trail or relaxed in camp. This list, documented below, is typical of the birds that might be seen along the BBT on any hike. If we had taken the time to really concentrate and focus on birding, I'm sure we could have identified at least a dozen additional species.
A list of the birds identified on the Backbone Trek 2009 follows. By default it is sorted by the order the bird was first encountered on the Trek. You may also sort by name by selecting the option and choosing "Re-Sort List".
|13-Sunday||Black Hooded Parakeet|
|25-Sunday||Pacific Slope Flycatcher|
|35-Monday||Great Horned Owl*|