Birding in Orange County : Laguna Niguel Regional Park 23.12.15

What can I possibly do with this 1 hour to spare....? Birding at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park of course! This park is a real birding hotspot in Orange County, and it is personally one of my favorite places.

I did not have time to do the tour of the lake but each part of the park has many treasures to find. I stayed around the park's main entrance and I still had some incredible sightings in just an hour. The highlight was the successful hunt of a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

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Here is the list of the 12 bird species I spotted at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park:

American Wigeon (Mareca americana)
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus)