Birds of Eaton Canyon

Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Eaton Canyon Park attracts a diversity of birds through the seasons. Natural communities in the canyon include oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, open wash with riparian vegetation along the intermittent stream and the adjacent chaparral-covered hillsides. A walk through the canyon during the peak of the spring migration (April-May) should provide an abundance of warblers, vireos, orioles, and flycatchers, along with the wide variety of resident birds. Hawks and owls hunt the chaparral and oak woodlands by day and night, respectively.

The list below, which is arranged in phylogenetic order (reading down each column) by common name, contains over 160 species and subspecies known to have been seen at one time or another in the Park. New birds are being added yearly. Refer to the chart for explanations of the abbreviations. Click on a bird name to access information (mostly) from Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds

Abbreviations Used in the List

– Common
FC – Fairly Common

– Migrant
– Occasional

– Rare
Res – Resident

SV – Summer Visitor
– Uncommon

Vag – Vagrant
WV – Winter Visitor