Beautiful Cacti blooming above Blackbird Pond.
You can see beautiful flowers of many kinds at Shipley Nature Center including blooming cacti. Even the hummingbirds like the prickly succulent.
In addition to hummingbirds, many butterflies can be seen in Huntington Central Park and in the Nature Center. These include Monarch Butterflies which flock to the milkweed in certain areas of the Center, Western Swallowtails, Fruittiaries, Cabbage Butterflies, Mourning Cloaks, lots of skippers. Check out the butterfly garden.
Cedar Waxwings in a tree overlooking Blackbird Pond near some berry bushes.
There are shrubs that produce berries along the fence above Blackbird pond. One day I saw about 50 Cedar Waxwings in a tree overlooking the pond. They were there for the berries.
One reason why so many birds and animals frequent Shipley Nature Center.
Birds at Shipley Nature Center. Because of the habitats in Shipley Nature Center that include shelter, food, and water, you will find lots of birds at there. You may see Anna's Hummingbirds , Allen's Hummingbirds , Townsends Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Crows, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Green Herons , Great Egrets , Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-Tailed Hawks , Cooper's Hawks, American Kestrels , Turkey Vultures, Audubon Yellow-Rumped Warbler , Black Phoebes, Cedar Waxwings, White-crowned Sparrows, Mallards, Double-crested Cormorants, Northern Flickers, Downey Woodpeckers, Nuttals Woodpeckers, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Western Bluebirds, American Robins, California Towhees, Spotted Towhees, Bullock's Orioles, Hooded Orioles, among many other birds. Check the monthly bird count here. They need volunteers to help with the monthly bird count. It is conducted monthly on the last Friday of the month.
Next time you want a short walk where you might see a lot of great birds, butterflies, and wildlife, think about birding in Shipley Nature Center. It is a great place to go birding in Orange County.
Black Phoebe with an insect it caught by flying out and grabbing it in midair.
"We sleepwalk through our environment...totally unaware of how little of our natural environment now remains in coastal Southern California...man may need some natural areas much more than does our depleted wildlife." Donald Shipley
You can reach Shipley Nature Center several ways. You can enter from Golden West and park in the gravel parking lot. Head back toward the parking lot entrance toward the fenced wildlife area and turn left on the asphalt path. Walk along the path by the fence until you reach the large iron gates. Or go on Edwards south if you are turning from Slater......Walk away from the Lake into the park and follow the path toward the fenced wildlife are. Turn right onto the path by the fence and follow it until you reach the iron gates of Shipley Nature Center. It is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. On summer nights it also is open from 4PM-8PM in July and August. Double check on the Shipley Nature Center website for exact times and dates and times of events at the nature center.
Shipley Nature Central in Huntington Beach
Check out their website. Especially the monthly birds counts.
Alice's Breakfast in the Park is now closed.
Shipley Nature Center in Shipshape for Spring Festival
Ask the OC Birder Girl