Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA - December 2013

I can't believe it has been over 3 months since T and I visited the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and I'm just now writing about it. Life just keeps getting busier!

We had the week between Christmas and the New Year off from work and we didn't return to Michigan to visit family for the first time in years so we needed to get out of the apartment. An acquaintance had posted some photos online of birds at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve so we headed up the 405 to check it out. I was skeptical that we'd find much wildlife in Van Nuys right off the freeway so I was pleasantly surprised when we saw many species of birds and other wildlife without much effort. Here's where it is:

Parking was free and we just walked south towards the series of trails. Everything is well marked and there are a few different wildlife viewing areas, mainly overlooking the lake.

Not very much to say about the experience except that it was a pleasant one and I'd like to go back and explore the areas to the west like Lake Balboa.

We spent quite a bit of time with a Great Egret (Ardea alba) just watching it look for food in the stream. It didn't seem to be bothered by us.

 Here are some more photos I took:

American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Interesting variety of Domesticated Duck (Anas platyrhynchos ssp. domesticus)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)