11 Spots To Birdwatch Near LA

Text by Megan Cytron, courtesy of Trazzler.

Southern California's warm weather and primo location on the Pacific Flyway, makes it one of the top bird-watching areas in the country. This is especially true in January when you can catch both permanent residents and out-of-town birds mingling--with over 100 easy-to-spot species (and hundreds more that require patience and luck). The habitats are as varied as the birds, ranging from coastal lowlands to inland valleys to deserts and the especially bird-friendly bizarro world of the Salton Sea.

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