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Recent Sightings and Observations

Below is a user-friendly, interactive, searchable table to assist you in reviewing a list of wildlife sightings and observations in the San Gabriel Foothills, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, Orange County, Inland Empire and other locations in Southern California. These are wildlife sightings and observations made by ourselves or others generous enough to share what they have seen.

Due to the large number of wildlife sightings and observations, we have separated them into one year segments. This page lists observations made during the last 365 days.

To view annually archived observations, select from the following:
Year 2015 Observations
Year 2014 Observations
Year 2013 Observations
Year 2012 Observations
Year 2011 Observations.

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Uses for the Sightings And Observations Table

You can use this log to inform yourself of what has been observed, where it was observed and when it was observed. This information can help guide you on where to go so you can observe these subjects too, and hopefully make your outings more enjoyable and rewarding. You can also use the names from this log to search the internet to find more information about, or to view pictures of, the subject in question. Share Your Wildlife Observations

Useful Tips for using the Sightings And Observations Table

Take a little time to familiarize yourself with the features found on the table. Probably the best way is just to start typing something into any of the table boxes or clicking on the column headings. Once you become familiar, you will find it to be a powerful and user-friendly search tool.

The sightings are initially sorted by date, with the most recent sightings listed at the top of the table. You can also sort the data by Name, Group, Location or Field Notes, if you wish, by clicking on the column headings.

You can also use the boxes, found at applicable locations on the table, to filter the data to narrow your search. Or use any combination of boxes and column headings to target your search as desired. See "How To Use Table" for additional help.

You can use this table as a search tool to:

  • Learn the Names of what has been observed and the Dates and Locations of these observations.
  • Search on Date to get information about what is seen at different times of the year.
  • Search on a Location to get information about what has been observed at that location.
  • Search observation data using any combination of boxes and column headings. See "How To Use Table" for additional help.

Search Sample 1:

  • Type "Prey Bird" in the box at the bottom of the Group column.
  • Next, type "Big Dalton Canyon" in the box at the bottom of the Location column.
  • This will list all of our "Prey Bird" observations for Big Dalton Canyon.

Search Sample 2:

  • Type "2011-10" in the box at the bottom of the Date column to see observations for the month of October 2011.
  • Continue your search by expanding your selection to "2011-10-22" in the box to narrow your search to see observations for Saturday, October 22, 2011.
  • Next, type "Butterfly" in the box at the bottom of the Group column.
  • This will list which Butterflies we observed on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Happy searching. Enjoy your outings!

A Note About Descriptions

When I can, I will provide you with the most accurate description possible. But sometimes Mother Nature is not very cooperative. In this case, I will provide you with the best possible description I can ascertain.

Take the Kingbird for example...

  • When seen at a distance, I can easily determine it is a Kingbird, but I cannot always determine whether it is a Cassin's or a Western.
  • If I can determine that the breast is a darker gray or there is white on the tip of the tail, I will list it as a "Cassin's Kingbird".
  • If I can determine that the breast is a lighter gray or there is white running along the sides of the tail, I will list it as a "Western Kingbird".
  • If I cannot determine these differences, I will list it only as a "Kingbird".

This method will be applied whenever full identification is obscured. Anything beyond that will not be listed. I will NOT list a "guess" as to what was observed. For those sightings, visit the Obscured Sightings page.


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How To Use Table

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