BIRDS at Rancho Ventura
Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust is a birdwatcher's mecca. Situated in the hills and canyons overlooking central Ventura, habitats including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian [streamside] areas are present.
This diversity of natural settings hosts a wide variety of avian species. There are woodpeckers, Western Bluebirds, House Wrens and nuthatches in the oaks.
The brushy areas provide cover for Spotted Towhees, California Towhees, California Thrashers, Wrentits, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Greater Roadrunners. Various sparrows, kingbirds, Say's Phoebes, and Western Meadowlarks prefer the grassy areas.
The riparian zones are a haven for Black Phoebes, swallows, and Hermit Thrushes, but are also attractive to all other birds because they need water.
With all of this diversity, it's hard to predict what you'll see next. Birding here is a delight. Come visit this home of Two Trees.
~ David Torfeh (Ventura Audobon Society)