Sept 18, 2016 - Pasadena Arboretum

 Its actual name is The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and it is in Arcadia, but Mike calls it the Pasadena Arboretum and I suspect a lot of other Californians do too.  It is a large and beautiful garden organized into different regions of the world with plantings highlighting those regions.  The collections include Australia, Mediterranean, South America, and Asia/North America.  These aren't just flowers and small bushes.  Featured are full grown trees that are iconic for their regions, like Eucalyptus in the Australian Collection.  Mike and I were there to walk around and talk and look at the trees.  I was hoping to see a few birds.  There is a flock of about 200 feral pea fowl, the descendants of when this park was a private ranch.  There were also Western Tanagers, Phoebes, and warblers (Yellow-rumped, I think) flitting about in the trees and bushes.  I saw one unusual bird and snapped his picture.  He was a Red-whiskered Bulbul.  It took me a few times flipping entirely through my Sibley's Guide to find this guy.  He was introduced from India, initially as a caged bird.  Now he can be found in suburban neighborhoods with lush vegetation.  Hey.  That's just like me, although I was introduced to this continent from Europe.  I think this is a rare finding in the LA region.  The Audubon Field Guide indicated that the U. S. range is mostly around Kendall , Florida.

 

Red-whiskered Bulbul, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA - 9/18/2016 

 

NOT a Monarch Butterfly, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA - 9/18/2016

 

Dragonfly, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA - 9/18/2016

 

Pea Fowl, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA - 9/18/2016

 

Pea Fowl, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA - 9/18/2016