SOUTH EL MONTE – Thirty local birders sighted 47 species of birds at the 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk sponsored by the Whittier Chapter of the National Audubon Society at Whittier Narrows Nature Center on Saturday. Bill Bell, former editor of the Whittier Daily News, and Audubon Chapter President Cathy Walters greeted the birders at the nature center. Bell told how the bird walk was started in 1988 after then-Audubon President Felix Owens and his wife, Aggie, mistakenly identified a vee formation of cormorants as a “flock of geese” as they flew over Whittier. The local Audubon then initiated the Bill Bell Bird Walk as a local version of the Los Angeles Audubon’s annual Jack Smith Bird Walk in Descanso Gardens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe late Jack Smith was a well-known Times columnist who once lived in Whittier as a boy. The rarest sighting on Saturday was a peregrine falcon as it sat quite still on a nearby power line. Other birders who attended the event on a weather-perfect day included: Joan Dinger, Letty Brooks, Jeff Allison, Patrick Wojclowski, Stan Tracy, Mireya Parravicini, Jim Donahue, Jean Casselman, Randy Myers, John Drayer, Lydia Drayer, Shirley Patterson, Clayton Sanchez, Robert Sanchez, Joyce Mak, Ene Ho, Tom Dronet, Ralph Palomino, Francine Rippy, Margot Eiser, Lillian Neal, Scott Neal, Larry Schmahl, Larry Hall, Mary Hall, Rene Beanot, Wayne Beanot and Josh Nakamura. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!