Must Do: Sullivan Canyon

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Most of L.A.’s birds—and there are thousands—live like elves in the urban foliage. They twinkle for a moment, then disappear.

How to do it: To take in their sounds and movements, wake up when they do, just before sunrise. Make for the recesses of Sullivan Canyon, where the convergence of creek, rocks, and ancient growth promises a big show. By late morning the avian wonders will be sated and sleepy, as will you.