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Yorba Linda: Birds of a Feather Flock to Tea, Scones

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March 18, 2001|DENNIS ARP

As you head east on Yorba Linda Boulevard and pass a sign welcoming you to "The land of gracious living," it's natural to be a little skeptical. However, the city is more than prepared to show visitors a graciously good time watching birds and sipping tea. The 1922 Craftsman-style house at 17611 Yorba Linda Blvd. once was surrounded by acres of avocado and orange trees. Now it's Wild Birds Unlimited, home to a bountiful supply of paraphernalia for feeding, watering and watching birds. The front room alone has dozens of feeders and almost as many birdhouses (decorative and functional), as well as sets of binoculars. ([714] 985-4928; open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Monday.)

After browsing two floors of bird-related items, get ready to take your gracious afternoon to the next figurative level. Head around the corner to Regina's Coffee and Tea House (4965-C Valley View Ave., [714] 993-1066). Opt for lunch and enjoy a choice of wraps, salad and iced tea for $6.75. But don't pass up the chance for a couple of freshly baked scones before you depart. More popular on a recent weekday was the traditional English high tea that Regina's serves daily from noon to 4 p.m. The scones, finger sandwiches, curds, Devonshire cream, shepherd's pie and desserts are served on china; prices range from $6 to $17.95 (for full service).

Getting there: Take the Orange Freeway to Yorba Linda Boulevard and go east.

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1. Regina's Coffee and Tea House, 4965 C Valley View Ave. (714) 993-1066

2. Wild Birds Unlimited, 17611 Yorba Linda Blvd. (714) 985-4928

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