Date: 4/20/17 8:40 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: April 20, 2017

* California
* Orange County
* April 20, 2017
* CAOC17.04.20

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are marked
with asterisks below. All documentation of review species should be
forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at


Snow Goose
Lewis's Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Orchard Oriole

A SNOW GOOSE was still roosting at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine
through April 18. This bird has consistently been seen on the island in
Pond 1 in the morning.

A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER continued through April 16 in the trees near the
corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road, where there is a
large dirt pullout on the side of the road.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through April 19 at Pinecrest Park in
Mission Viejo. The bird in the past was typically found on the slope above
the grassy lawn below the park entrance, and typically only in early

A female-type SUMMER TANAGER continued at Santiago Park in Santa Ana on
April 13, around the creek near the Nature Center.

A male ORCHARD ORIOLE continued at Mile Square Regional Park through April
14. This is likely the same bird that was around the Nature Center on and
off all fall and winter. It’s been heard singing and chattering by many


*The Orange County Spring Count (OCSC) is underway. Please read the
following information from Darrell Wilson on how to participate:*

The OCSC (Orange County Spring Count) is part of a nationwide migration
count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the opposite half of
the migration cycle. This year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture
more of the birds that migrate through the county. Sea and Sage is
encouraging birders to participate anytime during the months of April and
May. This will allow us to see and count more of the species that migrate
through the county. Again, this year we will try to focus on the best areas
for birds since comprehensive coverage of the entire county is not a
realistic goal.

How you can participate: One of the objectives of Environment for the
Americas (the sponsor of the hemisphere wide count) is to enter all of the
data into eBird. This means that it is very simple to participate. All of
the regularly scheduled bird counts in April and May will be included in
the OCSC. The dates do not need to change. I will also include the
checklists from all of the Sea and Sage field trips in Orange County held
during April and May. Many of you already use eBird. You can enter your
Spring Count data directly into eBird for any birding that you do during
April and May. You don’t have to send tally sheets to anyone. All that is
needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird
account. (The eBird user name is sea_sage_aud).

If you don’t currently use eBird, you can sign up. It’s free!

If you don’t enter the data directly into eBird then you must send each
checklist to me at <darrellwilson...> in Excel format as “OCSC 2017”
A goal for the OCSC is to count all the “Top 100 Hot Spots” shown in eBird.
It does not matter how many times a particular spot is covered.


The Upper Newport Bay Bird Walk will be held on April 30 and will led by
Mark Kincheloe from 8:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot


The Irvine Ranch Conservancy will lead a "Better Birding Basics" trip at
good ol' Bommer Canyon on April 21 from 8:00am to 11:00am. If you are a
beginning birder or just want to get out into a cool place for a few hours,
see here for more details and to register:

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy will lead a bird walk into Fremont Canyon on
April 27 from 8:00am to 11:00am. See here for more details and to register:

The Big Morongo Preserve Trip will be held on April 30 from 7:00am to
2:00pm. The trip is currently full.

The spring pelagic trip will be held on May 6 out of Dana Point between
approximately 6:30am and 3:00pm. Contact Nancy Kenyon to sign up:

The Upper Newport Bay Pontoon Boat trip will be held on May 17 from 8:15am
to 11:00am. Please e-mail Nancy Kenyon if you're interested:


None scheduled.


The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird ( Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug
Willick at <doug.willick...>

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick) and/or "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn). Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website ( Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for

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