Date: 8/24/17 6:58 am From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 24, 2017
* Orange County
* August 24, 2017
This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach on August 13 and continued through August 19.
The most recent reports had the bird in the northwest corner of the “Pocket
Pond” near GPS: 33.705104, -118.050147.
A RUFF was found on the Upper Santa Ana River (SAR) on August 16 and
continued through August 20, just downstream of the Imperial Highway
Bridge. Earlier in the week (August 21) it was seen further downstream
(west) near the Lakeview Bridge. This female bird, also known as a "Reeve,"
is believed to be the same bird that has previously been found to linger on
the Upper SAR in late summer/early fall in 2013, 2014, and 2016, though it
was absent in 2015.
A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was found at San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine on August 21.
It was seen on Pond C and has not been reported since.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found along the Upper Santa Ana River on August
23, a few hundred yards east of the Lakeview Bridge.
A LUCY’S WARBLER was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
on August 21. It was seen in the morning and again that evening in the area
around “Loren’s Ditch” GPS: 33.706477, -118.002299 and has not been
A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed along the Upper Santa Ana
River in Anaheim just south of the Imperial Highway Bridge on August 17. It
was seen with a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The monthly Upper Newport Bay bird walk will take place on August 27 from
8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.
The monthly Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place
on September 2 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.
The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on
September 10 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will take place on August 25
from 8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to sign
The September Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will take place on
September 20 from 8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at
<nancykenyon...> to sign up.
The Sea and Sage Audubon fall pelagic trip will take place on September 30
from 6:30am to 3:00pm. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to sign up.
*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*
Make plans to attend the Sea and Sage Audubon General Meeting on September
15 at 7:30pm, where Sylvia Gallagher will present a birding quiz night
consisting of both photos and sounds. The quiz will be divided into thirds
between very easy, intermediate, and very hard questions.
The Birds of Southern California Introductory Birding Skills Workshop will
begin on October 4 and continue through December 14. The weekly classes
will be held at Sylvia Gallagher's home in Huntington Beach and will
emphasize visual identification for beginning birders. Refer to the
following link for enrollment information (no registration before September
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 (
http://ebird.org/content/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), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. 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 (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). 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
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. 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