Date: 10/12/17 10:23 am
From: Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Southeastern CA RBA: October 12, 2017
* California
* Southeastern
* October 12, 2017
* CASE17.10.12

This is the Southeastern CA weekly RBA summary. We cover Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. California Bird Records Committee review species are denoted by asterisks. To report a bird POST TO INLANDCOUNTYBIRDS ( If there is some reason that you cannot post there, please e-mail or call Tom Benson at <tbenson...> or (909) 648-0899.

Birds mentioned:

Horned Grebe
Stilt Sandpiper
Sabine's Gull
Western Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Brown Pelican
Reddish Egret
Lewis's Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Townsend's Solitaire
Black-throated Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
American Redstart
Palm Warbler


A VERDIN was at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Oct 5 (Jennifer Reynolds).

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen at Zzyzx DSC Oct 7-8 (Steve Myers).

An AMERICAN REDSTART was seen at Fenner on Oct 7 (Thomas Hedwall).

A HORNED GREBE was seen at Lake Silverwood on Oct 8 (Eric Tipton).


A COMMON TERN, a WESTERN GULL, and three continuing BROWN PELICANS were at Lake Elsinore Oct 6-7 (Julie Szabo).

A PALM WARBLER was seen at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs on Oct 7 (Barry Mantell).

Seven BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS continued in the Box Springs Mountains through Oct 8 (David Rankin).

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Oct 8-9 (Nancy Christensen).

A SABINE'S GULL was at Lake Hemet Oct 9-10 (Gary Gray).

A *BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD* was seen at Lake Tamarisk Golf Club (Desert Center) on Oct 10 (Dave Goodward).


A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the south end of the Salton Sea on Oct 6 (Guy McCaskie).

An ARCTIC TERN was seen at Sheldon Reservoir on Oct 6 (Guy McCaskie).

A REDDISH EGRET continued at Unit 1 Salton Sea NWR through Oct 6 (Guy McCaskie).

An AMERICAN REDSTART was at the IID Wetlands in Niland on Oct 6 (Guy McCaskie).

A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER and a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER were seen along 4th Street in Niland on Oct 11 (Guy McCaskie).

Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen in Niland on Oct 11 (Guy McCaskie).

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen at the intersection of Sperry and Bowles near Calipatria on Oct 11 (Guy McCaskie).

An "altivagans" FOX SPARROW was seen on private property in El Centro Oct 8-11 (Guy McCaskie).

A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at the IID Wetlands on Oct 11 (Guy McCaskie).


In general, birds that are on this weekly summary are those that are classified as at least rare in "Birds of Southern California" by Garrett and Dunn, "Birds of the Salton Sea" by Patten, McCaskie, and Unitt, or in "Birds of the Lower Colorado River Valley" by Rosenberg, Ohmart, Hunter, and Anderson. Rarity can be regional or seasonal. For example, a nuthatch reported at the Salton Sea, where it is rare, may be on the summary. That same bird reported from the San Bernardino Mountains, where it is common, would not be. A sparrow reported as a rarity in Riverside in July may be common there in December.

Please submit your documentation of all California Bird Records Committee review species (denoted by asterisks) to CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at <secretary...>

Additionally, CBRC review species and birds of local or seasonal rarity should be reported to the "North American Birds" County Coordinators. They are:
IMPERIAL COUNTY: Guy McCaskie, 954 Grove Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932, <guymcc...>
INYO COUNTY: Tom & Jo Heindel, P.O. Box 400, Big Pine CA 93513, <tjheindel...>
KERN COUNTY: Kelli Heindel-Levinson, 1819 Locust Ravine, Bakersfield CA 93306, <kkheindel...>
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chet McGaugh, 194 W. Broadbent Dr., Riverside, CA 92507, <chetmcgaugh...>
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Alexander E. Koonce, 1357 Paige Lane, Redlands, CA 92373, <sandy_koonce...>


Other birding listservs that include reports of birds in southern California are:

Inyo County:
Kern County:
Los Angeles County:
Pasadena area:
Orange County:
San Diego County:
San Luis Obispo County:
Santa Barbara County:
Ventura County:
California (statewide):


A schedule of San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society field trips is available on the SBVAS website at

Maps/directions to local birding sites are available on the SBVAS website at

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